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Tired of Sequels? Here are a few movies to check out this summer

Josh Baumbach and Josh Baumbach

May 8, 2013

When looking at the movie schedule, there are many movies followed with a “2” or a “3,” causing other movies without those numbers to be overlooked. These are the movies to take a chance on this summer. After Earth – May 31 – Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith star in this apocalyptic ...

The current experience

Josh Baumbach and Josh Baumbach

May 8, 2013

Editor-in-Chief Josh Baumbach recounts his four semesters at The Current When I decided to go back to school after working full-time for a few years, the first class I wanted to take was Introduction to Journalism, also known as JOUR 300. I had always loved writing about topics I cared about, and I th...

President Dr. Viar leaving ARC

President Dr. Viar leaving ARC

Josh Baumbach and Josh Baumbach

May 2, 2013

After eight years at American River College, ARC President Dr. David Viar has accepted the position of superintendent of the Glendale Community College District, effective July 1, 2013. During his tenure as president, Viar has overseen $150 million in renovations, and saw an average of 50,000 students...

BioShock Infinite leaves gamers on Cloud 9

BioShock Infinite leaves gamers on Cloud 9

Josh Baumbach and Josh Baumbach

March 30, 2013

When gamers were first introduced to “BioShock” in 2007, they were greeted with an instant classic. A failed underwater utopia with dark hallways and creepy inhabitants, the atmosphere of BioShock's city of Rapture was one of the reasons it was so successful. In “BioShock Infinite,” there is...

Tomb Raider explores a new path

Tomb Raider explores a new path

Josh Baumbach and Josh Baumbach

March 10, 2013

Lara Croft's pain is our gain The “Tomb Raider” franchise has had a history of being an entertaining, yet shallow game series. Lara Croft was always the perfectly-pixelated, quippy, do-no-wrong protagonist.  While this might have been acceptable for the PS1 era, the gaming community these da...

Damn, it feels good to be a gamer

Damn, it feels good to be a gamer

Josh Baumbach and Josh Baumbach

February 27, 2013

On Feb. 20th, gamers were eagerly anticipating what was dubbed “The Future of Playstation” event. They were expecting an announcement that would usher in the next generation of gaming, and Sony didn't disappoint, in announcing the arrival of the Playstation 4. After explaining the vastly improved...

A good day to end the Die Hard series?

A good day to end the Die Hard series?

Josh Baumbach and Josh Baumbach

February 16, 2013

Fifth installment of franchise feels like typical action flick Throughout the last 15 years, the “Die Hard” franchise has maintained an upper-echelon ranking in the annals of action movie greatness. Unfortunately, this prestige may become a bit tarnished after viewing “A Good Day to Die Hard...

Oscar predictions: take two

Oscar predictions: take two

Josh Baumbach and Josh Baumbach

February 13, 2013

Oscar season is here for the 85th time, and it brings the usual criticism with it. Around this time each year, many people ask why their favorite movie isn't nominated, usually without seeing the actual nominees.  Last year, I reviewed every nominee, and correctly predicted the winner (“The Artist”)...

Dear Kings, please stay

Dear Kings, please stay

Josh Baumbach and Josh Baumbach

February 13, 2013

I want the Kings to stay in Sacramento. This may be an unpopular statement for some people who had written them off as soon as they weren't making the playoffs anymore. Yet these same “fans” were there right alongside me cheering the Kings on during the playoff years of the early 2000s. I could...

Head to Head: Disney Purchase of LucasFilms

Not too long ago, in or very own galaxy, a $4 billion dollar deal is causing discord among fans. (Photo illustration by Daniel Romandia)

Jeff Gonzales, Josh Baumbach, and Garrit Rocha

November 25, 2012

CON When Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion, the news hit me like a rushing Rancor. I shouldn't have been surprised. After all, George Lucas has had a presence within Disney for many years now. Just ask anyone who has ridden the “Indiana Jones” ride or attended the Jedi Training Aca...

Most hated Facebook habits: version 2.0

Josh Baumbach and Josh Baumbach

November 8, 2012

Social gamers, Instagram-ers and other annoying Facebook behaviors I previously wrote a list of the Facebook habits I hated most back in 2011.  Since then, Facebook has added new features and forged new partnerships, unfortunately resulting in more annoyances.  These are five more Facebook habits t...

‘Assassin’s Creed III’ highlights rich history with naval battles, but game problems sink its ship

Josh Baumbach and Josh Baumbach

November 1, 2012

Stunning. Beautiful. Well-researched.  These are the words that best describe “Assassin's Creed III.”  Frustrating, repetitive, and even boring at times also best describe “ACIII,” unfortunately. The game is set in the mid-to-late 1700s, hopping around the east coast of the eventual United...

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