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Training for crisis scenarios PARAMEDIC STUDENTS PREP FOR EMERGENCY By Brooke Purves “We were struck by lightning, all three of us -- worst luck in history,” said Heather Jenkins, a paramedic student who participated in a paramedic training scenario March 19, in which some students played victims and some worked the incident as though a real medical emergency. This multiple casualty incident (MCI) scenario, one of several the paramedic’s cohort participates in weekly, put the students in a position where they had more patients than they had people to care for them. “Most systems define MCI as any incident that … exceeds your resources,” said paramedic medicine professor Eric Martin. Even though the chances of encountering a situation where several people have been struck by lightning at the same time are very small, training for such an uncommon occurrence helps paramedic students learn valuable first responder skills. “The other thing that they try to get out of (the scenario) is multiple patients,” said Martin, “and that was a big part of the whole point here, is to start thinking about the fact that they … have more than one patient and they need to use their resources efficiently.”


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A woman was tied, beaten and raped at the Auburn Boulevard Subway restaurant she worked at on Tuesday, March 25. The rape suspect is her former co-worker Kenneth Anderson who was arrested in connection with the attack. Anderson’s bail is currently set at $5 million.



woman was tied up, violently beaten and raped at her workplace, a Subway sandwich shop, just two miles from the American River College campus March 25. The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. inside the Subway at the intersection of Palm Avenue and Auburn Boulevard, when the victim arrived to open the store.




enneth Chandler Anderson, the man arrested in the Subway shop sexual attack, wrote on his Tumblr page about how scared and angry he was by the incident that occurred at his workplace Tuesday March 25, a crime detectives believe Anderson committed. On Anderson’s Tumblr page he described how “mind-boggled” he is by what happened at his workplace and described the condition of the store when he returned to work later in the week. “Theres blood literally all over the store from it, I even had to clean some up that the cleaning crew missed,” read his post from the day of the attack. He wrote on Tumblr about a conversation he had with a 16-year-old co-worker in which he asked her what sort of weapons and defense training she had in case anyone tried to attack her. He includes in the dialogue between them a time where he asked her if she knows martial arts,

carries a Taser, gun, pepper spray, mace or brass knuckles. The co-worker responded “no” to all his questions, and he encouraged her to carry a knife, to which she responds “I don’t think I could stab somebody.” It is unknown if this was the same co-worker who was attacked. Anderson also went into detail Kenneth Chandler Anderson about what occurred to the victim and the manner in which she was violently attacked. “My co-worker arrived at work on Tuesday


Cyclist attacks woman on nature trail By Melissa Hurtado

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Heather Jenkins receives simulated treatment from Emily Doersch.

A woman was grabbed and threatened with a knife while walking on the Arcade Creek Nature Trail near the American River College campus at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday. The suspect was riding a bicycle when he grabbed the victim’s arm, pulled out a knife from his pocket and told her not to say anything. The victim screamed and alerted a nearby witness who came to


her aid. The two then went to the campus police station to report the incident. The Los Rios Police Department crime bulletin describes the man as being a dark-skinned black male, approximately 6-foot-2 and appearing to be in his late teens to early 20s. The suspect was wearing a black head scarf, dark plaid shorts, a plain white T-shirt and athletic shoes of unknown color. He is also described as having “very white teeth.” The suspect was riding a green

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and white mountain bike that appeared to be new. The LRPD and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, who took control of the case, searched the area but were unable to find the suspect. Exactly one month ago, on March 21, another woman, a former ARC student, was jogging along that same nature trail when a man, also on a mountain bike, attempted to sexually assault her. The man punched the woman


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in the face several times, pushed her to the ground and tried to pull her pants down. The woman was able to escape and report the incident to the LRPD. Both incidents occurred around the same time of day and the description of the suspect is similar. Police are looking into the possibility it could be the same suspect. The Current will update this story as more information becomes available.


Sexual Assault Awareness Month brings Los Rios-sponsored self-defense workshops to college students and faculty.

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Unofficial election results

RESULTS INDICATE VICTORIES FOR BOTH RILEY AND KIPUKE IN LOW TURN OUT ELECTION By John Ferrannini According to unofficial Associated Student Body election results, Jorge Riley has won the election for 2014-15 ASB Student Senate president. Riley received 213 votes. His opponents, Tamara Dunning and Ross Rayala, received 151 and 93 votes, respectively. “My top priority is keeping all my promises. That’s my big thing,” Riley said. “I’ll effectively utilize the process of the committees, making sure that they’re in place. I hope to get more nonmembers of the student government involved in student government by bringing them (into) those committees.” Riley wants to make bus passes available to all Los Rios District students during the summer. “It sounds really doable,” he said. “(newly elected Student trustee Omba Kipuke) is really positive about it. I’m really positive about it. I look forward to going over to the other schools and get on the same page with the other student body presidents.” Riley said that there were false complaints against him alleging campaign violations. He was allegedly campaigning in the library without permission and campaigning before the day candidates were allowed to start. “I did not think about my campaign at all until it was that day,” Riley said. “I didn’t speak to anybody about my campaign. I made no kind of plans for how I was going to run my campaign until it was Monday when we were allowed to do it.” “Maybe they were on a different campaign and they wanted to say, ‘I wanted this person to win so I’m going to bring a violation against you.’ Maybe they just didn’t like (me) in particular because of my conservative views. There’s lots of reasons people would target me,” he added. Tamara Dunning said she ran the best campaign she could.

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“I think, as a candidate, especially when you come in second for something as opposed to fifth, you ask yourself ‘what could I have done different,’” Dunning said. “I do know that I ran a good campaign. Am I happy with that? Yes. Did I do everything I feel is possible, following of course the rules of campaigning and all of that? Yes.” Ross Rayala enjoyed the opportunity to communicate with students. “I had lots of fun with the campaign actually,” Rayala said. “I spoke to the football team and the baseball team. I wish I could have gone to more classrooms.” Only 472 votes total were cast in the election, which was conducted via VoteNet through eServices. The election cost the Student Senate and the Clubs and Events Board (CAEB) $988.50 each this year, which amounts to $2.52 per vote for both the special election in November and this spring general election. Leslie Milan Fisher won the position of vice president, edging out Alexander Wrinkle and Derek Thomas. Omba Kipuke was elected Los Rios Student Trustee in a race against Gavin Fielder. Kipuke said he wants to work towards “efficiency, equity, and sustainability.” The role of the Los Rios Student Trustee is

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to serve as a non-voting member of the Los Rios Board of Trustees and to chair the Los Rios Community College District Student Advisory Committee. “My primary goal is to make ourselves known to the students,” Kipuke said. “We need to be more proactive and do a better job of getting out of the office and relating to students, coming to them rather than them coming to us.” Laurie Jones ran unopposed for Student Senate director of finance. “Jorge (Riley) and I, I told him before, he’s Fox News and I’m NPR. But we try to work together,” Jones said. “We don’t want to end up like the federal government when they’re at an impasse and don’t get anything done.” Jones said there were some difficulties with the elections that she would like to have resolved. “When I went in (eServices) I didn’t see the little gray tab that said ‘vote,’” she added. “Maybe we can even make it so that if you have difficulties voting you can go to the Center for Leadership and Development. It didn’t run as technologically smoothly as we would have liked.” Jones also said that at the beginning of the elections, some Android phones wouldn’t allow students to vote. “You never know if somebody tries once and gives up to vote,” she said. Newcomers Jose Garcia, Jonathon Tobey, Cameron Weaver and Katheryn White won positions as senators. Sen. Senator Buick was re-elected to the board. Jeremy Diefenbacher was re-elected CAEB president and David Hylton II was elected CAEB director of finance. “I hope that we can be a bigger, better, stronger campus community,” Diefenbacher said. “I’m planning to start the appointment process next week to my executive board so we can work over the summer to have a bigger, nonprofit organization event in November.”

