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Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The time comes when silence is betrayal.” The time to break the silence has come again for the survivors of sexual abuse with the #MeToo movement. What began as a simple hash tag trending on Twitter and Facebook in October 2017 has grown with millions of men and women proclaiming their independence from sexual violence. I am a #MeToo. It seemed simple enough to say those words when I first posted it on my Facebook page. I have been a victim and a survivor of sexual harassment and violence from my childhood on. Many of my experiences were tuckedRead More →

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Umpqua Community College made an announcement on Jan. 17 stating UCC’s board of education has approved for the expansion of three new athletic teams. These three new teams will be men’s and women’s track and field as well as men’s baseball. These teams will be added by next fall term. However, the men’s baseball team will not be competing until the following year of 2019. UCC Athletic Director Craig Jackson stated, “we will not compete in baseball this year, but we will have athletes here and will redshirt and work them out.” A redshirt freshman is a student athlete that is kept out of gamesRead More →

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UCC’s women’s basketball team improved to a record of 22-0 (9-0 in league) after a Feb. 3 conference win (76-52) over Mount Hood Community College in Gresham. However, the game did not go as smoothly as Umpqua would have hoped. The RiverHawks struggled early. With six of their 17 turnovers coming in the first quarter combined with shooting just 33.3 percent from the field, UCC found themselves down quickly, but they managed to climb back to a one-point lead at the end of the quarter. Head coach Dave Stricklin described the team’s play as “lack luster.” He continued, “We didn’t play as hard as weRead More →

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What can a sexual assault victim do if he or she is unable to report a sexual violation to the local authorities? What if the predator works for one of the local government authorities? Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industry provides a complaint process for sexual assault victims that is separate from local government authorities. The first step in the process is filling out a complaint questionnaire available online at www.Oregon.gov –- look for the BOLI Civil Rights Complaint Process heading under the Civil Rights Division section of the website. If internet is not a option victims can call 971-673-0764. They will ask you ifRead More →

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Music is more than simple sound; it is a deep, ancient and powerful form of communication. The emotions conveyed can be just as primal. Most music is about love, peace and spirituality, but violence is a common theme as well. Not that I think it shouldn’t be a part of music. I think it’s integral that the range of emotions reached goes full circle. The problem becomes apparent when aesthetic becomes action. I’m going to ask you to think about a question that you’ve probably had to ask yourself before “is this a bad enough person for me to not listen to their music?” YouRead More →

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When allegations involving Harvey Weinstein were broadcast right and left in 2017, actor and former NFL player Terry Crews tweeted that he too had been assaulted. Not by Harvey Weinstein, but by William Morris Endeavor agent Adam Venit. The incident has been reported as happening in February 2016 at a party with Hollywood elites like Adam Sandler in attendance. Crews later told Sandler about the assault. At the time of print, he has yet to make a comment. Crews has reported that Venit groped his genitals, in front of his wife Rebecca King-Crews, among other odd and uncomfortable behavior. According to Crews’s reports, the incidentRead More →

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The #MeToo movement is giving victims of sexual harassment and assault a voice to expose their aggressors, even those who have seemed untouchable. These alleged aggressors have included Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner, and Kevin Spacey. However, as the movement has grown, some of these stories don’t seem fully legitimate, and the movement has even been called a witch hunt in recent weeks. This may be due to the complete trust we give to the accuser. Most accusations and stories are accepted as true even if the story lacks definitive proof or if the story is decades old. Those accused in some of these stories seemRead More →

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Following dinner one Saturday night, your date begins to walk you home — but you wonder, will it end there? The two of you really hit it off and you’re anxious to see where this goes. Small talk begins to die out as your reach your doorstep. You pull out your keys to unlock the door… DING! Your phone notifies you of a Fling request from your date, outlining boundaries for a sexual encounter. Does this make you feel more comfortable or less? This is not a Black Mirror episode. This is not science fiction. This is LegalFling, and it is changing the way the worldRead More →

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Every 98 seconds, just 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. That’s about 321,500 victims who are raped and sexually assaulted every year, according to RAINN, one of America’s best known anti-sexual violence organizations. In the past, couples often grew up in communities together, getting to know each other in long love letters. Nowadays, people are rolling the dice on Tinder, Match.com or maybe Plenty of Fish. Although those dates can turn into something special that’s not always the case. Safety while dating online is crucial, especially since these sites allow users to play the field broadly, and getting to know the people behind theRead More →

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Fully protecting all children from sexual abuse may be impossible, but local and national agencies are allocating resources for parents in order to reduce the risk. The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, known as RAINN, advises being actively involved in children’s lives and encouraging them to speak up. There are safe ways to reduce sexual abuse and increase child safety. Parents should have conversations with children about boundaries and about their bodies. Parents should let children know that they won’t get in trouble for speaking up about these topic, RAINN says. Local resources are also available for education and prevention of child sexual abuse.Read More →

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The #MeToo movement is creating some very serious legal and political repercussions. With all of the indiscretions of the rich and powerful in the media, what is Oregon doing to reduce sexual assault and harassment to protect the silenced? Oregon has some of the highest sexual assault rates in the country. According to statistics calculated by the CDC, in 2010 27 percent of Oregon women (or roughly 409,000) were raped that year alone. For sexual acts of violence other than rape, that number jumped horrifically to 56 percent of women or 837,000 people. These numbers are the second largest in the country following Alaska, theRead More →

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Reporting sexual harassment or misconduct is hard, no matter how warranted the claim may be. One of the reasons may be a lack of understanding about the processes that take place once a claim is made. For sexually assaulted college students, no template or standard response for claims exists –as each case is individual— yet what follows is a little background on Title IX and how a report is generally handled. The Title IX Act in 1972 was initially a follow-up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The CRA was passed into law to end discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sexRead More →

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This issue of The Mainstream focuses on the well-known #MeToo movement and all of the commentary and controversy, both social and political, which have developed because of the movement. The articles within will be using terms that many people are familiar with, however, this piece will focus on the legal definitions of the terms to establish a general baseline. Some terms may be defined differently in a social context and are not the focus here. Sexual Harassment: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says “Harassment can include … unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.”Read More →

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SAMUEL HOMOLA  The Mainstream Despite stellar play and team comradery, the RiverHawks were defeated 93 to 78 by the Clark College Penguins. Clark sparked a very large run to win. Daniel Leeworthy, UCC’s men’s head basketball coach, believes that the late game lead was due to a lack of defense with the other team on a hot streak. “We were settling for too many jump shots. We couldn’t get a stop to save our lives. They had three or four guys on fire, and it is hard to play against that many guys on fire.” On fire indeed. The Penguins averaged 61.3 percent in fieldRead More →

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VLADIMIR SOVYAK  The Mainstream Almost every Saturday morning for the past two years, along with some Sunday mornings, Professor Charles Young of UCC leads a hiking party of three to ten people that is now open to others. This outdoor group meets at the UCC parking lot next to Whipple Fine Arts and Jacoby Auditorium. Hikers then load up and carpool to the North Bank Habitat Area that was previously the Dunning Ranch on North Bank Road. The group’s primary focus for hiking is physical conditioning, but the group allows for plenty of socializing and storytelling along the way. Young said that about nine timesRead More →

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MADISYN ASHCRAFT  The Mainstream Teenagers have a constant trend that has been ongoing for some time now. It’s called stupidity. Are all teenagers dumb? No. Some doing ridiculous things are actually smart and have plenty of friends already, so why do these teenagers follow these stupid trends? Who knows which deadly trend was the first in this merry-go-round of demise, but teens lately have followed the cinnamon challenge, salt and ice challenge and the absolutely stupid Tide Pod challenge. The cinnamon challenge first appeared in 2001 but became popular in 2007. The challenge was to consume as many spoonfuls of cinnamon in 60 seconds as possibleRead More →

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THOMAS HORNER  The Mainstream While books for the general public come cheaper and more readily available than ever, for a required text, students still commonly pay a price over $100, sometimes pushing $400 a book. It’s not fair, and UCC staff are trying to change that. UCC faculty have responded by keeping up with a statewide initiative to seek and adopt no-cost and low-cost alternative texts, reference librarian Jennifer Lantrip says. UCC now also designates the classes using money saving books in the course listings on the website, to help students make choices before registration. For the first time this term, a book in theRead More →

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CHRISTIAN DEWEESE  The Mainstream Oregon’s Medicaid system survived potential collapse, following the results of Jan. 23’s special election. Voters outside of Douglas County overwhelmingly gave their support to a set of tax proposals on hospitals and insurance companies that will pay for the state’s Medicaid expansion. These results were quickly applauded by many of the state’s Democratic politicians. Sen. Merkley, who personally canvased in support of the measure along with Sen. Wyden, tweeted, “Bravo! Well, done my fellow Oregonians!” Gov. Brown, in a speech at the “Yes for Healthcare” victory rally, said, “Every Oregonian deserves access to health care. Here in Oregon you should beRead More →

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SUSAN JARVIS  The Mainstream Umpqua Community College does not have a recycling program on campus. The school no longer has access to a service that will pick up the campus recyclables and deliver them to the recycle center. “We have seen an increase in trash… it is really more about knowing how much we were putting into our recycle bins and are no longer doing so,” said Jess Miller, Facilities Director. The school previously had a recycling program, which was used from 2006 until spring 2017. UCC ran the recycling program through Sunrise Enterprise, Inc., who used to come in a box truck or aRead More →

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LAUNA GREGORY  The Mainstream A proposed setting for the Oct.1 campus memorial has upset some students and staff who expressed their concerns at a Jan. 19 listening session, led by former UCC Board of Education Chairperson Vanessa Becker. The proposed site would face the northeastern Umpqua River along the back side of Jackson Hall. “We will likely recommend that site to the board,” Becker said. Becker went on to explain the importance of “honoring our own.” The memorial has been a sensitive subject on and off campus. “People’s comfort with memorials is on a long continuum. Some people want them and are comfortable with them;Read More →

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RENEE DEANDA  The Mainstream The cosmos themed heavenly backdrop of “The Book of Mormon” decorated the mainstage of the Eugene Hult Center Jan. 16 to 21, 2018. An international musical sensation, the story begins with a narrative many Mormons will remember from church, Moroni and the Golden Plates of the Nephites. However, the wholesome church theatre ends there. From this point forward, famed South Park writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone present instead their take on some teachings of the Book of Mormon, religion as a whole and the typical American Christian. The musical is a parody in nature but “The Book of Mormon” is farRead More →

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LOGAN MARTIN  The Mainstream New York based Jeff Rosenstock released “Post” on Jan. 2, 2017. “Post” is an alt-rock record with a punk feel (think Weezer). I feel like I need to start by saying I’ve never listened to any of Rosenstock’s music. I really do enjoy this record though – it’s refreshing yet comfortable. Rosenstock has a way of making himself relatable without feeling like he’s trying to. “Post” has some really original sounds on it. That said, the amount of repeated choruses gets old. This is a sad record telling a story of loneliness, jealousy and the feeling of a need to doRead More →

