Antioch College

At a community meeting, Antioch College President, Mark Roosevelt annouces the receipt of several large funding grants, and his decision to leave the college after his contract expires.
Jerry Kenney

On Tuesday, Antioch College announced it has received two large grants totaling 7 million dollars. The gift includes a one million dollar grant from an anonymous donor, and a $6 million grant from the Morgan Family Foundation, the largest gift the College has received since its 2009 revival and separation from Antioch University. 

At a community meeting announcing the grant, Antioch College President, Mark Roosevelt said the large donation was a vote of confidence from the foundation.

Maziar Bahari is a journalist, film maker and human rights activist from Iran. His work landed him in an Iranian prison for several month’s in 2009. His memoir Then They Came for Me was the basis for The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart's 2014 film Rosewater. In 2014 Bahari produced and directed the documentary film To Light a Candle about the persecution of Bahá'ís in Iran. 

To find out more about the film and its maker, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Dr. Jim Malarky, Chair of Humanities at Antioch University. 

Antioch College Aims To Build Sustainable Village On Campus
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This weekend Antioch College kicks off a community input process for a housing project that would be located on the college campus.

Housing, and especially affordable housing, is a big issue in Yellow Springs—where housing prices never tanked the way they did regionally, and both rentals and purchases run high.

After 150 Years, Black Struggles Echo An Earlier Voice

Feb 9, 2015
Henry Highland Garnet, abolitionist pastor and advocate, spoke on the U.S. capitol in February, 1865.
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A hundred and fifty years ago this week, Reverend Henry Highland Garnet became the first Black man to present from the speaker’s platform in the U.S. capital. He preached to commemorate the January 31st passage by Congress of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery. In the sermon, Garnet compared Christians who supported slavery to the biblical Pharisees who observed many rituals, but whose cruelty  demonstrated that they did not have a true love for their fellow men in their hearts.

Gabrielle Civil in a previous performance entitled "And then..." at Antioch College.
Dennie Eagleson

WYSO is planning a series of commentaries in the coming weeks from local professors and leaders in the black community, in honor of Black History Month in February. To kick it off, Antioch College Associate Professor of Performance Gabrielle Civil is on air Friday morning, Jan. 30, to preview upcoming events at Antioch College.

Civil is holding a story circle in collaboration with Coretta Scott King Center director Mila Cooper. Details provided by Antioch College are below; information about other events will be added as they become available. 

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Almost 50 years ago, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Yellow Springs and Antioch College to address the graduates at his wife Coretta’s alma mater. WYSO News was there to cover the event, and this tape is one of the most significant recordings in the WYSO Archives.

The "yellow springs" in Glen Helen Nature Preserve.
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The Glen Helen Nature Preserve has increased its borders by another 30.5 acres. The Glen Helen Association acquired Camp Greene, which is a former Girl Scout camp on the Little Miami River.

The Girls Scouts of Western Ohio hadn't used the area for programs since 2009.

The association plans to restore the land and repair buildings. The total budget, including the purchase, is $668,000. The Upper River Fund contributed $100,000 and the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund provided $400,000 to help cover those costs.

Rediscovered Radio: Harold Wright's "Christmas Leaves"

Dec 24, 2014
Harold Wright in 1974
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One of the best things about the WYSO Archives is the sheer variety of recordings we have. There are news reports, documentaries, radio dramas, and concerts, many from the early years of WYSO. Jocelyn Robinson of Rediscovered Radio brings us yet another holiday special, this one recorded over three decades ago, about a boy looking forward to celebrating the holidays with great anticipation.

Robert de Gast / courtesy of Antiochiana (Antioch College)

Many families have Christmas traditions that are passed from one generation to the next. From deep within the WYSO vault comes one family’s holiday ritual to share with our listeners once again: a reading of Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”

Dylan Thomas was a colorful and influential writer of the mid 20th century, and 2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Welsh poet’s birth. Archives Fellow Jocelyn Robinson brings us a look at one of his most famous literary works.

Women's Hours In the Wellness Center

Dec 20, 2014

The Antioch College Wellness Center has recently started to include women’s only swim time in its schedule and is also considering the possibility of implementing some women’s only hours of the entire facility. In this episode of the Antioch Word, Miller Fellow Wyatt Souers talked to class of 2018 student Layla Saad, Class of 2017 student Taylor Larson, Wellness Center Director Monica Hassek, and Dean of Community Life Luis Rosa about the reasons behind including women’s only hours in the Wellness Center and whether or not it will be possible to include them in the schedule.