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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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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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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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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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SCAPP Beat

  Last spring SCAPP (Student Committee on Academic Policy and Planning) sent a memo to CAPP concerning faculty office hours. It outlined concerns brought to SCAPP by students who expressed feelings of discomfort or anxiety associated with approaching faculty members to schedule meetings if they did not hold office hours. It also noted that students […]

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Senate Discusses New Search for Dean and Addresses Clarkie Encounters

This week, Senate primarily discussed the problematic presence of Lewis and Clark students at campus events. Announcements: Senate has chosen to give out stipends for summer experiences (e.g. internships) as the first student opportunity subsidy. You can read more about this in “rainingmoney.gif” elsewhere in this issue. Renn Fayre czar appointment applications are now open […]

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Senate Beat: 3 New Majors, Money, and a Place to Put Your Butts

This week, Senate released Top 40 results, made a final decision on student space allocations, and deliberated over student opportunity subsidies. In committee reports this week, Student Body President Danielle Jucal ‘15 stated that Senate is working on bringing cigarette butt receptacles back to campus, and relayed the Krogerian announcement of three new academic majors […]

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Reedies March in Solidarity With People’s Climate March

Greenboard members march in Downtown Portland in solidarity with People's Climate March in New York.

Sunday, September 21 was world history’s largest day of climate change action. 2,646 events took place in 156 countries. Activists in London, Taipei, Paris, Jakarta, Delhi, Bogota, Melbourne, Portland, and many more cities hosted marches and demonstrations to call for government action to curb carbon emissions, address climate change, in solidarity with the central march […]

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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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Annual Fund Upsets Some Alumni, Vocal Minority Says ‘Do Not Call’ Means ‘Do Not Call’

An effort by the Annual Fund to remove certain alumni from the Phonathon Do Not Call list if they did not request otherwise sparked a debate in the closed Reed community Facebook group last month. The Annual Fund sent postcards to those who had been on the list for ten or more years, a total […]

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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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HUMPLAY Cancelled: Vollum Infested with Bees

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Despite rumors of cancelation due to “problems with bees,” HUMPLAY will for sure happen this year! (Friday, April 18 in Vollum Lecture Hall at 7 p.m., with a pre-show open rehearsal the night before at 9 p.m. for those who want to avoid the large rowdy crowd.) Direktors Elaine Andersen, Emma Cytrynbaum, Taylor Pope, Mikela […]

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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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Paradox Loses Hundreds of Dollars to Thievery

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Thieves have stolen hundreds of dollars this semester from the cash register behind Paradox Manager Anna Baker (right) and employee Chloe Truong-Jones (left). An unidentified thief stole approximately 180 dollars from the Paradox’s Olde Shop on Monday night, leaving employees with an empty cash register the next morning. This theft comes on the heels of several […]

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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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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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Senate Beat: Animal Policy Passes; Student Body Endowment Reform

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Announcements The topic for the Reed Union to be held this semester will be “Questioning the Curriculum: Gender Studies and Ethnic and Race Studies at Reed.” The union will be chaired by professor Margot Minardi, and will begin with a panel consisting of professor Paul Currie and students Delali Ayivor and Anika Ledlow. As part […]

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A Cue for Reason

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Speaking now is a fascinated lover, yet honest critic, of the pool hall. I aim to show you how the pool hall is back in leather chaps with an attitude of kick-ass reform! Formal has held firm as a Reed institution these many years, but it has recently received some negative comments regarding the way […]

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Tessa Hull’s GCC Mural Replaced

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This spring break, the mural proposed last spring by student artist Santiago Leyba and later approved by the Art Collection Management Committee and the student Senate, was installed in the Gray Campus Center (replacing the large wall painting by Tessa Hulls). Tessa Hull’s work was painted in 2006 as part of her Studio Art thesis. […]

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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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Title IX Complaint Prompts KRRC to Erase Select Graffiti

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Student members of the KRRC spent the weekend painting over pieces of graffiti in the KRRC studio and record library in response to a Title IX complaint filed at the end of last semester. The complainant alleged that graffiti in the KRRC was misogynistic, sparking an investigation by the administration. An investigation led by Director […]

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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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Update: Senate Accepts CAC’s Last-Minute Smoking Policy Concessions

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Senate voted at its February 23 meeting to disapprove the CAC’s smoking policy draft and to approve its own version. Senate voted 6 to 3 today to approve a set of smoking policy concessions offered by the Community Affairs Committee in an emergency meeting that the CAC convened Wednesday afternoon, after Senate voted at its public […]

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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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Senate Attempts to Dodge Faculty Showdown in Smoking Policy Debate

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Senator Andrew Watson (center) speaks at the special February 14 Senate meeting on smoking policy in the Chapel. Senate made a subtle gamble to tip the legislative scales in its favor on Tuesday as it moved to amend the Community Affairs Committee’s most recent smoking policy draft to bring the proposal closer in line with […]

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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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Old Bones Return Home: Gary Snyder ’51 Accepts Award

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Despite the snowstorm, poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder ’51 drew a sizable crowd to his reading last Friday evening, where he accepted the Thomas Lamb Eliot Award for Lifetime Achievement. Snyder is one of the first three alumni to receive the award, along with ex-Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig ’65 and award-winning […]

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New Vice President Gets to Know Us

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Lorraine Arvin, Reed’s new vice president and treasurer, arrived at Reed four weeks ago. She comes during the last semester of Ed McFarlane’s 41-year term in the position, and will work alongside him for the remainder of spring. After McFarlane announced last year that he would be retiring, a search committee chose Arvin as his […]

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Startup or Journal? Student-Founded Table Talk Blurs Lines

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If Maya Frodeman ’15 and Ben Moe ’15 have the anxiety typical to first-time startup founders who have yet to find funding, they don’t show it. Posters for their startup-cum-journal, Table Talk, which seem to have appeared on every step and in every bathroom on campus in recent weeks, describe the venture as “Reed’s new […]

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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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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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“Go Forth and Suck” Says Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian

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Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian began his lecture last Friday night with D.J. Detweiler’s remix of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” the chorus of which is played alternately on recorders and air horns and is exactly as bizarre as it sounds. Its significance became apparent only after Ohanian outlined his lecture on the platform that net neutrality […]

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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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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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Reed Union Tackles Divestment

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Students protest the college’s investments in fossil fuels during Noize Parade on Dec. 2. For the second semester in a row, the Reed Union Committee hosted a community forum on sustainability at Reed. The union began with a short introduction from the Environmental Studies and Political Science Assistant Professor Chris Koski, who acted as moderator, […]

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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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Student Body Candidate Profiles

Elections Assembly will be held on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union. Voting will begin on Dec. 5 and 6.   CANDIDATE FOR STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT Danielle Juncal Greetings Reed Kollege Komrades! Word on the street is that this girl (Danielle Juncal ’15, English major, 4’11”, current SB Senator) is running for […]

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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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“Daemon” RAW Invokes Old and New Spirits

At first, no one inside Prexy could really make out what the digital, feminine voice was repeating. We turned to each other, mouthing different possibilities. Was it “diamond?” “Payment?” Those words couldn’t possibly make sense as the theme of Reed Arts Week, our celebration of creative experimentation and innovation. We all looked around, egg shells […]

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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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Spring Fayre is Renn Fall?

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Students ascended the dance floor last Saturday night, eager to experience the cathartic release that Daft Ball is known to provide. In the midst of the dance, the theme for this year’s Spring/Fall was announced: Ye Olde Reed Renn Fayre. “Olde Reed is a rebirth of an idealized vision of what Reed is,” Renn Fayre czar […]

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Ed McFarlane Reflects on Reed Experience

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Since 1973, Reed has seen the addition of several new buildings and residence halls, the passing through of whole generations of faculty, and a sustained commitment to a rigorous academic program. Vice President and Treasurer Ed McFarlane has witnessed it all; after over 41 years in his position at Reed, he will retire in June. […]

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Senate Beat: Revising the Dog Policy and New Appointments Bylaws

Senate passed new Appointments Committee bylaws at the Senate meeting last Friday, and Director of Community of Safety Gary Granger discussed his work on a revision of the campus Dog Policy.  Dog / Animal Policy Granger said that the current dog policy is outdated and has unrealistic expectations about enforcement. “It’s old. It requires me […]

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Reed Endowment Bigger than Ever

Reed’s endowment has just climbed to $500 million, a testament to the college’s enduring viability. In 2008 the endowment was at about $460 million, but Reed, like most of the world, was wracked by the recession. In 2009 the endowment bottomed out at $350 million, before climbing to the half-billion figure where it currently sits. […]

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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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Trustee Gives Investment Club $50,000

Investment Club came into existence just last spring, but it already has a $50,000 donation from trustee George James ’77 to work with. This student organization now has the opportunity to decide where to invest this money. “The club should raise awareness of and help students develop an understanding of the world of finance, which […]

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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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Big Buck Hunter Graces SU

The Canyon is Reed College’s crown jewel. We’re blessed with stewardship of a thriving ecosystem. But, despite having this sanctuary right here on campus, Reed grants its students no opportunities to recreationally kill any of the myriad creatures that make their homes in the Canyon. Not even Nutria. Partially filling this void, senior philosophy major […]

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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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Letter: Sustainability Committee Accepting Project Proposals

The Sustainability Committee is now accepting project proposals from environmentally minded members of the Reed community. Funding is available for initiatives designed to directly alter Reed’s resource consumption or waste output (i.e. garden projects, waste reduction schemes, infrastructure changes), or by helping foster a culture of sustainability at Reed (i.e. events, speakers, educational workshops). This […]

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Meet Your Renn Fayre Czars

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Second quarter has only just begun, but is it ever too early to be thinking about that Anthesteria at the end of the tunnel, the biggest party of the year? Certainly not for the people planning it. Juniors Marisa Barone, Lisa Frueh, Patrick Graham, and Jack Johnson are this year’s Renn Fayre Czars. Czar Johnson […]

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RKSK Welkomes New Komrades

Despite the recent Title IX komplaint, RKSK carried on with business, or kommunism, as usual. For those who missed the gaggle of naked Reedies hollering, “we have no name, we’re part of the kollective” akross kampus last Thursday, initiation was mayhem and spontaneous revelry that inkluded water balloons, flour, and what may have been lube. […]

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Reed Defines ADSAPR Position

