The Umpqua Community College men’s basketball tournament run came to an abrupt end on Thursday, March 9 in Everett, Washington where they fell to the Spokane Sasquatch by a final score of 90-77. The loss ends the RiverHawk’s 2019 season in the sweet 16. UCC came into the tournament fresh off a disappointing road loss in Eugene by a final score of 87-81 in their battle against Lane for the North West Athletic Conference’s Southern division. The victory makes Lane first in the region. “The South Region is really tough. It’s unfortunate, we were one game away from winning the region and earning a numberRead More →

Umpqua’s womens basketball team stormed past Grays Harbor by a final score of 86-68 on Sunday, March 10 in Everett, Washington. The RiverHawks victory secured their spot in the Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament’s Final 4 against the East Region champion Big Bend. “It’s been extremely rewarding to work with this group. I’m really proud of them. To see the growth we’ve had from our first scrimmage to now has been as rewarding as any team I’ve coached,” coach Dave Stricklin said of his team’s performance this season. UCC enters the Final 4 riding a six-game win streak, a streak that nearly came to an endRead More →

Ahhh, finally it’s almost time for spring break. Finals will be over soon and, it will be time to sit down, kick your feet up and take a breather. Spring break is great for cleaning, university orientations, and tours, but everyone needs an actual break. So, spend a day or two relaxing, catching up on entertainment that will be coming out soon.  Marvel Movies: “Avengers: Endgame” will be coming out in April, so why not catch up on the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe that includes everyone’s favorite Marvel heroes like Thor, Spiderman and Iron Man. Catching up could take up to tow days to finishRead More →

Last year, a British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, and Women’s Media Center’s study revealed that 65 percent of girls do not think there are enough strong characters in movies. The study also found that 85 percent of girls age 10 to 19 want to see more female superheroes. If 85 percent of girls want to see more female superheroes, then why have only five full length-female superhero movies ever been made? Children all across the world look up to superheros. Superheroes help the underdog, provide a moral compass, and save the day. The BBC study also showed that watching superheroes in movies make girls feelRead More →

Former UCC graduate Summer Fry has created a safe space, an artistic community, an empowering support network, and a place for women to be accepted and encouraged by other women through the art of dance. Fry is the founder of a movement studio located in downtown Roseburg. “We unite around the desire to provide safe spaces for women to use their voice, honor their bodies, and discover what empowerment means to each person. We believe that in these spaces women can heal through elevated confidence and together we become a more resilient community,” Nicole Rodriguez, a member of the Diva Dancers, explains. “Our dance familyRead More →

UCC approved not a $3 tuition increase as previously forecast for next year but a $4 per credit tuition increase with a $3 per credit instructional fee increase. Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year will be $97 per credit. Tuition has been on the rise since 2009 when it was $38 per credit. Online course and student resources fees were proposed to go up $6 in total additionally, but those fees were not passed. The instructional fee increase is intended to cover cost of labs and lecture/labs. Out of state tuition rates will be $112 while international students will pay $209. Students who have livedRead More →

Professor Jillanne Michell is taking her first sabbatical to study Shakespeare in England after 20 years teaching Shakespeare and other literature classes at UCC, including women’s literature, environmental literature, and various other introduction to literature courses. Michell, who will be away from UCC all spring term, will travel with her husband who is a retired UCC English professor also passionate about Shakespeare. The pair will be traveling to London, Stratford and Oxford for three weeks during her time away from teaching. She plans on researching and seeing plays at the Globe Theatre and at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon, as well asRead More →

Ursula Evans: People ran out of water due to well pumps being electric, meaning toilets wouldn’t flush and water was unavailable for cooking, cleaning, and drinking. We had to fill our bathtub as soon as the electricity went out because our well is on a pump. Zoey Ralston: My friends – like many others– lost all of their venison and, therefore, their main meat supply for the year when their freezers lost electricity for so many days. A lot of people rely on venizon for their family’s meat for the year. Taytam Trauthwein: Due to road blockages, people were unable to get immediate emergency care.Read More →

When Douglas County’s power outage due to the February 24 and 27 snowfall left Pacific Power and Douglas Electric customers without power, food storage systems especially suffered. Customers were without power from three days to three weeks depending on the area, with 10 percent of Douglas Electric customers still without electricity as of March 13. During the power outage, grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, and delis were all substantially affected, including at UCC. “During the power outage, a lot of food, especially dairy foods, were tossed in the dumpster. It really hurt our college’s cafeteria,” Steve Fair-Harrison, UCC’s cafeteria manager, said. Stefan Mattoon, who worksRead More →

The UCC main campus received more snow since its construction in 1964 on February 24. The massive influx of snow caused widespread blackouts throughout Douglas County and a massive amount of fallen trees in the area, including an oak which penetrated the bookstore roof. The bookstore was the only campus building damaged due to tree fall. Originally built in 1970, the bookstore was closed for over a week, even after the rest of the campus reopened. Eight holes could be seen after the branches were removed, and debris such as fungus and mistletoe from the tree was found in the rafters. The holes led toRead More →

When snowflakes began to drop on Sunday night February 24, many people were excited. But as the snow continued, excitement soon turned to dread as the snow piled and trees began to snap, causing property damage throughout Douglas County, including at UCC, with no stopping in sight. Because of the snow, branches began to break or press over power lines from the weight of the snow. Even power poles began to fall, creating a domino effect that shut electricity and closed roads and businesses. Umpqua Community College, like nearly all of Douglas County, had to close for five days during week eight of the termRead More →

Tens of thousands of Douglas County residents were left without power, downed trees crushed cars and houses, and grocery stores were left bare after the four-day snowstorm that blanketed Douglas County this February. “I have lived in Melrose for 22 years, and this is by far the most snow we have ever had, but the devastation to the trees is unbelievable. It has changed the topography of our road. Hundreds of trees are down,” said Tracy Cuilty, a teacher at Oakland High School. On Feb. 24, 12 inches of snow fell in Roseburg, 14” in Cottage Grove, 24” in Willamette Pass, 18” in Creswell, andRead More →

UCC’s nursing program is one of eight regionally approved community colleges with Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs in the state of Oregon. Although recent news reports have pointed to its financial decision to forego national accreditation is due to its no longer being needed, the program is wildly recognized for its rigor and student success with over 85 percent of students passing their state licensing exams.   Amber Wenzl, a first-year student in the program has both endured and excelled so far. She offers some tips on studying and staying motivated. “Take it day by day. It’s a lot of work, and it’s important to wake up every day with a positive attitude,” Wenzl said. Instructor feedback has helped her the most during her first year, Wenzl said. She added that the valuable feedback helps with learning and rememberingRead More →