The American River Current

ARC brings home 18 awards from JACC

American River College won 18 awards during the annual Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) State Convention over the weekend of March 30, to April 1, in Sacramento. (Photo by Mack Ervin III)

Mack Ervin III

April 5, 2017

Over the weekend, American River College was one of over a hundred schools to attend the annual Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) State convention at the DoubleTree hotel in Sacramento. Schools are encouraged to submit articles and photos from the past year for its awards shows, and ...

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...

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

DAM! Vol. 2 Issue 1 e-edition on issuu.com 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.

Trial of Travis and Nettie Reay: The expert witness speaks out

Barbara Harvey and Barbara Harvey

May 5, 2015

During the trial of Travis and Nettie Reay, expert witness Linda Barnard, Ph.D, was called upon by Nettie’s defense team to testify that the abuse Nettie suffered at the hands of Travis had caused Nettie’s behavior--that she acted under duress during the murder of Angel Dixon. Barnard, a licensed...

Rail riders: Inside the invisible culture of train hopping

Rail riders: Inside the invisible culture of train hopping

Barbara Harvey and Barbara Harvey

May 4, 2015

Sometime after sending his last text message on March 10, 2013, 19-year-old first-time train hopper John Paul Alpert was murdered. One year later, detectives in Roseville, California issued arrest warrants for three fellow train hoppers, who had beaten Alpert to death and dumped his body in the nearby...

My parents are murderers: Killers’ daughter confronts stigma to speak out

My parents are murderers: Killers' daughter confronts stigma to speak out

Barbara Harvey and Barbara Harvey

May 4, 2015

Karen Reay sat quietly in the back of her high school class, staring in disbelief at a page of search results. She had finally worked up the courage to Google her parents’ names, something she had dreaded for most of her life. While she had been suspicious of what she would find, it didn’t detract...

Surviving suicide

Surviving suicide

Barbara Harvey and Joseph Daniels

May 4, 2015

Pauline Ghost woke up at Mercy San Juan Hospital, confused and alone after a day of binge drinking. Shortly after waking, she was told by hospital staff that she had attempted to take her own life by overdosing on sleep medication. Ghost, an American River College student, was molested by her foster...

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