From The Editor – Bryan Utley

My last words.

Throughout the entire term I have been racking my brain as to what my last editorial would be. At times I thought maybe I could just go all out and say some things I have wanted to say for three years. I am angry, angry that I didn’t graduate from the place I have dedicated so much energy towards, but instead of saying angry things I want to celebrate my time here. So, with that said, I want to say thanks to the people that have made my time here enjoyable. Natalie Adams, you are a beautiful, brilliant and talented person. I have traveled thousands of miles with you; you have been there when I needed a shoulder to lament on. You are my sister and best friend, and I can only hope to be more like you. Rachel Hamilton, our friendship was rocky in the beginning but it has blossomed into something beautiful that I wouldn’t trade for anything. You laugh at my jokes (when no one else does), and you’re my dance partner forever. You are also my sister, my confidante and I am a better person for having known you. Ethan Bassett, you haven’t been around for a long time but the time you have been around has been special, you put up with my humor, you show me sincere respect, and I love you. You are my brother. Rachel (Pink) Smith, first year you were my partner in crime. You were there for me when I was going through a very difficult time and never left my side. Seeing that you share my sense of humor we have developed many precious memories. I love you apples. Nicole Crouch Diaz you are one in a million there is no one else in this world who is more fun to do work with. I met you when we were supposed to be working on a Comcil committee assignment and instead we got tanked and told jokes. We were instant friends. You have slapped sense into me when I needed it the most and I thank you for your loving friendship. Justine Houghton, we met when I was co-oping in the gym and was yelling at you on the phone about not coming to work. The fact that two days later we became friends showed that you are a fair and just person who can see past anything without judgment. You made my boring days at the gym wonderful to say the least. I love you. Corrie Frohlich I also met you when I was on co-op in the gym. you made work fun, but you made dancing even more fun. You are an inspiration to me. You show that even at a school as disorganized as this one you can shovel it up and make it work. With little pay I might add. You have been a strong genuine community leader and you make me proud to be your friend. Beca, our friendship has only recently blossomed but nonetheless I have enjoyed our time together. You’re a beautiful artist with a great taste in music. I only wish there would be more opportunities for us to throw parties. Our friendship is just beginning and I look forward to seeing it well into the future. Philip Wooten, although one specific person made it his agenda to put a barrier between you and I, we broke through that barrier. You have shown me love when I felt unloved and you made me laugh when I was depressed. You have been my gay buddy in a sea of lesbians no strings attached and you have shown me the utmost respect and I could not thank you more for our friendship. I love you. Kathleen Bauer, it all started with a conversation about the Supreme Court and a friendship was born. You are brilliant. I have enjoyed the countless conversations about politics that you have given me these past three years. You have dedicated your life to helping people less fortunate. You are one of a few who have won many victories for humanity already. I am privileged to call you my friend. Last but not least the love of my life, Kari Thompson, I remember when we first met it was love at first sight. Our love should be written into to the history books for the generations to hear and learn from. I look up to you, you are my hero and I look forward someday going to one of those queer retirement homes. When we arrive they won’t know what hit’em. We are going to be bringing sexy back well into our 90s. I love you with all my heart.

Antioch has been my home for three years I have become a better person because of my education at this historic institution. I have done amazing things, developed loving and lasting relationships and edited a newspaper. I fell in love at Antioch an even though that relationship didn’t work out I am a better and stronger person for it. Although it is time for me to start the next chapter in my life I will always look back at Antioch and I will always consider myself an Antiochian. I will carry the teachings learned at Antioch throughout my whole life. I have been privileged to call this my home. I love you Antioch.

P.S. I didn’t want to forget to thank each and every one of the record writing staff and John Platt, always professional, sometimes a little late, but nonetheless you made this paper possible. I wish you all luck in your future. And to my partner in crime Edward Perkins, it has been an honor to be your co-editor. We have faced a lot, but always continued and got the job done. We succeeded with what we set out to do. You made me sane in some insane situations. You’re a good friend and a good person and I know this will not be the last time we see each other. I hope to see you twenty years down the road editing the New York Times. I love you buddy. Although the buildings will crumble and the people will leave none can kill the spirit of this important and historic institution. Goodbye Antioch. Goodbye old friend.

-Bryan Utley, Editor, Spring 2008