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Check out the Oregon coast for incoming surfperch

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    Bullard's Beach in Bandon provided Jasmyn Antos with this hog of a surfperch. Photo provided by Marie Cozine

Surfperch have arrived on Oregon shores. Those who do not fish for surfperch, or don’t know someone who fishes for them, are unlikely to get a chance to taste this fish. These fish can rarely, if ever, be found in fish sections of supermarkets.

The May 23 recreational fishing report by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife describes surfperch fishing as “good” during periods of small ocean swells and incoming tides. ODFW’s website names late spring through early summer as the best times of year to fish for surfperch.

Persons of varying ages and strengths can cast for surfperch. These fish average roughly a pound in weight, but the bag limit for surfperch is 15 fish per day. ODFW notes that schools of surfperch will frequently come within 30 feet of the shore. Their bite feels much more rapid than the pull of the surf. Many stories circulate among surfperch anglers about how the smallest and youngest person in the group with the shortest cast and the least amount of fishing experience landed the most fish.

Many of the specifics regarding tackle are contested among anglers, although tying off two hooks is a common surfperch fishing method to allow the perch have a better window to strike in the rough surf. These discussions may entail what size or type of sinker to use, hook size, types of bait, monofilament versus braided line, swivels versus mainline only or line strength.

ODFW’s surfperch flier describes a common setup of No. 2 or No. 4 hooks and a pyramid sinker tied about a foot below two three-way swivels or loops spaced around 16 inches from each other. Some anglers prefer to use a claw surf casting sinker or a spider sinker instead of a pyramid sinker, but all of these sinker types are adequate for digging into the sand.

The flier also recommends using a nine to eleven foot pole and a reel with a spool capacity of at least 200 yards of 15-pound to 30-pound monofilament line. This might sound like overkill for a fish that may be less than a pound in weight, but the heavy tackle is necessary for dealing with the rugged surf conditions.

The right amount of weight to use depends on the strength of the tide and surf. ODFW recommends two to six ounces of weight for relative stability. Anglers should usually rig a 3-ounce to 5-ounce weight unless fishing in glassy ocean conditions or a storm at high tide. Too much weight can cause the sinker to get too buried in the sand, but a lack of weight for the given conditions will cause frustrations through missed hook-ups and tangled tackle.

Bait for surfperch can vary greatly: sand crabs right on the beach, artificial worms, live pile worms or nightcrawlers, and sand shrimp are all well-tested attractants for surfperch.  For anglers that do not know what is “hot” currently, anglers can almost always receive solid advice concerning baits from the nearest fishing store to the beach. ODFW’s fishing report declared sand shrimp and Berkeley Gulp sand worms as the most successful baits.

Only an Oregon fishing license is required by the state for surfperch fishing. A successful outing usually ends up leaving participants muscle sore in at least one area. For anglers that need or want some assistance with holding their surf pole for hours, try investing in a sand spike to place your rod in after casting. If fishing with a sand spike, anglers need to keep a close eye on their rod tip to ensure fish are not escaping.

The lack of digital privacy in the United States

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The lack of personal control of digital data is a major concern to people of almost any demographic in the United States of America.  Federal congressional rulings have deemed the online data of U.S. consumers to be salable to any third parties internet service providers desire.  The ruling was made possible by the Congressional Review Act of 1996, enabling Congress to overturn standing federal regulations.  In Quincy Larson’s article “How to set up a VPN in 10 minutes for free (and why you urgently need one)” he wrote that “Prior to 2017, congress had only successfully used the CRA once. But since the new administration took over in January, it’s been successfully used 3 times — for things like overturning pesky environmental regulations.” Larson’s article also explains that it is not just web addresses and browsing history that can be sold now, but financial information, social security number and even geolocation information.  Americans are unsurprisingly disapproving of their personal information being sold by their ISP to unknown third parties without giving permission, but American consumers are relying upon their ISPs in order to perform a myriad of tasks.

The collusion between politicians and ISPs that donated to their efforts lies at the heart of the issue.  While white-collar crime and political corruption headlines often reach the public, the ability of a select few corporations to own and sell all online information of its customers, with congressional ruling on their side, is still shocking to many Americans.  Larson’s article notes that while Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona was spearheading congress towards overturning FCC regulations protecting the digital information of Americans, “Every single Democrat and Independent voted against the CRA resolution,” two Republicans did not vote on the resolution and all other Republicans approved the resolution, enabling the resolution to pass with a final count of 50-48.  This raises an issue of where Republican senators’ interests lie.  Larson’s article claims that only the four ISP monopolies benefit from rolling back internet privacy regulations previously set by the FCC.  However, due to the donations and subsequent unilateral decision by Republican lawmakers to greatly empower ISPs at the cost of its constituents implies that at least federal Republican senators have benefitted from this legislation.  The future remains uncertain for how this collusion will play out specifically, because ISPs’ prerogative over the digital information of Americans has been made so far-reaching.

