Sam Homola

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UCC summer camps for children to start June 19

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Umpqua Community College is going to be hosting the Roseburg Summer Fun camps for children from first to tenth grade starting on June 19. These camps are set up by UCC’s Coordinator of Personal Enrichment, Candice Van Loon. Van Loon has run the camps by herself for the past two years; however, the camps have been a part of UCC for eight years.

This year, the camps for children grades first through third will include themes of Harry Potter, Frozen, Ninja Warriors, Lil’ Chefs and Wild about Animals. The camps’ morning and afternoon sessions will both cost $109 or a full day price of $199. The Wild about Animal camp will be a full day camp only. Camp morning sessions will start at 9 a.m., and afternoon sessions will start at 1:15 p.m.. Each different themed camp will last three days and will be on different dates throughout June and July. If parents need their children cared for before camp activities start, child care will be provided before the camp from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., according to

For children grades four through five, camp themes will include Culinary Creations, Fantastic Fiction, Legobots Mindstorms EV3, Ringobots and Wild about Animals. Culinary Creation and Fantastic Fiction will include both morning and afternoon sessions. The other camps including Legobots Mindstorms EV3, Ringobots and Wild about Animals will only be full day camps.

Grades six through 10 will have camp themes of Bots and Drones, Career Academy, Choppin’ it, Legobots Mindstorms EV3 and Outdoor Adventures. Career Academy will cost $89 for morning or afternoon sessions and a full day will cost $169. Bots and Drones will be from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Outdoor Adventures, what Van Loon calls an “all day field trip,” will start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.

If people have any other questions regarding the Roseburg Summer Fun camps, go to

The Oregon Promise’s future

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The Oregon Promise is a state sponsored scholarship awarded to high school graduates planning on spending the next two years or less studying at a community college. According to Rebecca Redell, Umpqua Community College’s vice president of administrative services and chief financial officer, UCC has 222 students who earned the Oregon Promise scholarship this year.

The Oregon Promise program requires being a recent Oregon graduate of no more than six months with a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Applicants must be an Oregon resident for at least one year prior to applying and must complete a Free Application For Student Aid, often referred to as the FAFSA. The scholarship also requires applicants to not have more that 90 college credits.

Recipients of the award last year were recently sent an email showing they were being considered for a renewal of the grant. An email from stated that “funding for the Oregon Promise program for 2017-18 depends on the approval of the Oregon Legislative.” UCC President Debra Thatcher at a Dialogue with Deb forum said that the Oregon Promise was three million dollars short for spring term due to not being funded adequately; however, she expects funding to be continuing.

If the legislation does pass as expected, accepted students will be granted the Oregon Promise, receiving coverage of most community college tuition.

For prior recipients of the Oregon Promise, there are still requirements for a renewal. Prior recipients must have completed the first-year experience at their community college, maintained satisfactory progress determined by their school and must still be enrolled for a minimum of six credits per term.

If students do qualify for a renewal, they will be notified in August of 2017 from OSAC. “Check your emails frequently for updates,” the email stated.

Students who want to apply have until five p.m. on July 3 to submit their applications and submit a transcript from either a community college or high school. The deadline for completing the accompanying FAFSA is July 14. Oregon Promise applications can be found by accessing their OSAC student portal online (search for Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion)  People wanting assistance in applying for the Oregon Promise can visit the UCC student center lobby and ask at the help desk for a financial aid employee or a peer mentor. Summer hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

The OSAC’s mission is “to expand opportunities for Oregonians to complete their higher education and career training goals through information, mentoring, and financial aid,” according to the Office of Student Access and Completion.


SOU alumni signs with UCC

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When your role model is one of the top 50 winningest high school coaches of all time, and when that role model honors you with a scholarship, you want to make that man proud as you follow in his legacy.

New UCC wrestling coach Kyle Temple, a graduate of Sweet Home High School, is following Norm Davis, his role model, in his career decision to build a legacy. Davis was a wrestling coach at Sweet Home High School for 30 years. After those 30 years, Davis was honored in 1997 by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with their Lifetime Service to Wrestling award for the Oregon chapter.

During Temple’s junior year of high school, coach Davis passed away due to cancer, and a scholarship was formed in his name. In Temple’s senior year of high school, Temple was awarded the Norm Davis Memorial Scholarship.

“To this day I keep it up on my classroom walls. I don’t care a whole lot about my personal accolades in high school or college. I care that I was considered for an award that honored the legacy of such an outstanding individual, and I want to make him proud and follow in his legacy,” Temple said.

