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‘OU Forward’ sends message of unity to campus community JOE ZERILLI Campus Editor With hopes of welcoming everyone back to Oakland University (OU) and reconnecting after two years of being primarily online, President Ora Pescovitz invited students, staff and faculty to the “OU Forward” event on Sept. 13 to celebrate the new school year and discuss the future of OU. Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer Glenn McIntosh got things started, inviting OU alum Kyle Marker to the stage to play a love ballad to kick off the gathering. McIntosh then introduced Pescovitz to the crowd and welcomed her up on stage. Pescovitz began by thanking everyone for coming and highlighting the students who were in attendance for the event. She touched on the events she has attended in the past weeks, such as the new student convocation and the carnival held by SPB. Pescovitz pointed out the positive energy around campus and hopes it will sustain for the entire semester.
“It’s energizing, it’s inspirational, it’s exciting and we want this to allow us to have the most incredible semester,” she said. “What we’re doing here today during this gathering is what we call OU Forward.” “As an institution of higher learning, we believe that we have to do everything that we can to continue to move Oakland University forward and to be as responsive as we can be to the needs of our students — and frankly, to everyone within our campus community,” she added. While virtual bonds have been created over the past several years, Pescovitz wants everyone to come together and reconnect with each other in person. She emphasized the OU community is a team with a united mission to transform the lives of all connected to OU. Pescovitz commemorated the students who persevered during the times of online classes and uncertainty, and also the faculty and staff who had to adjust to teaching through things like Zoom. “We’ve also learned that we have a steadfast commitment, and that
is to provide the highest quality educational experiences for our students,” Pescovitz said. “And we do commit to this common purpose, and I am so proud of that.” “In ways never done before the pandemic, all of you have reached higher and extended yourselves to our students, so I want to thank you for being so flexible, so creative, so resourceful, so compassionate and so passionate about what you do,” she added. Pescovitz talked of her hopes to make OU a place where students come to make their dreams a reality. She mentioned there would be updates on a variety of issues as well as projects and initiatives in the coming weeks. She took a moment to highlight OU’s campus saying how beautiful it is and part of the reason for it being the diversity of the people on campus. She encouraged people to smile and say hello to others on campus to help reconnection, as well as to attend campus events like performances by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Towards the end of her speech, Pescovitz introduced a new idea
which is set to begin this week; Golden Grizzlies Saturday. The idea is to have everyone associated with the university wear OU swag and share it on social media. “Wherever we go, we’ll show our Golden Grizzlies pride. I think it’s a great idea. We’re going to start that this Saturday, and I hope you’ll demonstrate your Oakland University Golden Grizzlies pride,” she said. (Continued on website)
PHOTO BY Oakland Univeristy News President Ora Pescovitz invited students, staff, and faculty to the “OU Forward” event to celebrate the new school year and discuss the future of OU.
Grizzlies for Choice aims to inform and advocate PAYTON BUCKI Campus Reporter
Grizzlies for Choice is a student-led organization that is a chapter of Planned Parenthood Generation Action (PPGA). The group focuses on educating students about reproductive autonomy and sexual health while advocating for change within the community.
“Our mission is to mobilize advocates, educate students and promote sexual health and safety,” Grizzlies for Choice President Magdelene Rose said.
The organization accomplishes its goals by hosting various events throughout the semester, including consent education nights in the residence halls and sex trivia. In addition, through their affiliation with PPGA, the group can distribute free contraceptives to students. “Planned Parenthood provides our chapter with a variety of educational materials and contraceptives,” Rose said. “I often place condoms outside my dorm room so my peers can freely take what they need.” In addition to educational events and sexual health freebies, Grizzlies for Choice prioritizes informing students about services available to them. These resources, which are present on OU’s campus and in the local community, are accessible to students of all backgrounds. “A lot of people don’t know that Plan B is available for $25 at the Graham Health Center,”
Rose said. “The center expands birth control access for students by providing birth control pills and Plan B at a subsidized rate.” Grizzlies for Choice is proud to partner with PPGA to promote Planned Parenthood’s values of education and advocacy on OU’s campus. Students are encouraged to utilize the resources Planned Parenthood provides. In addition to the previously mentioned resources, Planned Parenthood provides a wealth of resources to individuals of all backgrounds. The organization even provides a web search tool that helps individuals find verified abortion clinics in their area. “The organization also expands access to care for individuals living in poverty,” Rose said. After Roe v. Wade was overturned this past summer, individuals worldwide experienced negative emotions regarding the decision. In response to government restrictions on abortion access, Grizzlies for Choice mobilized their members to create change. Students in the group collected signatures for the Reproductive Freedom for All proposal, a ballot initiative focused on preserving the right to reproductive freedom for all. After receiving a record-breaking number of signatures due to efforts from Grizzlies for Choice and other reproductive rights advocacy groups across the state, the initiative will appear on Michigan’s November ballot under Proposal 22-3. “If approved, Proposal 22-3 will add an
amendment to the state of Michigan’s Constitution that protects the right to reproductive freedom,” Rose said. “I encourage everyone to vote yes on Proposal 22-3 this November.” Proposal 22-3 is not the only success Grizzlies for Choice has seen this semester. After tabling at this fall’s GrizzFest, over 200 new members joined the organization. “Our club opens its membership to all students, regardless of their knowledge on the subjects of sex, abortion and reproductive rights,” Rose said. “A common misconception is that all of our members are female, but individuals of all genders are more than welcome to join.” To get involved with Grizzlies for Choice, you can join their organization through GrizzOrgs. Additionally, members can stay connected with the group by following their Instagram page.
PHOTO BY @PPGAOU ON INSTAGRAM Grizzlies for Choice is a student-led organization that is a chapter of Planned Parenthood Generation Action (PPGA). The group focuses on educating students about reproductive autonomy and sexual health while advocating for change within the community.
