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Grounded Presence as an Expression of Integrity

Coco Gagnet '18 preparing a gorgeous pizza on Community Day Fall 2022

Coco Gagnet ’18 preparing a gorgeous pizza on Community Day Fall 2021

 

An interview with Coco Gagnet ‘18, Community Manager, by Matt Walker ’04.

 

MW: “Please state your name, the year you graduated from Antioch, and where you’re from.”

 

CG: “My name is Coco Gagnet and I graduated in 2018. I’m from Dayton, Ohio.”

 

MW: “Current job title?”

 

CG: “I’m the Community Manager.”

 

MW: “Thank you… for posterity… you never know…?”

 

CG: “Yeah. I know. It’s important. And I consent to being interviewed.” 

 

MW: “Oh, that’s great.” 

 

CG: “Best practice.” 

 

MW: “I love consent. All right. I was looking at the interview from when you started as the Community Manager and there was a quote that I thought was super applicable in this situation. You said: 

 

“I think about the philosophy of Dr. King and the Beloved Community. The utopian vision grounded in agape, a coming together that values radical hospitality, love, justice, and all life sharing in the abundance of Earth. Ultimately, I think of community as the word we use to describe being together, or more closely figuring out how to be together. That kind of community practice I’m interested in is necessarily utopian, a process full of hope and risk and resilience, all in the service of taking care of one another and Earth.” 

 

“Wow! Does any of that still ring true or would you care to comment on that?”

 

CG: “Yeah, I think it still rings true. I was reading something recently in a book called “On Freedom” by Maggie Nelson. And there was an interview, I forget who the painter was, but he was giving a lecture and saying something about, ultimately the role of the artist is to make something beautiful. And then there was another painter who responded and was like, “That makes me want to barf!” That’s the TLDR (too long; didn’t read) of the conversation. But I don’t know. I think that even though I hold Beauty, capital B, as a fundamental value and aspiration in terms of how I build relationships and how I build community.” 

Pictured: a page out of the book "The Art of Freedom" by Maggie Nelson

“On Freedom” by Maggie Nelson

“There’s also something in that, that maybe negates or doesn’t capture the messiness of just figuring it out. And maybe sometimes we don’t actually know what we’re doing or what we’re striving for. And it’s more so that we’re just trying to exercise or synthesize some impulse that is a little unknowable.” 

 

“And so, yeah, I think that I still believe everything that I said, and I’m in agreement, but feel like it’s been just complicated by some of the complexity of lived experience and how not beautiful it is sometimes.”

 

MW: “Interesting.” 

 

CG: “Yeah.” 

 

MW: “Community and Beauty. Ugliness. Is Ugliness the opposite of Beauty?”

 

CG: “Yeah, I don’t know, maybe it’s ugliness. Or unruliness. Or undefinability or something. I don’t know.”

 

MW: “Oh, okay. Undefinability within communities is what I’m hearing? Maybe you still agree with that but now your views are more tempered by this experience? And there is kind of a flip side to this being together thing?”

 

CG: “I don’t even think it’s a flip side. I think it’s just a complication.”

 

MW: “Wow. Okay.” 

 

CG: “Yeah.” 

 

MW: “I have to think about that one for a while.”

 

CG: “Yeah, me too. It’s just what came up. So…”

 

MW: “You mentioned the other day that you had been thinking a lot about intuition. Any remarks on intuition?”

 

CG: “Yeah, I think this also connects to what I was saying about learning about grounded presence. But I think people will often express confusion between what’s my intuition talking and what’s my anxiety or paranoia or non intuition, whatever. And, I think part of it is that intuition doesn’t talk at all. If you notice yourself doing any narrativizing, any storytelling, then it’s not intuition. Intuition is just the felt information of any moment. I think a lot of the strength of interpersonal work and relational work is being able to literally feel the room at any given moment, without ascribing the narrative dynamics to it, or the talk. It’s just about sensing what’s there and then not applying reasoning or a rationale or an agenda to it. I mean, my therapist said something really brilliant the other day, she doesn’t say anything that often, but we were talking about the difference between intuition and then towards confirmation bias or towards just confirming the thing that you want or desire or whatever. And the truth is desire has it’s own fucking agenda and you have to just call it for what it is. I guess that’s all I have to say about that.”

