Since its inception in 1991, the card game “Magic: The Gathering” has generated a huge buzz that influences many other games and has amassed over 12 million players worldwide, including a group at UCC. UCC’s MTG players congregate in the student center to play daily. They came from high schools in Sutherlin, Roseburg and Myrtle Creek which also had niche groups who regularly played the game. One student even started playing back in middle school. One of the appeals of the game is that there’s always something to learn. “I enjoy the tactics and the strategy; it’s a tactical game,” said Scarlet who plays atRead More →

Matched up against Mt. Hood at home, the Umpqua RiverHawks notched another victory on Saturday, Oct. 20. Umpqua was able to win in three straight sets, and scores were 25-14, 25-22, 25-21 in Umpqua’s favor. Saturday’s win marked Umpqua’s 12th of the season, bringing their current record to 12 wins and 15 loses. Umpqua came into Saturday’s match against Mt. Hood looking for a spark on offense to help snap a two-game losing streak in which the RiverHawk’s offense struggled to score points. “Going into Mt. Hood we came ready; we had a lot of excitement, and we were focused. We knew we needed toRead More →

The Horror Galore & Much More column reviews movies of multiple genres including horror films.  1.“Halloween” 2018 “Halloween” was great! This movie has done right by the franchise. I loved this movie for a couple of reasons. The way that the movie began, its credits almost the same as the 1978 film, made me smile as I reminisced to when I watched the film for the first time. I knew this movie wasn’t trying to be better than the original. This version felt like a strong tribute to the original directed by John Carpenter. I also liked the Easter eggs in the movie such asRead More →

The Politics in Pieces column is by editor Christian DeWeese The 2018 midterms have been hyped up since November 9, 2016, with some hoping for a “blue wave” and others wanting a continued Republican majority. While governor and congressional races are getting the majority of people’s attention, what about the literal other side of the ballot (the side we usually know hardly anything about)? This year, the measures on that other side include opportunities for voters to directly have a say in some important new laws. On Nov. 6, Oregon voters will vote on six key of state and county measures related to everything fromRead More →

UCC offers many college classes able to benefit people with diverse interests. But sometimes connecting with other students who have the same passions on campus is tricky. One solution to this is to start a club.The first step in starting a club is completing the petition form from ASUCC which requires collection of 30 signatures from students on campus. These 30 have to be enrolled with three credits or more. The form will require naming a student to serve as the club representative. Next, a club adviser must be acquired. The adviser will review and sign the club petition as well as the club adviserRead More →

As a college student, finding easy and budget friendly ways to “go green” can seem nearly impossible. DIY projects can be too time consuming, and few college students have money to invest in eco-friendly appliances and solar panels. Many want to make a difference, but don’t know how. We want change, but what can we do? “It’s bad. The U.S. should really make some changes in how we use fossil fuels,” Laura Ekada, a UCC wrestling athlete, said. Worrying about larger issues like climate change can undermine efforts on smaller steps that even busy college students can take to go green. And, reduction of localRead More →

Art professor Susan Rochester’s project, set to begin showing at The Art Gallery on Wednesday, Oct. 31, was created by taking geological and satellite photos of land along the U.S. Mexican border and weaving them into a collage. The visual information in her work announces rising conflicts along the southern border of the United States. Part of Rochester’s art analyzes border patrol practices such as stopping historical visits between ancient villages and increasing danger for families in transit. Traveling to many different cultures and being introduced to historic weavings inspired Rochester to create her series of collages. Using borrowed images from Google Earth, she wasRead More →

This fall students and staff are finding new ways to get to school and reduce emissions. Carpooling and using alternative transportation is becoming more common at Umpqua Community College for students and staff. Mike Mateo, a UCC math instructor, can be seen waiting to take the Umpqua Transit bus home at the bus stop below Jacoby. He has been using the bus since last year. Scarlet Kelley, a UCC student, also takes Umpqua Transit. He said two of his friends who did not receive their financial aid were able to use ASUCC student government services for a free bus pass. I also use the UmpquaRead More →

Editor’s Note: The Mainstream staff normally don’t share their own stories, but the topic of homelessness is so personal and so closely related to identity that this story must be told. Homelessness can happen in a heartbeat, sometimes to those who least expect it. It’s not only about what the movies and TV shows portray: mental illness, substance abuse, dirt, and skittish nights under bridges. It is people who have given up everything to serve their country, single mothers who vow their babies will have a better life than they had, and young dreamers who hope to one day help make the world a betterRead More →

College students love nothing more than a hot caffeinated beverage, especially when their least favorite class gets canceled. Although coffee is a caffeine favorite, tea is also a valued option with a broader variety of flavors. “I believe tea has so many health benefits, ranging from controlling blood pressure to skin benefits. It is also a relaxing treat in the evening or a refreshing beverage in the heat of summer. Something as simple as tea can be relaxing and have an assortment of health benefits and is packed full of antioxidants, so I definitely recommend drinking it to relax and reap the health benefits,” secondRead More →

The Umpqua RiverHawks volleyball team fell short in a tough loss to Lane Community College on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 in Eugene. Despite winning the first set, Umpqua ultimately lost to Lane in four sets (3-1). Set scores were 25-15, 25-12, 25-21, 25-23 in Lane’s favor. With Umpqua fighting for position in the South Region, Saturday’s game marked Umpqua’s third straight loss, bringing their regional record to 2 wins and 4 losses and their league record to 10 wins and 13 losses. Umpqua’s record is now 5-5 in their last 10 games. Coming off of their 2017-2018 season, which saw the RiverHawks finish with aRead More →

If an athlete only has time to perfect their game, then why did Taylor Stricklin prove that wrong? In spite of Stricklin’s six-hour basketball practices, hours of homework, weekly traveling for games, she was able to fit in community service. Over 80 hours to be exact. As a resulting, this sophomore received a scholarship sponsored by Pepsi. Pepsi collaborated with the athletic department to put on a community service competition. Stricklin, a North West Regional all-star, did not hesitate to the challenge. Craig Jackson, the athletic director, organized for the athletes to get involved. Jackson used an app called Helper Helper. The app posts communityRead More →

A room full of roughly 20 girls ready to pin each other down is a unique experience, but women from around the country gather daily at UCC with that single purpose: to wrestle. The wrestling room on campus is home to both the women’s and men’s practices. Asia DeWeese, the coach of UCC’s new women’s wrestling team, calls out a drill and they all get to work after a resounding group clap. Last year, the team was a third of the size it is now. The team this year has had a growth spurt with a corresponding growth in spirits. “Going from a room withRead More →