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DARRYL RAY  The Mainstream “Call Me by Your Name,” is quite simply a work of art as it amplifies a beautifully yet subtle complex story of love. Director Luca Guadagnino artistically crafted this film so well, that like all great artist, his work feels effortless. Taking place in a small Italian town during the summer of 1983, “Call Me by Your Name” follows the story of Elio as he slowly falls for an older student intern that has come to live in his home. The story between Elio and the intern Oliver gets told perfectly through a gentle pace that gives the film a senseRead More →

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SAVANAH OBRIEN  The Mainstream Post-holiday financial struggles, a rampant flu strain, looming FAFSA, OSAC, and university application deadlines and upcoming midterms, along with a persistent layer of fog hanging over the town gives students much to feel overwhelmed by. Students with complex lives and long lists of responsibilities, easily forget the relief that a simple breath of fresh air can bring. Business major Margo Forthman destresses with “ecotherapy,” broadly defined as a process of healing and growth through interaction with the earth. “The beauty and peace of nature is what draws me in. It helps my mind relax and see the beauty that surrounds me,Read More →

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ISABEL VERDUZCO  The Mainstream Oregonian Rebecca Bender on her website tells the story of how she was manipulated and sold for sex by a man she thought she was in love with. He convinced her that if she moved to Las Vegas from her Eugene apartment with him, she would get the family she had always wanted. She would be able to raise her 1-year-old girl properly. Right after they arrived, she was taken to an escort service and forced to engage. Rebecca then developed a cocaine addiction, stuck in the human trafficking world for six years. Rebecca’s story is not as unusual as itRead More →

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MICHELLE WILLIAMS  The Mainstream While the weather may still be deciding its perfect temperature, the flu has hit the streets in hopes of finding new friends. In addition to the basic cold symptoms, the flu symptoms include fever, body aches, nausea, headache and chills, according to the Mayo Clinic. With symptoms like these, it can be helpful to have a few preventative tips. The flu shot is one way to reduce suffering. According to the CDC, the “vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about 2 weeks after vaccination.” For most, these protect against infection. Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s HospitalRead More →

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JULIUS BENSON  The Mainstream Dajanay Powell and Jordan Stotler’s dominating performances in the paint were the brushstrokes to the masterpiece that was the RiverHawks 17th straight victory Wednesday night, beating Southwestern Oregon Community College, 93-63. This is the RiverHawks second straight victory over SWOCC, previously beating them back in Nov. by a score of 98-53. The tandem of Powell and Stotler combined for 29 rebounds, out rebounding the entire opposing team collectively by eight rebounds (21). Bria Thames led the way on offense, dropping 21 points off an efficient 10-17 shooting night. “I was able to score efficiently thanks to my teammates; when we pushRead More →

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The musical, set in 1950s Chicago, has an abstract feel right down to the set design. “I wanted to honor ‘50s Chicago,” Director of Theater Stephanie Newman says. “These are kids who think they’re rock stars, but they’re just rough city folk.” The show’s main characters, Danny and Sandy, met on the beach over summer break and fell in love, parting bitter-sweetly at summer’s end. Only they find Sandy has transferred into Danny’s school when fall semester starts. It’s a coincidence, but it reveals much about the social groups so many of us remember from our high school days. Every generation has their own groupRead More →

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With finals and the holidays right around the corner, there is an overwhelming amount of work to be done. But how can one person deal with all of this without going crazy? There are a few simple ways to get through both finals and the holidays with ease. First, finals. The stress of finals can get to anyone. However, it can be easier with some simple tips. Obviously if you want to pass, you need to study, but you also cannot overload yourself. Self-care, meaning getting enough sleep, eating healthily and taking regular breaks can keep you from overwhelming yourself while studying. To help UCCRead More →

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OPINION Although our country is not the most divided that it has ever been, it is still plagued with anger and hate. People have different ideas on why this is; maybe social media has just become a window into people’s unpopular beliefs and warped opinions. Or maybe radical idealism is becoming more frequent. Whatever is happening, the feelings of the country’s citizens seems to be moving farther and farther away from sanity. It is becoming so normal, in fact, that Twitter recently verified a prominent member of the white nationalist community, Jason Kessler. Jason organizes meetups like the Unite the Right’s March in Charlottesville, VA.Read More →

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Society has become quick to condemn and vilify public information. In this column first-year Paralegal student Charles Crosier breaks down what’s wrong and what’s right in: (Para) Legally Laughable!  Disclaimer: This column in no way constitutes legal advice. It is simply an opinion of the author. Entering my first year in paralegal studies I’ve come across certain things that are, without a doubt, laughable. This time around I’m going to focus on a personal favorite: Incest. Now, I know what you might be thinking. ‘Incest?! What the HECK man?!’ I promise that this is worth it, so listen closely! The standard definition for incest accordingRead More →

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Tis the season to be jolly with Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner. Here are some fun, easy and affordable things to do with the family around the area over the holiday season: Festival of Lights at River Forks Park– The Festival of Lights has become an annual tradition around the Douglas County area. Drawing in nearly 25,000 visitors per year, the Festival of Lights has produced thousands of dollars annually for Rotary Club scholarships and service projects since 1993. The Festival of Lights has been open since Nov. 19, and will continue to be open until January 1, 2018. The Festival ofRead More →

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An app called Unidays is now available which gives students access to discounts when they register with the site. Deals are for many mainstream companies including Motorola, DC and Reebok. Products range from clothing, to televisions, to a $1 Wall Street Journal subscription. Discounts also include 10 to 40 percent off promo codes, typed in at check out, for online shopping sites. Other savings on the site include gift card rebates and discounted percentages off online takeout orders (the restaurants, however, are mostly outside of Douglas Country currently). The app is available on Google Play or by signup on Uniday’s web page. Locally, UCC’s websiteRead More →

Ajit Pai is the current Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

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The Federal Communications Commission’s Chariman Ajit Pai voiced concerns on Nov. 28 over the potential dangers of sites such as Google and Twitter at an event held by R Street Institute. A TechCrunch article by Devin Coldeway details a bizarre quote from Pai’s speech at the event in which he stated that such websites “are a much bigger actual threat to an open Internet than broadband providers, especially when it comes to discrimination on the basis of viewpoint… So let’s be clear. They might cloak their advocacy in the public interest, but the real interest of these Internet giants is in using the regulatory processRead More →

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The RiverHawks women’s team defeated the Cougars 72-to-67 on the road Friday at Clackamas Community College for the Clackamas Thanksgiving Invitational tournament during the weekend of Nov. 25. Jordan Stotler, Bria Thames and Dajanay Powell dominated in their performance; all three recorded a double-double (ten or more of two different stats) in points and rebounds. Taylor Stricklin was the Hawks leading scorer with 21 points. UCC now has a record of four wins and zero losses. “We are pleased with the start, but it is going to be progressively tougher,” head coach Dave Stricklin said. The women’s team started off with a spark, ending theRead More →

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Veterans Day can be more stressful for Veterans than what meets the eye. Many Veterans have no home to go to. Some of their meals come mainly from a soup kitchen, even on holidays. One of the problems for veterans is the difficulty of reintegrating into society. “You lose a part of yourself when you go over there (a combat zone),” said Robert Mountainspring- Wood, a veteran and ASUCC’s public relations officer. Although, Mountainspring-Wood served in the Army, he clarifies that he never deployed. However, he understands those who did. “Even if you don’t deploy, the training process itself is rigorous to say the least,Read More →

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Agatha Christie, the queen of suspense, is arguably one of the best female authors in the past century. Known for her slight-of-hand murder mysteries where the killer is often introduced within the first chapter, her books have sold millions of copies, inspired board games like Clue and have been the basis for television episodes including “Family Guy’s” “And Then There Were Fewer” and the BBC’s “Miss Marple” series. “Murder on the Orient Express” is one of Christie’s best-known stories. The book is inspired by the real life murder case of the Lindbergh baby in 1932. When Bruno Hauptman was convicted of kidnapping and murder andRead More →

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DISCLAIMER: This article is no way constitutes neither legal advice, nor agreement or disagree with emulation, devices, and subjects therein. Retro-computing is the hobby of using older hardware and software for productivity and entertainment. Retro-computing often overlaps with retro-gaming, which specifically is the hobby of playing older games on native hardware and software. In some retro-computing circles, purists debate that physical media is king and that retro-computing should be done on its native hardware. On the other end of the spectrum, users show devotion to emulators. For those who want to get into retro-computing cheaply emulation is the answer. Emulation uses modern software to mimicRead More →

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The Blue Zones Project is a “health and well-being initiative” that is trying to make communities all around the country a healthier place to live, work, learn and play. “Our main goal is to make the healthy choice the easy choice. We don’t want to force anyone,” said John Dimof, the Organizational Lead for Umpqua Blue Zones. The Blue Zones Project started with Dan Buettner, a New York Times bestselling author. He wrote an article in the New York Times about the research he conducted from places around the world where people are living much longer than anyone in the United States and decided toRead More →

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Greg Kovach is an athletic enthusiast and artist who runs a local business entitled The Sign Factory which provides many services, including computer numerical control machining, making custom signs, restoring classic cars, air brushing and concrete work. He is the artist who created UCC’s new rock wall, located on the track. Kovach is locally best known for his concrete sculpting work which often resembles objects from the natural world. Kovach is a student of an array of visual arts. He works with countless materials, paints canvasses of contemporary street art and has tailored highly detailed Halloween costumes. Kovach frequents gym training classes and also enjoysRead More →

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RiverHawks wrestling went to Pacific University to compete at the Mike Clock Open on the weekend of Nov. 11 and 12. Twenty-six teams from community colleges and universities in British Columbia, Idaho, Washington and Oregon battled it out on the mats to try and win in their weight classes. Most wrestling matches during the tournament seemed to either win with a pin in the first minute or took longer than the three hour car trip from Roseburg to the Portland area tournament. Could that be that I did not see all the good matches when there, or was that because of the vast difference inRead More →

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The Umpqua Community College men’s basketball program hosted an alumni game on Saturday, Nov. 11 in Roseburg for the 50th anniversary of the program. UCC men’s basketball started in 1967 and has proven to be a successful basketball program on the court as well as helping students continue to be successful. UCC won their first championship during the 1971-72 season in the OCCAA Tournament, a runner-up finish during the 1988-89 season, and have since won four Southern Region championships with multiple appearances in the Final Four during the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Tournaments in years past. UCC finished third in the FinalRead More →

