Imagine with me, if you will, a world where if someone gave an educated opinion it could be illegal. Would it surprise you to know that this is established practice in America? If you become a paralegal (I’m currently in my first year) then you face the chance of committing the “Unauthorized Practice of Law.” The America Bar Association has a handy breakdown of what a lawyer may not delegate to a paralegal: responsibility for 1) establishing an attorney-client relationship, 2) establishing the amount of a fee to be charged for a legal service and 3) a legal opinion rendered to a client. The firstRead More →

Imagine you’re a business owner looking to hire new employees. One of your potential prospects has worked in your field for 16 years, slowly making their way to the corporate level. The other applicant is new to the field, completely inexperienced and known to make disparaging comments about others. Who would you most likely hire? Now, picture those same two candidates running for U.S. office. Your choice likely isn’t so black and white because experience is no longer the be-all and end-all of politics. The election of Donald Trump proved that voters no longer valued government experience in a president. If they did, they wouldn’tRead More →

It is the season to spruce up and clean. People are clearing their homes of the old to make room for the new—new wardrobe, new seasonal décor, new summer reading (the list goes on). Donating to local thrift shops eases the burden on local landfills while supporting unique businesses within the Roseburg community. UCC Cyber Security major Mike Younis and his wife support their family of five through their eBay shop, Urban Thriftology. Younis’ wife founded Vanilla Gorilla, an upscale thrift store in Roseburg which she sold in the 2000s. Her experience brings great value to their business in terms of sourcing and pricing. UrbanRead More →

Glade, Air Wick, Spot Shot, Spic and Span Multi-Surface and Floor Cleaner, Ajax, Dynamo and Fab Ultra Liquid Laundry Detergents are common household products that have been listed on the “Cleaners Hall of Shame” by The Environmental Working Group. In a study conducted in 2012, these products were found to be the most harmful household products. These are not the only problematic cleaning products. Many cleaning supplies can cause some terrible symptoms over time such as coughing, sneezing, skin rashes and even headaches. Many cleaning supplies have a warning on the bottle of what can happen if the use of these products are prolonged. ARead More →

For most people, computer controllers aren’t something to think about. It’s just sort of taken for granted until a problem occurs. Many of these controllers though are simply more advanced versions of other, more subtle machines. A good example that many people may jump to is the airplane’s yoke or even a knob on a marble maze to turn the playing field. In the past, a controller has been a series of gears and strings or wire that pulled on an airplane’s control surfaces or a steering wheel of a naval ship to control the rudder. So how did these simple tools, often wooden-yokes withRead More →

Learning styles differ from person to person; techniques that may work for one student may not work for another, but assistance is available on campus now no matter the learning style. The Success Center in the Sue Shaffer Learning Commons and Library is working to help all students reach their optimal potential. Mary Worthington, the new coordinator for the Success Center, entered the position in February 2018. Worthington was involved in community mental health prior to taking the Success Center coordinator position and has worked in special education rehabilitation counseling for over 20 years. During that time, she has worked with a variety of peopleRead More →

Several degrees and certificates, like the AAOT and the Oregon Transfer Module, require second language classes. Currently, UCC offers one world language: Spanish, taught by Associate Professor Nicholas Tratz. Although students at time struggle with the requirement, learning a second language can increase one’s world perspective and strengthen neural pathways. Learning a second language can make the hippocampus grow as well as the cerebral cortex, according to research done by Johan Mårtensson, a researcher in psychology at Lund University, Sweden.  Other research has shown that Alzheimer’s disease occurs later in populations who are bilingual or multilingual. Tratz utilizes a more integrative approach to teaching SpanishRead More →

As the days get warmer and summer gets closer, everyone has an itch to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather, but staying safe in the rushing rivers and hot sun should still be a priority, according to health authorities. The rivers in the area are not warm enough to swim in yet. “Air temperatures may feel hot, and the water may feel or appear warm, but temperatures can be extremely cold below the surface. Hypothermia can quickly set in and overwhelm even the strongest of swimmers, becoming too weak to escape,” Recreation.gov states. Rivers can be some of the most dangerous places to visitRead More →

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 →

Umpqua Community College’s Administration is presenting a revised fee proposal in lieu of the previously proposed flat $100 fee for labs, lab/lectures, practicums and clinicals that was reported in the last Mainstream issue. The new proposal, set to go before the Board of Education tomorrow at the monthly board meeting, has two options offered for consideration. The Board is likely to vote on both options tomorrow, May 9, 2018 at the 4:30 meeting in HNSC room 100. The meeting is open to the public, but anyone wishing to speak must sign a speaking sheet prior to the meeting. The first option will assess a $50Read More →

Jermimiah Robbins – UCC’s soon to be new head coach. Umpqua Community College signed Winston, Oregon native Jeremiah Robbins to be the new head baseball coach as well as the new assistant director of athletic facilities. UCC will not begin competing in baseball until the 2019-2020 school year, but Robbins has already started recruiting. Robbins played baseball for the Douglas High School Trojans. He then played a year at College of the Redwoods, located in Eureka, California, another at Southwestern Oregon Community College and his last two at Western Oregon University (obtaining honorable-mention as catcher in 1998). “I have been playing since I was sixRead More →

Daisy Powell led the RiverHawks to second place in NWAC. Despite suffering a loss to Walla Walla in the 2018 NWAC Tournament Championship, UCC Center Daisy Powell set an NWAC scoring record, notching a total of 146 points in four games. Powell entered the contest just four points shy of passing the previous record of 123 points set by Mar’Shay Moore in 2015, but still felt plenty of pressure prior to the game. “I was pretty nervous, but my team just reminded me to stay positive,” Powell said. Powell is no stranger to setting records this tournament, already having tied and broken the NWAC TournamentRead More →

Douglas County’s bucks have shed their antlers this year, and most, if not all of the elk bulls have done the same. The process of finding shed antlers usually takes a lot of time and hiking distance, but the prospect of fresh sheds keeps some antler enthusiasts obsessed with sheds for months on end. Learning how to find cervid headgear can be difficult, but by applying a few of the right techniques, shed hunting can be more productive. Shed hunters often lead their inexperienced partners right over a shed while peering through binoculars or scouting rub spots. Carefully observing the ground is more important thanRead More →