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Local outdoor adventures

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During the summer, there is plenty to do outside in Douglas County. For outdoors fun, hike the hundreds of miles of hiking trails, explore the many waterfalls located near Highway 138 or unwind at one of several lakes scattered throughout the county.

Near Twin Lakes along Highway 138 near mile mark 50 is one of the 12 locations people can park and hike the North Umpqua Trail that begins at Swiftwater Park and ends at Maidu Lake.

Maidu Lake is the source of the North Umpqua River. It lies just east of Mt. Thielsen and can be reached a couple different ways. For a really long adventure that attracts thousands of tourists and was featured in a  movie, The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is a mile away from Maidu Lake.

If a shorter hike is more suitable, there are several short hikes into numerous waterfalls located along the North Umpqua River. The closest waterfall to Roseburg is the Susan Creek Falls which is a three-fourths of a mile hike from Highway 138. Further up, but off the highway, is Steamboat Falls. The hike in to Steamboat Falls is only 100 feet.

Between Steamboat and Diamond Lake, there are another six waterfalls. Toketee Falls, Watson Falls, Whitehorse Falls and Clearwater Falls are easily accessible from Highway 138. All require short hikes of less than a mile. Further from the highway are Lemolo Falls and Warm Springs Falls. Some of the lesser visited waterfalls are located up Little River.

Two of those waterfalls are near Hemlock Lake and Lake in the Woods. Yasko Falls can be reached from a trailhead located across from the Lake in the Woods campground. It is a .07-mile hike to a waterfall that drops 60 feet.

Hemlock Falls can be reached from Lake in the Woods. There is day-use parking for those who want to hike into the falls or spend the day at the lake. The lake itself has some history.  It was once a pasture for horses used for pack trains that became a small lake when a creek was diverted into the pasture. This was to provide water for humans and horses working in the area.

Lake in the Woods usually attracts full-capacity on the weekends. Other than the falls, the place is rather drab. The lake is small and people can’t use boats with motors. Many pass up Lake in the Woods for a larger lake 10 minutes up the road known as Hemlock Lake.

Hemlock Lake is a 28-acre lake that is actually a man-made reservoir. The lake is stocked with trout and can be fished from shore or from a boat. Like Lake in the Woods, boat motors are not allowed.

Hemlock Lake has several camp sites around the lake. There are as many as four or five sites by the boat ramp. A short hike from the boat ramp leads to another two sites. Most people camp on the west side of the lake, however many people get lost looking for this campground as it isn’t clearly marked off the main road.

Hemlock Lake boasts several miles of trails that can be trekked by foot, horse or two-wheel motorcycles. There is no running water at either of the lakes, nor any source of firewood. In fact, the many downed trees are protected from cutting for animals to inhabit.

If roughing it in primitive campgrounds seems unattractive, there are lakes and campgrounds that offer more amenities. Lemolo Lake, located off Highway 138 just before Diamond Lake, is a popular place.

Your trip to Lemolo Lake can begin at home. On the Lemolo Lake Resort website, one can reserve space in a cabin, RV site or tent site at one of the several spots around the lake. Some resources are limited here. The restaurant, due to a fire, won’t reopen until 2018. However, there is a convenient store where people can buy some goods and firewood. Also, at the convenience store, people can rent boats, everything from a paddle boat to a party barge.

One last spot that attracts thousands of people year-round is Diamond Lake. Mere minutes from Lemolo Lake, Diamond Lake has a lot of similarities, yet offers more amenities. There is a lodge, multiple cabins and numerous camping spots. People can rent everything from aluminum boats to bumper boats. The lodge also rents out mountain bikes. In the winter people can rent skis, tubes and snowmobiles.

The store has more items for purchase and the lodge has a restaurant and hotel that overlooks the largest lake in the area. Because Diamond Lake is so popular in the summer and winter, guests can have a hard time booking a stay anywhere at the lake if they wait too long for reservations.

Soldiers to Scholars: Military service inspires student entrepreneur’s business plan

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    Renee Carroll dressed as Rosie the Riveter during the Veteran’s Day Parade in November 2016. Samantha Sanders/The Mainstream

It takes great courage to sign up for the military. Some who serve see combat, some never returning. Others provide necessary aid to those in combat or assist foreign countries with improving their technical infrastructure.

Renee Carroll is one of those support veterans here at UCC.

Carroll is finding new life going from soldier to scholar.

Born and raised in Roseburg, Carroll never really left the area growing up. She led what she referred to as a simple childhood. She recalls being a strong student in her early years . . . until she met boys. She would ultimately meet her future husband while in high school.

Carroll played flute in school in the jazz, concert and marching bands. To this day, she can still rock a flute. Wanting to graduate high school early, she crammed her last two years into one year.

