The American River Current

Which democratic candidate has the most effective prison reform?

Four leading democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election propose their plans to reform the United States prison system.

Colin Bartley

December 12, 2019

With so many candidates running in the 2020 presidential election it can be difficult to know which best aligns with your personal views and beliefs. Arguably, the most hotly debated topic this election is prison reform, a subject that has been brought up time and time again by left-leaning activists...

Oak Cafe serves great food but okay service

Main Entree wild Mushroom pizza served at the Oak Cafe on Dec 4, 2019. (Photo by Colin Bartley)

Marquala Brown

December 12, 2019

American River College’s Oak Cafe restaurant, located in the culinary building near the theater parking lot, offers guests a great dining experience without spending a lot of money.  According to its website, the Oak Cafe is staffed entirely by students who rotate jobs, including host and serve...

ARC’s lack of urgency fails critical group

The American River College campus has failed to uphold the vision and mission statement, according to SOARD's recent findings on campus. (Photo illustration by Emily Mello)

December 11, 2019

The American River College faculty and administration recently added to the college’s vision and mission statement a commitment to social justice and equity. This new commitment was approved by the Los Rios Board of Trustees in 2017.  “American River College places students first in providing an ...

What it means to be a furry

The furry fandom is a diverse group of people who enjoy expressing themselves by identifying with their

Brandon Zamora

December 11, 2019

Everyone has a hobby of some kind. Some people like to go fishing, maybe play or watch sports or even like to just read. Then, there are people who have the hobby of dressing up in a raccoon mascot outfit on Saturday nights, and going bowling with their friends who also dress up in animal costumes.  ...

Your bank account wants you to thrift, so does the planet

Buying second-hand and donating to thrift stores helps the environment in mutiple ways. (Photo by Emily Mello)

Ariel Caspar

December 9, 2019

In the 1950’s, the fashion industry was purposeful and intentional. The clothing was well-made, expensive and well-taken care of. People cherished their clothing and its creation, and the goal was to make the clothing last as long as possible. In recent years, a concept has developed called “fast fashion,...

Award show committees continue to lack diversity

Award show committees often fail to acknowledge the talent black people showcase in the projects they put out. (Photo illustration by Alexis Warren)

Alexis Warren

December 2, 2019

I am a huge fan of watching award shows and the excitement I get when awards season approaches every year is pretty embarrassing, but it’s something that will never change.  During an award show, viewers often chime in on Twitter using a specific hashtag, with their opinions on the celebrities who w...

The on-going controversy over the n-word

The n-word has created an ongoing controversy about who should be allowed to say it. (Photo illustration by Alexis Warren)

Alexis Warren

November 26, 2019

It seems like I have the discussion of whether or not the n-word can be said by non-black people far too often. To be real, I’ve had this conversation one too many times and it’s frustrating, to say the least, with the ignorance people demonstrate when discussing this topic. If you have to questi...

BoJack finally stops treading water in new season

(Photo courtesy of Netflix)

Bram Martinez

November 6, 2019

“BoJack Horseman” is a Netflix original animated adult comedy series that first premiered Aug. 22, 2014. It aired the first part of its final season on Oct. 25. The show is known for its realistic  take on dealing with depression, trauma, addiction, self-destructive behavior, racism, sexism and th...

Outdated homophobic policies on donating blood still plague society

Disagreeably, gay men are unable to donate blood regardless of their HIV status. (file photo)

Oden Taylor

November 6, 2019

In the early ‘80s, rumors of a “gay disease” spread across America, completely misrepresenting Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) as something only gay people—specifically men—could contract. These rumors were perpetrated by what is now referred to as the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS...

Modern musicians put their persona before their art

Rapper Post Malone performs at the Golden 1 Center during his Runaway Tour in Sacramento, California on Sept. 19, 2019. The tour coincides with his wildly successful latest album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” which marks a departure from his earlier music. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Jack Harris

October 31, 2019

In the last 20 years, the way one consumes music has changed dramatically. The iPod and music streaming services have exponentially lowered the price of listening to music on demand. Additionally, the internet has made the world smaller and more accessible. Fans can see what their favorite musician is...

Pop media takes on immigration

Pop culture TV shows such as

Bram Martinez

October 30, 2019

On Sept. 25, Comedy Central aired its first episode of the 23rd season of “South Park,” titled Mexican Joker. In this episode, Randy Marsh defends his ‘tegridy’ (the name of his farm) while Kyle Brofloski is in an immigration camp, where he convinced the ICE members that they are taking part in cr...

Letter to the Editor: ARC President Thomas Greene responds to Current editorial

Letter to the Editor: ARC President Thomas Greene responds to Current editorial

October 24, 2019

On Wednesday, the AR Current posted an editorial criticizing the college’s response to the recent incident involving a hurtful flyer posted in the HUB. The concerns expressed in the editorial, and the criticisms of my and our handling of this situation, were valid. I sincerely apologize that this flye...

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