Nonstop Learning Festival – Update from Nonstop – Nonstop Weekend Rocked!

Sep 30th, 2008

Archived From: Antioch College Alumni E-Newsletter

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In This Issue
Schwerner’s Final Radio Show
Nonstop Learning Festival
Facilities Update
Update from Nonstop
Ike Winds Hit Y.S.
Nonstop ROCKED!

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Schwerner’s Final Radio Show
Steve Schwerner
Photo by Steve Bognar

Antioch Alum, beloved Dean of Students, Emeritus Faculty member, and longtime
WYSO radio host Steve Schwerner, will host his last WYSO
show Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. Schwerner and his wife, Nancy,
will move to Brooklyn soon to be near their children and grandchildren.
Schwerner is pictured above in the WYSO studio hosting his program.

Read the full story from the YS news

Listen to the show Live at 8pm EST TONIGHT!! 9/30/08

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Nonstop Learning Festival

Nonstop LAI

CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP, VISIT NONSTOPCome to Yellow Springs, the week of October 20th-26th for the Nonstop Learning Festival Week where Nonstop supporters around the country will come to YS for educational and cultural events and a celebration of Nonstop. The Antioch College Alumni Board meeting will also be taking place in YS the 23rd-25th, where elected alumni
representatives will be meeting to discuss Antioch’s future and issues relative to the Antioch College Alumni Association. Events include not only the Learning Festival Week and Alumni Board meetings, but also a Community Supper, Community
Meeting and a Community Dance. A limited number of homestays will be available. For more information or to make
arrangements contact Duffy at buffaloduffy or (866)767-2341.View the Nonstop Presents! schedule online

Facilities Update:

Matthew Arnold ’99

At Alumni Association President Nancy Crow’s request, Alumni Board representatives were invited to tour campus buildings in the process of mothballing and preparation for winter. A half-dozen Antiochians, including a Nonstop Community Manager and a co-chair of the Alumni Board facilities committee, took part in a tour of campus facilities led by University officials Wednesday. They were told that dormant buildings will be winterized by November.

The tour covered six buildings, including: the library, which is still in use; Spalt Hall;
South Hall; the science building; the gym and the student union. They did not visit Main Building or any recently-functioning dorm buildings (Spalt was closed last year due to a mold infestation).

Workers were installing a heating system at the library, though the rest of the buildings will remain unheated through the winter. The University plans to cut and cap water lines from the Village by mid-October and to clear pipes of any standing water using compressed air, University CFO Tom Faecke told the tour group.

In unheated buildings, trapped water can cause pipes to crack and burst in winter, resulting in water damage and mold * a major concern of the Alumni Board facilities committee.

Participants said they smelled mold in the science building and the student union. University officials acknowledged reports of a strong smell in Main Building due to bird droppings collecting in the attic, said Brian Springer, who went on the tour.

The buildings were in various states of mothballing, with taps and electricity on in some and off in others. The student union had been almost completely emptied of contents, apart from a foosball table and some large fans used in the Dance Space, said Megan Rosenfeld. Computers and furniture remained in other buildings, and University officials said they would leave them there. Some building contents had been put in storage on campus, they said, though no inventory was available. The science building had been left untouched apart from removal of chemicals, said Lynda Sirk, who is head of communications for the University.

The group was given copies of the Stanley Consultants report from June and the September 19 Suspension of Operations Implementation Plan. After seeing the library, the group was split in two * one group containing members of the Village Visioning Task Force, led by Toni Murdock and Tom Faecke, the other being comprised of Alumni Board representatives and led by Art Zucker and Lynda Sirk. That group included Don Wallace, Chelsea Martens, Peter Townsend, Megan Rosenfeld, Dimi Reber, Tim Noble and Brian Springer.

In its invitation to members of the Village Visioning/Planning Task Force, the University cited “considerable press and speculation regarding the care and condition of the Antioch College campus.”

It was an emotional return for alumni.

“It was really disturbing,” said Chelsea Martens ’08, a current Nonstop Community Manager. “This is the relationship we have with campus now * we have to be on a guided tour, with Art in front and Lynda in the back to make sure none of us gets lost. At the same time, it only made Nonstop more exciting, because not only is it showing tremendous value and [embodying] Antioch’s history, but this…is creating something new and exciting.”