Graduating a full year early from high school, Carroll eagerly joined the Navy when the opportunity to enlist presented itself. Carroll’s best friend, who was enlisted at the time, said Carroll should join. Turning down an acceptance to Arts Academy in Portland, Carroll accepted. “I had nothing better to do,” Carroll said. She left for boot camp two weeks after signing.

Carroll enlisted to be an information systems technician just like her grandfather, who, in his time, was a radio man. As Carroll claims, same job, different time and technology.

Carroll spent her service on-shore, never really leaving American soil. In 2008, Carroll participated in RIMPAC. RIMPAC, Rim of the Pacific Exercise, refers to the world’s largest maritime warfare exercise. Carroll, stationed in Hawaii for two months, assisted foreign countries who are U.S. allies as part of RIMPAC. She supplied their ships and planes with cryptographic technology. However, she would not see much sea duty, otherwise known as a deployment.

Other than Hawaii, she was stationed in Coronado, California. Her service time didn’t line up with deployment dates, causing her to miss dates for sea duty that run six months to a year. Also, while in service, she became pregnant.

In 2010, Carroll was discharged from the Navy. At the time, she was battling a medical condition she was diagnosed with in 2009. The medication, Carroll says, caused her to have a bad reaction. During that time, she got into trouble with boys again.

Fighting with her now ex-husband would be one of the only bumps in the road in her life.

Carroll left the military with the rank of IT3, otherwise known as an E4. No longer in the Navy, Carroll went to work as a civilian, a difficult transition for many soldiers.

She became a consultant for Pure Romance in 2012. Consultants assist women with understanding sexual health regarding their body. Consultants have an inventory of bath and beauty products and adult novelty products to sell to their clients.

“It was an amazing experience. It taught me a lot about myself and is what encouraged me to attend college,” Carroll said. She would make a lot of friends through consulting. Many are still friends of hers to this day.

She began attending UCC summer of 2015 to study Business Administration. Those friends she made as a Pure Romance consultant were her support while making the transition from soldier to scholar.

In 2016 and 2017, Carroll participated in Startup Weekend. Both years she pitched and formed teams. In 2017, her team took second place. They pitched a veteran focused greeting card line. The cards are not only tailored to veterans and military members, but also, the cards are appropriate for law enforcement officers and others who serve civilians at home. The cards are unique as they don’t just thank those who serve. Their expanded line of cards includes themes focused on self, such as receiving a promotion or cards with dark humor.

While attending UCC, Carroll performed her work study in the Veteran’s Center. She assisted in management of the center, bringing in a food program along with generating community support to improve the center so veterans could study comfortably. This experience would also help her transition to civilian life and teach her how to use her military training.

Carroll is set to graduate from UCC in 2017 with honors. “Shortly after registering, I set a goal for myself. I told myself ‘I WILL’ graduate at the top of my class,” Carroll said. Living up to her words, she will graduate with honors. She is graduating with 3.83 GPA.

Carroll has plans to continue her education. She is already enrolled at SOU, Southern Oregon University, to begin a Business Administration program this summer. She will remain the public relations officer for Cascadian Cards while expanding her role into marketing and sales.

“I WILL graduate at the top of my class.”

–Renee Carroll, Bs. Adminstration

I am UCC: All-USA Academic Team Jantyne Bunce

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    Jantyne Bunce, Phi Theta Kappa president and All-USA Academic Team scholar, proves the benefits of determination. Trick Schneider/Mainstream

PTK president, scholar meets with Oregon governor

Quiet, shy, seemingly a mute child. Abused, addicted to alcohol until pregnant at 17. Then anxiety, depression, sick from it all. Now? Peer mentor, ambassador, president of Phi Theta Kappa.

Phi Theta Kappa’s Alpha Sigma Upsilon Chapter President Jantyne Bunce has traveled a long bumpy road to get where she is today. Born in Idaho, Bunce’s life was off to a quiet start as she didn’t speak for years. “I’m extremely shy, so much so that doctors and my mother thought I was mute for several years when I was young,” Bunce said. That wouldn’t be the only challenge, however, that Bunce faced during her childhood.

At three years of age, Bunce recalls being abused by the man her mom was married to at the time. The abuse continued until she was 11 at which time her mother’s husband went to prison, charged with child molestation. He has since been deported. At that time, Bunce and her mom relocated to Riddle, Oregon with her mom’s new boyfriend.

“It was a bit of a culture shock going from a middle school that had more students to a school that was a combination middle and high school,” Bunce said.

