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For students, shopping savings aren’t just for the holidays

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An app called Unidays is now available which gives students access to discounts when they register with the site. Deals are for many mainstream companies including Motorola, DC and Reebok. Products range from clothing, to televisions, to a $1 Wall Street Journal subscription.

Discounts also include 10 to 40 percent off promo codes, typed in at check out, for online shopping sites. Other savings on the site include gift card rebates and discounted percentages off online takeout orders (the restaurants, however, are mostly outside of Douglas Country currently). The app is available on Google Play or by signup on Uniday’s web page.

Locally, UCC’s website now shows some places offering student discounts such as 15 percent off all used books at “While Away Books” on Harvard Ave. in Roseburg.

Josh Jones, owner of While Away Books said, “We want to help people, who are trying to help themselves.” While Away Books also offers 15 percent off used books to teachers, home schooled youths and foster parents. They often host book signing events with four authors participating this month.

Though the acquisition of many student discounts may not require proof of enrollment, businesses are entitled to request such documentation. Student ID cards are available from the Student Life office in the Campus Center building. Call 541-440-7749 for current ID processing hours.

For UCC services, validation of a student ID is required each term you are enrolled. Validation stickers are available at the information desk in the Campus Center, from the cashier in the Administration building, and at the library circulation desk.

To access deals for students on the UCC’s home-page, hover over “CAMPUS LIFE.” Proceed by clicking on “Student Life” to the right, then once again to the right, click on “STUDENT IDS & PARKING PERMITS.” Now scroll down. The discounts are listed under this link.

If you’re in Lane County, Springfield’s Cinemark offers a discount to students. Some places might even be worth traveling to just for the student discount. NextStep Recycling was founded by Lorraine Kerwood who is known for her environmental and community work. NextStep Recycling, located in Eugene at 2101 W 10th Ave., offers 20 percent off many products, including refurbished computers, to students.

Award-winning local artist creates rockwall open for students and athletes

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Greg Kovach is an athletic enthusiast and artist who runs a local business entitled The Sign Factory which provides many services, including computer numerical control machining, making custom signs, restoring classic cars, air brushing and concrete work. He is the artist who created UCC’s new rock wall, located on the track.

Kovach is locally best known for his concrete sculpting work which often resembles objects from the natural world.

Kovach is a student of an array of visual arts. He works with countless materials, paints canvasses of contemporary street art and has tailored highly detailed Halloween costumes. Kovach frequents gym training classes and also enjoys BMX sports. Imaginative and however implausible, he constructed a ramp going from his roof down to his pool for BMX riding.

His work is all around our community and has made it as far as Tennessee. He has recently been hired by the city of Sutherlin to construct 28 rock sculptures which are popping up throughout the city, bearing things like flag poles and veteran commemoration plaques. Keep an eye out at the next Blackberry Festival for boulder shaped concrete sculptures, or “concrete facades” as they are referred to by Kovach.

As an artist and an individual, Kovach is held in high regard by those who know him. He has donated time on projects, and has been seen with his family going down Airport Rd in Roseburg, picking up trash. At best, most businesses will only pick up trash in their own parking lot.

Kovach’s work is on display now on UCC’s campus as a rock wall exhibiting a painted Umpqua River Hawks inscription. The rock wall is located on the west side of the UCC cross country track, just up the hill from the Technology Center Building. It is an expansion of the obstacle course, and the back side is equipped with rock climbing appendages. UCC’s track is open to the public, and anyone from the community is welcome to check out and climb the rock wall, as well as run through the other sections of the obstacle course, including the mud pits, pea gravel trails and an up-hill path covered with tires equipped with ropes to pull them up the hill.

The rock wall only took 28 days to sculpt by hand. Kovach worked 26 days straight, arriving early in the day to try to beat summer heat, which caused the concrete to dry rapidly. Other than the logo, no blue prints were used. Kovach improvised, successfully fabricating a 17,500 pound functional rock wall, which was then air brushed to emulate naturally occurring rock.

Subsidies for the rock wall which cost $30,000 came from fundraising and various grants, budgets and funds. The allocation of this financial assistance was made possible by a collaboration of UCC staff who believed in the project. “(He has) done a good job for us,” said Jess Miller, UCC’s director of Facilities.

Staff is very happy with the completed job. “We like it, plan to use it a lot,” said Craig Jackson, UCC’s director of athletics.

The rock wall is now open to all students and staff up on the track.

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