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Senate Beat: Codes, Codes, Codes

This week, Senate discussed changes to the honor council and J-Board codes, and the Student Opportunity Subsidies (SOS) program—which the Quest will cover in next week’s “Senate Beat.” This “Senate Beat” covers the minor J-Board and Honor Council Code changes that were discussed at the Senate meeting last week. For an overview of large changes […]

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Performing Positive Masculinity

Notes from an illuminating discussion of non-violent masculinity On September 28th 2014, Reedies assembled in Vollum Lounge to discuss examples of nonviolent masculinity and other issues of consent. All the examples or suggestions are just that, examples or suggestions that are always up for critique and discussion. This is the beginning of an ongoing process. […]

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Elephant (or Lawyer) in the Room:

Campus SaVE Changes, the Sexual Misconduct Board and the New Role of Lawyers in Sexual Misconduct Adjudication On October 20th, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) published its finalized regulations on implementing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, including guidance on the provisions of the Campus Sexual Violence Act (Campus SaVE). While for […]

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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 […]

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Fall 2014 Elections Candidate Blurbs

Student body elections will take place from Wednesday, November 19 to Friday, November 20th at sin.reed.edu. Elections assembly, where the candidates will present short speeches and will take questions, will be in the Student Union at 7pm on Tuesday, November 18th. Presidential Candidates Ashlin Hatch ’17   Hey, I’m Ashlin, and I’m-a-runnin’ for SB Prez. […]

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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 […]

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Real Talk about RKSK

RKSK Initiation: you all know what I’m talking about. Some of you love it, some of you hate it, probably a lot of you don’t really think too hard about it. Many of you have concerns, and I’ll be the first to agree that they are all valid. I have gathered, though, that there are […]

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Legalized Weed Wouldn’t Be Legal at Reed

A sledgehammer arcs through the air and sets off a cold, glittering symphony of broken glass that echoes from 28 West to the Grove. Fragments of pipes and bongs that students have used to smoke marijuana coat the inside of a taped-up cardboard box, which a Community Safety Officer promptly tosses into a dumpster. The […]

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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 […]

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Pacific NW Fossil Fuel Exports in Works, But They Can Be Stopped

Legislators and policymakers in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia hold a key to preventing irreversible human-induced climate change—or at least postponing it. Because plans for fossil fuel export projects in the Pacific Northwest have stalled since their conception in 2012, Oregonians, along with residents of Washington and British Columbia, still have time to fight back. […]

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Senate Beat: RKSK Initiation Sparks Debate

Last week, Senate primarily discussed RKSK initiation, and addressed issues relating to honor and expectations of student conduct at both schools. Senate elected to unfreeze money allocated to RKSK for thongs to allow students to cover themselves after RKSK signator Swede Pearson discussed measures to make sure participants in and observers of initiation felt comfortable. […]

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New Dean for Changing System

Santi Alston Steps into new role as Assistant Dean of Student Services Santi Alston, former Program Coordinator for the Multicultural Resource Center, Assistant Dean for Inclusive Community and Sexual Misconduct Board member, was promoted to a newly created position at Reed College this semester: the Assistant Dean of Student Services. The position’s purpose is to […]

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SOS Summer Grant Program Prepares to Roll Out Spring 2015

Financial logistics aside, you should know that the Senate has a lump of about $14,000 that we are using for our pilot year of Senate Opportunity Subsidy (SOS) programs. SOS programs are a part of a recent Senate bylaw change that happened last Spring semester, and they will help us (the Student Body Senate) help […]

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What if Art is a Car Crash and We’re All Just Rubbernecking

Production still, "We Build Excitement (Pontiac, MI)," digital video, 2013 

All four scenes, including three video channels and the fourth wall they’re being projected onto, take place in a parking lot. The projected parking lots are former Pontiac dealerships, purchased and refurbished by Jesse Sugarmann, an artist based in California, whose anachronistic bailout of one of GM’s sacrificial darlings commemorates the “life and death” of […]

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Orwellian Smoke Detector Rumors Don’t Live Up to Hype

Ominous, Orwellian rumors have been circulating about the capabilities of campus smoke detectors. These rumors dictate that the smoke detectors are tools of oppression used to monitor what you, YES YOU, are doing in your room, specifically if you are smoking. You now are probably thinking, “Well no shit Sherlock! Of course smoking will set […]

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Narked at Lewis & Clark

Instead of going to Grimes ball, I for some reason decided to trek out to Lewis and Clark, where nothing was happening, to visit a good friend of mine. This was my first mistake. Within an hour of my arrival, a group of Clarkies and I started to walk off campus a block or so, […]

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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, […]

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Comfort, Race & Responsibility

How College-sponsored events reflect the interests and stakes of the student body Pancho Savery, professor of English & Humanities, spoke before an attentive crowd of students in Vollum Lecture Hall on the evening of September 18 and proclaimed, “A specter is haunting America, and that specter is black death.” But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. […]

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The Place Where You Live—Finding Identity in the Reed Canyon

Where do you live? It’s a question you’ve been asked. And if you’re like me, it’s a question you haven’t known how to answer since the day you first stepped foot on Reed Campus. But how do you define the place where you live? Is it also the place you call home? Is it the […]

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Comic Feature: Akira

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Manga is a medium that is enormously popular for a lot of reasons, and the majority of you will have picked up at least one manga series at some point. Manga series are known for their exaggerated, highly stylized characters and elaborate backgrounds and locations. They’re known for broad genres that have their own unique […]

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The Lutz Report

Trigger Warning: Lots of “curse words” lulz. Welcome to the Lutz Report. This column is an ethereal beast that comes and goes with the seasons/workloads. Apparently this shit was started by Joel Franklin when he was at Reed; now he’s a physics prof. If you’ve never been graced by his heavenly lectures that make you […]

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An Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Age

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Review: Batman: Cataclysm and Batman: No Man’s Land

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I grew up immersed in comic books and comic book culture; my earliest memory reading involves sitting on my parents’ bed with an issue of Batman and my dad guiding me slowly through the pictures and the phonics. My experience, however, is not the majority of reader experiences. I can understand that coming into the […]

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A Watershed in Sustainability

This month marks a watershed moment in sustainability both at Reed and around the world. Saturday’s annual Reed College Community Day will include Canyon exploration groups, a nonprofit fair displaying local environmental organizations to be joined by anyone, a beehive–making session, and a nature crafts and games circle, among other activities. On Sunday, members of […]

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Senate Beat: Shoot the Jokes!

This week, Senate heard grievances related to the prevalence of joke groups in funding poll, passed a firearms policy, and discussed fineries of the forthcoming student opportunity subsidies, or SOSs i.e., Senate could give you money to be on Senate if you need financial support. Da Business: Taylor Lee was appointed as Senate secretary, Barsha […]

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Homer’s: Get Some Dank in Your Tank

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.

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 […]

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New Firearms Policy Debated

“We’ll talk about [the firearms and/or weapons policy] later, hopefully after I’m no longer President.” – Former Student Body President Ari Galper ‘14 at the November 8, 2013 Public Senate Meeting A little less than a year later, we’re still talking about a firearms policy, but hopefully this conversation is wrapping up. Before Kroger, Colin […]

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Glitch Wall Sparks Backlash, Ideas

Santi Leyba’s ‘14 mural, which was installed spring break of 2014, lives on the upper floor of the GCC.

The mural, created by a multi-media artist, is a visual assemblage left for us to read. Personally, I never extracted much from the composition or detail of the previous mural. Many voices rang out for and against the new upper GCC mural on Reed Relieves, an internet forum of questionable integrity. It struck me that […]

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Strains of Vapyr: Week 6

UNKNOWN UKNOWN THC% NA PURCHASED AT: Found on the ground near the Birchwoods, wrapped in Saran wrap. METHOD: Bong rips TIME: 7:25PM CONSUMED DAY OF, BEFOREHAND: Pipe rips MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT: “El Cuarto de Tula”by Buena Vista Social Club The smell was very traditional, a classic kush odor full of sweetness, slight earthiness, balanced and even. […]

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Kill the PPR, but Save Our Public Space

In last week’s Quest two op-eds appeared which tackled a proposed shuffling of student space, the replacement of the ping pong room (PPR) by the MLLL—possibly the most comprehensive comics library on the West Coast. To briefly summarize the issue, the MLLL is in a serious space jam, with comics “stacked up to the ceiling”posing […]

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Speaking the Truth About Power

Are men allowed to attend Feminist Student Union meetings? This is one of many questions I’ve been asked in the past week as the incoming class has started to settle in and returning students are considering their student group commitments. We can not meaningfully engage in feminist space until we carefully consider and reflect upon […]

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Save the Ping Pong Room

Dear Senate & Punks & Rock & Rollers & Other Freakazoids, What is this nonsense about the Ping Pong Room?? I don’t mean to be brash. But I don’t mean to be timid, either: moving the MLLL to the Ping Pong Room is a BIG MISTAKE, at least with the current lack of tenable on-campus […]

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A New Era of Smoking

On December 9th, 2013, Mathematics Professor Irena Swanson implored the Community Affairs Committee (CAC)—a legislative body that represents the view of the faculty to the Student Body Senate and reviews all enactments of the Senate—to begin working with the Senate on a new smoking policy. She alluded to grievances of faculty members who could not […]

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Adjudicate and Educate: The Honor Council, Judicial Board and You

Hello and welcome home! We’re the students that comprise Reed’s Honor Council and Judicial Board, and we just wanted to give you an introduction to who we are and what we do. Both the Honor Council and the Judicial Board are primarily student-based groups that deal with aspects of the Honor Principle and the Honor […]

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Harm Reduction Booklets, Renn Fayre, and Student Responsibility

In last year’s Renn Fayre water bottles, students received a harm reduction booklet­­essentially a guide on how to have a safe Renn Fayre­­sponsored by the Community Wellness department with the support of other groups on campus, such as Honor Council, Reed Student Advocates, the Sexual Assault Peer Educators, and more. Separately, a pamphlet by the […]

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Summer’s Lea$e: 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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Igor “Yes Man” Vamos Pulls Divestment Prank

Igor Vamos pranked Reed with false divestment announcement

  In his commencement address, Igor  Vamos ’90, claimed Reed College was divesting from heavy oil and coal. KBOO community radio received a press release corroborating the announcement. Mandy Heaton, Reed’s Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs, released a new press release on Reed’s website, reproduced below, asserting that the announcement was a prank. More on this story […]