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   Editor’s Note: The Mainstream discussed new social media protocol at Umpqua Community College in Issue 44 Vol. 1. At the time of print for that issue, we were unable to provide clarification due to unforeseen circumstances. This issue we talked with Tiffany Coleman, UCC’s Director of Marketing and Communication about the new protocol and what it entails. UCC has a Board policy that was adopted in 2011 “for creating and maintaining a professional image for Umpqua Community College to the public.” Policy 200 includes how media contact coordination should take place, press releases and advertisements as well as messages going out to the public,Read More →

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All voting members of the Oregon House and Senate affirmed House Bill 2998 this summer. The bill was drafted to make college credits more transferable between public colleges. Governor Kate Brown signed HB 2998 into law on August 8, and the bill is planned to be implemented in college’s curricula in the Fall 2018 academic term. Requirements for an associate’s degree currently shift depending on the specific college, leaving students to repeat course they have already passed or enter upper level courses without adequate preparation. According to Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s 2017 Legislative Summary: “The bill establishes a path toward a guaranteed portfolio ofRead More →

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Drinking a cup of hot coffee in the morning has become a sacred, everyday ritual for college students everywhere. Many can barely make it through the day without downing a form of caffeine in one way or another. Caffeine is a common type of energy for college students, and is usually delivered to bodies in the form of coffee, tea, soda or energy drinks. What many students don’t know is that caffeine considered a stimulant drug. “Caffeine is a stimulant which when consumed in excess can make us feel jittery, can increase heart rate, and can actually lead to insomnia,” Sarah Martinelli, lecturer for ArizonaRead More →

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Priscila Lopez, ASUCC senator and Spanish Club representative, developed a profound respect for her family and heritage at an early age. One of three children born to immigrant parents, she had a first-hand view of the difficulties Hispanic Americans face and the determination that is required to overcome them. “My parents came from Mexico in the mid-’80s,” she says. “They worked hard, had my brother, and got their citizenship that they worked very hard for.” She gets a little misty-eyed as she recalls her humble but loving childhood. “There were days we didn’t  have very much,” she says, “and I remember how much they struggledRead More →

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Before we open presents, can we appreciate the turkey mom spent half a day on? The holidays are coming up and many are very excited about holiday festivities such as hanging up stockings, Christmas shopping and New Year resolutions. With all of this excitement in the air, some are forgetting that it is still November. Isn’t there some sort of event that happens in November? Oh yes, Black Friday? No! There is still a pretty big moment missing: Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a holiday that entails a rather large feast with family and friends. Some people also engage with listing what they are thankful for. TheRead More →

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   The Umpqua Community College Foundation’s 2nd annual Legacy Ball will be held at Seven Feathers Casino Resort on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. “Unmask the Power of Education” is this year’s theme, featuring a masquerade ball and an after party.    The Legacy Ball began in 2016 as the Foundation’s signature event, according to an email interview with Ellen Brown, Foundation Director of Operations. “Using the word ‘Legacy’ helps us remind donors to consider leaving a legacy by creating an endowment or remembering UCC Foundation in their estate planning,” Brown said. The Legacy Ball is one of the Foundation’s fundraising events.  Read More →

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   Hardcore fans of the Call of Duty franchise can now pick up their newest addition: Call of Duty WW2, developed by Sledgehammer games (last release was by Infinity Ward). The fast-paced first person shooter had a midnight release Nov. 2.    Call of Duty WW2 tells the grim story of World War II. For example, the game’s campaign mode starts players off directly in the battle as they storm Normandy Beach evading machine gun turrets while watching fellow soldiers take heavy casualties.    With all the questions and excitement in the air, many people are curious about Sledgehammer’s approach to the game’s multiplayer andRead More →

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   Nintendo re-released a miniature plug and play console with 21 built in games of their best hits from their library called the SNES Classic Edition, a remake of the older gaming console this year.    When people think of computers, generally they think now a ’days of a big box and slim monitor. Some think of Steven Job’s sleek designs for Apple, and some think of a laptop. When we think of old computers, though, generally it’s the older TV-like monitors from the 1990s: a big CRT (cathode ray tube) monitor and a big beige box.    The SNES (the Super Nintendo Entertainment System)Read More →

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   There is little to nothing that the director of student services thinks she “has” to do. She does, however, “get” to do exactly what she loves with exuberance.     April Hamlin doesn’t proceed through her days with of a sense of obligation, but rather a buoyant joy, the infectious kind that brightens a space and likely the days of many students and co-workers. This would seem counter-intuitive for someone who, in fact, has a virtual laundry list of roles to play and things to do on campus. “So far this morning,” she says, “I’ve been working on a grant that provides services forRead More →

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   UCC’s athletic programs are engaged in multiple fundraising activities to help support team expenses. The wrestling department is running a donation campaign through eTeamSponsor.    At this point, the UCC men’s wrestling eTeamSponsor pages have raised $5,112 and say that donations “will contribute towards expenses required for travel, team gear, wrestling room and competition equipment.”    UCC men’s basketball eTeamSponsor pages have raised $5,180 in total.    UCC women’s basketball eTeamSponsor pages have raised $12,300.    Combined, all three sports have raised $22,592 at time of printing with Athletic Director Craig Jackson raising $11,381 of that total to date.    Donations can be givenRead More →

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    The Umpqua Community College men’s wrestling team won their first dual meet at Lassen Community College in the Lassen Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Susanville, California, where they traveled for their season opener.    The RiverHawks were missing wrestlers in their first three weight classes 125, 133, and 141 respectively, including multi-sport athlete Grant Laiblin, who could not participate because he was competing in the cross country NWAC Southern Region Championships.    The RiverHawk men started the 2017-18 season in Susanville wrestling against Eastern Oregon University. Unlike other sports at UCC belonging to the Northwest Athletic Conference, UCC’s wrestling programs participate in the NationalRead More →

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NAME THE TURKEY The “Name the Turkey” contest which started on Nov. 1 runs through Nov. 9 in the Student Center. The top five names will be up for a vote soon, and the winning turkey name will be announced the week of Nov.  13. FOOD DRIVE ASUCC will collect food for Thanksgiving baskets and the ASUCC pantry Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sherm’s. POSE FOR PIE SCAVENGER HUNT Students can pick up a paper from the ASUCC office in the Student Center by 8 a.m. on Nov. 20 with instructions on 10 campus places they must find and snap aRead More →

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    Spanish Club is an organization for members of the UCC community to enjoy some time together while learning about the Spanish language. No level of fluency is required to be a participant.    “It’s open to everyone, even if you’ve never taken a Spanish class; if you just kind of want to get introduced to it, we want people to come. It’s just really to open up that barrier of communication,” Spanish Club member Kelsey Stone said.    “I first got involved this year with the club. I took Spanish last year, and I wasn’t able to go to the meetings because ofRead More →

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   The debate on online versus printed books is an ongoing and controversial issue. E-books tend to be easier to handle, more portable and right at the tips of your fingers. However, evidence shows that printed books have many more unknown benefits.    In 2014, writer and Scripps graduate Rachel Grate wrote about the benefits of reading physical books: “A 2014 study found that readers of a short mystery story on a Kindle were significantly worse at remembering the order of events than those who read the same story in paperback.”    While e-books do help students by allowing them to read faster, people doRead More →

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   Do yourself a favor and throw away your microwave ramen, unless you are looking for sodium, saturated fat, and very little nutritional value. Ramen, like other college diet staples, may be inexpensive, but your health deserves more. Eating healthy on a student budget may seem difficult, but it’s not impossible.    Is spending a few extra minutes packing food or just re-evaluating campus menu options too much work? Not really, affordable healthy eating choices are important and accessible, even for students on a budget. The UCC cafeteria staff says, “Healthy eating is an important start to the day, and for thinking.”    An affordableRead More →

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The infamous dancing clown Pennywise in the remake of “IT” is back yet again to feast upon the young in Stephen King’s novel, written by Chase Palmer, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman and directed by Argentine screenwriter Andrés Muschietti. Muschietti’s directing is similar to his 2013 horror production, “Mama.” “IT” and “Mama” are his only two feature length horror films and, in both, he uses low lighting whenever the villain is in the shot to give off a shadow around the menacing character with only a faint light in the center of the face, projecting a frightening appearance. Muschietti also uses a great deal ofRead More →

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Many people were drafted in the time of the Vietnam War, however, not as many were lucky enough to survive long enough to tell their story. Although they cannot share their experiences themselves, they have the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall to remind people of the hardships and struggles they experienced daily. The Vietnam Wall made its first appearance in Lincoln City, Oregon 5 years ago. Since then it has traveled throughout the western half of the state. Although the Vietnam Wall has not traveled to the eastern half of the state, the Veterans traveling with it would like to eventually get it there. TheyRead More →

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Democracy has been the stable foundation of this country for hundreds of years, and the party system has been the driving force behind that. We, as the people, select a party to back and then vote for politicians from that party for office. However, it seems that people are abandoning this system and deciding to cast their vote based on what individual politicians they agree with. According to a poll by the Pew Research Center, as of 2014, 39 percent of registered voters identify as independent voters. Although this may seem incredibly odd because we’ve been using the party system for so long, there’s aRead More →

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“Fraud is a huge opportunity for us, it is a massive, growing business for us,” Richard Smith, former CEO of Equifax, said in August. While Smith’s statement may have stirred little attention at the time, when Senator Elizabeth Warren read the quote back to him, it must have been a regrettable choice of words. More than 145 million Americans have been affected by the breach of the credit bureau Equifax. While massive hacks make headlines, they usually only pertain to credit card fraud, which is incomparably easier to remedy than stolen social security numbers (SSNs), tax returns addresses, and driver’s licenses that have been compromised.Read More →

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Spells, runes, champions… and cupcakes? Umpqua Community College’s University of League Of Legends club held a bake sale in the middle of campus on Oct. 17. They offered different “nerd based foods” and pastries such as cinnamon rolls, cupcakes with countdown dice, and chocolate chip cookies. University of League Of Legends is the official campus club for the popular online game, League of Legends. The bake sale was designed to raise money for the ULOL club’s goal to raise funds for the PAX video game conference. While most gaming competitions take place online, UCC’s University of League Of Legends Club will try to compete inRead More →

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Imagine coming home from a long work day, taking off your shoes, grabbing a bottle of wine, and splashing some water inside because that wine bottle now contains your very own succulent! Umpqua Community College’s Alpha Sigma Upsilon honor society, a chapter of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, are taking an innovative approach on how to repurpose old wine bottles. They are selling recycled wine bottles as unique, upcycled plant containers varying in price, shape and size. Alpha Sigma Upsilon honor society is hosting the wine jar planter fundraiser on campus from now up to “at least until January,” stated President of AlphaRead More →

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Since the winter term of 2017, Umpqua Community College has been working hard on upgrading and improving the slow internet speeds and connectivity issues on campus. Some students are already seeing improvements in the network, while others are not. Jakob Bergman, an engineer major, said the network has been “a little better.” Tanner McCue, another engineer major, thought the network’s speed has had little to no difference, saying it has been “marginally different, but still overall bad.” Those who have not seen a change with the internet may need to give it some time. UCC is still working on adding a couple of more improvementsRead More →

