The American River Current

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)

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 American River College. After fleeing a war zone 18 years ago, Faryal Said won an award for staff ex...

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)

Matthew Peirson

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 player Nora Troppmann enjoyed through her early childhood and high school years. Troppmann...

Former ARC professor paints a different scene of Del Paso

Gerry Otis Simpson, also known as GOS

Emily Thompson

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 just have fun,” Simpson said. “I started painting because I couldn’t afford to buy art that I really...

Homeless couple returns to ARC to take classes and collect recyclables

Homeless couple returns to ARC to take classes and collect recyclables

John Ferrannini and John Ferrannini

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 our shit. You are treated so differently without a house.” Bill and his wife, Denise, have been...

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...

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...

Granddaughter and grandmother graduate together

Granddaughter and grandmother graduate together

Kameron Schmid and Kameron Schmid

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 school together. For Childers, who first began taking classes at American River College in 2011,...

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

John Ferrannini and John Ferrannini

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 has added another item to her long resume: American River College student. Sharp says her long journey...

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