The Reed College Quest


  • Measure 91 Creates Ambiguity for the Future of Marijuana Culture at Reed

      Despite the recent passage of Measure 91, Reed students continue to obtain marijuana in the same underhanded fashion. According to Samrath Bhattacharya ‘19, “There’s got to be at least one go-to person on every hall… or at least that’s what it seems like.” With marijuana already so accessible, it would seem that Reed students […]

  • 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 […]

  • If There’s a Word for This I Haven’t Found It Yet

    In a week, we will all be gone, and I already find myself dividing everything into the sum of its parts. Things I won’t miss: waking up at 10.55 for an 11 AM class everyday; dragging my feet through a compulsory intro bio class; the weird tension that sometimes accrues in friendships after a Big […]

  • History Class Examines Reed’s History of Protests

    Last week I was invited to sit in on Professor Shane Dillingham’s 1968 in Latin America history conference, a class focusing on youth culture and revolutions. The group was giving presentations on protest history at Reed College during the 1960s, each with a different emphasis, and drawing most research from Quest archives. “How does what’s […]

  • The Canyon Cats: Menace and Inspiration

    Many colleges have famous figures on campus, from Emma Watson at Brown to Stephen Hawking at Cambridge. Here at Reed College, we have the Canyon Cats. These allusive celebrities intrigue many with their stalking steps and wandering eyes. As one of these many admirers, I approached a member of the clan with an interview request, […]

  • HUMPLAY RETURNS: An interview with the direktors of Humplay

    HUMPLAY MMXV will take place this year on Friday, April 17th at 7 p.m., in Vollum Lecture Hall. The CSOs are deeply concerned that there is only one ass for every seat in Vollum, so line up early (beginning at 12 p.m.) outside of Vollum to ensure you get a seat! There will additionally be […]

  • Oh My, Oh My: An Interview with George Cole

    I recently sat down with George Cole to discuss reformed meat products, Reed nudity, and his sunny outlook on life. Where did you grow up? I was born in California but I was raised here in Portland. What is your favorite commons meal? I actually have two. The first one is mac and cheese and […]

  • Senate Raises Student Body Fee, Stagnates on Policy Fronts

    Student Body Fee The Student Senate voted 7-1 in favor of raising the Student Body fee by $40 per year for a new yearly total of $300, during their public meeting on March 12. The vote followed the previous week’s lengthy discussion about the current intersection between the semi-regular Wage Review and the consideration to […]

  • Hatching a New Presidency

    For someone who was born in the same hospital and attended the same high school as Zac Efron, Reed Student Body President Ashlin Hatch looks remarkably little like the international celebrity sensation. Despite her lack of six-pack abs or impeccably gelled hair, Ashlin Hatch was open to a range of hard hitting questions, like whether […]

  • 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 […]

  • Bus Stops; Life Goes On

    Tomorrow morning I am supposed to get on a Greyhound Bus and spend three days going from New York, my home, to San Francisco. Right now I am at the doctor’s office. It was supposed to be a regular check–up before going back to college; coincidentally, I had started feeling kind of sick the night […]

  • Home is Where the Suitcases Are, Part 1

    Homesickness is a funny thing. As with just about every feeling or experience, it’s different for everyone — in part because the concept of ‘home’ is different for everyone, but for me, it’s when I feel like I ought to be somewhere else than where it is I am. For some of us, returning home […]

  • Thesis Christ! Mick Song: Are transposable elements our enemies, friends, or frenemies?

    Ok, Mick. Give me second. What do you hate most about your thesis? Um, I feel like my thesis no longer reflects the person who I was when I chose to pursue this major. Intense. What would your thesis be if it was reflective of you now? It would probably still be about transposable elements. […]

  • Letter from Mike Brody to the Department of Education Regarding the Passage of Measure 91

    To Whom It May Concern, In my capacity as Vice President and Dean of Students at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, I oversee professional staff, and collaborate with students and faculty colleagues to help foster a campus environment that supports our educational mission. That effort includes ongoing programs to prevent substance abuse, combat addiction, and […]

  • Gamergate Explained

    In August of this year, a man named Eron Gjoni published a lengthy series of blog posts alleging that his girlfriend had cheated on him with five other men. Gjoni’s ex-girlfriend is the video game creator and developer Zoe Quinn—known for creating Depression Quest, a text-based game about falling into, and recovering from, depression. In […]

  • The Freshman Experience: All I Know is Nothing

    When I was a kid—let’s go with circa third grade—I had a big thing for Lewis and Clark (the explorers, not our neighbors from across the river). Or at least my eight-year-old perception of Lewis and Clark. I’d spent my childhood hearing about explorers in the abstract, and then here were Lewis and Clark, bona […]

  • Strains of Vapyr: Week 11

    SKYWALKER OG INDICA-DOMINANT HYBRID THC% N/A PURCHASED AT: N/A METHOD: Vape bowls, 1.1g joint, 2.8g joint TIME: 4:20PM, 8:30PM CONSUMED DAY OF, BEFOREHAND: Dabs MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT: “Take Care of Business” by Danger Mouse & Jemini A strong, obviously proud descendent of the mighty OG Kush and the less known but just as mighty among the […]