“We know basically what we’re looking at for this winter, which is that the buildings can probably take the cold pretty well,” said Don Wallace, ’60, co-chair of the Alumni Board’s facilities committee. “We can see the path forward, and it’s to get the buildings under our control as fast as we can.”

Update from Nonstop:

We at Nonstop are embarking on our third week of classes, workshops and events, having found sanctuary in homes, churches, the Senior Center, the Bryan Center, and other welcoming sites in the Village. Please visit our website nonstopinstitute.org for updated information on course offerings and faculty profiles, weekly informational Dispatches, the Nonstop Presents! calendar, and recent news coverage of Nonstop including the AP story that was picked up internationally. Tim Noble, our IT Coordinator, reported major increase in traffic to our website following the AP story, including hits from China, Malaysia and India. Listen to the heartbeat of our collective efforts and read through the tactical materials offered in the Action Kit that is Dispatch #2. You can access the heartbeat animation and Action Kit here.

Also please consider visiting Yellow Springs during our Festival Week, October 20-26, six days of presentations by Antioch College alumni and Nonstop students on topics ranging from public health, intellectual property, violence against transgendered youth, visual literacy, the environment, the arts, and issues in higher education. Alumni Board meetings and events are scheduled Thursday through Sunday. Get to know our Nonstop community, share news about the College revival efforts with friends, and enjoy some beautiful late autumn days in Yellow Springs.

Chris Hill
Nonstop Executive Collective


Please note: The Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute is supported by Nonstop Antioch, a movement organized by alumni, students, staff and former faculty of Antioch College to keep the soul of Antioch College alive and operating in Yellow Springs. Neither the Nonstop Institute nor Nonstop Antioch is affiliated with or sponsored by Antioch University, Antioch College, or their related organizations.

Hurricane Ike Winds Hit YS!Hurricane Ike Winds In Yellow Springs
Pamela
Tyler

On Sunday, September 14, the remnants of Hurricane Ike
unleashed its fury on people unaccustomed to such mighty storms in the Ohio Valley,
leaving a path of destruction and darkness-literally!-in its wake. According to
the Associated Press, 2.6 million Ohio homes and businesses (the majority in southwest Ohio) were left without electrical power after the storm passed through the area.

Yellow Springs was not spared the wrath of Ike. Although it
was no longer a hurricane, Ike produced sustained windy conditions for 5-6 hours Sunday afternoon; some wind gusts measured in the 60 mph range. When it was all over, trees and power lines were down, roofs and cars left damaged, and practically everyone had a yard littered with debris of some sort.

Yet, as difficult times have proven in the past, adversity
seems to bring out the best in a community such as Yellow Springs. People gathered to help one another with the cleanup and to share innovative ideas to circumvent power outage limitations. By Monday morning, the storm-ravaged town
was revitalized, even though there was still no electrical power. The staff from the Emporium used propane stoves to boil water for coffee and chai tea so the village people could have their morning cup of sunshine. Tom’s Market donated bananas to feed the swelling crowd. A piano along with several tables and chairs were pushed to the sidewalk and the atmosphere immediately turned festive, transforming a tropical depression into a communal celebration.

Meanwhile, there was a little less celebrating at Glen Helen.
It is estimated that hundreds of trees came down during the storm-the ash trees were particularly vulnerable-but fortunately there was no major structural damage. Trees located in the pine forest had their tops sheared off; large trees were uprooted and fell into the cascade waterfalls. The area referred to as Travertine Mound, located between the springs and the grotto, was particularly damaged because the special soil there was unable to support the trees during such heavy winds-most all of the big trees were split and/or toppled. In a rare move, the trails had to be closed until some of the fallen trees and brush could be cleared.

With all this bad news to report, there is still good news to share. Volunteers have been tirelessly assisting in the cleanup of the Glen and hope to have the trails cleared soon. The power has been restored in Yellow Springs and most of the surrounding communities. And, while the landscape in the Glen and around the village has changed a bit, Mother Nature is resilient and so are people, especially village people! Villagers have countered the storm’s fury with collaboration and camaraderie, in a spirit that has come to be known as distinctly Yellow Springs.Click here for more on this story.