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Oakland West Campus now open — what you need to know JOE ZERILLI Campus Editor Effective at the beginning of the Fall 2022 semester, Oakland University’s new West Campus (OWC) is now in operation and home to the School of Music, Theatre and Dance. The site — located at 1500 University Drive — was acquired this April for $25 million and is currently being shared by OU and Baker College. This helps address immediate need for classroom space as Varner Hall is being remodeled; at the time of purchase, there were 226 academic space requests. Currently the majority of classes taking place at OWC are music classes, except for those scheduled for Varner 110 and some additional classes taking place in Hill House. Some theatre classes, like costume history, are also being taught over at OWC. “The setup works great for me,” assistant professor of theatre Whitney Locher, who is teaching costume history, said. “I don’t have a very large class, [and] I have all the technology I need to teach that class.” This is Locher’s first time teaching the class inperson, and despite it not being at Varner, she still said it is better to teach it this way than on Zoom. Aside from general classroom space, she is pleased to see other uses for the building — which she is happy OU acquired. “I hope that we can continue to use it in the future,” she said. “Not to keep all the theatre over there, but I mean, there’s a space that could definitely be used for performances and cabarets and everything, so I think it’s useful for us. I actually like the building.” While the building is nice and Locher is happy with her space, she does have concerns about
her students making it to class on time due to transportation. The options provided to the students are either their own transportation or carpooling, or using the SMART Flex — which has given students issues. Students must schedule a pickup time from Oakland’s main campus to OWC, but the system recommends they schedule 24 hours in advance which spots are taken anyway. The SMART Flex vehicles are not buses like some would think, but instead are vans which can typically only fit six people. Junior Amanda Pordon, a theatre design and technology major, is skeptical about the service and instead carpools to OWC as most people are doing.
PHOTO BY OU OU new West Campus (OWC) is located at 1500 University Drive, just two miles west of the main campus. The building is a shared space with Baker College, and houses the Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance.
“Carpooling has been much easier because I don’t have to share the car with someone I don’t know, and we can just head straight to campus,” Pordon said. “We don’t have to worry about our ride arriving late, realizing we never scheduled a ride or how much class we’re missing.” “I think the administration doesn’t realize how many students are using this system, and they all need to head over to West Campus simultaneously,” she added. “SMART Flex only has so many cars they can dispatch to our area, making it difficult for everyone to receive the ride they need to make it to class on time.” One solution Pordon has suggested is to re-start up the Bear Buses, which were shut down due to low ridership and a cost of $20 per ride. The Bear Buses could be used for just this route to begin with, and can hold more students per ride as well. Another area of concern for some was the safety of OWC and how it will be operated under the Oakland University Police Department (OUPD). Chief Mark Gordon said OUPD and their student service aids will include OWC in their patrol areas. “Local municipal law enforcement (Auburn Hills Police) will only be involved at that location when called by the OUPD for assistance,” Gordon said. “ We would like to be notified first of issues that arise at that location.” In addition to the main way to contact OUPD — which is calling their main dispatch number (248) 370-3331 — the Baker College Security will still be staffed at their office, room 105, at OWC, and is instructed to notify OUPD for all police matters.
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OUWB students and faculty reflect on Auschwitz study trip GABRIELLE ABDELMESSIH Editor-in-Chief
ARIANNA HEYMAN Features Editor
This past June, 20 medical students from the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) spent a week in Poland as a part of the school’s Holocaust in Medicine program. The study trip, part of a first-of-its-kind fully endowed program at a U.S. medical school, was designed to help students learn about Jewish heritage and history and gain a better understanding of the Holocaust and the role of physicians during this tragic time in history. Dr. Jason Wasserman, co-director of OUWB’s Holocaust and Medicine program and associate professor of Foundational Medical Studies, states that this trip is more than just a lesson on the history of the Holocaust. “I think it’s perhaps not the history that’s most important — it’s wrestling with the ethical questions on both sides,” Wasserman said. “The perpetrator historiography and the historiography of victims — including physicians who work in those circumstances and the history is just sort of the necessary medium through which to wrestle with those kinds of questions. Wasserman, Dr. Hedy Wald, clinical professor of Family Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and co-director of the program, and Dr. Duane Mezwa, OUWB Stephan Sharf Dean, were part of the group that accompanied students on the study trip. This program is a part of OUWB’s larger commitment to teaching next-generation physicians the critical role that ethics has in their profession. Already, 80 hours in their curriculum are focused on ethics. “It sets our school apart, and it sets our doctors apart,” Mezwa said. During their week abroad, students spent two days in Krakow, where they visited the Remuh Synagogue (Synagoga Remuh), a 16th-century Jewish temple, Remah Cemetery, one of the oldest existing Jewish cemeteries in Poland, Galicia Jewish Museum, Oskar Schindler Factory, among other historical sites. The remainder of the trip was spent in Oswiecim, home to the sites of the former Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. Students took part in reflective writing sessions, reading testimonials from Holocaust victims, and preparing to present what they have learned from this experience to their communities. Wasserman believes it is important for medical students to understand that the Holocaust was perpetrated with help from medical professionals. “There were dozens and dozens of physicians in Auschwitz doing medical experiments — participating in the selection of people for immediate death or for transport to the labor
