Question of the Week

If any building on Antioch College campus was yours to manage (or neglect), which building would it be and what would you do with it?

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Jeanne Kay: I would transform Spalt into an internationally renowned medical center to study and extract the properties and virtues of toxic mold.


Tim Noble: Norment. I’d rebuild it. It was my favorite house.


Shea Witzo: I’m sure Toni and Tom’s Main Building pool party was a lot of fun. I’d probably do that with another building, like South. Wait…


Juliet Hansen:  North. I’d turn it into an indoor rainforest, and live in it of course!


Lincoln Alpern: The Library. I’d produce a blockbuster horror movie filmed in the basement.

Introducing: Spring 2009 IGs and Community Centers

Queer Center


Coordinator: Nic Viox
The queer center is a group is open to anyone who self-identifies as a queer. I hope to have a few events this term, including [but not limited to]: movie screenings, a musical guest, and Genderfuck! More information will be forthcoming as events begin to take shape.

SANE (Students for Alternatives to Neoliberal Economics)


Coordinator: Jeanne Kay
What is neoliberalism? How does it operate on local, national, international levels? After the financial crisis, what can we do to help build a post neoliberal world? How does Nonstop fit into a larger struggle as a bastion against the corporatization of Higher Ed? Are Obama’s policies challenging or maintaining the neoliberal economic order? What should be the role of the international financial institutions post-Washington Consensus?
These are the questions that SANE will attempt to tackle this term, through discussion groups, fieldtrips, movie events, speakers, and hopefully, an AntiWatt radio show!

The Alternative Library

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Coordinators: Katie Connolly, Jonny No, and Rose Pelzl
We are here to support the academic realization of our community with the Alternative Library. The ‘Alt Lib’ is a unique and radical book collection comprised of harder-to-find alternative print media including periodicals, books, magazines and archived materials from main campus.
Recent donations have been added to augment the previous Pennell House collection including some incredible resources from faculty and personal collections. Other collections that are housed and managed in conjunction with the Alt Lib include the Womyn’s Center collection and the Underground Zine collection. In terms of integrating other IG collections salvaged from the Union much work remains undone, but we’ll be focusing on them later this year.

Over the course of this and subsequent terms Nonstop’s tech team will assist in cataloging and indexing the contents of the collection in the hopes of making digital resources available as well, and the Alternative Library coordinators are actively partnering with infoshops and other radical media organizations around the country in an effort to help establish a universally accessable digital incarnation of the zine library. For now, you’ll be able to check items in and out from Campus North.

So what can you do help? We’re glad you asked. A data entry system has been developed locally to aid in entering data to index the collections; so for now all media will be available during open hours on an honor-based system. When you check out materials, we would humbly ask that for each item you take home you take a few minutes and do the data entry to catalog another item. Training is available to help you learn to create the necessary records and enter the item into our database through a web browser at the internet kiosk computer on the pole in the Alt Lib. Ask a coordinator, Tim or Andrew for help with this and we’ll show you how.

Radical Crafting:


Coordinators: Shea Witzberger, Rose Pelzl
We are an open community group for artivists and craftivists. We want to foster resource and skill sharing and provide a place to activate craft as empowerment, community building, and beauty makin’. We are collecting materials for community use and hope to facilitate both workshops and larger community wide projects this spring. Please contact us about your interests in learning, teaching, or participating in ANY workshops, including skill shares on sewing, screening, deconstructing, patching, tayloring, knitting, or dyeing that will lead up to an end of the term D.I.Y. AntiFashion Show! We are here to support you. Let us know what you want to see, and look out for event postings!

Inter-faith Dialog


Coordinator: Jessie Clark
We will be engaging in intriguing discussions about spirituality, religion and all the juicy bits in between. The discussions will take place over tea at the Dharma Center every other Sunday at 1 o’clock. If you have ever pondered the meaning of life or have a general interest in the theories of others come join us!
The focus will be on exchange and mutual discussion, sharing religious woes and oohs (epiphanies), what bothers us and what is helpful to us in thinking about the spiritual life (need there be such a thing?). We are interested to hear what you think about these hot topics. Atheists & religious misfits also welcome. For more information e-mail me at Hope to see you there!

Antiochian Values

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Coordinator: Eva Erickson
the meetings will discuss all of our shared values and agreements, and our culture. Why do we have these values? What is great about them? What needs improvement? How can we make sure that our practices and culture reflect/match our values? How can we extend these values beyond our community? How can we make sure that these values are kept within Nonstop and Antioch regardless of the uncertain future?
The purpose of Antiochian Values meetings is not to create/revise laws, policies etc. but rather to create ongoing dialogue about who we are and what we stand for and WHY it’s important. Through questioning, we (re)discover the love, purpose, and basic being of Antioch and Nonstop, for when we question, we cease to take things for granted and remember why we’re all here.
Everyone is welcome to attend.

