The Reed College Quest

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  • Doug the Lichen

  • Ships Ahoy!

    Regarding student autonomy:   Part I Students have ridiculously short memories. Faculty, and increasingly, the administration, know that akll they need to do is wait four years in order to change what they don’t like. It hurts that students aren’t interested in the sb handhhoook; the most important bastion of studetn institutionaly memory and autonomy […]

  • The Captain’s Log

    Back in the days of 40s Nights, Open Mic Nights, and a SLUR that actually brought a crowd, there also existed an outlet for those drunk nights at the Lutz. An outlet for friends who gathered to drink, revel, cry. That outlet was the Lutz Report. In the spirit of our first post, one memorializing […]

  • Fall 2015 J-Board Case Summaries

    The Title IX Board adjudicated a complaint alleging a student had violated the DHSM and the Honor Principle by sexually assaulting another student. The Board found that the respondent did not violate the DHSM, but violated the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy (AOD) by smoking marijuana on multiple occasions. The Board additionally found that the […]

  • The Closeted Conservative

    Dear Reed, As an overlooked, and frankly under appreciated, political minority on campus, I feel I need to set the record straight. I’ve had it. I can’t stand it anymore. While I don’t know if this is the forum to do so, I’ve decided I must say something as I see a new generation of […]

  • [Two] from the archives

    January 29th, 2002 Issue Smoking Rights In SU, Pool Hall Extinguished: Decision by Multnomah County Officials Results in Splintering of Opinion Among Smoking and Non-Smoking students by Peter Zuckerman Cameron Leyda wants to go down fighting. The English major and self-proclaimed smokers’ advocate is furious that she can’t light up in the Student Union or […]

  • Earthy Undertones

    [Collective greeting], rejoice, for our own Reed College has been visited upon, as of last December the 14th, by a most holy of miracles. A bold hero swept into Hauser’s hallowed halls in a shower of nugs, bearing twin grocery bags of mother nature’s finest to the klamoring, kronically overkaffeinated denizens of the Stim Table. […]

  • A Report Card on Missing Commons Dishes

    In the spring of 2015, four members of Greenboard met with Debby Bridges and James Burback of Bon Appétit to discuss the possibility of providing a non-paper cup alternative for hot beverages in Commons. Currently, even if you intend to sit in Commons to finish your drink, your only options are to bring your own […]

  • A Letter to the Editors of the Reed College Quest

    We would like to bring the Reed community’s attention to a local organization called Right to Dream Too (R2D2), a program for houseless Portlanders. We’re a student group trying to raise awareness about this community, the support it provides for homeless individuals, and the pressing issues affecting its prospects for survival. Right to Dream Too […]

  • Check yrself b4 u wreck yrself

    Nixon lied to you: the war on drugs has failed to protect you and abstinence-only drug education has made you ignorant, but Students for Sensible Drug Policy wants to be your knight in shining armor (minus the patriarchal bullshit). We want to help everyone stay safe regardless of the choices you make, so SSDP has […]

  • Education for the 21st Century, Part 2

    So, what can be done? Although Reed is currently far from the sort of progress its pedagogy must undertake—namely, the offering of an education that is at once critical, practical, and conscious of the dynamics of inequality, hierarchy, and oppression—there is reason to hope that we might attain this change sometime in the near future. […]

  • Greenboard Sustainability Tip

    As students, we spend a lot of time searching the internet. Did you know that if you use the search engine Ecosia, every search you make contributes to reforestation efforts in Burkina Faso, which in turn benefits the rest of the planet? So if you want to become a tree-producing machine, visit and make […]

  • When I Go to 28th

    I’m a Reed graduate and former sex worker. I was a first-generation college student from a poor family, and Reed cost money that I didn’t have. In order to pursue a better life for myself, I chose to commodify my sexuality. I worked as an escort and professional dom/sub to support myself during my years […]

  • Essentializing 82nd Avenue

    Recently, the “82/28: Exploring 82nd Avenue” art installation prompted backlash from various sections of the Reed community. Articles in The Quest have testified to some problematic elements of the project, highlighting the potentially triggering nature of the material. Yet what worries us about the piece has little to do with its “lewd” nature or its […]

  • Reedies 4 Reedies Encourages Donations

    We have something we want to tell you about. 2010 was a great year wasn’t it? Angry Birds successfully distracted us from all our obligations. We FINALLY found out what the hell was going on in Lost… kind of. Prince William officially went off the market (well, maybe not such great news for all of […]

  • Education for the 21st Century, Part 1

    What do I mean when I say “education for the 21st century”? Am I talking about teaching advanced sciences, with the purpose of creating better technology? No, I’m not. Am I talking about an education that looks backwards, that is modeled on how things were taught in the past? Definitely not. I’m talking about education […]

  • Seeking Submissions for SAPR Zine About Healthy Relationships

    The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program is seeking submissions for a fall semester zine centered around the topic of healthy relationships. The goal of this zine is to fill the gap in media and popular culture about what good communication, good consent, and mutual respect can and should look like in romantic and […]

  • JBoard Statement to Quest

    To the Reed community: In response to guidance from the Department of Education, Reed College opted to make several modifications to the way it handles complaints that allege sexual misconduct. These changes are included in the newly-added Section 10 of the Judicial Board Code. They were first proposed by the Community Affairs Committee, approved by […]