units. So, physicians and medicine were systematically included in the Holocaust. In fact, there’s a quote as early as 1933, Hitler said to a group of physicians, ‘I cannot do this without you.’” Wasserman adds that some historians have argued that the Holocaust would have “not have happened the way it did” without the participation of healthcare professionals in Germany. “I think it’s a particularly important history for students to wrestle with because, of course, these are people that swore an oath to take care of patients — and then they obviously violated even the most basic precepts of what we would think of as ethical today in such horrific ways.” Wasserman also believes that it is just as important to acknowledge physicians and healthcare professionals that showed resistance by providing care for others while in the camps. “Some of the Jewish physicians in the camps, for example, took care of patients under just unbelievable circumstances. What motivated them? How did they tap into those kinds of virtues? Which is, of course, what we want physicians and other healthcare professionals to do.” The stories of resilience in the camps resonated with students like Rima Stepanian, who was inspired by the brave and compassionate acts of the imprisoned healthcare workers. “In the Nazi concentration camps, physicians were some of the highest leaders in the Nazi chain of command, leading the death selections and essentially playing “God” with the lives of innocent people, but there were also many imprisoned Jewish and non-Jewish physicians that helped a lot of people and saved many lives as well,” Stepanian said. “This dichotomy shows that as doctors we will have the chance to make choices every day and that we must always keep in mind the power and
responsibility our titles hold.” For medical students, the learning didn’t begin and end during their week abroad. As part of their preparation for the study trip, students toured the Zekelman Holocaust Center in Farmington Hills and will continue to reflect on their experiences in a seven-week post-trip seminar, taken for credit as part of the Medical Humanities and Clinical Bioethics (MHCB) 3 course, in their second year of medical school. “[The students are] preparing presentations on different topics that are of interest to them and taking those back out into the community,” Wasserman said. “Not only their medical school classmates, but also the wider OU campus and around this metro area –– there will be other opportunities to hear from them [and] about what they learned in the future.” The OUWB Holocaust in Medicine program may reflect on the past, but it is intended to remind the future of medicine that humanism and compassion should be at the forefront of caring for patients. “This study trip was harrowing and unforgettable, and for me, it really emphasized the responsibility I have as a medical student and will have as a physician,” Kaycee Fillmore, a second-year medical student, said. “We need to continue the fight for humanism in all aspects of life and particularly in our future occupation of caring for others. As future physicians, we will have choices and influence, and where we direct our energy and compassion matters.” This inaugural study trip to Auschwitz is expected to become an annual learning opportunity available to OUWB students. “It really fits with who we are at this school,” Mezwa said. For more perspectives from OUWB students and faculty, watch this video.
PHOTO COURTESY OF OUWB Students and officials from OUWB at the gate of the former Auschwitz 1 concentration camp, on June 16, 2022
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“Just let me adore you,” — Why OU students love Harry Styles AUTUMN OKUSZKA Features Reporter Grammy Award winner Harry Styles is one of the biggest names in pop music today. Styles rose to fame through the boy band One Direction, formed on “The X Factor UK” in 2010. While together, the band sold more than 70 million records worldwide. One Direction officially disbanded in 2015 after a final appearance on the show that created them — and Styles’ solo career took off from there. Senior Grace Lee’s love for Styles began during his boy band days, saying that she felt jealous as a young fan that other people liked him besides her. “[It’s] kind of cliché but I’ve liked him since, “What Makes You Beautiful” came out [in] 2011,” Lee said. “I was just instantly drawn to him — he was very eye-catching and to me, he was the most talented and outgoing [member.]” Lee’s first time seeing Styles in concert was during One Direction’s 2014 “Where We Are Tour,” crediting the concert as the turning point in her growing love for Styles. “I went with my mom and we were in section 100,” she said. “We had a pretty straight view, and that was when 5 Seconds of Summer opened for them, so it was the best concert.” Lee has seen Styles in concert 15 times — some locations include Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and New York. At one point, Lee even quit her job and then traveled to California to see Styles in concert there as well. “I went to his show in San Jose, and then all the [Los Angeles] shows,” Lee said. Lee says that she goes to so many of Styles’ concerts because they feel like home. She even credits him with helping her to come to terms with her sexuality.
“I’m bisexual, [and] for LA night three I threw my little bi flag onstage and he picked it up during ‘Treat People With Kindness,’” she said. “That was such an amazing moment for me. When it happens to other people, you’re like ‘oh, I’m happy for them,’ and I’ve always kind of been like, ‘okay, I’m not going to overreact,’ but literally when that happened [to me, I was in] instant tears.” While Lee has loved Styles for nearly half her life, sophomore Hannah Rybski first started liking Styles four years ago — a few years after he left behind his boy band origins. “[I first started to like Harry] during a time where things were not going so well for me mentally,” Rybski said. “My friend had been obsessed with him since [his] One Direction days, so she was like ‘just listen to Harry, he’s always been somebody that has got me through things.’” Rybski’s first time seeing Styles live was last October in Cleveland during his ongoing “Love On Tour.” “We had pretty good seats, we were pretty close where you could feel when he would throw the water at the crowd — it was amazing,” she said. Rybski has seen Styles live a total of four times. She has traveled to see Styles in New York for “Harryween” — which is Styles’ Halloween concert — and twice at Wembley Stadium in London this past June. Rybski also has plans to see Styles in the near future. “I’m going to one [show] in New York and then two in Chicago,” Rybski said. Rybski says that Styles has helped her with personal growth. Although she struggles with her mental health, she says that as soon as you step foot into one of Styles’ concerts, you’re able to block everything else out.
“His music has helped me a lot with my mental health, and so I feel like in general it’s helped me grow from the first album to the most recent one,” Rybski said. As fans of Styles, Lee and Rybski are always anticipating his next move, whether it be a new concert date or a new movie — as the musicianturned-actor makes his return to the big screen in the upcoming films “Don’t Worry Darling,” in theaters Sept. 23, and “My Policeman,” which will be available to stream on Prime Video beginning Oct. 21. “Seeing him come out as an actor is going to be really exciting,” Rybski said. “I’m excited to see what he’s going to do with that.”
