Special Thanks

This term, the Record wouldn’t have come to life without our extroaordinary staff who worked with  a (nearly) unfaltering dedication to write articles on time on top of overcredits, busy schedules and other nonstop Antioch activities.

We thank warmly:
Sally for never needing a reminder, Alex for the amazing centerfolds,photos, and time, Sarah for her instituional knowledge, Levi for teaching us so much (!!) Paige for not letting us forget her, Eva for the hours  and the lastminute breakfasts, Zach for all his unpublished op-eds, Ben for the popularityscopes sometimes done in extreme circumstances, AJ for jumping on board so late and getting it so fast, Stacey for her efforts, Billy for managing to make community meeting reports actually entertaining, Kathryn for crossing state borders, Natalie for volunteering, Carl for making us see beyond the bubble, Tommy for being so reliable, Miyuki for her breathtaking bravery, Diana for her journalistic talents, Yuko for her literary mastery and delightul late night playlists, Bryan for his time in the office (Utley for Congress in ‘08!), and Mish for being so unbashedly herself and letting it show in her articles.

We also thank all the alumni who have contributed to the Record, by sending contributions, gifts, or letters of support

We thank passionately:
Rowan Kaiser for his unfaltering presence on layout nights
Laura Fathauer for knowing more about Antioch than the whole University Leadership combined
Jonathan Platt for his warm presence
Matt Baya and his webteam for getting the Record online every week
Christian Feuerstein without whom there would have been no first issue
Tim Noble for “being really great”
Michael Casselli, …he’ll know why.

-The Editors.

Chancellor Murdock Visits AdCil Again

By Jeanne Kay
Andrzej Bloch opened AdCil on Tuesday morning by apologizing for the tone of the letter that was sent to the faculty on November 9th, confirming the fact that they would all be fired on June 30th, 2008. “It may have come through in a very harsh manner,” he said, “But the reality is quite harsh and the letter reflects this reality.” The letter would he retracted and redrafted, but, he specified, the content would remain the same. Continue reading Chancellor Murdock Visits AdCil Again

Letter from Tess Lindsay

Dearest Antioch Family,

I have been at our Ecoleague exchange school this term in Vermont.
After my last 3 weeks of school here I have come to the 100% feeling that Antioch must stay open.
After being at a “real” college with “real” grades and classrooms with real desks in rows I have developed a much deeper appreciation and love for Antioch.
These years, the college years, are an extremely precious experience. There are so many people our age wasting this time away and learning little about themselves and just becoming new gears in the system.
I hadn’t realized until this moment how mature, anayltical, loving, self advocating, intricate and compassionate for learning Antioch has helped me become. I have become me at Antioch and when I graduate I will be so proud every time I say that my alma mater is Antioch College.
Not only on a academic and personal level have I felt the differences, but also at a community level. No community can compare to that of Antioch college.
I am completly mindblown how diverse, loving, smart, and competent our student body is. Anyone who is telling us (or has ever told us) we are toxic or lazy is wrong.
You are a part of something huge. We have all worked so hard, and if we continue to keep our hearts open and alive we will save Antioch College. That is gigantic.
It’s hard to keep the passion alive, and I know we are tired, but hold onto your hearts.
I miss you all,  see you at community day
Tons of love,
~Tess Lindsay

Response to the Dayton Daily News editorial on 8/29/07

Recently, an editorial was published in the Dayton Daily News concerning the ongoing efforts made to keep Antioch College open.  The article is a good overview of this effort of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni involved.  However, there are certain misconceptions present in the opinions expressed towards the end of the article. The opinions address the changes and concessions the college needs to implement to remain open.

The writer suggests that “Antioch has a reputation for a certain repressiveness coming from the political left, an excessive dedication to political correctness.”  I think the biggest problem with this statement is a misunderstanding of the term ‘politically correct’.  Political correctness is a concept that the left created to poke fun at one another for their attempts at being universally inoffensive.   It was then appropriated by the right to discredit any ideas that were rooted in the idea that language is powerful, (ironically) using the argument of freedom of speech.  As an Antioch student, the relegation of consciousness to political correctness is personally insulting.  There is a difference between dishonest, restrictive language and the raising of consciousness about the role of language in oppression.  I do not believe there are many conscious students here who are making at effort at political correctness.  Rather, I believe their interests are in exposing the ways that language plays the oppressive role of abuse or even dehumanization.

I do not believe there is a repression of “genuine intellectual freedom” at the college.  Instead, I know that Antioch is one of the few schools in the nation providing a space for a truly progressive or radical opinion.  Antioch is a milieu for marginalized thought; this school is our refuge. I would agree that Antioch is a school of (largely) “left-leaning” students and faculty, but their “niche” as the article suggests is, instead, a space for radical discourse that most institutions do not tolerate.  The Antioch I know is not being saved in the interest of creating a homogeneous environment.  The Antioch community I know is interested in salvaging the “guts” of the school; its radical roots.

Andy Blackburn, 1st Year Student

An Open Letter To My Breakfast

Dear Continental Breakfast,

I wake up, or try to wake up, every day at 8 a.m. excited for the day. I put on some spiffy clothes; I brush my teeth, and wash my face. I meet up with my fellow early risers and head out to the Caf.
My mouth waters while I think of breakfast, images of sausage and eggs dance through my head. I tremble anticipation, but when I open the Caf doors my syrupy dreams run off the plate of my mind, my full service fantasy dissolves into a “Continental” reality.
I stand my tired face staring at the meager selection before me, I am far too drained of life to make my own waffles, I know fruit will not provide proper sustenance, and so I go for the safest option, cereal.
I slump down with my meal, black coffee, and fruit loops. My stomach growls angrily at me. My digestive system and I both know that this will not provide enough energy to prevent the onset of sleep during my first class.
So I guess what I want to say to you is “Why did you abandon me breakfast?” I depend on you for the sustenance required to make it to my next meal, which, with my overwhelming class load, is usually dinner. So I need you. I need you to fill me with protein, to give me the power to win my victories for humanity. I need bigger coffee cups, so I can acquire the caffeine I need to stay awake in my dimly lit art history class.
Our relationship used to be hot, now it’s just continental. What happened breakfast? Why can’t we go back to the way things used to be?

With Apprehension,
Ben Horlacher, 1st Year Student