One way in which tracking digital information of American citizens has been used for explicitly political purposes prior to this legislation was the management of Trump’s presidential campaign by Jared Kushner.  Steven Bertoni’s interview with Kushner “Exclusive Interview:  How Jared Kushner Won Trump The White House” asserts that Kushner’s focus on targeting of voters through collecting social media data had a profound effect on the 2016 election of Trump, and Bertoni even claims that Kushner’s tactics “will change the way future elections will be won and lost.”  The former CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, said in the article that “Best I can tell, he [Kushner] actually ran the campaign and did it with almost no resources.”

The Trump campaign was able to take data from Facebook users and market their product– Donald Trump.  Kushner’s ability to network digital marketing circles gave the campaign the networking capabilities to digitally design a campaign.  Bertoni’s interview discusses that after receiving consulting and training from subcontractors of digital marketers he knew in Silicon Valley, Kushner was able to micro-target for Facebook, effectively sparking an increase in daily sales Trump merchandise tenfold. Constantly finding new ways to reach Facebook users creates the potential for micro-targeting on social media to desired congressional districts, in particular, swing districts.  Just by mapping Americans’ interests on social media, the Trump campaign may have even been able to put its efforts towards discouraging liberal voters in certain areas.

The campaign was highly adaptable the public’s tastes.   According to Bertoni, the Trump team employed the use of data analysis firms such as Cambridge Analytica “to map voter universes and identify which parts of the Trump platform mattered most: trade, immigration or change.”  This highly specific data enabled Kushner and the Trump campaign team to know what to say and when.  According to Bertoni’s article “Ineffective ads were killed in minutes while effective ones scaled.”  Bertoni describes the online presence of Trump supporters as “human billboards.”  The utilization of supporters to act as free advertising was paramount to the way in which Kushner helped to shape the 2016 presidential election.

Starting in 2016, any public Facebook post had the potential to be turned into a trolling or political mudslinging contest no matter how removed the original post was from politics.  This brings up the long-term social effects that seem to be the new norm.  Facebook may have painfully proven the point that all social actions are political, whether or not the actions, comments or gestures are intended to be political.

The congressional decision should be alarming to anyone that values having any sort of autonomy over their personal information, or the idea that an average citizen’s personal information is more than a bargaining chip for corporate monopolies.  It seems inconceivable that there is any moral substance behind seeking the ability to sell all digital data  from Facebook likes, to social security numbers and geographic location.  Larson’s article references a Pew Research Center, a study that found “91% of adults agree or strongly agree that ‘consumers have lost control of how personal information is collected and used by companies.”  This data shows a serious manipulation of citizens, residents and customers by the partnerships between political and economic leaders that speak ad nauseam about working in accord with public interest.

League of Legends new campus club

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A new challenger has appeared on the UCC campus, but have no fear. . . it’s a gaming club. The Umpqua University League of Legends club, led by UCC student McKenzie Callahan, is working on their five-person team for competitive gaming.

League of Legends is a multi-player online battle arena game. Other widely popular titles within this genre include Warcraft III and Defense of the Ancients, also known as DotA.

“It’s like a really complicated version of capture the flag,” Callahan said. Players control their champion from a third-person perspective and must first clear at least one of three lanes in order to reach the enemy base, dubbed the Nexus. Each lane is defended by three turrets, one inhibitor, two towers and human-controlled avatars called “champions.”

Over 100 champions can be chosen by the player. Some champions may rely on a particular skill set to maximize their effectiveness, while other champions blend skill sets. For example, the larger class of “tank” champions (aka support) is broken mainly into two groups: Vanguards have high damage output and Wardens primarily protect teammates from threats. However, their ability to soak up damage more than other teammates often necessitates filling both offensive and defensive roles. In addition, marksmen champions are similar to Vanguards in terms of being capable of high damage output, but marksmen are far less tough than Vanguards.

Jargon is widely used within the League of Legends community.  Marksmen are also commonly called “attack damage carries” (ADCs). Mages are sometimes referred to as “ability power carries” (APCs).  The term “squishy” is often used within the League of Legends community to describe marksmen, mages and other relatively fragile champions because of their limited toughness.

The dynamic gameplay lends itself to a vast number of tactics, some of which are not by design, including social ridicule. The atmosphere can be unhelpful and unforgiving to many users.

UCC’s club has set up a general rule to prevent the spread of degrading remarks from the club’s inception. “We didn’t allow any saltiness. If someone gets salty, they can’t come back for a couple of weeks,” Callahan said.

