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:

migiwa and community

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:

YouTube Channel 7: