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Award-winning journalist and ARC professor launches local media outlet

Journalist Dave Kempa stands near the Capitol Mall  in Sacramento, California on Sept. 7, 2017. Kempa is a winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and recently founded Voices: River City, a news website focused on
September 11, 2017

The neon red cross that reads “Jesus saves,” hangs over The Union Gospel Mission’s front door. The red glow illuminates the barbed wire fence that holds back the line of sweaty, hungry men waiting...

Somalian refugee becomes esteemed ARC staff member

Director of the Student Services Resources Center, Faryal Said, sits on a bench outside of the Student Services building at American River College on Mar. 14, 2016.  (Photo by Hannah Darden)
March 15, 2016

A Somalian refugee immigrated to the United States in 1998 after eight years of civil war, leaving her children behind so she could apply for asylum before becoming a student and then a staff member at...

ARC volleyball player moves from Alaska to California for the love of the game

American River College volleyball outside hitter Nora Troppmann serves to Cabrillo College on Sept. 18 2015. Troppmann, originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, came to ARC for more chances to play volleyball. (Photos by Joe Padilla)
October 30, 2015

Riding snow machines, smoking salmon and hiking the wilderness of America’s most naturally preserved state were just some of the activities that Fairbanks, Alaska native and American River College volleyball...

Former ARC professor paints a different scene of Del Paso

Gerry Otis Simpson, also known as GOS
September 1, 2015

Despite his recent success, painter Gerry Otis Simpson, better known by his art-world moniker, GOS”, only ever picked up a paintbrush for the first time as a way to decorate his walls cheaply. “I...

Homeless couple returns to ARC to take classes and collect recyclables

Homeless couple returns to ARC to take classes and collect recyclables
May 12, 2015

As he carries around a white, plastic Hefty bag in the hot afternoon, Bill Cheely said people don’t look at him the same anymore. “It’s like, I was your neighbor,” said Bill. “People steal...

Rail riders: Inside the invisible culture of train hopping

Rail riders: Inside the invisible culture of train hopping
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...

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

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

Surviving suicide

Surviving suicide
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...

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
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...

Mustafa Shaheen: Portrait of an artist

Mustafa Shaheen: Portrait of an artist
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...

Granddaughter and grandmother graduate together

Granddaughter and grandmother graduate together
May 4, 2015

When Pat Brown and Kayla Childers walk together at graduation at the end of this semester, it will mark the ending of a three-year period where the two, grandmother and granddaughter, spent every day at...

ARC student fashion blogger wrote for The New York Times and The Huffington Post

ARC student fashion blogger wrote for The New York Times and The Huffington Post
April 28, 2015

At 17-years-old, she has already appeared on the “Today” show, been published in The New York Times, been featured in Teen Vogue and is a writer for The Huffington Post. This year, Justina Sharp...

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