While many popular titles are cast aside by their core community when the next installment gets released, or when a preferable franchise takes the limelight, League of Legends retains a stalwart fan base of millions more than seven years after its release date.

Callahan accredited the developer, Riot Games, with the continued success of the game. “They have made a community.  Riot listens and responds to the community. They are constantly updating content.  For example, they recently added support objectives that can only be carried out by support,” Callahan said.

Players of any skill level are welcome to join the club; students can visit TC 104 in the Technology Center on Friday afternoons from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The team currently has five members, allowing them to fill a necessary team for competition, but Callahan said that the club is looking to secure alternate positions for competitions.

An analysis of the bias in national media headlines

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A news story’s headline can often be its most salient point, but a headline can also be misleading, divisive and inflammatory.  In a time where information is constantly transmitted and consumed as events unfold, viewers often only see news headlines. While many outlets claim to be fair and unbiased, this is not a realistic reflection of their own reporting. Inaudible shouting matches and banter between pundits, anchors and hosts can be seen any night on national news channels.

Every person and media organization has some sort of opinion, and no one person or news organization can describe all pertinent facts in every news story. FOX News and CNN at times have very similar, or even equivalent headlines, but not all the time.  Those subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, differences can prime viewers to think of a person, organization or topic in a specific way before the viewer reads the content of the news story.

Below is a side by side comparison of Fox News (left) and CNN (right) headlines regarding some of the major developments that led up to the special investigation of Russian ties to the Trump campaign. It is important to keep in mind that the dates included are dates of publication, not necessarily the date of the event described in the headline.

FOX

 

July 5, 2016: FBI’s Comey: Clinton ‘extremely careless’ about emails, but bureau will not advise criminal charges

Oct. 28, 2016: FBI reopens Clinton probe after new emails found in Anthony Weiner case

Nov. 4, 2016: Dems trying to nudge Comey out at FBI after Clinton probe decision

Feb 24, 2017: Trump blasts FBI ‘leakers’ after reports on Priebus conversation

March 20, 2017: White House stands ground after Russia probe confirmed, says no ‘collusion’

 

May 3, 2017: Comey hearing: FBI chief defends ‘right choice’ on handling Clinton email probe

 

May 10, 2017: James Comey fired: Ousted FBI director learned he was fired from TV

May 16, 2017: Report: Trump asked Comey to end Flynn investigation

May 17, 2017: Robert Mueller to oversee Russia election probe as special counsel

May 18, 2017: Trump rails against ‘witch hunt’ amid special counsel appointment

 

 

CNN

 

July 5, 2016: FBI director: Hillary Clinton ‘extremely careless’ but no charges recommended

 

Oct. 28, 2016: Comey notified Congress of email probe despite DOJ concerns

 

Nov. 7, 2016: FBI clears Clinton — again

Feb 24, 2017: FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories

 

March 21, 2017: FBI: Trump campaign, Russia ties investigated, no wiretap evidence found

May 3, 2017: Comey hearing: FBI chief defends ‘right choice’ on handling Clinton email probe

May 9, 2017: Trump’s letter firing FBI Director James Comey

 

May 12, 2017: Sources: Rosenstein sees no need for special prosecutor in Russia probe

 

May 17, 2017: Memo: Trump asked Comey to end Flynn investigation

May 18, 2017: Special counsel appointed in Russia probe

 

 

For potentially more neutral sources, readers can also check timelines on FactCheck.org or PolitiFact.com.

FactCheck.org claims to “seek to devote an equal amount of time reviewing claims by Republicans and Democrats,” and they compare media stories with primary, original documents. They are funded by the Annenberg Foundation, founded by Walter Annenberg who also established the Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania and Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Reagan.

PolitiFact is a Pulitzer Prize-winning website operated by the Tampa Bay Times, currently owned by the non-profit Poynter Institute. Bill Adair, formerly of the Washington Times, started PolitiFact (The Times has been accused of bias to the right by Right Wing Watch, a site run by People for the American Way; however, it has also won a Pulitzer prize and has background and expertise in investigative media practices). PolitiFact discloses that it “currently receives funding from the Democracy Fund, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation” as well as reader contributions.

All fact checking sites receive some complaints related to bias, but The Mainstream found these two to be the most neutral, reputable and transparent.

Flags symbolize lives taken by Nazis

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The Days of Remembrance display at Swanson Amphitheater was organized to remember the 22 million lives lost under the Nazi regime during World War II.

“It started with a student who was concerned with a lack of Holocaust awareness on campus a couple years back,” Perley said.

