The American River Current

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

Los Rios scrambles to catch up in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic

In the midst of campus closures that went into effect on March 13, students and employees voice concerns about the sudden changes instructed by the LRCCD. (Photo by Emily Mello)

March 17, 2020

As of Wednesday, March 18 all Los Rios Community College District schools will close indefinitely in an effort to contain the COVID-19 virus. While there have been no confirmed cases of infection throughout the LRCCD, according to RAVE alerts, four medical students in the LRCCD were exposed to COV...

As coronavirus spreads in Sac, LRCCD closes campuses

Starting Wednesday, March 18, all campus facilities will be closed to all students, faculty, staff and community members, and classes will move to online or remote operations. (Photo illustration by Jennah Booth)

Ariel Caspar and Bram Martinez

March 13, 2020

As concerns about the coronavirus continue to grow throughout the college communities, the Los Rios Community College District announced March 12 that, effective Friday, March 13, the Los Rios district will suspend all face-to-face classes and student interactions, and beginning March 18, the campuse...

Los Rios district confirms first exposures to the COVID-19 virus

 Four LRCCD students were instructed to go on 14-day self quarantine after exposure to COVID-19. (Photo illustration by Emily Mello)

Ariel Caspar

March 2, 2020

On Thursday, American River College’s communications office reported to all Los Rios Community College District staff, faculty and student population through Rave Alerts sent via text and email, that two students, one from ARC and one from Cosumnes River College had both been exposed to an individ...

Former LRPD officer sentenced to 81 years in prison

Noah Winchester told the Current in 2014 that he served for the Sacramento Police Department for 10 years before joining the Los Rios Police Department, but other sources say he only served on the Sac PD for two years and left before his probationary period ended. (File photo by Adnan Ramic)

Ariel Caspar

February 19, 2020

“I will do whatever to keep my student’s safe,” Noah Winchester, former corporal with the Los Rios Police Department once said. That statement came during a November 2014 ride along with a former American River College Current reporter who observed Winchester conducting an off-campus drug bust. ...

Former ARC student and military contractor tragically killed in rocket attack

Former American River College student and Iraqi-American military contractor, Nawres Waleed Hamid was buried in the Greater Sacramento Muslim Cemetery on Jan. 4, 2020, after being killed in a rocket attack in Iraq in December 2019. (Photo courtesy of Scott Crow)

Ariel Caspar

February 19, 2020

In January multiple media outlets reported that former American River College student and Iraqi-American military contractor, Nawres Waleed Hamid, was killed in a rocket attack in Iraq in December 2019. An email sent by ARC president, Thomas Greene reported to college staff and faculty that Hamid was a l...

Best Picture nominations you need to see before Hollywood’s biggest night

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Ariel Caspar and Thomas Cathey

February 6, 2020

By Ariel Caspar and Thomas Cathey For the first Academy Awards ceremony of the decade, there are many films nominated that usually don’t fit the description of the typical “Oscar-winning” movie, as the Academy usually tends to favor indie, arthouse-style films. But with comic book-based films like “J...

SOARD stands up for students with disabilities

ARC’s Students of American River with Disabilities (SOARD) club surveyed the campus and reported on safety and accessibility concerns in February 2018. After a meeting with ARC president Thomas Greene, the administration began to address some of the concerns. (Photo by Jennah Booth)

Ariel Caspar

December 12, 2019

By Ariel Caspar & Jennah Booth Over multiple semesters, American River College’s Students of American River with Disabilities (SOARD) club has advocated for students like themselves, who they say feel invisible on this campus and within society. “We as disabled people, we feel as if we're shut out and as...

Thrifty art student dresses to express

Art major Cat Alfstad sits between the art buildings among her own art (self portrait titled

Ariel Caspar

November 21, 2019

Between the art buildings at American River College, Caitlin “Cat” Alfstad sits comfortably amongst the in-progress art projects created by other students. She is wearing a worn-in, oversized knit blazer, an old Franz Ferdinand T-shirt stained with paint that she’s claimed to have owned since 200...

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