By her mid-teens, Bunce turned to alcohol which, at the time, was easily available. “Oh, man, it made me feel numb from my internal pains,” Bunce said. Most of all, it helped her sleep at night, she said. Also, she felt it made her more outgoing and fun. Sometimes, however, drinking and “having fun” got her in trouble.

Bunce recalls an event where she had to perform community service because she and some friends vandalized a park picnic table. Bunce claims her mother asked the courts to give her more community service than the others for not ratting out her sister.

Alcohol and mischief would eventually take its toll on her education. Seventeen and pregnant with her only child, Bunce was asked to leave her school because of her mischievous behavior. She claims her principal at the time cited her behaviors weren’t acceptable.

As a pregnant high school dropout, Bunce then moved to Coos Bay to live with her grandparents where she gave birth to her daughter. After having her child, Bunce moved back to Roseburg and began attending UCC the first time, studying culinary arts.

Back in Roseburg, she came face-to-face with a near tragedy. While Bunce’s daughter was under another person’s care, the 18-month-old child overdosed on prescription pills.  Her daughter had to be life flighted to a hospital in Portland. “It was awful! Worst experience of my life,” Bunce said. Looking for direction in life, in 2007 Bunce returned to Coos Bay to continue studying culinary arts and accounting at SWOCC, Southwestern Oregon Community College, which has an accredited culinary program. However, after her financial aid fell through, she had to drop out of SWOCC, and she eventually moved back to Roseburg once again.

Ready to settle down and purchase a home, Bunce worked in the restaurant industry to save up for a house. In a matter of a few years, Bunce had saved $10,000 towards a home with help from Dream$avers, a program coordinated through NeighborWorks Umpqua. Those dreams of owning a house would soon fade after losing her job, where Bunce asserts she was wrongfully terminated. She again decided to attend college because she didn’t feel she had a choice.

Instead of purchasing a house, Bunce devised another plan for the $10,000 she had raised. Bunce took the money and spent it on college, so as to avoid losing her Dream$avers portion of her savings.

In spring of 2014, Bunce started taking classes at UCC again to pursue an Associate of Arts in Accounting. For the most part, Bunce wasn’t involved with campus activities right away. She went to school to focus on classes. She went home to study and take care of her family. Rinse and repeat.

However, that would soon change. Because of her G.P.A., she was invited to join Phi Theta Kappa during winter 2015. Immediately, she started attending the PTK meetings. After attending several club meetings, then President KC Perley suggested she take on the role of public relations for PTK.

During fall term 2015, she became an ambassador.  According to UCC’s website, an ambassador “represents Umpqua Community College to prospective students, current students, faculty and staff, community members and guests at the institution. Student ambassadors are first points of contact, are well informed about campus and able to provide direction and assistance as needed.” Ambassadors must have a 3.0 G.P.A. and be in good academic standing, have taken 15 credits already at UCC and work a regular 12 hours per week.

That fall, a horrible tragedy struck the campus that challenged Bunce’s resolve. In the wake of  the Oct. 1 campus shooting,  the UCC’s PTK chapter almost dissolved. Bunce was then asked to take the chapter president’s position. Bunce did step up and became the interim president for the remainder of the year.

She served as interim president until fall 2016 when the club was able to restart the chapter. After holding an official election, Bunce became the UCC PTK chapter president. In fall 2016, she also became a peer mentor as she continues to work at the front desk to be a more accessible peer mentor.

During this time, problems began in her personal life. Family fights drove her to isolate herself from her mother. Her closest relative, her grandfather, passed away. And, with so much heartbreak and tragedy in her life, she chose to focus on her classes and her family’s stability. Still fighting her past along with recent tragedies, she graduated from UCC in spring 2016. She was not done with UCC, though.

For the 2016/17 school year, Bunce returned to UCC as a dual enrolled student at Eastern Oregon University to work towards a Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree.

As PTK’s president, Bunce sought to raise the chapter’s status within the fraternity. She began working on their hallmarks which are a process of taking on projects and writing papers to solve critical issues. Learning that the UCC garden was about to dissolve, Bunce sought to save the garden by making the garden part of one of their hallmarks. Due to their continued  hard work, the garden is now ready to be planted for the summer growing season.

Bunce and UCC’s chapter of PTK were able to raise their status by performing their hallmarks. And for that hard work, she and her team traveled to a national PTK conference in Nashville for an unforgettable experience.

Once Bunce returned from their trip, she was honored for her hard work at a banquet in Salem with the governor. Bunce and one other student from UCC are a part of the All-USA/All State Academic Team and received scholarships for their university education. According to the UCC website, the All-USA/All State Community College Academic Team selected twenty students in early 2017 for the national All-USA Community College Academic Team. Each student received a $5,000 scholarship and recognition in the USA TODAY newspaper.

