Getting into the spirit of giving can be difficult for students who are strapped both for cash and time. But before you get your Grinch on, you might want to consider that a study published by Health Psychology has shown that volunteers who give their time for unselfish reasons live longer than those who don’t volunteer. Volunteering will also reduce some of that stress we’re often too familiar with, according to Jeanie Lerche Davis of WebMD Health News.
In the spirit of the season, we’ve compiled a list of opportunities for giving, many of which involve giving time rather than money. Our list includes both local and national organizations.
Go with a friend, volunteer some time, save money, meet new people, make a memory
The holidays are coming upon us very quickly and I know that at my family’s house, the anticipation for mouthwatering meals is palpable. For my family and most other families, around this time food seems to be the star of the show.
Turkey, ham, potatoes, pies, you name it. The whole nine yards will be presented as we all sit around the table. However, at the end of the meal you may be thinking about the pounds you have just piled on as your wallet gets thinner.
You really don’t have to be guilty after a big holiday meal. There are ways to avoid those few extra pounds gained over the holiday without breaking the bank. My mother passes along easy tips on saving with a couple wallet friendly recipes.
Two things are on students’ minds right now: finals, and Christmas presents.
Many websites offer deals, but how do you find those stocking stuffer savings?
Websites like Groupon, SkyMall, dealnews, bensbargains, slickdeals and gottadeal publish the latest greatest deals. These organizations track anywhere form 2,000 to 6,000 retailers for you then publish the best sales, coupons, rebates and store rewards. Anything from electronics to vacations, from health and beauty to home and garden can be found at seriously discounted prices.
Once a year, Roseburg puts on a parade to honor our service men and women who serve this country. This year the parade consisted of about 100 entries: veterans, local businesses, schools, clubs, organizations and current military personnel.
As a soldier in the National Guard, I volunteered to be in the parade with my brother, Hank, who is also in the Guard.
Measure 91 or The Oregon Legalized Marijuana Initiative was passed in a state wide ballot last week on Nov. 4. So what will this mean for UCC?
Going into effect July 1, 2015, Measure 91 will allow people ages 21 and older to possess 8 ounces of dried marijuana and up to four plants within a household. This among other things were configured within measure 91.
The topic of sexual violence on college campuses, or anywhere, is difficult to approach. The vast amount of statistics can dehumanize and overwhelm, even though they remain very relevant. The personal stories needed to show the prevalence of sexual violence take courage to share and are not always treated with the respect and sensitivity they deserve. This presents quite the bind. Often that bind creates silence. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, “an average of 60 percent of assaults in the last five years were not reported.”
Humanity was born on Earth. It was not meant to die here.” This ponderable quote from the film Interstellar is one of many we are introduced to throughout the movie. It serves as one of the greatest underlying questions presented in this 21st Century world: if other planets are habitable, and if they can be colonized.
Interstellar gives little to no indication of its time setting; from the looks of the clothing and technology it is left to the viewer’s interpretation on whether we are in a current day climate or a future one.
A new face is on campus this week. Joyce Coleman, the new vice president of Student Services, started her first day as a UCC employee Oct. 30.
Coleman says she was drawn to UCC after reading information from Olson on the college website; three words resonated with her personal values: equality, equity and education. Read More
What do 46 small business owners, 129 students, and over 100 homeowners have in common? Every one of them achieved their dream with only a fraction of the necessary funds coming out of pocket. The NeighborWorks Umpqua program DreamSavers matches Oregon residents’ financial deposits with a 3:1 return. Read More
School books are outrageously expensive. I said it; we're all thinking it. From 2012 to 2013 textbooks rose an average of 82 percent according to USA Today. Great, now how do we poor college students afford them while living on shoestring budgets? Some UCC students spent nearly $1,000 this year. Read More
If you've popped into the UCC library anytime lately, you may have noticed a few changes and some new faces. UCC welcomed Carol McGeehan this summer as the new library director and Jennifer Lantrip this fall term as the reference librarian. Carol McGeehan has spent 35 years as a librarian and has been working in libraries since sixth grade. Read More
Students in the new Umpqua Scholars program started their programs required 10 hours of community service. Each student gets to choose where they get to complete their volunteer hours. The most recent one was a group of students volunteered at the Savings Grace animal shelter. Some of the events the students have volunteered for were the Harvest fest, Blood Drive, different theatre productions and foundation projects. Read More
The theatre darkens, and in the seconds after the screen lightens, you are transported into another existence. It is easy to become so enveloped within a film that the intricacies which make it something greater are lost. Within film, an inconspicuous richness and texture will allow us to transcend “entertainment” and enter art if we learn how to look. Read More
Students are displaying a wide variety of their artwork in the Art Gallery at Umpqua Community College in the annual student art show now until June 5. Out of 300 student entries, 59 were selected for display. Read More
UCC literature teachers are finding ways to bring creativity into the classroom. In an attempt to utilize the weather rather than being stuck in classrooms reading Shakespeare, Amy Fair and Jillanne Michell have brought Shakespeare to life for their students. Each year they offer spring and summer term literature classes the chance to attend plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Read More
