The Reed College Quest

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  • What is a Healthy Relationship?

    “What does a healthy relationship look like?” asked one of my residents halfway through a healthy relationships workshop. As college campuses across the country (have been forced to) join the battle against sexual assault, discussions on intimate partner violence continue to take a back seat. When we do talk about abusive relationships we often focus […]

  • Honor at the Doyle Owl Fight

    Last semester, Honor Council held a forum for the community to discuss honorable behavior at owl fights. We received feedback, ideas, and concerns from both students and members of Community Safety, and after the forum, Gary Granger drafted a four-page interim directive proposing “guidelines for engaging groups regarding Doyle Owl crowds.” The student members of […]

  • Senate Spring 2015 Budget

    Senate is responding to a request at our last public meeting to publish our semester budget. We know that some of these categories and numbers might be confusing, and there’s a lot more detail that we could go into for every item, but for the sake of brevity and because of time crunch, we are […]

  • A Proposal for Bon Appetit

    When you walk into Commons the first thing you approach is the menu, which sets you up facing away from the soup and salad and towards the dessert table. You then wend your way to the grill or daily planet or wherever your meal of choice is being served. Three out of the five hot […]

  • Jupiter Ascending: Treat Yourself

    Ignoring the massive privilege of going to a college as nice as Reed — let alone going to any college — it can be difficult to be a Reedie. Classes start out slow, but as each semester drags on, difficulty and pressure ramp up at an alarming rate. While engaging classes can mitigate this pressure […]

  • Jim Kahan Performing Arts Summer Fellowship

    Jim Kahan (Reed 1964) was an active folk dancer as a Reed student, and as an alumnus he has continued that participation and expanded his interests to include all the performing arts. The stipend is made possible by his generous gift to Reed College. The fellowship will, in its first year of existence, provide a […]

  • Claudia Rankine Engages Crowd in Chapel

    When Claudia Rankine stood at the lectern at the front of the Reed Chapel and prepared to read from her newest book Citizen: An American Lyric, she began by thanking the audience who packed itself into the minimal standing room available (seats filled up ten minutes before the reading). She thanked them for showing up […]

  • Letter: Senate Should Attend Upcoming Forum on Political Neutrality at Reed College

    The two-year-old student campaign for the divestment of fossil fuels is an issue for which the Student Body Senate should take some responsibility. The upcoming forum on political neutrality represents precisely such an opportunity. As fossil fuel emissions accelerate worldwide, the United States government continues to militate against the effective regulation of fossil fuel industry. […]

  • Living in Farm Haus

    Living in a theme community can be a great way to explore a specific interest, and to meet others who share your passions. If you’re thinking about applying for a theme or language housing, check out the house to get a feel for the community. To that end, six members of Farm Haus sent us […]

  • Attending January Academy, with Hope

    This year is the first year that Reed College held January Academy, a free 3-week long course at the end of winter break for students who felt that they would like to brush up on their academic abilities. In addition to the academic portion of January Academy, the students had multiple opportunities to interact with […]

  • Egg-cellent! An Eggspedition to Yolk Food Cart

    Sometimes, mornings suck. Maybe you’re really, really hungover; maybe you’ve got a huge hum essay due in that you haven’t really started; maybe you’re just feeling a little bleak and can’t really figure out why. Sometimes, all you need is a damn good breakfast. Toasty bread + melty cheese + salty meat + crispy, gooey, […]

  • Fossil Free Reed Explores Alternative Means of Approaching Divestment

    The movement to divest university endowments from fossil fuel companies just got a booster shot in late December, when a new candidate for your year-end dollars came onto the scene: the Multi-School Fossil-Free Divestment Fund ( The fund, a collaborative initiative between sixteen university divestment campaigns, leverages the greatest power we as alumni supposedly hold: […]

  • Fellowships and Awards: What are they and why should you care?

    Fellowships and Awards are funding opportunities that you can apply for to help cover the costs of things you want to do outside of Reed. Do you want to spend a year traveling the world? Study overseas? Teach English abroad? Study a foreign language? Conduct research in another country? Do a creative project in another […]

  • Judicial Board Case Summaries

    The Judicial Board publishes redacted case summaries every semester. In accordance with Section 8, Part A of the Judicial Board Code, these summaries do not violate confidentiality. The following is a list of case summaries from cases that were adjudicated during the summer and fall of 2014. Any enquiries regarding Judicial Procedure and/or the Judicial […]

  • New Need-Aware Grants Available for Summer Opportunities

    The short version: Senate is funding summer opportunities with grants up to $2,000 Grants are need-aware Two rounds of applications No scrubs Look in student body info for link to application or apply here: This spring, senate and the student opportunity subsidy committee are awarding need-aware grants up to $2,000 — termed “Student Opportunity […]

  • Fifty Shades of Please Just Don’t See This Fucking Movie

    When E.L. James’ Twilight-fan-fiction-based novel Fifty Shades of Grey hit the shelves in June of 2011, it was met with scathing criticism – Huffington Post called it “a sad joke”, The New York Times said it was “dull and poorly written”; and your one high school friend (no, acquaintance) who actually bought and read it, […]

  • Birdman Isn’t the Only Best Movie of the Year

    Most wide-release movies today suffer from what we could call an originality problem. Regardless of quality, remakes and sequels pour out of studios as part of a desperate quest to maximize profits and drain every original idea down to the last cent. The four-part Hunger Games series — whose third movie Mockingjay is the highest […]

