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Parting is such sweet sorrow: Interview with April Wolford ’92

April Wolford class of 1992

April Wolford ’92

Where were you born?

I was born in Mt Vernon, Ohio and lived there until I left for college at The University of Akron when I was 19.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Mt Vernon too. It was a very blue-collar town of 15-20,000 people while I lived there 1966-1985. Rolls-Royce engines were manufactured there as Warehouser and several other big companies. My father worked the furnaces for Pittsburgh Plate Glass until the company downsized and closed the glass plant in Mt Vernon in the 1970s.

It was both a difficult and privileged childhood growing up there. As a queer woman, I experienced a lot of bigotry but as an accomplished athlete and a white person, I experienced a lot of privilege.

How did you hear about Antioch?

I first learned about Antioch College from one of my oldest friends Abby Maitland ‘88. Abby and I both hated the conservative and often bigoted attitudes of the people in our small town. It was particularly difficult to be “different” in Mt Vernon and Abby and I both fit the “different” category on several fronts. Abby applied to Antioch for early admission and was accepted in her Junior year! She escaped Mt Vernon early and really loved the program at Antioch. She tried to talk me into applying but I was not interested in a small school after living in my small town. I wanted to go to the big city to expand my horizons so I attended the University of Akron instead.

It turned out that Akron was not a good school for me so I left after my first year and grabbed a ride with a friend to the SF Bay Area. I lived there for about a year trying to survive on my own at 20yrs old. After barely making a living working at a Jack in the Box and landscaping for a year I decided it was time to go back to Ohio. I took the Greyhound bus from LA to Columbus with a dozen guys who had just been released from jail and were on their way to New York. That is a colorful story as well but we’ll save that for another day.

The second time I heard of Antioch College it was from a guy I met in Lafayette, California in 1986 – after I dropped out of Akron and fled West to California with a friend. That guy told me that he had attended Antioch in the 1970s, that you could major in Rocks and Spaghetti sauce and get gym credit for living on the 4th floor of one of the dorms (North Hall).

Soon after returning to Ohio in the summer of 1987, I decided to check out this kookie college called Antioch. I met with a man named Ed Amrhein ‘74 in the admissions office and we talked for several hours. I remember our conversation very vividly because it was one of the most interesting conversations I had ever had. He asked me if I was an activist or had ever been involved in civil rights actions. I told him that I had not but that I was very interested in learning more. I was not aware at the time but that was my admissions interview and I was delighted when I received my letter of acceptance in the mail.

What was it like when you were here?

In 1987 Antioch College was a wild and unruly place. GenX was coming of age and we were very busy. We partied hard and worked harder. Grunge music was born during this time and Antioch’s student band, The Gits, played a big role in that movement until their lead singer, Mia Zappata, was murdered in 1996. The campus community was very politically active. The campus community was very involved in organizing Take Back the Night marches with Villagers, protesting the Gulf War with a large event at Wright Patterson Airforce Base, and other activism. There were a lot of civil rights activists living in Yellow Springs as well and they held classes to teach us non-violent protest methods.

At that time Community Government was very strong. The concept of Community Government was originally based on the City Manager model of government. The Community Manager was essentially hired to do the work of the Community Council including managing a budget of more than $200K in addition to providing leadership to the campus. CG funds supported academic programming, student events, the C-Shop, a recycling program, movie nights, and much more. Serving as the co-Community Manager with David Benson ‘90 in 1990-91 was an unforgettable experience. Not just because that was the year the Sexual Offence Policy was written but because it was a chance to put my ideals into action.

What co-ops did you do? What was your major?

My degree from Antioch is in Literature and Women’s Studies. I loved studying literature at Antioch. The faculty were passionate about their subject matters and Antioch’s experiential learning model. There were no grades at the time which I also loved. Without grades, you are only competing with yourself to become the best student you can be. No one had any trouble getting into graduate school because of the absence of grades. Faculty member Peter Townsend used to track the success of our alumni who pursued graduate study.

My co-op jobs included working at a runaway shelter in Columbus, OH, a school for students with learning disabilities in Atlanta, GA, a stint on a goat farm in Western, MA, a night manager position at a Volunteers of America residential program for women convicted of drug-related felonies, a community organizer for the National Abortion Rights Action League in Seattle, WA and my biggest co-op which was the year-long post as Community Manager.

