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Ella Arnold is pursuing a degree in Visual Arts from Antioch College. She is skilled in various fiber works, including knitting, chrocheting, and embroidery, and hopes to develop a career around this artistry/artisanship.

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Sustainable Farming and Simple Living: Ella Arnold ’18 at Heartbeat Learning Gardens

Sep 12, 2017
 

“I want to spend the summer outdoors.” -Me, to Cooperative Education faculty Beth Bridgeman, circa June 2017. I got my wish.

For my final co-op at Antioch College, I am working as an intern/trainee at Heartbeat Learning Gardens, just outside of Yellow Springs, Ohio. I am a participant in their farm training program, and I also live on the Heartbeat property.

Heartbeat is a non-profit, small scale, sustainable farm working to provide education about sustainable farming and simple living through workshops as well as through the training program of which I am a part, as well as provide vegetables to the Miami Valley community through a seasonal CSA program.

My day to day work is primarily that of a farm hand. Generally, I assist in the processes of preparing and planting beds, weeding, watering, and thinning crops, harvesting food, and clearing land, among other tasks. I also occasionally care for the chickens that are kept on the property. Filling this role, I help to ensure that the gardens are maintained, and that the crops are harvested for community CSA members to pick up twice per week.

My aim for this cooperative learning experience was to experiment in a new workplace and lifestyle. Rather than working at a desk as I have in the past, I am working a different kind of “nine to five” job – one where my limbs, rather than my mind, are tired at the end of the day. I am living in a trailer without plumbing, and eating vegetables that I helped grow and/or harvest. I am learning about my physical abilities – that my body is strong and capable of turning over the earth and healing from the scratches and bites and bruises it inflicts upon me.

This experience also marks a transition in my educational life. I recently made the decision to change my course of study, and with that change I wanted to consider new and different ways of doing other things in my life. I’ve learned so far that farming is hard and tiring, and that I will probably not be a farmer. That being said, exploring new fields of work and new ways of living is a great joy, and has been a formative part of my Antioch experience.


 

Student Spotlight: Ramone Ritzhaupt ’20

Jun 16, 2017
 
Ramone Ritzhaupt, Class of 2020, is completing their first co-op as the theater production assistant at Antioch’s very own Foundry Theater. Their responsibilities on the job include but are certainly not limited to organizing the space, caring for the building, maintaining equipment, running soundboard for events, and working with local students, from Antioch and from Yellow Springs High School to create and organize various events and performances.

About their co-op, Ramone says,

“My experience with co-op has been wonderful. I never expected to work in a theater, but I was pleasantly surprised with my time here. It’s offered me a learning experience I otherwise would have never received only taking classes. It has provided me a chance to learn hands-on in a one-on-one environment with my supervisor, which can be difficult at times in classes. With my time here coming to an end, it feels bittersweet. I’ve greatly enjoyed being here and developing my skills, but I look forward to next quarter and taking classes once more.”
This quarter, Ramone has been an integral part of the community through their work at the Foundry, among other things, and has been ever-present on campus. Thank you, Ramone, for taking up this important work in your first co-op. We look forward to seeing what you do in the future!
Photo and text credit: Ramone Ritzhaupt, Class of 2020

 

Faculty Spotlight: Corine Tachtiris

Jun 08, 2017
 
Corine Tachtiris is a professor of literature here at Antioch College. She holds an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa, and works to engage students in topics surrounding translation. This quarter, she held a translation workshop in conjunction with the Lit Wits writing group in the writing center, where she helped students translate small selections in their respective languages of study.
Corine translates in both Czech and French, but assists students in any language. In the workshop she led, she discussed with students the impacts of translation on literature, and in particular the effects that a translator or an editor has on the work they are translating or editing. She also talked about the various ways that people interpret a “good translation,” and what misconceptions people have about what that means. She says she sees translation as “a deeply ethical act,” where translators are speaking for others, and she says this is important in studying translation.
Corine has taught semester-long courses at other institutions, and hopes to incorporate similar programs here at Antioch. She imagines such a program manifesting here as a creative writing course, collaborating with the Antioch Language and Culture program as well. She says she’s also interested in working personally with students on their translation projects.

