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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

LOGAN MARTIN  The Mainstream New York based Jeff Rosenstock released “Post” on Jan. 2, 2017. “Post” is an alt-rock record with a punk feel (think Weezer). I feel like I need to start by saying I’ve never listened to any of Rosenstock’s music. I really do enjoy this record though – it’s refreshing yet comfortable. Rosenstock has a way of making himself relatable without feeling like he’s trying to. “Post” has some really original sounds on it. That said, the amount of repeated choruses gets old. This is a sad record telling a story of loneliness, jealousy and the feeling of a need to doRead More →

DARRYL RAY  The Mainstream “Call Me by Your Name,” is quite simply a work of art as it amplifies a beautifully yet subtle complex story of love. Director Luca Guadagnino artistically crafted this film so well, that like all great artist, his work feels effortless. Taking place in a small Italian town during the summer of 1983, “Call Me by Your Name” follows the story of Elio as he slowly falls for an older student intern that has come to live in his home. The story between Elio and the intern Oliver gets told perfectly through a gentle pace that gives the film a senseRead More →

SAVANAH OBRIEN  The Mainstream Post-holiday financial struggles, a rampant flu strain, looming FAFSA, OSAC, and university application deadlines and upcoming midterms, along with a persistent layer of fog hanging over the town gives students much to feel overwhelmed by. Students with complex lives and long lists of responsibilities, easily forget the relief that a simple breath of fresh air can bring. Business major Margo Forthman destresses with “ecotherapy,” broadly defined as a process of healing and growth through interaction with the earth. “The beauty and peace of nature is what draws me in. It helps my mind relax and see the beauty that surrounds me,Read More →

ISABEL VERDUZCO  The Mainstream Oregonian Rebecca Bender on her website tells the story of how she was manipulated and sold for sex by a man she thought she was in love with. He convinced her that if she moved to Las Vegas from her Eugene apartment with him, she would get the family she had always wanted. She would be able to raise her 1-year-old girl properly. Right after they arrived, she was taken to an escort service and forced to engage. Rebecca then developed a cocaine addiction, stuck in the human trafficking world for six years. Rebecca’s story is not as unusual as itRead More →

MICHELLE WILLIAMS  The Mainstream While the weather may still be deciding its perfect temperature, the flu has hit the streets in hopes of finding new friends. In addition to the basic cold symptoms, the flu symptoms include fever, body aches, nausea, headache and chills, according to the Mayo Clinic. With symptoms like these, it can be helpful to have a few preventative tips. The flu shot is one way to reduce suffering. According to the CDC, the “vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about 2 weeks after vaccination.” For most, these protect against infection. Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s HospitalRead More →

JULIUS BENSON  The Mainstream Dajanay Powell and Jordan Stotler’s dominating performances in the paint were the brushstrokes to the masterpiece that was the RiverHawks 17th straight victory Wednesday night, beating Southwestern Oregon Community College, 93-63. This is the RiverHawks second straight victory over SWOCC, previously beating them back in Nov. by a score of 98-53. The tandem of Powell and Stotler combined for 29 rebounds, out rebounding the entire opposing team collectively by eight rebounds (21). Bria Thames led the way on offense, dropping 21 points off an efficient 10-17 shooting night. “I was able to score efficiently thanks to my teammates; when we pushRead More →