The Reed College Quest


  • Doug the Lichen – 11/08/13

  • Flavors of Donut: Voodoo Doll, Maple Blazer Blunt

    By The Grange VOODOO DOLL DOUGHNUT, Donutus revengeus 0.0% THC—0.0%CBD—0.0%CBN—40%Fat—40%Sugar—20%Protein PURCHASED AT: Voodoo Too, 1501 NE Davis St., Portland, OR METHOD: Mastication TIME: 4:20 a.m. CONSUMED DAY OF, BEFOREHAND: Coffee, West African Vodun MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT: Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Jimi Hendrix No two voodoo dolls look exactly the same, but there is surprising consistency in […]

  • Strains of Vapyr: Pineapple Thai

    By Dankretius A Lament From Dankretius To those who would oppose my art, Belittle and begrudge my words, And sever my broadsheet arms That once lived in 2-wide splendor, Make yourselves clearly known To the task I here attempt: One of observation and acute Focus, appreciation with reasoned Correlations, using a method Of judgment and […]

  • Strains of Vapyr: Durban Poison, Dogshitcherrypie, and Sour Diesel

    DURBAN POISON (FLOWER) SATIVA ~PURE~ 21% THC–0.13%CBD~~0%CBN PURCHASED AT: Five Zero Trees, 10209 SE Division St #100, Portland, OR 97266 METHOD: 1.3g joint, vaporizer TIME: 5:33a.m. CONSUMED DAY OF, BEFOREHAND: a few ice wax dabs MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT: “Low and Easy” by Spoonbill This was intense. Perhaps due to the late hour in which this strain […]

  • Brutus Tells All

    Colin Trevor (left) as Cassius and Andrew Watson (right) as Brutus. Photo by Stacia Torborg. Julius Caesar performs April 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 in the PAB Studio Theatre. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets are $3.00 can be reserved online at “Brutus is just as smart as Caesar. People totally like Brutus just […]

  • Julius Caesar: A Review

    Red banners unfurl from the second level of the Diver Studio Theatre as platform-heeled Romans swarm the stage amid riotous shouts of “Caesar! Caesar!” The glamorous general himself, a Bowiesque Caesar played by Kevin Snyder, emerges with a flourish of confetti and purple sequins. His command is absolute, the crowd loves him, and they all […]

  • Herb of the Week: Nettle

    “If they would eat nettles in March, and drink Mugwort in May, So many fine maidens would not go to the clay.” – Funeral Song of a Scottish Mermaid As promised, I bring you the first installment of Reed Apothecary’s Herb of the Week: Nettle, Urtica dioica. If you stopped by at Canyon Day last […]

  • Strains of Vapyr: Space Queen, Norwegian Kush, and Jack Herer

    Surprisingly fruity for such a savory smelling bud when pulled through the whip of a nice vaporizer. Bowls that lasted for 3-6 tokes packed with other strains (on a below suggested temperature) last for 12-14 tokes with Space Queen even on a higher temperature, all without accumulating too much ashen plant matter, thus avoiding ash mixing with the vapyrs, a charred impression on the lips, and a smoker’s taste on the tongue.

  • VVeed: Literature and Relevancy

    She went to bed high so that she wouldn’t dream. In the morning she woke up and looked at tweets on her phone in bed. After several minutes completely mediated by the screen, she thought: “Thats true” as well as “Not that profound”. Out of bed and looking into the refrigerator, she listens to Ira […]

  • VVEED: An Introduction

    Weed, the “every day” term for a “variety of senses” is a surprisingly flexible concept, (can lead to confusion) and no one minds the blanket term, Weed. It’s all about not being like other plants in the garden. This very special [flower] is can a nonically, almost (meta)physically unwanted, (ex: is an accepted weed still […]

  • An Obscure Home for Advanced Computation

    Tucked on the outskirts of Reed’s campus, past the DoJo and the Arts building, sits a modest, seemingly displaced house. Set apart from the neighborhood surrounding Reed, its purpose is unclear; a sign on the front of the house reading “Center for Advanced Computation” is the only indication of its status as Reed’s computer science […]

  • BLESS DA 40oz: A History

    Perhaps the most difficult transition to college life for me was the sudden lack of my favorite malt liquors: where had the West Coast hidden the St. Ides and Private Stock I knew and loved back East? In their place I found Steel Reserve, as well as the familiar Colt 45 and OE, but these were small comforts.

