The American River Current

Puerto Rico tries to succeed while others try to secede

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

November 21, 2012

Puerto Rico could become the 51st state of the United States, possibly leaving Guam and the Philippines to wonder, “Damn, that could have been us.” The U.S. hasn’t allowed a state to join since Hawaii. That’s almost 50 years of nobody getting in. It is necessary for two-thirds of the U.S....

To Gov. Mitt Romney: Being Latino won’t help you in the election

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

October 24, 2012

Sorry, Gov. Mitt Romney, but even if you were a Latino it wouldn’t help you win the election. On a private recording at a fundraiser dinner, Romney jokingly said that had his father been born to Mexican parents, “I'd have a better shot of winning this." Unfortunately for Mitt, his father was...

Latino, Hispanic and the different flavors of Mexican-American terms

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

October 10, 2012

What do César Chavez, John Leguizamo and Bumblebee Man from The Simpsons have in common? You guessed it: they are all Latino, Hispanic or… one of those. Other options include Latino American, Mexican-American or the less popular and kind of offensive “brown people.” All the names are about...

When minorities become majorities

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

September 19, 2012

Fact: Kids are being born less white these days. For the first time in U.S. history, babies of color outnumbered Caucasian newborns 50 to 49 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It’s the latest bit of evidence illustrating the shifting demographics in our country. One-time minorities...

ARC track star qualifies for Olympic Trials

American River College sophomore sprinter Diondre Batson, center, crosses the finish line of the 100-meter race at the Stanford Invitational on April 6 in Palo Alto, Calif. Batson (10.27 seconds) set a school record in the race, and also set the school record in the 200-meter (20.53) on April 13 in Walnut, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Rick Anderson)

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

April 18, 2012

American River College standout sprinter Diondre Batson won the 100 and 200- meter events at the Stanford Invitational. The meet was on the first weekend in April on the 6th and 7th. The Invitational was as important to the Beavers as any other meet, said head ARC track and field coach Rick Anderson,...

ARC’s NFL Draft Picks

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

April 18, 2012

People are starving and suffering through withdrawal pains with almost no NFL action in over two months. (Luck)ily to satisfy the fans passion and hunger the best part of the football offseason is here. The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 26, 2012, and ends Saturday, April 28, 2012 in a three-day primetime...

Beaver sprinter leading the pack

ARC speedster Diondre Batson anchors the 4 x 100 meter relay team for the Beavers on March 3. (Photo courtesy of Dean Lophgren)

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

March 21, 2012

Less than a second to the average person is nothing. For a track and field sprinter, it’s a lifetime. And that’s how close Diondre Batson, All-American sprinter for the American River College track and field team, is from the world record in the 100-meter dash. Batson began this season the...

Track and field team rich in talent

The American River College track and field team running at practice on Feb. 15. (Photo by Bryce Fraser)

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

February 22, 2012

Sixty years. That’s how long it had been since the American River College track and field team won their first state title during last year’s championship run that included a sweep of conference, Nor Cal and state titles. “You go 60 years at this school, 60 years of track teams without ever...

Five Former Beavers sign with FBS programs

Five Former Beavers sign with FBS programs

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

February 8, 2012

Following the first undefeated season in school history, the American River College football team had a busy offseason of accolades. Eighteen players have been offered scholarships with 12 accepting the offers and five players transferring to NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools, formally known...

Soccer player Rico Brown manages the change from playing for top teams in Germany to ARC’s team

Freshman midfielder Rico Brown has taken time to adjust to living in California after growing up in Germany for the past 16 years. (Photo by Bryce Fraser)

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

November 17, 2011

When you have a father in the military, moving around is to be expected. Originally from San Francisco, Rico Brown, a midfielder for the American River College men’s soccer team, moved to Germany with his parents when he was only two years old. The Browns spent 16 years there because of his father’s...

Fast food fall favorites

Fast food fall favorites

Carlos Guerrero and Carlos Guerrero

November 9, 2011

The holiday season is upon us and the fast food chains are gearing up and giving us a little pumpkin flavor twist on their best desserts. McDonalds features a new pumpkin pie, while Jack in the Box offers their annual pumpkin shake. Against the advice of Weight Watchers, I reviewed both of them. Pumpkin...

Head to Head: NBA Lockout

Carlos Guerrero and Steven Paxaio

October 26, 2011

AS the NBA lockout continues to whittle down this coming season, the question remains: who is at fault and does anybody really care? NBA lockout? Just let me know when its over. The interest meter hardly moves when talking about this lockout. The NBA is fresh off its most successful season, arguably...

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