Sophomore Hannah Rybski at Wembley Stadium June 18, 2022
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With fall approaching, there are many activities that Oakland University students love to do to ring in the season, from watching the leaves change colors — to cider mill season being in full swing. Established in 1863, Yates Cider Mill, located in Rochester Hills, was named one of America’s best cider mills by NBC News. Actress Miranda Cosgrove, most known from the Nickelodeon TV show “iCarly” visited the mill in 2021, stating in an Instagram post that the cider mill “did not disappoint.” Sophomore Christopher Castillo’s favorite fall activity is visiting the famed cider mill and enjoys indulging in their acider and donuts. He also enjoys walking numerous trails at the mills. “Walking on that trail is one of those favorite memories of mine,” Castillo said. Sophomore Carina Kiessling adds that visiting haunted houses is an exciting fall activity. According to Michigan Haunted Houses, there are 35 active haunted houses in the state for the 2022 fall season. “[I remember] my friends and I going to a haunted house and one of them got really scared. I’m not really scared of haunted houses — so it was just really fun,” Kiessling said. For OU students that prefer to stay in during the fall season, like freshman Erin Pendygraft, watching Halloween movies is a fun and relaxing autumn activity. “It’s my favorite because it’s just a [comforting] thing I’ve been doing since I was little,” Pendygraft said. Pendygraft fondly remembers the times she would watch Halloween movies as a child. Her favorite memory involves watching the movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” “When me and my little sibling were younger we’d [watch] it all the time,” she said.
On the other end of the movie spectrum, freshman Kemontay Jefferson loves to watch scary movies because of the adrenaline rush they provide. “One year when I was younger, me and my brother and my sister were watching “Boogeyman” and my mom made me go to the basement and get some clothes out [of] the dryer,” Jefferson said. “They locked me in the basement and I screamed for my life.” While Pendygraft and Jefferson’s favorite fall activities involve staying indoors, graduate student Chris Rother enjoys looking at the scenery fall has to offer while hiking. “I enjoy hiking,” Rother said. “There’s some pretty nice trails around the Rochester area [and] nice parks.” Aside from the Rochester area, Rother enjoys hiking in other parts of Michigan. According to Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Michigan offers 4,020 miles of hiking trails. “[I’ve done] some backpacking and [saw] some pretty spectacular scenery,” Rother said. When OU students are not doing their favorite fall activities, they simply enjoy the beauty the season has to offer. “I think fall is definitely my favorite season, all the pretty colors. I’m from the [Upper Peninsula] so just a bunch of pretty fall leaves [would] fall,” Pendygraft said. As the seasons change from summer to fall, from tank tops to sweater weather — there are plenty of activities OU students can do to enjoy autumn in Michigan.
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COVID-19, monkey pox, flu protocols for the new semester RACHEL YIM
Science and Technology Reporter The 2022 fall semester marks the third school year of the pandemic. However, this year COVID-19 concerns have been accompanied by new caution around the rapid spread of the monkeypox virus, as well as the upcoming flu season. As students return to campus and many courses transition to in-person teaching, Oakland University and the University Housing have been putting effort into maintaining safe learning environments for students by revising several guidelines regarding COVID-19 for the new semester. OU will: • Not cover the cost for on-campus COVID-19 testing anymore, as the testing is available at various facilities in the community. Testing services are still available, but will prioritize individuals who are experiencing symptoms or who have been exposed to COVID-19. • Students with potential symptoms of COVID-19 or monkeypox will be able to seek medical consultation on and off-campus. The Graham Health Center (GHC) is equipped to provide testing and guidance to symptomatic students. • High-touch areas such as public lounges, bathrooms, printing stations, ATMs and computers will be sanitized frequently. All faculty, staff and students will: • Not come to campus and be tested for COVID-19 if they experience any symptoms of illness; • Upload their positive COVID-19 test results to the Graham Health Center portal; • Notify any close contacts after testing positive for COVID-19
•Follow MDHHS guidelines for isolation if they test positive for COVID-19 OU also noted that the vaccine mandate and exemption approval process will remain in place throughout the new school year. Currently, the vaccination verification deadline for the Winter 2023 semester is Monday, Dec. 12. Vaccination records should be uploaded to the Graham Health Center’s patient portal. Students can refer to the step-by-step instructions on how to upload vaccination records. Requests for vaccination exemptions are reviewed by the Dean of Students office. More information for students can be found on the Dean of Students website. Similar guidelines apply to monkeypox.
PHOTO BY MAGGIE WILLARD Graham Health Center will be distributing flu vaccines.
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Although the current risk of getting monkeypox in the general public is very low and the virus is much less contagious than COVID-19, it is important to stay alert and be aware of how to protect yourself from this outbreak. Monkeypox has similar symptoms as those of COVID-19 — such as rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes and chills. This can be prevented by avoiding direct or close contact with people with these symptoms. The JYNNEOS vaccine is approved for prevention of smallpox and monkeypox. Individuals who have been identified as a close contact of someone with monkeypox or whose sex partners in the past two weeks has been diagnosed with monkeypox may want to receive the vaccine. Because there is still not enough information and evidence about the vaccine in the current outbreak, people who are vaccinated are encouraged to continue to protect themselves from infection by avoiding close, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has monkeypox. With the flu season approaching, we are confronted with three major viruses: COVID-19, monkeypox and influenza. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu caused 140,000-710,000 hospitalizations and 12,000-52,000 deaths annually between 2010 and 2020. In the 2020-2021 flu season, however, only around half of adults got a flu shot. CDC recommends that ideally, everyone should be vaccinated by the end of October. Flu vaccinations are widely available, and OU GHC also offers both during fall and winter semester for 20 dollars or free with accepted insurance or during Campus Flu Challenge events.
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STEM organization: Mental Health & Wellness for Women in STEM GABRIELLE GAPPY Science and Technology Editor With the high number of students on campus studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), there are many ways to get involved outside of the classroom and to focus on personal growth amidst working toward a professional career in these fields. An example of doing this is through joining student organizations. Annabel Shaffou is a senior on the pre-med track majoring in biology. In addition to performing both basic science research in a biochemistry laboratory and previously performing clinical research in the Emergency Department at Henry Ford Detroit, Shaffou runs a cupcake business with her mother, volunteers with the Hospice of Michigan, is a trained yoga instructor and an avid painter. Shaffou finds it very valuable to remain a wellrounded person as a whole and to get to know a community of people with shared experiences. These are a few sources of inspirations behind the student organization Mental Health & Wellness for Women in STEM (MHWWSTEM), which she founded last school year. Shaffou was able to answer a few questions to give deeper insight into this organization and what it means to her as well as the Oakland community at large.
