A Century in the Works
Work, World, and Resilient Community
Honor Roll of Donors 2018–19 & 2019–20
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Every gift is an act of hope Dear Antioch College Friends and Supporters, For most of us, this has been a year like no other—the virus, the fires and hurricanes, the political divisiveness, and most disturbing of all, the human toll of racism and injustice that as a nation we are unable to dispel. And yet, there is hope. People are going out of their way with acts of courage and kindness to help one another, to solve problems big and small, and to be the change they want to see. And Antiochians across the country and around the globe are working with more determination than ever to win victories for humanity. Here at Antioch College, we are doing all we Have You Ever Considered a Pledge? can to keep our students safe while they pursue If you are a devoted supporter of Antioch College and want to their dreams of an education that will change make an even greater impact with your philanthropy, consider making a multi-year pledge. their lives. With so much at stake for them, and Forward-thinking Antiochians and friends of the College have for Antioch itself, we are committed to going collectively given over $20 million in multi-year pledges since forward. Because Antioch is where the desire to the College reopened. We currently have 154 donors whose gifts learn is powerful, where getting your feet wet so over the next several years will provide more than $8 million! This stream of philanthropic revenue does so much good and you can learn to swim against the current is par represents a huge vote of confidence in the College’s future. for the course, and where the commitment to To explore the possibility of a multi-year pledge—which can be as little as $100 a year—please call or email. I will be happy to justice is real. As the College’s lead fundraiser, I am inviting work with you on a plan for your giving to Antioch. you to support Antioch College today, at a time when every gift is an act of hope. The CARES Act and Your 2020 Philanthropy If you firmly believe in the College and have been giving regularly but The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) have yet to make your annual gift, please make it now. has provided additional incentives to encourage philanthropy durIf you’ve been following the College’s progress and are trying to decide ing these difficult times. To learn about the key takeaways and additional information if Antioch deserves or needs your support, the answer is yes, and yes. to help you plan year-end giving, please visit: If you’ve been too busy to think much about the College, but Antioch antiochcollege.edu/cares-giving had a powerful impact on you and changed your life, why not give now? If you’ve already given, but you know that Antioch is on the front lines in preparing young people to be the agents of justice and resilience that we need, make another gift today. If I haven’t emphasized it enough, giving to Antioch has never been more important! President Tom Manley and I have been privileged to serve Antioch College these last several years. We are deeply committed to the College’s success and grateful to each and every one of you who has stepped forward to support this one-of-a-kind college that is as venerable as it is innovative. In this time of darkness and disruption, we hope your support for Antioch College will be stronger than ever, because every gift is an act of hope.
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Antiochian XX 2 From the College President 3 From the Alumni Board 5 The Stoop Musings from campus and beyond, faculty news, Louis Smith ’77 named Faculty Emerita, President Manley retires, more. 18 The Mound Return of the CM Class of 2020 21 Postcards From Co-op
PHOTO BY DENNIE EAGELSON ’71
58 In Memoriam 63 Class Notes & AlumNews 64 Governor General’s Medal 66 Breathing 68 Alumni Awards 70 A Big Year 71 Winning Victories Grants 72 Portraits and Dreams 73 Social Work Honors 74 Lebowitz Prize 75 A Family of Us
Karen Doherty ’92 on Co-op at the Peace & Justice Coalition, Burlington VT.
“ While one may get the theory of life from books, he must get the act of life from living.” —Arthur E. Morgan
24 The Four C’s 28 100 Years and Still Working
A century of Cooperative Education
Herb Reichlin ’53, LR Silver ’68, Shayna Plaut ’00
48 On a Magic Carpet Ride 52 Alumni Spotlight On the front and back cover: Photos from ten decades of Co-op
76 Honor Roll of Donors 80 Antiochiana
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From the President
Since the time of Horace Mann, Antioch College has evolved as a living laboratory for the development and application of liberal arts learning. In that respect, not all of what the College has become may be recognizable to those who came before us. Yet Antioch’s commitments to human dignity, equity, personal responsibility, nonsectarian education, and the pursuit of social justice, I believe, are principles recognized and celebrated by each previous generation of Antiochians. They are a central part of the College’s enduring ethos and they are fundamental to renewing our ability to inspire individual transformation over time: to making Antioch “a college that changes lives.” Pedagogically and programmatically we are well positioned to do this. In its centennial year, our cooperative education (Co-op) program continues to shine brightly in a sky filled largely with unpaid internships and professional training opportunities. In contrast to these, Co-op offers a fully integrated experiential learning approach providing a wide array of realworld jobs over a student’s four years. And now we include guaranteed oncampus/community employment for all students during each study term and a “launch” job assignment upon graduation for students who select to have one. Along with the innovative self-design major developed three years ago by the faculty and the articulation of the Areas of Practice, a set of five focus areas (see sidebar) that encourage students to extend their classroom learning in more applied ways, we have created the most comprehensive and coherent work/study curriculum in the nation. Antioch is indeed the premier college of the applied liberal arts. Under the banner of Antioch College Works, we have continued our legacy as a laboratory school, one that can prepare students for the rapidly changing world of work and the urgent work of acting for justice in the world. To better ensure finan2 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020
Areas of Practice Environmental Sustainability Environmental sustainability is a core area of practice and a central part of the academic experience, as well as operations at Antioch College. Our students, faculty, and staff engage in this theme in interdisciplinary and innovative ways.
Deliberative Democracy, Diversity, & Social Justice We explore, develop, and apply the principles of inclusive, democratic, and just action and governance. We work openly and respectfully with conflict, adversity, contradictions, values, and beliefs. These things make democracy messy, human, and ultimately very powerful.
Creativity & Story cial access, diversity, equity, and inclusion, we make Antioch work for our students by extending full-tuition scholarships to all admitted Pell-eligible students. This powerful mix of increased student agency, learning from real jobs—and being in service to the larger community—are entirely in keeping with Antioch’s leading-edge educational approach and history. In this edition of The Antiochian, you will find many stories and examples of how the practice of Work, World, & Resilient Community is strengthening as Co-op begins its 11th decade and the College starts its 18th. This is likely the last president’s column I will have the honor of writing for this magazine. When I accepted the presidency of Antioch five years ago this month, I said, “Antioch for me is one of the great, iconic places in American Higher education. I compare it to places like Black Mountain College and the Bauhaus, institutions that have always been experimental, that have sought to find the forward moral edge. To stand in a tough space and create education around
the tough issues of our time.” Today, I remain utterly confident in our College’s capacity to renew itself and postsecondary education through bold vision and action. Building on strategies like Antioch College Works, we must recognize and accept the vulnerability and limitations of our present higher education system, especially its broken financial model, and move quickly to institute credible and more resilient alternatives. We must solve for inequities throughout the system, challenge entrenched blocks of power, enable homegrown approaches that are bottom up, broaden experiments in deliberative decision-making and shared governance, avoid echo chamber tendencies and ideological orthodoxies, and work to counteract business as usual mindsets. It’s the Antioch way, and from where I stand, it is exactly the kind of audacious mold-breaking and changemaking that is sorely demanded. Tom Manley President, Antioch College
Creativity may be our most powerful human impulse. Through storytelling, we make and find meaning. Each is a medium of perspective, passion, depth, and understanding through which we express our experiences of the human condition and our place in the world.
Wellbeing Attending to our inner lives and not just a mono-dimensional public persona is critical to being able to embrace what Rene Daumal called “the open totality of the human being” and to the free growth of our individual, multifaceted identities.
Work, World, & Resilient Community Antioch engage with the world and ts challenges both on campus and around the globe. Students spend up to a third of their undergraduate experience in the real world—testing concepts and applying theory from the classroom while gaining a better understanding of the evolving nature of work and reflecting on what it means to lead an impactful life.
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From the Alumni Board
What makes Antioch College unique is our three Cs: Classroom, Co-op, and Community. And it is the three Cs that define the ways we live out our values and our knowledge for work and resilience in the world. As a bio major, much of my coursework was in the sciences and most of my Co-op experience was in research labs. However, I will forever thank Antioch College for allowing me to have a year abroad with study in Italy, a two-month teaching Co-op in Nigeria, and five-month Co-op experience with three other Antioch students that we called “An experiment in communication without words.” I met my travel companions in Israel on a kibbutz. We worked mornings and tried to figure out how we would actually do this “experiment.” I had made a halfdozen hand puppets, and we had drums and other musical instruments, but really, only one of us had any talent, Carlotta Scott. When we left the kibbutz to hitchhike to Eilat, children gathered around us, eventually about 50. We sang and danced with them, we taught them the hokey pokey, their parents joined and brought us food. Hours later, the children helped us hitch our rides and we decided that this would be our experiment: we would show up places and allow spontaneity to occur. We traveled to Turkey when we heard that a village would fall into the Dead Sea if a retaining wall was not built in time. We helped build it. We rented a car to travel throughout Greece where we were welcomed into more than a dozen schools, and sometimes, the town called a holiday with dancing and ouzo in the village square.
When we then went to Yugoslavia expecting the same kind of welcome, we were surprised that schools said we could make an appointment for the following week. Tito was convinced that within a generation all the various cultures would be assimilated, and the schools were often the only sturdy cinder block buildings in the village. We spent considerable time in a cultural institute in Belgrade where they were collecting cultural artifacts, clothing, songs, and recording dances from the various parts of Yugoslavia because within a generation it was to all be just one culture. One day, the institute brought in an old man from the mountains who played the gulse and sang in iambic pentameter in the same way that Homer did. They thought that per-
haps he was the last person who had this talent. When he learned who we were he made up a song right then about our fine President Kennedy and asked that we give it to him. The song was translated, and we did indeed send it to President Kennedy. When we returned to campus and presented our report to Co-op and Antioch Education Abroad, we were told that we would not receive credit unless we
gave a performance in Kelly Hall for the entire Antioch Community, which of course we did. Earlier this year, I organized a Pride March in my neighborhood for a 12-year-old neighbor, Michael, who had recently told family and school to no longer call him Clare. My trans neighbor was thrilled when 50 neighbors showed up to celebrate him. The experiential learning that Antioch College offers provides lessons for a lifetime. One’s sense of community continues with the careers we choose, our commitment to others, political action, and so much more. I hope that you find ways to engage in community with Antioch College and other Antiochians, even in these socially distant times. From virtual Reunion held in October to other
recent programs such as the Spotlight on Excellence series, you can do this right from your computer wherever you may be (visit: antiochcollege.edu/ alumni-friends). Watch for announcements about more virtual events, and eventually, ways that we can come back together in person. Karen Mulhauser ’65 President, Alumni Association
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CLASS OF 2024 BY THE NUMBERS
TheStoop 19 identify as men, 31 identify as women
78% are Pell Grant eligible
60% of new students are from Ohio
Others come from: CO, DC, GA, IL, KY, MD, MI, NM, NY, OK, PA, and TX
White, non-Hispanic 59%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic 22.7%
Asian, non-Hispanic 2.3% Race and/or ethnicity not specified 4.5%
Enrollment Bucks Trends
addresses the affordability, accessibility, and value of the applied liberal arts with a program providing guaranteed full-tuition scholarships to Pell-eligible Fall 2020 enrollment increased 22% compared to fall 2019. students, and real-world work experience and preparedness for all students of the Antioch College Works (ACW) took steps to build on the strength of “Overall, our student body is still through campus and community jobs, program. Co-op as well as its commitment to quite small, yet it is growing decidand both international and post-gradAnnounced in December 2019, ACW educational access with the launch edly despite the pressures of COVuate job placements. The ACW ID-19,” says President Tom program has drawn a strong reManley. “While we suffer sponse from prospective stuno illusions about the indents and donors with the fectious nature of the viincoming class of first year sturus, we are prepared to dents doubling for the fall, and respond if and when the giving for related scholarships need arises. And this is one totaling $2 million. case where our smallness “Antioch College has seen a is a big advantage, as is our strong, positive response from fall schedule with classes students and families due and exams concluding by to our new Antioch College November 13.” Works program, which promThere are currently 116 ises access to a high-quality libenrolled full-time degreeeral arts education and work seeking students. A small experience on campus and in number of students are enthe world,” Vice President for gaged in distance learnEnrollment and Student Sucing this term. The cohort cess Gariot Louima explains. of new students enrolling “The preparations and planin fall 2020 was the largest ning made across campus in several years with 50 enfor a safe return to in-person rolling (compared to 26 fall learning this fall, along with 2019); four deposited stuour small size, also bolstered dents decided to defer their Students made happiness boxes with Director of Counseling Services Nzingha Dalila our incoming students’ conenrollment to the winter or during the Welcome Back event in early September which featured socially distanced fidence in their choice of Anfall of 2021. activities and gatherings across campus. Left to right: Maria Andrea Lopez ’21, Lola tioch College.” The College recently Nelson-Betz ’22, Cara Stedman ’22. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 5
Good to be Green Antioch College continues to be recognized for its environmental responsibility. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has again named Antioch an international top performer in its 2020 Sustainable Campus Index for Food and Dining (ranked fifth) and Grounds (tied for fourth). Antioch’s Silver rating in AASHE’s
Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System has also been reaffirmed; the College continues to work to compile additional data which will be submitted in the future and will increase our rating when certified. Antioch has also been recognized as one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review in its
Guide to Green Colleges: 2021 Edition. “We strongly recommend Antioch College to students who want to study and live at a green college,” says Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief. “Each and every one of the outstanding colleges in this edition of our guide offers both excellent academics and exemplary evidence of environmental commitment.”
Remembering Bob Devine Antioch College mourns the loss of former president and longtime member of the faculty, Bob Devine ’67, who dedicated much of his life to the College and the Antiochian community. In the words of Trustee Shelby Chestnut ’05, “Bob Devine profoundly impacted generations of Antiochians by living the values of shared governance through his teaching, community organizing and as president of the college. Almost anyone who knew Bob has a story of how he made them feel important and necessary to Antioch’s growth and success.” As news of his passing occured close to presstime, Bob’s obituary will be printed in the next issue. Members of the community are invited to submit remembrances and tributes to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject, “Remembering Bob Devine” or by mail to the Office of Communications. A selection will be published in the next issue of the magazine, and all tributes will be shared at antiochcollege.edu/remembering-bob-devine
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Multimedia artwork by Morgan Hayslip ’21 inspired by New Orleans jazz clubs and other inspiring clubs of the ’50s and ’60s. The piece was created for ANTC 170: Antioch Seminar Understanding Jazz, taught by visiting professor of psychology Professor Teofilo Espada-Brignoni. Conducted via distance learning in the Spring 2020 term, the course focuses on music appreciation and understanding jazz from various
“Antioch’s idea was: get your feet wet and maybe you’ll learn how to swim.” Ray Benson ’74 (Ray Seifert)—co-founder of Grammy Award-winning band Asleep at the Wheel—on experiential education opportunities at Antioch College. (Read more alumni memories from 100 years of Co-op on page 28)
Gariot P. Louima, vice president for Enrollment and Student Success, was among eight admission professionals featured in an October 14 New York Times article by Judy Mandell as part of a special report focused on ways that remote learning will shape the future.
Bootcamp for Activism
In February, The Coretta Scott King Center held a three-day intensive workshop focused on skills training for organizers and activists of all levels. Participants engaged in a range of sessions—from mapping to social media organizing—designed to build confidence and effectiveness. Nationally recognized activist, educator, strategist, trainer, speak-
er, and cultural critic Phillip Agnew provided the keynote address. Cofounder of the Dream Defenders after the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012, Agnew is known as “one of this generation’s leading voices” and recognized by both Ebony magazine and The Root as one of the 100 most influential African Americans in the nation.
How Unique Business Insider included Antioch College on its list of what it called “the 13 most unique colleges in America” for our philosophy of being a laboratory college where students learn by doing, and our flagship Cooperative Education program where students spend up to a third of their coursework doing community service, internships, or full-time work. The list was created using insights from sources such as the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges lists, and was also featured by MSN Money.
Now Accepting International Applications For the first time since reopening, Antioch College is now participating in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security notified the College on February 10 that it had is-
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Louima wrote: “The essay is monumentally important. It is your chance to get a college to know you beyond numbers. Remember, we’ll see your transcripts and recommendation letters. Here you can describe—in your own voice—your goals, passions, and experiences like no one else. Here you give a committee a sense of the context in which you experienced high school and how
you overcame certain challenges. “They will be looking for students to share how they’ve adapted, grown, and worked through the challenges that come with our new restricted reality under COVID-19. Sure, we pay attention to your command of language and grammar. But we also want to get a sense of how you think and process information. Are you ready to study at this college and live on this campus? “In terms of authenticity, we work very hard to try to get to know our applicants. If something feels inauthentic in an essay, we invite a conversation with that student. Sometimes we ask for a second writing sample. For the most part, students are pretty honest in their applications.”
sued the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) students, completing a years-long process. As a college that celebrates diversity in all of its manifestations, we look forward to engaging students from even more diverse origins.
Applying to College During the Pandemic?
lege hosted a routine site visit by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) accreditation team as we’ve reached the mid-point of the accreditation cycle after receiving fast-tracked accreditation in 2016. Originally scheduled for last spring— but deferred due to COVID-19—the forums and meetings were held almost entirely virtually, and the participation from our students, faculty, staff, and trustees shone through with a sense of passion, commitment, and shared purpose at every juncture. One of the team members remarked that Antioch has set a very high bar for just what a college might aspire to. The team concluded its visit on October 6, and we are pleased to report an overall favorable impression of Antioch College and the “outstanding knowledge and competence in undergraduate education” on display here.
Antioch College is listed among the “best and most interesting” schools in the United States in the 2020 Fiske Guide to Colleges, a bestselling college guide for high school students and their parents. For 36 years, the Fiske Guide has been the leading guide to more than 300 four-year schools considered by the Guide to be the top 10 percent in the nation—including quotes from real students and information you won’t find on college websites.
All Things Considered Jennifer Grubbs, visiting assistant professor of Anthropology, was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” on March 19, 2020. In her interview for the segment, “Ideas For Family Diversions For Parents Working From Home,” Dr. Grubbs talks about a project she started to connect kids of academic mothers around the world on quarantine.
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Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and CelLiberation Day, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States—will be recognized annually as an official holiday. The proposal was brought to College Council by current student and Board of Trustee member Chris Chavers ’21. The motion to establish Juneteenth as an official holiday included discussion for how the day can serve as an opportunity for education and action in subsequent years, and was unanimously endorsed by College Council and approved by President Tom Manley. College offices will be closed in observance, and it is a paid holiday for employees. “I brought Juneteenth forward to be recognized at Antioch because it needs to be a national holiday,” says Chavers. “The liberation of our people needs to be felt across the nation. Black people deserve days of celebration and victories. Black bodies globally are screaming the pain of our existence because of the violence of white supremacy. This day reminds us of our ancestors’ resilience and fight. Power to the people!” Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor History Kevin McGruder notes that “Juneteenth celebrations declined in the 20th century, but regained interest during the Civil Rights and Black Power eras of the 1960s and 1970s. Today Juneteenth is celebrated around the world.”
Virtually Engaged The Office of Alumni Relations has expanded online offerings since last spring through a series of different initiatives. From discussions and presentations to social events, Div Dance to Reunion, Antiochian alums have explored new ways to engage digitally. A live video series, “Spotlight on Excellence,” was launched in May in partnership with the Office of Academic Affairs. Presented via Zoom, 8 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020
Printed PPE At the beginning of April, Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Installation Michael Casselli ’87 began producing reusable face shield holders as part of a crowdsourced response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project, Response #16, was organized by MatterHackers—which builds and supplies 3D printing equipment—to connect “those who need medical equipment (hospitals and
government agencies) and those who can create it using digital manufacturing.” Using the files and instructions to produce a design approved for clinical use by the National Institute of Health’s COVID-19 Supply Chain Response, Casselli set up production in Antioch’s micro fablab (housed in the Arts & Science Building) employing two 3-D printers. “I took the STL file, which is the
State of Flow Brooke Blackmon Bryan was interviewed by Rewire, a nonprofit website published by Twin Cities PBS for “Why Analog Hobbies Make Us Feel Human,” published on May 4. The article delves into the reason so many people took up baking, sewing, puzzles, and other hobbies during the pandemic. Bryan is the dean for Innovation and the Applied Liberal Arts, and assistant professor of Writing and Digital Literacy at Antioch. She is an aes-
thetic philosopher and oral historian who composes work in narrative, media, and textiles (she is an avid sewist and quiltmaker, and much of her research has revolved around the quilt). Bryan explains the fulfilment found in physical hobbies through the concept of “flow,” coined by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. “The experience of flow is where time falls away, you’re just in it,” Bryan says. The article goes on to de-
most common file for 3-D printing at the level I am currently involved in, and did a number of printing experiments to ensure that they would print according to the specifications provided,” says Casselli. “After dialing in the best print, I then set up the printer to produce two at a time and then just kept running both printers until I had made as many as I could by the due date.” The holders were made of Polylactic acid (PLA), or polylactide, which is a plant-based thermoplastic polymer derived from renewable resources like corn starch or sugar cane. Once complete, Casselli sent the holders to MatterHackers, which collected the finished products from other individuals and manufacturers—totalling 9,000 units—and delivered them to hospitals along with plastic shields. Casselli’s work on the MatterHackers project caught the attention of Yellow Springs residents Lindsay Burke, Jim Cosper, and Alex Roland’17. Together they collaborated to produce 500 similar face shield holders in a tight four-day window for ICU nurses at local hospitals. Casselli also made and distributed full face shields for staff in the Antioch Kitchens, medical professionals in Yellow Springs, and for a group of teachers working in-person.
scribe how flow is like being “in the zone,” an ideal psychological state brought on by doing a physical activity at the very edge of your skill level. “Your senses are engaged in perceiving the materials that you’re working with,” Bryan says. “It’s not an abstract experience, but it’s a sensuous experience.” As Bryan describes it, it’s the way we engage with the things our bodies were actually built to do, as opposed to sitting in a chair and staring at a computer.
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the series features prominent Antiochians in casual conversation with members of the campus community followed by an opportunity for participants to ask questions. Events to date have featured Julia Reichert ’70, Judge LaDoris Cordell ’71, and “rising changemakers” Perri Freeman ’15, Amelia Gonzalez ’17, and Eric Rhodes ’16. And in November, the new academically oriented “Alumni Lecture Series” was announced with the first two programs scheduled via Zoom in December featuring distinguished alums Dr. Laurie Paul ’90 and David Southern ’73. The cost is $20 for the public with discounts for students and alumni. To find out about these and other upcoming programs, visit the alumni website: alumni.antiochcollege.edu/events
Freedom to Vote Antioch College marked the start of the academic year with Convocation 2020: Freedom to Vote, via Zoom on September 20. Convocation was conceived to attest to our continuing presence as an institution committed to advancing social justice and to our determination to realize that commitment in the work and study we undertake together. This year, we respond in particular to the unrest in our country and to the injustice and neglect that have inspired the ongoing actions in our streets. We reflect upon both our opportunities and responsibilities as citizens to participate politically and to enact change. Trustee Shannon Isom (CEO of YWCA Dayton), was featured as The Honorable Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Distinguished Seminar Series Speaker. The program also included President Tom Manley, VP for Academic Affairs Kevin McGruder, trustees Shadia Alvarez ’96 and Chris Chavers ’21, and Mary Evans ’20. Watch: youtu.be/ztTjU4NilR0 10 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020
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Identity and Circumstance Meant to address the shifting ideas of comfort and reprieve, this piece asks, “What is rest? How do we rest as artists? What are we bringing to others as a space of rest and reprieve, and what exchange happens within the artist during this process?” Political Ecology major Ryn McCall ’21 is a poet and mixed media visual artist who spent their spring 2020 Co-op at the Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary and Farm located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Virginia. As the COVID-19 disruptions and shutdowns intensified, Ryn was relegated to more iso-
lated work on the farm or inside the farmhouse. “Often because of long and rigorous days of manual labor, I found a new solace in being indoors and alone in the evenings,” explains Ryn who used the experience of seclusion as an opportunity to focus inward and immerse in artistic practice. “Through these pieces, I was able to tap into a new way of understanding myself as an artist. I was able to ask questions of myself that were otherwise inaccessible.” Ryn sees their work in the context of activism, but seeks contrast to the current politically and socially
charged environment. “While activist work often points outward to atrocities and inequity, my work is more of a tender suggestion of introspection, a space for the viewer to question their access, their privilege, their lived experience, and bring it forward to meet the common realities we all observe; regardless of if we personally experience them. I think this work is equally as important in a world that can be so callous.” Ryn’s work was featured in the Yellow Springs Arts Council Virtual Show: The Emerging Artist Showcase from September 18 to October 23.
Glen Transferred to Community The Glen Helen Nature Preserve has been stewarded by Antioch College for nearly 90 years. A vibrant partnership with the Glen Helen Association (GHA) and its volunteers, starting in 1960, helped sustain these efforts, from fundraising to programming. Antioch College has a long tradition of incubating ideas and organizations which grow beyond the College itself. On September 4, 2020, the College completed the transfer of the Glen to the GHA which has assumed responsibility for maintaining and operating the Glen. The Glen’s importance as an educational resource for students and faculty won’t change. As part of the agreement, the GHA and the College detailed ongoing cooperation on a variety of educational and operational matters. “Treasured by Antioch College students, alumni, faculty, and staff for generations, the Glen has evolved from being an extension of our campus, as Birch intended, into an invaluable natural and community resource, and popular tourist destination,” Antioch College President Tom Manley says. “The College has taken numerous steps to expand and protect the Glen, culminating in the conservation easements, which ensure that the land can never be developed. It is now time to take the next right step in maintaining public accessibility by putting the Glen in community hands.” Over time, the Glen has grown from a beloved campus resource into a regional environmental treasure and destination drawing more than 100,000 annual visitors from southwestern Ohio and beyond. As popular as Glen Helen is with
the public, it holds a very special place in the hearts and minds of Antiochians. Countless faculty, students, and staff have put energy into the preservation and improvement of the Glen for nearly 90 years. There have been many threats to the Glen which the College has had to fend off, including a 1950s proposal to reroute highway 68, and a proposed village sewer line project in 1959–60. The GHA was founded in 1960 to help support Antioch College in its efforts to protect the Glen from such threats. A major milestone was met in 2015 when the College secured conserva-
tion easements on the 1,000-acre preserve, taking extraordinary action to ensure strong legal protection against any development, and permanently protecting the Glen as a nature preserve. Proceeds received by the College for the conservation easements were placed in an endowment at The Dayton Foundation to provide for ongoing stewardship. For more than a year, the College and the GHA board explored options to protect the Glen for future Antiochians and for the greater community, and to provide public access in an environmentally responsible way. “The transfer of the Glen to comStudents participating in a Constitution Day and Citizenship Day activity in the Admission Office on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
munity hands makes perfect sense for the College, for the GHA, and for the community at-large. It also represents another exciting example of how Antioch is a new kind of college, where strategic partnerships and alliances provide new educational opportunities and help to drive innovation. This new agreement will make possible a strong working partnership between the College and the GHA, each with clearly defined roles and responsibilities,” explains Manley. “The people of the Miami Valley have really come to feel that the Glen belongs to the community, and now, with support from the community, this will become a reality,” says Bethany Gray, GHA president. “We will continue to work closely with the College in ways that are mutually beneficial.” The Glen will now be stewarded by an organization whose sole mission is to protect it and make it available to the public. The College in turn will be able to focus on its core mission of delivering an exceptional applied liberal arts education to students, in partnership with organizations locally and around the world. “As we continue to focus on delivering the vital experience-based education Antioch College offers, we are also seeking new and better ways to collaborate with strategic partners and to develop and share resources,” explains Maureen Lynch, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees. “The transfer of the Glen from the College to community hands makes perfect sense, and is a victory for us all. This agreement will serve Yellow Springs, the greater Miami Valley, and the College well for generations to come.” “I have great confidence in the outcome achieved here,” says Manley. “It models how natural settings like the Glen might be reimagined and stewarded around principles of mutuality and reciprocity; how they might shape a new concept for a community commons. It is a win for the Glen, the College, and the community.” THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 11
Indigenous Peoples’ Day On Monday, October 2, Antioch College recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day in order to raise more awareness to the unique, rich history of the land we occupy that is inextricably tied to the first peoples of this country and thereby recognize the culture and history of Native peoples. Shane Creepingbear ’08 (Kiowa) delivered a Land Acknowledgement which he created in collaboration with Chief Ben Barnes of the Shawnee Tribe (based in Miami, OK, whose people were forcibly removed from Ohio areas around Wapakoneta in 1831), Dawn Knickerbocker (Anishinaabe), Jheri Neri (Dine), and support from the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition. The campus community was encouraged to participate in the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition’s Convergence workshops on Indigenous sovereignty, land and water rights, education, economic development, cultural and language maintenance and promotion, religious freedom, and resistance movements. And, students Ashley Matias Matos ’22 and Feroz Anir ’22 broadcast a presentation on Race Relations & Indigeneity in Latin America on anti-watt.org.
Toward a New Politics of Consumption Assistant Professor of Political Economy Dean Snyder co-authored a piece of public scholarship, “The Green New Deal and the Politics of Consumption,” published in March by the online magazine Jacobin, a leading voice of the American left, offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture. In the article, Snyder and Matt 12 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020
Thank you, Louise
Longtime member of the Antioch College faculty and staff, the incomparable Louise Smith ’77 retired following the 2019–20 academic year. Louise touched the lives of countless Antiochians in the classroom and beyond thorough her 25 years of service. In recognition of her teaching and broad range of other service to the College, the Antioch Board of Trustees approved a nomination from the faculty that Louise Smith be named Faculty Emerita. A virtual celebration for the campus community was held on Tuesday, November 10. In introductory remarks at the event, Kevin McGruder, vice president for Academic Affairs and associate pro-
fessor of History, reflected on the many ways that Louise had worked with him since he arrived at Antioch in 2012, from planning student trips,
to directing a performance of “The Meeting,” portraying a fictional encounter between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. He noted that in every situation she always prioritized the needs of students. A writer, performer, educator, and therapist, Louise joined the Antioch College faculty in 1994, serving through closure in 2008. She taught and counselled at the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute, and in 2011 was named the first Dean of Community Life for the newly Independent Antioch College. Louise returned to the faculty in 2014 as Associate Professor of Performance and taught a wide range of courses. Over the last six years she has
served as Chair of the Arts Division, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, Chair of the Senior Reflection Paper Committee, and served on the Academic Progress Review Committee, and on the Faculty Personnel Review Committee. “We wish Louise well and heartfully acknowledge her many years of mindful inspired teaching and mentorship to Antioch students and her exceptional citizenship within the College’s community,” says President Tom Manley. Louise’s professional accomplishments are many. Among them, she is the winner of an Obie Award in 2003 for her work in A Painted Snake in a Painted Chair, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 1988 for Best Female Lead in the film Working Girls. She toured nationally and internationally for 11 years in Ping Chong and Company—with collaborative productions that incorporated media and movement—and received a 1990 Bessie Award for her work in Ping Chong’s Brightness. She has appeared in numerous works across the country including solo pieces she wrote and performed. Louise is recipient of a Jerome Fellowship in Playwriting from the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, an NEA Collaborative Fellowship, and two Ohio Arts Council Artist’s Excellence Awards among other honors. She holds a BA in Theater from Antioch College, an IMA in Playwriting from Antioch University, and an MSEd from University of Dayton in Community Counseling. Tributes to Louise The Antiochian community is invited to share reminiscences which will be compiled for Louise. Send your submissions to email@example.com or Antioch College, Office of Communications, One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. A selection will also be published in a future issue of The Antiochian (please indicate if you prefer for your submission to be private or if it may be shared publicly).
Guardino (associate professor of Political Science at Providence College) draw on the history of the US consumer movement. They outline how a new politics of consumption can take on the environmentally wasteful and socially destructive consumption practices accompanying the e-commerce revolution and commercialization of the internet. The authors state, “In fighting for a Green New Deal we can’t just focus on clean power and innovative ways to decarbonize our society and world. We also need to rethink what and how much we consume—without falling prey to left arguments that amount to austerity.”
Sound Spring Visiting Professor of Media Arts Catalina Jordan Alvarez is in the process of creating the feature-length experimental documentary Sound Spring which explores the civil rights history of Yellow Springs. An excerpt of the film, Sound Spring Seq. #6: The School and the Home, was featured in the 21st annual Open Video Call, a juried online screening series presented in August by the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). The work is shot like a traditional talking head interview, but with one key stylistic manipulation: the on-screen interviewees are two girls who lip sync to the overdubbed audio, creatively subverting one of the
basic tropes of documentary filmmaking. Alvarez further heightens the surreality of the scene by splicing in diegetic audio where she can be heard directing the girls from behind the camera. The film sequence, produced by Matt Morgan ’99 and co-written by Jeanne Kay ’10, features Yellow Springs residents Jalyn Roe, Sumayah Chappelle, and Rukiya Robertson. In this sequence, Jalyn Roe remembers her mother’s friendship with Coretta Scott King ’51 and recalls meeting Martin Luther King Jr. as a child. Other Antiochians involved in the production are Zoë Ritzhaupt ’20 (assistant camera) and Ty Clappsaddle ’18 (assistant director).
