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ESRB’s lazy rating system turns a blind eye to simulated gambling

The Entertainment Software Rating Board or ESRB have been misrating games such as “NBA 2K20” that has an all ages rating but have game mechanics such as simulated gambling. (Photo Illustration by Brandon Zamora)

Brandon Zamora

October 18, 2019

In 1994, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) was created to help parents decide what video games would be safe for their kids to play. Twenty-five years later, they’ve completely thrown that idea out the window and don’t even bother to thoroughly play the games they’re supposed to be ...

Gun reform should not be limited to just preventing mass shootings

There have been 39 mass shootings in the United States this year according to the Gun Violence Archive (GVA). (Photo illustration by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Oden Taylor

October 14, 2019

“Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said during the third democratic debate on Sept.12.  The call for gun reform and regulation should not be limited to just preventing mass shootings. People are getting shot everyday and t...

Cancel culture is useless

Cancelling a celebrity doesn’t lead to the end of their career. (Photo Illustration by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Jack Harris

October 10, 2019

It can be difficult to define what it means to be “cancelled,” because just like every other child of the internet, it exists in a nebulous, fluid state. To paint in broad strokes, being cancelled is to be rejected by some people on the internet, and it usually begins on Twitter. Common motivations ...

“It Chapter Two” entertains, but not like “Chapter One”

(Photo courtesy of Warner Brother's Studios)

Thomas Cathey

September 17, 2019

2017’s “It” proved to be a successful standout in a Hollywood industry filled with reboots, spinoffs and remakes. Currently standing at an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, the first installment of the modern-day “It” franchise delivered with great chemistry between the main cast members, creative sca...

Don’t buy into the vaping industry

 As of Sept. 10, there have been at least 478 confirmed cases of breathing related illnesses linked to vaping in 25 states, including California, and the death count has risen to six. (Photo illustration by Ariel Caspar)

Ariel Caspar

September 16, 2019

An alarming trend has caught my attention on and off campus recently: e-cigarettes and vaping. I have observed many friends take on the habit over the years and my observations have led to a strong yet unprofessional opinion that vaping is addictive and damaging no matter how old or mature you think...

Will the campus construction ever end?

As construction is being worked on, students have to deal with the hardship of getting to their class on time. (Photo by Brandon Zamora)

Brandon Zamora

September 16, 2019

Another semester, another four months of hearing drills, hammering and trucks backing up as we walk to class at American River College. It's been almost two years since construction of the new STEM Facility (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) started at ARC. While construction to the building i...

Removing the stigma on therapy

Many students struggle with their mental health or personal difficulties, but have reservations about going to therapy. (Photo illustration by Irene Jacobs)

Irene Jacobs

May 15, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, but aside from the occasional social media post telling you that you’re worth it, the whole movement may fall under the radar. There is so little to be seen of people encouraged to seek out help — real, tangible help, not just a grocery list of suicide hotli...

Stop letting trends rule what you wear

Opinion editor Imani Smith sports the current microglasses trend. It’s important to have your own sense of style without being influenced by what others find fashionable. (Photo illustration by Irene Jacobs)

Irene Jacobs

May 15, 2019

You know that feeling when you’re flicking through old photos and come across a picture of yourself wearing something that causes you to cringe so hard you feel it in your core? It happens to everyone — whether you’re sporting a skirt over bootcut jeans or a mullet that would make country singer ...

Living at home during college is valuable experience

Living at home while trying to get through college can be challenging, but you can choose to make the best of it. (photo by Hannah Caspar)

Ariel Caspar

May 15, 2019

Living at home while trying to get through college can be a blessing and a curse. As someone who lives at home, I’ve found it can be challenging, but I’ve also come to appreciate my home and my family. Living at home has been a period of my life that I am grateful for and has helped me to mature...

Going back to school is not as easy as you think

Staff writer Anthony Barnes returns to American River College after a six year break filled with many hardships which led him back on track to obtain a college degree. (Photo illustration by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Anthony Barnes

May 15, 2019

I blew it. I’ve been out of school for too long. I should have just gone to a community college straight out of high school. All of these thoughts ran through my mind when I was struggling with the decision to return to school. If I had to guess, there are a handful of students in their late twenties at Americ...

Groundbreaking animation means more than 3D

Photo courtesy of  Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation in association with Marvel.

Ariel Caspar

May 14, 2019

In an era dominated by 3D animation, we should not forget to appreciate other amazing films that have successfully taken on different animation approaches. Society has grown very comfortable with 3D animation, and this has caused a narrow-mindedness when it comes to animation in general. When an ani...

Students should consider scholarships and grants more often

Kayla Sepulveda, criminal justice major, holds her scholarship certificate granted from the Los Rios Community District and the Pride Center at ARC on May 7, 2019. (Photo by Breawna Maynard)

Breawna Maynard

May 13, 2019

Most college students are working multiple jobs and struggling financially when it comes to going to school full-time or part-time. It can be stressful dealing with personal things such as rent or bills while going to school and also having to worry about assignment deadlines and grades. For those at a u...

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