Select Page

Community

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information about the virus and details on the College’s actions to protect the health of our community.

Resources for Students, Faculty, and Staff

What’s Happening

Root Photo

June 9 - June 10

Getting To The Root: 2 Day Intensive Workshop on Racial Equity and Justice

June 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Antioch College Commencement 2022

Antioch College Reunion July 14-17 2022

July 14 - July 17

Reunion 2022

Root Photo

August 11 - August 12

Getting To The Root: 2 Day Intensive Workshop on Racial Equity and Justice

Resources

Planning an event or reserving space on campus?

Students, faculty, and staff should start here! Whether you want to plan a one-time event on campus or reserve a space for a quarter, start with the Rentals & Events form. Once you have submitted the form, you’ll be contacted to confirm details about your event or space needs. Questions? Contact Rentals & Events.

Learn more about the spaces available and start the form here.

College Passenger Van

A van is available for College sanctioned events. Only faculty and staff with proper driver’s license are permitted to drive the vehicle. Passenger use only, not cargo transportation. no food, drinks, or gum please.

Contact Mike Fair to reserve.

Have a suggestion for other resources?

Send an email to communications@antiochcollege.edu (please provide a link if possible or other details that can help us fill the need). Thanks for helping to support our community!

News

A Buffalo Grazing: The Well-dressed Antiochian

Bike riders lined up for Camelot 2022

The Well-dressed Antiochian
by Duffy ’77
Photos: Steve Duffy & Tamisha Reyes

Antioch College students continually work with learning how to be their true authentic selves while they work on their future potential victories for humanity, as many of YOU already have done. The current students also want to know as much about pre-closure Antioch as they can and yet put their own evolutionary twists on some “traditions”.

Even though we are rather non-traditional in the larger universe maybe there is comfort and stability in knowing that some events are predictably traditional. Freshman orientation, your first co-op, (now followed by oral co-op swap presentations in 113 McGregor), ComCIL and other elections, Community Meetings, Div Dance and eventually Graduation. A new twist right before graduation is Colloquia where graduates orally present their work and are open for questions and comments.

Antioch students study and “work” hard so it is ever so natural that at times they also play hard. With some rumor, legend and probably some trips to see Scott Sanders in Antiochiana, students must have figured out that they wished to re-imagine the old Camelot Bike Race which happened in May for many decades. So, for the past few years there has been a re-incarnated, re-imagined race. Maybe we shouldn’t say re-in”carn-ated” as the Race has now been deemed organic and vegan.

Compost for Camelot 2022

Although the Camelot Bike Race goes back many decades I somehow had never been to any until the past two years. Camelot is a race of 100 laps in the horseshoe by Main Building. In days of yore it was large and tumultuous with straw bales here and there in case people took a spill. Nurse Barb and Maples were vigilant just in case of the worst. Camelot also has traditionally been somewhat of an obstacle course…with the obstacles being “things” hurled at the contestants. Legend says that at intervals gross animal related products and more were hurled. The new generation has decided that only compostable items would be hurled at the riders by people who have volunteered to be “Throwers”.

I arrived fairly early to check things out. There were various buckets of organic matter in various stages in their voyage towards compost. Some students had gone dumpster diving behind a local Aldi’s, known to have only organic produce. So there were rotten tomatoes, ancient oranges, romaine lettuce, potatoes! By the way, the Camelot Bike Race gets a Rotten Tomato score of 100%! Autumn leaves and more were in other buckets.

The participants slowly gathered. Some wore creative costumes. One rider looked like a combination of Groucho Marx and Abraham Lincoln with his “steed” covered in red, white and blue bunting. (One guesses each rider’s bike is their steed and also has a name.) Riding teams rode in pairs and had names like “The Second Coming”. I do not know if they were second in the race or not!

Racer in costume for Camelot 2022

A student with a super loud megaphone announced the start of the race and then cheered the riders on. Sometimes Antioch has ambiguous amounts of organized chaos at an event. The student with the megaphone reminded people of some of the rules…which included that the race was on the honor system and one had to keep track of their own number of laps.

