Roseburg is bustling with fresh produce and products from farmer’s markets, U-Pick farms and local vendors as harvest season begins. UCC students are joining others in becoming more active in the natural local produce/eating trend. “I like going to the farmers market because not only am I getting to support local businesses, but I also get to meet the people who own those businesses. It’s a great opportunity to buy healthy, fresh produce and make connections within my community,” said Sarah Orsingher, engineering major. The Umpqua Valley Farmers’ Market hosts numerous vendors who sell a variety of farm-fresh goods including high quality produce, baked goods,Read More →

Signs at convenience stores and shops such as Center Market until recently had been displaying the words: Kratom Sold Here. Sunstone Organics, a company located in Pleasant Hill, Oregon founded by kratom users provides local shops with their product. Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa), a botanical substance with uses varying across cultures, up until February was being sold to help overcome opioid addiction when the FDA shut it down by classifying it as an opioid. The FDA made this classification due to the chemical structure similarities kratom shares with other controlled opioids and the 44 reported deaths associated with kratom use, although the majority of the casesRead More →

The last few weeks of the term can be stressful. Finding different ways of coping can help to relieve some of that stress. All of these tips can help reduce stress in the next few weeks while all the first 3 are tips that can help for a lifetime. A good place to start is by eating healthy. There are numerous benefits to eating healthy. When it comes to studying, eating whatever may be convenient can have some negative effects. According to the Time.com “the quick calories of processed carbohydrates will ultimately leave you exhausted.” Veggies, whole grains and lean protein can go a longRead More →

Staying active can be difficult in the winter months. For those who are not so inclined to be on the hiking trails, here are a few other ways to keep busy. There are many different forms of games that a person can play. But, according to ThinkMobiles.com the best ones to play on the go are Geolocation Augmented Reality, or AR. The website goes on to define geolocation AR games as games that, “use the real-world maps and locations as the gaming environment augmenting them with unique plot, fantastic creatures and amazing quests.” All of these games are within your reach and available on yourRead More →

As they tackle education and adulthood simultaneously, students are finding themselves overwhelmed and spread a little too thin. The American College Health Association claims that depression rates in college students have been on the rise the past several years, with studies from researchers such as Hunt and Eisenberg showing that many other mental health disorders are also rising in number and severity. Why is this the case? Well, UCC students are attempting to balance classes, work, personal relationships, family life and leisure time all while learning how to “adult” well. These copious responsibilities require students to develop a high stress tolerance. To that end, springRead More →

With the new school term in full swing, students may be faced with the challenge of maintaining their fitness goals. According to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control, about 36 percent of U.S. adults are obese. In Douglas County, that rate is about 35 percent as reported by the Open Data Network using government statistics. The obesity is not just limited to adults. The Blue Zones Project, a local advocacy group for community health, writes that in 2015 about 28 percent of Douglas County 8th graders were obese. The UCC Fitness Center and Gymnasium provides a non-credit per term enrollment that allows students to accessRead More →

MADISYN ASHCRAFT  The Mainstream Teenagers have a constant trend that has been ongoing for some time now. It’s called stupidity. Are all teenagers dumb? No. Some doing ridiculous things are actually smart and have plenty of friends already, so why do these teenagers follow these stupid trends? Who knows which deadly trend was the first in this merry-go-round of demise, but teens lately have followed the cinnamon challenge, salt and ice challenge and the absolutely stupid Tide Pod challenge. The cinnamon challenge first appeared in 2001 but became popular in 2007. The challenge was to consume as many spoonfuls of cinnamon in 60 seconds as possibleRead More →

SAVANAH OBRIEN  The Mainstream Post-holiday financial struggles, a rampant flu strain, looming FAFSA, OSAC, and university application deadlines and upcoming midterms, along with a persistent layer of fog hanging over the town gives students much to feel overwhelmed by. Students with complex lives and long lists of responsibilities, easily forget the relief that a simple breath of fresh air can bring. Business major Margo Forthman destresses with “ecotherapy,” broadly defined as a process of healing and growth through interaction with the earth. “The beauty and peace of nature is what draws me in. It helps my mind relax and see the beauty that surrounds me,Read More →

MICHELLE WILLIAMS  The Mainstream While the weather may still be deciding its perfect temperature, the flu has hit the streets in hopes of finding new friends. In addition to the basic cold symptoms, the flu symptoms include fever, body aches, nausea, headache and chills, according to the Mayo Clinic. With symptoms like these, it can be helpful to have a few preventative tips. The flu shot is one way to reduce suffering. According to the CDC, the “vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about 2 weeks after vaccination.” For most, these protect against infection. Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s HospitalRead More →

Drinking a cup of hot coffee in the morning has become a sacred, everyday ritual for college students everywhere. Many can barely make it through the day without downing a form of caffeine in one way or another. Caffeine is a common type of energy for college students, and is usually delivered to bodies in the form of coffee, tea, soda or energy drinks. What many students don’t know is that caffeine considered a stimulant drug. “Caffeine is a stimulant which when consumed in excess can make us feel jittery, can increase heart rate, and can actually lead to insomnia,” Sarah Martinelli, lecturer for ArizonaRead More →

   Do yourself a favor and throw away your microwave ramen, unless you are looking for sodium, saturated fat, and very little nutritional value. Ramen, like other college diet staples, may be inexpensive, but your health deserves more. Eating healthy on a student budget may seem difficult, but it’s not impossible.    Is spending a few extra minutes packing food or just re-evaluating campus menu options too much work? Not really, affordable healthy eating choices are important and accessible, even for students on a budget. The UCC cafeteria staff says, “Healthy eating is an important start to the day, and for thinking.”    An affordableRead More →

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After a term ends, it’s easy to lose your mental focus and to maintain a sharp brain. Life can get busy and finding time to take care of yourself can be really difficult, especially in an increasingly rushed society. However, if you don’t take care of yourself, it won’t be long before exhaustion kicks in, your brain suffers from mental fog, and you become burnt out. Here are some tips to keep you on your A-game throughout summer and the remainder of your college experience. Meditation Perhaps one of the best things you can do for your body and mind is to meditate. A ForbesRead More →

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Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino, who both suffered sexual assault at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, helped spearhead federal investigation into campus crime when they filed a federal complaint against UNC for mishandling sexual assault. Working from their experiences, the two have created a book We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out. Clark and Pino were also featured in the highly recommended The Hunting Ground documentary which also analyzes sexual assault on college campuses. As one Good Reads reviewer says, “With documentaries such as ‘The Hunting Ground’ and books such as ‘We Believe You,’ we are finallyRead More →