 

MW: “What are some lessons or takeaways from your time as Community Manager?”

 

CG: “I don’t feel like any one person could or should capture the spirit of a place or hold it up on their own. And how I felt like some of the ethos or the trajectory that I wanted to carry into playing the role of Community Manager is that I didn’t want to build anything to last. I just wanted to build something to fall apart eventually. And so I’ve always tried to, I guess, carry that conviction into my work, because of a larger sense of dissolve or things continuing to change, and I think that institutions and institutional conversations around what we’re building together just often assume longevity as a measure of success. And it’s not the case. The reality is we’re just trying a whole bunch of different things in a really dysfunctional fucked up matrix and reality.” 

 

“So I think I’m leaving with that lesson feeling affirmed. But it’s in the tension of getting caught up in institutional momentum around what we’re trying to create or what we’re trying to do and long term programs or initiatives that sustain that work. And so now I’m being re-confronted with the lesson of having to detach from the outcome or the longevity or how long something will persist and that being indicative of any sense of value or success.”

 

“I also think that, I don’t know how to summarize this into a lesson, but I’ve really learned the importance of grounded presence as an expression of integrity. Being in my role, or being in this role, means that I hold a lot of different conflicting opinions at once. I’m constantly being confronted or internalizing other people’s perspectives about either the College, or a group at the College, or another person. And sometimes I have interpersonal relationships with people who are directly in conflict. And I’ve just really learned how to not give a lot of weight to what anybody thinks while also holding everyone’s experiences and perspectives with the utmost sincerity.”

 

“I think the last thing I would say is that I’ve just really had to let go of a lot of perfectionism and anxiety about doing the right thing or saying the right thing. And a lot of the time I haven’t had a mentor or anyone to offer me much guidance in this role or how it should be utilized. And so, I’ve kind of just had to try a bunch of shit out and not get too caught up in what people’s reactions are going to be.”

 

“Something that I come back to a lot is that I feel like if you have conversations with any given community member about what are the problems at the College, one piece of it is that consistency or commitment might be named, or might have been named historically, about how there’s a certain level of energy and then we don’t follow through or carry out the action, the constant revolving door of either staff or students cycling out on Co-Op or whatever makes it difficult to follow through. But then the other piece is any given issue or dynamic has, for the most part, seemingly been a problem for many years, and often prior to the closure too. And so, I think that there is a real desire and hope that we’re going to arrive and figure out some kind of mastery.” 

 

“But I don’t think that it’ll ever really happen and I’ve repeated this in a couple of different spaces. But my friend, Greta, who graduated a year ahead of me, she said something that really impacted me once that, I think, was specifically in response to people saying we’re all talk and no action. But we just have to accept that we’re going to have the same conversations over and over again, and that it’s necessary to have the same conversations over and over again, and it’s not as much a circle as it is a spiral. I don’t know where this thought initiated, but it’s just given me a lot more patience for the process. Because, ultimately, in some ways, I’m not that invested in the institution itself. It’s the larger symbolism or vision. I think that’s what a lot of people feel connected to.”

Take a step back when you feel like you need to: An interview with Robyn McCoy ’24

Robyn McCoy class of 2024

Robyn McCoy ’24

By Matt Walker ’04

 

MW: “Thanks again for meeting with me. I just have some basic questions. If you could just state your name, where you’re from, which class year you are and why you chose to attend to Antioch College?

 

RM: “Okay. Hello, my name is Robin McCoy. I am a second-year and I am in the class of 2024. What was the other question? I’m so sorry…

 

MW: “That’s okay. Why did you choose to attend Antioch?