Perley described the difference between “genocide” and “Holocaust”: “Genocide is the general term to describe a mass killing of people, and it’s basically a destruction of a way of life. The Holocaust, it’s a capital ‘H’ Holocaust, is referring to just the World War II event.”

The flags were too numerous to count just by looking, but the total number was intentional. “So, exactly, there’s 2,222 flags. There are supposed to be 2,220, because each flag represents 10,000 individuals,” Perley said, adding that the additional two flags account for possible statistical underestimation.

Perley described the memorial from the center to its edges. He said that the yellow flags represent the six million Jewish lives taken. Red and white checkered flags stand for Russian civilians, estimated at 5.7 million people. Working out from the center, solid red flags represent Russian P.O.W.s.

“Then you have the white and blue checkered flags after that; there was 1.8 million, and those included Polish elites, a large population of Polish Catholics, and really just any resistance from the country of Poland. Poland, in fact, lost 16 percent of its entire population during World War II.”

Perley continued by saying that the green flags represented Serbian lives taken by the Nazis and that the orange flags represent disabled Germans. “There were a lot of Germans with disabilities, and the Nazis wanted the ‘perfect’ Aryan race, so to say, and they got rid of anyone who didn’t fit into that cookie cutter image,” Perley said.

“The black, that is actually the Roma, a lot of people know them as ‘gypsies.’  That is actually a very politically incorrect way to refer to them. They are referred to as ‘Roma;’ that is the politically inclusive and correct way to refer to them,” Perley said.

The white flags represent Germans who resisted and died due to the Nazis. “Right when the Nazi Party took over Germany, they started getting rid of everyone who opposed them, and that’s what these white flags are. It’s white because of the White Rose. The White Rose was a group of students who actually subversively tried to fight Hitler and his regime through media, through pamphlets and anything like that,” Perley said.

In the front of the display, the pink flags represent the LGBTQ people who were killed as a result of Nazi rule, and the purple flag represents Jehovah’s Witnesses whose lives were taken.

UCC’s Charles Young was mentioned by Perley as a good on-campus source for information on the Holocaust, and he stressed the importance of finding credible online sources. Students can contact Perley or Marjane Coester in the LaVerne Murphy Student Center for questions or issues about the display.

 

Coastal salmon seasons close in parts of Oregon, California

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    APRIL 11—The Pacific Fisheries Management Council decided to officially close both commercial and sport fishing for Chinook and Coho salmon along approximately 200 miles of the southern Oregon and northern California coasts for the remainder of 2017. According to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council ‘s website: “Fisheries from the Florence South Jetty to Horse Mountain, California vwill be closed for the entire season to reduce impacts on Klamath River fall Chinook.” This closure primarily affects coastal waters from Florence to Horse Mountain, not inland rivers in Oregon. “Inland, spring-run Chinook fishing will still be allowed through Aug. 14 on the Klamath River and through Aug. 31 on the Trinity River. After these dates, both fisheries will close for the remainder of the calendar year,” according to the Lost Coast Outpost. The coastal closure was due to the sharp decline in returning salmon to the Klamath River in California; “returns of spawning Klamath River fall Chinook are projected to be the lowest on record in 2017 due to drought, disease, poor ocean conditions, and other issues,” according to PFMC. One parasite has been particularly impactful. The Oregon Public Broadcasting’s article “Drought Allows A Salmon-Killing Parasite To Thrive In The Klamath” details the complications of parasites on salmonids. The article points to the parasite Ceratanova, commonly known as “C” shasta, as the most prominent cause of salmon disease and death in the Klamath. While the parasite naturally resides in Northwest river systems, the abnormally warm water in the Klamath made conditions close to ideal for the parasite to multiply. According to the Eureka Times-Standard, “Tribal fishery scientists such as Michael Belchik of the Yurok Tribe stated the low return of spawners is the result of several severe years of drought conditions and river management practices, which caused the waters to warm and become hot beds for toxic algae and deadly parasites.” Native American tribes and commercial fishermen are most directly reliant upon the harvest. However, the decision will significantly impact coastal communities and economies. The closure impacts local industries dependent upon salmon beyond commercial fishing, such as tourism and dining. This spells more than frustration for those who rely upon salmon for food, tribal ceremonies or the economic stimulation that salmon bring to Pacific coast communities. “There is a lot of tears and there’s a lot of questions about how am I going to feed my family?” Yurok tribe General Council Amy Cordalis said to the Eureka Times-Standard. The article later said that the “Yurok Tribe Fisheries Department Director David Hillemeier said in good years the tribes would be allocated nearly 100,000 salmon by the Pacific Fishery Management Council for harvest. This year, Cordalis said they anticipate receiving 650 fish for the entire 6,100-member tribe.” Multiple reports have noted the dire issues facing communities that rely on the salmon. In the case of the Yurok people in northern California, allocations have been roughly one salmon per ten individuals. Removal of the dams along the Klamath is viewed as vital for salmon populations. OPB reported that “PacifiCorp is awaiting approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on a plan to remove its four Klamath River dams by 2020.” The Eureka Times-Standard estimated that “the removal project will cost about $450 million, with $250 million coming from California’s $1 billion water bond Proposition 1 and the remaining $200 million from PacifiCorp ratepayers.” PacifiCorp is a Portland-based company providing power to California, Washington and Oregon, including Roseburg. Information about which ratepayers may fund the potential dam removal is currently unavailable. Photo caption: Shown above are the Sport and Commercial zones affected; these zones keeping close to Eureka, CA and Florence, OR. Illustration by Peter Bordenave