Nonstop Opening Snapshots

About 200 Yellow Springs residents, Nonstop community members and Antioch College alumni celebrated the official opening of newly renovated Campus North in Millworks on February 6. Some comments from attendees:

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Its homey and nice. A template for a student union and a great piece of performance art.
-Steven Duffy (1977), alumni associate, College Revival Fund.

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Nic Viox and Lauren Soldano

This space and this event are wonderful. Nonstop should grow.  This is the perfect business for the village: life-enhancing, non-polluting and revenue-generating.
-Brad Myers, Yellow Springs resident.

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Community Managers, Chelsea Martens and Meghan Pergrem cut the Nonstop cakes while Joseph Minde-Berman looks on

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I’m blown away!  What a beautiful, festive event!
-Neenah Ellis, new WYSO general manager.

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Taken from the staircase to the CG loft

It’s wonderful to see the Yellow Springs community here.
-Joan Meadows, Nonstop communication coordinator.

Micheal Casselli, designer of the Campus North place

A spectacular show of frugality and entrepreneurship. Very Antiochian, very green.
-Sam Eckenrode (1983), village resident.

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Chris Hill, Executive Collective member, and Dianne Chiddister, YS News reporter

“The most Antiochian moment I’ve had in several decades, bringing together community and learners and teachers and staff in that wonderful community space to celebrate the hard work, creativity and accomplishment of all those associated with Nonstop. We need to remember what’s been accomplished and hang on to the glow of this success. It’s too precious to be washed away.”
-Bob Devine (1967), Nonstop faculty, looking back after the unfortunate flooding of Main Building and the temporary eviction of the community from Campus North

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COPAS Gives Community Intentional Focus

“We say that our curriculum is built on the 3 C’s: classroom, co-op & community but the only two that [were] institutionally recognized [were] classroom and co-op”, said Community Manager Chelsea Martens.

COPAS (Community Organization, Participation and Service) is a mandatory class that gives students credit and support for community involvement. Through the framework of COPAS, students work as receptionists and techies, and provide studying assistance to fellow students. Students, also coordinate Nonstop Presents events, community lunches and the food pantry. Coordinators of the Independent Groups (IG’s), such as the Alternative Library and the Queer Center, are supported and credited through COPAS as well.

In addition to job supervisors, every student has a COPAS faculty advisor who helps the student analyze the decision-making structures and partnerships involved in their job and reflect on the impact of their work.

The work commitment is only one part of COPAS. As Martens explained at the February 9th meeting, “COPAS also aims to, empower and enhance the work that everyone’s doing regarding community, so that it’s done… in more of a thoughtful manner, but also in a way that enhances your ability not only to do community organizing at Antioch… but so we develop skills that transfer into other organizations…. Community organizing isn’t something you just know. It’s something you have to do with a lot of intentionality; it has to be done responsibly.”

Due to COPAS’ intentional focus on process and facilitation, Community Manager Meghan Pergrem said there has recently been more curiosity about her responsibilities as a community manager. As she is carrying out her duties she is explaining the purpose and thought behind them, so that her part of the process is understood. People who are thinking critically about facilitation will be able to work better together and help refine the process, when necessary said Pergrem.

Previously, the work students did for Nonstop was paid through tuition remission. This amounted to “institutional classism because … those who already had to work… and were struggling financially would have even more hours of work than those who were more privileged,” according to student Jeanne Kay. It flattened the value of community participation by “linking it with financial need”.

ExCil approved a new tuition policy where work would not be tied to tuition, but ExCil members insisted that there be a work requirement nonetheless. When the Work Project was ratified in ExCil, there was no defining structure aside from a policy requiring a certain hourly contribution based upon a specific status of enrollment, full time four hours and half time two hours, says ExCil member Michael Casselli. The Work Project was then referred to ExCil’s Curriculum Committee for further development. Casselli said he was unsettled by a “transformation” of the policy without the proper authority or communication. According to CM Chelsea Martens who participated in the drafting of COPAS, issues of jurisdiction made it impossible to bring COPAS as a class to ExCil since Faculty controls curriculum.

Student Lincoln Alpern commented, “This is an opportunity for me to articulate and work on how I contribute and participate in community.”

Main Building Floods, Community Protests

On Saturday, February 7, a passerby noticed that Main Building was flooding and raining from inside. It is not certain at this point if the source of the leak was caused by water pipes freezing and bursting open after thawing, or if the pipes were simply old and rusty, although it is more likely the former. At noon the following Monday, students, faculty, staff, and a number of villagers gathered to protest the University’s neglect towards Main, as well as other buildings. A number of reporters from various local media outlets covered the story. Links are posted below all the photos.

Antiochians gathered in front of main building at noon
Antiochians gather infront of Historic Main Building

Water damage visible on South Wall of Main Building
Antiochians gather infront of Historic Main Building
Several news channels reported on the gathering
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Community members express their dedication and love outside Main Building
Protestors walk to University Kettering office building looking for answers
Reporters and villagers request University statement from Linda Sirk, who was unavailable for comment.

External Links

Dayton Daily News coverage:

Yellow Springs News:

McGregor Voice coverage:

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