Spanish Club’s Dia de Muertos Ofrenda 2019 in Whipple Centerphoto provided by Nick Tratz Spanish Club uses events and activities to enrich students language skills Music, movies and world travel in Spanish Club educate students on Spanish culture. “Spanish Club is about providing opportunities for students to practice Spanish and learn more about Spanish and Hispanic cultures,” club adviser and Spanish instructor Nick Tratz said. Tratz has been the adviser since he was hired nine years ago. Spanish Club usually has about four or five consistent people who attend. Students don’t need to know any Spanish to join. “We meet on Wednesdays in JH 18Read More →

“Santa Steve”Photo provided by Kellie Trenkle, Captivating Photography The Real St. Nick The last thing a parent wants during an annual Christmas photo op with Santa is a perfunctory visit, or a terrified screaming toddler. Or, worse yet, an un-vetted, un-safe Santa. For the last 12 years, local families have avoided all of those problems with a Santa who is not a neophyte, Steve Barfield, known as Santa Steve, has been filling the role of Santa locally since 2007. Barfield strives to make each child feel important. “My goal is to give each child as much time as they will allow, within reason of course,”Read More →

Photo from the White House History of the annual White House turkey pardon According to the National Turkey Federation, every Thanksgiving, nearly 88% of Americans eat turkey. Most don’t bat an eye towards feasting on the holiday bird, but have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “ What did the turkey ever do wrong?” In a long-standing annual tradition, one lucky turkey is granted an official pardon from the president of the United States, absolving them (and one other lucky turkey) from the dinner table. For years, historians have disagreed as to who officially started the yearly event. Some argue it was President Truman, whileRead More →

ASUCC’s Marjan Coester & Catherine Blocher prepare for Thanksgiving basket distribution dayLeeanne Phillips \ The Mainstream ASUCC Gives back to students for Thanksgiving ASUCC has been holding an annual Thanksgiving basket program since approximately 2006, which has significantly grown, according to Vyla Grindberg, ASUCC business manager and Marjan Coester Director of Student Engagement. Since approximately 2016, the ASUCC Student Leadership Team has given away 100 baskets per year. For many people Thanksgiving is a time of joy, filled with happiness, food and company. Even though Thanksgiving is one of America’s most popular holidays, many people go hungry on this day. ASUCC helps people avoid goingRead More →

Katelyn Buxton/The MainstreamProfessor Charles Young is an associate professor of social science at UCC. History professor shares the origins of the Thanksgiving holiday and why it endured While turkeys, travel plans and pumpkin pies are foremost in the public’s thoughts, is anyone wondering just what happened on that first Thanksgiving in 1621? Most people have heard how the Wampanoag Indians formed an unlikely friendship with the Puritan settlers of Plymouth, but it is difficult to explain the history of the Thanksgiving holiday without first understanding the events that led up to it. “Many of us today do not realize how desperately the first settlers struggledRead More →

Photo illustration by Boone Olson Playing Dirty Revenge porn resurfaces following congresswoman’s resignation; state law updates Imagine yourself in the prime of your life. Young and uncaring, you expose yourself by sharing and engaging in sexually explicit, yet private acts, never believing that your most intimate messages and photos will be posted for the whole world to see. This is exactly what happened to now-former congresswoman Katie Hill, a target of the invasion of privacy known as “revenge porn.” Hill’s situation is unique as a congresswoman, but the fact that intimate photos were released is common. Since the rise of instant messaging, “sexting” (the actRead More →

Katelyn Buxton/ The Mainstream Andrew Laniohan as Professor Richard Pierson, and Jesika Barnes as reporter Carl Phillips in The War of the Worlds. Historic radio play “War of the Worlds” captivates audience in Wayne Crooch classroom American radio listeners were shocked on Oct. 30, 1938 to learn that aliens had supposedly landed in New Jersey. On October 31, 2019, an audience at UCC was captivated by the same historic radio production of “The War of the Worlds” that had caused a mass panic over 80 years earlier. While people may no longer bat an eye at stories of aliens invading the earth, “The War ofRead More →

Inventors of lithium ion batteries awarded Nobel Prize Ever wondered what is powering your portable electronics or what will energize the new electric vehicles? John Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino changed the world with their discoveries on lithium ion batteries. Just a few weeks ago Goodenough, Whittingham, and Yoshino were awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize in chemistry for their creation and development of the lithium-ion battery. The Nobel Prize is awarded annually for innovation in academic, cultural and science fields including physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace and economic sciences. The Nobel awards were created by Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Nobel in 1895. Read More →

Photo provided by Pixabay Debates narrow field of Democrat candidates In the quest to defeat Donald Trump, the Democratic party has enlisted the largest and most diverse group of candidates in history. Once topping at 27 “major” candidates, the field has shrunk to a still unprecedented 18. The campaign so far has essentially been a race to see who can get attention from the party’s base of supporters before 2020. All have had the opportunity to win over the public, partly through qualifying for televised debates. Am I the only one who has noticed that the debates are too long, too overcrowded, with too muchRead More →

Silas Scott/ The Mainstream Blood drive successful John Jachetta attends the American Red Cross blood drives in Roseburg, Oregon every couple of months whether it is UCC’s drive or the drive at the local Red Cross center. “It is good for me to give my blood every couple of months because it renews my blood,” said Jachetta. Bobbi Long, a phlebotomist who works for the Red Cross and has for years, offers confirmation of Jachetta’s perspective. She knows the benefits of blood donations, “For men, it reduces a chance of a heart attack by 80%,” she says. This benefit is larger in men because menRead More →

Josh Whetzel/ The Mainstream Riverhawks break four game losing streak with win over Cougars UCC’s volleyball team sought retribution Oct. 19 against Clackamas Community College after previously conceding a 3-0 loss to the Cougars. The RiverHawks (17-14, 3-7 NWAC South Region) managed to clinch a win against the Cougars (10-20, 2-8 South) that went to five sets. The win broke their losing streak of the past four games in spite of facing a team that had defeated them in three sets previously. Set scores were 25-14, 22-25, 18-25, 26-24, 15-9. This match earned UCC  their third win in the Northwest Athletic Conference in the SouthRead More →

Most wedding couples are looking for a venue that is not only elegant but also truly unique. They want their guests to let out a big “Wow!” when walking into the wedding. Loft 753, a new event space in Roseburg, Oregon, is being billed as that type of unique event space. It is located in downtown Roseburg at      753 SE Main Street. During a recent phone interview, event planner and Loft 753 curator Andrew Calvert explained how he got started. “Don Martinez, the owner of the professional center on the site, had the third floor vacated. He didn’t know what he could do with that.Read More →

Photo: Lisa / Mainstream “My work is a constant outpouring of singular impressions…I give fleeting thoughts as much consideration as monumental ideas”Heather Goodwin The free UCC Art Gallery, located in Whipple, is hosting the exhibit, “Permanent Record” through October 24 featuring Heather Goodwind, a Portland based artist. Susan Rochester, art associate professor, sent out a call for entries to show at the gallery this year. “This is a national announcement that we will have exhibit openings, and artists apply with concepts. We then try to select and schedule exhibits that will relate to and resonate with what is being taught in our classes during aRead More →