As the race began Michael Casselli ’87 also popped up. We sat on the back steps of the Main Building in front of the speaker that played an eclectic mix of racy music, The Gits, Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson, DMX and more. Soon the throwers got busy. Tomatoes, compost tea and gluten-free flour were flying. Flower children or flour children? Some folks had on ponchos…a multi-purposed moment as it was that kind of chilly May day where it would rain at any minute. It mostly rained compost tea! The person behind the megaphone reminded the throwers to be kind and aim the potatoes toward the lower extremities. One rider did take a spill and suffered a bloody knee but other than that was okay. As the race headed toward its final laps, some kind of bulk vinaigrette was tossed at the riders! So just about everyone was wearing some kind of salad ingredients and with the final touch of that vinaigrette one might say they were certainly well-dressed Antiochians in more than one way.

Camelot 2022 Winners

Finally a pair of winners finished and then the others. Everyone was wet and smelled like old produce and vinegar but everyone seemed happy.  Everyone got a Camelot Tee (after being pelted with Camelot Compost Tea!) In true post-race fashion endorphins were everywhere! As the race and celebration ended folks were reminded to clean up what they could. One imagines chipmunks and the like finished whatever wasn’t cleaned up.

At one point in the race Michael Casselli had a student in their own creative poncho do laps further away in the horseshoe…maybe as a performance art ghost rider from the past.

Camelot participants on the steps of Main Hall

If you feel like you have been doing your own race in life with everything being hurled at you perhaps you might think about coming to the 2022 in-person Reunion. Probably the only things to be thrown around will be ideas for the present and future and stories of the past. There is a cap of 250 this year because of COVID concerns so if you are thinking of coming please do not be part of the procrastination nation. Travel and more seems so expensive but Antiochians are creative so I imagine people will get here in one way or another and it will be great to be with each other. It may cost more to get here but the price of being here and seeing old friends…priceless.

Video: Rosemarie Compton ’24

A Buffalo Grazing

FORTRESS ANTIOCH by Duffy ’77

 

As April begins both COVID and winter seem to be retreating into some sort of rear view mirror. The Volunteer Work Project is here building an on-site classroom for the Antioch farm. All the volunteers are super vaccinated and tested. 

 

It was great to see some long term friends return! They have done all this carpentry and more under much intermittent liquid sunshine. Perhaps they just bring their own brand of sunshine. The College has really been like a fortress in the storm over the past two years.

 

People have still managed to come and go on Co-Ops, all over the planet actually! And there have not been a lot of campus COVID cases. This should show how responsible yet resilient the entire Antioch Community is. For a good run there were only a couple,  and when omicron came in a flurry of cases that quickly resolved, and there haven’t been any new cases in quite awhile.

 

So Antioch has been a much protected Fortress with a giant symbolic castle in the middle. 

 

With much April rain the campus is about as green as the greenest parts of Ireland.   The first few wildflowers are out but the explosion of wildflowers like spring beauties and violets on the lawns are yet to come.  I know it is true spring when the “George Crowell ‘70 “ crabapple between the library and South Hall opens up. Most heavenly perfume!  As the mid April flowers begin to open the campus will also gradually open to some kind of normal.  

 

Spring break is almost over.  However, a handful of Antioch Students over break did what Antiochians are good at..expanding their horizons and still squeezing in some fun.   Students decided to go to a conference at Tulane University in New Orleans to delve into quite the array of subjects from “Tenant’s rights”, “Tennessee Williams and the LBGT Community in New Orleans”, “Money, power and influences in the music industry” and “Studying Runway Culture and Drag”. The students needed and were given some traveling assists from the Alumni PRIDE Fund and Alumni of Color Fund (via the Alumni of Courage for Diversity Group). One imagines that when the seminars let out there was still time to have fun…even after terrible tornadic weather passed through right as the conference began (a subtle climate change lesson?). When they get back one hopes they will share any new knowledge or stories with the Community in one way or another.

