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Conservative Bloggers Attack Reed Alumna, Congressional Candidate Suzan DelBene

During a particularly tight political race in Washington this fall, the media has pulled out all the stops in getting dirt on candidates. Unfortunately, multiple conservative bloggers have taken to criticizing Suzan DelBene – Reed trustee and alumna – by using her affiliation to the College as a means of attacking her candidacy. Running as a Democratic candidate for Washington’s eighth congressional district this year, DelBene’s ties to Reed have been the subject of much excoriation from the Republican community.

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Reed Awaiting Large Donations, Hoping to Broaden Donor Pool

President Colin Diver is unable to predict whether Reed’s fundraising effort this year will prove successful. The money, however, already has a purpose: Reed needs the funds to finance yearly expenditures.

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Bylaw Revision Vote Fails

Student Senate bylaw revisions failed to pass the two-thirds requirement three times at a public meeting Tuesday after lengthy discussion.

The proposed changes would have vacant Senate seats filled by runner-ups from the last election only before fall or spring break,

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Advice from a Thesising Queditor

It’s completely black and my alarm is screaming. I throw off the covers and stagger across a floor covered with discarded pieces of clothing and old papers. The cat runs under my legs as I stumble into the kitchen, meowing for attention and a bit of food, but the only thing on my mind is […]

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On-Campus Events, 10/28-11/03

Black History: An Origin Story Tuesday, November 2 7:00pm, Vollum 110 The Black Student Union has teamed up with the Asian SU, Latino SU, and Native American SU to create a DIY ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, and Native American) Studies program.  During our first session Margot Minardi will present a lecture/discussion entitled: “Black History: An […]

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Want to Run for Office?

Beginning on Tuesday, October 25th, petitions will be available for candidates wishing to run in the upcoming election. Open terms beginning in the spring semester include President, Vice President, four year-long Senate seats, and Quest Board. Students may run for multiple positions, but may only hold one. Petitions can also be used to submit recalls, […]

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Want to Be a Czar?

Paideia Czar Be in charge of planning Paideia! It is suggested (although not required) that applicants apply in pairs. Applications are due at midnight on Oct. 31st; interviews to take place the evening of November 3rd. Winter Formal Czar Plan the winter dance, a Reed tradition! It is suggested that applicants apply in pairs. Applications […]

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Reed Alum Clears Streets for Locomotion

CicLAvia

Wide streets, smooth, flat roads, beautiful weather along the Pacific Ocean, and hardly a drop of rain in the sky. It is the sort of climate anyone on a bike would dream of. Perhaps no city is better made for the fixie ride dream than Los Angeles. At least that’s what Bobby Gadda thought. After […]

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Home Made Dreams Big, But Falls Short

Home Made.

There comes a point when art being avant-garde for the sake of being avant-garde becomes overly abstract, and loses the interest of the audience. While Home Made starts out as a beautifully intimate portrait of human exploration, it begins to waver and veer off in unexpected, but not necessarily appreciated, directions. The piece begins to […]

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A Word from Your Friends at Beer Nation

Seeing as it is nearly time for our first event of the year, (Oktoberfest is coming up on this Friday, the 29th), it seems like a good time to introduce ourselves to all the new blood at Reed and to remind everyone of what exactly we do.

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The Paradox Stabilizes, Has Options Available

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One of the places where Reed students get their daily dose of caffeine, the Paradox Café embodies the sort of ethic and energy that defines the Reed experience. The art on the walls is student made (and for sale), pastries are on many occasions made by Reed students, and drip coffee is sold via honor […]

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Gendered Bathrooms Make Blue Heron “Pissed”

We’re pissed.

How many times a day do you use a restroom in a public building on campus? Twice?
Three times? Every time you do, you are forced to identify yourself as either male or female

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Dr. Brainlove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Zombies

It was a drizzly Saturday in Pioneer Square. I had arrived early to get some homework done while I had a cup of coffee. On the corner, a group of young proselytizers banged on their Bibles and shouted: “Show me one scientist who can do what Our Lord has done! He is our almighty God, […]

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Vote Stacey: Elect Reed Alumnus Portland’s Next Philosopher-King

Joel Batterman ‘10

[crackle] Hope you can hear me through this bubble, folks. I’m at the edge of metro Detroit, hollering back some advice on the Oregon ballot you may have in your mailbox.

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Subgenre of the Week: Chillwave

We live in an age where our postmodern sensibilities have translated into flourishing musical creativity. This, paired with the death of radio, has lead to the creation of nearly every subgenre imaginable. But how do you keep track of them all? Each week, we here at the Quest do our best to help you make […]

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Canyon Day Marks Construction Completion

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Georgia Baker and Lea Burke, nine-year-old girl scouts clad in power-blue slickers, were perhaps the muddiest of all the soil-soaked Portlanders that participated in Canyon Day this past Saturday, October 9.

