Owen Cherry / The MainstreamHoney McNamara stands beside a UCC Foundation Scholarships sign at the Student Resource Fair. Scholarships provide students with alternatives to student loans for financing tuition Attending college is expensive. Often students take out loans to cover tuition, but scholarships offer many students with a better way to pay for college. “42 percent of those who attend college, representing 30 percent of all adults, have incurred at least some debt from their education,” said a Report on the Economic Well-Being of U. S. Households 2017-2018 published by the Federal Reserve. “Adults under the age of 30 who attended college are more likelyRead More →

Christian DeWeese/The MainstreamThe observatory is located above the campus by the Tower Building. Observatory allows students to view astronomical objects in real time Most people think of their home as a house with a roof and some windows. But our home is really located in the Milky Way. The Paul Morgan Observatory, behind the UCC Technology Center, houses the state’s largest solar telescope in an unassuming 10 foot square building and is used to observe our cosmic neighborhood. The observatory, named by students to honor UCC’s astronomy professor, opened in 2016 after the school received $100,000 in donations. The observatory presents real time images ofRead More →

Boone Olson/ The MainstreamStudents can take the CLEP at the UCC Testing center, located in the Educational Support Building Testing center now open for CLEP exams A CLEP college course exam, which can substitute for an entire class, could save a student time and money while providing the college credit needed to accomplish career goals faster. Umpqua Community College has the tools required for the CLEP exam process. A CLEP is “a way to gain college credit without taking a class if you are knowledgeable of the subject,” Ellis Poole, UCC’s testing center coordinator, says. “I clepped out of four classes, which saved me thousandsRead 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 →

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 →

Donald Trump speaking at the Iowa Republican Party's 2015 Lincoln Dinner. Photo credited by Gage Skidmore

Photo credited by Gage Skidmore After nine weeks, the initial phase of Donald Trump’s impeachment has ended. In what consisted of five days of public testimonials, from current and former officials in and around the White House, plenty of previously unknown information was brought to light. Now, House Democrats say they are convinced they can build a public case, arguing the president has abused his power. Day 1: Rep. Adam Schiff (Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, D-CA): Opening the hearing, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made clear what he saw as the purpose of the impeachment investigation: “If we find that the President of theRead More →

Holiday meal table setting. Photo from: Pixabay Holiday Meal Recipes for Alternative Diets Holiday Meal Recipes for Alternative Diets As the holiday season approaches, many people may be planning something a little different than traditional American food staples such as meat and potatoes. When walking through grocery store isles the words “gluten-free,” “vegan,” “keto friendly,” “plaeo”, jump up at us. Diet trends are sweeping the nation and  many individuals are looking for a change. We also may have guests visiting with food intolerances or allergies and may want to ensure everyone is feeling satisfied at the dinner table. There is a plethora of unique andRead 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 →

First year UCC student Isaac Cherry looks out over the Umpqua from the site of the planned Memorial. Oct. 1, 2015 Memorial Funding and Planning Progress The Roseburg community is closer than ever to having a permanent memorial to the victims of the campus shooting on Oct. 1, 2015. Fundraising began at the UCC Legacy ball on Nov. 1 as the next step in the multiyear process of planning the memorial. Each year at the Legacy Ball, a special appeal is made for donations to a specific financial need related to the college. The special appeal at the Nov. 1 ball for donations toward theRead More →

Joyce Blair, member of the Cow Creek Tribe, stands in the Tapʰòytʰaʼ Hall, a building with was helped funded by the Tribe after the Oct. 1 2015 shooting.Kamilah Mirza / The Mainstream The Local Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe’s History In the western foothills of the Cascade range, along the Oregon Coast and throughout the southern region of Douglas County lies the Cow Creek River, bringing its the name to the Cow Creek Tribe.  The territory that the Tribe originally lived in spanned in the north from the Willamette Valley to east of Crater Lake down to the Klamath Marsh and over into theRead 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 →