 

Meanwhile, a few are still heading out to Co-Op after lingering awhile here after winter quarter ended.

 

An internal facebook page just a couple of days ago said someone was looking for a ride to Dayton Airport so they could get to a San Francisco Co-Op. It looks like they got their ride straightaway. I saw a picture of them with baggage in tow and a smile on their face. FB can be useful…in this case maybe a new-age version of the old Ride Board in the Student Union near the Caf entrance. I remember a plane ride to SF many many moons ago; such anticipation and excitement. SF did not disappoint!

 

Speaking of anticipation and excitement there will be an in-person Reunion this year starting around Bastille Day, most revolutionarily appropriate for Antioch! As there are still concerns for everyone’s safety in event of any liquid summer sunshine there will be a cap of 250 people…so if you are interested in coming and enjoying great company in an idyllic setting…

 

Please don’t get too distracted or you might not be able to attend.  Forget that crazier and crazier world and come back to the mothership!

 

Much love to you all on your big Co-Ops-in-the-sky!

A herd of Lavender Rhinoceri still graze within!

A sunny photo of the entrance to the oldStudent Union building

Transient Mode Home. Photo by Duffy ’77.

 

By Duffy ‘77

 

Perhaps the Antioch College Campus has really had at least three beating hearts.  Main building, as the Iconic heart. The Olive Kettering Library as the Academic heart and the old Union as the social heart. Through those hearts have flowed the hearts (and minds) of thousands of Antiochians, students, staff, and faculty. In the case of the old Union, many villagers and tourists also passed through as parts of the Union were fairly open public spaces. The Inn side of the Union had a semi-fancy restaurant and hotel-like rooms upstairs, mid-century modern with just the bare basics, including TVs and your choice of three channels! Parts of the Union were open 24 hrs. There was also a street that passed in front of the stoop, at least until 1970 or so, when a student project took the street out and replaced it with a giant brick patio, like an additional “Red Square”.

 

I remember once arriving on a Monday morning at 5 AM during early January before the beginning of a winter quarter; it was freezing but the Union lights were on (and heat) and it gave me a chance to thaw out. I had hitchhiked in, an adventurous and inexpensive way to get around when life was a wee bit more simple and maybe you didn’t have much money. By the Caf entrance was a giant map of the United States and some kind of ride-share map with notes and pushpins. There were also a jillion event posters.  Ah, the paper world!

 

Most Antiochians between 1957 and 2008 have various memories of the Union from their various decades. I would bet many of you have some great memories of that building, don’t you? Some people from the 80’s and 90’s look back and lovingly named the old cuisine and Caf, “CHUNXS”, which was a locally made bulk dog food. It was always the company and the faces that were the real menu.

 

I have about four decades of Union memories, including one of going there in 2009 in search of utensils to help the Volunteer Work Crew cooks in their first arrival since the exchange of keys and that first agreement toward Independence. We were still two years from reopening with students. Needless to say, I could barely find a knife but just a few large pots and bowls as everything in the kitchen had been given to the Glen Eco-Camp center kitchens. All the campus computers were sitting on the floor. I felt frustrated but there was so much to do as we headed to re-opening. I had to let those negative feelings go. First things first, and that was the Volunteer Work Crew.

 

In the late sixties, when I first arrived, the Union was quite the hub of activity, both inside and outside (the STOOP!). The West Side of the building had the “Inn” with its restaurant and guest rooms upstairs. The Eastside had the Caf, the C-shop with sinfully greasy late-night food (jazzburgers) and a jukebox, the Student Mailroom (the faculty mailroom then was in Main Building). Also in the Union was the bookstore, where people bought textbooks, mimeographed syllabi were 2 cents, campus schwag and those who were the “coolest” or most frugal of cigarette smokers bought cans of loose tobacco and rolled their own. I hear that some folks put apple slices in the can for added flavor. How exotic! Holy smokes!

