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Los Rios and Sierra College break the news that fall semester will be fully online

Due to the recent news from the California Governor's Office that the same social distancing guidelines will most likely be in place this fall, the Los Rios Community College District and other college districts in California have announced their fall semesters will be entirely online. (Photo by Emily Mello)

Ariel Caspar, Alex Muegge, and Emily Mello

May 14, 2020

In wake of the coronavirus-induced campus shutdown in March, the Los Rios Community College District has asked students to prepare to go online for the fall semester. On May 12, Los Rios Community College District Chancellor Brian King sent out an email on behalf of all Los Rios Community College pre...

Sacramento ranked No. 1 in lowest coronavirus infection rate

In a study done by the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento ranked No. 1 in lowest infection rate out of 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country. (Photo courtesy of pixabay.com)

Heather Amberson, Staff Writer

May 11, 2020

In a recent study done by the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento ranked No. one in lowest coronavirus infection rates among the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country. According to Brenda Bongiorno, communication and media officer for the department of health services, the article used data from mult...

Can students afford the transition to online classes?

School normally has the supplies, materials, and technology for a student who normally would not be able to afford, however this changes when all work is shifted online, forcing students to purchase things that normally would not be needed.  (Photo courtesy of pixabay)

Bram Martinez, Arts and Culture Editor

May 11, 2020

American River College shut its doors on March 16, and in the weeks since the switch to online, curriculum has been strenuous for both the teachers and students. The transition hasn’t been smooth because of restrictive store curfews, limited supplies, and an increase in unemployment. This transitio...

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...

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,”...

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...

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)

Alex Muegge, Staff Writer

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 the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Cheryl Watt, interim Child Development Center supervisor at ARC,...

Los Rios sets up COVID-19 relief fund for students in need

The Los Rios Colleges Foundation will be raising funds for students in need of financial relief, during the shelter-in-place order. The maximum award will be $500 per student. (photo courtesy of Alexander Mills)

Heather Amberson, Staff Writer

April 22, 2020

In response to all Los Rios Community College District campuses being shut down due to the coronavirus, Los Rios launched a COVID-19 relief fund to help out students impacted by the shutdown.  According to the relief fund website, through this fund, Los Rios will provide refurbished computers for stu...

Quaran-reads: 10 book suggestions for the readers out there

Reading can benefit you in many ways. It helps with thought development, increases your knowledge and understanding, keeps your mind active and further broadens your vocabulary. (Photo by Ariel Caspar)

Ariel Caspar, Editor-in-Chief

April 15, 2020

We are only a couple weeks into shelter-in-place, and I’m sure at this point many of you are over self-quarantining. With all the time off, it can be hard to find things to keep you busy and pass the time. For all the readers out there, this is a great chance to catch up on all that reading. You kno...

Video games to play while under quarantine

Video games are a good way to explore far away lands while staying at home. (Courtesy of Bagogames)

Bram Martinez

April 1, 2020

Some people still want social time, but COVID-19 is still a thing, so maybe isolation is a better route. Now that everyone is in quarantine, there are a limited amount of activities that can be done. Most people can waste their time watching TV or catch up on the book that people lie to themselves a...

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