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Reed Games Student-Faculty Ratio

Screenshot from Reed College website homepage. Source: www.reed.edu.  The homepage of the Reed College website has boasted a new 9:1 student-faculty ratio since January—a number that, were it true, would indicate Reed’s lowest student-faculty ratio in over 40 years. Amid the sizable freshman class (403 new students matriculated last fall, in comparison with the 359 […]

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Senate Debates Keeping Paradox Open Through Summer

Students and senators debated the merits of funding the Paradox to stay open during the summer, and ideas for putting the Endowment for Student Body Autonomy to use during the Senate meeting on Tuesday. Senate proposed providing up to 1000 dollars in funding to the Paradox so that they are able to stay open during the summer. But disagreement among those present at the meeting put this proposal back on the drawing board for Senate to further consider.

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Faculty Chases Animal Policy up a Tree

The Faculty discussed the Senate-approved Animal Policy at their April meeting on Monday, but did not vote on it. They did make minor changes to the policy’s language, which will be sent back to Senate. The Faculty will vote on the Animal Policy at the next meeting if Senate approves. The effort to open a […]

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Senate Beat It, Just Beat It

Liat Kastner ’16 will be the new Sustainability Coordinator, a position created last year for the purpose of directing sustainability initiatives on campus.

Senator Andrew Watson ’14 said Director of Facilities Operations Townsend Angell reported a campus-wide drop in electricity use in 2013 from 2012 levels. Facilities has been making updates to campus infrastructure since last year.

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HPV Event Q&A

On Tuesday April 15 Reedies for Sexual Health Awareness (RSHA), in conjunction with the Health and Counseling Center, will be holding a free HPV vaccination event in the GCCs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The following are common questions about HPV and the vaccine answered by Anne Kimberly (Nurse Practitioner on the HCC staff). […]

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Annual Ukraine and Russia Alumni Trip Canceled

Current tensions between Russia and Ukraine had a direct impact on the Reed community last month, when the Alumni and Parent Relations office canceled an alumni trip to Eastern Europe. The Russian department has offered the trip in partnership with the Alumni and Parent Relations Office for the past decade, with former Russian professor Judson […]

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Reed’s Herbal Apothecary

Do you roll out of bed and think “Hey, fuck the medical-industrial establishment, the medicalization of non-male bodied spatio-temporal paradigms, and non-holistic conceptions of what it means to be ‘well’”? Do you like herbs and knowing more about them? Tinctures, salves, lotions, soaps, essential oils, medicinal tea? Making fun(ny) feminist art posters and educational literature […]

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Faculty Meeting: New Smoking Policy Passes

SMOKING A new smoking policy passed last Thursday at the Faculty meeting when quorum was not met, effectively allowing the policy approved by the Community Affairs Committee and Senate to pass. The policy prohibits smoking within 10 feet of all campus buildings, and between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. During the meeting, […]

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Smoking Policy

Preamble We, as a community, believe in the right of all members of the Reed College community and all visitors to campus to be able to conduct their affairs without unwillingly being exposed to second­hand smoke. The purpose of this policy is to express the need to protect this right while recognizing the individual freedom […]

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Senate Beat: New Animal Policy

Senator Adrian Dannis ’14 introduced a new Animal Policy draft at the Senate meeting Tuesday that would allow Community Safety and Facilities to designate off-leash areas for dogs and expand current college policy to encompass non-canine support animals. The policy draft, in part a response to the changes regarding support animals the Justice Department made […]

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SaVE Act to Significantly Impact Adjudication of Sexual Assault Cases

A change in Federal law, the introduction of the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination, or SaVE, Act will force the college to amend its Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy, adopted in September, and upend the current handling, adjudication, and disclosure of sexual misconduct cases at the college. The SaVE Act radically alters survivor confidentiality, could […]

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New Seasons Is Coming to Woodstock

For Reedies unsatisfied with Safeway as a source of sustenance, New Seasons, the locally owned grocery store featuring organic and healthy foods, will soon make itself at home in the Woodstock community. Say goodbye to the Wood Pro Beauty Center, the Woodstock Wellness Center, and Putter’s Bar & Grill, because the New Seasons construction will […]

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One of These Things is Not Like the Other

I’m writing this article to investigate what we mean when we talk about the exclusion of non-community members at Reed. There are multiple contexts in which this occurs; in a conversation earlier this week with Community Safety, I learned that CSOs exclude people from campus nearly every day. The Community Safety internal directive defines these […]

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Divestment Movement and Trustees Finally Meet Face to Face

Members of the Divest Reed campaign met with President John Kroger and the Board of Trustees on Friday, February 7 to discuss the potential for Reed to divest its endowment from fossil fuels. A group of community members and local activists gathered outside in the snow to show their support. The trustees were receptive to […]

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Number of Applicants Jumps 36 Percent

More applicants applied to Reed College this year than any other year in the college’s history. 3,950 high school students applied, a 36 percent increase from last year’s total and a 13 percent increase from the college’s previous record. According to Dean of Admissions Keith Todd, this increase is due in part to several major […]

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Updated Community Affairs Smoking Policy Draft

We, as a community, believe in the right of all members of the Reed College community and all visitors to campus to be able to conduct their affairs without unwillingly being exposed to second­hand smoke. The purpose of this policy is to express the need to protect this right while recognizing the individual freedom of those who choose to smoke. This policy does not replace the Honor Principle; it articulates a community norm that requires each individual to recognize a certain right and to act accordingly.