  • About the Student Body Wage Review Board

    Wages for student body positions could rise significantly next year if the Senate-appointed Wage Review Board (that’s us) and Senate agree that such a change is advisable. Raises to student body wages are nothing new—the Wage Review Board surveys students who hold student body positions and recommends adjustments every couple of years. However, a tentative […]

  • I Will Not Be Giving You Trigger Warnings

    Unfettered expression is essential on a college campus, as it is for any writer’s freedom to say things others might not want to hear. Just as speakers must have the right to say the unsayable, so writers must be able to write the unthinkable, even the unmentionable, and to challenge the seemingly unchallengeable. Philip Roth […]

  • Using Trigger Warnings Should be a No Brainer

    Though the debate about trigger warnings (TWs) has been brewing throughout my four years at Reed — and I’d imagine it began long before I even applied — recently the discussion reached critical social media mass. Multiple comment threads on the Reed Facebook page, each hundreds of posts long, cast proponents of trigger warning use […]

  • Guardians of the Self-Referential Art Film

    This column will talk about what I thought were some of the most important movies of the past year. Not necessarily those I thought were the ‘best,’ or even my favorites, but movies that are definitely worth discussing. 2014 was an incredible year for film. Ask any film nerd, movie buff, or other movie-going person, […]

  • There’s More to Graduating Than Wearing a Hat

    Reed College has an alumni problem. Granted, this is not the case with most of the alumni: the majority of Reed alumni are not a problem. In fact, they’re part of what makes Reed great: they help students out with career advice and internships, they stay in touch with friends even after they graduate, and […]

  • Why We’re Going to Divest From Fossil Fuels

    There is no question of whether or not Reed College will have to divest its endowment from fossil fuels. The only question is when. It is certain that in the coming decades, as the oceans rise, as famine and drought expand, as our cities sink beneath increasingly severe storms, as climate refugees number globally into […]

  • Using Your Outside Voice

    In November 2014, I had the privilege of attending the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) national conference, which was held in Portland and co-sponsored by Reed College and PSU. I went because I love the outdoors, I want to be an educator someday, and I am always looking for new perspectives on teaching. […]

  • There Are No Trigger Warnings in The Unconscious

    Over winter break, I posted an article on the Reed Facebook Group that sparked a vigorous debate about trigger warnings. Both sides were supremely confident of their positions, a fact that did not prove conducive to productive discussion. Students argued that warnings on syllabi would not detract from their education, would reduce the suffering of […]

  • Since when is respect too much to ask of Reed professors?

    Before I explain why I think content warnings are vital to creating a learning environment that is supportive of survivors of violence and other traumas, I want to define the change that I’m calling for. I see a content warning as consisting of two parts: advance notification that on X date, a topic will be […]

  • Trigger Warnings Are Just Another Form of Sheltering

    Trigger warning: you probably won’t agree with me. In the beautifully sensitive and secure bubble that is our school, trigger warnings have been just another thing that I have learned to hold my tongue about. While I am more than aware that traumatic events like rape, drug abuse and suicide can be particularly sensitive topics […]

  • Are Blanket Trigger Warnings What We Need?

    TW/CW: This article deals with graphic bodily harm I admit that trigger warnings were at the outer edges of my awareness as I surfed the internet during the last, idyllic months of high school. Then I came to Reed, where I quickly learned that trigger and content warnings were robustly present within Reed’s culture. I […]

  • Comments on recent discussion of staff policies and sexual harassment

    I want to thank the students who organized the sit-in and the forum last week. The events permitted the discussion of serious questions about how sexual harassment involving staff is handled at Reed. I am submitting this letter as an individual; these are my thoughts, and should not be misconstrued as an official statement. I […]

  • The Conception & Function of DiversIfY

    Systemic inequalities are entrenched in the administrative processes and policies haunting institutions in the United States; Reed College is no exception. Dispersed de juro segregation and little bureaucratic power mark the institutionalization of minority groups. The history of race, gender, and ethnic studies programs at Reed College follows similar patterns. Since 1968, students and faculty […]

  • Letter from President John Kroger

    Dear Reed Student Senate: Thanks to you and other community members for your thoughtful letters to me and others published in the Quest today. I very much appreciate your deep concern for the safety and well-being of community members. I think your letter and those of other community members raise, at the very least, three […]

  • Letter: How we can talk about #hum110takeover

    The last week of November proved to be a difficult time for the Reed Community. In light of events in Ferguson, many on campus were feeling anxious, restless, and unbearably tense. Nov. 24 and 25 saw staff and students from the Multicultural Resource Center, the Health and Counseling Center, the Black and African Student Union, […]

  • It’s Faculty Evaluation Time Again… How it Works

    The season of Thanksgiving is also the season of evaluations, and the Committee on Advancement and Tenure has asked me to reach out to the student body through the Quest to explain how the evaluation system works and communicate how you can best play your part within it. The larger goal of the evaluation system […]

  • A CSO’s Thoughts on Community, Games, and Respect

    Over the 390 days that I’ve been employed by Reed College, not a single one has passed where I haven’t felt sincere pride about my job. There are many reasons why I’m proud of the work I do. The staff I work with are kind, thoughtful, and mischievous. My supervisors are supportive, receptive, and quirky. […]

  • Thoughts on Sleater-Kinney’s New Single

    Sleater-Kinney, our gem of the Pacific Northwest, based out of our beautiful Portland, is back. Unfortunately for me, I was born at the height of Sleater-Kinney’s ascension into fame. They got together before I was born and broke up before I turned ten. I wasn’t old enough to be a riot grrrl in the proper […]

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