My First Time: Polaroids

Instructed to look at our digital life and how we interact online I noticed that I don’t have as much content as the common millennial, especially in the picture department. I observe and watch while everyone else is making all of the noise and posting all of the pictures. I thought about why this might be and I came to the conclusion that it has something to do with my latest Christmas present, my Polaroid camera.

Do you think you should invest in one of these? Watch this video and find out!



The Last Time I Heard a Great Story: Rough to Final


“Exhaustion filled the car as my father and I drove to pick up the last of the boxes.

my older brother had just purchased his first home with his fiance and it got my dad thinking about all of the times we had moved, seven to be exact.

There was Burch Tree Street, Applewood Blvd., Monarch Medows, but his favorite was Puce Court.

This house was the first I had ever lived in and the one he built from the ground up.

It was supposed to by my mother’s forever home, so whatever she wanted she got…my father chuckled at that.”


“Exhaustion filled the car as the last trip from apartment to the house was made.

My older brother had just purchased his first home with his fiancé and my father and I volunteered to take the 30-minute drive one more time.

Driving by the rows of houses with toys in the driveway and parents on the porch reminded my dad about all of the times we had moved. Seven to be exact.

There was Burch Tree Street, Applewood Blvd., Monarch Meadow, but his favorite was Puce Court.

This was the first house I had ever lived in and the one my father built from the ground up. It was supposed to be my mother’s “forever home”, as she called it, so whatever she wanted, she got…including two kitchens that my father always chuckled at.

Now talking about it, almost 10 years later, he could still describe the smell of the lumber as it was delivered and the look on my mother’s face when it was finally finished.

Pulling up to the house, what seemed like a few moments later, he turned to me and said, “I would have done it all again and wouldn’t change a thing.”

He lives an hour and a half away, in another country, but he was able to turn a normally dreadful car ride into another priceless memory with the most important man in my life.”

My father and I standing in front of his prize possession, the bbq, at his 69th birthday party in March.  



When first told to write about the last time we heard a great story, I knew exactly what story I wanted to tell, but didn’t exactly know what details to add.

The rough draft if more of a sequence of things that happened and then the final has more of the little details that I remembered only upon further thinking of the moment.

I was happy that I found both copies because looking at them know, they are almost two totally different pieces of work.This showed me that the

This showed me that the process from rough to final can entirely change the feel of the story and that progress will come if the effort is put forth.


Data Story: Marijuana on the 2016 Ballot

November was a big month for opinions. Opinions on not only the presidential candidates but guns, education, minimum wage, tobacco and also marijuana.

All of these issues were on at least one state’s voting ballot in 2016, giving the public a chance to cast their votes and make their opinions heard on some very controversial topics.

While tobacco is being voted on to increase the existing prices, marijuana is getting the green light for recreational and medical use in eight states, out of the nine total, that voted on the issue.


9 states voted on the legalization of either medical or recreational marijuana on the November ballot. 


Taking on the trend-setting role, naturally, is California. It is the first state to establish a legal medical marijuana program over 20 years ago and is still for fronting the so-called “marijuana movement”. In 2010 their citizens tried to pass the recreational use but ultimately failed.

Second times the charm because on the ballot this November 2016, with a 9,588,759 person turn out, Proposition 64 got passed legalizing the use and sale of recreational marijuana and regulating it much like alcohol is with taxes attached.

Along with California’s proposition, Maine passed Question 1, Massachusetts passed Question 4 and Nevada passed Question 2. All of these are legalizing and regulating recreational marijuana for people over the age of 21, much like alcohol is today.

Florida is the first state in the south to legalize the use of marijuana for any purpose when they tried in 2014. Although they failed two years ago, this time around there was a 9,137,190 voter turnout and 71.31 percent of those people said yes to Amendment 2 and the legalization of medical marijuana for debilitating medical conditions.

Following Florida was Arkansas passing Issue 6, Montana passing Initiative 182 and North Dakota passing Measure 5. All relating to the legalization of medical marijuana with a doctor’s prescription, although there are slight variations in each state.

Out of the nine states that had marijuana legalization of any kind on the November 2016 ballot, Arizona was the only state to vote no for Proposition 205 and the legalization of recreational use for people 21 and older. With 51.78 percent of voters saying no and 48.22 percent voting yes, there was only 82,564 more people that voted no.

Marijuana prohibition is in its 79th year, but 28 states have now legalized some form of it and there are more to come. Although there are some states that people say will “never legalize” this movement toward cross-nation legalization is picking up the pace.


The top charts are the states that voted for recreational marijuana legalization and the bottom if for medical marijuana. 


