The Reed College Quest

  • Students #OutofRespect Stage Sit-in

    Approximately one hundred students gathered in front of President John Kroger’s office this Tuesday calling for a reexamination of the processes for reviewing sexual misconduct. From 1-5 p.m. the students participated in a work-in and sit-in under the rallying call #OutofRespect. The event stemmed from the recent revelation that Senior Assistant Dean of Admission Andrea […]

  • Letter from Sasha Peters

    To the editors: On Tuesday I sat outside President Kroger’s office as part of the #outofrespect sit-in for twenty minutes. I would have sat in longer, but I had to be at work. My boss let me leave early to participate. Before I left, one of my supervisors approached me with some questions. They asked […]

  • Times Columnist Kristof Lectures on Empowering Women

    New York Times reporter and columnist Nicholas Kristof spoke to a packed Kaul Auditorium on Monday about his book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which he co-authored with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. Both the book and Monday’s lecture draw their title, said Kristof, from a Chinese saying: “Women hold up […]

  • Thesis Christ: Frank Sosa

    Eight years ago, scientists at Yale University tested seven capuchin monkeys to see whether they deviated from a basic economic theory: that, when faced with an economic choice, humans (or, in this case, primates) will act rationally. Unsurprisingly, they did. But the important finding from the study was that the capuchin monkeys deviated from the […]

  • Reed Tackles Morality, Action, and Divestment at Union on Climate Change

    Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies Joshua Howe speaks at Wednesday’s Reed Union. A smattering of students, faculty, and other Reed community members gathered in Vollum Lecture Hall on Wednesday for a Reed Union on climate change. Officially titled “Climate Change: Policy, Advocacy, Science,” the Reed Union hosted a panel of five speakers, […]

  • Thesis Christ: Heidi Whitehouse ‘13

    In the Congo in the time of King Leopold II, Belgian colonists and companies brutally exploited indigenous Congolese peoples in the name of “civilization.” Such is the premise of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, a Victorian-era novella that is touted in academic circles as a scathing criticism of racist imperialists. But with her thesis, Heidi Whitehouse ’13 points out that Conrad’s novella may not be as anti-racist as academics are prone to believe—and that, in fact, Conrad’s language bolsters the racist language of the Victorian Era.

  • Thesis Christ: Harry Fukano ‘13

    In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a potato famine that wiped out one-eighth of its population and displaced another fifth. According to one thesising senior, the heavy impact of Irish displacement, combined with Irish nationalism, had an unexpected effect on the American Civil War. Harry Fukano ’13, from Los Angeles, California is writing his 90-page History […]

  • Thesis Christ: Autumn Dobbins ‘13

    Sometimes, at the end of an odyssey, you have to walk around, waiting for someone to ask if your oar is a fan for winnowing grain. Sometimes you do a thesis.

    Autumn Dobbins ’13, of Kirksville, Missouri is doing her Theater thesis on a new way of designing for the stage to reflect the digital age.

  • Kroger, Reedies Discuss Paideia Censorship at Community Forum

    Students, faculty, and alumni filled the SU at 4 PM on Friday to discuss the controversy surrounding President John Kroger’s recent cancellation of two Paideia classes and censoring of a third over content relating to drugs and alcohol. Over a hundred Reed community members gather to hear Kroger speak, ask him questions, and express their […]

  • Thesis Christ: Danny Sellers

    In the 1990s, development economist Amartya Sen formulated a controversial theory. He postulated that countries that have a free press and competitive elections are better at averting famines, and he used events in Ethiopia, Sudan, Botsawana, and Zimbabwe to prove his point. Using the same countries as Sen, and incorporating three additional African countries, Political Science major Danny Sellers ’13 will seek to challenge this theory.