McGruder on PBS Vice President for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of History Dr. Kevin McGruder was featured in the PBS NewsHour documentary, “Trump’s path to the presidency — and the remaking of the Republican Party,” by journalists Yamiche Alcindor and Meredith Lee. Dr. McGruder reflected on Trump’s controversial record on racial issues in his career as a real estate developer, and provides insight into Trump’s understanding of historical racial stereotypes in America and how he used them to gain political momentum during his candidacy and presidency. Watch: https://tinyurl.com/mcgruder-pbs THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 13
Tom Manley Retires from College Presidency With a background in East Asian history and culture; expertise in intercultural education, community-based learning and educational program development; and success as a fundraiser, President Manley brought extensive experience to Antioch. His tenure at the College has been focused on a broad range of challenges related to institutional vision building, budget alignment, diversity and inclusion, enrollment and campus climate, fund- and friend-raising, administrative restructuring, and governance. “How quickly the last four and a half years have gone by,” says President Manley. “Being president of Antioch College—with its rich history and at a time when bold, big-picture thinking, embodied in programs like Antioch College Works, is vitally needed in higher education—has been a true honor.”
Excellence in Service Award Associate Professor of Cooperative Education Luisa Bieri received the SOCHE (Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education) Faculty Excellence in Service Award for 2019-20.
a tacit agreement An installation of performative objects by Micael Casselli ’87 titled ‘a tacit agreement’ was ready to open at The Blue House Gallery in Dayton last March just as the pandemic triggered shelter-in-place orders. While the work—which asks the viewer to confront the elusive history and complicated administration of punishment— didn’t get its public run, Steve Kemple of ÆQAI, the respected e-journal for contemporary art, visited the exhibition and published a review on March 28 (read ÆQAI: tinyurl.com/tacitagreement). Antioch’s Sophie Malon also created a video interview of the installation-in-progress; view: https:// youtu.be/XH5-f41Ebis Casselli has applied for a Faculty Fund Grant from the Ohio Arts Council to construct a mobile exhibition space for the installation which can be deployed to different venues in the future. 14 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020
President Tom Manley announced last August that this would be his last year as president. In recognition of his contributions during a difficult period for the College, and higher education at large, Board Chair Maureen Lynch announced the Antioch College Board of Trustees would name Manley president emeritus on his retirement, which became effective December 1, 2020.
Dr. Thomas Manley was named president of Antioch College in November 2015 after a national search. He began his presidency on March 1, 2016 after having served as president of Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR, for 12 years and in various teaching and administrative posts at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, for 23 years prior.
Achievements During Manley’s Presidency President Manley faced a list of urgent matters on day one of his Antioch presidency, including finalizing fast-track accreditation, addressing a $7 million budget shortfall, and the need to distinguish the College curricularly among other liberal arts schools. Under President Manley’s guidance, Antioch engaged in FACT—the Framework for Antioch College’s Transition, a process recognizing the power of collective action and collaboration—to envision ways to build on the College’s strengths, develop new programs and curricula, and manage costs. Over the course of more than a year, FACT resulted in the articulation of a distinctive vision for a new kind of college—a college of action—where
students own their education, learn experientially, and act for justice. To provide that maximum agency to students and to address to the pressing realities of small colleges, President Manley encouraged a faculty-led reworking of the curriculum and academic calendar, and worked with the community and Board to increase and strengthen shared governance (including the addition of students and staff to the Board of Trustees, giving all stakeholders the power to vote). Manley also advocated for the return of the Community Manager position and an elected administrative college council—a role and body which were critical to the execution of Antioch’s community governance model for decades. The necessary budget reductions that began with Dr. Manley’s Antioch tenure and, continued in a multiyear finances realignment process, took a human toll on the College. But they were needed to secure the College’s future as a small but innovative institution committed to affordability and access. The Antioch College Works program, developed under President Manley’s auspices, incorporated all key elements of the College’s vision. It was approved in December 2019 by the Board and addresses affordability, accessibility, and value of the applied liberal arts head-on. Providing guaranteed full-tuition scholarships to Pell-eligible students, real-world work experience for all students through campus and community jobs, and international and post-graduate job placements, Antioch College is anticipated to generate strong enrollment in the years ahead. The innovative program has already yielded enrollment increases and more than $2 million in scholarship giving. Throughout his tenure, President Manley championed the notion of college and university campuses as anchors of resilience for their communities, and actively sought to further Antioch’s historic commitment
to shared governance, social justice, and educational equity. During his presidency, diversity in the administration and on the Board increased, and, despite budget reductions, positions to better support diversity, equity, and inclusion programming have been created. He also oversaw a fundraising effort many larger and better-resourced schools would envy, raising close to $50 million over the last four and a half years. Dr. Manley engaged with Antioch’s Board leadership about retirement well before making a final decision over the summer. “Tom wanted the timing to work for the College, and we wanted to have some distance between his informing the community and the difficult budget actions necessitated by the COVID-19 crisis,” says Maureen Lynch, Chair of the Board of Trustees. President Manley will continue to serve the College in an advisory capacity through the end of June 2021, working closely with the Board and others on fundraising, partnerships, strategic initiatives, and projects in support of Antioch College Works and the College’s distinctive applied liberal arts approach. As a president emeritus Dr. Manley may be called upon to offer counsel, share his perspective as a lifelong educator and be involved in projects to advance the College. President emeritus is a permanent, honorary title, and the president emeritus holds the same teaching and research privileges as a retired member of the faculty. Lynch says, “We are so glad to have Tom’s continuing support and his characteristically collaborative leadership as Antioch continues to face daunting challenges, and I take this opportunity to assure you that the Board is determined to continue the vital work of bringing Antioch College forward in a world that needs it now more than ever.”
Update on the Presidential Transition The Antioch College Board of Trustees has worked through the fall to plan the presidential search process. The Board’s Governance Committee, chaired by Trustee Shannon Isom, is working to form a Search Committee— composed of alumni, faculty, students, and staff—that will begin its work at the first of the year. During this time of transition, the Board of Trustees will be focused on securing the resources, visibility, and key partnerships needed to ensure the success of Antioch College Works. President Manley will continue to support the College, working closely with the Board and others on fundraising, partnerships, strategic initiatives, and projects to advance the College’s distinctive applied liberal arts approach. Three members of the Board of Trustees will serve in temporary positions as senior vice presidents—John Jacobs ’76 and Sharen Neuhardt as unpaid volunteers and Shadia Alvarez ’96, who is stepping down from the Board to serve in a paid role— to manage the day-to-day operation of the College. Participate in the Transition Process The Antiochian community is encouraged to provide input on the desired qualities of the next president online at antiochcollege.edu/transition-feedback, and town halls for both the campus and alumni communities will be held in early 2021. Please watch for future announcements on how you may participate.
Global Crossroads This fall, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jennifer Grubbs partnered with Professor of Sociology Cheryl Marten from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador through the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) Global Course Connections program to connect their respective classes ANTH345: Anthropological Theory and SOC3102: Social Theory throughout the quarter. In addition to connecting both courses for combined class sessions throughout the term, students also worked in small groups to create collaborative video projects The Global Learning Courses program—part of a larger initiative focused on internationalization of the curriculum at GLCA schools—connects courses in ways that leverage the expertise and cultural diversity of the 30 colleges and universities in the Global Liberal Arts Alliance.
Career Outcomes information Class of 2019 84% employed or accepted into graduate school within six months, exceeding the College’s goals [Class of 2019] 100% reported that they were “Very satisfied” or “Somewhat satisfied” with what they are doing after graduation. Grad Schools Recent alums have gone on to pursue graduate work at institutions including: American University Boston University Cambridge University Chatham University Earlham College George Washington University School of Law John Hopkins University Kent State University Miami University The New School Ohio State University THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 15
From the Bubble: When Life Gives You Lemons… By Steve Duffy ’77 Perhaps commonly held descriptors for what decades of Antiochians have felt about the Antioch Campus can be found in two concepts, “transient-mode home” and “the Bubble.” We all have perceptions of what home should be; and the idea of “the Bubble” was that campus should be a safe enough place to put your Co-op and other experiences together with your studies in a relatively unbothered, although cognizant, environment. More and more, the world has seemed to be increasingly wilder politically, climate-wise, and in an epidemiological sense. In the uncertain times of COVID-19 and po-
larized politics, it is good to have a “transient-mode home” that is sort of a protective, transient “Bubble” more than ever. Before the term began and into the first week from these Google-Hangout or events in the Zoomiverse, it is clear to me that we are in exceptional caring, capable and hard-working hands. Before the students came, in a briefing, Mila Cooper, vice president for Student Affairs, Senior Diversity Officer, and executive director of the Coretta Scott King Center, stressed that we are in a fluid situation. A lot of careful planning was done, and at this point, as far as that fluid situation goes, well, things are flowing quite well.
Although this Buffalo is somewhat pasture-ized, there is still one foot in the door as a consultant and community member. I have asked several current community members for their take on how it is to make this “transient-mode home bubble” the safest and best place for which one can hope and possibly learn and enjoy life as part of each one’s own unique Antioch Adventure. What follows is several peoples thoughts in these most uncertain times. As it is that transitional summer to fall moment campus is lovely, green, and it is great to have many classes outside. I first asked Luisa Bieri, assistant professor of Cooperative Education, a member of the Bieri dynasty
Art studio reconfigured by Michael Casselli ’87
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which includes Bob and George. She wants you to know the following: There has been a lot of anticipation and extensive preparation to welcome students back to campus this fall. After the exciting news of the large size of our entering class, the energy of moving them into socially distant and hybrid teaching was mounting. It took me longer to prepare the classroom than most years—making sure the circle of chairs were each spaced six-feet apart and connecting the extension code to the OWL, one of our new 360 degree camera/ microphones so that online students were able to join us. I was holding the “Dialogue Across Difference” class, required of all incoming students, outside under the Sculpture Annex Pavilion, the site of many a DIV dance. It was 8:15 AM and I hadn’t been so busy this early in the morning in months. Looking up, I started to see a trickle of students make their way past the Arts and Science Building and the mighty stand of burr oak trees towards this outdoor classroom. Soon, it was a stream of students and light chatter, all with our masks on and at a safe distance. Not only had they found the spot but they were early! Soon even as we adjusted outdoor voices and new technology in our midst, I started to feel the familiar awareness rising at the start of any new class at Antioch–an earnest and thoughtful, and kind group of humans gathering to learn and grow with one another. And so it begins…. At the OKLIbrary Scott Sanders quipped,”The library staff hasn’t been this small since the INTERRUPTION of 2008!” He said that during the first week he worked some Buffalo’s old evening shift. He took peoples’ temperatures as they came in the door, shelved books, and when he couldn’t find misshelved items, he told himself to “channel his inner Buffalo.” So something that might have been under RC77.9 could have been read as RC 779 and found on the opposite
PHOTOS BY WAKKA CICCONE ’05
A Buffalo Grazing
shelf once he summoned his “‘inner Buffalo.” Scott says: I have all kinds of trepidation about having school in a public health crisis. Good thing I work with people I trust. We’ve stored a lot of library furniture to make quarters less close and Director Kevin Mulhall keeps a six-foot stick handy to measure distances between chairs. (And this Buffalo might quip that can work for people too.) I feel for our new first-years because this is not what going off to college is supposed to be like. As far as indoor classrooms go Michael Casselli ’87, assistant professor of Sculpture and Installation, the sculpture studio that he has designed can accommodate 10 students in these times of COVID. According to Michael: All furniture was built by Facilities staff member Josh Miller, and I could not have gotten this done without the help of two recent grads Tom Amrhein ’20 and Teddy Pierson ’17. This will make it possible to hold face-to-face studio classes while protecting students. I developed projects to reflect our current reality “Shelter, Safe, Breath, and Good Trouble.” This is also the first quarter of Antioch Commons-tagged courses. Antioch Commons is a first-year requirement, and we have redeveloped it so that there are four courses that have this tag, one in each division. These are open to everyone, not just first years, so that the incoming students and others will be getting together at the end of the term to present and discuss the idea of the Commons, how it is initiating the first experience of thinking about what a self-design major. Casselli notes that his picture did not have any students in it because the students were, at that moment, outside learning about bamboo from Farm Manager Kat Christen, working on their first project, “shelter,” experimenting with ways of weaving bamboo to create walls and other structural components. According to Kim Landsbergen, associate professor of Biology and Environmental Science: “Unprecedented” is an overused
The OKLibrary staff Kevin Mulhall, Scott Sanders, and Sandy Coulter.
term these days; but it is accurate for the times we are navigating together. This term I’m teaching Intro to Environmental Science and Ecosystem ecology. The intro class (like Casselli’s) is an Antioch Commons class, which means it shares some core learning goals with other classes in Visual Arts, Literature, and Social Sciences. First years are required to enroll in one of these classes. As faculty, there are four who teach these Commons classes: me, Michael Casselli, Cary Campbell (French), and Dean Snyder (political economy). We have collaborated to coordinate our classes and will have a common assignment and mini-symposium at the end of the term. Our classes have two main threads: what does the notion of “the Commons” look like through the lens of your campus? The “Commons” theme is everywhere and in sharp focus right now, because so many aspects of our shared society depend on valuing and protecting our common Democracy, our environment, our public health. My intro course has 21 students enrolled, a few of them attending remotely. I’m teaching this course as a hybrid, where I’m on campus once a week and we are online once a week. My advanced class has six upper-level students. I am using apps like “remind” to text students because our class is sometimes outdoors and sometimes on the Farm. Our Media and IT staff have been
working hard to help faculty have the media and resources we need to connect and record our lectures. Meeting online has its benefits because I love to see the faces and smiles of our students online, which we can’t see in person because we are all masked and socially distant. I admire my colleagues and students for working to focus engagement in the middle of a whirlwind of climate change storms and fires, a pandemic, struggles for justice for Black and Brown Lives, and with an impending election with our nation on a knife’s edge. As we step into the classroom together, we are building our own Beloved Community, doing the hard work of learning about the environment as we find our way through the Fall of 2020. Finally some thoughts from our newly elected Community Manager, Coco Gagnet ’19, as we head to a WELCOME BACK event this evening. Today I noticed how many leaves there are on the ground. The breeze is different. This morning outside the ledge of the Olive Kettering Library, during COVID times, this is the only common space on campus. I have been plugging away at emails, enjoyed the morning, including seeing sleepy-eyed students and a windswept Kevin Mulhall (Library Director) arrive on his bicycle. I met with Kat on the Farm to talk herbs, interviewed students for Antioch Works positions, worked with nomi-
nation forms for ComCil and College Council with Michael Casselli, returned to the Farm to harvest herbs, and phone chatted with Chris Chavers ’22 who is on Co-op in the Bay Area. A day in the life of a Community Manager. What does it amount to? For weeks I have been planning a Welcome Back event: We will write fall “Intention letters,” build “Happiness boxes,” and drink lemonade (in a safe fashion). I’m most excited about lemonade. Done right, it is an incredible balance of sweet, tart, and salt. I imagine taking a sip, with another Antiochian, someone I don’t really know. I imagine that for a millisecond of a moment, we’re so wholly focused on how good it is, that we forget ourselves. We feel together. Or is this a fantasy? As Community Manager, I am plugging away, I am listening. Trying to hear what the Community wants to be in the here and now. Learning to be together is not static, and never fully determined. Always a fantasy, sometimes realized when you’re drinking lemonade together (safely). To those of you away from “transient-mode home” or “the Bubble:” Much love from a Buffalo with one foot into the Bubble. Let us all make some tasty lemonade and toast all the heroes at a place called Antioch College. By the way, Coco knows food and lemonade as her family owns a gourmet restaurant named Coco’s. If you miss like-minded folks like the above, maybe you’ll participate in this year’s virtual Reunion.* You might make your own lemonade from any of life’s lemons and hold up a celebratory toast. I even hear that there is an event at Reunion where you can cook along with a master chef and then virtually go to a movie with friends. That sounds like some great aid or lemonade, and possibly some fine dishes too, in this age which has its share of lemons. * Reunion 2020 was held virtually as a series of events during the month of October THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 17
Mound Return of the CM The
round began. It quickly became clear that Noah’s guide was taken into great consideration as the questions asked during the forum were both challenging and tenacious. It was an unmistakably Antiochian session. Following the meeting the choice of CM was put to a community vote, and Coco Gagnet ’18 was elected the first CM in more than a decade. Following an unusual spring term where courses were conducted entirely online, Coco assumed the Community Manager position in August, 2020, as the College prepared to welcome students back to campus for fall.
Q+A with Coco Gagnet ’18
On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, students, faculty, and staff gathered in McGregor 113 as usual for Community Meeting. This meeting, however, had a special purpose—it was the first Community Manager Candidates Forum since 2007. For decades, the Community Manager position (commonly known by the acronym CM in typical Antiochian fashion) played an important role 18 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020
in the structure of Antioch’s timehonored system of Community Governance. And now, the position was finally poised to be reinstated at the newly independent Antioch College. One day prior to the Community Meeting, Noah Greer ’21—who had served as Community Council (ComCil) Co-Chair and was now in the interim role of Community Facilitator—sent out an email to the en-
tire campus with a helpful guide for properly interviewing job candidates. The meeting went as planned. After the customary announcements, updates, and expressions of gratitude, the CM candidates were welcomed to the front to introduce themselves and talk about how they would carry out tasks in the role of CM. All was calm and non-contentious. Then the question and answer
What did you do after graduating from Antioch in 2018? “After graduation, I spent the summer working on a farm in Hotchkiss, CO. From there, I moved back to Ohio and worked as a baker for a while. During that time, I was able to build and launch a website for my experiential philosophy framework, Come Again (apologies, the site has not been updated for a bit). In August of 2019, I moved to Troy, NY, to work on a farm, and, in the winter I moved an hour south to Hudson, where I was working in the kitchen at a queer seafood restaurant, Lil’ Debs Oasis. I moved back to Ohio at the beginning of the pandemic, and now I’m back at Antioch.” What is your definition of community? “This question is really hard for me. In some ways, I think there’s some
being responsive and just. That being said, I’m not someone who shies away from complexity, and I think that’s what attracts me to relational work—particularly relational work in the context of community. I’m very interested in learning what motivates people, what kind of communication and understanding they desire, how they imagine themselves in the world, what they feel to be right and wrong, how all of this is shaped by their experiences, how they’re in conversation with themselves and their environment—and conflict is an incredibly valuable source of information.”
tension with using the word ‘community.’ I feel very aware of the ways it’s been commodified by neoliberal capitalism. I also think that the idea of community can be associated with a very particular structure of relations, or belonging, but that can be too deterministic. I’ve often heard folks at Antioch say ‘we don’t have community.’ I don’t think community is something you can ‘have,’ it’s not an object; it’s many practices. Sometimes we mistake The Institution for The Community. Antioch is an institution, a place, an idea, a group of people gathered. Practicing community has to be parsed out from these overlaps. “I think about the philosophy of Dr. King and the “Beloved Community;” a 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.’ The 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 the Earth.” What made you choose to apply to the Community Manager position? “When I was in my fourth year at Antioch, I was a part of a governance restructuring body, ComCil B. The re-establishment of the Community Manager position was something I strongly advocated for in that group. It wasn’t necessarily a thought that came out of the historical precedent, but from witnessing the gaps in the functioning of the Antioch Community, and seeing the Community Manager as a person who could potentially bridge some of those gaps. I think CM is a unique position; I like that there’s so much space to shape the role. I like that there’s a lot of breadth. I’m in-
terested in working for Antioch because it is the site of so many pivotal relationships, and I really work best when I have an emotional connection to what I’m doing (for better or worse). I think there’s an interesting tension in Antioch being a place of incredible nostalgia (for some), while also being a place of reinvention and movement. I sort of feel an alignment with that, an interest in cultivating something shared, and also a love of things being shaken out in movement; in giving ourselves permission to change.”
How do you deal with conflicts and difficult situations in community? “I think I came into the world highly opinionated, and without much hesitance in expressing those opinions. However, time has really tempered the way I communicate, and cultivated an interest in learning how to listen deeply. I think how I approach difficult situations and arguments is always going to be mitigated by the nature of the disagreement, how power maps onto the situation, and what action is in the service of
In your role as Community Manager, how is the practice of community at Antioch unfolding for you so far? “Thus far, it’s unfolding in contradiction, struggle, confusion, and grace. I was really struck by something Mila Cooper (vice president for student affairs & senior diversity officer) said last week, about how when something has gone wrong, we conflate it to everything being wrong. We lose sight of the work that’s been done, and being done. It made me think about how we treat Antioch very binaristically, as either/or, instead of as a space of contradictions and complexity. Even folks who have struggled or been harmed by the institution, have stayed or returned for the relationships. The fact that people feel so drawn into relationships here, is to me, a signal of some kind of community practice, or commitment. Commitment is foundational to community practice. “How do we be patient and also attend to suffering? How do we be forgiving and also accountable? How do we hold space for the multiplicity of truth and also be in the service of justice? How do we situate ourselves in so many worlds at once? How do we live in this paradigm while knowing that it is so much less than enough? Perhaps we can’t be situated at all. In the striving we find one other.” THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 19
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ti. It’s been recreated a few times but it’s never quite as good.
We caught up with a few seniors scattered across the country before their virtual graduation. Watch Commencement 2020: antiochcollege.edu/commencement View COLLOQUIA 2020: antiochcollege.edu/colloquia
Major: Critical Pedagogy and the Arts
the Antioch farm taking care of the chickens, geese, and ducks.
Capstone project: To Know You, a book of poems by me
Favorite dish from Birch Kitchens: I have never lived on campus and rarely eat at Birch! But I’ve heard there are some good things!
Favorite dish from Birch Kitchens: Their vegan reuben sandy!
Adam Green Hometown: Columbus, OH Major: Environmental Science and Ecological Economics
Favorite Co-op: I don’t have a favorite co-op, no no no Antioch experience in the form of haiku: Never thought I’d fall out of love with Ohio but alas I’m gone
Capstone project: My senior project tests a hypothesis that inequality causes environmental degradation. To test this, we use statistical analysis of EPA toxic release data and census demographic and social data.
Favorite Co-op: I worked at a Montessori School in Oaxaca, Mexico for two of my co-ops and that was amazing. I learned a lot about Spanish, Mexican culture, and Montessori. Antioch experience in the form of haiku: I don’t know how to Describe it in a haiku It’s almost over
Favorite dish from Birch Kitchens: Breakfast! Favorite Co-op: At Phillip Brigham’s [Class of 1997] law office in Chicago Antioch haiku: Fourty-four to twelve I go to a ghost-town school Thanks, Larry Csonka
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Nadia Mulhall Hometown: Yellow Springs, OH Major: Art and Community. My coursework for my major was in visual arts classes and all my co-ops have been in elementary and preschools doing art projects with kids. Capstone project: Before the pandemic I was planning on making a book about drawing with children. I was going to do interviews with kids and use some of their artwork for the book. That all shifted this quarter because I can’t meet with kids in person. So now I am working on an illustration project painting on goose eggs. It was inspired by my work at
Favorite Co-op: Buen Dia Family School in San Francisco Antioch experience in the form of haiku: I did lots of stuff Never rode in Camelot I do regret that
Ben Zitsman Hometown: Columbus, Ohio Major: Literature Capstone project: I’m writing a paper about how literary realism and democratic liberalism—not, like, #imwithher, but the ideology that was default in this country for both Republicans and Democrats from the end of the Second World War to 2016-or-so—have influenced each other. It starts with Montaigne, and it ends with my reading some book by Ben Shapiro and really hating it.
Hometown: Piqua, OH
Favorite dish from Birch Kitchens: I’m remembering this grilled cheese with, like, Comté and fresh blueberries?
Major: Video Production
Favorite Co-op: See page 46
Capstone project: It changed a number of times due to COVID-19, but it’s a documentary about growing up in rural Miami county.
Antioch experience in the form of haiku:
Favorite dish from Birch Kitchens: Isaac Delamatre’s Johnny Marzet-
Scott Sanders rolled me myriad cigarettes, and I’m grateful to him.
PostcardsFromCo-op Co-op is a critical part of an Antioch Education: Antiochians remember their Co-ops as formativelearning experiences, where learning happens on the job, and, most importantly, gaining life-skills and resiliency in confronting the real world. Chris Chavers ’21
Conflict of Interest By Chris Chavers ’21 At the Law Office of Phillip Brigham ’97
There’s this moment when I walk into the courtroom that fills my body with excitement, inspiration, and fulfillment of purpose. It is a feeling that I can’t shake off my skin because in these seconds I feel alive. I see the bench, I see the seats, I see the brown wood that highlights every courtroom, and I just know that on the first day I get to open my mouth in court, to know the law like the back of my hand, and to critically state my points in a case, there will be no other experience like it in the world. I get ready to hear the arguments from counsel, my ears pinned on each motion,
strike, and appeal. The moment my notepad, binder, busted ink pens, countless hours of research, and files all come together to meet before the honorable judge, I will be ready to do the work I was born to do. But when I walk into a courtroom, if I stay just a few moments beyond the first thirty seconds, I become the brown wood. See, the coated caramelized haven of justice and law that is in the colors of the courtroom somehow attaches itself to me, as one Black conviction after the next rises in the state attorney’s hands. The excitement, inspiration, and fulfillment of purpose become a hoax. That feeling of being alive is now this burning rage mixed with a fire to dismantle the institution that has enslaved, imprisoned, and murdered my people. The attorneys, judges, and police officers all dismiss the faces of Black and brown people. These faces become objects within the cases, just
to prove the founding father’s notion that all men are free. They dismiss these faces because these people aren’t them and, in their system, they will never be free. I, a Black man, walk into a courtroom, confident in my walk, my chin never neglecting the sky, my ties triangular to my neck, my shirts ironed and cleaned, my belt and pants up and not loosened, my posture angled and poised, my cheekbones strong, my hair cut, and my eyes hungry and wide. The state attorney says to my boss, “Hey, sir, is this your client?” and such efforts are shattered and reflect the lives of Blacks across this nation. Do you see what arises, what arises in the eyes of the skin that doesn’t look like theirs? I am a conflict of interest. So is my mother, my father, my uncle, my aunts, my friends, and my peers. I, a Black man, am a conflict of interest and it’s not because of the knowledge, the awards, the scholar-
ships, or the GPA that I have attained, not because of my work ethic, not because of my desire for more that affects every move I make. It’s not because I studied, worked three jobs while being a full-time student, sat on eight different committees, board of trustees, was co-president of ComCil, or was a founder of a BSU. I am a conflict of interest because I’m a Black man who, in a courtroom, is supposed to be on trial. I’m supposed to be a client as the state attorney already assumed and I’m supposed to be in the system, not working against the system and that, that is what makes me a conflict of interest. My skin isn’t supposed to get past the security, my skin isn’t supposed to be able to get past ninth grade, my skin isn’t supposed to read novels and literature, my skin isn’t supposed to make it past the red and blue lights each day, and my skin isn’t supposed to be here! But my skin is here, I am here, and I THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 21
Postcards(cont.) will be this nation’s conflict of interest. That makes it my life’s purpose and mission to take down the institution that promotes white supremacy until I take my last breath.
More than a Home
By Delaney Schlesinger-Devlin ’22 At Estia Agios Nikolao, the only community in Greece where adults with special needs live, work, and spend their free time together with their caregivers. When I started my first year at Antioch I knew I wanted to study psychology, but I did not know what type of psychology I would pursue or how. Going on this first Co-op, I hoped to gain insight into different holistic approaches in psychology, as well as gain experience supporting people with special needs. Estia Agios Niko-
laos provided a chance for me to do this in addition to experiencing Greek culture in an almost immersive way. I spent my Co-op volunteering at the Irini House (irini means peace). We lovingly called it the Second House as it is the second house at the entrance to Estia. My daily routine started at 7:15 in the morning. I helped to prepare breakfast for the residents and other volunteers in my house. To signal the start of all our meals, everyone joined hands and said, “kalí órexi,” or bon appetit. To end all our meals, we said, “euxaristoume,” or thank you. It was a positive way to start and end all our meals. After we ate together and cleaned up, we headed to the workshops. There are three different workshops offered: pottery, jewelry, and gardening. About six to eight residents go to each workshop and participate in different activities. I spent about half my time in the jewelry workshop and the other half in the garden. In the jewelry work-
shop, I would knit, sew, and support the residents with their own projects, like making necklaces or dolls. There were always colorful arts and crafts around us and the room was always filled with Greek music, most of which I did not understand. I also practiced my Greek language skills with the native Greek speakers while they practiced their English with me. I especially liked the garden workshop because we were outside moving around. This workshop helps Estia’s small farm and garden by weeding, picking fruits, planting seeds, and occasionally baking bread for all the houses. Part of Estia’s mission statement is that “each person is unique and can be helped to develop his or her unique capabilities in a nurturing environment via creative work, artistic stimuli, and direct interaction with nature.” All of the workshops seek to engage everyone in a comfortable way that also produces something that the community can be proud of and enjoy.
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After the workshops are finished, each house gathers to eat lunch. Most days there was a traditional Greek dish served. A local Greek woman was hired to help our house cook lunch—it was a truly immersive dining experience! After lunch is mesimeri, where all of Greece becomes quieter and most people close their business from 1 to 3 in the afternoon. In Estia, this is when most residents took naps or spent quiet time in their rooms. Volunteers could also spend this time taking naps, but on nice days we would take walks to the picturesque town of Galaxidi and see the beach and the port. Galaxidi is a sleepy and traditional small Greek town. When it gets warmer, the beaches and surrounding areas begin to attract large amounts of tourism. The town is very supportive of Estia and its mission, and most of the local people in the town even know some of the residents and volunteers because of the weekend walks into town. After the mesimeri is Gliko, or dessert. Each house begins to gather, wake up, and prepare snacks for the afternoon. After this, an evening activity takes place, like arts and crafts, storytelling, music, baking, or meditation. Some residents and volunteers will go to these activities while others will stay in the house to prepare dinner, play board games, go on walks, or just hang out. I have enjoyed the baking activity and the relaxation activities the most so far. Each is a good way to see people who are not in your daily workshop or house. When it is time for dinner the activities come to an end and each house again gathers to eat. After dinner, people in our house usually relax and play music. My house had a piano, guitar, and a recorder flute that all combined to create some very interesting and nontraditional pieces of music. These music sessions then lead into kýklos, or circle. This is the evening circle where everyone begins to prepare their minds for bed.
Our house would make the area dark and peaceful, and light a candle in the center of the room. It is a very calm time where we sing a song together, reflect on our day, and wish each other a good night. Here at Estia there is not an institutional division of residents and caretakers. Living at Estia means making a home with people who have different needs, are from different countries, and have different cultures. It means living in a community where you are supported and you support others. I believe that Estia meets its mission statement because it strives to make a safe place for all who come. Everyone is involved and connected to the lives of other community members. Seeing the freedom and autonomy Estia ensures for the residents has been a transformative experience in my understanding of group and holistic care. It has also made me think about the different ways we can care for others and ourselves through and with a community.
Helping Hands and Hands of Need Extend Identically By Ike Wylie ’22 At Project Vida Health Center in El Paso, TX
Right now, I’m in a van with seven other new employees; we’re riding around on a rainy day visiting the nine different health clinics Project Vida offers. Many are in rural areas of southeast El Paso. Places like Succuro and Montana Vista seem to comprise big box stores, mobile home parks, little taquerias with hand-painted signs, stray dogs, and stretches of the border wall.
Ike Wylie ’22
Most of my fellow new hires and coworkers are El Paso natives, attended UTEP, speak Spanish, and are knowledgeable about the community they are serving. Most of whom I’ve spoken to have backgrounds in insurance, construction reception, or were homemakers. I really like that Project Vida strives to be composed of people who may or may not have the typical nonprofit experience, and rather seems to be looking to do what I believe every struggling community would do if it could: help itself, with its own people, in its own language. When choosing my Co-op, Project Vida caught my attention because it gave me the opportunity to explore a career in healthcare, specifically through a non-profit, high-need population perspective. They started in the ’90s with community meetings in the living room of the founder, Bill Schlessinger. In recent years, Project Vida has taken off dramatically, and now provides community health centers, affordable housing, homelessness prevention, behavioral health
services, childcare, economic development, and, the department I belong to, Chronic Care Coordination, Sexual Health, and Family Planning. All of these services are based on a sliding-scale billing method, if applicable, and a client is never turned down if they are unable to pay. So far, my medical shadowing experiences have been the most engrossing and valuable part of my internship. I was able to shadow Dr. Luis Garza, MD, the medical director of Project Vida. I spent a week with him learning how he balances aspects of the job like charting and patient care; he explained his use of medications, specialists, and how he troubleshoots. I really enjoyed meeting the population that Project Vida serves. My role as a shadow often was to enter behind Dr. Garza and observe the appointment through and through (always with consent). Many of the older patients would ask: “¿Es este tu hijo?” (if I was his son). I witnessed the diagnosis and treatment of plantar fasciitis, hypertension, diabe-
tes, hepatitis C, arthritis, herpes, and a muscular injury. I also observed minor surgery in the removal of a birth control implant and then watched again as another one was injected. I attended providers meetings and got a real taste of how a small community health center functions: the workflow, printing, no-shows, lab results, pots of coffee, and all. I also got to interact with and shadow other healthcare providers, including a registered nurse, a physician assistant, a nurse practitioner, and other MDs. I even spoke to medical students attending Texas Tech and heard what medical school is like as they were shadowing Dr. Garza, too. My environment has varied a lot; one week I was with the Mobile clinic and outreach team in rural Succuro, another week I shadowed Dr. Meissner the Chief Psychiatrist, and recently I’ve been in schools with Project Vida’s Navigation department as part of their BeWell program. BeWell connects schoolchildren in need of mental health services by bringing therapists on campus. Living in El Paso has been really beautiful. The sunrises are technicolor and the mountains are always on the horizon. I got really lucky and met some great people through the sublet I’m staying at. They both happen to be in the healthcare field. Nick is a pharmacist and Javier went to medical school in Mexico and is currently a professor for medical assistants. They’ve been great fun in showing me the El Paso area and bought me my first real churro. My memory of my time here will be infinitely intertwined with them. This Co-op has been both effective and affective. I’ve met so many people and heard so many horrible and harrowing stories, witnessed the downtrodden, and met those who are hopeful as well having been witness to a movement that has made a dent in the suffering to be had. I look forward to the rest I have to learn. There is much, I know. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 23
’ The Four C s Classroom, Co-op, Community, and COVID-19: A Resilient Community in Action
By Sophie Malon and James Lippincott A shroud of uncertainty gripped the world as the winter 2020 quarter was concluding in February. Each day brought new information and recommendations regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (as COVID-19 was then widely known). Antioch College moved swiftly to assemble a task force to assess the situation and provide recommendations. In-person gatherings and events were cancelled, new working arrangements were adopted, and a slew of new safety protocols and guidelines were established. Concluding coursework and exams for winter were quickly transitioned to online formats. And students on campus and on Co-op were advised to return to their home communities as soon as possible. As many decisions were made, many other questions remained, not the least of which: when would we all be back on campus?