“After experiencing the everyday challenges that come with being a young woman pursuing a career as a physician, I was inspired to create a community of support. I was fortunate enough to know some amazing individuals that also felt a gap in this area and we established MHWWSTEM,” Shaffou said. The mission of the organization is to “create a safe space for those looking to find balance between mental and physical health alongside
PHOTO BY @OU_MHWWSTEM ON INSTAGRAM MHWWSTEM prioritizes mental health and wellness for women in STEM.
their career aspirations. MHWWSTEM is meant to be a haven for vulnerability, healing, learning, and personal growth.” Shaffou is very excited about further growing the organization and anticipates having an eventful year. “Some things to look forward to are meetings on and off campus. Zoom is a great tool but being able to connect with others in person after a somewhat isolating few years will be refreshing. Furthermore, we know how busy life can get so we are also excited about creating a more active social media page to be more accessible and connect with more people! We currently have an Instagram account (@ou_mhwwstem). Please feel free to contact us through this outlet and to also join through GrizzOrgs,” Shaffou said. Shaffou also invites anyone to reach out to her about really any topic. “As a senior, I have learned a lot about what it really means to go down this path in STEM and I want to pass along what I’ve learned to anyone that could use some advice. I know how impactful it has been to have these figures in my own life and I am so appreciative for everything they’ve taught me. I would love to be that person for someone else and help others in any way I can, especially through this organization.” Anyone interested can contact her at email@example.com
Arrival of the iPhone 14 GABRIELLE GAPPY Science and Technology Editor
When people think of the fall season, they may imagine children going back to school, or the leaves changing color. Many may also be preparing to swap out their smartphone for the latest version, as Apple releases new products around this time of year. On September 7th, Apple released word that it would be debuting the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. On September 16, these phones were made available to the public along with the Apple Watch Series 8 and the new Apple Watch SE. A new color, deep purple, will be sold in addition to space black, gold, and silver. The Pro will cost $999 in the U.S. while the Pro Max runs at $1,099. With over 1 billion iPhone users worldwide (Backlinko), huge numbers will flock to get their hands on Apple’s newest, most innovative technology yet. However, a question that comes up essentially every year is “what makes this phone/ update different from the last?” Among the most notable differences is the addition of Crash Detection and Emergency SOS
via satellite. With the Crash Detection feature, the iPhone will be able to detect if the user has been in a serious accident and will go on to dial for help. Emergency SOS via Satellite will allow users to get into contact and share their location with emergency services even if they are not in a location with service and even if they do not have access to Wi-Fi. This can be life-saving in environments users are in such as in nature on a hike (Apple). Furthermore, Apple Fitness+ will become available to all who use iPhones. This is a feature that used to be solely available to those possessing Apple Watches. It provides workouts and meditations that can be followed, and can track metrics such as burned calories. From hardware and software standpoints, the A16 Bionic Chip in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is “generations ahead of the competition, and unlocks unparalleled experiences like the Dynamic Island, powers all-day battery life,7 and delivers impressive computational photography capabilities,” (Apple). The Dynamic Island is described as an Interactive User Experience that will “allow users easier access to controls with a simple tap-and-hold,” (Apple).
PHOTO BY APPLE On September 7th, Apple released word that it would be debuting the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
The COVID-19 pandemic mitigated the number of people standing in line outside of Apple stores waiting for the new release. However, this year, a variety of stores across the world have seen the return of this “tradition.” In Thailand, for example, customers began arriving up to 12 hours before the release (9to5mac). For all those who were waiting for this release to finally get a new phone, now might be a good time to act before delivery times increase as the supply diminishes.
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Noah Cyrus releases ‘The Hardest Part’ BELLA JAVIER Arts Editor
Noah Cyrus released debut album “The Hardest Part” last Friday, Sept. 16, following a previous EP and years of steadily making music single-bysingle. Although Cyrus has been making music for almost six years, this latest album captures the artist in a way that makes us feel like we’re meeting her for the first time. Cyrus has been in the entertainment industry since the age of two, with notable successes including voicing the English dub for the titular role in Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo and being nominated for Best New Artist at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Now, at only 22 years old, Cyrus releases a cathartic, raw work of art. Born out of the hardships Cyrus faced through the pandemic, “The Hardest Part” is 10 tracks worth of poetic lyrics underscored by a blend of acoustic instrumentation and stripped beats, inspired by her Nashville roots. Many think Cyrus has found and grown into her own sound in this album — dream-like and folksy, comparable to the Southern charm of country-pop singer-songwriter, Kacey Musgraves. We can see her progression into this genre when we observe her previous work; from debuting her music career with Labrinth — singer, songwriter and producer best known for his music featured in Euphoria — to her latest EP, “THE END OF EVERYTHING,” to
this latest release. In first track, “Noah (Stand Still),” Cyrus lets every last guard down with her chilling first verse, “When I turned twenty, I was overcome with the thought that I might not turn twenty one. Death upon my doorstep, if I took just one more step, there’d be nothing left of me except these songs.” Before finishing the first song, I had to pause and process not only the dark nature of the lyrics, but also the beautiful honesty of the track. I wasn’t so much disturbed as I was sympathetic toward Cyrus’s words. I had similar experiences while listening to “Every Beginning Ends” — a reflective breakup duet — and the harmony-filled “My Side of the Bed,” two songs that awaken forgotten feelings, provoke new ones and leave you feeling seen by the end. I knew this album was carefully crafted when listening to “Unfinished” — a breakup song that mourns what could’ve been with an organ-esque synth that kicks off the track playing chords vaguely similar to those in Pachelbel’s Canon. Making this particular reference can sometimes come off as cliche, but Cyrus pulls it off by playing into the juxtaposition between the lyrics and cultural significance of this classic wedding song. I can see a world where you all might be thinking this album is kind of a bummer, but the more upbeat songs — “Mr. Percocet,” “Hardest Part” and “I Just Want a Lover,” — offer a rhythm and drive that the more ballad-like songs lack, bringing a sense of balance to the entirety of this LP.
