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Selection of new ARC president concludes

 During Thomas Greene’s tenure as American River College’s president, he pushed the college to place additional emphasis on supporting students in achieving their educational goals. (Photo Courtesy of Melissa Hurtado)
Students and faculty question candidates for Thomas Greene’s position
November 17, 2020

American River College President Thomas Greene announced his retirement from the position in December 2019, after more than five years in the role. On Nov. 10, Los Rios Community College Chancellor Brian...

Trump and Biden face off in the last debate preceding the 2020 presidential election

The final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden leading to the Nov. 3 election took place on Oct. 22 and was held by the Commission of Presidential Debates at Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee. (Photo from freepix.com)
Will Trump remain in power, or is it time for a new era of Biden? America decides Nov. 3
November 2, 2020

For the first time in presidential debate history, the mics of the candidates were muted during the initial first two minutes following a question from the moderator allowing each candidate to answer without...

First COVID-19, now the flu? No, thank you.

A flu shot was debatable back then. Now with COVID-19 rampaging through several countries, it’s more important than ever to decide if getting a flu shot is the best choice. (Photo courtesy of Unsplash.com)
With the ongoing pandemic, the flu season is another thing we all have to worry about. Should we take our flu shots this year?
October 31, 2020

The pandemic has everyone exhausted from fear and anxiety. The number of infections and deaths are fluctuating from increasing to decreasing, to getting better to getting worse; we just don’t know when...

LRCCD factors in the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19

Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts have been warning of the potential for a second wave of the virus to hit during the fall months when flu cases tend to naturally rise. The Los Rios Community College District says it is prepared for whatever the future holds in regards to the virus as it has been taking the necessary precautions. (Photo from freepik.com)
Could a second wave of COVID-19 effect when students return to campus?
October 23, 2020

Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts have been warning of the potential for a second wave of the virus to hit during the fall months when flu cases tend to naturally rise. The Los Rios...

Criminal justice reform should not be limited to what it can do for the state

People convicted of crimes deserve a second chance to re-enter society in a way where they can actually make something of themselves and support their families. Criminal justice reform should not be limited to what it can do for the state, it should be focused on what it can do for the people. (Photo from pixabay.com)
Human first, criminal second
October 22, 2020

This year has been challenging to the criminal justice system’s status quo with the COVID-19 pandemic, statewide wildfires fought with the help of the Conservation Camp Program (CCP), a program that...

Keeping up with the news today is important, but it can be unhealthy

Our phones let us catch up on what we missed in the news, and be angry about it from the comfort of our bed sheets.
(Photo by Alexander Musa)
Trump’s tapes, taxes and COVID-19 are only some of what’s happened in the last few months
October 20, 2020

There’s a lot going on in the world right now, even with daily life ground to a near halt thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s getting to the point where I’ve experienced genuine mental exhaustion...

Newsom signs legislation allowing incarcerated firefighters to become professionals upon release

California sees a decline in firefighters as many incarcerated firefighters in the Conservation Camp Program (CCP) have been released due to prison overcrowding and the fear of outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus within prisons. Upon release, these people were not eligible for professional employment as firefighters. Gov. Gavin Newsome decided to change this reality by signing AB-2147 which allows incarcerated firefighters to become professionals upon release. (File photo)
How ‘megafires’ and a global pandemic led to criminal justice reform
October 19, 2020

“I remember intense heat and smoke, exploding trees and the eerie orange glow at night sleeping in the hose bed of the fire engine,” Byron Gustafson said as he recalled his career in firefighting.  Gustafson...

COVID-19 pandemic pushed some students to opt for a gap year

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many college students say they feel overwhelmed, which has led some to take a gap year. (Photo Illustration by Heather Amberson)
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some students have decided to take a year off from school.
October 19, 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many college campuses in the United States have shut down and moved everything to an online environment. Many students are having a hard time focusing on school, which...

EMT program at ARC still on campus, deals with new adaptations

Anysia Hernandez, an EMT program major, simulates a cervical immobilization on a stretcher that is made for trauma patients. This photo was taken before the campus shut down on March 18, 2020. (Photo by Emily Mello)
The Emergency Medical Technology Program at ARC adapts to pandemic life
October 13, 2020

With the setbacks COVID-19 created this year, the Emergency Medical Technology program at American River College has been adapting since the campus shut down on March 18. The program is one of the few...

The truth behind online learning

Signs blocking all of the entrances to the American River College campus state that it is closed until further notice. The campus has been closed since March 18, and will continue to remain closed through the spring 2021 semester, according to a Sept. 16 faculty email sent by LRCCD Chancellor Brian King. (Photo by Will Minke)
Is this the future of the classroom?
October 3, 2020

Due to all of the limits that COVID-19 has set forth, a majority of colleges across the country have transitioned to complete remote learning for the fall 2020 semester, including American River College....

District continues to monitor possible COVID-19 exposures

In early September, the nursing program at American River College was voluntarily and temporarily suspended out of concern for possible exposures to the COVID-19 virus. To date, the college has received no reports of exposures. (Photo by Ariel Caspar)
Nursing program temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 exposure threat
October 2, 2020

Since the start of the fall 2020 semester, the Los Rios Community College District has voluntarily and temporarily suspended two separate programs on two of its campuses out of concern that students and...

The pandemic isn’t getting any better and we only have ourselves to blame

With COVID-19 still affecting the country after months of quarantine, the students at American River College still have to face the consequences of our country's actions with dealing with the pandemic. (Photo Illustration by Brandon Zamora)
America reaps the consequences of poor judgement
September 14, 2020

For the last six months, the United States has been under quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic. Day after day, we see the number of cases and deaths go up here in America at an alarming rate. According...

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