For those who don’t know who Bunce is, she is one of the friendly faces at the main desk in the Student Center. Her job is to answer phones and assist Diana Kelly; she also helps students with many needs as part of her role as peer mentor.

An unforgettable adventure in our backyard

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Up to an hour’s drive, up either Highway 138 or Little River Road, lies an oasis filled with two emerald lakes, high mountain peaks and wide open meadows. Many local residents flock here, but they don’t talk about it.

There are two trailheads into Twin Lakes, and they both offer stunning views. Most people take Highway 138 up the North Umpqua. An easy way to remember when to make the turn is to look for the gravel road just yards after the highway crosses the river.

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Another way to access the lakes is from an exit off of Little River Road. Look for the NF 530 road.

Expect a 20-minute drive up from Highway 138 on a mostly well-kept road or approximately 15 minutes from the turn off of Little River Road to the trailheads for Twin Lakes. From the Highway 138 trailhead, it is a one and quarter mile hike. Often, many cars are parked at the trailhead on the weekends. For the most part, this way in is a pretty easy hike with very little elevation change in terrain with stunning views of the cascade mountain range.

Expect an intersection one mile in. At this intersection, the hiker is welcomed with a stunning view of multiple meadows filled with flowers that endure the summer temperatures. From there, there are two trails: with the trail to the lookout, you can hike up to the peaks and get to the Little River Road trailhead.

Using the Little River Road access trail to the peaks (at this intersection), the walk would begin going uphill for around the first half mile. Nearly a mile up, hikers can walk a short distance off the main trail to a peak that overlooks the two lakes.

Persons who use this trailhead can be faced with obstacles just getting to the trailhead by car. Early in the hiking season, there may be too much snow on the road to pass. Other obstacles people have faced are fallen trees crossing the road.

The other trail at this intersection (look for the sign), leads down to the lakes and is mostly level with several downgrades. At a later intersection off of this lake trail, an additional trail that is used mostly by hunters and experienced hikers leads down to Deception Creek.

Nearing the camp area is a walking bridge over a natural marsh which has been damaged recently due to a fallen tree that nearly wiped out a cabin near it in the campground.

On the eastern lake, where most people aim to camp, are six camping spots. Some are very primitive.  two open-faced cabins are located around the two lakes, one at the east lake and another at the west lake.

People who have gone there for many years remember the dugout canoe that was dug that one could paddle around the east lake. It can still be found, and after all of these years it still floats. Also on the east lake is a floating barge made up of local materials that many people use to float out into the lake and dive off of.

The area has many foot bridges that cross the natural springs in the area that would otherwise flow over the trails that wind around and between the two lakes. Near the east lake, you can collect water from a natural spring for cooking or the hike out. You should probably sterilize the water even though warnings are not posted to do so.

WTF is happening to America: Internet trolls troll on /pol/ for the LOLs

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In part two of “WTF is Happening to America,” we learned about LARPing, the Antifa and this new uprising on the right called the Proud Boys. The article suggested that a process of radicalization drove people to participate in the clashes happening on many college campuses over free speech. However, there is another element to this story. It begins on the internet.

A discussion board known as 4chan plays a huge role in these developing events. A discussion on 4chan known as /pol/, Politically Incorrect is one of the top threads on the site. According to the sticky post, a post that always appear in front of normal threads, the “board is for the discussion of news, world events, political issues, and other related topics.”

The post goes on to state that “the variety of threads allowed here are very flexible and we believe in freedom of speech, but we expect a high level of discourse befitting of the board. Attempts to disrupt the board will not be tolerated, nor will calls to disrupt other boards and sites.” However, this discourse, this debate, often turns into a form of conversation known as “trolling.”

Symbols known as “memes” have played a huge role in trolling. According to Saussure’s theory of semiotics, symbols are any code that contains ideas. And sometimes these symbols carry significant meaning. For example, Pepe the Frog. Pepe the Frog was originally a symbol meant to represent sadness, he was just the sad frog meme. However, this sad frog morphed into something else as 4Chan users appropriated the image and used it to agitate people by turning Pepe into a Nazi type figure.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, Pepe was stolen by trolls who “delight in creating memes and imagery.” Donald Trump, Jr re-posted a meme with the Trump associates and Pepe on his Instagram feed with the note that a friend had sent him the picture. “Apparently I made the cut as one of the Deplorables😂😂😂 All kidding aside I am honored to be grouped with the hard working men and women of this great nation that have supported @realdonaldtrump,“ he said.