APRIL 11—The Pacific Fisheries Management Council decided to officially close both commercial and sport fishing for Chinook and Coho salmon along approximately 200 miles of the southern Oregon and northern California coasts for the remainder of 2017. According to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council ‘s website: “Fisheries from the Florence South Jetty to Horse Mountain, California vwill be closed for the entire season to reduce impacts on Klamath River fall Chinook.” This closure primarily affects coastal waters from Florence to Horse Mountain, not inland rivers in Oregon.

“Inland, spring-run Chinook fishing will still be allowed through Aug. 14 on the Klamath River and through Aug. 31 on the Trinity River.  After these dates, both fisheries will close for the remainder of the calendar year,” according to the Lost Coast Outpost.

The coastal closure was due to the sharp decline in returning salmon to the Klamath River in California;  “returns of spawning Klamath River fall Chinook are projected to be the lowest on record in 2017 due to drought, disease, poor ocean conditions, and other issues,” according to PFMC.

One parasite has been particularly impactful. The Oregon Public Broadcasting’s article “Drought Allows A Salmon-Killing Parasite To Thrive In The Klamath” details the complications of parasites on salmonids. The article points to the parasite Ceratanova, commonly known as “C” shasta, as the most prominent cause of salmon disease and death in the Klamath.  While the parasite naturally resides in Northwest river systems, the abnormally warm water in the Klamath made conditions close to ideal for the parasite to multiply.

According to the Eureka Times-Standard, “Tribal fishery scientists such as Michael Belchik of the Yurok Tribe stated the low return of spawners is the result of several severe years of drought conditions and river   management practices, which caused the waters to warm and become hot beds for toxic algae and deadly parasites.”

Native American tribes and commercial fishermen are most directly reliant upon the harvest.  However, the decision will significantly impact coastal communities and economies. The closure impacts local industries dependent upon salmon beyond commercial fishing, such as tourism and dining.

This spells more than frustration for those who rely upon salmon for food, tribal ceremonies or the economic stimulation that salmon bring to Pacific coast communities. “There is a lot of tears and there’s a lot of questions about how am I going to feed my family?” Yurok tribe General Council Amy Cordalis said to the Eureka Times-Standard.

The article later said that the “Yurok Tribe Fisheries Department Director David Hillemeier said in good years the tribes would be allocated nearly 100,000 salmon by the Pacific Fishery Management Council for harvest. This year, Cordalis said they anticipate receiving 650 fish for the entire 6,100-member tribe.”

Multiple reports have noted the dire issues facing communities that rely on the salmon.  In the case of the Yurok people in northern California, allocations have been roughly one salmon per ten individuals.

Removal of the dams along the Klamath is viewed as vital for salmon populations. OPB reported that “PacifiCorp is awaiting approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on a plan to remove its four Klamath River dams by 2020.”

The Eureka Times-Standard estimated that “the removal project will cost about $450 million, with $250 million coming from California’s $1 billion water bond Proposition 1 and the remaining $200 million from PacifiCorp ratepayers.” PacifiCorp is a Portland-based company providing power to California, Washington and Oregon, including Roseburg.  Information about which ratepayers may fund the potential dam removal is currently unavailable.

 

What is a provost? Why are we about to have one?

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    Debra Thatcher will receive the Provost Search Committee's recommendation on March 23.

The selection for a provost is underway. The first candidate of five, Daniel Findley, PhD, spoke at a forum on March 7. Four other candidates have been scheduled to speak at UCC, but due to its publication date, the Mainstream was only able to cover the first candidate.

The provost will replace the positions of vice president of Student Services and vice president of Instruction and their executive assistants. The dean of Students will assume some the current responsibilities of the vice president of Student Services.  For example, Student of Concern forms and other complaints will be directed at the dean of Students after a provost is officially hired. In short, three administrators will remain by fall 2017 in the place of four current administrative positions.

