How to stay on track with school: study schedules Studying can be a challenge in more ways than one, as any student knows.  One of the biggest issues is procrastinating on homework; this is where study schedules come in.  Not only do they help keep students from procrastinating, they also help to keep students on track with their homework. Students should start with a schedule that plans out their entire day for a week in hourly segments. As this schedule is used, students can add incentives for keeping the schedule to avoid the temptation of procrastination. After a couple weeks, some students might find thatRead More →

Low Impact Exercises For Students During COVID-19 The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests working out for 30 minutes five days a week or a total of 150 minutes per week. While staying inside many of us have succumbed to the sedentary lifestyle. Students in particular are sitting more than usual and for prolonged periods of time. While students sit at the computer working on homework and assignments lower back pain from sitting too long and wrist pain from typing and writing may occur. While gyms and natural areas are currently shut down many students are looking for ways to get a workout while at home.  ForRead More →

Oregon Stay at Home Order 1 Although violating Oregon’s “Stay Home” order issued by Gov. Kate Brown is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,250 or both, Sheriff John Gautney of Crook County, Oregon as well as others such as Sheriff Adam Fortney of Snohomish County, Washington have joined a growing trend of sheriffs across the country refusing to enforce coronavirus stay-at-home orders. 2 Gautney made his announcement on Facebook, and so did Fortney. 3 J.D. Raymond, Washington’s Franklin County Sheriff, also wrote that neither he nor his office would enforce any arrests or fines regardingRead More →

Throw out the take-out: Learning how to make a good meal Good food means happiness, family, comfort and warmth. Especially if cheese is involved.  But without knowing how to plan meals or shop effectively and affordably, you just get hungry.  For those on a budget, like many students, learning how to cook, meal plan, and grocery shop efficiently also helps to stretch the dollar and save time. To get started plan out a menu for a week. “When I first started really cooking (which wasn’t until I got married two years ago), I would plan a week of meals. This helped me to know whatRead More →

Avoiding scams: how to recognize a fraud and avoid getting tricked Nearly everyone has had the experience of picking up the phone only to find themselves listening to a recording announcing that they’ve won a free vacation, even though they never entered a drawing for one. This is just one example of many different scams that come through a variety of outlets. Scammers utilize emails, phones, TVs, text messages, and even website pop-ups and ads in an attempt to get people’s personal information. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that most of us let our phones ring to voicemail, when scams are more commonRead More →

To ease the stress of being cooped up all day, as well as the looming threat of incoming midterms, UCC students have been asked an array of lighthearted quarantine hypotheticals. Here’s what they shared.  If you could pick one restaurant to be able to eat at during quarantine, where would it be and why?  Definitely a Mexican restaurant. I love the energy and getting chips before the meal! –Julia Spens  I would eat at Panera Bread in Eugene. It’s not in Roseburg, so I can’t eat there right now, and I love soup and good bread so that’s my favorite place to go! –Sicily Tornell  I would wantRead More →

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Organic chemistry trains students to use creative thinking Students who want to change the world start small in Sean Breslin’s Organic Chemistry class. Really small. Carbon atom small. Despite the microscopic subject matter, however, students learn thinking skills in Organic Chemistry class that helps them succeed in medical school. For most people, organic chemistry brings to mind complicated theories about atoms and molecules with little relevance or importance outside of the chemistry lab. However, according to Sean Breslin, an Umpqua Community College organic chemistry instructor, nothing could be further from the truth. But first, what even is organic chemistry? “Organic chemistry is the chemistry ofRead More →

Ramadan During COVID-19 In the early hours before morning twilight, Muslims worldwide gather together for “suhoor,” the ritual morning meal of Ramadan before the day’s fasting. During Ramadan,the holy month of fasting, muslims do not eat or drink anything while the sun is out. Muslims practice fasting to understand what it feels like for those who are starving and to get closer to Allah and their spiritual practices. Ramadan is one of the five pillars or foundations of the religion. UCC Human Services graduate and Douglas County resident Lenora Al Ratta has been up at suhoor early each Ramadan morning preparing for her day ofRead More →

The following was received April 27 with a request if we’d be willing to consider printing.  Dear Umpqua Community College Staff and Students, It’s surely no secret that our campus and the nation as a whole is going through a very difficult time currently, and while our world is full of negativity and darkness, there are still a good many things that deserve to be celebrated. Many of you may not know that the month of April is also national Autism Awareness month, and while the entire world as we know it seems to be crumbling beneath our feet, those with Autism Spectrum Disorder areRead More →

Staying motivated with online classes during social isolation As classes have moved online for Oregon students, some are struggling to find the motivation to do school work as social distancing continues. One struggle students navigated was figuring out whether their classes were synchronous or asynchronous.  Synchronous is a real-time type of learning where students have in the past met together with their teacher, but now these sessions have been moved onto Zoom, a live video conferencing software.  While sounding like a good use of technology, there has been many struggles for students and teachers alike while using Zoom. One such problem is the lack ofRead More →

Covid-19 and how to make testing for it easier As the U.S. enters the acceleration phase of the pandemic conflicts about testing and quarantining are rising. Even though the country is in a bit of a tough situation, not everyone agrees with how it is being handled. It is not hard to tell who disagrees due to individuals posting memes, conspiracy theories and misinformation concerning COVID-19. Most objections to quarantining that are circulating the web compare COVID-19 to other flu deaths or deaths from other common diseases, insinuating that COVID-19 is not serious enough to justify shutting down the economy. For example, one meme circulatingRead More →

Photo provided by Hannah Turner Former UCC student helps make over 900 face masks and shares her pattern With the arrival of COVID-19, a simple trip to the grocery store has become an occasion for everyone to wear a mask according to the guidelines put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Former UCC student Hannah Turner, who is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Business Organization and Management at Eastern Oregon University, has joined community efforts to provide masks not only for the immunocompromised, but also for healthcare workers who are facing shortages during this time. She is part of aRead More →