THE TRANSITION TO REMOTE LEARNING
The decision to move classes online for spring came on March 11. The campus community was scattered across the country—and the campus effectively mothballed—as plans were laid for an entirely remote quarter. All employees who could conduct their work remotely were asked to do so. As difficult as it was, students, faculty, and staff found new and creative ways to realize the College’s “three C’s” of Classroom, Co-op, and Community remotely under the inflicted “fourth C” of COVID-19. Academic Affairs and Information Technology and Media Services 24 THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020
Virtual meetings became a necessity, and soon the norm.
(ITAMS) worked quickly to assess students’ needs and to provide the necessary resources so that they would be able conduct their courses remotely. DJ Riley ’23 Co-oped with ITAMS during spring quarter. Working with the ITAMS staff and mentored by April Wolford ’92—who has three decades of experience in education technology— DJ created a suite of tools, training, and support systems to assist faculty in successfully delivering the curriculum remotely. He was also available by email and via video appointments to answer technical questions and to develop solutions to specific needs. “The transition was a bit tough at first,” says Téofilo Espada-Brignoni, visiting assistant professor of Psychology. “I think the biggest problem was figuring out ways of delivering our stu-
dents the best possible learning experience while dealing with the uncertainty of an unprecedented public health crisis. However, being able to see the students through the screen and continue the challenging yet meaningful journey of a college education has been rewarding. It is something that would not have been possible a couple of decades ago. In a way, we are privileged to have a technological infrastructure that allows us to stay connected and continue our in-depth exploration of our world. It’s not a perfect infrastructure, and many individuals have limited access to the internet or the necessary or adequate devices. But the College has done a good job figuring out how to support students who didn’t have access to technology.” Like many students, Maria Ramirez
’22 found the shift to remote learning to be difficult. “Everything is starting to feel like a really long episode of the Twilight Zone,” she said at the time. All students were faced with adjusting to “going to college” while in their homes where a family member could interrupt a class at any time. “It is harder to read body language to know when someone wants to say more, but as we get more familiar with the tech, like muting and unmuting, it’s getting better,” instructor and Farm manager Kat Christen reported two months into remote teaching. “The chat function is helpful to take questions and get feedback in real-time on student interest. We wouldn’t be able to do that in person—it would be disruptive to class discussions.” Espada-Brignoni explained that his classes mostly went well considering the distance and limitation. In May he reported, “Students are working hard, and in the Antioch Seminar, students have been incredibly creative. I’m proud of my students. They are resilient, and I’m honored to be part of their education.”
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AT A DISTANCE
While many students rearranged their Co-op terms due to the pandemic, some were able to continue with their plans. Some students, like DJ, found work directly related to addressing the different times and its challenges. McKenzie Smith ’23 Co-oped at the Tecumseh Land Trust experiencing remote work in support of protecting farmlands in southwest Ohio. “The current pandemic limited my Co-op in a few ways, but I feel I am still doing something huge,” she says. “This experience has been full of learning and
Austin Korner ’22, Noah Greer ’22, Maya Ziegler ’22, Don Schoch ’72, Catherine Kylie, and Benjamin Timmester ’22.
challenges, but I couldn’t have asked for a better place to Co-op and experience it with. I am ready to take on my major in a new light, and when the world opens back up, I will be ready for that too.” Other examples of Co-op during the spring include Quinn Ritzhaupt ’23 and Jacob Philip ’23 who self-designed a Co-op (working mostly virtually) to create and publish a book, and Austin Korner ’22 working in telemedicine with Dr. John Mendelson ’77. Experiential coursework was also developed in direct response to the epidemic. Kat Christen and Beth Bridgeman, assistant professor of Cooperative Education, developed “Victory Gardens,” a virtual practicum course guiding students to create and care for their own food-producing gardens. “Spending time talking about and encouraging gardens and growing food during this time has been really enjoyable for me… it’s great to be able to support our students in terms of health and wellness and skill-building
New students and their families arrived on campus to a very different orientation and move-in experience.
while so many are stuck at home. Skills they learn in this course can stay with them no matter what their future path may be,” Kat says. “For 15 years, I have been an eco-farmer and educator, so at this unprecedented time, I really wanted to share my experience and passion for growing with our community.” In addition to Victory Gardens, Bridgeman taught two experiential reskilling courses and was impressed by the creativity and resilience displayed by her students. “My students have been very creative in the way they work on these (courses) and then present them to me,” she says. For example, Christin Severini ’22 studied preserving and canning (making jams and sauces), bread-making, and candle-making among other things. She also read and reviewed The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-on Living and Your Money or Your Life and viewed and discussed the documentary Fantastic Fungi. Beth explains that in addition to written reflections, students also blogged and submitted videos of themselves in action. Luisa Bieri, associate professor of THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020 25
Cooperative Education, offered “Antioch Community Action,” a course in which students discussed and learned principles of community building and effective organizing, and then designed and implemented their own action projects. In typical terms, student projects have focused on the campus and Yellow Springs communities such as creating Independent Groups to address campus community needs, or engaging with community policing initiatives for example. However with students spread across the country and meeting virtually, projects were developed in their home communities to respond to the unfolding pandemic.
CONNECTION AT A TIME OF DISCONNECTION
There is an undeniable contradiction in our digitally connected world: the sense of missing connection when
nearly all interactions move online. But students, faculty, and staff pressed forward with the work of “community” in addition to classes and Coop. Both ComCil and College Council continued their work throughout the spring and summer with meetings via video conference. And each Tuesday during the spring quarter, the dispersed “campus” congregated virtually for Community Meeting as well. But as nice as it was to see a grid of familiar faces, the prevailing sentiment was that a true sense of community was much more difficult to attain. Reflecting upon positive outcomes of the situation, Bridgeman says, “I 26 THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020
think that students have felt strong support of them, our willingness to be flexible in an extraordinary time, and our desire for them to succeed. In this way, I think that student-faculty connection has sometimes been strengthened.” Another opportunity to make lemonade out of lemons came in the form of an online Div Dance which brought together students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Shalini Deo ’02 and April Wolford ’92 collaborated to organize a six-hour dance event with music provided by six different DJs from across the decades. The event was even highlighted as a case study by the software provider for the Antioch College Alumni Association’s website and online directory. June brought a bittersweet end to the term—especially for seniors. A disrupted academic year felt especially disjointed without the opportunity to
gather in person to celebrate the achievements of the graduating class. But the community rallied again to reimagine a virtual Colloquia and Commencement, both full of heart, to send off the Class of 2020 in the best way possible given the circumstances. By means of creative thinking and perseverance, the Antiochian community adapted to a socially distant and digitally transformed world to stay connected.
A FALL RETURN
Throughout the spring and into the summer the local, national, and global situation was continuously monitored and assessed. Feedback was gathered from the community on all manner of issues with discussions and frequent planning meetings held. One thing was clear: the com-
munity wanted to come back together physically. But could it be done safely? While an announcement was made in July that the College intended to reopen its classrooms and residence halls, questions remained. Thus plans were laid for different scenarios and contingencies—a virtual orientation, for example—knowing that the fluidity of the situation could force a course change at any moment. Untold hours were logged by faculty, staff, and student leaders to conduct research, evaluate data, consult with public health officials and medical professionals, and to reassess the physical spaces on campus with a different lense, not to mention debate and deliberation. This difficult work was conducted with the twin goals of offering a singular Antioch education while addressing the safety and wellbeing of our community members. On August 14—less than two weeks before the start of orientation—the final decision to proceed with the reopening of campus was announced, but with a flexible hybrid model which accommodated those whose circumstances required remote engagement. “Overall, our student body is still quite small, yet it is growing decidedly despite the pressures of COVID-19,” says President Tom Manley. “While we suffer no illusions about the infectious nature of the virus, we are prepared to respond if and when the need arises. And this is one case where our smallness is a big advantage, as is our fall schedule with classes and exams concluding by November 13.” A wide range of operational changes and protocols were devised for the quarter, and all faculty, staff, and students coming to campus consented to a community health and safety agreement. Students moved into the residence halls during predetermined time blocks spread out over six days. Students were asked to obtain a COVID-19 test the week before traveling to campus, and were tested upon arrival as well, which was required before receiving their room keys. Faculty and staff working on campus were also required to obtain an initial test before returning for the quarter, and ongoing monitoring guidelines
established in consultation with public health and medical professionals were devised—and proactively revised during the quarter—to reduce the risk of transmission. Some staff whose work could be conducted remotely continued to work from home. The first week of classes saw the campus come together for the first Community Meeting of the quarter— which continued to be held virtually via Google Meet—as well as the Antioch College Works Job Fair—also held virtually—which showcased a wide range of student employment opportunities across campus. With the new Antioch College Works program, all students are now guaranteed on-campus work during study terms. While gatherings and guests were limited during the fall quarter, online gatherings and sessions continued to offer the opportunity to come together. For example, early in the quarter frequent Coop employer Dr. Don Schoch ’72, and his partner Dr. Catherine Kylie, dropped by campus to treat bio-medical students Benjamin Timmester ’22, Noah Greer ’22, Austin Korner ’22, and Maya Ziegler ’22 to dinner—socially distanced outside—along with Co-op professor Beth Bridgeman. And the entire community participated in a virtual lecture and discussion with renowned anti-racism speaker Tim Wise, exploring the importance of staying strong in difficult times, movement building, the difference between systems of oppression and individuals who occasionally act in oppressive ways, the importance of “radical humility” in movement work, and committing to the struggle for justice. The fall quarter was different than any other time in history, but the challenge was met head on, demonstrating the grit, creativity, and resilience for which Antiochians are known. And, thanks to the persistence of the entire community, no cases of COVID-19 occurred on campus through the first eight weeks, and the one case detected in week nine was managed successfully with no community spread on campus. But the work continues to track the pandemic which rages on, and to work diligently to plan for what lies ahead. Read Steve Duffy’s thoughts and more about the fall return to campus in A Buffalo Grazing on page 16.
A reskilling class enjoying the privilege of commensality during pre-pandemic times.
Reskilling in a Pandemic By Christine Reedy Students at Antioch learn old ways for future living through Beth Bridgeman’s courses, including lost skills like spinning, foraging, harvesting, seed saving, and using wild and cultivated campus plants for medicinal purposes. Often focusing her courses around the practice of commensality (building community and relationships through eating together), the onset of the pandemic led Bridgeman to reconfigure some of her course experiences for socially distanced and distance learning. In the spring, she had been planning a natural building course, cotaught with Marianthe Bickett ’15. “We had to cancel that because of the pandemic,” Bridgeman says. But it wasn’t a wash because students met up over the summer. “Instead, we built a mud oven over the summer with several current and former Antioch students, at Agraria, owned by the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions. As a result of that time together, one of the students decided to do her next Co-op at Agraria, and another, a 2020 graduate, became so interested in natural building that she applied for a natural building internship this winter out West.” Bridgeman taught two of her four courses outside this fall, a popular choice among faculty while the
weather cooperated. “It worked pretty well for one of the courses, the Antioch Harvest, where we held class on the farm under a canopy. I adapted some of the hands-on experiences so that we could do them in a socially distanced way, and eliminated others,” she explains. “In the Antioch Harvest course, we focused on gratitude, and bounty,” Bridgeman adds. “We harvested many different types of heirloom
beans, harvested roots and made root beer, apple cider, and sauerkraut from cabbages we harvested, along with other projects. At the end of each class, we shared food (commensality) and discussed the readings. We talked about what an opportunity the pandemic was to ‘build up their resiliency chops.’” The pandemic itself brings timely reminders that the skills students learn from Bridgeman are important
for building durable resiliency in communities in a time of interrupted supply chains and disruption across industries. Bridgeman explains, “We cannot have food resilience without seed resilience, and last spring, we saw a seed shortage across the United States. Seed companies were shut down at the same time that millions of people were trying to buy seeds to start gardens, something they felt they needed to do because of food shortages they were seeing in the grocery stores.” Seed-saving builds food resilience and community resilience. Additionally, Bridgeman teaches a plant medicine course, called The Antioch Apothecary: Teas and Tinctures, Syrups and Salves. “Learning about plant medicine in order to be able to take care of basic health needs is incredibly important at a time when we see overwhelmed health care facilities, a broken healthcare system and millions of people losing their health insurance because they lost their jobs,” she says. “Similarly, re-learning how to mend, cook, make soap, repair shoes, repair lamps, bake bread, and ferment and preserve food builds self-sufficiency and resiliency and gives agency and builds resilience against the threat of losing one’s job and income,” Bridgeman concludes.
Recipe: Horseradish Jam By Beth Bridgeman, Assistant Professor of Cooperative Education This is hands down the favorite recipe of all of my students; they love love love it. We make this jam in the Antioch Harvest class—and sometimes in the Reskilling and Resilience course—and eat it with crackers and cheese after we have
done our hands-on activities when we have our commensality and discuss readings. We have harvested the horseradish from the Antioch Farm, twice from the former apothecary garden between Weston and Pennell (where it still comes up every year despite the rest of the garden having been put back to grass), in my own gardens, and from gardens in town (with permission).
Ingredients 2 cups sugar 1 cup vinegar 3/4-2 cups grated horseradish (we err on putting in as much horseradish as we can) 1 box pectin Steps Boil pectin and vinegar together for three minutes Add grated horseradish and bring to a boil again. Add sugar and bring back to a rolling boil for one minute. Pour into sterilized 8 oz or 4 ounce jelly jars, add lids and rings, and tighten. Process in a water bath for 10 minutes. Remove jars to cool on a towel on the counter until they seal. (You will hear a satisfying pop as each jar seals.) THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020 27
100 Years Workıng AND STILL
A century of Cooperative Education COMPILED AND EDITED BY JAMES LIPPINCOTT WITH SCOTT SANDERS AND CHRISTINE REEDY
For 100 years, a central component of Antioch’s progressive education model has been its flagship Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program, the first to be established as a core component in an undergraduate liberal arts program. Co-op provides knowledge and knowhow, which is why generations of Antiochians have had significant impacts in their communities and professions. While field experience lies at the heart of cooperative education—along with developing a sense of inquiry and reflecting on lessons learned—the Co-op experience transcends its basic tenets of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. So, as we look back on 100 years—and forward to the next century—the following pages present a compilation of texts which provide insights into the formation, conceptualization, and application of Co-op at Antioch College, along with stories written by Antiochians who have lived it. 28 THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020
Marjorie (Conover) Williams ’34 and Margaret (Watson) Cooper ’36 working behind the sales counter at Rike’s Department Store in Dayton, OH, in 1932.
“ A chief business of life is to have adventures... A chief business of education is to prepare us for adventures.” —ARTHUR E. MORGAN
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Jackson Sherman ’39 working the Dispensary Desk at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, circa 1935.
ON CO-OP Antiochians’ memories from Co-op in their own words.
As we mark a century of cooperative education, we will continue to welcome contributions and memories throughout the year including in the next issue of The Antiochian. See more stories and submit your own at: antiochcollge.edu/co-op-100 30 THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020
how lousy the winter weather can be
the lake effect in 1938-40. Five feet of
Esther B. Read ’31 Let everybody else talk—you learn a lot that way! But I admit that THAT was a difficult lesson for me to absorb (absorb: “to receive without recoil”—old dictionary, what does yours say?).
in Buffalo, NY—they hadn’t defined snow was routine. Subject not taught at Antioch.
Jolt of realization Rollin Brewer ’48 I learned electricity can be lethal. I’m
testing 60 searchlights (remember
Sperry Gyroscope plant. Forgot to turn
Robert R. Cruse ’42 A short but intensive course in animal feeds at the Eastern States mill—have used the knowledge on several occasions since, and recall most of it. Also,
them?) October 1943 at the Brooklyn off the main switch, entered the camp to adjust the negative carbon, and got a jolt! If I didn’t have rubber insulators around my pliers, I wouldn’t be writing this!
Mary Bowman ’49 My first Co-op job opened the job at the Field Museum in Chicago in 1946, winter. It was begun in the Insect Department and I worked for the two assistant curators. They were nice guys and when my youngest daughter worked on her Co-op job (Phyllis Bieri) 30 years later, both of them were still in Insects and exclaimed, “Why haven’t you been back to visit sooner!” A mind-blower.
Remember the panties
Patricia Faist Johnson ’49 I had an early Co-op job at the Re-
search Institute of America in New York City. I sat in a beautiful reception room where a bank of elevators opened into the area. One day a lovely, wellgroomed gal alighted on the arm of a fine gent and her panties fell to the floor. Without a moment’s hesitation or blinking an eye, she kicked them aside and walked across the room! I think “remember the panties” on incidents in my own life and try to handle them with such aplomb!
Jim Hawthorne ’49 World War II was the worst and most humorless Co-op experience I had. One, I didn’t know it would count as a Co-op experience, so never looked at it from that perspective. Two, I learned luck can outweigh ability, talent, knowledge, and position in life.
1950s The lesson of life
David Gold ’51 My first Co-op job was on the maintenance crew under Mr. Schaub. One day we had to dig up a sewage pipe which was clogged and as the plumber said when he opened a hole in the pipe and just reached in and scooped out the mess, he said, (Fred did), “Ya kin always wash your hands, son.” Lesson of life.
Woman at work
Netta Sanow Kaplan ’51 Hardest Co-op: working at Mt. Sinai Hospital in 1947 and feeling a part of the “lower” caste—from the uniform to the dining arrangements. However, I learned that people with every “labor” type work respected their work and themselves. Funniest Co-op memory: Mice jumping into my lab coat sleeves while I was trying to inject them.
Ellen Lazarus Farwell ’53 On my first Co-op job in Chicago, I was learning to cook from a book called, “You Can Cook If You Can Read.” My roommate, who was expecting a visit from a young man, asked me to cook dinner for the three of us since I was
60 Years After Horace Mann By Scott Sanders, College Archivist 1 By 1919, the Board was strongly considering selling Antioch. The Young Men’s Christian Association, seeking to establish a college of its own, had approached the trustees with a $50,000 pledge to take over the campus. The trustees accepted and even elected a provisional president, YMCA Educational Director Grant Perkins. That they did so on a mere promise of money speaks volumes of their desperate view of the situation. Unitarian representation on the Board of Trustees had shrunk to one seat by that time, and as the trustees pondered the YMCA offer, that seat came open. The UA in turn appointed its energetic lay vice president, Arthur E. Morgan, to look after its interests. Morgan, a flood-control engineer, was directing the construction of the Miami Conservancy District, a system of earthen dams to solve the Miami Valley‘s chronic flooding problems. A product of the Progressive era, Mor-
gan brought to the job a strong sense of social responsibility, establishing public parks rather than reservoirs behind the dams, and providing permanent low cost housing for construction workers and their families. Morgan also had ideas about education: he wanted young people to get a broad range of instruction in the classroom, but he saw great educational value in real world experience. Morgan himself had never finished high school and attended the University of Colorado for only six weeks, but he had been a logger, a surveyor, and a miner before starting his own engineering company. At the time of his appointment as an Antioch trustee, he and his wife Lucy pondered building a school on a farm they had bought in the Berkshires in Massachusetts—a farm that became the internationally famous school of modern dance Jacob’s Pillow. The YMCA proposal evaporated once they discovered they were unable to raise the money and complete the sale, and the trustees began to look
1. From “Establishing The Faith,” an essay in Cradles of Conscience: Ohio’s Independent Colleges and Universities, edited by John W. Oliver, James A. Hodges, and James H. O’Donnell, KSU Press, 2003.
for a new president. Morgan had proposed an idea he called “industrial education” that afforded students a traditional education in the classroom and experience working in business and industry. Perhaps most importantly for Morgan, through the program’s work component students could earn money to pay for college. It soon became clear to the rest of the Board that Morgan was the best candidate for college president. After much modification by more qualified educators Morgan had hired, his ideas translated eventually into a cooperative plan of alternating work at a job and study on campus. Based on the “Schneider plan” then in place in the University of Cincinnati Engineering Department, the Antioch version applied to the entire curriculum and all majors. Morgan began to aggressively promote “the New Antioch,” and to cultivate the support of industrialists and business leaders. The effort paid off. In 1921 the college reopened to its highest enrollment yet, 203, and by 1927 rose to over 700. The nature of work-study meant that only half of the students were on campus at any one time. Thus the program actually helped to stabilize Antioch’s long precarious finances. THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020 31
The Reorganization Program for Antioch College
Known as “The Antioch Plan” by Arthur E. Morgan (1920) The small college cannot duplicate the work of the great universities, but when it recognizes the need for individuality in our educational system, it can find work to do where it will be more effective than the large institutions. Following a survey of the present state of the American small college, the trustees of Antioch have determined upon the reorganization of the college along the following lines: 1. Student self support by a division of time between college study and remunerative work; the college program being arranged accordingly. 2. A combination of practical experience with academic study, preferably in the calling for which the student is preparing himself. 3. Allowance of credit for actual accomplishment, and not for “clock hours” spent in any given subject. (It is estimated that the average student will require 6 years to complete a course of study requiring full time for 4 years.) 4. The college will offer liberal arts courses and a limited number of technical courses. In the belief that the best results can be secured by a comparatively small faculty of highgrade men and women, the number of regular liberal arts courses will be limited to about 80, which is less than half the number usually offered in small colleges. 5. Except for students who show marked ability in any department, liberal arts courses will deal only with the fundamentals of their subjects. For students who do show such ability, autonomous courses will be provided. That is, for advanced work, well considered courses of study will be offered, with library and laboratory facilities, and with occasional access to the heads of departments or other competent 32 THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020
authorities for advice. Thereupon the student will carry the advanced work in the manner of a seminar. 6. There must be coordination between different courses, so that the college will be a synthetic unit, and not an aggregation of unrelated departments, each bidding for the students’ time and interest. 7. A limited number of technical courses will be offered. A technical course must include the fundamentals of a liberal arts education, as it is the aim to make citizens as well as technicians. These courses will aim to develop general competency, rather than highly specialized technique, and to prepare men and women for callings for which adequate prepara tion is not now being given in colleges and universities. They will aim to make men directors of industry, rather than employees working under detailed directions.
8. The college will aim to eliminate the traditional cleavage between cultural standards and practical standards, and to make practical life for its students a medium of expression for such cultural standards and ideals. 9. Physical fitness is a primary condition to happiness and success. Students will be required to care for their physical condition in order to remain in the institution. 10. The final measure of accomplishment will be the success attained in turning out students whose preparation has laid the basis for productive service, and whose primary aim is service to their communities and to their times. No paper program will accomplish this result, but only the spirit with which the college may be imbued. The chief hope of the trustees is to secure a faculty and a student body that will make this result possible.
The following are selections from the “Details of the Program” section of “The Antioch Plan.” “Many students work their way through college. With comparatively few exceptions, however, the college does not coordinate its work with that of organized industry, but is run for the student who does not have to pay his way. The selfsupporting student must do his work at odd hours, usually at common drudgery in competition with lowest paid labor. The Antioch program aims to cooperate with organized industry which has high productive value, and consequently pays high wages, by dividing the student body into 2 groups, each group attending school half time and working half time, in 2-week alternate periods.” “While Antioch College is located in a quiet village, it is 30 minutes from Springfield on an electric car line, and in the center of one of the greatest industrial districts of the country. Within 30 miles are several hundred highly
developed technical industries, several of them the largest of their kind in the world. About 40 of the manufacturers of Springfield have agreed to employ Antioch students. For students in education the adjacent schools offer opportunities for teachers on the co-operative plan, while for students who desire to follow agriculture, farm labor can be secured. It is planned to buy or lease one or more dairy or truck farms to be operated by students under competent direction. Work as carpenters, plumbers, painters, electricians, etc., can be secured by students who qualify in these crafts.” “Academic study supplies only part of the factors of education. The student does not master his calling until he has practiced it; he does not know what stuff he is made of until he has tried himself out. It is not necessary or desirable for the student to acquire his complete equipment of academic learning before he begins its application. If his work in industry gives meaning and direction to his studies and his studies to his work, his development will be better balanced, and his period of apprenticeship after he leaves school will be shorter.” “It is the hope of the trustees that little by little the students under proper direction may develop their own industries, such as printing, the operation of a commercial machine shop, farming and contracting. The plans include, also, the construction of a standard factory building on the campus, to be occupied by a number of small industries, chosen because of the educational value of the work, and of the possibility of good wage scales.” “The content of liberal arts courses should be determined by our best judgment of present values, and not by tradition. Antioch will give more than the traditional weight to subjects that inevitably affect us, and a knowledge of which assists us to direct our lives and our times, and, therefore, proportionally less to others.” “It is this character of technical and professional training that the Antioch program would provide, and in which it can best compete with the large universities.” Through combined liberal arts and technical training, “...the student should become a cultural and social asset to his community, as well as an industrial asset.”
the expert. I agreed to cook a chicken if she would buy it. She came home with a whole dead chicken—guts, head, feet and all. I was stymied at first, but it occurred to me that dealing with the chicken couldn’t be very different from cleaning fish, which I had learned to do from my father (an avid fisherman who used to
pass the messy part on to me). Somehow, I managed to slit the chicken open, pull out the innards, and chop off the extremities. What a mess! What a smell! But I cleaned it up and cooked it according to directions, and it was delicious. What did I learn? First, NEVER buy an intact chicken. Second, if you can han-
dle smelly chicken guts, you could handle almost anything.
Joe must go
Joan (Cole) Straumanis ’57 When I was on my first Co-op job in Madison, Wisconsin (at the US Forest Products Laboratory) in 1953-4, I participated in the “Joe Must Go” campaign to recall Senator Joseph McCarthy. I attended rallies, distributed flyers, and spoke at events. Of course the campaign was unsuccessful, but I stayed involved. I even skipped the start of Antioch classes in Fall ’54 (big no-no in those days) to travel to DC to attend the McCarthy Senate censure hearings in person! Those WERE successful. McCarthy was censured and kind of wilted after that. A good model for current rogue incumbents.
Helping with love Joan (Ellis) Fireman ’45 working at Vernay Patents Inc., a company that started in the Science Building (now the Arts and Science Building) when they earned their Army-Navy “E” Award for wartime production.
Cecil C. Holland ’58 I learned that emotionally disturbed children can be helped substantially in a “good” state institution with care by professionals who love children.
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Bathrobe for Steve
Byron H. Webb ’59 I had a job in 1955 wrapping packages for mailing at a store in NYC. They didn’t think I wrapped fast enough, and suggested I find another job. I changed to a sales job at Saks Fifth Avenue and among other sales, sold Steve Allen a bathrobe. I really enjoyed that job.
1960s Rubbing shoulders with Ike
Howard F. “Smitty” Smith ’61 Best Co-op: Two quarters in Foggy Bottom literally rubbing shoulders with Eisenhower and Kennedy and soaking up historical places and events! Traveling two quarters with C&NW RR out of Chicago and Clinton, IA. Worst Co-op: 80 weekly hours on
the clock, hiring summer employees from under trees for Libby’s tomato juice plant in Kokomo, IN. Got bit by a dog, shadowed employee disability fakers with the boss in bars at night, and ran his damn flag up the pole every morning! Almost got an ulcer, started coughing up blood! Wrote my Co-op report like a Rod Serling Twilight Zone/Peyton Place novel. Co-op adviser didn’t appreciate my humor. I still think it was Academy Award material!
Nothing to spit at
Judy Siegel Folkmanis ’63 In the early ’60s, during my third year at Antioch, I worked at the Tufts Dental School in Boston as a “research assistant” in a laboratory. My job was to assist staff with their daily activities–the main goal being to reduce or eliminate the formation of dental caries. Our basic research tool was saliva and it was required that all personnel produce
The Curriculum in Action
Ruth (Atherton) Gross ’51 on Co-op at the U.S. Geological Survey.
enough for our day’s work. I find myself reminiscing about the ol’ days, when I arrived at work to find all my cohorts chewing on a wad of paraffin, and spitting into a calibrated test tube. We were paid for what we each manufactured, but I quickly learned that 2 cents per milliliter would NOT pay my bills.
Hold that order
Robin Rice Lichtig ’64 Learned that I most definitely could cross “waitress” off my “prospective careers” list.
The earliest course catalogues from the 1920s list a range of vocational courses, intended to be about half of a student’s time in the classroom, and within that, “about two thirds would be given to general preparation for management and administration, and 34 THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020
about one-third to training for the particular vocation” with the intention that Co-op jobs would provide most of the training through practice. While progressive in many ways, these catalogues are also very much a product of the times.
David Roger Allen ’66 I was fired from my Fall 1964 Co-op job at the Yale University Psychiatric Institute because I defended a mental patient who was being abused by a stu-
dent psychiatrist there. I learned it is a very GOOD thing to be fired from a very BAD job controlled by very bad people.
Kenneth Tiven ’66 In 1965 I learned that the 500 miles from Hazard, KY, to Washington, DC, felt more like a 200-year distance. I was a writer at the Commerce Department documenting President Johnson’s Great Society efforts in Appalachia. Months in Eastern Kentucky taught the socio-economic disparities in America in a way that no college class or textbook could properly explain. The poverty in housing, education, and health mirrored the destruction of the environment by the coal industry making an indelible impression. The America promised in
tional Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, to begin a three-month program as a “normal volunteer” as part of Antioch College’s work-study program. I had just turned 17. I was recruited by Alan Hobson to be a subject in sleep/dream experiments. I returned, in the next Co-op cycle, for six months, and was incorporated into the research family. Hobson would go on to be a leading researcher on the neurophysiology of REM sleep at Harvard. I majored in Psychology with an emphasis on neurophysiology and then went to Rice University for a PhD in Anthropology.
Accentuate the positive
Esther (Gordon) Schweich ’56 working at the Library of Congress in May, 1952.
Barbara (Heim) Wright ’57 operates a photographic charging machine in the Central Circulation Branch of the New York Public Library in 1953. the Declaration of Independence remains elusive to this day. Seven media Co-op jobs (including Record editor), the Army as a journalist, with concurrent newspaper jobs made Graduate School into a finishing school. The math says I never stopped being an Antiochian. In 54 years I managed 15 USA jobs and another 15 major global projects establishing media
companies. The jobs were just longer; the sense of moving from challenge to challenge remained the same.
Candace George Thompson ’67 My most challenging Co-op job was with the newly launched Head Start program, part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty campaign. I knocked
on doors in a small town near YSO, attempting to recruit potential candidates in an area populated by recent immigrants from Appalachia. When the program started I worked as the teacher’s helper. The skills I learned proved to be helpful after I graduated in 1967 and joined the Peace Corps. I was stationed in the middle of the Llanos in Venezuela in a new community opened by the government. Called Lecheritos, the community consisted of four short streets of cinder-block houses. No stores, no school, no transportation. A school was just beginning to be built. What a perfect opportunity to use my recruiting skills and introduce myself. I managed to come up with a chalkboard and taught the children the basics of reading, giving them a head start, and for many the only one in their families who could read and write.
Susan Parman ’68 On October 3, 1962, I arrived at the Na-
Tom LaMers ’68 By 1963 there were only a handful of engineering students but many engineering job openings so I “shot the moon” selecting an upper-class placement at Letourneau heavy equipment in Peoria, IL. I flew home to LA for divbreak. Three days before the start I learned the Letourneau job had fallen through, Co-op would find something else. Indeed, it was very “else”, a sweatshop novelty manufacturer in Newburg, NY. Arrived the night before and checked out the factory. Very grim, an old mill mostly shuttered. In the morning the secretary seemed to know nothing about the job but connected me to the plant engineer, Walt Westlake ’39. He graciously offered to rent a room in his home. After the first day, he gave an aerial tour of the Hudson River Valley in his Piper Cub, taking off in the dark from his backyard airstrip lighted by kerosene lanterns. Wonderful start! My job was to improve the factory production lines which built artificial Christmas trees and bicycle seats. Many workers were recent arrivals from the deep south with extreme regional accents. It took a week to learn each other’s languages but we had a good time.