This album has variety without straying too far from the core of what’s at hand: Cyrus sharing a touching retelling of the experiences that shaped her and her loved ones. Cyrus finally matures into her artistic skin, hitting the ground running with the beautifully impressive “The Hardest Part.” Rating: 5/5
PHOTO COURTESY OF VANITY FAIR Noah Cyrus released debut album “The Hardest Part” last Friday, Sept. 16, following a previous EP and years of steadily making music single-by-single.
HSMTMTS Season 3 — a mixed season D‘JUANNA LESTER Arts Editor
Season three of the popular musical Disney+ show High School Musical: The Musical: The Series has officially come to an end. With a very short duration lasting only eight episodes, fans are divided on the season as a whole. For those who have not finished the season, this will be a spoiler free review. Okay, let’s start with the music — the reason why this show is so popular (besides piggybacking off the popularity of the High School Musical trilogy.) With a mix of originals, Camp Rock and High School Musical 2, there was a clear emphasis on summer jams for the season. My one question: why did they turn so many classic Disney songs into pop songs? They turned so many of their songs into auto tuned tracks that took me out of the story. This cast is super talented — there was no need to add all these extra things to the songs. Just let them sing. The only songs that stuck with me this season were the songs from the final episode and Kourtney’s (Dara Renee) original song that she wrote for the show. That scene broke me. The plot was all over the place. It went from a cute summer camp musical to a wannabe reality show. The unnecessary drama was more cringeworthy than it should’ve been. Why couldn’t we just get the show and the ship drama? Channing was annoying,
PHOTO COURTESY OF DISNEY+ Season three of the popular musical Disney+ show High School Musical: The Musical: The Series has officially come to an end.
and I’m glad Ricky put him in his place in the finale. And now the characters. For every character they gave an amazing breakthrough storyline, they ruined another character. I couldn’t tell who to root for. Kourtney, one of my favorite characters, finally
got a storyline! The way they handled her anxiety was so beautiful to watch. Season 2 made me come to like Ashlyn. Season 3 ruined her for me. I’ve always had mixed feelings about her as a character — but this season, she was insufferable. Though she did get a huge storyline that I can appreciate. And EJ. Oh, poor, sweet, innocent EJ. This season was not kind to you and I am not happy about it. You deserve better. Writers, work with me here. He’s the most developed character throughout the show and you keep paying him dust. Do better. The new characters this season honestly saved the show for me. I was watching for Maddox and Jet more than most of the original characters. The only OG characters I cared about were Gina, Kourtney and EJ. I really hope the writers transfer them to East High with the rest of the gang. Oh, the ships. When one ship is dominant in a fandom, the other side is screwed. Especially when the writing is rushed and it feels like a repeat of another storyline. Overall, my feelings on this season are mixed. This season felt just like the first one, but in summer (and with less catchy songs.) There were great moments and terrible ones, moments that made me laugh (any Carlos scene) and moments that made me cringe. The writers need to stop ruining certain characters to get a certain ending. Rating: 3/5
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OLIVIA CHIAPPELLI Arts Reporter
Last week, Netflix released a new teenage dark comedy entitled “Do Revenge” starring Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke, of respective “Riverdale” and “Stranger Things” fame. Just from that pairing of modern teen TV royalty alone, I could tell that this movie was going to be something special. The film follows Drea (Mendes) and Eleanor (Hawke) as they secretly team up to get revenge on one another’s enemies to avoid detection, a modern twist on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train.” While the tone of the film feels so fresh, it harkens back to the prolific late 1990’s, early 2000’s teen comedy formula of taking a twist on a classic — which produced iconic films like “Easy A” based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, “10 Things I Hate About You” based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and “Clueless” based on Jane Austin’s Emma, to name a few. Given the darkly comedic nature of this film, it comes with its surprising twists which I will do my best not to spoil, because each one has such a genuinely satisfying payoff. From the opening party scene, the cast was already a who’s who of young Hollywood. Each pan to a new character felt like a celebrity guest star’s entrance on a long running sitcom, so when the crowd parted and usually geeky Austin Abrams (Euphoria) appeared as the school’s it boy, I was on my feet.
PHOTO COURTESY OF NETFLIX Last week, Netflix released a new teenage dark comedy entitled “Do Revenge” starring Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke, of respective “Riverdale” and“Stranger Things” fame.