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Last Thursday, the Honor Council and members of the working group of students, faculty, and staff met to talk about the priorities of the Assistant Dean of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. The position is currently vacant and community feedback was solicited to compose a formal job description in an open forum in the Student […]

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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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For Cheese’s Sake: Cheese 110

Out of a funding poll riddled with spoofs less humorous than infinite cheese puns (anyone else feta-p?) Edamerged what some would call the dairy best: the Cheese Club, Reed’s first official Gruyèthering of cheese-cherishing Munsters. Organized by Emily Curtis, Justin Fishman, and Harrison Martin, the club convened for the first time in Winch last Wednesday […]

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Commons Dishes Disappear at Uncommon Rate

Since the end of September every commons dish sitting abandoned in the rain or hidden in the cupboard of a Birchwood has been eating into Reed College’s precious funds. Every year Bon Appetit covers $6000 worth of Commons dish theft before they begin charging Reed for the missing and damaged dishes. This year Commons dishes […]

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Two Freshmen Win $5,000 in Lottery

The odds proved very profitable for two freshman in the start of this fall semester. Last month, Freshman Jack Lent and his friend (who would like to remain anonymous) won $5,000 from a single Scratch-It lottery ticket bought at the 7-Eleven on 28th and Steele. At midnight on Sept. 11, Lent and several others bought […]

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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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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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Strategic Planning Begins

This September marked the beginning of Strategic Planning, a year and a half-long process of assessing Reed and determining what the future should look like. Eleven working groups were formed from student, faculty, and staff volunteers, which will discuss various aspects of the college. In January, the working groups will create a mini report that […]

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KRRC Applies to Get Back on Air

The eclectic sounds of the KRRC may soon be returning to the airwaves with its very own FM radio station. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, “The Local Community Radio Act of 2010,” there is now FM radio space available for non-profits and educational institutions who apply and are approved. Senate has allotted Reed’s radio station $10,400 […]

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Bike Theft Saga

On Sept. 14, sophomore Ben Steele walked out of his off-campus house to find a small piece of a U-lock with a jagged edge; his bike had been stolen. “I had already lost one bike on campus as a freshman,” says Steele. “My friends had been teasing me about locking this one to a tree, […]

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Reed Partners with Switchboard

With a huge smile and a poofy skirt, junior Kaori Freda was a walking advertisement for Reed Switchboard (also known as the “Craigslist of Reed) at this September’s Activity Fair. Little red hearts drawn on curious students’ faces transformed the student body into the face of Switchboard. This week, the partnership between Reed and the […]

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Talking about Nüde Reed: Honor Council Forum

A multitude of individuals from all corners of the Reed community converged in Vollum Lounge last Thursday, Sept. 19, to engage in a discussion sponsored by Honor Council on Nudity, Tradition, and Title IX. This was the first time that the entire community has had an opportunity to ask their questions, voice their opinions, and […]

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Student Piano Silenced

The piano in the Student Union was broken. It was four thousand dollars. With motives born out of the love students have for each other, the student body government recently bought a new piano for our shared space. Students used the SU piano everyday and in tribute, the KRRC posed with it in loving remembrance. […]

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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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Shaffer’s Departure Leaves ADSAPR Position Under Review

Informed, unadulterated, hilarious, mentor, badass; these are all words students use to describe the former Assistant Dean of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Jyl Shaffer. Having left Reed for the University of Houston on Aug. 16 , Shaffer is now working to process Title IX sexual discrimination claims. Although she no longer walks around Reed’s […]

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Reed Welcomes Most International Class

This academic year, Reed College welcomed the largest group of international students ever into its community—making the Class of 2017 the most internationally and ethnically diverse class of students in the history of the college. This group includes 11 exchange students from three different nations, 39 students on visas from 24 different nations, and seven […]

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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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Thoughts About Thoughts: Convocation 2013

The class of 2017 gathered together as a group for the first time last week for Reed College’s annual Convocation address. President John Kroger opened by welcoming the new class and saying a few words about the value of a liberal arts education. He understood that spending four years devoted to intellectual pursuits was an […]

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Time Travel Expert Wins Vollum Award

This year’s Vollum Award winner, Kip Thorne, delivered a lecture on black holes, gravitational waves, wormholes, and other weird stuff. At the end of the talk, he introduced the black hole firewall paradox. My goal is to describe the paradox and why it matters. Half of the paradox depends on the first exact solution to […]

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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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Alternative Renn Fayres Give Students an Option

Renn Fayre is nearly upon us, and while this may cause many to vibrate with excitement, the chaos of Renn Fayre is not something that might appeal to every person on campus. In order to better accommodate these students, the Office for Institutional Diversity and Student Services is offering up a couple of options for […]

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Reed’s Acceptance Rate Rises: Admissions Seeks to Grow Applicant Pool

Admissions Office

On March 26 Reed College offered admission to 1,356 of the 2,887 applicants for the class of 2017. The acceptance rate of 47 percent marks the class of 2017 as the least selective class since 2004 and comes on the heels of what had been an unprecedented period of increasing selectivity for the college. From […]

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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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Blunts and Donuts

On April 20, at both 4:20 a.m. and p.m., for the third year in a row, Director of Community Safety Gary Granger provided “blunts” in the form of Voodoo donuts in the Student Union. Granger has been putting on the event since 2011 with the intention of engaging students about the Alcohol and Other Drugs […]

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First Biannual Bioinformatics Workshop Provides Insight Into a Booming Field

Bioinformatics

The first biannual bioinformatics and genomics workshop took place at Reed from April 13 to 14. A slate of specialists was invited to lead modules on a wide-array of key topics in whole genome analysis. More than two dozen undergraduates from Reed and Lewis and Clark College had the opportunity to study bioinformatic and genomic […]

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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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Bookworm Awarded $1,000

Reed’s First Annual Book Collecting Contest awarded $1000 to first place winner Mack Sullivan ‘13. Richard Aldersley ‘13 was awarded $500 for second place. Francois Paultre ’13 received $250 for third place. The six other students who entered all received honorable mentions. Book collecting made its way out of the depths of the library archives […]

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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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Women’s Soccer Gains Footing

Women's Soccer

    While many Reedies hold some pride in their un-athleticism, some desire the presence of physical activity in their lives. Sydney Scarlata is one of them. Having swam and played soccer all throughout high school, freshman Sydney Scarlata was “burnt out” from varsity sports, and saw Reed as a respite from the intense competition […]

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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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Improved Band Practice Room Fosters Resurgence of Reed Bands

Band practice room

Two years ago, the Band Practice Room was nearly defunct. Now, it and Reed bands are flourishing. There is a thriving band scene at Reed currently, bolstered in part by an improved Band Practice Room (BPR) and an upsurge in student club involvement. Two years ago the BPR was nearly defunct and twigs were occasionally […]

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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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Lena Lencek’s GEOCHROMES Shows in Vollum

Lena Lencek, Professor of Russian and Humanities, says that she’s been drawing and painting since she was born. Her first show was held in a gallery in Portland in the Early 80’s. Since then, she’s also illustrated a children’s book, and whenever she travels, her sketchbook is her travel diary. It’s always been something she’s […]

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Senate Beat: Quest Reform and the Sexual Misconduct Policy

Senate - Quest Reform

Senator David Azrael ’13 speaks during the April 12 Senate meeting. Quest Reform For the second time this month, Senate discussed the Quest board’s proposal for a new system in which editors are appointed rather than elected. The Quest board provided an updated draft of the proposed Quest bylaws, in which changes were made to […]

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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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Reedies Discuss Obligation, Sanctity, and External Pressure at Union

Autonomy Union

Three months after President Kroger canceled or altered three Paideia classes, Reed community members filled out the pews in the Chapel on Friday for the Reed Union entitled “Student Autonomy: Its Possibilities and its Limits.” President Kroger attended but only spoke up twice: once to explain that he could stay for the entire Union because […]

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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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Hum Play 2K13 Has Some Novel Concepts

Hum Play Direktors

The direktors tout that Hum Play this is year will be “dirtier, raunchier, and uncircumcised, as it should be.” The show will be in Vollum Lecture Hall on April 26th at 7 p.m. A sub-free show will be the day before at 9 p.m. There is a one-butt per seat policy so students will be […]

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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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New Community Safety Hires Measured for Kilts

Chris Linn

The new Assistant Director of Community Safety, Chris Linn. Community Safety recently hired a number of new part time and on-call CSOs. Director of Community Safety Gary Granger’s standard of excellence? “Whether or not they’ll wear a kilt to Renn Fayre.” On-call CSOs are on staff in order to cover the occasional vacant shift. Granger […]

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English Ivy Still Dominates Canyon

The Reed Canyon is suffering from an ivy infestation. Not long ago, “every tree in the Canyon used to have ivy to the top of it,” Zac Perry, head of the Canyon Restoration Project says. English ivy was allowed to propagate largely undisturbed for 80 to 100 years, and the Canyon became infested and required […]

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Minds For Revolution Reunites Psychology and Humanities

Minds for Revolution, a new organization started by Lina Shadrac ‘15 and Erica Meadow ’13, seeks to add a historical and social perspective to psychology at Reed. “Psychology has an incredibly problematic history as a discipline,” Meadow says. “Psychologists and psychiatrists have been involved in the performance of non-consensual lobotomies, the pathologization of gay people, […]

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Reed’s New Philosophy Society

On March 28, approximately 15 students—along with Philosophy Professor Troy Cross—gathered for the first meeting of Reed’s Philosophy Society. The intimate confines of Winch provided the perfect setting for the passionate intellectual conversation that lasted far longer than the presentation itself, and the first gathering of this new society took on the feeling of a […]

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Times Columnist Kristof Lectures on Empowering Women

Kristof

New York Times reporter and columnist Nicholas Kristof spoke to a packed Kaul Auditorium on Monday about his book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which he co-authored with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. Both the book and Monday’s lecture draw their title, said Kristof, from a Chinese saying: “Women hold up […]

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Eurydice Mixes the Tragic, the Comic, and the Shamelessly Greek

For many, Eurydice represents one of the greatest stories of a promise broken and a love unfulfilled ever told in literary history. Indeed, Orpheus’ looking back at his beloved Eurydice is a scene that still resonates with readers today for its tragic pathos, and for its graceful evocation of love, loss, and the ties that […]

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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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Vollum is a Laser Tag Hall Thrice Weekly

