Jermimiah Robbins – UCC’s soon to be new head coach. Umpqua Community College signed Winston, Oregon native Jeremiah Robbins to be the new head baseball coach as well as the new assistant director of athletic facilities. UCC will not begin competing in baseball until the 2019-2020 school year, but Robbins has already started recruiting. Robbins played baseball for the Douglas High School Trojans. He then played a year at College of the Redwoods, located in Eureka, California, another at Southwestern Oregon Community College and his last two at Western Oregon University (obtaining honorable-mention as catcher in 1998). “I have been playing since I was sixRead More →

Daisy Powell led the RiverHawks to second place in NWAC. Despite suffering a loss to Walla Walla in the 2018 NWAC Tournament Championship, UCC Center Daisy Powell set an NWAC scoring record, notching a total of 146 points in four games. Powell entered the contest just four points shy of passing the previous record of 123 points set by Mar’Shay Moore in 2015, but still felt plenty of pressure prior to the game. “I was pretty nervous, but my team just reminded me to stay positive,” Powell said. Powell is no stranger to setting records this tournament, already having tied and broken the NWAC TournamentRead More →

Douglas County’s bucks have shed their antlers this year, and most, if not all of the elk bulls have done the same. The process of finding shed antlers usually takes a lot of time and hiking distance, but the prospect of fresh sheds keeps some antler enthusiasts obsessed with sheds for months on end. Learning how to find cervid headgear can be difficult, but by applying a few of the right techniques, shed hunting can be more productive. Shed hunters often lead their inexperienced partners right over a shed while peering through binoculars or scouting rub spots. Carefully observing the ground is more important thanRead More →

This is an opinion of a first year paralegal student and does not constitute advice of any nature, legal or otherwise. Constantly it seems that the headlines are filled with talk about Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the President and whether there was any “wrong doing” with Russia and a flurry of other headlines surrounding the entire debacle including threats, bravado, indictments and controversy. Since there is so much to focus on, here are the important topics this article will discuss: the indictments so far, protections for Mueller and what Trump may or may not do. As far as the President directly firing Mueller, that isRead More →

The Special Counsel leading the Russia investigation, Robert Mueller, has quickly became one of the most polarizing men today. He and the investigation have drawn severe ire from the President and his supporters. Questions surrounding a Mueller dismissal have circulated mainstream media for months, and now, it seems that we may soon have an answer as Trump’s attacks have escalated to a height we have not yet seen. Following the April 9 FBI-conducted raids on the office, hotel room and home of Trump’s personal attorney, and friend, Michael Cohen, the President has become increasingly adamant in his refusal to cooperate further with the Special Counsel.Read More →

UCC has a lack of mental health support on campus. The new Healthy Minds club could give students a positive outlet to discuss mental health. Within the next 6 weeks, club president Leoana Brown and her peers will begin a mental health club for students interested who are interested in learning more about mental health and having a positive group to go to for support. Many young adults between the ages of 15 to 25 experience at least one mental health struggle or more. “In 2009 American College Health Association, a nationwide survey of college students at 2-4 year institutes, found that nearly 30 percentRead More →

With spring in the air and graduation on the horizon, many students are repeatedly checking their degree progress. DegreeWorks, a program offered through UCC’s Self-Service Banner is how students can keep track of degree requirements. According to the UCC’s DegreeWorks manager Kendy Jones, “ A lot of students like DegreeWorks and like seeing the degree move forward.” Since DegreeWorks debut around 2007, it has been a go-to program for colleges and universities that want to integrate more technology in students’ day to day life. However, the progam is not without its problems. This year, several students have reported seeing confusing changes in DegreeWorks. It isRead More →

With the hope of warmer weather comes the threat of wildfires. At the front of fire prevention and protection for the majority of Douglas County is the Douglas Forest Protective Agency, DFPA. The DFPA “provides fire protection for 1.6 million acres of public, private, county, state, Bureau of Land Management, or BLM and Bureau of Indian Affairs Lands,” according to DFPA Fire Prevention Specialist, Kyle Reed. Charts detailing fire data provided by Reed show that in 2017 the county endured a total of 100 fires, 80 of them were human caused. Out of the 1.6 million acres DFPA protects, humans caused 16,570 acres to burnRead More →

The Board of Education and the administration of Umpqua Community College is proposing an increase in tuition and an additional fee for labs, lectures/lab, practicums and clinical courses starting in Fall term 2018. Tuition will be increased an additional $5 per credit up from their current rate. A proposed flat fee of $100 will be applied to certain courses labs, lectures/lab, practicums and clinicals, regardless of the number of credits, affecting a large number of courses. In a statement received in an email from Dr. Deborah Thatcher “In the face of inadequate funding from the State, the addition of a lab fee will allow usRead More →

Nursing students like Rose Anderson may be facing increased fees not only on labs but also required clinical hours. Students were shook April 9 when notified at a ASUCC board meeting that the Administration is attempting to raise tuition as well as tack on a $100 fee on all lecture/labs, labs, clinicals and practicums. The effects of this increase in costs will be far-reaching, as every program at UCC requires a lab of some sort. The automotive program, for instance, requires 30 labs before graduation. That is an extra $3,000 piled on top of their tools and tuition expenses already in place. Toni Nehl isRead More →

The Umpqua Community College Board of Education has tabled extensive new fee increases until May. The chart below shows a list of proposed fee increases. A flat lab fee of $100 will be applied across the board to cover cost of instruction. In addition, other fees will increase according to the April Board packet “to cover costs of consumables, equipment repair and replacement used within [those]departments.” Since the board tabled a decision until May a new board packet may be compiled with the same or different proposals for that meeting. That packet will be made available by the end of the day May 2. TheRead More →

New fees and tuition increases are being discussed once again. The Board of Education tabled a vote on these new increases at the April 11 meeting and so this has only pushed a possible vote to the May 9 meeting. The proposal, presented in PowerPoint by Natalya Brown, Interim CFO, and Dr. Kacy Crabtree, Provost, is shown below. For context, using the figures presented from the UCC Spring 2015 Schedule, as well as the Spring 2016, Spring 2017 and Spring 2018 figures from the same books, this is how per credit tuition has risen over that time: Spring 2016 per credit was $95.50; Spring 2017Read More →

UCC students Madison Becker, Margaret Anderson and Brook West prepare to snorkel on March 28 in Baja California as part of BI 101A: Evolution, Diversity and Ecology of the Baja Peninsula. Susan Jarvis attended the BI 101 trip as a reporter for The Mainstream Students experienced sparkling sunsets, warm beaches, diverse plants and evolving ecosystems while discovering more about themselves as well as the beautiful natural world of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, on a spring break field trip. Associate Professor of Biology, Ken Carloni led  an “ed-venture” for his BI 101A: Evolution, Diversity, and the Ecology of the Baja Peninsula students. Community members,Read More →