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Some members of the first class of the revived Antioch College. Note: Not all students are pictured. (Submitted photo by Dennie Eagleson)

Glimpses into Antioch student life

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All eyes are on the first group of 34 Antioch College students, who received full tuition scholarships in exchange for the risk, and reward, of helping revive the college. Bringing back the historic liberal arts college is not without its birth pains, but students, staff and faculty are confident that the Antioch model is working and that the institution has a future.

“Everyone’s pretty committed and had to be pretty committed to come here,” said Katie Wiebke, a student. “There’s a lot of pride for the school. It will be exciting to see how it can grow, we’re just overwhelmed with the new experience.”

The exceptional group of students, undergoing an exceptional college experience, vacillate between stress and excitement, frustration and optimism, and feelings of isolation and connection as they work to get the school up-and-running. They have a lot of responsibility, and a lot of pressure on them, to revive the college, they said. In the words of student Adam Abraham,“we’re setting the stage for future generations of Antiochians.”

See the Dec. 15 edition of the YS News for the full story.


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