Youth Climate Protest Strikes Sacramento

The broad, stone steps of the Sacramento State Capitol building were crowded with young people hoisting homemade signs into the air. The air rang…
A photo featuring from left to right April Moore (grandmother), Brooklyn Shinabargar (granddaughter), Sadie Hampshir (granddaughter), and Isabella Delatorre (niece).

Tribute to April Moore

The following is a sestina for grandmother April Pamela Moore (December 21, 1947-September 5, 2015), written by Sierra College student Brooklyn Shinabargar (Nisenan/Washoe) in…

A Tribute to Dr. Reyes Ortega

The above 13-minute video features an interview with Dr. Reyes Ortega about his work with the Puente program at Sierra College and his legacy…
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Seeing Beauty in the World

When I used to think of things like the Dust Bowl, Dr. Pepper, or rock hounding, I did not feel any sense of significance…

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Tales of a PetSmart Employee

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Cultural Appreciation vs. Appropriation

As summer ends, kids start to dread going back to school while parents go back to their usual schedule of waking up, dropping their kids off and then going to work. For many, there’s not much to look forward to…

Motherhood and Me

Becoming a mother at 17 was scary to me. I thought that I would ruin my children’s lives before they ever had a chance. Following in the footsteps of my mother and determined to break a cycle. Just a teenager…

A Deep Dive on the Sacramento Aquatic Center

At the edge of the lower American River, Lake Natomas is a staple in the community. The Sacramento State Aquatic Center is a great…

Citizen Science: Tracking E. coli in the American River

When the California Humanities Emerging Journalist Fellowship  team at Sierra College started researching the role of water in the community and the American River,…
the author's grandpa and grandma who are featured in the story shown sitting on a couch

Hold this Close to Feel My Love

January is a snowy month with numerous power outages sweeping across the city of Colfax.  The month also signifies the beginning of the Spring…

Students Take on the Mask Mandate

It has officially been two years since the start of the mask mandate in California and people, including students, still have strong opinions.…