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Spring 2014 Senate Election Blurbs

The election blurbs for Spring 2014 senate elections are below in alphabetical order. Elections assembly will be held from 3-5PM on May 6 in the SU. Elections will be open on SIN from 8AM Thursday, May 8 to 11:59 PM Saturday, May 10. Elaine Andersen ‘16 Hi! I’m Elaine Andersen (sophomore, political science). Please vote […]

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Updated: Student Arrested On Assault Charges Following Doyle Owl Incident

Disclaimer: Multiple eyewitness reports of the physical contact between the student and CSO that conflict with the original have emerged since this article’s publication. The Quest is working to collect and corroborate eyewitness reports and will update this article when more information is available. A Reed student was arrested today on fourth degree misdemeanor assault charges following […]

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Senate Will Fund Paradox up to $1000, Suggests S.B. Endowment Uses

Senate voted to reimburse the Paradox up to $1000 in potential losses this summer and reported developments in deciding how to manage interest that the student body endowment generates. Summer Loss Agreement Senate approved a summer loss agreement with the Paradox that would guarantee reimbursement up to $1000 this summer in the case of losses […]

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Location, Location, Location: Mad Men’s Westward Expansion

By Ashley Brandt Mad Men has historically been a very “New York” show. The title itself is a reference to “Madison Avenue”, and throughout the first six seasons various Mad Men characters grapple with their relationship to the city. At the show’s outset (the premiere episode is set in 1960), a home in the suburbs […]

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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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Letter on Sustainability

A fresh movement for sustainability at Reed is building momentum, but students are the only soldiers in the fight. While the Sustainability Committee and Environmental Studies program are supported by staff and faculty, the burden of moving sustainability forward as Reed policy rests entirely on students. For many years, student activists campaigned the administration to […]

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Small Fish Story Shows Human Failure

“Everything is connected to everything else,” Zygmunt Plater, a professor at Boston School of Law, declared on Thursday night in Vollum Lecture Hall, in a lecture about the endangered snail darter. Plater, an environmental lawyer, has worked on seven law faculties and written a number of articles about varius endangered species, a subject very close […]

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Letter: Notes from the Underground — of Physical Plant

Dear Reedies, Y’all should study up on your Marx, or at least check out his Wikipedia page, because your relationship to the laborers on this campus is atrocious. You might ask me: “Why should I read Marx? His prose is unintelligible, his word choice is unpalatable, and his ideas are ambiguous.” We read Marx because […]

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Dylan, A Well-Loved Dog

The most-loved demographic of Reed College is, arguably, not the professors, or the students, or even President Kroger, but the Reed Dogs. This week, we lost one of the most well-known and well-petted dogs on campus. Professor Lena Lencek’s poodle Dylan was tragically taken from us last Sunday. Dylan was a member of the community […]

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Reedies Gather for Legendary Showing

Last Friday, Psych 105 was reserved for a showing of the Finals of the Championship Series. Like countless other sports gatherings, the snacks were plentiful and the bros outnumbered the ladies. Armchair athletes weighed in on which team was favored and what strategies would carry them to victory. While the premise is so familiar, the […]

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Honor Council Announcement

By request of Vice President/Dean of Student Services Mike Brody and in concordance with our mission to educate community members about Honor and the Honor Process, we feel we must inform the student body of a change that has been made to the procedure. Until recently, the traditional procedure for an Honor Case heard by […]

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Honor Council Case Opinion

As you’ll read in today’s Quest, John Kroger has passed his duty of reviewing J-Board sanctions on to Mike Brody, Vice President and Dean of Student Services. From my perspective, as a former member of Honor Council, current senator, and member of the student body, this announcement presents serious cause for concern. As Anonymous wrote […]

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Alumni Gain Access to JSTOR

Olde Reed may be dead, but now they can access JSTOR from their shallow grave. Last month, Reed expanded JSTOR access to alumni, giving them the same JSTOR usage available to current Reedies. On the first day of this change alone, 200 alumni called in to Parent and Alumni Services frantically asking for help with […]

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Carl Phillips Opens Silverchest

Last Thursday evening, as light darkened beyond the windows of Eliot Chapel, Carl Phillips, described in the New Yorker as, “a candidate for the most interesting contemporary English sentences,” presented an audience with a selection of his compelling poems. Over the past twenty-one years, Phillips has authored twelve books of poetry, including most recently Silverchest […]

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Biological Perspective on Gender Identity in Babies

At one and a half, a child has a clear notion of what is stereotypically gender normal. At three years old, a child knows its gender. At four, a child’s toy preference is based off gender symbolism: pink for girls and blue for boys. Surprisingly, sex and gender are more prominent in the early stages […]

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SU Piano – The Piano Technician’s Verdict

Yesterday I took our piano technician over to the Student Union to assess the damage to the piano.  Although I had previously taken a look at the damage, my heart broke again when I comprehended the brute force it took to destroy the instrument, and yes, it is destroyed…beyond repair. The damage done: All 69 […]

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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 […]

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Letter: Beyond “Fucking Shit Up”

At Nü Reed, self-reliance is no longer the defining characteristic of the Reed experience outside the classroom. Nü Reed is certainly a friendlier, more forgiving place than Olde Reed, but there is also a vague feeling that something has been lost, that Reed isn’t quite the college of distinction it once was. Reed has not […]

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Reed Student Advocates Letter

By Reed Student Advocates If you’ve ever been angry about sexual assault at Reed, you’re not alone. Yes, despite the Reed community’s positive attitude toward upholding the Honor Principle, and for the most part practicing it in earnest, there are still members of our community who victimize others via sexual assault and other forms of […]

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Reed Envisions Face-Blindness

Imagine not being able to recognize your own mother. For the majority of the population, this simple task is second nature. However, for those like Dr. Holly Hinson, who presented a lecture on face blindness this past Thursday, such associations are not so simple. “I won’t go with her. I just start sobbing,” recounted Hinson, […]

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Amelia Jones Waxes on Male Artistic Expression

As part of last weekend’s grand opening of the new Performing Arts Building, Professor and Grierson Chair in Visual Culture at McGill University Amelia Jones gave a lecture on “Performance and Relationality.” Jones is seen as a revolutionary figure in the world of art history as well as an ardent feminist who has focused primarily […]

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An Open Letter to the Reed College Community

By Jack N. Levy ’65 I am writing with a question about how the Honor Code should apply to members of the Reed College community;  in this case my question specifically relates to an alumnus who was honored as a keynote speaker at the college’s centennial celebration,  and more recently elected to the Board of Trustees. […]

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Letter: Transmisogyny Has No Place at Reed

Last week, an article called “Bathroom Confessional” ran in the Quest – opening with a brief description of a new California law allowing transgender students to use public bathrooms of their choice, denouncing it as eliminating a women’s safe space, and then proceeding to sing the praises of women’s bathrooms in creating a shared aspect […]

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Letter: Another Punny “Bathroom” Title

This was written in response to the original ‘Bathroom Confessional’ letter, not the revised version found here. Last week in the Quest, someone wrote an op-ed in opposition to California’s new trans rights law, advocating instead for “female-only bathrooms.” As a woman I have a huge problem with this. It has been suggested to me […]

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KRRC Schedule

SUNDAY: 12 p.m. weekly horoscopes: nightime sounds 1 p.m.: We Got da Funk 2 p.m.- Milwaukee’s Best with DJ Phat-Jiggy: Top tunes of the week from your favorite midwestern gal! Lots of sugar-coated 60’s pop and psych rock–fun for the kids. 3 p.m. Rucksack Revolution with Christina J: Dark nights, fast times + highlights of the American […]

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Fall Canyon Day Approaches – Saturday, Oct. 5

Red alders bow over the water and the sun glints through the crown of a tall Douglas fir. A great blue heron descends in silence on a half submerged log, where it stands erect, unmoving on its spindly legs. Nearby, an otter’s oily coat gleams as it emerges from the water, hastily dipping back beneath […]

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Letter: What is Honor?

I want to instigate a community-wide discussion about what does the Honor Principle ‘really’ mean. This discussion should happen and needs to happen on the level of individuals and their peer groups. Our understanding of the Honor Principle cannot be a top-down procedure; nor should it be something as radically individualistic as the version found […]

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Letter: Bathroom Confessional

These are my thoughts on women’s bathrooms. There’s a trend towards all gender neutral bathrooms that I have a bit of a problem with. The reason is not that gender neutral bathrooms are dangerous or bad or scary; in fact, they’re necessary for all types of people who feel outside of any societally imposed gender […]

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DHSM Passes

A new Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct policy passed this week, after nearly a two-year process of writing multiple drafts and amassing community input. The final draft was first passed during Friday’s Senate meeting with a vote of 8-1. It was then sent to the faculty on Monday and passed with a vote of 75-6, […]

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Title IX Complaint Filed Against Nude Revelers

In an email sent out to the entire Reed community Tuesday afternoon, President Kroger announced that a Title IX complaint had been registered regarding the nudity of revelers outside the first Hum 110 lecture. In an interview Wednesday, Sept. 11, President Kroger stated that, because the nudity was relatively public, the investigation will include discussion with […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Honor Council on the Title IX Complaint

As many of you are aware, a community member filed a Title IX complaint with the college in relation to the events that traditionally occur on the first day of Hum 110 lecture. We cannot at this time address the specifics of the case, but we support people who stand up for themselves and what they […]

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New HA Programming Creates Controversy

This year Residence Life is rolling out a brand new model to foster helpful communication between freshmen and their HAs. One specific aspect of the new programming model involves having HAs meet individually with new students on their floors. “With first-year students we ask that the HAs meet with each of them once per quarter, […]

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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 […]

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Statement of Purpose; “Spiel”; Our “Schtick”

In a dark and damp corner of the Quest office, a pile of bound archive books of Quests past molders into pulpy mush, unread for decades. These Quests are strange relics from the past, full of cigarette ads and casual, antiquated sexism. Many things in these ancient issues are better left in the past, but […]

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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, […]

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CRS Case Summary

The Community Rights Subcommittee (CRS) of the Honor Council is required by Honor Council code to send a summary report, not violating confidentiality, of any cases that arise to The Quest. This is a belated case summary from last spring.* Spring 2012   The CRS accepted a complaint brought by a member of Student Services […]

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Three New Murals Approved

Earlier this semester, Senate approved a proposal from the Art Collection Management Committee (ACMC, chaired by Dean of Faculty Pat McDougal and comprised of students, faculty, and staff) to change the on-campus murals process such that it is a more collaborative endeavor between the ACMC and the Senate mural reps. At the Senate meeting on Friday, April 5th, Senators David Azrael and Mathew Olson announced the approval of three new murals on campus—two new murals that will replace long-standing works, and one new mural in a previously unutilized space. These developments deserve a clear articulation of the new process, the new murals (and the artists behind them) and a description of what the new process means for on-campus murals in years to come. The new murals guidelines are posted on the Student Activities website.

