The country has found yet another issue to become divided over, but this time it’s caused by … a razor commercial? The recent #MeToo commercial, released on YouTube, Jan. 13, 2019, from the razor brand company Gillette, sparked controversy for consumers, particularly in men. The razor ad challenges toxic masculinity and calls out sexual harassment and bullying, asking the question: “Is this the best a man can get?” The campaign asked men to be more accountable for other men and their behavior. In the video description on YouTube for the razor ad, called “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be,” Gillette states, “Bullying. Harassment. IsRead More →

Dane Zahner, an HIV Alliance prevention and education manager, and Rachel Nedwick of the HIV Alliance on Monday, Feb. 4 taught students about Oregon’s HIV and hepatitis C programs and prevention strategies. Zahner defined the human immunodeficiency virus. “It is a deadly disease that will kill you and make you very sick. It’s not only a disease; it’s a powerful virus.” He also reminded how HIV is transferred. “A lot of people get HIV/AIDS from having sex with different people such as bi-sexual, gay, transgender partners or any men or women with unprotected sex or without a condom,” he said. “Unprotected sex is not safeRead More →

As a college student, you will eventually feel crushed underneath the workload of tuition, assignments, studying, grades, and all your responsibilities. Taking care of yourself tends to be forgotten. But self-care may be the difference between your passing or failing both as a student and as a human. Haley Cummings in a Collegiate Times article explains, “Self-care means taking time to improve mental, emotional and physical health.” Crucial steps to self-health is knowing yourself. Take the time to recognize the things that bring you joy and define you as a person, she suggets. The American Psychological Association illustrates the risks of unresolved stress. There isRead More →

Douglas County has an alarming problem with domestic abuse, stalking, and sexual assault. In one recent year alone, according to the Department of Human Services, the county called in domestic violent reports 2,316 times. The county also reported 27 instances of stalking and 161 calls of sexual assault. UCC’s Veronica Joyce is trying to reduce these crimes and help the people hidden behind the numbers. As part of her efforts, she is putting on “A Window Between Worlds:” A Kiss is Not a Promise” Monday, Feb. 11 and Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Student Center. “Everybody has different boundaries,Read More →

Student press freedom day is today, January 30. The first amendment gives us the right of freedom of speech.  Press freedom day is to remind us that students often times get censored by administrators who are more worried about their image than by what is important. These administrators do not want students to write about topics that their peers and community should know about.   Student press freedom day is trying to put a stop to that.  The Oregon Student Free Expression law protects student journalists from this type of administrative censorship, allowing them to write what is important to them and what they thinkRead More →

The women’s home wrestling meet Jan. 18 against South Western Oregon Community College showed team improvement with the RiverHawks winning seven matches out of 10. “Our team did great — the score rocketed to 7 – 6,” Coach Asia DeWeese said. “Our team has done pretty well for the most part,” Melissa Jacobs added. To prepare for the match the team had been practicing double knockdowns, the sleeper hold and the face lock. Jacobs has been wrestling since seventh grade. “Wrestling mentally, physically keeps me going. Also, it pushes me to not want to give up. We are trained very hard,” Jacobs said. “Wrestling canRead More →

Clark v. RiverHawks The Umpqua RiverHawks men’s basketball team notched their seventh straight victory on Saturday, Jan. 19 defeating Clark by a score of 76-67 in Vancouver, Washington. Umpqua’s record improved to 12-6 with the road victory and 5-0 in conference play. Umpqua was able to overcome a slow start that saw them struggle to make baskets early on in the game. However, UCC Guard Connor Shaw led all scorers with 23 points to go along with his six rebounds. “Connor definitely set the tone for us on offense; he was getting into the lane, and he finished on a lot of his shots inRead More →

Clark v. RiverHawks RiverHawks rolled past conference rival Clark in their matchup on Saturday, Jan. 19. Umpqua women’s basketball team improved their record to 15-3 with their victory against Clark in Vancouver, Washington, topping Clark by a score of 96-70. Riverhawk forward Darian Mitchell tallied 18 points to go along with her four rebounds and three steals. Umpqua’s top offensive threat, Taylor Stricklin, continued her solid play against Clark and led all scorers with 30 points, shooting an efficient nine of 17 from the field. “As the only sophomore on the team, Taylor has become a focal point for opposing defenses which has caused herRead More →

For someone who is stalked, the fear doesn’t end at the front door. It often continues in nightmares; for example, a married woman having a peaceful night’s rest is woken up, not by her husband, but by the dark eyes of a stalker, and the once empty home is now invaded with no signs of help.  Another  woman goes to a convention, hoping for a good time. The last thing she expects is a stalker, but that is exactly what she gets. A man follows her all night, watching her like a statue. He even asks to drive her home. She declines. Once she isRead More →

Due to a commitment to provide academic opportunities to all Americans, Congress has created assistance for low-income and/or first-generation college students to help them successfully complete community college in order to transfer to a University. At UCC, that program is called TOP or TRiO. “The TRIO: Student Support Service Transfer Opportunity Program, is a program designed to help students transfer from the community college level to the university level and serve low-income, first generation, or students experiencing a disability, and help them through the whole process,” says Les Rogers, the director of the Transfer Opportunity Program. The program, known affectionately as TOP, is 100 percentRead More →

College is hard enough as it is, from paying for books, getting to class on time, to just trying to balance life and a higher education. But what if, on top of all that, students also had psychological issues, and what if they didn’t even know they had these psychological issues, and even more distressing what if they didn’t do anything to cause these issues. For at least 64 percent of the general population this suffering is real, according to the Center for Disease Control.  According to the Center for Disease Control, or CDC, over half of the population suffer effects from Adverse Childhood Experiences,Read More →

Due to disagreements between the Democrat and Republican parties, the United States of America is currently experiencing the longest government shutdown in the country’s history. Currently, this is the second government shutdown under President Trump. The first happened in January 2018 and lasted for 3 days. At the end of 2018, the current shutdown began. When Trump sought $5.7 billion for his proposed wall, at that point the Democrats objected to the effectiveness and cost of the wall. As a proposed spending bill that would have helped pay for the wall failed to pass, the government shutdown started in December since the Democrats could blockRead More →