The American River Current

New bill would allow B.A. degrees in California community colleges

Melissa Hurtado, Kyle Moore, Melissa Hurtado, and Kyle Moore

March 17, 2014

A bill introduced early this year to the California Senate could make California community colleges eligible to offer bachelor’s degrees. Senate Bill 850, sponsored by Marty Block (D-San Diego) would allow the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to authorize an eight year pilot program f...

Student Senate at March in March

Melissa Hurtado, John Ferrannini, John Ferrannini, and Melissa Hurtado

March 13, 2014

By Melissa Hurtado and John Ferrannini American River College students marched from Raley Field to the Capitol in downtown Sacramento as part of the sixth March in March after months of planning from the Associated Student Body Student Senate. Instead of looking ahead at the Capitol in hopes of giving A...

Student leaders remember slain disabled

ASB Student Senate Senator Shayana Mendes weeps as the names of hundreds of disabled people who were killed by their parents or caregivers are read during a candlelight vigil at the California Capitol. (Photo by Emily K. Rabasto)

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

March 11, 2014

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) held a candlelight vigil at Capitol Park on Friday March 7 to remember those disabled people who have been murdered by their  family or caretakers. ASAN is a non profit organization that advocates for those with autism and also aims to educate communities a...

Vigil to be held to mourn disabled people murdered by caretakers

Vigil to be held to mourn disabled people murdered by caretakers

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

March 5, 2014

On March 7, a candle-light vigil will be held near the capitol, to remember those with disabilities who have been murdered by their parents or caretakers. The vigil will be hosted by the Sacramento chapter of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, a nonprofit organization. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m., ...

ARC prepares for accreditation

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

March 2, 2014

American River College is at the tail end of a six-year accreditation process, a topic that has been largely discussed after Californias largest community college, City College of San Francisco lost its accreditation. All of the Los Rios Community College District schools will  be up for review in January 2015...

Ukrainian students react to deadly protests in Ukraine

Brooke Purves and Melissa Hurtado

February 27, 2014

American River College’s Ukrainian community is watching closely as the events in the Ukraine and keeping in contact with loved ones close to the protests. Students from states of the former Soviet Union make up some of the largest groups of English as a second language (ESL) students on the ARC ca...

Opinion: There’s no shot for this “affluenza”

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

February 22, 2014

Last year, 16-year-old Texan Ethan Couch crashed his car while under the influence of alcohol, killing four people and seriously injuring two others. His punishment, 10 years probation and time in an expensive rehabilitation facility, has outraged the nation. Couch’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal ...

ARC student and employee murdered in attempted robbery

Photo courtesy of the Zhuchenko family

Ed Gebing, Melissa Hurtado, Ed Gebing, and Melissa Hurtado

February 12, 2014

By Ed Gebing and Melissa Hurtado Many students came back to campus from the winter break carrying full backpacks and heavy hearts. Over the break, it was reported that American River College student and staff member Marc Zhuchenko, had been killed in what was an attempted robbery of the O'Reilly...

ASB’s upcoming events in the spring semester

Jimmy Espinosa, aka “Pro Mañon,” American River College student, commercial music recording major, on Jan. 31, 2014, checking out the books for his class. Espinosa considered either purchasing or renting textbooks for his classes. (Photo by Alex Panasenko)

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

February 4, 2014

The Associated Student Body Student Senate Spring semester agenda includes various advocacy events and the elections for next year’s student leaders. Student Senate President Kenneth Hinton says that in these few months they have “a lot of work to get done.” One of the larger upcoming events...

Disabled student receives new iPad after his is snatched from him on campus

At approximately 6 p.m. on Monday night, a student who is confined to a wheelchair had their iPad stolen by a man near the basement floor of the American River College library. (Photo by Emily K. Rabasto)

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

February 3, 2014

The incident regarding a disabled student that had his iPad stolen right out of his wheelchair on Monday evening touched people’s hearts, but also has students concerned for the overall safety on campus. “The student actually uses the iPad to communicate, in other words he’s not able to verbalize ...

ARC basketball programs donate Friday’s game proceeds to Zhuchenko family

Sophomore guard Gloria Garcia goes for a layup in Friday nights game against the Sierra College Wolverines, the proceeds of which went to the Marc Zhuchenko memorial fund.

Melissa Hurtado, John Ferrannini, John Ferrannini, and Melissa Hurtado

January 27, 2014

By Melissa Hurtado and John Ferrannini The proceeds from ticket sales and the concession stand during Friday’s men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader against Sierra College were donated to the family of recently killed American River College student and employee, Marc Zhuchenko. Friends...

Marc Zhuchenko service to be held Saturday

Marc Zhuchenko service to be held Saturday

Melissa Hurtado and Melissa Hurtado

January 16, 2014

The funeral service for former American River College student and employee Marc Zhuchenko, who was killed last Thursday, will be held this Saturday. The 22-year-old passed away after being shot during an attempted robbery at the O’Reilly Auto Parts where he worked up until the events of that night. He...

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