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A Crash Landing Into the New World

All retro sci-fi worlds need an unidentified flying object, and this year’s New World-themed Renn Fayre will have its very own crashed spaceship, courtesy of the Russian House and Erica Edmondson. The spaceship, which is Edmondson’s design, is one of the almost fifty projects that will be featured in this year’s Renn Fayre. This is […]

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Two Math Professors Hired: A Look Inside the Professor Selection Process

The Mathematics Department received 770 applications for two tenure-track professors in pure mathematics. Angélica Osorno,  who received her Ph.D. from MIT and currently teaches at University of Chicago will teach at Reed in the fall semester, and in the spring of 2014 she will participate in a semester-long program in algebraic topology, her specialty, at […]

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Student Body Elections Candidate Profiles

The profiles of this semester’s candidates for Senate and Quest Board, accompanied by photographs of said candidates.

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Communism, Atheism, and Daycare

Campus may soon be bolstered by the addition of a Child Development Center by spring 2014. The center would provide daycare with an educational focus for children ranging in age from infancy to four years. After 40 faculty members went to the Physical Plant committee in November 2011 to assess the feasibility of a child […]

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The Pool Hall Cleans Up

Smoking in the Pool Hall has finally stopped, and the Pool Hall managers have led a thorough cleanup effort to erase its remains. “About 12 people came to the pool hall the Wednesday of Spring Break to assist in the clean up effort,” says Pool Hall Manager Molly Kimball ’16. They weren’t necessarily regulars, Kimball […]

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Reedies for Reedies Encourages Student Philanthropy

With expectations of raising between $8,000 and $10,000 this year, scholarship fund Reedies for Reedies says that financial goals are not the committee’s priority, encouraging philanthropy at Reed College is. Reedies for Reedies replaced the Class of 2010 Scholarship in spring 2010 and stresses, according to their mission statement, that “In recognition of the value […]

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Alumni Board Votes to Drop Paideia Issue

The Alumni Board voted on Saturday, April 13 to not pursue further action regarding President Kroger’s canceling several Paideia classes in January. Alumni Board President Chantal Sudbrack ’97 says that “the motion had roughly 75 percent support for no further consideration as a body.” The Board first discussed the Paideia controversy during their February 2 […]

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Unsatisfied with Union, Divestment Movement Turns to Transparency

Unsatisfied with last month’s Reed Union on climate change and denied a list of the college’s investment managers by the Board of Trustees Investment Committee, Fossil Free Reed, Reed’s nascent divestment movement, has set its sights on a new target. Before the group, spearheaded by members of Greenboard and founded as part of 350.org’s national […]

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The Unregulated Depressant Manifesto

It has been two months since Paideiagate, and we have found that we can’t quite shake ourselves of the bad feelings that the incident has instilled in us. This, we think, provides a problem for The Powers That Be, since they seem to rely on the student body’s short memory span when it comes to “controversies” – that “this will all blow over,” that we will forget their transgression once we have gotten our collective giggles out in some sort of dramatized community event (in this case, the followup Reed Union, which we see as having had a placating effect in addition to its obvious constructive ends).

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Letter: Medical Amnesty Policy Disenfranchises Students, Promotes Unsafe Environment

In mid-March of this year, I received an email containing a surprising letter from Bruce Smith, Associate Dean of Students for Students and Campus Life, in regards to an incident that had occurred the previous week. The letter briefly stated that I had received an AOD violation for drinking alcohol while not of legal age. It went on to list potential disciplinary actions for future violations and included a thoughtful reminder that consuming alcohol while under 21 years of age was, indeed, a violation of Reed’s AOD policy.

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Senate Beat: New Murals, Pool Hall Improvement, and Divestment

Announcements A total of ten applications were received for the position of Student Sustainability Coordinator, from which Dove Henry ’14 was chosen. The position of editor for the senior yearbook, the Griffin, was given to Natasha Lelchuk ’15. Student Body Vice President Paul Messick reported that the SIN code is still in the process of being […]

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Editorial: Upcoming Union is Kroger’s Chance to Shine

The powers that be didn’t hold the Reed Union on climate change to discuss Reedies’ opinions about climate change. The Union was an attempt to address—or appease—the nascent fossil fuel divestment movement. By framing the Union as one about climate change, the Union committee, inadvertently or not, painted over new concerns with a gloss of […]

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Letter: There is No Such Thing as Student Body Autonomy

Next week there will be a Reed Union discussing the topic of student body autonomy. Lots of things come to mind when anyone discusses student body autonomy. Most often, student body autonomy seems to be brought up in the context of lifestyle choices of the various members of the student body. Shouldn’t we as adult students be allowed to live our lives as we see fit? Perhaps, but I don’t think that is what student body autonomy is at all. In fact, that strikes me to be more related to the personal autonomy of students. Such issues should, to my mind, not be discussed at the union because they fundamentally miss what student autonomy is, properly speaking.

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Senate Beat: Quest Reform and Pool Hall Firing

Announcements The Bookstore Board met on Thursday to discuss finances. Textbook sales have been down since 2007, but an increase in used book sales makes up for this. The board discussed reducing its use of plastic bags by charging 25 cents per bag, and giving customers who bring their own bags 25 cents off per […]

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Hum 110 to Begin with Gilgamesh Instead of Homer

The epic of Gilgamesh will replace the Odyssey as the first book discussed by freshman in Hum 110. The faculty committee overseeing the Hum 110 syllabus is revising the syllabus, which is in its final stages of completion, in order to provide a more holistic approach to the ancient Mediterranean world. Hum 110 will not […]

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A Reedie – and an Officer-in-Training

Carlo D'Amato

Six days a week, Carlo D’Amato ’16 attends Hum and lives at Reed like any other freshman. But every Tuesday, he spends eight hours at the University of Portland for Air Force Reserve Officer Corps Training. His weekly training involves a combination of drills, physical fitness training, and leadership activities. Reed graduates and Air Force […]

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Arts and Politics Zine Praxis Begins Anew

Music and dumpster donuts drew students last week to the HotBoxx, where a house show celebrated the reincarnation of the arts and politics zine Praxis. This year’s first issue of Praxis includes poetry, political analyses, and art – all by Reed students. While the zine will be published monthly, originally Praxis was simply a weekly […]

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Meet Reed’s 21st Century Telephone Operator

Sunday nights, Eva Wiedmann sits in the library on one of the couches and compiles Missed Connections. She’s been in charge of the fate of the romantic longings, lost items and swap of belongings of Reed students since the beginning of this year. She says she likes being insider to the communication needs of the […]

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Reed Leads with Nation’s First Tango Music Institute

Reed College will be hosting the country’s first Tango Music Institute this summer from June 23 – 30. The intensive music camp is designed to teach fifty proficient musicians to perform using the unique tango performance practice technique on their personal instrument. The Tango Institute is an inaugural event not only for Reed College, but […]

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Senate to Hire Student Sustainability Coordinator: Hopes Administration Will Follow Example

When it comes to prospies with a passion for sustainability, the Admissions Office has plenty of material for promotional mailings: a $5.4 million energy efficiency contract the college signed last fall, the ecological gem that is the Canyon, and a performing arts building with a green roof on the way. But Environmental Health and Safety […]

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Reed Reclaims Facebook Page in Social Media Push

With almost 5,000 likes, the Reed College Facebook page has blossomed in recent weeks, courtesy of the work being done by the Public Affairs Office. As unlikely as it sounds, only recently have Reed-affiliated groups regained control of Reed’s online media presence from non-Reed groups. Before, when someone searched Twitter, YouTube, or Facebook for a […]

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Thesis Christ: Harry Fukano ‘13

In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a potato famine that wiped out one-eighth of its population and displaced another fifth. According to one thesising senior, the heavy impact of Irish displacement, combined with Irish nationalism, had an unexpected effect on the American Civil War. Harry Fukano ’13, from Los Angeles, California is writing his 90-page History […]

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Bear Wilner-Nugent ‘95 Challenges Kroger to Debate Over Paideia Controversy

Criminal defense lawyer Bear Wilner-Nugent ‘95 challenged President John Kroger last month to a public debate on “Reed’s drug policies under the administration and how they do or do not relate to the US drug policy.” Wilner-Nugent, who has long been critical of Reed’s drug policy, issued the challenge after recent censorship of Paideia classes, […]

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Pudding Emerges from Pamphlette Schism

Mat Olson ’15 and Sean Howard ’13 are excited about the future, and justifiably so: they are planning the publication of The Pamphlette‘s first competitor in recent memory. Their paper, called The Pudding, is meant to be a humor paper that looks beyond the Reed bubble and reminds Reedies that laughs can be found everywhere. […]

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Senate Appoints New Treasurers

Waiting for a microphone at the start of last week’s Senate meeting, before President Kroger and students faced off on the topics of censorship and student autonomy, Appointments Committee chair Annam Swanson announced that freshmen Oliver Silverton-Peel and Alejandro Chavez-Lopez had been appointed vice and assistant treasurers. Over the course of the next three hours, […]

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Senate’s Letter to President Kroger

Dear President Kroger, As representatives of the Student Body, we wish to express our frustration regarding your decision to cancel and alter several of the classes that were offered during the week of Paideia. While opinions vary among the senators, this letter reflects broadly the sentiments shared by a majority of the Student Body Senate. […]

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Kroger Faces Backlash after Paideia Controversy: Alumni Board Director resigns

The Reed community has reacted en masse to Reed President John Kroger’s cancellation of two Paideia classes and the alteration of another. Last Friday, The Quest published an article revealing Kroger’s censorship of the classes. A day after the article’s publication, Kroger issued a statement saying he “learned about these classes right before Paideia began […]

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Response from the Teacher of a Canceled Paideia Class

I am the alumnus who was going to teach Adroit Anticipation of Awesome Altered Adventures 201. I’m not that bothered by the cancellation of my class, mostly because I titled it poorly and I am sympathetic towards the administration needing to distance themselves from anything that looks remotely like advocacy for breaking the law. I should […]

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President Kroger’s Statement

As you know, I made the decision to cancel two Paideia classes. One involved the smoking of unregulated depressants, and the other was on how to trip on hallucinogens. The first class raised significant health and safety concerns; the second both health and legal issues. The college staff also asked a student to modify a […]

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Paideia Classes Censored at Kroger’s Request

A week before his Paideia class, Austin Weisgrau ’15 received an email informing him of a change in his curriculum. Entitled “Kombucha and Other Fermentation Basics,” the class was to focus on brewing kombucha, but would also cover the basics of fermenting sauerkraut and alcoholic beverages. However, the email, from Paideia Czar Julia Selker, informed […]

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Elusive Canyon Matriarch Captured

This week, Ms. Tuxedo Patches, the canyon’s feline matriarch, was finally spayed after over a year of effort on the part of campus staff. Throughout her tenure in the canyon, Ms. Tuxedo Patches has birthed more kittens than campus staff has been able to keep track of, posing a significant problem to environmental health of […]

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Want SB Funds? Come to Signators’ Training!