Coach Temple is certainly following Davis in his career decision. It was announced back in April that Temple will coach the RiverHawks’ Men’s wrestling team.

Temple has 12 years of coaching experience in wrestling. He is also currently the Cottage Grove High School girl’s golf coach. Temple additionally coached middle school football and is the junior level age director for the Oregon Wrestling Association. “For that role, I coach some of the best wrestlers in high school in Oregon at regional and national level tournaments,” Temple said.

Coaching the best high school wrestlers on the national stage gives Temple a lot of experience for UCC’s brand new program.

Temple was also head wrestling coach at Sprague High School, Stayton High School and Cottage Grove High School as well as the assistant wrestling coach at Sweet Home High School.

Temple’s introduction to wrestling was a little different than other wrestlers. He began wrestling in a mat club, but he hated it. He said to himself that he would never do it again. But in middle school, all of his friends wrestled. “Honestly it was peer pressure. I didn’t want to wrestle, but I wanted to do what all of my friends were doing. The individual aspect of the sport really connected with me,” Temple said. That was when Temple saw what wrestling has to offer and accepted it.

Temple went on to wrestle in middle and in high school and then wrestled and studied at Southern Oregon University for five years (redshirting his freshman year).

Wrestlers who will compete for Temple should be willing to accept a lot of running and weightlifting. There will also be some tumbling and yoga. Temple stated, “You have to be in great shape, strong, limber, and know how to control your body in order to be successful at wrestling. Our practices will be intense and raise the temperature of the workout room. We will work hard, and we will work smart. We will focus on the individual to better the team.”

In his first season coaching for UCC wrestling, Temple stated that all seven out of his seven recruits have decided to wrestle for UCC. Temple anticipates by the end of May to have the full 30 wrestlers to fill all ten weight classes.

UCC will be a part of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Temple stated that UCC will participate in region 18, competing against Southwestern Oregon Community College, Clackamas Community College, Highline Community College and North Idaho College.

It will be a challenging league. “Wrestlers will need to place third or higher to advance to the national tournament,” Temple said.

The NJCAA’s mission is “to foster a national program of athletic participation in an environment that supports equitable opportunities consistent with the educational objectives of member colleges.” The NJCAA consists of 24 different regions with participating teams in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, the half-marathon, ice hockey, lacrosse, softball, swimming, diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling.

Former USA wrestler signs with the RiverHawks

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    Asia DeWeese, UCC’s new wrestling coach, is recruiting a new women’s wrestling team to start practice fall term of 2017. Sam Homola / The Mainstream

The year is 1989. The United States’ women’s wrestling team is competing for the first time at the world championships in Switzerland. Asia DeWeese, UCC’s new wrestling coach, is there earning what she calls “my greatest achievement.”

“I was part of the first women’s national team that went to world championships,” DeWeese says.  In a time when “USA wrestling didn’t want us” and when their team “didn’t get any money,” she and her teammates were competing against the odds. In spite of the odds, coach DeWeese won second at the 1989 world championships, her biggest wrestling accolade.

DeWeese wasn’t always respected, however. When she was younger, DeWeese was faced with constant pushback from others for simply being a female wrestler. “People would call my mom’s house and ask her, ‘How can you let your daughter wrestle?’ Now it is very positive. Sometimes people look at me and go ‘You wrestle?’ But primarily I think what I get these days is positive.”

DeWeese took ownership of the new women’s wrestling team on April 4. She has started recruiting, and the team will start practicing  in fall term 2017.  With this new team, DeWeese stated that she is excited to coach.

Having a brand new team can be both exciting and challenging. “Oregon has five women (wrestling) seniors graduating. That is about it. Recruiting for me is a lot harder because I have to recruit primarily out of state,” DeWeese said.

With seven years of coaching experience and eight years on the mat, DeWeese has a combined 15 years of wrestling experience. She coached the Oregon Women’s Team, the best female high school wrestlers competing nationally. She briefly coached for South Eugene High School before coming to Douglas County to help coach the Roseburg Mat Club and the Joseph Lane Middle School team.

Female wrestlers competing for DeWeese can expect a substantive focus on weight lifting and cardio in addition to the obvious wrestling practices. They can also expect to feel part of a team in an individual sport. “One of the things I have learned through the Roseburg Mat Club is that it is an amazing atmosphere where you have people from all different levels and all different ages that really feel like part of the team, even though wrestling is an individual sport. There is very much of that team compatibility and assistance with one another, and I hope to build that in our program,” DeWeese said.

