Planetarium To Be Built At Ocean Coast College Thanks To Professor’s One Million Dollar Donation

Mary McChesney a retired professor has donated one million dollars to be used for a device that is used to show people at the planetarium how the rotation of the Earth works. This new star room is going to be located at Orange Coast College where Mary McChesney was an instructor.

This device is known as a Foucault pendulum and it will be the only one in the area of Orange County. It appears as if McChesney’s goal is simple, to make this a scientific study center not just for students of the college, but, for the surrounding community as well.

Mary McChesney made the donation in honor of her late life partner, Adelyn Bonin who passed away in January. In a comment McChesney who is 91 years young said, that she has grown old, but has a love for the college that is, as she put it, very much alive. Her partner, Bonin left her money to Mary who is happy to make the donation in her memory.

McChesney is quoted as saying: “I like to think she sees what we’re doing and she approves.” and “I know Lyn would be happy to do this, this is half hers.” Lyn was a professor at Orange Coast College and taught German until 1983 when she retired.

If you don’t already know about OCC, they are a community college in Orange County California. Orange Coast College was founded in 1947 and provides two year associate of the art and science degrees and many other programs, many of which are transferable to other universities and colleges. Around 24,000 students enroll at OCC. As the third largest college in Ocean County, they see their fair share of students.

Student life at Orange College is awesome on so many levels. They have sports teams that are very competitive and their Associated Student Body is very hands on and involved.

There is no housing on-campus, however, students find housing in many parts of Costa Mesa. In January of 2008 the college a new library was opened and some remodeling was done in the Lewis Science Building. The college added a Starbucks which seems to be a hit with the students.

To date it is the only local community college in the area to have a Starbucks. Beside the new coffee shop, there are many reasons with Orange Coast College is a big hit with students and the new planetarium is sure to add to the draw.

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Why the Work of Betsy DeVos is Cut Out for Her

If you’ve heard the saying, “You’ve got your work cut out for you”, then you know how I see the future of Betsy DeVos. She couldn’t have been appointed at a better time when the schools have been their weakest, and when reform for education couldn’t come soon enough. It never ceases to amaze me just how much the schools are lacking, and I can recall how fortunate I was to have a solid education in a private school. However, I never saw government sticking their nose into the business of education, and that is something I would like to see Betsy change. I can safely say that her work is right in front of her, even if it is limited to this one issue. There is no shortcut or easy way to reform the educational system, and reform is desperately needed.

What if every child was able to get a quality education? Right now at this very moment, they cannot. Children are limited to what they can get because of the zip code they live in. Regardless of where a child lives they should have rich opportunities and a rich curriculum. Those who are less fortunate right now could easily become better when they are given an opportunity. The children may not realize it, but those who are leaders do know and should be working with Betsy to bring positive change. Read more news on LATimes.com

Betsy has decades of experience in politics as well as working with educational groups and organizations. Her knowledge and experience is so valuable and vital to the health of the school system. It is also important that she work quickly to help the state get their children a curriculum and foundation they can understand and build on. I have heard other parents with older children discuss Common Core and just how hard it really is. Isn’t this making learning harder?

My hope is that Betsy DeVos can bring reform to this challenge and ensure that students are able to get a foundation that they build on. Learning should not be difficult or stressful, but rather challenging and insightful. Her view on bringing policies closer to home to be worked on is ideal and it is one that will give the schools freedom to work with students on different levels. It is Betsy DeVos that will bring opportunity to the school system rather than inequality as it stands right now. I am thrilled that she is an advocate for school choice. I believe that is just one of the many aspects of living in a free country. I should be able to choose what school my daughter can attend, and I see that change coming with Betsy DeVos in place.