Orange Coast College and the Corps Flower

Orange Coast College is playing host to rare and famously smelly plant known as Amorphophallus titanum, or by its more popular and descriptive name, the Corpse Flower. The school’s plant was on display in the administration area for those who wanted to view—and smell—it on June 28 from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. This strange new resident is named Little Dougie, weighs in at 30 pounds, and stands five feet tall. This seems big, but the plant can actually grow to a weight of 200 pounds.


As awful as it smells, those who have seen it say the bloomed flower is breathtakingly beautiful. It takes a long time for it to bloom the first time. It does so only after its first ten years. The bloomings are still relatively rare after that, but will take place anywhere from three to five years.


Orange Coast College first opened its doors in 1948. The school was founded on a 243-acre piece of land acquired from the War Assets Administration. Prospective students who are under the age of 18, but give proof such as a diploma that shows that they have graduated from high school. Of particular pride to the school is its Orange Coast College School of Sailing & Seamanship. In addition to its primary educational purpose, the facilities are also used for various researches concerning the ocean and ocean life.


Since its found, OCC has maintained a newspaper called The Coast Report. It has much more recently also started an online version called Coast Report Online. The college as a whole remains extremely current on worldwide and international news and political activities. So active and passionate, in fact, that sometimes OCC students are themselves in the news because of it. However, the college has always been well led by a body of wise and knowledgeable administrators who control the almost overflowing enthusiasm.


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