Oregon Stay at Home Order 1 Although violating Oregon’s “Stay Home” order issued by Gov. Kate Brown is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,250 or both, Sheriff John Gautney of Crook County, Oregon as well as others such as Sheriff Adam Fortney of Snohomish County, Washington have joined a growing trend of sheriffs across the country refusing to enforce coronavirus stay-at-home orders. 2 Gautney made his announcement on Facebook, and so did Fortney. 3 J.D. Raymond, Washington’s Franklin County Sheriff, also wrote that neither he nor his office would enforce any arrests or fines regardingRead More →

Throw out the take-out: Learning how to make a good meal Good food means happiness, family, comfort and warmth. Especially if cheese is involved.  But without knowing how to plan meals or shop effectively and affordably, you just get hungry.  For those on a budget, like many students, learning how to cook, meal plan, and grocery shop efficiently also helps to stretch the dollar and save time. To get started plan out a menu for a week. “When I first started really cooking (which wasn’t until I got married two years ago), I would plan a week of meals. This helped me to know whatRead More →

Avoiding scams: how to recognize a fraud and avoid getting tricked Nearly everyone has had the experience of picking up the phone only to find themselves listening to a recording announcing that they’ve won a free vacation, even though they never entered a drawing for one. This is just one example of many different scams that come through a variety of outlets. Scammers utilize emails, phones, TVs, text messages, and even website pop-ups and ads in an attempt to get people’s personal information. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that most of us let our phones ring to voicemail, when scams are more commonRead More →

To ease the stress of being cooped up all day, as well as the looming threat of incoming midterms, UCC students have been asked an array of lighthearted quarantine hypotheticals. Here’s what they shared.  If you could pick one restaurant to be able to eat at during quarantine, where would it be and why?  Definitely a Mexican restaurant. I love the energy and getting chips before the meal! –Julia Spens  I would eat at Panera Bread in Eugene. It’s not in Roseburg, so I can’t eat there right now, and I love soup and good bread so that’s my favorite place to go! –Sicily Tornell  I would wantRead More →

Ramadan During COVID-19 In the early hours before morning twilight, Muslims worldwide gather together for “suhoor,” the ritual morning meal of Ramadan before the day’s fasting. During Ramadan,the holy month of fasting, muslims do not eat or drink anything while the sun is out. Muslims practice fasting to understand what it feels like for those who are starving and to get closer to Allah and their spiritual practices. Ramadan is one of the five pillars or foundations of the religion. UCC Human Services graduate and Douglas County resident Lenora Al Ratta has been up at suhoor early each Ramadan morning preparing for her day ofRead More →

Covid-19 and how to make testing for it easier As the U.S. enters the acceleration phase of the pandemic conflicts about testing and quarantining are rising. Even though the country is in a bit of a tough situation, not everyone agrees with how it is being handled. It is not hard to tell who disagrees due to individuals posting memes, conspiracy theories and misinformation concerning COVID-19. Most objections to quarantining that are circulating the web compare COVID-19 to other flu deaths or deaths from other common diseases, insinuating that COVID-19 is not serious enough to justify shutting down the economy. For example, one meme circulatingRead More →

Photo provided by Hannah Turner Former UCC student helps make over 900 face masks and shares her pattern With the arrival of COVID-19, a simple trip to the grocery store has become an occasion for everyone to wear a mask according to the guidelines put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Former UCC student Hannah Turner, who is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Business Organization and Management at Eastern Oregon University, has joined community efforts to provide masks not only for the immunocompromised, but also for healthcare workers who are facing shortages during this time. She is part of aRead More →

Students answer some quarantine questions Many students are finding themselves faced with a slew of new problems now that they are anchored in their homes, while others are finding new delights in life. Here’s what students shared about their quarantine experience.   How have you been personally affected by the social distancing order?  It’s become harder to find ways to get outside. – Marley Maloney  I live with my daughter, son-in-law and two grandkids. My son-in-law is the only one going to work. My daughter is an elementary school teacher; she holds Zoom classes a few times a week, and the students seem really excited. Life with aRead More →

Fearless GirlPhoto provided by Alicia Kirschman Staying Inside, Together Although many of us are staying inside away from others, we are also finding new and unique ways to connect and provide support to each other during this time. UCC instructor, trainer and consultant Pauline Martel shared her experience using UCC’s adapted social distancing tool Zoom during this time. “I really miss seeing our students face-to-face, chatting in the hallways, hearing about their day to day struggles and accomplishments, meeting their children, and hearing their laughter as they talk with each other. Zoom has helped fill the gap a little and I have enjoyed telephone calls,Read More →

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 →