At its core, the provost requires a high level of organization and communication between numerous departments. With budgetary concerns, however, some from the UCC community have expressed concern over the increase in cost that accompanies the incoming Provost.

UCC President Debra Thatcher, PhD, clarified that the expense of a provost is outweighed by what a provost can offer in terms of social expertise and long-term budgeting. “When you report to multiple people, you tend to stay in-house,” said Thatcher. For example, without the provost, when student services staff have questions have problems, those problems tend to stay within the student services department.

Findley, one of the five candidates, had a similar take on the importance of synergy. “Having student services and academic discussions in isolation from each other creates problems,” said Findley.

Thatcher is looking for specific skills in the provost candidate.

“Being able to reach people in a number of ways, and engaging as many people as possible,” said Thatcher in regard to skills an incoming provost should possess. “Even though they are responsible for all things related to students, the provost has to communicate all sorts of matters across the campus community,” said Thatcher.

While it may seem basic, the ability of the provost to relay information through a number of avenues is vital to the efficacy of the position. “We need someone who will be able to communicate face-to-face talks with students around campus, text, email, meetings and through other methods depending on your audience. Still, not everyone will be informed,” said Thatcher. Thatcher hopes that more of the campus populace will be more informed due to the provost communicating with the community ad nauseum, not just about their own programs, but about more opportunities and resources that have gone underutilized.

While patience was not specifically mentioned by Thatcher of Findley, both implied that an effective provost should be highly patient. Above all, Thatcher wants something very basic, albeit important, from the incoming provost: “We want somebody that listens well, because it’s a matter of a lot of give and take.”

“If I ask a number of people about governance on our campus, there will be a number of responses, with some very passionate about their opinions,” said Thatcher. The need to synergize communication between student services and academics was repeatedly brought to the table by Thatcher and Findley as a governance need. Good communication and cooperation between administrators of varying offices was also emphasized as essential, even in time periods with healthy and balanced budgets.  Lack of communication or cooperation can easily lead to the misallocation of funds throughout a campus, or even an adversarial relationship between administrators, faculty, staff and students. Both also consider being patient and creative as foundational to troubleshooting budgetary concerns and student complaints and requests.

Findley gave an example of searching out help for a student in need when he worked at Portland Community College. The student had essentially stopped by Findley’s office to say that after failing the same math course four times, she thought she should let go of becoming a fitness technician.

“Time out,” Finley said.

He asked the student to give him time to organize a plan to coordinate meetings between instructors and administrators in physical education and math, the offices of financial aid and academic advising, and of course, the student. The student did her finish her math requirement and fitness technician program.

“Every student is a round character,” said Findley. Findley said this in contrast to the idea of students being “flat” or “static.” He then discussed the need for faculty, staff and administration to treat students according to their specific needs. That need to be addressed may be as easy as the right tutor, or as hard as a safe home to go to at the end of the school day.

Findley continued on to say that a student’s only interaction with any college official may be when they sit at the professors’ lectures, and he hopes to change that. While never speaking with campus administrators may sound normal to many students, both Thatcher and Findley expressed that students should work with campus administration to create a better future.

 

Campus Visits:

 Tues, March 7 – Dr. Daniel Findley

 Fri, March 10 – Dr. Daniel Koopman

 Mon, March 13 – Dr. Tammy Frankland

 Tue, March 14 – Dr. Cherilee Walker

 Mon, March 20 – Dr. Kacy Crabtree

Mystery, romance and wit: Theatre Arts at UCC produces the award-winning musical “Curtains”

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    The Centerstage Theatre buzzed with excitement between cast and audience members immediately following the curtain call of the musical on Feb. 18.
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    The Centerstage Theatre buzzed with excitement between cast and audience members immediately following the curtain call of the musical on Feb. 18.
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    Jacob Mills (ensemble) and Aaron Carter (choreographer and ensemble) were not quite ready to stop practicing their blocking by the end of their Feb. 19 performance.
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    Jacob Mills (ensemble) and Aaron Carter (choreographer and ensemble) were not quite ready to stop practicing their blocking by the end of their Feb. 19 performance.

