ASUCC Vice President Joshua Friedlein recently met with U.S. Secretary of Education to discuss school violence. His tale from Oct. 1 came with him. When Duncan retired at the end of 2015, after meeting with Josh and other student advisers, many of the points he mentioned in his farewell speech concerned the student’s session’s, indicating the impact the student discussions had upon him. Friedlein believes the discussions also perhaps influenced President Obama’s recent executive order for more stringent background checks on guns.
Jill Biden, second lady of the United States and wife of Vice-President Joe Biden, calls herself a lady who doesn’t do lunch, but she did lunch today with the UCC community. “What an honor it is to have her here,” UCC President Rita Cavin said. Biden’s campus visit came after the Vice President’s office asked UCC what they could do to help regarding Oct.1.
A new natural resources program is offering UCC students a chance to learn hands-on from local experts in fields such as environmental monitoring, ecology and conservation science. The UCC Associate of Science program is titled Natural Resources: Landscape Monitoring. It is designed as the first two years of a four year OSU degree. Students can transfer all of their program classes to the OSU Natural Resources bachelor’s degree. The bachelor’s degree can then be completed through OSU’s online Ecampus; students will not have to relocate to Corvallis.
Spectre is the 24th film in the James Bond franchise, the longest running series of film, spanning the past 53 years. Bond has shifted from the iconic likes of Sean Connery, to the not-so-glorious days of Pierce Brosnan. Daniel Craig’s turn as James Bond is just as spectacular as his three previous entries. If Craig is to be believed that this will be his last time portraying the timeless spy, then Spectre is a solid sendoff.
Increased Security On Campus A retired deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office started providing security on the UCC campus Nov. 9, 2015 as the first of a series of security changes being sought. Deputy Scott Batsch will provide security 35 hours a week and remain on staff until June of next year. Batsch was with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for 24 years before retiring, according to KEZI News. The college is contracting with the sheriff’s office approximately $30,000 for their services, and the sheriff’s department chooses the officer.
On-campus clubs are beginning to gather again, providing an environment for students with common interests to connect, share, and support one another. The focus is on having fun, meeting new friends and getting involved in the local community. According to Amy Baker, a therapist and head of the Trauma Support center at UCC, bringing people together through shared interests can help improve personal well-being.
The second phase of the UCCStrong fund distribution is underway. This phase is set aside for those in Snyder Hall rooms 14 to 16 and provides funds for unrestricted use of unmet financial needs. The first phase was for primary victims in Snyder 15 due to the Oct. 1 incident.
Erica Henry not only dressed as Laura Ingalls Wilder for her speech class but she arrived in character: on her horse, Misty. The class, Speech 111, taught by Paula Usrey is doing an entertaining speech assignment in their classroom located in the Danny Lang Teaching, Learning & Event Center.
When we see things happening all over the country, like the tragedy that happened here on October 1, it should be a time to ask questions and reflect on the events leading up to these moments in order to prevent them from happening again. What can we actively do to make a difference in the real world for the better, to be the change? That’s what life is all about. Progressive actions being taken place to enforce true change that inspires hope to even go further, beyond our wildest expectations, and make our dreams a reality.