Nonstop Weekend Rocked!

Steve “Duffy” (photos by Caeli Good ’93, JD Wood ’88 & Beth Richards ’04)When times are hard nothing beats good company! During mid September several regional alumni chapters held gatherings to celebrate each other and try to grasp the ever evolving events in the College Revival effort. Of course, since Antiochians are masters at being individuals every event had its own flavor.


Cincinnati chapterIn Cincinnati Alexandra Kesman ’08 and Caeli Good ’93 held a raffle of sentimental alumni memorabilia at the avant-garde “Know Theater”. Scott Sanders, Archivist and Antiochiana, center stage, presented a hysterical and historical slide show, “150 years of Antioch in Sixty Minutes”. After the raffle and a break with both spirits and some spirit, folks sat at cabaret tables and laughed at both Antioch Adventures I and II. It was a fun Friday evening in a theatrical venue and folks lingered until 11PM.

In Ann Arbor/ Detroit, Margo Lee (Lowenstein) ’90 hosted a a house party along with Tendaji Ganges ’71, Laurie White ’77 and Terry Blackhawk ’68. Folks sat in a large circle and talked for hours enjoying each others commonalities. Amazingly, different folks from three decades all had Chuck Taylor, physics and math professor, as their advisor. Ah, the institutional continuity provided by tenure! Chuck is still teaching at Nonstop. Feeling energized, Detroit is now planning a larger event for November 16th; a variety show/silent auction at a small theater in artistic Ferndale as a seasonal stressbuster before the holidays and Michigan’s winter rolls in.
NYC chapter
In New York folks enjoyed “eight scrappy underdog wines that could change your life” and each other’s company as David Ramm ’91 exposed everyone to life’s finer treasures in great John Ronsheim style.

On the West Coast there was a mellow Sonoma County gathering held by Ruth Paine ’55 on Sunday afternoon with Risa Grimes, executive director of the CRF. Ellen Borgersen ’72, alumni board member, also in attendance, passionately recapped the year’s saga.
Task force and Board Pro Tem member Lee Morgan’66 called in
to talk with folks in between his marathon training.
The Bay Area brought two events hosted by Barrie Grennel ’65
in San Francisco and Jeff Mackler ’63 in the East Bay. The events were billed as “Limbo parties” since we are feeling
like we are “In limbo”, though most folks devoured some great food, had great conversations and never got near the limbo bar.


Charlottesville hosted an intimate viewing of the Reunion
2008 DVD at the house of Howard Singerman ’75 and was paid a visit by alumni board member Gary Houseknecht ’66. People
sat and discussed things and were hoping to find some emotional Gatorade since we have all felt like we have been in a marathon of sorts…searching for that second wind.


chicago chapterChicago area alums gathered at a place called the SPOT for 10PM cocktails and had their first gathering with new chapter leaders from varying
decades: Ed Koziasrki ’97, Beth Richards ’04, Robin Sheerer ’63 and James Hobart ’58. They are also planning larger events in October with guests like Prexy Nesbitt ’67 and others.


The LA telethon pulled in well over $5,000. Hooray for Hollywood!


The “Cape Cod and the Islands” chapter met on Martha’s Vineyard (West Tisbury) at the Bed and Breakfast of Cynthia Riggs ’53 with co-hosts Barbara Schramm ’55 and Zelda Gamson ’59. Zelda managed to restore a sense of
measured optimism and folks are feeling a renewed commitment to the Revival effort.


Of course as fall continues other chapters will also be gathering. Austin, DC, Dayton, and Seattle will be having events in October.


Philadelphia will be having a grand buffet to celebrate each
other at the Watermark in Philadelphia and a book signing with Joan Horn ’60. Her book is about Walter P. Anderson, music professor, marvelous mentor and first tenured faculty of color.


The Boston area will be holding a Symposium at Harvard on
November 15th with many visiting speakers to envision what our new College might look like.