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Umpqua Community College has set new protocol for students creating new social media pages using the UCC name. The protocol was sent out in the Oct. 6 Umpqua Updates sent to faculty and staff According to the protocol, students creating a Facebook page or other social media pages with UCC’s name must meet with UCC’s Communication and Marketing Department. Students must also share the page with UCC’s Communication and Marketing staff and a designated member of that staff must be made a page administrator. The college website at umpqua.edu in the A-Z index has a “social media at UCC” link that takes you to aRead More →

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The two grants which had helped UCC provide a recovery advising specialist and a badge-wearing deputy, among other things, unexpectedly ended, leaving the college scrambling for new options. These federal U.S. Department of Education SERV grants would have continued, but as Susan Taylor, executive director for the UCC Foundation, pointed out, the rules were difficult to understand, sometimes obtuse and difficult to follow correctly. Taylor recalled that it was “frustrating” to not understand some of the vague wording presented by the government. While the two grants were lost, a new grant has helped to offset the losses. Taylor helped bring a new grant that mitigatedRead More →

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It’s October. That also means that it is Domestic Violence Awareness month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime”. It is important to highlight the resources available to students in our community. While the former counseling services on campus are not currently being funded, the college has arranged for a life coach position, a victim services coordinator and a victim mental health therapist. Some of these positions are grant funded. The life coach position offers short-term personal and crisis counseling, healthRead More →

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To say that Jessica Richardson in the new provost office has been a life-long fan of Umpqua Community College is to make a literal statement. “UCC has been a part of my life (since) around 8 years old,” Richardson says, “I took a sheep shearing class that had a field trip to Oregon State University.” Richardson, a native of Myrtle Creek, does not mind her daily commute to work at all. “I love the small towns; it’s like a step back in time,” she says, referring to the rural area she calls home. As a runner, she says she can travel into Myrtle Creek’s downtownRead More →

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A new challenger has appeared on the UCC campus, but have no fear. . . it’s a gaming club. The Umpqua University League of Legends club, led by UCC student McKenzie Callahan, is working on their five-person team for competitive gaming. League of Legends is a multi-player online battle arena game. Other widely popular titles within this genre include Warcraft III and Defense of the Ancients, also known as DotA. “It’s like a really complicated version of capture the flag,” Callahan said. Players control their champion from a third-person perspective and must first clear at least one of three lanes in order to reach theRead More →

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Up to an hour’s drive, up either Highway 138 or Little River Road, lies an oasis filled with two emerald lakes, high mountain peaks and wide open meadows. Many local residents flock here, but they don’t talk about it. There are two trailheads into Twin Lakes, and they both offer stunning views. Most people take Highway 138 up the North Umpqua. An easy way to remember when to make the turn is to look for the gravel road just yards after the highway crosses the river. Another way to access the lakes is from an exit off of Little River Road. Look for the NFRead More →

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In part two of “WTF is Happening to America,” we learned about LARPing, the Antifa and this new uprising on the right called the Proud Boys. The article suggested that a process of radicalization drove people to participate in the clashes happening on many college campuses over free speech. However, there is another element to this story. It begins on the internet. A discussion board known as 4chan plays a huge role in these developing events. A discussion on 4chan known as /pol/, Politically Incorrect is one of the top threads on the site. According to the sticky post, a post that always appear inRead More →

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  A news story’s headline can often be its most salient point, but a headline can also be misleading, divisive and inflammatory.  In a time where information is constantly transmitted and consumed as events unfold, viewers often only see news headlines. While many outlets claim to be fair and unbiased, this is not a realistic reflection of their own reporting. Inaudible shouting matches and banter between pundits, anchors and hosts can be seen any night on national news channels. Every person and media organization has some sort of opinion, and no one person or news organization can describe all pertinent facts in every news story.Read More →

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Students who have exchanged a wave, smile or otherwise acknowledged the security officers on campus likely have done so with Harvey Day. Among his colleagues, Day has been a security officer at UCC the longest, having started here in February of 2011. Raised in California, Day’s path to his position on campus was somewhat unintentional. “When I graduated high school, I wanted to be a police officer,’ he says. The counseling services at the private Baptist school he attended were less than resourceful, however. “I didn’t know how to go about it, so I thought I’d get a job until I figured out what IRead More →

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If people want to make enemies of friends, one sure fire way to do it is thrashing them in a fighting game. Whether by slamming a friend’s head into pixelated asphalt or through the ring in a WWE sponsored video game title, players of fighting games have made, lost and finished friends on the couch and all over the world. One of the most popular games that spawned from the ‘80s and continues to this day is the “Mortal Kombat” Series. This series is often praised as one of the best fighting games, as well as one of the more historic games due to theRead More →

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The Days of Remembrance display at Swanson Amphitheater was organized to remember the 22 million lives lost under the Nazi regime during World War II. “It started with a student who was concerned with a lack of Holocaust awareness on campus a couple years back,” Perley said. Perley described the difference between “genocide” and “Holocaust”: “Genocide is the general term to describe a mass killing of people, and it’s basically a destruction of a way of life. The Holocaust, it’s a capital ‘H’ Holocaust, is referring to just the World War II event.” The flags were too numerous to count just by looking, but theRead More →

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When your role model is one of the top 50 winningest high school coaches of all time, and when that role model honors you with a scholarship, you want to make that man proud as you follow in his legacy. New UCC wrestling coach Kyle Temple, a graduate of Sweet Home High School, is following Norm Davis, his role model, in his career decision to build a legacy. Davis was a wrestling coach at Sweet Home High School for 30 years. After those 30 years, Davis was honored in 1997 by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with their Lifetime Service to Wrestling award forRead More →

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UCC will soon boast the first obstacle course racing team in U.S. community college history, a sport that can be viewed as one of the most challenging and difficult. Obstacle course racing is comparable to military training. Practice doesn’t necessarily mean working on specific skills like shooting or ball handling in other sports, but instead, athletes train the entire body to prepare for any obstacle. Those include climbing cargo nets, crawling under barbed wire, crawling through PVC pipes, running a quarter mile while carrying a cinder block and more. The most common analogy to OCR is American Ninja Warrior. Although OCR is a taxing andRead More →

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The video game Dwarf Fortress in its full title is known as “Slaves to Armok: God of Blood, Chapter 2: Dwarf Fortress.” While having a title almost as big as its player base, the game lives up to the hematic name. Dwarf Fortress is a life’s work produced by two brothers, Tarn and Zach Adams. It is collectively called “the most complex game ever made,” according to the New York Times, the Seattle Weekly and PC Gamer Magazine. Dwarf Fortress was chosen for this column’s premiere because of the impact it has made on popular games and for being one of the first games placedRead More →

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Although Sexual Assault Awareness Month has ended, sexual violence continues to live on. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, “Every 98 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted.” New sex trends like “stealthing,” which most experts agree could be considered sexual assault, mean the topic still needs to be studied. While no laws currently exist that would deem this trend illegal in the U.S., stealthing is a “clear sexual offense” in the U.K., and in Switzerland a man was convicted of rape after performing this act according to the Huffington Post. If you haven’t heard of the new sex trend known as stealthing,Read More →

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A political column analyzing contemporary U.S. culture Less than 100 days into the Trump presidency, a new trend is gaining popularity on college campuses: fighting between groups with polarized views. Imagine two forces carrying weapons such as M80s, rocks, bottles and bricks. Imagine acts of violence and vandalism such as breaking windows and starting fires. Imagine something close to a battlefield. One group establishes the proposed battleground somewhere on campus where the forces will clash while the other marches in like a scene from Braveheart. Each side challenges the other by exchanging words, then as tensions escalate, those words become warnings followed by action. ToRead More →

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Former UCC Board of Trustees director Sue Shaffer passed away on April 12 at the age of 94. She was the first woman to chair the board and received a position on the Spirit of Umpqua “Hall of Fame” in Jacoby Auditorium in 1999. During UCC’s 53-year history, only 23 names have been listed in the Hall of Fame. John McCafferty, the current business operations officer at The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, worked alongside Sue Shaffer on the governor’s Compact Negotiation Team. “She was a very impressive lady,” McCafferty said. “It was obvious that she was a person of vision, thatRead More →

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A group of students in Dustin Cosby’s Small Group Discussion class are putting together a banquet in efforts to show appreciation to our staff and faculty of UCC. These students go by the name of “Group A.” This group is also composed of ASUCC students and Veteran’s Club members. The students, for their class project, decided to give back to our UCC staff and faculty by providing them with a banquet that will be served by UCC students.  The group has petitioned $7,000 from ASUCC in order to pay for this event. We would like to invite you (student body) to be part of thisRead More →

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Recycling options on campus, in the community It’s easy to shove unwanted items in our backpacks or in a trashcan without regard to their recyclability, but not all materials should be treated the same. Some materials, such as certain plastics and glass, don’t easily decompose. Luckily, the campus and the community offer many recycling options. Currently, there are approximately 19 recycling bins on campus – 17 around campus with 1 in every building that categorize recyclable plastic, cans, paper, and waste products. Additionally, 2 are behind the cafeteria where one holds cardboard and the other holds all recyclable material. Every Friday, Sunrise Enterprises picks upRead More →

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Students who pass through the Student Center on their way to the cafeteria, the TRiO program, Veterans Services, ASUCC, the peer mentors program or other services most likely don’t realize they are walking right through an office. “I have the biggest office on campus,” Diana Kelly says, waving an arm at the entire lobby area. As Program Assistant for Student Life and Campus Engagement, Diana Kelly has a contagious amount of positive energy to share with anyone who feels lost or blue. The old adage “if you do something you love for a living, you’ll never have to work a day” certainly applies for Kelly,Read More →

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They give their lives, limbs and peace of mind so that we can taste a measure of freedom. They spend time away from their families, and if overseas, see horrific things while in combat. The scars veterans have, whether seen or hidden, may be borne in silence. Some soldiers return to school. There they face complications that most students would never think of. With this in mind, we are proud to present our new feature “Soldiers to Scholars.” Soldiers are often hailed as the heroes in a battle situation. But when the battle is done, the war is over, and it’s time to come home,Read More →

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The year is 1989. The United States’ women’s wrestling team is competing for the first time at the world championships in Switzerland. Asia DeWeese, UCC’s new wrestling coach, is there earning what she calls “my greatest achievement.” “I was part of the first women’s national team that went to world championships,” DeWeese says.  In a time when “USA wrestling didn’t want us” and when their team “didn’t get any money,” she and her teammates were competing against the odds. In spite of the odds, coach DeWeese won second at the 1989 world championships, her biggest wrestling accolade. DeWeese wasn’t always respected, however. When she wasRead More →