If you’ve ever sat and looked at some perplexing student-built structure, listened to a band in Winch, graced the MLLL with your presence, eaten free BBQ on the Quad, and/or gone to Renn Fayre, you have witnessed what preposterously cool shit can take place when students get motivated and make things happen.

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FSU Panel Discusses Gender, Stuff

“Pretend that Reed has a gender studies program,” read the banner in Gray Campus Center advertising the Feminist Student Union’s Gender and Stuff Panel, or G.A.S.P. Although Reedies often do a lot of writing about gender, it never really sees the light of day because gender isn’t the focus of our classes, said Stella Jones […]

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Committee Explores New Ethnic Studies Program

Ethnic studies is being considered as a new major at Reed. An exploratory committee of faculty members is currently discussing questions such as the structure of the major, hiring new faculty, and cost—among other issues.

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Tracking Down the Pool Hall Custodian: An Unsatisfactory Ghost Hunt

The pool hall is a different place at in the early morning hours. This is the first conclusion I reached at 4:30 AM on Thursday, Nov. 29, after I’d volunteered to write an article on a late-night custodian who plays pool in the pool hall with students on his break.

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Review: John Kroger’s Convictions

John Kroger: Reed College President. Ultimate Prospie. Diehard white shirt wearer. Iron-willed mafia prosecutor.

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Wow

Wow.

The last two weeks have been plenty strange. From accusations that I’m a misogynistic, racist homophobe to (presumably) intelligent and thoughtful Reed students attacking speech regardless of context, the hysteria over the Nov. 17 comedy show has been quite a spectacle.

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Meet Your Candidates

Get ready to vote. Read the profiles of this semester’s candidates for President, Vice President, Senate, and Quest Board.

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Students to Vote on Constitutional Changes

Prepare yourself: Proposed changes to the Community Constitution would modify the process by which changes can be made to the way Quest editors come by their jobs.

Breathe. The changes. Will modify a process. The process regulates another process. That process is the one in which a darling little Quest writer kicks off the training wheels, makes Daddy proud, and becomes a Quest editor. But the appointments process is contentious.

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Reedies Root Through Garbage: This Time, It’s for the Environment

As part of a larger sustainability effort that has included an energy-savings contract and a curbside composting initiative, Reed College students have performed “trash autopsies” to help assess the waste habits of campus community members. The autopsies consist of investigators looking through trash cans to catalogue the types of waste being thrown away. The particular […]

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Community Safety to Unveil Pool Hall Smoking Sign

Last week, Vice President Ed McFarlane received a letter from the Multnomah County Department of Health. The Department of Health had received an anonymous complaint about smoking in the pool hall, which is illegal in any indoor area. This will add fuel to the fire that is the debate about smoking in the GCC pool […]

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Graffiti Struggle Raises Gender’s Ghost in GCC Bathrooms

With no easy solution to the ongoing struggle over graffiti in sight, students continue to mark up the walls in the lower-level GCC bathrooms. But between the two rooms, graffitiers’ approaches vary widely. In the left-hand room, which was a men’s room before the bathrooms were converted to gender-neutral status last year, the majority of […]

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Villain Sells Chemistry Handouts to Course Hero: Website Offers Study Material, for a Fee

Members of the Chemistry department discovered early September that their class materials were being offered for sale on the academic assistance website Course Hero. These materials, which consisted primarily of course handouts and lecture slides, had been distributed to students enrolled in chemistry courses or posted to the Reed Chemistry webpage for download. Course Hero, […]

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A Firsthand Account of the Demise of the Toaster in Commons, or: What Really Happened

The culprit was asked for their account of the incident and agreed to give it on the condition that their anonymity be preserved. Said culprit will be referred to by the grammatically, though not politically, correct “he.” Any objections should be directed to the editors of The Quest. While the event occurred on Oct. 24, […]

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“Salvation is just words too”: A Reading of As I Lay Dying

“Darl. Darl. Darl,” Lauren Nelson’s voice repeats as she stands on the altar in the chapel, dressed all in black, with glass encased tea candles burning down on the table beside her and Jimmy Curry IV, also all in black, looking on; it is a wake for Addie Bundren. Curry and Nelson, both freshmen, are […]

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Reed Signs $5.4 Million Energy Efficiency Contract

Reed has signed a three-year $5.4 million energy efficiency contract with Ameresco Quantum, the energy efficiency company announced Wednesday. The effort is expected to reduce the college’s energy costs by $2.7 million over the next decade and annual carbon dioxide emissions by 1,202 metric tons, an eighth of the 9,500 metric tons Reed emits annually. […]

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Senate Discusses Bike Theft

Junior Andrew Watson got a bike for his birthday last April—but he didn’t get to keep it long. He says the gift was recently stolen from behind Eliot Hall, where he had locked it. He is concerned that there is not enough to prevent thieves from stealing bikes on campus. “There’s no actual impetus for […]

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Letter: Consent & Substance Use

This past week while many of us sat ready to launch various criticisms (constructive or otherwise) at guest speaker Meghan McCain, I was in Eliot 314 taking part in a panel discussion facilitated by Students for a Sensible Drug Policy. The panel consisted of one Reed alumnus and White Bird paramedic, Garth Hope-Melnick, two professors […]

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Editorial: An End to Senate Beat, But a New Beginning

The way The Quest covers the Reed Student Body Senate is changing. Don’t worry, we’ll still be covering everything newsworthy that happens at Senate. But we won’t be doing weekly Senate Beat articles. Instead, we’ll run individual news stories on each particular thing that Senate does. The editorial board feels it is no longer useful […]

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Senate Searches for Graffiti Wars Solution

Senate is seeking an olive branch between students and administrators in the ongoing struggle over campus graffiti. This fall semester has been marked by a conflict in which students repeatedly graffitied the gender-neutral bathrooms while administration repeatedly painted over the walls. The painting over of graffiti stopped for about a week just before fall break, […]

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Senate Beat: RD Patrols, Graffiti, and Sustainability

A new program in which residence directors walk through dorms caused a stir at last week’s Senate meeting. The program, which has had Resident Directors patrolling dorms between the hours of 10 PM and 2 AM on Friday and Saturday nights for the past couple weeks, is intended to help promote integration of RDs into the community. But it also allows RDs to write up students who are using illegal drugs or alcohol and pass the information on to Community Safety—essentially giving them to power to issue AOD violations.

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Proposal for the Repurposing of the Ministry of Propaganda

For background on this proposal, read the relevant Senate Beat. Sunset Clause: This proposal will be in the fall of 2013. If at that time it appears the Ministry of Propaganda is no longer needed, the Ministry shall be disbanded. The Reed community recognizes the challenges of maintaining a physical environment consistent with the values […]

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Youngest-Ever MacArthur “Genius” Fills Vollum

Vollum was bursting at the seams on Tuesday, October 2 as both Reed students and other Portland community members crammed into the lecture hall for artist Kara Walker’s highly-anticipated lecture as a guest for the Stephen E. Ostrow Distinguished Visitors in the Arts series. Walker graduated with an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994 and became the youngest person ever to receive the MacArthur “Genius” Grant in 1997 at the age of 28. Both the lecture hall and the Vollum Lounge were so full that many were away due to lack of available seating.

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Library Graced with Man and His Dulcimer

Melodic tunes waft through the air near the library, these days, courtesy of Portland resident John Harkwood playing his dulcimer. His large white poodle, Elvis Voltaire d’Artagnan, keeps him company. Although he mostly plays the guitar, as well as the mandolin, Harkwood picked up the dulcimer a few months ago, and has been coming to Reed this year to play. “It’s a research project to see how young people interact with old instruments,” Harkwood says.

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Students, Honor Council Discuss Future of Smoking

Students tired of walking through smoke on the way to the library gathered with smokers in the Student Union Thursday, Sept. 27 to discuss the future of smoking at Reed. Around 20 smokers and 8 non-smokers sat in a large couch circle to discuss how to smoke honorably at Reed and to gauge others opinions […]

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Reedies Find Solace in Calligraphy Revival

Over thirty Reed community members sat shoulder to shoulder in Vollum 120 last Thursday afternoon, carefully writing and rewriting the alphabet. Their instructor, Inga Dubay, projected her own handwriting onto a screen while she described how to form the lowercase letter “l.” “It’s like an ‘i,’ but longer. I always like to exhale when I do the down stroke,” she advised.

