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Marianthe Bickett

Quick Facts

Cincinnati, OH

Writing and Performing Community

Likes: natural bodies of water, dancing, listening to music while biking, flora and fauna, sleep, human connection, textile arts, food-growing/eating/cooking/knowing good nutrition
Dislikes: small talk, industrially processed food and refined sugar, rooms with no windows.

Personal Statement

Working to develop the Farm as part of my college experience is a dream come true, especially in getting to learn what it takes to grow from the ground up. Working in the dirt is such a valuable compliment to intellectual work in the classroom, and having a venue for community interaction and shared visioning is very fulfilling for me.

As a community, we need to re-learn skills to produce and connect to nourishing food…By creating a Farm on campus with the goal of helping to feed the student population… Antioch is walking the walk of sustainability.

To learn more about Marianthe, take a look at her current resume.

Brendon Deal

Quick Facts

Yellow Springs, OH


Plans for the future:
Still relatively up in the air, but past experiences point towards a career in language (Japanese), politics, writing, or business.

Personal Statement

A student with too many interests, I took an early interest in the physical sciences, law, literature and English, political economics, language, and art before finally settling on philosophy for a major like silt on the bottom of an aquarium: still spread out over a variety of colorful things. While this diversity would cripple a lesser human, I've approached this with concern for trying new experiences and finding a niche to render myself a Renaissance man and not a master of Trivial Pursuit. With this comes the determination to do my best where I end up, and I've applied the same energy I use for learning to create and file legal documents to learning to use a cash register, the same energy learning to speak intermediate Japanese to teaching myself to find cheap lodging while traveling, and the same drive used to craft a senior thesis to internalizing complicated social issues in an increasingly complicated society. While I may tell a few too (dozen) many jokes, at the end of the day all I have is progression as a human being, a few knew puns, and a few lost friends from said puns.

To learn more about Brendon, check out some of his recent papers in his Portfolium, visit his blog, or take a look at his current resume.

Sara Brooks

Quick Facts

Dayton, OH


Personal Statement
After briefly attending Sinclair Community College, Sara came to Antioch in 2011 with the class of 2015 as a first-generation college student. While at Antioch, she played an integral role in the formation of the Dining services program, including shepherding the College through the Real Food Challenge. Sara loves food and she studied Philosophy at Antioch College. After graduation, Sara plans on maintaining her job with Antioch as Assistant Food Service Coordinator through the summer, and then moving on to get experience in union organizing and then potentially going to grad school to study Marxism and further her education in philosophy.

Contributions to the Antioch College Food Systems

Antioch College Excels at the Real Food Challenge

On May 6, Mark Roosevelt, College staff and student representatives signed the Real Food Challenge during Community Meeting. The Real Food Challenge (RFC) leverages the power of youth and universities to create a healthy, fair and green food system. The RFC's primary goal is to shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and junk food and towards local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources—what they call “real food”—by 2020.

In signing the Real Food Challenge, Antioch College pledged to serve 60% real food by 2020. It is not just about declaring that the College recognizes the importance of ethically sourced food, but also involves setting and actively working toward goals. At present, the College uses 56% real food. Antioch College is recognized as second in the nation for real food consumption.

In celebrating this achievement, it’s important to recognize the students and staff whose hard work made it possible. Sara Brooks ’15 in particular has had a significant role in developing ethical and sustainable food services. When she arrived at Antioch as a member of the first class since re-opening, the residence halls were ready, but nothing was in place as far as food services; renovations to the Birch kitchen weren’t complete for the first few weeks. Sara was joined by Ohio native Isaac Delamatre, food service coordinator, one week after she started. This year, Sara and Isaac initiated the intensive process of applying to participate in the Real Food Challenge.

Under Isaac’s leadership, the Antioch Kitchen’s choices and efforts have been deliberate and judicious from the beginning. They started with ensuring that their employees were treated right. Their philosophy was: happy cooks, good food. Now the Kitchens employ six full-time cooks that enjoy health benefits and retirement plans. They also offer 30 students per-term jobs as kitchen assistants and dishwashers to give students a way to earn money and contribute to their community.

The Antioch Kitchen’s goal has been to remove the College from the industrial kitchen model used at many colleges. To that end, most food is prepared from scratch on-site, 28% of the produce served is raised on the Antioch Farm, and when they must source food from large distributors, they buy organic whenever possible.

In true Antiochian fashion, Sara and Isaac took their experience and knowledge out of the kitchen and into the classroom this quarter. They were guest lecturers for the Global Seminar: Food where they spoke to 60 students about sustainable food.

“You have to make some choices. But when you buy into the system, you get a voice,” says Isaac. “We buy local because it’s more sustainable, but you can run into issues. Sara and I found out that that one of our meat suppliers wanted to use prison labor for their packing. And because we established a relationship with them early on, we were able to keep him from going through with it. That’s why we make a point to get to know the people who produce our food and value them.”

To learn more about the real food challenge visit

To learn more about Sara, take a look at her current resume.

Center to Showcase Civil Rights Exhibit June 8 through June 26

#BlackLivesMatter performances at Opening Reception Friday, June 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Exhibition runs from June 5-Aug 7, 2015

The Antioch College family lost a beloved member late Tuesday evening when Leo Drey ’39 passed away in St. Louis. Leo served as an Antioch College Trustee from 2008 until his passing. His wife, Kay continues to serve as an Honorary Trustee, a role she also assumed in 2008. Leo was a co-op employer, conducted admissions work, and assisted with cultivation and solicitation work at the College. He has served on the Antioch Alumni Association Board and the Glen Helen Advisory Board. He was elected to the Antioch Board of Trustees (1976-1998) and was Board Chair (1982-84).

Roger Millard Husbands died in his home on May 22, 2015, in Yellow Springs, OH, due to complications following lung and pancreatic cancer. He was 74.

Roger was born on August 7, 1940 in Salt Lake City, UT to Munroe and Martha Husbands, and grew up in Needham, MA. He attended Antioch College from 1958-1964, studying mathematics. During college, he married Harriet Odinov, also a student at Antioch.

Antioch College is pleased to announce that Kevin McGruder is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a special American history seminar on “Slave Narratives.” The multidisciplinary seminar for faculty members in history, English, and related fields will use the slave narratives—as well as some other assigned secondary reading—to comprehend the lived experience of slaves themselves in the transition from bondage to freedom.

First Class of Recreated Antioch to Graduate, Rep. John Lewis to Deliver Historic Address

WHAT/WHO: President Mark Roosevelt, The Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, and alumni will celebrate the commencement ceremony of the graduating class of 2015. Commencement coincides with a multi-class reunion celebration lasting from June 18 through June 21. Media: Please RSVP to Matt Desjardins at

WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

September 21-26, 2015
Antioch College