 

Upstairs was also the CG Darkroom, WYSO, the Record, CG offices, and a lounge.

 

Eventually, WYSO needed a bigger space, so it moved out, and eventually, the linotype machines upstairs disappeared as things computerized, and then that became a new DANCESPACE!

 

After the payless paydays of 1979, the Inn ceased operations as it mostly seemed to run in the red. The Business Manager then moved the fancier Inn tables and chairs into the Caf to make the Caf more amenable. The Inn restaurant became a Faculty and Friday Forum meeting space and the guest rooms upstairs became practice spaces for bands. When I first arrived in the Jurassic era, by the way, bands would practice in a boarded-up South Hall which for the price of a lock or so became an extra art studio or a place to play music. There was no Art Building yet and just a hole in the ground where the McGregor Building would be built.

 

One of my earliest memories of the Union, circa summer 1967,  were some midnight Friday dances in the lounge upstairs. The WYSO studio with its grayish paper-egg-carton sound dampening covered walls had a huge window that looked into the lounge.  An upperclassman replete in a raspberry beret (no, not Prince) would play the latest in what then was called “soul music”. The lounge was packed like a sardine can and rather smokey. The show was also on the radio at the same time. The radio show may have been called “Antioch Soul Sounds” and the dance on the other side was nicknamed with a naughty acronym with the word “party” at the end.  I will let you all figure out that acronym.  Well, that WAS decades ago when people were less sensitive in some ways when it comes to language. Still, the music was a wonderful way to get your endorphins going. There also were many Saturday, and even Wednesday night dances. Downstairs in the Caf, tables were moved so a dance floor was made.  When the weather was warm, dances often happened around the stoop area on the red brick patio. Sweaty endorphins for all under the stars! If we had a nickel for every time Aretha Franklin’s RESPECT was played, we would have a monstrous endowment!

 

Some years later in that same upstairs lounge, that had wonderful, sunny, south-facing windows was the first Antioch Gay Center. A villager and wonderful artist and early activist in what was then called the Gay Liberation Movement, Tom Till, painted all the walls lavender with herds of Rhinoceri who may have been “grazing”. Tom and some local students made big bold news in the area by appearing on a TV talk show that had its start in Dayton,  The PHIL DONAHUE show. They were trailblazers as are many Antiochians. I was just still figuring myself out. I imagine those Rhinoceri are still grazing there under layers of paint. Why Rhinoceri were chosen mystifies me; but they were wonderful. Tom was the artist behind many Antioch Bookplates. And the Antioch Bookplate company at the time just about had the world’s monopoly in that market.

 

Eventually, student interest or affinity groups, known on campus as IG’s, moved in upstairs: The Women’s Center, The Alternative Library, TWA (Third World alliance – now might be termed a BIPOC Interest group).

 

The Stoop outside the Union was always a great touchstone when the weather was good.  Even if you decided not to eat you could hang out there for a wee bit and you might see about anyone and everyone. Sometimes the Stoop became a rallying place for all sorts of things including musicians.

 

A fun memory I have toward the Union’s later years was on a perfectly warm fall day. It was October 11th or National Coming Out Day! I sat on a picnic bench in the shade, just wanted a break from the OKLibrary, and wanted to savor some extra color on a very warm fall day and have a momentary change of venue. Surprise!  As I sat at the bench, I saw CG roll out its sound system and a giant door frame which was placed on the top of the stoop. Then began an endless loop of Diana Ross’ classic “I’m coming out”. People started dancing through what was maybe a symbolic closet door. All kinds of people danced through; some just in solidarity. All were having a joyful time. As I had to return to work and it was a warm day, I did not want to return to the OKLIBRARY all sweaty so I stayed in the shade. But it was a magical moment! And calorie-free! I didn’t go over there for any food!

