The News-Review reporters recall Oct. 1 coverage Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series on the media’s role in the community. The article contains profanity and possible triggers. The tendency to blame the messenger rather than the message may be human nature; it certainly has been applied universally to the media who report disasters and tragedies such as UCC’s Oct. 1 school shooting. But is that anger misplaced?
Questions are being asked about what has changed in the six months since Oct. 1 to make students, faculty and staff feel more secure and safe. In an editorial printed in The News Review April 14, Roseburg psychiatrist Scott Mendelson asked, “Six months later, what has changed to lessen the likelihood of another senseless mass-murder by an angry, gun-toting young man?” His answer — “nothing. Nor do I see that anything will be done soon to improve our chances of remaining safe. We continue to sink into the morass while sighing, crossing our fingers and spouting platitudes.”
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Campus security and questions of what has changed since Oct . 1 are still on the minds of many. Changes in security began last term and are continuing. Besides the deputy who is already on patrol, additional security staff have been requested in a grant that will go before the Oregon legislature in February.
Adjunct Speech Communication faculty Dustin Cosby is creating a series of portraits to be shown beginning Nov. 16 in Whipple Fine Arts. The finished project will be displayed over a three screen process in the gallery. The photographs will feature students, staff and faculty members wearing their I Am UCC and UCCStrong apparel in a setting of the subjects choosing. He is looking for volunteers to be photographed showing, or to offer anonymous statements about, where they are at in the grieving and healing process after Oct. 1.
“Things Observed” is the theme of this years’ art department faculty exhibit now in the Whipple Fine Art Gallery. Faculty members Renee Couture, Ted Isto, Greg Rice and Susan Rochester are displaying their respective talents in a presentation of photography, pottery, clay works and modern art. “The faculty in our department all have active art professions. This exhibit helps students get a feel of where the faculty is coming from before and while they take art classes from us,” said Rochester, associate professor of art and department chair.