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Life must be easy being a college athlete. Student athletes have all the friends, they receive all the glory and attention from playing a great game and some might have better relationships with professors because they’re athletes. They go to school for free because of their scholarships — at least that’s the stereotype. And, the stereotype is that student athletes get away with whatever they want. They don’t have to dedicate themselves to anything except their individual sport; they avoid all the responsibility. Contrary to this ridiculous stereotype, the truth is that it takes an incredibly dedicated and motivated person to be a college athlete.Read More →

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Since then, annually, including 2017, the POTUS has proclaimed April Sexual Assault Awareness Month. On March 31, Trump officially acknowledged that April, 2017, would continue to be proclaimed Sexual Assault Awareness Month. “My Administration, including the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services, will do everything in its power to protect women, children, and men from sexual violence,” Trump said. Any UCC student who needs immediate assistance regarding this topic can contact security at 541-440-7777. Otherwise students or staff can contact Lynn Johnson in HR located In the Student Center or reach her by phone at 541-440-7690. The book “We BelieveRead More →

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Shooting landscapes: the good, bad and ugly Landscape shooting can be somewhat difficult, but the trick is in setting up the right composition. Some of the best moments on camera take a lot of time and patience, but the payoff is really great. First ask yourself these questions:   What am I shooting? Whether it’s a large mountain range, animals, or a river bed, knowing what you are shooting will help you map out the composition. Look for a focal point and put that focal point on one of the lines that intersect if you divide the view finder into thirds.   Changing perspectives: SometimesRead More →

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Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino, who both suffered sexual assault at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, helped spearhead federal investigation into campus crime when they filed a federal complaint against UNC for mishandling sexual assault. Working from their experiences, the two have created a book We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out. Clark and Pino were also featured in the highly recommended The Hunting Ground documentary which also analyzes sexual assault on college campuses. As one Good Reads reviewer says, “With documentaries such as ‘The Hunting Ground’ and books such as ‘We Believe You,’ we are finallyRead More →

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APRIL 11—The Pacific Fisheries Management Council decided to officially close both commercial and sport fishing for Chinook and Coho salmon along approximately 200 miles of the southern Oregon and northern California coasts for the remainder of 2017. According to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council ‘s website: “Fisheries from the Florence South Jetty to Horse Mountain, California vwill be closed for the entire season to reduce impacts on Klamath River fall Chinook.” This closure primarily affects coastal waters from Florence to Horse Mountain, not inland rivers in Oregon. “Inland, spring-run Chinook fishing will still be allowed through Aug. 14 on the Klamath River and through Aug.Read More →

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Thoughts and comments typed onto pink, squared sheets of paper sit pinned alongside their companion drawings on three walls in the Whipple Fine Arts building. These pink sheets of paper share an anonymous Tumblr artist’s and her followers’ struggles, feelings and even secrets as they search together for comfort through art. Throughout this spring term, from April 3 to May 1, The Art Gallery at UCC is displaying art work from Ambivalently Yours, the anonymous Tumblr artist, that is eponymously titled, “Ambivalently Yours: as seen on Tumblr.” The show will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. asRead More →

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A political column analyzing contemporary U.S. culture Since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, many Americans have become so electrified by the results that they are shouting, crying, and fighting … often against their friends, family and neighbors . . . at the cost of listening, learning, and loving. Dialogue is turning into broken friendships. Free speech is starting riots. Marches are taking over the streets. That may be acceptable to the disenfranchised, but when we break long-standing friendships, when citizens call to arms to shoot protesters, have we gone too far? United we stand. Divided we fall. Dissension is nothing new to the U.S. WeRead More →

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Starting this summer, a 12 credit student might expect to pay an additional $36 in tuition and fees per term. An increase of $3 per credit was a unanimous, though tentative, decision reached by the UCC Board of Trustees on Wednesday, April 12. A second reading of the tuition increase will be required at the April 26 board meeting before it can be voted in or voted out. The first April board meeting focused primarily on what can be done to rectify a $1.4 million shortfall and included discussion on the proposed increase in tuition and fees for students. Along with Oregon’s forecast $1.7 billionRead More →

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Four students from Umpqua Community College’s Alpha Sigma Upsilon, which is UCC’s chapter of the Rocky Mountain Cascade region of the international Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) nation, attended the first annual Catalyst Awards convention. And it was, for them, quite an experience. President Jantyne Bunce, Vice President KC Perley, Adviser Diana Kelly, Honors in Action Officer Tanya Williams and Hanya Vargas made the long journey to Nashville, Tennessee to represent UCC. “Our team returned catalyzed,” Perley said. “We laughed, learned and cried together, and in the end, we came back to our chapter to finish out the year and be a catalyst for next years’Read More →

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All Jennifer Hagerty ever wanted was to help others succeed in life. After years of neglect and abuse from her parents, Hagerty wanted to treat others differently than how she was treated. As a result, nursing became her lifelong passion. “My dad left when I was four and never came back. My mom faced addiction when I was a young child. The best way I know how to describe it is that they loved the high more than they loved themselves and more than anything else in this world,” she said. That’s why nursing provided her “the opportunity to have an impact without having toRead More →

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Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series about academic cheating. What do the New England Patriots, former president Bill Clinton and students have in common? All three have been accused of cheating at one time or another. Whether unfair or dishonest methods are used to win a football game, to advance a political means or to get better grades in a class, the accusation of cheating  does  not  affect  just the accused. And the ramifications can be far reaching. Loss of employment, opportunities in academic programs, integrity and reputation are only a few of the potential impacts accusations can have. Unfortunately, the actRead More →

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The UCC men’s basketball team lost a closely contested game against the Chemeketa Storm 81-78 Wednesday, March 1 in Roseburg, Oregon. Although the Riverhawks couldn’t get the win against the Storm, UCC finished the season well enough to earn a share of the Southern Region Championship and an opportunity to play against the Bellevue Bulldogs in the NWAC Tournament in Washington. “I told the guys in the locker room that I’m very proud of this team and their effort,” head coach Daniel Leeworthy said. “I think we’ve got a team that’s built for a big run in the playoffs,” Leeworthy continued. “I told the guysRead More →

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The Umpqua Community College Riverhawks weathered the storm Wednesday, March 1 in Roseburg, by defeating the Chemeketa Storm 84-45. With the victory, UCC finished their season with a 27-2 record overall and claimed a perfect 16-0 regional record for the first time under head coach Dave Stricklin. UCC will now gear their attention towards Treasure Valley, as the Riverhawks will play against the Chukars in their first matchup in the Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament.   “The women have experienced a special season up to this point,” UCC Athletic Director Craig Jackson said. “To finish Southern Region play with a perfect record for the first timeRead More →

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Staff share their March Madness picks March Madness. This college basketball regular season has had no shortage of surprises. There has been six different number one ranked teams this year. Competition throughout the country has been balanced, and no team can automatically be looked at and indisputably say they’re the best in the country. But this is it. The NCAA Tournament. Where game winning shots and shocking upsets are seen almost daily. This is when the madness truly begins. Players work so hard to have a chance for this moment. When back sides get tired and palms get sweaty, which team is going to gutRead More →

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Staff shares their March Madness picks The single largest college basketball tournament known as March Madness is almost among us. This is the tournament where, literally, anything can happen. From a broken leg mid play, to an amazing upset at the final buzzer, March Madness is one of the most exciting sports events in the country. Multiple professionals along with 40 million amateurs will attempt to choose which team is the best of the best. In my opinion, the Oregon Ducks are this year’s best of the best. With only four losses and the Pac-12 player of the year, Dillon Brooks, the Ducks look likeRead More →

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Spring time is the perfect time for photography; that’s why it’s essential for new and even experienced photographers to know how to set up a composition. Shooting in low light situations can be a challenge, but, rest assured, with a little practice your shots will turn out great. In the last issue, I covered the basics of using a DSLR camera in manual mode. This issue we are going to cover setting up a proper composition and how to get the right lighting for a low light image. When considering composition, ask yourself these questions: What kind of setting/ location am I going to shoot?Read More →

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Thundercat bass player/song writer/singer from L.A. mixing funk, hip-hop and jazz all together in a psychedelic blender. I’ve been pretty fascinated with Thundercat ever since I saw him play “Them Changes” on the former Comedy Central show, “Why with Hannibal Buress.” In my opinion, Bruner is the best bass guitar player out there right now; he does it all on a six string in a style with a lot of classical jazz guitar influence. He also happens to have a pretty solid voice that he tends to layer in his songs. Stephen started in high school going on tour with Suicidal Tendencies, who I actuallyRead More →

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The contributions of women historically, politically, societally and culturally are honored around the world on March 8. From March 1 through March 31, the celebration of women continues with remembering the past and looking at the present and future women who stand for a purpose greater than themselves. The celebration began in the early 1900s when the first International Women’s Day was held on March 8. During the late 1970s, the school district of Sonoma, California introduced a celebration highlighting women and their achievements. President Jimmy Carter would eventually make the week of March 8 National Women’s Week in the following decade; however, the celebrationRead More →

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“Logan” opens in the darkest reaches of the “X-Men” universe. A broken and defeated Wolverine, drunk on liquor and the paralysis of his past, is the hero we’re introduced to. Not the typical superhero greeting, no, but “Logan” is the opposite of what superhero films have become today. Big on spectacle and faded on emotion, most of the common superhero lot offer only blind escapism from the problems of the world. Meanwhile, “Logan” dares to be many of the issues humanity faces, as it crafts itself as a somber telling of life, family, love and, above all, the ever-growing closeness that is death. Don’t letRead More →

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In response to the first of a two-series issue in the Mainstream, UCC staff is now moving forward with plans to improve the accessibility of feminine hygiene products on campus. The facility director is currently conducting a full evaluation to distinguish which restrooms have operable and inoperable machines to be able to provide feminine products more adequately to students, staff and faculty. “After reading [the Mainstream] story, I think we’re going to keep the machines that operate and refresh the products that are in there, but as they fail, we’re going to remove them,” Jess Miller, facility director said. Vandalism, theft of products and lossRead More →

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently signaled that federal action against recreational marijuana use is in the works. “There is a big difference between [medical] and recreational marijuana. And I think that when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing that we should be doing is encouraging people,” he said during a Feb. 23 press briefing. When pressed further by reporters, he added: “I think that’s a question for the Department of Justice. I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement of [recreational marijuana].” The Department of Justice, headed by the newRead More →

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When the words “…should talk to a therapist” or “…should really see someone about this” enter a conversation, it may sound more of a condemnation than practical advice to many of us. “This isn’t a thoughtful recommendation of a valid path to health, it’s an insult,” said Ryan Howes, Ph.D. in an essay for Psychology Today. The stigma surrounding mental health counseling and therapy may not be as strong as it once was – after all, we are arguably exposed to more traumatic events on a daily basis than in previous decades – but there may still be some general reluctance of people to considerRead More →