During these times when so much is uncertain some of the
best people to network with are your fellow Antiochians. There are usually great stories and good things to eat.


Click here to view photos of some of these events


As this seeming marathon or relay race continues let’s all
pass the Gatorade and the baton so we all have a chance for another “wind” in the effort to help build a place Horace
would also celebrate. We are hoping each Chapter will help write another chapter for Scott Sander’s revised edition of “Antioch, an episodic history”. Perhaps its title might be “Ashamed to let
it die”


For information about Antioch Alumni Chapters please contact Duffy at the College Revival Fund.

He would love to hear from you.

We welcome your feedback on this newsletter.

Aimee Lunde
Maruyama ’96
Director of Development & Alumni Relations
College Revival FundAlumni Board Communications Team
Christian Feuerstein ’94, Chair

A Letter from Susan J. Eklund-Leen

Sep 29th, 2008

Nonstop Professor and Executive Collective Administrative Coordinator

Dear Alumni,

I want to go home to our beloved campus as much as you do, but we can’t just yet. Unlike so many of you, I can visit campus everyday when I go to the Nonstop house. However, I tend not to because it is empty and my eyes tend to water every time I look at Main Building. If I may digress for a moment, I’d like to tell you about my childhood home. This past Sunday, my brother told me that the house in which we grew up is now on the market. I excitedly searched for my old address on Maple Avenue and found a realty site with 25 pictures. She looks beautiful from the outside, freshly painted in a dignified painted lady style. She’s a true Victorian. The owners have completed major renovations, removing the old screened-in porch, vaulting a ceiling into my brother’s second floor bedroom, and moving the kitchen into the room that was my twin Sara’s and my playroom. I recognized the fireplaces, our bedroom, and the living room. It’s very different and didn’t feel like it had ever been my home.

As I was contemplating writing to you this morning, I realized that while I grew up in that house I cannot call it home. It’s a house, a mere building. Home, on the other hand, is memories of the past and visions of the future. Home is created by the combined efforts of family members. Home cannot exist without place and people.

I spent the summer helping to create the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute. Like all of the faculty and staff working on this over the summer, I collected unemployment and contacted at least two employers each week, and interviewed for a couple of jobs that I did not get. I know why. I do not want to work just anywhere. No other college can compare to Antioch. I love messy shared governance. I love community meeting. I love co-op. I love the bubble. I love it all. I want our house back filled with everything we value.

That’s why Nonstop exists. We are maintaining our values and our educational model until we can go home again. In official documents, we say that Nonstop was founded by a group of former Antioch College faculty and staff and is funded by the CRF, the fundraising arm of the Antioch Alumni Association. Nonstop is the educational wing of the movement among alumni, faculty and the Yellow Springs community to keep the soul of an Antioch education alive, enriched and vibrant. Nonstop is a faculty-led, community-situated, and alumni-supported project. Nonstop is a self-governing and self-managed educational enterprise in which the faculty plays a leading role. Nonstop operates in the spirit of collaboration, community, and mutual commitment rather than strict policies. Each faculty member’s commitment to Nonstop is holistic and multi-functional, and each is expected to assume an equitable share of the responsibilities and obligations of the Nonstop Institute.

I ask for your support in keeping the spirit of Antioch alive in Nonstop. I hope that very soon, we can all go home together.

Affectionately,

Susan J. Eklund-Leen, Ph.D.
Nonstop Professor and Executive Collective Administrative Coordinator

Hip Hop Goes to College

Sep 29th, 2008

by Jennifer Anderson – Dance Teacher Magazine

Hip hop has swept the nation, but what is its place in higher education?

While many dance studios have begun to make hip-hop classes a staple in recent years, colleges have not exactly followed suit, and many students are getting frustrated. “It only makes sense that hip hop should be included in higher education,” says Ithaca College senior Kay Cotton, who is president of the student group IC Hip Hop. “It’s going to continue to be in high demand from dance students, so doesn’t it make sense for future dance educators to learn and understand the style?”

Nonetheless, it’s not always obvious where it fits into the higher education setting. Some colleges and universities make sure to offer credited classes, while others offer it as pan of a jazz curriculum or bypass it altogether. Meanwhile, student-run hip-hop clubs are sprouting up at colleges everywhere. Here, we talk to dance professionals and students about how they view the anform’s place in higher ed.

