College votes to oppose U.S. war on Iraq
The Antioch College campus overwhelmingly approved a referendum Tuesday
opposing a U.S.-led war on Iraq.
According to Antioch Community Manager Bandy Ellis, 308 votes, or 94 percent,
were cast supporting the referendum. Just 16 votes, or 5 percent, were
made against the measure. Four people voted undecided.
A total of 328 votes a little more than half the reported number
of students on campus were cast in the balloting, which was held
in various locations on campus.
The referendum says that Antioch members are deeply saddened and
angered that the call to war has been made in such haste and that
Antioch will not support a war without boundaries, without rationality
and ultimately without just cause.
It also asks for international diplomacy and due process to win out over
unwarranted bloodshed and the fervent rush to war with Iraq.
In addition, the referendum calls for more debate on the war on campus
and in the country.
The resolution was originally backed by six Antioch College students who
last month submitted an antiwar resolution to the colleges Community
Though the board initially turned down the referendum, ComCil later in
an emergency meeting on Feb. 19 agreed to hold a campus-wide vote.