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 2021-04-14 

    Noora Neiroukh; Maggie Willard; Gabrielle Abdelmessih; Bridget Janis; Sierra Okoniewski; Jess Orlando; Autumn Page; Matthew Scheidel; Dean Vaglia; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2021-04-14)
    Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines offered on campus ; Several housing employees let go following planned protest ; Rebecca Mercado-Jones spreads “radical love” as professor, parent ; Esports introduces “Overwatch” for ...
  • The Oakland Post 2021-04-07 

    Noora Neiroukh; Maggie Willard; Gabrielle Abdelmessih; Bridget Janis; Sierra Okoniewski; Jess Orlando; Autumn Page; Matthew Scheidel; Dean Vaglia; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2021-04-07)
    “OU Outside the Box” arts festival: Varner Hall introduces new stage for performances April through June ; Alumni still offered many resources, including discounts ; New health communication, Deaf studies minors added in ...
  • The Oakland Post 2021-03-31 

    Noora Neiroukh; Maggie Willard; Gabrielle Abdelmessih; Bridget Janis; Jess Orlando; Autumn Page; Matthew Scheidel; Dean Vaglia; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2021-03-31)
    Back at Home Base: Baseball kicks off Horizon League homestand, drops four to UIC ; Jane Briggs-Bunting’s legacy of justice and journalism ; Compose COVID-19 David MacDonald creates music from video call lulls ; Coach ...
  • The Oakland Post 2021-03-24 

    Noora Neiroukh; Maggie Willard; Gabrielle Abdelmessih; Bridget Janis; Jess Orlando; Autumn Page; Matthew Scheidel; Dean Vaglia; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2021-03-24)
    Walk-off ends winter: Softball takes series 3-1 against NKU, winning first homestand ; On Match Day, fourth year medical students assigned residencies ; Advising Focus Jim Bilinski emphasizes student needs over university ...
  • The Oakland Post 2021-03-17 

    Noora Neiroukh; Maggie Willard; Gabrielle Abdelmessih; Bridget Janis; Jess Orlando; Autumn Page; Matthew Scheidel; Dean Vaglia; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2021-03-17)
    Protest turns to Celebration ; Wildlife Burn: Prescribed burn is scheduled for OU’s preserve in April ; : Augmented Reality: SECS to implement AR facility in Engineering Center ; Softball team moves to 3-1 in conference ...
  • The Oakland Post 2021-03-10 

    Noora Neiroukh; Maggie Willard; Gabrielle Abdelmessih; Bridget Janis; Jess Orlando; Autumn Page; Matthew Scheidel; Dean Vaglia; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2021-03-10)
    Historic Team 54: Men’s basketball reaches Horizon League title game for first time in school history ; OUSC Debates: Candidates discuss their platforms and improving OU ; Vintage Videos: Alumni Horatiu Zglimbea shares ...
  • The Oakland Post 2021-03-03 

    Noora Neiroukh; Maggie Willard; Gabrielle Abdelmessih; Andrew Bernsdorf; Bridget Janis; Jess Orlando; Autumn Page; Matthew Scheidel; Dean Vaglia; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2021-03-03)
    No Days Off: Golden Grizzlies take to the courts, fields and diamonds over mid-winter break ; Hamilton Star: Javier Muñoz to virtually visit OU and discuss career ; Poetry Censoring: Dunya Mikhail describes writing in ...
  • The Oakland Post 2021-02-17 

    Maggie Willard; Andrew Bernsdorf; Bridget Janis; Jess Orlando; Autumn Page; Matthew Scheidel; Dean Vaglia; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2021-02-17)
    Kindness Week gives back to community: Students help with service projects: art mural, blankets, check-in cards and movie night ; Film Festival: Viewing ‘KIKI’ furthers LGBTQIA+ conversations ; Some masks are safer than ...
  • The Oakland Post 2021-02-10 

    Maggie Willard; Andrew Bernsdorf; Bridget Janis; Jess Orlando; Autumn Page; Matthew Scheidel; Dean Vaglia; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2021-02-10)
    Men’s soccer shuts out RMU : Dylan Borczak scores three goals, starting the Golden Grizzlies season with a 5-0 win ; Nozomi Naoi shares her book highlighting Japanese art ; Becoming blind inspires Chang-kyu Kwon’s teaching ...
  • The Oakland Post 2021-02-03 

