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Quilts of Valor

The Quilts of Valor project provides blankets to soldiers deploying from Douglas County. The Quilts of Valor campaign is a national project through the Quilts of Valor Foundation. People interested in helping with the quiltd can find more information, including patterns for quilt blocks, on their website, www.qovf.org.

Debate Club

The Debate Club has started meeting again this term on Friday at noon in Snyder 18. The club is focusing on human rights topics throughout the term. Advisor Paula Usrey explains that the winter debates are meant in part to foster a deeper understanding of diversity and the need for respect.


The Theatre program is putting several plays on for the community this spring.


  • Thursday, Jan. 22 at 11a.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m .
  • Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 25 2 p.m..
  • Friday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.
For more information, contact the Fine and Performing Arts office at 541-440-4691 or online at www.umpqua.edu/fine-arts-events.

Blood Drive

The American Red cross will hold a blood drive on campus Jan. 28-29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The van will be by Jacoby Auditorium. For more information, contact 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Research Skills Workshops

Drop into the library workshops to learn pointers on how to save time and find great resources for your assignments. Feel free to bring your assignments and any questions! Workshops will take place in the Library Group Study Room.

What to write, what to write ... How to narrow your research topic.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21, 5:30-6 p.m.
Scholarly articles, books, and the web: How to find research for your topic.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27, 12:30-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 4, 5:30-6 p.m.
Anytime, anywhere: Ebooks for your research and reading pleasure.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 10, 12:30-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 18, 4-4:30 p.m.

Citation rules and tools
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24, 12:30-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Mar. 4, 5:30-6 p.m.

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Campus News

Top ranked Riverhawks drop Lane to maintain first

In a clash between Northwest Athletic Conference heavyweights, the No. 1 ranked Umpqua Community College women’s basketball team earned a crucial victory at home over No. 5 ranked Lane Community College, 69-61. The Riverhawks’ (15-2, 2-0) Jan. 14 win over the league rival Titans (14-4, 1-1) created a bit of breathing room atop the NWAC South standings.

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Titans muscle past Riverhawks in league tilt

The Lane Community College men’s basketball team handed the Umpqua Community College men’s team their first home loss, 70-49. The Titans (9-7, 1-1) exacted a bit of revenge over a previous 83-67 defeat at the hands of the Riverhawks (10-6, 1-1) on Dec. 13. Lane held UCC to its lowest point total of the season after Umpqua entered the contest with a one game lead atop the Northwest Athletic Conference south region.

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Eliminating discrimination on campus

UCC recently went through a civil rights audit that investigated how the school deals with diversity.

The audits are done under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Section 504, a federal civil rights law which prohibits disability discrimination by any program with federal funding, including public schools. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 also regulate school civil rights.

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Health and Science building nearly funded

Starting July 1, an additional $7 per credit fee will be added on to the current student fees to pay for the balance still needed for the new Health/Nursing and Science building.

“At this time we have $5.2 million dollars from donations,” Rebecca Redell, chief financial officer at UCC, said. According to Redell, UCC has received bonds totaling $8.5 million but must show the ability to match the bonds by receiving more donations.

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Poor passwords lend false security

The news has been on fire lately with stories about hackers and compromised cyber security. The jarring topics clogging our media outlets cause many to ask the question, “Just how secure are we?”

The answer is “not very.” While nothing is absolutely foolproof, following a few methods can decrease the chances of being hacked.

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Best picture contenders crowd Oscar Race

Since the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced, the most prestigious award show for filmmaking is now set. Following the Golden Globe reveals a week earlier, the Academy has set the stage for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and so on.

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Health care fee in effect on taxes

When Umpqua Community College staff and students sit down to complete their taxes this year, there will be one significant difference that may surprise some people. This year those who did not have health insurance coverage may have to pay an additional fee.

 “That’s really messed up. I can’t afford health care, so I have to pay a fee?” UCC student Kevin Branton says.  Katie Slone, second year UCC student, was also not aware of the fee. Despite this surprise, the 2014 tax year health care fee may not penalize as many people as it seems.

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The art of be-longing

Embedded within Whipple Fine Arts building, artist Mika Aono Boyd unveils her complex creations of repetition in overlooked life.

“Be-longing” is a showcase of approximately 15 pieces of art. This is not an exact number however, because many of the exhibits could be considered collective pieces joined together. Regardless, this art incorporates fractals as a major design focus.

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Influenza: the thug of all bugs

When little things like homework, student debt, a car loan, a half-crazy employer and rent hang over your head, worrying about the flu may seem silly. It shouldn’t. Not so long ago, one-eighth of the U.S. population died from a single flu virus.

Some may believe these kind of flu epidemics are a thing of the past, but they are actually common occurrences. “The United States experiences epidemics of seasonal flu each year, and right now all of CDC’s influenza surveillance systems are showing elevated activity,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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