Art professor Susan Rochester’s project, set to begin showing at The Art Gallery on Wednesday, Oct. 31, was created by taking geological and satellite photos of land along the U.S. Mexican border and weaving them into a collage. The visual information in her work announces rising conflicts along the southern border of the United States. Part of Rochester’s art analyzes border patrol practices such as stopping historical visits between ancient villages and increasing danger for families in transit. Traveling to many different cultures and being introduced to historic weavings inspired Rochester to create her series of collages. Using borrowed images from Google Earth, she wasRead More →

This fall students and staff are finding new ways to get to school and reduce emissions. Carpooling and using alternative transportation is becoming more common at Umpqua Community College for students and staff. Mike Mateo, a UCC math instructor, can be seen waiting to take the Umpqua Transit bus home at the bus stop below Jacoby. He has been using the bus since last year. Scarlet Kelley, a UCC student, also takes Umpqua Transit. He said two of his friends who did not receive their financial aid were able to use ASUCC student government services for a free bus pass. I also use the UmpquaRead More →

Editor’s Note: The Mainstream staff normally don’t share their own stories, but the topic of homelessness is so personal and so closely related to identity that this story must be told. Homelessness can happen in a heartbeat, sometimes to those who least expect it. It’s not only about what the movies and TV shows portray: mental illness, substance abuse, dirt, and skittish nights under bridges. It is people who have given up everything to serve their country, single mothers who vow their babies will have a better life than they had, and young dreamers who hope to one day help make the world a betterRead More →

College students love nothing more than a hot caffeinated beverage, especially when their least favorite class gets canceled. Although coffee is a caffeine favorite, tea is also a valued option with a broader variety of flavors. “I believe tea has so many health benefits, ranging from controlling blood pressure to skin benefits. It is also a relaxing treat in the evening or a refreshing beverage in the heat of summer. Something as simple as tea can be relaxing and have an assortment of health benefits and is packed full of antioxidants, so I definitely recommend drinking it to relax and reap the health benefits,” secondRead More →