The Tony Award-winning musical “Curtains” delivered laugh after laugh at the Centerstage Theater this winter. The show opened Feb. 17 and runs through March 5. The direction, stagecraft, casting and acting all worked cooperatively under the direction of Stephanie Newman on the night of Feb. 18 to deliver a memorable performance to the audience members.
The story of “Curtains” unfolds entirely within Boston’s Colonial Theatre in 1959 as the theatre company attempts a Western production “Robbin’ Hood.” Every member of the production gets detained by Lt. Frank Cioffi, played by Matthew Campbell, due to the onstage murder of their star actress Jessica Cranshaw, played by Chantelle Smith. A murder investigation will take place, love brews on the horizon for some, and the show must turn its ratings around in 24 hours to continue production of the brand-new musical.
Smith’s role as Cranshaw was both brief, but pivotal, to the rest of the play; the role had to nonverbally communicate her unpopularity among her company in order to make the play believable. She needed to convincingly and safely dance, scoff, and bump into her fellow thespians to set the stage for this ‘whodunit,’ and Smith made it abundantly clear that Ms. Cranshaw’s nose was turned up so high that she may have been liable to drown in a rainstorm.
Songwriter Georgia Hendricks, played by Cristina Bayardo, was appointed to the leading role of “Robbin’ Hood” not long after the murder. Bayardo delivered the Hendricks’ complex character from start to finish. She shared her deep thoughts with her separated husband and composer, Aaron Fox, played by John Davis. On the other hand, Hendricks clearly gave her affections to the much less serious choreographer and male lead of “Robbin’ Hood,” Bobby Pepper, played by Ben Ruggles.
Early in the play Bayardo, Davis and Ruggles showed that they were clearly immersed in their respective characters for their performance of “Thinking of Him” through their choreography and emotive delivery of lyrics. The melancholy for what was but could not be expressed by both Bayardo and Davis informed the audience that “Curtains” would deliver both comedic and romantic plots and themes.
Most members of the tumultuous production make pun after pun about Cranshaw’s murder. These quips usually dealt with the way the star murdered the careers of her associates, how she strangled the show itself, and generally destroyed any and every pillar of acting while she was alive. The ridicule of the late actress highlights how chaotic Lt. Cioffi’s job becomes apparent upon his entry to the Colonial Theatre, but despite all of the caustic remarks tossed at his murder victim, no one safe from verbal inferno.
While it would be hard to find a consensus on which singular character best exemplifies shamelessness, the play’s director, Christopher ‘Chris’ Belling, played by Travis Newman, liberally applies both intellect and cruelty in his speech. Newman gave a soulful performance of the melodramatic Belling through his mannerisms, as well as an exuberant delivery of the character’s emotionally and tonally complex lines.
For example, Chris wanted a tune from his songwriters that is “catchier than pink eye.”
In another instance, the play’s financial backer and general manager, Oscar Shapiro, played by Conner Arrant, said to Belling: “I’ll make sure to put my money where your mouth is.”
“Just make sure you launder it first,” Belling replies.
Arrant walked the fine line of embodying a dubious career businessman while oddly having earnest and forthright intentions about the play within the play.
Before long, Cioffi found that he had fallen quickly for the understudy to his murder victim, and murder suspect Niki Harris, played by Alyssa Longoria. Cioffi habitually asks Harris out on a date to be continually reminded by Ms. Harris: “But you won’t let me leave.” Despite the obvious windup to this joke multiple times in both acts, both Campbell and Longoria brought out laughter from the audience on each occasion.
Detailed stagecraft and choreography were obvious from the opening moments of “Curtains”— the vivid sets in the opening number “Wide Open Spaces” throws the audience immediately into the production of the play within a play.

During the musical number “A Tough Act to Follow,” which starts out as a duet between Cioffi and Harris, a curtain reveal instantly becomes a fantastic vision complete with an ensemble and a gorgeous backdrop made entirely of strung gold beads with the dance ensemble on multiple levels. The rise of the pair’s emotions was timed with the reveal of the backdrop, and the deflation of their fantasy was marked by a curtain close. The synchronization of emotions and aesthetics was one of the most impressive features of the production.
Campbell’s labor to portray protagonist Lt. Cioffi as a meticulous character with awkward mannerisms and hidden talents kept the production tightly bound onstage in both acts. Cioffi’s overtly anxious yet calculated speech, mannerisms and actions were clearly expressed by Campbell. Had Campbell chose to play the actor primarily as a ‘tough guy,’ the charm of the play would have been hampered.

Free admission was made available to UCC students from Feb. 17 to Feb. 19, thanks to ASUCC Student Weekend. The play can still be seen through Sunday, March 5. Go find out whodunit!

QSA prepares for 2017 events

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Queer Students Advocacy discussed logistics for upcoming events during their recent club meeting held Feb. 7. High on this list was the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus performance at Jacoby Hall on March 26. Planning for the event has been in the works since Nov. 2016. Ticket proceeds from the event primarily fund the Douglas County HIV Alliance.

The group also looks forward to producing their drag show scheduled for the latter part of spring term. For now, karaoke is the most probable performance medium for the event, but short skit performances are another possibility.

