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UCC celebrates Black History Month

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UCC is currently observing Black History Month with events, educational opportunities and workshops students can be a part of to observe an important part of American history.


The celebration to honor the contributions of blacks’ in American history began in January with a tribute to Martin Luther King Day titled “Week of Martin” hosted by the Students of Color Alliance or SOCA. The celebrations began with a two day reading of Martin Luther King’s “A Letter from Birmingham Jail.” It is a letter that King wrote while imprisoned for nonviolent demonstrations against segregation.
Other events included a showing of the movie Selma. Selma is a look back at the marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The movie portrays moments that took place during the marches.
Dr. Martin Luther King and the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Council) marched on three different occasions in March of 1965. The marches were initially inspired to protest against rampant discrimination still occurring after segregation was officially outlawed in 1964. The movement also set out to promote voting rights for blacks.


“I have a dream today . . . I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

The marches became a bloody struggle met with resistance from local law enforcement on early attempts to march. The final attempt on March 21st with protection ordered by President Lyndon Johnson. U.S. Army troops, and Alabama National Guard forces, the march was able to reach its destination on the 25th.

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Martin Luther King Jr., 1929-1968, gave his most famous speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the Civil Rights March on August 23, 1963.

In the end, their efforts concluded with President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that intended to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment (1870) to the Constitution of the United States.
Here at UCC’s Student Center, students can appreciate the monument constructed by SOCA that celebrates Black History Month in the display case. The library has a display with books that can be checked out to help people understand blacks’ contributions to our history, some with information that has been omitted from many texts and teachings.
SOCA will also host a couple of events this month. On February 18 SOCA will hold an event to assist students with finding and preparing for scholarships which are due March 26.
On February 19, SOCA will take a bus load of students to Southern Oregon University to attend a social justice conference. Any students interested in going to the conference can sign up in advance with Caroline Randall by contacting her at
Every year since 1976, all of the presidents have assigned February as Black History Month, also known as National African American Month, to celebrate the achievements of black Americans. The story of Black History Month actually goes back much further, however.
After the Civil Rights Movement during the late 1960s, Negro History Week evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses.

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Roger Sanchez shows off Black History Month display in the Student Center created by the members of SOCA. The display has artifacts, books, and photos.

The Library of Congress teaches that, President Gerald R. Ford formally recognized Black History Month in 1976, telling the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Roger Sanchez, one of the officials for SOCA, is very excited about Black History Month and showed a lot of passion towards being able to share the true importance of black American achievements. Sanchez declared, “Black history is American history.” Sanchez wanted to show the struggles it took for all of us to move forward and to keep addressing current issues that will help black Americans bring forth a secure sense of belonging and equality
SOCA’s mission statement is as follows; “Umpqua Community College Students of Color Alliance creates a safe, equitable, and inclusive space for students of color and allies to find academic and social support.”

Winter fun in the Oregon mountains

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UCC’s ski/snowboard class was canceled in previous years due to lack of snow, but with record snowfall nearly in our backyard, now might be the time to dust off your boards or skis and smash some gnarly powder.

Willamette Pass offers different packages including group packages. Students interested in starting a UCC ski club or just getting some friends together could take advantage of group pricing with 15 or more members. With your group package you get discounts on lift tickets and rentals. Every group package at Willamette Pass also comes with one free lift ticket.

Snowboarding classes, a full service rental shop, and Wi-Fi are some amenities. Other amenities include cafeteria dining bench style. If you’re planning to be a spectator, bring a comfy chair. If you’re poor like me, you can also bring food; prices get a bit expensive up there.

Tickets for adults without a group discount run $49. If you are planning to take your family, a daily ticket to ride starts at $30 for lift-lickers (children 6 to 10 years old). Masters (age 65+) only have to pay $30.

It’s cool if you don’t know the lingo; it won’t keep you from suffering a serious biff. Beginners can take advantage of lessons that are offered at these resorts. There are a few packages to choose from at Willamette Pass. The 1-2-3 program includes three group lessons, a lower mountain lift ticket, and rentals for $139. Willy offers a “First Timer” program that includes lower mountain lift access and rentals. Instructors will introduce you to the facilities, ski area safety, and lead you through a beginner skiing or snowboarding progression. Other packages start at $35 each person for groups and $65 for private individual lessons.

Beginners also learn that skiing/snowboarding is a great workout.  According to Dr. John W. Castellani, an exercise physiologist at the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, “It’s never too cold to work out.” Exercise keeps your heart pumping and will boost your number of virus-killing cells making it easier to fight a cold or the flu.

As experienced skiers and snowboarders already know, having the right attire is also important. First you want to make sure your clothing keeps you warm and dry. Be aware that ski resorts don’t rent clothes. If you do to buy at the resort, expect to pay more than you would at your local sporting goods store. Goggles will be necessary, and you can pick up a decent pair at Big 5 starting around $20 before you go. If you are advanced, consider a helmet in case catching big air goes bad and you pack it in the snow.

If you’re new to snowboarding, I have some advice to help you when renting a board. I once as a newb rented the wrong gear when the guy at the counter asked me “goofy or regular?” Trying to be cool, I chose regular because goofy sounded, goofy.

I learned the hard way I had made the wrong decision. The difference is in how your body likes to position itself. Think of it as riding a skateboard, if you have ever done that. You are regular if you lead with your right foot, meaning your right front stands on the front of the board. Goofy is the opposite.

If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding, learn the slope ratings. If you get on the wrong lift, you’re gonna have a bad time. Each trail has a difficulty level. See the posters of the mountain located around the resort, and look for the diamond ratings which indicate slope difficulty. Check at the lift before boarding for its name and difficulty level. For your first time, it can be scary getting off the lift, so ask the operator to slow down the lift to help you get off safely.

Waldron’s on Garden Valley in Roseburg rents snowboards and cross country skis. If you already own skis or a board, they can fill in scratches and wax them up for you.

Dakota Carter of Waldron’s reminds people they need Oregon Sno-Park passes to park their vehicle while enjoying the slopes. Passes can be purchased at DMV.  An annual pass is $25, weekend permits go for $9 and a one-day pass is only $4. You can buy these passes elsewhere, but they will likely cost more.

So get your friends together and take advantage of the group prices and record snowfall.  The snow won’t last long; plan your trip now.  Slackers ride slush!

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Students Mark Hamel and his friend Chris Jewell are out shredding the Oregon slopes this winter.


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