Stop the presses
Andrew Hewes ’69 I was a copy boy at the St. Louis PostDispatch for my first Co-op in the fall of 1963. At that time, there were four weekday editions. THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020 35
At 1 PM on November 22, the midday edition was printing downstairs. The frantic business of meeting the mid-day deadline was gone, and people were casually wandering about. The teletype dinged, which was unusual because the Copy Room machine was only for incoming transmissions from Post-Dispatch reporters in other cities. I glanced at the text and yelled “Stop the presses!” to the City Editor halfway across the room. He picked up his house phone and yelled “Stop the presses!”, then came running over to look at the teletype himself. The President had been shot and had just arrived at Parkland Hospital. I looked out a window at the street. Newspaper trucks were leaving the building. I yelled that information to the City Editor. He yelled into his phone, “Get all those trucks back here. Now!” That day’s in-house editorial cartoon had been a Jack-in-thebox popping up in front of a cowboy with twin six-shooters spraying bullets at a smiling John F. (Jack) Kennedy. I yelled, “I know where the Editors are having lunch. I’ll get them.” They had heard the news and were returning to the office, perhaps thinking about the now inappropriate editorial cartoon. They cleverly changed it to a solid black rectangle.
Susan (Cook) Brook ’62 working on Co-op at the Chicago Natural History Museum in March, 1959. Here she is shown repairing a Chinese rubbing.
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Gary Wishniewsky ’69 In early Fall 1967 I was on an AEA Coop arranged by Cathy Eberhart ’68, as a big brother to a group of 8–12 yearold children at the Evangelisches Johannesstift in West Berlin. On a day off I made my third trip under the wall on the S-Bahn to East Berlin to the Pergamon Museum. This time passport control kept me waiting over four hours, staring with hostility, telling me to sit down and stop asking for my visa. After finally getting through to visit the Museum and then returning to the Stift, I told the director about it. He said because it was dangerous for me to know, he had not told me that his staff were smuggling food, money, and documents to East Berliners trying to escape. Passport control officers suspected this but had not caught anyone. When an American 36 THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020
with the Stift address came through, they were convinced I was a smuggler and kept me waiting to see if I would act nervous or guilty. I felt like the spy who came in from the cold!
1970s Play ball!
Five Antiochians working at Convair Astronautics (“home of the Atlas Missile”), San Diego, CA, in 1960. L to R: John Creamer ’60, Peter Bowman ’62, Paul Hoover ’62, Joyce Ellmer ’60, Richard Goodman ’60.
John Draper ’71 I was on my final Co-op Spring/Summer of 1970 in NYC, working for the New York Shakespeare Festival. As a promo, we played softball in Central Park against Governor Rockefeller’s campaign staff.
Galen Gilbert ’71 In 1970 I was working at Cuyahoga
Community College in Cleveland as a math and science tutor. I helped students study college arithmetic and biology. I also organized the first Earth Day there and arranged for the professors to talk about environmental issues that day. When I later applied to law school, I described my activities on that Co-op. When I arrived in Boston I could not afford to start law school at Northeastern University; I needed to work for a year, and went to the law school office to see about rolling over my acceptance. When I gave my name to the receptionist, out of her office came the registrar, who recognized my name from my application. She took me to lunch to meet me. She gave me information about a job that I could have.
Finding a path
Catherine Jordan ’72 I Co-oped at the Manchester Child and Family Services of New Hampshire in 1968. I was interested in exploring social work as a possible career. I started out in the basement retrieving files from dusty cartons and soon worked my way up to transporting babies from hospitals to foster care parents and eventually placed two infants in adoption. I did the site visits, interviewed the prospective parents and their families, worked with the mothers to sign the adoption papers, and prepared documents for the court proceedings, all under the supervision of a licensed social worker. The sexual mores were hardly enlightened in 1968. Birth control and abortion were illegal, the BC pill was just coming into popular use. Unwanted pregnancy was a huge embarrassment and young women often left town to hide their “shame.” Our agency worked with a program in Maine where girls were given a new identity and treated as if they had a disease until they were “cured” upon delivery. I found these conditions to be byzantine and decided that my path would lead me up-stream to prevent unwanted pregnancy, STDs, sexual exploitation, and gender stereotypes instead of dealing with the aftermath of uninformed or unconscious choices. This Co-op experience was enormously valuable to me in guiding my future careers.
Five Decades on the Job Papers from the early 1970s writ- stitute, the AASI [Afro-American Studies ten by longtime Co-op faculty J.D. Daw- Institute] proposals, the Environmental son and Bob Parker illuminate differ- Studies Center, the new Social Works ent challenges and concerns of the Program, and Urban Studies Center in time and thinking about the future of Philadelphia, the First Year Program, cooperative education. etc.” Parker further advocated for more After five decades, the first liberal involvement in planning and for more arts college to integrate cooperative resources noting that the 4% of each stueducation into its curriculum was still dent’s tuition was applied toward Co-op one of the few. “If cooperative educa- experiences, while Co-op represented tion is superior, why is it not more uni- 50% of each student’s program. versally used?” wrote Dawson in July, Parker’s paper concluded that while 1972. “Although the general concept of overwhelming, the challenges could be cooperative education now has wide handled. “We must create a coherent, appeal, its implementation has com- cohesive structure in which all of us can plexities which many institutions are participate and be involved to whatevnot able to surmount.” er degree we may wish. We need to feel Parker expressed some frustration free to throw out ideas and to try them with the state of affairs at the College in a 1970 paper titled “Where Are We Going?” which covered issues including “lack of time, insufficient personnel, lack of funds, inadequate resources, administrative neglect, faculty apathy, etc.” as well as how the College could “seek to maintain our position as a national leader” in cooperative education. Parker wrote, “Where are we going? I can’t answer that, nor can any of us. I believe that a major problem facing all of us in the Extramural Department is the absolute inability to see beyond the end of the present day, let alone the end of the current quarter, or year. We seem unable to do much more than carry out our every day tasks, counseling students, advising, visiting employers, or making placements. More particularly we are absolutely unable to find the time for writing, research, or reading related to our professional tasks: the opportuni- Robert Parker ty for scholarly study or professional improvement is non-existent.” without the fear of failure or destrucHe continued to outline opportuni- tive criticism. We need to become more ties for the department to be involved supportive of one another, and aware more proactively in developing experi- that we are each mutually dependent ential learning opportunities in a vari- on the other: we all need to understand ety of programs such as “the Science In- that our participation is wanted, need-
ed, and valued. We need to come together, learn to work harmoniously, and begin to take a step at a time.” Writing more broadly, Dawson’s 1972 paper continued, “Critics of cooperative education point to its over-emphasis on vocational preparation at the expense of more liberally accented education. As one who believes wholeheartedly in a mix of general liberal education for all students, I make no apology for combining this with needed vocational-professional studies and experience. Nothing seems more important to me in education than a program which enables students to get direct experiences with the on-going society, to discover meaningful productive outlets for their purposes and potential, and to gain the kind of preparation which will enable them to live and function effectively in an adult world. Often overlooked is the fact that experience in the working society can add substantially to the student’s liberal education. “The public, as typified by school counselors and parents among others, often views the cooperative plan merely as a means of financial assistance—important as this aspect is for many students. We have yet to achieve widespread public understanding of cooperative education in the qualitative sense, as it can affect the self-development of students, the teaching styles of faculty, the character of a college, and the interface relations with business, industrial, and social institutions. “If colleges really believe that nonacademic experience should become an integral part of teaching-learning, student selfdevelopment and educational preparation, they will incorporate it in the degree requirement.” THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020 37
Bob Devine ’67 on Co-op editing films made by Jewel Graham’s Antioch Program for Interracial Education (APIE).
Steven Eckroad ’65 working as a laboratory technician in Cambridge, MA, at Arthur D. Little, Inc., an organization that conducted research for industry (today a multinational management consulting firm).
A shocking experience
Ron Sklar ’74 In 1972 I had a Co-op job at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. One of my tasks on this job was caring for an electric eel named Volta. It was an enlightening experience. One day after coming into work, I saw Volta lying on the floor next to his tank. He was motionless but alive. Then I had to figure out a way to place the electric eel back in the tank. When I called up the local zoo the only advice they could give me was to be well-grounded and use rubber gloves. Fully insulated, I carefully placed Volta on a towel and moved him back into his tank. Over the next week I really got a charge out of seeing Volta improve day by day. The experience enlightened me greatly in my work as a physician and showed how important it is to remain current in your medical knowledge. I also learned how to move in a positive direction when all the negatives are around you. 38 THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020
Haphazard but valuable
Barbara Esbin ’75 My Co-ops were fairly haphazard, and none led to discovering what I wanted to do in life, but each was valuable. I traveled in Europe for my next two Co-op quarters after working at the Boston Children’s Museum—spending the first with fellow Antiochian Emily Yozell ’75. We went to France, England, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, and then onto Italy and Yugoslavia. After we split up, I spent most of my second quarter on the island of Skyros, learning about Greek island culture (the best experience of my life at that point). Later, I found another Co-op job clerking in Boston at a “Reference Lab,” processing blood tests, etc., for local hospitals and doctors. Every once in while a human limb showed up for testing. The low point in my Co-ops was working as a maid in a motel with a giant black plaster bear outside. In my third year, I returned to Greece on a year-long AEA program but was cut short after a sec-
ond Greek military junta. Living under martial law was an eye-opening experience that I do not recommend. I returned home after the academic portion of the program ended and got a Co-op job as a teacher’s aide in a “free school” run by the Toronto, Canada, public school system.
Eyes wide open by the Bay
Hal Josephson ’75 On Jan. 4th, 1973 I flew from JFK to SFO, my first time west of Yellow Springs, OH. My third Co-op job was a photojournalist internship at San Francisco PBS-TV affiliate KQED. My role was to
take news-stills that were shown behind the on-air newsreader for Newsroom, the 6 PM local news show. San Francisco at the time was still reveling in the tie-dye T-shirt glow of the ’60s— it was an energizing, incredible time to be living in SF and truly an eye-opening experience. My Co-op time in the Bay Area was radically different from anything I’ve ever experienced growing up at the Jersey Shore in Atlantic City. I can honestly say that my Antioch Co-op time there changed the course of my life. Post-graduation I moved West to live in the Rockies and work in community TV. After nine years in Aspen and Boulder, CO, I moved to live and work in SF from 1985–2004. My only son
lives in SF now and I will always think of SF as my Left Coast home away from home where I now live in New Zealand.
Joel Hariton ’76 In the fall of 1973 I had a Co-op job at KTDB, a Navajo-owned and operated public radio station on the Ramah Navajo reservation. As a WYSO-trained radio engineer, I helped operate KTDB and taught Navajo students how to get an FCC radio license so they could as well. One radio program I produced was mostly the Medicine Man coming in, providing advice, and performing chants to help specific remote listeners ease an illness. It was a remarkable way to use broadcast radio as a oneway communication, pre-internet. I developed a relationship with the Medicine Man, Mr. Chatto, and he liked that I was training his son, Chavez, to become a radio operator. Once Chavez asked me to give him a ride home to their hogan. We drove on miles of dirt roads and when I approached their home, the Medicine Man came out of his hogan and approached the car. I rolled down my window and said, “Yah teh hey” (hello). He smiled and put his hand on top of my head. Three times he raised his hand to the ceiling of the car and placed his hand on my head again. I thought he was giving me some sort of blessing, until he said, “Yeah, enough room for a cowboy hat,” and laughed.
Antioch College Works In 2020, experiential education remains at the heart of an Antioch College education. The lessons learned from Co-op over decades have continually been honed and reapplied to the curriculum. “Every single class that I teach here has a hands-on experiential component,” says Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Kim Landsbergen. “I’m really trying to help students understand that in taking these subjects they’re building their skills. But it’s just like being a musician. I can show you a few chords in
Begging for change
Steve Law ’77 “How to survive in poverty conditions...” My Co-op for Eastern Farm Workers Association was billed as paying $5 a week plus room and board. I never saw the $5. During the winter of 197273, the struggling organization ran low on funds. Living in a converted garage on Long Island, we had no money to pay the heating bill, so we had to step up our daily “bucket drives”—standing outside the Safeway or 16A with can in hand, begging for spare change “to help the farmworkers.” Luckily I brought my down bag on this Co-op or I wouldn’t have been able to sleep at night. For food, we survived on school/church canned
class, but unless you go practice you’re not going to really become an expert in that area. So these courses tend to be a way of introducing students to these subjects, and if they’re excited about it maybe they can find a Co-op that allows them to spend three months really getting into it. Our curriculum encourages that scaffolded learning in that way.” “The Co-op faculty operates with a deep appreciation of the array of student experiences that have been realized over the course of the last century, says Dean of Cooperative, Experiential and International Education Rick Kraince. “Our objective as the College earned its independence was to live up
tioch’s core strengths and traditions even further with a new action-oriented curriculum built around experiential education and the applied liberal arts. Assistant Professor of Cooperative Education Luisa Bieri notes how the curriculum empowers students to be actively involved in creating their education, and to be the change-agents they want to be in the world. And Co-op is key to this experience, “We have students working at foundations, nonprofits, successful businesses and companies, and looking at what that feels like out in the world—being a part of a real team, making purposeful projClockwise from ects come to reality,” says Bieri. upper left: Bud The College recently took Hogarty, Co-op additional steps to build on faculty, in 1968, the strength of Co-op, and its Joan Evans (later legacy of a laboratory college Joan Chappelle) and where students learn by doing, Elaine Comegys with the Antioch College Works (right) in 1973, Co-op faculty Jackie (ACW) program. Students are Teepen and Scott now guaranteed work during Minar in 1990. regular study terms on campus or in the community in addition to Co-op as part of ACW, and an international work experience. The ACW program also introduced the “launch Co-op” which provides meaningful, compensated placement for students who aren’t enrolled in graduate school or employed after earning their bachelor’s degree. Further, ACW addresses the affordability, accessibilior study (including a senior indepen- ty, and value of the applied liberal arts dent study period), an assignment in a with a program providing guaranteed research institution (paid or unpaid), full-tuition scholarships to Pell-eligia period in a specialized technical ble students and meeting the financial school (arts school, medical technolo- need of all students. “The students who have chosen to gy school), or any other experience approved in advance by the appropriate attend Antioch recognize the distincfaculty as an appropriate medium for tive choice it offers them,” says Prescomplementing the student’s learning ident Tom Manley. “They are drawn opportunities on campus. With near- to a college that lives actively in lifely 1,300 Co-op placements in 36 coun- realities rather than constructing a retries over the course of the last eight treat from them. They are attracted to years, I feel we have shown that Co-op collaboration with teachers and menstudents presently are as ingenious, in- tors to own their education, to learn experientially, and to find ways to apdustrious, and intrepid as ever.” Following the newly independent ply that learning in service to others. College’s accreditation, the faculty Our students want and need a college sought to push the boundaries of An- that works.”
the expectations of our devoted alumni base while also meeting student aspirations in the present. We frequently reflect on the Report on the Carnegie study of the Antioch Educational Program that was published in 1960. The report’s authors convey that while ‘work for pay’ has always been an important element, the off-campus educational experiences that constitute Co-op have long included “foreign experience (work, study, or travel), uncompensated service projects (work camps, internships in community service), a period of independent writing
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food drive “booty.” That got old when there were two food scares. (One, I recall, was for salmonella and another for botulism in mushrooms.) Suddenly, half our canned food was of these two tainted products. Obviously, like the rest of my Antioch days, it was a memorable experience.
1980s Love the footwork
Jeanne Badman ’80 My best Co-op was Foot Messenger for American Film Producers in NYC in the summer of 1979. The office was in Times Square. The job was delivering video and 16mm commercial reels to TV stations and production studios all over midtown Manhattan. Skills gained were how NOT to dress for work, how NOT to respond to harassment (in the office and on the street), how NOT to get mowed down by bike messengers, how NOT to take the wrong train, and how to definitely LOVE NY. Fun times included walking through the set of Fame every day, finding shortcuts through hotel lobbies and courtyards, standing up on the Cyclone at Coney Island, and discovering The Cloisters. I’d do it again today.
Theresa Fitzmaurice ’81 My Co-op experiences were great!!! About five months at NIH in DC and one year at the Aerospace Corp in LA. Worked with knowledgeable students and professionals. Both cities were also great.
Amy Rothenberg ’82 I left Yellow Springs on a warm summer day in 1979, hitchhiked to Portland, OR, and landed in front of a lively, downtown café, the Green Goddess. I saw a sign: “Three naturopathic medical students looking for a 4th housemate. $75/month.” As I walked across the Morrison Bridge to the house, I wondered what naturopathic medicine was. Around the dinner table, I learned about a profession which held
Karen Erickson ’81 I worked on the Greenhouse Project at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA, in 1979. It was early days of understanding greenhouse gases. The lab was on a gorgeous beach; I was in a windowless lab testing CO2 levels of air samples. One day I drove the PhD who ran the lab to the airport. He was going to a presidential conference on climate change. I asked why would the president care about climate? He said the U.S. wants to understand how world temperature rises will benefit or hurt the U.S., Russia, China, Europe, India. If increasing the average world temperature benefits the U.S., then we would promote policies that accelerate that outcome, like forcing countries who receive financial aid from the U.S. to build fossil fuel power plants. It was a stunning moment, a revelation. 40 THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020
Unidentified student on Co-op in Washington, DC, in 1978.
tenets that resonated deeply: treat the whole person, identify and treat the underlying cause of illness, and stimulate the body’s innate healing capacity. I was blown away by the elegance of the philosophy, and the possibility of its impact on both individual and public health. After my six-month Co-op at the medical school working in a research lab, I returned to campus, completed my medical school/naturopathic school prerequisites and headed back to PDX. I have loved my 35-year career as a licensed naturopathic physician, working in the clinical setting, writing, teaching, and advocating for integrative medicine approaches. I am ever pleased to see conventional medicine continuing to shift toward preventive care and lifestyle medicine to address the ongoing epidemics of chronic disease, polypharmacy, and the prescription cascade.
Books for days
Barbara (Dole) Acosta ’84 One of my favorite Co-op jobs was working for the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress in about 1983. Our job was to respond to inquiries to Congress members from their constituents. You never knew what might come up. I recall, in particular, that someone wrote asking if people with disabilities had the right to receive full service at self-service gas stations. Another constituent asked about the health benefits of owning a pet (reduced stress, lower blood pressure, etc.). One day one of my colleagues, a permanent employee, approached me. “I’ve noticed how hard you work,” she said. “Please knock it off. You’re making the rest of us look bad!” After that, I would take every opportunity to go into the main library in the Thomas Jefferson building looking for a
Sam Henio, a student taught by Joel Hariton, at tribal radio station KTDB on the Ramah Navajo Indian Reservation, a non-contiguous section of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico.
book to help with my “research.” The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of items, including over 500 miles of books (now more like 838 miles). If one is a member of the public, you can’t just wander around looking for a book. You have to go up to the reference desk, ask a librarian to find the publication you’re looking for, and have them bring it out to you to peruse within the premises. No borrowing allowed. But as a CRS employee/intern, I had free reign to hang out as long as I wanted back in the stacks, or to bring books back to my cubicle to read at my leisure.
Joel Pomerantz ’84 I helped lead a summer orientation (International Institute for Education, 1982) for 67 incoming Black South African students. They were accepted into various U.S. colleges during apartheid on the condition that they’d go
home afterwards to become community leaders. Reagan’s ambassador to South Africa gave a presentation and was startled to have the students grill him knowledgeably over policy, for hours. He was slick but couldn’t finess it. The first “entertainment” was a movie which depicted the brutality of racism in the U.S. This caused uproar among the students who found such a “welcome” insensitive. The orientation director—a Black American man—had chosen it because he wanted to show “we understand.” We don’t. Our student participants weren’t passive about race issues, community, or politics. At the final dinner, I got a standing ovation for speaking in the “click language,” Xhosa. A couple of the sophisticated and outspoken student radicals were badly placed (conservative Baptist colleges in cornfield towns, for example) and dropped out. Mostly, though, the program was a success and was repeated the next year and then again for 12 years. Halfway
through that timespan, apartheid fell, no doubt partly due to this program.
It’s all about the hiking
Mary Beth McJunkin Schwartz ’85 The late, great Bud Hogarty set me up on my first Co-op in Yellowstone National Park. The actual job was cleaning public areas, the assignment was writing a paper on observations of tourist behavior, but really, it was all about the hiking. Best. Co-op. Ever.
The convention that wasn’t
Judith A. Fisher ’89 When I was doing my first Co-op at the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) in Chicago, I was basically hired to get a national convention of DSA members to a get-together in Chicago at a big hotel or convention center. I still recall when I made the call to actually cancel the whole thing! Kind of ironic.
DIY on four tracks
Steve Moriarty ’89 I attended Antioch College largely because of the Co-op program... and the hammer and sickle I saw graffitied on the wall of the “Presidents” dorm building during my initial visit. Music and social change in my blood, I formed a band with three dorm-mates within six weeks of beginning classes in 1985. We hatched a plan to move to Ann Arbor, MI, and create a home studio in which to write, rehearse, and record our original music. It was the dawning of the famous acronym, DIY. The do-it-yourself movement in music, art, film and I dare say, education. During the course of a six-month (double-double) Co-op, we played a dozen shows around Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Kent State, wrote a dozen songs in the cellar of a sublet frat house, and recorded an album on four tracks. We selfreleased a “DIY” cassette and proudly had gifts for our families and friends at Christmas that year. It was a bold and grand undertaking for four scrappy 19-year-old kids and we had the time of our lives. The music of our “Antioch band,” Big Brown House, is considered by critics and fans to be relevant today. The songs can be found on streaming platform Spotify. Kudos and love to the young men: Adrian Garver ’89 (bassist), Ben London ’89 (guitarist), Roger Garufi ’88 (singer); three of Antioch’s finest products.
1990s Walking on air
Felicia Chappelle ’91 The M Street Metro was how I got to NPR headquarters before they moved to North Capitol Street. I was there. I sat in the studio with a team of professionals who broadcast All Things Considered every weekday. I was a hustling, ambitious, undertrained radio news hopeful. From the morning meeting to decide what stories made the lineup to the moment then-producer Marika Partridge opened up the live mic, I was the solo intern, side-byside with greatness learning the work of news radio. My Co-op advisor, Rich Abrams, was in complete disbelief and THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020 41
I noticed him following me through DuPont Circle on my way in one morning. He confronted me at the door to the secure facility and plainly said he was there to research if I had falsified my job assignment so we toured the empty office. I was a good 90 minutes ahead of Cokie Roberts, Renee Montagne, Robert Siegel, Ira Glass (my cubicle neighbor), and many talented others. I had to be. Thank you Antioch College. Thank you Foundry Theater Department Faculty chair Denny Partridge and departed Professor Steve Friedman. I got the job!
Mary Beth Schwartz ’85 in Yellowstone National Park.
Nicola Baltimore ’92 I think the Co-op experience that impacted me the most was when I went to Chicago in 1990 to work for the League of Chicago Theatres and the Chicago Theatre Foundation. I was born in a big city but grew up in suburban Ohio. I had never navigated the big city on my own. My mom gave me one of those books for tourists that showed train and bus routes and popular tourist locations, and it was helpful. But I was shy, and I realized that everything kind of looked the same at first and I was going to just have to ask. I had to walk up to a stranger and not only tell them where I lived but ask them how to get there. That was horrifying, but it worked. My job was in the theater industry, so everyone was outgoing and crazy, and to top it off, the organizations I worked for were experiencing a huge controversy with possible misappropriation of funds by the executive director, so the phones were on fire and I was charged with screening out the media. Any shyness I had was gone by the end of that summer after asking half the people where I should go and telling the other half of the people where to go!
No pay, no housing, no problem Meredith Bull Buhalis ’92 I arrived in New Orleans with a letter promising a place to live, two meals a day, and a job teaching in an alternative public school. It turned out there was no place to live and only volunteer work at the school. Using my pri42 THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020
or Co-op skills, I rented an apartment that was previously a hair salon with two other Antioch students, headed straight for the French Quarter, and landed a job bartending within the week. I spent the next three months learning all about New Orleans through the many characters in the Quarter, Mardi Gras, the families, students, and teachers from the school, and the many adventures that only Antioch students seem to find.
Melaina Eller ’93 One quarter, I was very late planning my Co-op. I’d always considered my-
self an urban woman. So when the student assisting in the Co-op office said there was a spot left at the Wolfe Family Sheep Farm, I burst out laughing. But quickly added, “Just because I’m laughing, I’m actually going to do it!” It turned out to be one of my most memorable quarters at Antioch, and ultimately inspired me to become a nurse and to volunteer after graduation as a medical assistant for animals in a local shelter.
Organizing and orienting
Sol (Mark Solomon) ’94 In the summer of (I think) ’93, my oncampus Co-op was New Student Orientation Coordinator for Fall. I eagerly
used FileMaker Pro to keep things organized. That was pretty hi-tech at the time, and I received some kudos from admins just before we kicked off. PR Director Holly Knight enhanced the printed finished products. Dean of Faculty Gene Rice (a quiet, suit-wearing guy) wanted to meet with me—and then blew my mind by changing the subject to reveal that he was one of the Harvard Divinity School students involved in Leary’s original experiments. The highlight was getting to work with the brilliant Bill Chappelle and Faith Patterson of the then-still-new AACW. The biggest challenge came during Orientation itself, when the national media showed up to cover the SOPP. Dean of Students Marian Jen-
sen, Associate DOS Elaine Comegys, and damn near everyone else was fully consumed managing the chaos. So, I found myself flying pretty much solo ‘round the clock to make Orientation happen. At one point, I got all stressed out and ‘turfed’ the lawn in front of Antioch Hall in my propane-powered ’79 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab. I learned some stuff that has informed my career as a higher-ed administrator.
the home and took the women to court
Judge ye not
Heather L. Pyle ’94 My worst Co-op experience was in Texas for a family who owned a greenhouse and nursery. They lived in the country and the living conditions were quite rustic (outhouse, bath in the greenhouse, no shower). From the moment I met them, they viewed me as a kid from the city who never had to pee in the woods in her life. Although I was unaccustomed to their lifestyle, I am highly adaptive, but they never took the time to learn about me. What did I learn? Do not judge people unfairly without all the information.
And I get change, too?
appointments, job interviews, grocery shopping, etc. It was also at this Co-op that I learned how to drive. There was a little old beat-up car owned by the organization. The women actually helped me learn how to drive this clutchbased car in what was very hilly terrain.
Josh Fredman ’98 I found myself standing, hiding really, in the small library in the consulting firm’s office where I Co-oped in 1996. I had a horrible sinking feeling that I couldn’t wait to get out of there. Couldn’t wait to get away from these atrocious people and stop doing this horrid job. I soon realized how grateful I was to have that experience on Co-op so I didn’t have to figure it out the hard way after I graduated, thinking that job was something I wanted to do with my life.
2000s Learning how to fall
Karla Schroeder Zimski ’00 I was in NYC in 1998-99 and my housing fell through. After a couple weeks of couch hopping, I called my Co-op advisor from a pay phone saying I was homeless. The response was, “Well, this is not what we had hoped for.” To make a long story short, it all worked out. I ended up extending my Co-op another term. Once I returned to campus, I was asked to speak to some first years about what NOT to do on Co-op, and how to survive.
War and peace
Alex Stadtner ’00 I remember being buried under burlap sacks in the back of a pickup truck. The driver told me to hunker down and hide as they drove past a military checkpoint into a war zone—Chiapas, Mexico, 1996. It was all fun and games until I found myself terrified of being poked with a pitchfork or discovered as a Zapatista sympathizer. The next three
months as a Peace Worker in the jungle were among the most peaceful in my life. Ironic, because for the locals they were literally at war and their world was being turned upside down. But for me, 19 and on Co-op, it was bliss being away from technology so deep in the jungle winning some victory for humanity. Fond memories of a lifetime adventure I will never forget.
An inspiring dinner
Rani Deighe Crowe ’01 I was at Pegasus Players Theater Company in Chicago in Spring of 2000. I was invited to a small dinner party at the Artistic Director’s home to celebrate a play they had recently done, The State of Mississippi Versus Emmett Till. I sat across from Mamie Till Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till, for the whole dinner. I often think about how fortunate I was to meet such an incredible human being.
If you can think it, you can do it
Matt Walker ’04 I was like 19 or 20 when I decided that,
Megan Gregory ’96 That in Syrian dialect Arabic asking to buy some walnuts sounds a lot like asking to buy a husband.
Alison Stankrauff ’96 Antioch College shaped who I am quite deeply. I treasure that we worked half of the year and we studied half of the year. The experiences that I had during my Co-ops have given me so many things: self reliance, self-confidence, ability to navigate a variety of sorts of places and situations. Co-op also intensified my curiosity about the world and ability to see different perspectives. I treasure so many of my Antioch memories—and Co-op is central to these. One Co-op that I had was at an intimate partner violence shelter in upstate New York. It was my first Co-op. I had been a victim myself of an abusive relationship in high school and I deeply related to the women in the shelter. I lived in the shelter along with the residents and I also worked in the office in the daytime. I managed the logistics of
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Once a journalist, always a journalist
whatever it takes, I need to go to New York and India. So I applied to Antioch, got in, and then did four months of In-
Kim-Jenna Jurriaans ’08 My most memorable Co-op by far was editing The Record during the time of the struggle for the independence of Antioch. It was that experience I think more so than other Co-ops that I’ve had, and I’ve been to DC and New York. But it was editing The Record that really cemented my relationship with the campus community, with the Alumni community, with the community of Yellow Springs. And that really helped me strengthen my skills as somebody who always wanted to be a journalist.
dependent Study Abroad in India, and then for another four months Co-op, I was at a graduate school in Southern India doing like hardcore music and anthropology studies all day, every day. My Co-op after that was in New York where I wrote one heavy metal song every day but before that, my first real Co-op was at Dixon Place Theater. I eventually transitioned into the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and I still work there and I’ve been working there since 2006. I’ve really been able to suc-
ceed in the museum world as an audiovisual person. It’s been a way to
engage a lot of my different talents: I had that background in audiovisual, and just all my knowledge from India Studies. I have a proficiency in Hindi through Antioch, and I’ve been able to perform at the Asian Art Museum on Sitar too, taking Antioch Studies even to the next level.
Sam Lucas ’92 Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA.
Tracey (Martin) Johnson ’93 (left) and Kilma Glenn ’94 on Co-op at Anna Louise Inn, a women’s facility in Cincinnati, OH, providing low-cost housing and health services.
Diana Harvey ’16 I was always passionate about cooking and health but it wasn’t until my third Co-op, as a Nutrition Education intern in the home office of Natural Grocers, that I realized nutrition was the missing piece of the puzzle. I graduated in 2016 with a BS in Biomedical Science. I look forward to continuing my education this fall at Ohio State University with their Master in Dietetics and Nutrition Program. I plan on taking the Dietetics licensing exam upon completion and pursuing nonprofit cooking and nutrition education.
Playing ball in the State Department
Gabe Iglesia ’16 For one of my Co-op jobs, I interned at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, during the Obama administration. I have a lot of fond memories from my time there, including getting to meet Secretary of State John Kerry in person. He had just returned from negotiations in Europe concerning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known more simply as the “Iran nuclear deal.” He already had another overseas trip planned very soon— and I think it was my fascination in the Secretary’s overseas engagements that ultimately led me to focus my senior project on the impact of U.S. diplomacy on foreign public opinion. That summer, I also went to the Congressional Baseball Game with my intern 44 THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020
friends—an annual charity event where Democratic and Republican members of Congress play against each other. President Barack Obama just happened to stop by, and I remember the crowd going wild during his surprise visit. It may or may not have impacted the morale of the baseball players, but the Democrats ended up beating the Republicans 5 to 2 in that game.
From weekends to interim director
Alexandra Scott ’16 As a young person just out of high school, I had grandiose plans for the places I would go on Co-op—out of state and even out of the country. Things didn’t work out that way, and in retrospect, that was for the best. Not only did I have an amazing time and meet wonderful people at both of my Co-ops, but my Co-op at the YS Arts Council can be directly credited with putting me where I am today. The Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce offers a copy-print service to local businesses and nonprofits. The YS Arts Council made frequent use of it when I was a Miller Fellow there, so I visited the Chamber office frequently during my Co-op. After I withdrew from Antioch in mid-2014, I stayed in Yellow Springs and began working in town. At some point, the Chamber of Commerce posted an ad in the paper for weekend staff. They were looking for someone to stay in the office, five hours a week on Sundays, to answer questions from visitors and provide information. The YS Chamber’s Executive Director, Karen Wintrow, was familiar with me because of our previous interactions, and I was hired as weekend staff at the YS Chamber. I’m now interim director.
Maya Canaztuj ’17 I worked as a seasonal hydrologist for the Cleveland Metroparks. I worked for an Environmental Center in Florida as a Naturalist. I worked on a grant from the EPA (alongside Rian Lawrence ’17, Lanique Dawson ’19, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Kim Landsbergen, and former Assistant Professor of Cooperative Education Jessive D’Ambrosio) that fo-
Kristen Weberg ’01 (second from right) and Liz MacDonald ’04 (right) on Co-op at the John Bryan Center in Yellow Springs, OH. cused on using tree branches as water filters. And lastly, I worked as an intern for the City of Dayton in the division of Water Supply and Treatment. These Coop experiences helped me decide what I wanted to learn about and gave me the background I needed to wow my now boss (at Miami Conservancy District) in my interview! When I look back, the Co-ops are what I am most grateful for (besides the amazing friendships I made!). They really shaped me into the hydro-tech I am today.