UCC’s women’s team will compete in international freestyle while the men’s program compete in collegiate or folkstyle. Folkstyle wrestling and freestyle are both very similar; one of the main differences, according to Team USA, is “folkstyle wrestling puts more emphasis on controlling your opponent, while freestyle puts more emphasis on exposure points.”

Any students interested in UCC’s new wrestling program can go to UCC’s sports website to see who the new wrestling recruits will be and learn about the sports as well as ways to sign up. See

“USA wrestling didn’t want us” —Asia DeWeese, UCC women’s wrestling coach

The madness is coming soon

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Staff shares their March Madness picks

The single largest college basketball tournament known as March Madness is almost among us. This is the tournament where, literally, anything can happen.

From a broken leg mid play, to an amazing upset at the final buzzer, March Madness is one of the most exciting sports events in the country. Multiple professionals along with 40 million amateurs will attempt to choose which team is the best of the best.

In my opinion, the Oregon Ducks are this year’s best of the best. With only four losses and the Pac-12 player of the year, Dillon Brooks, the Ducks look like the best contender this year. Yes, Lonzo Ball for the UCLA Bruins is an amazing freshman, but the spotlight on Ball during the tournament can be very bright. This is Lonzo’s first tournament and that can be a lot of pressure on the 19-year-old.

Personally, I believe that Oregon will win the tournament due to

not relying on an all star player. Oregon has five returning players who were in last year’s tournament. Of the 14 players for Oregon, only four of them are underclassmen while UCLA has eight underclassmen out of 15 total players. This gives Oregon an advantage with more experienced players.

Oregon is now 3-1 against the ranked top 25 teams while UCLA is 3-2. If these teams were to meet, it would be a best of three contest with the winner going even further into the tournament.

Oregon’s Chris Boucher leads the Pac-12 in blocks with 2.6 per game. Jordan Bell, in fourth place, has had 2.1 blocks per game. Bell

and UCLA’s TJ Leaf are tied first in the conference for a field goal percentage of 63 percent.

All of this talk is a bit controversial, but I believe that a Pac-12

school will win the tournament this year. Whether it is Oregon,

UCLA or even Arizona, this year’s tournament is going to be

just as exciting as the others before it.

In the history of March Madness, Oregon has only

won one National Championship in 1939 while UCLA

has won 11, the most recent being in 1995.

As the tournament begins, Pac-12 fans will be

hoping that their teams will bring the

championship home.


Free art event to alleviate stress for students

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The Speech 219 class was given an end of the term assignment administered by Adjunct Speech Communication faculty member Dustin Cosby, regarding a project to benefit students. Participants in the class created a multiple day event from March 6 to March 8 in the student center that had given several students a chance to relax, according to class member Pamela Bordenave.

The Express Yourself event was created to help students take their mind off of finals week by creating multiple types of art that represented each student’s own self. Activities such as coloring sheets, paintings and clay sculptures were presented during the event for others to admire.

Kaitlyn Osborne, a student part of the small communications class, admired the express yourself event as a way to “get brain juices flowing.” Many students can be stressed with the feeling of everything from each class being due at the same time.

The idea of everyone being artistic in their own way makes this event so special.“The Express Yourself event has been very successful,” Becky Attaway stated. Attaway also appreciated the artistic approach the class took when figuring out how to help students.

The parameters of this project used to be more broad with students finding ways to help the community but Cosby stated that “different groups address different needs” and he decided that this year would be “more focused for UCC”.

The Small Group Discussion class (Sp 219) is available to take in the spring term of 2017.


No need to fear, the end of slow wifi is near

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Slow wifi speed has been an issue for UCC students and staff. According to Stephouse, a business that specializes in creating wireless networks, the average speed in the U.S. is around 11 and one-half mbps (megabits per second).A free online internet speed test provided by Ookla last week showed that the download speed on UCC’s guest network was around three mbps, almost as slow as dsl (digital subscriber line).

Students and faculty are asking why it is so slow. Kathy Thomason, a network administrator for UCC, says that the UCC guest wifi network is purposely throttled (slowing down a network’s bandwidth to prevent bandwidth hogging). Thomason also confirmed that UCC is in the process of buying new firewalls due to the current five year old firewalls limiting the guest network’s speed to 450 mbps.

She also confirmed that UCC will be purchasing new Ruckus brand access points (devices that allow wireless devices to be able to connect to wired networks). These new access points will use mesh technology that “automatically allocates (bandwidth) depending on the number of devices connected”, Thomason said.