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Jorge Riley 213 Yes Votes

Jeremy Diefenbacher Leslie Milan Fisher 302 Yes Votes 225 Yes Votes 87 No Votes

ASBNOTEBOOK By John Ferrannini Discussion of the sexual assaults occurring in the area around campus dominated recent Associated Student Body Student Senate meetings. Sgt. Mike Olson of the Los Rios Police Department and American River College Vice President of Administrative Services Raymond Di Guilio answered questions from the board. “I’ve been speaking to all my classes and some questions came up about what is the appropriate protective items that we can bring,” Director of Public Relations Daniela Vargas said. “Is pepper spray okay? (Are) knives okay? What is appropriate for us to bring on campus for us to protect ourselves?” Sgt. Olson said that tasers or other stun guns are not allowed on campus, but the small

Laurie Jones 358 Yes Votes 36 No Votes

Omba Kipuke 328 Yes Votes


keychain-size pepper spray is permitted. “When it comes to weapons, the first thing I will say is make sure they’re legal, and the second thing I’d say is make sure what you’re doing with them,” Sgt. Olson said. “A weapon you are not familiar with – even though it’s legal – can be turned against you and become a liability for you.” Students may carry knives with blades less than 2 1/2 inches long. “If you choose to use a weapon, the liability is completely on you. You can be subject to both criminal and civil prosecution, depending on the circumstances of the use,” Olson added. Director of Finance Jorge Riley suggested that only females be allowed to use the parking garage. “With the multilevel parking complex we just added, I entertained the idea of having it be exclusive to the ladies on campus,” Riley

said. “Is there any way that might come about?” “That would be very controversial,” Di Guilio said. “We try to treat all students the same … Some females actually feel less safe in a parking structure than if they were in an open area.” The Student Senate voted to approve $418.75 in awards for board members at their end-of-the-year banquet. The Senate decided to go with a $418.75 quote from Crown Awards, which includes $36.45 for one knock award given to one board member voten on by the board, $219.35 for 13 awards for the senators, $42.65 for one president’s award, $45 for a gavel, and $75 for the logo. The board also decided to approve resolutions supporting a bully-free campus, bullyfree workplaces and more benefits for adjunct faculty and staff.

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POLICY The Current is produced by the students of College Media Production, J410-413. All opinions are signed and not necessarily endorsed by the Current staff. All letters and articles appearing in the Editorial, Opinion or Forum sections are not necessarily representative of the Current staff or American River College policy. All articles are the property of the Current. Letters must be typed and can be submitted by mail, e-mail or in person at the following addresses: The American River Current 4700 College Oak Drive Liberal Arts, Room 120 Sacramento, CA 95841 Phone: 916-484-8304 Fax: 916-484-8668 E-mail:


INBRIEF n NEW ARC PRESIDENT: Brian King, Chancellor for the Los Rios Community College District will be recommending Thomas Greene to become the next ARC presicent. Green is currently the vice president of academic affairs and student services at Lake Tahoe Community College and previously served as the associate vice president of student services at Sacramento City College. King will make the announcement at the next Board of Trustees meeting on May 14.

n EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Vendors and organizations will be showcasing green alternatives and putting on informational demonstrations in the library and student center quad today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of Earth Day celebrations. There will also be an electronic-waste drop-off site in parking lot B.

n REGISTRATION DATES: The summer and fall class schedule is online and registration begins soon. Priority 1 students can register from April 28 - May 9. Priority 2 and 3 student can register from May 12-16, and open enrollment starts May 19. Registration appointments were emailed to students’ Los Rios Gmails and can also be found in their eServices accounts.

n LOS RIOS NIGHT: Los Rios Teacher Appreciation Night will be Friday at Raley Field, where the Sacramento River Cats will take on the El Paso Chihuahuas. Los Rios students and faculty will get discounted rates on tickets when they enter the code: “losrios” on the River Cats website. The game will begin at 7:05 p.m. and will include fireworks provided by Sutter Health.

n CAREER FAIR: The spring Career Fair is May 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center community rooms. More than 30 employers are expected to participate in the event. This is an event at which students can network with representatives from business, government, and nonprofit sectors.

n RESUME WORKSHOP: Resume development workshops will be held on May 6 from 10-11 a.m. and May 7 from 5-6 p.m. This workshop focuses on the different types of formats and the kinds of information that should be included. To sign up call the tansfer center at 916-484-8685.

n SCHOLARSHIP SEMINAR: This hour-long seminar covers information on filling out scholarship applications. Tomorrow, 1:302:30 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m., and Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call transfer center to sign up for the seminar.

CORRECTIONS In Volume 65, Edition 10 of the Current, the following corrections are listed: On page 1, Mike DePiero’s stage name is misspelled. It should read J.Terrible.

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Co-worker Profile: Suspect a ‘ticking time bomb’ responds to arrest CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


Following the arrest of former American River College student Kenneth Anderson in connection with a violent sexual assault that took place at the Subway restaurant where he was employed, Anderson’s coworker at Subway, Adam Dowdy, reacted to the news in an interview with the Current.

How are you feeling about the news of the arrest? “More or less confused. I’m still trying to grasp it, kinda put my head around it. It’s still pretty surreal to me right now.”

How well did you know Kenneth? “I wouldn’t say I knew him on a personal level, but as a co-worker, I definitely knew his personality, and it just didn’t seem right, but it still came as a bit of a shock when we found out. As time goes on, it starts to make more and more sense as to exactly what happened, especially with all the rumors with the link between that and the other assaults and rapes that have been happening in this area. They’re trying to link him with that, because there was a description that the police had sketched out, and he happened to be pretty similar to that–even his mugshot was identical to that. Once you kinda put those two together, it’s like a slap in the face. I don’t know, I really can’t even put into words how I feel.” How are you and the other employees coping? “To be honest, not well at all. Hardly anybody wants to come to work. We’ve had several call offs, and just people not showing up. Myself, I actually work at the other store, and I’ve had to pull a double here twice already. I’m doing the same thing tomorrow and probably the following week. As far as it affecting co-workers – definitely. It’s a feeling of being


unsafe, and just not really wanting to be involved. And I understand completely, but it’s definitely tough. As far as a customer standpoint goes, and business-wise, it’s been pretty decent — it’s actually, surprisingly, the community has been supporting us. Almost everyone that comes in, they know what happened, and a lot of them are bringing in chocolates, cards, roses, all that. So it’s kinda neat to know that there’s people like that out there. As far as the rest of this goes, it’s a day-byday thing. We didn’t find out it was him until yesterday. It happened while I was working here. Another coworker had some family in law enforcement, and found out that — I guess they put his name in the system, and found out that he was charged — So that’s how I found out. Even at that moment, I was like ‘there’s got to be some kind of mistake,’ but no, it’s the real deal, and it’s unfortunate. The only thing is, I’m glad she’s OK, obviously not mentally, but physically, she’s recovering, and that’s all I can hope for.” So the reaction here yesterday was the same as yours? Everyone was shocked? “Correct, yeah. And as I said, personally, for myself, I don’t typically work at this location, I’m at the other one on Madison, but we all know Ken. He’s been here for quite a while. Same with the girl that works here— she’s been here just about as long as he has.”

