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'.