Hannah Pricilla Craig ’17 It was a bright spring day, and I bounced out of the subway station on the lower east side of Manhattan for my first day on the job at Creative Time. A performance major and art-excited Midwesterner, I was ecstatic to be in the city, living a New York life. After my first day on the job, I realized that the romanticization of the art world didn’t live up to its expectations—so much of the arts are office tasks and data entry (especially for a 18-year-
old intern). After about a week, I think my supervisor got the hint that I was ready for something more… handson. I was instructed to not come back to the office, but instead report to the current installation site of Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety,” the old Domino Sugar Refinery in Williamsburg. I arrived at the construction site, was given a hard hat, gloves, and a hazmat suit, and was put to work with a concrete mixer slopping sugar-cement onto the sculpture. For the rest of Co-op the sugar refinery was my home—the alcoholic smell of fermenting sugar, damp metal, and rampant gentrification. It was in New York City that I learned how to drive a forklift and rode the subway with a sugar-stained hard hat.
ing because I was able to contribute to a cause close to my heart and critical in this day and age. The place was Nagasaki—the city that experienced the second and last atomic bomb attack in history. For the three months, “place” was intimately connected to my work where I volunteered as a Foreign Affairs Aide at Nagasaki University’s Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition. Nagasaki housed all the memories of the atomic bomb attack in its museums, monuments, statues, and most importantly, in its people. My experience working for nuclear weapons abolition would have been completely different had I had not been in this city.
Working for nuclear weapons abolition
Flexibility finds a way
Michelle Fuji ’17 My third Co-op was a mixture of immersing myself in place, connecting with my roots, and searching for clues to my future. It was emotionally challenging, but immensely reward-
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year Co-op. It was a long, cold, eventful quarter, but that is the memory that I treasure. The second is when my first Co-op fell through a few weeks before spring break. Type A personality disaster. But, with tremendous effort by the Co-op faculty, I landed at a think tank in Washington, DC, that set me on the path for not only my subsequent Co-ops, but current job as well. The slight chaos of that initial Co-op placement taught me the values of flexibility, community, and belief that the right path appears in unexpected, unplanned places. Which, come to think of it, just about sums up a certain liberal arts college.
Spencer Glazer ’17 provided photo documentation on Co-op in Nepal for the nonprofit Laxmi Pratisthan. The organization is working to support the Chepang people, one of the oldest and most impoverished ethnic groups in the TibetanBurman region whose seminomadic way of life is threatened by increasing urbanization.
Making a difference
Angel Nalubega ’19 My most memorable Co-op experience was when a criminal defense case I worked on during my third Co-op was won and I got to get a big hug and handshake from the client. I felt like I made a big difference.
This is when you plant corn
Noah Yasgur ’19 While theory was explored in the classroom, practice was gained from Coops. At my first one on a farm in Ohio, I asked Guy (the farmer), “If there’s only one thing I remember from this experience, what should it be?” A few minutes later, I was assuring him wholeheartedly that I would never, ever plant corn in this state before an oak leaf is about as big as a squirrel’s ear. An oath to this day that remains unbroken.
2020s Discovering a purpose
Galen Shewmaker ’20 At Camphill Village Kimberton Hills Intentional Community, we worked harder than I thought physically possible! Six days a week, 12 to 14 hours a day, farming, ranching, building, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the special needs people in our community. I was physically exhausted by the work, but spiritually rejuvenated by a healing sense of purpose. We lived with the 46 THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020
people we took care of, and we shared the work. We ate the food I helped grow, and used these roads I helped shovel. We had each other, and we had a purpose. Before Kimberton Hills, I was anxious, depressed, lazy, and self-conscious. But once I was responsible for people other than myself, I could no longer afford the lethargy that comes with that mindset. People depended on us, and we all grew to meet their needs. I’m back home now, but I’m still free of anxiety, depression, laziness, and I’m full of self-respect and efficacy. I can’t imagine a more substantial opportunity for new students, and I hope you can convince as many people as possible to go grow with them. It changed my life, and I’m so lucky, and I’m so grateful to Beth leading me to the birthplace of the rest of my life.
Ben Zitsman ’20 I sort of blundered my way into quasimanaging Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (Class of ’63!) re-election cam-
Noah Yasgur ’19 on Co-op in Mendocino County with the Solar Living Institute.
paign, and that was great. I arranged for her victory party to be held at this new gastro-pub in NoMA called The Eleanor. I’d read it was named in honor of various famous Eleanors—Roosevelt, Aquitaine, Rigby, etc.—and, in the DCist feature about its opening, my boss was
named among the inspirations. I had to book the place. Trouble was, it wasn’t open yet. But the owner—a guy named Adam Stein—was totally accommodating and just really cool throughout the whole process: He agreed to make the
Kensy Zelaya Sabillon ’21 on Co-op at RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) in Houston, TX, where she worked to provide legal aid, education, advocacy, and social services for the immigrant community.
place available to us a couple days before its first scheduled grand opening, gave us unlimited bowling games, (The Eleanor has a duckpin bowling alley in it!) and catered it brilliantly. The night of the party, in the course of talking to him, I found out he was an Antioch alumnus, too—Class of ’04! It was terrific: Three different generations of Antiochians, all hanging out and munching on hors d’oeuvres and watching the returns come in, all brought together by Co-op.
By the numbers
Morgan Hayslip ’21 I would have to say that my favorite Co-op was working at Mills Lawn School as a math tutor. I really enjoyed getting to know the students and helping them with math. It made me wish that I could have had that same experience when I was in 5th and 6th grade.
They were amazing kids! I don’t think I have ever met such great children. They were all very well-mannered and behaved. I think that this was a great experience and even if it’s not your major you should still do it. I enjoyed it so much that I have even considered becoming a science teacher if my career of becoming a microbiologist isn’t right for me. But the future is bright and whatever path that crosses mine I think that I will really love doing it.
Benjamin Timmester ’22 For my second Co-op, I worked with the EMTs and paramedics at the local fire station. On one call, I had to climb through an elderly man’s window to help get him to the hospital for a hyperglycemic emergency. How often do you get to legally break into someone’s house to save their life?
Truth Garett ’20 (at right) on Co-op in March 2019 at the historic Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN, with Bam Margera.
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ON A MAGIC CARPET RIDE Camping For Co-op Credit By Scott Sanders College Archivist
n its May 21, 1931 issue, The Antiochian (then the name of the campus weekly newspaper) published a brief notice that President Arthur E. Morgan had attended the fifteenth annual National Industrial Conference Board meeting in New York City. Today known simply as The Conference Board, the NICB formed in 1916 as a response from business leaders to growing tensions between labor and capital, for the purpose of convincing major American employers to accept the existence of unions and negotiate with them. The following week, under the headline “CAMPING TRIPS BEING PLANNED FOR THE SUMMER,” The Antiochian reported that “On one
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of his latest journeys to New York, President Morgan came across the ThorneLoomis Foundation…[which] has offered Antioch two of its 20 buses for use during the summer.” A pair of considerable personal fortunes formed the foundation. One belonged to inventor, investment banker, and scientist Alfred Loomis; the other belonged to his equally wealthy brother-in-law, Landon Thorne. Based in the very exclusive village of Tuxedo Park, NY, Loomis established a private laboratory in his fabulous “Tower House” mansion that became world-renowned as “The Palace of Science.” Loomis invited scientists and researchers from around the world to meet and collabo-
rate at his expense, providing first-class travel arrangements to the likes of Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, Niels Bohr, James Franck, and Enrico Fermi. In 1929, Thorne and Loomis conceived what they called “A Camping Trip Through Industrial America” as a way to give young people (“young men” they said) the opportunity “to see at first hand some of America’s leading industries, some of the people who run them and work in them, and, in the process, some of the historical and scenic spots for which America is famous.” To that end Thorne-Loomis loaned Ford Model AA trucks modified into self-contained living spaces on wheels for up to ten people known
as “magic carpets” to educational institutions. Fully equipped with mattresses, bedsprings, kitchen, larder, camp chairs and dining tables, the entire vehicle could be enclosed within a large, built-in canvas tent. They organized four such trips to test their theory in 1930, expanding their fleet to 20 in 1931. For Antioch, the magic carpets could not have come at a better time. Already the effects of the Great Depression were being felt at the College in the form of wage reductions and decreased enrollment. In addition, a wrecked economy and rising unemployment took an increasing toll on Cooperative Education, then known as the “Extramural” or “Per-
A Thorne-Loomis camper set up on campus, probably as practice before heading out on a road trip. The structure seen at left in the background was a mid-19th century kiln for extracting lime from limestone. Built directly across from Front Campus along the former Little Miami Railroad, the kilns were dismantled in the 1940s and the stone reused to build the Inman Steps in Glen Helen and the foundation for Trailside Museum.
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A Thorne-Loomis magic carpet negotiating steep winding canyon roads in 1937.
sonnel Department.” Alternating work and study, the bedrock of Arthur Morgan’s “Antioch Plan,” depended on offcampus employers and their ability to provide full-time positions to Antioch students. The Depression put those employers in an ever-increasing bind as they faced having to cut jobs and deciding between Co-op students and heads of households. Now Antiochians needing Extramural credits could earn them on Thorne-Loomis trips. In a letter to students dated May 26, 1931, the Dean of the College, Algo D. Henderson, wrote, “The College feels that the students will derive such benefit from the tours that it is giving the same industrial credit as would be given for similar work periods.” ThorneLoomis underwrote half the trip’s ex50 THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020
penses and students were paid in the neighborhood of a dollar a day for the five-week trip, though they were on the hook for the $14 required to purchase Thorne-Loomis’ prescribed camping uniforms. Thom Schelbe of the Extramural Department (class of 1928 and one of the very last members of an Antioch College intercollegiate football team) described the situation more soberly when he wrote to new students in August, “With business conditions as they are now and probably will be this fall, the Extramural School will experience difficulty in placing new students in cooperative work.” Led by Instructor of Physical Education Paul D. Guernsey (ably assisted by fourth-year student William Bruckman), the first group of Antiochians to
set out on the first Thorne-Loomis trip left for five weeks on June 29th. The list of 20 members (found in Antiochana’s rich collection of the program) included future Antioch Professor of Political Science Barry Hollister (class of 1936), “Scotty Wilcox’s brother” and “Somebody’s friend from Philadelphia.” Their well-planned itinerary reads like a who’s who of American business and industry. In Akron they toured Goodyear Tire and Rubber and its subsidiary, Goodyear Zeppelin, which made airships for the U.S. Navy (the third Thorne-Loomis tour even got a ride in one). In Buffalo, NY, they saw the Pierce-Arrow and Curtis Wright companies, makers of luxury automobiles and aircraft, respectively. At Niagara Falls they got an up-close look at a revolutionary hydroelectric plant based on the work of Nikola Tesla and saw how Wurlitzer made its famous pipe organs. They visited Eastman Kodak in Rochester, IBM in Endicott (both in NY), Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania, and DuPont in Delaware. Their tour of New England sites included a stop at the Framingham, MA, box factory owned by progressive industrialist Henry S. Dennison, one of Arthur Morgan’s most trusted trustees, who
hosted the students personally. In New Jersey they visited Roebling Brothers, the company that built the Brooklyn Bridge. In all they saw nearly 80 points of interest, each student keeping their own journal to be submitted to the Extramural Department for credit after returning to campus on August 2nd. Bill Bruckman hardly took a breath before he led the second expedition out on August 3rd, just enough time to let the engines cool down from the first trip. They started north before heading west; in “Glass City,” also known as Toledo, they visited the world’s largest manufacturer of glass containers, the Owens-Illinois Bottle Co., as well as Champion Spark Plug. In Michigan they toured the massive River Rouge plant of Ford automotive in Detroit, where they also took a ride in a Ford Trimotor, the most famous airplane of the day. In Battle Creek they visited the great rival breakfast cereal companies Post and Kellogg as well as the Battle Creek Sanitarium where corn flakes were invented. In Chicago they saw the oneand-a-quarter-million-square-foot headquarters of pioneering mail order retail giant Montgomery Ward. A westerly loop took them as far as Idaho Falls, all the way from there to Salt Lake City and
Map of the United States included in the promotional booklet “A Camping Trip Through Industrial America” published by the Torne-Loomis Foundation. It shows the first three trips they sponsored in 1930.
then to Denver (where they visited the U.S. Mint), a genuine feat of road travel 25 years before the Interstate Highway System. On the way back to Ohio they stopped at the National Biscuit Co. in Kansas City (Nabisco since 1971), where they also saw stockyards exceeded in size only in Chicago, where Upton Sinclair worked incognito to research his great muckraking novel The Jungle. Elsewhere in Illinois they saw how Pillsbury made flour in Springfield and how Caterpillar built tractors in Peoria. The third and final Thorne-Loomis trip of 1931, originally unplanned and organized somewhat on the fly due to enthusiastic testimony provided by students on the previous two, began on September 8th. Its leader, Bert O’Neill, Bruckman’s assistant on the second one, donated his required journal to Antiochiana, which documents both of his trips and provides historians with the earliest first-hand record of the magic carpet rides. As group leader he had considerably less time to write. Consequently the second part is more summary than commentary with an emphasis on the kinds of problems typical of an undergraduate with responsibility for 19 other undergraduates, while the first part is much more
detailed. It also includes photographs from the trip and souvenir items such as a certificate from the airplane ride they took in Detroit, a rare opportunity for a young person of the early 1930s. Having proved their worth to a workstudy plan constrained by the shrinking job market of the Great Depression (not to mention their popularity among students), Thorne-Loomis trips continued throughout the decade. Among the most treasured experiences for the Antiochians who went on them, Antiochiana received journals and photos they made for nearly every Thorne-Loomis camping trip. The foundation that started the tours actually discontinued its own program in the first year, but because Antioch had so uniquely adapted the concept to the needs of its education model, it got to keep the original Ford AAs. After they wore out, the College replaced them with Chevrolet-built models purchased with help from Thorne-Loomis. After they were no longer needed to supplement Antioch’s off-campus work requirements, the magic carpets continued to serve admirably as equipment of the Physical Education department available to the community for educational and recreational use into the 1950s.
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AlumniSpotlight By Christine Reedy Herb Reichlin ’53 has an Antiochian story built in resilience. His education was interrupted by World War II and the after-effects of his wounds sustained in the war, but through three different stints, Reichlin received his Bachelor’s degree and lessons which have served him his whole life. Reichlin applied to Antioch because his brother, Si Reichlin ’45, had also attended the College. Despite having a very high IQ and being a Mensa member, Reichlin admits he has trouble with rote memory, and his high school grades weren’t good enough for admission to Antioch. That changed after an interview. “The Admission Director, Fressa Baker Inman, engaged me in an argument when I was being interviewed,” he recalls. “She asked me a question, I answered the question in a manner that surprised her, and we went on until all at once she said with alarm, ‘My God, I’ve got two more people waiting. I’ve used up all their time.’ And when I was graduating, Ms. Inman told me that the reason I was accepted was because of the argument I made.” Not long after, he left to enlist in the Army to fight in WWII, where he was wounded fighting in Europe. Reichlin came back to Antioch in 1946, but had to leave again in 1948 for more surgery due to the wounds he sustained. After marrying in 1951, he returned the next year to complete his degree. Throughout this time, Reichlin’s Coop and classroom experiences help steer him to what would become his lifelong working passion. Co-op Lessons “Antioch Co-op was enormously important because I thought I wanted to 52 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020
Herb Reichin in 1952
get into advertising. My first Co-op job was in New York City with an ad agency and I discovered how much I disliked it,” Reichlin explains. Following that disastrous Co-op, he took a Co-op in St. Louis doing market research. “I found out how much lying goes on in market research reports.” In his market research Co-op, Reichlin had to go door-to-door to do surveys. “It was such an education speaking directly, door-to-door, finding out how lonesome people were. I was a nice-looking young man, and looked safe, and the number of people who were lonesome and just wanted to extend the visit, just invite me in for coffee, and the amount of screw-ups I could make without
knowing it,” Reichlin explains about some of what he still carries with him from the experience. “So from then on, since I use data, it caused me to be aware of the limitations of data. It all depends on how legitimate the company and how legitimate the survey people are, and if they are paid very little money, no one checks what they turned in.” While working in coding for the research, he found out that if something didn’t look clear, they just decided what code to use. “So, that stayed with me, so that when I read survey results, I’m pretty suspicious.” Another Co-op also happened to be in St. Louis. “I came to St. Louis for surgery and then got a Co-op job at Famous-Barr for Christmas. And
Classroom Lessons “I would have been awful,” Reichlin replies when asked whether he would have had the same trajectory at a different institution. “Antioch had small classes and a completely different approach.” This included a particular grading system in a sociology class, where the professor “graded on how many pages you read. He had an entire list of books and if you read 5,000 pages, you got an A. If you read 4,000 pages you got a B. 3,000 you got a C. And it was all Antioch Honor System. I remember arguing with one of the kids in my dorm about Henry Ford, and I came in, and told the professor about it. He immediately assigned me two different books to read, and one book was extolling Ford and the other book was damning Ford. And both of them were completely correct. That memory stayed with me the rest of my life, realizing there aren’t any absolutes. It taught me what prejudice was too, in that you could make a blanket damnation without being able to examine what you’re damning and find out what else is there.” Another lesson Reichlin learned was while he was a teaching assistant. “I remember being told by Billy Goetz
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Lessons in Work for a Lifetime
learned a lot about Christmas sales.” That wasn’t all he learned, though. Reichlin explains, “You have no idea how ignorant you are until you find out how much you don’t know. One of the greatest ways to find out is to get out into the real world and a Coop job that takes you out into the real world will make you head and shoulders above about just about any other graduating senior from any other college in the country. For example, that simple sales job at Famous-Barr department store watching the other people, how they sold, how they approached people, and the variety of people who came in—you don’t realize how sheltered you can be as a teenager growing up and just going from high school to college. The Co-op job is an incredible way to expose you.”
that when I did comments when I was grading, that it would be guaranteed to be taken the wrong way. And that was a real lesson. Something that is obviously neutral to you can be taken as an insult by someone else. That was another Antioch lesson that saved me in my future life.” Buzz groups, started by Antioch College President Douglas McGregor, also helped Reichlin implement change later in his career. As an example, Reichlin illustrates: “Let’s say Antioch College is having a problem. Let’s say your staff has 20 people in it, and you know what your goals are, but you aren’t achieving your goals and you’re spending too much money. Well a buzz group would be to take no more than five people who are clerical-level, no management, and they are a team that will meet to recommend changes in what is being done and those changes become an absolute requirement to implement.” Starting at the worker level helps implement useful change. “I learned at Antioch and Co-op jobs that the worker level sees things that management doesn’t see.” While doing consulting work, Reichlin would start with the lowest level, such as the shipping clerks, and wouldn’t speak to a single manager until he had interviewed the lowest level staff. He adds of his experience on campus and Co-op, “You learn the lowest level, just as I did on this Market research and selling suits at FamousBarr, what the real world is, so Co-op jobs are wonderful for that. Even if it is just a crud job, getting the crud job is to experience what a crud job is.” Systems and Procedures When he came back to Antioch after being in the Army, he took a course which changed his career trajectory. “I’d quit school and enlisted in the Army in ‘42-’44, and fought overseas in the ETO, was wounded, came back in ‘46, and had my first class with Billy Goetz called Systems and Procedures, and it was what is really called an ‘ahha!’ experience.” He had found what
he wanted to do. “It was how to design things to get them done, and it included everything: the psychology of the people, organization of an organization, the physical nature of what you’re doing—everything, soup to nuts—a complete walking into a situation and making it work. And that’s exactly the way my brain worked, it just included everything when I looked at anything and that’s the sort of work I did for the rest of my life.” In his first job after graduation, Reichlin put what he learned to work. He and his wife moved west. “When I was graduating, because of the extensive hospital record, I couldn’t get a job. My wife was a Catholic, all the way, I was brought up Orthodox Jewish, mixed marriage. I thought, ‘Let’s escape and just go to the west coast, and there wouldn’t be any family interference.’” Once there, he wanted to get into computers but couldn’t find anyone to hire him. They then traveled to San Francisco, where Levi Strauss hired Reichlin. “My first experience with doing what Billy Goetz taught me was being assigned on Saturday putting out the sample line of men’s western shirts,” he says. They had the shirts laying out in 46 piles on a long table. “I immediately saw how bins could be built along the wall,” Reichlin explains. On Monday, he called around and found out that there was a company making label printers for shirts with a newly opened San Francisco office. “I got the man, went over the requirements, did a report like I would for Billy Goetz, and brought it in to the VP told him how pissed off I was at working Saturday in such a dumb way and this way it could be better. And what happened was they said, ‘ah-ha!’ and Levi Strauss bought the hardware and changed their ticketing system, authorized me to get the bins built, and from then on whenever Levi Strauss needed something done, they gave it to me.” This included an undercover operation with his wife, which ended up forcing Sears Roebuck to stop trying to copy the Levi’s logo.
Reichlin and his wife moved east to Connecticut, and despite being told by a personnel company that insurance agencies wouldn’t hire Jews, through San Francisco connections to a now VP at IBM, Reichlin was hired as a systems analyst for Mass Mutual. “I needed a job, and he told me that Mass Mutual was getting a brand new computer system, the first random access to be sold. And they wanted to put policy issue on it, so he recommended me as the project manager.” Reichlin had been told that insurance companies would be big adopters of computers. “With the recommendation of the IBM VP, I was interviewed, given a test, and then designed and implemented the system.” What he learned on campus and on Co-op had a profound impact and guided his work and his life decisions throughout his long career. “Antioch stayed with me for my entire working life. It wasn’t casual,” he sums. Community Connections “Antiochians to me are a real—I don’t know how to explain it—a real bonding group. I was with a company called Sanders Data Systems and the director called me in to say we were losing our account with National Cash Register (that was a Dayton outfit at the time) and I was to meet the representatives of BP and two engineers who were coming in to complain about the quality of the hardware they were getting.” Reichlin asked his wife to join them for dinner that night to make the meeting less tense. “Turns out one of the engineers was an Antiochian, and it was an immediate change from an antagonistic, argumentative-prone dinner to one of well, let’s see what we can do to solve this problem.” While meeting with the director of Sanders Data Systems the next day, they requested that Reichlin be put in charge of straightening out the problem. “I found out our production manager and QA manager were cheating on their quality control. I was able to straighten that out, and after that I visited NCR a few
times, and each time I thought about Antioch just being miles away.” Reichlin has found similar connections with other Antiochians over the years, from those who were his peers to younger Antiochians. “I haven’t been able to return to Antioch, but some years ago, I came to a Reunion, and it was a dinner with a group of Antiochians. The person next to had just graduated and the person across from me was just as old as I was, and Ilistened to them talking and I just could not believe that if I closed my eyes I would not know who was the recent graduate. It was a wonderful experience.” “I belong to the Unitarian Fellowship in Durham,” Reichlin adds of another unlikely Antiochian encounter, “and we were having a picnic. At the table it came out that two of the women there were Antiochians. Never knew that! When they found out that I was an Antiochian, immediately the whole world changed for them and the two of them put me on an appeal to when I retired and moved to a retirement place, please come to where they live.” For Reichlin, his Antioch experience was perhaps quite different from many, broken into three different periods in his life, interrupted by war and the impact of the wounds he sustained. But throughout this education, the lessons and wisdom he gathered from his professors, his classroom learning, and out-in-theworld Co-op experiences shaped him and guided him. “There are so many things I did that made me a different person because of Antioch—just incredible,” Reichlin concludes. “But it was the three stays: coming in, but after the Army I was so different, and coming in after being married and living those years, so different that each time. Antioch was a different place but made me enormously grateful for having gone, what I learned.” To celebrate his 95th birthday and the impact of Co-op on his life, family and friends of Herbert Reichlin ’53 have donated to the Co-op program in his honor. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 53
AlumniSpotlight Arrested By LR Silver ’68 In July of 1963 at the tender age of 17, I was off to Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. I had chosen Antioch because of its work-study program and a good engineering department within a very “liberal” arts college. It was the early 1960s and flower power was just getting going; we still had a youthful president in John F. Kennedy, and the civil rights movement was starting to gain momentum. On March 14, 1964, right about finals week of my second semester on campus, a major civil rights protest was about to explode. A local barber shop had refused to cut the hair of any Black person. He claimed he did not know how to cut coarse and curly hair. Of course, to test his sincerity, many white students with similar coarse and curly hair had gone to his shop in Yellow Springs and he cut their hair without any objections. This protest had been building for many years. A town hall-like meeting was called the night before and most of us attended. My first-year roommate was Reuben, a very intelligent and personable Black middle-class boy my age from Washington, DC. He had known plenty of discrimination first hand. He and I discussed the protest and he had intended to participate. Antioch did not, at that time, have a large population of Black students. Picketing this barber’s shop for months had not changed anything. Everyone was very frustrated. There was also an injunction against having more than five picketers at once in front of the shop. Picketers could not get closer than 25 feet. Picketing was not effective. At the meeting, the organizers decided they would stage a law-breaking sit-in. The protestors would sit on State Route 68, blocking all traf54 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020
fic through town. It was intended to be peaceful and totally non-violent. The idea was to get some press by being civil disobedient in hopes that the town would turn against the barber. Nothing else had worked. Many of us, myself included, felt that a boycott of all the businesses in town would be more effective and not break any laws. Of course, the “gung ho” protesters wanted their action now. They wanted to bring attention to this injustice and to show their support for the civil rights movement. As you might imagine, a huge crowd turned out to watch the sitin and see what would happen when the students and the local police clashed. Several blocks on both sides of the main street and right in front of the barber’s shop were bursting with spectators. The police could not control the crowd. As planned, protestors sat down in the street. Traffic was blocked and the inevitable clash between righteous protesters and the keepers of the law grew intense. No one would leave. The police started grabbing up protesters from the street, and when they resisted, the police got violent. They started to beat some protesters with their sticks; they yanked and pulled people off the street, arrested them, and put them in jail. The more people they took off the street, the more protesters filled the gaps and sat down. It was a standoff. I saw many friends and classmates getting beaten up by the police and being dragged away. It was gruesome. Several were seriously hurt and had to be hospitalized. I could not find Reuben. I did not know if he was hurt or if he had been arrested. When law enforcement realized there were just too many protesters to arrest everyone, they took a different tactic. They brought in fire trucks
and started spraying the crowd. The force of the water moved some people off the street, but wet and willing, they came right back. The fire trucks were just spraying water everywhere. It did not make sense. When they started lobbing tear gas canisters into the crowd, it became obvious as to why they had wet everyone first. The tear gas, which was not concentrated enough to be very effective outside, would stick to protesters’ wet faces and burn. People started screaming and running. Chaos began. I had my camera strapped to my neck as I was taking pictures for our school newspaper. I had thought that I could at least participate by documenting the event. I jumped out of the crowd and started almost running down the sidewalk to get some shot of the protesters screaming and running from the tear gas. In the back of the crowd, I could hear some of the spectators start chanting obscenities at the police. The officers looked over at the crowd and saw only me moving very quickly along the sidewalk. They stepped over to the sidewalk and grabbed my arm. “You are under arrest,” I was told by a very large and serious-looking cop. There was no reading of my rights or even asking if I had been the source of the jeering. Just, “Come with me, kid.” I quickly found someone I knew in the crowd and handed him my camera. “Don’t lose it,” I told him. “There are some great shots of the police brutality on that roll.” As I handed off the camera, I was yanked away from the crowd and put inside a police car. I was going to jail. Six months in college and already arrested at a civil rights demonstration! I was so angry at the police brutality I had seen that I was not even registering fully that I was sitting in a police car about to be incarcerated. I was taken to Greene County Jail and literally thrown into a cell. Apparently, most of the others, arrested earlier, were being held somewhere else,
so I was one of the first to get to the jail house. I looked around at the other prisoners and wondered what was going to happen to me. We all hear stories about being in jail. I thought “this is not a prison” as it was the only cell block at the Greene County Jail. It was only designed for 18. I counted the others and there were 22 there. It was already overcrowded. I wondered if the others who had been arrested that day would come to this jail cell as well. Soon, students started pouring into the cell. I learned that over 100 students had been arrested and had been kept in a holding area until the sheriff could figure out what to do with them. He had finally decided that he would put everyone in this one already overcrowded cell. About 70 more were added to our all-male cell. We were now literally wall-to-wall jailbirds. I looked for Reuben and was relieved to see he was not one of those arrested. As the cell filled up, the mood of the protesters got angrier. They had been beaten, sprayed, tear-gassed and now they were being packed in a jail cell. We had no idea if there even was media coverage of the protest and the protesters wanted to be heard. I, of course, felt angry too. We decided we should do something that might grab some attention, so we created a hunger strike. We even got the original prisoners to get involved too. As the jailers tried to pass us their disgusting sandwiches into the cell we threw it back. We beat on the walls. We chanted. We did all the things good protesters do. As we had hoped, a TV crew from Dayton (the closest actual metropolitan area) heard about the hunger strike (we had only missed two meals at this point so no one was really all that hungry) and came to the jail. They were allowed in, and by now, I had become the front man and voice of the strike. The camera crew set up and shot film of me and two others on top of the table chanting, raving, and waving our hands. We were going to
stay on the hunger strike until the local law enforcement did something about our conditions. Apparently, you do get that one phone call from jail, and when it finally became my turn, it was about 1:00 AM. I called my parents in case they had heard about the sit-in, arrests, and hunger strike, thinking I would let them know I was OK but in jail and needed bail money. What I didn’t know was that the Dayton TV station had fed the pictures of our hunger strike and protests to the national news desk of that network. My parents had settled down that evening to watch the news at 11:00 PM and the lead story was about the sit-in, arrests, and subsequent hunger strike at the jailhouse. The newscaster said that 103 Antioch College students had been arrested, and due to the overcrowding in the local jail, the inmates had staged a hunger strike. Now they were really paying attention. And there I was, on TV, right in their bedroom, standing on a table yelling and screaming about the conditions and the unfair way we were being treated. They were, to say the least, surprised but apparently not shocked. They saw the three of us on the table with everyone else crowding around with their son in front. My parents had not been able to go to sleep as they hoped I would call. When I did call they were wide awake and knew all about it. I was very surprised. I was also very pleased that I could take this news back to the guys. We had made the national news. We had made our statement. I was honestly upset with the conditions. To my surprise, my parents were very understanding. My dad asked me how much bail money I needed to put up and I told him $500. Now that may not seem like a lot, but in 1963, $500 was the cost of tuition for one three-month semester at Antioch. It was a Friday night and there were no ATMs then, so my dad went around the neighborhood at 2:00 AM knocking on doors and borrowing cash from
his friends and neighbors. When he had collected $500, he went to Western Union (the only way to send money then) and wired me the cash. The next morning only four of us were bailed out. Some kids had not been able to reach their parents and others could not raise the money over the weekend. On Monday morning, 99 of the original 103 arrested were still in jail. As I had promised, I had a list of parents that had not been contacted and I made lots of calls. By Monday morning almost all the parents knew that their son or daughter had spent the weekend in jail. Apparently, due to the publicity, the overcrowding, the hunger strike, and loud and angry parents, by midmorning everyone else was let out on their own recognizance. The protest, the police brutality, and the arrests had brought the issue exactly where we wanted it. People were talking. People were caring. A movement began. Students, faculty, and the townspeople of Yellow Springs started a boycott of all the businesses in town. It took exactly five days of this boycott until the city fathers and the other businesses in town told the barber to leave town and do his hair cutting somewhere else. He closed his
shop and it never reopened. He had not been changed but awareness had been raised. The town was rid of the bigot and everyone moved on with their lives. Except the 103 students who now had an arrest on their record. We waited for the trial. We waited to hear if we would all be going back to jail. Were we going to be given jail time for being at the protest? Weeks and then months went by. None of us heard anything. The local sheriff was running for election again and he buried the entire case. It never came up. After all these years it still may be on the books. I do know what happened to me. In the spring of 1966, when it appeared that the case would never come up, my dad let me know that we needed that $500 back for my tuition. We consulted my uncle who just happens to be a very good lawyer and he said to go visit the local judge. Ask him what can be done. Ask him how we could get our money back since it looked like the case may never come up. Very apprehensive and determined to stick to my principles, I went to see the judge in his chambers. He was actually very nice and said that if I admitted to being at the scene (thereby breaking the law) and threw myself
on the mercy of the court, he would take care of it. Now you have to imagine, I was not and am still not a big fan of our judicial system but did not see how I had a choice. We needed the money to pay for my education. I had to do it. So a week later, I went to the judge and faced him in open court. I admitted to being at the scene and while I did not apologize for wanting to see that barber kicked out of town, I did admit and apologize for violating the injunction. The judge thought about the situation while I wondered about my fate. Finally he called me to the bench. “Young man,” he began, “I accept your apology but since you have pleaded guilty to breaking the law there needs to be a penalty. I learned that you are a student at nearby Antioch studying business. I want you to write an essay of at least 10 pages on the subject of how we the government can economically guarantee to our citizens equal protection under the law. When you bring me that essay, and I have determined that you actually gave the subject some serious thought, I will give you the bail money back and wipe your record clean. It will be as if it never happened. Is that acceptable to you?” I agreed. I actually researched the subject and came up with some interesting ideas. I focused mainly on the prison system and why incarceration did little to rehabilitate criminals. That money should be spent to counsel inmates and help them learn a trade so they can become productive citizens after they have served their time. Of course, the media picked this up and once again I made the national news. “Student gets out of jail by writing paper” was my favorite headline. They even published my entire paper in the local press and some national news. The judge liked my paper, and yes, gave me my money back. He also lived up to his promise and I no longer had a criminal record. I have a copy of the original newspaper clipping that was written about this adventure of mine. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 55
AlumniSpotlight The sick cocktail of meritocracy and shame A ‘hidden immigrant’ attempts to explain the logic of America to her Canadian co-patriots By Shayna Plaut ’00 A version of the following was originally published in The Monitor, the bimonthly policy and current affairs magazine of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Twelve years ago, I made the difficult decision to leave the United States, the country of my birth, for Canada, a land that, at the time, I assumed was filled with moose, hockey, and—the real draw—national health care. Ironically, HOPE was really the feeling du jour back then in America, especially in Chicago—my home for over a decade. Senator Obama’s campaign motto was woven into speeches, plastered on walls, emblazoned on an impressive wardrobe of T-shirts. For me, HOPE was what drove me to put my cats on a plane, my books in a shipping crate, and pack everything else into my car for the drive to Vancouver. As an alum of Antioch College, I was used to packing up and moving and adapting…years of Co-ops had taught me well—and I was ready to start a life I truly believed would be better for me and my future children. But, to be clear, it was a HOPE weighed down by frustration and resignation. On New Year’s Eve 2008, the day that my Canadian immigration paperwork arrived, I wrote a letter to Obama, then president-elect, explaining why I was choosing to leave the U.S. It read in part: I need a government that will invest in me and my education. I need to be in a country that recognizes health care as a human right and that will allow either parental paid time off to raise a child for the first year or pro56 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020
vide affordable state-subsidized quality child care. We’re just not there yet, and I don’t know if—or when—we will be…. I want to live, prosper, and be free, and I want my children to grow up believing this is the norm. On the eve of another U.S. election, my letter looks more prescient than overly pessimistic. Clichés about hindsight aside, the Obama decade’s list of policy could-have-beens is long, and a country of HOPE is now steeped in and driven by FEAR. Fear of the pandemic (or masks). Fear of nationalism and white supremacy (or the Black Lives Matter movement). Fear of unravelling democracy, and unhinged demagogy. Fear of each other. Much of that fear has been stoked by our sitting president, the former game show host Donald Trump, who appears to thrive on it. But I digress, as we so easily do around Trump. I set out to write about my experience of leaving the United States and settling in Canada. As I learned in my critical race theory course in my second year of Antioch, sociologist Patricia Hill Collins (1986) terms people who are marked— or not “the (presumed) norm”—in a particular field as “outsiders within.” She argues that people within this position can often more clearly see the machinations of power, justice, and injustice because they are NOT benefiting from the status quo. In her original piece she was referring to Black female domestics working in white family homes as well as to herself as a Black female sociologist in a white, male-dominated field, but her ideas go far beyond that. I believe that in some ways, I am
a “hidden” immigrant, which also posits me as an outsider-within when reflecting on both Canadian and American societies (note plural). I am white (and there is the problematic misconception that Canadians are white and immigrants are not) and English is my first language. But I am also a member of a religious and cultural minority who did not grow up in Canada. When I arrived here 12 years ago, the medical, taxation, and postal systems were literally foreign to me and I made a lot of assumptions and mistakes interacting with them. (I have no family here, so I was heavily reliant on these public institutions to guide me in all aspects of my life.) For the first year or so, the “9” on my social insurance number—indicating temporary residency—all but ensured I would not get hired. For many years I could not vote. And since most people I met assumed I was culturally Canadian, my directness was constantly read as rude, and my lack of familiarity with Raffi, The Kids in the Hall, or curling a bit unnerving. When people find out I am in fact American-born, I often find myself trying to explain to my Canadian copatriots that there is a logic behind what is sometimes interpreted as collective madness south of the border. From an early age, Americans are raised on a sick cocktail of meritocracy and American exceptionalism that scoffs at the idea of social safety nets and those who might need them. This is the mentality of desperation, of internalized self-reliance (a close cousin of shame), and it has a direct effect on policy and politics.
