While most students were doing their best to decompress and taking a much-needed break from studies, Spanish instructor Nick Tratz was in the South American country of Colombia after being invited to give a series of lectures at Javeriana University where his friend and former schoolmate Sandra Mina teaches. Read More
Cosmos, a new television series currently airing on FOX, may seem familiar to those who were around in the 1980s when PBS aired a television show created by Carl Sagan titled ‘Cosmos: A Personal Journey.’ Now, 34 years later, Cosmos has been revived with its sequel now airing on FOX (Sundays at 9 p.m.) and the National Geographic channel (Mondays at 10 p.m.). Read More
Good films inspire audiences and showcase the creative potential of the human mind, playing a prominent role within every community. But what happens to that inspiration when available cinematic experiences are limited?
This has become a frequent question asked by movie fans throughout Douglas County. With only two active theaters in Roseburg, the opportunity to view films is limited. Further complicating this issue is the absence of available movies in Douglas County, due in large part to monetary conflicts. Read More
In honor of National Poetry Month, the UCC library is hosting an April Poetry Contest. The focus of the contest is to celebrate poetry by engaging students in a successful and fun element of literature. The contest will run from April 7 to April 25.
In order to enter the contest, select a “library photo” from the library display or the library blog post announcing the contest, write a poem inspired by one of the photos and submit contact information, the photo choice and the inspired poem to the library staff. Students can turn in their poem at the circulation desk or submit it online. Read More
You know that complacency we all feel about our private information on Facebook? You know that “I don’t have anything to hide” feeling we tend to get before sharing some innocuous information? Or, how about those “conspiracy theory” posts we all ignore? Read More
Buckley v. Valeo decided that money equals speech. First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti established corporate personhood. Citizens United v. FEC gave entities known as Super PACs the ability to unlimitedly raise and spend on political campaigns. Now, another Supreme Court ruling washes away even more of the United States’ already tattered campaign finance laws. Special interests couldn’t be happier. Read More
The Ukrainian controversy may be 6,000 miles away, but the effects are being felt on the UCC campus. Through the Open World Program, a group of delegates has visited UCC from Ukraine annually for the last seven years. These delegations have led to many ties with Ukraine on campus. Another member of a previous year’s delegation will be potentially coming over as an instructor next year. Read More
In the Color Me Rad 5k walk/run participants will be able to navigate their way along the course while trying to see how color blasted they can get. This run consists of a 3.1 mile long course that is full of color. As participants walk or run through the course volunteers will throw brightly colored cornstarch on the passing runners. Read More
Eugene’s Dirty Dash run is a bit more hard core. This mud run is an obstacle course in bootcamp style. Contestants “trudge up mountains of sludge, overcome uncompromising obstacles, wallow in pits of mud” and have fun. Read More
Immigration—one of the most powerful, emotional and divisive issues of our time—was the controversial subject of the bilingual play Cuentame Coyote, performed by the Milagro Theatre Group on campus Feb. 25. Framed from the viewpoint of two cousins seeking to flee Mexico for a better life in the United States, this powerful and emotional play takes an uncompromising look at the difficulties many illegal immigrants face when trying to cross the border. Read More
While the Roseburg Skate Park is tucked away behind Fred Meyer’s grocery store, it is front and center in the minds of five students who cleaned up the park as part of their coursework for their Small Group Discussion class this term. Read More
The Donut and Bagel Factory, which opened January 6, is serving up freshly baked goods and so much more to the Roseburg area. While there are other doughnut shops around Roseburg, this one serves up not only traditional doughnuts, but some real unique doughnuts as well. Some of these specialty doughnuts are banana coconut, birthday cake, strawberry cheesecake, and many more. Read More
Freezing water, Dutch Bros Coffee and people in goofy costumes, if that sounds like fun then be a part of this year’s Penguin Plunge. Douglas C.A.R.E.S, a private non- profit organization that is dedicated to treating children who have been physically or sexually abused and neglected, is hosting the fourth annual Penguin Plunge and is looking for participants. Volunteers will plunge together into the 40 degree Umpqua River March 15 at River Forks Park. Read More
The situation in Ukraine is currently very fluid and volatile. Nothing is simple regarding the country’s current political situation, but to gain a basic understanding of what is going on, here are some things to know. Read More
Activism echoed through Portland State University as nearly 500 student leaders attended a conference at the end of February that addressed some of the greatest political issues facing the country. Citizens United became one of the common themes during this time; Citizens United is a reference to the 2010 Supreme Court decision which grants unlimited raising and spending of money to Super PACs for spending on political campaigns. Read More
The North Umpqua is full to the brim, the ground is soaked and it would seem that any thoughts of a drought must have vanished with the rain and snow of the last several weeks. But this is an illusion, a magic trick performed by nature. The drought is still here, the water table still perilously low, the snow pack in the mountains dangerously thin. Read More
Looking into the eyes of an animal at shelter is a heartbreaking experience. Either the sad eyes of an innocent creature shine forth or the feral eyes of a captured savage.