What was he like? “As far as personality, you could say he just kind of kept to himself. He was definitely quiet for the most part, unless customers were in, and you have to do the interaction. He seemed wellspoken, and he seemed like a pretty decent guy, from what I gathered, and that’s why this is all just kind of hitting me weird. As far as personality, you would have never could have told that this guy could be capable of something like that.”

A few of the crimes on campus from March 27 to April 22. For a full list go to the Los Rios District Police Department website at https://police.losrios. edu/clery/crimelog.aspx Burglary Tools: Someone was cited in parking lot D for giving a false identity to police officers and being in possession of burglary tools and

(expletive) and apparently a dude in a mask (expletive) attcked her, like, he (expletive) her up,” his post continued. In that same post he also said that police will be looking through security footage, but that it may be difficult to identify the suspect because he knows his boss never puts in tape for the security cameras. “I thought he was a ticking time bomb,” said Lauren Brock, who frequently talked to Anderson through Tumblr. Brock said she began following him on Tumblr approximately two years ago and the two had exchanged numbers just four or five months ago and that most recently Anderson began contacting her “a lot more.” While the two have never physically met, Brock said Anderson was a “nice guy,” but that he had a “rough upbringing.” Anderson never told her about about the sexual attack that happened at his workplace, but she said “He made a lot of posts that showed aggression over the 2 years I’ve been following him, but they weren’t frequent.” Anderson, seemingly frustrated with the serial rapist attacks in the last few months, often posted about the incidents. He said on his Tumblr post, “There have been 3 other rapes/sexual assaults in that area over the past year, each one more violent than the next, and nobody has caught him.” Anderson enrolled at American River College in fall 2009 to study psychology after graduating from Mira Loma High School. “(Anderson) was the kind of guy

that everybody knew as a friend and (he) didn’t have any real enemies,” said Tyler Miars, a former classmate of Anderson’s. “When I saw the news article with his face, my first reaction was just total shock.” Miars, a business student at Sacramento City College, said that he remembers Anderson as being a “very outgoing guy,” and “never would have expected him to be accused of what he was arrested for.” “I guess it just goes to show that you don’t really know someone as much as you think you do,” said Miars. Anderson appeared to enjoy sports, and Miars said he always played basketball during lunch and played lineman for the Mira Loma football team. Another classmate and friend Daniel Romandia told the Current that he was surprised after receiving a text from a mutual friend telling him about Anderson’s arrest. Romandia, an ARC student majoring in journalism, said Anderson had come from a broken family and was sometimes teased in high school. “He grew up without a dad, he was made fun of a lot because of his weight, he had asthma. I mean, stuff like that. Just little things that by now are kind of very common.” Both Romandia and Miars say they don’t remember Anderson having a lot of girlfriends throughout his high school years, but always “had a lot of girls as friends,” said Miars. In Anderson’s post from March 26, he mentions he wants another job. “Im such a mess mentally right now,” it reads, “kuz this shit could’ve been prevented and I really want another job kuz this shit is truly over the top.”

Rape: Students worry about rise of sex crimes CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 The attacker was wearing a mask and was dressed in dark clothing, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. The woman was treated at a local hospital for significant injuries, including, as reported by KCRA 3, “blunt-force trauma.” Kenneth Chandler Anderson, a former American River College student, was arrested in connection with the assault. Anderson, 22, is currently in custody in the Sacramento County Jail on a $5 million bail. Due to the striking resemblance and the nature of the crime Anderson is being accused of, officers believed that he may have been the Interstate-80 serial rapist, whose most recent attack Jan. 8 started with an abduction at the corner of Kohler Avenue and Auburn Boulevard, less than half a mile from the Subway location. However, DNA testing later deter-

hypodermic syringe needle at 1:30 p.m. March 26. Public Intoxication: A person was arrested for public intoxication, resisting, obstructing and delaying an officer or Emergency Medical Technician in the counseling building at 6:38 p.m. March 31. Hit and Run: A traffic collision, classified as a hit-and-run with no injuries, occurred in the parking structure at 10:57 a.m. March 31.

Bike Collision: A traffic collision occurred after a cyclist was riding the wrong way against traffic in parking lot D at 11:37 a.m. April 1. Death/Great Bodily Injury Threat: A student misconduct referral to student discipline was made after a student threatened another student with death or great bodily injury near Davies Hall at 3 p.m April 9. Transporting Drugs: An arrest was made off campus for transporta-

mined that Anderson and the serial rapist were not the same person. The seeming rise in sexual assaults in the area near campus is troublesome for some students. “My concern is I come here at night and there’s really no security, no police or anything, after the night classes … I walk to the parking lot in the dark,” said Michelle Degrate, social science major. “I’m scared.” Degrate said she has become more concerned for her safety with the recent reports of violence around campus. Some students, however, have grown accustomed to such reports and see nothing out of the ordinary. “I don’t want to say it’s the norm,” said accounting major Kathy Kolshinski. “We live in Sacramento … it wouldn’t be unheard of.” Koshinski did offer some advice to women in the area. “As a woman you have to protect yourself,” she said. “You have to keep your eyes open.” tion of a controlled substance for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a hypodermic syringe or needle and a violation of probation at 11:20 p.m. April 15. Petty Theft: A report was issued for petty theft in the library at 1:55 p.m. April 15. Drunk on campus: A warning was given to a person who was drunk in parking lot E at 1 p.m. April 16.

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Progress on the construction from June 2013 to Jan. 2014. The construction contract lasts until Dec. 2014 when the project will be completed.

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A rendering of the new building from the architect behind the 8 million dollar construction project scheduled to take place from June 2013 to Dec. 2014.

Project cooking up bigger cafe

RECENT CONSTRUCTION LOOKS TO BRING NEW CULINARY ARTS BUILDING AS WELL AS LARGER RESTAURANT By Jonathan H. Ellyson For the better part of two semesters, students of American River College have pardoned the dust of DLR Group architecture firm where it has a construction zone set up between the recently added life science and fine arts building and the fine and applied arts main building. Something tangible has been erected, and passers-by will notice the new building is starting to take form. Construction on this new culinary arts building started July

2013 and is scheduled to be completed in December. According to Los Rios Facilities Management, the new building is to house ARC’s hospitality management program and will include a new and larger Oak Cafe. “This project … (consists) of lecture, lab, office and storage spaces to accommodate growth in the culinary arts program,” said Laduan Smedley, director of administrative services. “The existing program facilities cannot expand to meet growing student program demands,” Smedley said.

“The new facility, which will grow the classroom space from a single lab classroom into three lab classrooms, will allow us to schedule classes based on the needs of students rather than the constraints of classroom space,” said Brian Knirk, department chair of culinary arts and hospitality management. New technology in the facility includes a roll-in oven and a demonstration kitchen with cameras and monitors for students to review their work. “The new facility also includes a temperature-controlled candy laboratory for the production of

chocolate and other confections,” added Knirk. Students can expect “new and better equipment as well as some curriculum changes in terms of the menu development and service within the Oak Cafe restaurant,” said Knirk. “The menu is likely to move away from the prix fixe only menu to a standard a la carte menu, more like the students are likely to see in the industry.” David Keltgen, construction manager on the project, said DLR Group’s contract through Broward Builders Inc. was scheduled from July 2013 through Decem-

ber 2014 and cost 8 million dollars total. The new facility will be able to meet all of the needs of the students who come to ARC for its well-known culinary program, which has produced alumni like Food Network star Guy Fieri. The hospitality management faculty and students will also benefit from extra space in the new facility. Facilities Management has another project currently underway that will be an addition to the southwest corner of the student services building, directly opposite Rose Marks Pavilion.