Trend or Mainstay?

What came first, the surge in classes or the hit television shows? It’s hard to pinpoint cause and effect, but one thing’s undeniable: Hip hop’s popularity shows no signs of slowing down. Television programs like “So You Think You Can Dance,” “America’s Best Dance Crew” and MTV’s “Dancelife” are just a few examples of the genre’s heightened exposure.

“It’s such an entertaining, fun style to watch and perform,” says Cotton, who joined the college’s recreational hip-hop club, IC Hip Hop, to compensate for the lack of courses offered at Ithaca. And she’s not alone in her pursuit. Due to increased student demand, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, recently added hip hop to its roster of classes, says Jeff Friedman, PhD, assistant professor of dance at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts. Even so, it’s only a portion of the jazz curriculum.

A Place in This World

The debate is whether hip hop “should receive the same amount of serious contextualization as classical ballet and contemporary forms,” Friedman explains. “All world forms have need for context, and college dance departments need to consider this factor.”

Like world dance forms, hip hop has a rich history. It is a folk art “created among the common people as an expression of their everyday lives,” writes dance educator Kelsa Rieger in Cityfolk Enews, an online newsletter about traditional and ethnic performing arts. “It emerged from the inner-city streets of the South Bronx in the early 1970s: a new style of music, instrumentation, dance, fashion and visual art that together made up a rich and colorful expression of life for the people, place and time in which it was created.”

Until the college suspended operations in June, Rieger taught hip hop in the dance program at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Antioch included the courses “Introduction to Hip Hop Dance and Culture” and “West African Drum and Dance” as part of its curriculum. “Kelsa really wanted students to have an understanding of the cultural context that generated hip hop,” says Jill Becker, former dance program director. “She brought in guests and had the students do readings. Some were really interested in understanding the social, political and economic context.”

Still, many view the artform as a pop-culture phenomenon, explains Becker. “But I take it seriously, and think students can learn a lot about the culture that generated hip hop.”

Perhaps the problem is that some college faculty members don’t know where to find “authentic” hip hop. In the e-newsletter, Rieger talks about how the artform has changed drastically (due in large part to the media) from its beginnings and what is currently being taught. She likens the two styles to the way that samba can refer to either “the raw, authentic, hip-driven dance seen on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, or the smooth, elegant, partnering danced at ballroom competitions in the U.S.; the two look almost nothing alike. The ‘hip hop’ taught in most dance studios across the country today is a far cry from anything you would have seen at one of DJ Kool Herc’s block parties in 1975.”

The educational worth of hip hop extends far beyond the movement involved, and dance professionals like Rieger and Becker are doing their part to spread this knowledge in the higher ed setting. “It’s important for students to value vernacular dance alongside performance dance,” says Becker. “I would like to offset the high art/low art/folk art distinctions-it’s all high art.” And, of course, students are speaking up. “Hip hop is here to stay,” says Cotton, “so the dance community can only benefit from accepting and including it.”

DT Jennifer Anderson holds a BA in Dance and English from Rutgers University and is the rehearsal coordinator for American Ballet Theatre.

NS Dispatch 2

Sep 19th, 2008

This action kit is your toolbox for performing a tactical liberal arts intervention. Print and share the recent press coverage of Nonstop. If your friends still don’t get it – show them the video.

Download the Action Kit [1.4 mb].

Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute Now in Session

Sep 16th, 2008

First Week of Classes Receives National Attention

Nonstop classes are now in session in Yellow Springs. After months of hard work and preparation on the part of Nonstop’s supporters, staff and faculty, our students gathered together in locations throughout the community to begin the semester.

Local, regional and national press took notice, with reporting on Nonstop’s start of classes in many US news outlets and the International Herald Tribune through an AP story. The Columbus Dispatch headlined the story, and it featured prominently in the Xenia Daily Gazette. Holly Zachariah of the Columbus Dispatch called Nonstop “a place where the Antioch spirit still thrives. A place where a church sanctuary doubles as a dance studio and a local farm becomes a laboratory for sustainable agriculture. A place where professors convene class in cluttered basements and rented halls while a nearby campus wastes away.”

