Mainstream Staff Share Experiences On Traumatic Media Coverage The public’s perception is that reporters are unfazed by the words they write. Truthfully, nothing is as hard as giving bad news, as journalists almost universally agree. The UCC tragedy was one such event where information needed to be readily available for the public. However, the college’s community relations team, whose office had been in Snyder Hall, were locked down at the fairgrounds while over one million hits per second bombarded and shut down the college’s website.
State Funds Now Available For Students, Staff Funds for “unanticipated medical and counseling expenses” related to the Oct. 1 incident at Umpqua Community College are available now for students and staff or “any person on the Umpqua Community College campus at the time of the shooting who has suffered physical or psychological trauma as a result,” according to the Oregon Department of Justice Crime Victims’ Services Division. The funds must be applied for through the Oregon Department of Justice which has created an online emergency application form to expedite processing of the financial assistance. The purpose of the money is to pay for medical expenses,
Feelings of anxiety after trauma are normal. In fact, they’re so normal that the director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center says,“It’s common, and occasionally even helpful, for you to react to life’s stresses, challenges and dangers with anxiety.” Students who’ve dealt with trauma are especially vulnerable. During trauma, “Intellectually, you lose from 50 to 90 percent of brain capacity,” Ellen McGrath of Psychology Today writes.
Adjunct Speech Communication faculty Dustin Cosby is creating a series of portraits to be shown beginning Nov. 16 in Whipple Fine Arts. The finished project will be displayed over a three screen process in the gallery. The photographs will feature students, staff and faculty members wearing their I Am UCC and UCCStrong apparel in a setting of the subjects choosing. He is looking for volunteers to be photographed showing, or to offer anonymous statements about, where they are at in the grieving and healing process after Oct. 1.
“Things Observed” is the theme of this years’ art department faculty exhibit now in the Whipple Fine Art Gallery. Faculty members Renee Couture, Ted Isto, Greg Rice and Susan Rochester are displaying their respective talents in a presentation of photography, pottery, clay works and modern art. “The faculty in our department all have active art professions. This exhibit helps students get a feel of where the faculty is coming from before and while they take art classes from us,” said Rochester, associate professor of art and department chair.
Several staff who work in Snyder Hall have recently experienced adverse health effects with at least two incident reports recently filed related to severe respiratory distress attributed to the office building. In the last couple months, concerns of air pollution in Snyder Hall led Jess Miller, director of Maintenance and Grounds, to hire a certified industrial hygienist to inspect the Snyder office building. Brad Johnson from PCA Health; Safety Consultants of Lake Oswego evaluated the building on Oct. 23. Results showed poor indoor air quality, as well as microbial and ventilation issues, among other problems. This is not the first year that Snyder staff have
The documentary, The People’s Crisis, will be shown Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5pm in the cafeteria, funded by student government, to help students understand the crisis in North Korea. The film tells of North Koreans in bondage and their journey to freedom in hopes of inspiring people. The documentary will be shown in the cafeteria.
This thriller of an independent film has a little bit of everything. But before I go any further with this review I want to express something of a disclaimer. The term “independent film” is very ambiguous. If any term within film production vocabulary is broad, “independent film” is the broadest. The term is defined as any film produced independently of a major studio such as MGM, 20th Century Fox or Paramount. But when films like “Clerks,” “The Blair Witch Project,” “Memento,” “Donnie Darko” and the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” are all lumped within this group, the term can be misleading. I’m trying to explain that most
“The Awakening,” an independent film produced by Los Angeles based Blind Faith Productions, premiered Oct. 29 at Seven Feathers Casino and Resort due to director Vince Rotonda’s desire to play to a more real audience than what he could find in Hollywood. This is the first feature film to be produced by Blind Faith Productions although Rotonda has a large body of work including producing feature films such as “Pariah” as well as several reality television shows. Seven Feathers hosted the premiere of the horror movie to an audience of over 200 viewers, with two more screenings on the following Saturday. The event was free
The Debate Club is selecting their topic for the upcoming formal debate during winter term in a new and unusual way. The topic for the winter term will be chosen by the student body in order to peak more interest in the club by allowing students to be interactive and influential in what the Debate Club debates. The idea is also expected to raise awareness of the debate club and its beneficial elements. ASUCC President Mark Silva-Horta said that he would like to see the club explore subjects like U.S. health care or campus policies. If you would like to participate in Debate Club, they