 

Student Spotlight: Ben Zitsman ’20

Jun 08, 2017
 

Ben Zitsman, Class of 2020, is working as a co-op student in the Office of Admissions here at Antioch College. Initially, he took on various administrative and communicative tasks, including sending out some communications for the Office of Admissions. His position, however, has quickly grown into a full scale reboot of the College’s social media platforms. Ben was part of a small team that developed a social media strategy at the start of this quarter, and he has been working with students, staff, and faculty ever since to report on the everyday – and not-so-everyday – happenings that occur on campus. Ben says that over the course of the week, he receives email and in person communications from all over campus regarding events, programs, initiatives, and other things happening around Antioch, and he attends and reports on them through the Antioch College Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

“Really it’s just walking around and trying to figure out what looks interesting.” That’s how Ben describes his daily activity on the job. He spends time talking to anyone he comes across to learn about what they’re doing, and he works to publish material on the diverse activities occurring throughout each day. “Making sure that Antioch is represented faithfully” and “accurately reflect[ing] Antioch to people who are interested in the school” are his primary goals in creating content, he says.

Ben will return to classes following the end of this quarter, but he says he has enjoyed the work and he hopes to continue this work during the rest of his time at Antioch.

Photo Credit: Ben Zitsman ’20


 

Student Spotlight: Mia Bates ’20

Jun 01, 2017
 
Mia Bates, Class of 2020, is currently completing her co-op quarter at the Antioch School, here in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She is a Miller Fellow for the school, and she works with children ranging from kindergarten age to sixth grade.
In her blog, Mia writes about spending time with the children outdoors much of the day, including going to the “forest kindergarten,” taking walks into town, and even camping with older groups. She says the children also spend time practicing and performing plays, and completing more traditional schoolwork such as state reports. Additionally, she discusses her participation in the school’s democratic process, where she helps facilitate student discussions surrounding rules and expectations for their classroom experiences.
About her co-op and her career aspirations, Mia writes, “I’ve wanted to teach for as long as I can remember, surely to some degree because of my overwhelmingly positive experience in schools, including the Antioch School. So I’m so appreciative to be around so many wonderful teachers, overhearing so many daily insights about all the underlying things happening in any interaction. I love being in a classroom every day and having such inspiring conversations with these youthful people.”

 

Faculty Spotlight: Robin Littell

Jun 01, 2017
 
Robin Littell, Writing Instructor and Coordinator of the Writing Institute, is an author of short stories and her work has appeared in several publications, including Gravel Magazine, NoiseMedium, Found Polaroids, and Glitter Train. Most recently, her piece “Going South was published Literary Mama Magazine.
Robin explained to me that “Literary Mama caters to … stories that are about motherhood.” “Going South” tells the story of a mother and daughter who move to Florida, and relates the memories of the young daughter as she spends time with her mother in this new place. About the piece, Robin says, “the story I wrote was partially based on memory that I have.” However, she also says that some portions of the text are only partially true, as she was very young at the time of the account. She says that she’s written several pieces that are based on her memories.
In addition to this recent publication in Literary Mama, Robin has recently received notification that her short story for Found Polaroids called “The Scowl” will be published in a print book in August of this year.
Congratulations, Robin, on this recognition for your wonderful work. To learn more about Robin Littell and her work, visit her website!

 

Faculty Spotlight: Mario Rodriguez Garcia

May 26, 2017
 
Faculty here at Antioch College have deep roots in the community. For professor Mario Rodriguez Garcia, this has been true for decades. Beginning in the 1970’s, Mario worked closely with Antioch College to provide study-abroad experiences to Antioch students and others across the GLCA campuses. During this time, he taught Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico to students from the New Directions program here at Antioch.
In 1981, he was invited to the Antioch campus to teach a Spanish course. From then on, he began to develop relationships with student groups as well as with the Yellow Springs community. With the HUMAN (Help Us Make a Nation) group, he worked with students and faculty of color as well as with people of color in the Yellow Springs community. He also participated in several Antioch activist projects, including protests against various US conflicts in Central and South America.
Mario was offered a permanent position at the college, but was unable to stay permanently at the time for family reasons. Now, in his retirement and after working for several years at Wittenberg College, he has returned to Antioch as a professor of Spanish. He says that in both the previous institution, as well as at the new college, he has enjoyed working with the unique and active students on campus.
In his time at Antioch in recent months, he says he would like to see the continuation of study abroad programs for students, and would like to be a part of such initiatives. He would also like to rebuild relationships between the Yellow Springs Latino community and the Spanish program here at Antioch.

