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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)

Queens of the stage

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...

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)

Overcoming anorexia

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....

Members of the North West region WolfPack battle with members of the USA Knights. The USA Knights are the American national team that competes in  the International Medieval Combat Federation. (Photo by Kyle Elsasser)

Ye olde fight club

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....

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

Fast cars and gearheads

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...

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)

Flipping tires

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...

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)

Constructing languages

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...

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)

Junior college coach: beyond the gridirion

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...

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...

A mother silenced: A Ukrainian immigrant struggles to follow her sons 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...

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...

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...

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

Kava: someone’s relaxation destination

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...

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