Owen Cherry/MainstreamKylee Aldstadt, a UCC welding student, works on her vertical welds while building a fish club in the UCC welding shop. College welding program builds students’ skills to succeed in a competitive industry Welding — for some, it’s just an elective they’re talked into taking in high school. For others, it inspires a lifetime career filled with creativity. But not everyone whose mind is sparked by the art of welding follows it through to a college degree. Too many are left confused about the importance of proper training and intermediate classes. Some believe that the skills they’ve learned as a high schooler are allRead More →

Photo illustration by Boone Olson Playing Dirty Revenge porn resurfaces following congresswoman’s resignation; state law updates Imagine yourself in the prime of your life. Young and uncaring, you expose yourself by sharing and engaging in sexually explicit, yet private acts, never believing that your most intimate messages and photos will be posted for the whole world to see. This is exactly what happened to now-former congresswoman Katie Hill, a target of the invasion of privacy known as “revenge porn.” Hill’s situation is unique as a congresswoman, but the fact that intimate photos were released is common. Since the rise of instant messaging, “sexting” (the actRead More →

Photo provided by Pixabay Debates narrow field of Democrat candidates In the quest to defeat Donald Trump, the Democratic party has enlisted the largest and most diverse group of candidates in history. Once topping at 27 “major” candidates, the field has shrunk to a still unprecedented 18. The campaign so far has essentially been a race to see who can get attention from the party’s base of supporters before 2020. All have had the opportunity to win over the public, partly through qualifying for televised debates. Am I the only one who has noticed that the debates are too long, too overcrowded, with too muchRead More →

Owen Cherry/ The Mainstream New daycare on campus hoping to help students and staff Finding affordable child care in Douglas County, described by some as a “daycare desert,” is often a struggle. For parents, finding a safe place to leave their kids can obviously be one of life’s biggest stressors Following the shutdown this year of the campus’s former Ford Family Enrichment Center, students and staff worried about what alternatives would open up. Now, looking to fill the FFEC’s shoes, the recently moved Maple Corner Montessori (MCM) daycare, preschool, kindergarten and elementary school is operating on campus. UCC President Debra Thatcher, who was referenced inRead More →

Sparked by allegations of improper conduct with a foreign leader, Donald Trump is now facing the one direct threat to his power that a coequal branch of government can force: impeachment. Representative Adam Schiff’s impeachment inquiry is making the case that attempting to gather political opposition from another country (and potentially withholding their funds that had been approved by Congress) is a violation of the Presidential Oath of Office. For the average person who has better things to do than spend 24 hours a day paying attention to the news, talk of impeachment and Trump is often met with confusion and misunderstanding. With internet trollsRead More →

For centuries, human beings have smoked. Be it nicotine, marijuana, opium, or cocaine, our species has been purposefully inhaling toxins to get high. Despite the risks that come, smokers have always been looking for ways to evolve their habits, including the new practice of vaping. Originally seen as a somewhat healthier alternative to smoking regular cigarettes, vaping and electronic cigarettes have boomed in the market since 2003. Now, nearly 17 years later, people are dying as a result of these vapors and their related illnesses.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 26 people have died with another 1,100 reported sick.Read More →