The American River Current

Queens of the stage

Kima LaRue performs as a drag queen at a bar in Sacramento called Sidetrax. LaRue co-hosts the event drag queen showcase event. (Photo by Joseph Daniels)

Joseph Daniels and Itzin Alpizar

May 11, 2016

An earlier version of this attributed the quote, “It’s all the weird stuff that nobody really wants to get into, which kind of becomes a kind of a strength for most of us who got into it, because it is like it is one of the things that we know about," to Jordo Medina, but in fact was said by dra...

Overcoming anorexia

Cannessa Lewis is an American River College student who writes a blog documenting her struggles with both obsessive-compulsive disorder and anorexia. (Left, photo courtesy of: Trena Lewis Right, photo courtesy of: Trent Carey)

Joseph Daniels

May 11, 2016

Cannessa Lewis’s parents realized during her childhood that their daughter was a talented athlete, and during high school, she was offered full ride soccer scholarships from schools across the country. This all changed in her junior year of high school when she began to exhibit obsessive compulsive...

Ye olde fight club

Members of the North West region

Joseph Daniels

May 11, 2016

As the rain pelted down onto their medieval armor, the two men began to stalk one another, figuring out how to defeat their opponent while staying diligent so that no one could tackle them from behind. Armored Combat League (ACL) is a sports organization that features armed combatants who fight in steel...

Up in smokes: the last days of the ban on marijuana

In spite of the fact that it is now possible for people to buy marijuana from a clinic, there are still some who rather get their product from the black market. (Photo by Robert Hansen)

Robert Hansen

May 10, 2016

Army veteran Nick House began smoking marijuana in high school with friends, then quit when he joined the military at age 21. After returning from the army, he quickly acquired a cannabis card. Weed dispensaries, both storefront and delivery, have established a strong presence since California voters...

Praying at American River College

Faith Covenant Community Church’s pastor Kendall Young prays with members of the congregation while embracing one another. The church meets every Sunday at ARC in Raef Hall. (Photo by Timon Barkley)

Shiavon Chatman

May 10, 2016

Small trickles of sweat appear on the preacher’s brow, intensity in his eyes and his voice becoming sharp as he preaches. As he speaks in a calm voice, the audience raises one hand to the ceiling and another to their heart with their eyes shut in agreement. The room is filled with loud music and...

Up in smoke: the last days of the ban on marijuana

In spite of the fact that it is now possible for people to buy marijuana from a clinic, there are still some who rather get their product from the black market. (Photo by Robert Hansen)

Robert Hansen

May 9, 2016

Army veteran Nick House began smoking marijuana in high school with friends, then quit when he joined the military at age 21. After returning from the army, he quickly acquired a cannabis card. Weed dispensaries, both storefront and delivery, have established a strong presence since California voters...

Fast cars and gearheads

Kodi Nelson works on his 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX on Feb. 23 2016. (Photo by Kyle Elsasser)

Matthew Nobert

May 9, 2016

For most people, cars are just another machine that brings them from point A to point B, and on the way there it tries to take every dollar out of their wallet. However, there is so much more behind these so called “machines” that a whole culture and community of millions of fans, called gearheads,...

DAM! Vol. 3 Issue 1 e-edition on issuu.com now!

DAM! Vol. 3 Issue 1 e-edition on issuu.com now!

Joseph Daniels

May 5, 2016

DAM! is a student-run magazine at American River College. Stories include athletes who train in strongman competitions, a combat league that uses medieval style weapons, a linguist who developed a fictional language for "Game of Thrones" and a look on the last days of the ban of marijuana.. Pick up...

Flipping tires

Allan Thrall flips a tire that weighs 440 pounds. Thrall is the owner of Untamed Strength, a gym that specializes in strongman training.  (Photo by Bailey Carpenter)

Timothy Lipuma

May 5, 2016

The popular conception of athletes who compete in strongman events is that they are always men who have bulging muscles that invoke images of Arnold Schwarzenegger; the reality is that the type of person who trains is more diverse. Karley Broadbent trains at Untamed Strength, a strongman gym a sh...

Constructing languages

David. J Peterson created the majority of the fictional language Dothraki, which is used in the television series 'Game of Thrones.' (Photo illustration by Allante Morris)

Justina Sharp

May 4, 2016

Everyday, the English language shifts and changes, with new words being introduced and old ones changing. This constant movement makes it one of the most complicated languages to learn. For those who already speak it, learning another can be an even bigger challenge. “In Europe, learning a foreign...

Handbags and handguns

Debbie MacDonald poses with her gun and purse. MacDonald is the founder of the Well Armed Woman Sacramento chapter, which is an all woman's firearm group. (Photo by Hannah Darden)

Hannah Darden

May 4, 2016

In a world where women cannot walk down the street after dark without the fear of violent or sexual assault, they need a way to defend themselves. Such is the belief of the Sacramento chapter of the Well Armed Woman (TWAW). Before making the decision to shoot someone, the person has to be okay wit...

DAM! Vol. 2 Issue 1 e-edition on issuu.com now!

DAM! Vol. 2 Issue 1 e-edition on issuu.com now!

May 5, 2015

DAM! is a student-run magazine at American River College. Stories include train hoppers, the art of the pickup, surviving suicide and a look into the life of the daughter of murderers. Pick up a copy in kiosks on campus or view the e-edition now.

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