Another significant symbol that went viral via 4Chan is the “KEK” flag. According to Know Your Meme, the KEK flag originally was suggested for various imaginary geographic locations. Sometime during late 2015, a flag with the filename “kekistan.jpg” was posted on 4chan to the /int/, international board. A year later, a thread regarding buying an island in the Caribbean was submitted to /pol/, where several users felt that the island should be named “Kekistan.” Then, at a recent free speech rally which took place in Boston May 13, the Kekistan flag was carried by members of the alt-right while marching through the streets.

The connection between 4Chan and counter culture is strong. The connection between 4Chan and trolling is even stronger. But the connection between trolling and the election is not so funny, even though 4Chan users often say they “do it for the LULZ,” meaning they troll for the LOLs.

While many local fisherman think of trolling is as the way they might fish, on the internet it is the deliberate act of making offensive or provocative online posts with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response. Something 4chan is really good at, but they’re not the only ones.

According to British digital newspaper The Independent, owned by Russian oligarch (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Alexander Lebedev (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., Russia hired 1,000 internet trolls to post fake news online. In this scenario, Russians were “working out of a facility in Russia, in effect taking over a series of computers which are then called botnets, that can then generate news down to specific areas,” The Independent reported. The Russia fake news trolling was also covered in an intelligence report on Russian interference with the 2016 elections, according to the New York Times “Intelligence Report on Russian Hacking” article.

These responses can spill over onto the streets, possibly to the point of affecting our political system.

It may be fun to troll. It may gratify somehow, someway. Images have meanings, often appropriated. Sadly, those images and 4chan already have their place in Umpqua Community College’s history…

WTF is Happening to America: Divided We Fall into Anarchy

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A political column analyzing contemporary U.S. culture

Less than 100 days into the Trump presidency, a new trend is gaining popularity on college campuses: fighting between groups with polarized views. Imagine two forces carrying weapons such as M80s, rocks, bottles and bricks. Imagine acts of violence and vandalism such as breaking windows and starting fires. Imagine something close to a battlefield.

One group establishes the proposed battleground somewhere on campus where the forces will clash while the other marches in like a scene from Braveheart. Each side challenges the other by exchanging words, then as tensions escalate, those words become warnings followed by action.

To some, it might sound like LARPing, Live Action Role Playing, which is a game that has grown in popularity on college campuses. However, this is anything but LARPing. It has been an all-out brawl on college campuses such as UC Berkeley and University of Washington. People are getting hurt. One person at University of Washington was shot.

Anti-fascists known as the Antifa (an-teef-a) are clashing with a collective known as the Alt Right. The two tend to engage when one plans a protest or rally, whether on a street corner or college campus.

These battles, over enough time, tend to escalate into complete mayhem. Any moral compass a person should have seems to go out the window. For example, during the Berkeley clashes, a man punched Antifa protester Louise Rosealma in the face. Others hit her repeatedly and kneed her in the head, according to a CBS account and online videos.  People have had their heads bashed by 11-inch U lock bicycle locks. Other participants used pepper spray and stun guns to disable their opposition according to numerous videos circulating the internet.

The Antifa are often identified by their attire. Many operatives wear masks to cover their faces and protect themselves from tear gas deployed by police. The Antifa have also been known to wear red and black colors which are used on the flags they carry when in action. Some members have caused damage to businesses and police vehicles, according to news from AOL.

The Alt Right “army” can be identified by their American red, white and blue colors and their red MAGA “Make America Great Again” hats. Some of these Alt Right protesters consist of Trump supporters, others are known as patriots, and the hipster frat boys in the melee call themselves “Proud Boys.”

According to the Rebel.media website, Gavin McInnes refers to himself as the leader of these Proud Boys. McInnes was the co-founder of Vice Media which he left in 2008. Since his departure from Vice, he has been a regular guest on Fox News and The Blaze. Probably not well known to many, McInnes has been referred to as “the Godfather of the Hipster movement,” according to NBC New York. Salon magazine calls McInnes a “right-wing provocateur.”

In an interview with New York Magazine’s local site Bedford + Bowery, McInnes describes that being one of the “Proud Boys” is much like joining a frat. There is hazing and initiations. To be allowed into this frat, first, pledges must declare themselves a “Proud Boy.” Next, pledges will have to videotape themselves being punched by five guys while trying to name five brands of breakfast cereal. The final obligation, called the third degree, is the tattoo. Pledges must have “Proud Boy” tattooed on their bodies.

This fraternity has rules that members must abide by. Members are not allowed to wear flip flops. Members can’t consume girl [sic] drinks like blackberry margaritas. Lastly, they can’t wank it more than once a month, according to Bedford + Bowery.

Whether these people have just joined the Proud Boy fraternity or been fighting for progressive rights since the Occupy movement, they went through a process to get there. People don’t wake up one day and decide to beat up anti-fascists or Alt Right protesters. People don’t camp out in snow because it’s cool. They get there through a process of radicalization.