 

One other memory I have of the stoop is from October 2007. It was also a warm October moment. It was 90 degrees! On that October 5th, or Founder’s Day, the College’s birthday, CG organized a birthday party (nobody wanted it to be our last birthday) so an afternoon of silk screening, lectures about Horace Mann and Arthur Morgan in that Inn meeting space was followed by a parade of Antiochians and friends with cheerleaders, a giant Horace Puppet, and a giant iconic Matthew Brady Poster of Horace. The parade went down Xenia Avenue with the streets lined with cheering crowds and then circled its way back to the Stoop via Corry Street. There were speeches, a huge birthday cake, a consensual kissing booth, and more. It went on until dark; we were buoying each other up in the struggle to keep the College alive and hopefully making a case to the whole village.

 

These are some of my memories of the Transient-Mode Home nature of the old Union and Stoop. I am sure that you have yours and hope they are joyful.

 

This week I briefly passed through campus to bring a first check for the March for Antioch/ Million Dollar March Match.  I also hope to squeeze in others!  I made a very quick pit stop at the library and saw CM Coco Gagnet ‘18 and Delaney Schlesinger Devlin ‘22. We have such great people here! They were sitting at a table with a tall whiteboard writing a new ANTIOCH COMMUNITY SURVIVAL GUIDE with some acronyms that are also new.

 

I hope you will remember your own memories of the Union and Stoop. In the long run, maybe a new space will be imagined that works for today’s and tomorrow’s students. I was never a fan of the old Union’s cinder block walls. Like the students who called the caf “CHUNX” I always felt everything melted away when in conversation with Antiochians. And perhaps some future new space will be even better.

 

Antiochians, as always, stay in touch! If you have some great news don’t forget to send it to communications@antiochcollege.edu. If you hear of any Alumni Chapter Events in your area maybe as the world opens up you might have some food and fellowship in like-minded company. Also, if you see someone who might benefit from an Antioch Adventure, be a catalyst, steer them here!  As always YSOH is somewhere between where you are and utopia.

Duffy '77 standing on THE STOOP

Duffy ’77 at The Stoop. Photo courtesy of Duffy ’77.

 

A BUFFALO GRAZING: Adventures in Adventureland

By Duffy ’77

One guesses that one of the more positive things that have come out of these two years of Pandemia are the new uses of sophisticated 360-degree cameras and the technology connected to them so we can, in different ways, stay connected to each other.  So, as tenacious we are, Antiochians continue to be with each other.   There have been a great number of “virtual chapter” events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, D.C., and Phoenix. Great interactive edu-tainment!  And you might see an old friend along the way.  There have been virtual reunions, an Antioch Adventure Watch Party (with some of the original people involved as guests), a super “Gala, under the Stars” with John Lithgow and some Chapters also have their own organizational meetings.  Imagine the San Francisco/ NorCal Chapter has a dozen and half people in just their leadership team who are so bonded that they enjoy each other’s company with great ease and an abundance of shared laughter. So it is inevitable that Community Meetings every Tuesday are another constant in this hopefully less than permanent universe.  At the moment the Tuesday at 2:30 Community meeting is a hybrid affair.  There will be some mask-wearing folks in 113 McGregor and others are in remote places like offices.  I also saw that co-ops from NYC and DC were listening in as well. At that recent meeting among other items on the agenda was something called “Co-op Swap”.   The idea may have evolved from some old Reunion events from years ago where people would sit in circles and spin tales about their “Best or Worst Co-ops.”  You must know that Antiochians can spin wonderfully funny tales..decades later.  We have all had some adventures and misadventures, haven’t we? The journey is the destination and that includes getting to and through a co-op.