The U.S. socioeconomic and political system denies, and in fact belittles, the notion of a social safety net. In my 30 years in America, 15 of them working, I knew what it felt like to not feel you can afford to go to the doctor, to watch an epileptic mother be denied health care because of her pre-existing conditions. As I wrote in my parting letter to Obama, “I was tired of begging for reduced rates with doctors. Tired of having no workers’ compensation…. Tired of not having the basic rights of health care and parental leave guaranteed to much of the industrial world.” I remember calculating what taking a single sick day might mean for my job, and thus my health insurance plan. I can imagine how it might feel to get a positive COVID test knowing both medical care and time off to selfisolate are not viable options. I can understand what it means to fear going to the doctor because you are undocumented and not sure who you can trust—doctor, employer, neighbour—with your immigration status. I understand what it means to really have no one to rely on but yourself. Like frogs in a slowly boiling pot of water, you become so used to the rising stress you believe it is the only way. This personal suffering under the mythology of meritocracy is almost a patriotic duty in the U.S. I was raised to believe I was a part of the fabric of the United States, and that with such belonging came both rights and responsibilities. The United States had enabled my grandparents, as Jews, to live a life of safety and escape persecution, indeed genocide, when no other country in the world would do so. This part of our history—the persecution, perseverance, and belief in American exceptionalism—was, and continues to be, a constant refrain in my life. The flag still flies proudly on my mother’s door. Patriotism runs deep in my family. Both of my grandfathers served in the U.S. Army even though neither was fluent in English at the time. But for
me, patriotism does not mean “my country right or wrong.” It does not mean being blind to reality. Rather, as a beneficiary to what would now be referred to as political asylum, I was raised with an obligation to stand up when things were not right and to fight and work to make it better. This was, and is, my definition of what it means to be patriotic: continuously making critical contributions to our broader society. But by the time I turned 30, I no longer knew how to juggle my sense of political and social responsibility
would not be overcome in time to fix the disconnect that was building inside of me. My current life would not be possible in the United States. But it has not been easy, either. In the 12 years I have lived in Canada, I have never worked a permanent job. Child care costs over $7,000 a year (for one child) and for many years I paid my dentist, eyeglasses, and counsellor out of pocket because I had no extended health care. That said, as a white, well-educated, English-speaking per-
Shayna Plaut ’00 with my personal goals of becoming a mother. I was frustrated and I felt like a fraud. I was living and working and indeed contributing to a system I did not believe in and that I knew was dishonest and unsustainable. I was constantly internalizing my “failures” of balancing family, professionalism, and activism. Although I am the first to admit my flaws, the problems with the U.S. economic and social system
son, Canada has treated me well. I completed my doctoral work at a respected Canadian institution (paid for by the Canadian government) and received my citizenship in 2017. In 2019, I gave birth to my daughter without paying a dime. I have often wondered what I can give back to Canada—a colonial country that I had the privilege, not the right, to join. Although I live in Winnipeg now,
when I emigrated in August 2009 it was to unceded lands in British Columbia. My emigration was therefore legal, but not necessarily right, as it was the Queen of England, not the original peoples of the land, who are still very much there—Musqueam, Tsleil’waututh, and Squamish nations—who granted me stay. My formal education, English language, and profession—my unmarked privilege—granted me full participation in the colonial state. For many years now, I have designed and taught courses on social inequalities, migration, and human rights institutions (Canadian and international) at world-ranking Canadian universities and have written many journalistic and academic pieces covering issues of race, migration and activism. I like to think my position as “a hidden immigrant” has enriched this work. I feel it has certainly allowed me to see the creeping forces of nationalism, meritocratic ideology, anti-intellectualism and fear as it manifests north of the 49th. Canada is not exactly the country I thought it was when I wrote my farewell letter to Obama. It is because of my recognition of this fact, my privilege, and my responsibility, that I now work at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and teach and research on human rights (both domestic and international). But I do not forget where I come from and I do not take what I have for granted. I will always keep both in mind as I use my skills and experiences—as an immigrant, an activist-academic, a mother—to contribute to the betterment of both of the countries I choose to call home. About Shayna Plaut ’00 The work of Dr. Shayna Plaut sits at
the intersection of academia, journalism, and advocacy. She is interested in how people represent themselves in their own media, with a particular interest in peoples who do not fit neatly within the traditional notions of the nation-state. Shayna has served as a consultant for numerous NGOs including the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is the Human Rights Editor for Praxis Center—an online resource center for artists, academics, and activists, as well as people who identify as all three—and the Research Manager for Strangers at Home, a project of the Global Reporting Centre. Shayna has designed and taught a wide array of courses on human rights including at Simon Fraser University, Columbia College Chicago, and the Graduate School for Journalism at University of British Columbia. Currently, she is writing a book on how migrants are challenging and changing immigration policy through discourse in Europe. Shayna says, “My start in teaching came from my education at Antioch College. It was there that I learned, through modeling, the importance of praxis and context. To really understand how to make change, one needed to understand the multiple roots of the problems from a variety of theories, disciplines, and lenses. It was also very clear that no situation was devoid of context—economic, political, social, cultural—and that this was filtered through one’s race, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability, language, and nationality. These were not add-ons in classes— this embrace of critical positionality was the cornerstone of my Antioch education and has deeply influenced my teaching, writing, research, and activism. This approach can help us better understand our current realities of how COVID— and all that comes with it: economic uncertainty, travel bans, opioid overdoses, domestic violence/intimate partner violence—is experienced so very differently throughout the U.S. and Canada. I am proud to identify as an activist-academic and I credit Antioch for recognizing the power, if loneliness, in that position.” THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 57
Emma Amos ’58
Emma Amos ’58
[May 20, 2020]
Emma Amos ’58, a figurative painter and printmaker whose work dealt head-on with what it meant to be an African American woman against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, has died at age 83. Her death followed a long struggle with Alzheimer’s according to Ryan Lee Gallery. Amos was born in Atlanta in 1937 and attended what were then segregated city public schools. At 16 she enrolled at Antioch College, spending one year of her education abroad studying painting, weaving and printmaking at London’s Central School of Art. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Ohio, she returned to the Central School of Art for a degree in etching, which she received in 1959. In 1960, she had her first solo exhibition in Atlanta, and she moved to New York later that year. Amos was a key member of the New York-based African American collective Spiral, formed in response to the 1963 March on Washington. In the 1970s, she was an editor at Heresies, a feminist journal that published texts by Ana Mendieta, Adrian Piper, and others, and after their founding in 1985, she became a member of the Guerrilla Girls, the hugely influential group of women artists who exposed misogyny in the art world. It’s hard to date exactly when Amos joined the Guerrilla Girls, as its members are anonymous, but in a 2011 oral history interview with the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, she mentioned being “a member of a very famous clandestine women’s group that worked at night and did not ever go out without masks on our faces,” and her gallery confirmed that she was referring to the Guerrilla Girls. Her painting and printmaking incorporated a dizzying range of references to white hegemony, racism, sexism, craft, and the black female body. “If 58 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020
there is one thing made clear by these feverish amalgams of painted and printed images,” wrote Vivien Raynor in a New York Times review of Amos’s 1995 solo exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum, “it is that the artist’s gift is for depicting, with disturbing accuracy, chaos that is irreversible.” Like many female artists and artists of colour who came of age alongside her, Amos drew major critical attention relatively late in life, despite decades of exhibitions. Her recent inclusion in traveling museum exhibitions like Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power and We Wanted a Rev-
olution: Black Radical Women 1965– 1985 brought her a surge in popularity. Also read “The Life of Emma Amos” which includes excerpts from her Antioch senior paper online: antiochcollege. edu/2020/05/the-life-of-emma-amos-58
Ruth Bent, former faculty [July 31, 2020]
Ruth Elizabeth Farmer Bent died while sleeping peacefully in her favorite chair in the home she and Tony
built in 1960. She was 94 years old. Ruth was born February 14, 1926, in Minneapolis, MN, and moved at an early age to Moscow, ID, where she spent her childhood. After high school, Ruth went to Oberlin College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in music. She then went to Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University), where she received a master’s in library science. After graduating, she worked in the music department of the Cleveland Public Library. Ruth first met Tony Bent (Wilson Hopkins Bent) at Oberlin College. They were married on July 8, 1950, and then lived in Chicago, where she worked in the music department of the Chicago Public Library. They moved to Yellow Springs in 1952 and both joined the faculty of Antioch College, where Ruth worked in the Olive Kettering Library. They moved frequently during their first eight years in Yellow Springs, but in 1960 built their house on West South College Street. The design for the house was a gift from her architect brother, Fred Farmer. While embracing the full-time venture of raising four children, Ruth continued some part-time work at the College library, and then became full-time director of the Fairborn Public Library. One major project she worked on at Antioch was to organize the papers of Arthur Morgan, the influential Antioch past-president and nationally prominent civil engineer. That work led to her studying at the Library of Congress and becoming a Certified Archivist. After four years with the Fairborn Library, Ruth returned to the faculty at Antioch, where she loved working with the student and faculty patrons. She was a valued contributor to College governance well beyond the library. She retired from Antioch in 1991 with the title of Librarian, Emerita. Ruth was an active musician throughout her life. An accomplished pianist, she was the musical director for the complete run of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas at YS Center Stage. She directed the YS Community Chorus
for over 20 enjoyable years. She also directed the choir at First Presbyterian Church and the seasonal Nativity plays that were performed with traditional flair. Ruth was a co-founder of Chamber Music in Yellow Springs, where she was deeply involved in artist selection. Ruth was also a deft and supportive accompanist to many YS High School students for their performances at the annual Solo and Ensemble Contests. Ruth joined the Presbyterian Church upon arriving in YS and was an active member for over 50 years, including many terms as a deacon and an elder. She particularly enjoyed taking part in the planning and execution of the annual Strawberry Festival on the church lawn. Being a lifelong voracious reader, Ruth overcame her gradual loss of eyesight with the invaluable help of
David B. Parke ’52
many librarians and Library of Congress recorded books. She was also an avid cook, both to the benefit of those around her and also as an enjoyable daily avocation.
David B. Parke ’52 [June 6, 2020]
David B. Parke, a Unitarian Universalist minister, historian, and editor, died of natural causes in Boston, MA. As a preacher and pastor, Parke advocated a tough-minded, biblically grounded, ethically committed liberal religious faith. Born in Buffalo, NY, in 1928 and ordained in Peterborough, NH, in 1956, Parke witnessed the Great Depression, World War II, nuclear fission, the demise of colonialism, Vatican II, the moon walk, the collapse of
the Soviet Union, the emergence of Europe as an integrated and cultural community, and the information revolution. Twice married and twice divorced, he experienced human possibility and human conflict in his own life. As the father of six, grandfather of nine, and great-grandfather of four, he saw the human promise unfold in his own extended family. As a thinker, Parke emphasized direct experience, personal authenticity, and confrontation with issues. He celebrated contradiction, ambiguity, paradox, and mystery as avenues to truth. World War II was, he held, the defining event of the twentieth century. The Nazi Holocaust revealed heretofore unimaginable depths of human depravity. In contrast, the creation in 1945 of a new international society in the establishment of the United Nations and its special-
ized agencies gave hope to a war-ravaged world. The recovery of faith is a recurring theme in Parke’s writings. “For Karl Marx, the issue was the class struggle,” he wrote in 1995. “For Susan B. Anthony, it was the franchise. For W.E.B. Du Bois, it was the color line. For Albert Camus, it was suicide. What is the issue for us today?” Parke answered, “The great issue for us as individuals, as a religious community, and as a human generation, is that of faith…. In every land and era parents have faith in their children, military leaders have faith in their troops, orchestra leaders have faith in their horn players. Whatever the object of faith, it is faith that makes possible sustained relationships, families, communities, the world system.” The second of three sons of Robert Parke ’27 and Mary Boynton THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 59
Parke ’32, David Parke attended the campus school of the State University College at Buffalo and the Park School of Buffalo. He studied History at Antioch College, received his Bachelor of Divinity from Meadville Theological School at the University of Chicago, and his PhD in American Church History from Boston University. Later he served as a trustee of Meadville 1968– 74 and of Antioch 1970–76.
Dr. John D. Stoeckle ’49 [April 23, 2020]
Dr. John D. Stoeckle of Lexington, MA, passed away from COVID-19 illness at age 97. A first-generation American raised in Sturgis, MI, he manifested his Midwest family’s values of hard work, intellectual curiosity, and service to others. After undergraduate years at Antioch College and Oberlin, he entered Harvard Medical School in 1944 under the Navy’s V-12 officer training program, interrupting his training for treatment at Saranac Lake Sanitarium, NY, for hospital-acquired tuberculosis. Following internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Dr. Stoeckle served two years as first lieutenant in the Army, stationed at the Pentagon, inspecting bases across the country and observing atomic bomb detonation impacts in Mercury, NV. He returned to MGH, where he devoted his career to improving access to medical care for all in need. He pioneered shared decision making with patients and medical professionals, a model that became incorporated into standard medical practice. He served as Chief of Medical Clinics, where he both practiced and taught, and was promoted to Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, teaching new physicians “plain doctoring” and the value and skill involved in interviewing patients. With his colleagues, Dr. Stoeckle es60 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020
tablished MGH’s first teaching group practice in 1972. He helped establish the Cambridgeport Clinic and other efforts offering community-based healthcare. His research focused on the social aspects of medical care systems and the doctor-patient relationship. He was proudest of two books he co-authored, The Clinical Encounter, a guide to interviewing and case presentation, which is still assigned reading in medical schools, and Plain Pictures of Plain Doctoring, a profile of medical care during the Great Depression with curated photographs. He was recognized as Internist of the Year by the American College of
Physicians in 2000. That same year, MGH created the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation to commemorate his half-century commitment to improving the quality and delivery of primary medical care. Not surprisingly, John’s call to service involved his family. Colleagues would gather at his home in Winchester for dinner and wide-ranging discussions of socialized medicine. His children were invited to carry his medical bag during weekend hospital visits to MGH and house calls around Boston. With four boys, he had many opportunities to pass along his skills in catching small wildlife. He promot-
Dr. John D. Stoeckle ’49
ed the idea that you can figure it out yourself and tolerated the damage caused by figuring it out. We will miss his effervescent “greetings and salutations” and his kindness.
Albert Schoemann ’52 [July 29, 2020]
Albert Schoemann, age 90, passed away peacefully at his New York City home after a long illness. Albert was born on November 24, 1929, in Carmi, IL, son of Jesse H. Schoemann and Violet Gilpin Schoemann. As a boy, he helped in his father’s clothing store, A Schoemann and Son, on Main St. in Carmi, and spent summers at Culver Academy Sailing Camp and visiting family in Oklahoma. He graduated from Antioch College with a Theatre degree, and performed with the Antioch Shakespeare Festival under the direction of Arthur Lithgow ’38 and as a radio newscaster in Ohio. He then pursued graduate theater study at Smith College and worked at the Highfield Theater in Falmouth, MA, until called into the U.S. Army. After his service, he moved to NYC to finish his studies at the American Theater Wing and worked as a Page at the NBC television studios in NYC, during the era of live television production. He worked as an actor’s agent, a production and stage manager for off-Broadway shows, and eventually moved into the area of casting. He developed and headed the national casting program at Theatre Communications Group (TCG) for major regional theatres throughout the U.S. Albert loved actors and their craft. He delighted in finding young talent and moved from casting into general manager of the National Shakespeare Company, a touring company that hired young actors from throughout the US to tour colleges and universities in Shakespeare productions.
In 1974, he co-founded the National Shakespeare Summer Conservatory, an actor training program held in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York with partners Phillip Meister and Mario Siletti. The Conservatory expanded to a fully accredited professional two-year actor training program in New York City. Eventually he became the director of both Conservatory programs, serving in that role until 1998.
Richard S. Blofson ’55
[September 3, 2020] Princeton, NJ, resident Richard Stephen “Dick” Blofson, a Broadway production manager and New Jersey filmmaker, died peacefully of complications of non-COVID pneumonia at the University Medical Center Princeton in Plainsboro, NJ. He was 87 years old. Born in Philadelphia in 1933, Blofson graduated from Central High School. As stage manager of Michael Todd’s blockbuster 1957 party at Madison Square Garden to celebrate the premiere of the film Around the World in 80 Days, he cued Marilyn Monroe’s entrance on an elephant. Blofson remembered that someone presented Elizabeth Taylor, Todd’s wife at the time, with a raccoon. “Here, take this,” she hissed at Blofson as she exited the stage. He also said he never saw so many rich people argue so vociferously over glasses of cheap champagne. The New York Times in 1999 called the event one of the “10 Parties that Shook the Century.” Although it was perhaps the most prominent production he worked on, it was not the one of which he was most proud. Blofson’s career started when he was a student at Antioch College majoring in anthropology and creative arts, spending half the year in Yellow Springs, OH, and half the year in New York City working at the Phoenix Theatre. The director Arthur Lithgow ’38 (later artistic director at Mc-
Richard S. Blofson ’55 Carter Theatre in Princeton) was his mentor at Antioch and deepened Blofson’s lifelong appreciation of Shakespeare. Among the many shows Blofson worked on at the Phoenix were The Golden Apple (1954), the first off-Broadway show to win the Best Musical Award from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, and Once Upon a Mattress with Carol Burnett (1959); both went on to Broadway. In 1955, he worked with Bernard Gersten on the New York City Center production of Guys and Dolls, starring Walter Matthau. At the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT, Blofson worked on a number of productions, including a 1957 tour of Much Ado About Nothing with Katharine Hepburn and Alfred Drake, directed by John Houseman. During the tour, Hepburn paid for Blofson’s transportation back to New York to spend time with his infant son, who had a medical issue. He was the stage manager for
Dr. Enrico T. Federighi ’50 Barbara Streisand’s Broadway debut production, I Can Get It for you Wholesale (1962), in which Elliott Gould also played; for the gospel musical Tambourines to Glory (1963) by poet, author, and playwright Langston Hughes; for Strange Interlude (1963), directed by Jose Quintero, with actors Jane Fonda, Franchot Tone, and Ben Gazzara; and Baby Want a Kiss (1964) with actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Other artists he worked with include actors Jean Arthur, Richard Boone, Katherine Cornell, Richard Easton, Merv Griffin, Eliot Feld, Carol Lawrence, Nancy Marchand, Roddy McDowell, Geraldine Page, Jason Robards, and Fritz Weaver, as well as directors Sidney Lumet, Arthur Penn, and Ed Sherin, and playwrights Tennessee Williams and Sean O’Casey. An inveterate traveler, he then embarked a freelance career as a camera operator for CBS, ABC, WNET,
and the USIA that took him to Turkey and many countries on the African continent.
Claudia Jean Winger ’66 [January 4, 2020]
Claudia Jean Winger passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones. She is survived by her husband Ron Winger ’64; son Marc Winger and his wife Amy and their two daughters, Ella and Hannah; daughter Shannon Davis and her husband Brandon and their daughter Tayla; sister Marcia Page and her husband Larry Bender; and brother and sister-in-law Stan and Charlene Winger; and many more who she loved and cared for deeply. Claudia was born April 4, 1943 to Elsie Marie and Claude Stephenson of Carnation, WA. Her biological father died during WWII and after Elsie THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 61
remarried, Claudia was raised by her adopted father Duke Page along with her sister Marcia. Claudia graduated from Antioch College where she met and married Ron, her husband of 54 years. They settled down in California to raise their two children and operate multiple successful businesses. Together their lives were full of travel and love from friends and family. Claudia was a school teacher and librarian, understood computer systems before most, and did the bookkeeping for the businesses. She was a leader for AAUW, a gourmet cook, and Girl Scout Leader. Claudia loved to sail, read, sew, quilt, explore, and feed good food to those she loved. She is known for her strength and compassion; she was a dedicated mom and grandmother to more than just her two children. Claudia and Ron designed and built their home in Port Townsend, WA, in 2012 and 2013. Claudia was blessed to spend the holidays surrounded by the love and laughter of her family.
We learned of the passing of these alumni and friends between February and October 2020. Read more online: antiochcollege.edu/category/obituaries
Maryann Palestine ’76
Virginia M. Coggeshall ’43
Ted Campbell ’57
Erica B. Leisenring ’77
Suzanne Trostle ’46
Carol M. Gregory ’58
Leslie A. Pope ’77
Col. John C. O’Donnell ’48
David R. Erskine ’58
Malessia A. Dennis ’77
Nathaniel Jesse Orleans ’48
Dr. Elizabeth Latimer Jaffee ’58
Suzanne F. Roberts ’77
Alan Roger Smith ’49
Dr. James “Jim” O’Hara ’58
Wanda Robinson Baily-Green ’77
Ann Heckethorn ’49
Elsa Orley Ponce ’58
James “Joshua” L. Billings ’78
Dr. John D. Stoeckle ’49
Emma Amos ’58
Norma F. McCann ’78
Elizabeth Collins Rhoades ’49
Stephen W. Young ’58
Renee Ramsey Amoore ’79
Fiona A. Knox-Leuba ’49
Rosalind “Linda” S. Hoeg ’59
Robert J. Barros ’80
Susan Jane Swanson ’49
Dr. Robert S. Yuill ’60
Amy Rebecca Pine ’81
William S. Jones ’49
Andrew B. Gardner ’61
Emily W. Zopf ’81
Dr. Enrico T. Federighi ’50
Douglas “Doug” R. Roycroft ’62
Laura-Anne Sammarco ’81
Dr. Thomas Edward Brown ’50
Peter R. Vea ’62
Jimmelyn Scoby ’82
Violet E. Rutledge ’50
Ruth Lurie ’63
Shirley Geneva Smith-Lewis ’83
John Eschliman ’51
Philip A. Schaefer ’64
John A. Mills ’85
Charmaine L. Rose ’52
Michael Hilsenrad ’65
Karl “Joe” Carr ’87
David B. Parke ’52
Richard S. Dress ’67
Fernandia “Ferdy” Madalena ’52
Arthur “Art” Sherin ’68
Dr. Enrico T. Federighi ’50
Anne Graham ’53
Neal J. Meshon ’68
Conrad Charles “Bud” Haupt ’53
Andrew Christopher ’69
Paul T. Johnson ’53
Bryce E. Perry ’69
[May 5, 2020]
Barbara C. Singleton ’54
Dr. Orest L. Pelech ’69
Enrico “Rico” Thomas Federighi, age 92, of Millsboro, DE, formerly of Columbia, MD, passed away at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, DE. He was born in Norfolk, VA, Nov. 1, 1927, son of the late Antioch College Professor Henry Federighi—who was the head of the science department— and the late Marie (Delage) Federighi. Rico earned his BA at Antioch in Math, his MA from Johns Hopkins, and his PhD from Indiana University. Mr. Federighi was a mathematician for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, retiring after 38 years of service. He loved performing in the annual APL Christmas Program (he loved to sing). Rico was a member of Mensa and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Esther Newcomb Goody ’54
Christine “Wissy” Lee Plaunt Wendt ’70
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Alice Schenker ’55 Constance “Connie” Weeks ’55 Dr. James “Jim” McDonald ’55 Dr. Mary Belenky ’55 Julia Ward Gibbs ’55 Linda Friedman Wolfe ’55 Judith W. Kandler ’56 Nancy Ruskin ’56 Betty Stahl Glower ’57 Jacqueline Hermann ’57 Jane Sanford ’57
Rev. Melvin Floyd ’76 Dorothea M. Willand ’77
Evonda “Bonnie” M. Bailey, former staff Wilson Hopkins “Tony” Bent, friend Irvin “Irv” G. Bieser Jr., friend Leonard Cargan, friend Chester B. Cooper, former staff Roger Cranos, friend
Murray T. Smith ’70
Helen O. Epps, former staff
Judith P. Gregorio ’71
Dr. Eric Friedland, former faculty
Robert C. “Bob” LaRocque ’72
Daniel Michael Grady, former faculty
Marvin Boyd ’73
Alice Rutledge McKinney, friend
George P. Outland ’74
Richard Pannbacker, former faculty
Richard L. Rees ’74
Pauline Rayburn, Former Staff
Woodrow Milligan ’74
Melvin Nicholas “Mel” Strawn, former faculty
Howard W. Jay III ’75 Maria Luisa Garza ’75 Carence L. Huginnie ’76 Dorothy Oliver ’76 Eleanor Williams Curry ’76
Class Notes In August, David Hillman ’59 retired as the coordinator of the Mt. Tabor Visitors Center in Oregon where he established the nonprofit Friends of Mt. Tabor Park, modeled after Glen Helen’s stewardship community, and the park’s Foot Patrol and visitors’ center, earning him the nickname “Mayor of Mt. Tabor.”
Jay Tuck ’68 at WYSO
Peter Grenell ’61 recently self-published a book, The Great Experiment: Freedom, Greed, and Racism in America, available on Amazon. Grenell wrote it during summer sequestering. In August, Robin Rice ’64 presented and performed one of her monologues for “Over and Above: Women Over 55 Speak,” a Zoom performance event presented by Brooklyn’s Brave New World Repertory Theatre. The performance was part of a celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment. Bernard Guyer ’65 has documented the contributions of Dr. Henry Federighi to Antioch College. The paper is linked on the Antiochiana website: antiochcollege.edu/2020/06/ henry-federighi Gabriel Heilig ’65 writes op-eds and ad copy for officials in the Biden-Harris campaign. He owns the only resume service ever granted a lease to do business in the Pentagon and has served the Defense and Intelligence communities since 1993. He will be publishing a long poem about America’s predica-
ment, Enough of a Country Still Left.
passengers tested positive for COVID-19.
“Technology: The Revolution of Our Time,” by Kenneth Tiven ’66 is featured as the second chapter in the book, Inside the Upheaval of Journalism: Reporters Look Back on 50 Years of Covering the News, published in March 2020. Initiated by Tiven, the book tells the story of the news media revolution through the eyes of those in the Class of 1969 who received master’s degrees from the Columbia University School of Journalism.
After retiring from fulltime work as a nonprofit Executive Director (and “unable to totally give up the kind of work” that she loves), Antonia (Toni) Atlas Dosik ’67 has been working part time for the College since September 2018. She works in Admission, helping to link alumni to the effort to recruit students which she says is “interesting, challenging work, but rewarding.” Toni is also the project manager for a village-wide project, Livable/Age Friendly Yellow Springs. It is a three-year project designed to understand what the community needs in terms of making YS even more age-friendly, livable, and equitable. Toni
In an article published by The Atlantic in February, Gay Courter ’66 recounts her experience quarantied aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship after 600
and her husband, Len, have two grandchildren in Colorado and two in California, and traveled a lot before COVID-19; they look forward to doing more next year if all goes well. Susan Parman ’67 writes about her 1962-63 Co-op experience at the NIH as a “normal volunteer” in the dream laboratory of Fred Snyder and Alan Hobso, “The Art of Dreaming,” in the first chapter in the second edition of her book The Dream in Western Culture, to be published this year under the Authors Guild Back in Print program. Rosalie Moore ’68 divides her time between Gettysburg, PA, and her hometown of Baltimore,
MD, where she supervised enumerators for the 2020 Census. She supported their attempts to count those who had resisted all prior invitations to be counted. Trust is low, doubt is high, and protecting privacy prevails over meeting citizenry responsibilities. A student of Buddhism, she values wisdom in the face of constant change. And compassion for all—even census resisters! Evolution Without Us, an investigative book on AI (artificial intelligence) by Jay Tuck ’68, has spent four years on the technology bestseller lists in Germany, and was recently published in China by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press. Jay plans for a promotional tour THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 63
In August, Anique Sara Taylor ’69 joined Rita Vanacore’s Planet Seniors on Radio Kingston to discuss her book Where Space Bends, a collection of poems, and her new projects. Barbara Winslow ’69 was interviewed by CBS NY for the segment, “We Stand On The Shoulders Of Shir-
ley Chisholm: Brooklyn Political Powerhouse Serves As Source Of Inspiration For Sen. Kamala Harris.” Howie Gordon ’70 has made Berkeley, CA, his home since graduation, which, “like the Antioch of the ’60s, was a place to be if you were estranged from normal.” Howie has had careers in acting and writing, but he’s “given himself to sex, marriage, family, and the arts in trying to make the world a better place.” He’s written two memoirs that tell a lot of the stories: hindsightbook.com and returntosquirrelhill.com
Governor General’s Medal for Peter Jacobs ’61
Pamela Haines ’71 has authored a book, Money and Soul, in 2019 on “the power of applying faith values to our economic story.” Her forthcoming book coming in 2021, That Clear and
Peter Jacobs ’61 has received the 2020 Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture, the highest honor bestowed by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA). The medal honors exceptional landscape architects whose lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession have had a unique and lasting impact on Canadian society. Of Jacobs, the awards jury says, “Professor Peter Jacobs is a true renaissance man: awardwinning practitioner, published author, orator, educator, leader, trailblazer, consultant, and mentor. He is best described as having an insatiable curiosity, a clear vision, and an unHowie Gordon ’70
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failing desire to contribute to a better world. Far from pursuing a predetermined path, Professor Jacobs has, during his 50-year career, successfully navigated uncharted waters to mark our world through the practice of landscape architecture.” Dinu Bumbaru, policy director of Héritage Montréal, says, “He is a living heritage in service of human development through the improvement of habitats such as cities, neighborhoods, and other forms of inhabited territories, including the North and Indigenous communities.” Jacobs is known for his leadership in, and advocacy of, the field of sustainable development. He is Professor of Landscape Architecture, École d’architecture de paysage, Faculté de l’aménagement, Université de Montréal, and continues to collaborate on planning and design projects. “I have always said that I was educated at Antioch and trained at Harvard and MIT,” says Jacobs. He recalls rooming with Mario Capecchi ’61, canoeing in northern Minnesota with Joan Argetsinger Steitz ’63, and arguing with Stephen J. Gould ’63. Jacobs explains, “All these stimulating relationships and many others from a very small cohort of 1,200 students at a small college buried in the middle of Ohio seemed perfectly natural until I emerged into a larger world and realized how exceptional my experiences were during my five years at Antioch.”