  • Introducing The Honor Chronicles

    The Night Owls go out every weekend helping to make sure campus is safe, but at the end of the night, Reedies help Reedies all the time—often without any thanks or acknowledgment. We all have a responsibility to take care of each other, to build a safe community, and to teach each new generation of […]

  • Strains of Vapyr: On the Waning of Your Interest

    There are two kinds of interest I mean. One is your interest in my articles, which may very well be waning as you think my humility might, though I cannot and will not speak anything against this lofty disinterest but will only let my words speak for whoever will accept them. The second kind, the […]

  • The Lutz Report

    People criticize Reed a lot but it’s so much better than anywhere else but you don’t realize that until you go into the outside world and realize how awful it is. There are things you can talk about at Reed that you can’t talk about anywhere else just because of how shitty a society we […]

  • Interview with Adam Groce

      New to Reed, Adam Groce is a visiting professor in the Math Department. He currently teaches Math 121: Introduction to Computing and Math 387: Computability & Complexity. Now that you’re here, what do you think of the environment at Reed and the kind of students you’re seeing in your classes? It’s great. The students […]

  • Arbitrary Taste

    Dear suppliant, Before I address the question that you did ask, I want to speculate on the questions that you did not ask. You are not wondering how to have a life while still having time to finish your work. You are not worried about filling your Maslow-ian needs while completing assignments of which you […]

  • Yes, But Is It Organic?

    Small Farmers Face Barriers in Embracing Organic Farming As a society we have effectively removed ourselves from where our food comes from. Since 1953, the percent of Americans that live on farms has decreased from 14 percent to 2 percent.  Through industrialization and urbanization, we have mechanized the food industry, removing ourselves from an integral […]

  • Bill Nelson ’62: The Men Behind the Books

    Expert Trespasser, Folk Dancer, and Math Extrordinaire Bill Nelson has managed to be a master folk dancer, one of the most wanted (yet unorthodox) high school teachers, and an unprecedented bookseller, all while embodying his life philosophy of minimalism. As I sit down with Bill on the same porch he uses to display his books, […]

  • Art Exhibit Overview: Laura Heit’s “Two Ways Down”

    Every summer the Edith Feldenheimer Gallery in the Studio Art Building invites an artist to display work in the student space. This year, Laura Heit, an animator and professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, was asked to install a recent work.  Heit’s work addresses topics ranging from the political to intimate spheres, (sometimes […]

  • An Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Age

    The pony-sized grey box with the words, “Rayjet: Just plug and ray!” written on it was not what I had in mind when I heard that Reed had just bought a laser. The 10.6 nanometer 80 watt C02 laser sitting in the Physics sub-basement is not some nuevo-diabolic weapon acquired by the school, but rather […]

  • When Sexual Intercourse Falls Short of Sex

    What is sex? I am genuinely asking this question. I googled “Sex” but all I got was “Cosmo’s sex tips” (terrifying) and “sex videos, sex pictures” (interesting, but not very informative). Webster’s dictionary defines sex as “sexual activity, including specifically sexual intercourse.” This of course led me to look up “sexual intercourse,” which brought me […]

  • Strains of Vapyr: Week 9

    PINEAPPLE INDICA-DOMINANT HYBRID THC% N/A PURCHASED AT: N/A METHOD: 1.8g joint. TIME: 7:25PM. CONSUMED OF, DAY BEFOREHAND: 1.3g joint, bong rips MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT: METHOD: 0.8g joint MUSIC: MUSIC:  “aisatsana” by Aphex Twin Pretty pretty nugs. They are very stereotypically indica-dominant-hybrid in that they are roughly indica in color, roughly sativa in shape, and roughly indica […]

  • Freshman Experience: The Rampant Self

    I am writing this at 2 a.m. on a Monday morning. I was throwing a mini pity party outside and, as it happens at a small college, ended up running into a bunch of people I knew. I love 2 a.m. pity party meetings because most of the people you run into are in similar […]

  • Intro. to Music: Harmony and Chords

    This is the second part of my series on basic music theory. If you want to, you can go to the Quest website ( and find the first part. Where we were last time: we have twelve pitches in the interval of an octave, and we can assign letter names to these twelve pitches, so […]

  • More CSOs Flying Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    The Reasons Behind the Extra Patrols Something is up in Asylum Block. The Community Safety Officers have been brightening Foster/Scholz/McNaughton far more frequently this year, as often as six times a day in recent weeks. We talk about it in passing in the common room. Visiting friends sometimes stop and ask us what’s up. It […]

  • The Ballad of the Wandering Vapyrist

    Strains of Vapyr Week 8 Once, or twice, it may have been Upon a time or upon a whim That a wandering vapyrist was seen And all the Venti followed him Aeolus ushered forth the fire And he kept well his sacred craft And in the face of cold desire He exhaled, choking, as he […]

  • Homer’s: Get Some Dank in Your Tank

    You’ve been there before: it’s 2 A.M. and you either need sustenance, caffeine, or some sort of medicine because you feel like you’re dying. The solution to most of the problems that you could be faced with can be found inside the three walls and shelves that enclose Homer’s Hut. But Homer’s cannot be fully […]

  • Freshman Experience: First Weeks

    Two nights before I went to Reed College, my best friend and I drove across Manhattan in the middle of the night. We bumped all the songs we’d been playing that summer and shared one of those last disgusting, unfiltered camel cigarettes. The night before I went to Reed, I walked four miles around my […]

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