I love that awkward man, and I was not ready to see him with a spray tan and wearing pastels, but I digress. Director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson and screenwriter Celeste Ballard set the film off on a perfect note with an established aesthetic and tight script that they maintained throughout the entirety of the film. The soundtrack, put together by Este Haim, was also amazing, elevating the vibe of the film to a whole different level. Whoever edited in that little harpsichord twinkle when 90’s icon Sarah Michelle Gellar was revealed to be the school’s headmaster deserves a raise. I think that was the moment I realized what I really liked most about this film: it
recognizes its influences and tropes from the past, yet knows when to flip them on their heads. From the obligatory “Clueless” makeover scene — where Eleanor calls out that “it feels so problematic,” to which Drea responds, “it is, but it’s fun!” — to the very obviously “10 Things I Hate About You” inspired paint fight date, the film is self aware enough to make fun of itself, but knows when to lean into tropes that work. The comedy in the film also benefited from this self awareness by making often cringey and overplayed Gen Z humor feel natural and authentic, and the thematic critiques of subjects like the patriarchy and internalized misogyny gave the film substance to stand on. The perfect description of Austin Abrams’ Max as “the ultimate manic pixie dream boy with a meticulously curated persona” was so direct yet felt so right. Don’t let the painted nails fool you — that man is not a feminist. I will also never not be thinking about the almost soft sand-ness of Hawke’s delivery of the line, “I just wanna eat my lunch on her shattered ego,” followed by Mendes’ genuinely empathetic, “I love that for you.” That’s my type of comedy. Even though the ending pretty much confirmed that I figured out the twist from about 30 minutes in because all of these characters were mad suspicious, I thoroughly enjoyed the candy colored ride. To quote my notes app entry upon finishing this film, “This movie kind of feels like a classic.” Rating: 5/5 stars
‘Youngblood’ — The recipe to a chart-topping album D‘JUANNA LESTER Arts Reporter
5SOS fam, it’s time. We are approaching the final days before 5SOS5 drops! Australian pop band 5 Seconds of Summer are gearing up to release their fifth studio album 5SOS5 on Sept. 23. The Aussie quartet — made up of Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood and Michael Clifford — have been releasing hit single after hit single from the album. Having already reviewed CALM, I want to review their third album, Youngblood, track by track. “Youngblood” How else do you open an album than with the title track? This pop hit perfectly encapsulates the themes on the album of hardships in relationships and an angsty edge that the band is becoming known for. “Want You Back” One of the best songs on the album. Sorry, not sorry. The instruments? The whiny vocals? The angst! “Lie to Me” Well, this one hurt. A lot. Asking someone to lie to you and say that they love you? Come on. Songs like these show off the lyrical and vocal range of the band in such a great way. “Valentine” Still can’t believe I heard this one live back in July. The vocals? The catchy beat? Micahel Clifford singing “Your DNA’s being messed with my touch?” Yeah, I’m never getting over this one. This one’s a banger.
“Talk Fast” A bop with a catchy dance beat. What else is there to say? “Moving Along” The perfect post-breakup “I’m over my ex but not over my ex,” song. 4/4 solos? Yes please!
PHOTO COURTESY OF AMAZON.COM 5SOS released third album “Youngblood” on June 15, 2018.
“If Walls Could Talk” BEST. SONG. ON THE ALBUM. “Some things are meant to be secret, and not to be heard?” Come on! I’m so glad Ashton sings the, “Cause we’d fall from grace” part on the live versions. Top tier. “Better Man” The beat in this song! Something about Luke’s vocals on this track make it so fun to listen to. The
lyrics! So underrated. “More” Pop rock angst? Check. Killer vocals? Check. One of their best songs to date. “Why Won’t You Love Me” I’m sad again. It’s so catchy, and then you remember this is sad and the lyrics make you sad all over again. I love the second verse where Michael and Calum harmonize. So good. “Woke Up in Japan” A bop, truly. “Empty Wallets” Listen to this song and tell me it doesn’t make you want to dance. You can’t. It’s impossible. Someone put this on a tv show soundtrack please, it’s needed. “Ghost of You” Their most infamous sad song. Even the band can’t sing this one without tears. The sad piano alone puts it in my top five for the album. “Monster Among Men” - UNDERRATED Most. Underrated. Song. If Michael is opening a song, you know it’s gonna be good. He NEEDS solos on 5SOS5, and that is a need, not a request! “Meet You There” Come on, there’s a reason the tour was named after this one! “Babylon” Babylon walked so Wildflower could run. A Calum solo song? Where can you go wrong? You can’t. The. Bass. Line. Comparing a broken love to a crumbling city? Genius. Rating: 5/5 stars
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Rachel Kempf: Headed to the finish line SUMMER WEATHERS Sports Reporter
Cross-country runner Rachel Kempf has a bright future ahead of her. She is a graduate student, majoring in accounting, and is making her way up to her dream job, with a desire to get an auditing role at a top accounting firm. She first began her love for running back in middle school. “The running community where I’m from, in Saginaw, Michigan, is pretty big,” Kempf said. “We had a lot of good, good coaches throughout middle school and high school. My sister got involved in running, so that kind of led me to get involved in running and I loved it. I loved the people that came with it. I love the aspect of running, the sport was amazing, so I just kept to it.” Kempf is dedicated to her student-athlete lifestyle as well. Even with her late classes, she still manages to get up bright and early in the morning, making sure she’s fueled properly before their two-to-threehour practice. Kempf briefly explained her different approaches to her health during the cross-country season. “So definitely having a healthy lifestyle is more than just eating right and training,” Kempf said. “It’s also all about sleeping and making sure you’re balancing out everything in your life. Even a social life, even your mental health, I think you’re just finding that good balance. That’s how you’re going
a great day during a workout, I think my teammates have always given me a positive mindset, a positive outlook on things, despite of things, you know, don’t go your way that day, so definitely the teammate aspect is the main thing.” A special day to share with coaches, teammates and family came during her sophomore year in 2019, when the Oakland cross-country team won the Horizon League Championships. “It was a special year. The previous year, we were kind of expected to win, and it didn’t work out our way that day. PHOTO COURTESY OF OU ATHLETICS The next year, we came back with a goal in mind, we came to stay healthy.” ready to race, and we executed it Her dedication has helped her throughout her that well, so we came home with the championship training, which contributes to her success. Her trophy and some rings,” she said. successes include receiving The First Team AllShe enjoys being a Grizzly. In particular, on the Horizon League, which is top seven for cross- academic side of things, are the people she looks up country, and receiving the Horizon League Runner to, such as the faculty and professors that have given of the Week Award a couple of times. her a great outlook on her future endeavors. “A lot of it really comes from teammates,” Kempf “They’ve led me in the right direction, they’ve said, when asked how she stays motivated. “I think supported me and helped me grow as a person. I can teammates really help you, especially when you’re see a difference between my freshman self to my not having a great day, either a great day during a race, grad student self,” Kempf said.