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through several Chinese high-tech cities early next year. An updated German paperback edition will be released in November. He has submitted his latest work—a heavily autobiographical handbook, Kicking Down Doors: the Secrets of Investigative Journalism—to his agent with hopes for publication. Jay’s keynote speech activity has been limited due to the pandemic; he reports being busy and healthy.
Hilda Wilcox â&#x20AC;&#x2122;51 was among the protesters on June 7 in Cooperstown, MN, demanding justice for the killing of George Flloyd. Wilcox was interviewed by Otsego Countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daily Newspaper and recalled her first protest experience, an effort to desegregate a lunch counter in Dayton, OH, in 1946 during her time at Antioch. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 65
Class Notes ports progressive causes, “although marching days are over.”
Jim McEuen ’71 in the Antioch Record, 1971
Michael Goldfarb ’72 made an hour-long radio documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kent State Massacre. Because of the pandemic he was unable to get to Ohio to record on site and regrets not being able to visit friends in Yellow Springs. It aired on the BBC and WYSO: bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000htp7
Caroline Kastle McEuen ’71 at an Vietnam War protest in 1967 while on Co-op in Philadelphia. Certain Sound, “encourages staying alert to the sound of truth in unlikely places.” A settled-in Philadelphian, she builds capacity for change in childcare, has close connections in Northern Uganda, enjoys public gardening and grandchildren, and blogs at pamelalivinginthisworld. blogspot.com. James McEuen ’71 Retired book editor. Quarantining for sixth month. Picnics in backyard, distanced, with friends and family. Contributing to progressive Senate candidates. Digitally loving on two grandsons, courtesy of son Jonathan McEuen and spouse Anita Kumar. Following careers of opera (and other genres) singer, son Ian McEuen, and his spouse Ali Pohanka, makeup and hair artist for opera, 66 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020
theater, and film. Writing, tinkering. Making friends with a family of crows. Caroline Kastle McEuen ’71 is now retired from
the editorial business she developed after retiring from her job as full-time book editor. She enjoys gardening, “providing Earth Mother nurture to
BREATHING We breathe. We inhale. We exhale. Minneapolis saw. The world heard. On Memorial Day A horizontal lynching. Stopping breathing causes death. Blacks die at twice the rate of whites in this pandemic. After inhaling virus breathing becomes more difficult until it stops. We kneel at church, to propose marriage and to kill. George Floyd says, “You took my breath away.”
—Karen Folger Jacobs ’63, Berkeley, June 2020
two sons,” and doting on “two audaciously curious and vibrant grandsons, ages 7 and 4.” Caroline is exploring ways to be social in pandemic, and sup-
Tracey Hook ’72 is a retired RN, public health advocate, and “aging hippie: retired 2014.” She lived in Washington, DC, postgraduation and in New England before moving to Arizona in 1982. There she spent 17 years in ICUs and trauma/emergency areas as a bedside nurse. She then transferred her clinical knowledge to the Quality Management Department which she managed on an interim basis through 1998-99, helping the County hospital achieve continuing accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations With a writing career that began at age 64, Iona Whishaw ’72, a retired high school principal, is now researching for book nine of her historical Lane Winslow Mystery Series. Set in British Columbia in the post-war period, Lane Winslow is a retired British spy looking for some peace, just like Iona’s own mother. The books have proved very popular on both sides
from an HR career—working three days a week as a mental health therapist. Consulting projects abound around diversity, equity, and inclusion also keep him busy and interested. He has two grandchildren.
of the 49th, often sitting on best-seller lists. Never too late to start writing! Peter Ekstrom ’73 (aka Aurora Borealis) lives in Chinatown, NYC with his husband, Freddie Weiskopf. Peter is a successful composer/lyricist/adaptor with four musicals published and productions worldwide. In 2016 his musical of “Pride & Prejudice” ran for two years at the Moscow Art Theatre Chekhov. His “An O. Henry Christmas” is in a six-year run at the Moscow State Theatre, Pushkin and won its director the prestigious Golden Mask Award. Peter looks back with pride on his salad days as a gay rights activist (“I still have glitter in my beard!”), and he’d love to hear from friends and fans: firstname.lastname@example.org Larry Wentworth ’74 graduated in 1991 from New England School of Law, summa cum laude. After spending over 20 years as a judicial law clerk
to the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia, he was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the court on October 5, 2016. He is stationed on the island of Chuuk (Truk), but frequently has cases on the islands of Yap and Pohnpei. Hal Josephson ’75 is Program Chair for Project Connect at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Project Connect (the-project.co.nz) is New Zealand’s premiere international speaker series which has hosted over 50 international thought leaders in NZ to share their insights and perspectives. Due to COVID-19, the series has pivoted to Project Connect Virtual, hosting six speakers live from their homes around the globe for NZ nation-wide Zoom presentations. Whayne Herriford ’76 is living in Northern Kentucky across the river from Cincinnati, and is semi-retired as of December of 2020
After six years as director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in the Republic of Panamá, Matt Larsen ’76 retired to San Francisco, CA. His Smithsonian tenure followed a 30year career with the U.S. Geological Survey, where he was a researcher and later a program director in Menlo Park, CA, Puerto Rico, and USGS HQ in Reston, VA, working on natural hazards, water resources, and climate change issues. See: stri.si.edu/scientist/ matthew-larsen and Twitter @WestPhillyMatt
shelter-in-place orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic. He subsequently became the target of harassment from liberal groups who misunderstood his intentions. Josh Bowers ’77 visited campus in September and was surprised to find that it looked better than when he graduated. Photographer David Garten ’77 shot the cover for Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s
latest CD, “Four Questions,” and the back cover and interior photo for “Transparency,” the latest CD by Dafnis Prieto Sextet. His website is: cubaphoto.com In 2019, Barry Rogers ’78 sold his company and retired 12 months later. He says he’d often thought he would want to work indefinitely, but says, “No, I’m done.” He put his home on the market and is building out a Sprinter van and plans to explore the country, “like I did when I
Michael Murphy ’76 is the subject of, “How an “Old Hippie” Got Accused of Astroturfing the RightWing Campaign to Reopen the Economy,” an article published by Mother Jones in April. Murphy purchased a number of URLs in an effort to oppose the growing protest campaign against stay-at-home and
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2020 Alumni Awards Each year, the Antioch College Alumni Board of Directors recognizes those alumni and friends who, by their achievements and actions, best exemplify the values and successes held in high esteem by the Antioch College Alumni Association. Award plenary sessions were presented during Virtual Reunion in October 2020 where the recipients were honored for their achievements. HORACE MANN AWARD
Keith Hickman ’90 The Horace Mann Award recognizes contributions by alumni of Antioch College who have “won some victory for humanity,” following Horace Mann’s advice to the graduating class of 1859. Recipients are persons, or groups of persons, whose personal or professional activities have had a profound effect on the present or future human condition. Mann was the first president of Antioch College. Keith Hickman ’90 is Executive Director of Collective Impact at the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), the world’s first graduate school wholly devoted to restorative practices. In this role, Keith works with partner organizations, both domestically and globally, to pursue the IIRP mission of positively impacting social health by helping individuals find new ways to empower people and transform communities. He served as an advisor to the Maryland Commission on the Schoolto-Prison Pipeline and Restorative Practices and a partner scholar on several national work groups focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. His work with school districts and community-based agencies include the cities of Chicago, Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Washington, DC, the 68 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020
Republic of Jamaica, including Kingston, and his hometown of Louisville, KY. In Detroit, he helped bring together schools, police, human services, court systems, corrections and neighborhood associations that are working together to positively impact children and families throughout the city. Keith has served in high-level leadership positions for the New York City Department of Education and New Leaders for New Schools. In 2000, he helped found the Youth Justice Project at the Harlem Community Justice Center, under the Center of Court Innovation. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology of Human Development (Class of 1990) and is enrolled in graduate school at IIRP. He attributes a great deal of his success to the political and social activism at Antioch. As a leader of the Third World Alliance (TWA), and as a member of the Antioch Record and student government, he learned the importance of having a strong voice, agency, and sense of belonging—values that continue to serve as a compass of his work. In 2000, Keith married his college partner Katherine Kavanagh ’92. They live in New York City and have two wonderful children, James, a freshman at Marist College, and Ella, a sophomore at York Prep Academy. He is honored to be the recipient of the 2020 Horace Mann Award and has dedicated his life to the fight for human dignity and social justice, victories that need to be won around the world.
ARTHUR MORGAN AWARD
Ben London ’89
The Arthur Morgan Award recognizes contributions by alumni or friends of the College which exemplify the concept of “community” advocated by Arthur Morgan. The nominees for this award should be persons, or groups of persons, who have contributed to their community—either local, national or world—in a manner which brings members of the community together in
order to work toward common goals. Morgan served as President of Antioch College for 16 years. Ben London ’89 is a Seattle-based musician/recording artist who currently serves as Executive Director for Black Fret Seattle, a 501c3 non-profit that empowers musicians to create and perform new music. Prior, he held senior positions with the music museum Experience Music Project (MoPop), The Recording Academy (GRAMMYS), Hewlett Packard and Northwest Polite Society. London was the inaugural chair of the Seattle Music Commission and has served on boards including KEXP and the Vera Project. His music has been featured in a wide variety of movies and television programs. London’s music projects include Alcohol Funnycar, St. Bushmills Choir, Sanford Arms, Selene Vigil and STAG. Ben grew up in a house of music and followed in the footsteps of his mother, Janet McLeod London ’56. His parents had met at Antioch (his father was music director for the Shakespeare Festival), and Ben met his partner Roseann Moss London ’89 on campus, continuing the tradition. On arrival at Antioch in 1985, fate— or the magic wand of Doris Ehmann in the housing office—paired Ben and Steve Moriarty ’89 as freshman roommates, with Matt Dresdner ’89 and Adrian Garver ’89 in the room next door. It took about five minutes for music to break out. Over the next four years they formed bands on campus and on Co-ops. The College provided the freedom and spaces to play music, record DIY cassettes and put on shows. It was as if, under the watchful eye of Dean of Students Steve Schwerner ’60, the lunatics had taken over the asylum. After graduation, a group relocated to Seattle in 1989 and pursued careers in music throughout the ’90s, realizing the dreams they had imagined as students. The tragic loss of their dear friend and classmate Mia Zapata ’88 in 1993 was a major blow to the group, one that they are still reconciling to this day.
Over thirty years later, Ben is still working in music. Looking back, he attributes much of his success to Antioch. The college was a unique incubator for critical thinking, creativity and ingenuity. Ben feels he learned as much from his peers as he did from his professors and is grateful to this day for the bonds formed in that community.
REBECCA RICE AWARD
Bethany Saltman ’92 The Rebecca Rice Award recognizes alumni of Antioch College who by their actions, achievements, and leadership have distinguished themselves and their alma mater. The recipients of this award are persons who have excelled in their vocation or field of study. The award is named for the first female trustee—and longtime faculty member—of Antioch College. Bethany Saltman ’92 considers her time at Antioch the most important influence in her life, impressing upon her the power of ideas to oppress and liberate. Bethany worked with the “Womyn of Antioch” to write the original Sexual Offense Prevention Policy (SOPP). She graduated with a BA in literature, then received an MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College in 1994. She published poems in national journals and taught writing at CUNY schools, including Medgar Evers College. She began presenting academic papers on composition and Whiteness in the “basic writing” classroom and was offered a position at Polytechnic University. After starting coursework toward a linguistics doctorate, Bethany realized that her scholarly questions were actually spiritual ones, so she left the program and moved into Zen Mountain Monastery, where she met her husband, Thayer Case. They married in 2001. Bethany began her career as a journalist, professional researcher, and book partner, working with many bestselling authors in Phoenicia, New York in 2003. She was invited
to become a senior lay student in the Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism. After giving birth to her daughter, Azalea, she became fascinated by attachment, one of the most rigorously studied fields of developmental psychology. Bethany spent the next decade teaching herself this complex science, traveling to labs, archives and trainings, piecing together the biography of one of the field’s unsung female heroes, Dr. Mary Ainsworth, asking herself what kind of mother she was. In 2020, Random House published her first book, Strange Situation: A Mother’s Journey Into the Science of Attachment. Acclaimed as “one of the best science books of 2020,” and “a fascinating mix of memoir and the history of a major revolution in the scientific theory of the relationships we form in our first year of life,” Strange Situation is the first of its kind—a memoir that reveals the intimate details of how the science of attachment and the Buddhist concept of attachment intersect in one woman’s life. Bethany is incredibly grateful for what she learned at Antioch—how to think, feel and write as if her life depends on it. Because, now she knows for sure, it does.
J.D. DAWSON AWARD
Steven Duffy ’77 The J.D. Dawson Award recognizes significant contributions to Antioch College by alumni or friends of Antioch.
The recipients of this award are persons who have contributed in a significant way to Antioch College or a program of Antioch College. Perhaps best-known for his involvement with the Co-op department, J.D. Dawson’s entire career was dedicated to Antioch College. Steve Duffy ’77 (known to one and all as Duffy) has never met a tie-dye Tshirt he didn’t like. As he explains, “I got my first shirt in the summer of ’85. There was a student packing up and leaving to follow a band around the country, a band called the Grateful Dead. At the library, I always helped keep her record clean. When she was moving out, she tossed a tie-dye shirt at me from the top of the fire escape in North and yelled, ‘Thanks for keeping my record clean.’ A week later, I wore the shirt in New York and it almost stopped traffic. So I had that one shirt, then two, then three, and it’s now closer to 130.” Duffy has spent roughly 53 years— minus two years helping run the Los Angeles Free Clinic in the early ’70s— at our small but mighty and catalytic college nestled in the rolling hills of southwest Ohio, taking what he thought might be a temporary job after graduation at the Olive Kettering Library (OKL). Over the next four and some decades, he calls himself blessed to have a great river of students, faculty, staff, and alumni float by, and has trained hundreds of students to work at that quirky yet wonderful academic library. The day after the College closed in
Duffy 2008, Duffy went to work at the College Revival Fund as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations. When the College reopened in Fall of 2011 he returned to the OKL. Probably no one else experienced more joy than he did when new students came as Antioch College reopened. He did brief stints on ComCil, AdCil, The Sexual Offense Hearing Board, served many elected terms as a Union Steward and six years on the Alumni Board, and has been involved with the Antioch College Alumni for Diversity Affinity Group since 2006. Duffy continues to be a tireless booster of all things Antioch, and his column “A Buffalo Grazing” is a staple in College communications.
WALTER F. ANDERSON AWARD
Quandra Prettyman ’54
The Walter F. Anderson Award recognizes contributions by alumni and friends who have advanced Antioch College’s ideals by breaking down racial and ethnic barriers. The award is named for Antioch’s longtime music department chair, the first African-American department head at a historically non-black institution of higher education. Recipients have shown fortitude and effectiveness in promoting diversity within the Antioch community and beyond. Quandra Prettyman ’54 grew up as the child of two school teachers in Baltimore, MD. She attended Antioch College where she majored in history,
Prettyman graduating in 1954. She studied English literature at the University of Michigan from 1955–1957. Quandra then moved to New York City where she worked in publishing and began teaching. In 1970, she joined the faculty of Barnard College in the English department. In addition to teaching conventional English courses, Quandra’s interests led her to create new courses including The Harlem Renaissance; Slavery: the Woman’s Experience, Black and White; Minority Women Writers in the US (Native American, African American, Latina, Asian American); Literature of the Great Migration; and Early African American literature 1760-1890. Her commitment to African American literature and studies has inspired countless students during her 50-year career as a Senior Associate in English. Although officially retired, Quandra has continued to teach groundbreaking courses as recently as the fall of 2019. Quandra’s writing and poetry has been published in various forums. Several of her poems appear in Arnold Adoff’s The Poetry of Black America. She edited Out of Our Lives: A Selection of Contemporary Black Fiction in 1975. Her interest in cookbooks and recipes led to her article, “Come Eat at My Table: Lives with Recipes” published by Southern Quarterly in 1992. In her “retirement,” Quandra continues to work on many projects involving her cookbooks, her poetry and her continuing passion for African American studies. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 69
Class Notes was at Antioch in the ’70s (I think things may have changed a bit).” He plans to visit National Parks, as well as friends and acquaintances from over the years; “I don’t even need a guestroom.” email@example.com
Middle: An Anthology of the Black Midwest and is posted online at beltmag. com. Mark continues to chronicle the intersection of history, race, and culture at popmatters.com, and looks for other opportunities whenever time allows.
Don Greenstein ’78 (Antioch School of Law ’81) is a “reformed lawyer” who worked for 30 years as a mediator in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Massachusetts. He is the Ombuds Director at Brandeis living in Natick, MA, with his life partner Kirstin Sokol. He has three grown daughters, two granddaughters (1 and 3), and gets his fresh CSA Produce from Richard Robinson ’81. He welcomes visitors: DonGreenstein@Gmail.com
Anna (Coates) Scotti ’80 is a middle school teacher living in Southern California. Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker since 2016, and her first poetry collection will be published in 2021 by Lightscatter Press. Anna also writes fiction; her short stories can be found in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and her young adult novel, Big and Bad, was published earlier this year. Anna would love to hear from old friends. annakscotti.com
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The documentary feature, American Factory—created by Julia Reichert ’70 with longtime partner and collaborator Steven Bognar and nephew Jeff Reichert—gained critical acclaim and broad reach over the past year. The film follows the creation of a Chinese-owned automotive glass factory in a shuttered General Motors plant which was the subject of Reichert’s previous Oscar nominated film, The Last Truck. American Factory premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019—where it won Best Director award for a U.S. documentary film—and was subsequently picked up by Netflix in association with Higher Ground Productions, Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company. Reichert went on to garner a slew of nominations and awards including her first Oscar at the 92nd Academy Awards in February (it was her fourth nomination), and three Emmy nominations, winning Outstanding Directing For A Documentary/Nonfiction Program in September. In early June, Reichert and Bognar collaborated with Dave Chappelle on the short documentary, “8:46,” filmed in Yellow Springs. “8:46” is Chappelle’s searing response to the killing of George Floyd and the national uprising that followed. And, in late June, she participated in the Sixth Commencement of the Newly Independent Antioch College, delivering the Commencement Address to the Class of 2020. The ceremony was presented virtually, and Reichert provided a beautifully produced speech via video (watch at: youtu.be/qqawC77pqT8). Reichert and Bognar have also completed their newest film, 9to5—The Story of a Movement, which documents the national grassroots movement of secretaries and working women who fought to create changes in their workplaces. A socially distanced film premiere was held in October at the Dixie Twin Drive-In in Dayton, OH, benefiting the nonprofit FilmDayton. Caryn James of The Hollywood Reporter says 9to5 is “energetic, informative, and bracing.”
Inspired by her first Co-op in 1978 at the Hippocrates Health Institute where raw food diets were taught as a way to overcome cancer, Jeanne Papish ’81 is pursuing a Masters in Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She has had a lifelong interest in “winning a victory for humanity through eating better.” After raising two girls in South Orange, NJ, Ann Sorrel ’82 and her husband moved to downtown Newark, NJ . They live next to the state office building that houses the NJ Office of Public Defender where Ann has worked as a criminal defense trial attorney for over 30 years. She spends
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Marcella Simon ’79 is happily retired, splitting her time between Kissimmee, FL, and a cottage in Ely, UK, to be with her daughter and first grandchild. Her flash fiction piece, Maria, in Three Acts, (a tribute to her late mother) was published by Pank online journal this year.
A Big Year for Julia Reichert ’70
2020 Winning Victories Grants The Antioch College Alumni Association announces five finalists for the 2020 Winning Victories Grant program. Two $15,000 grants will be awarded. See the finalists below. The Winning Victories Grants program—launched in 2018 by alum and former Trustee Matt Morgan ’99—is a cash award to support initiatives designed by College alumni to accelerate the development and deepen the impact of public good and social justice in local, national, and international communities. For the 2020 program year, alums from 2000 or later were invited to submit proposals. Proposals were blind-reviewed and scored independently. In August, Amy Crossin ’01, Truth Garrett ’20, Mariah Lossing ’04, Monika Perry ’17, and
Ruthie Scarpino ’08 were announced as the five top-scoring finalists. Each presented a video for their proposals on October 2 during Reunion 2020. All members of the Antioch community were invited to watch the videos and vote for their top two candidates. On Sunday, October 25, Amy Crossin ’01 and Truth Garrett ’20 were announced as the recipients of two $15,000 grants. Each of the other finalists received grants of $1,000 each. Congratulations to all of the finalists who are making Antiochians proud by pursuing impactful projects and answering Horace Mann’s call to win some victory for humanity.
WINNERS Truth Garrett ’20 lives in Yellow Springs, OH. His proposal, “Flowing With Facts,” aims to address student engagement and absenteeism among poor, ethnically diverse underachieving students. Flowing with Facts is a new initiative. Truth plans to work with educators and Hip Hop artists to produce digital lesson plans and scripted classroom lessons. The curriculum will be delivered free of charge to schools that do not have their own funding to pay for the services.
Amy Etoll Crossin ’01 lives in Columbus, OH. Her proposal, “A Fighting Chance for Asylum Seekers in Ohio,” aims to address the need for legal help among refugees residing in the Columbus area. Amy plans to develop legal clinics to advise asylum seekers of their rights, assist them to prepare and file asylum and work permit applications, and help them to connect to other community resources. Ideally, the project would perpetuate itself, then become a non-profit immigration law firm.
FINALISTS Mariah Lossing ’04 lives in Mendota Heights, MN. Her proposal, “Breaking the Barrier to Neurodiversity,” aims to address segregation, un- and underemployment, and poverty among individuals who identify as neurodivergent. Mariah’s proposal is to develop a comprehensive program for and by neurodiverse individuals, including those on the autism spectrum, as well as those with ADHD and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program will include a website, podcasts, online courses, connection to resources, and inclusion coaching.
Monika Perry ’17 lives in Toledo, OH. Their proposal, “The Affordable Eco-Housing Revolution,” aims to address climate change and housing insecurity in inner-city Toledo and beyond. Monika’s organization, Toledo Permaculture Network, seeks to offer zero-interest loans to low-income neighbors and walk them through the process of constructing their own off-grid ecohome using natural materials. The loan will jumpstart a “pay-it-forward” model through which homeowner’s loan repayments will fund the building expenses of the next eco-home.
Ruthie Scarpino ’08 splits her time between Europe and New England. Her proposal, “Faulty Fairytales,” aims to address the lack of LGBTQIA+ storylines and representation for school age people and their families. Faulty Fairytales builds new stories using classic characters and popular narratives, reversing normative gender roles and expectations. Ruthie’s proposal is tol hire a cast of seven LGBTQIA+ artists, and tour to traditional venues/community spaces such as parks, LGBTQIA+ centers, schools, and meeting halls at no cost to audiences.
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Ted Bunch ’83 co-authored Book of Dares: 100 Ways for Boys to be Kind, Bold, and Brave, which will be published in January 2021. https://www.acalltomen.org Barbara (Dole) Acosta ’84 retired two years ago and moved to Maine where she lives in a log cabin by the water; “If you have to live through a pandemic, this is not a bad life.” She spends her time visiting her 96-year-old mother (Marjorie Welsh Dole ‘46), hiking Acadia, kayaking, gardening, and doing social justice work through the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth. 301906-8378. Eric Friedlander ’84 accepted the role of Secretary for Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services in May 2020. He had been serving in the role on an interim basis since December. 72 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020
The photography of Sheryl Huebinger ’84 was selected for “The Powerful Composition” challenge and shown by the Fridge Gallery in Washington, DC. Aaron Schwabach ’85 has joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s William H. Bowen School of Law. Lynn Carr ’89, professor of sociology at Seton Hall University, has been awarded a $5,000 Jack Shand Research Grant from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR), an interdisciplinary academic association that stimulates, promotes and communicates social scientific research about religious institutions and experiences. The grant will support her qualitative sociological study which investigates shiva among those affiliated with Reconstructing Judaism (RJ), a small yet well-established American Jewish movement/denomination. A perspective piece by Joseph Lowndes ’90, “The GOP had an uneasy relationship with the far right. Until Trump,” was published by The Washington Post on September 16, 2020. He is an associate professor of political science at the University of Oregon. In September, 2020, Steven Thurston Oliver ’90 was featured on the panel “Strengthening Community: Four Black Men in Conversation During the Dual Pandemics of Structural Racism and
Documentary by Wendy Ewald ’74 Portraits and Dreams, co-directed by Wendy Ewald ’74, premiered on PBS on September 7, 2020, as part of POV, television’s longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films. Ewald is a photographer known for her collaborative work which merges photography, activism, and education, and challenges prevailing ideas of authorship. Ewald taught photography to children in rural schools in Letcher County, KY, in the 1970s. “In my classrooms I tried to create a lively, open atmosphere in which the students could feel at home expressing themselves,” Ewald explains. “When they made self-portraits, they discovered that they could be the subjects of their own photographs and could change themselves into whatever characters they chose to create.” Portraits and Dreams revisits these photographs created by the schoolchildren and the place where the photos were made. The film is about the students, their work as visionary photographers, and the lives they have led since then, as well as the linkages of personal memory to the passage of time. A companion book will be published by MACK Books.
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weekends at her lakefront cottage on Lake Owassa, 60 miles northwest in rural Sussex County, NJ. While she can’t bike or hike due to multiple sclerosis, she enjoys swimming in the lake. Contact: 111 Mulberry St. #6E Newark, NJ 07102, (973) 761-7791
Social Work Honors for Hilary Weaver ’84 In October 2020, Hilary Weaver ’84 was named by the American Public Health Association Social Work Section as the Insley-Evans Public Health Social Worker of the Year (2020). The award recognizes excellence in public health social work. Weaver has also been named a National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Social Work Pioneer®. The program honors members of the social work profession who have contributed to the evolution and enrichment of the profession. The Pioneer Program identifies and recognizes individuals whose unique dedication, commitment, and determination have improved social and human conditions. Weaver is only the fourth Native American to be inducted into the NASW Pioneers Program. Weaver majored in social work with a focus in cross cultural studies at Antioch College and currently serves as a professor and associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. “Thanks to the wonderful education I received at Antioch, and particularly the classes I had from Jewel Graham (who taught social work and law) and Al Denman (law, religion, philosophy), I have built a strong career in social work and social work education,” Weaver says. “It is nice to be recognized for what I was taught to do at Antioch, work to win victories for humankind.”
COVID-19” presented by The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. John Sims ’90 was artist in residence with the Art of Performance Program at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL, in September 2020. Craig W. Johnson ’91 continues to manage the American Medical Association member constituency group for Black, Latinx, and Native American physicians. During the Chicago Antioch Alumni Chapter Zoom summer meeting Craig presented, “My Race, Sexual Orientation, and Antioch Experience: Factors that Inform My Role in Health Policy and Advocacy.” In October, he was elected chair of the AIDS Foundation Chicago board of directors, and he was appointed to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Advisory Council on LGBTQ+ Issues. Colin Altman ’93, Chief of Miami Township FireRescue, testified on September 22, 2020, at the Ohio Statehouse in support of SB 286. This legislation will benefit volunteer firefighters by offering them a tax credit up to $500 to offset any personal funds that were used to purchase equipment. Lainie Holman ’93 has accepted the position of Department Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation. She is also the current Interim
Chair for Developmental Pediatrics. Eleven years ago, Jason Rothstein ’94 earned his Master of Public Health. Eight years ago, he married Anna Gomberg. Six years ago, he joined Jewish United Fund in Chicago and became Executive Director of the Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics. Five years ago, his son Jascha was born, followed two years later by his daughter Seraphina (Sally). Today, he wrote this class note, which shows that he remains a procrastinator. Tex Clark ’95 was included in a New York Times article, “Community Radio Fights to Stay Live (and Weird) Despite Coronavirus,” published in April. Clark is a federal public defense attorney in Portland, OR, and is the host of the weekly radio show “Circa Rad” on XRAY.fm (KXRY 107.1 and 91.1 FM). She got her start in radio on Anti-Watt at Antioch The second novel by Marc Anthony Richardson ’95, Messiahs, is scheduled for publication in fall 2021. An excerpt, “Night is the Best Counsel,” is featured in the fall 2020 “Dispatches from Solitude” issue of Bard College’s literary journal, Conjunctions. He will also be a writerin-residence at Rhodes University in Makhanda, South Africa. Aurore (Peterson) Sibley ’98 released her debut solo album of original THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 73
Laurie Paul ’90 Wins Lebowitz Prize Dr. L.A. (Laurie) Paul ’90, professor of philosophy and cognitive science at Yale University, was awarded the 2020 Dr. Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution along with Agnes Callard, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago. Both have worked on issues related to personal change. Awarded annually by BK in conjunction with the APA, this prize recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of philosophy, and is given annually to two scholars who hold contrasting philosophical perspectives “of current interest both to the field and to an educated public audience.” Professors Paul and Callardl’s topic for the 2020 Lebowitz Prize is “Personal Transformation and Practical Reason.” Like Callard does in her book Aspiration, and Paul’s book, Transformative Experience reflects on the limits and nature of practical rationality. The two philosophers consider cases in which an individual chooses to undergo a transformative experience, such as becoming a parent, in which a person’s values radically change. Dr. Paul states, “I’m deeply interested in how personal revolution relates to a fascinating new idea defended by Agnes Callard in her recent book, Aspiration. Callard argues that we can think of agents as aspiring to a certain type of self-change, in effect rejecting their current self in favor of a future self. In my paper, I’d question whether an aspirant can make this choice rationally and explore the way that this question interacts with personal epistemic versions of Kuhn-style incommensurability puzzles raised by an agent’s undergoing a transformative change.”lapaul.org
Alison Stankrauff ’96 at the Women’s March in South Bend, IN, in 2017, “just as cogent now as a few years back.” music, “Book of Song,” which can be found on all streaming platforms in July. Her music ranges from indie-folk and pop to jazz and blues. Quiet on Set is a short film written by Rani Crowe 74 THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020
’01. Loosely inspired by the many stories that have surfaced during the #MeToo movement, the film has been selected by numerous film festivals including 2020 Indy Film Festival, Dayton Independent Film Festival,
YofiFest, Twin Cities Film Festival, and the International Short Film Festival Kalmthout Belgium among others.
which was published by STAT and picked up by PBS NewsHour. In July 2020, entrepreneur IdaLease Cummings ’16 was featured in Voyage ATL, a publication that highlights “The Best of Atlanta.” IdaLease speaks openly about her struggles, which have taught her life can be unjust, the pursuit of justice should be unyielding, and that life is full of paradoxes.
The work of Allison Maria Rodriguez ’03 has been featured in a number of recent exhibitions including the AREA CODE Art Fair in Salem, MA, and “Flickering at the Edge of Anthropocene”, a three-person exhibition in Columbus, OH. The Boston Globe reviewed Rodruiguez’s series, “Legends Breath” in an August article titled “Fantasy is a place to retreat, recharge in these artist videos.” In February, Brian Landever ’04 completed a three-year term working as the Director CONAPAC, a nonprofit organization in the low Amazon rainforest basin of Peru. He worked to offered development programs including access to clean drinking water, economic development, conservation education training, sustainable living training, construction of school kitchens, and more. He wrote of the experience on his blog: samericatravels.livejournal.com Alexandra (Xandra) Feathers ’06 is an epidemiologist and is currently a first-year medical student at SUNY Downstate. In August 2020, she wrote an opinion piece “Ventilation should be part of the conversation on school reopening. Why isn’t it?”
Eric Rhodes ’16 documents Ohio’s long and complicated relationship with the confederacy in his article “Ohio Has Always Had Confederate Apologists” published by Belt Magazine in July.
Amelia Gonzalez ’17 featured in PBS special
Amelia Gonzales ’17 was featured in the PBS American Portrait documentary special, “A Family of Us,” which premiered on August 2. Amelia’s father, Ernesto, was released from prison in February 2020 after serving a 10-year-sentence for a crime that he did not commit. The special, which is all about familial relationships in America, captures Amelia’s long-awaited, emotional reunion with her father when she is finally able to fly from New York to San Francisco to see him again. Amelia also shares the toll incarceration takes on families like hers and why the years-long separation from her father was so painful. Amelia graduated from Antioch College in 2017 with a BA in Anthropology. Following graduation she has worked as a filmmaker and worked on advocacy and lobbying for the prison justice movement. Although she has confronted much hopelessness and despair through her work, she remains “relentless when it comes to transforming my community and the world.”