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Music students to get a taste of Italian opera By Kevin Sheridan

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Vintage Hispanic-revolutionary artwork from the ‘70s and ‘80s lines the walls of the Kaneko Gallery.

Eight opera students from American River College will travel to Viterbo, Italy this summer to perform and study opera as part of a study abroad program. The students will be studying with a high-level maestro and performing excerpts from several operas. They will also serve as members of the orchestra in the opera “Falstaff,” by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. “It’s a great opportunity as it is. (Viterbo) is one of the major meccas of opera,” said Kalen Hanson, one of the eight students making the trip. “It’s one of the original homes of opera. It’s a great opportunity to hone our craft.” The students will provide music for many opera scenes, then perform in their own concerts and chamber music events. The trip is being organized by the International Lyric Academy, an academy that specializes in training opera performers. The academy holds auditions for the trip in many cities around the world, in-

cluding New York, Los Angeles, and Beijing. The idea for the trip came from Allison Buck, a professional bassoon player who asked if students from ARC would like to audition. “I looped my kids in and eight of them made it,” said Susan Hamre, the director of the symphonic band at ARC. The eight students who made it were out of 60 in her class. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the kids. They’ll never get this opportunity again. Ever,” said Hamre. The trip features free room and board for the students once they arrive in Italy, but they need to pay for their own transportation to the country. To raise the needed money, the students have been organizing “Music to Go” programs, from which students can be hired to perform at birthday parties and other events. All money raised through these events is given to the students to pay for their flights to Italy. The trip will be for six weeks from July 1 to Aug 19.

Dancers of all levels will have the opportunity to participate in an “open stage night” sponsored by the dance department at American River College on April 25. Studio Jam will take place in Physical Education 231A from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone is allowed to participate and registration is easy. Interested dancers can simply show up before 5 p.m. the day of the event, fill out a form listing the names of the dancer and the accompanying music and hand the form to dance director Sunny Smith. Dancers must bring their music to the event. RCAF menber Juan Carrillo stands in front of his favorite piece, “Una Noche de Salsa.”

Posters from ‘70s show Chicano pride ART SHOW BRINGS POSTERS OF ‘ROYAL CHICANO AIR FORCE’ TO UNCOVER HISTORY OF MEXICAN CULTURE By Thalia Avila There’s always a story behind art, and sometimes that story is an important part of history. An art exhibit in honor of Cesar Chavez Day, “Look to the Sky,” by the Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF), highlights the history of farm workers and Mexican Americans. The exhibit was held in the The Kaneko Gallery March 17 through April 10. “A lot of it comes from their heart and soul. A lot of it is like a message against the world trying to tell us how to look, how to do and this other stuff,” RCAF member Juan Carrillo said. RCAF is a movement that started out in Sacramento in 1969 for the United Farm Workers. It came together as a whole to bring equality to the Mexican-American culture, and to provide an avenue to express art and education. The posters have a political orientation and express culture that was popular during the Chicano rights movement in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Many of their posters had to do with important political moments in history they took part in, like being in a parade, or having posters done for Cinco de Mayo parades. “As a Chicano, our culture has a lot to do with art,” Carrillo said.

Although RCAF originally stood for ‘Rebel Chicano Art Front,” people kept confusing the group with the Royal Canadian Air Force. The group turned itself into its own “air force,” according to Carrillo. “It’s history right here,” art major Carrie Reyes Cruz said. “A lot of the stuff we can do now is because of how they protested, how they got the word out and how they helped the farm workers and Cesar Chavez and stuff. It’s something to be remembered and admired for.” Many of the artwork on the murals in downtown Sacramento have been done by RCAF members like Juanishi V. Orosco, the late Don Jose Montoya and Esteban Villa. A collaboration between American River College and the California State University, Sacramento Department of Special Collections and University Archives allows the posters to be viewed in the comfort and convenience of ARC’s Kaneko Gallery. “It’s very colorful. Very detailed,” said business hospitality major Ashlie Heu. A representative from RCAF said the group’s work is on display at the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum, located in Washington, D.C. “It’s a nice way to connect,” art new media major Alexandra Villareal said. “I love how the gallery reaches out to different communities and all sorts of different student cultures and tries to incorporate them into the student body.”

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Photos by Emily K. Rabasto /

After the game, the ARC baseball head coach Doug Jumelet lectures the team on its lack of intensity and selfish attitude, which he believes led the team to lose. After every away loss, Jumelet requires all players to be silent on the bus ride home to create an environment where the team can reflect on its game.

ARC baseball’s germy culture



ow much would you pay me to drink this?” freshman infielder Colton Freeman asked. He displayed to his teammates the water bottle which he had been using to accumulate the excess spit from the wad of chewing tobacco tucked in his lip. Not even half way through the bus trip to a game in Stockton, Calif., Freeman, an American River College baseball player, chugged almost five ounces of his own dip spit to the tune of fifteen dollars as the rest of his team retched with disgust and laughter. Among the spits, swears and sex jokes, the ARC men’s baseball team appeared to be striking out in the culture department. The culture of a sports team centers around the attitudes of the athletes, and ARC baseball head coach Doug Jumelet actively seeks to help the players on his roster to hold themselves to a higher standard. “The part that we’re struggling with is that (the team’s effort) changes from day to day. You gotta come out every day and play it like it’s your last,” Jumelet said. “As a coach, you want to win games and play well, but the only things you can really ask for are commitment and effort.” Jumelet and the rest of the coaching staff have the team take a knee after every game to analyze the players’ game and preach about the values they believe the team is lacking in. Some recurring themes included selfishness, accountability, not taking it personally and a lack of intensity during practices and during games. “If they don’t give it everything they have, that’s where I’m not

going to be happy and I’m not going to accept that from them,” said Jumelet. “We need to instill a sense of pride on a daily basis and not just every once in a while, not just after I lose it and come unglued and get after them. They need to come to the field every day feeling like it’s a challenge and someone is out there trying to take something from them.” Center fielder AJ Phillips says he and the rest of the players take their responsibility to the team seriously for the most part, but there are some inconsistencies in intensity among players. “I would want a little more structure and more punishment,” Phillips said. “Time to time, nobody wants to be yelled at and have to run and be punished, but sometimes it’s what you need to just get everyone on the same page. I feel like it’s a little too (relaxed) out here.” Phillips wants to see more individuals take the initiative to improve their skills to help the team progress. “They should have the will and want to get better and be out here helping the team get better. We’re all grown men now. We’re not kids,” he added. At 22, Phillips is the oldest player on the team. Based on the players’ ages, some immaturity can be expected to leak from the dugout. For such a young team, most of them have an old habit: chewing tobacco. According to the baseball coaching staff, the dean of athletics Greg Warzecka has voiced that he does not want the players chewing tobacco while on the field due to the way it may affect the team’s image. “I think it’s more of a respect thing,” Phillips said concerning the use of tobacco on the field.

(From left to right) Brandon Raposa, Matt Gunter and Patrick Upchurch sit quietly in the visitors’ dugout in Stockton during the team’s first double-digit loss against San Joaquin Delta College. The coaching staff voiced their disappointment in the team’s unenthusiastic manner throughout the game.

“We’re out here and there’s a lot of parents and kids out here. We’re not getting paid to play. We’re out here working hard, trying to earn scholarships and it probably just looks bad. When we’re out here, we try to respect the fans.” Phillips added that being a part of the team may have led to his choice to occasionally chew tobacco. “I never thought I’d chew, but I kind of do now because of the guys out here do. It’s a bad habit I’ve picked up.” Freeman may have a different opinion. Although the act made dozens gag, Freeman says drinking his own dip spit was “worth every last penny of that fifteen dollars.” No matter what, Phillips and the rest of the players display weird, gross, brotherly love toward each other because of their bonding throughout the season. “I wouldn’t trade any of these guys for anyone else,” said Phillips.