One powerful insight came to me on my co-op job at the runaway shelter. I asked myself, “you study literature, why are you working at a runaway shelter?” The answer came quickly and clear, that art is representative of life and these experiences are life.

Where did you live while at Antioch?

When I was a student I lived in Birch Hall all my years except for a quarter in North Hall. I loved living in Birch right across from the Glen. I lived in Pennell Hall when I first arrived. Pennell Hall was the top floor of Birch on the North end. This was a hall for women only. Most of my dorm life was lived on Hardy Hall however which was directly under Pennell Hall. Hardy was a co-ed hall with mostly older students. Most of my friends lived on Hardy and it was a great place to live.

I also lived in the Birch Apartments during my time as the CM and in several rentals in Yellow Springs.

You designed “Bootcamp for the Revolution – How did that happen?

This is a great time to give a shout-out to one of my closest Antioch friends, Bitsy Eddy ‘91. The Bootcamp t-shirt was born in a conversation she and I had following a Friday Forum discussion. The Friday Forum series was a great program for hearing different perspectives on controversial topics. During one Friday Forum, a faculty member at the College sarcastically said that Antioch was not the boot camp for the revolution. I took issue with that statement and, during a phone call with Bitsy the next day, we had decided on the language and it was made into a shirt. The shirt itself was controversial for many years. We even had a Friday Forum discussion on the message of the shirt. I am very proud that it speaks to so many Antiochians to this day.

I designed the original “No Football Team Since 1923” t-shirt as well. The one with the photo of the football team is my design. That shirt was born out of my early experiments with Photoshop in the early 1990s. My arrangement with the bookstore to sell the shirts was that profits were shared with the LGBTQ and the Womyn’s Centers.

What’s your favorite thing about Antioch?

My favorite thing about Antioch is the remarkable accomplishments of our alumni. I also love the fact that you can do anything at Antioch without people telling you it is not possible. Even if they do tell you that, they will not stop you from trying.

Can you share some reflections with us about the past two years at Antioch?

These past two years have been very challenging ones for those of us who work, teach or study at Antioch College. The leadership transitions have been frequent and very disruptive for all of us. The pressures on the fundraising team have been tremendous as we worked hard to meet the College’s revenue needs without sufficient resources. Jane is a welcome change to this dynamic and I am confident she will turn these conditions around.

There are a lot of positive results for all the great work that was completed despite the circumstances! Personally, I am very proud of the work I, and those of the Advancement team, were able to do for the College and our Alumni over the past two years.

Some of the highlights I am especially proud of include:

  • Several New Alumni Relations Programs
  • Alumni Lecture Series
  • Spotlight on Excellence Series
  • Produced over 100 virtual public events including
  • 30 events for two virtual reunions
  • Oral History Virtual Institute and many other fantastic programs.
  • Led the Advancement team to raise $4.9 million since starting in the acting position on February 1, 2021.
  • Developed standard templates and procedures to improve services delivered by Advancement and to make it easier to do the work.
  • Made substantial contributions to a video archival strategy to catalog and quickly access the growing collection of online event recordings. I’m proud to be handing that off to Mary Evans and the next generation of event planners.
  • Provided campus wide training on Google Suite tools for teaching and learning when the academic program went virtual.
  • Designed and led the Chapter Challenge initiative to engage alumni in a friendly fundraising competition. I’m proud that this program really blossomed and alumni chapter leaders are making it their own.

What are your next steps?

My plans are to rest for the remainder of January and to regroup in February around some exciting projects. I am not talking about those plans yet so you will all have to wait to hear from me in the coming months!



It is our honor to announce the recipients of the 2021 SOCHE Staff Excellence Awards in Student Success and Service.

In September, the campus community was asked to make nominations for the Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) Staff Excellence Awards in Student Success and Service. Since this was the first year of awarding SOCHE Staff Excellence Awards, a subgroup of College Council, comprised of Adrian Colborn, Natalie Suzelis, and Hannah Montgomery, reviewed nominations and selected the winners for this inaugural year of SOCHE Staff Excellence Awards for Antioch College.