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The selection for a provost is underway. The first candidate of five, Daniel Findley, PhD, spoke at a forum on March 7. Four other candidates have been scheduled to speak at UCC, but due to its publication date, the Mainstream was only able to cover the first candidate. The provost will replace the positions of vice president of Student Services and vice president of Instruction and their executive assistants. The dean of Students will assume some the current responsibilities of the vice president of Student Services.  For example, Student of Concern forms and other complaints will be directed at the dean of Students after aRead More →

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The Speech 219 class was given an end of the term assignment administered by Adjunct Speech Communication faculty member Dustin Cosby, regarding a project to benefit students. Participants in the class created a multiple day event from March 6 to March 8 in the student center that had given several students a chance to relax, according to class member Pamela Bordenave. The Express Yourself event was created to help students take their mind off of finals week by creating multiple types of art that represented each student’s own self. Activities such as coloring sheets, paintings and clay sculptures were presented during the event for othersRead More →

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On an average, students pay approximately $200-$300 per term in fees, not counting tuition and books. Some of these fees are specific to the field of study, while others are added on for online classes. As budgets are in the planning stage for next year, an increase in tuition and student fees is almost a guarantee. The amount of the increase often determined by the increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Most students already pay a substantial amount of their income for their schooling, even if they are fortunate enough to have financial aid. Therefore the idea of fees increasing can bring about concern,Read More →

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After a life shrouded in uncertainty, a time of feeling out of place, Teddy Harris found his true identity as a trans-masculine male. For years, Harris lived a life of constant battles among peers, friends, and even family members over his true gender identity. On the outside, he looked like a girl growing up; however, Harris always knew in the back of his mind that didn’t feel right. “I knew I didn’t like being a ‘girl’ since I was really young. Never really considered myself one. But, my family saw me as a girl, so I followed that mold,” he recalled. With a gleam inRead More →

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The Art Gallery in Umpqua Community College, Whipple Fine Arts building presents “Angels Passing” by Michael Hoeye. Hoeye graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts. He later received a Master of Arts in Religion and Psychiatry from Union Thelogical Seminary in New York, New York. Hoeye moved back to Oregon in 1992 and currently resides in Portland, Oregon. The exhibit features people from Hoeye’s neighborhood in Portland. He captures the people in actions that seem ordinary and meaningless as he passes them on the streets during their daily routines. Hoeye uses a series of mediums such as drawing, photography,Read More →

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Note: Information and extracts from The Washington Post, New York Times and the Guardian Hundreds of scientists recently gathered in Boston’s Copley Square to rally against what they say is a “direct attack” on research and facts by the new Republican administration. Though specific calls to action were not made clear, neither are the goals and strategies of the new presidency regarding scientific research and funding. The conference/rally held outside the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Sunday, Feb. 19 meant to highlight the uncertainties facing research in the new era of contagious denial, cherry-picked data, and supposed “alternative facts.” Concerns among scientistsRead More →

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 Healthy food choices available at UCC Cafeteria doing made-to-order Because college students juggle school work, jobs, relationships and many life stressors, often healthy eating is not a priority. So how can a starving college student make time to eat healthy and keep their growling stomachs from embarrassing them in class? With a few life hacks, including a little planning and preparation, eating healthy can be fun and manageable. As an added benefit, February is National Heart Health month. Learning to make heart healthy food choices today can lead to a healthier and longer life. Fortunately, UCC offers many healthy eating choices. “Often what’s cheap isn’tRead More →

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With hundreds of people in the stands, the UCC Riverhawks fell just short in a game that was competitive for the entirety of the match-up, and the Clark Penguins claimed the 80-73 victory Wednesday, Feb. 23 in Roseburg, Oregon. The Penguins came into the nest ready to play, forcing the Riverhawks into an early first half deficit. While UCC had difficulty taking care of the basketball and rebounding, the Riverhawks managed to keep it close. UCC worked for every basket they scored, but Clark took the 44-36 advantage into halftime. “We really just didn’t do the little things like looking after the basketball and rebounding,”Read More →

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UCC iced the Clark Penguins 78-41 Wednesday, Feb. 22 in Roseburg, Oregon. The Riverhawks added another accomplishment to their long list of achievements by earning their third regional championship in four years and extending their current win streak to 14 games. The UCC women look incredibly fun to watch, even in warmups. The Riverhawks have developed a strong chemistry through laughter and friendly competition, continuing to improve as a team one day at a time. “The goal is to just keep getting a little better every day,” head coach Dave Stricklin said. “The girls love to play the game, and they love to play together,”Read More →

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Dr. Debra Thatcher never expected to land into the position of a college president while in her studies as an undergraduate student. “I never dreamed of being president of anything,” Thatcher said. A passion from her childhood, Thatcher initially intended to earn a degree in music at the private school she first attended. “In elementary school, the big thing was that they went around to all the third and fourth graders and said, ‘we have all these instruments, which one would you like to try?’” Thatcher said. She first chose the flute and when eighth grade rolled around she decided to upgrade to the bassoonRead More →

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The Tony Award-winning musical “Curtains” delivered laugh after laugh at the Centerstage Theater this winter. The show opened Feb. 17 and runs through March 5. The direction, stagecraft, casting and acting all worked cooperatively under the direction of Stephanie Newman on the night of Feb. 18 to deliver a memorable performance to the audience members. The story of “Curtains” unfolds entirely within Boston’s Colonial Theatre in 1959 as the theatre company attempts a Western production “Robbin’ Hood.” Every member of the production gets detained by Lt. Frank Cioffi, played by Matthew Campbell, due to the onstage murder of their star actress Jessica Cranshaw, played byRead More →

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As college students begin their spring break vacations, thousands of gray whales will be making their way up the Oregon coast to reach their Arctic feeding grounds, according to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s website. The whales make this trip every year from late March to June from the warm waters around Baja Mexico. They will return south in December and January. “They travel over 12 thousand miles every year doing this migration, and to cross paths and get up close and personal with one of these animals, you realize they are an amazing creature that lives a life totally unknown to us, andRead More →

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Slow wifi speed has been an issue for UCC students and staff. According to Stephouse, a business that specializes in creating wireless networks, the average speed in the U.S. is around 11 and one-half mbps (megabits per second).A free online internet speed test provided by Ookla last week showed that the download speed on UCC’s guest network was around three mbps, almost as slow as dsl (digital subscriber line). Students and faculty are asking why it is so slow. Kathy Thomason, a network administrator for UCC, says that the UCC guest wifi network is purposely throttled (slowing down a network’s bandwidth to prevent bandwidth hogging).Read More →

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The 30 days of gratitude event through the month of February on the UCC campus highlights the importance of remaining positive through life trials and tribulations. Its focus is to provide students with the motivation to remain physically and mentally healthy through mindfulness practices. The event, held by the Student Life & Campus Engagement office, is a call for students to practice being grateful and positive through the month of February. Anyone can participate by joining the month-long challenge or by submitting what they are thankful for in a “gratitude jar.” This is a large vase for the UCC community to place written notes into; itRead More →

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Exercise has an endless list of benefits, including clearer skin and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. There are hundreds of different ways to be more active. It is important to find the right one for you and your lifestyle. Finding an exercise that you can stick with and you like is most important. “When people are similar to the activities they pursue,” says James Gavin, a professor at Concordia University in Montreal, “they tend to be happier, express more satisfaction and stay with it longer.” When finding the right exercise routine take into consideration, your schedule, fitness goals, and training benefits. Even just taking aRead More →

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The season for the UCC women’s basketball team continues to move in a positive direction with a win that didn’t come easy after a full 40-minute effort against the Portland Panthers Monday, Feb. 6, in Roseburg, Oregon. The Riverhawks defeated the Panthers 88-77 and continued their current win streak to nine games. UCC started slow in the first quarter in large part to Portland’s point guard Toni Doroha. Doroha gained a lot of confidence after starting the game hitting multiple 3-point shots. “We didn’t guard her well enough in the beginning of the game and she hit a couple wide open shots,” head coach DaveRead More →

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The men got back to their winning ways after defeating the Portland Panthers 91-86 Monday, Feb. 6. The win didn’t come easy as the first half both teams defended each other well. “They are long and active on defense and have some good players,” head coach Daniel Leeworthy said before the game. “But if we match their energy and execute we will have a good game.” Both teams held each other to under 40 percent shooting in the first half. The Riverhawk men’s defense continued to execute down the stretch and held the Panthers just 36.4 percent shooting overall. All while improving their own shootingRead More →

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Queer Students Advocacy discussed logistics for upcoming events during their recent club meeting held Feb. 7. High on this list was the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus performance at Jacoby Hall on March 26. Planning for the event has been in the works since Nov. 2016. Ticket proceeds from the event primarily fund the Douglas County HIV Alliance. The group also looks forward to producing their drag show scheduled for the latter part of spring term. For now, karaoke is the most probable performance medium for the event, but short skit performances are another possibility. On Valentine’s Day and the day before, QSA will sell candyRead More →

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UCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society is looking forward to see if they will win one of the highly anticipated Hallmark awards coming in April. Chapters that win must exemplify excellence in leadership, service, fellowship and community involvement. UCC’s chapter is known as the Alpha Sigma Upsilon chapter. Several criteria needed to be accomplished before the club could compete for a Hallmark award. The Honors in Action award and College Project award entries revolve around their on-campus projects.  Requirements for the Honors in Action Hallmark includes a 2600 word essay on a summary of their project and its objectives. The essay revolved around a centralRead More →

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Getting the most bang for your buck There used to be a time when we had to sit around waiting for our favorite shows. Not now. Viewers can find anything they want to watch with a flick of a switch. The Internet fueled companies to create an alternative to what the cable companies were offering. This allowed services like Netflix and Hulu to thrive in a market that was formerly controlled by the cable companies.  Now, so many subscription services are out there to choose from that deciding which plan meets your needs  can be somewhat overwhelming. A comparison below of some of the majorRead More →

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Ty Segall and The Sonics The point of this column is to discuss a recent music release or show, and then look for something similar or related to recommend. This week’s column focuses on Ty Segall’s music style.   Ty Segall – Ty Segall Ty Segall’s new self-titled album is out. Ty is an experimental indie rock fellow. You may have heard his other project “Fuzz” with a common collaborator Charles Mootheart. I like that Segall seems to get bored with sounds and seems to constantly move things around, even if it doesn’t always make something totally original. The new record has a very jammyRead More →

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The basics A picture can tell a thousand words without speaking one. That’s why it’s important to take note of good habits that make for better pictures. The first concept to grasp is to know how take a photo using manual mode. Instead of letting the camera make all the decisions for you, this gives the user full control, allowing you to make all the critical decisions. Ask yourself these questions: What is the lighting like, is it dark or light? How far away does the subject have to be? What is my subject going to be? Is it going to be moving or still?Read More →

