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Test monitoring systems which use facial recognition software, have been proven to have algorithmic racial and socioeconomic biases, according to a 2019 study done by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). (Photo via Unsplash)

Test monitoring systems show bias, educators look for new ways to combat changing learning environments

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced colleges to move learning online, some professors started using test monitoring systems to monitor students while they take tests from home.  While test monitoring...

The Los Rios Police Department released an update informing the community that a restraining order against President Melanie Dixon’s aggressor, Jamie Barnes, was made permanent on April 22, 2022. (Photo courtesy of the LRPD)

Judge approves permanent restraining order against Jamie Barnes

Lorraine Barron, Opinion Editor April 27, 2022

On April 22, a Sacramento judge approved a permanent restraining order against Jamie Barnes. Barnes allegedly made racist threats to American River College President Melanie Dixon, according to the Los...

 Beavers Against Hate allows you to pledge your support, through the American River College website in the spring semester of 2022. (Photo via Unsplash)

ARC offers pledge with Beavers Against Hate

Maya Barber, Feature Editor April 21, 2022

Beavers Against Hate is a college-wide initiative for all students and faculty to join. It is a commitment to uphold standards of social justice, equity, and doing right for our community.  According...

Jamie Barnes, suspect of racist harassment against American River College President Dixon, was re-arrested and transported on March 21, 2022, by the Los Rios Police Department to Sacramento County Jail. (Photo courtesy of LRPD)

Suspect in Melanie Dixon’s racist harassment case re-arrested

Lorraine Barron, Opinion Editor March 27, 2022

Jamie Barnes, a former American River College student suspected of leaving racist, threatening voicemails for the college’s president, Melanie Dixon, was re-arrested and transported by the Los Rios Police...

American River College President Melanie Dixon and Brian King, the Los Rios Community College District chancellor, speak to members of the media during a press conference on the ARC campus on March 16, 2022. The conference was in relation to the racist threats made against Dixon. (Photo by Heather Amberson)

Former student who threatened ARC President Melanie Dixon arrested and later released

Heather Amberson, Editor-In-Chief March 20, 2022

On March 10, Brian King, the chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District, revealed in an email that Melanie Dixon, the president of American River College, received racist threats from a former...

American River College President Melanie Dixon received racist threats from a former Los Rios Community College District student, according to an email sent on March 10, 2022 by Brian King, the LRCCD chancellor. The district has filed a temporary restraining order and increased security at ARC and for Dixon. (Photo via Pixabay)

ARC President Melanie Dixon receives racist threats from former student

Heather Amberson, Editor-In-Chief March 10, 2022

On March 10, Brian King, the chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District, revealed in an email that Melanie Dixon, the president of American River College, recently received racist threats from...

The Los Rios Community College District will be lifting the mask mandate starting on March 14, 2022. With this, the district still encourages students and employees to continue to wear a mask. (Photo via Unsplash)

LRCCD to lift mask mandate on March 14

Samuel Berg, News Editor March 8, 2022

On March 7, American River College announced in an email from Los Rios Community College District Chancellor Brian King and co-signed by all four college presidents, including ARC President Melanie Dixon,...

Melanie Dixon, president of American River College, and Brian King, chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District released a statement on Feb. 24, 2022, offering support to those affected by Russias invasion of Ukraine. (Photo courtesy of Yehor Milohrodskyi via Unsplash)

LRCCD offers support to students and staff after Ukraine invasion

Jaqueline Ruvalcaba, Staff Writer February 28, 2022

On Feb. 24, American River College students and faculty woke up to the announcement that Russia had invaded Ukraine. That same day, Brian King, chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District extended...

On Feb. 15, 2022, the Los Rios Community College District announced that all classes originally scheduled for on-ground will return to campus on Feb. 22, 2022. (Photo by Heather Amberson)

LRCCD announces return to campuses after starting semester online

Heather Amberson, Editor-In-Chief February 17, 2022

On Feb. 15, the Los Rios Community College District announced in an email from LRCCD Chancellor Brian King that all classes that were originally scheduled to be on-ground will return to campus on Feb....

 New American River College President Melanie Dixon inherited the position during a difficult time, but says she is excited to get started, and ready to bring the college community back together soon. (Photo courtesy of Melanie Dixon)

New president Melanie Dixon excited to lead the ARC community

Heather Amberson, Managing Editor May 15, 2021

On Jan. 1, Melanie Dixon began her role as the new President of American River College. Dixon inherited the position during a difficult time, as the world was dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Even...

A series of “impossible to convert” classes, such as those in the Automotive Technology department, will resume in fall 2021. Students enrolled in these classes will still have to follow safety mitigation strategies. (Photo via the ARC website)

American River College announces more on-campus classes for fall 2021 semester

Megan Wutzke, Staff Writer March 16, 2021

The Los Rios Community College District announced that its fall 2021 semester will be a hybrid of on-the-ground classes and online classes. According to the Framework for Reopening document released by...

Melanie Dixon felt called to be the new American River College president because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo via the ARC website)

Melanie Dixon connects with students and faculty to target barriers to education

Megan Wutzke, Staff Writer March 1, 2021

In the best of times starting a new job, particularly a leadership position, can be daunting. But for the new American River College President Melanie Dixon, the difficult times are exactly why she felt...

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