With almost 40 classes and workshops being taught this semester, faculty are clearly energized and committed despite the challenges they have faced this past year. Many are teaching their favorite classes, and some, like Steve Schwerner, have come back from retirement to participate in the project. Victor Garcia has also returned, and will be teaching Spanish to students within the immersive environment of the Spanish-speaking community of Springfield.

Nonstop has given faculty the opportunity to look through a new lens when designing their courses: community driven, locally relevant education. Professor Jean Gregorek is teaching Visions of Suburbia this term, a class that examines the suburban landscape and phenomenon. Gregorek says, “I’ve tried to shape this course with the interests and needs of the Yellow Springs community in mind, as we go through a new visioning process to plan the future of land use in the village.” By asking questions such as: “Is an environmentally-friendly suburb a contradiction in terms?” and “What is the future of suburbia as land resources and fossil fuels become increasingly limited?”, the class pushes students to think critically about the social arrangement that shapes so many of our lives.

Nonstop has 22 full-time students and more than 50 part-time students for this semester, and ramped-up recruitment efforts for next semester are in full swing. “I just felt like I could help to be one of the students to take a leap of faith in this endeavor,” said Nic Viox, first-year student from Westchester. Faculty are conducting their classes with the same academic rigor and seriousness they demanded at Antioch College. Students must keep detailed educational portfolios so they can request credit from other institutions, hopefully a reopened Antioch College among them. Student Ned Burnell from California said, “I wasn’t sure about it until I got here, but this is more than just the continuation of Antioch.”

Nonstop will allow an open and independent Antioch College to hit the ground running with an experienced and committed faculty and staff and a growing student body. With classes now in session, it is clearer than ever that the faculty, staff, students and supporters of Nonstop can make this endeavor a chapter in the history of Antioch College that we will be proud of. We look forward with great hope to that day!

Ex-Antioch teachers launch school without campus

Sep 13th, 2008

By James Hannah, Associated Press News Bureau — read the original article here.

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (AP) — In a wood-paneled basement filled with boxes of nuts, bolts and screws, a college journalism class is under way.

Naked wooden beams and ductwork hang overhead. The instructor’s voice competes with the sound of the furnace, which kicks on from time to time.

This makeshift classroom is part of a patchwork of homes, churches and offices cobbled together to form the “Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute,” spawned by former professors of the now-defunct Antioch College, which closed earlier this year amid financial problems.

Professors launched the institute this week to preserve the school’s spirit and maintain its core of teachers.

“We want to keep the DNA alive,” said Scott Warren, former associate professor of philosophy. “We want to keep the soul moving until we get the campus back.”

Classes are being held just about anywhere in southwest Ohio, including a Buddhist meditation center and an office above a mattress store.

The institute, funded by Antioch alumni, has attracted about 60 students in its first semester, Warren said. Its pupils range from former Antioch College students to local villagers, including an 87-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man.

Its staff includes about 20 former Antioch College teachers, plus a handful of retired Antioch teachers and instructors from nearby colleges who have volunteered to teach for free.

The Yellow Springs institute is unaccredited and is not affiliated with Antioch.

Former Antioch College student Molly Thornton was planning to transfer to another school, but got caught up in the Antioch alumni’s excitement about the institute this summer.

“I said, ‘Oh, this is really going to happen,'” recalled Thornton, 20, of Santa Fe, N.M. “My plan is to stay here indefinitely.”

Tuition costs $1,500 per semester, and students must make their own living arrangements and provide their own meals.

Located about 15 miles east of Dayton, Antioch College is known for its pioneering academic programs that produce students with a passion for free thinking and social activism. The college is the flagship of Antioch University, which also has campuses in Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Calif., and Keene, N.H.

Trustees say they want the college to reopen as soon as possible, and they have asked alumni to propose a plan in which the college would operate independently of the university.

Toni Murdock, chancellor of Antioch University, has said she applauds the passion of the group, but questions whether courses taken at the institute can be applied toward graduation at other schools. Warren said the institute is seeking accreditation and believes that many colleges will give students credit for coursework they complete at the institute.