Campus is awash with murmurs of a Reed Fight Club, but there is already a way to engage your peers in combat. “What people don’t realize,” says Aaron McCray-Goldsmith ’14, “is that there’s a guy on campus who has 23 functional laser tag guns and wants to play all the time.” When he’s not playing […]

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Neuroscience Major Approaches Official Status

After a year and a half of planning a new neuroscience program at Reed, Initiative organizers Leah Cepko ’15, Psychology Professor Paul Currie believe the major will be official and in the course guide within the next few years. Also involved in the planning of the program is Biology Professor Suzy Renn. With 18 major […]

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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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$25,000 Watson Fellowship Winner Announced

Watson nominees

From left: Lillian Karabaic ’13, Maya Scherr-Willson ’13, Cole Perkinson ’13, and Lori Rodriguez ’13. What would you do if you had $25,000? Lori Rodriguez ’13, Maya Scherr-Willson ’13, Lillian Karabaic ’13, and Cole Perkinson ’13 each had elaborate plans, but ultimately, only one of them would get funding. Karabaic, Scherr-Willson, Rodriguez, and Perkinson were […]

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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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Committee on Paideia’s Future Begins Discussion

An ad hoc committee, created in response to this winter’s Paideia controversy, met this past Tuesday to discuss the purpose of the committee. Student Body President Ari Galper says, “Because he [Kroger] called for the creation of this committee, we should discuss what happened this past Paideia… I don’t think our job is to harp […]

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Reed Tackles Morality, Action, and Divestment at Union on Climate Change

Climate change union

Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies Joshua Howe speaks at Wednesday’s Reed Union. A smattering of students, faculty, and other Reed community members gathered in Vollum Lecture Hall on Wednesday for a Reed Union on climate change. Officially titled “Climate Change: Policy, Advocacy, Science,” the Reed Union hosted a panel of five speakers, […]

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Smoking Indoors Could Mean Pricey Penalty for Reed

Pool hall sign

The cigarette butts that dot Reed’s campus now carry a potential fine of $500 each. After two anonymous complaints were filed in November for smoking violations, a Multnomah County public health inspector visited campus on March 8. The enforcement officer will return unannounced between March 23 and April 22 to re-inspect. Reed will be fined […]

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Senate Blog: Paideia, Strategic Planning, and Triggering Events

The committee on triggering events met for the first time today, March 8, to discuss guidelines for student groups to follow before putting on events. According to Senator Nina Liss-Schultz, the goal of the committee is to provide students with information about the content of an event before it happens; rather than to censor content. […]

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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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Gender Studies Makes Steady Progress

A gender studies major may still be a distant possibility at Reed, but a group of faculty are working to ensure that the discipline still has a place at the college. Reed’s Gender Faculty Consortium, a group of professors interested in gender-related issues, has been busy building an intercollegiate association on gender studies and organizing […]

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Professors Brush up on Teaching Skills with Center for Teaching and Learning

A new series of teaching seminars for professors commenced last month with a workshop led by  Mariatte Denman, Ph.D, associate director for the Humanities at the Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning. These seminars are part of a larger effort to establish a Reed Center for Teaching and Learning after the college was awarded a […]

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Health Center Offers Acupuncture to Curb Cravings

The Health and Counseling Center is now offering acupuncture for students who want to address their cravings. The treatments aim to reduce a wide array of issues, from substance addictions to compulsive internet usage. No appointments are necessary for the acupuncture treatments, which are available at the Health and Counseling Center every Tuesday from 5-6 […]

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The True Dean, Nigel Nicholson

Nigel Nicholson

Nigel Nicholson will become Reed’s newest Dean of Faculty on June 1, 2013. Nicholson was one of three candidates subjected to round after round of interviews addressing their standpoints on academic mission, which policies to change, new majors, fund allocations, diversity, and all other topics relevant to the post. What stood out about Nicholson? Senator […]

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Administrators and SB Presidents Discuss New AOD Review Panel

AOD Q&A

Around thirty or forty students turned out Wednesday night for a discussion of last semester’s revisions to the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy. The discussion, hosted by Residence Life, featured dormitory Residence Directors, Director of Community Safety Gary Granger, Dean of Student Services Mike Brody, Student Body President Ari Galper, and former Student Body President […]

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Beavers Take Free Reign of Canyon

Beaver

While Reedies were busily studying for midterms, the beaver families living in Reed’s canyon have been quietly transforming the canyon’s east end back into the marsh that Reed Lake once was. Each night at dusk, around three beaver families migrate from their dens near the Amphitheatre to the east end of the Canyon to feed […]

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Humans of Reed Tumbls into Existence

A new Tumblr blog materialized this semester with the mission of cataloguing an eclectic community of individuals: Humans of Reed, run by freshman Eren Veziroglu and inspired by the Tumblr blog Humans of New York, features portraits of students, along with a unique bit of personal insight and their responses to, “Why Reed?” “Reed is […]

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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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Funding Poll Results

The results from this semester’s Funding Poll in infographic form.

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Seniors Let It Ride on a Spot in Their Bibliographies

Reading aloud from John Gray, Ph.D’s bestselling Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus in a friend’s common room one night after the library had closed, Johnny Flores ’13 joked about the potential relevance of the work to his thesis on the linguistic construction of ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ identities for homosexual men. Gray, who […]

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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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Reed Emissions Replaces Reed Releases

Reedies were met with a surprise on February 4: Reed Releases reincarnated under the name Reed Emissions. The Facebook profile and Tumblr blog that helps Reedies make anonymous posts of romance, anger, and regret (among other things) was initially shut down on Facebook for violating its Terms and Conditions, possibly because it created a “false […]

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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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Lacking Time, But Seeking Love, Reedies Speed Date

Speed Dating

This article is also available as an online radio story. Whether on the hunt for a Valentine’s Day date or just looking to meet new people, dozens of Reedies filed into the Student Union on Saturday afternoon for Reed’s first speed dating event. Students attempted to make small talk, get to know each other, and […]

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Juniors’ Genebot Startup Wins $2,500 Prize

LaBean and Stephens

Connor LaBean ’14, right, and Ben Stephens ’14, left.  Last year, Connor LaBean ’14 excitedly approached his good friend, Ben Stephens ‘14, about an idea he had: a biotech automation robot or “genebot” that could do about anything involving liquid transfer, thus saving eons on time-consuming experiments involving genetic replication that are usually done manually. […]

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Hippie Turns Half-Baked Idea into Americone Dream

Ben and Jerry's Gray Fund

Vollum Lecture Hall swarmed with Reedies Thursday night to hear Jerry Greenfield speak about the often forgotten, socially responsible aspect of business. Some came to enlighten their minds with Jerry’s wisdom, while others came with grumbling stomachs and hopes of free ice cream. This Gray Fund sponsored event granted their wishes, as an ice cream […]

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Kroger, Reedies Discuss Paideia Censorship at Community Forum

Kroger forum 2

Students, faculty, and alumni filled the SU at 4 PM on Friday to discuss the controversy surrounding President John Kroger’s recent cancellation of two Paideia classes and censoring of a third over content relating to drugs and alcohol. Over a hundred Reed community members gather to hear Kroger speak, ask him questions, and express their […]

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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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Goodbye Commons Runs. Hello DeliveReed.

Have you ever craved a tasty Commons dinner but lacked the will-power leave the comfort of your dorm room? As of Monday, February 4, DeliveReed is helping to solve this problem for Reedies all over campus. Now, Commons and Bookstore treats are just a few keystrokes away: fill out an online order form with your […]

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An Interview with the Brand-Spanking New Student Body President

ari galper homer's

Once one enters Ari Galper’s room on Bragdon 2, the floor where he is currently HA, it becomes immediately obvious how he was elected student body president. The room is spotless, everything in its place without a hint of excess, full of calming colors and dried flowers. Now that the scene has been set, here’s what he had to say about his new responsibilities.

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Glass, Silicone, and 11 Inches of Stainless Steel

tape and scissors

Reedies gathered around a table piled high with sex toys, many of them of unclear purpose, in Eliot Hall last Tuesday. The Joys of (Sex) Toys, hosted by ADSAPR Jyl Shaffer and Student Educators Taylor Bailey and Gabriele Slaughter, aimed to educate curious members of the Reed community on the history, types, and uses of […]

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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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Portland Opera Presents an Untamed Tosca

Tosca plays at Keller Auditorium on Saturday, February 9th at 7:30 pm. Student rush tickets are available 1 hour before the show for $10 with ID. When Tosca begins, the audience joins an adventure. The curtain goes up without an overture and a cathedral towers over an escaped convict, the former consul of Rome. A […]

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Radio Journalism, Seed Money Attract Students to Working Weekend

Hundreds of students took the chance last Saturday to attend an event they had been receiving emails about for weeks on end: Working Weekend, a program put on by Career Services, the alumni committee Life Beyond Reed, and Alumni & Parent Relations (APR), to provide current students with insight and connections from Reed alumni in […]

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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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Flags to Display Prayers: Buddhists will not be offended

Students walking along the pathway between the Gray Campus Center and the Canyon this week will pass flags with prayers for everything from “Need Blind Admissions,” to “Commons George Appreciation Day. The flags are part of a project by SEEDS, the Multicultural Resource Center, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, International Student Services, Residence Life, and […]

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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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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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Pool Hall Smokers Respond to Crackdown

The nonchalant student playing pool with a cigarette in hand is under threat of becoming an icon of the good olde days. Although Community Safety’s policy has always been that smoking is not allowed indoors—pool hall included—this year, CSO’s have begun to crack down on it. “A lot of people cling to a romantic or […]

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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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Meet Your Renn Fayre Czars

Johannes Harkins, Alma Siulagi, Peter McTigue, and Kriya Krisnabai-Gitanjal are all excited, seemingly undaunted by the huge, yet enviable, task that faces them – in five month’s time, they’ll be putting on Reed’s Biggest Party of the Year. They are this year’s Renn Fayre Czars. While the job is undoubtedly huge, they seem to be […]

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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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Comedian Under Fire for “misogynistic, racist, and homophobic” Comments

Sal Rodriguez

Controversy roiled Saturday at a stand-up comedy show in the Student Union. During the set of comedian Sal Rodriguez, a student took the stage and grabbed the microphone from Rodriguez to criticize him for what she called his “blatantly misogynistic, racist, and homophobic” performance.

Debate has continued since the event, with a discussion and support group hosted by the Feminist Student Union on Monday, and discussion of a possible honor case against Rodriguez. Rodriguez, for his part, said via email, “I apologize for nothing.”

