ONE MORGAN PLACE :: Community Bulletin

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 7  |  November 12, 2012  

IN THIS ISSUE:  Antioch College Election Results  ::  Global Seminar Presentation by Visiting Professor  ::  Poetry Festival on Thursday  ::  Sokoltse  ::  Dance of the Happy Shades by Dennie Eagleson  ::  Last chance for If Becoming This  ::  All -In Antioch! A Community Afternoon of Service  ::  Community Life Updates:  ::  Love your body: How Positive Body Image Promotes Happiness  ::  Antioch College Menu November 12 through November 18, 2012  ::  Upcoming events

Congratulations to Elijah Blanton ’15 who was elected last week as our Community Council president! (Photo by Nathaniel Freeman)

Congratulations to Elijah Blanton ’15, who was elected last week as our Community Council president! (Photo by Nathaniel Freeman)

:: Antioch College Election Results

Last Tuesday marked the first election of Antioch College’s new Community Council (ComCil). The turnout was high, with 80.7 percent of students, 65.5 percent of staff members, and the majority for the faculty all casting ballots. The community voted for the council president, one staff and one faculty seat, and four student seats. Candidates were chosen using an instant runoff system popular in many European democracies as well as India, Australia, and New Zealand. In this system each candidate is ranked with one being the highest and the lowest being the total number of candidates for that seat. After being ranked, candidates receive a number of vote points based on their rank and the candidate with the highest number of points will be elected.

The candidates for president during this election were Elijah Blanton ’15 with Eric Rhodes ’16 as his alternate, Guy Mathews’15 with Coty Wyatt ’16 as his alternate, and Eros X ’15 with Alexander Schlossler ’16 as her alternate. The winners of the presidential election were Elijah Blanton and Eric Rhodes with 424 vote points.

In response to his victory, Blanton said, “The first presidency to our new system of governance is a humbling position to fill, and it’s an honor to accept the community’s nomination. I’m lucky to have an experienced and capable alternate, Eric Rhodes, to take on the role during co-op.”

Sarah Black, assistant professor of visual art, and her alternate, Lewis Trelawny-Cassity, assistant professor of philosophy, ran unopposed for the faculty seat and received 239 vote points. Maggie Rusnak, assistant director of admission and financial aid, also ran unopposed for one of the staff seats and received 393 vote points. The student representative seats will be filled by Nargees Jumahan ’15 and her alternate Rebecca Smith ’16, Sylvia Newman ’16 and her alternate Sam Senzak ’15, Gabriel Iglesi a’16 and his alternate Brendon Deal ’15, and Nikki Saadat ’16 and her alternate Forrest Humphrey ’15.

This election is the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of work from students, faculty, and staff. Blanton acknowledged this work by saying, “to the members of the Council of Conveners, thank you for your enduring service in our first year. To those who served on the Governance Task Group, thank you for your tireless work to design the balanced and thoughtful structure we begin now to build.”

This election is historic in that it marks the beginning of a governance structure that will hopefully thrive for years to come. The newly created Community Council will meet for the first time on Tuesday, November 13, to begin the process of enacting the policies created by the Governance Task Group and Council of Conveners earlier this year. The agenda for this meeting is as follows:

Process

  • High-fives all round
  • Appoint a secretary
  • Agree on method of decision-making

Independent Groups

  • Discuss and ratify IGs
  • Chart creation of the IGU

Bylaws

  • Assign levels of urgency to sections
  • Assign section reviews to ComCil members

Elections

  • Ideas for filling empty faculty and staff seats
  • Review of Elections Committee section of bylaws

Community Meeting

  • Go over agenda
  • Secretary and president draft ComCil meeting report

:: Global Seminar presentation by visiting professor

On Wednesday, November 14, at 8:00 p.m., Antioch College will host a presentation by Sherry Mou, professor of Chinese at DePauw University, and two of her students in Chinese Medicine. The two students, first-years Danilla Hill and Emily Waitt, will be giving a presentation titled “Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture.” Professor Mou will present “Food for Health and Medicine for Nourishment: What Constitutes (W)Illness for Chinese,” a general discussion on the Chinese conception of food, health, and illness. Any and all community members are encouraged to attend! The event will be held in McGregor 113.

