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New First Lady documentary deals with bullying on a national scale
May 14, 2020

At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, in response to the future harsh criticism and bullying she and her family would receive in the White House as the first African-Americans to live there, then-First...

Essential workers should not be chastised; they’re doing their best

Department stores and restaurant employees are required to be masked, gloved or both in order to stay open during the coronavirus shutdown, yet people still feel the need to take their own precautions, regardless of whether or not it inconveniences a business. (Photo by Alex Muegge)
If you’re worried about getting the virus, stay home, or leave at your own risk
May 11, 2020

Customers and consumers that take extra measures to protect themselves against the coronavirus when they go out in public settings, should do so in a way that does not inconvenience the employees that...

ARC virtual live talent show to be postponed

ARC Idol and ARC's Got Talent, events put on by both the Center for Leadership and Development and the Music Department to showcase student and staff talent, will be postponed until the fall 2020 or spring 2021 semesters from lack of participation. (Photo courtesy of the Center for Leadership and Development)
Without enough participation “ARC’s Got Talent” event is being pushed to a later date
May 11, 2020

American River College’s talent event “ARC’s Got Talent” was postponed due to lack of student and faculty participation. On May 13, Mario Rodriguez, a student personnel assistant in the Student...

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)
Fine Arts professors get creative with remote learning
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...

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)
AIRA glasses project put on hold during shutdown
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...

ARC Child Development Center is closed, but other options are available

While some California child care providers are opening their centers to service the children of essential workers, American River College’s Child Development Center has been closed since March 13 when the Los Rios Community College District suspended all face to face interactions on campus. (Photo courtesy of Cheryl Watt)
Child care provided for children of essential workers, but it hasn't gone without some backlash
April 27, 2020

While some community child care centers have stayed open, American River College’s Child Development Center closed March 13, when all other campus operations were suspended, to prioritize alleviating...

Los Rios plans to go to remote through summer

According to the Los Rios Community College District chancellor Brian King, all summer courses for the LRCCD will be online with the fate of the fall semester still undecided. (Photo Illustration by Emily Mello)
April 16, 2020

With the spread of the coronavirus, the Los Rios Community College District plans to remain online for summer courses, according to the LRCCD chancellor Brian King. King sent out a faculty email on...

Enrollment system allows students to enroll into advanced psychology classes, only to drop when they find prerequisites are actually required

According to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, in fall 2019, a total of 3,374 students enrolled in psychology classes and only 69.18% graduated to the next course at American River college, meaning about 11 out of the average 36 in a class failed. (photo by Alex Muegge)
Several psychology students drop due to ARC catalog rule
April 15, 2020

American River College psychology students can enroll in any psychology classes next semester without having taken the prerequisites, but they won’t last very long. According to the 2019-2020 American...

Former ARC student hikes the globe

Asher attends a coming-of-age ceremony in Vanuatu, an island country off the eastern coast of Australia. He was introduced to the community through his friend in the Peace Corps. (Photo courtesy of Brian Asher)
High school teacher nears goal of traveling to every country in the world
April 15, 2020

Former American River College student Brian Asher is on a quest to travel to every country in the world–and he’s close. In his travels, Asher has seen a total of 195 countries already, with only...

Musicians on campus heckle student body to give them a listen

Hakem Burns a.k.a. NStinct, told the Current he bought his cover art for his mixtape, “DMIII,” from an 80-year-old homeless man. Burns says he selected the art because he believes it will make people think. (Photo courtesy of Hakem Burns)
March 4, 2020

If you thought the California Family Fitness representatives and several different religious booths heckling you to join their organizations around campus were bad, you have yet to run into American River...

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