  • Why We All Should Join the Million Student March

    This year, I swallowed my first dose of student loans. It was innocent enough — $3,500 in federal loans with fixed interest rates at or below 5%. But according to Reed’s financial aid formula, I’ll be asked to take on more and more loans each year, raising my predicted debt at the end of my […]

  • New Professor Profile: Michelle Wang

    Reed’s recently appointed Assistant Professor of Art History & Humanities is energetic, inspired, and fitting in comfortably at her new abode. Michelle Wang, who received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, is clear on what she would like to devote her life to: the study of early Chinese art and texts. […]

  • Art is Not Above Honor

    Some of you may know me as the person who has taken up a crusade against the student mural on the Reed Theater Annex. I have been working almost non-stop since I first noticed the provocative art to get it removed, and now I am asking for your help. I would like to explain my […]

  • Sculpture students address the changing cityscape

    82nd Avenue: the boundary of eastern Portland features schools, restaurants, groceries, and goods, scattered alongside strip clubs and used car lots. Far from the boutiques and small bars of the Inner Eastside and the commerce across the river, 82nd is a different kind of hub. On Thursday, October 29th, we bring our interpretations of 82nd […]

  • Multnomah County Divests from Fossil Fuels. Reed should follow suit.

    On the morning of Thursday, September 24, as you sat there contently in commons, Jan [Mieszkowski] posted another existentialist joke on Twitter, [John] Kroger made himself a warm cup of coffee, and Multnomah County Board quietly voted to divest fully from fossil fuels. Later that non-eventful day, Portland City Council decided to withdraw from investments […]

  • Lutz Report

    During Renn Fayre sometimes people will tell you to have a “Happy Renn Fayre,” like it’s a national holiday or something. What if it was? What if it was everywhere? Imagine it: the whole country shut down for three days, people singing along to Stop Making Sense in Times Square or wherever, the nation’s waterways […]

  • Deterrence is Not the Only Option

    One of the things that sets Reed apart from other colleges is Community Safety. Historically, the trust between students and Community Safety Officers (CSOs) has afforded a wide range of privileges to the student body while offering a true sense of safety. Many, if not all, CSOs genuinely care for their community, and several have […]

  • The Orange Line Opens

    Portlanders have been “catching the Orange” in droves since Saturday, September 12. The newest Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light rail line opened with great fanfare and now connects parts of the city previously lacking rapid transit. The Orange Line stretches from Union Station downtown, across the newly-built Tilikum Crossing transit bridge, through inner Southeast and […]

  • Judging A Book By Its Cover

    Academics tend to focus on the contents of books, but this time the bindings themselves are on display in the Library. “Books and Their Covers: Bookbindings in the Reed Collection,” an exhibit on the external aspects of texts, will be housed in the glass cases just past the entrance of the library until November. In […]

  • Nü Reed Kills Cold Drinking Water, ODB Roof Access?

    For all ten of you who use the weight room, you may have noticed a new, less cold water fountain. Does Nü Reed not believe in ice cold water during workouts? Townsend Angell of Facilities Services explains that the fountain was changed primarily due to the demand for more bottle filling fountains. And, thanks to […]

  • Judicial Board Case Summaries Spring 2015

      01 The Judicial Board adjudicated a complaint brought against a student alleged to have acted disrespectfully to community members by repeatedly smoking marijuana in a dorm room and by behaving rudely during a dorm room search. The Board found that the student had violated the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Policy and Smoking Policy. […]

  • Financial Reform Brings Square to the Paradox, Drives Bakers Away

    With the start of a new semester, the Paradox has undergone significant changes, including the newfound acceptance of credit cards as well as the indefinite hiatus of the student baking program. Although these adjustments might appear superficial, both changes stem from a deeper issue — the Paradox’s financial troubles over the past few years. As […]

  • Early Autumn Bike Thefts Down From Last Year

    Since the implementation of Community Safety’s bike bait program, the amount of bike thefts has dropped to less than half of what it was this time last year, and has lead to several arrests.  According to Director of Community Safety Gary Granger, the number of missing bike cases during the first two weeks of the […]

  • Griffin Guides May Change Advising at Reed

    During Orientation this year, 54 students received an email stating that they were to attend a Griffin Guides Advising 101 rather than the regular Advising 101 session. This alternative session introduced a peer academic mentoring pilot program, in which a returning student works with a new student and the new student’s faculty adviser to guide […]

  • A Letter of Apology from Gary “Stranger Danger” Granger

    From Gary “Stranger Danger” Granger, Head of Community Safety AKA Minister of Mischief* To All Reed Community Members: It is I, Gary “Stranger Danger” Granger, and I would like to apologize for the racially charged remarks I made at the first Senate meeting this fall. Honor compels me to make this apology and I hope […]

  • Admission Mistake Floods Reed with First-Year Students

    With an incoming class of 421 students, an increase of 74 over last year, availability of housing to upperclassman has decreased significantly. Residence Life Director Amy Schuckman estimates that the number of returning students who could be housed on campus decreased by about 100 this year. To make matters worse, the cost of housing in […]

  • Professor Pete Rock’s Spells Project Takes Off

    At first glance, creative writing professor and novelist Pete Rock’s Spells show at Blue Sky Gallery in northwest Portland looks like any other photography exhibit. But what makes Spells unique is that it isn’t just another photography show, novel, or video. Rather, Spells is a little bit of each, and it’s a project that continues […]

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