The American River Current

Belarus under-16 men’s national tennis champion comes to play for ARC

American River College men's tennis player Alex Meliuk looks to return the ball during one of his matches at the NorCal Semifinals against Chabot on April 12, 2016 at American River College. Meliuk left Belarus at age 19 to come to the United States for more opportunities. (Photo by Matthew Nobert)

Matthew Nobert

April 15, 2016

The trip from Belarus to Sacramento is over 5,000 miles, and American River College tennis player Alex Meliuk made that trip last year to start a new life in the United States and create more opportunities for himself. “Life there is different, there are more opportunities here,” Meliuk said....

ARC opinions on tense Winter Olympics in Sochi

Illustration by Korbl Klimecki

Kameron Schmid, John Ferrannini, John Ferrannini, and Kameron Schmid

February 6, 2014

When Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a law toward the end of June prohibiting nontraditional sexual relationships, the first question for many non-Russians was how it would affect the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. It’s been seven months since enacting the law and Russian leaders have held...

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