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The Kollektiv Unklad

Many young buttocks were displayed last week as freshmen streaked through campus, chanting the celebrated phrase, “We have no names, we’re part of the kollektiv!” Last Thursday night, RKSK initiated the freshmen, as it always does, with a lesson in group solidarity. The kollektiv’s first destination was Reed’s library, through which freshmen strolled more or […]

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Dry Spell the Cause for Extended Sprinkler Use

“Well, it was a lovely, sunny afternoon,” reminisced Mark Angeles, ‘15, “I was leaning against a lamppost outside the library.” Angeles recalled having his laptop and a newly checked out library book right in front of him when he started to hear “a mysterious hissing noise,” right before he was shot full in the face […]

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Science Savvy: Brain Origami

By Tess Myers and Uji Venkat “He was as tall and rugged as an alp. One huge eye glared out of the center of his forehead.”— Homer,The Odyssey  The Odyssey’s Polyphemus is a fictional one-eyed monster, but cyclopic individuals do exist. One-eyed ewes are born to sheep that eat corn lilies while pregnant, severely inbred […]

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Administration Frowns at Inaugural Drinking Game

While the school seemed charged with energy in the days preceding President John Kroger’s inauguration, a number of students just couldn’t get that excited about the event. That is, until a certain game helped them see inauguration through a new lens: the lens of cheap and poor-tasting alcohol. An “Inauguration Drinking Game,” which instructed participants […]

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Kroger Discusses Portland, Curriculum, and Drugs

John Kroger has demonstrated his ability to deliver a speech, but at the Kroger Forum Wednesday, Sept. 19 students got to know the president more personally in a session ahead of his inauguration. For an hour in the Vollum Lounge, Kroger opened himself up to any student questions. Of the fifteen or so attendees, one […]

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Answers Elude Rick Bass: Prolific Writer Kicks Off Visiting Writers Series

“I don’t know what it is, but it is magic,” Rick Bass, author of over 30 books of fiction and nonfiction, told his audience in the Psych Building the night of Thursday Sept. 20. Bass kicked off Reed’s annual Visiting Writers series not with a bang, but with a thoughtful stare. Bass was trying to […]

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The Sound Attendance: Susanne Sundfør and Daddy

NEW SINGLES Susanne Sundfør: The Silicone Veil. EMI Norway [SPACEY GLAM] For Fans Of: Joanna Newsom, Lana Del Rey I remember that the first time I listened to Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” I had a strange feeling that the song was made for me. It had taken the parts of pop that I […]

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Reedies Find Runaway Kickstarter Success

Reed success stories are plentiful, but when there’s a trend in the way Reedies pursue that success, it’s even more noteworthy. To date, at least ten Reedies have realized their creative projects through Kickstarter, an online funding platform. The concept of Kickstarter is simple: Explain your project, offer rewards to backers in exchange for pledged […]

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J-Board Understaffed

Though designed to consist of twelve students, the Judicial Board is currently functioning with only eight members. While the Board has enough students to serve its role in full, head of Appointments Committee John Iselin and J-Board co-chair Lilli Parator say that the shortage of students has significantly impacted the time commitment required of current […]

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Ecotainers Underused, Despite Benefits

Although $32,00 in Commons dishes were replaced last year, and many Reedies consider themselves environmentally conscious, the eco-tainers that were developed to address these issues are rarely used. Bon Appétit introduced eco-tainers as an alternative to plates, but last year approximately only 180 students bought eco-tainers.

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Olde TriMet Is Dead

“40 cents is no small amount,” says Zain Alattar ’14, philosophy major and off-campus student. That’s how much he’ll have to pay to ride the bus since TriMet increased fare to $2.50 for a two-hour adult pass.

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After Absence, Student Handbook Makes Online Debut

At a school as overwhelming as Reed, many wish there was a guide for it. Such students need despair no longer: After a yearlong hiatus, Reed’s missing Student Body Handbook is back.

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Fracas in Foster is Reminder of Proper Guest-Host Relationship

Residents of Foster I woke up on Labor Day to a nasty surprise. Chicken and refried beans were smeared on the walls, bleach powder was coated on the floor, and various uncouth phrases, including “Where da crack at?,” were sharpied on the refrigerator.

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Yearlong Leadership Academy to Partner Students with Local Leaders

The Student Activities Office is adding a yearlong curriculum to its leadership and involvement series. The new program, dubbed the Reed Leadership Academy, or ReLAy, is set to begin in January. Twenty students will be partnered with mentors in the greater Portland community, some of whom will be alumni, and attend weekly one-and-one-half-hour-long discussion-based classes.

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Senate Beat: Blowin’ Smoke

Cigarette smokers at Reed may soon find that their favorite campus hangouts no longer welcome them. Much of last week’s Senate meeting focused on the possibility that smoking may be banned from campus. Many students enjoy lighting up in covered areas like the breezeway between the Biology building and the library, but these same areas […]

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O-Week Sees Rise in AOD Violations: Granger Says Revised Policy Not Driving Parties Off Campus

This year’s O-Week saw a rise in the number of AODs given out to freshmen and upperclassmen, according to last week’s Community Safety Activity Report. CSOs handed out a total of 25 AODs during O-Week this year, compared to 16 last year. Alcohol-related violations increased the most this year, with freshmen accounting for most of the infractions. The number of marijuana and other drug-related violations remained the same.

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SU Lofts May Feature Communal Chalkboards

Plans to cover the newly painted Student Union lofts entirely in student murals have changed, and the lofts are now planned to display chalkboards in addition to murals. Members of the SU Student Committee raised concerns after an email sent to the student body in August said that the lofts were to be devoted solely to murals. The current proposal is to dedicate a small section of the loft walls to student murals and cover the remainder with chalkboards. This, says SU manager Emily Zhang, is in response to concerns that devoting the walls to murals would stifle widespread student expression.

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The Sound Attendance: Dan Deacon and WHY?

On his previous successful albums, Dan Deacon urged listeners to engage in action of the fanatical, flailing, human firework variety. At performances (RF 2010 anyone?) Deacon would install himself as ruler of the dance-floor regime, shouting out moves like the crowd was playing a giant game of Simon Says.

On his new album, America, Deacon, of Baltimore, uses his eccentric noise to goad his listeners into action outside of the dance hall.

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The Student Services Approach to Alcohol and Other Drugs

We approach to the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) within our community’s as a health issue. Punitive responses, while they have their place in discussions about AOD use in the community, are not our first response. The Student Services response starts with education through dialogue, discussion, debate, and a variety of programming modes. As our approach places community health and wellbeing at its core, we feel that it is necessary to engage the community in meaningful encounters that allow for a collaborative construction of community norms and expectations.

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Intoxicants at Play in Majority of Sexual Assaults

Alcohol or other intoxicants were involved in at least 70% of cases of sexual assault reported in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years, according to information collected by Community Safety. In a further 17% of cases, it was reported “unknown” whether intoxicants were involved. Out of 36 total reported cases in the two school years, […]

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A History of the Honor Principle

Welcome to the 2012-2013 academic year. As we begin another semester at Reed, I would like to encourage everyone to pause and reflect on what it means to apply the Honor Principle in daily life as a member of a vibrant academic community. One way of understanding the role of the Honor Principle at Reed […]

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Senate Proposes AOD Policy Changes

Senate unanimously moved April 26 to begin a process of revisions on the procedure to decide consequences for students who are caught violating Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) violations. The proposal, which will require review by Reed’s Community Affairs Committee as well as approval by Reed faculty and a Student Body referendum before it can […]

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Thesis Comic to Run on Crowd Power

Hello, all you lovely Reed People. According to some awesome person who stopped me with the words “Hey! You’re that comics girl!” in the Theater Building last month, you probably all know me as That Comics Girl. For the last six months, I’ve been holed up in Papaccino’s Coffee House working on my thesis comic. […]

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Elections Postponed One Week: Shortage of Senatorial Candidates

Spring semester Student Body elections have been postponed for one week. Only two candidates had turned in petitions to vie for the six open seats on Senate in time for the original deadline, Wednesday April 11. The deadline was subsequently extended two days, but no further candidates submitted petitions. Elections had originally been scheduled for […]

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Title IX Investigation Absolves Sports Center, Rugby Still Not Satisfied

A Title IX investigation into alleged inequitable treatment of women’s teams and facilities by the Sports Center concluded on March 23, but the Women’s Rugby team says the investigation failed to address their concerns. The investigation, which found Reed to be in compliance with Title IX, was opened in February after the Women’s Rugby team […]

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Hands, Feet, and Mouths Ravaged by Coxsackie

Reed’s Health and Counseling Center issued an advisory last week that there had been an outbreak of hand, foot, and mouth disease among the student body.

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Op-Ed: Why The Quest Needs to be Elections-Free

Rob Shryock is a former Queditor of Fall 2011. Between the time this article is written and when it is printed there will likely have been a vote on the proposal to allow members of the Quest Board to appoint their own successors, rather than have them be elected. The fact that this proposal will […]

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Prospies Flown to Reed

For a select number of recently accepted students, an additional treat came with their confetti and Welcome To Reed video: an invitation to stay on Reed campus for two days, eating Commons food, observing classes, and venturing out into Portland—all expenses paid by the college. As Assistant Dean of Admissions and alumna Swati Shrestha put […]

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Senate Beat: Jyl Shaffer is crowned “Sassy,” People Talk a Lot About AppComm

This week’s Senate meeting opened with Assistant Dean of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Jyl Shaffer, responding to her characterization as “totally adequate,” moving that she also be known as “sassy.” Dean of Students Mike Brody wondered if this title would carry over to the next ADSAPR, leading to Jyl express mock concern for her […]

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Editorial: Reform Needed to Maintain Quest Quality

The quality of The Quest has fluctuated wildly in its near century of existence. In recent years, it has published everything from coloring contests to articles on Pet Parade titled “Pawsitive Reinforcement.” Quest Board elections too often deteriorate into popularity contests and do not guarantee a high quality Quest. The method of choosing Quest Editors […]

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Samhita Mukhopadhyay on “Why Feminism Still Matters”

At 6:00 p.m. on March 21st, Samhita Mukhopadhyay delivered a PowerPoint presentation and lecture entitled “Why Feminism Still Matters” in Vollum Lounge, sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center. Mukhopadhyay is the Executive Editor of feministing.com, an “online community for feminists and their allies,” and the author of a 2011 book, “Outdated: Why Dating Is Ruining […]

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Op-Ed: Student Body “Autonomy” Is a Lie

At Reed, we students are quite fortunate in that we are generally treated as adults, both by the faculty and by the administration. Our professors teach classes with zero “Scantrons” and with few multiple-choice tests, preferring to take the time to test our knowledge with more interesting and useful assignments. Even when the administration takes […]

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Kony Comes to Reed

The virally famous and controversial documentary Kony was shown in the Reed Chapel by the Invisible Children organization on Monday. The event, co-sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center, filled only about 1/3 of the Chapel. Some students had expected a larger turnout given the flaming discussion the movie is currently igniting over internet forums. The […]

