The American River Current

ARC Professor reads from his new book, “The Animals”

ARC Professor reads from his new book, “The Animals”

Meredith Durham and Meredith Durham

May 5, 2015

College hour was packed with students waiting to hear author and English Professor Christian Kiefer read from his newest novel, “The Animals” Tuesday. Kiefer followed the reading with a question and answer session alongside fellow author and English professor Michael Spurgeon. Kiefer explained...

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...

Something for nothing: The rise of crowdfunding

Something for nothing: The rise of crowdfunding

Barbara Harvey and Barbara Harvey

May 4, 2015

Stewart Ludwig was down on his luck. After a long stretch of unemployment, the ARC theater major hadn’t been able to pay rent for three months. He had noticed friends donating to the crowdfunding efforts of fellow theater students traveling to ACTF, a theater arts conference. “So I thought, hey,...

Your culture or mine? : Analyzing the misuse of sacred cultural items

Your culture or mine? : Analyzing the misuse of sacred cultural items

Emily K. Rabasto and Emily K. Rabasto

May 4, 2015

Before it was called appropriating, it was called stealing. Cultural appropriation is the act of one race or culture taking aspects of another, usually without permission, and using them to raise their own status or gain more power. The nickname of “The Melting Pot” was given to American in...

The Art of the Pickup: A look into the culture of Sacramento’s pickup artists

The Art of the Pickup: A look into the culture of Sacramento's pickup artists

Emily K. Rabasto and Emily K. Rabasto

May 4, 2015

Did it hurt when you fell from heaven? I seem to have lost my phone number. Can I have yours? Did you sit in a pile of sugar? ’Cause you have a pretty sweet… “Pickup lines are bullshit. It’s not you, it’s just a line.” Matthew Burks bristles when he hears men approach women this way. The 25-year-old...

Mustafa Shaheen: Portrait of an artist

Mustafa Shaheen: Portrait of an artist

Kameron Schmid and Kameron Schmid

May 4, 2015

Mustafa Shaheen looked like a million bucks as he walked hurriedly around Witt Gallery, making final preparations for the opening of his first solo art show, “Friends and Sometimes Friends.” On a small table by the entrance was a pencil-drawn image of celebrity chef Guy Fieri, screaming. The picture...

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...

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