The American River Current

Opinion: Students shouldn’t be pressured to pick a major

Students don't need to pick their majors right away in order to have a fulfilling college experience and transfer. (Photo by Mychael Jones)

Lena DoBynes

December 1, 2015

Almost every college student is asked the classic “what’s your major” question and while some can answer confidently in under five seconds, there are many students who struggle to find a response. Many people view a student who has not decided on a major as a person who has no direction in lif...

Take this class: ART 376

Art new media student Charles Kinter places his piece of metal into the forge in order to make the metal easier to shape in his class, ART 376: Functional Sculpture on Tuesday, November 24, 2015. The course focuses on working metal and using tools found in the blacksmithing market to make art that serves a purpose. Kinter said that working with the material has helped him in his art new media classes. (Photo by Lena DoBynes)

Lena DoBynes

November 24, 2015

The loud clang of metal on metal, the almost overwhelming heat against one’s face as they open the forge doors, and the look of the bright hot metal as it is pulled out of the fire are some of the various elements in the day-to-day life of a student taking ART 376: Functional Sculpture. Found within the ...

Faculty now able to contact campus police via desktop icon

A screenshot of a faculty member's computer shows the emergency response notification icon, or ERNI, near the top, right corner. The ERNI was installed on computers of faculty and staff as part of the American River College administration's Safe Campus Initiative. (Screenshot of ARC faculty computer)

Lena DoBynes

November 20, 2015

In an effort to increase campus safety, many faculty members’ computers across campus were installed with a program that allows the user a new avenue to contact campus police. The Emergency Response Notification Icon, or ERNI, appears as a bright pink triangle with an exclamation point in the center...

ARC to decorate recycling bins with student art

'Eyeball Dance' by Neil Putnam, left, and 'Blue Hands' by Daniel Meidinger and Andria Arnott are two pieces of artwork by American River College students to be placed on recycle bins on campus. (Photos by Karen Reay)

Lena DoBynes

November 16, 2015

The Earth painted in shades of blue and pink featuring a large eyeball is one of the artworks that will be displayed on trash bins that will be “upcycled” into recycling bins on the American River campus in coming weeks. Student Neil Putnam, the artist of “Earth’s Watching,” said that it was ...

Opinion: Students should disconnect from their cellphones

A photo illustration depicts a hand breaking through the screen of a cellphone. It has been said that at the beginning of each morning, 62 percent of people grab for the phone that is more than likely tucked beside their pillow (Photo illustration by Lena DoBynes).

Lena DoBynes

October 29, 2015

Update, Oct. 29 at 3:36 p.m.: The word their was initially misspelled in the headline.  With the rise of the cellphone, any activity that takes time away from the small tantalizing device of endless distractions is gradually becoming of less importance to the masses. According to an article ...

MESA launches ARC students into NASA’s orbit

American River College student Cecile Thompson speaks with student Nemi McCarter about the Engineering Club. Thompson was chosen to participate in the NASA onsite experience at the Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California where she will create a rover that must be able to function properly if placed on the surface of Mars. (Photo by Lena DoBynes)

Lena DoBynes

October 23, 2015

Three American River College students will have the opportunity to participate in a three-day on-site experience at a NASA facility in California on Oct. 25. Biomedical engineering major Ralph Salazar, computer science major Anita Souv, and computer and electrical engineering major Cecilie Thompson...

Glovers shine a light on dance movement

This screenshot shows American River College students Anthony Perez and Vanessa Lamb perform a light show with gloves that are outfitted with LED lights. This type of performance has been associated with the electronic dance music scene. (Image capture of a video by Lena DoBynes)

Lena DoBynes

September 29, 2015

Tiny, multi-colored lights seemingly hanging in mid-air dance across the night air in a rainbow of colors. A sense of comfort washes over the body as the lights continue to float across the night, relaxing and hypnotizing as the viewer is drawn in deeper and deeper into the dance.   Gloving is ...

Students forced out after Heald College closure find their way to ARC

The sign for the Heald College campus in Roseville has been torn down, but their slogan

Lena DoBynes

September 17, 2015

No student ever thinks that after dedicating countless hours to studying and homework and after spending large amounts of money toward books and school supplies, they would receive news of their school closing, but in late April 2015 students across California attending the campuses of Heald College f...

Former ARC student athlete drowns trying to save friend

Carlos Francies, a sheriff's deputy with the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department, drowned in Lake Tahoe Aug. 13 while attempting to save a friend who he thought was drowning. Francies played football for American River College, participated in track and field and went on to play football for Sacramento State. (Photo courtesy of Sacramento State Athletics)

Lena DoBynes

September 17, 2015

A Contra Costa deputy and former American River College student athlete drowned on Aug. 13 in Lake Tahoe while attempting to rescue his friend who he thought was drowning. Carlos Francies, 30, was enjoying a day off from his job at the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department, where he worked as a...

Former theater student reflects on journey to first major

Sandra Hill, left, and Jonathan Blum, right,  opens up the play

Lena DoBynes and Jordan Schauberger

September 3, 2015

Sitting before a brightly lit stage filled with performers dressed in costumes and surrounded by laughing family and friends, American River College alum Karen Bombardier watched her first major directorial debut come to life. Long before Bombardier’s first big premiere, directing “The Great American...

Campus offers students alternative programs to transfer and obtain a degree

Campus offers students alternative programs to transfer and obtain a degree

Lena DoBynes and Lena DoBynes

May 12, 2015

American River College is offering alternative programs that allow people to transfer or gain their associate degree in two years. The Accelerated College Education program, commonly known as ACE, and the Cohort to Transfer program were developed with the goal of helping students succeed in college. Both...

Opinion: Reversing the driver courtesy nosedive

In their rush to get to their job or class on time, students and faculty frequently ignore parking space boundaries, making safe parking difficult for fellow pupils and colleagues. Since the start of the semester, there have been numerous vehicular incidents, including five hit and runs – four with no injuries and one with an injury – and two reckless driving occurrences.

Lena DoBynes and Lena DoBynes

April 20, 2015

With roughly 30,000 enrolled students at American River College, which houses five parking lots and a parking structure on campus, navigating the lots for parking spaces and getting to class on time can prove to be a bit of a hassle. Matters aren't helped when one’s peers have the tendency to think...

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