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Shutocon takes over Lansing

PHOTOS AND TEXT BY CHEYANNE KRAMER OU News Bureau More than 6,000 paid attendees traveled to Shuto Con this March. From the 17-19, fans gathered in the Radisson hotel and the Lansing Center in the heart of downtown Lansing for the annual anime convention. Anime conventions are events where fans gather to show off their […]

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

Falling sales strain music industry

  BY ZACH MICKLEA OU News Bureau Since the emergence of the recording industry, there has been a broad, single model of success for a musician: record some music, develop a small following, send that music to a record label and hope for the best. For decades, that has been the rough template followed by […]

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

Country music plays well in Michigan

OU News Bureau Reporter Scott Sandora spoke with Rob Stone from 99.5 WYCD about the presence of country music in Michigan. Was country music a big influence for you growing up in Michigan? Actually no, I’ll be honest. It was not when I was younger. I was more of a rocker, listened to more of […]

April 4th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Michigan | Read More »

Michigan convention scene an outlet of expression

BY CHEYANNE KRAMER OU News Bureau The first day of the convention, Emily Schwinghamer wakes up at 5:30 a.m. and is at the venue by 6:45 for the vendors to unload. She’s the con chair, which means she’s one of the people in charge. “From there, it’s constant motion until the after party is over,” […]

April 4th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Michigan | Read More »

Helping young bands realize dream

BY ZACH MICKLEA OU News Bureau A dream a lot of kids have is to be a rock star and play all over the world. But as they get older and more familiar with the industry, almost all give up. For the few who keep fighting, there are a limited number of avenues to travel […]

March 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Michigan | Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Dansu teams bond through performance

BY CHEYANNE KRAMER OU News Bureau Dance is a common sport for young girls, since it helps build character and gives young people a sense of teamwork. The Michigan Dansu community takes group dancing to a different level. There are no competitions and there are no judges. These teams of dancers often perform during anime […]

February 19th, 2017 | Posted in Featured article,Michigan | Read More »