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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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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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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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With finals and the holidays right around the corner, there is an overwhelming amount of work to be done. But how can one person deal with all of this without going crazy? There are a few simple ways to get through both finals and the holidays with ease. First, finals. The stress of finals can get to anyone. However, it can be easier with some simple tips. Obviously if you want to pass, you need to study, but you also cannot overload yourself. Self-care, meaning getting enough sleep, eating healthily and taking regular breaks can keep you from overwhelming yourself while studying. To help UCCRead More →

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Greg Kovach is an athletic enthusiast and artist who runs a local business entitled The Sign Factory which provides many services, including computer numerical control machining, making custom signs, restoring classic cars, air brushing and concrete work. He is the artist who created UCC’s new rock wall, located on the track. Kovach is locally best known for his concrete sculpting work which often resembles objects from the natural world. Kovach is a student of an array of visual arts. He works with countless materials, paints canvasses of contemporary street art and has tailored highly detailed Halloween costumes. Kovach frequents gym training classes and also enjoysRead More →

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   Editor’s Note: The Mainstream discussed new social media protocol at Umpqua Community College in Issue 44 Vol. 1. At the time of print for that issue, we were unable to provide clarification due to unforeseen circumstances. This issue we talked with Tiffany Coleman, UCC’s Director of Marketing and Communication about the new protocol and what it entails. UCC has a Board policy that was adopted in 2011 “for creating and maintaining a professional image for Umpqua Community College to the public.” Policy 200 includes how media contact coordination should take place, press releases and advertisements as well as messages going out to the public,Read More →

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All voting members of the Oregon House and Senate affirmed House Bill 2998 this summer. The bill was drafted to make college credits more transferable between public colleges. Governor Kate Brown signed HB 2998 into law on August 8, and the bill is planned to be implemented in college’s curricula in the Fall 2018 academic term. Requirements for an associate’s degree currently shift depending on the specific college, leaving students to repeat course they have already passed or enter upper level courses without adequate preparation. According to Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s 2017 Legislative Summary: “The bill establishes a path toward a guaranteed portfolio ofRead More →

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Drinking a cup of hot coffee in the morning has become a sacred, everyday ritual for college students everywhere. Many can barely make it through the day without downing a form of caffeine in one way or another. Caffeine is a common type of energy for college students, and is usually delivered to bodies in the form of coffee, tea, soda or energy drinks. What many students don’t know is that caffeine considered a stimulant drug. “Caffeine is a stimulant which when consumed in excess can make us feel jittery, can increase heart rate, and can actually lead to insomnia,” Sarah Martinelli, lecturer for ArizonaRead More →

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Priscila Lopez, ASUCC senator and Spanish Club representative, developed a profound respect for her family and heritage at an early age. One of three children born to immigrant parents, she had a first-hand view of the difficulties Hispanic Americans face and the determination that is required to overcome them. “My parents came from Mexico in the mid-’80s,” she says. “They worked hard, had my brother, and got their citizenship that they worked very hard for.” She gets a little misty-eyed as she recalls her humble but loving childhood. “There were days we didn’t  have very much,” she says, “and I remember how much they struggledRead More →