The American River Current

Reaching new heights

Ed Gebing and Sergio Portela

May 8, 2013

Sophomore Hannah Hardy and freshman Ariel Maroon look to provide a spark for the women’s track and field team during the Nor-Cal Championship and State Championships.  On a sunny weekend at American River College’s Beaver Stadium, the women’s track and field team prepare for their last hom...

The NFL: the new opiate of the masses.

The NFL: the new opiate of the masses.

Sergio Portela and Sergio Portela

May 8, 2013

The 2013 NFL Draft took place from Thursday, April 25, to Saturday, April 27,and I watched every minute of it. It could be viewed on two stations, ESPN and NFL Network, and I recorded one and watched the other. I think it’s safe to say that I may have a problem and I might need some help. Why...

ARC President, Dr. Viar, named superintendent of Glendale Community College District

ARC President, Dr. Viar, named superintendent of Glendale Community College District

Sergio Portela and Sergio Portela

May 8, 2013

Dr. Viar reflects on success and challenges at ARC and what he plans to do at his new job in Southern Calif.  American River College President Dr. David Viar has been named superintendent/president at Glendale Community College district in Glendale, Calif., effective July 1, 2013. Viar has been...

State Senator propose new accredited online class system

Sergio Portela, Mayra Sanchez, Sergio Portela, and Mayra Sanchez

April 24, 2013

By Sergio Portela and Mayra Sanchez More opportunities for students to take classes that would otherwise be closed SB 520 is a measure presented by Senator President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento. The bill will set up the first of its kind statewide network of faculty approved online c...

Rules, they are a-changing

Rules, they are a-changing

Sergio Portela and Sergio Portela

April 24, 2013

Football is a violent game that children, as young as five years old, are playing. Safety is crucial when such young kids participate in football. I don’t think safety regulations should start with the NFL players. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made some rule changes since becoming the commissioner...

New magazine ‘The Gap-Toothed Madness’ now on stands

ARC student Richard Barnhart seeks to fulfill dream of publishing many forms of art in his magazine

Sergio Portela and Sergio Portela

April 3, 2013

Student Richard Barnhart seeks to fulfill dream of publishing many forms of art It’s difficult to create something when you constantly put it aside. When you finally find someone to help you complete your goal it’s truly bliss. Richard Barnhart, English major at American River College, was able...

It’s time to come out

It's time to come out

Sergio Portela and Sergio Portela

April 3, 2013

Gareth Thomas Welsh, a professional rugby player, and Justin Fashanu, a fútbol player, are the only two male athletes to come out as gay while playing their respective sport. Fashanu, who came out in 1990, committed suicide in 1998 after accusations of him sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy. Thomas,...

Combine Complications

Combine Complications

Sergio Portela and Sergio Portela

March 13, 2013

After watching the NFL scouting combine last week I thought to myself. “Why is this important?” Does a good 40 time show what kind of football player you are, or just that you’re a good athlete? Being athletic does not always translate to being a good NFL player; there have been players who...

NCAA goes too far

NCAA goes too far

Sergio Portela and Sergio Portela

February 27, 2013

The NCAA have overstepped their boundaries a few times in the past decade, but some of the most recent sanctions they have levied have been the harshest, while not having to do much with sports. Student athletes are not allowed to accept any money or any other benefits from anyone while under scholarship...

The media “catfishing” for a story

The media

Sergio Portela and Sergio Portela

February 13, 2013

If you haven’t heard about the man who was runner up for the Heisman trophy, Manti Te’o has been hoaxed, or at least he says so. The story of the senior linebacker from Notre Dame, who lost his grandmother and, supposedly, his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, six hours later, was heart broken as he played...

Counseling at ARC struggles towards end of semester

Counseling at ARC struggles towards end of semester

Cintia Lopez and Sergio Portela

December 5, 2012

Students unsatisfied with long waiting times while office looks to alternative methods When you walk into the counseling office at the end of the year, you see chairs filled with students just waiting to hear their name called, a long line of people waiting to set up an appointment two weeks in advan...

ARC Theatre’s ‘Domestic Crusaders’ tackles post-9/11 issues with humor and intensity

Sergio Portela and Sergio Portela

December 1, 2012

American River College Theatre’s production of “The Domestic Crusaders,” directed by Sam Williams and written by Wajahat Ali, is a hilarious and at times intense play as they get into issues of racism, feminism, terrorism and what is expected of the family in their community.  Although the topics...

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