We are honored to announce that Beth Barnes has been selected for the Excellence in Student Success Award and Penny Adamson and Joshua Miller have been selected for the Excellence in Service Award.  Please find below the Statements of Excellence for each winner, based on the nomination forms we received:

Excellence in Student Success: Beth Barnes

Beth Barnes joined Antioch College in 2018 as Student Success Coordinator. Antioch students, faculty, and staff describe Beth as an “inspiration” and a “terrifically hard worker.” From her contributions to THRIVE, Antioch’s first-year student support program, to her leadership in the College’s First Care team, Beth engages in a variety of ways to support Antioch students, often using her experience as a teacher to connect with Antioch students and faculty. Most importantly, Beth is known for consistently putting students first and working tirelessly to increase student support on campus.

Excellence in Service: Penny Adamson

Penny Adamson has shown steadfast dedication to her work and to the College community. Every day, she puts focused attention into cleaning, caring for, and improving our College spaces. For example, before an accreditation visit, she scrubbed under the heat registers by hand and touched up dinged doorways in the President’s office. Even in the midst of challenges brought on by COVID-19, Penny has continued to go above and beyond in her service to the College. She has also been a person of support to our students and demonstrates a strong commitment to the Antioch community.   

Excellence in Service: Joshua Miller

For over 11 years, Joshua Miller has worked diligently in support of the Antioch mission. In his role as Assistant Facilities Manager, Joshua provides a high level of service in response to requests from faculty, staff, and students, and he does so with efficiency, care, and attention to detail. His kindness and respect to all members of the community shows throughout his work. In addition, Joshua shares readily his talents as a skilled woodworker, honing his craft with beautiful pieces such as wooden hand-sanitizer stations in response to COVID-19, a beautiful roundtable he personally made for our new president, and a swing set for our students.   

Congratulations to these amazing, hard-working individuals on these well-deserved awards, and thank you to everyone who participated in the nomination and selection process. Thanks to Adrian, Natalie, and Hannah for their hard work as a committee, and a special thanks to Hannah, specifically, for organizing and leading this effort to include staff in the SOCHE Staff Excellence Award this year, setting a precedent. We look forward to continuing this staff award process in the future.

Campus Lighting Gets an Upgrade

Mike Fair, Maintenance Manager at Antioch College, stands in front of a lamp post that is being upgraded. A tall ladder and an Antioch truck adorn the background. Yellow, orange, red, and brown Fall leaves scatter the ground. Photo by Matt Walker ‘04.

Mike Fair, Maintenance Manager at Antioch College. Photo by Matt Walker ‘04.

As the holidays approach and the Fall term comes to a close Mike Fair, Maintenance Manager at Antioch College, springs into action with campus repairs and upgrade projects. The first order of business is a project that revolves around campus safety, specifically, lighting. The project is funded by an anonymous donor and aims to improve outdoor lighting campus wide.

This first step was to remove foliage from around light sources. Mike and Zavinie Brooks, Maintenance Technician at Antioch, hauled away twelve truckloads of vines, branches, and other debris. After that, participants in the Volunteer Work Project widened the margin alongside the walkway that goes from Weston Hall to the Arts and Science Building. Originally, the walkway had only four feet on either side but the margin was increased to eight feet.

A major part of this project is to replace the light sources in all 37 of the light poles scattered across campus. Mike has been braving the cold this week along with electricians Cassidy and Paul from Regulated Watts, a local Greene County company, to upgrade the lights from metal halide bulbs to LEDs. Mike has gone through the light poles and organized them into groups based on their location and proximity to the various buildings. The poles have been fully tested, documented, and labeled.

Cassidy from Regulated Watts upgrades a light pole on the path through the forest. Photo by Mike Fair.

Cassidy from Regulated Watts upgrades a light pole on the path through the forest. Photo by Mike Fair.


Originally, the bulbs housed in the poles were a 175 watt metal halide type bulb. They are expensive to replace ($100 each) and run off a ballast system which is not energy efficient. The old bulbs also take ten minutes to fully power up. Once on, they emit a faint, sickly-green light.


