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A cappella thrives by the Great Lakes

BY ERIN BEN-MOCHE OU News Bureau Twenty-one years ago, the a cappella company Varsity Vocals created a competition that more than 300 groups now participate in — The International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella. A cappella is broken into nine regions, then bracketed down to the top 10 groups. The final 10 from around the world […]

March 21st, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Michigan | Read More »

Holocaust center showcases life of Anne Frank

BY SHELBY TANKERSLEY OU News Bureau “How wonderful is it that people need not wait a single moment before starting to improve the world?”— Anne Frank The diary kept by 13-year-old Anne Frank while she and her family hid in an annex in Amsterdam from 1942 to 1944 has touched the lives of many and […]

March 21st, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

Historical Society marks riot of 1967

BY ALEXUS BOMAR OU News Bureau  The Detroit Historical Society will recognize the 50-year-old Twelfth Street riot by its newest project “Detroit67: Looking Back to Move Forward.” The five-day riot in Detroit, which led to the deaths of 43 people, was one of the deadliest and costliest in the history of the U.S. It began […]

March 17th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Wayne C. | Read More »

Runners fund water wells in Kenya

BY SHELBY TANKERSLEY OU News Bureau What started as the brainchild of two running enthusiasts has planted over 100 water wells in Kenya. The Hope Water Project, organized by Kensington Church, uses marathons, triathlons and other races to raise money for the wells. The runners build friendships while training for a big race and the […]

March 17th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Michigan | Read More »

Adults go into ‘kid mode’ at Brilliant Sky

BY CHEYANNE KRAMER OU News Bureau Bright and early in the morning, Michelle Gorzynski straightens up the toys lined up on every shelf and table. The store is small, with tight aisles filled with toys. There isn’t a single LeapPad or video game to be seen. Instead there are puzzles, costumes, dolls and books all […]

March 17th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

Detroit: The Comeback City

BY ALEXUS BOMAR OU News Bureau Detroit ranks No. 9 out of 52 places to visit in 2017, according to The New York Times, and is known as “a comeback city set to make good on its promise.” After exiting bankruptcy in 2014, Detroit has been turning things around by improving safety, tearing down thousands […]

March 4th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Wayne C. | Read More »

Girls go to extremes on ski slopes

BY STEVEN SKIPINSKI OU News Bureau The Girls Riders Organization teamed up with Mt. Holly to promote the growth of female presence in extreme sports. The organization is a group of female athletes who partake in educating and empowering young women through action sports. The group was the only sponsored booth at the late February […]

March 4th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Oakland County | Read More »

Virtual reality gaming has a ways to go

BY SHANA BOSLEY OU News Bureau If something isn’t broken, don’t fix it. That’s how many people feel about the integration of virtual reality with videogames. Videogames offer players an opportunity to escape the mundane and explore different worlds. Their mediums, genres of stories, graphics, depth and complexities have grown into a gaming industry with […]

March 1st, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Michigan | Read More »

Motor City, meet Shake Shack

BY ERIN BEN-MOCHE OU News Bureau Hundreds of Detroiters gathered near downtown’s Campus Martius Park on Feb. 23 to welcome Shake Shack’s first Michigan restaurant. At 11 a.m., doors opened and the crowd wrapped around the First National Building. Shake Shack has locations in 16 major cities, including Chicago and New York, and in more […]

February 27th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Wayne C. | Read More »

Travel for less this spring break

ERIN BEN-MOCHE OU News Bureau Though many college students want to head to warmer, exotic destinations for spring break, they stay home due to costs and anxieties attached with traveling. College student Sylvia Trocea found the lack of money disheartening but the travel process frustrating. “I would love to travel to Australia and Japan,” Trocea […]

February 26th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Michigan | Read More »