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Every year worldwide 14 million people learn they have cancer, and 8 million people die from the disease. Over 100 types of cancer exist and any part of the body can be affected.The Union for International Cancer Control is trying to bring awareness to this epidemic with National Cancer Prevention month this February and World Cancer Day, Feb. 4. Cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells divide uncontrollably to destroy body tissue.“Cancer cells differ from normal cells in many ways that allow them to grow out of control and become invasive. Cancer cells are also often able to evade the immune system, a networkRead More →

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A college student’s life can both be very stressful as well as busy. From making sure you are prepared for a test to hoping you don’t forget to eat breakfast the next day, there is a lot on a student’s plate, but “life hacks” can make a student’s life a little more easy. One of the most effective life hacks includes using different colored pens and highlighters while taking notes. Because color is more appealing to humans versus black and white, colored notes are easier to remember. An article published by the National Institute of Health, “The Influence of Colour on Memory Performance”, states thatRead More →

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The untold story of emergency responder stress The emotional toll suffered by people in medical professions is seldom told. Those out on the front lines and in the emergency room attempting to save family and friends are only human. TV shows like “House M.D.” and “Grey’s Anatomy” portray medically trained professionals as heroes who can bring back people from the dead and perform miraculous procedures any day. Yes, sometimes people are inexplicably saved, but realistically that is not always the case. Because workers in medical fields can accumulate a great amount of stress after every single incident they respond to, UCC paramedic students are requiredRead More →

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A colorful mosaic tribute, displayed on a wall behind the fine arts building, stands as a symbolic memorial to the eight students and one teacher who lost their lives on Oct. 1, 2015. Eight blue and one red-colored dragonfly embody the spirit of those individuals. “We started it in November of 2015,” Susan Rochester, head of the fine arts department said. “It’s a monument to the idea of community, but I also think the beauty of the mosaic is important. It stands as a reminder that no matter how difficult life is, we are only guaranteed this one single moment that we are in rightRead More →

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Umpqua Community College is working on building a new wellness department on campus to focus on students’  mental health and accessibilities needs.  A  wellness center is now located in the Educational Skills Building  across from the Swanson Amphitheater. The center provides many recourses to help students through difficult times such as specialty short term counseling services, special academic advising, weekly wellness workshops, support groups and  the resiliency room (located in ESB 9). A group from Dustin Cosby’s Small Group discussion class is hosting a Resiliency Week in the LaVerne Murphy Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 to March 3 to helpRead More →

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UCC nursing student Joy Smith was working with a group of volunteers at a wine tasting event four years ago in Portland, Oregon, when she allowed her cup to be out of sight for several minutes. She didn’t consider that doing this was unsafe. Seven hours later, in a remote location, the police found Smith’s near lifeless body in her totaled car. The next morning, she woke up in a strange hospital with no recollection of what happened. Smith had been drugged. In 2013, as a newly divorced 32-year-old single mother, Smith frequently volunteered at events in the Portland area. A new chapter of herRead More →

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Zip. Zip. Clank. Swivel, swivel. Silence. You may have needed a feminine hygiene product while on campus and found yourself in a UCC restroom having to unzip your wallet for change, clank a quarter into the machine, swivel the knob to the right only to be followed by silence and a feeling of despair. This is a common problem. Only three out of 13 women’s restrooms on UCC’s campus are stocked with both tampons and pads. Mainstream staff members walked restroom to restroom conducting a study to see which women’s restrooms carry feminine hygiene products. They found that four buildings have broken feminine hygiene dispensers.Read More →

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The Ellucian Degree Works database has been one of the improvements added to the student self-service banner at UCC, funded through the federal 2001 Title III act that helps institutes of higher education expand their capacities to serve students of all income levels. Although this tool was rolled out in the fall of 2015, many students have only seen its use in the offices of their advisers. This informative system is, in fact, available for all students to utilize for themselves. Degree Works is a web-based academic advising, degree auditing and course planning system that helps students navigate the requirements needed to fulfill program degreesRead More →

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The owners of Bluebird Pizza, Roseburg’s brand new gourmet pizzeria, believe in second chances (and for good reason). In March of 2016, Ric and Tami Webb were at a turning point. Ric was in a coma, fighting for his life against pneumonia, heart failure and low blood pressure. Tami was praying for a miracle as she watched her husband lay helpless in the hospital. After five days in the ICU, doctors considered taking Ric off  of life support. Not knowing where else to turn, Tami turned to her faith. She asked an Elder from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to giveRead More →

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Dedicated steelhead anglers face a strong steelhead run despite this winter’s high water, unfavorably cold water temperatures and poor water visibility. “We do anticipate that the run will be similar to last year’s. This run has been consistent over time and is likely due to steelhead’s life history that allows them to be more adaptable to environmental factors such as ocean conditions and drought, particularly when compared to other salmonids such as coho,” said Greg Huchko, a biologist at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Anglers that were frustrated by chinook this past fall are likely to be more successful fishing for steelhead thisRead More →

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You may have heard of a caffeine high, but how about a caffeine quake? Associate professor of geology Karen Caroll, alongside associate professor of mathematics Mary Stinnett, addressed the mathematical relationships between caffeine and earthquakes and tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest at the Faculty Lecture Series in the Centerstage Theatre on Jan. 19. In her free lecture titled “The Mathematical and Not-So-Mathematical Relationships between Tsunamis and the Pacific Northwest,” Caroll described how the Juan de Fuca plate that sits below the Pacific Ocean is converging with another in an area known as the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Experts expect a substantial earthquake within the next 50Read More →

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Foxygen, Getting into Beefheart The point of this column is to talk about a recent release, or show, and then look for something similar or related in history to recommend. There is a lot of really good music that people don’t know about, really important stuff I probably still don’t even know about, but I don’t stop learning. There’s so much to learn, explore and enjoy in the world of music. Foxygen – “Hang” If you aren’t aware of Foxygen, they are a psychedelic pop/rock band out of Westlake Village, California. The duo of Jonathan Rado and Sam France have been doing this since theyRead More →

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Since Measure 10-145 failed at the ballot box, Douglas County Commissioners are forced to look for ways to cover county budget shortfalls with budget cuts. The current plan requires the complete closure of all county funded libraries on April 1, a plan that could increase stress on UCC’s library. The measure would have raised approximately 4 million dollars a year in additional taxes from land owners in Douglas County to help make up for shortfalls in the county budgets. “We are anticipating more inquiries about our library services here as a result of pending closures,” Carol McGeehon, the current Library Director at UCC, states. McGeehonRead More →

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It is now official: in the fall term of 2017-18, the Riverhawks will add six new sports programs for students to participate in. These new sports will include wrestling, cross country and obstacle racing for men and women. Craig Jackson, UCC’s new athletic director, is expanding the college’s sports programs partly to help increase enrollment. Jackson is looking at these new teams from an “enrollment perspective,” meaning that “six teams add 85 students to UCC.” With the potential extra students, UCC will receive more funding, making more programs for all students to enjoy. If these new programs are successful, students can hopefully expect even moreRead More →

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The UCC men’s Riverhawk basketball team rode a two game win streak in Roseburg with their victory against Eugene’s Lane Community College, extending their current winning streak to three games by defeating the Titans 81-72 Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Riverhawk nest. The men had a slow start, giving up an early lead to the Titans. Head coach Daniel Leeworthy called his team’s first timeout early in the first half after a dunk was made by Lane forward Jaylin Robinson. “We just didn’t start very well, and we weren’t ready to play,” coach Leeworthy said. “We lost a lot of those toughness plays [as] weRead More →

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Women’s basketball obliterate Lane, 77-58 The women’s basketball team’s 2017 basketball season started off strong after defeating the 2016 Northwest Athletic Conference Champions Lane Titans, 77-58, Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Riverhawk nest in Roseburg, Oregon. UCC entered the game ready for a clash with the Titans as both teams were fighting for the top spot in the South region. The Riverhawks started the game off slowly, giving Lane an early 8-2 lead in the first quarter, but eventually UCC picked up speed. “It was a big game. Both teams hadn’t lost yet, and it was played at home,” head coach Dave Stricklin said. “WeRead More →

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Other options still available Danielle Risley, 19, had vividly seen the type of person she wanted to be after finishing a UCC degree. It had been her passion since a young age to become a psychologist or missionary and travel the world while helping those in need. This term would’ve furthered her education toward those goals; however, with little money and no financial aid, she was forced to drop out of school. “My parents can’t help me . .we are barely living paycheck to paycheck,” Risley said. Like many students, Risley was forced to use her parents’ tax information on the FAFSA. Since they barelyRead More →

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Students who hear about others studying under scholarships may have the fallacious impression that scholarship programs are only for those with exceptional grades, skills, or circumstances. This idea is not always true. Large sums of money set aside for scholarship programs go unused every year due to lack of applicants. The application process for most scholarship awards may require less of a commitment outside of their studies than students might expect. Some awards may be based on a student’s merits; for instance, are you the first of your family to attend college? Funds have been awarded in the past to assist and encourage first-generation students.Read More →

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The Success Center currently offers free tutoring as well as free supplemental instruction for all UCC math, writing, computer science and Spanish courses. Tutoring not only improves grades, a study by the University of Wisconsin shows it also improves students’ social skills and motivation and decreases anxiety. “Nationally students who work with a tutor do better. If you’re struggling in a class, a tutor is going to get you to a passing level at least; if you’re doing pretty well in a class and you just want some extra exposure to the material, come work with us,” Sadie Arch, the Success Center initiatives coordinator, says.Read More →

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Progress is not always an easy road to travel. Many roadblocks stand in the way, hampering some voices. In a show of solidarity on Jan. 21, 2016, five million worldwide marched regarding many of the issues facing America. The Women’s March on Washington extended throughout the world with every age, gender and race represented. What started as a movement in protest of President Donald Trump’s lack of respect for women and their rights became a symbol for additional neglected issues, including constitutional, civil and minority rights. Paula Usrey, associate professor of communication, was one of over 100,000 people who marched in Portland, Oregon Saturday, Jan.Read More →

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This past week has been a trying one for many in America. As the leadership of the country moves from one administration to another, changes are inevitable. Concerns surround what those changes are and how they will affect the populace in the future. As uncertainty rises, so does the need to speak out our thoughts, hopes and fears as we see these changes come about. Media is often the source we turn to in order to get some semblance of answers. What do we do when those outlets become unreliable? “Fake news” is a term we have heard repeatedly lately, both as a label forRead More →

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Campus Thanksgiving Lunch: starting at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 22, UCC cafeteria, free with donations accepted. Open to students and staff. Blanket, Tent, Tarp Drive for Homeless Veterans: Nov. 28 to Dec. 9. Donations bins will be located in the Student Center; cash donations may be made at the Information Desk. The drive is being run by the UCC Veterans Student Center, Veterans Club and ASUCC. For more information, contact the Student Life Office at 541-440-7749. Hamlet broadcast with Benedict Cumberbatch: 2:30 p.m., Thurs, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 at Center Stage. Students, seniors, children $10, other adults $12. Christmas for Kids “Shopping” Event:Read More →