Pitcher Brian Evangelisti reacts to third baseman Colton Freeman chugging his leftover spit from chewing tobacco on a bus headed to a Stockton game.

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Men’s tennis head coach Bobak “Bo” Jabery-Madison observes and critiques doubles partners Nick Cardoza and Nic Atkinson in a match against Folsom Lake College.

Top tennis athlete and coach have a past By Jorden Hales The same drills for hours on end, countless reps on the same machine, pre-game rituals and superstitious habits. Each of these activities are designed to take the strenuous, volatile experience of competition and create some kind of familiarity. In the case of American River College head tennis coach Bo Jabery-Madison and his best player Lovedeep Singh, familiarity is one thing that certainly does not need to be created. “(Singh) was probably 12 or 13 when I met him,” said JaberyMadison. “He was an up-andcoming young junior player, kind of getting some notoriety. A lot of the time you see with these highlevel junior players an attitude of

entitlement. He was just a really nice young kid, very friendly, affable, very talkative.” Singh, known to his coaches and teammates as “Deep,” continued his standout play through his preteens and high school. Singh’s father saw his son’s potential and thought it wise for him to place an emphasis on getting in better physical shape. As a part-time coach at ARC, Jabery-Madison built a reputation in the local tennis scene as being very effective in improving a player’s strength and conditioning, and was a natural choice for one-on-one sessions with Singh. Due to California Community College Athletic Association regulations, Jabery-Madison was unable to include Singh in most activities involving ARC, but would occasionally hit with members

of ARC’s program at local tennis clubs. Due to academic shortcomings, Singh’s options were limited after high school. Singh passed opportunities with Division II, Division III and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics schools to join his long-time mentor’s team, and has made the most of it thus far. “Having Bo as a coach (as opposed to a trainer) is good. It makes me more disciplined,” said Singh. “It’s more structured (than previous teams) … the reason I came to play for coach was to make me more disciplined.” Jabery-Madison has high expectations for Singh, and has continued to mentor his away from the tennis court. “Talent wise and ability wise, he’s an NCAA Division I tennis

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player, there’s no question about that,” said Jabery-Madison. “The academic and classroom side of it, he didn’t fulfill those requirements for the places that he wanted to go ... I’ve gotten grade-check cards, talked to his teachers ... at least twice a week I’m talking to him about his classes.” Singh has been studying with teammate Kevin Valentine, who he sought out prior to this tennis season, and offered some mutual tutelage. “The deal is I help him with his homework and then he helps me out on the tennis court’” said Valentine. “We gel pretty well ... we work out together a lot too.” His experience at ARC has been

unique to this point. Singh is using the help of his teammates to meet the expectations of both himself and his mentor. “It’s different. He expects a lot of things form me and they’re all reasonable. I know they’re going to make me better,” Singh said. Jabery-Madison describes Singh as “the best” player he’s ever coached, and believes his peak is beyond even his ambitious high school aspirations. “The sky is the limit for him at the next level, which is NCAA Division I and to be quite honest, I think the sky is the limit after college as well ... There’s no question he’s good enough to persue tennis after college.”

coach, and only four records have not been broken by his team during his tenure. “He’s a great coach, he’s on our a-- in training, when people aren’t doing well … he wants everyone to change so they become more well rounded swimmers,” said Kyle Kellan, a sprint-freestyle/ backstroke athlete and redshirt freshman. ARC plays in a tough conference, with four teams in the conference making the top 10 in state this year. The last four or five years, everyone on the men’s swim team has made state, with both the freestyler and diver winning state. “The Big 8 championships are in two weeks, we’ll finish about fourth, we don’t have the depth (in terms of guys being able to score at conference),” said Black about his team’s chances at the championship meetings. The team has gotten great performances from freshman Brenton Sayers, a 500, 100 and 200 freestyler and Lane Goedheart, a sprint freestyler. The swim team currently has 18 swimmers on it’s roster, a decrease of seven swimmers from a

roster that featured 25 one year ago. Due to this, the men’s swim team has had to adapt, forcing some athletes to take on larger roles. “I think we found our groove. We’ve been throwing swimmers in odd events … it’s shown they can (be versatile). When the time comes, they’ll be ready to go,” said Kellan. “All of us (have to) adapt to the talent and experience level of a team ... this year we don’t have a true backstroker, so I had to talk to some of our guys about getting better at backstroking,” said Black. Black also spends time coaching the elite members of the women’s swim team. The men’s swim team often shares resources with the women’s swim team, according to Black. “He’s a really good coach. He’s fun to be around, he knows what he’s talking about, and he knows how to push us in practice,” said freshman Connor Vaughn, a 200500 freestyler. For results from the Big 8 Conference championships, check the sports section at the Current’s website,

Big 8 championships for men By Kevin Sheridan

Sophomore swimmer Nathaniel Carder performs a breaststroke during the AR Trials and Finals swim meat held at ARC. The ARC swim team competed in the Big 8 Conference championships this past weekend.

Lovedeep Singh has known ARC men’s tennis head coach Bo Jabery-Madison since Singh was a tennis player in his teens.

The American River College men’s swim team competed in the Big 8 Conference championships this weekend, in the third straight year they have made an appearance. The team finished third in the conference in 2013, breaking the 400 medley relay record with a time of 3 minutes 30.23 seconds, a record time that was previously set in 2009. Despite the obvious pressure, head coach Eric Black and swim athletes listen to country music over the loudspeaker during their practices. “(The music) adds a bit of atmosphere to training. I enjoy the music out here in the morning,” said Black. “(The music choice) is whatever I feel like on that day … Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith, R&B, whatever,” he continued. Eric Black has also been coaching swim for 29 years at Fairfield University, part time at Sierra College and at De Anza College. The ARC men’s swim team has finished no worse than 12th in the state in his 29 years as head

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Warzecka nears end of term as Big 8 chief ARC’S DEAN OF ATHLETICS SPENDS 2013-2014 ACADEMIC YEAR IN CHARGE OF BIG 8 CONFERENCE By John Ferrannini

Courtesy of the ARC women’s golf team

Head coach Raye Maero and the 2013 women’s golf team, from ARC’s official athletic website. The team is throwing a fundraiser event at Bradshaw Ranch Golf Course on April 26.

ARC women’s golf throws a fundraiser FOR A FEE, PARTICIPANTS CAN HAVE DINNER AND PLAY GOLF IN THE DARK WITH ARC’S WOMEN GOLFERS By Brooke Purves What could be a better way to spend your Saturday night than smacking a few balls around the golf course? Smacking a few glow balls around the Bradshaw Ranch Golf Course at the first Glow Golf Tournament in support of the American River College women’s golf team . For a $50 green fee, participants receive dinner, water and soda, a nine-hole round of golf, glow stick and one glow ball. The game is played in the dark, but participants must wear the provided glow necklaces so they can see one another on the course, according to Gary Johnsrud, manager of Bradshaw Ranch. “Then everyone has a … glow golf ball with a one-and-a-half inch glow stick you insert in it … (making them) real easy to see,” said Johnsrud. There will be six-inch glow sticks on the tee boxes and glow sticks on the pins on the green and inside the cups. Flashlights are encouraged. The water elements are taken out of play during night golf, but golfers who tend to sink their balls anyway may purchase additional balls.