To be radicalized, a person becomes convinced there is a cause to adopt, a radical position on political or social issues to fight for.

Anthropologist Scott Altran, who advised the United Nations and the White House on terrorism, has studied people who have self-radicalized. “They were searching for meaning in their lives and found it through friends who shared their idealism,” Altran said as quoted in an NPR interview.

Those who have a shared idealism tend to isolate themselves from others as much as possible. They build walled-gardens and pull the weeds when needed. Often in these walled-gardens, it is possible for false information or exaggerated facts to taint the minds of the group causing them to take action. Sometimes, people in the group feel like fighting is the only resort because they think in hegemonic cultures that they are losing. Or, in recent cases, they just don’t like what the other side has to say.

The latest battles in Berkeley and other colleges have been partly over free speech. Ann Coulter, a conservative commentator known her for insults, has had speaking engagements canceled at colleges due to protests by anti-fascist agitators and requests from local officials. And it keeps escalating.

The Avenue of Roses parade in Portland, Oregon was canceled due to violent threats from a person who was opposed to Republican organizations marching in the parade, as news media sources reported. On May Day, May 1, riots broke out in Portland. Destruction ranged from dumping and burning trash in streets to businesses having their windows broken. One person went as far as throwing a flare inside a police car which already had busted windows from the melee.

Before UCC becomes a battleground for these types of clashes, we should ponder. Should we set limits or create a balance for free speech on campus? What is considered free speech? What can we do besides battle if we don’t care for certain types of speech that we are exposed to on campus? What happens if someone takes an aggressive stand against an act of free speech here on campus?

See my next column in two weeks for some ideas on where we are and where we could go.

The series started here.

Abuse Awareness: Abuse affects children, too

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Since then, annually, including 2017, the POTUS has proclaimed April Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

On March 31, Trump officially acknowledged that April, 2017, would continue to be proclaimed Sexual Assault Awareness Month. “My Administration, including the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services, will do everything in its power to protect women, children, and men from sexual violence,” Trump said.

Any UCC student who needs immediate assistance regarding this topic can contact security at 541-440-7777. Otherwise students or staff can contact Lynn Johnson in HR located In the Student Center or reach her by phone at 541-440-7690.

The book “We Believe You” can be purchased at webelieveyou.net. A portion of the proceeds support services for survivors. You will be connected from this site to bookstores like Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

 

Child Abuse Awareness Month

In the month of April, Americans also recognize the National Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign which seeks to prevent child abuse and neglect. The event promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

The Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service claim that in 2008, 1,104 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in Oregon. They also estimate a total abuse range for children from 20 to 25 percent of girls and 10 to 15 percent of boys.

These are children. Abused children often don’t speak out. Their voices have been diminished, so they really need someone to speak out for them.

A new child abuse prevention coalition has started up in Douglas County called Up2UsNow, through the Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Foundation, working in concert with over 30 Douglas County community partner agencies and organizations. Their goal is to develop a child abuse and neglect prevention initiative. One of their visions is to increase the safety of children in families and social environments.

The National Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign also dates back to the 1970s.  It began with the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment act of 1974 (CAPTA). Signed by then President Nixon, CAPTA legislation provided federal assistance to states for prevention, treatment programs and identification.

However, it wasn’t until 1983 that April was designated National Child Abuse Prevention Month by President Reagan. In 1984, the Bureau’s National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect coordinated activities and produced promotional materials to educate citizens. The campaign’s slogan, “Kids – You can’t beat ‘em” promoted awareness at the same time urging citizens to “Take time out. Don’t take it out on your kid.”

As this campaign continues, much advocacy work and awareness continues on. The National Child Abuse Prevention Month theme for 2017 is “Building Community, Building Hope” which acknowledges the power of communities to address the problem of child abuse and neglect.

According to the UCC website, there are ways to help victims of sexual assault. On Wednesday, April 26, to show support for victims of sexual assault, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear denim. “The idea is that wearing denim shirts, jackets, and/or skirts paint a broad visual commitment that at UCC, ‘these hands don’t hurt.’” Another way is to donate fleece blankets and packages of new women’s or children’s underwear. Those donations can be made at the Information Desk in the Student Center throughout the month of April.

April is sexual and child abuse awareness month

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Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino, who both suffered sexual assault at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, helped spearhead federal investigation into campus crime when they filed a federal complaint against UNC for mishandling sexual assault. Working from their experiences, the two have created a book We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out. Clark and Pino were also featured in the highly recommended The Hunting Ground documentary which also analyzes sexual assault on college campuses.

