The American River Current

Twitch plays “Pokemon”

Jonathan Ellyson and Jonathan Ellyson

May 12, 2014

The gaming community at large became enthralled by nothing more than a Gameboy emulator and several lines of code. On Feb. 12, an Australian programmer created a channel on twitch.tv, the most prominent video game streaming site. The channel displayed a simple computer program for playing non-PC...

Beyond the EXP points

Josep Scalice, left, and Phillip Wingett play ‘Weiss Schwarz,’ a Japanese card game which has become increasingly popular in the United States. By Emily K. Rabasto

Jonathan Ellyson and Jonathan Ellyson

May 12, 2014

A dozen or so people are gathered in a room watching a livestream. Something big happens on screen, and everyone shouts with either excitement or despair. This is the type of reaction you see at a sports bar when a home run or a goal is scored. However, at this venue everyone is watching competitive...

Cultural melting pot at Multicultural Day

Cultural melting pot at Multicultural Day

Jonathan Ellyson and Jonathan Ellyson

May 5, 2014

The smells of freshly made pancakes, pirozhki and tamales. The sounds of world music and imagery of Eastern European architecture displayed on tables surrounded by members from multiple American River College clubs. These are all stimulated senses students may have experienced at the Multicultural Day...

Tony nominations

Tony nominations

Jonathan H. Ellyson and Jonathan Ellyson

May 5, 2014

Most people only focus on the Grammy Awards or the Academy Awards, maybe the Screen Actors Guild Awards or Golden Globes Awards. Fewer people mainstream the Tony Awards, which is unfortunate because it can often be the most entertaining award show of award season. The nominees for the 2014 Tony Awards, which...

Construction project cooking up bigger cafe

Construction project cooking up bigger cafe

Jonathan H. Ellyson and Jonathan Ellyson

April 24, 2014

For the better part of two semesters, students of American River College have pardoned the dust of DLR Group architecture firm as they have a construction zone set up between the recently added life science and fine arts building and the fine and applied arts main building. Something tangible has been...

Student protest brings up questions on free expression

Mike “J.Terrible” DePiero is performing a silent act with tape over his mouth with “censored” written on it. DePiero was prevented from performing an original song that he wrote, so he performed his silent act in protest. (Photo by Michael Pacheco)

Jonathan H. Ellyson, Michael Pacheco, Jonathan Ellyson, and Michael Pacheco

March 26, 2014

Mike DePiero, also known as J.Terrible, staged a protest at the most recent American River College acoustic cafe. After being told he would not be able to perform one of his songs the way he wanted to, he instead placed tape over his mouth and proceeded to advocate his situation through a series of wri...

Concert choirs and chamber singers assemble for collaboration

Jonathan H. Ellyson and Jonathan Ellyson

March 25, 2014

The American River College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers held a performance with guest appearances by the Sacramento City College Concert Choir and the Folsom High School Chamber Singers. Ralph Hughes conducted the ARC choral members with student Justin Vaughn having the opportunity to lead a song...

More puddle than happy snowman

More puddle than happy snowman

Jonathan H. Ellyson and Jonathan Ellyson

March 21, 2014

I was walking through mall and happened to overhear a mother and toddler singing Disney’s “Frozen’s” “Let it Go.” They knew all the words, but clearly the melody and overall tune of the song eluded them. This appears a lot, whether it is on Facebook, Reddit or Tumblr, everyone is obsessing...

Cartoon dogs make good parents

Cartoon dogs make good parents

Jonathan H. Ellyson and Jonathan Ellyson

March 13, 2014

“Mr. Peabody and Sherman” is a film that explores father and son bonding, time travel, historical misconceptions and a liberal use of puns. It is a phenomenal, family-friendly movie, containing intricate, cleverly-worded jokes for adults with the response from Sherman being “Ha ha ha ha … I don...

Head to head opinion: Whom shall I serve?

John Ferrannini and Jonathan Ellyson

March 12, 2014

Several states around the country are proposing, or have proposed bills which would make it legal for individuals to refuse to provide services or material goods, in connection with any activity that violates the individual’s strongly held religious or philosophical beliefs. The activity is being bro...

ARC workshops attempting to fight bad study habits

ARC workshops attempting to fight bad study habits

Jonathan H. Ellyson and Jonathan Ellyson

March 4, 2014

Studying, study habits and study strategies are all important parts of a college student’s success; at least they used to be. In a study between UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside researchers found that the average student’s study rate dropped from 24 hours per week in 1961 to 14 hours per week. However,...

Mad Subs takes the submarine out of sub sandwich

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Jonathan H. Ellyson and Jonathan Ellyson

February 21, 2014

If you’re craving a sandwich that isn’t Subway, but can’t trek all the way to either Mr. Pickles restaurants that are four to five miles from campus, you might want to try out Mad Subs. Located less than a mile from campus, Mad Subs offers sandwiches, homemade chili and barbeque tri-tip on Friday...

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