Relief for American Families: One-time tax rebate check: • $1,200 for an individual, $2,400 for a couple, $500 per child.• Not reduced for lower income Americans.• Reduced for higher income Americans, starting at $75,000 or $150,000 per couple.• Phases out completely for individuals with adjusted gross income of $99,000 or $198,000 for couples.Unemployment Insurance:Expanded unemployment insurance to cover independent contractors, self-employed, and non-profit employees. Small Business Assistance • $349 billion in forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program, with no personal guarantee or collateral required. See further details below.• $10 billion for SBA economic injury disaster loans (EIDL), which provide grants of up to $10,000Read More →

photo of Melody Bruggeman Beginners guide to skincare and advice to getting healthier skin Are you looking for ways to keep your skin healthy and hydrated, but don’t know how to start a skin care routine? When it comes to looking after your skin, the process can seem daunting; there’s so much to choose from whether your skin is oily, dry, or a combination. You should be curating your beauty routine to your skin type. If your skin tends to get patchy, you probably have dry skin. If your face gets shiny all over throughout the day, you most likely have an oily type. However,Read More →

Kamilah Mirza/The Mainstream UCC’s newly formed baseball team finds success opening weekend After a long awaited return, the UCC Baseball team is met with great community support. Opening weekend saw 1,500 fans including alumni from 35 years ago come and cheer the baseball team to a successful 3-1 start to their preseason. “Community support has been great, we’ve had volunteers for concessions, sold a lot of merchandise and have had families house athletes while the Flegel Center was being finished,” Assistant Athletics Director Whitney Pitalo said. The two biggest hurdles for the athletics department were housing and returfing the whole stadium. “The host families hadRead More →

Silas Scott/The Mainstream UCC instructor Alyssa Harter preparing to start her speech 218 class. Editor’s note: Mainstream Reporter Silas Scott is a student in Alyssa Harter’s Speech 111 class at Umpqua Community College. New communications instructor Alyssa Harter understands students who put off taking their required speech classes due to fear of public speaking. As a person who overcame her own public speech anxiety, or glossophobia as it is professionally termed, she can relate. However, Harter believes that studying speech early in your education will benefit you later on. “Students communicate with speech every day. They also will be benefited by it as they willRead More →

Kacy Buxton / The Mainstream Spring break: Activities in the local area to enjoy with family and friends For students, spring break from March 22 to 29 is a time to forget about homework and hang out with family and friends. Douglas County offers many forms of entertainment that are options for spending time away from UCC. Depending on the weather, outdoor options for exploring are everywhere; this includes Susan Creek Falls, 29 miles east of Roseburg. The trail to the falls is 0.8-mile rated easy for hiking.  “The scenic 50-foot waterfall plunges over moss-lined rock cliffs,” according to the Umpqua National Forest Service’s website.Read More →

Owen Cherry/The MainstreamGail Radford shows Alicia Kutz and Kiela Manes how to prepare for sterile procedures. The dental assisting program at UCC brings together some of the key advantages of a community college education: affordability, learning valuable career skills and excellent employment opportunities after graduation. Tamara Loosli is the director of UCC’s dental assisting program. Here she shares some insights on dental assisting and UCC’s program.  What is dental assisting? The trend in dentistry for a long time now has been four-handed operative dentistry. This increases the efficiency and productivity of the doctor. The traditional dental assistant role has been to make sure that theRead More →

Photo by Centerstage Theatre at UCC “Proof” brings mental health awareness to UCC Theatre As the production “Proof” began at the UCC Whipple Hall theatre, the audience saw a backdrop arch of composition notebooks behind the front porch of a family home that had fallen apart. The notebooks represent a mathematician’s great work as well as his psychosis. “Proof” is the story of Catherine (Jesika Barnes), struggling with the recent death of her mentally ill father, a well-known mathematical genius named Robert (Harry Gandy). While she is greiving the loss of her father, she is plagued by the possibility of having inherited his mental illnessRead More →

From left to right: Joanie Chambers, Debbie Field, Jim Paris, Steve Erickson, Yuki Taylor, and Boone Olson all pose for a photo behind the planted ginkgo tree. (Photo provided by Akiyo Riggs) Hiroshima peace tree planted at UCC Editor’s note: Mainstream Design Editor Boone Olson participated in the planting of the ginkgo seedling on February 28.  A flash of light, a deafening boom, and a colossal mushroom cloud. These are the hallmarks of an atomic bomb, heralding the arrival of a device with massive destructive power. For Japan, the coming of the 75th anniversary of the “Little Boy” nuclear bomb being dropped on Hiroshima isRead More →

Photo provided by PixabayRegular exercise can strengthen the immune system, leading to an increased resistance to illness during flu season. Natural ways to have a healthy immune system Improving the immune system will help keep one healthy and be beneficial overall. As many students know, getting sick can be a major problem because it clashes with their ability to do well in school. There are many natural ways to improve your immune system.  Getting enough exercise, eating healthier foods, and getting adequate sleep will greatly help the health of the immune system, which helps to fend off illnesses.  Yet there are more ways to helpRead More →

Lisa Clark/ The MainstreamNursing Student Cami Mattravers feels great eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet. The food you eat can determine how you live Despite the incredible advances in medicine and science, lifestyle changes are essential to living a long, healthy life. “Back in 1903, Thomas Edison predicted that the ‘doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of [the] human frame in diet and in the cause and prevention of diseases,’” says Dr. Michael Greger in his book “How Not to Die.” More than 100 years later the majority of doctors are still not instructingRead More →

Photo Provided by PixabayA video gaming competition where competitive esport teams vie for the win. Esports and video games grow in popularity Humble beginnings for games blossomed into a lucrative industry that tethers students to their seats.  Esports have begun to seep into schooling, with many colleges offering scholarships and opportunities for students to play video games competitively for them. UCC has even shown interest in implementing esports in to their program. The UCC Athletics Department is busy with the introduction of a new baseball team this year, but still plan to grow their sports program in the years to come. “The UCC esports teamRead More →

By Boone OlsonCancel culture mainly affects the careers of public figures who have be accused of inappropriate conduct. Cancel culture and its effects The online phenomenon commonly known as cancel culture has been used against many public figures, sometimes to the point where others question if cancel culture is toxic. To put it simply, cancel culture is when a public figure has done or said something in the past or present which has been deemed inappropriate or dehumanizing, leading other users of the same or different online platform to culturally block the public figure from having a prominent public platform or career. According to Merriam-Webster.com,Read More →

Photo provided by Tiffany ColemanClass of 2019 UCC graduates gather for a group photo on the lawn in front of Swanson Ampitheatre. The path to graduation and transferring to a four-year university College students come across many questions over the course of their education, and one of them is how to graduate. After spending countless hours on the homework, classes, and the other work necessary to get them through their degree, this last challenge can be overlooked. In its simplest form, the path to graduation is the completion of all the credits for a student’s degree program. For an Associate’s of Arts Oregon Transfer degree,Read More →