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Thad Hall on The Impacts of the Two-Party Political System

Thad E. Hall of The University of Utah visited Reed on March 21st as part of the public policy lecture series. His main point was drawn and quartered somewhere between the effects of extremism in politics, trends in the two-party system, and the use of abortion as a polarizing issue. Though his main focus was […]

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Senate Beat: Nitrogen Day, Academic Advisers, and Sexual Harassment Policy

Senate addressed Nitrogen Day funding, plans to evaluate academic advisers, and the revised Discriminatory Harassment Policy in its meeting this week. The meeting began with Chris Cogell, Signator of the blues-dancing club, checking in with Senate to make sure off-campus guests could come to an event being held this weekend in the sports center. Senate […]

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House Advisers to be Dismissed After Multiple AODs

Under new expectations and guidelines for dismissal for House Advisers being drafted by Residence Life, House Advisers may be put under probation or dismissed for “multiple minor violations of the alcohol and other drug policy and/or egregious use of alcohol that endangers the wellbeing of the individual or others.” A “verbal and/or written warning and/or […]

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Camp Aardvark: Bringing Developmental Disabilities into the Reed Arena

Camp Aardvark, the brainchild of Alice Alsup and Gabriel Forsythe-Korzeniewicz ’12, is an effort to bring Reed into alliance with Portland’s developmental disability community. Alsup and Forsythe-Korzeniewicz plan to run a one day camp for children with developmental disabilities on the facilities of the Autistic Children’s Activities Program (ACAP) late this semester. Camp Aardvark has […]

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Presidential Finalists to Visit Reed

Newly chosen finalists in Reed’s search for a new college President are “tentatively scheduled” to visit Reed on March 28 through 31 and April 2 through 5, according to an email sent to the community on Tuesday. The Presidential Search Committee spent eighteen hours in meetings last weekend interviewing semi-finalists and narrowing the pool to […]

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Statement from the Creators of the “surveillance posters”

The Quest has been in contact with those responsible for the recent “surveillance posters” that have attracted recent attention. They have made the following statement for publication. “The posters were designed by myself and my associate. We drew from the imagery of barbed wire, prisons, and surveillance and paired these photographs with slogans communicating the […]

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Senate Beat: An Inquiry into Values

Senate opened the floor on Thursday to Director of Community Safety Gary Granger and the dozen students in attendance to discuss Community Safety’s plan to have Student Patrol Officers report AOD violations. Senator Marie Perez claimed that Community Safety is hiring Student Patrol Officers because doing so is less expensive than hiring more Community Safety […]

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Ideals High, Policies Low in 20-Year-Old’s Portland Mayoral Bid

“My office has no specific location in Portland. You will find me in every neighborhood, bus line, and park.” This text lies where a street address would normally be found on Cameron Whitten’s website. Whitten, only twenty years old, is running an insurgent candidacy for mayor of Portland, which will be voted for this fall. […]

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Labors of (Free?) Love: A look a student body wages, continued

Student Body positions, such as on Student Body Senate, on Judicial Board, and on Honor Council, are a confusing mix of volunteer work, academics and wage labor, as discussed in last week’s Quest. Although many important positions are paid far less than minimum wage, there are striking disparities between the effective wages of different positions. […]

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Senate Beat, with Love and Squalor

Senate discussed the implications of AOD violations for Housing Advisers, and a meeting between Student Body President Brian Moore ’13 and Student Body Vice President Aidan Sigman ’13 and Colin Diver regarding recent student arrests at its meeting on Thursday. Senate also voted to unfreeze Reed Shooting Sports Collective’s funds, which had been frozen after […]

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The Success of the Centennial Campaign: What it means for Reedies

The Centennial Campaign was the most massive fund-raising attempt in the history of Reed, and it has largely been successful. 185 million dollars has been raised since the inception of the fund, and President Colin Diver is confident that the goal of $200 million will be met by the end of the campaign on December […]

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Working for the Timé: Student body work falls between volunteering, academics, and wage labor

Although students who work as tutors, librarians, and SU cleaners are paid on an hourly basis, many student positions are paid with a monthly stipend, including the most important jobs in student body government. Senators, Judicial Board members, Honor Council members, and others fall into this category. When calculated as an hourly wage, many of […]

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Ask The Fucking Know-It-All: Godzilla-Women and Virgins

Q: Hey, Tristan, So my straight male friend, a pretty confident, good-looking guy without really any problem getting girls, came out to me the other day as having a giantess fetish. He loves looking up these photoshopped photos of super tall women walking all over cities like Godzilla or lifting up men in their fingers. […]

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Student Patrol Officers to Report AOD Violations

In 4 to 6 weeks Community Safety will be reinstating the Student Patrol Officer program. Student Patrol Officers, or SPOs, will be responsible for patrolling campus, locking and unlocking buildings, and reporting AOD violations to CSOs. By the fall of 2012, SPOs will replace Pacific Patrol Services personnel who have been supplementing CSO’s regular patrols. […]

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Op-Ed: A response to “A Senate Divided?”

Dana Loutey is a current Senator. I’m writing in response to Kieran Hanrahan’s editorial last week because I thought it left out some important details. During the Senate meeting on 2/2, SB President Brian Moore passed out a proposal to increase Honor Council (HC) wages. I’d like to explain why I and other senators believe […]

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Op-Ed: Reed Activists Face Apathy

Last Friday various student groups came together for Love and Rage Part Deux, this semester’s Activism Fair. Intended to allow members of groups like Blue Heron Infoshop, Greenboard, Feminist Student Unit, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy to get to know each other, the event didn’t seem too successful. Jason Thu, founder of the Praxis […]

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Senate Beat and the Sorcerer’s Stone

On Thursday Senate discussed next year’s theme dorms, Appointments Committee bylaw changes, free condom availability, approved the Top 40 budget, and allocated funds to Women’s Rugby for an event. Senator Dana Loutey ’12 addressed a proposed gender neutral bathroom in the chemistry building and said that she had sent out an email to chemistry majors […]

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Not-So-Simple 600

Bon Appetit’s new Simple 600 menu option offended Reed students who claimed that the meal could upset students with eating disorders. Several students scrawled disapproving remarks on the Simple 600 table advertisements. One Sharpied message read: “Dear Bon Appetit, your Simple 600 meal could trigger students who have or have had eating disorders.” Comment cards […]

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Administration Backs TEDxReed

Reed College has pledged to financially back the student group TEDxReedCollege, which is planning a conference for next November. TED is a renowned nonprofit dedicated to disseminating ideas about diverse subject matter including art, culture, politics, science. Such influential people as Al Gore, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, and Jane Goodall have given talks for TED’s […]

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Historic Opera Comes to Portland

Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly is playing at the Portland Opera on Saturday, February 11th. In 1994 it was the fourth most popular opera in the world, beloved for its heartbreaking heroine. However, heartbreak is to opera as squirrels are to Reed: Honestly, you’re surprised when it’s not there. The fascinating part of Madame Butterfly is […]

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Senate Beat; or, The Whale

On Thursday Senate discussed Honor Council and Appeals Board wage increases and increasing cigarette prices at the Paradox. Head Treasurer Adhikarimayum “Khagi” Khagemba ’14 also announced he would be resigning this month. Mark Hintz ’12, Paradox Manager, recommended raising the price of all cigarette brands carried by the Paradox by twenty-five cents, except Pyramids, which […]

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David Graeber on Debt as a Social Construct

The chapel was full to bursting with people who came to hear David Graeber, anarchist and anthropologist, author of “Debt, the First 5000 Years,” attack fundamental assumptions about capitalism and debt talk last Tuesday. Graeber asserted that the morality of paying back debt is socially contrived. He suggested that a natural economic system would favor […]

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The Lutz Report

Lutz Report

So here it is—THE LUTZ REPORT! Some of you know what it is; some of you don’t. Those of you who don’t, fuck you freshman and go write a hum paper or something. Basically, the Lutz report is, people get drunk and write shit to put in the Quest. We put it in white letters […]

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West Coast to West Point

Never let it be said that the military doesn’t have a sense of humor. Outside the West Point Library stands a statue of General George Patton, a powerful figure in World War II and a West Point Graduate. Patton is clasping his binoculars, staring proudly out over the Hudson River, facing defiantly away from the […]

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Remembering Levi Duclos

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Levi Duclos ’15 passed away on January 9 while hiking the Emily Proctor trail in Vermont. In an email sent to the Reed student body on January 12, Mike Brody explained that Duclos was hiking with his dog three miles from the trailhead when he broke his leg, leaving him immobilized in freezing temperatures overnight. […]

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Second Mugging Raises Alarms

On December 7th, a second mugging at gunpoint occurred on the Reed Campus. A student and her mother, while entering the Reed campus near the Prexy parking lot, were robbed at gunpoint by two men. The robbers took a cell phone, a purse, a small amount of cash, as well as credit cards. Much like […]

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Greening Garbage: Reed Composts, And Now Portland Too

About 30% of the contents of a typical trashcan is compostable. Far from being just a random heap of empty plastic pens, candy wrappers, and the occasional hapless high-school freshman, the trash is also a graveyard for unwanted food scraps, used napkins, and pizza boxes. Although high-school freshmen are typically not compostable, much of the […]

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Outrage over Pamphlette: Article accused of transphobia

Trigger warning: Discussion of sexual assault and transphobia Many students reacted angrily to an article in this week’s issue of The Pamphlette.  The article, written by Jeff Blum ’12, tells the awkward story of Ken explaining his lack of genitalia and ignorance about sex to Cindy, a woman he’s dating.  Many copies of The Pamphlette […]

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A Mission for the New Senate

Trigger warning: discussion of sexual assault “What improvements do you want to see in Reed’s sexual assault policies?” “Do you know which demands on the petition from last year have not been met?” “Do you think that someone who has been convicted of sexual assault should be allowed to be an HA, senator, or J-Board […]

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Reed Graduation Rate Surges

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Reed’s efforts to improve its graduation rates have been successful. New data shows that the four-year graduation rate has jumped ten percent—rising from 60 percent to 70 percent—for the class of 2010 to the class of 2011. Graduation rates have been increasing, but Mike Tamada, Director of Institutional Research at Reed, finds “a jump this […]