    Maggie Willard; Andrew Bernsdorf; Bridget Janis; Autumn Page; Matthew Scheidel; Dean Vaglia; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2021-02-03)
    Golden Grizzlies racing into 2021: After COVID-19 challenges, Formula SAE looks to compete ; New batch of laptops and hotspots for students in STC ; OUSC Election: President, vice president and legistor roles to apply and ...
  • The Oakland Post 2021-01-27 

    Maggie Willard; Andrew Bernsdorf; Bridget Janis; Autumn Page; Matthew Scheidel; Dean Vaglia; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2021-01-21)
    Basketball teams win the weekend: Men’s team splits series vs UDM, women sweep IPFW ; Event starts campus conversation about COVID-19 vaccine ; New Netflix movie about pandemic misses the mark ; Kahlaijah Dean leads team ...
  • The Oakland Post 2021-01-20 

    Maggie Willard; Andrew Bernsdorf; Bridget Janis; Autumn Page; Matthew Scheidel; Dean Vaglia; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2021-01-20)
    Men’s basketball sweeps Youngstown State University ; Over a third of classes will resume in-person this week ; Eight students honored with ‘Keeper of the Dream’ scholarship ; Beaumont doctor combines health living and ...
  • The Oakland Post 2021-01-13 

    Maggie Willard; Andrew Bernsdorf; Bridget Janis; Autumn Page; Matthew Scheidel; Dean Vaglia; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2021-01-13)
    Starting off safely: Students living on campus were required to take a COVID-19 test before returning ; Community Music offers discounted music lessons ; Freshman basketball player follows in his parents’ footsteps at OU ...
  • The Oakland Post 2020-12-02 

    Maggie Willard; Andrew Bernsdorf; Bridget Janis; Allie Lifa; Autumn Page; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2020-12-02)
    Snowfall welcomes Golden Grizzlies’ holiday break ; Coming in winter, an online course about online learning ; Movie Maker: Oakland alumna unpacks her journey to L.A. ; Men’s basketball drops first game against Xavier ...
  • The Oakland Post 2020-11-11 

    Sergio Montanez; Ryan Pini; Maggie Willard; Bridget Janis; Autumn Page; Lauren Reid; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2020-11-11)
    America is ridin’ with President Biden and Vice President Harris ; OU veterans’ services celebrates with virtual march and panels ; Keke Palmer : Actress virtually visits OU for tell-all Q&A Wednesday night ; OU plans for ...
  • The Oakland Post 2020-11-18 

    Sergio Montanez; Maggie Willard; Andrew Bernsdorf; Bridget Janis; Autumn Page; Lauren Reid; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2020-11-18)
    Organic farm rebrands during harvest season: Students add an OU flare, introducing ‘Growing Grizzlies’ ; Missing Art: Sculpture removed, restored and relocated to Oak View Hall ; Biden and Harris form COVID-19 advisory ...
  • The Oakland Post 2020-11-04 

    Sergio Montanez; Ryan Pini; Maggie Willard; Bridget Janis; Autumn Page; Lauren Reid; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2020-11-04)
    Black Lives Matter OU promotes the vote: Students march for mental health and democracy in election season ; Class politics: Shifting teaching during the 2020 election ; Fake news: Examining the way Trump’s presidency has ...
  • The Oakland Post 2020-10-28 

    Ryan Pini; Maggie Willard; Bridget Janis; Autumn Page; Lauren Reid; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2020-10-28)
    Baseball alumni come home to watch fall classic: Oakland Baseball goes toe-to-toe in fantasy draft world series ; Nicole Beyer: Comedian virtually visited OU with a live interview on Oct. 22 ; Hocus Pocus: SPB hosted a ...
  • The Oakland Post 2020-10-21 

    Sergio Montanez; Ryan Pini; Maggie Willard; Bridget Janis; Lauren Karmo; Autumn Page; Lauren Reid; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2020-10-21)
    WXOU’s Haunted Halls hits the Oakland Center: The campus radio station is reworking Haunted Halls to be scary but safe ; Ultimate Frisbee ‘Outlaws’ raise money for American Cancer Society ; Housing offers room change period ...
  • The Oakland Post 2020-10-14 

    Sergio Montanez; Ryan Pini; Maggie Willard; Bridget Janis; Lauren Karmo; Autumn Page; Lauren Reid; Rachel Yim (Oakland Sail, Inc., 2020-10-14)
    Rashad Williams and the men’s basketball team prepares for their season, despite uncertainties ; Homecoming Week: Festivities with a twist to follow campus safety guidelines ; Concert venues in distress without any government ...

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