 

RM: “I chose to attend Antioch because it’s very close to home. I live in Springfield, so I’m close by. And I’ve gone to schools in Yellow Springs since my sophomore year of high school. And also, education is really important to my family. So, I decided to come here.

 

MW: “Thanks for making that choice. My next question is, what’s your major and what Co-Ops have you done?”

 

RM: “I’m majoring in Creative Writing.”

 

MW: “Why did you choose Creative Writing as your major and how has it been?

 

RM: “When I first applied to come to Antioch, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do and it was like that my first year. Over the summer of 2021, I started writing just for fun and over time, I started to find an actual joy for it. I like the process of creating something based on my own imagination and that definitely made me want to go for creative writing. I’m definitely excited to take more writing classes.”

 

“For my spring Co-Op last year I was the Black Women at Antioch IG coordinator. And for my second Co-Op, which is this winter, I’m coordinating at the CSKC (Coretta Scott King Center).”

 

MW: “How have those co-ops been? How was it coordinating the Black Women’s group and what’s going on at the CSKC? How are you liking it?

 

RM: “The first Co-Op was good. I stayed at home for the spring and I just Co-Op’ed from there. And, also I worked at the nursing home that’s close by to the campus. The first Co-Op was really good. We did a lot of events. It made me realize I wanted to continue working at CSKC and also try to coordinate the group.  I did that for working on campus during the fall.”

 

“This Co-Op is a bit different because I am living on campus. And that means I’m working thirty hours and so far, it’s really good. It’s just, I do a lot more than what I’m used to, which is fine. I like it.”

 

MW: “So you’re very busy there?”

 

RM: “Yeah.

 

MW: “And who are you working with? You’re working with Shadia (Alvarez ’96)?”

 

RM: “Yeah. I’m working with Shadia. I work with Clarence and Aniya, Rayna, Gael… It’s really nice.”

 

MW: “I’m curious about your first Co-Op. Were there any events or notable things that happened that you either enjoyed or did not enjoy?”

 

RM: “I really enjoyed my first Co-Op. My favorite event that I did for that Co-Op was probably the self-care day that we did. We went out to get hibachi which is really fun. And we talked about self-care, and it was really lovely.”

 

MW: “Nice. Do you feel like people had a good self-care routine going or was it a pretty big, new experience for them? What’s self-care like with the students that were involved?”

 

RM: “We talked about ways we could take care of ourselves especially being at school, and also on Co-Op, which is really important even though sometimes people don’t take care of themselves. I think those conversations on what we can do and what self-care is, really gave some people insight. It gave me insight, which is really nice.”

 

MW: “Do you feel like there was any self-care that was already popular amongst the group?”

 

RM: “Probably just taking a day of rest to really energize yourself and regroup. That was really common.”

 

MW: “And did you find that folks had the availability to take a day of rest?”

 

RM: “Yeah, I hope that’s what happened.

 

MW: “Yeah, it’s hard. I was trying to yesterday but I only got a few hours in. I guess you’ve got to get it when you can?”

 

RM: “Yeah.”

 

MW: “And now, on your current Co-Op, you’re at CSKC, and it’s Black History Month. What event or aspect of Black History Month are you most excited about or looking forward to?”

 

RM: “What I’m looking forward to for this Co-Op is probably the ‘Getting to the Root’ training that we’re supposed to do, because it’s heavily important to discuss issues and problems we face as people of color, specifically in ways we can dig deep and figure out what it is and how we can possibly fix it.”

 

MW: “Right on That’s awesome. I took the training in January. I know they just had one in February. So, you must be looking forward to the next one, the March training?”

 

RM: “Unfortunately, we didn’t have it because of the weather. We had to postpone it. But I’m really excited for when it is time for us to officially do it. I’m ready to sit in on it and talk.

 

MW: “Yeah, Have you participated in that training yet?”

 

RM: “No, I haven’t yet.”

