From its opening in Fall 1959 Oakland University had a student newspaper. First called The Oakland Observer, the newspaper operated from North Foundation Hall and was written, edited, and published by students under the guidance of OU faculty and staff.

In Fall 1969, students voted not to continue to be assessed for a student newspaper, which caused the Observer to stop publication. It was replaced by Focus Oakland, an independent publication supported exclusively by advertising revenue, which started with a magazine style format but quickly moved to newsprint to cut costs.

From September 1975 to April 1987, The Oakland Sail was sponsored and funded through a student fee. In the fall of 1987 the newspaper changed name again and became The Oakland Post, owned and operated by the Oakland Sail, Inc., a non-profit company that is independent from OU.

Today the student newspaper is funded through student fees and advertising revenue.

Over the years the frequency of the newspaper has varied. It was either a weekly or a bi-weekly during the academic year, with some odd issues over the summer.

More information on the history of the newspaper.

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The student newspaper digitization project was made possible with support from Library Professor Emerita, Janet Krompart and her family in honor of Library Professor Emerita, Linda Hildebrand.

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  • The Oakland Post 2019-03-05 

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    Senior Send-off ; Dentistry Program. OU and UDM to launch interprofessional partnership ; New in enrollment. Dawn Aubry names associate VP of Enrollment Management ; Pride Month. Celebration of OU's Pride Month begins March ...
  • The Oakland Post 2019-03-12 

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    Neuro-What? It's Brain Awareness Week ; Class Credits. OU considers changing course credits from four to three ; Lt. Governor. Garlin Gilchrist talks Michigan's future in technology ; Sot Down. Men's basketball loses in ...
  • The Oakland Post 2019-03-20 

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    Oakland Mourns with Christchuch: View coverage online ; Ask Ora: Students raise issues of accessibility and scholarships ; Suit Up. With career events coming up JCPenney offers discounts ; OUSC election. What the candidates ...
  • The Oakland Post 2019-03-27 

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    Tommy' Rocks the Theatre ; EMT's Wanted. The nation experiences a shortage of EMS personnel ; Elizabeth Smart. The kidnapping survivor shares her story of trauma and hope ; March Madness. Three problems with the NCAA and ...
  • The Oakland Post 2019-02-27 

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    Rivalry match win ; School of Business. OU's SBA receives prestigious accreditation for its program ; Career Secrets. A panel of recent alumni share their journeys to career success ; Snubs and victories. Oscar outcomes ...
  • The Oakland Post 2019-02-13 

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    Hollywood Famous: Accomplished actor and OU alum Curtis Armstrong donates collection to Kresge Archives ; Wilson expansion. Board of Trustees approve of new construction on campus ; Tips on Stress. President Ora shares ...
  • The Oakland Post 2019-01-23 

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    Keeping the dream alive: Jeff Johnson speaks on Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and commitment to justice and equality ; New Classification. OU has achieved High Research Activity tier by Carnegie ; Day of Service. OUWB ...
  • The Oakland Post 2019-02-06 

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    Meet Meta Kern ; Testing and prevention. Get tested and learn how to ask for consent during SPB's "Sexpo" ; Feel the bass. OU partners with inventor to create an alternate form of the amp ; The ball returns. Meadow Brook ...
  • The Oakland Post 2019-01-31 

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    Ice Ice Grizzlies ; OUCC new hires. The counseling center adds more staff to decrease wait times ; Biking the Americas. Alumnus bikes form top of Alaska to the bottom of Argentina ; Shallow bench. Men's basketball enters ...
  • The Oakland Post 2019-01-09 

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    Stay Cozy Grizzlies ; Top Ranking. Environmental Health and safety program among top 25 in US ; Transfer agreement. MCC and OU work to ease transfer process for students in health fields ; Sticking to it. Strategies on how ...
  • The Oakland Post 2018-11-28 

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    Finals are coming: Funding cut. OU Speech Team becomes a victim of recent budget cuts ; Black Cinema. The rise in popularity of films made by black actors and directors ; Wildfires. Causes of the blazes in California and ...
  • The Oakland Post 2018-12-05 

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    All decked out: Meadow Brook Hall boasts holiday flair for everyone who visits ; Million dollar gist: Ted Lindsay gives surprise donation to OU Autism Outreach Center ; Insight Lands. NASA probe to investigate Mars below ...
  • The Oakland Post 2016-03-23 

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    Discovering the Destinies: OUWB students learn what their futures hold on match day ; State of OU: Student Body President Nick Walter talks year's accomplishments ; Autism Awareness: OU's Light It UP Blue event to celebrate ...
  • The Oakland Post 2019-01-16 

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    Photos from the apocalypse: David McMillan's journeys to Chernobyl featured in art symposium ; Pontiac Initiative. OU and Pontiac aim for mentor program for sustainability ; South Foundation. One of OU's original buildings ...
  • The Oakland Post 2018-11-07 

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    Whitmer for the Win ; Epsolawn Cleanup. TKE fraternity takes to the lawn for community service ; Pot Proposal. Michigan becomes 10th state to legalize recreational Marijuana ; End of Season. Men's soccer falls to Milwaukee ...
  • The Oakland Post 2018-11-14 

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    Basketball is back ; Ask Ora. Active shooter preparedness and diversity among issues addressed ; condom song. WXOU wins national award for writing song about safe sex ; Pageantry. OU student Erica Kennedy on her pageant ...
  • The Oakland Post 2018-10-24 

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    Talking Poetry: Airea Matthews visits Oakland to honor Maurice Brown in annual poetry reading night ; Foster Care Forum. OU hosts forum with panelists from MI Senate and House ; Proposal 2. What voters should know about ...
  • The Oakland Post 2018-10-31 

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    OC Renovations now open ; New Trustees. Governor Snyder choose two new trustees to OU's board ; MID90S Exclusive. Cost of new film directed by Jonah Hill talk acting and life ; Cancer Free. Men's Soccer team IMPACT member ...
  • The Oakland Post 2018-10-17 

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    Black vs. Gold: Men's and Women's swim teams compete against fellow teammates at annual Black and Gold meet ; Interim Dean. Michael Wadsworth has been named Interim dean of students ; Forces of Fashion. Vogue's second NYC ...
  • The Oakland Post 2016-03-16 

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    Science Rules: Thousands gather in the O'rena for Bill Nye the Science Guy's visit to OU ; Tuition talks: President Hynd breaks down how the 2015-16 tuition increase was spent ; Gold Vibes: OU's a cappella group is headed ...

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