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 →

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 →