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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Farewell, Antioch

Antioch College, the independent liberal arts institution, founded in 1852, will close its doors following graduation this Saturday. Antioch was committed to activism, and sought equality for all — during the 1960s; Antioch was immersed in the anti-Vietnam War and Black Power movements, and invited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to give the 1965 commencement speech.

Antioch was certainly not an inexpensive school, but even the hefty tuition could not overcome the college’s lack of financial support. I genuinely feel for the students and faculty that committed years of their lives to an institution they believed in, and are now only left with memories, and an uncertain future. It seems like the world is a slightly better place because of Antioch, which is why this closing is such a shame.

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” – Horace Mann, Antioch College founder

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