“It’s not bad,” said Derrick Lane, 20, of Cleveland, who attended Antioch College for two years. He said the institute has the same ideals as the college and many of the same teachers.

“I’m so liking the Antioch stuff that transferring somewhere else would be a major culture shock,” he said.

Classes offered at the institute include such courses as “Revolutions: Theory and Practice,” “The Art of Political Discourse: Critical Thinking,” and “Visions of Suburbia.”

“We’re homeless,” said Dennie Eagleson, who taught at Antioch College for 20 years and now teaches photography at the institute. “What we’ve tried to do is detach ourselves from that struggle — which was really heartbreaking and hard — into something we have control over.”

Liberal arts won’t stop in Yellow Springs

Sep 11th, 2008

By Aaron Keith Harris Greene, County Dailies / Xenia Daily Gazette — read the original article here.

YELLOW SPRINGS — “Nothing is carved in stone,” said Dr. Hassan Rahamanian as syllabi were being passed out Thursday during the first meeting of Community Economics and Sustainability, a course he is co-teaching with Dr. Colette Palamar.

Perhaps a fitting sentiment for a college course taught not in a classroom, but in Yellow Springs resident Gordon Chapman’s living room, where students and professors were arranged comfortably on couches, chairs and, in a couple of cases, the floor.

The course is one of the almost 40 offered this fall semester, which began Monday, by the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute, which was formed by former faculty, staff, students and alumni of Antioch College after the college was closed by the Antioch University Board of Trustees earlier this year.

Though negotiations continue between the Antioch University board and Antioch College alumni about the long-term future of the historic liberal arts college, many felt compelled to keep the Antioch spirit alive.

“The Antioch model of education has a lot to offer students, and I couldn’t bear to think of it disappearing,” said Palamar, who, along with Rahamanian, is a former Antioch College professor.

Rahamanian said that after being among the lowest-paid university professors in Ohio at Antioch College, their salaries at Nonstop are slightly better.

Nic Viox, of Westchester, signed on with Nonstop after considering Antioch College in the past. “I just felt like I could help to be one of the students to take a leap of faith in this endeavor,”said Viox, who is registered for five classes at Nonstop.

Though Nonstop is not accredited, students like Viox will keep educational portfolios detailing their work in hopes that another educational institution, perhaps a revived Antioch College, would award them credit.

“I wasn’t sure about it until I got here,” said Ned Burnell, of California. “But this is more than just the continuation of Antioch.”

Antioch’s gone, but its spirit lives

Sep 11th, 2008

By Holly Zachariah, The Columbus Dispatch — read the original article here.

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio — Jesus smiled down on Isabella Winkler as she talked to her college students about violence, passion, gender roles and French kissing.

The six students in Winkler’s culture and interpretation class focused on the photographs of embracing couples and paid no mind to the stained-glass image overwhelming the sanctuary inside the United Methodist Church.

At about the same time, chemistry professor Kabuika Butamina was across town. He goes by only Kab. “Just one name, you know, like Madonna,” he said as he unlocked the back door of someone else’s home and led a ragtag band of students into the house.

His three students dropped into folding chairs and crammed around a poster-size whiteboard hanging in a back corner of the basement.

Kab foraged for a marker, then raised his arms high and stretched them wide.

“Welcome,” he told the students, “to Nonstop.”

Classes began this week at the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute, a new, unaccredited college
that’s not really a college in Greene County. Its professors teach in churches, their homes, the homes of others, the village hall, even at the local Buddhist meditation center.

Nonstop bills itself as “an educational endeavor that seeks to continue the values and traditions of the recently closed Antioch College.” What that means is it is a program run by former Antioch employees who lost their jobs when the famously liberal college closed in June.

Antioch was known for its political activism and social-justice leanings. The broke college closed despite the efforts of alumni, students, professors and Yellow Springs residents who tried to save it.

About $2 million raised by the alumni is funding Nonstop, which, they hope, will eventually become Antioch again. The Alumni Board wants to resurrect the college and run it independently, separate from its parent, Antioch University.