On Valentine’s Day and the day before, QSA will sell candy for 50 cents a piece with a valentine in the Student Center. QSA hopes to fund one or more scholarships with the money from Valentine’s Day and future funds from the choral performance in March. Activities Coordinator Renee Thompson also proposed displaying an anonymous question box and information on romantic orientation awareness at the event.

“Romantic orientation” describes an individual’s patterns of emotional attraction to others. Distinct from sexual orientation, romantic orientation is fundamentally emotional, not necessarily sexual. For example, an individual could be romantically and emotionally engaged with another while not experiencing sexual attraction to that same person. The converse describes an individual who is “aromantic,” which is defined as the absence of romantic experience.

Thompson proposed an event thematically based on the importance of acceptance. Thompson gave this advice to fellow students about being supportive of everyone: “Number one is be respectful. Number two is self-education.” Thompson’s statements communicated acceptance and understanding of the richness of human identity and sexuality as key to working towards a safer future.

Thompson is recommending “The Human Rights Campaign” and the series “Gaycation”as educational resources. Thompson expressed that staying updated on vocabulary can get confusing, but these new terms express key distinctions between, and within, individuals.  “Pronouns and assuming gender or sexual orientation may not be a big deal to some, but they matter to others,” Thompson said.

“Pronouns and assuming gender or sexual orientation may not be a big deal to some, but they matter to others” —Renee Thompson, Activities Coordinator

 

Caution advised during steelhead run

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    ODFW is using new counting methodology at the local Winchester Dam. Vladimir Sovyak / The Mainstream

Dedicated steelhead anglers face a strong steelhead run despite this winter’s high water, unfavorably cold water temperatures and poor water visibility.

“We do anticipate that the run will be similar to last year’s. This run has been consistent over time and is likely due to steelhead’s life history that allows them to be more adaptable to environmental factors such as ocean conditions and drought, particularly when compared to other salmonids such as coho,” said Greg Huchko, a biologist at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Anglers that were frustrated by chinook this past fall are likely to be more successful fishing for steelhead this winter.

The state strongly suggests that anglers should be extra cautious this winter. Even though accessing gravel bars and riffles to reach steelhead is less risky for shore anglers than accessing the main river channel for chinook, Huchko stresses the importance of anglers maintaining an awareness of river levels, safety equipment and boating hazards. He also encourages anglers to “make sure they have a solid understanding of the regulations and know that they can call ODFW if they do not understand them.” The Roseburg office of the ODFW can be reached at 541-440-3353.

Water temperature, along with high water, have not helped local anglers this winter. “Temperatures have been a bit lower than average this winter, ranging in the upper-30s to mid-40s. This has seemed to have a negative effect on the ‘bite’ so far this year but I suspect once temperatures warm a little, the fish will become more receptive. Generally, there is no rule of thumb for the best temperature to fish for winter steelhead, but a slight (1-2 degree) increase can trigger fish to become more active,” said Huchko.

Although river conditions hamper some anglers, others have had notable success. Plunking for steelhead remains the best choice for results when dealing with high water and low water visibility. Lures and other common fishing methods tend to be ineffective in such conditions. The well-developed olfactory system of migrating salmonids is drawn to the smell of salmon roe, which is often accompanied by attractants, night crawlers or other pungent bait.

Huchko reiterated a well known, less practiced law as the basis for individual steelhead conservation. “The number one rule to remember for winter steelhead is that only hatchery fish may be harvested,” said Huchko.

Effective conservation of steelhead has taken long-term effort and cooperation from numerous parties. “ODFW’S Conservation Strategy and our Western Oregon Stream Restoration Program are great examples of effective conservation programs. Details of both of these can be found on our website and Facebook site (particularly the ODFW Conservation page), but the primary driver and reason these are successful is the partnerships between ODFW, other state and federal agencies, non-profit groups, private organizations and individuals,” said Huchko.

Concerning further conservation efforts anglers may want to take, Huchko said: “We always encourage anglers to release wild fish as quickly as possible and not leave them out of water any longer than absolutely necessary. In addition, joining local angling and/or conservation groups can be rewarding for both the fish and for anglers.”

Coho Information:

This time of year, some anglers, hunters, and hikers may see coho in areas such as the North Umpqua tributaries. However, coho numbers are currently difficult to estimate when compared to last year’s coho numbers. “It is too early to predict. We should have a better idea of that sometime in April,” says Huchko

ODFW is using new counting methods at the local Winchester Dam. “Our counting methodology has changed recently. Due to budget limitations, the position has been reduced to half-time. This has led to changes in how the counts are generated. Counts are now estimates based on a sub-sampling of video counts at the dam instead of 24/7 counts. This has allowed us to maintain very accurate counts and work within the current budget constraints,” said Huchko.

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