The Reed College Quest


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  • CAT Still Piloting Online Evaluation

    The basics of faculty evaluation At the end of the semester, evaluations will be going out as usual. To outline the basics, there will be three forms: Numerical evaluations (bubble sheets) which ask questions about the class with bubble answers; Feedback to professor forms (white sheets) which provide anonymous feedback directly to the professor; and […]

  • Senate Beat: Short and Sweet

    The Elections are Coming Reed’s student senate will have several openings next semester and this is your chance. Well, maybe not your chance, but somebody’s chance. Three senate seats, the positions of president and vice president, as well as the Quest Board are up for election. Petitions are due November 25 at midnight, so batten […]

  • Meth Masquerading as Molly

    Reed’s chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is maintaining its focus on harm reduction in the face of an apparent increase in drug misrepresentation this year, SSDP signator Logan Tibbetts explains to the Quest. The group acquired additional testing kits and supplements last year, and is now moving into a more active phase […]

  • Students Retort: Thou Shalt Not Prescribe Our Portion Sizes

    Last week, an insert appeared in Commons’ centerpieces with the intention of educating diners about “healthy” portion sizes. The insert features a photo of a portion of food next to a photo of a tennis ball, along with information regarding the increasing portion sizes in America and the importance of balance. The insert stirred controversy, […]

  • Reed/Lewis and Clark Forum Addresses Race, SU Dances, RKSK

    This Monday, Lewis and Clark’s student body hosted Reed students at a joint forum to discuss our past, present, and future relations. The topics of discussion at the forum included racism, campus cultures and policies, intercollegiate relationships, and consent and bystander intervention. An analog forum was scheduled on Reed’s campus for this Wednesday, but was […]

  • Students Get Paid for Learning to Code

    The internships for the Software Design Studio (SDS) program are coming to a close this semester, marking the one year anniversary of the program designed to teach Reed students how to code by guiding them through real projects in paid internships. The program comes at a time when there is significant progress in the establishment […]

  • Kroger Makes A Spooky Senate Appearance

    John Kroger, in the SU, with a Wrench   The spirit of Halloween was alive at last week’s Senate meeting (better late than never?). “Spooky Senate” decked out the SU with devilish decorations, including a spooky skeleton hanging from the ceiling, a piñata, and spooky guest John Kroger. Senate’s Annual Spooktacular set off with a […]

  • Review Committee Proposes Smoking Policy Changes

    Smoking Policy Changes The committee reviewing the effectiveness of the Smoking Policy reported their recommendations at last week’s Senate meeting. The original policy states that no smoking can occur within 10 feet of a building’s footprint, which includes overhangs and porches. It completely banned smoking on campus bridges and smoking between 7am–7pm on campus pathways. […]

  • New Dance Major Comes To Reed

    For many years, Reed students interested in focusing their academic attentions on dance have either had to do so on the side of their major or via another discipline, most commonly dance–theatre. Now the college has approved a standalone dance major that will provide students who are passionate about dance with an opportunity to ngage […]

  • KRRC Attempting to Expand Across Portland

    Reed’s campus radio station, KRRC, is currently attempting to expand beyond the college’s boundaries. The ultimate goal of this expansion is to transform the KRRC station from one that provides music for Reedies into one that provides music for a larger Portland audience.  Charlie Perez, the current manager of and signator for KRRC, refers to […]

  • Another Thief Takes the Bait

      The bait bike buzzed on Wednesday, October 21 as someone broke its lock and took the bike south of campus; it was stolen for the fifth time and recovered later that day. Community Safety Field Manager Nano Douglass woke up to a text from the bike’s GPS tracker just past 7 a.m. He saw […]

  • Renn Fayre Czars Discuss Safety, Institutional Memory, and Inclusivity

    Renn Fayre is a distant dream for most students, but for juniors Sierra Swann, Arlo Feldhaus, Alex Pan, and Hannah Graunke, it is very much a reality. As the newly appointed 2k16 Renn Fayre Czars, it is their job to plan, coordinate, and implement the three-day festival—no easy feat, but so far they’re happy to […]

