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LRCCD factors in the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19

Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts have been warning of the potential for a second wave of the virus to hit during the fall months when flu cases tend to naturally rise. The Los Rios Community College District says it is prepared for whatever the future holds in regards to the virus as it has been taking the necessary precautions. (Photo from freepik.com)

Oden Taylor, Feature Editor

October 23, 2020

Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts have been warning of the potential for a second wave of the virus to hit during the fall months when flu cases tend to naturally rise. The Los Rios Community College District says it is prepared for whatever the future holds in regards to the virus a...

Pride Center invites LGBTQ+ students to spill their tea

The American River College Pride Center invites LGBTQ+ students to spill their tea by attending Communi-Tea Tuesdays, a virtual Pride Center Space, during the fall 2020 semester. (Photo courtesy of the ARC Pride Center)

Oden Taylor, Feature Editor

October 21, 2020

The American River College Pride Center is holding a weekly virtual event, Communi-Tea Tuesdays, as a way to help create a space for LGBTQ+ students to talk and share their experiences while they are away from campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alejandra Fernadez Garcia, pride program specialist...

5 family friendly Halloween movies to watch this October

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” was released in 1966 and is a movie that the whole family can enjoy. (Photo courtesy of Lee Mendelson Film Productions)

Heather Amberson, Arts & Culture/Sports Co-Editor

October 21, 2020

With Halloween coming up and everyone staying inside, there is a lot more time to spend with family—time that can be used to watch some movies together. Here is a list of five family-friendly movies to watch from now until Halloween. 1. Halloweentown | 1998 | Available on Hulu or Disney+ “Halloweentown”...

ARC student dead after suffering gunshot wounds from shooter

On Oct. 5, a shooter entered the halal market pictured above on El Camino Avenue and struck three victims. The first victim, identified by the college as Shujauddin Omar Kheil, was an American River College student, and died in a hospital shortly after he was transported there. (Photo by Ariel Caspar)

Ariel Caspar, Editor-In-Chief

October 20, 2020

An American River College student, identified as Shujauddin Omar Kheil, died by fatal gunshot wounds on Oct. 3 after a 33-year-old gunman entered a halal market in Arden Arcade and opened fire, striking three people. The other two victims of the shooting are recovering at area hospitals, and the shoo...

STEM building complete, but sits empty amid pandemic

The new building at the ARC campus (STEM building), has been finished since earlier in August, but some of the furniture and some final touches have yet to be made on the interior of the building, although the outside it’s complete. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Blevis, ARC campus operator supervisor)

Emily Mello, Photo Editor

October 19, 2020

After the campus shut down last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, American River College’s administrative staff guaranteed that the new Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) building would be ready this summer. The Los Rios Community College District’s decision to transition classes...

Newsom signs legislation allowing incarcerated firefighters to become professionals upon release

California sees a decline in firefighters as many incarcerated firefighters in the Conservation Camp Program (CCP) have been released due to prison overcrowding and the fear of outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus within prisons. Upon release, these people were not eligible for professional employment as firefighters. Gov. Gavin Newsome decided to change this reality by signing AB-2147 which allows incarcerated firefighters to become professionals upon release. (File photo)

Oden Taylor, Feature Editor

October 19, 2020

“I remember intense heat and smoke, exploding trees and the eerie orange glow at night sleeping in the hose bed of the fire engine,” Byron Gustafson said as he recalled his career in firefighting.  Gustafson is the dean of the Sacramento Regional Public Safety Training Center at American River Colleg...

Voters encouraged to vote early to avoid crowds during COVID-19

The Nov. 3 election will continue as planned despite concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the world in 2020. Millions are expected to turn out to the polls the day of the election, though masks will be required through California and many places nationwide in order to vote in person. (Photo courtesy of Glen Carrie)

Irvis Orozco, Staff Writer

October 18, 2020

The ballot for the 2020 election will address many hot topic issues, including healthcare, immigration, climate change, education and others. Your vote will determine the results of how our local communities move forward.  Courtney Bailey-Kanelos, of the Sacramento County’s Voters Registrar's office, talked to the Current about ho...

Students struggle and faculty scrambles with the announcement of the online spring 2021 semester

As American River College makes the announcement of another online semester, students and professors will need to prepare themselves for the hardships of working from home this current semester has already brought. (Photo Illustration by Brandon Zamora)

Oden Taylor and Brandon Zamora

October 15, 2020

On Sept. 16, the American River College communications office announced in an email to students and faculty that the spring 2021 semester will be almost completely online, with exceptions made for a limited number of departments such as the medical program.  Scott Crow, ARC’s public information offic...

EMT program at ARC still on campus, deals with new adaptations

Anysia Hernandez, an EMT program major, simulates a cervical immobilization on a stretcher that is made for trauma patients. This photo was taken before the campus shut down on March 18, 2020. (Photo by Emily Mello)

Emily Mello, Photo Editor

October 13, 2020

With the setbacks COVID-19 created this year, the Emergency Medical Technology program at American River College has been adapting since the campus shut down on March 18. The program is one of the few authorized programs allowed to hold face-to-face classes on campus this semester. Even after the cam...

CCC chancellor addresses student media in quarterly ConferZoom meeting

Quarterly Zoom press conferences with student media have become commonplace since the onset of the pandemic. (Screenshot by Thomas Cathey)

Thomas Cathey, Managing Editor

October 12, 2020

California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley hosted the first scheduled quarterly teleconference meeting of the semester with CCC’s student media on Sept. 24, where he provided important updates for fall 2020.  Oakley began the press conference by mentioning the annual Undocumented Stude...

ASB creates exclusive website

Student Senate president Naomi Dasari explains the new independently-operated ARC Associated Student Body website during the meeting on Sept. 4, 2020.

Thomas Cathey, Managing Editor

October 12, 2020

The Associated Student Body (ASB) at American River College created its own independent website in early September in an attempt to provide more details for students about what’s going on in their association. During its first Student Senate meeting of the fall semester, ASB passed SB F20-01, a b...

Online classes under attack by “Zoom bombers”

Across the country since the start of the pandemic, Zoom meetings, including synchronous online classrooms in the Los Rios Community College District have been under attack by a new cyber threat, Zoom bombers. (Photo courtesy of pixabay.com)

Brandon Zamora, Opinion Editor

October 9, 2020

Across the United States, community colleges and universities holding synchronous online classes have experienced ongoing problems with people coming into virtual classrooms unannounced and causing a disturbance. These virtual invaders are known as “Zoom bombers.” According to Scott Crow, ARC’s communicati...

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