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CEP Captures Ecologically Damaging Canyon Kittens

Canyon Kittens

Students have eagerly adopted the numerous cats that live in the Canyon as a part of Reed lore, dubbing them “Canyon kittens,” but whether they’re a feline blessing or a grimalkin curse depends on who you ask. Canyon Specialist Zac Perry says that cats pose a threat to the health of the Canyon ecosystem. According […]

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Curbside Composting Comes to Reed

As part of an increased effort to move the campus towards more sustainable policies, Reed will begin to participate in the city’s public composting program. The curbside service will only apply to residents of the Birchwoods, Reed College Apartments, Garden and Farm Houses, and select Language Houses. Senator Marie Perez, whose Economics thesis investigates Portland’s […]

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Students and Administration Talk Graffiti

The issue of graffiti has captivated and frustrated members of the student body for the past two months. To address simmering tensions between students and the administration, Honor Council held an open forum on the place of graffiti on campus Wednesday afternoon. “The issue of graffiti has received a lot of attention recently,” said Alberta […]

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Commons Theft Ramps up at Semester’s End

Commons Line

Every day, approximately $100-200 of food is stolen from Commons. This is a recurring problem, and at the end of the semester, theft tends to be especially prevalent. One likely contributing factor is that students run out of board points, according to Vanessa van Staden, operations manager of Bon Appétit at Reed. “If the chef […]

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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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Philip Metres Sings Abu Ghraib an Aria

When I first met Philip Metres, I was surprised by the ease with which he spoke of Abu Ghraib Arias, his heart-wrenching book of poems and winner of this year’s Arab American Book award for poetry. In the hours I spent listening to his experiences writing the book, however, I realized that this ease sprung […]

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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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Mongol Invasion Victory in the SU

“INVASION” read the signs hung all about campus the week before Friday, November 9. At 7 PM that evening, about a hundred students gathered in the SU to celebrate Mongol customs, courtesy of a combined effort from the Chinese and Russian houses. In the first hour alone, the attendees ate an entire roast pig, hung […]

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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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Housing Justice Movement Sees Dedicated Local Support

Reedies, high school students, and other citizens of Portland were recently pepper-sprayed in two different protests addressing flaws in the US economic system. The students asked not to be named, due to potential legal action from the law enforcement. According to the press releases from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, in both instances the police […]

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Women’s Basketball Wins, in Spirit

The first women’s basketball game in recent memory was held last Friday, Nov. 2, in the gym. As the game against Pacific University was merely a scrimmage, official score could not be kept. However, Reed scored 4 points to Pacific’s 49 in the first half, and 9 to Pacific’s 51 in the second half. According […]

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PDX Opera Presents Magnificent Don Giovanni

Looking at the barren, monochrome stage or reading a plot synopsis detailing a slew of thoughtless sexual conquest won’t make Don Giovanni look like a rich production. Going to the Portland Opera’s production this weekend will change anyone’s mind. The superficial simplicity gives the show a special power. At any given moment the morality, genre, […]

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Students Celebrate Four More Years of Obama

John Iselin Election

Students camped out in Vollum Lounge on Tuesday night to watch the election unfold. It did not take long, however, for the outcome of the presidential election to be decided. At approximately 8:15 p.m. PST, the room erupted into applause. After winning Ohio, President Barack Obama won the presidency with 274 electoral votes; Romney had […]

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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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Is Secularism an Obstacle in the Search for Truth?

Mary Poplin

Reed wears its atheism proudly, and, according to Reed’s own surveys of its incoming classes, has one of the most secular student bodies in the nation. “Radical secularism in our modern western culture is bankrupting the university,” said Mary Poplin, a professor of education at Claremont Graduate School. She went on to explain that the […]

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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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Residence Life Refuses Chicken Coop Proposal

Student efforts to add a chicken coop to the student garden adjacent to the Farm Co-op were shut down by Residence Life and Facilities Services. In their proposal to Residence Life, students who use the garden asked permission to purchase four adult hens and house them beside the student garden. Students intended the effort to […]

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Undocumented Journalist Tells Reed His Story

Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer-winning journalist and immigrant rights advocate, spoke in Kaul Auditorium on Oct. 24, sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center. Vargas, who lived in the United States for almost 20 years as an undocumented immigrant, revealed his status in a controversial essay in The New York Times Magazine last year. Vargas last came […]

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Students Clash with Meghan McCain

Meghan McCain

Tensions rose at a Gray Fund event in Vollum Lecture Hall during questions between students and columnist, author, and blogger Meghan McCain. McCain, who writes for The Daily Beast and appears as a contributor on MSNBC, and is the daughter of Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, spoke at Reed Tuesday night promoting America, You Sexy Bitch: […]

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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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Psychedelic Sounds Fire Up SU

Zaireeka

Students listen to The Flaming Lips’ Zaireeka in the Student Union. Things got loud this weekend when two of indie rock’s biggest and most-loved bands descended upon the Student Union—in recording, that is. First, on Friday night, students had the opportunity to dance themselves clean at This Is Happening, a dance to LCD Soundsystem’s last […]

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Trustee John Gray Passes Away at 93

John Gray, Reed trustee and husband of the late Betty Gray, with whom he founded the Gray Fund, passed away on October 18. He was 93 years old when he died of cancer. Gray, a renowned Portland developer, sat on the Board of Trustees from 1961 to 2006, serving as chairman from 1967 to 1982. […]

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Roof Climbers Cost Reed $10,000

ODB Roof

In 1895 Cambridge student Geoffrey Winthrop Young published The Roof Climber’s Guide to Trinity, inadvertently inventing the sport of stegophily. Unknowingly following in his footsteps, students have been climbing on the rooftops of Reed buildings for years. Recently, Community Safety reports of stegophily have increased and roof climbers have done thousands of dollars in damage. […]

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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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The Rocky Horror No Picture Show

A chorus of “START THE FUCKING MOVIE” signaled the start of each showing of The Rocky Horror No Picture Show last weekend. The production, which defined itself as “a different kind of thesis,” ran from October 4-6 at the Black Box Theatre on campus. Thesis candidate Tristan Nieto directed the Rocky Horror No Picture Show […]

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“Truth to Power” Graffito Fake; Administration Reconsidering Graffiti Policy

Alleged Kara Walker Graffiti

A piece of graffiti in the Gray Campus Center that claims to have been made by controversial artist Kara Walker is a forgery.

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Reed Senior Runs 27 Hours, Breaks Record

Ethan Linck

Ethan Linck ’13, a Biology major, joined an elite group of record holding distance runners when he ran the 93-mile Wonderland Trail on Sept. 28. Linck completed the course in 27 hours, 19 minutes, 19 seconds, besting the previous record of 28 hours, 50 minutes. The run was Linck’s second attempt at the Wonderland Trail, […]

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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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A Bright Day for the Canyon

Canyon Day Fall 2012

The sound of English Ivy being ripped from the ground mingled with jovial conversation in the north corner of the canyon on Saturday, October 6th. The discarded weeds fell into piles along with the nightshade, Himalayan blackberries, and other undesirables as the forces of good united for Fall Canyon Day. Around thirty students, faculty, staff, and […]

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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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Smoking Haven No Longer

Pool Hall Smoking

As smoking on campus has risen to prominence in campus dialogue, a first action has been taken in the pool hall. Smoking will no longer be allowed in the pool hall during tournaments, announced pool hall manager Wren Kominos-Marvell during the tournament the night of Thursday Sept. 27. CSOs will also be increasing their monitoring […]

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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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Brommunity Safety: CSBros

Just who is Brommunity Safety, and what do they want? Surrounded by hotdogs and rootbeer supplied by members of the group, Director of Community Safety Gary Granger says one thing is certain: “They’re not mocking us.” Brommunity Safety is made up of “fans of community safety that want to help with community safety events,” says […]

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Ezra Klein Knocks Congress

Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein thinks a lot of things are terrible, foremost among which might be the United States Congress. He started his presentation last Friday with a graph that showed just where the approval rating of Congress – which is currently at about 9% – relation to many other events and institutions, like Nixon during Watergate, […]

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Linguist Traces Development of Spanish

The Spanish House’s common room provided a comfortable setting for Eva Núñez Méndez and her modest audience of Spanish aficionados–curious passersby from the exotic halls of Sequoia, ceseantes and seseantes from vibrant Buenos Aires, and your reportero from The Quest. Méndez, an associate professor of Spanish at Portland State University who earned a Ph.D. in […]

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Remembering Reed’s Presidents’ Areté

Muriel Wyatt started Reed College as a freshman in 1943. Her mother attended Reed under William Foster, Reed’s very first president, but dropped out during World War One to get married and attend secretarial school. When Wyatt’s mother moved to Corvallis, Oregon, with her husband and her growing family, President Foster made the trip down […]

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Judicial Board 2011-2012 Case Summaries

The Judicial Board is required by the J-Board Bylaws to send “a summary report, not violating confidentiality,” of the previous semester’s cases to The Quest. These are the belated case summaries from last fall and the summaries from last spring. —Editor Fall 2011  The Judicial Board adjudicated a complaint brought by a student against another […]

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Sustainability Committee Sits on $13,000

Though Reed’s Sustainability Committee has $13,000 in reserve, it does not have any plans to spend it. The committee, founded in the spring of 2009, has been “a dead horse” for much of its life, says Senator Marie Perez ’12, Senate liaison to the committee. The Sustainability Committee has not yet met this year, and […]

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“The Ultimate Prospie”

John Kroger Inauguration

President John Kroger was inaugurated with special gifts, a poetry reading, and many speeches last Friday, Sept. 21. He will be the fifteenth president of Reed College succeeding Colin Diver. The ceremony had a budget of $200,000, says treasurer Ed McFarlane, who estimates that it was slightly under budget. This included a fireworks show with […]

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Gray Squirrel Lives the Life of the Mind

Squirrel

A young and injured gray squirrel was thrust through a KRRC window by a man claiming to have ties to Reed on Monday, Sept. 19. Freshman David Satten-Lopez was told that, in exchange for caring for the squirrel, he would receive a free tattoo. For over two days, the squirrel attended class, studied on the […]

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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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Alumni Map Reed’s Future

Unbeknownst to students, the alumni flooding campus last weekend were here not only to celebrate President Kroger’s inauguration, but to plot the future of the college as a whole. The Reed Leadership Summit, previously known as Volunteer Weekend, met Friday and Saturday. President of the Alumni Board Chantal Sudbrack ‘97 says it was bigger than […]

