The American River Current

Synchronous classes create unnecessary stress for already tense students

With many students already struggling with time management and their household and parental responsibilities, synchronous classes provide a litany of added stressors during the pandemic. (Photo from shutterstock.com).
Students favor flexibility offered by asynchronous classes
November 10, 2020

Although nearly all classes are currently held online due to the pandemic, one thing that is lacking across the board when comparing the formats of classes at American River College is consistency. Some...

“Phasmophobia” brings real fear to gaming

 “Phasmophobia” has terrifying ghosts who can hunt and attempt to kill players, and the only ways to survive are to run or hide. (Screenshot of gameplay)
If it’s scares you’re looking for, “Phasmophobia” delivers
October 27, 2020

For those of us whose Halloween plans have been sidelined by the pandemic, an alternate form of home-based entertainment is essential for celebrating the season. While horror video games have historically...

Pro athletes lead the charge in 2020 culture war

Professional athletes are making their voices heard in the charge toward social justice and police reform. (Photo courtesy of pixabay.com)
In 2020, sports figures are the strongest voices of progressive reform
October 7, 2020

In an era when human decency and non-politicized love for our fellow humans has all but disappeared from the cultural norm, it’s not politicians who are leading the charge toward a better tomorrow; it...

College fees disgust some CA students during pandemic

The transition to online classes at Sac State has led to decreased class quality and less engagement between professors and students, yet tuition and fees have not decreased, according to an anonymous student. (Photo courtesy of pixabay.com)
October 4, 2020

While some California college students say they are pleased with their school’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, others say they are infuriated that the closure of campuses was not followed by a reduction...

Online culinary classes prove to be problematic during pandemic

The transition to online culinary classes was only novel at first, but will likely force students pursuing a degree in hospitality management to take at least one semester off until in-person lab classes resume. (Photo illustration by Nick Subia)
Since online culinary labs are impractical, professors are left teaching theory
October 1, 2020

Through all the confusion that comes with the transition to virtual learning, the fine and applied arts department at American River College is currently active, but not without a considerable number of...

Athletic instructors redesign yoga classes for virtual learning

Eric Black, alongside his wife Bethani Black who also teaches yoga at American River College, record YouTube videos for their students instead of holding live Zoom classes. (Photo courtesy of Eric Black)
As fitness classes transition to online, yoga teachers are forced to adapt
September 23, 2020

This fall, nearly all classes at American River College are being held in an online environment due to the coronavirus pandemic. For most subjects, this transition has been straight forward and manageable,...

HomeBase provides new path to guidance

Each personalized HomeBase can be found under the “Courses” tab in Canvas. From there, students can connect with coaches and counselors to receive the guidance they need to succeed.
September 14, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, American River College’s administration and faculty have decided to implement an innovative, interactive solution for students who are struggling with the shift...

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