  • Is 82nd too Lewd for Reed? 82nd meets 28th: Art Exhibition Brings Controversy to Reed

    As part of Intermediate Sculpture and Multimedia, a course taught by Visiting Assistant Professor Marc Ganzglass, six students recently transformed the Theater Annex, the overlooked space across from 28 West, into a microcosm of SE 82nd Avenue, a street known for its in-your-face advertisements, strip clubs, and drug deals. While sexualized images of women may […]

  • Renn Fayre Czars announced; Senate discusses Lewis & Clark interactions, adding taxidermy to SU

    VP Nick Fiore reached out to Lewis & Clark’s student body government about having a joint forum to discuss the events that transpired at Reed’s West Ball, where a L&C student (Guellord Ndagijimana) allegedly assaulted several Reed students and acted aggressively toward CSOs and police officers. Ndagijimana was arrested and had his student visa revoked; […]

  • Multnomah County Divests from Fossil Fuels. Reed should follow suit.

    On the morning of Thursday, September 24, as you sat there contently in commons, Jan [Mieszkowski] posted another existentialist joke on Twitter, [John] Kroger made himself a warm cup of coffee, and Multnomah County Board quietly voted to divest fully from fossil fuels. Later that non-eventful day, Portland City Council decided to withdraw from investments […]

  • Ndagijimana Deported

    Guellord Ndagijimana, the Lewis & Clark student arrested on September 26, was deported Wednesday night after serving seven days in jail. Ndagijimana is from Rwanda, according to his profile on Lewis & Clark’s website. As was reported in the October 2 edition of The Quest, Ndagijimana was pepper sprayed by CSOs and later tasered and […]

  • Mitchell S. Jackson’s Discussion on Survival and Literature

    Highly regarded author Mitchell S. Jackson gave unique lecture this past Tuesday, October 13 in Vollum Lecture Hall. Jackson reflected on his ability to apply rules of literature to his past experiences as a drug dealer attempting to escape a life of violence and crime. Jackson tackled wide-ranging topics such as the socio-economic struggles of […]

  • Liat Kastner on climate change, reusable cups, and being a friendly dictator

    As Student Sustainability Coordinator, senior Liat Kastner has taken advantage of her free reign to pursue sustainability projects that add up to an impressive resumé. If her responsibilities extended from Reed to the whole world, she says she would be somewhat of “a friendly dictator.” Kastner is an environmental and political science major currently working […]

  • Lewis & Clark Community Confused, Frustrated Over Response to Violence at West Ball

    In response to the incident at West Ball involving a Lewis & Clark student, Lewis & Clark community members discussed the lack of transparency, institutional action, and community discussion about sexual assault in the confused aftermath of the event on Friday, October 2. The discussion was held in response to the violence at West Ball […]

  • Senate Beat: Can you Codify Honor?

    “Sometimes honor doesn’t cut it,” student Molly Kimball said during last week’s Senate meeting. Given the events that transpired at the now infamous West Ball, students questioned the effectiveness of Reed’s Honor Principle and whether its purposeful openness encourages non-Reedies to take advantage. Reed students and staff members turned up in droves to last week’s […]

  • FAFSA Deadline Changes for Students in Need of Financial Aid

    This year, Federal Student Aid, an affiliation of the United States Board of Education, has changed the deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is a required form for students in need of financial aid, which takes into account variables such as family income and tax information. Starting in 2016, […]

  • Senate Beat: Hold onto your Butts

    Student Body President Ashlin Hatch was back to kick off the action in last Friday’s Senate Meeting. Vice President Nick Fiore announced Admission is looking to hire hosts to work during special events, “one-off events when we have lots of visitors.” “And you get paid for this,” Fiore said. “It’s not like a ‘volunteer out […]

  • Dish Replacement Budget Now Tied to Financial Aid Fund

    Under the directive of senior Kate Jentoft-Herr, what started as a fledgling idea of Greenboard’s has blossomed into Reed’s newest attempt to tackle its dish loss crisis. Inspired by a discussion in Greenboard last year on non-recyclable coffee cups in Commons, Kate met with Bon Appetit manager Debby Bridges to discuss sustainability. When Debby revealed […]