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PHOTO: Reedies Cut the Rug at Queer Prom

Queer Prom

Photo by Heather Chan.

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Reed Ski Cabin Renovated and Open For Business

Will Symms Reed’s ski cabin in Government Camp will open its doors for reservations on Friday October 15 after undergoing a significant remodel. The cabin’s renovation, intended to increase long-term functionality, was provided for by a generous alumni gift. Among other considerations, the plumbing was in need of updating, the bathrooms were in structural disrepair, […]

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Dawn Thompson Begins Transition to Executive Assistant Position

Jacob Canter The job application for the Executive Assistant to the President is three pages full of expectations and duties. The final responsibility is perhaps the most important, and facility in this area is what makes someone with this job truly effective. “[One must] perform other related duties as assigned,” Kathy Rose remarked, as she […]

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New Student Committee on Diversity at Reed

Senate Formally Addresses Issues Student Senate unanimously voted to create a student diversity committee at a meeting Tuesday, October 12. The ten-student committee will present issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion to Student Senate, and will write a report on the state of diversity at the college every semester. “The committee should be charged with […]

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A Letter from Your Queditors

In a lovely reminder of the bad blood from the beginning of the semester, we’ve received a pile of criticism as of late. Most of it, unfortunately, has attacked our newspaper anonymously and not been constructive. If you have problems with the product we are publishing, please come talk to us instead of sending harsh […]

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On-Campus Events 10/13-10/22

Flu Clinic Wednesday, October 13 1:00pm-6:00pm, GCC-BC The college is once again offering flu shots free to Reed faculty, staff and students. The 2010-2011 vaccine provides protection against A/H1N1 (pandemic) influenza and two other influenza viruses, influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B. It will not prevent illness caused by other viruses. The vaccine takes up to […]

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Weekly Photo Theme: Fall Break

Love photography but feeling uninspired? Think you took a shot that other people might enjoy? Whether you have a passion for photography or just want to share a snap shot with the rest of the Reed community, this is your chance. The Reed Photography Theme of the Week is a space that aims to provide […]

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Student Grants Now Available

The Undergraduate Research Committee has Initiative Grants available to assist student research and thesis activities. Some examples of eligible expenses include but are not limited to conference travel to present papers, equipment and supplies purchases, and travel to field sites and performances. Proposals are not to exceed five pages in length and should contain a […]

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Reed’s First Statement of Diversity

The Statement of Diversity was originally drafted by a volunteer group of students in the spring of 2009. Two weeks ago the Reed College Board of Trustees approved it, codifying it as comunity policy. It represents the first time in the college’s ninty-nine years of existance that an overarching policy has expressed an explicit commitment […]

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/uncommons/ Tantalizes Reedie Palates with Haute Cuisine

Lavender and fennel steamed mussels served with tomato bread, another tapas served last Saturday. Photo by Heather Chan.

6:10 pm, Sitka kitchen. It is twenty minutes to show time and Bryan Nakayama ‘10 is frenzied. As his cohorts set up the aesthetic — one best characterized by knitted tablecloths and porcelain dinnerware — Nakayama is still at the counter, chopping up garlic. “We’re not ready,” he says rather nonchalantly. “And I’ll be drunk […]

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Portland Fashion Week: Locals Dress to Impress and Strut Their Stuff

When someone mentions Fashion Week, the cities usually associated with the biannual event are New York, Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, and other large, hyper-metropolitan cities known for producing design houses famous worldwide. Every fall and spring, the who’s-who of the fashion world don their finest threads and hobnob with celebrities as they watch the upcoming […]

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Dive Bar of the Week: Pub at the End of the Universe

A lot of people are going to want to punch me right in the mouth for saying this, but the Pub at the End of the Universe kind of sucks. Well, maybe it doesn’t outright suck, but every time I have been there I have been neither over- nor under-whelmed. The Pub is just kind […]

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Dispatches from Paris: A Reedie Abroad

Sara Tan is currently studying abroad in Paris for her sophomore year. She writes of her first impressions of her new home – the coffee, the cigarettes, and the Frenchness of it all.