In addition, his piece, “Midwestern ‘Mobocracy’: The Emergence of Labor Politics and Racial Exclusion in Cincinnati, 1829–1836” was published in May in the book, The Making of the Midwest Essays on the Formation of Midwestern Identity, 1787–1900. Odette Chavez-Mayo ’18 is one of ten recipients of the En Foco 2020 Photography Fellowship Program, selected from a pool of 134 applicants. En Foco, Inc. is a nonprofit that supports contemporary primarily U.S.-based photographers of African, Asian, Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islander heritage. THE ANTIOCHIAN FALL 2020 75
Thank you, Antioch College Donors and Volunteers Antioch College is a miracle in the landscape of higher education. After independence was secured by dedicated alumni and friends a decade ago, we have made incredible progress having reopened, gained accreditation (ahead of schedule), and through our ambitious drive to innovate and reinvent ourselves as a college of action. Antioch’s dedicated supporters have made all this possible. And, it is donors who continue to make an Antioch College education a reality for students who own their education, learn experientially, and act for justice; students who want to win victories for humanity and who will change the world. We thank all of the donors and volunteers who so generously support Antioch, a college that works.
Honor Roll of Donors 2018–19 & 2019–20 View the complete list of donors and giving by Class Year online at: antiochcollege. edu/honor-roll-of-donors Notes This Honor Roll recognizes donors for their gifts made between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2020.
David Ballou ’65 & Jean Ballou Eugene Barron ’62 James Barter ’52 & Eloise Barter Jack Blount ’60 & Alice Blount Ellen Borgersen ’72 Mary Bowman ’49, P’72, P’75, P’82 Daniel Brustein ’71 & Joan Trey ’71 Micah Canal ’08
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Eddie Chang ’71
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Sonya Christensen ’69 & Carl Christensen ’69 Monique Clague Gail Clinton ’76 & Joe Teno Susan Cohen ’65 & Daniel Cohen Peter Creelman ’67 William Dalton ’67 & Jeanne Dalton Shelley Diamond ’80 Linda Donnelly ’66 Frank Dougherty ’62
Hugh Taylor Birch Legacy Society
Noreen Dresser ’77
The Hugh Taylor Birch Legacy Society is named to honor one of Antioch College’s most generous alumni. The Society recognizes individuals who have thoughtfully made Antioch College a beneficiary in their will or trust.
Claryce Evans ’59
Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Brent Aiello-Ortner ’98
Bruce Ellison ’62 John Feinberg ’70 & Sarah Feinberg, P’94 Paul Feinstein ’68 & Lee Feinstein ’70 Karen Foreit ’67 & James Foreit ’67 Zelda Gamson ’59 & William Gamson ’55 Stephen Gartrell ’69 & Susan Gartrell
Paul Atkins III
Michelle Gelber ’82 & Aron Sereny
Millicent Ball ’61
David Goodwin ’54 &
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Joan Goodwin Paul Graham ’52, P’80 George Grantham ’64 David Gribbin & Julie Walker-Gribbin, P’07 Carl Haag ’52 & Carol Haag, P’91 Charlotte Hallam ’60 William Harris ’60 & Jo Anne Simon Selma Hayman ’53 John Henneberger ’50 & Nancy Henneberger ’51 Frances Horowitz ’54, P’82, P’83 Gary Houseknecht ’66 & Rosalind Houseknecht ’66 John Howard ’48, P’74 Carl Hyde ’48 Joyce Idema ’57 Richard Kellaway ’56 Clarence Kent ’57 & Carole Kent Margaret Kinsman ’68 & Jerry Wetlanfer Melvin Kohn Carol Korty ’59 Kong Loeup ’83 Alexander “Sandy” Macnab ’65 & Judith Macnab Eva Marx ’54 & Thomas Marx Susan Mayer ’79 & Kenneth Parsigian Robert McFarland Catherine McHugh ’73 Warren McKay ’59 Benjamin McKay ’53 Kim McQuaid ’70 Sharon Merriman ’55 Ilse Moon ’53 Ronald Napal ’66 & Skip Boling Ralph Overton ’61 & Helen Creek
Glenn Paris ’80 Dominic Parisi ’75 & Daniel Zimmerman Laurence Pearl ’55 & Anne Womeldorf Bob Rappaport ’74 Edward Richard ’59 Elena Rodriguez ’77 & Tony Brenna Elise Roenigk ’64 Megan Rosenfeld ’69 & Duncan Spencer Nicholas Sanders ’62 & Margaret Sayvetz ’69 Gretchen Schafft ’61 & Harry Schafft Richard Schwab ’58 & Rochelle Schwab ’63 Sara Schwabacher ’74 David Scott ’72 George Seifert ’52 & Nancy Seifert Robert Selby ’63 Elin Shallcross ’67 & Trudi Rogier Nancy Simon ’52 Roger Sitterly ’67 David Southern ’73 Allen Spalt ’66 & Susan Spalt Joan Staples ’53 & Charles Staples Fredric Stein ’70 & Nikki Stein ’70 Harry Stein ’59 Janet Stevens ’81 Penelope Storm ’65 Joan Straumanis ’57, P’84 Gary Strichartz ’65 & Linnea Lof Ilse Tebbetts ’54 Lise Thomsen ’63 & Robert Jones Stephen Tobias ’66 Ruth Van Lehn ’51 David Vincent ’65 Judith Greenwald Voet ’63 & Donald Voet Malte von Matthiessen ’66 & Pamela von Matthiessen Barbara Wallraff ’72 Patricia Wand ’67, P’92 Barton Wechsler ’70 & Louise Wechsler ’70 Helen Welford ’69 & Robin Warner Betsy Whitney
Barbara Winslow ’68 Donald Young ’67 & Barbara Leib-Young
Antioch College Giving Societies Philanthropy is the lifeblood of the College, providing the financial footing that makes the Antioch adventure possible for students today. The engagement and support of the extended Antiochian community—alumni, students, parents, and friends—sustains and strengthens the College in the present and for the future. Please note that donors who gave in both years are denoted with an asterisk*. View the complete list of donors at: antiochcollege. edu/honor-roll-of-donors Towers Society Alumni and friends who have contributed or pledged $25,000 or more Anonymous* Anonymous* Anonymous* Anonymous Heather Bailey & Frank Scenna Roger Bakeman ’62* Penny Ball ’61* Jim Barr ’59 & Judy Barr* David Battle & Esther Battle ’59* David Blau ’73 & Janet Armstrong* Jack Blount ’60 & Alice Blount* Judy Borck & Janet Switzer ’55 (D) Robert Borgen ’67* Ann Brayfield ’68 & Joseph Emerson ’66* Peter Buseck ’57* Tom Carhart ’74 & Dita Carhart Dick Colburn ’66 & Robin Colburn* Christine Cooney ’69 & Peter Black* Miriam Covington ’49 (D) Key * denotes giving in both 201819 & 2019-20 fiscal years P denotes parent of current or/former student (D) denotes deceased
Justin Cowger ’48 (D)* Nancy Crow ’70 & Mark Skrotzki John Day ’49, P’75, P’74 (D) Donna Denman & Alvin Denman (D), P’79, P’81, P’83, P’87* Robin Durst ’75 & Michael Morris ’75* David Farrell ’56 & Betty Farrell ’58 (D) Doug Fieldhouse ’81 & Suchen Fieldhouse* Atis Folkmanis ’62
Tom Schlenker ’73 & Carolina Schlenker* Lester Schulman ’55* Renata Schwebel ’53 (D) & Jack Schwebel George Seifert ’52 & Nancy Seifert* David Southern ’73* Allen Spalt ’66 & Susan Spalt* Jim Spangler ’74 & Megan Trolander* Joan Steitz ’63*
Doris Haverstick ’74
Ilse Tebbetts ’54* Malte von Matthiessen ’66 & Pamela von Matthiessen* Helen Wheeler ’69* Barbara Winslow ’68* Paula Wolk M.D. ’67 & PAM Spierings* Michael Young ’65 & Remy Young*
Eva Herndon ’59 & Terry Herndon ’57*
Arthur Morgan Society
Karen Foreit ’67 & Jim Foreit ’67* Diana Fowler ’76 & Robert Thorn* Robert Goldsmith ’76* David Gribbin & Julie Walker-Gribbin P’07* William Harris ’60 & Jo Anne Simon*
Mary Jacobs ’74 & John Jacobs Jr. ’76* Ed Jepsen ’66* Russell Kirby P’52 Carol Kurtz ’57 & Ron Kurtz* Debra LaMorte ’75 & Harvey Dale* Richard Lapedes & Maureen Lynch* Ryck Lent ’75 & Jennifer Lent* Steve Lipmann ’67 & Nancy Lipmann* Lillian Lovelace ’51* Shay Mayer ’79 & Kenneth Parsigian* Tom Mayer ’73 & Musa Mayer* Louise Meller ’67 & Jay Lukowski* Sharon Merriman ’55* Lee Morgan ’66 & Vicki Morgan ’66, P’99* Matt Morgan ’99 & Karla Halloran ’03* William Newman ’72 & Dale Melcher* Rex O’Neal ’80* Janet Phelps ’63 Irwin Pomerantz ’57, P’84* Joshua Rabinowitz ’72* Sheila Richmond ’57 & George Richmond* Charles Rosenberg ’68 & Sally Anne Rosenberg ’69* Phil Rouse II ’69 & Fran Rouse* Meredith Sarkees ’72 & John Sarkees*
Alumni and friends who have contributed $10,000–$24,999 Anonymous Roberta Adams ’77 & Andrew Glantz* Norma Biggar ’70 Elizabeth Blumenthal ’66 & Thomas Blumenthal ’66 Susan Boren ’70* Thomas Callahan ’89 & Bill Godwin* Hadley Case ’35 (D) Judith Church ’75* Eleanor Drey ’86 & Warren Saunders Jon Edwards ’76 & Nancy Fox Laura Ellison ’89* Paul Feinstein ’68 & Lee Feinstein ’70 Jeffrey Fraenkel ’77 & Alan Mark* Roberta Franklin & Gerald Franklin (D), P’79 Leslie Franklin ’79 David Goodman ’69 & Sylvia Goodman* Paul Graham ’52, P’80 Anne Groves ’57* Bernard Guyer ’65 & Jane Guyer* Betty Heuslein ’49* Phyllis Hodgson ’49 Robert Hollister ’66 & Catherine Donaher* Mark Houghton ’74 Joyce Idema ’57* Ruby Krouwer ’67 & Jan Krouwer
Evelyn LaMers ’69 & Tom LaMers ’68 John Lang ’65 & Nancy Merrell* Jeffrey Leonard ’68 & Joan Leonard* John Lithgow & Mary Yeager Robin Lloyd ’61* Tom Manley & Susanne Hashim* Warren McKay ’59* Michael McKee ’69 & Cynthia McKee Nancy Mead & John Mead Jack ’52 (D)* Betty Miller & Fred Miller ’51 (D)* Tanya Mink ’65 & James Collier* Susan Muska ’65 & Nicholas Muska Nick ’65* Michael Noonan & Shirley Noonan ’80 (D) Carol Paasche ’59 & Gottfried Paasche Gottfried ’61* Bryce Perry ’69 & Frances Perry ’69* Robert Petrucci ’74* Stephen Phinney ’68 Robert Press ’60* John Redding ’66 & Diane Redding ’67* Seymour Reichlin ’45* Barbara Schram ’55* Hans Spiegel ’48 & Eleanor Spiegel* Penelope Storm ’65* Joan Straumanis ’57, P’84* Jay Stubenhaus ’45, P’74 Marcus Widenor ’74* Ron Winger ’64 & Claudia Winger ’66 (D)* Rebecca Pennell Society Alumni and friends who have contributed $5,000–$9,999 Anonymous John Beeley* Carol Bieri ’72 & Joel Sanders ’76* Harry Cleaver Jr. ’67* Susan Deo & Naresh Deo, P’02* Linda Donnelly ’66* Laura Drey ’80 Peggy Erskine ’60 & David Erskine ’58 (D)* Matthew Fitzpatrick ’99 Diane Fleischman ’70 & Matthew Fleischman ’67* Martin Fried ’55* James Gagnet & Karen Wick-Gagnet, P’18
Jeffrey Goldstein ’80 & Orit Goldstein Larraine Granger ’67 David Hall ’60 & Rascha Hall ’62 Robert Hawley ’53 (D) & Miriam Hawley ’51 (D) Jessie Herr ’63* Anna Hill ’76 James Hobart ’58 & Nan Hobart* Joan Hollister ’70 & Gregory Finger* Eleanor Holmes Norton ’60 Frances Horowitz ’54 & Floyd Horowitz (D), P’82, P’83* Mary Joseph Estrellita Karsh ’52 John Knox ’68 & Carole Roberts* Stine Levy ’50 & Arthur Koch (D)* Jay Lorsch ’55 & Patricia Welbourn* Karen McClennen ’69* Samuel Oklu ’68 Ralph Overton ’61 & Helen Creek* Laurence Pearl ’55 & Anne Womeldorf* Jane Rice ’75* Edward Richard ’59* Karen Rosenberg ’72 Victoria Schor ’66 & George Schor ’66* Frank Shooster ’77* Judith Spock ’54 & Michael Spock’59 (D), P’83* Nancy Stone ’48 (D) Joan Taylor ’67 & Robert Taylor ’67* Catherine Taylor* Norman Tjossem ’68* Stephen Tobias ’66* Kathleen Van Demark ’70* David Vincent ’65* Hilary Weaver ’84* Donald Young ’67 & Barbara Leib-Young* Horace Mann Society Alumni and friends who have contributed $1,000–$4,999 Ann Adams ’57 & Sally Ehlers* James Agna (D), P’73 Dennis Albrecht ’65* Michael Alexander & Mary Barbara Alexander* Julie Alexander ’62* James Allen ’76 Shadia Alvarez ’96 & Rene Nonis*
Lawrence Amon ’72* Richard Amundson ’67, P’97* Allan Anderson & Nancy Anderson* Thor Anderson ’72* Joseph Anthony ’69 (D) & Marjorie Anthony* S. Charles Baber ’65 Jeanne Badman ’80* Harden Ballantine & Jeanne Ballantine Penina Ballen ’78* David Ballou ’65 & Jean Ballou* Judith Barnes ’64* Frederick Bartenstein & Joy Bartenstein* James Barter ’52 & Eloise Barter* Juliana Bates ’62 & David Bates Ellen Baum ’75 & Jeff Fischer ’74* Marcia Baum ’45, P’75* Terry Baum ’69* Ellis Bauman ’65 & Susan Bauman* Marcia Baumel ’68 & Robert Baumel* Daniel Beard ’60 & Sarah Beard* Alan Beasley ’51 Guy Beaumont Jr. ’69 & Susan Beaumont* Phyllis Beifuss ’49* Wilson Bent (D) & Ruth Bent (D) Brian Bergren & Hillary Jensen-Bergren* John Bershof ’78 Edward Bing ’59 & Linda Atkinson* Marcia Bishop ’69 & John Bishop* Brian Black* Tamara Bliss ’62 & John Bliss* Helen Bloch ’78 Eric Block ’80 & Marcia Walsh* Ellen Borgersen ’72* Sydne Bortel ’61 & Allen Bortel* Hunter Bourne Nikos Boutis* P. Nathan Bowles Jr. ’73 & Jane Bowles* Stanley Boyd ’62 Robert Brandt Jr.* Jack Bregger ’58 & Joan Bregger* Phillip Brigham ’97 & Jilana Ordman ’98* Debra Bright ’85* Josephine Broude ’49 James Brown & Janice Brown Kathan Brown ’58* Daniel Brustein ’71 & Joan Trey ’71 THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020 77
Honor Roll of Donors 2018–19 & 2019–20 Donna M. Bryan ’64* Jonathan Buchter ’71 & Carol Buchter ’71* Stephen Buchwalder & Dawn Buchwalder* Dan Bulos ’77 & Sarah Forsman Virginia Burris ’57* Martha Burt ’65 & BettyCarol Sellen* Linda Butler ’70 & Steven Nissen* Charles Buzzard Stephen Cake ’67 & Karin Cake* Paul Cameron ’63 & Louise Cameron Micah Canal ’08 George Carcagno ’63 & Anne Carcagno* Ruth Carp ’63 & Alan Carp* Douglas Carpenter ’67 & Penny Carpenter ’66 (D) Charles Carpenter ’66 & Susan Carpenter ’69* Sybil Carrillo ’95* Joan Carter, P’05 Caroline Cary-Devine ’84 & Robert Devine ’67 (D)* Donna Caslin David Chandler ’63 & Beverly Francis* Eddie Chang ’71* Natalie Chapman ’65 & Joe Pratt* Benjamin Chi ’55 Carl Christensen ’69 & Sonya Christensen ’69* Nancy Christie ’67* Downing Cless Faye Clifton ’49 (D) Honora Closz ’46 Aaron Cohen ’71 & Dorothy Donaldson Lori Cohen ’77 & Jeffrey Cohen* Virginia Comstock ’66 & Gordon Comstock ’66 (D) Susan Conard ’71 & David Randall* Paul Coney ’71 & Kinley Karlsen* Gordon Cowperthwaite ’49, P’75* Dan Crevensten Jr. ’67 & Pat Crevensten ’67* Evan Crosby ’73* Peter Crosman ’77 & Deborah Short Gail Currey ’76 & Daniel Barnett* Robin Curtis ’77 & Chase Curtis* William Dalton ’67 & Jeanne Dalton* 78 THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020
Jane David ’66 & David Greene* Sandra Davies ’65* Paul Davis ’74 & Roberta Davis ’75* William Davis ’64* John Dawson ’58 & Sarah Dawson ’61, P’88* Michael Dean ’54 & Sandra Dean* Ronald Dean ’67 & Sandy Eddy* Carolyn Dearnaley* Michael Denisevich ’76 Matthew Denman ’87 & Karen Denman Donn Denman ’79 & Nora Kim Denman Sylvia Denny (Miller) (D)* Richard Detweiler & Carol Detweiler Marilyn Detwiler ’57* Ralph Diamant ’67 Daryl Dichek ’78 & Kenneth Smith* Kay Dixon ’71* Charles Doering ’77 & Paula Doering* Rick Donahoe & Mary Donahoe Antonia Dosik ’67 & Leonard Kramer* Frank Dupps* Andrew Eaton ’70 & Barbara Eaton ’73* Margaret Eccles ’66* Pauline Edgar ’75 & John Edgar ’64* William Edmundson ’72 & Ann Weisler ’74* Patricia Edwards ’70 & Jerry Bidwell* Shannon Edwards ’78* Steve Edwards Bertram Ellentuck ’51 & Shan Ellentuck ’55 Barbara Esbin ’75 & Kostas Liopiros* William Evans & Phyllis Evans* Sarah Evans ’66 Claryce Evans ’59* Daniel Fallon ’61 & Christine Fallon* James Fearn Jr. ’68* Mark Feichtmeir ’74* Sharon Feigon ’74 & Steven Bialer* Carl Feind Jr. ’79 & Barbara Feind* Gordon Fellman ’57 & Pamela Blau* Ernest Fine ’65 & Susan Fine*
Joseph Foley ’64 & Sue Foley* Lawrence Foster ’70 & Julia Foster* Loretta Franklin ’65 & David Franklin* Mary Frantz ’44 & John Frantz Alcione Frederick Kenneth Friedman ’83 & Jane Friedman* Jeffrey Friedman ’81 & Jeanne Friedman* Richard Friedman ’76 & Kirsten Friedman, P’04 Frank Friedman ’65* Rochelle Friedman ’64 John Fyfe ’73 & Linda Mansfield* Raymond Gambino ’48 & Madeline Gambino Sarah Garst ’77* Donald Gasho ’68* Kenneth Geiger ’65 & Lesley Geiger Nancy Geist ’55 Erna Gelles ’74 & Alan MacCormack ’74* Peter Gerber ’69 & Julia Miller* Barbara Geri & John Geri Ann German ’72 Jeroen Gerritsen ’74 & Jingyee Kou* Patricia Gifford* Laurence Glasco ’62 & Ingrid Glasco Michael Glover* Anne Golden ’67 & Robert Kruger* Edward Goldson ’62 & Theresa Schiavone* Ricardo Goldstein ’74 & Theresa Shirley-Goldstein* Judith Goodkind ’60 & Arthur Goodkind, P’84* David Goodwin ’54 & Joan Goodwin* Robert Grahamjones ’80 & Frances Grahamjones* Peter Green ’77* Sally Greenberg ’75 Jane Greenfield ’70* Carol Greenwald ’77* Barrie Grenell ’65 & Peter Grenell ’61* Bruce Grier ’85* Clyde Griffith (D)* Kenneth Gross ’73 & Suzanne Armour* Ann Gruenberg ’69 Erin Guzman Joan Hall ’71 & Jeffrey Mullin*
Charlotte Hallam ’60* Franklin Halley* James Hardy ’75* Joel Hariton ’76 & Jeanne Pickering* Ruth Harris & John Harris Paul Harris ’58 & Kiyoka Koizumi Tamara Harris ’68 & Reuben Harris ’69 Susan Harris ’68 & William Harris* Mark Harrison ’57 & Ellen Harrison ’58* Kenneth Hashimoto Carol Joy Haupt ’57 & Conrad Haupt ’53 (D)* Selma Hayman ’53 Nancy Hemmes ’68* Thomas Hennessy ’82 & Christine Golnick* John Hennings ’62 & Laura Hennings* Thomas Herman ’72 Janet Hesslein ’67* D. Brooke Higdon ’72* Ellen Hobart ’76 & Peter Hobart ’76* Victoria Hochberg ’64* Arthur Hoffman ’67* Kristine Hofstra ’91 & Elizabeth Wiley ’71* Mary Hogan ’76 Pamela Hogarty ’68* Howard Holman ’63 & Cheron Holman ’65 Harriet Holmgren ’86 & Robert Holmgren* William Hood ’51 & Gloria Hood* Carole Hooven ’88* Gary Houseknecht ’66 & Rosalind Houseknecht ’66* John Howard ’48 & Marjorie Howard ’48, P’74* Mark Howson & Roberta Howson* Michele Hoyman ’72* Kenneth Huber & Wilhelmina Huber (D) Katherine Huff ’67 & Roger Huff ’69* Cecelia Huntington ’51 & Robert Huntington ’50* Hickory Hurie ’67* Blane Hurie ’69* Robert Huston & Tia Huston* Carl Hyde ’48* Peter Jacobs ’61 & Ellen Jacobs* David Jacobs ’73* Mark James ’76*
Elinor Jarrell ’69* Adelbert Jenkins ’57 & Betty Jenkins (D)* Eric Johnson ’73 & Patricia Hart* Laura Johnson ’65 & Robert Johnson ’65* Brent Johnson Craig Johnson ’91 David Jones ’62 & Julia Jones* Joel Jones ’65* Catherine Jordan ’72 & Stephen Lick* Grita Kamin ’59* Herschel Kaminsky ’58 Netta Kaplan ’51 (D), P’78, P’76 Bonnie Kasander ’75 & Stephen O’Rourke ’74* Jeanne Kay ’10* George Keebler ’67 & Stephanie Keebler* Sara Keeney ’69 Scott Kellogg & Linda Griffith* Clarence Kent ’57 & Carole Kent* Karen Kerr ’73* Alexandra Kesman ’08 Warren Khoo ’58 & Helen Fung Kenneth King ’65* Margaret Kinsman ’68 & Jerry Wetlanfer* Emily Kirby ’52* Robert Kitchen ’54 Tim Klass ’71 & Karen Klobucher Terry Kleid ’72* Jay Klevens ’80 Eugene Klotz ’58 & Carole Netter* Kenneth Knoll ’64 & Vera Knoll ’66* Melvin Kohn Linda Kolodner ’67* Robert Kolodny ’62 & Sarah Kolodny ’62* Lynda Korsan ’68 & Robert Korsan* Janet Krack ’62 & Howard Krack* Michael Krall ’74 & Kathleen Krall* Stephen Kress* Lori Kuhn ’89 & Karl Hendrickson ’88* Ellen LaBarbera ’71 & Michael LaBarbera* Wendy Lang ’61* Alice Larrea ’59 & Guillermo Larrea (D)* James Latham & Pat Latham Hugh Lauer ’65 & Ruth Lauer Laurence Leamer ’64 &
Vesna Obradovic Leamer Jeffrey Lerner ’72 & Nora Newcombe ’72 Thomas Levi ’73 & Jude Christensen* Randy Levine & Kathy Levine* Nate Levine ’76 Loida Lewis* Robert Lewis ’69* Lisa Lexier ’74* Peter Leyton ’71* Amy Liss ’53, P’87 Arni Litt ’69 Robert Litzenberger & Amy Litzenberger, P’96 Brian Lokai Matthew Longnecker ’78* Rudolf Lowey-Ball ’72 Sally Lutz ’65 & Christopher Lutz ’65 Barbara Mackey* Michael MacLaury ’67 & Kay MacLaury ’66 Jean MacMillan ’70* Alexander “Sandy” Macnab ’65 & Judith Macnab* Glenn Mahnken ’69* Frank Manley ’64 & Martha Manley* Joseph Marcum ’47 Richard Marr ’80 & Carolyn Marr* Sue Marshall ’71* Eva Marx ’54 & Thomas Marx* Frank Maurer Jr. ’64* Glenda May ’81 Clarence Maybee Jr. ’87 & April Maybee ’86* Allan McCue ’54* David McGuire ’61* Catherine McHugh ’73* Benjamin McKay ’53* Kim McQuaid ’70 Barbara Meikle ’62* Miriam Meisler ’64 John Mendelson ’77 & Veronica Segredo* Peter Mermin ’63 & Ginger Mermin Bonnie Messinger ’73 & Steven Mullinax* Paul Millman ’68 & Wendy Cross* Herman Montalvo ’75* Angela Moore Jenifer Morgan ’57 (D) Bryce Morrice ’73 Kenneth Muir ’56 & Jean Muir*
Karen Mulhauser ’65 & Frederick Mulhauser* Lora Mullin Kent Murphy ’73 Craig Murray Nina Myatt ’53, P’78* Cary Nelson ’67 & Paula Treichler ’65* David Neuhardt & Sharen Neuhardt* David Newman ’71, P’16* Bradley Norris Hilda Notley ’51 (D)* Victor Nunez ’68* Guy Nusholtz ’72* Rebecca Nussdorfer ’45* April Oakes & Kevin Turner* Steven Oboler ’68 & Sylvia Oboler ’68* Russell Oost Judy Oplinger ’64* Sandra Ostoyich ’60* Frank Pace Jr. (D), P’70 John Paciorek Susan Palmer & Christopher Cordle* Mac Palmer ’61 & Margery Palmer ’61 (D), P’87* Linda Pandey Denwood Parrish ’69 & Linda Parrish* Mildred Pasternack ’65 & Donald Wort* Patricia Payette ’68* Joan Pecore & Victor Pecore* Lois Pelekoudas, P’88* Robert Peters ’66 & Nessa Peters* John Pfetzing Sharri Phillips ’96 Lincoln Pinsky ’65 & Peg Pinsky* Mary Lee Plumb-Mentjes ’71* Lillian Prager ’64 Kate Prager Joanne Pratt* Joni Rabinowitz ’64 & John Haer* Hugh Randall ’65 & Elizabeth Randall* Bob Rappaport ’74* Robert Raymakers ’61* Julia Reichert ’70 & Steven Bognar* Harry Reisen ’73 & Scheri Fultineer ’77 Naomi Reiskind ’64 & Alvin Gerstein* Elaine Reisman ’50* Mark Rich
Sam Rinehart Sonia Robbins ’65* Susan Roberts ’61 & Bryan Roberts* Christopher Robertson ’85 & Jami Robertson ’85* Barbara Robertson* Daniel Roby ’74* Claudia Rocklin Henry Rogers ’58 & Rosa Rogers* Eric Rohmann ’68 & Gloria Rohmann ’69* Mark Roosevelt & Dorothy Roosevelt James Rose ’56 & Judy Rose* Megan Rosenfeld ’69 & Duncan Spencer* Roy Rosenthal ’68 & Jane Rosenthal* Jenell Ross Blanche Rubin ’65 & Bruce Rubin Joy Rubin ’48 & Marvin Rubin* Eric Ruck & Dorney Chesto-Ruck* Walter Rybeck ’49 & Erika Rybeck* Bethany Saltman ’92 Linda Sargent ’81 & John Sargent Patricia Savadove ’60* Beth Schachter ’69* Stephanie Schaffhausen ’67 & Brian Schaffhausen ’68* Christine Schelshorn ’71 & James Danky* Christopher Schwab III ’63 & Jean Schwab Richard Schwab ’58 & Rochelle Schwab ’63* Paul Schwartz ’60 & Zelda Schwartz* Jeffrey Schwarz ’73 & Alexa Schwarz James Schwinn* Susan Scott ’74 & Jeffrey Lawson* David Scott ’65 & Judith Scott* Sherraid Scott ’65* Marianne See ’73* Lee Serrie ’70 & Robert Giuliani* Elin Shallcross ’67 & Trudi Rogier* Karen Sheingold ’65* Jerry Shively & Monica Shively Nancy Simon ’52* Elizabeth Skarie ’74 & Jerry Greenfield* Birute Skurdenis ’74*
Carol Slocum ’52 Karen Sloss ’74*
Elizabeth Waldhauer ’55 & John Waldhauer ’52 (D)*
Donna Smith ’56*
Kim Wallen ’70*
Rhea Smith* Carolyn Smith ’69*
Bruce Wallenta ’67 & Hwan Moo Wallenta*
Wayne Snively ’63
Barbara Wallraff ’72*
Elizabeth Sorensen* Donald Stanat ’59 & Sylvia Stanat ’59* Joan Staples ’53 & Charles Staples* Ruth Steegmann ’54 & Albert Steegmann*
Ed Ward & Maria Adams ’74 David Warren ’69 & Paula Pelletier* Kenneth Webb ’53 & Susan Stevick*
Judith Steiger ’75*
Louise Wechsler ’70 & Barton Wechsler ’70*
Fredric Stein ’70 & Nikki Stein ’70*
Esther Weiner ’61 (D)
Richard Stern ’68 & Rita Cohen Larry Steward ’74 & Victoria Steward ’74
Esther Weingarten ’87 & Jesse Butler* Maxine Weinstein ’69*
Joan Stockton ’65*
Margaret Weir ’75*
James Stoner ’59
Helen Welford ’69 & Robin Warner*
Dave Stoppelman ’70 Donald Story Carl Strojan ’66 & Linda Strojan* Janet Stults ’59 & Taylor Stults ’59 Mark Sundquist ’67 & Sarah Sundquist* Roberta Swafford ’67 & David Hoopes* Anique Taylor ’69* Mark Ten Eyck ’74 & Laraye Osborne* David Thelen ’62 & Patricia Cole*
William Whitesell & Corinne Whitesell, P’83* Betsy Whitney & Leon Whitney (D)* Susan Willis-Reickert ’75* Jacqueline Winkler ’76* Gary Wishniewsky ’69* Richard Wolfe ’62 & Joanne Kollar* Bruce Wolk ’68 & Lois Wolk ’68*
Bette Thompson ’62*
Nalla Wollen ’65
David Thompson ’78*
Lise Thomsen ’63 & Robert Jones*
Kenneth Yang ’72*
David Thomson ’65* Peter Thomson ’84* Donald Todd ’59 & Gwendolyn Powell-Todd* Keith Tornheim ’68 & Susan Tornheim ’69*
Ruth Yarrow ’62* Samuel Young ’78 & Sandra Love Jay Youngdahl ’75 Nancy Zeller
Willard Tower ’74*
Robert Zevin ’59 & Rhonda Smith
Joseph Travers ’72
Ellen Ziskind ’62
Craig Tregillus ’68* Merry Tucker ’68* Barbara Turner ’62 & Cass Turner* Richard Turner ’67* Thomas Valens ’69 & Amy Valens ’68 Dave Van Horn ’59 & Phyllis Van Horn ’59 (D) Ruth Van Lehn ’51 Nancy Vigil ’69 & Jim Vigil Douglas Wagner
Scoby Zook ’72 & Kristine Brown ’72* Jonathan Zucker ’77 & Stacy Canan* Key * denotes giving in both 201819 & 2019-20 fiscal years P denotes parent of current or/former student (D) denotes deceased THE ANTIOCHIAN WINTER 2020 79
Antiochiana By Soctt Sanders, College Archivist Here is Antiochiana’s latest acquisition thanks to the Antiochian who saved it for about sixty years, Emma Lou Daily, who attended in the early 1950s. Emma’s granddaughter Martha Sherman donated this nearly pristine version of the “Symmetry” symbol in September 2020. Antiochiana has multiple renderings of the College Seal used 1923 to 1950 and created by Fred “Sunkist” Mortensen, an Antioch student of the 1920s, but this is the first one we have ever seen done in felt. In the outer circle appear the name of the college and the words: “Purpose, Skill, Power, Wisdom.” In the center, from the top down, is a representation of the sun, a band bearing the word “Symmetry,” (perhaps the most important element of Morgan’s educational ideal, which held to a principle he later called “Wholemanism” and emphasized broad exposure to a whole range of courses and life experience), and a shield with a book and lamp (symbolizing the liberal arts) in the upper right and a gear (symbolic of cooperative education) in the lower left.
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