  • Fellowships: The Top 10 Questions list

    So, you’ve heard about Fellowships, but never really thought about how they might be relevant to you. This article will address the top questions that you never knew to ask. Curious? Interested but overwhelmed? Inspired? The Fellowships’ Adviser is here to help you navigate the process!  10.  What’s the point? Fellowships provide opportunities for you […]

  • A Postcard from Thesis Hell

    Okay, Reed, I really need talk to you. About a girl. Her name is Thesis. Jeez, just thinking about Thesis gets me all excited, but, like there’s a problem. I’ve been calling it my Thesis problem. We started dating at the beginning of last semester, and we’ve been trying to have sex for, well, most of that time, and it just hasn’t ever worked out. I mean, the mutual active consent is all there, you know, like, we’re down to fuck each other. It’s just that, see, the problem is, like, I just…fuck, I’ll just say it: I can’t find her vagina.

  • Bar Reviews: Church & The Lutz

    The location sucks. Nestled in the triangular no-man’s land created by the intersection of the Banfield Expressway (I-84, for the unitiated) and NE Sandy, Church faces the single most saddest distribution plant (Pepsi Cola, to be exact) I have ever seen, period. A strange entity in this desolate area, Church draws a quasi-yuppie, liberal elite crowd that has a penchant for wool herringbone trousers and cordovan wingtips–and for good reason.

  • Tea Bus Brews Harmony

    A small school bus attracted curious passersby on Monday, from its spot on the corner of the Quad. A sign that read “Free Tea” convinced them to climb inside. Thirty-year-old Colorado College graduate Guisepi Spadafora has been serving free tea out of his bus (named Edna Lu) for five and a half years. He says […]

  • Jerg’s Math Column: General Stuff

    In this weekly column, Josh will talk about interesting math concepts that we all can enjoy. Central to the practice of mathematics is the notion of generality: after noticing a pattern that happens in two different things, one will attempt to articulate this pattern, which will allow you to talk about the pattern in general. […]

  • Thesis Christ! Sammi Massey

    Religion major Sharon (aka Sammi) Massey thinks that the scholarship on Syrian Jews in New York City has been missing a large chunk of historical analysis. She had heard and read in popular media about this community of Syrian Jews being fiercely insular, but these observations did not line up perfectly with what her Syrian […]

  • Gallery Returns to Soviet Era

    For the past few weeks Soviet propaganda posters and films have filled the Cooley Gallery. Images of Comrade Lenin, framed by calls to revolution and unity, line the walls as part of the latest exhibition, “Reality Principle: Construction of a New Life”, which explores the idea of the “new Soviet citizen” through graphic arts and […]

  • Thesis Christ! Andrew Watson

    Income inequality in the United States has been on the rise since the mid-1980s. Until that point, the gap between the rich and the poor had been slowly declining, as it had been theorized it should by Simon Kuznets in the 1950s. According to Kuznet’s theory, income inequality rises rapidly when an economy is developing, […]

  • Language Scholar Profile: Matías Borg Oviedo

    Putting its poshness and hotel-esque interiors aside, Reed’s Spanish House is one of the few language houses with two language scholars. This week, The Quest decided to interview Matías Borg Oviedo, one of this year’s two Spanish Scholars to get to know him a little better.   Q: Where are you from? Have you ever […]

  • Thesis Christ! Patrick Sadil

    Disembodied Singing Frogs Central pattern generators are clusters of neurons that allow an organism to sustain rhythmic behavior. Any activity that needs to be turned on, modulated, or just left on without conscious upkeep is controlled by these generators like a heartbeat that, though it speeds up and slows down throughout the day, must be […]

  • Charlie’s Cultural Calendar: November

    November 3 Concert – Death w/P.r.o.b.l.e.m.s., Vultures in the Sky @ Branx Concert – Mazzy Star w/The Entrance Band, Mariee Sioux @ Crystal Ballroom This could be a hard choice for some people, choosing between two acts that have come back to life to newfound fame in the case of Death, or welcoming arms, in […]

