How to stay on track with school: study schedules Studying can be a challenge in more ways than one, as any student knows.  One of the biggest issues is procrastinating on homework; this is where study schedules come in.  Not only do they help keep students from procrastinating, they also help to keep students on track with their homework. Students should start with a schedule that plans out their entire day for a week in hourly segments. As this schedule is used, students can add incentives for keeping the schedule to avoid the temptation of procrastination. After a couple weeks, some students might find thatRead More →

Low Impact Exercises For Students During COVID-19 The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests working out for 30 minutes five days a week or a total of 150 minutes per week. While staying inside many of us have succumbed to the sedentary lifestyle. Students in particular are sitting more than usual and for prolonged periods of time. While students sit at the computer working on homework and assignments lower back pain from sitting too long and wrist pain from typing and writing may occur. While gyms and natural areas are currently shut down many students are looking for ways to get a workout while at home.  ForRead More →

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 →

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 →

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 →

The MainstreamPE Complex and Tom Keel Fitness Center Lockdown Drills: Being prepared for the unexpected Starting on March 10 Umpqua Community College will begin having lockdown drills. Lockdown drills have been around for a while and are now happening more often as safety preparedness is important. The drills will be happening on March 10, 11 and 13.  They will be conducted by UCC’s security team and each building will be done separately.  “This is the first time that UCC has participated in any kind of lockdown drill,” says Brian Sanders, chief of security at UCC. While the drills are going on there will be two areasRead 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 →

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 →

Kacy Buxton/The MainstreamProfessor Marie Gambill in her office at Wayne Crooch Hall on UCC’s campus. Getting prepared for exams: how to be ready for midterms or finals Exams are a challenge and every student knows this, but not everyone knows how powerful good studying habits can be.  Many students often fall into the trap of cramming before an exam.  On the other hand, having quality preparation can lead to excelling on an exam. Most students find preparing for an exam, to be a daunting task, but with practice students can find a way that works for them can help make exams a less stressful experience.Read More →

Silas Scott / The MainstreamAnn Abel’s work study office is located in the LaVerne Murphy Student Center. Work study helps students gain relevant work experience while earning income Often students work to help cover the costs of tuition and living while attending college. One great option for student employment is federal work-study, which allows students to be employed and usually within their field of study.  “Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federal financial aid work program that provides students the opportunity to work a part-time job on or off campus and earn a paycheck to decrease student loan debt. In order to be eligible, students mustRead 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 →