More than 8 million pets end up in shelters per year across the United States, according to The American Humane Association. These animals have not had an easy life. Read More
In spite of a small crowd, the Umpqua Singers filled Jacoby Auditorium with a jazzy fusion of vocal ecstasy Feb. 6. The Umpqua Singers opened in preparation for Marti Mendenhall and the Moment’s Notice performance. Read More
UCC’s theater department in conjunction with London’s National Theater will broadcast the long running Handspring Puppet Company’s production of War Horse Feb. 27 through March 2 on the screen in the Centerstage theater located in the Whipple Fine Arts building. Read More
If you have dental needs and do not have the resources necessary to receive treatment, you have an opportunity to apply for care before noon, Feb. 24. On Thursday, Feb. 27 and March 6, the ASUCC Student Leadership funded Dental Van will arrive at UCC to give dental services to students without insurance who are under 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Read More
The struggles of financial aid and the nightmare of student debt may become a thing of the past.
If the Oregon House and Gov. John Kitzhaber approve SB 1524, all high school graduates may get free community college education. Read More
Black History Month, celebrated in February, is a controversial topic. Some want nothing to do with it or are strongly against it. Others, like Nike, are extremely supportive. Nike specifically designs a Black History Month shoe collection each year.
There are three sides, unless you can think of more. As I see it, there are those who love it, those who hate it, and those who are on the fence Read More
Uninsured students and individuals may have an opportunity to get free dental care this Friday, Feb. 7.
Donated Dental Day is coming back for its 13th year in order to provide free care to less privileged individuals who are under 200 percent of the poverty level and meet certain requirements. Read More
Serving in a restaurant as a waiter or waitress is one of the more common jobs among students. In 2012, more than 2.3 million people worked as servers, making $8.92 per hour. Unfortunately for these workers, the Internal Revenue Service passed a new law in January 2014 that discourages servers from charging service charges and states that service charges are treated as income rather than a tip. Read More
Just how well do you know the people in your life- such as your friends, siblings or significant other? “The Boyfriend/Girlfriend Tag” is a series of question than can be found now on a variety of sources online. This is a great activity to pass time at a restaurant, during a long car ride or while socializing around campus. Read More
The “works x five” art show is in its final days on display in Whipple Fine Arts gallery.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read More
Six local venues are kicking it up a notch for Valentines Day this year including the Annual father Daughter Dance, Parkview Skating Center, Sandy's Steak House, Brix Chill and Grill, O'Tooles Pub and Splitz Bar and Grill. Read More
Oregon’s higher education system will consolidate decision-making power into one commission in a reinvention that aims to curb bloated government bureaucracy.
The Higher Education Coordinating Commission, known as HECC, have a much broader range of powers later this year as HB 3120 recharts the commission’s authority. Read More
Most people buy surge protectors to keep their home safe, but for UCC Graphic Design major Ginger Johnson, that purchase became the source of a nightmare. The surge protector shorted out, and while she and her family were gone, the fire took nearly everything: pets, pictures, artwork, clothes and decades’ worth of memories. All gone. In less than twenty minutes. Read More
For some college students, their biggest worry is paying for college, but for others, the biggest worry is where to sleep at night. Winter is the hardest time of year for people without homes. However, the Umpqua Valley Warming Center is assisting by providing shelter on nights where the temperature reaches below 30 degrees. Read More
You may not be sick yet, but the flu is definitely here.
Currently, 36 states, including Oregon, are reporting widespread outbreaks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Oregon alone, at least two are dead and 87 hospitalized due to the H1N1 virus. Read More
Knowing when to go to the doctor and how to access low cost resources can help make flu season go a lot smoother and safer.
Even though professional medical attention is recommended during flu season, some very simple and stress free home treatments help alleviate flu symptoms and speed recovery. Read More
UCC’s Centerstage Theatre begins its 2014 season on Jan. 30 with the live broadcast of London’s National Theatre production of “Coriolanus” by William Shakespeare.
The first showing of Coriolanus at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 30 will be live. The additional showings on Friday and Saturday will be a recording of the live show.
“This production contains strong performances from some of the best people out there working right now. If there is any reason to get out of the wintertime blues and the rain, this is it,” Newman said
Just because many of Shakespeare’s words are still part of our everyday language doesn’t mean, however, that most people are familiar with every Shakespearian play. Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” is relatively unknown.
“Coriolanus” is a Shakespearean tragedy in the same vein as Julius Caesar and King Lear. Read More
The tragic love story of Romeo & Juliet is coming to Centerstage Feb. 14 through 22. It is the first Shakespeare play to ever be performed at UCC, according to Stephanie Newman, theatre director.
The Feb. 14 opening will include a Valentine’s Day dinner and roses event in the Danny Lang Center. Culinary Arts students will cater Italian cuisine, and Southern Oregon Wine Institute vintages will be available. Guests will be able to enjoy the sunset and the views from the Center before the show. Tickets for this package are $50 per person. Read More
The primary goal of for-profit corporations is to maximize profits for shareholders, but with a recently passed Oregon law, some corporations may soon become a whole lot friendlier.