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Of Brecht and Brahmins

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Indu Manohar ’12 explores various forms of storytelling A brave king will battle arrogant demons in a duel of dance, lovely young hermit-girls will frolic in a peaceful grove, and a spurned lover will be swallowed by the earth to hide her humiliation. When Shakuntala: An Indian Fairytale, the directing thesis production of theatre major […]

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Reed Votes: Win For Community Constitution Amendment, Social Sciences Majors

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In this semester’s election, 54% of the student body voted, a major improvement over the previous semester.  Critically, sufficient numbers voted “yes” on the proposed amendment to the Community Constitution that will allow the Judicial Board code reforms, which create a new Sexual Misconduct Board, to be enacted.  Paul Hovda, chair of the Community Affairs […]

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Engagement in the Community? What Community? Senate, Students Fail to Cure Collective Apathy

“Reedies are the first to complain and the last to do anything,” said Student Body President Nora McConnell-Johnson in a recent interview. McConnell-Johnson claimed that the student body is partially at fault for failing to engage itself in student government and student groups. “Reedies have time that they could be using. They have to want […]

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Armed Robbery at Naito/Sullivan

Perhaps the most alarming statistic about the armed robbery that took place on campus on Wednesday, November 16 is the fact that the perpetrators hung out on campus for several hours beforehand, stopped by the library, and were noticed by at least four or five Reedies. These Reedies informed the CSOs after the robbery that […]

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Aerialists Fly Into View

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Did you know about Reed’s aerial group? Because I didn’t. They perform lofty acrobatics—suspended by fabric­—high above the ground. The aerial group will now be able to host performances indoors, allowing the group to gain the student body recognition they previously lacked. Until now, the 10 or so members of the aerial group (a subset […]

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Is There A Doctor In The House?

You should wear a hipster-boy sweater!” “You mean a cardigan?” It may have been tech week for Midnight, the latest project of Reed’s student-run Shoestring Theatre, but details for the costumes were far from finalized. Like many projects at Reed, Midnight has been put together by a band of passionate students otherwise engaged with work […]

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Rooms “Performances Invigorates”

Revived Dance is Intellectual and Emotional Barefoot, with their necks bent back to reveal crucial veins and arteries, the Reed dancers in Anna Sokolo’s Rooms are completely vulnerable. Combined with the theme of the work, which is the trapped state of tenement residents of the 1950s, and a frightening feeling of desperation defines the atmosphere. […]

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Salt Shakers of Privilege And Waste

Reed’s Commons uses disposable plastic saltshakers and peppershakers that are not recyclable and cannot be refilled. However, Bon Appétit uses reusable glass shakers at all of its other operations: Out of 25 educational institutions, 13 corporate clients, and 10 “specialty venues”, Reed’s Commons Café is the only Bon Appétit site that uses these disposables. “We’re […]

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Captured! Doyle Owl Changes Hands, Four Injured In Struggle

The Doyle Owl has new owners. After a long fight Saturday night, the Owl was eventually taken by a team made up of various members of Frisbee and PIG dorm. A high-speed chase ensued. According to one student involved in the chase, a silver mid-2000’s Honda CRV had the owl in it, three cars pursued […]

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Renn Fayre Czar Choice Disputed

The circumstances of Appointments Committee’s choice of Renn Fayre Czars is being contested by some members of Senate as well as members of the larger Reed community. Student Body President Nora McConnell-Johnson called the selection process a “disservice to the student body” and “unfair.” There seem to have been two major issues with the selection: […]

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Reedie Bequeaths Economics Post

The search for a new tenure-track professor of economics has commenced after Lester Lave ’60, who majored in economics at Reed, passed away last May, leaving nearly $3 million to establish the position and improve the economics department. Economics professor Noelwah Netusil, who is chair of the search committee for the new professor, sent an […]

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Finding Diver’s Replacement: Student Participation Vital In Search Process

With Colin Diver’s departure impending, Reed anticipates the appointment of a new leader to guide the community through its next era. Last Wednesday night marked the beginning of community participation in the search for Reed’s next President. The forum in Eliot Chapel provided an opportunity for students and faculty to contribute ideas and express concerns […]

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Women Take Center Stage in Retelling of Classic

You may think you know the story of the House of Atreus, but the Reed Theatre production of Ellen McLaughlin’s Iphigenia and Other Daughters will make you think again. The characters of Clytemnestra, Orestes, and Iphigenia all feature prominently in the Western canon (and have/will come up in your Humanities 110 readings). While the script […]

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New Winter Break Housing Policy Enacted

Residence Life is now allowing any and all students to say over winter break for a price of $250. In the past, only students who lived outside the United States have been able to stay at Reed over winter break. This policy left domestic students who could not afford to go home or who had […]

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New Lives For Theater Building and Prexy

As construction on the new Performing Arts Center continues, various administrative bodies at Reed are discussing what to do with the spaces it will make obsolete. Until November 7th, the Physical Plant Committee will be accepting proposals from groups across campus on what to do with the theater building and Prexy. The Physical Plant Committee […]

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Canyon Day Brings Community Together

On Saturday, dozens of members of the Reed community equipped with machetes, pruners, and shovels assaulted an impenetrable swathe of invasive blackberries on the East side of the Canyon. From nine to six, volunteers resurfaced trails, planted native plants, and grappled with blackberry canes, among other nonnatives like clematis and English ivy, sometimes more than […]

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Remembering Steve Jobs, Reed’s Most Famous Dropout: 1955-2011

Photo from Reed Special Collection Prof. Richard Crandall (left) presented Jobs with the Vollum Award in 1991.   Steve Jobs passed away on October 5th from pancreatic cancer. Jobs revolutionized technology across the board, founding both Apple and Pixar. Jobs is notable at Reed for being our most famous non-graduate. He enrolled at Reed for […]

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Bookstore Responds to Thefts With New Cameras

At 1:30pm on Tuesday September 27th, a man was arrested by the Portland Police from the Reed College grounds for attempting to steal a textbook from the Reed College Bookstore. The CSOs and Bookstore staff were notified of the possible theft by an anonymous source not one hour before the perpetrator arrived at the scene […]

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Smokin’ In The Rain

Senate has put in a proposal to the Community Affairs Committee for the building of a covered smoking structure. Rain is an obvious problem for smokers, and a survey taken last year indicated that 70% of students felt that “there were not adequate covered spaces on campus for smokers,” sparking the new plan. The covered […]

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Activists Prepare to Occupy Portland

In solidarity with the “Occupy Wall Street” protests taking place in New York City, citizens of Portland will be holding a “Occupy Portland” protest. At noon today (Thursday the 6th), those assembled will march from Tom McCall Park at 1020 SW Naito Parkway to Pioneer Square, then back to the Waterfront, which they plan to […]

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Unusually Abundant Bike Thefts Shake Campus

When asked if this year’s bike thefts exceeded the normal  amount, Gary Granger’s response was simple: “Um, yeah!” There have been 40% more bike thefts this year than there were at this time last year (14 vs 10). Thieves have not just been taken unlocked bikes or cable-locked bikes; they are actually cutting U-locks. Thefts […]

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Doing The Most Honorable Thing

I don’t know why we have sent seven students to the hospital in ambulances so far this year, when by this point last year we had sent only one—but we have.  When I recently shared this information with students during meetings (seven in all) in the residence halls last week, there was no consensus opinion […]

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Orchard Revitalized as Reed Celebrates 100 Years

Reed celebrates its centennial this weekend with multiple events around campus, including the dedication of the restored orchard, a student-body-initiated project that has been in the works for several years. President Diver will give a short speech and help plant a “centennial tree” at the event, which will also include a bluegrass band, tabling by […]

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KRRC Το Lose Frequency To Finances: Station To Be Online Only

According to Alexa Ross, signator for KRRC, Reed’s student-run radio station will transition from terrestrial broadcasting to online-only because of lack of funds to maintain equipment and keep the station’s frequency, 97.9 FM. Two years ago, the station nearly lost its frequency to the interests of commercial station KNRQ-FM. Ross identified rising legal costs, day-to-day […]

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New Performing Arts Building Eagerly Anticipated

Despite financial concerns last semester, plans for erecting a new Performing Arts Building are proceeding. There have been few outward signs of progress on the building, which will bring together the Dance, Music and Theatre departments in one space for the first time, since the groundbreaking at Centennial Reunions this summer. The proposed site, the […]

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Long Lines, Weighed Salads, and Breakfast Cocina

“Last year, I only had twenty minutes to get from the physics building, to Commons, and then to the third floor of Elliot,” said junior Julia Fisk. “I was late sometimes, but I usually made it. I just feel bad for people who have to do that this year.” A new computer system at Commons […]

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Longtime Librarian Announces Retirement: Working at Reed Was “a Dream Job”

In an email to the Reed community last Tuesday, President Diver announced that Norman F. Carrigg College Librarian Vickie Hanawalt would retire after 25 years in August 2012. The college will select a search committee “in the near future” to find a successor. Hanawalt came to Reed in 1987 after working at the University of […]

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Performance Suggests Das Racist Might Not Be Joking

The visuals, an amalgam of movie and television clips and Tim and Eric-esque psychedelic imagery, were well-done; the group was enthusiastic and a master of their medium; the beats were pumping; and the crowd was totally into it. Das Racist pranced around the stage as a mob of students oscillated before them. But Kaul was, […]

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New Reactor Director Brings Dose of New Ideas

Equipped with scientific knowledge, enthusiasm, and an intriguing international arrest record, Melinda Krahenbuhl has arrived on campus as the new director of the Reed Research Reactor. During an exhaustive search last spring, which included flying in candidates from as far away as Austria, Krahenbuhl impressed operators with her candor and familiarity with various reactor research […]

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Being Old(e) at Reed

There’s a group of students that aren’t Olde Reed, but they sure are old for Reed. Nontraditionally aged students have existed at Reed for a long time, but for the first time in Reed’s history, the Multicultural Resource Center and the Student Activities office are joining together to offer specific programming for nontraditional students. Why […]

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Das Racist to Visit Reed: Rap Group Defies Easy Interpretation

On September 9th, the controversial art rap group Das Racist (DR) will perform in Kaul Auditorium at 8 P.M as the Multicultural Resource Center’s inaugural event of the year. This enigmatic group inspires questions like “what the hell is this song ‘Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell’– a commentary on American consumerism or a bad […]

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Greetings, Class of 2015!

