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It’s been over 10 months since California’s shelter-in-place and social distancing recommendations were put in place. For many, it’s been 10 months of working from home, 10 months of Zoom, 10 months of the same faces, and 10 months of the same four walls.

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As she sits with her warm tea in hand, her red hair burning brighter than the flames licking the logs in the fireplace, Camille Vandoren reminisces of her holidays at home. Her mantelpiece, decorated with homemade yarn tassels and a Mickey Mouse plush, gives the living room a warm and comfor…

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For most Orange Coast College students, this semester seems to be filled to the brim with stressful days and lonely, long nights. It feels unreal to be studying for finals in the midst of the pandemic, but the time of year has come. 

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Home to over 250 organisms, the Dennis Kelly Aquarium at Orange Coast College is the largest student-run aquarium in California. Going into the fall 2020 semester however, this arrangement posed some difficulties.

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As the Orange Coast College fall semester draws to a close and the student body breathes a collective sigh of relief, it is also time for students to look ahead and ask themselves, “what’s next?” Many still have another semester ahead of them until they can take the necessary steps to transf…

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For students of Orange Coast College, adapting to 2020 has meant restructuring their education around the screens of home computers and mobile devices, and in some cases putting off needed classes until in-person learning can resume. For pet owners, however, remote learning has come with a s…

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COVID-19 has posed a unique challenge to commuters who rely on public transportation. The Orange County Transportation Authority is striving to assure riders of a safe experience in the shared space of their public buses, though adapting to social distancing protocols has not been without it…

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Meditation has been shown to help practitioners combat anxiety and depression while bolstering mental health and inner calmness. Orange Coast College is offering sessions in guided meditation through Zoom to students who are curious about the practice, or looking to connect with others over …

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As Orange County continues to creep toward re-opening, many are still struggling due to lost jobs and income due to COVID-19. One organization is providing aid from the Orange County Fairgrounds, just across the street from Orange Coast College. 

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“NYC Coroner who declared the death of Jeffrey Epstein a suicide made half a million dollars a year working for the Clinton foundation until 2015.”

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Throughout 2020, amidst the global pandemic that has shut down workplaces, schools and several major events, there has been a move to online communication. For students, that move has meant holding classes on Zoom rather than in person, and sparked a debate over whether or not it’s the most …

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April Margol of the Associated Students of Orange Coast College office logged onto Zoom from the comfort of her own living room on Sept. 10. She had a cup of tea on hand and a list of nerd-centric questions prepared to break the conversational ice for a new event launched by the Student Life…

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It isn’t unusual to unearth dust-laden relics from the past when organizing an overstuffed closet or cluttered attic. With restlessness making long-neglected to-do lists suddenly look like practical ways to pass the time in self-isolation, old clothes and forgotten possessions may be current…

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Garrett Hart, chair and professor in the Department of Cinema and Television Acts at California State University’s College of Communications, started growing concerned with American politics in the wake of the controversial 2016 election. 

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Fair food lovers were originally left wanting by the Orange County Fair and Events Center Board of Directors’ decision to cancel the summer OC Fair in April of 2020. While many aspects of the 23-day long event, such as craft contests, how-to shows and even checking in on the adjoining farm’s…

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Orange Coast College has hired Dr. Pamela D. Walker as interim vice president of instruction. Walker was hired after Kevin Ballinger retired and no permanent replacement was found. 

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Like so many other things that have gone virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orange Coast College dance team held its auditions online this semester in hopes of finding new dancers to join the award-winning team.

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In-person fellowship is a staple of the recovery community and many 12-step programs, so when COVID-19 shut-down orders were put in place, recovering alcoholics and addicts were left wondering what to do and where to go.

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With no in-person classes being held during the COVID-19 pandemic, Orange Coast College students have found their sleep schedules upended in a variety of ways.

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While most of the world is practicing social distancing and self-quarantine during COVID-19, there has been an increased number of wild animal sightings as they wander out of national parks and are exploring more populated areas.

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When we got the stay-at-home orders my gym, like everyone else’s, closed immediately. I felt angry at the closure but shortly after I realized how selfish my feelings were. Nonetheless, working out has always been a big part of my life.

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Sitting in quarantine 6,203 away from her family, former Orange Coast College student Emma Garay is stuck in Florence, Italy.

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Liquor has always been a vice Americans have refused to give up. Even during the COVID-19 quarantine, alcohol sales have been up 55 percent nationally, according to a report from the Nielson Co. in the week ending March 21.

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In order to stay in business during the COVID-19 quarantine, small business owners have no choice but to get creative.

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Bodhi Edwards grew up learning about surfboards, but attending Orange Coast College and using its surfboard shaper led him on a new educational journey.

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I remember when my 20-year-old friend and I were in class talking about fashion trends. I mentioned how I wore gladiator sandals in 2006. She gave me the strangest look. I could see that she was trying to add the numbers in her head.

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A small juice bar in Costa Mesa uses smoothies and juice to stop the spread of human trafficking by donating 100 percent of its profits to a victims’ organization.

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Orange Coast College’s DSLR Photography Program has always been ahead of the curve — even when it wasn’t.

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After over 40 years of teaching at Orange Coast College, art history instructor Irini Rickerson will celebrate her retirement with a last lecture saying goodbye to the college.

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A free course designed for non-native English speaking parents to help give them the language skills necessary to advocate for their children is being offered at Orange Coast College for the first time this semester.

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As Orange Coast College reels after a recent tragedy, a new state-funded grant will help the Student Health Center address issues of mental health that may arise for students in the coming months.

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Three Orange Coast College students have been selected from a highly competitive national pool of candidates for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel abroad this summer and do humanitarian projects with the group Export Hope.

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Orange Coast College student Valerie Fernandez is a mere three rounds away from possibly winning a national business pitch competition.

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Scott Mitchell wasn’t expecting to see his name in a list of Orange County’s 100 most influential people.

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Orange Coast College’s Ecology Club is more than just an ecologically based club, it’s a place where students can feel united in a community.

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If you’ve ever wondered who the green vested adults are who can be spotted picking up trash and making Orange Coast College’s campus squeaky clean, you’re not alone.

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The months-long pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong might be 7,200 miles away from Orange Coast College, but for two students on campus the unrest is close to home.

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In an effort to inspire kids and get them excited about science and technology, Orange Coast College hosted the school’s 20th annual Science Night, this year renamed STEM Night, on Friday.

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WalletHub recently released a list of the most vegan and vegetarian-friendly cities in the country and Orange County got a spot near the top with Anaheim ranking No. 12.

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Following the grand opening of The Closet, students from Orange Coast College’s fashion program modeled a few outfits from The Closet’s collection at The Box on Oct. 9.