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Student Senate Smoking Policy Draft

We, as a community, believe in the right of all members of the Reed College community and all visitors to campus to not be exposed unwillingly to second-hand smoke. The purpose of this policy is to protect this right, balancing it with the individual rights of those who choose to smoke. This policy, however, in no way replaces the honorable conduct expected by the Honor Principle among community members, and simply supplements the need for each individual to recognize, accept, and respect the extraordinary responsibility placed on him or her by the Honor Principle in order for the community to function effectively.

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Community Affairs Committee Smoking Policy Draft

The CAC made the following proposal at the February 11 Senate meeting, when Senate also introduced a proposal of its own. No vote was made on either proposal. It is the aim of the CAC for Senate to pass a policy for presentation to the Faculty at their March 3 meeting. Preamble: We, as a […]

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Letter: Demanding Divestment

Fossil fuel extraction continues to accelerate globally despite increasingly urgent scientific predictions about the pace and progress of climate change. At current CO2 levels above 400 ppm, we are almost locked into at least two degrees Celsius of warming, the lower bound on safe warming. The total reserves of the fossil fuel sector hold five times as much carbon as remains in our two-degree carbon budget, and if extracted and burned threaten unpredictable and possibly catastrophic climate change.

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Faculty Meeting Addresses Smoking, Title IX, Admissions Data

Thanks to the efforts of our new Faculty Correspondent, Aaron Ramcharan, the Quest will bring you coverage of the faculty’s monthly meetings this semester. CAC Work on Campus Smoking Policy Professor of English and Humanities Laura Leibman spoke as chair of the Community Affairs Community (CAC) about the current policy being worked on with regards […]

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Letter: Honorable Community Norms Begin with Honorable Communication

Instead of staking a specific claim about the drafting of a smoking policy, I want to encourage us as a community to construct a thoughtful conversation around smoking. This may seem like an obvious request, but it’s a serious one. I hope that barriers of communication between smokers and non-smokers can be breached in order […]

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A Review of Some of the Resources on the Smoking Blog

What follows is a short review of the most pertinent resources available on the community smoking discussion blog.  Curtin, Bill et al. “Report of the Committee on Smoking.” At Reed, 1991. The smoking memo outlines three points in the then-new smoking policy of 1991. “1. Since Vollum College Center has a ventilation system that circulates […]

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Senate Makes Student Body Endowment Reform a Priority

Student Body Vice President Rennie Meyers ’15 announced at the Senate meeting on Tuesday that Senate intends to reform the bylaws governing the $300,000 student body endowment before summer. “My goal is to get it done by the end of the semester,” she said. At the Tuesday meeting, Meyers invoked a proposal made by ex-Student […]

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Letter: Statistics Seem to Indicate Sexual Assault Survivors Trust Reed, but More Remains to Be Done

Director of Community Safety Gary Granger taught a three-part series at Paideia about sexual assault at Reed. I would like to share a few notes from the first installment of these classes, “Sexual Assault Dynamics at Reed.” While this information can be helpful and informative, it is also potentially triggering, so please take good care of yourself. We have resources on campus including the Health and Counseling Center and our new Assistant Dean for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Rowan Frost.

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Signators’ Training, Funding Poll, and Top 40

Have you ever sat and looked at some perplexing student-built structure, or listened to a band in Winch, hung out in the MLLL, or eaten free BBQ on the Quad, and/or gone to Renn Fayre? If the answer is yes, you have witnessed what preposterously cool shit can take place when students get motivated and […]

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Updated: Professor Irena Swanson’s Speech on Smoking Policy to the Faculty

The following is the written version of a speech Math Professor Irena Swanson delivered at the faculty meeting on Monday, December 9. In her speech, Swanson asked that the faculty vote to make a behest the Community Affairs Committee to collaborate with the Student Senate on a new smoking policy. That motion passed 58 to […]

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Ideas from Greenboard

College, for those of us fortunate enough, is the first great nexus in our lives during which we organize what notions we had previously of the world. College endows us with efficacy, as we discard some opinions, and bolster others. But what of the land that contains the experience? We forge our ideas of how […]

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Vote: Student Body Polls Open

Polls are now open until midnight on Sunday to vote for Student Body President, Vice President, four Senator seats, and Quest Board. You can vote using a link emailed to all students from Student Body Info. There will be tabling everyday of voting. You can stop by if you have questions or confusion about using […]

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Judicial Board Case Summaries: Spring/Summer 2013

The Judicial and Sexual Misconduct Boards publishes case summaries not violating confidentiality every semester as mandated by the Judicial Board Code. The following is a list of case summaries from the Spring of 2013 and Summer of 2013: Spring 2013 The Board heard a case against two students alleged to be subletting their Reed housing […]

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Senate Beat: Weapons Policy & Paradox Price Changes

