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Antioch College to Close; Students Don't Want to Attend Hippie School

June 12, 2007 06:42 PM

Kids these days!  They don't want to be like these winners:

They probably want jobs after college, those crazy scamps.  Selfish pigs!  From the college's news release:

Over the past several years, Antioch College has experienced a continuing decline in its student enrollment. Given its small endowment and heavy dependence on tuition revenue, this low enrollment has threatened the College’s survival. Efforts to balance the College’s budget over the years through faculty and staff reductions, programmatic changes and deferred maintenance of the physical plant have eroded the confidence students and parents have in the College’s academic program. After careful analysis the Board determined that the College’s resources are inadequate to continue providing a quality education for its students beyond July 1, 2008.

I'd suggest to them there is a lesson here about how the free market works, but I'm not sure they'd grasp the concept.

They do claim they're going to re-open with a "state of the art" campus in 2012, though.  What kind of college thinks they can close for four years and re-open?  Where are they going to get the money for a "state of the art" campus if they haven't been able to shake down their alumni to keep the doors open?  What if you were currently a student there, wouldn't you be livid?  Or would you just go smoke some grass and accept it?

UPDATE: Lori Kurtzman for the Enquirer has more scoop.  Like this anecdote about alum Steve Duffy:

When Steve Duffy was a high school student in the 1970s, his history teacher told him one of the most utopian places on the planet was in Yellow Springs, Ohio, at a college called Antioch.

Duffy, a New Yorker, liked the sound of that. He enrolled at Antioch without ever visiting the campus, left for Ohio and arrived at a school that was everything his teacher had promised – brimming with brilliant students hoping to change the world. Duffy grew so enamored of the college that he is still there, three decades later, helping to run the library.

He's "helping run the library?"  I thought this was where students went to "change the world."  It's 30 years later, Steve, and you're "helping" run the library at a school no one wants to go to.  Is it time to reflect on what you've done to "change the world?"  Because I'm thinking 30 years has resulted in a whole lot of nuthin'.


So, dumpster diving 101 wasn't a big draw for students, eh?

Living in Dayton for ten years Antioch was always quite a joke. In fact, the local pizza joint was know as Ha, Ha, Pizza. Rumour is it wasn't oregano in the sauce.

The Nonjuror   ·  June 12, 2007 09:24 PM

For a straight guy, you're a total bitch.

Anonymous   ·  June 12, 2007 11:25 PM

Did you go to Antioch? Did you ever spend time there? Did you know that Antioch has one of the highest percentages of graduates going on to earn PhD's myself among them. Do you know Steve Duffy? Do you know the friend he has been to countless students at Antioch over a 30 year career. Can you really judge someone else's life like that? No I don't think so.

Steve   ·  June 13, 2007 12:20 AM

I guess when you turn out a whole lot of useless philosophy majors, you end up with alumni that are unable to financially support your school.

English teacher   ·  June 13, 2007 07:12 AM

(1) You say that Antioch has one of the highest percentage of graduates go on to earn PhDs as if that's a good thing. What percentage go on to become productive members of society?
(2) Re: Steve Duffy and whether I can "really judge someone's life like that." You haven't been reading NBS very long, have you? Because yes, I really do judge people like that. It's one of my greatest skills, really. And I think that after thirty years of "helping out" in a library someone needs to move up to actually being the librarian. It's not exactly aiming too high.

Nasty, Brutish & Short   ·  June 13, 2007 08:50 AM

Steve: Do they offer Economics at Antioch?

Butters   ·  June 13, 2007 09:24 PM

>Steve: Do they offer Economics at Antioch?

>Butters ยท June 13, 2007 09:24 PM

Actually, yes. Yes they do.

Jim   ·  June 14, 2007 02:26 AM

Wait a minute. Isn't Antioch the school that doesn't believe in assigning letter grades?

English teacher   ·  June 14, 2007 08:50 AM