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National Coming Out Day: A Reflection

Zoe Kipping Monday, October 11th, marked National Coming Out Day, but the gathering of over four hundred people organized by Pride Northwest in Pioneer Square was a somber event. As my friend and I crossed the street, we heard a song of prayer about belonging across difference and, as we entered the crowd, we saw […]

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On Coming Out at Reed

Kyle Webster I’m a bisexual man. This statement, while neither earth-shattering nor unbelievable, has not always been the easiest thing to say. Sure, at this point in my life I am fairly open with my family, friends and the general Reed community about my sexuality and I rarely hesitate to disclose it. But, it took […]

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Sexy Desperate (Economics) Senior(s)

Name:  Zach Levin Age: 21 Hometown: Agoura Hills, Los Angeles, California Looking for: A man A relationship? True love. Or, alternatively, someone with a board plan. What makes Econ the sexiest major? We do it with models. What’s the least sexy major? Chem-Physics. WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO PROVE? If you had to invent a […]

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Trustees Shoot Down Greywood Proposal

The plans to rebuild the Greywood building have been put on hold. The Board of Trustees, who met this weekend, decided that a new Performing Arts building remains a greater priority than the reconstruction of Greywood. President Diver sent out an email to the Student Body on Monday informing the community that the building of […]

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Reed Adopts Statement of Diversity

In a significant decision Saturday October 2, the Reed Board of Trustees approved the college’s first official Statement of Diversity at their annual fall summit. The positive vote from the trustees heralded the final hurdle for a document nearly two years in the making. While the Statement underwent a number of revisions before finally reaching […]

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KRRC Streams Online, May Yet Lose License

Unlike Olde Reed, KRRC is not dead. Open your computers and turn to KRRCfm.com. Reed has a student radio station and it’s streaming online, said station signators Alexa Ross and Jack Diboise. Yet not all is rosy with KRRC; though the station is professionally equipped and has more than seventy shows scheduled, station managers found […]

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Letter from Your Queditors: Have Some Guts, Please

Dear friends, Sorry to all of you that wanted to safely divulge the details of your sex life in the newspaper, but we’re not taking your anonymous editorials anymore. The time may come when it’s necessary, but right now it only seems like it would enable insubstantial name-calling and outrageous claims. Anonymity in journalism is […]

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Events and Announcements

Flu Clinic Thursday, October 7 10:00am-3:00pm, GCC-BC The college is once again offering flu shots free to Reed faculty, staff and students. The 2010-2011 vaccine provides protection against A/H1N1 (pandemic) influenza and two other influenza viruses, influenza A/H3N2 and influenza B.  It will not prevent illness caused by other viruses. The vaccine takes up to […]

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WATSON FELLOWSHIP NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

Each year, graduating Reedies are offered the opportunity to apply for the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The Watson Fellowship is a one-year grant for independent study and travel outside the United States. Awarded to graduating college seniors at forty liberal arts colleges, applicants are nominated by their respective institutions and forty fellowships are granted each […]

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KRRC FALL 2010

SUNDAY 1pm – Brent Bailey and Mike Kalange – “The Kerr 2 Conundum” 4pm – Reed Arroyo – “Heavy, Fast, and Slow” 5pm – Jensen Maloy – “Punk as Fuck” 6pm – Alden Jones and Cora Walters – “It Was a Good Day” 7pm – Evan Owens-Stively and Creighton Wiedner – “Black Elf Speaks” 8pm […]

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5 Songs for the Dirtiest Hipster Prom

Remember high school? You know, back when you weren’t a hipster? You may not have been preaching the gospel of that obscure freak-folk collective, but nevertheless, the music they played at your senior prom most likely wasn’t tailored to your “alternative” musical proclivities. Instead, you probably had some lame DJ with iTunes crossfader encouraging you […]

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Marijuana Law Reform on the West Coast: Prop 19 and Measure 74

Rachel Cole-Jansen This next election holds a lot of promise — or perhaps a lot of danger — for those with a keen interest in drug policy, particularly for those living on the left side of the country. California’s Proposition 19 is an all-out attempt to legalize marijuana, and Oregon’s own Measure 74 attempts to […]

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Chris Cahill is No Revolutionary

My picture in the Quest’s last issue has sent a heavy load of painfully obstinate, deplorably sterile, and truly pungent RKSK fallout my way. In being forced into conversation with the Reed Institute’s lowest of the low, I am oft asked: Why does the Reed Revolutionary Youth Brigade (RRYB) supposedly “cower anonymously behind the ideals […]

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Robert “Schwartz” Khan’s How to Be Cool at Reed

Reed College can be a tough place for new students. Odds are, if you’re going here, you weren’t very cool in high school. But think: There are plenty of people here who were even lamer than you were; this is your time to shine, to become king of this social molehill! As I’ve been here […]

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Sexy Desperate Senior: Katy Joseph

Age: 21 Hometown: New York, NY Major: Anthropology Looking for: A man friend. List three words to describe your ideal partner/companion/bedfellow: Confident, funny, whiskey-drinkin’. Got your eye on someone special right now? I’ve got my library crushes but no, no one special. Would you feel uncomfortable referring to an intimate partner as your “mating companion”? […]

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Sea Creature of the Week

with Dana Loutey The predatory tunicate (megalodicopia hians) sits anchored to the seafloor with its charming 13cm jaw wide open, awaiting zooplankton and your love. Haven’t you a heart? Also, it is a hermaphrodite. And now, a question: If you were transported to an alternative universe in which one of these creatures was attached to […]

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