 

Student Spotlight: Alana Guth ’18 and Coco Gagnet ’18

May 26, 2017
 
Have you been to a great campus event this quarter? Have you noticed and enlivening of campus spaces? Chances are, Antioch’s Events and Space Committees played a part! Alana Guth and Coco Gagnet, Class of 2018, are our current Events Coordinator and Space Coordinator, respectively. They both work tirelessly chairing their respective committees, and collaborate with one another to ensure that beautiful, welcoming, thriving spaces are available for the campus community and that events in those spaces take place without a hitch!
Alana is currently working to plan our next Community Day, which will occur on June 2nd across campus. Activities will include a pie-baking contest, lawn games, and trivia, among other things.
Coco’s focus this quarter has been activating Antioch’s newest student space, Weston Hall. She has worked to acquire furniture for the new space, organize student efforts to care for the building, and make Weston available for student and community events. She has also been working to relocate the various resources that were housed in the previous student union, Sontag-Fels.
Thank you Alana and Coco for your hard work and determination in our community!

 

Student Spotlight: Valerie Benedict ’18

May 19, 2017
 
Valerie Benedict, Class of 2018, completed her most recent co-op at NorthShore University HealthSystems, in Evanston, IL last Fall. She worked in a hospital where she was stationed in the cardiology department. During her time at NorthShore, Valerie  says she primarily worked in data entry, and she also shadowed surgeons in various surgeries, which she says was her favorite part of the co-op.
She also had the opportunity to participate in the development of a research project on childhood consumption of high-sugar drinks, and its effects on children’s health at large. This manifested in educational programs in Evanston and Chicago area schools, and her team visited students to present “sugar shows,” as Valerie called them. In these presentations, the researchers would demonstrate the sugar content of various drinks to students. The goal was to empower students to reduce their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, which contribute to various health problems such as obesity and cardiac disease. Ultimately, over the year during which the presentations and studies were conducted, Valerie’s team found positive effects in the schools they visited, although she says that schools in lower socioeconomic districts were less likely to have the positive results seen in the high-income area schools. The research team also compiled a paper on the findings of the study.
Since Valerie’s co-op in the Fall of 2016, the article has gone through an extensive process of peer-review. Now, the article has been approved for publication in a formal academic journal later this year, and Valerie is a credited co-author! Congratulations Valerie, on this outstanding accomplishment!
Text quoted from an interview with Valerie Benedict ’18 on May 18, 2017.

 

Student Spotlight: Lincoln Rose

May 12, 2017
 
The Antioch Farm and the Farm-to-Table Program are excellent assets to the Antioch community. The Farm program works to support students who are interested in environmental science, sustainable agriculture, animal husbandry, and more, during their time on study-quarters, as well as on co-ops. Co-op Student Lincoln Rose, Class of 2020, is currently working on the Antioch Farm, as well as in the Antioch Kitchens. Link shares some information about the job responsibilities, as well as the experience, below:
“I’m working at the Farm-to-Table Co-op at the Antioch College Farm for my first co-op. I’ve been working here for the past five weeks, and I’ve had a wonderful experience so far. Every day at 8:00am I tend to the chickens on the farm. Waking up early is pretty wild for me, but seeing the chickens fills my heart with vigor. Every other day, I spend time with the baby chicks in the Glen Trailside Museum, and they are cool dudes. My duties consist of mowing, tilling, planting and transplanting, and weeding on the farm. Some days I work in the kitchens and prepare the food that we harvest.
I had a lot of anxiety about my first co-op, but working on the farm and in the kitchens has been wonderful. All of my co-workers are the biggest sweethearts, and have taught me a dang lot about farming, cooking, and identifying different plants. My favorite part of my work is finding frogs in the farm and resting my head next to them and looking into their frog eye balls. I would highly recommend working on the farm, or visiting during volunteer hours (Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00pm)!”
To find out more about our Farm-to-Table Program, and to explore our website, click here!