Benefit companies are a new type of limited liability company (LLC) or corporation that operates under a recently passed state law. This law uniquely gives corporations with shareholders the ability to make decisions that consider the impact on society and the environment instead of just profit. Read More
Since the year’s grand finale is just around the corner, many people are putting the final touches on their Christmas lists or hastily throwing them together. If you’re in the latter group, then here are some gift ideas taken from UCC students and Amazon.com’s lists of most popular gifts. Read More
Working at a coffee stand can be a convenient source of employment for college students because it fits so well with a college student’s schedule. It is important to provide the best product one can while in class and the same thing goes for being a barista, a coffee preparer and server. Read More
Many people can tell you the name their favorite coffee, but how do these assumptions hold up to a blind taste test? With the help of a group of very willing volunteers, we put the coffee from the six closest coffee stops through a blind taste test. Read More
In the study of gender in higher education, one face is very clear — and it is female.
Research continues to support the fact that men attend college less and fail to thrive as well as women. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, men make up about 43 percent of college enrollment. UCC follows this trend with higher enrollment and graduations of women. Read More
As the clouds turn dark and rain begins to pour, many underprivileged Oregonians face another cold reality as food stamps nationwide have been reduced just before the holidays. Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, will feel more hunger pangs this holiday season due to an automatic cut in the program which began Nov. 1. Read More
Susan Rochester, department chair of Fine and Performing Arts visited Ukraine spring 2013 as a part of the UCC team.
Rochester, who was on sabbatical, arrived before the team partly in order to photograph the ghost town of Chernobyl, the site of the 1986 nuclear power plant explosion. The land is still extremely radioactive, and Rochester had to be scanned on the way in and out of the site. She also photographed aspects of Ukrainian culture. Read More
Leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle in hot temperatures is an act that can have serious legal ramifications. “In summer we end up charging people with neglect. Sometimes I have to take animals out of vehicles and I have to charge people.” Deputy Lee Bartholomew of Douglas County Animal Control said. Read More
The reason that recent graduates may be finding difficulty in obtaining employment in their field of study is a lack of “soft skills.” Soft skills include written and oral communication, adaptability and managing multiple priorities, making decisions and solving problems, planning, organizing, and working with diverse groups of people and leading teams. Read More
The dental van is a relief program that visits the college campus multiple times a year. The dental van offers small procedures such as tooth extractions and fillings for free.
“ASUCC Student Leadership pays $700 to bring the van to campus. On average the van provides $3000 worth of service,” Director of Student Life Marjan Coester said. Read More
Enjoying a night at the theater can be an opportunity to escape the routines of a day. Live theater can blur the lines of reality so well that the audience may sometimes forget that the entertainment delivered is a labor of many individuals who each bring their own unique skill set to the final product.
“Bus Stop” debuts this weekend in the Centerstage Theatre in the Whipple Fine Arts building. The play a dramatic comedy written by William Inge tells the story of a group of travelers forced to seek shelter from a snowstorm in a diner 25 miles outside of Kansas City in the 1950s. Read More
Several UCC students joined the Facebook trend of counting their blessings during the month of November in honor of Thanksgiving. The trend is to daily post something for which one is thankful.
“I just have to think of something different that I am thankful for every day for 30 days and post each of them as a status on Facebook,” Emilie Smart, a pre-nursing student, said. Read More
All Oregonians who want federally subsidized health insurance, including college students, must enroll with the state-run online health insurance marketplace, Cover Oregon, by Dec. 15 if they want to be covered come Jan. 1, 2014.
The Associated Press reports that approximately 600,000 people are uninsured in Oregon. These residents must have health insurance by March 31, 2014, or they will face a fine unless specific exemption requirements are met. Read More
Frankenstein will be the next London National Theatre broadcast showing in Jacoby Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m., just in time for Halloween.
Theatre director Stephanie Newman has been trying to provide community members with new enriching entertainment options. Read More
Future students attending college in Oregon may be lacking one major part of the current higher-education experience: student loans. The Pay it Forward program, unanimously passed by the Oregon House and Senate earlier this year, aims to eliminate the need for taking out expensive school loans. Instead, graduates will pay a percentage out of their paychecks for a period of 20 years, with money funding future student’s tuition. Read More
The first half of October marked the third longest government shutdown in America at 16 days, but what does a “government shutdown” mean, and how has it affected students at UCC? Read More
Read how other students respond to this question. Read More
You don’t need to give the clothes off your back to make a difference. The UCC women’s basketball team is hosting a drive to collect any unwanted clothing and textiles. The intent is to make a big difference in the lives of many people by providing the “Clothes For A Cause” organization with 10,000 pounds of clothing and textiles by Nov. 3. Read More
A new Oregon state law will grant $140 million to state education, but the $40 million going to higher learning will unlikely reverse tuition costs and has set an unsettling precedent in state politics. Read More