Chancellor Toni Murdock Visits AdCil

Toni Murdock at Adcil“You asked me to visit, so here I am” declared Antioch University Chancellor Toni Murdock as she sat down at the AdCil table at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Murdock was responding to an invitation sent to her two weeks prior by the Administrative Council –which was also extended to Board of Trustees Chair Art Zucker and College President Steven Lawry. The invitation’s purpose was “to discuss the process by which the current leadership of Antioch college was appointed.”

Student Representative Julian Sharp opened the discussion. “Question number one is why AdCil wasn’t consulted in the change in college leadership.” Murdock said that under more “normal conditions…, a more thorough process,” would have been followed. When Steve Lawry “resigned,” he recommended Andrzej Bloch to run the college under the suspension of operations. “Since we are under suspension there was really no need to have a new president,” she further explained. “It’s very normal, when a president is [out of office] that the Chief Academic Administrator takes over in that interim type of position.” Murdock confirmed that Lawry was currently under Administrative Leave until December 31st, when his resignation will take effect. When Sharp insisted to know whether Steve intentionally “stepped down” or was forcibly “placed” under administrative leave, she refused to make any comment. “That’s a personnel issue,” she argued. “I would subscribe that indeed when you have a situation of lack of normalcy and crisis you need to act with more legitimacy and credibility in order to heal the crisis,” remarked faculty member Hassan Nejad, “and that has been lacking and I don’t know why.”

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McGregor Welcomes Students on New Campus

James Russel from Kettering is browsing the book store on his first day of class at Antioch University McGregor. It’s usual preparation for an entering master’s student, only this time, it’s not just the students that are new to the turf. Last Sunday, McGregor welcomed incoming and returning undergraduate and master’s students to its new 25 Million dollar building on Dayton-Yellow Springs road.

At 55, Russel is above the average age for degree candidates at the adult learner campus, which lies at 40 for master’s students and 38 for undergraduates. With years at the same position working for Montgomery County, it was time for a career change. “I was attracted to the accelerated full-time Management program,” Russel says on his way back into the classroom on the first floor, for the second portion of the day. “It’s 22 months. I want to a little more control over my life.”

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As Deadline Approaches, Future with OhioLink Uncertain

“If OhioLink is cut off, the message that’s being sent out is that the college is not going to reopen,” said Olive Kettering Librarian Richard Kerns, in response to rising concerns about the fate of Antioch College’s interlibrary database system. In order not to loose membership by June 2008, the University has to provide written intention of renewal by the end of this months. “I’m just hoping the University understands the importance of OhioLink,” Kerns expressed in an interview on Friday. OhioLink (Ohio Library and Information Network) is a consortium of the academic and research libraries of 86 colleges and universities across the state of Ohio. According to Debra Oswald, head librarian at the Olive Kettering Library, “All of us make up OhioLink, so there’s not an OhioLink that you subscribe to. It’s all of these libraries pooling our resources, sharing our collections, and cooperating.’’

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Alumni Organize Art Benefit to Save College

The New York City chapter of alumni invites submissions for an art show to benefit the College Revival Fund. The exhibition, entitled Antioch Postcard Project, will be shown from November 3 through December 31 at the Casa Frea Gallery in Harlem and feature artwork created on 5 x 7 postcards. The show is expected to garner a significant amount of attention and will hopefully raise the profile of the Antioch College community. Each postcard will sell for $50,00 and all proceeds will benefit the Revival Fund. All community members are encouraged to submit their artwork by the October 12 deadline. Submissions can be entered to Steven Duffy, who will mail the postcards in bulk to the gallery.