  • Lecturer Warns Against Dangers of Gendering Military Robots

    In her lecture on Monday, September 28, assistant teaching professor Heather Roff of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies argued that DARPA researchers are projecting human gender stereotypes onto humanoid robots through qualities such as voice tone and body shape, and that such gendering will have serious consequences for social norms and war tactics. […]

  • Film The Mask You Live In Engages Students in Discussion on Masculinity

    Covering topics such as the hardships and societal pressures of adolescence and gender roles, a brief discussion was held following the screening of the documentary The Mask You Live In in the PAB Wednesday, September 23. The event was hosted by the student group Reedies for Nonviolent Masculinity (RNM). Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newson as […]

  • Three Eastmoreland Sequoias Saved by Neighborhood Activists

    Shortly after the September 25 edition of the Quest went to press, the sequoia standoff just blocks from Reed’s campus was resolved diplomatically. After a week of community protests and tree-sits to prevent three giant sequoias from being felled by developer Everett Custom Homes, Everett CEO Vic Remmers and a neighborhood group called Save the […]

  • Students Stop Cycle Snatch

    Poli sci major Nicole Thompson ‘16 and psych major Sidney Buttrill ‘16 foiled a bike thief in the very act of velo-appropriation last Friday, September 25, leading to the arrest of the suspect and the recovery of the bicycle. Thompson was hurrying past the bike stands behind Eliot Hall on her way to the Public […]

  • Community Safety Examines Race and Gender in AOD Violations

    A report recently published by Community safety appears to point towards a discrepancy in the distribution of AOD violations across categories of race and gender. The report details the five-year history of violations of the alcohol and other drug (AOD) policy and includes information about types of violations, frequency, and demographics of students involved. “Our […]

  • Drunk Clarkie Arrested After Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Students, Violently Refusing to Leave Campus

    Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly spelt Guellord Ndagijimana’s first name as Guellard. This spelling was from our main source from the article, the reports from Community Safety. However, based on Guellord’s Facebook profile and booking on the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office website, this spelling was incorrect. In addition, a previous version of this article […]

  • The Orange Line Opens

    Portlanders have been “catching the Orange” in droves since Saturday, September 12. The newest Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light rail line opened with great fanfare and now connects parts of the city previously lacking rapid transit. The Orange Line stretches from Union Station downtown, across the newly-built Tilikum Crossing transit bridge, through inner Southeast and […]

  • Nü Reed Kills Cold Drinking Water, ODB Roof Access?

    For all ten of you who use the weight room, you may have noticed a new, less cold water fountain. Does Nü Reed not believe in ice cold water during workouts? Townsend Angell of Facilities Services explains that the fountain was changed primarily due to the demand for more bottle filling fountains. And, thanks to […]

  • Senate Beat: Aw Skeet Skeet, Mount Bustmore, and Other Totally Real Things

     In a short but sweet Senate meeting, a myriad of reports concerning various committees and subcommittees were presented. The Student Committee on Academic Policy and Planning (SCAPP) had their first meeting last Thursday, covering hot topics including a gender and ethnic studies program in Reed’s curriculum, revamping Hum 110’s curriculum, and reorganizing Reed’s Group C […]

  • Financial Reform Brings Square to the Paradox, Drives Bakers Away

    With the start of a new semester, the Paradox has undergone significant changes, including the newfound acceptance of credit cards as well as the indefinite hiatus of the student baking program. Although these adjustments might appear superficial, both changes stem from a deeper issue — the Paradox’s financial troubles over the past few years. As […]

  • Early Autumn Bike Thefts Down From Last Year

    Since the implementation of Community Safety’s bike bait program, the amount of bike thefts has dropped to less than half of what it was this time last year, and has lead to several arrests.  According to Director of Community Safety Gary Granger, the number of missing bike cases during the first two weeks of the […]

  • Griffin Guides May Change Advising at Reed

    During Orientation this year, 54 students received an email stating that they were to attend a Griffin Guides Advising 101 rather than the regular Advising 101 session. This alternative session introduced a peer academic mentoring pilot program, in which a returning student works with a new student and the new student’s faculty adviser to guide […]

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