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It’s “Damn.” good

ARCurrent's Opinion Editor Jared Smith reviews

Jared Smith

May 3, 2017

In 2016, for “To Pimp A Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar almost tied the record for the most Grammy nominations in one night. With 11 nominations, Lamar only lost to Michael Jackson by one nomination. With his new album “Damn.” Lamar may beat that record, but as Lamar says on “Element.,” “I don’t ...

Social media has taken over our lives

Social media captures our attention for most of our days. Lets give it some time off. (Photo courtesy of Flickr)

Jared Smith

May 1, 2017

It used to be that in order to hear what’s going on with someone, or how they’re doing you’d have to go find and talk to them. Nowadays we have mass information about others in the palm of our hands. Social media is a huge part of a college student’s life today: According to the Harvard Ins...

“Fate of the Furious,” a fast film with great set pieces and little emotion.

Jared Smith

April 20, 2017

The “Fast and Furious” is an old franchise at this point. With the first film coming out in 2001, the franchise is fast approaching being 20 years old. In order to survive in an age where bombastic space films and superhero films bring in all the dough, the “Fast and the Furious” has adapt...

Eating healthy on a budget

Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive. Carrots are an easy snack that are cheap and low-calorie. (Photo by T.J Martinez)

Jared Smith

April 18, 2017

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it can be accomplished fairly easily even if you are on a budget. What is a healthy diet? According ARC nutrition professor Jana Gonsalves, a healthy diet consists of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for carbohydrates. For protein, the di...

ARC softball suffers heartbreaking defeat 11-2

ARC catcher Alexis Logan and Sac City College infielder Taylor Fratto during a women's softball game on April 4, 2017. (Photo by John Ennis)

Jared Smith

April 6, 2017

American River College’s softball team had a rough time playing Sacramento City College, losing 11-2. Sac City was the first to score in the second inning with two home runs. ARC struggled getting on base until the fifth inning when they got their first home run. The run was hit by infielder Kater...

Slavery is a bigger problem than ever

Sarah Bond from 3 Strands Global discusses human trafficking during ARC's College Hour. (Photo by John Ennis)

Jared Smith

April 3, 2017

Even with slavery abolished, America still has a slave problem. Today there are currently 21 million slaves in the world, more than ever in recorded history, according to the International Labor Organization. Seven percent of these slaves are from the ‘developed economies,’ North America, Canada, and the ...

ARC professor gives insight into “Underground Railroad”

American River College history professor Rudy Pearson reads a passage from Colson Whitehead’s novel “Underground Railroad” during a College Hour on March 23, 2017. The novel details a slave girl’s life and escape from a Georgia plantation. (Photo by Mack Ervin III)

Jared Smith

March 29, 2017

A reading of the New York Times bestselling book, “Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead was held for college hour on March 23. American River College history professor Rudy Pearson lead the lecture, who discussed and analyzed the book for its historical value. The college hour was hosted by ...

Vending machines missing due to vandalism

Two vending machines in the Liberal Arts hallway are missing. The empty gap where the machines should be in the Liberal Arts hallway, March 21 2017. (Photo by Jared Smith)

Jared Smith

March 27, 2017

Students may have noticed something missing on campus lately: The vending machines in the outside corridor between the Liberal Arts and Business and Computer Science buildings. American River College’s Communications and Public Information Officer Scott Crow said that the machines will be returni...

Opinion: Teachers should spice up the classroom

New York Times best-selling author Jay Heinrichs speaks to speech 302 students via Skype. (Photo by John Ennis)

Jared Smith

March 16, 2017

  Imagine being able to ask the author of your textbook anything you wanted. Speech professor David Austin recently organized a Skype call between Jay Heinrichs, author of his student’s textbook, “Thank You for Arguing,” and the students themselves. They had many questions and the resulting...

Students skype best-selling author

New York Times best-selling author Jay Heinrichs speaks to speech 302 students via Skype. (Photo by John Ennis)

Jared Smith

March 7, 2017

Laughter and questions, that’s not always what makes up your traditional class, but that was what ensued when students had the chance to speak with the New-York Times best-selling author of their textbook, Jay Heinrichs. Heinrichs, the New York Times best-selling author of the textbook, “Thank You f...

ARC scholarship deadline coming soon

ARC gives out scholarships each year. Apply for one before March 2. (Photo courtesy of Flickr user 401(k) 2012 https://www.flickr.com/photos/68751915@N05/6355351769 no changes were made.)

Jared Smith

March 1, 2017

The deadline for applying for online student scholarships is approaching fast: By 4 p.m. March 2, all applications must be turned in. Applying for a scholarship takes a maximum of 30 minutes. To qualify for the scholarship application students  must have a minimum GPA of at least 2.0. Students have to h...

Artists of Sacramento call for art

Artists of Sacramento are calling for art for First Fest, which will be held from May 6-7. All artwork is due by March 10. (Photo courtesy of First Festival's Facebook Event Page)

Jared Smith

February 22, 2017

Artists of Sacramento is hosting a call for art for First Festival, which takes place May 6 and 7. The Festival will be at Riverwalk Park in West Sacramento. The deadline for posting art, by email, is March 10. According to their event page, it will be a “grassroots, all local festival that ...

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