Wake up, study. . . study. . . more studying. . . crying. . . and if one is lucky enough, a little bit of sleep, then wake up, repeat. This is a common schedule for the typical student preparing for final exams. All over the country, finals week is coming up, whether students are prepared for it or not. Instead of stressing out and shutting down, students can take some easy steps to lighten the weight that finals (and their backpacks) are putting on them. “Remember to give yourself healthy breaks during studying for finals, as it can easily become overwhelming quickly. I’ve foundRead More →

Free money. College students will surely be interested now. Students are applying for scholarships all year long. The OSAC Scholarship just closed this past Thursday, March 1st. There are several other scholarships that are still open and should be taken advantage of. Most scholarships have an essay portion of sorts. They also may have a volunteer chart that needs to be filled out. These volunteer charts are a good indicator of how involved the applicant is in their communities and what their interests are. Finding places or groups to volunteer with isn’t always easy, but researching and having the right resources can lead one toRead More →

Umpqua Community College forestry student Wade Christensen was aware as a child that he wanted to join the military; his family knew he’d likely make it his career. They were right. He served 23 years in the Army, and 18 of those years were spent in Special Forces as a Green Beret. “My dad was a Vietnam vet,” said Christensen, “I think I saw his old duffle bag when I was probably in first or second grade.” Family members of Christensen had a sense of his future career before he knew it himself. In spite of the military’s attraction to Christensen, he initially planned onRead More →

The UCC Forestry Club, reinstated this year, is attracting a wide group of active club members and volunteers. “We have a diverse thought process across the board. We’re not just a bunch of people wanting to go into forest harvest and things like that, but we have those natural resource students also. Those ideas are important to hear,” said first-year forestry major Travis Smith. The UCC Forestry Club provides an opportunity to raise public support and awareness for Douglas County’s forestry employment opportunities and its natural resources. The club has operated to date without any funding, according to Forestry Club President Wade Christensen. Weekly meetingsRead More →

  Despite being one of the lowest rated Academy Awards, the 90th Oscars still had some impactful moments and one of the most diverse group of nominees and winners ever. Highlights from the night included surprising winners along with a tribute to the armed forces and a multimedia memoriam to the members of the film industry lost in 2017. Cinematographer Roger Deakins finally took home gold for his work on “Blade Runner 2049” after being previously nominated 13 times. Past nominated work of his included cinematography on “The Shawshank Redemption,” “True Grit” and “Skyfall.” Director and writer Jordan Peele surprised audiences with his horror masterpieceRead More →

  Horror Freak News, Cheatsheet and IMDB have started analyzing what is new is the horror movie realm. The top 10 list below include my favorite films with my synopses from their picks. Death House – February 23, 2018 Trailer for Death House Synopsis: A prison is a place that holds bad people. And sometimes the worst of the worst. What would happen if the prison went under a power breakdown and every single door was unlocked letting out the evilest criminals with no way out?  How is help supposed to find you in a secret prison? It’s essentially a Death House.        Read More →

Last week, the United States Senate brought forward four bills that sought to end the current debate on immigration and protect the nearly 690,000 undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. known as “Dreamers.” These “Dreamers” are in the United States legally under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive action, but these four bills would have kept them from potential deportation. None of the bills were able to garner the 60 votes needed to advance past debate. Out of all states, Oregon has the 14th most DACA recipients. As of March 2017, 11,281 recipients live in the state, according to the Department ofRead 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 →

Director: Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”) Starring: Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”), Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”) and Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars” episodes VII and VIII) Rating: R, for violence, bloody images, language, and some sexuality. Showing: Roseburg Cinema Many movies today are only skin deep, just offering an entertaining fun time. Not this one. Director Alex Garland has provided audiences with a puzzle of “Annihilation.” His film wants audiences to really question almost every aspect of the movie. From questioning “The Shimmer” to the nature of evil. “Annihilation” tells the story of Lena, a biologist played by Natalie Portman. Lena embarks on an expedition withRead More →