The Reed College Quest

  • Administrators and SB Presidents Discuss New AOD Review Panel

    Around thirty or forty students turned out Wednesday night for a discussion of last semester’s revisions to the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy. The discussion, hosted by Residence Life, featured dormitory Residence Directors, Director of Community Safety Gary Granger, Dean of Student Services Mike Brody, Student Body President Ari Galper, and former Student Body President […]

  • Students to Vote on Constitutional Changes

    Prepare yourself: Proposed changes to the Community Constitution would modify the process by which changes can be made to the way Quest editors come by their jobs.

    Breathe. The changes. Will modify a process. The process regulates another process. That process is the one in which a darling little Quest writer kicks off the training wheels, makes Daddy proud, and becomes a Quest editor. But the appointments process is contentious.

  • Graffiti Struggle Raises Gender’s Ghost in GCC Bathrooms

    With no easy solution to the ongoing struggle over graffiti in sight, students continue to mark up the walls in the lower-level GCC bathrooms. But between the two rooms, graffitiers’ approaches vary widely. In the left-hand room, which was a men’s room before the bathrooms were converted to gender-neutral status last year, the majority of […]

  • Comedian Under Fire for “misogynistic, racist, and homophobic” Comments

    Controversy roiled Saturday at a stand-up comedy show in the Student Union. During the set of comedian Sal Rodriguez, a student took the stage and grabbed the microphone from Rodriguez to criticize him for what she called his “blatantly misogynistic, racist, and homophobic” performance.

    Debate has continued since the event, with a discussion and support group hosted by the Feminist Student Union on Monday, and discussion of a possible honor case against Rodriguez. Rodriguez, for his part, said via email, “I apologize for nothing.”

  • Groups Lose Votes in Funding Poll, Signators Likely at Fault

    Some student groups may have missed the chance to receive votes. An unknown number of groups were not included in funding poll for the poll’s first few days, due to confusion on the part of signators as to how to register their groups for the poll.

  • Senate Beat: Blowin’ Smoke

    Cigarette smokers at Reed may soon find that their favorite campus hangouts no longer welcome them. Much of last week’s Senate meeting focused on the possibility that smoking may be banned from campus. Many students enjoy lighting up in covered areas like the breezeway between the Biology building and the library, but these same areas […]

  • John Kroger: Leading from Within

    “Have you read Foucault?” asks John Kroger. Reed College’s new President is explaining his reluctance to have an interview recorded on digital audio file. The idea reminds him of “Discipline and Punish,” the French philosopher’s treatment of the modern penal system. But then he gives himself a second guess: “Is that irrational?” Kroger, who most […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Marie Perez

    Marie Perez ’12 is rooting through garbage for her thesis—and finding money. Portland has an interesting history of waste disposal, says Marie Perez ’12. The Alphabet District in Northwest is built on compacted trash over an old wetlands, and there was a time when people expected the city’s rivers to be “cleansing, self-healing entities.” The […]

  • Senate Beat: A New Hope

    There is a shadowy body that regulates your Student Body funds, appointments, and general goings-on. What is this mysterious group? It’s the Reed College Student Body Senate. Coverage of their first meeting this year can be found in approximately exactly five paragraphs.

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: LiLu Sexton

    Each week, The Quest profiles the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. Society relies on law […]

  • New Theme Dorms Give Chittick an Annex

    On the morning of September 27th, residents of Chittick awoke to find a wing of their dorm amputated. The missing wing was a recent addition students of the new Art and Circus theme dorms had built in celebration of the new school year. For three days before the beginning of class, a small fort was […]

  • Intoxicants at Play in Majority of Sexual Assaults

    Alcohol or other intoxicants were involved in at least 70% of cases of sexual assault reported in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years, according to information collected by Community Safety. In a further 17% of cases, it was reported “unknown” whether intoxicants were involved. Out of 36 total reported cases in the two school years, […]

  • Senate Proposes AOD Policy Changes

    Senate unanimously moved April 26 to begin a process of revisions on the procedure to decide consequences for students who are caught violating Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) violations. The proposal, which will require review by Reed’s Community Affairs Committee as well as approval by Reed faculty and a Student Body referendum before it can […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Randomness as Fairness

    Economic theory expects certain things of people: They will behave predictably, act to maximize utility, and if they can choose between getting money and not getting any, they will usually take the cash. However, says Justin Stewart ’12, there are well-known cases in which people regularly reject an offer of free money, against all the […]