As one Good Reads reviewer says, “With documentaries such as ‘The Hunting Ground’ and books such as ‘We Believe You,’ we are finally allowing people to step forward to share their experiences, not just the assault itself, but the horrible follow-up that involves their institutions not prepared for how to handle these kinds of accusations. . . It’s a f****** mess.”

Books like “We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out” not only better inform those who should be assisting abuse survivors, they remind us how big the sexual assault problem really is.

An estimated 27.2 percent of women and 11.7 percent of men have experienced unwanted sexual contact, and 13 percent of women and 6 percent of men have experienced sexual coercion in their lifetime (i.e., unwanted sexual penetration after being pressured in a nonphysical way), according to the Center for Disease Control’s The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey Studies and Sexual Violence on Campuses summaries.

It should also be noted that sexual assault is not exclusive to cisgenders. Sexual assault is prevalent in the LGBTQ community as well. Statistics show that 46.4 percent lesbians, 74.9 percent bisexual women reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes, while 40.2 percent gay men, and 47.4 percent bisexual men reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center, however, calls rape the “most underreported crime, claiming that “an estimated 63 percent [of sexual assaults] are never reported to the police,” citing a 2002 study by Rennison.

Battered Persons Advocacy in Roseburg, which has an office at 1202 SE Douglas, coordinates a county wide sexual assault team and assists with acute hospital rape responses. They also provide services related to domestic abuse. Their website states that “one in four Douglas County residents has used services at BPA in their lifetime.” UCC’s Campus Mental Health, Recovery & Wellness Center will work with BPA for students as needed.

While sexual assault awareness campaigns date back to the late 1970s, it wasn’t until the month of April 2001 that the campaign was nationally recognized in America. In 2009, April was then officially proclaimed Sexual Assault Awareness Month by President Obama.

WTF is Happening to America

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A political column analyzing contemporary U.S. culture

Since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, many Americans have become so electrified by the results that they are shouting, crying, and fighting … often against their friends, family and neighbors . . . at the cost of listening, learning, and loving. Dialogue is turning into broken friendships. Free speech is starting riots. Marches are taking over the streets. That may be acceptable to the disenfranchised, but when we break long-standing friendships, when citizens call to arms to shoot protesters, have we gone too far?

United we stand. Divided we fall.

Dissension is nothing new to the U.S. We have, in the past, always been divided over something. The suffragists at the Occoquan Workhouse. The Stonewall Riots and the LGBT movement. The Haymarket Riot and the Ludlow massacre aimed at union busting. Or Rodney King and the L.A. Riots. Racism is still prevalent after all the civil rights marches and speeches.

And, dissension is not going away soon, either. According to the 57.9 percent who voted in the last presidential election, America as a whole is split 46.4 Republican and 48.5 Democrat. Douglas County is apparently not as polarized: according to the County Clerk’s voter data, nearly 65 percent of Douglas County voted for the Republican candidate while less than 27 percent voted for the Democratic candidate. However, UCC has been called the most liberal 100 acres

in Douglas County, and if so, students can expect to unwittingly be exposed to or included in uncomfortable or unfamiliar conversations.

Political and social messages, slogans and labels to many are just propaganda; to others, they are their only voice left. We all say we believe in the First Amendment, yet, at times, we find free speech offensive.

Why? Propaganda and semantics are partly at fault. People are uncertain what lies within an issue, so they fall for fake news, alt facts and echo chambers. They fall for the “fallacy fallacy”: the presumption that because a claim is poorly argued, or a fallacy was made, that the claim itself must be wrong.

It is entirely possible to make a claim “I don’t have white privilege” or to cry out “All lives matter” or to dismiss claims with a “Those are just labels.” However, that is not where we really need to end up because it shows we haven’t taken the time to understand the other side.

In a less polarized rural community where people value a simpler life they are familiar with, possibly indoctrinated into, if their values coincide in large masses and that large mass is predisposed to have a semantic reaction that doesn’t coincide with the opposition, is that population wrong for debating from their position, or is everyone else stuck on their own agenda? Who is truly right?

If a person disagrees there is no disparity in gender, does that make them a misogynist or just under-informed?  Is a person a xenophobe because of their interpretation of what the meaning legal is? Is white privilege really only an urban issue, or is Douglas County with its over 90 percent white population part of that experience as well?

Lack of exposure to current political and social issues doesn’t necessarily equate to ignorance. It could be that we are forgetting basic human instinct. If you take something away from someone, they will likely express themselves. Take candy from a child, it will cry. Take a child from their parent, the parent will fight. It is human instinct to protect things. In America, for many, our day is spent protecting political and social values.

Why is this even a discussion? Maybe your exposure to some of these issues is limited, or maybe you’re only focused on your studies, right? Many of us who are graduating will move on to a Uni and can expect to encounter these and other social issues, though. So, when you hear, “White girl, take OFF your hoops!” Or someone asks you to check your white privilege or tells you, “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows,” stop, ask, listen.

