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Caffeine usage at UCC

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Drinking a cup of hot coffee in the morning has become a sacred, everyday ritual for college students everywhere. Many can barely make it through the day without downing a form of caffeine in one way or another. Caffeine is a common type of energy for college students, and is usually delivered to bodies in the form of coffee, tea, soda or energy drinks.

What many students don’t know is that caffeine considered a stimulant drug. “Caffeine is a stimulant which when consumed in excess can make us feel jittery, can increase heart rate, and can actually lead to insomnia,” Sarah Martinelli, lecturer for Arizona State University’s school of nutrition said.

Now that fall term is coming to an end, students at Umpqua Community College have been preparing for upcoming finals by extensively studying, cramming and drinking more caffeine than usual to fuel up and pull the ever so common last minute all-nighter. Despite caffeine addiction and the desperation to do as well as possible on finals, it is not recommended to rely on caffeine for improving the quality of schoolwork. According to Justin Hong from UC Davis, “Students also assume that the amount of caffeine they consume is inconsequential as long as they can complete their work. The reality, however, is that we consume more caffeine than we need to obtain the cognitive boost we need is achievable with lower doses. As a result we become more susceptible to experiencing symptoms of caffeine dependence and withdrawal which can be unpleasant.”

A struggle students are having is balancing their love for caffeine and having moderation of consumption when it comes to studying. Although, as with any drug there are withdrawal consequences “The latest research demonstrates … that when people don’t get their usual dose they can suffer a range of withdrawal symptoms, including headache, fatigue [and] difficulty concentrating. They may even feel like they have the flu with nausea and muscle pain,” said Roland Griffiths, a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience who published his findings in the journal Psychopharmacology.

Cramming for a test may feel like it pays off, but in the long run it’s not useful to chug coffee at night because it disturbs sleep patterns and rushed studying can lead to short-term learning.

Caffeine is considered an essential part of the college experience, but to truly improve the quality of schoolwork, it’s a good idea to regain independence from caffeine and establish solid time management for relaxed studying before taking exams.

Healthy eating on a student budget

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    The UCC cafeteria menu offers turkey and veggie burgers for under $5
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    The cafeteria’s yogurt parfaits include berries and granola

   Do yourself a favor and throw away your microwave ramen, unless you are looking for sodium, saturated fat, and very little nutritional value. Ramen, like other college diet staples, may be inexpensive, but your health deserves more. Eating healthy on a student budget may seem difficult, but it’s not impossible.

   Is spending a few extra minutes packing food or just re-evaluating campus menu options too much work? Not really, affordable healthy eating choices are important and accessible, even for students on a budget. The UCC cafeteria staff says, “Healthy eating is an important start to the day, and for thinking.”

   An affordable healthy diet is especially important in Douglas County. “The diabetes rate in Douglas County is 11.4% in 2013, higher than the state (10.7%) in 2013 and national 2012 (9.3%) averages,” according to data cited in Douglas County’s new Blue Zones Project, a local and national directive to improve Americans’ health. Blue Zones Project also indicates that “31% of Douglas County adults were obese in 2013; 26% of Oregon adults were obese in 2013.”

   Eating snacks that are high in fiber is a great way to improve your health. Erica Sonnenburg and Justin Sonnenburg of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University, School of Medicine found in animal studies with mice that diet can affect not only you but the future population as well.

   “It appears that this ecosystem is also fragile and that dietary decisions made by one generation could affect the microbial ecosystem that future generations carry around inside them,” Erica Sonnenburg and Justin Sonnenburg said in an Op-Ed published by the Los Angeles Times. “While we all accept that we pass our genome onto our children, we now must appreciate that we also bequeath our microbiome.”

   “The amount of fiber we consume is critical because these complex carbohydrates are what feed the approximately 100 trillion bacteria that live in our gut (our microbiota). These bacteria are holding the reins to our health. And based on recent studies of the microbiota from hunter-gatherers in Tanzania, Venezuela, Peru, and Papua New Guinea, it is clear that our Western microbiota leaves a lot to be desired,” wrote Erica Sonnenburg in Psychology Today.”

   Foods low in sugar, low in fat, and high in protein are an easy way to get the most from what you eat and provide you with long lasting energy. However, navigating through campus options can be difficult.

   Besides the RiverHawk Bistro cafeteria (open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.), or the bookstore (open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), students can find somewhat healthy food in various campus vending machines. The vending machines accept cash, debit and credit cards.