 

MW: “I’m sure you will find it inspiring or intellectually stimulating. What about the letter that you wrote about Black History Month? That must have been a part of your Co-Op? Anything you care to comment on that?”

 

RM: “I was kind of nervous to write it at first because I didn’t really know what to say. But then I really had to think and I’m glad I wrote it. And I think that’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever written so far.”

 

MW: “Yeah, yeah. You’ll have to keep track of it. It could be useful in the future, for sure. What about Antioch? What are your impressions of it? What is it like to be a student here in 2022?

 

RM: “I really like it here. At first, when I was a first-year, it was really hard because I didn’t really know anyone and I sometimes start to doubt my own abilities, intellectually. But I just kept my focus and continued to work hard. And that’s what’s gotten me to this point, I guess. When you set your mind to something, you feel like you can do it. And you can do it better. That’s how I think so that’s how I feel.

 

MW: “Is that something you feel like you brought with you to Antioch or is that something you learned here?”

 

RM: “I think that’s something I learned here. For sure.”

 

MW: “Really? How’d you learn that? Was it through a class or mentor or another student?”

 

RM: “It was probably just going home and talking to my mom about it. Because I’d go home and tell her what I was worried about, that I don’t think I’m doing good. I’m essentially afraid to fail. And she’d always tell me that I would do good. And that I got this. She would tell me to always put my mind to it and if I can do that I will always do well. So I think that’s what really helped me.”

 

MW: “What’s your mom like? She sounds pretty amazing. Any words you have to describe her would be great!”

 

RM: “My mom is amazing. She’s very encouraging and she pushes me a lot so I can do my best. She’s also very supportive of what I want to do and I’ll forever be grateful, not only because she’s my mother, but because she keeps me going and makes me want to do my best and make her proud.”

 

MW: “Yeah, having a good relationship with someone in your family can be so helpful, especially in college, guiding your choices and helping support you. So yeah, with that in mind, I’m curious, what are your hopes? What are your dreams? What do you think you want to set your mind to?”

 

RM: “Well, what I think about, what I want to do in life, and how can I push myself to do it when I leave… I want to get a master’s in education. I want to teach younger children and teach English as a second language. I also want to go teach English in a foreign country. I’ve just been focusing on that so I can get there.”

 

MW: “That’s great – getting everything in place to make those dreams a reality!”

 

“Do you have any thoughts on how to find a balance of self-care on one hand, but on the other hand, dreaming big and working hard and trying to make your dreams come true? How do you ever find a balance there?”

 

RM: “I set time aside for myself so I can really take care of myself. Like Sundays – those are days where I don’t do anything. I just lay in bed or go home to see my mom and dad and the cats. That’s mainly what I do. I take a day of the week, which is normally Sunday, so I can recharge. And then, for the rest of the week, all the way until Friday, I work. I do what I need to do and after I do that I take time and focus on learning Korean. I’m doing that right now because I want to teach English there. I find it interesting. So I do that. I set times for myself. I feel like just putting some time aside is important. Especially in college when you’re overwhelmed with everything, it’s okay to take a step back and just relax and recharge.”

 

MW: “It made me think of a lot of things but I have to ask what got you interested in Korea?

 

RM: “I started listening to K Pop and watching Korean dramas which led to me wanting to learn more about Korean culture. And I started to do that. And then I wanted to start learning the language. So, I’ve just been doing that. It’s kind of a diagonal type of thing – you start with the pop culture. Then you want to learn about the broader culture. Then you want to learn the language. And it’s really fun. It’s really cool.”

 

MW: “I hope you find success there. Do you have any other comments on Antioch or CSKC? Is there anything you’d like to add or advice you’d like to give to other students?”

 

RM: “I’d probably tell people that it’s okay to worry about how you’re doing. But don’t put too much stress on yourself. Because when you put too much stress on yourself, that’s when you burn out and you feel like quitting. So just always take a step back when you feel like you need to take a step back.”

Robyn McCoy '24

Robyn McCoy ’24

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!

 

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