  • Kroger Faces Backlash after Paideia Controversy: Alumni Board Director resigns

    The Reed community has reacted en masse to Reed President John Kroger’s cancellation of two Paideia classes and the alteration of another. Last Friday, The Quest published an article revealing Kroger’s censorship of the classes. A day after the article’s publication, Kroger issued a statement saying he “learned about these classes right before Paideia began […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Auden Lincoln-Vogel

    Auden Lincoln-Vogel’s ’12 studio sits in the far eastern corner of Reed’s art building. Various art supplies, past projects, posters, and papers line the walls and tables, embellished here and there by a typewriter, a clothes hanger lined with dangling keys, and a half-serious contract allowing him to borrow a friend’s scooter. It all creates […]

  • Paideia Classes Censored at Kroger’s Request

    A week before his Paideia class, Austin Weisgrau ’15 received an email informing him of a change in his curriculum. Entitled “Kombucha and Other Fermentation Basics,” the class was to focus on brewing kombucha, but would also cover the basics of fermenting sauerkraut and alcoholic beverages. However, the email, from Paideia Czar Julia Selker, informed […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Francois Vigneault

    Editor’s note: This article was originally published with Francois’ previous name Francois Paultre, but has been updated to reflect his new name.  Two bisexual Latina girls, named Maggie and Hopey, lie together in bed. It’s 1982, and the two eighteen-year-old girls are part of the California punk-rock scene. Suddenly, Maggie needs to leave for her job […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Katelyn Best

    Thirty years ago in Managua, Nicaragua, a group of students had an incredibly rare opportunity. After the Sandinista revolution, a school for disabled children was founded, bringing over 400 previously isolated deaf children into contact with each other. Initially having no language with which to communicate, the children interacted by making up their own signs […]

  • Cool Thesis of the Week: Wyatt Alt

    Wyatt Alt’s ’13 thesis? Counting the Number of Domino Tilings in the M x N Projective Plane. “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of […]

  • Science Outreach Program Branches Out

    Since its inception in 1995, Reed’s Science Outreach program has facilitated Reedie-taught biology lessons in Title I elementary schools.  This year, the program is making a significant change: It is introducing chemistry to its curriculum. “This is the first year we are officially merging the sciences together,” explained Cole Perkinson ’13. Perkinson, a Science Outreach […]

  • Hum Play: The Fanfiction of Ancient Greece and Rome

    “Hum Play is nothing but a cocaine dream,” joked Hum Play Direktor Gabbie Slaughter ’14 in one of many misleading comments about this year’s Hum Play. The play, which shows on April 13, is difficult to put into words. “[Professor] Wally Englert called it ‘Aristophanic,’” said Dean “Dad” Schmeltz ’14, another of this year’s direktors. […]

  • $2000 to Innovative Reedies

    This past Sunday a team of three Reed students and two Portland high school seniors won the Reed Start-Up competition with a business platform for software that can analyze human emotions using voice patterns. Team Emotitron consisted of Reedies Finn Terdal ‘13, Clemmie Wotherspoon ‘12, and Gabriel Forsythe-Korzeniewicz ‘12. The Reedies were joined by Matthew […]

  • Safety on Demand: Rent-a-Cops on Campus

    This semester, nocturnal Reedies should expect to see some unfamiliar faces around campus. Reed hired Pacific Patrol Services (PPS), a private security company serving “the purpose of having a uniformed officer in a marked vehicle patrolling the campus and bordering streets from 8PM to 2AM every day,” said Gary Granger, Director of Community Safety. Pacific […]

  • Remembering Levi Duclos

    Levi Duclos ’15 passed away on January 9 while hiking the Emily Proctor trail in Vermont. In an email sent to the Reed student body on January 12, Mike Brody explained that Duclos was hiking with his dog three miles from the trailhead when he broke his leg, leaving him immobilized in freezing temperatures overnight. […]

  • A Break From Male Mechanics

    Reed’s Bike Co-op is almost always full of greasy-handed bike mechanics patching up tires and fixing handlebars for the student body. But on Monday nights from 5 to 7 p.m., the mechanics at the Co-op have a little more in common: They are all female, and they are all there for Ladies’ Night. Marie Perez […]

  • Multiculuralism and the Search for the Perfect T-shirt

    The two new staffers at Reed’s Multicultural Resource Center may not need much of an introduction. Santi Alston, the new Assistant Dean for Inclusion, Engagement, and Success, started working at Reed last June; Dayspring Mattole, the MRC’s Program Coordinator, joined him in October. Their presence over the past few months has been nearly everywhere on […]

  • Reedie Bequeaths Economics Post

    The search for a new tenure-track professor of economics has commenced after Lester Lave ’60, who majored in economics at Reed, passed away last May, leaving nearly $3 million to establish the position and improve the economics department. Economics professor Noelwah Netusil, who is chair of the search committee for the new professor, sent an […]

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