The American River Current

Queens of the stage

Kima LaRue performs as a drag queen at a bar in Sacramento called Sidetrax. LaRue co-hosts the event drag queen showcase event. (Photo by Joseph Daniels)

Joseph Daniels and Itzin Alpizar

May 11, 2016

An earlier version of this attributed the quote, “It’s all the weird stuff that nobody really wants to get into, which kind of becomes a kind of a strength for most of us who got into it, because it is like it is one of the things that we know about," to Jordo Medina, but in fact was said by dra...

Overcoming anorexia

Cannessa Lewis is an American River College student who writes a blog documenting her struggles with both obsessive-compulsive disorder and anorexia. (Left, photo courtesy of: Trena Lewis Right, photo courtesy of: Trent Carey)

Joseph Daniels

May 11, 2016

Cannessa Lewis’s parents realized during her childhood that their daughter was a talented athlete, and during high school, she was offered full ride soccer scholarships from schools across the country. This all changed in her junior year of high school when she began to exhibit obsessive compulsive...

Ye olde fight club

Members of the North West region

Joseph Daniels

May 11, 2016

As the rain pelted down onto their medieval armor, the two men began to stalk one another, figuring out how to defeat their opponent while staying diligent so that no one could tackle them from behind. Armored Combat League (ACL) is a sports organization that features armed combatants who fight in steel...

Fast cars and gearheads

Kodi Nelson works on his 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX on Feb. 23 2016. (Photo by Kyle Elsasser)

Matthew Nobert

May 9, 2016

For most people, cars are just another machine that brings them from point A to point B, and on the way there it tries to take every dollar out of their wallet. However, there is so much more behind these so called “machines” that a whole culture and community of millions of fans, called gearheads,...

Flipping tires

Allan Thrall flips a tire that weighs 440 pounds. Thrall is the owner of Untamed Strength, a gym that specializes in strongman training.  (Photo by Bailey Carpenter)

Timothy Lipuma

May 5, 2016

The popular conception of athletes who compete in strongman events is that they are always men who have bulging muscles that invoke images of Arnold Schwarzenegger; the reality is that the type of person who trains is more diverse. Karley Broadbent trains at Untamed Strength, a strongman gym a sh...

Constructing languages

David. J Peterson created the majority of the fictional language Dothraki, which is used in the television series 'Game of Thrones.' (Photo illustration by Allante Morris)

Justina Sharp

May 4, 2016

Everyday, the English language shifts and changes, with new words being introduced and old ones changing. This constant movement makes it one of the most complicated languages to learn. For those who already speak it, learning another can be an even bigger challenge. “In Europe, learning a foreign...

Junior college coach: beyond the gridirion

ARC head coach Jon Osterhout wraps up his off-season conditioning class for the football team on Feb. 23, 2016. The class meets at 6 a.m. and is a requirement to be on the team during the fall semester. (Photo by Matthew Peirson)

Matthew Peirson

April 29, 2016

Coaches in any sport, at all levels, can be seen strolling the sidelines during a game, barking orders and calling plays to their team, trying to motivate players during a stop in the action and always—no matter what—teaching. Most people generally know this, as it is easy to obverse over the course...

DAM! Vol. 2 Issue 1 e-edition on now!

DAM! Vol. 2 Issue 1 e-edition on now!

May 5, 2015

DAM! is a student-run magazine at American River College. Stories include train hoppers, the art of the pickup, surviving suicide and a look into the life of the daughter of murderers. Pick up a copy in kiosks on campus or view the e-edition now.

A mother silenced: A Ukrainian immigrant struggles to follow her son’s murder trial

A mother silenced: A Ukrainian immigrant struggles to follow her son's murder trial

John Ferrannini and John Ferrannini

May 4, 2015

Standing alone in a courthouse hallway and denied entrance into her son’s murder trial as the case was nearing its end, Larisa Postelnyak said she did not know what to do. That is when the Ukranian-born artist said she remembered that she had colored paper, a sharpie and adhesive tape, the tools...

DAM! Volume 1 Issue 1 e-edition on now!

DAM! Volume 1 Issue 1 e-edition on now!

May 20, 2014

DAM! is a student run magazine at American River College. Stories include revenge porn, anxiety, domestic violence and inside the mind of a serial rapist. Pick up a copy around campus, or see the online issue now. ...

The Origin of Kava

Brooke Purves and Brooke Purves

May 15, 2014

According to Okusitino Sitake, a descendent of Tongan royalty living in North Highlands, this ceremony is used to celebrate the installation of royal titles or the king’s birthday, but similar familial ceremonies are performed for marriage agreements or for general celebration of life events. The...

Kava: someone’s relaxation destination

Powdered kava root is prepared by Jacob Ciongoli, a worker at The Root of Happiness kava bar in Rancho Cordova. Photo by Emily K. Rabasto

Brooke Purves and Brooke Purves

May 15, 2014

Self-taught ethnobotanicalist Travis Blythe, who studies sacred plants, claims the effect of kava, a drink made from the pulp of the root of a Polynesian pepper plant, is a “complete and total relaxation of mind and body.” It is precisely the affinity for a relaxed and carefree experience in kava...

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