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

Sep 30th, 2008

Archived From: Antioch College Alumni E-Newsletter

The College Revival Fund
“Be ashamed to let it die”

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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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Aimee Lunde Maruyama ’96
Director of Alumni Relations
College Revival Fund

Antioch College
Alumni News

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 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

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