Participants also receive a goodie bag filled with swag from local businesses. Golfers will play the course with a “shotgun” style start. All teams will start play at the same time at different holes and work their way through all nine holes of the course to finish around the same time. This helps the game progress more quickly than if teams had to wait for players with large handicaps to finish a hole before moving on. It also gives players who are new to the game an opportunity to participate in a worthwhile cause. There will be a putting contest and a raffle with prizes including green fees for a foursome at Haggin Oaks, a putter, gift certificates to Sterling Bridges and The Cricket and several food items, according to athletic coordinator Raye Maero. Glow golf is a popular fundraiser for many different types of organizations, from Boy Scout troops to soccer teams. “We do 20 of them a year,” said Johnsrud. The deadline to register for the glow golf tournament is today. Forms and payment must be mailed to Raye Maero/American River College, 4700 College Oak Ave., Sacramento, Calif., 95841. Contact Maero at (916) 484-8281 for more information.

American River College Dean of Athletics Greg Warzecka has operated as the president of the Big 8 Conference this year. The Big 8 governs the athletics of eight community colleges in Greg Warzecka California (ARC, Sacramento City, Cosumnes River, Diablo Valley, Modesto, San Joaquin Delta, Santa Rosa, and Sierra). The Deans of Athletics for the eight colleges switch off alphabetically each year. Warzecka has been ARC’s Dean of Athletics since Fall 2012. When asked what his goals have been as president, Warzecka replied “continuity and a balanced budget.” “I’ve done this type of work before,” Warzecka said. “It’s something you do to help the administration of a sports conference. The president runs meetings and conferences during the year, meets with the commissioner, and casts the conference vote on new legislation for the CCCAA convention April 1-3.” The California Community College Athletic Association Convention in Los Angeles determines policies for the different sports conferences in the state. Warzecka also handles appeals for student athletes that are kicked out of games.

“One of the jobs of the president is to handle any appeals that come in,” he said. “I work with Michael (Liddell) on decorum violations for student athletes, if they get kicked out.” He also “handles the updates to the sports supplements, the rules and regulations, and how the schedules are put together, and how the sports and championships are conducted.” Warzecka praised the Big 8 Conference, which he described as “one of the biggest and most successful.” “We host ten other schools who have sports without a main conference, such as track and field and men and womens golf,” he added. Michael Liddell, the Commissioner of the Big 8 Conference, had nothing but praise for Warzecka. “He’s fantastic,” Lidell said. “A great wealth of understanding. He’s a wonderful administrator and he’s my president and I couldn’t be more happy.” “He’s approachable and very enthusiastic and articulate,” Lidell added. Warzecka has worked at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Davis, San Francisco State University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Redlands. Most notably, he was the Director of Athletics for the University of California, Davis, for 16 years. Warzecka says that he likes being the Director of Athletics at ARC. “I enjoy my work here at ARC,” he said, adding that being the Big 8 President is “one of those things you do for the good of the order. There’s plenty of work to do here, and it pulls attention away.”

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Rape Aggression Defense program comes to ARC TWO DAY COURSE COMES IN THE WAKE OF NEARBY SEXUAL ASSAULTS By Barbara Harvey

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Anthropology 330 professor Frank Araujo discusses the differences between attribute gods and otiose gods during class.

TAKETHIS CLASS By Kevin Sheridan Many people today strive to be educated about different people and cultures. Students who wish to be multicultural in the modern world should take Anthropology 330: Magic, Witchcraft and Religion. This class examines the supernatural beliefs and rituals of traditional African, Asian and Native American societies, among others. The course also examines the role of ritual and belief within the social context, with attention given to world religions. “My teaching philosophy is to stimulate interest and critical thinking,” said professor Frank Araujo. “(I want to) excite them about underlying causes. Our focus is on belief systems.” The class members discuss how spirits are perceived by people, the hierarchy of spirits and the differing kinds of angels in Judaism and Christianity. But Araujo also introduces the class members to less-mainstream topics, like the differ-

ANTHRO330 ent types of devils and monsters found in different religions around the world, totems and demi-gods. “I enjoy the insight into the human spirit,” said political science major Devin Tariel, a student in the class. Another topic of discussion is the different kinds of gods: a “creator” god, who created the universe, and an “otiose” god, or a god who is detached from the activities of Earth. Other topics discussed included the vision quest, an attempt to achieve a vision of a future guardian spirit; the Pantheon, all the gods of a people or religion collectivity; and the roles of goddesses such as Isis and Ishtar. “I’m in funeral services, so it’s giving me a broader look into other people’s cultures,” said Maryrose Coronado, a funeral services major also attending the class. The course requires student participation and the professor actively engages the class. Anthropology 330 is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. in Davies Hall 200.



American River College counselor Joe Sjolund opened his first Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class, a nine hour, two day self-defense course, by briefing students on the sexual assaults that occurred around campus this semester, including the Subway restaurant rape, the attempted sexual assault that occurred near the ARC nature trail and the series of rapes committed at nearby Interstate-80 and Madison Avenue. The class was the first of it’s kind for ARC, coming to the campus following a push by Sjolund, who in his 20 years as a counselor has dealt with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Sjolund hopes to expand the class to other Los Rios campuses. “I was approached by the C.A.R.E. (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education) program through E.O.P.S. (Extended Opportunities Programs and Services) about teaching self-defense to their students. Therefore, I looked for a national company that specifically taught Women’s Self Defense, since this is the population I would mostly be working with. That is how I discovered the R.A.D. program back in 2008,” Sjolund said in an email with the Current. The class, which was limited to women ages 14 and up, was full and mainly attended by younger women. The small ARC Ranch House, where the class was relocated for size to due to

“popular demand,” was packed, according to Sjolund. Sjolund, who was trained as a R.A.D. instructor in 2008, was assisted by counselor Kim Herrell and adaptive P.E. instructor Raye Maero. Sjolund took time to thank Los Rios District Chief of Police Cheryl Sears and ARC interim President Pam Walker, stating, “It’s because of them that we’re finally getting this program off the ground.” “What I liked most about R.A.D. is they not only taught selfdefense, but included awareness and avoidance, as well as the important topic of sexual assault and rape,” Sjolund said. According to the class, one in three women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. The R.A.D. program is over 25 years old with 11,000 certified counselors, and is nationally certified by law enforcement, the Universities of California, the California State Universities and the California Community Colleges system. “At the time Student Services Vice President Pam Walker was very supportive, and helped cover the cost of my training, and helped with the purchase of equipment. However, due to the severe budget cuts the college was facing, we were not able to offer the class,” Sjolund explained. “I started a self-defense fund with my own money, through ARC Foundation, with the hope that if funds didn’t return to the college I would try and fund a R.A.D. program myself.” The class began with a pow-

erpoint presentation detailing sexual assault statistics and definitions, including those for “rape,” “sexual assault,” “forcible sodomy,” “stalking,” “non- or impaired consent” and “abduction.” Sjolund went on to cover risk awareness, risk reduction, risk recognition and risk avoidance, detailing strategies to avoid dangerous scenarios both at home and in public. Sjolund mentioned services such as the free ARC evening shuttle as an option for reducing risk for students, encouraging students to “remove the foundation of opportunity” from the “victimization triangle,” meaning that by taking simple steps to become more aware of their surroundings and personal safety, women can help reduce their risk of being sexually assaulted. Herrell then briefed students on rape poison awareness, detailing the different substances most commonly used as rape drugs, including alcohol, GHB, roofies and Ketamine. Following the lecture, the class moved to the practice gym, where Sjolund, with the assistance of Herrell and Maero, taught the participants vocalizations, defensive stances and strikes. “I am happy to report that with now interim ARC President Pam Walker and Los Rios Chief of Police Cheryl Sears we were able to train 11 new R.A.D. women’s self defense instructors throughout the district. We are hoping this program will grow, and eventually be offered at each campus in the district,” said Sjolund.

