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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 reallyRead More →

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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 inRead More →

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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 onlyRead More →

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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. Another way to access the lakes is from an exit off of Little River Road. Look for the NFRead More →

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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 inRead More →

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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. ToRead More →

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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 BelieveRead More →

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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 finallyRead More →

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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. WeRead More →

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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’Read More →

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Campus Thanksgiving Lunch: starting at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 22, UCC cafeteria, free with donations accepted. Open to students and staff. Blanket, Tent, Tarp Drive for Homeless Veterans: Nov. 28 to Dec. 9. Donations bins will be located in the Student Center; cash donations may be made at the Information Desk. The drive is being run by the UCC Veterans Student Center, Veterans Club and ASUCC. For more information, contact the Student Life Office at 541-440-7749. Hamlet broadcast with Benedict Cumberbatch: 2:30 p.m., Thurs, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2 at Center Stage. Students, seniors, children $10, other adults $12. Christmas for Kids “Shopping” Event:Read More →

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A Mainstream reporter attended a Bernie Sanders rally prior to the primary election. Thousands came to Salem Tuesday, May 10 to witness Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rally for votes in the Oregon primary on May 17.Read More →