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Admissions Office Codifies Dress Code

Admission Dress Code Guide

An excerpt of the new Admissions Office Student Dress Code guide, “Wear This, Not That.” This year, the interns of the Admissions Office received a photograph of Ryan Gosling wearing a ripped Thrasher t-shirt and were told to not follow his example. These instructions came as a part of new booklets entitled “Wear This, Not […]

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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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ODB Fumigates for Bed Bugs

Whilst studying Ancient Egypt in Hum 110 last week, some freshman residents of Old Dorm Block might have felt a little closer to the study material than they cared for. One of the ten biblical plagues, that of lice and nits, descended onto Kerr in the terrifying form of the common bedbug. Rooms had to […]

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Insects Invade Dorms

On-campus residences are dealing with a new nuisance. Living halls like Canyon House, Aspen, Sitka, ODB, and the Birchwood Apartments have had encounters with ants, bed bugs, and silverfish. Wasp’s nests have been found on dorms across campus. “I’m not bothered by [them]. I’m bothered by the fact that they are there,” says Paloma Martinez-Miranda […]

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Senate Beat: Share No More

Senate Meeting

Either Reedies are getting better at sharing, or they’ve lost respect for the law. There have been five complaints from music distribution companies so far this year over students illegally sharing files, according to Tony Palomino, director of Reed’s Computer User Services. By this time last year, there was only one. “This year is lookin’ […]

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Hate Speech Cause of GCC Bathroom Erasure

GCC Graffiti

A sample of graffiti from the GCC bathroom prior to its erasure.Fifteen years’ worth of graffiti are gone from a downstairs bathroom in the GCC. The formerly colorful walls of the gender-neutral room, formerly a women’s restroom before changes last spring, were covered in blank white paint over the summer. “These restrooms were covered with […]

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Groups Lose Votes in Funding Poll, Signators Likely at Fault

Some student groups may have missed the chance to receive votes. An unknown number of groups were not included in funding poll for the poll’s first few days, due to confusion on the part of signators as to how to register their groups for the poll.

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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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Reed Teams Toughen Up

Reed Women's Rugby

What words come to mind when you think of sports at Reed? Recreational? Intramural? Mandatory? Some sports groups on campus are adding the word “competitive” to this list. Last year, “The Reed College Berserk,” Reed’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, placed 9th at the USA Ultimate Division III National Championships. Ultimate Frisbee Coach Shane Rubenfeld says, “[the […]

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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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Zumba Classes to Return Next Quarter

Zumba, one of Reed’s most popular physical education classes of the last few years, was cancelled two weeks before the start of the fall semester.

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Thieves Go High Tech in Bike Arms Race

Cross Canyon Bikes

Reed College has a bike theft problem. In the 2011/2012 academic year the campus suffered 55 bike thefts, a 77% increase from the 31 bike thefts in the 2010/2011 academic year. The problem is not one that will likely go away. Director of Community Safety Gary Granger believes that bike thieves began using battery powered […]

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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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Top 40 Results – Fall 2012

Top 40 results from Funding Poll.

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John Kroger: Leading from Within

kroger paradox

“Have you read Foucault?” asks John Kroger. Reed College’s new President is explaining his reluctance to have an interview recorded on digital audio file. The idea reminds him of “Discipline and Punish,” the French philosopher’s treatment of the modern penal system. But then he gives himself a second guess: “Is that irrational?” Kroger, who most […]

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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 Class of 2016 Rises

class of 2016

“Four of you have worked as professional ballet dancers (three women and one man). One of you has acted in movies with Jessica Lange, John Malkovich, and Chloë Sevigny…You gave tours of a historic home in full Victorian costume…We also have an entering Reedie with the first name Reed, and for mythological completeness, freshmen named […]

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Colin Diver: Champion of the Honor Principle?

Former president of Reed College Colin Diver championed the Honor Principle in a letter to The Boston Globe on Wednesday in response to a recent cheating scandal at Harvard University. “Recent allegations of widespread cheating in a course at Harvard have provoked much hand-wringing among Harvard professors and administrators,” Diver says. “Their diagnoses and prescriptions […]

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Students Dunk Kroger at Activities Fair

John Kroger sat awaiting his fate as students tried their aim at the target that would plunge the new president into the water below. It wasn’t long before they succeeded.

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Senate Beat: A New Hope

There is a shadowy body that regulates your Student Body funds, appointments, and general goings-on. What is this mysterious group? It’s the Reed College Student Body Senate. Coverage of their first meeting this year can be found in approximately exactly five paragraphs.

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Science Outreach Program Branches Out

Kaplan Lab Slider

Since its inception in 1995, Reed’s Science Outreach program has facilitated Reedie-taught biology lessons in Title I elementary schools.  This year, the program is making a significant change: It is introducing chemistry to its curriculum. “This is the first year we are officially merging the sciences together,” explained Cole Perkinson ’13. Perkinson, a Science Outreach […]

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Cooley Gallery to Show Controversial Artist

It isn’t uncommon to look at a work of art and wonder “is this supposed to be a penis?” but in Kara Walker’s cut-outs, the question may be justified. On September 4th, her exhibit More and Less opens in Reed’s Cooley Gallery. It will feature a new film in her signature style of silhouette puppetry, […]

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New Theme Dorms Give Chittick an Annex

Chittick Fort

On the morning of September 27th, residents of Chittick awoke to find a wing of their dorm amputated. The missing wing was a recent addition students of the new Art and Circus theme dorms had built in celebration of the new school year. For three days before the beginning of class, a small fort was […]

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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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Canyon Escapes Near Brush with Fire Unscathed

While much of Oregon faced the state’s worst wildfires in more than a century, the Canyon had a near brush with a blaze of its own. Two “unknown individuals” detonated a firecracker near the land bridge during the Weapons of Mass Distraction fire show on August 22, according to Director of Community Safety Gary Granger. […]

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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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Blue Like Jazz Sees Reed Through a Glass, Darkly

"Renn Fayre"

Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz and one screenwriter of the book’s film adaptation, confessed at the Reed premiere last Wednesday that he wouldn’t have been surprised if seventy percent of the audience had walked out. Steve Taylor, the film’s director; Miller; and the three actors present admitted to being nervous. While the only […]

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Reedies: The Fulbright Program Awaits You!

By Thomas Burns ‘98 I am often struck by how well-suited Reedies are for the US Fulbright Program, and surprised more students and alumni don’t apply. A Fulbright Scholarship is an opportunity to design a nine-month overseas project or course of study that you are passionate about in the country of your choice. Fulbright provides […]

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Senate Beat: Honor Class and Renn Fayre Funding

At the start of this week’s Senate meeting, it seemed like the meeting would result in nothing more than a droll presentation of student bureaucracy. This Quest reporter was privileged to be one of four students watching the Senators at work (this is not counting the burner who quickly scurried off as the gavel struck […]

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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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Student Body Wage Changes

Student body position wage changes made on Thursday, April 12. Position Current Per Sem. Current Per Month (per member) Proposed Per Sem. Proposed Per Month (per member) JBoarda 5500 137.5 5500 137.5 Appeals Board Student 0 0 100 25 JBoard co-chair 2000 250 2000 250 JBoard secretary 720 60 1440 120 Presidentb 1425 285 1425 […]

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President Diver Reflects on His Decade at Reed

President Diver

How is President Colin Diver feeling now that his final semester at Reed is coming to an end? “Mixed emotions,” he says. It “almost depends on which hour or which minute you ask the question.”  On one hand, he is sometimes “very nostalgic and sad . . . I’m going to miss the people here, […]

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Senate Receives Wage Recommendations

The Student Body Wage Review Board presented its recommendations to Senate on Thursday, April 5. The set of recommendations is “moderate” according to Senator Shabab Mirza, who worked on the SBWRB before being elected to Senate, since it would only cost the student body $1,741 per semester. Many positions would receive a raise under the […]

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Portland & Native American Voices: Dark Past, Bright Future

Bursting colors, dancing feet and beautiful Native American song filled the Chapel on March 28, as part of the 2012 Vine Deloria Jr. Lecture Series. Representing the Multnomah County Native American community, traditionally garbed young children, and other members of the Native American Youth and Family Center of Portland (NAYA), celebrated the dances they perform […]

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Quest, Senate Debate Quest Reform

Current and former Quest editors brought forth a proposal for Quest reform to last Thursday’s Senate meeting. The proposal, brought forward by Senator Shabab Mirza, would replace the system of electing editors in place since 1921 with one in which outgoing editors will appoint their replacements. The Quest Board argues that elections are an arbitrary […]

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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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The Reedies for Somalia End of the Year Event

At the beginning of this year, a group of freshman sat together on the grass in front of Commons trying to figure out what they could do to help alleviate the hunger crisis in Somalia. They became Reedies for Somalia. Since then, a lot has happened. Reedies for Somalia has raised awareness of the situation […]

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Student Presidential Finalists Interviewers

The Quest sent questions to the students chosen to interview presidential candidates. Of the fifteen students that were picked, seven sent responses. Molly Case ’12 Major and Hometown: Economics major from Sudbury, Massachusetts. Why you volunteered for the lottery: I think that the Presidential position is one of enormous importance and influence at Reed, and […]

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Stalk up on some Tarkovsky

by Lyle Daniel, Max Carpenter and Sammie Massey Three films of Andrei Tarkovsky’s sparse but numinous repertoire will be shown by the Russian House over the coming week in celebration of the monumental director’s 80th birthday. One of these showings, The Mirror, already passed, on Tarkovsky’s true birthday April 4, but there are two other […]

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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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History Gets a Slap on the Buttocks: Reed Theatre Does the Plague

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“It’s a beautiful play about people in an extreme situation,” says Assitant Professor Kate Bredeson, director of One Flea Spare, written by contemporary playwright Naomi Wallace. One grasps the gravity of the situation by the second scene, in which thesis candidate Kenji Yoshikawa, playing the character of Bunce, urinates in a porcelain vase to preserve […]

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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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Hum Play: The Fanfiction of Ancient Greece and Rome

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“Hum Play is nothing but a cocaine dream,” joked Hum Play Direktor Gabbie Slaughter ’14 in one of many misleading comments about this year’s Hum Play. The play, which shows on April 13, is difficult to put into words. “[Professor] Wally Englert called it ‘Aristophanic,’” said Dean “Dad” Schmeltz ’14, another of this year’s direktors. […]