How did you end up at ARC?

“I couldn’t afford anything else. I got into Davis, but it would have cost $45,000 a year. It’s a lot cheaper here, and still a great school, so why not?”

“Google. I googled ‘cheap colleges’ and ARC came up.”

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“I went to Mesa Verde, and it was just kind of a trend. No one was going to a fouryear. It was either ARC or Sierra, and I picked ARC.”


“I didn’t get good enough grades for anything else.”


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(Above) Paramedic students prepare student Alec Kulhanjian for transfer via board to a waiting ambulance. Kulhanjian received simulated CPR while participating in a scenario in which three students were treated for mock injuries from a lightning strike March 19 on the ARC campus. (Left) Medical mannequins are often used in training scenarios in the paramedic medicine department.

Paramedic: Students prepare for MCIs CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 It requires a certain type of person to be able to keep her cool as a first responder to an MCI. “You have to be able to be calm, even though inside you might be screaming,” paramedic student Emily Anne Droesch said. “At some point, it kind of clicks. You just do the call, you do the skills and at the end you may be feeling, ‘I can’t believe that just happened’ or you may need to talk to your partner about it because it was just really stressful or traumatic.” Grant Goold, dean of the paramedics department, spoke to some of the goals the department has for its students. “We want the ‘Emilys’ of the program to be able to stand in the middle of that tornado and be able to pick out the things that need to be done, dictate them to her crew, make those decisions, re-evaluate them, move on,” he

said. Droesch said the faculty members are hard on the students, and the training is vigorous, but acknowledged that the intensity is necessary. “You have to be pretty resilient, especially when you’re training and learning and getting feedback … they’re not trying to be mean. They’re trying to be helpful and you have to be able to take that criticism and do better,” she said. Martin said of his debriefing efforts after a scenario, “Am I ripping on you? … I’m simply giving you feedback so you can … do better.” But Droesch isn’t new to intense training. She already has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Montana State University, and later made the switch to emergency medicine. “I wanted to go to medical school and didn’t get in. Then I thought I could spend the $300,000 or $400,000 to go to

medical school, or (go) to paramedic school with less money and less time and do what I want,” Droesch said. “Some people … are going to be brilliant academically, are going to be able to get through all my skills. Will be an excellent CTE (Career Technical Education) student,” said Goold. “The challenge we run into is some of those affective components, where Emily’s going to need to stand around a bunch of predominantly men and let them know she’s in charge.” In her other line of work, Droesch does, in fact, have to be assertive, a skill that translates well to paramedic medicine. As a patient advocate in 5150 hold cases, Droesch visits a locked treatment facility and visits with mental health patients who have been put on an involuntary hold, or who have been checked into treatment to keep themselves safe. During those visits, she consults with patients

about their right to a hearing and what they would like to have presented about their case at the hearing. “Sometimes it’s ‘No, I want to stay. I need help.’ Sometimes they’re so symptomatic they can’t get out,” she said. “Their discharge plan is, ‘Well, I’m just going to go sleep on the streets ... ’ The county’s not going to say that’s a safe plan and they’re going to stay.” Droesch also works as a standby emergency medical technician (EMT) at staged events such as nightclubs, sporting events and concerts, providing all the services a first responder would provide aside from the ambulance. She explained how although often times she and her partner will have to work by flashlight or in less than ideal circumstance, “(it) gives us and our staff really good experience for being the first on scene … Oftentimes our patients are not responsive or not

good historians because they’re intoxicated or they can’t recall what happened.” It’s a job with certain benefits. “You’re not having fun until you’re kneeling in vomit taking a blood pressure in the dark,” she said. But with a paramedic license, “you’re calling the shots,” she said. “You’re more fulfilled.” With the private EMT companies, Droesch didn’t feel like she was able to use her skills. “(It) wasn’t about the patient care of it, and while I understand it’s a business and you need to make money, I think it’s just a lot of emphasis on (paperwork),” she said. Droesch does have one piece of advice for all members of the community: “If you’re going to go out and do stupid things and drink or whatever, at least have a change of clean underwear on in case you have to explain to the paramedics what you’re doing.”

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INCREASED CRIME IN THE COMMUNITY LEADS TO LOS RIOS SPONSORED RAPE AGGRESSION DEFENSE WORKSHOPS April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month and unfortunately our community has become even more aware of sexual assault with the string of rapes occurring around campus in the past few months. But these rapes are just a very small number of highly publicized assaults. Rather, we live in a rape culture, where to be sexually victimized is the reality for a large number of women. Nearly one in five women in the United States has been victim to forcible rape, according to 2010 The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey produced by the Division of Violence Prevention of the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Additionally, 13 percent of women are victims of sexual coercion, while more than 27 percent of women have experienced unwanted sexual touching. The statistics regarding sexual or physical assaults vary greatly based on who is doing the reporting and the definition of rape being used. The definition of rape in some studies may include anytime coercion was used through physical or psychological means, or when the victim was incapacitated through drugs or alcohol, or

MISCONCEPTIONS ON EVENTS FROM ASB THIS SEMESTER Dear Editor, I am the current President of the American River College Club and Events Board, and have been one of the TWO student body presidents since my appointment to the position last July. A common misconception on campus is that the Student Senate President and the Student Body president are the same, but they are not. At our campus, we have sister boards, each carrying EQUAL weight in student representation. For this reason, I not only chair the Club and Events Board, but also sit on the Student Senate. CAEB and I have worked the entire year to unify student organizations and get them the funding needed for events, while also giving them a platform to represent themselves at our monthly Club Day events. I would now like share some of my challenges with you with you. Last fall, the elected President of Senate resigned, leaving the seat vacant. As stated in the bylaws of the organization, the interim presidential seat went to the elected Director of Finance, Jorge Riley. Riley then refused to delegate the role of Director of Finance to another member of Senate, claiming that he himself was going to hold both positions. Because of this, the Joint Budget Committee was not able to meet during the majority of the fall semester, despite complete preparation from the Clubs and Events Board. All of the paperwork for student funding requires signatures from both the

unable to give consent because of incapacitation of mental state or disability. When those conditions are factored into the numbers, some organizations report that nearly 80 percent of all women have been victim to violence or sexual assault in their lifetimes, with a large number of women also being subject to stalking and similar unwanted sexual attention. Even a conservative estimate, as provided by the CDC, puts the number of women who have been victim to rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner at one in three. That means that on the American River College campus alone, at least 10,000 women have been or will be assaulted in their lifetimes. That number is horrifying. Unfortunately, those numbers are even higher when we consider certain minority and vulnerable population groups. The CDC also reports that 44 percent of lesbian women and 61 percent of bisexual women will become victims of rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. Eighteen percent of women raped are 60 years or older, according a report by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The Journal of Interpersonal Violence reports that more than 80

