abound on empty campus
students bond over break
While many college students spend their spring breaks on the beach or
skiing, Antioch students, didnt flock with the masses to traditional
spring break hot spots like Daytona Beach, or South Padre Island, Texas,
during last weeks break. Instead they traveled to destinations such
as Maine, Chicago, New York City, the mountains of Eastern Tennessee
not exactly hot spots considering the severity of this winters weather.
Many students bucked tradition all together and stayed on campus.
In fact, the biggest gathering of Antioch students during the break was
probably the group that didnt go anywhere. About 40 students
mostly older students who claimed to be working on their senior projects
stayed behind, choosing a practically empty campus over crowded
airports and mile-long beer lines at the beach.
Fourth-year student Molly Wazniak said that while most people who stayed
did so to study, very little work actually got done. Im sure
everyone wanted to study, but the atmosphere on campus was too relaxed,
too leisurely. I was lucky my work took me off campus during the day so
I could get something done, she said.
Many students who stayed pointed out that while they often fell short
of their academic goals for break, they found a variety of ways to keep
Fifth-year student Dr. Noah C. Zuss said that the campus was
peaceful and provided a good opportunity to relax and talk with people
he doesnt normally see every day. Fourth-year student Alex Needham
and second-year student Brendan Franklin said that they gave up work in
favor of one of Americas most popular diversions, video games. I
tried to get work done in this alcohol-ridden den of debauchery, but that
wasnt happening, so I beat Dead to Rights instead,
Franklin agreed. Without a doubt the highlight of the week was when
we finished Dead to Rights. The last guy had flaming fists.
It was awesome, he said.
Another fourth-year, Ross Thomas, battled through a serious illness to
party in the empty dorms during the beak. I got walking pneumonia,
Thomas said, Then I got stupid drunk like I was a member of the
Not all of the students who stayed were drinking or playing video games.
Fourth-years Matt Penfield and Justin Price said that they were quite
pleased with the progress they made on their senior projects. Penfield
said he spent upwards of five hours a day editing his video documentary,
and Price estimated that he spent over a dozen hours editing, shooting,
lamenting and doing post production on his film.
It was as boring as Utah here this week. What else were we going
to do? We had to work, Penfield said.
The students who left campus actually seemed to get more work done than
those who stayed. Fifth-year Greg Day went to Maine to read newspaper
editorials for his senior project in political science. It was cold,
but I spent about 13 hours a day in the library at the University of Maine,
so I got a lot done. It was a very productive week, Day said.
Sara Diamond and Kya Kim were two of six students who traveled to Chicago
to sharpen their activist skills. The group attended the first ever national
conference of the Campus Anti-war Network. The conference hosted delegates
from more than 100 schools and focused on spreading the antiwar message
to college and university students across the country.
Other students who left had less productive breaks but enjoyed their time
away from campus nonetheless. A former editorial intern at the News, Mike
Hogan Jr., spent his break arguing with Germans in Santiago, Chile. Two
unidentified students smuggled over 10 gallons of moonshine from Eastern
Tennessee to Columbus. Community Government officials Shalini Deo and
Brandy Ellis partied down in Las Vegas.
All in all, it was just another break at Antioch. No fires, no deaths
or major injuries. Mischief abounding in every direction, but no major
catastrophies to speak of.
Before retiring for the night last Sunday, Wazniak put the break in perspective:
Sure its not as wild as some colleges breaks, but anything
can happen. For those of us that stay, one thing that happens is we build
a bond with people we may not have gotten the chance to know as well.