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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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Senate Moves Against Bottled Water

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Senate ratified Greenboard’s “Take Back the Tap” resolution to “effectively ban the sale of bottled water on campus” during its March 15 Senate Meeting. Greenboard said it received one hundred forty-six signatures in support of the resolution and encountered only one staunch opponent of the measure. However, the resolution only “strongly discourage[s] the use of […]

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Multilcultural Resource Center Announces Racial Profiling Listening Project

By Andrew Barney and Sita Goetschius, MRC Interns After the recent student arrests, a question was posed at the following Senate meeting about racial profiling by Community Safety. To continue the discussion, the Multicultural Resource Center hosted a Tuesday Talk on Racial Profiling at Reed and Beyond attended by students, staff, and administrators. We found […]

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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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National Book Award Poet Unites Humanity

Thursday evening before Spring Break, Nikky Finney visited the Chapel to read her poetry for the Visiting Writer Series. Finney, the Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Kentucky, has written four books of poetry and a short story cycle. Her most recent book, Head Off & Split, published in 2011, earned […]

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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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Exactly Five Minutes With Math Professor Joe Roberts (a.k.a. Joe Bob)

Q: When did you start working at Reed? JR: 1952. Q: You teach Number Theory and Analysis, right? JR: Well, I guess we trade everything around except for Computer Science and Statistics. Over the years most of us teach everything except those two subjects. Q: And how did you get started at Reed? JR: The […]

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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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“Border safety” Project Provokes Controversy

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A blue VW golf pulls up to the unexpected orange barrier in Reed’s east parking lot. It’s late morning on Tuesday. A man in a day-glow vest and sunglasses steps up to the car’s window. “Can I see your papers?” The car doesn’t have the paperwork he’s looking for, so the man hands out an […]

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Student Patrol Officers Will Not Report AODs

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Amid student ire, Community Safety announced last week that it would not proceed with plans for a controversial Student Patrol Officer program that would have had student volunteers reporting AOD violations on other students to Community Safety. Appearing at last week’s Senate meeting, Director of Community Safety Gary Granger cited widespread discontent about the issue […]

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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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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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Blue Like Jazz’s Second Premier to be at Reed

Blue Like Jazz, the film adaptation of the New York Times bestseller of the same name, will hold its second public premiere in Kaul auditorium on April 11 after premiering at the South by Southwest film festival on March 13. The book, Christian author Donald Miller’s semi-autobiographical recount of exploring his spirituality while auditing classes […]

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Isabel Wilkerson Declares Great Migration a Success

A crowd of many creeds and many colors gathered last Saturday in Kaul Auditorium to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson talk about the Great Migration, the largest and most significant internal migration the United States has ever experienced in its history. Wilkerson was brought to Reed by the Multicultural Resource as part […]

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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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Inside The Pamphlette

The Pamphlette staff. From left, Hailey Jones, “Boots” Beutelle, Ann-Derrick Gaillot, Jeff Blum, and Sean Howard.

The Pamphlette staff. From left, Hailey Jones, “Boots” Beutelle, Ann-Derrick Gaillot, Jeff Blum, and Sean Howard. Despite the prevailing notion that Pamphlette writers are bedecked student clowns, it turns out that they are relatively normal students, whose appearances cannot be distinguished from that of other Reedies. It is also false that they serve as court […]

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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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A Not Just O-Kay Performance

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“Oh, look at all this greenery!” poet Sarah Kay exclaimed on-stage in the Reed Chapel. She was referring to the lushness outside, a stark contrast to the Manhattan streets she grew up on. “I’m a city kid,” she explained. Gray Fund hosted a gripping spoken word performance by Kay last Thursday. The question-and-answer session afterward […]

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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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Alumni Switchboard Connects Reedies with Success

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A project to connect current career-seeking Reedies with alumni, and donate $40 to Reed for each connection made in the process, is rapidly gaining momentum. Reed Switchboard, which launched just before Working Weekend three weeks ago, has already grown from fourteen to twenty alumni, and from $10,000 to $16,000 in pledged donations to Reed over […]

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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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Student Arrest Sparks Outrage

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The arrest of two Reed students on Monday, February 13 has sparked debate between the student body and the administration about the role of Community Safety in incidents involving drugs. The students were arrested at their Reed College Apartment after Community Safety Officers, who had searched the apartment after investigating a noise complaint, called the […]

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Confidential Help For Sexual Assault Survivors at Reed

Jyl Shaffer is the Assistant Dean for Sexual Assault Prevention & Response. Since starting work at Reed just before the end of the fall semester, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to learn what every brand new Reedie learns: how to get around campus, how to balance all the daily requirements with having a […]

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New Theme Dorms, PIG Appeals Cancellation

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Three new theme dorms were announced last Thursday: literature, art, and circus. After deliberation by Residence Life Committee, which includes several Housing Advisers, a Resident Director, and Student Body Vice President Aidan Sigman ’13, all of the current dorms were renewed with the exception of People Ingesting Gourmet (PIG). Decisions were made based on new […]

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KRRC Rises from the Ashes

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“This place has grown on me like a fungus,” says graffiti on the KRRC station’s walls, “and I’m allergic to penicillin.” The line captures one Reedie’s love for KRRC, and in light of the station’s recent rise to the seventh slot on this semester’s Funding Poll Top 40, it’s clear that K-Rock has grown on […]

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Canyon Revival Presses On

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The restoration process that transformed the Reed Canyon from a mess of invasive plants and disconnected waterways into the present ecologically stable and pleasantly walkable space will continue this semester with a host of new endeavors by the Canyon Crew. Under Canyon Specialist Zac Perry’s direction, the crew plans to install a second fish ladder […]

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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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Top 40 Spring 2012 Budget

Note that RSSC had its funds frozen until lead-free ammunition could be found and acquired.

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Title IX Investigation as Women’s Rugby Loses Coach, Funding

The Women's Rugby team received $300 from Senate on Thursday for a weekend event because the administration pulled funding for league play.

Reed has opened a Title IX investigation into alleged inequitable treatment of women’s facilities and sports teams by the Sports Center. Some members of the Women’s Rugby team have claimed that men’s sports teams are given preferential treatment by the Sports Center. The team was recently dealt a blow when their coach, Valerie Burns, resigned, […]

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Committee Slow on Gender Neutral Bathrooms

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Last week saw the opening of a new gender-neutral bathroom in the lower level of the GCC. Over a year after the passing of a student referendum that formalized student support for the inclusion of a gender neutral bathroom in every building on campus with a set of restrooms, Physical Plant has finally converted gendered […]

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Alumni impart career optimism at Working Weekend

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Reed’s first annual Working Weekend came to Vollum last weekend, bringing career advice and connections to a campus often criticized for its focus on impractical lofty ideals. Alumni traveled from as far as France to share their post-graduate experiences and advice with current Reedies. Though many students were aware of the event, turnout was fairly […]

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$2000 to Innovative Reedies

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This past Sunday a team of three Reed students and two Portland high school seniors won the Reed Start-Up competition with a business platform for software that can analyze human emotions using voice patterns. Team Emotitron consisted of Reedies Finn Terdal ‘13, Clemmie Wotherspoon ‘12, and Gabriel Forsythe-Korzeniewicz ‘12. The Reedies were joined by Matthew […]

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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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President’s Message: Honorable Student Governance

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At Reed, a great deal of energy is devoted to pondering what it means for an individual to engage in honorable behavior. I would like to take an opportunity, however, to consider what it means for the student body government as an institution to act in accord with the Honor Principle. First, let me make […]

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Safety on Demand: Rent-a-Cops on Campus

This semester, nocturnal Reedies should expect to see some unfamiliar faces around campus. Reed hired Pacific Patrol Services (PPS), a private security company serving “the purpose of having a uniformed officer in a marked vehicle patrolling the campus and bordering streets from 8PM to 2AM every day,” said Gary Granger, Director of Community Safety. Pacific […]

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Student Groups Hustle Members, Tops Sixes in SU

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On Friday, January 27th, student groups came together in the Student Union to raise awareness about their clubs in the Activities Fair that marks the beginning of every semester. While not a particularly exciting event to begin with—relative to the Activities Fair in the Fall—the event was made worse by the fact that it took […]

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About Working Weekend

Working Weekend starts Friday, February 3 and ends Sunday, February 5. We wanted to write to say a few words directly to the students about the inspiration for the upcoming Working Weekend, and the vision behind it, and to ask you to consider joining us. The inspiration came from conversations among a few Reed alumni […]

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Funding Poll

Senate will begin accepting submissions to the Funding Poll this Thursday, January 26 at 5:00pm. The submission process will close the following Sunday, January 29 at 5:00pm. In order to register your organization for the Funding Poll, you must first become a signator by attending signator’s training on January 25 or 26 at 4:00pm in […]

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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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Ghosts of Paideia’s Past

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Paideia has undergone significant transformations since its original conception in 1967 by Michael Lanning, who was then a freshman at Reed. Lanning had proposed a 6-week break from classes during which students could earn credit for Unstructured Independent Study (UIS), which later acquired the current moniker, Paideia (a term that harkens back to Classical Athens […]

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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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Bookstore Cameras Spot Alleged Thief

On December 28th, a man entered the Reed College Bookstore with a briefcase, which he apparently used to steal over a thousand dollars worth of textbooks. The act was caught on camera, and the suspect’s picture was turned over to the Portland police. The same individual returned to the bookstore on January 4th for unknown […]

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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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Prognosis? Still Demented

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This past weekend Reed College received an annual visit from the Doctor. Barry Hansen ’63, widely known as Dr. Demento, has shared his rich reservoirs of music and comedy with students, professors, and Portlanders during each Paideia since 1973. Attendees can always count on experiencing a rare line-up of offbeat songs. Hansen has earned himself […]

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Senate Beat: Breaking Dawn

The majority of Tuesday’s lightly-attended Senate Town Hall meeting was spent discussing the Quest Board selection process. However, President Brian Moore ’13 reviewed a bylaw change requested by faculty. Moore later said in an email, “In effect Community Rights Subcommittee will publish summaries of all mediation attempts, not just successful mediations. This has the advantage […]

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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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Senate Beat: Special Snarky Edition