A side-by-side comparison: On the left, the new LEDs shine brightly even during full daylight. On the right, the old, metal halide’s faint glow is hardly noticeable. Photo by Mike Fair.

A side-by-side comparison: On the left, the new LEDs shine brightly even during full daylight. On the right, the old, metal halide’s faint glow is hardly noticeable. Photo by Mike Fair.


The new bulbs will be LEDs. The LEDs use less than half the amount of energy as the metal halide bulbs. When they are turned on, they reach full power immediately and emit a bright, white light.

Additionally, the lamp posts are bolted down to a concrete base but on six of the poles the mounts are cracked. A local aluminum welder will be coming out this week to fix the cracked mounts.

Currently, seventeen of the thirty-seven lamp poles have been upgraded to LEDs. The majority of the project is projected to be completed before the year is through. However, due to winter weather, the finishing touches might have to wait until the spring.

Another part of the lighting upgrade project is swapping out the lights on building exteriors. Mike and his team have put LED wall packs in place of the dim, metal halide blubs in several places. They have made the parking lot behind Olive Kettering Library much brighter. And they have also brightened up the area around the Physical Plant where car break-ins have been reported repeatedly.

LEDs cast a bright white light into the depths of the Olive Kettering Library parking lot

New LEDs cast a bright light into the depths of the Olive Kettering Library parking lot. Photo by Mike Fair.


Already, several staff and students have commented to Mike on how much brighter the campus is. This project originally came out of a community meeting where students expressed their concern that the campus was too dark and therefore unsafe. So the fact that things are progressing quickly is excellent news. We would like to extend a warm ‘Thank You’ to Mike Fair and his crew, as well as to the donor who made this project possible.

Stay tuned for more info on campus upgrades coming soon!


I FOUGHT THE LAW: An Interview with Terry Hempfling ’04

Terry Hempfling class of 2004

Terry Hempfling ’04. Photo by Jaffa Aharonov

MW: “Okay, so Terry Hempfling, class of 2004 – I thought first it would be good if you could just give us a little personal background: who are you, where you’re from, what you’re into?”

TH: “My name is Terry Rosa Hempfling. I am 39 years old. I was born in New York City. I grew up mostly in the Northeast of the United States. I moved to Yellow Springs in high school and then I went to Antioch. Since graduation in 2004, I’ve lived in New York City, San Francisco, and Minneapolis. I just moved back to Yellow Springs a month ago or so.

MW: “And your major at Antioch?”

TH: “Theater and Dance major.”

MW: “What about your folks?”

TH: “My mom lives in Yellow Springs. She is a nurse, has been a nurse her whole life and is active in local politics. She was on the village council for many years and was the president of the Village Council during that time. My dad passed away last November. He was living in LA but most of his life he spent in the New York/New Jersey area. He was a civil rights and labor activist as well as a union organizer. He was also a jazz fiend and classic American movie lover.”

MW: “Can you give me some background on your case with the ACLU?

TH: “I was living in Minneapolis in May 2020. George Floyd was killed on May 25th, 2020. This was during the COVID-10 pandemic. I was living alone in a one-bedroom apartment and hadn’t really had interaction with other people for a couple of months. I hadn’t left my apartment very much. And then George Floyd was killed. I was taught by my parents growing up that we have the right and the duty to speak up when something wrong is happening. Especially on such a large governmental level. People were getting out in the streets so I went out immediately the day after he was killed. I was involved in the uprising in Minneapolis every day for that week following the murder. I was going out a lot in the streets, both during the day and at night. But I was particularly going out at night after curfew to try to help dilute the bodies of color that were on the street. I noticed during the day there were lots and lots of white people joining the protests, and then people would all leave essentially as soon as nightfall came and the curfew was put in place. Then it would just be the police using extreme force against brown bodies at night in Minneapolis.”

“Minneapolis was really a very intense place to be living at that time. There were helicopters going all day and all night. The streets were full of military vehicles. There were military personnel on every corner with machine guns, usually in groups. The breakdown of what happened in the week following George Floyd’s murder is inside of the ACLU case. The police interaction with the protesters was kind of shifting every day. The Friday after the murder I went out with my friend, Rachel, to join the protests. We had some medical gear on us and we were essentially just trying to support the other protesters.”

