Students answer some quarantine questions Many students are finding themselves faced with a slew of new problems now that they are anchored in their homes, while others are finding new delights in life. Here’s what students shared about their quarantine experience.   How have you been personally affected by the social distancing order?  It’s become harder to find ways to get outside. – Marley Maloney  I live with my daughter, son-in-law and two grandkids. My son-in-law is the only one going to work. My daughter is an elementary school teacher; she holds Zoom classes a few times a week, and the students seem really excited. Life with aRead More →

Covid-19 Virus Biology key to understanding virus Ever wondered how something too small to see could send our nation into lockdown? The answer lies in the form and function of the miniscule virus pseudo-organism. What exactly is a virus? When compared to other infectious agents such as bacteria or yeast, a virus is small and fairly simple. Viruses consist of two basic parts: the viral genome and the protein capsid, according to Neal Rote in the textbook “Understanding Pathophysiology.” The virus’s two-part design is very different from the cell, which is the basic unit of life. Viruses are non-cellular infectious agents. A cell composes all other unicellular andRead More →

Photo from Pixabay Accessing Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 Through our current social climate during the pandemic many teachers and students have had to adjust their academic and personal lives. Through these changes many people may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression, fear and loss of control. There are available resources for those who may be struggling at this time. UCC students are able to access Life Coach Hanna Culbterson. Culbertson is a Clinical Social Work Associate (CSWA). Culbertson can provide personal counseling for any sort of issue that impacts personal or academic life. Services extend to 2-8 sessions per academic term and then referralsRead 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 →

Photo by Owen Cherry Getting close to the earth: learning how to garden Besides producing fresh fruits and vegetables, gardening can be a fun hobby and stress reducer. “Gardening during this time of social distancing is a great activity that not only can give you a break from all that you see and hear on the media, but it also provides you practice with a life skill that will benefit your health,” says Jennifer Johnson, a local gardener of four years. Staying home is a great time to get closer to the earth, and Americans have an interesting history related to gardening. Originating from WorldRead More →

Wildlife Safari is open and booming with life, offering families vibrant one-of-a-kind memories during the COVID-19 social distancing mandate. We recently toured the Wildlife Safari Drive-Through and found some fun facts about 12 of the Wildlife Safari star species. Most of the animals discussed below are on a species survival plan (SSP) or are an endangered species.  We saw the most powerful animals, as well as flightless birds capable of killing with their feet or pecking eyes out with their beak.  We learned about how one bear is in less pain due to cannabidiol (CBD) medication.  We’ll share exciting news about the six new cheetahRead 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 →

photo of Melody Bruggeman Beginners guide to skincare and advice to getting healthier skin Are you looking for ways to keep your skin healthy and hydrated, but don’t know how to start a skin care routine? When it comes to looking after your skin, the process can seem daunting; there’s so much to choose from whether your skin is oily, dry, or a combination. You should be curating your beauty routine to your skin type. If your skin tends to get patchy, you probably have dry skin. If your face gets shiny all over throughout the day, you most likely have an oily type. However,Read More →

Josh Whetzel/The Mainstream Women’s basketball team continues undefeated streak with a win against Clackamas The undefeated Umpqua Community College women’s basketball team overcame early game trials in order to secure a win against Clackamas Community College on Feb. 29. Riverhawk starter Grace Campbell went down with an injury with three minutes left in the first quarter. Mariam Yaro stepped up to fill the shoes and led the bench in scoring with 15 points. Yaro also grabbed eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. UCC jumped out with a lead early in the first quarter and never gave it up. Leading scorer for theRead More →

Kamilah Mirza/The Mainstream UCC’s newly formed baseball team finds success opening weekend After a long awaited return, the UCC Baseball team is met with great community support. Opening weekend saw 1,500 fans including alumni from 35 years ago come and cheer the baseball team to a successful 3-1 start to their preseason. “Community support has been great, we’ve had volunteers for concessions, sold a lot of merchandise and have had families house athletes while the Flegel Center was being finished,” Assistant Athletics Director Whitney Pitalo said. The two biggest hurdles for the athletics department were housing and returfing the whole stadium. “The host families hadRead More →

Photos provided by the candidates Facebook pages The race for the Democratic nomination has reached its most volatile stage as voting has begun. Following results from 17 states, former Vice President Joe Biden has pulled off a massive comeback and has quickly re-emerged as the race’s leader. As he prepares to square off against Senator Sanders, the two are competing to build up a base of support that will help them in the fight against President Trump. While it’s still unclear who will ultimately head to the general election, Douglas County donors are making it known who they believe is the most electable candidate. OpenSecrets,Read 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 →

Silas Scott/The Mainstream UCC instructor Alyssa Harter preparing to start her speech 218 class. Editor’s note: Mainstream Reporter Silas Scott is a student in Alyssa Harter’s Speech 111 class at Umpqua Community College. New communications instructor Alyssa Harter understands students who put off taking their required speech classes due to fear of public speaking. As a person who overcame her own public speech anxiety, or glossophobia as it is professionally termed, she can relate. However, Harter believes that studying speech early in your education will benefit you later on. “Students communicate with speech every day. They also will be benefited by it as they willRead More →