Thomason estimated that the entire cost of UCC’s upgraded network will be over $100,000 and continued to say it will be in effect by this upcoming summer term.

While students wait for the upgraded network, questions still remain as to why the guest network is so slow. According to Securedge Networks, a company that designs wifi networks for multiple schools, there are five common reasons for a school’s wifi network being slow.

First, networks can be slow due to roaming issues. While students go through different parts of campus, their devices can have issues connecting from one access point to another. Securedge stated that “the physical environment, the types of devices being used, the types of applications being used and who the end-users are” are the four important factors affecting roaming.

Another reason for poor internet speeds can be an outdated design. If schools do not update their routers and modems for several years, the network speed on wireless devices can be very slow.

Some wifi networks can slow down due a failure to optimize with mobile devices such as smartphones and laptops. Could this possibly be why many students just use their mobile data at school?

Also, some wifi networks can possibly have too little or too many access points (APs).“ Deploy too many APs and you can cause too much interference, too few and you don’t have enough coverage,” Securedge stated.

Many wifi networks can have unsatisfactory speeds due to devices not being compatible with a school’s network. “Every device has different capabilities and different requirements to work properly,” Securedge stated.

Everyday life hacks for college students

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A college student’s life can both be very stressful as well as busy. From making sure you are prepared for a test to hoping you don’t forget to eat breakfast the next day, there is a lot on a student’s plate, but “life hacks” can make a student’s life a little more easy.

One of the most effective life hacks includes using different colored pens and highlighters while taking notes. Because color is more appealing to humans versus black and white, colored notes are easier to remember. An article published by the National Institute of Health, “The Influence of Colour on Memory Performance”, states that “Colours can influence the level of attention and also give rise to emotional arousal which contributes to control processes that will later enhance memory performance.”

Another very useful life hack is to take more naps. It may sound silly, but a fifteen to thirty minute nap can help boost memory, focus and even creativity. Harvey B. Simon, editor of Harvard Health Publications, wrote an article discussing the effect that sleep has on memory,  stating that “research suggests that even a brief nap may help boost learning, memory and creative problem solving.”

One of the best money saving life hacks found at UCC is the gym. A normal gym membership can cost thirty dollars a month! UCC’s cost for a membership is only thirty five dollars a term.

Students that do not have a credit or debit card, can use one of those “credit card” gift cards for free trials on movie, TV, and music streaming services such as, Netflix, Hulu, and Apple Music. These cards can also be used at UCC’s bookstore!

Lastly, a hack that helps your grades. If you are having trouble with a certain class, use the tutors that UCC offers. Any student can go to the Success Center in the library and instantly get matched with a tutor when needed. No appointment is required. The Success Center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Fridays, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

New 2017-18 sports programs green-lighted

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It is now official: in the fall term of 2017-18, the Riverhawks will add six new sports programs for students to participate in. These new sports will include wrestling, cross country and obstacle racing for men and women.

Craig Jackson, UCC’s new athletic director, is expanding the college’s sports programs partly to help increase enrollment.

Jackson is looking at these new teams from an “enrollment perspective,” meaning that “six teams add 85 students to UCC.”

With the potential extra students, UCC will receive more funding, making more programs for all students to enjoy. If these new programs are successful, students can hopefully expect even more athletic programs in the future.

All of these new programs will offer athletic scholarships for students with a variety of different award amounts going towards tuition.

Right now, UCC is working on developing a cross-country and obstacle racing track before the new season starts.

The wrestling program will be using Oregon State University’s old wrestling mats that were generously donated. Athletes from the OSU wrestling team also assisted in getting the mats ready for transport.  The wrestling practice will probably be held in the UCC gym, and Jackson will be arranging a practice schedule to accommodate volleyball, basketball and wrestling.

Many students are very excited at the prospect of  either participating or watching the new programs.  Tyler Jose, a student at UCC, is “excited to see how they (the new programs) do.” Jose speculates that attendance will “start off small, but as the season goes on, more students will attend.” He would love to see more programs at UCC in the future including football, but for now, suggests students and staff sit back, relax and cheer on the Riverhawk’s new teams in 2017.

UCC will be competing against other teams in their very first season. How will these teams do? What will their records be? Will they make the playoffs? Can we expect them to stay at UCC for a long time? All of these questions will be answered in due time, but for now, if any students are interested in these new programs, they can go to UCC’s website and on the athletics page, click the “Play for the Riverhawks” link.

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