percent of developmentally disabled women are sexually assaulted, while 40 percent of women with physical disabilities become victims, according to a report in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The New York Times calls sexual violence against women endemic in the United States. It is an unfortunate reality; violence against women in general is indeed a characteristic of the American culture. It doesn’t have to be a characteristic of the American River College campus. ARC already does offer a co-ed one unit adapted personal safety course, ADAPT 316, for physically or developmentally disabled students that focuses on avoiding and defending a physical attack. But that and taekwondo seem to be the only violence-prevention courses available to students. Across the board school defunding in the mid 2000s and legal restrictions concerning single-sex classes necessitated cutting certain physical education courses, including offerings in self-defense. “There used to be 100 more classes than what we have now,” said Kat Sullivan-Torrez, kinesiology and athletics professor. According to athletic coordinator Raye Maero, ARC used to offer gender-specific self defense courses for credit. When it

became illegal to hold separate classes, the program integrated to create a co-ed class. Co-ed classes in which both genders are present are not as effective as single-sex classes. “If you’re really talking about rape and things like that and trying to get women to defend themselves and people have been raped, it’s better not to have it co-ed,” said Maero. “That was the fight when we had to switch it to co-ed … women that had problems and had been raped had a hard time being in a class with men, where they’re really learning to defend themselves.” Eventually the instructor for that course retired and was never replaced. “But that doesn’t mean the district thinks it’s not important,” said Maero. Last month the Los Rios District paid for the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) workshop training for many faculty and other employees, including the Los Rios chief of police and other district police officers, counselors and instructors. That workshop, which was available to students and community members, took place April 5 and 6. “The district is very aware that it really is an important thing,” she said, “so right now we are offering workshops.” So far the R.A.D. workshops are for women only, and there is talk

of a “mother/daughter” workshop. But we cannot forget about the men on campus. More than one in four men are raped, sexually coerced and/or stalked by an intimate partner, and nearly 40 percent of victims of severe physical violence are men. Although we can respect the need for a safe space for women, we need to be creating and promoting courses and workshops that foster a culture of safety and freedom from violence for all students, regardless of gender or ability. According to Maero, there is a R.A.D. course for men, but no one has been trained for it yet. In the meantime, as students, we can support other students. It may be as simple as offering to walk with a buddy to the parking lot after an evening class or to run with a friend on the trail behind campus. We can simply choose not to tolerate sexual harassment on campus. We can step in. We can protect each other. We can not only watch, but we can act. Students and groups can still ask for safety awareness demonstrations by contacting the LRPD. “I totally believe in it,” said Maero, in reference to the R.A.D. courses. “I totally think that the college campus is the place for it.”


because you’re going to do the unexpected—just pick the right time. Think about what you have that could be an offensive weapon. A set of keys extending between the fingers of a clenched fist is good. So is a nail file or comb. But you have to think about these things in advance of needing them and have them in a place where you can get to them quickly. And don’t forget what the trail itself provides for defense. A handful of dirt on the face of an attacker could be enough to buy you time to get away. Also, rocks and tree limbs are readily available. It’s not a bad idea to find a stout limb laying along the trail as you enter and use it as a walking stick until you reach the other end. Most important of all—your mental state. You must understand beforehand that should someone assault you, they are not likely to stop unless and until you take some decisive and aggressive action. Biting, sticking a finger or comb in an attackers eyes, kicks and knees to the groin, a solid strike to the shin. Even the edge of a smartphone jammed into an Adam’s apple— self-defense experts can provide lots more—are all things you can do. But you must deliver them with every intention of causing enough pain and damage to allow your escape. Most males who prey on females in this manner are all about power and control. When their victim reacts unexpectedly, that just ruins their “thing” and turns their “victim” into their worst nightmare. Be aware. Be alert. Be prepared. Be aggressive. Frank Scafidi Carmichael


President AND the Director of Finance, therefore by withholding the appointment of Director of Finance, the Student Senate was unable to make financial decisions for the majority of the Fall term. After failing to run in the Special Elections, Riley returned to the role of Director of Finance, but began to question the decisions of the previous semester’s Student Senate as if he himself was not a part of it. He is continually calling the senate discriminatory, uneducated, and has likened the year’s allocations to a “squandering of funds”. This separation is self-inflicted, and is but one of many was Riley has been manipulating the entire system of student government for self-publicity. As Director of Finance, it is Riley’s duty to have a working knowledge of the funds available in the various accounts that Student Senate has access to. After the final budget was presented in February, he was completely aware that the accounts were frozen, and all allocation projections were complete for the year. Despite this, he drafted a Bill requesting $900 for the Republican Club from an account that could not support such funding. As Director of Finance, he knew this, yet presented the Bill time and time again insisting that the Board vote on it. After WEEKS of discussion, he attempted to retract the bill after declaring that it was only brought up to show how the board’s resistance to him. The bill was voted down, and he then chose to pay for the trip out of pocket. Through the entire exchange, he did not once request funds from the Clubs and Events Board, which is sad because

there is still funding allocated for student organizations such as the Republican Club, should they go through the appropriate channels. Last week, Riley presented a Resolution that Senate support an extension for an application deadline that they themselves did not set. After the discussion on the theoretical extinction dominated the entire meeting, it was agreed that Riley himself would help to draft the application, yet it was never submitted. This week I received an email from Jorge requesting a $10,000 audit of the Associated Student Body. He is claiming that there is paperwork missing from last semester. Because he held both the seat of Interim President and Director of Finance, the missing paperwork in question is paperwork that he himself did not draft. I sit on the Senate on behalf of my entire board, and these resolutions are clearly being brought forward for the sake of martyrdom and self-publicity. I look forward to continuing my work with the Associate Student body, and hope that in the future the Current will pay attention to the entirety of the situation. In an age of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, the media should be more translucent and accurate than ever because it is not difficult to check the credibility of ones sources. One would hope that credibility is one of the things that the media would strive for, if not in the business world that at least in the academic one. #SpinThat! O.o -Jeremy Diefenbacher President, Associated Student Body Clubs and Events Board

Dear Editor, The recent attempted rape along the nature trail near ARC is but the latest in a string of assaults in the greater ARC area. I walk that trail and around ARC most days with my Alaskan husky. It is a hidden jewel within our busy and developed urban core. But I have noticed on several occasions, individuals using that trail who are higher on things other than life. That isn’t necessarily anything new, but in terms of personal safety, trail users—particularly females—need to be aware that while they enjoy the serenity of that space they are not always alone. This isn’t meant to scare anyone but only to remind the nature trail users that they must be aware of their surroundings. Especially now that winter’s limbs are sprouting spring foliage that provides numerous hiding places for creeps and miscreants. I notice that most of the young people I pass on that trail are wearing ear buds or are busy texting or selecting music. For your own safety, I’d urge you to suspend that activity at least until you’re off the trail. Hearing something suspicious might just give you enough time to prepare. If confronted, try to remain calm enough to assess your options. Is the attacker visibly armed or feigning a weapon? If so, with what? A knife requires close proximity to be a threat while a gun is able to threaten you at a distance. Still, you can prevail against an armed attacker. You have surprise on your side

Men at worship in the second floor prayer room of the SALAM (Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims) Islamic Center on April 4.

Peace be upon you

Photos by Adnan Ramic and Barbara Harvey

Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims, known as SALAM, was founded in 1987. Its purpose is to promote Islamic teachings, understanding, and unity among all Muslims in the greater Sacramento community. In June 1993, SALAM purchased the site at College Oak Dr. as its future Islamic Center; a two and a half acre-piece of property that included two houses and a fruit orchard. “As-salamu alaykum” is a common Arabic phrase Muslims use to greet each other meaning “Peace be upon you.”

Women can buy veils and scarves shown and use them as hijabs.

Congregants must remove their shoes before entering the prayer rooms. Throughout the day, falafel was made fresh and sold to patrons.

Vol 65 Edition 11  

The Current is a student run newspaper covering the American River College

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