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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...

Trump and Biden struggle to stay civil and on topic as they face off in the first 2020 presidential debate

President Donald Trump (left) and former Vice President Joe Biden (right) go head-to-head in the first of three scheduled presidential debates on Sept. 29, 2020. The Commission on Presidential Debates at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland hosted the event and Fox News’ Chris Wallace moderated. 
(CNN screenshot)

Oden Taylor, Feature Editor

October 7, 2020

On Sept. 29 in a small auditorium adorned with red, white and blue patriotism, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden ascended to the star-spangled debate stage for the first of three presidential debates preceding the Nov. 3 presidential election.  The debate was split into six roughly 15-min...

College fees disgust some CA students during pandemic

The transition to online classes at Sac State has led to decreased class quality and less engagement between professors and students, yet tuition and fees have not decreased, according to an anonymous student. (Photo courtesy of pixabay.com)

Nick Subia, Staff Writer

October 4, 2020

While some California college students say they are pleased with their school’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, others say they are infuriated that the closure of campuses was not followed by a reduction in cost of attendance.  While all local colleges have offered their students federal eme...

ARC’s automotive department gets creative with online classes

 While American River College's automotive department is unable to hold classes on campus, they find unique ways to teach their courses online in the fall 2020 semester. (Photo by Ariel Caspar)

Brandon Zamora, Opinion Editor

October 3, 2020

While the fall 2020 semester at American River College is the first academic session to be completely online, there are still some departments adapting to the new changes. The automotive department is one of those areas of study dealing with the challenges of teaching online. Before the pandemic,...

District continues to monitor possible COVID-19 exposures

In early September, the nursing program at American River College was voluntarily and temporarily suspended out of concern for possible exposures to the COVID-19 virus. To date, the college has received no reports of exposures. (Photo by Ariel Caspar)

Ariel Caspar, Editor-In-Chief

October 2, 2020

Since the start of the fall 2020 semester, the Los Rios Community College District has voluntarily and temporarily suspended two separate programs on two of its campuses out of concern that students and employees might be exposed to the Covid-19 virus. According to Gabe Ross, LRCCD associate vice...

Social justice courses use history lessons to empower change

Asha Wilkerson, department chair of Legal Studies, and Sociology professor for the fall 2020 semester is co-teaching Introduction to Social Justice Studies (SJS 300) in a synchronous online course at American River College. The SJS 300 course is a required course for students majoring in social justice. (Photo by Ariel Caspar)

Ariel Caspar, Editor-In-Chief

September 30, 2020

Over the last couple of years, the Los Rios Community College District has gone through an institutional redesign, with a commitment to the social justice and equity of all students who have experienced a systemic disproportionate impact on multiple levels. This commitment was added to the district’s m...

ASB continues to fight for better financial aid packages

ARC Student Senate President Naomi Dasari (pictured, right, on Sept. 13, 2019) has been lobbying for SB 291 and more affordable college since last semester. (File photo by Alexis Warren)

Thomas Cathey, Managing Editor

September 29, 2020

Early last year, California lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 291, which would alter financial aid packages so that they include the cost of living while attending a community college. Since then, Naomi Dasari, the newly-appointed Student Senate president at American River College, has made it a priority of hers to get the bill passed and make community college more afford...

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