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We love live sports, but they’re not essential

Pro-wrestlers perform during the Virgil Flynn Production: Legacy 4th anniversary, a live wrestling event, at Cafe Colonel on July 6, 2019. On April 14, the state of Florida declared that all sports, including professional wrestling, are now deemed as essential services, which allows sporting events to resume in the state. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Brandon Zamora, Sports Editor

May 5, 2020

Earlier this year, the lives of everyone in the world changed with the spread of the coronavirus and every country going under quarantine, keeping nearly everyone at home. Since then, nearly all sports and live events have been put on hold. However, the state of Florida just declared all sports as essent...

With churches becoming the center of coronavirus cases, church communities must move online

New Life Community Church, a church in the Sacramento region, pictured here, is one of the many churches in Sacramento that has chosen to follow stay-at-home orders and has transitioned all of their services and sermons online. (Photo by Ariel Caspar)

Ariel Caspar, Editor-in-Chief

May 5, 2020

The California shelter-in-place order has made our lives drastically different. Non-essential businesses and facilities have been ordered to shut down in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus that has killed nearly 2,000 Californians, according to Worldometer, an international statistics ...

Large fast food chains are endangering the public by staying open

Fast food companies that are choosing to keep drive-thrus open during the COVID-19 pandemic are putting their employees and the public at risk to contract this contagious virus. (Photo courtesy of freestocks.org)

Josh Ghiorso, Arts & Culture Editor

May 5, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 has caused many small businesses to shut down and larger chains to close, however there are still essential places that need employees. Essential workers are those like nurses and doctors, but also grocery store employees, fast food places and a few others.  But are all of...

Transitioning interactive arts classes online has come with challenges

Theater arts professor Sam Williams lectures for his Theory and Techniques of Acting II class on monologues. The class, which formerly met in person at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, meets now on ConferZoom at the same time, but not everyone is in attendance. (Photo by Alex Muegge)

Alex Muegge, Staff Writer

May 5, 2020

Both professors and students in the music, art and theater arts departments continue to struggle with transitioning their interactive classes online after the coronavirus-induced shut-down of American River College on March 13. The most challenging classes prove to be the ones where the students used ...

Why hoarding during the COVID-19 pandemic is unnecessary and selfish

Why hoarding during the COVID-19 pandemic is unnecessary and selfish

Marquala Brown, Social Media Manager

May 5, 2020

During the second week of March when schools and businesses began to close down due to the health risk of exposure to COVID-19, and government officials started discussing the possibility of enforcing social distancing, many people rushed to stores like Costco, Safeway, and Raleys to stock up on items...

Sacramento Police Department warns the public to practice social distancing or possibly face arrest

In response to local car meet ups and large house parties, the Sacramento Police Department announced in a news release on April 15, 2020, that it will continue to enforce the “stay-at-home” public health order by leading with education rather than punishment, but threatens fines or even arrests for “blatant violators”. (Photo courtesy of reshot.com)

Oden Taylor, News Editor

May 1, 2020

The Sacramento Police Department will continue to enforce the “stay-at-home” public health order by leading with education rather than punishment but threatens fines or even arrests for “blatant violators” of the order, according to a press release issued by the department on April 15. &nbs...

Allergies vs. Covid- 19

It's allergy season. Although allergy and COVID-19 symptoms may have some similarities, they are very different. During this time, it's important to educate yourself on COVID-19 symptoms and misconceptions. (Photo by Haven Bishop)

Haven Bishop, Staff Writer

April 30, 2020

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, cases throughout the United States have been rising and there has been widespread confusion over what the symptoms are and how to detect them. With allergy season among us, it is important that people aren’t going to hospitals to possibly expose themselves to the virus thinkin...

CCC Chancellor aims to make grading policies more “flexible” during pandemic

Pictured here is a screenshot from a virtual press conference hosted by CCC Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley as he addresses student media in on April 14, 2020.

Thomas Cathey, Managing & Feature Editor

April 30, 2020

California Community Colleges (CCC) Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley and Vice-Chancellor Marty J. Alvarado hosted a ConferZoom press conference with student media on April 14, addressing many questions regarding the current educational climate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oakley started the news conference by highli...

As coronavirus continues to spread, conspiracy theorists have a field day

Conspiracy theories spread and become popular topics of discussion because of the spread of misinformation online. It's important to remember conspiracies are theories and are not fact until proven otherwise. (Photo courtesy of 123RF.com)

Ariel Caspar, Editor-in-Chief

April 29, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic was one of the most unexpected things to come out of 2020. Months ago, we heard about a new virus that was breaking out in a small Chinese village, but we never thought it would affect our lives in Sacramento.  Many people still don’t believe it actually has. There is a...

IRS sends out more than 80 million stimulus checks to ‘eligible’ citizens

The IRS has sent out more than 80 million stimulus check payments to 'eligible' citizens. Anyone claimed as a dependent on someone else's tax return will not be eligible to receive the check. (Photo courtesy of pixabay.com)

Heather Amberson, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

With uncertain times and millions out of work due to COVID-19, the government has approved a one time $1,200 stimulus check to all eligible Americans.  According to the Internal Revenue Service website, anyone who has a “social security number that is valid for employment and is a U.S. citizen,”...

Marketing club persists to bring revolutionary glasses tech to stores to help the visually impaired navigate public spaces

The American Marketing Association club at American River College planned to market AIRA glasses to grocery store chains after they were brought to ARC’s campus. Users with the glasses connect to an agent, available 24/7, to navigate them around the space. (Photo courtesy of Ron Morris)

Alex Muegge, Staff Writer

April 29, 2020

The American Marketing Association club at American River College was in the early research development stages of a marketing campaign for Artificial Intelligence Remote Access (AIRA) glasses before the coronavirus shutdown.  AIRA is a company focused on assisting people who are visually impaired. ...

ARC still plans to host graduation even though ceremony was canceled

With all May ceremonies cancelled, American River College explores alternative options so students may still experience a commencement ceremony. (Photo courtesy of pixabay.com)

Bram Martinez, Arts & Culture Editor

April 29, 2020

Events have been canceled all over the country, with rules for no large gatherings of people.  This can include concerts and festivals,  as well as graduation ceremonies for American River College for spring 2020. ARC President Thomas Greene says he understands why these ceremonies matter, especia...

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