For the last seven years, Orton has added a twist to his spring Rock 2 classes, a horizontal traverse between the towers of Old Man and Old Woman rocks off the North Umpqua Highway. This epic crossing had only been done successfully by two groups before Orton began taking his students on the adventure. Read More
From the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the crest of the Cascade Mountain Range, Botany professor Ken Carloni has been opening the eyes of students and community members to a whole new world with his annual field botany tour. Carloni will lead students on a six day journey starting June 17 that will tour some of the planet’s most diverse ecosystems in southwestern Oregon and northern California. Read More
With Congress currently polling at 80 percent disapproval and waves of special interest money flooding politics, many people believe that representative democracy is slowly slipping away, but they are wrong — the republic is already dead. Read More
A woman that I went out with recently Googled my name. No big deal, really, a lot of stuff out there that I am proud of, in fact, I encouraged it. I hadn’t done it in a while, so I Googled myself, and there it was — my name and the words “arrested for filming sex acts.” Read More
Standing beside a 4-foot metallic orb with a mysterious looking wand in his hand, local artist Dave Archer reminisces about his life in the art world and San Francisco beat culture as he prepares to transfer 1 million volts of electricity onto paint applied to a pane of glass. Archer pioneered the process known as reverse glass painting which employs the use of a Tesla Coil to shock paint onto a sheet of glass. Read More
Fish Martinez grew up with Native American dancing and music. He started “fancy dancing” at the University of Oregon Longhouse pow wows when he was 5-years-old and can’t remember a time when Native music was not part of his life.
Martinez shared some of his experiences Tuesday with UCC students in the first of a series of presentations by local Native Americans. The presentation marked the end of a self-imposed hiatus for Martinez, who had not drummed for two years out of respect and mourning for his father. Read More
Shake a hand, accept some change, or pick up a book and there is an exchange of bacteria and other forms of microbial life. Science club enthusiasts have been collecting samples from all around campus, and recently compiled the results of their research. Read More
Couchsurfing is a free accommodation website that connects travelers to a worldwide community. The site aims to connect like-minded people through a series of shared experiences between complete strangers. Through interactions such as providing housing for travelers and hosting people during community events, Couchsurfing has become a cultural phenomenon. Read More
A few dozen straw bales fill a fenced garden space, overlooking the Technology Building on the northeast side of campus. Changing weather adds warmth and light to the growing land as the soil waits for planting. Past the large fence, the serenity of the North Umpqua River comes into view. The UCC Community Garden is transitioning from a deserted wasteland to a productive garden due to the efforts of the Environmental Sustainability Club. Read More
The U.S. education system revolves around providing training and knowledge to students, one class period at a time, but an emerging alternative may one day give many students a new level of control over learning.
Competency-based education allows students, for better or worse, to take their education into their own hands. Students work at their own pace through their courses, taking an assessment for each competency a class provides. Read More
For most people using a public computer at a library, school, or friend’s house is just a part of life. For many Google Chrome users, however, this practice has become a mortifying public tell-all. Signing into Google while using Chrome on a computer with multiple users leaves your search history, bookmarks, and possibly other even more sensitive information potentially available for others to view who use that same computer. Read More
The sounds of dragging heels echoed down Jackson Street April 25 as Douglas County men protesting domestic violence plodded down the pavement in women’s shoes.
The annual “Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser drew over 100 walkers with a crowd of over 200, double the size of last year, according to a representative from Battered Person’s Advocacy who sponsored the event. Read More
Umpqua Community College transfer student, David Henry, has always tried to get the most out of life. Although he is only 32-years-old, he has experienced many adventures, from working at several national parks to experiencing the rigors of being a father and aspirations of furthering his education. But his biggest adventure came on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2008. Read More
Douglas Umpqua Basin area is renowned as an outdoor recreation wonderland. However, with the sheer volume of hiking destinations, figuring out the best trails can be a daunting task. Read on for a short guide to some of the best local hiking options. Read More
A growing number of UCC students, local citizens and a few faculty members have recently decided to start doing something about the lack of choices regarding the way our elected officials are selected. They have formed a group called the “Independent Voters of Oregon.” Though the group is not affiliated with Umpqua Community College in any way, many of its members can be found across campus. Read More
The Bureau of Land Management found itself in a standoff with Nevada rancher Clive Bundy and a group of heavily armed supporters earlier this month. Fortunately the tense situation was defused when the federal government backed down and de-escalated the situation. We asked students at UCC what they thought of this complex situation. Read More
A new generation of anonymous social networks is sweeping the country. Secret, Whisper, and Yik Yak have become popular smart phone apps on many college campuses but like other gossip sites, such as Juicy Campus, that have come and gone, it is difficult to discern the actual utility in the midst of all the trolling, threats and slander. Read More
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