  • Thesis Christ! Nathan Eisenberg

    Modularity of Neural Plasticity In order to become a licensed London Taxi driver, one must acquire “the Knowledge” of London’s myriad grid of streets. The process usually takes three to four years, with the trainees having to pass a number of tests. The brains of those who do well on the tests and become licensed […]

  • Language Scholar Profile: Anna Amelyanchik

    Behind the scenes in classrooms and the Language Houses, Reed’s resident language scholars add a layer of depth and authenticity to the school’s language department. These individuals work with students and professors to help students develop their language skills. Anna Amelyanchik, this year’s Russian Language Scholar, shared a bit about herself with The Quest.  First […]

  • Thesis Christ! Aya Maguire

    Mapping Dark Matter Using Gravitational Lensing What we traditionally think of as matter, what we can see and touch, is really only about 5% of all matter in the universe.  The scientific community refers to this as baryonic matter, and in recent years has been able to conclude that the remaining matter in the universe […]

  • Thesis Christ: Shantanu Chatterjee

    When we talk about things that we must do, we are talking about actions that are prescribed. What is it that prescribes these actions? In philosophical literature, people refer to norms and normativity to explain why it is that people do what they do. It is a topic of debate in the field of legal […]

  • Thesis Christ: Wendell Britt

    Following the Chinese cultural revolution of the 1980s, an avant-garde literature movement emerged. Linked with postmodernism, it was “a literary Renaissance in which writers were experimenting because they could for the first time,” says Chinese Literature major Wendell Britt. His thesis, advised by Alexei Ditter, will focus on a number of short stories by Yu […]

  • MFNW: Barely Remembered, Barely Reviewed

    Musicfest NW has the well-earned reputation for being Portland’s resident music festival, the only event truly worthy of PDX’s music-heavy culture. Around Reed, it has a somewhat different reputation: that thing with the bands that you want to see but you can’t because it’s the fucking first week of classes and you have to read […]

  • From the Archives: Living in an Apple Paradise

    In 1988, computers were still a new and frightening invention, and an article in that year’s student handbook reflected the social castigation that computer users might have faced in that dark, dark era of Reaganomics. It’s almost as if 2001: A Space Odyssey actually took place, and “Apple Macintosh” is the black monolith that appeared […]

  • Theory in Practice: Linkages Between Performing Arts and Political Science

    Reed’s new preforming arts building may have unforeseen benefits, especially for the Political Science Department. Thursday night, guest speaker Dr. Emily Beausoleil presented her work on the contingency of political receptivity on somatic cues that may actually be harnessed, the same cues that dancers, performers, and movement therapists depend on. The night began with a […]

  • Math Column: Seven 8 Nine

    How many numbers are there? Suppose that I am trying to figure out if I have the same amount of red and blue jellybeans. How should I go about this? I could count them: get the number of red and blue beans, and compare the two numbers. This is easy for a small amount; say, […]

  • Bill Cronon: Disciplines in Dialogue

    “William Cronon is the foremost environmental historian of our time,” President John Kroger said last Wednesday evening. “He put the field on the map.” Kroger had nothing but high praise for Bill Cronon when he introduced the guest lecturer in Vollum Lecture Hall. Cronon came to Reed to give back-to-back lectures through the Greenberg Distinguished […]

  • Thesis Christ: Brian Moore

    Economics major and and former Student Body President Brian Moore wrote his thesis on government policy change and whether or not this effects investments made by manufacturing companies. In times of economic downturn, Moore says, many say that the government should not try to change policy, as this creates an uncertain economic environment that possibly discourages investment. For instance, “if you’re a small manufacturer, and the government is considering regulating your industry, you’re less likely to invest until you know how that regulation is going to look, or how that regulation might effect you as a firm.”

  • Reed Students Burrow into Bowels of Bins for Fashion Tumblr

    Reedies have a unique approach to fashion. If someone were to sit in commons for any amount of time, they would see the whole gamut of styles, from the monochromatic minimalists to the flamboyantly patterned dandies, from the sweatshirts of the Rugby bros and the robes of the Tir Na Nog-ites to the planned-out and […]

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