Douglas County libraries continue to offer services to patrons and students despite pandemic Libraries are adjusting services to their communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Since the county’s library patrons can no longer come in to check out books, use the computers, or attend any of the other community-centered events that take place there, Douglas County libraries have become more creative in the way they offer their services. Some have transitioned children’s story-time to an online format, while others have extended access to eBooks through their online library catalog. Some offer curbside checkout services so patrons can pick books they reserved online. Six of the county’sRead More →

Guest Opinion Women and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Media are notorious about sending out messages to the masses intended to avoid representing women and people of color and lack of representation is having negative impacts.  Marginalized groups, namely women and communities of color, are greatly impacted in ways such as having less access to resources, less networking opportunities, more experiences of tense and fragile societal relationships, and discrimination increases. It’s 2020, and American history books are still filled with male photographs.  Studies show that less than 11% of history textbook references are devoted to specific women. We should all be concerned about our adolescent children whose identities areRead 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 →

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 →

Photo by Owen Cherry Getting close to the earth: learning how to garden Besides producing fresh fruits and vegetables, gardening can be a fun hobby and stress reducer. “Gardening during this time of social distancing is a great activity that not only can give you a break from all that you see and hear on the media, but it also provides you practice with a life skill that will benefit your health,” says Jennifer Johnson, a local gardener of four years. Staying home is a great time to get closer to the earth, and Americans have an interesting history related to gardening. Originating from WorldRead More →

Wildlife Safari is open and booming with life, offering families vibrant one-of-a-kind memories during the COVID-19 social distancing mandate. We recently toured the Wildlife Safari Drive-Through and found some fun facts about 12 of the Wildlife Safari star species. Most of the animals discussed below are on a species survival plan (SSP) or are an endangered species.  We saw the most powerful animals, as well as flightless birds capable of killing with their feet or pecking eyes out with their beak.  We learned about how one bear is in less pain due to cannabidiol (CBD) medication.  We’ll share exciting news about the six new cheetahRead 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 →

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 →

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 →

Kamilah Mirza/ The MainstreamThe Riverhawk greets visitors to the Flegel Center’s open house. The Flegel Center is located in the heart of downtown Roseburg, on SE Oakbriar Street. Living in the Flegel Center After much anticipation, student athletes moved into the historical Flegel Center building last November. Original move in dates were set in October of 2019, however lead dust testing and construction postponed the move in date by several weeks. Student athletes stayed with host families until the center was ready in November of 2019. The cost of renovation was approximately $350,000.  “When we moved in, I was very pleased with the situation weRead More →

Kacy Buxton/ The MainstreamComputer science majors (left to right: Jordan Smith, Kohlton Kuczler, Gunner Campman and Bryce Knott) took first place in the AMC international Collegiate Programming Contest, or ACM-ICPC for short.  Programming team wins 2019 state programming competition The UCC programming team won the 2019 Oregon state division of the 2 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.This was the first time in the college’s history that UCC students participated in the Pacific Northwest Regional ACM-ICPC, and they were the only Oregon community college participating. “The AMC International Collegiate Programming Contest is categorized as a multi-tier, team-based, programming competition and involves a global network of universitiesRead More →

Josh Whetzel/ The MainstreamThe Nerd Herd assembles Tuesdays in the LaVerne Murphy Student Center where they can be found gaming, drawing, building and enjoying all things geek. Nerd Herd largest active club in UCC history Nerds are no strangers to being outcasts; however, amongst themselves is a friendship and camaraderie transcending time, space and parallel dimensions. Camaraderie between nerds at UCC has led to a newly formed club called the Nerd Herd. The club officially began at the end of fall term November 2019. The Nerd Herd has been meeting for six weeks to discuss their ideas and plans. “We’re just a bunch of nerdsRead More →