Remembering George A. Romero May, what a wonderful month! We get to celebrate Mothers Day, Memorial Day, spring flowers. May is also for the zombie lovers. Yes, zombie appreciation month is in May, far from October and Halloween. Who knew we’d be celebrating freakish corpses during this sunny month? Zombie appreciation month was established in 2010 because most zombie films were made in the month of May, such as “Night of The Living Dead” directed by George A. Romero. This month just everyone can reflect on the great George Romero and how far the evolution of zombies has come. Supporters of the campaign are wearingRead More →

Douglas County educators are working to double the percentage of students proficient or advance in math and science. Only about 42 percent of all Oregon students (elementary, middle, and high school) for 2016-17 met the progress measure and only about 43 percent met the intermediate level (level 3) for math, according to the Oregon Statewide Report Card. The 2019 Steam Extravaganza took place on campus Saturday, May 18. This free event was put on by the Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub. The Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub works together to unite schools and engage students in interactive events and workshops. STEAM stands for science, education, engineering, andRead More →

Douglas County Bees bring glass beehive to this year’s Wildflower Show Over 600 species of flowers, shrubs, grasses, ferns, lichens and mosses… all in one room? Yes. The Glide Wildflower show, April 27 and 28, at the Glide Community Center displayed rare and unusual flowers, noxious weeds, medicinal plants, natural dyes and photographs of rare and endangered plants in one of the nation’s premiere native plant events. The wildflowers and native flora of the northwest are gathered annually by dozens of collection teams who traveled from southwest Oregon to the Cascade Mountains to the Oregon Coast. Inside, the plants were displayed in various pots, containersRead More →

The Explore UCC event took place on April 25. This event allowed different departments to share what they offer. Seniors from high schools or possible students from the community had a look behind the curtain to discover what they would like to do when they attend UCC. Whether or not it was more successful than last year is hard to say, but with 100 people attending sure is better than 0. The event had thirty departments participate including the automotive department, History, TOP and human resources just to name a few. Explore UCC will come back for 2020. Jessica Richardson, recruitment coordinator said “Yes, Absolutely.”Read More →

“It’s Not You It’s Me” features work by UCC students Angle Mae Bioy, Jayden Dukes, Colleen Jackson, Lillian Meier, and Serena Swanson. The work looks to express and explore the variety of ways that they view themselves internally as well as how they feel about the way the world views them. There is also a portion of work that goes beyond this idea and is more of an embodiment of themselves. The artists describe their work. The work can be seen at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association starting May 17. The opening reception will be from five until seven in the evening. The show willRead More →

The Jordan Cove Energy Project is a proposal by Canadian-based energy company Pembina to install a 234-mile long pipeline across Oregon that will transport liquified natural gas, more commonly known as LNG. The project first gained state approval back in 2007, but many Oregonians are still unsure about their support. If final approval goes through, four natural gas meter stations will be built including one here in Douglas County at milepoint 69.7. The pipeline will connect to an already built pipeline that currently stretches from British Columbia, Canada to Malin, Oregon. This plan is according to the proposal that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission releasedRead More →

The fate of the Ford Family Enrichment Center is up for question Children and copious tears are not normally on the agenda for a UCC board meeting, but there were a lot of both at the last meeting when the closure of the Ford Family Enrichment Center was discussed. With only three minutes each to voice their individual opinions, UCC students, parents, and community members, voices shaking with tears, spoke against the closing of the daycare. One pregnant woman speaking against the closure started with a calm voice, but soon lost her composure, tears rolling down her face as she hugged her baby bump. InRead More →

Student press freedom day is today, January 30. The first amendment gives us the right of freedom of speech.  Press freedom day is to remind us that students often times get censored by administrators who are more worried about their image than by what is important. These administrators do not want students to write about topics that their peers and community should know about.   Student press freedom day is trying to put a stop to that.  The Oregon Student Free Expression law protects student journalists from this type of administrative censorship, allowing them to write what is important to them and what they thinkRead More →

The Oregon Department of State Lands recently hosted public hearings across Oregon to help Vicki Walker, director of DSL, decide whether or not to grant Jordan Cove LNG, the Canadian natural gas company, one of the many permits required for an underground natural gas pipeline. In Canyonville’s meeting at Seven Feathers Casino, on Jan. 9, over 300 concerned people packed the room. DSL listened to passionate community input regarding Jordan Cove’s application for the Removal-Fill permit needed for the company’s proposed pipeline. Subsequently, the permit was denied on Jan. 23. According to an article from the News Review, Circuit court judge Kathleen Johnson reversed theRead More →

UCC student Emily Warren, who is affiliated with the Miss Douglas County pageant, would like to share this information with the community. The Mainstream is not associated with the pageant and did not create this message. Do you want college scholarships, leadership experience, and the platform to advocate for something you are passionate about? Then come to an informational meeting for the Miss Douglas County scholarship program on December 16th at 2:00pm at the Oak Hills Golf Club in Sutherlin. The Miss Douglas County scholarship program is a local competition through the Miss America organization. Did you know that Miss America is the largest providerRead More →

After 15 years of teaching a wide variety of speech, communication, and gender classes here, associate professor Paula Usrey plans to retire at the end of fall term. “I will miss the students that I see grow and share so much (I learn so much from students), and I get so excited and there’s nothing more rewarding than to see students start from one place and taking those steps to work hard and end in a different place. I will also miss the interactions with my colleagues and friends. You think you’re going to see some people, but you usually don’t,” Usrey said. Usrey expressedRead More →

A video game trailer, face painting, food samples, and informational booths of the clubs and activities on campus brought student and community involvement to ASUCC’s Creatively Celebrating U event. “The Celebrating U event is a multicultural event celebrating everyone in UCC,” Patricia Sipe, ASUCC activities officer said. The event was located outside in the campus compass. As part of the celebration, students could step into a booth about Malaysia to learn how Malaysia came to have the largest population of Indians outside of India from a UCC student born there. They could then stroll up to visit Andre Jacob, a professor at the Woolley Center,Read More →

The first vines in the form of rootstocks for Charlie’s Place vineyard were planted on May 15, 2018. The vineyard has been given its name in memory of the renowned viticulturist Charlie Williams. Dorothy Williams, the widow of Charlie Williams, UCC President Deborah Thatcher and UCC Interim Director of Viniology Andy Swan, addressed dozens of listeners on the almost three acres of vineyard space that has been allocated to serve as a lab for vinology students at UCC. The upper enclosure of Charlie’s Vineyard will be planted with white vionnet, the lower enclosure will be an equal mix of tempranillo and syrah and the existingRead More →