Orange Coast College’s faculty senate voted unanimously Tuesday to ask the school’s foundation to delay a decision regarding the sale of Rabbit Island, a property in British Columbia that some on campus are calling a drain on resources.
On Thursday, the OCC Foundation plans to consider putting the island up for sale to raise money for its School of Sailing and Seamanship. Earlier this week, the student board of trustees voted to ask that the foundation wait 60 days before ruling on Rabbit Island, so that others in the community could seek alternative ways of paying for its maintenance. Now, a second powerful group on campus has made the same request.
“I think there are a lot better odds [of postponing the decision] than there were last week at this time,” said Dennis Kelly, a biology professor who has led classes on Rabbit Island. “Now we have two constituents showing up asking not to go ahead with the sale right now. If they also hear from citizens out there, that could make an even bigger difference.”