“There are two different police precincts that most of the protests were happening at, although there are many police precincts in Minneapolis where protests were happening. One of the precincts had been burned down by protesters a night or two before this. We were at a new precinct than we had been at for the previous couple of nights. And essentially what happened was that at around 11pm there was an announcement that came from the police precinct saying that everybody must disperse immediately. Rachel and I had locked our bikes kind of far away from the precinct. I thought it was a safe place to lock our bikes and the only place I had seen police officers was standing on top of the precinct building. So we immediately went over to start unlocking our bikes at which point we just immediately started getting hit by less than lethal projectiles.”

“Initially, I just felt very overwhelmed. It was extremely dark. There are questions about whether the streetlights were turned off or if it was just the amount of tear gas in the air that made it so difficult to see, because usually, that’s a very well-lit area. So, I couldn’t see what was happening. Rachel yelled at me “we’re getting hit”. And I saw we were being kettled by police coming in riot gear on either side of the block. And on this block, there were literally three people that weren’t police officers: me, my friend Rachel, and one other woman. And I’d say they’re probably like 25 to 40 police officers coming at us from both directions and firing at us. I still am not sure what exactly they were firing at us. I’m sure there was tear gas in the mix, which was very thick. It was hard to breathe and made it hard to see; it made our eyes sting; made my skin sting. And then we were hit by rubber bullets and potentially a canister as well.”

“At that point, the only way we could get away from the police was to climb over a fence. Rachel and I climbed over it. We stopped trying to unlock our bikes, climbed over the fence, and started running. We couldn’t see anything at that point because we had gotten so much tear gas. Some other protesters came over and started dumping milk on our faces, which was really helpful. And then we went home.”

MW: “I’m sorry that happened to you.”

TH: “Thank you.”

MW: “You were interviewed by USA Today, is that right?

TH: “Yeah, a couple of media sources reached out to my ACLU lawyers about the case. And they essentially have had me speaking to it from the protester’s perspective. One of those news sources was the Minneapolis Star Tribune. And then the other one was USA Today.”

MW: “You said there have been some recent developments in the case. What’s been going on now? What are the recent developments?”

TH: “The developments are happening slowly. The legal process is going very slow. People do keep getting added to the case. Now there have been a couple of additional plaintiffs added. I’m not sure what the official number is now. I think it’s still under 10. But we, the plaintiffs, are representing all the protesters that experienced what we did in Minneapolis.”

MW: “I’d love to hear your thoughts on the abolition of the police versus police reform. What do you think about the police?”

TH: “I really don’t know what the best system or the best answer to policing is. I think, though, that policing is not effective in the way that it’s been functioning in this country. And even just the word, the language of it, I don’t think is the way to create harmony in humanity. I definitely think that the way the police currently function in this country needs to end. Do they need to be replaced? I don’t know. I do believe that there needs to be a lot more focus on mental health, help on the streets with public access, mediation, public access to mediation. And I feel like if there was access, public access, readily available by calling one number and having somebody arrive within 10 to 15 minutes, and it wasn’t a police officer necessarily, but it was a mental health practitioner or a mediator, in a lot of situations that would actually help a lot more than what police do, with weapons and so on. I think that just tends to escalate tension. And in terms of who gets to carry weapons, I think that’s just a really big question that’s connected to this question of policing as well. But the police system in the way that it is in this country at this time I do feel needs to be abolished.”

MW: “Is there anything else you’d like to add?”

TH: “People have so much power but it needs to be used in order for it to work.”

MW: “Exercise your rights if you expect change – is that what I’m hearing?”

TH: “Yeah, or, if you want change, exercise your rights. You may not see a lot of change happen in your lifetime, but none of us are heroes. My dad always said to me: “Don’t be a hero.” I’ve always said I think activism can be very energizing and make people feel really important in the moment. But those feelings are very fleeting, and to expect to have those feelings all the time, or even the majority of the time, when you’re trying to work for such giant, large-scale change, it’s just not going to happen. So, if you actually care about making change, then it’s important to just stick with it and keep trying.”

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