  • Elections Postponed One Week: Shortage of Senatorial Candidates

    Spring semester Student Body elections have been postponed for one week. Only two candidates had turned in petitions to vie for the six open seats on Senate in time for the original deadline, Wednesday April 11. The deadline was subsequently extended two days, but no further candidates submitted petitions. Elections had originally been scheduled for […]

  • Cool Thesis: Commercially Sexually Exploited Children In Portland, OR

    America’s news media loves horror-story narratives, and little makes for a better horror story than the commercial sexual exploitation of children. However, according to Rachel Cole-Jansen ’12, the media more often than not gets the story wrong. Rachel, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has spent her senior year at Reed studying children in the sex trade […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: The Complexities and Caveats of Microfinance

    Since the financial crisis, Americans have been constantly concerned with bad loans and borrowers who are unable to pay off their debts. According to Nisma Elias ’12, this doesn’t just happen here. Microfinance, a practice in which people in the developing world are given small loans to help them start businesses and earn an income, […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Cancer as a Social Construct

    Most people with illnesses turn to science for the cure. Some turn to religion. Hunter Kirkland ’12 turns to anthropology. “Cancer is merely a product of the collective consciousness of Western society.” Hunter, an interdisciplinary Anthropology-Biology senior from New London, Connecticut, believes that in his work on his thesis, he has uncovered a revolutionizing theory […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: “Suburban Paradise or ‘Sprawlsville, Washington’?”

    Walking through the city, it is easy to look at stores and people, taking in their individual character. What many people do not consider, however, is the larger layout of the city. For Alex Walker ’12, however, the broader organization of a city is of utmost interest. His History thesis, “Suburban Paradise or ‘Sprawlsville, Washington’?: […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Intonation Patterns in an Arabic Oral Epic

    “No, it’s not this one; it’s that one.” “It’s actually not the way I thought.” When we speak English, we rely on rhythm, speed, and intonation to convey the difference between new and given intonation, giving extra weight to words that convey previously unknown facts. Though this may seem elemental to English speakers, it is […]

  • Ideals High, Policies Low in 20-Year-Old’s Portland Mayoral Bid

    “My office has no specific location in Portland. You will find me in every neighborhood, bus line, and park.” This text lies where a street address would normally be found on Cameron Whitten’s website. Whitten, only twenty years old, is running an insurgent candidacy for mayor of Portland, which will be voted for this fall. […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity

    All too often, the complaint over the impracticality of the humanities resounds through Hauser: “All these abstract ideas, none of them really exist. Not like what they do in the hard sciences.” Not so for Gabriel Barello ’12, a Physics major from Seattle, Washington. Gabriel, who is working on his thesis with Professor David Latimer, […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: An Evaluation of Court-Ordered Prison Reform

    Each week, The Quest profiles the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. It’s easy to think […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: A Qing Dynasty Social Satire

    Each week, The Quest profiles the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. Throughout their primary education, […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Claire Thomforde-Garner

    Each week, The Quest profiles the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. For most Reedies, dancing […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Healing Cults in Ancient Greece

    Each week, The Quest profiles the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. All too often, a […]

  • Hello From Your New Editors

    What’s up, readers? Thanks for electing us to be your Quest editors again. We’ll bring you quality news reporting, interesting features, and opinion from relevant members of the community. Our mission is to bring you the best paper we can this coming semester—but we’ll need your help. We know we’ve not been perfect last semester. […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Melissa Aslo Islam in a Superhero Comic

    Each week, The Quest profiles the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. Many thesising seniors come […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Lucy Bellwood Creativity and Comics

    Each week, The Quest profiles the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. To most, comics are […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Decadence and Totalitarian Society

    Each week, The Quest profiles the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. Many historians over the […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Cherenkov Radiation to Characterize a Reactor

    Reed’s research nuclear reactor has tons of cool features. Its core contains 3,000 grams of uranium-235, and it can put out as much as 250 kilowatts. However, one feature is probably the coolest: When brought up to power, the water around the reactor core emits a blue glow. This glow, called Cherenkov radiation, is the […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Home Invasion in 1970’s Horror Cinema

    Each week, The Quest profiles the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. It’s a common scary […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Suraj Pant and “The Impact of Tourism on Poverty and Inequality”

    Every week, The Quest will be profiling the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done by people in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Lizzy Martin: Critical Analysis of “Howl and Other Poems”

    Each week, The Quest profiles the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. At the beginning, “the […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Maya Edelstein: “From School Segregation to the Gentlemen’s Agreement: Japanese Immigrants and U.S. Citizenship”

    Every week, The Quest will be profiling the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done by people in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. […]

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