Students at the co-op swap are asked to get up and talk about their co-op experiences.  Then they are asked to field some questions from their co-op faculty and even anybody in 113 McGregor or out there in the “Community Zoomiverse”.   What a crafty way to warm people up for public speaking and fielding the unexpected!   Some students talked about their co-ops involved in Environmental Justice, Criminal Justice or Fair Housing.   It is interesting to note that some Antioch lawyers from the 70’s and ‘90’s were behind these co-op jobs as well as helping the co-op settle in and start navigating exotic places like Chicago and Philadelphia.   One student mentioned working with Fair Housing issues in Detroit.  That co-op was provided by a graduate from the class of 2017.  It seemed like I had just seen them in the library a minute ago and they are already paying the universe forward by providing a way to win a victory for Detroit via helping in fair housing issues.

 

It is super amazing that students have continued to go on far-flung co-ops.  During the pandemic many have stayed close to YSOH for co-op but others right now are in SF, LA, DC, NY and even Greece and Panama.  Maybe a generation or so from now if there are “Best and Worst Co-op Adventure” Circles at a reunion there might be tall tales and laughter about how I got through it all when the world was having a moment.

 

I know that co-ops can change your life whether it is the job itself or the travel and just living in a rather different place.  In my case a dual and seemingly a-world-away California co-op was like its own earthquake for me.  I had taken a co-op doing Immunological Research.  The work was okay and at the end of the day you had to lock up your notes in a safe! (ah the old paper world).  Later on some TV news I discovered that some of the research was connected to things that hit the outside world years later.   That research was more important than I knew. It turned out that I loved the southern California weather but felt that much in that workplace was so rigid. Well, it was corporate research. It seemed like a bell went off in the ceiling at 10:30 and folks all meandered to the snack bar in white lab coats and then fifteen minutes later a bell went off and everyone went back to their station.  A researcher next to me was working on a test for measuring a hepatitis protein.  

 

 It happened that there were two of us Antiochians in that same co-op and we both also had acquired a taste for folk-dancing, Balkan style, as was done for years on Red Square.  Great endorphins and great sweat. After a few phone calls to Dan Hotaling ‘51, simply a wonderful co-op advisor, I found that I might be able to have an additional SoCal co-op at the Los Angeles Free Clinic.   There I found what I felt was a truly exciting and chaotic co-op job, scheduling volunteers to run a full blown and free evening medical clinic.   Of course part of the change from Costa Mesa in Orange County to Los Angeles involved some house hopping (the word then was crashing).  Los Angeles had some bars and coffee houses where people did folk dancing just like Red Square so some kind of way I wound up being invited to join a semi-professional dance troupe and also wound up renting a space from the Dance Troupe leaders in a place called Silver Lake. Maybe being so far away from everything helped me figure some things out.  The boy next store certainly yanked me out of the closet.  It was the early seventies and the world was less open.  With so much excitement that second co-op felt so wonderful I stayed for two and half extra years.  I lived that ultimate non profit lifestyle.   Some weeks you might not get paid and then after a fundraiser you might get several weeks of pay.  That co-op was good training for my later big-co-op-in-the-sky at Antioch College during all its ups and downs, including its own version of payless paydays in 1979 and its closure and re-opening.   Long live the chaos and the subtle resilience lessons a good co-op experience can provide you! Later that researcher who worked next to me at that Immunological Research co-op came to volunteer at the Los Angeles Free Clinic; she was also a phlebotomist!

 

If you know of a lead to a good co-op that might also even pay well please don’t hesitate to contact Brooke Bryan, bbryan@antiochcollege.edu.   Whether you are from the 1970’s or any other decade that might be a way of finding someone a victory for humanity or even something that is not their cup of tea in the longer run.

 

As always, stay in touch. Call another Antiochian.  Think about a summer sojourn to Yellow Springs.  It is still somewhere between where you are and utopia!  And as they emerge maybe even attending a chapter event, the next best thing to being in YSOH!

 

 

Honor Code

Antioch College is a community dedicated to the search for truth, the development of individual potential, and the pursuit of social justice. In order to fulfill our objectives, freedom must be matched by responsibility.

As a member of the Antioch College Community, I affirm that I will be honest and respectful in all my relationships, and I will advance these standards of behavior in others.

Got news?

Tell us what you’re up to, and send pictures.

We love pictures!