NAOMI MOAN  The Mainstream With the new school term in full swing, students may be faced with the challenge of maintaining their fitness goals. According to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control, about 36 percent of U.S. adults are obese. In Douglas County, that rate is about 35 percent as reported by the Open Data Network using government statistics. The obesity is not just limited to adults. The Blue Zones Project, a local advocacy group for community health, writes that in 2015 about 28 percent of Douglas County 8th graders were obese. The UCC Fitness Center and Gymnasium provides a non-credit per term enrollment thatRead More →

SAMUEL HOMOLA  The Mainstream The RiverHawks competed against Clark College on Saturday, Jan 20. This was the first home game for the Penguins since the passing of their freshman guard, Gianna Loville. Before tip-off, Clark College honored her and her memory with a moment of silence as Clark players wore patches bearing a “G10” on their jerseys. The RiverHawks went on to defeat Clark 78 to 41 with a 37 point lead. This will be UCC’s 18th win of the season making the RiverHawks 18-0. “You can never expect to be undefeated, there are too many tough teams,” said UCC head coach Dave Stricklin. TheRead More →

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SAMUEL HOMOLA  The Mainstream Despite stellar play and team comradery, the RiverHawks were defeated 93 to 78 by the Clark College Penguins. Clark sparked a very large run to win. Daniel Leeworthy, UCC’s men’s head basketball coach, believes that the late game lead was due to a lack of defense with the other team on a hot streak. “We were settling for too many jump shots. We couldn’t get a stop to save our lives. They had three or four guys on fire, and it is hard to play against that many guys on fire.” On fire indeed. The Penguins averaged 61.3 percent in fieldRead More →

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VLADIMIR SOVYAK  The Mainstream Almost every Saturday morning for the past two years, along with some Sunday mornings, Professor Charles Young of UCC leads a hiking party of three to ten people that is now open to others. This outdoor group meets at the UCC parking lot next to Whipple Fine Arts and Jacoby Auditorium. Hikers then load up and carpool to the North Bank Habitat Area that was previously the Dunning Ranch on North Bank Road. The group’s primary focus for hiking is physical conditioning, but the group allows for plenty of socializing and storytelling along the way. Young said that about nine timesRead More →

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MADISYN ASHCRAFT  The Mainstream Teenagers have a constant trend that has been ongoing for some time now. It’s called stupidity. Are all teenagers dumb? No. Some doing ridiculous things are actually smart and have plenty of friends already, so why do these teenagers follow these stupid trends? Who knows which deadly trend was the first in this merry-go-round of demise, but teens lately have followed the cinnamon challenge, salt and ice challenge and the absolutely stupid Tide Pod challenge. The cinnamon challenge first appeared in 2001 but became popular in 2007. The challenge was to consume as many spoonfuls of cinnamon in 60 seconds as possibleRead More →

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THOMAS HORNER  The Mainstream While books for the general public come cheaper and more readily available than ever, for a required text, students still commonly pay a price over $100, sometimes pushing $400 a book. It’s not fair, and UCC staff are trying to change that. UCC faculty have responded by keeping up with a statewide initiative to seek and adopt no-cost and low-cost alternative texts, reference librarian Jennifer Lantrip says. UCC now also designates the classes using money saving books in the course listings on the website, to help students make choices before registration. For the first time this term, a book in theRead More →

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CHRISTIAN DEWEESE  The Mainstream Oregon’s Medicaid system survived potential collapse, following the results of Jan. 23’s special election. Voters outside of Douglas County overwhelmingly gave their support to a set of tax proposals on hospitals and insurance companies that will pay for the state’s Medicaid expansion. These results were quickly applauded by many of the state’s Democratic politicians. Sen. Merkley, who personally canvased in support of the measure along with Sen. Wyden, tweeted, “Bravo! Well, done my fellow Oregonians!” Gov. Brown, in a speech at the “Yes for Healthcare” victory rally, said, “Every Oregonian deserves access to health care. Here in Oregon you should beRead More →

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SUSAN JARVIS  The Mainstream Umpqua Community College does not have a recycling program on campus. The school no longer has access to a service that will pick up the campus recyclables and deliver them to the recycle center. “We have seen an increase in trash… it is really more about knowing how much we were putting into our recycle bins and are no longer doing so,” said Jess Miller, Facilities Director. The school previously had a recycling program, which was used from 2006 until spring 2017. UCC ran the recycling program through Sunrise Enterprise, Inc., who used to come in a box truck or aRead More →

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LAUNA GREGORY  The Mainstream A proposed setting for the Oct.1 campus memorial has upset some students and staff who expressed their concerns at a Jan. 19 listening session, led by former UCC Board of Education Chairperson Vanessa Becker. The proposed site would face the northeastern Umpqua River along the back side of Jackson Hall. “We will likely recommend that site to the board,” Becker said. Becker went on to explain the importance of “honoring our own.” The memorial has been a sensitive subject on and off campus. “People’s comfort with memorials is on a long continuum. Some people want them and are comfortable with them;Read More →

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RENEE DEANDA  The Mainstream The cosmos themed heavenly backdrop of “The Book of Mormon” decorated the mainstage of the Eugene Hult Center Jan. 16 to 21, 2018. An international musical sensation, the story begins with a narrative many Mormons will remember from church, Moroni and the Golden Plates of the Nephites. However, the wholesome church theatre ends there. From this point forward, famed South Park writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone present instead their take on some teachings of the Book of Mormon, religion as a whole and the typical American Christian. The musical is a parody in nature but “The Book of Mormon” is farRead More →