The American River Current

Lyrical Moment: Los Rios professor selected as Sacramento’s poet laureate

Lyrical Moment: Los Rios professor selected as Sacramento’s poet laureate

Malissa Rogers and Malissa Rogers

October 10, 2012

The first time it happened, he was only five-years-old. He noticed a duck as it flew in the distance and watched its wings cup the air beneath them. Time slowed down and he became inspired by the elegance of nature as the duck landed in the lake. His first lyrical moment had happened, something he wouldn’t...

Employment improving by degrees

Malissa Rogers and Malissa Rogers

May 3, 2012

It’s time for final exams. One last question: What’s your degree actually worth? Depends on what you’re studying. According to current employment rates, it’s not worth much if you’re majoring in architecture, the arts or humanities and liberal arts. However, the outlook is more promising...

Doing more than just skating

The skates of a roller derby girl at a practice on March 13. (Photo by Daniel Romandia)

Tonisha Barnes and Malissa Rogers

March 21, 2012

With a shrill blow of the whistle, all fears are left at the door. Any problems with school or family are dropped at the sides of the skate rink.  The laces on the skates are double-checked one last time and the helmet, complete with a skate-name written on it, is fastened with a chinstrap. Hippie...

Flashback 1986: ‘Wisdom’

Flashback 1986: 'Wisdom'

Malissa Rogers and Malissa Rogers

February 8, 2012

Flashback to the year 1986: a year of feathered hair, cassette tapes and when MTV actually played music videos. American River College looked different; there were no parking issues or high enrollment fees and an arcade could be found on campus in the Student Center. That same year, ARC’s football...

Alum Kim Floresca moves up in the cooking world with schooling as her base

Alum Kim Floresca moves up in the cooking world with schooling as her base

Malissa Rogers and Malissa Rogers

November 30, 2011

From an early age, chef Kim Floresca has been fascinated by the shows on the Food Network. As a child she pretended to whip up a “gourmet” cake for her imaginary audience, as she narrated each step to the make-believe cameras in her kitchen. Floresca is a sous-chef at The Restaurant at Meadowood...

Ohio incident opens the public’s eyes about laws concerning the ownership of wild animals

Terry Thompson released his exotic pets from his animal farm Oct. 18. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Justice)

Malissa Rogers and Malissa Rogers

November 9, 2011

Lions, tigers and bears; oh my. It’s not a story about Dorothy and the yellow brick road, but a tragic story about 48 animals shot and killed in Zanesville, Ohio. Terry Thompson, owner of Muskingum County Animal Farm, shot and killed himself after opening the cages and releasing his exotic pets...

Professor by day, D.J. by night

Wilbur Johnson, a journalism professor at American River College, also D.J.s at a local R&B and old-school radio station V101.1 with the D.J. name of Don Sainte-Johnn. (Photo by Bryce Fraser)

Tonisha Barnes and Malissa Rogers

November 9, 2011

He tapped his feet to the music and pumped his fist into the air. He pulled the microphone closer to him, moving the switches on the soundboard. The clock counted down to the exact second, the show started and he began to speak. “Just a little after 3 o’clock you’ve got the Dr. Don Sainte-Johnn...

Amanda Knox trial creates controversy between countries

Amanda Knox trial creates controversy between countries

Malissa Rogers and Malissa Rogers

October 26, 2011

Amanda Knox, the American student who studied abroad in Perugia, Italy, is free from her jail cell and back in her hometown of Seattle, Wash. In 2009, the Italian courts convicted Knox for murdering and sexually assaulting her British roommate Meredith Kercher, also a student studying abroad. After...

California will now offer financial aid to qualifying illegal aliens

California will now offer financial aid to qualifying illegal aliens

Malissa Rogers and Malissa Rogers

October 26, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Dream Act on Oct. 8, allowing children of undocumented workers or students on their way to obtaining citizenship access to financial aid at California universities and community colleges. “Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and...

Confessions of a Mean Girl

Confessions of a Mean Girl

Malissa Rogers and Malissa Rogers

October 12, 2011

I was the epitome of a “Mean Girl” during my first two years of high school. Just call me Regina George because I was just that spiteful and coldhearted. I went after anyone who I felt was different and it became my personal goal to make his or her life a living hell. It doesn’t sound too different...

Local ‘Slutwalk’ event takes back the night

Local 'Slutwalk' event takes back the night

Tonisha Barnes and Malissa Rogers

September 28, 2011

On Oct. 8, 2011, “Slutwalk Sacramento” is merging with “Take Back the Night” to hold an event intended to educate the community about how damaging sexual assault is on women and how prevalent it is in our society. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the parking lot of the Native American Health Care Center...

From canine to caretaker

Jennie Nickel walks Clement, a puppy in training for a guide dog program, through the ARC campus. (Photo by Bryce Fraser)

Mallissa Rogers and Malissa Rogers

September 28, 2011

Trying to manage the life of an American River College student can be next to impossible. Juggling classes, jobs, relationships, and other daily activities can be pretty overwhelming. Some students have to manage all of that plus need the support of a service animal to get them through their everyday...

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