Until then, Nonstop’s organizers can’t use the Antioch name; they would be sued. Many of
Antioch’s traditions are evident but with “slight modifications,” said Chris Hill, a leader of Nonstop and former 11-year professor of media arts at Antioch. Twenty-two people are enrolled full-time so far for this first semester, and another 50 or so have signed up for at least one class, each of which costs about $300.

Some of the students simply are interested townspeople. Others are Antiochians who stayed in town. But there are newcomers, too, folks such as 20-year-old James Russell from Fort Worth, Texas.

He always had dreamed of coming to Yellow Springs. Through online chat rooms and news stories he watched the fight to save the school unfold. As an Antioch revival movement grew, he realized he simply had to come.

Russell arrived in town three weeks ago with little money, no job, a couple of boxes of clothes and what he describes as left-leaning signs to decorate his walls.

He has applied for a Nonstop scholarship, is paying a family $100 a month for a room and hopes to land a job, maybe at the local newspaper.

He also is learning to ride a bike, a habit that’s practically required in this laid-back town, where the downtown shops sport names like Dingleberry’s, Garden of the Goddess and Mr. Fub’s Party.

Russell is a skinny guy who talks with his hands, describes almost everything as “the coolest thing ever” and cannot contain his enthusiasm about life in general, Nonstop in particular.

He is registered for seven classes, everything from personal finance to dance therapy to the art of political discourse.

He said he doesn’t care about college credit. What he is after is an education and life experience, not a degree.

Surely, he can get that here, a place where the Antioch spirit still thrives.

A place where a church sanctuary doubles as a dance studio and a local farm becomes a laboratory for sustainable agriculture.

A place where professors convene class in cluttered basements and rented halls while a nearby campus wastes away.

‘Nonstop’ classes to begin Monday

Sep 6th, 2008

By Aaron Keith Harris Greene, County Dailies / Xenia Daily Gazette — read the original article here.

YELLOW SPRINGS — While the status of Antioch College continues to be negotiated by Antioch University officials and college alumni, a group of enthusiastic education activists is going ahead with their plans for the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute.

The institute’s first semester classes kick off Monday in non-traditional classrooms — like community centers, coffee shops, churches, and private homes — throughout the village of Yellow Springs. A majority of classes will be taught by former Antioch College professors.

“Nonstop not only carries on Antioch’s tradition of learning, but reinvigorates it,” said Nonstop faculty member Chris Hill. “This experiment takes our classrooms out into the world and into uncharted territory.”

The first week of classes are free and open to the public so that potential students can decide whether they want to enroll for the fall semester. Students may enroll on a full-time or course-by-course basis, or sign up for shorter courses or one-day workshops.

Classes beginning on this Monday include: Modern Dance and Improvisation for Beginners, Visions of Suburbia, Elements of Photography, Community Journalism, Documentary Inquiry: The Atomic Age, Sounds and Circuits, and Community Band. Other classes offered include history and anthropology, art and literature, and the sciences. Two of the classes that may interest adult students are Personal Investing and a Good Books Club.

Also, the Local & Sustainable Agriculture Workshop, for instance, will utilize a local farm as a classroom to study the permaculture approach to farming.

For more information, including a full list of fall classes, visit the Nonstop Web site, nonstopinstitute.org.

First day of classes to begin at innovative Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute

Sep 5th, 2008

Yellow Springs, Ohio – September 5, 2008 – The Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute will mark the official start of its first semester with classes beginning on Monday, September 8, 2008, in non-traditional classrooms spread throughout the village of Yellow Springs. “Nonstop,” as it has been nicknamed by the local community, is an educational endeavor that seeks to continue the values and traditions of the recently closed Antioch College. Nonstop is a project of the College Revival Fund, which supports an independent Antioch College.

The Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute offers open and affordable enrollment to students of all ages and backgrounds. Students may enroll on a full-time or course-by-course basis. In addition to registering for full-semester classes, students may also sign up for shorter courses and one-day workshops. An event series called Nonstop Presents!, will offer a variety of educational programming, which will include lectures, workshops, and music and arts events, many of which will be free and open to the public.
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