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.
Rain didn’t stop the crowds of people waving American flags who came out to support veterans in what organizers call “Oregon’s Greatest Veterans Day Parade” in downtown Roseburg, Wednesday, Nov. 11. Crowds gathered to watch an estimated 120 entrants which varied from veterans on floats and motorbikes to car clubs and the boy and girl scouts. The Roseburg High School Marching Ensemble, the Glendale Pirates and the Marshfield High School Marching Band from Coos Bay played patriotic tunes while cheerleaders danced.
The community is beginning to feel the need for a physical space to honor those who suffered through Oct.1. Students are starting to form visions of a UCC memorial while discussing the future of Snyder Hall and what it represents. There are no easy answers. The road to healing is a different one for each individual. Evan Burns, a UCC history student, sees a memorial as a positive way to transform the campus. He envisions a tribute which would be integrated into the day-to-day life of the college, something more than just a place of remembrance.
Fall is here. The days are shorter, and it seems like there is never enough time in our busy day. I find myself enjoying the convenience of a fast food drive through, but I still miss the feeling and taste of a home cooked meal. So, I thought why not combine the two and create a home cooked version of one of my favorites: chicken nuggets and fries. I came up with the menu of Baked Parmesan Chicken Nuggets and Potato Skins as an adult version of my fast food favorite.
The opening shot of “It Follows” creates a palpable sense of horror, even before the first line of dialogue is spoken. An unnamed girl scurries across her street. Silence ensues except for the girl’s own heavy breathing. The camera then follows the girl in a tracking shot that lasts until she escapes in her father’s car. It’s a cinematic shot, done masterfully by director David Robert Mitchell and cinematographer Mike Gioulakis, who together set the stage for a movie that uses many camera tricks to further the film’s suspense.
Community College Tuition To Be Free For Students Within 6 Months Of High School Graduation Oregon students will now be eligible to attend community college for $50 per term, a significant discount from the $1,500 cost of attending full-time currently. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the Promise Bill and other higher education pending funding should improve college affordability for families, according to her press release.
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.