Campus Current

Haitian band teaches dance

Students and faculty dance under the instruction of Haitian band members on Oct. 3.

Gerald Maravanyika and Amber Nathan

October 7, 2019

AACC hosted a workshop about Haitian music and culture on Oct. 3 where students learned about ethnic dances and instruments. Richard Morse is part of the Haitian band RAM, which is on tour. He and his bandmates stopped by the school for two workshops and a live performance. “You hear a lot about...

Haitian band performs for students at AACC

The Haitian band RAM performs music at the amphitheater at West Campus

David Stemmle, Daily Editor

October 3, 2019

A Haitian band came to AACC to perform music for students and faculty in the amphitheater on west campus Thursday. RAM is a mizik rasin band based out of Port-au-Prince Haiti. They were founded by song-writer and lead vocalist, Richard A. Morse, in 1990. Their music combines traditional Haitian and...

Hispanic grad rates improve

The percentage of Hispanic and African-American students who graduated from AACC increased between 2018 and 2019.

Tom Ostrye, Web Designer

October 1, 2019

Graduation rates among Hispanic students at AACC increased by 35 percent over the last year, according to college data. African-American student graduation rates rose by 9 percent. Vice President for Learning Mike Gavin said the college aims to eliminate achievement gaps among different racial...

AACC recruits older learners

AACC is changing recruitment focus to older students like Ezra Wong, a  26-year-old, first-year forensic science student.

Tom Ostrye, Web Designer

October 1, 2019

AACC officials have shifted their recruiting focus from high school seniors to older students. The school has traditionally targeted high schools for recruitment, according to Dean of College Transition Deneen Dangerfield. This year’s effort will involve recruiting 25- to 39-year-olds. “It...

Students audition for Nov. drag show

Crystal Jones (left) and Erica Romero (right) practice their routines for the upcoming performance Drag-O-Ween hosted by the Gay-Straight Alliance

David Stemmle, Daily Editor

September 27, 2019

AACC students auditioned for a Halloween themed charity drag show on Friday. The Gay-Straight Alliance will host the bi-annual drag show Drag-O-Ween on Nov. 1. All proceeds raised during the show will be donated to the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization focusing on helping LGBT youth...

Dean scores magazine mention for leadership

Tiffany Boykin, AACC’s dean of student engagement, is featured in the March issue of “Diverse” magazine on its list of women in higher education.

April 30, 2019

“Diverse” magazine named AACC’s dean of student engagement among its “Diverse Top 35 Women in Higher Education” in its Women’s History Month issue in March. Dr. Tiffany Boykin ranked seventh on the annual list. “I still don’t exactly know who nominated me,” Boykin said. “It...

Profs: Students at AACC can advocate for rights

First-year transfer studies student Ruth Stimely says she considers herself an activist. Above, she attends a rally protesting President Donald Trump.

Noah Reem, Reporter

April 30, 2019

As she walked alongside nearly half a million other activists at the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, D.C., gender studies professor Heather Rellihan realized the event wasn’t just about women. Not only were the marchers advocating for women’s rights, but for reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights,...

Faculty take survey on AACC’s diversity, equity

The college’s Chief Diversity Officer Diedra Dennie sent out a survey to faculty about campus inclusion.

Philip Van Slooten, Reporter

April 30, 2019

Fewer than half of the faculty and staff members who answered a “campus climate survey” this spring said they believe AACC students feel comfortable reporting discrimination to college administrators. And fewer than one-third agreed that senior administrators and department leaders are diverse...

GSA members participate in national LGBTQ Day of Silence

Members of the Gay-Straight Alliance participated in the national LGBTQ day of silence.

Philip Van Slooten, Reporter

April 16, 2019

Members of AACC’s Gay-Straight Alliance club participated in the national Day of Silence in support of LGBTQ rights on April 12. The silent student demonstration began in the SUN dining hall before moving outside to be more visible to the greater campus community. According to, “GLSE...

Faculty supports diversity requirement; few students know what it is

Graphic by Daniel Nickerson

Philip Van Slooten, Daily Reporter

April 4, 2019

While faculty members at AACC told Campus Current the diversity requirement is important, a survey revealed not many students knew anything about it. In an informal poll at the Arnold campus, 3 out of eleven students knew about the requirement. Dr. Heather Rellihan, the gender and sexuality studies...

Soapbox Sisters event filled with motivational speeches, graduations

Philip Van Slooten

Philip Van Slooten and Lindey Gapsis

March 28, 2019

A communications professor hosted the annual Soapbox Sisters performance for women to recite famous feminist literature. Some of the stories told were an essay by Susan B. Anthony and Oprah’s Golden Globes speech. April Copes hosted the event. “I think just having everyone around me and...

“Brain, Heart, World” docuseries put on by CCO

Ashley Onwudiwe, Reporter

March 27, 2019

A preacher who leads a campus Christian club said in March that students who seek counseling for an addiction to pornography feel “empty and alone.” Isaac Vineyard, head of the Coalition for Christian Outreach on campus, made the remarks after showing the first part of the docuseries “Brain,...

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