FACULTY PROFILE: Haruna Tomaru

Haruna TomaruName: Haruna Tomaru
(Climbing Castle)
Sign: Aquarius
Teaches: Japanese
Bloodtype: B

How long have you been here?

This is my seventh year. I came here in 1999.

How did you end up here?

I came here as an exchange student when I was in college at Kyoto Seika University. My major was humanities. I wanted to work an international job. Then, I didn’t know specifics about what job I wanted. My uncle worked at United Nations and he always talked about different countries’ culture so I got interested in working with and studying different cultures. We had three choices at my University: Thailand, Australia, and the US. I went to Thailand when I was in high school, so I chose the US that time. But I still loved Thailand. The people are so nice and the weather was too. But I wanted to see non-Asian countries. And for Australia you had to do homestay, but at Antioch I could stay in the dorm, so I chose here.

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Generation to Generation: Two Deadly Behaviors

By Linda Sattem

1) Do As I Say, Not As I Do

National figures have a difficult time with this behavior. Scandal after scandal illustrates the hypocrisy in sexual, legal, financial and other venues.

With the recent election, political figures are all about cooperation, not freezing out members of the other party. Obviously, they are asking to not be treated the way they treated others. We can also see this in our own lives. People around us who advocate against a multi-national corporation, while they are swigging down a cold one. Leaders may “preach” tolerance while practicing something quite different. The best way to learn is through experience. The best way to teach is through example. When we treat people in certain ways, they learn that these are the ways that 1) have meaning to us, 2) have power, and 3) are the ways to behave—no matter what we say.

2.) The Blame Game

It is hard to believe that some people can have such a powerful, narrow view, that no matter what happens they can twist the situation to fit this view.

Here are a few recent examples. When the Foley scandal broke (emails to underage male Pages) there were people who immediately blamed a “ring” of gays (mostly staff members) who protected other gays in congress. They claimed the ring not only allowed the inappropriate behavior to continue, there was speculation that they (the gay staffers) promoted preying on young Pages.

Another example of blaming comes from the scandal this November, Rev. Ted Haggard’s exposure of using male sex workers and drugs. This time gays are not bashed, women, specifically wives, are.

Rev. Driscoll (a Seattle preacher, listed as one of the top 25 influential ministers by The Church Report) said: “It is not uncommon to meet pastors’ wives who really let themselves go. They sometimes feel that, because their husband is a pastor, he is therefore trapped into fidelity, which gives them cause for laziness. A wife who lets herself go and is not sexually available to her husband in the ways that the Song of Songs is so frank about is not responsible for her husband’s sin, but she may not be helping him either.”(Quote taken from Paul Campos’ editorial 11/8/06)

Are there people in your life that play the blame game? No matter what happens, they always have the same answer? Nothing is ever their own fault? Anything can be twisted to fit their mindset?

The blame game is very dangerous. Particularly when people in power play it. Everyone gets hurt, the organization is destroyed, and no one shoulders any responsibility.

Be aware of your own patterns, are you playing the blame game?

CCNWSS Retrospective

By the CCNWSS (Mariel Traiman)

It’s been a wild ride Antioch, a rockin’ rollercoaster of unparalleled highs, and unenthusiastic lows. Through it all I’ve been there, diligently reporting on every pulse pounding, bass thumping, hip thrusting, cream leaking minute of party passion. From our nervous and humble beginning at the Swan Island show (remember when you could still buy beer? That was sweet) to the sinful orgy of binary busting debauchery we call Genderfuck. How you’ve watched me grow from back in the good old days of shameful anonymity, to the time I accidentally made the whole school hate me, to the times you’ve come up to me with kind words of encouragement- maybe just to say “thanks for appreciating my dance moves.” So join me for a little trip down memory lane as I relive some of my favorite party quotes and moments of the semester. Continue reading CCNWSS Retrospective

Open Letter to the Antioch Record

Monday, December 11th

It is my understanding that certain comments I made during our show on Saturday offended some of those who attended. The problem was in my use of derogatory terminology in dedicating a song to Antioch’s GLBT community. The song itself was of a particularly inflammatory, and violent, nature. In retrospect I understand how, out of context, this could seem disrespectful or even hateful.

Please allow me to provide a context.

I am gay. The sleeveless top I was wearing on Saturday shows off the tattoo on my right shoulder of the pink triangle superimposed over crossbones. That has been something of a symbol for me of my approach to music, and to all of my work. When you’re gay and playing in a rock band, doing shows at straight bars, working with straight (and sometimes blatantly homophobic) musicians, you tend to become highly aggressive as a defense mechanism in the face of audiences and a cohort who really don’t want you there at all. That aggressiveness has largely become my stage persona. The specific words in question are an example of a minority adopting the majority’s insults as if to say, “I am not afraid to use your language. Intimidation is a power you don’t have over me.”

As to the song itself, “Bitter Fruit” is, ironically, a screed against homophobic violence and the futility of violence as a means for social change. It refers to certain betrayals I suffered during my coming-out years. It serves as a reminder why I am so grateful to those straight people who have supported me and truly been my allies, most especially my longtime musical partner, and our drummer, Jake, and our other guitarist Scott (who unfortunately couldn’t make it down for this concert). Without people like them, I wouldn’t be making music at all.

Antioch is unlike any place I’ve ever been able to perform. It is apparent to me now that my defensiveness onstage is unnecessary in this environment. Playing this show, experiencing the campus, meeting the creative people with whom we got to share the stage, was fantastic. I wish to apologize to anyone who was offended by my remarks or my lyrics. I feel embarassed and ashamed, especially because the people who were offended are exactly those for whom I make music.

Most importantly, my thanks to Antioch and the wonderful people who made it possible for us to come.

Sincerely,

Charlie Jones, Rucksack Revolution