   The vending machine in the cafeteria includes food choices that are a better option than candy, such as crackers, fruit snacks, trail mix and gum. Trail mix from the vending machines cost one dollar and it contains peanuts, sunflower seeds, raisins and chocolate wrapped in candy coating. Yogurt pretzels cost one dollar and thirty five cents but they are also a healthier option than your typical candy bar and cost less than two dollars. Vending machines are an affordable alternative to packing food or eating at home for teachers working late or students taking night classes.

   The bookstore is supplied with protein bars, vegetable chips, and foods high in fiber. The bookstore is a convenient location for healthy eating choices because they accept cash, debit and credit cards, and SNAP.

   The cafeteria also provides healthy foods including: salads, sandwiches, tortilla wraps, yogurt parfaits and fresh fruit. The price range for these options remains mostly under $6. These options are minimally processed and have better health benefits that deep fried or greasy food.

   These nutrient dense options will leave you with enough energy to power through those 2 and a half hour math classes, that 3 hour biology lab, and the seemingly endless hours of homework. Despite the temptations of fried foods, your mind and body will thank you for making the healthy choice.

Umpqua University League Of Legends Club: cupcakes to competition

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    Mckenzie Callahan, leader of UCC’s University of League of Legends club, and UULOL club members are raising funds in hopes of competing in the PAX video game conference. They held a bake sale on campus Oct. 17.
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    Mckenzie Callahan, leader of UCC’s University of League of Legends club, and UULOL club members are raising funds in hopes of competing in the PAX video game conference. They held a bake sale on campus Oct. 17.

Spells, runes, champions… and cupcakes? Umpqua Community College’s University of League Of Legends club held a bake sale in the middle of campus on Oct. 17. They offered different “nerd based foods” and pastries such as cinnamon rolls, cupcakes with countdown dice, and chocolate chip cookies. University of League Of Legends is the official campus club for the popular online game, League of Legends.

The bake sale was designed to raise money for the ULOL club’s goal to raise funds for the PAX video game conference. While most gaming competitions take place online, UCC’s University of League Of Legends Club will try to compete in the PAX video game conference in San Antonio, Texas for the first time ever.

“We are hoping to better ourselves, but winning is not everything,” said Callahan.

This club began in the second term of last year, with four members currently on the team, but the club is always welcoming new members. They only ask that members participate regularly at their weekly meetings and help with events. They do not turn anyone down for their level of experience and hope more people will join because they need one more member to complete their team for competitions, Callahan said.

The club mainly plays League of Legends, however according to Mckenzie Callahan, leader of the team, they did try a couple of other games last year but not many people were interested. ULOL mainly plays Classic Summoner’s Rift, but occasionally they play other game modes such as Aram and Twisted Treeline.

Students interested in joining the University of League Of Legends, can find the team in the new ASUCC student lounge on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m.

Phi Theta Kappa Upsilon Sells Wine Jar Planters

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    Wine jar planters containing succulents, sold by Phi Theta Kappa
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    Wine jar planters containing succulents, sold by Phi Theta Kappa

Imagine coming home from a long work day, taking off your shoes, grabbing a bottle of wine, and splashing some water inside because that wine bottle now contains your very own succulent! Umpqua Community College’s Alpha Sigma Upsilon honor society, a chapter of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, are taking an innovative approach on how to repurpose old wine bottles.

They are selling recycled wine bottles as unique, upcycled plant containers varying in price, shape and size. Alpha Sigma Upsilon honor society is hosting the wine jar planter fundraiser on campus from now up to “at least until January,” stated President of Alpha Sigma Upsilon, Jamie Vallotton.

Small planters cost $12, medium planters are $15 and large planters cost $20.

According to Vallotton, The Alpha Sigma Upsilon charter wine bottles contain succulents. Sales are intended to raise funds for the club, and also to provide members the opportunity to attend the Catalyst Convention this year in Kansas City, Missouri. Last year, UCC had four students from Phi Theta Kappa attend the convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Sigma Upsilon charter has also been getting together, discussing events and fundraisers in the near future.

Any students with a 3.5 grade-point average or higher is eligible for the club, according to the UCC website. The club meets in the Riverhawk Bistro cafeteria every Friday at noon.

According to the Phi Theta Kappa website, the club strives to recognize and encourage scholarships among two-year college students.

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