:: Poetry Festival on Thursday

The language faculty and students would like to invite the Antioch community to attend the first Poetry Festival of the academic year. Students will recite poems on the themes of love, language, animals, travel, poets, the essence of poetry, seasons, nature, and melancholy in French, Spanish, and Japanese. The Poetry Festival will take place on Thursday, November 15, at 4:00 p.m. in McGregor 113.

:: Sokoltse performance

A choir of twelve local women will be performing traditional Slavic from Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, and Russia music on Wednesday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Antioch College Herndon Gallery. Admission is free and refreshments will be served after concert. For more information call Dimi Reber, 937-767-1078.

:: Dance of the Happy Shades by Dennie Eagleson

Dennie Eagleson, who is a fine art and documentary photographer and the creative director of the Herndon Gallery, will have an exhibition at the Glen Helen Atrium Gallery from November 14 through January 6. The exhibition, titled Dance of the Happy Shades, in a series of images created from Polaroid instant film, much of it outdated. Natural materials were laid on the surface and exposed as photograms. The resulting images create bursts of color, and layered marks from curving stems and veins of leaves. Also part of the exhibition are images made from outdated 4x5 film exposed in a pinhole camera and directed at natural forms. Because of the age of the film, the results are unpredictable, visually unrelated to the subject matter, but create a kind of constellation or “performance” in the frame.

The opening reception is Sunday, November 18, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Atrium Gallery is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is located in the Glen Helen Building.

:: Last chance for If Becoming This

It's the last week to see the exhibition If Becoming This by Canadian-born artist Sheilah Wilson in the Herndon Gallery. Included in the exhibition are photographs and video exploring storytelling, memory, and translation of stories through the body. The exhibition closes on November 16. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dennie Eagleson, creative director of the Herndon Gallery at deagleson@antiochcollege.org.

:: All-in Antioch! A Community Afternoon of Service

While we all have many feelings about the complicated holiday of Thanksgiving, the autumn-into-winter time can be a moment for us to reflect on the bountiful harvest that has been given to us. In a spirit of gratitude, we want to bring the community together on Friday, November 30, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., to take care of the spaces we inhabit together as well as acknowledge the work of our facilities team. We are asking the community, staff, faculty, and students, for an afternoon of service on November 30 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. We will meet at 2:00 p.m. for half an hour in McGregor 113 and then spread out and work together to put some love into our campus. Ideas and energy for this event are welcome. And of course there will be food and fun.

:: Community Life Updates:

This week we had elections. The results are in and we are ready to forge ahead with our newly elected Community Council.

We are also working on several upcoming events in November so mark your calendars!

  • Midwest Gender Queer educator and performer JAC will be on campus November 29 from 5:30 to 11:00 p.m. JAC will join us for dinner, have a meeting with students about ally-ship and give a presentation on Transgender 101. Plan to attend!
  • Kirsten Beane from Green County Combined Health District will be on hand on November 13 between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. in McGregor 152 to do free HIV testing. You do not need an appointment. It does not take long. This is an opportunity to take care of yourself and your partner(s). Get tested!

For further information on Community Life events please contact Louise at lsmith@antiochcollege.org.

:: Love your body: How Positive Body Image Promotes Happiness

By now, most of you have thought about or developed a positive or negative body image. Our feelings about our physical appearance tremendously impact our well-being and overall mental health. Studies have suggested that a negative body image increases one’s risk of depression, anxiety, social phobias, eating disorders (which are not experienced exclusively by women; in fact, male anorexia is on the rise exponentially) and general unhappiness in life. Therefore, it’s important to reflect on what we tell ourselves in terms of our looks and connect how those thoughts can impact how we function day to day.

Body Image has been defined as:

  • How you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind.
  • What you believe about your own appearance (including your memories, assumptions, and generalizations).
  • How you feel about your body, including your height, shape, and weight.
  • How you sense and control your body as you move. How you feel in your body, not just about your body (National Eating Disorder Association)

As you can see from above, body image is completely and totally subjective. Our thoughts and feelings make up body image; as such, it’s malleable and ever-changing. We have the ability, at any time, to become more positive and accepting of ourselves by adapting our perceptions and realizing how harmful negative self talk can be to our psyche. Our self-esteem and confidence are severely damaged when we put ourselves down and degrade our looks and weight. We may deny ourselves certain foods, spend hours analyzing our “imperfections,” cover and hide any skin blemishes or body areas deemed by ourselves (and/or society) to be less than desirable, etc. In short, we suffer because we fall short of our internalized beliefs of how we should look and we can go to extreme lengths to obtain a particular standard of beauty.