Hello, freshmen.  Welcome to Reed! Congratulations on becoming part of our crazy and wonderful school.  Now gather round, and I will share with you some choice words of wisdom about Reed and the mystical process of “becoming a Reedie.” Your first question may be, “Who are those strange, pale, hunched, and cynical creatures who gave […]

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Diver Responds to Calls for Sexual Assault Policy Reform [Updated]

On Tuesday, President Colin Diver sent an open letter to the Reed community broadly outlining steps the college will take toward reforming its institutional approach to sexual assault. In the past semester, Reed’s sexual assault policy has been criticized for insufficiently addressing the needs of victims and inadequacy in its adjudication process.

The letter, distributed in the form of a campus-wide e-mail, comes in response to mounting pressure from various members of the Reed community advocating for reform of the college’s sexual assault policies. Specifically, the letter cites two petitions created by faculty and students calling for reform.

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Sexual Assault Debate Heats Up at Reed: Committee Expedites Recommendations in Light of Growing Unrest

Brody, students met in the SAO Tuesday to address student concerns. Photo by Katy Joseph.

Amidst growing pressure from internal and external sources, the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Assault (COSA) has chosen to expedite the submission of their findings regarding Reed’s procedure for the education, prevention, and adjudication of sexual assault. Initially scheduled for presentation by May 2 at 4 PM, members of the committee expressed a desire to […]

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Shira Tarrant Addresses Men, Feminism, Sexual Assault Debate

On Tuesday night, Shira Tarrant, a nationally distinguished expert on gender and sexual politics, spoke to a crowd of students and individuals from outside Reed in Vollum Lounge. The title of the discussion was Politics and Pleasure: Men, Feminism, and Social Change, though part of her lecture was devoted to giving suggestions on ways one can take an active role in stopping or prohibiting sexual assault and violence; the latter of which has become a controversial issue among students this past semester.

 

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Towards a More Perfect Union: Community Gathers for Reevaluation of the Honor Principle

A Reed Union on the state of the Honor Principle occurred Monday night before a crowd of over 400 students, faculty, staff and alumni, nearly filling Kaul Auditorium.

The Union, the first since 2007, was proposed by members of Honor Council to discuss the “state of the Honor Principle.” Reed Unions are described by the college as “moderated discussion featuring panels of experts in dialogue with members of the audience” and are intended to serve as a Reed-wide forum for addressing topics of importance to the community.

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Fulbright Scholarships and Reedies: Why You Should Apply

So what exactly does one do after graduating from Reed? That seems to be a question plaguing most rising juniors and underclassmen as each academic year comes to a close. Internships, jobs, grad school: all of these options, while exciting and promising for some, might not be exactly what you’re looking for. Maybe you’re looking for adventure; maybe you want to travel the world. Reed wants nothing more than for its students to pursue their dreams as far as they can, and that’s why the college is eager to expose eligible students to the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship—among other equally exciting fellowship and scholarship opportunities—this month.

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AOD Implementation Strains Bonds between Students, CSOs

Last week, four anonymous students—three of which were falsely rumored to have been evicted from their campus housing—voiced concerns about AOD policy and its implementation on campus to the Quest. Among their concerns was allegedly inappropriate behavior on behalf of patrolling CSOs, behavior that, according to them, goes against the letter and spirit of Reed College’s AOD policy. According to these sources, CSOs have been targeting specific groups of students who they suspect to be in violation of the AOD policy without any evidence of misbehavior. As well, they cite instances of being unaware of AOD violations that have been administered to them, and overall displeasure with the policy and its enforcement.

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Renn Fayre Theme Strikes the Motherlode

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“Do you know those guys?” a friend asks me as we cross campus for pre-party festivities at another friend’s apartment. We’re passing by a group of completely unfamiliar looking youngsters who look suspiciously underage – it looks like tonight’s festivities are about to be enjoyed by some of Cleveland High’s finest as well. But right […]

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Honor Council Reevaluates, Looks to Take Action

With support from senate, faculty, and administration, Honor Council has begun preparing for the first Reed Union since the 2007. The upcoming Reed Union, which is tentatively scheduled for late March or April, will be the third to focus on the vitality and viability of the Honor Principle. Honor Council hopes that the community-wide forum will encourage the entire campus to consider how the Honor Principle affects student life, and whether it, alongside the mediation group, should be altered to more properly suit the needs of the community.

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Common Inspires, Evangelizes

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“Greatness,” said Common from the podium in Kaul Auditorium on Wednesday evening, “is about finding your path and believing in it.” As part of their initiative to procure higher-profile performers, speakers, and events, Gray Fund invited rapper Common to give a lecture this week on his keys to success. Common, born Lonnie Rashied Lynn Jr., […]

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Arizona State Scrounges $6 Million in Uranium Fuel, Reed Reactor Benefits

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ASU’s Defunct Reactor Program Supplies Reed with Used Fuel

Last month, the Reed College Research Reactor received roughly 6 million dollars worth of new uranium fuel elements. “This is easily the most significant event in the history of the reactor since it first went critical in 1968,” said Stephen Frantz, Reactor Director.

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Blue Like Jazz Crew Shoots on Campus

The cast and crew of Blue Like Jazz arrived on campus last week to a bittersweet surprise: sun. Saturday was one of Portland’s rare breaks from the winter gloom, a perfect day of blue skies, near-warm weather, and vitamin D. For those of us back from winter break, it was a glorious (if deceptively optimistic) start to the semester. For director Steve Taylor, however, the bright skies came with a dose of irony — on its first day filming at Reed College, the crew of Blue Like Jazz had to make its own rain.

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Forthcoming Blue Like Jazz Movie to Paint Reed as Intellectual, Wild

Principle leads Penny (Claire Holt), Don (Marshall Allman) and director Steve Taylor prepare for a scene on the bike co-op set. Photo by Jimmy Abegg.

“Movie stories don’t live well in the middle of human experience,” he says as the camera pans over extras dressed as Renn Fayre participants, decked out in animal costumes and sparkly wigs. “When [the protagonist] goes away to [Reed] College, it’s not kind of a liberal college, it’s the most godless campus in America.” That’s […]

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Reed’s Namaste Kathmandu Seeks Volunteers

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Ten-year-old Asmita wanted to go to school, but her mother couldn’t afford to continue sending her.

At the local private school, tuition was free, but books and supplies were not. Asmita, a bright little girl with pigtails and a huge smile loved school more than anything else. She wore her uniform even on days off. At age nine, she had already read through half of her science book by teaching herself at home. Forced to drop out at age ten, Asmita came to my second grade classroom

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Four Loko Canned: College Students Everywhere May Start to Remember Their Saturday Nights

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Facing mounting pressure from the FDA, outspoken government representatives, and concerned citizens groups, makers of the popular malt beverage Four Loko announced on Tuesday that they will pull the caffeine from the convenience store staple. The current formula for each standard can contains 12% alcohol, 660 calories, and a caffeine, guarana, and taurine stimulant cocktail […]

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Prospie Profs Battle for Tenure-Track Positions

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Members of the political science department have just returned from a meeting that has lasted for hours and are arguing about dinner. Left with only beer and tortilla chips for an entire afternoon, they complain to each other about the lack of edible compensation on behalf of the department. “This is one of the problems […]

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Gray Fund Calls On Superstars

This year’s Harvest Ball was played by Reel Big Fish,  marking Gray Fund’s trend toward bigger name acts which includes proposals for appearances by The Decemberists, Modest Mouse or Neil Patrick Harris at next year’s Centennial Celebration. Photo by Heather Chan.

Reel Big Fish is just the beginning—Common, The Decemberists, Neil Patrick Harris, Modest Mouse are all proposed names for Gray Fund’s coming semesters. “Every year we try to bring in big names. Relative to the other years, this year, especially with the big music acts, is definitely more of a pop culture type of thing,” […]

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Conservative Bloggers Attack Reed Alumna, Congressional Candidate Suzan DelBene

During a particularly tight political race in Washington this fall, the media has pulled out all the stops in getting dirt on candidates. Unfortunately, multiple conservative bloggers have taken to criticizing Suzan DelBene – Reed trustee and alumna – by using her affiliation to the College as a means of attacking her candidacy. Running as a Democratic candidate for Washington’s eighth congressional district this year, DelBene’s ties to Reed have been the subject of much excoriation from the Republican community.

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Trustees Shoot Down Greywood Proposal

The plans to rebuild the Greywood building have been put on hold. The Board of Trustees, who met this weekend, decided that a new Performing Arts building remains a greater priority than the reconstruction of Greywood. President Diver sent out an email to the Student Body on Monday informing the community that the building of […]

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Greywood to Be Rebuilt, Unify Admin Offices

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The Greywood building, which now houses Career Services and Alumni Services, will be closed come Winter Break. The proposel, which is to be approved by the Board of Trustees at their October meeting, plans for the new building to house academic support services, the language lab, bike storage, and a staff lounge in the basement. […]

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Intro Bio Accomodates Extra Students

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Student enrollment in Introductory Biology has seen a dramatic increase, forcing a bit of reorganization on behalf of the Biology department. According to the Office of the Registrar, enrollment for BIO 101 (including lecture and lab component) has increased by 53 students for the 2010-11 school year, resulting in a total enrollment of 244. This […]

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An Experiment in Production: “Uncanny Valley” Collaboration Inspirational for Students, Company

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“I can see a light,” says the scout, stepping cautiously across the memory field in his white jumpsuit. He steps deeper into his memory, and three ghostly figures join him on stage. Then he’s gone. “We’ve lost his signal!” cries ground control, and the team leaps into action. This is the second phase of “Uncanny […]

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Bruce Smith Marks Position Change in Student Services and Multicultural Affairs

Bruce Smith joins Reed as the Assistant Dean for Inclusion, Engagement and Success.

This summer, Student Services announced that the newly created position of Assistant Dean of Student Services for Inclusion, Engagement, and Student Success had been filled by Bruce Smith. This position emerges as a result of changes made to Student Services, among them a restructuring of the department that did not include the Office of the […]

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Reed welcomes new Community Safety Director

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After over a year of vacancy, Gary Granger joined the Reed community in July as the new Director of Community Safety. Though not a Reedie himself, Granger already seems to have a handle on the rigorous, if not slightly silly, atmosphere here.

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