Complex Digital Story: Tech in the Classroom

Mikaela Gill is a Michigan State University student studying to become an elementary school teacher. She not only gets taught by her professors using electronics but is also learning how to integrate and utilize all forms of technology within her future classroom.

Watch here to see the full story.

Turning up the Volume for Transgender Inclusivity: A Simple Digital Story

As a part of the campus-wide initiative, the SOGI advisory board and the Gender and Sexuality Center hosted a transgender awareness and inclusivity lecture at Oakland University on October 27, 2016. Transgender community educator, public speaker, diversity trainer, author and consultant, Ryan K. Sallans, took center stage.

Listen here for more information!

Longhand or Laptop?

Growing up in a technology filled world note-taking has turned into just that. Rather than writing longhand, students as young as grade school are integrating the use of laptops in the classroom, but people are starting to question if the cons outweigh the pros with this one.

Listen to the following podcast to learn more!

What do you think? Do you use longhand note-taking or a laptop?

Golden Grizzly shoots for the stars, hoping to land among the Rockets

At the end of a college student’s four or five years, most cannot wait to run out the doors, proclaim their freedom and take their first steps without the label of “student”. Few choose to carry that label around longer.

In 2014, only 177,580 out of 1,869,814 students in the United States continued their education toward a doctorate degree, according to National Center for Education Statistics.

Ashlynn Law is a 22-year-old Oakland University graduate with the hopes of becoming one of those few.

For the last four years, Law has been working to get her degree in health sciences with a concentration in exercise science and has applied to an Occupational Therapy Doctorate program.

“I am most excited about getting into graduate school so I can start the rest of my life,” Law said.

Law is an Oakland University graduate from North Branch, Michigan. Law has lived in Rochester for the past four years while attending OU and working at Goldfish Swim School. PHOTO/KENDRA GILL



The Occupational Therapy program at the University of Toledo is nationally ranked out of 162 total programs in the U.S. and is ranked in the top 25% in the world, according to US News and World Report.

Being a Rocket is Law’s top pick because, out of the handful of schools that offer a doctoral program in this field, UT focuses more on hands-on fieldwork rather than in-class learning.

“They only accept 20 people into the program each year and I should hear back any day now,” Law said.


Maintaining a near perfect GPA throughout her four years and graduating in 2016 with a 3.86 GPA overall, Law has set herself up to be one of those 20 students accepted.

During her last year at OU, Law completed an internship with the university’s Recreation Center as a fitness intern.

“This helped me assess each client’s physical strength and then prescribe them workouts to improve their fitness,” Law said, “Much like what I could do in the field.”

While completing this internship she also worked as a respite and service provider for a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome, which Law said is closest to what she wants to be doing in the future.

Law right, and Angela Guido, left, demonstrate a therapy exercise on October 16, 2016. through the use of exercises and everyday activities occupational therapists can help restore independence to ill, disabled, or injured people. PHOTO/ KENDRA GILL


Occupational Therapy is all about helping ill, injured, or disabled people by using everyday activities as a form of therapy.

The therapists teach patients different movements they can do based on their level of fitness, ability and overall strength.

“I want to help each person live their lives to the fullest potential and do the things they love without restrictions,” Law said.


Law, right, teaches a class of Oakland University students at the Recreation Center. Law taught Zumba, an aerobic fitness plan that utilizes the strength needed while dancing, as a part of her requirements for her internship. PHOTO/ KENDRA GILL

One last piece of advice while the waiting game continues.


“Just never give up,” Law said, “And always work hard.”

Hurricane Matthew: Are you ready for it?

Preparing for a natural disaster, like a hurricane, is nothing to take lightly and something you should absolutely never put on hold.

With this Category 4 cyclone headed toward the tip of Florida many are questioning how does one prepare for this even that hasn’t happened to this state in 11 years?

Governor Rick Scott advises to stay alert and prepare now for the destruction ahead.

Preparation is the key to protection.


  • Flashlights and battery powered appliances
  • Extra batteries
  •  3-day supply of food and water
  •  7-day supply of any medications
  •  First aid kit
  •  Sanitation/hygiene items
  •  Sunscreen/rain gear/ insect repellent
  •  Extra set of keys (house and car)
  •  Cell phone
  •  Pets and pet supplies
  • Camera, if possible
  • Fill gas tan in all cars
  •  Take out extra cash and store it
  •  Purchase flashlights, DO NOT use candles
  •  Bring in anything can be picked up with high winds
  •  Close all windows/doors
  •  (If you don’t have hurricane shutters) close windows/doors and board them with plywood
  •  Turn refrigerator and freezer to coolest temperature and opening sparingly
  •  Turn off propane tanks
  •  Create an evacuation plan with every member of the household
  •  Evacuate IMMEDIATELY if advised by authorizes

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