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Imagine – the sweet scent of pumpkin, cinnamon and sugar drifting throughout the house as temperatures drop outside from the approaching winter. Fireplaces are lit and thermostats are turned on to keep warm. Each day passing is a day closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas, and soon everyone will be buzzing in preparation.Read More →

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The Geology Club members went on a field trip on Nov. 11 to learn about the history behind prehistoric petroglyphs and ancient crystals. Club Members, along with three students from OSU, took a trip to Medicine Creek, west of Tokettee falls, to learn the story behind the ancient petroglyphs painted on the cave walls.Read More →

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Laced with a psychedelic splendor only an addict would crave, Marvel’s newest feature imbues mind-numbing effects with a conventional origin story to create something different.Read More →

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Students at Umpqua Community College shared what they are most thankful for in light of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Chris Hudgeon said he was thankful for being provided many opportunities and being able to pick himself back up. “It’s really easy not to be thankful with the way people are go, go, go all the time,” Hudgeon said. “You kind of lose track and don’t stop to look around. Look at your family, look at your situation and realize that people have it worse, way worse.”Read More →

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While it has been over a year since the events of Oct. 1, campus safety is no less of a priority. Currently, internal national tension is exceptionally high within the U.S., and this tension affects every town and city. U.S. presidential campaign promises specifically regarding immigration from President-elect Donald Trump, have led to marches around the state and worries locally about violence.Read More →

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Umpqua came in fourth in the league, the South division, after tournament play. The UCC women’s volleyball team created a night to behold Wednesday, Nov. 9 at the Riverhawk nest defeating the SWOCC Lakers in dominating fashion, winning all the three sets 25-14, 25-13, 25-13. The night honored the sophomores who will be graduating later this year as Wednesday night’s game was the last home game of the year. On this sophomore night with friends and family in the stands, the Riverhawks earned the fourth seed in the South region and will move onto the NWAC Championship Tournament in Tacoma, Washington.Read More →

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Numbers have not been impressive for fall chinook this year and chinook anglers are likely to have more frustrating runs to come. Aiding salmon populations is no linear tasks.  Even programs designed to aid salmon can be harmful to salmon. “If not managed correctly, hatchery fish may detrimentally affect wild populations . . . we are seeing very few hatchery adult chinook at spawning grounds, which is what we want to see,” said Jason Brandt, Roseburg’s ODFW Assistant Biologist. The concern with hatchery fish in spawning grounds is that they can outcompete and alter the genetics of the wild salmon populations. In addition, Brandt pointedRead More →

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The Spooktacular Horse Show at the Douglas County Fairgrounds scheduled 42 classes for Oct. 29.  Riders ages ranged from under five to over fifty.  The show started with English Riding Classes, followed by Showmanship, Trail, and Western Classes. Three age groups were organized for the event: 13 and under, 14-18, and 19 & over.  The most attended classes for the show were in the 13 and under category. The Costume Class Ride was held at the end of the day, but it was also the finale for the event as a whole. Costumes ranged from a horse dressed as a car with working headlights toRead More →

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The Roseburg Fire Department donated one of their own retired fire trucks to UCC in hopes to help expand the fire science and first responder programs. Currently approximately ten students are in the fire science program; however the new donation may increase enrollment in the classes. The new fire truck will provide fire science students with a hands on learning experience and more efficient training as they pump water out of the truck, pull hose lines, and drive the truck on campus, Public Safety Chair Roger Kennedy said. Previously, students had to go to other fire departments to get training; however, with the new engine, they will beRead More →

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For students, volunteering is much more than resume or application filler; it’s learning that develops and improves work-related and educational skills. The satisfaction and reward of volunteering all depends on choosing the right opportunity. The TRIO Top Community Service page on Umpqua Community College’s website encourages students to, “choose an opportunity that is related to your future profession.” Volunteering for something that strikes a chord in interests or passions will enhance the experience. Tackling school along with working or raising a family is already quite stressful, so before students add volunteering to their schedule, they should assess what they have time for and what theyRead More →

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Flu season has started, and for many students that means staying at home battling through the long list of debilitating symptoms. Carolyn Crampton, a clinical nursing instructor on campus, says that the best remedy for the common cold is to start off the day by drinking a lot of fluids. Eating chicken noodle soup helps as it includes an antiviral component effective in treating viral infections. Most colds are caused by viruses, the most common being the rotavirus which takes about two days for the symptoms to occur. Many of these viruses are on classroom and bathroom door handles, or buttons in an elevator. “Use yourRead More →

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Now five episodes into the first season of HBO’s new series, Westworld, plotline development has finally started to pick up the pace. Based on the 1973 film written by Michael Crichton, the story of “Westworld” revolves around a future reality where artificial intelligence has been nearly perfected. For $40,000 a day, “guests” are invited to enter Westworld, a park populated by A.I. “hosts” programmed to cater to guests’ every desire for sex, violence, treasure and everything in between.Read More →

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The band The Amity Affliction means so much to me. With all Oct. 1 aside, this band gave me the strength to move on. This story is through my eyes. As a concert goer, I want others to feel what it’s like to be at a show. A friend and I braved the October 2016 storm threats for a growling long, three-hour drive to Portland’s Hawthorne Theater. We arrived around 4:15 p.m. near check in time, lining up with a crowd of people gathering around the front entrance. The forecast rain then started to pour down as we waited outside for the doors to open.Read More →

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Joy, Adversity, and Inspiration Jared Norman’s road to UCC nursing program Halfway through a year-long backpacking trek a few years ago, Jared Norman realized his calling.  He knew that becoming a pediatric oncology nurse would be his career path. To clarify, the practice of pediatric oncology deals with treating children with cancer.Read More →

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The first few days of a new term can even be trying for returning students. New students in particular can feel overwhelmed by all of the handouts, materials and information presented to them. Though we’re encouraged to ask any questions of the faculty, staff  and peers, it is useful to know the best places where we can get answers. What follows is a comprehensive listing of campus resources and their locations. Almost directly behind the Welcome Center (front of campus, with a water fountain) is the LaVerne Murphy Student Center which has a concentration of services to offer.Read More →

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The Random Acts of Kindness Campaign is spreading the gift of positivity through the UCC campus in light of the deadly shooting that tragically killed eight students and one teacher on Oct. 1 of last year. The UCC Remembrance Committee has created their own version of the national Random Acts of Kindness campaign through the month of October. The random acts of kindness movement was initially inspired by a social media movement to demonstrate a random act of kindness following the Sandy Hook shooting where 20 students and six adults were killed on Dec. 14, 2012. “The campaign gives each person affected by the Oct.Read More →

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The Umpqua Community College women’s volleyball team defeated Simpson University in convincing fashion Monday, Oct. 17, 26-28, 25-17, 25-16, 25-16 at the Riverhawks Nest in Roseburg, Oregon. With the win, UCC moved their overall record to 20-17 and continue their season with confidence as UCC has multiple conference games coming in the near future. The Riverhawk ladies started off slow against the Red Hawks but kept it competitive in the first set. Head coach Lacy Pinard made a lineup change in the second set, adding middle blocker Cheyenne Chambers into the mix. Chambers’ enthusiasm sparked the team’s chemistry and the team didn’t look back, takingRead More →

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The Second Annual Trout 4 Treven fishing derby was held at Cooper Creek Reservoir on Sunday, Oct. 2. Even though the forecast had called for rain, weather conditions overall were near ideal for trout fishing. The derby was attended by about 100 people. Families and friends lined the banks around the dam and got their boats in the water in memory of Treven Anspach. Anspach is remembered dearly by his family, friends, and surrounding community. Jordan Humphreys, an organizer of the event and teacher at Oakland High School, had this to say about how the first derby was started: “Treven loved fishing. Some of hisRead More →

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Within these pages, The Mainstream staff presents a chronological history of the events in the area commemorating the first year after the Oct.1 tragedy. The community of Umpqua Community College and Roseburg was rocked to its core on Oct.1, 2015. Our small, peaceful campus was shattered by senseless violence. Nine lives were cut short and countless others were victimized. Immediately, the world reached out to our community in ways many would never have imagined. The term “UCCStrong” became a rally cry heard around the globe. Strength and courage was found in ways we hadn’t considered before. In the months following, we began to heal, toRead More →

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The community came to Stewart Park Saturday to commemorate and pay tribute to those affected by the Oct. 1 shooting of last year. After a 9k/5k Run-Walk, a concert was held by The Tory Rose and Sanctus Real bands at 1 p.m. in Legion Field. Both bands offered a free concert to honor the nine students who lost their lives exactly a year ago.Read More →

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Stewart Park played host to over 1,600 people from around the state who came to participate in the first ever Umpqua Strong 9k+5k/Run-Walk on Oct. 1, 2016.  The event was a fund-raiser coordinated by Randi Feland in order to raise funds for the Umpqua Strong Memorial Scholarships in the names of the Umpqua 9 and the survivors. The event ultimately raised $60,000.Read More →

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Class may feel a lot like the set of Grey’s Anatomy or Scrubs this fall in the new Bonnie J. Ford Health, Nursing & Science Center which celebrated its grand opening today. The $17 million 35,000 square foot center replaces UCC’s 50-year-old science building with state-of-the art labs, classrooms, offices, conference spaces and a Medical Legal Resolutions Center where professionals can come together to resolve medical treatment issues traditionally resolved through litigation.Read More →

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Students at UCC voted for two ASUCC officers and 26 constitutional amendments that will go into effect in 2016/2017. All amendments passed with 78 percent or greater majority vote. A breakdown of the proposed changes to the constitution can be found here: http://newsite.mainstreamonline.org/asucc-proposes-constitutional-amendments/ The following officers were elected for the 2016/2017 school year. President: Alexandra Lape Public Relations Officer: Patrick Schneider Vice President: No candidate filed Business Manager: No candidate filed Activities Officer: No candidate filedRead More →

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The Graduation Committee was one of six committees assigned to help with recovery after the Oct. 1 shooting. One of the goals of the committee was to ensure that this year’s commencement ceremony was the same as previous years however, this year will feature high profile speakers in Governor Kate Brown and Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin.Read More →

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The Mainstream journalism staff broke its own record for awards with this year’s wins. The staff took home 11 awards topping the previous UCC record of nine awards for journalism. These awards were earned for stories published from May 2105 to February 2016 in the state competition sponsored by the Oregon Newspapers Foundation. Annually, ONF runs the Collegiate Newspaper Contest, a competition for all college and university newspapers in Oregon.  UCC competes in Division 3, specifically for all state community colleges. It’s hard to keep writing about something that affects you personally -Vaughn Kness The Mainstream competes against community colleges with larger student bodies oftenRead More →