Listening to things you disagree with may be hard. Maybe you don’t understand   the way  people express themselves. The least we all can do is take the time to listen to people and their reasons. Then we begin to grow.

If we reach across, it could heal our fractured society. Otherwise, Divided We Fall.

Phi Theta Kappa attends Catalyst awards

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    Tanya Williams, KC Perley, Hanya Vargas, Diana Kelly and Jantyne Bunce, represented UCC’s Alpha Sigma Upsilon (UCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa) at Catalyst 2017.

Four students from Umpqua Community College’s Alpha Sigma Upsilon, which is UCC’s chapter of the Rocky Mountain Cascade region of the international Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) nation, attended the first annual Catalyst Awards convention. And it was, for them, quite an experience.

President Jantyne Bunce, Vice President KC Perley, Adviser Diana Kelly, Honors in Action Officer Tanya Williams and Hanya Vargas made the long journey to Nashville, Tennessee to represent UCC. “Our team returned catalyzed,” Perley said. “We laughed, learned and cried together, and in the end, we came back to our chapter to finish out the year and be a catalyst for next years’ team.”

Formally known as “Nerd Nation,” the Catalyst convention is a rebranding of an event where PTK members from around the nation gather to receive awards, attend many of the educational experiences offered, and sit in on seminars with high profile speakers such as Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters” co-host Jamie Hyneman.

UCC’s Alpha Sigma Upsilon team was motivated to submit its application for a Hallmark award as it hasn’t done so in 10 years. Hallmarks are an explanation of how a chapter grew and worked through writing a research paper about a chosen local service topic and/or taking on a chosen college project.

According to the main PTK website, Hallmark Awards recognize individuals, chapters and regions for excellence in the Society’s Hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.

The Alpha Sigma Upsilon team completed both options, a research paper and the college project. The team chose to do their research paper on how other countries, communities and colleges handle waste. “We learned that in our community there isn’t necessarily adequate ways to properly recycle because different locations take different recyclables,” Bunce said.  For the college project, the team planned to take on the on-campus garden and turn it into a community project where staff and student clubs can have a plot to grow.

Ultimately, the goal for the team is to be recognized as a five-star chapter. For a chapter to achieve five-star status, it must submit three Hallmarks such as these reports and service projects. The team was only able to submit two, the Honors in Action recycling report and the college garden project.

Currently, Alpha Sigma Upsilon is a 4-star chapter. “We have worked hard to get to get to that status,” Bunce said. Bunce ultimately wanted to bring out the best in the team. “I personally wanted to instill a sense of teamwork throughout our chapter. Leadership isn’t about how successful you as an individual can be, but how successful a team can be,” Bunce said.

In the opening ceremony of the Catalyst convention, with thousands of PTK members in attendance from numerous chapters, Honors in Action Officer Tanya Williams carried the Oregon flag during the Parade of Flags. President Bunce went on stage to represent the Rocky-Mountain-Cascade region. Williams was nominated by the regional office to carry Oregon’s flag.

However, their trip came not with a final exam but rather with a test of their resiliency. The team stayed in the Opryland Hotel. The hotel was under construction. “We got lost a lot,” Perley said. Adding more excitement to their adventure, Perley’s room flooded during their stay, which happens to be common for student leaders of UCC this school year. ASUCC officers and Peer Mentors returned to campus after summer term to find the ASUCC offices flooded during the first week.

The fun didn’t stop there, on the trip back, Delta cancelled the UCC students’ flight due to severe weather. They had to stay an extra day and took United Airlines home hours after the video of a passenger being dragged off a United flight went viral.

To get to the Catalyst Convention, Alpha Sigma Upsilon had to raise funds. On their own, they recycled materials to raise nearly a quarter of the money needed. The team also sold carnations for Valentine’s Day. The rest of the needed funds, around $2,000, was supplemented by funds from the Student Activity Fee which was approved by the Student Leadership Board.

Now that the Alpha Sigma Upsilon team is back in their comfort zone they have big plans for spring term. The Spring Regional convention is right around the corner. It takes place on April 28 through April 30 at Columbia Gorge Community College. It is the closing ceremony for regional officers. The event will pay respects to the current regional officers along with electing new officers. This will be a red-carpet affair.

On May 25, Alpha Sigma Upsilon will have their own induction ceremony where the team celebrates and acknowledges students and their academic achievements. “We induct past years’ members and elect new members,” Perley explains.

PTK will also be reaching out to students, staff, clubs and organizations to manage a plot in the garden located adjacent to the Tech. building as part of their Hallmark commitment.

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