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For Rick Harlow, an associate professor in the Ornamental Horticulture department, seeing trash cans full of rotting lettuce, carrots, herbs and fruit led him to find a way for his department to give back.

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Sam Melvin says the most important thing is staying calm. Before every big race, Melvin said he calms down and focuses on executing his own race.

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Most colleges do not have an oasis in the middle of campus, but at Orange Coast College, students can find gurgling fountains, trees that give glorious shade, and flowers releasing sweet fragrance into the air. There is grass to sit in, benches to read a book on and tables to eat lunch at.

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They are often overlooked — the guys in the green carts who traverse the campus every day, keeping it clean, fresh and ready for students to gather.

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Jeff Anderson and Mike Brook have been best friends for 51 years.

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Natalia Jimenez loves flowers. And she loves her mother.

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I didn’t know I could want to adopt 10 dogs all at once and without hesitation until the Pet Expo located at the OC Fairgrounds came along over the weekend.

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At the back of Orange Coast College’s Campus Safety building is a small desk crowded by a set of dual monitors the size of big-screen TVs.

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Inspired by the reality television show “Shark Tank,” Orange Coast College’s own version of the show, called Pirates Plank, held its third annual event on April 4, giving students the opportunity to win cash prizes, mentorships and internships at the OCC Maker’s Space.

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Olivia Jäggi, winner of the 2019 Giles T. Brown Student Project and Research Symposium, explored suicide rates in the U.S. and compared them with South Korea, a country with “exceptionally high suicide rates,” in her project, “A Comparative Study on Suicide Prevention.”

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In the evenings after class, one 19-year-old Orange Coast College student can most often be found in front of the sewing machine in his bedroom.

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The Orange County Transit Authority dropped bus routes in February and March, forcing some Orange Coast College students without cars to pay for ride sharing services or drop classes.

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When Orange Coast College’s Speech, Theater and Debate team won the Spring Championship Tournament for community colleges in the Pacific Southwest last month, it was almost expected.

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When he’s not in class at Orange Coast College, Jose Daniel Garcia is frequently hard at work on a 3D printing machine in his garage.

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The Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion resides in a center point of campus, constantly surrounded by students — the smell of Starbucks coffee beans wafts through the air as you walk through the shiny double doors.

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Garret Hill, the student coordinator for Orange Coast College’s Makerspace, rhythmically tapped on an Ultimaker 3D printer while a student stared anxiously over his shoulder.

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Most nights Luis Collado can be found sleeping in one of Orange Coast College’s warm and safe buildings.

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Orange Coast College’s student athletic trainer program helps hopeful athletic trainers succeed in their intended field by allowing them to get hands-on experience.

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Houston, we now have liftoff. Orange Coast College’s highly anticipated Planetarium is ready to launch.

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Using the precision of industrial robots to create art, Orange Coast College architecture faculty and students were challenged to design and build a sculpture for The LAB Anti-Mall in Costa Mesa earlier this month.

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I recently participated in a practice session — actually about half of a session — of a sport at Orange Coast College called octopush, a form of hockey played underwater. Players hold their breath and push a puck from one side of the pool to the other by coordinating with teammates and tryin…

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For its annual Thanksgiving Feast, Orange Coast College’s catering service prepares dozens of turkeys, hams, bread rolls, pies and other pastries to ease the stress of holiday cooking.

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News of Brazil’s recently elected president brought tears, disappointment and anxious calls back home from Brazilian students at Orange Coast College.

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In need of a hip replacement and awaiting the surgery scheduled for the week after Thanksgiving, Jaylynne Alexander was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer.

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On the windward coast of southeast Oahu lies a small, residential community known for its extraordinary beauty and serene lifestyle.

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Orange Coast College students and their families can receive joy for the holidays through the college’s Adopt-A-Family program that assists economically disadvantaged single parents.

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As Orange Coast College says goodbye to Creative Writing instructor Davi Loren upon her retirement, it says goodbye to an instructor who helped guide her students through a form of creativity honed or simply discovered.

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Every October for the last four years, William “Jay” Horsky’s Huntington Beach home transforms into the Hauntington Beach Manor — a homemade haunted house of mind-bending scares.

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The bed in Michelle Avila’s bedroom has been neatly made, with a small stuffed bear sitting on top — as if waiting for her to return.

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A once-homeless single mother who told her children they were camping when they slept in her truck is now a student at Orange Coast College and Pirates’ Cove employee looking to help others facing similar situations.

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Thirty OCC women in STEM attended the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit for an afternoon with women CEOs and top executives earlier this month  at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Laguna Niguel.

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Orange Coast College faculty, staff and students say it is important to become familiar with issues that could affect college students in the Nov. 6 midterm election — including community college funding, rent control, fuel and sales taxes or changes in Congress.

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From servicing 60 Orange Coast College students a day to running out of supplies one afternoon after delivery because of the 200 to 230 students coming in, Pirates’ Cove is proving to be an important resource on campus. 

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To curb what it is calling an “epidemic” of teenage e-cigarette use, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration has given Juul Labs 60 days from Sept. 12 to prove the company can keep its product out of the reach of minors.

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Artists and writers at Orange Coast College are urged to seize the opportunity to submit their work in this year’s Orange Coast Review.

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Orange Coast College student Vanessa Vega said baking has always been her therapy —  even when she was in a violent relationship and struggling to find a future.

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Orange Coast College’s new Dean of Counseling Renee DeLong has defined her number one goal in her new job — providing students with the best academic guidance possible.

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Orange Coast College’s new director of Disabled Students Programs and Services Vanessa Dominguez has her sights set on helping students who face challenges every day.

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The stars have yet to align for the Orange Coast College Community Planetarium with the grand opening arriving at a date later than expected due to unexpected weather and changes.

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Separate from traditional semester course offerings, there’s a whole other world of enrichment available to Orange Coast College’s surrounding community.

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Latino students interested in pursuing higher education can benefit from the services offered in Counseling Latinos for Equity and Engagement at Orange Coast College.

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An anonymous donor from Orange County gave $1 million to Orange Coast College’s astronomy program in 2013 to go toward a new astronomy village.