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 Spring/Summer 2011

Alumni Profiles


photo of Andrea Turkalo looking through a scope

Andrea Turkalo ’75 has been a bit busy. She spent a month with a crew filming a documentary on elephants and elephant listening. Afterward, she hosted a colleague who wanted to observe elephants with her. “He literally walked four days through the forest to get here,” Turkalo said.

Since 1990, Turkalo has been researching forest elephants in Dzanga Bai, in the Central African Republic. Her unique research interest has landed her feature spots on 60 Minutes, Nature, National Geographics, and a slew of other media outlets.

Turkalo observes anywhere between forty to one hundred forest elephants each day. So far, she has identified more than 4,000 individual elephants “many of whom I have known for the past twenty years,” she said recently.

Most recently, she has been collaborating with the Elephant Listening Project at the Cornell Laboratory of Bioacoustics. She is using remote recordings to monitor forest elephants and is working on the development of a forest elephant lexicon.

Though her research keeps her from regular visits to her alma mater, Turkalo said she has fond memories of her time at Antioch College, particularly “the general atmosphere of community and the diversity within the student body.

“With such a small student body and faculty you were able to know the majority of people,” she said.

Of Antioch’s future, Turkalo says: “With globalization, I believe there will always be a role for the small independent college where individualism is nurtured and social issues are emphasized. This is important in the role it plays in connecting people to issues and enabling them to make a difference.”

The Europeans called the Pyramids’ music “deeply spiritual, afro-psychedelic music.”

— Christian Feuerstein ’94


photo of Steve Moriarty ’89

Andy Kessler, Steve Moriarty, Mia Zapata, and Matt Dresdner. (photo: Jackie Ransier)

The Dead Kennedys played on campus in Steve Moriarty’s first year at Antioch. “That was when I first discovered the power of live music and what punk rock could actually accomplish, and how it could change people’s thinking,” said Moriarty, who had enrolled as a social work major with his sights set on law school. “[It was] the sort of social power of punk music to make change and to bring people together.”

Moriarty was soon drumming for the band Big Brown House. A few months later singer Mia Zapata, guitarist Andy Kessler, and bassist Matt Dresdner founded the Gits. As the community was sorely lacking in drummers, soon Moriarty was drumming for both bands. After graduation, rather than going to law school, Moriarty moved to Seattle with the Gits. The band built up a following in the local scene and gained many friends and fans in the city’s punk rock community.

The band seemed to be on the verge of mainstream success when, in 1993, Zapata was raped and killed on the way home from a bar. “We lost our sister when Mia was murdered,” Moriarty said. Moriarty, Kessler, and Dresdner kept pressure on the Seattle Police Department to solve the case, hired their own private investigator, and had the case discussed on TV shows such as Unsolved Mysteries and America’s Most Wanted. DNA testing linked Jesus Mezquia to Zapata’s murder and, in 2004, he was convicted and sentenced to thirty-six years in prison.

Moriarty continued to play music with Dancing French Liberals of ’48, St. Bushmill’s Choir, Pinkos, and Evil Stig, a band made up of the surviving members of the Gits and Joan Jett.

But in 2002, Moriarty decided to return to his social justice roots and got a master’s in clinical social work at the University of Washington. He is now a psychotherapist in the Bay Area and is starting a private practice.

— Christian Feuerstein ’94