What can we do? How can we learn to embrace our bodies? It always starts with our thinking. Margo Maine, author of Body Wars, offers some practical suggestions to help us learn to love ourselves:

  1. Affirm that your body is perfect just the way it is.
  2. Think of your body as a tool. Create an inventory of all the things you can do with it.
  3. Walk with your head high with pride and confidence in yourself as a person, not a size.
  4. Create a list of people you admire who have contributed to your life, your community, or the world. Was their appearance important to their success and accomplishments?
  5. Don’t let your size keep you from doing things you enjoy.
  6. Replace the time you spend criticizing your appearance with more positive, satisfying pursuits.
  7. Let your inner beauty and individuality shine.
  8. Think back to a time in your life when you liked and enjoyed your body. Get in touch with those feelings now.
  9. Be your body’s ally and advocate, not its enemy.
  10. Beauty is not just skin-deep. It is a reflection of your whole self. Love and enjoy the person inside.

Also, obtain support from the college. Talk to the student counselor, Erin Currier, or another trusted staff or faculty member. Remember, we are here to help! Please do not struggle alone with this issue—it can literally become life threatening if not addressed!

Erin Currier, MSW, LISW, ecurrier@antiochcollege.org, 614-668-0399

:: Antioch College Menu November 12 through November 18, 2012

Monday

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Sweet Potato Home Fries, Orange Wedges

Lunch: Tomato Soup, Grilled Cheese, Collard Greens

Dinner Burgers, Veggie Burgers, Vegan and Gluten-Free Burgers, Sweet Potato Frites

Tuesday

Breakfast: Spanish Breakfast Fried Eggs, Refried Beans, Salsa, Sour Cream, Avocado, Spicy Potatoes, Corn Muffins

Lunch: Curried Lentil Soup, Monte Cristo Sandwich, Cauliflower and Quinoa Fritters

Dinner: Turkey or Pork Tacos, Black Bean Tacos, Rice, Tortilla Chips, Guacamole, Salsa & Sour Cream

Wednesday

Breakfast: Chef’s Choice Frittata, Pineapple

Lunch: Chef’s Choice Soup, Philly Cheese Steak, Mushroom, Pepper, Onion Sub

Dinner: International Night

Thursday

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Cinnamon Rolls

Lunch: Chicken and Rice Soup, Ranch Turkey Club Wrap, Red Pepper Hummus Wrap, Chips

Dinner: Chicken Piccata, Tofu Piccata, Risotto

Friday

Breakfast: Fried Eggs, Sausage, Fruit

Lunch: Butternut Squash Soup, Eggplant Subs, Chicken Parm Sub

Dinner: Top Round of Beef, Hoppin’ John, Roasted Potato

Saturday

Breakfast: Brunch

Lunch: Brunch

Dinner: Baked Ziti, Meatballs, Garlic Bread

Sunday

Breakfast: Brunch

Lunch: Brunch

Dinner: Pizza Night, Gluten-Free Pizza, Local Greens

:: Upcoming events

November 12
Admissions Open House
1:00-5:00 p.m. McGregor 113

November 13
Study Skills Workshop
6:30 p.m. McGregor 126

November 15
Poetry Festival
4:00 p.m. McGregor 113

November 17
Off Campus De-Stress Event
TBD 75 Entertainment Center in Dayton

November 18
Opening Reception for Dance of the Happy Shades by Dennie Eagleson ’71
2:00-4:00 p.m. Glen Atrium Gallery
November 13
Community Council Meeting
1:00-3:00 p.m. McGregor 113

November 13
International Dinner
6:00 p.m. South Gym

November 16
Adam Rose ’08 performs Mistake on the Lake
8:00-9:00 p.m. Herndon Gallery in South Hall

November 17
Antioch Farm Volunteer Day
1:00-3:00 p.m. Antioch Farm

November 18
National Homeless Awareness Day event
7:30 p.m. Coretta Scott King Center

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