“So this is it. We’re going to die.” – Arthur DentÂ
So 8 months after it was announced that Antioch College was closing, and 8 months of holding on to hope that the Antioch University Board Of Trustees would listen to alumni, pledges and reason, it looks like it’s finally over. They are saying only one year suspension, maybe more but as I wrote last June, I don’t care about the ‘place’ in Yellow Springs, I care about the Antioch College community.. the people and the unbroken chain of continuity between those that came before me and those that are there today. Suspending for 1 year shatters that.
and the thing is.. last June, before Reunion, I was ready to hear, from those that knew what was going on, that it was just unsustainable and this had to happen. I wasn’t going to be happy about it but I was ready to let go. The problem is now thanks to all thats been going on under antiochians.org I believe more than ever that if today the Antioch University Board of Trustees had taken a chance and let the college go to the ACCC … that the alumni could have saved the school and made it amazing. I was ready to dive head first into this effort.
We all got up to dance, Oh, but we never got the chance!
The little radio station in my head just played this for me.. scares me sometimes:
Â “Now the half-time air was sweet perfume
While the sergeants played a marching tune.
We all got up to dance,
Oh, but we never got the chance!
`cause the players tried to take the field;
The marching band refused to yield.
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?”
So lets see.. half time air = BOT meeting, February 2008. Deadline for the ACCC proposal to be heard by the BOT and a letter of agreement will be generated that allows the rebuilding of the college to begin.
Sergeants = ACCC
“We all got up to dance, Oh, but we never got the chance!” – There were so many of us ready to do so much. The BOT clearly just does not ‘get it’ at all.. they just missed the chance to be part of something amazing.
`cause the players tried to take the field; = ‘we’ tried to take the college.. to save it.
Marching band refused to yield – BOT ignored logic and what ‘was right’. I’m still shocked. As much as it was fun to pretend their were evil incarnate etc, I never really believed in my heart.. I mean, I kinda know some of these people
What was revealed? That sometimes, no matter how good an idea or cause is, “what’s right” isn’t what happens. What can we do? Fight, if there’s hope to fix it. If there isn’t then salvage what you can and walk away.
There’s some talk of an ‘Antioch in Exile’ over at The Blaze but I’m not ready to go headfirst into that mindset yet. At this point I’m just angry. I want someone to do something horribly irreversable and rude to Toni Murdoch’s car. I want to pay folks to picket Art Zucker’s house. I want to … well.. I wont say cause I might actually do this one, but suffice to say ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not taking anymore!’
“Never underestimate the ability of a large group of smart people to make stupid decisions” – An ‘away message’ of an antiochian friend recently.
So I’m pretty broken right now.. maybe even more than I was last June because I’ve built up hopes & dreams, as well as new friends & rekindled old ones, over the past 8 months. I care exponentially more about Antioch now than I did last June.. and yet it still is closing. <sigh>