Collective Withdraws

By Erin-Aja Grant

The CG race that has been brewing for 2 months is at a standstill. The posters are the first clue. Looking around, only one collective welcomed the community back from break. Only one collective seemed to be actively running. This was a subtle hint, but now it is official. The “Not Business as Usual” collective of Julian Sharp, Sarah Buckingham, Micah Canal, and Nicole Bayani surprised the community today by withdrawing their candidacy (see ‘letter’). While citing that they are moving on, the collective sent its warmest regards to the new CG in resignation. The current CG, the community, and the other collective are receiving this information at the exact same time. There will be no business, they have stepped down, through a letter to the community in Antioch’s best, The Record.

The collective that is left standing is known as the “Fab Four”. As of now, no matter how the votes are cast, the new CG will be Fela Pierre-Louis, Meghan Pergram, Niko Kowell, and Jamila Hunter. This election process has been tumultuous at best. With the closing of the school looming over all the CG candidates’ heads, a fight for the fourth position, and just plain old drama, many are still left with questions. What does the LEG code say about this? How will there be a race with no competition? Unfortunately the LEG Code doesn’t say much, but the race will continue although there is no one left to contest it. For one, the work has just begun for the new CG. Antioch now has a concrete CG, with time to set up a game plan. That means the “Fab Four” will have to show what they are made of and step up to create real change. While Julian, Sarah, Micah, and Nicole are pursuing other ventures in life, the “Fab Four” are going to need to hit the ground running.

Orientation team welcomes new students to Antioch

8 AM in Main Building’s front hall. Students, faculty and staff all wearing –more or less customized—black Antioch t-shirts are running around carrying giant ice cube packs, last-minute fl yers, and signs bearing the words: Orientation This Way. Anticipation is palpable; the number of students who decided to enrol at Antioch “despite it all” is a source of amazement to many. “They are welcomed with open arms, we want to make them feel we are unifi ed as a student body”, commented Shea Witzberger, 2nd Year Student part of the Orientation Team. Few had predicted such a large turnout, and 20 supplemental welcome packages had to be prepared at the last minute. In fact, said Angie Glukhov, Director of Admissions, the numbers had changed every day up to the very last hours; “We got a student who called us yesterday telling us they were coming today”.

This unexpectedly large incoming first year class—75 according to the most recent count–could hardly have been expected when the news of Antioch’s suspension of operations came out in June. “We tried to contact students immediately, but it was a diffi cult process”, recalled Glukhov. Dealing with bewildered, shocked or angry prospective students, parents, and high school guidance counsellors is a task that the Admissions/Offi ce of Transition staff has had to face heads on this summer, being the primary contact for all complaints and inquiries.

Regardless, the Orientation committee eventually resumed the task it had started in December. “We had been ahead of schedule, but when the announcement broke out we stopped in our tracks for a while”, commented Eli Nettles, Chair of the Orientation Committee. A few accommodations had to be made to adapt to the situation. Orientation was moved from the South Gym to Main Building in order to make it more comfortable to a shrunken number of incoming students. For the most part, however, the pre-unravelling plans—such as the goodies bags– were kept in place.

Last year’s Orientation was soon rebaptized “Disorientation” in reference to the overwhelming amount of information that was poured on the incoming first years at the time. Yet this year, the planning seemed to be lighter. “It was very important to me for students to have free time to breathe in between the Orientation activities”, emphasized Nettles. Moreover, several traditional parts of the orientation schedule, such as the math and writing evaluations or the introduction to co-op communities, have been cancelled due to the current situation of the college.

Community Government’s involvement in Orientation has been greater than in previous years. “We originally decided to take on more work because we thought we would have more time in the summer with no students on campus”, explained Community Manager Chelsea Martens, “of course with the June announcement it didn’t turn out to be that way”. Nonetheless, CG remained an integral part of the Orientation Committee; prompted by Counselling Center Director Linda Sattem, they organized the distribution of Antioch canvas bags containing notably the new and updated Survival Guide. “We aimed to provide new students with an introduction to Antioch on a more personal level”, stressed Martens, “We also wanted to make sure we bridged the infamous gap between first years and upperclassmen”.

Although the decisive involvement of first year students at the morning session of the Cincinnati Board of Trustees meeting of the 25th was a cause of admiration to the rest of the Antioch Community, it was not encouraged by the Orientation Committee. Rory Adams-Cheatham, Community Events Managers recalls that proposals to include a trip to the Cincinnati meeting and a potluck with alumni to the orientation schedule were rejected by the committee. “There was concern that incoming students would feel pressured to get involved in the efforts to save Antioch” explained Adams-Cheatham. The fact that despite having a full-packed activity scheduled on Saturday, as many first years spontaneously chose to wake up at dawn to tell the BOT how they felt about Antioch is testimonial to the success of the Orientation team in introducing the students to their new college.

What 1st years need to know

AdCil (Administrative Council) meets every Tuesday at 8am in the Main Building Conference Room, and is made ¥up of student, staff and faculty members. Chaired by the president, the council votes on the decisions the he has to make. Certain matters discussed during these sessions are closed to the public, however many are open.

ComCil (Community Council) is in charge of community life and CG, is keeper of the Legislative Code, and meets on Thursdays at 3pm in the Main Building Council Room. It is made up of student and non-student members, a Union representative, and it is a public forum.

CGC (Campus Greening Council) explores alternative energy, is responsible for recycling, and ensures purchased products to be used on campus are recyclable. It is also in charge of the Community Garden, and meetings are to be announced within the next week or so.

The Faculty Senate was devised a few years ago after a faculty retreat to address issues of governance. It consists of a Steering Committee which helps to receive and prioritize agenda, a Personnel Committee that deals with faculty review, promotion, and tenure, an Academic Review committee that evaluates faculty publications and student reviews, and a Curriculum Review Committee that works with curriculum development.

Dispatches from Community Meeting

Beginning with applause and admiration for literally every one on, around, and off campus, and ending in voiced disappointment over the cutbacks on hot breakfast, this year’s fi rst community meeting covered a lot of ground in a little time (sort of). McGregor 113, fi lled with a lot of old faces, and several new ones, was immersed in applause and a recurring sense of Antioch pride every few minutes, which helped to lead to its lengthy two hour session. Continue reading Dispatches from Community Meeting