Senate kicked off its last meeting of the semester with a speech from Student Body President Nora McConnell-Johnson ‘12 defending the accomplishments of this semester’s Senate and lambasting yours truly.  Calling this semester’s Senate “dramatically different” from previous senates, she noted that there had been no major drama and no alcohol at meetings.  She listed […]

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Brushing Up on Brushing Up: DoJo offers student support for finals

During finals, stress culture at Reed seems to be a terrifying beast. Fortunately, Reedies have a wide set of tools at their disposal to help fight off and conquer their finals. The Dorothy Johansen House (DoJo) is one such tool, although most students don’t take advantage of it. Freshmen may have a history of using […]

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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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Peter Steinberger Talks Honor

Peter Steinberger discussed his understanding of the Honor Principle last Wednesday as part of a series of talks sponsored by the Honor Council. Steinberger’s grim phrasing gave the discussion an absolutist flavor that is often absent in discussions about the Honor Principle. He was comfortable defining the Honor Principle, which some consider too subjective for […]

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Defenders of the Universe, Adversaries of the Ordinary

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Glass rained down on the floor of the Student Union Monday night. A flying bowling ball missed its mark and smashed into a light, shattering its glass enclosure. This was the first of what may be many mishaps as a result of the enigmatic supergroup Defenders of the Universe’s, or DxOxTxUx’s, latest installation, the Mega […]

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A Break From Male Mechanics

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Reed’s Bike Co-op is almost always full of greasy-handed bike mechanics patching up tires and fixing handlebars for the student body. But on Monday nights from 5 to 7 p.m., the mechanics at the Co-op have a little more in common: They are all female, and they are all there for Ladies’ Night. Marie Perez […]

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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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Getting Out-Of-Doors At Reed

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Ethan Linck, Backpack Co-op Manager The idea of the ‘outing club’ at the American university has a venerable history, dating to nearly the foundation of Reed itself. By some accounts, its genesis was the foundation of the very first outing club at Dartmouth College in the winter of 1909, by a rebellious Vermonter who was […]

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Multiculuralism and the Search for the Perfect T-shirt

The two new staffers at Reed’s Multicultural Resource Center may not need much of an introduction. Santi Alston, the new Assistant Dean for Inclusion, Engagement, and Success, started working at Reed last June; Dayspring Mattole, the MRC’s Program Coordinator, joined him in October. Their presence over the past few months has been nearly everywhere on […]

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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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Freshman Fight ‘Worst Humanitarian Disaster”

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Even after writing three Hum papers, a small group of freshman activists have resisted the urge to lose sight of life outside the bubble. Reedies For Somalia (RFS), founded this year by Erica Maranowski ’15, has been gaining presence on campus over the last semester. Their biggest event so far will be a presentation and […]

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Reedies Vie For Watson Fellowship

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By this time next year, one of Reed’s four Watson Fellowship nominees could be traveling around the world, pursuing their passion with a budget of $25,000. The Fellowship, sponsored by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, supports students of promise “a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel,” according to the foundation’s website. It has been […]

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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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Why You Should (Actually) Run for Senate

When I tell people that they should run for Senate, the most common reaction I get is a blank stare or look of disgust and a reply about how boring I sound. Fair enough, but I stand by my statement. Reed’s Student Senate has a history of being exclusive, semi-corrupt, and pretty inefficient, but this […]

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Reed Artists Cross Boundaries

Students and faculty gathered Thursday afternoon in the Studio Art building for presentations by the recipients of the 2011 Kaspar T. Locher scholarships. As attendees snacked on juice and cookies, four students—Alisa Bones ’13, Lucy Bellwood ’12, Nicolas Arms ‘13, and Kritish Rajbhandari ’12—displayed and discussed the fruits of their creative labors, which they completed […]

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An Ultimate Loss: Freshman Frisby Boys Reflect

Reed’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, Berserk, found little success and much pain at the PSU Frisbee Tournament this past Saturday. Men and women from Oregon State, Lynfield, Willamette and Reed gathered in competitive spirit despite the gloomy weather. Berserk player Michael ’15 reports that the team came ready to perform, but nobody anticipated the unusual amount […]

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Portland Opera’s “Marriage of Figaro” Jokes And Muses

The Portland Opera has begun its 47th season with a charming satire. Though this year’s theme (“When Our World Changes”) will be more evident in the rest of the season (Galileo Galilei by Philip Glass should definitely deliver in April), their rendition of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is strikingly successful, in a beautiful, funny […]

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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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Reed a Safe Bet in Event of Earthquake

According to Townsend Angell, director of facilities and grounds at Reed, being on campus during an earthquake might be safer than previously thought. He says that he would rather be in any building on campus than in one of the towers in downtown Portland. Although the newest buildings are safest by current standards, because the […]

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OPB Documentary Uncovers Origins of Reed’s Quest for Truth

Oregon Experience: Reed, the latest episode in Oregon Public Broadcasting’s historical series, proceeds from the turn of the century, when Reed was just a glimmer in Amanda and Simeon Reed’s eyes, through two world wars, twelve amendments to the Constitution, and recurring internal disputes, to Paul Bragdon’s presidency in the seventies and eighties. The documentary, […]

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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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MRC Gives $2000 In Grants

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) has allocated $2,000 for ‘New Voices’ grants. MRC interns Andrew Barney ’13 and Lily Garcia ’13 hope that the New Voices grants will empower students to develop their own projects relating to identity, diversity and social justice. As the name suggests, New Voices is designed to help students who may […]

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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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Writer Shares His Love Letters

On Wednesday Oct. 13th, in the latest installment of the Creative Writing department’s Visiting Writers program, Stanford Creative Writing Professor and Louisiana native Skip Horack gave a thoroughly captivating reading. In adulation, one audience member said that “he had the perfect reading voice. I closed my eyes and thought, ‘uh, where am I?’ And then […]

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One-Man Show Talks Politics

Actor Tim Miller brought his one-man show Glory Box to Reed’s main stage theater on October 11th. One man and a box, really. When the only prop on the stage is a basic wooden chest, it stands to reason that the use of the prop would be very important. But it mostly just sat there. […]

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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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Claude Steele, Stereotype Threat, and Reed

Everyone is exposed to negative stereotypes. If you’ve ever felt like someone  made up their mind about you instantaneously , you’ve experienced “stereotype threat.”  Stereotype threat happens when a person realizes that they might be judged according to a negative stereotype, or that they may even confirm that stereotype with their actions. Dr. Claude Steele […]

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Chess: Another Reed “Sport”?

On Friday, October 7th, at 4:30 pm in the Student Union, Reed hosted Charles Schulien, a professional chess player who introduced himself as a “master, a term that generally denotes a certain amount of skill.” After he explained some basics of strategy, he demonstrated a few of them in some quick games. Then he gave […]

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Emeritus Discusses Olde Reed, Buckley

If you look at a campus map, the Center for Advanced Computation looks like an isolated building on the extreme East edge of campus: to its West, the map shows only one path, while, to its East, the map shows nothing. “People may do things that are secret because what they do is of interest […]

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Ex-Nun Waxes Poetic

The audience beneath the soft chapel lighting quieted down when Crystal Williams stood up to introduce poet Madeline DeFrees to Reed last Thursday. Williams, Dean for Institutional Diversity and Professor of Creative Writing, thanked the present students, faculty and visitors for coming to the event and then listed Defrees’ many accomplishments. The 92-year-old, Oregon-native DeFrees […]

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Reedies Protest at Occupy Portland

In a gesture of solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and with the Portland community, Reedies found the time to attend Occupy Portland last Thursday. Quest reporters encountered about fifteen of them. To these Reedies, taking time out of their busy schedules was worth being a part of the movement, even if there were no clear […]

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Portland Occupied

Last Thursday, a huge, colorful, and energetic crowd marched through Portland’s streets before settling down to indefinitely occupy a two-block park downtown. Inspired by the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City, the Occupy Portland protest shared many things with its progenitor: occupation of a public space, “horizontal” rather than hierarchical organization, and […]

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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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A Theism at Reed: Oh For Christ’s Sake

Maybe you had heard them singing in praise on Thursday nights under the blue bridge. Or maybe you have no idea that they even exist. Regardless, the Christian group at Reed has grown into a large, closely knit community over the years. There are currently about 30 members in Oh For Christ’s’ Sake, which is […]

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Even After 100 Years, Reed Sports Are Still Insignificant

Two minutes after the official start time of their game, Reed FC ran onto the soccer field. Then they ran back to the bleachers. They followed that up with some stretching. Fifteen minutes later, enough random Reedies were assembled to form an opposing team. Saturday’s preseason friendly was foiled when the opposing team, Mount Angel […]

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Icarus Project brings “Crazies” Together for a Common Cause

There’s one topic nobody, not even Reedies, likes to talk about: mental illness. The Reed Icarus Project is out to change that. The Icarus Project is a mental health support group consisting of an online community and branches all across the country.  “We come together as equals who have had experiences labeled as mental illness,” […]

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Eyewitness Account: Thief Caught Red-Handed in Reed Bookstore

At around 12:20pm on Tuesday the 27th, I walked into Marianna Mullen’s office to ask her questions for a Quest article on the Bookstore thefts that occurred over the summer (see page X). At the same moment she received a call from the CSOs, who told her that an anonymous tip had just called dispatch, […]

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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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5k Odyssey Commemorates Centennial

Sing to me, muse, of the swift-footed competitors of the Reed 5K Odyssey. When young Dawn with her rose-red fingers shone once more on the idyllic Reed campus Saturday morning, runners and walkers alike came together at Eliot Circle to support local elementary schools. The sky was gray, but dispositions were sunny as participants crowded […]

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Reed Commemorates First Century in Style

  Food! Glamour! Fireworks! Sharon Jones! Even more food! The Centennial weekend celebrated Reed’s “sweet 100” and showed us the best of Reed in a celebration filled with all the things Reedies love. The Centennial Weekend kicked off with an impressive variety of finger food, including chicken skewers, miniature tacos and sandwiches, dumplings, and desserts. […]

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Pawsitive Reinforcement: Dogs Strut It at Centennial Pet Parade

Dogs are not an uncommon sight around Reed. However, when an orderly stampede of canines of all shapes and sizes goes marching around ODB, heads are sure to turn. This Saturday at the Centennial Celebration on the south side of the Old Dorm Block there was a pet parade. It was the first of the […]

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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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Portland Juggling Festival Returns to Campus