Men’s soccer falls to Grand Canyon, winless through six games BROCK HEILIG Sports Editor
The Oakland University men’s soccer team took a late summer trip out to the Arizona desert to take on the Grand Canyon University Antelopes on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The long trip out west resulted in a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Antelopes. Oakland, which is coming off a 12-7-2, Horizon League-winning season in 2021, has not had the same success to begin the 2022 campaign. Through their first six games of the season — with an 0-5-1 record — the Golden Grizzlies have scored just four total goals, and have yet to find the net twice in the same match. Furthermore, the team scored just one total goal in its three exhibition matches against Saginaw Valley State, Ohio State and Akron. Through six games last season, the Golden Grizzlies sat with a 2-2-2 record. The only losses came to in-state Big Ten powers Michigan and Michigan State. However, this year’s team is not last year’s. Seasons change. New players come in. Some players leave. It’s how the team adapts to the early season difficulties that matters most. The loss marked the Golden Grizzlies’ fifth defeat of the season. Oakland dropped its first four matches of the season to Creighton, Omaha, DePaul and Butler, before managing to tie Purdue Fort Wayne in the first Horizon League match of the season. Tuesday night’s match against the Antelopes didn’t fare much better for the Golden Grizzlies. Oakland
found the back of the net in the 40th minute. to double overtime before a Wolverine goal in the Senior Villie Ahola put the Golden Grizzlies on 109th minute ended the game. the board and tied the game late in the first half as he Following the match with the Wolverines, Oakland scored Oakland’s first goal in more than 80 minutes will wrap up its non-conference schedule with a trip of game action, going back to the team’s 1-1 tie to Bowling Green to take on the Falcons on Friday, against Purdue Fort Wayne. Sept. 23. Ahola’s goal marked his first of the season and the Oakland will kick start its Horizon League schedule fourth of his illustrious career at Oakland. The senior on Wednesday, Sept. 28 against Robert Morris. It will played one season at Fairleigh Dickinson before then host Detroit Mercy before embarking on a twotransferring to Oakland in 2020. game road trip to Cleveland State and Green Bay. Grand Canyon struck early in the second half, claimed a 2-1 lead and never let it go. The Antelopes held off the Grizzlies for 40 minutes and finished the game with the slimmest of victories. The Golden Grizzlies, which remain winless at this point in the season, will not be treated any more kindly with the upcoming schedule. After making the crosscountry trip back home, Oakland will take an hour’s trip southwest to take on the Michigan Wolverines on Monday, Sept. 19. When the Wolverines and Golden Grizzlies squared off in the aforementioned game last PHOTO COURTESY OF OU ATHLETICS season, Oakland took Michigan Oakland men’s soccer suffered their first loss of the spring season on Saturday.
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Women’s soccer ties Green Bay, marks fourth consecutive draw BROCK HEILIG Sports Editor
The Oakland University women’s soccer team has had an unusual start to its season. The first five games of the season were not anything out of the ordinary. Oakland allowed just two goals through its first five games and began the season with an undefeated mark of 3-0-2. However, as the calendar flipped deeper into September, the season progressed in an extremely abnormal fashion. The Golden Grizzlies dropped their first game of the season to Wake Forest in a 1-0 affair, back on Sept. 4. Oakland then took a trip to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans. The Golden Grizzlies were looking for revenge, as the Spartans defeated the Golden Grizzlies, 2-0 last season. Although Oakland didn’t get its redemption, Michigan State didn’t claim bragging rights, either. The teams battled to a mind-numbinglyboring 0-0 draw. The in-state foes combined for just 20 shots, only two of which were on goal. There were a whopping two saves in the game, one which probably didn’t make any lifelong soccer fans. The tie against the Spartans marked the third draw of the early season for the Golden Grizzlies, already tripling its total of one from a year ago. Ties didn’t stop there, however. Later that weekend, on Sunday, Sept. 11, Oakland traveled to take on another in-state opponent in the
Western Michigan Broncos. games, including four straight. Through 85 minutes, it looked like Oakland was The season is only 10 games old, and the Golden going to find itself in another scoreless draw, but the Grizzlies already have as many ties as they did in Broncos were able to net what looked to be the game the 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons combined. winning goal in the 86th minute. Exactly one minute As far back as 1999, which is as far back as records and 20 seconds later, the Golden Grizzlies struck go, Oakland has only tied four straight games one with a goal from fifth-year senior Kendra Zak. other time in program history. It happened in the Oakland hadn’t scored a goal in more than 270 aforementioned 2015 season when the Golden minutes of game time, but was able to find the back Grizzlies tied Central Michigan, Michigan State, of the net late in the game to tie the Broncos. St. Bonaventure and Grand Canyon consecutively. That’s four ties on the season, already the most This year’s Oakland team is just one tie away from since the 2015 season when the Golden Grizzlies matching 2015’s total with eight games remaining. finished with seven. Will the record-setting draw come next Sunday Oakland then began its Horizon League schedule against Purdue Fort Wayne? against Youngstown State on Thursday, Sept. 15. The team rode some of its lategame momentum into the conference opener, and fifth-year senior Alexa Sabbagh put the Golden Grizzlies in front in the 30th minute with a goal. Less than 10 minutes away from its first win in two weeks, Oakland suffered a game-tying goal in the 82nd minute, and another tie was settled upon. In its most recent game, on Sunday, Sept. 18, Oakland traveled to Green Bay to take on the Phoenix. Much like the match against Michigan State, there isn’t much to be said about PHOTO COURTESY OF OAKLAND UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS this one, because nothing happened. The two teams ran around for 90 minutes and the The women’s soccer team huddles up during a game against Western Michigan. game ended in a 0-0 tie. Oakland has now tied in six of its last eight
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