Senators and students debated the scope of the proposed weapons policy at the Senate meeting on Friday, November 22. Senators also discussed recommended changes to Reed’s financial aid policy for international students, the defeat of a proposal for a new board plan, and recently funded sustainability projects. The Paradox managers also presented several price changes […]

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It’s Faculty Evaluation Time…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 […]

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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 […]

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Senate Beat: Weapons Policy, Reed Union on Sustainability

Senate discussed the newly announced and upcoming Reed Union on sustainability, the approaching discussion about establishing a weapons policy, and a controversy about the allegedly heteronormative wording of advertisements for the Pool Hall Tournament at its meeting last Friday. Upcoming Weapons Policy Discussion Dean of Students Mike Brody said that “in the aftermath of a […]

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Open Letter to Reed Magazine

Hello Chris and the Reed Magazine staff, I’m writing about a recent article published about RKSK. It includes a picture of someone wearing a feathered headdress at Noise Parade in 2008. Wearing Native American garb in this context is a form of racist cultural appropriation, and publishing this picture is no different. Cultural appropriation is dangerous because […]

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Poet-Translator Converses with Classics and History Departments

From his opening story – in which he described struggling to speak to a Bulgarian couple while their dogs communicated perfectly in a “pre-Babel world” of “canine Esperanto” – visiting poet and translator Alan Shapiro kept Reed community members and members of the public captivated with his wit and insight last Thursday, first in a […]

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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 […]

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French House Hosts “La Maison Macabre”

Hushing conversation (French from some corners of the room, English from others), French Language Scholar Simon Gissinger doused the lights and surged forward into the center of the makeshift circle, accompanying the opening Baudelaire with wild gesticulations and apt pacing. Though Halloween has come and gone, lapsed from Reed’s collective thought, the chill of onrushing […]

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Got a Dick? Go to Reed? Show it Off!

Everyone loves a good dick pic. Even better than the prototypical dick pic is a Reedie dick pic: one that shines in dirty, unshaven greatness. With it’s self-explanatory website title, Dicksatreed.tumbr.com, it’s arousing serious conversational on campus. The site features a wide array of man-meat, though so far only nine brave souls have had the […]

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Sustainability Soirée, Eh?

Prefaced by a preliminary reminder about the long past stolen land on which the meeting took place, a circle of people interested in, as member Austin Weisgrau says, “fighting fucked up shit environmentally” gathered for Greenboard’s Sustainability Soirée last Friday night in the GCC. The meeting took the form of several short presentations given by […]

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Letter from the AOD Committee

Dear community members, Last year, the Multnomah County Health Department received multiple complaints about smoking on campus. These complaints resulted in two official visits by the Health Department to Reed, and the issuing of substantial fines related to a variety of problem areas on campus: the Pool Hall, the GCC interior lower level, the GCC/Commons […]

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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, […]

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Senate Beat: Gun Policy Discussion Upcoming; Appointments Committee Bylaws Changes Tabled

Senate discussed and ultimately tabled a proposal to codify operating procedures for Appointments Committee, which appoints students to various campus committees and positions from Student Handbook editor to Student Sustainability Coordinator, in its meeting last Friday, November 1. Student Body President Ari Galper ‘14 closed the meeting with the news that a campus gun or […]

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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 […]

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Strategic Planning Open Forum Schedule

These forums are an opportunity for community members to provide input and ask questions related to the work of the various groups. An information piece will be available one week prior to each forum, and they will be posted on the strategic planning web pages at http://www.reed.edu/strategicplanning/index.html under “Documentation.”   Working Groups ABCG: Thursday, November […]

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Arts in the Arab Spring

There is no evident or exhaustive approach to encapsulating the Arab Spring, an ongoing string of political and social upheavals in the Arab world, especially considering it is exactly that: ongoing. Though the Western world is kept continuously updated by assorted sources, what often goes underemphasized is, as Paul Silverstein put it, “the role of […]

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CRS Case Summary

The Community Rights Subcommittee (CRS) of the Honor Council is required by the Honor Council Code to send a summary report of any formal mediations to the Quest. This case summary is concerning a case that was initiated last spring and resolved this fall.* The Community Rights Subcommittee of Honor Council accepted a complaint brought […]

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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 […]

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Facing Gauguin

When someone starts comparing abstract pottery to gourds photographed in the city the pottery was created in, I tend to start tuning out. When Dario Gamboni, this semester’s Ostrow Distinguished Visitor in the Visual Arts, started comparing the sculptures of Paul Gauguin to gourds and trees he had photographed on a trip to Lima, it […]

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Portland Video Game Developers Code Love

Imagine yourself in the following situation: It is 1995. You, a twenty-one year old college student, have been abroad for a year traversing Europe. You return from your trip to your cozy family home in Oregon, hoping to greet your mother, father, and younger sister despite the fact that it is a quarter past one […]

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Parties No Longer Permeate Ping Pong Place

The Ping-Pong Room, once known for its raucous metal and hardcore concerts, now rests quiet and underutilized. While students occasionally stop by between classes for a round or two of ping-pong, as it stands, the space scarcely retains its former glory. “For the last two or three years it’s been a really sedate room,” recalled […]

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