Once a year, Reed campus becomes temporary home to a cohort of hippie-like jugglers running around displaying their proficiency for performance, friendliness, and getting really, really drunk. This is what happened in the annual Portland Juggling Festival in Vollum Lecture Hall, Kaul Auditorium, the Sports Center, and the Commons porch on Friday Sep. 30th to […]

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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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Dance Like a Reedie

A blues dancing epidemic has emerged on campus. There are Reedies dancing in Winch, in the SU, in Commons… anywhere there’s a flat surface. These dancers were infected at the Thursday night P.E. class titled “Lindy-Hop and Jazz Dance,” currently taught by Kayce Spear ‘03 and Jae Wilson. The class is a combination of faux […]

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AOD/SA Meetings Present Marked Change In Tone

“Since the beginning of the school year, three freshmen have been found alone and severely intoxicated,” said Community Safety Director Gary Granger. “One of them was found in the canyon.” The room fell silent. And then, questions. “Three?” “Really?” “Are you joking?” To quote Mike Brody, students were “viscerally dismayed” that Reedies had been left […]

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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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Some Student Groups Suffer From Funding Poll Glitch: Senate will “let it ride”

Mysterious technical problems in the Student Information Network (SIN) caused a number of student organizations to disappear from Funding Poll last week.  Affected organizations were re-added to Funding Poll by the SIN administrators, but only after many students had already voted. After discussing the issue with several signators and other observers on Wednesday the 7th, […]

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New Photos Add Credence to Reed Car Myth

There might be a car buried under Hauser Library after all. Thanks to a batch of rediscovered photos taken in 1988 and a series of interviews with participants by Chris Lydgate, editor for Reed Magazine, the myth about the car buried under the library now has more credence than most other Reed myths, such as […]

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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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MusicfestNW Caters to All Tastes

MusicfestNW, billed as “Portland’s largest and most successful music festival,” ran from last Wednesday to Sunday. With more than 170 bands in 18 venues that are sprinkled across the city, the festival offered something for everyone. There were popular acts and bands that even the most seasoned music veteran would likely be unable to identify. […]

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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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New and Forgotten Groups

Some student groups hang around so long they become synonymous with Reed: DOTU, CAVE, RSSK. Still other groups form and dismantle on a whim, zipping in and out of existence over the years. Here is a compilation of the new groups that Reedies have managed to dream up, as well as a couple of recently […]

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Reed College Sports Update: New Year Edition

Most of the Reed sports teams have continued as usual this year, with both Frisbee teams and both rugby teams gearing up for another good season, and basketball continuing to exist. Men’s soccer is looking to build upon their phenomenal previous season and improve upon their already extremely impressive last year’s second-place finish and .666 […]

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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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Grover Construction Project Information

An ambiguous construction project has been underway near the Grove since before classes began. The mysterious piles of building materials will soon be two new tennis courts and a basketball court. Facilities Manager Steve Yeadon explained why this was a highly anticipated improvement over the old courts. Most important, the old tennis courts will be […]

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Greenboard Direct Action

Editor’s Note: Mathilde Mouw is a member of Greenboard Greenboard, Reed’s environmental group, has traditionally concerned itself with organizing green-promoting events like Power Struggle and celebrating the success of continuing environmental efforts through Canyon Day.  However, last year the group made an effort to reach out into the world of environmental activism in greater Portland […]

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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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An Introduction to Senate and Getting Shit Done at Reed: How an Idea Becomes a Reality

In third grade, we all learned about how a bill becomes a law to the tunes of Schoolhouse Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill”. Unfortunately, Schoolhouse Rock didn’t make a Reed College equivalent, because not many Reedies understand how to create change on their own campus. It’s probably a good thing nobody has made a catchy […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Suraj Pant and “The Impact of Tourism on Poverty and Inequality”

Every week, The Quest will be profiling the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done by people in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. […]

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Medical Amnesty for AOD: What It Is, How It Came To Be, and What You Should Know

Last year, Reed began to implement its old AOD policy in extremely different ways: students who might, in the past, simply have had their alcohol or illegal substances confiscated by a Community Safety Officer, now received an “AOD violation” for drinking or substance use if caught. This change kicked off a year of heated debate. […]

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An Interview with Gary Granger

Many Reed students have come to see the CSOs as nothing but a uniform. In order to remedy that situation, we took an informative and very serious questionnaire to 28 West, which the CSOs answered in a very serious way. Each week we will profile a CSO, asking them revealing questions and trying to get […]

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New Dean is Boon for Reed Diversity

On July 18, 2011, Reed College announced the appointment of Professor Crystal Williams as its first Dean for Institutional Diversity after several weeks of deliberation as well as input from faculty, staff, and students. Her appointment marks a watershed moment as the college attempts to advance diversity and inclusion in all levels of the Reed […]

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Ad-hoc Committee on Sexual Assault Report, 04/26/2011

Reed College Ad-hoc Committee on Sexual Assault Findings and Recommendations April 26, 2011 TO: Colin Diver FROM: The Ad-hoc Committee on Sexual Assault (COSA) Ariadna García-Bryce, Chair, Professor of Spanish and Humanities Michael Faletra, Associate Professor of English and Humanities Gary Granger, Director of Community Safety Celia Hassan, student, member of Sexual Assault Task Force […]

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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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Interview with Vanessa “New Dax” White

I’d once heard second-hand information that Dax King, Commons’ former points-man, drives a monster truck. “I followed him home one day, and he was driving a monster truck!” the source assured my friend. Aside from the cartoonish image of a man driving a behemoth with wheels as tall as he himself, the story—factual or not—speaks […]

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Bursting the Bubble

Statue of Turkey-Armenia Friendship Being Demolished In an act akin to politically slapping someone in the face with a glove full of bricks, the Turkish government has begun to demolish a statue of two figures extending their hand to one another.  The so-called Statue of Humanity, commissioned in 2006 to symbolize the gradual warming of […]

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Faculty Sexual Assault Petition

Dear President Diver, We write as members of the faculty to voice our concerns about policies and procedures for sexual assault prevention and response at Reed College. We feel these policies and procedures inadvertently harm the victims of sexual assault they are designed to help. We are also concerned about a lack of due process […]

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Notice from SSASS

To Members of the Reed Community, Over the past week, the Students for Sexual Assault Support Services (SSASS) have circulated a petition calling for specific and immediate changes to the current sexual assault policy and practices at Reed College. This petition was in circulation for 100 hours and gained 847 signatures of support, 58% of […]

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Bursting the Bubble

Air traffic controllers across the nation are getting busted for sleeping on the job, but that’s not the only transgression those guys who are supposed to be keeping an eye on the sky have committed lately: just this Tuesday, an air traffic controller in Ohio was discovered watching a movie, Cleaner, while he was supposed […]

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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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Community Safety to Increase Security Measures

Over the next several months, community safety will be increasing efforts to secure computers and other expensive equipment in academic buildings. These efforts come as a direct response to two massive technology thefts in the Physics building, both of which cost the college thousands of dollars in lost assets. The second of these thefts occurred […]

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Putting the “Rad” in RAD

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Every winter the Admission Office reads over 3,000 Why Reed essays, each one chronicling the reasons why students have chosen to apply. In case you were curious, it’s not our information sessions. It’s not the visits we make to their high schools, or the brochures that litter their mailboxes. It’s you, current students. It’s what […]

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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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Computers, Equipment Stolen from Physics: Second Large-Scale Tech Theft This Semester

Late Sunday, several computers and pieces of equipment were stolen from the Physics building, amounting to thousands of dollars in stolen assets. This is the second theft in the Physics building this semester; the first of which took place in January and involved a theft of similar items. The stolen items in question were five […]

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Elections Assembly: How to Vote and Get Informed

Hello, and welcome to the Spring 2011 Student Body Elections! Inside this issue of the Quest you will find all the relevant information to help you make an informed decision and submit your vote in the next few days. The following two pages contain brief profiles of everyone currently running for Senate or Quest Board, […]

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Bursting the Bubble

Police are hunting for a serial killer who is plaguing New York. The death toll reached eight victims on Tuesday when three bodies were found on a Long Island beach. This is terrifying news for those among us who are diehard fans of Law & Order and have watched every single episode of SVU. Where […]

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OPB Interview with Mike Brody

Listen to OPB’s interview with Mike Brody regarding Reed’s sexual assault policies. Audio (starts about a fourth of the way in) Comments thread If you have responses to the interview, or regarding the issue of sexual assault, and would like them published on Reedquest.org, please email them to me at lbutcher@reed.edu

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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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Reed’s Resident Underground Celebrity Pens Tell-All Book

Monday nights on the Reed campus are usually pretty stressful, and this Monday’s dreary April weather certainly wasn’t making things any more pleasant. Drizzly and grey, students trucked dutifully from classrooms to the library to Commons and back, faces drawn and pallid from lack of sun exposure. The previous Friday’s glorious burst of sunshine looked, […]

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“Senate Sucks.”

Sunday marked the end of a weeklong strike by Head Treasurer Torra Spillaine and Assistant Treasurer Khagemba Adhikarimayum described by Senator Robert “Schwartz” Khan during Monday’s Senate meeting as, “almost semi-serious.”

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-ism Plans Feminist Bakesale

Despite the Equal Pay Act passed in 1963, men and women continue to face unequal pay in the workplace. This Friday, the student diversity group ”-ism” hopes to raise awareness about male privilege in the workplace by hosting a Feminist Bake Sale for Pay Equity. The bakesale will charge men and women proportionally, based on […]

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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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Bursting the Bubble: Debriefing on Libya

The democratic revolutions sweeping through the Middle East have come to a violent hurdle. While the first weeks of protest in Tunisia and Egypt were relatively non-violent, in the recent weeks, rulers in Yemen, Syria, Bahrain, and Libya have cracked down with greater force to suppress the anti-government efforts. In Yemen, nearly 200 people have […]

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Bursting the Bubble

Eighty-four-year-old James Gronseth of Portland, OR is joining the Peace Corps. He’s going to be stationed in Botswana, where he will use his hospital administration background to help improve treatment for HIV and AIDs patients. The average age of a Peace Corps volunteer is 28, so Gronseth says he’s “bringing age diversity.” Well said, gramps. […]

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Midterm/Spring Break Open Thread

No Quest this week or next… Instead: open thread! Comment about whatever you want (tell us what you think of the site, recent AOD changes, international news, drama, trashy TV, existential philosophy, whatever). Have at it!

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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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Bursting the Bubble

In case you missed it, Charlie Sheen went totally and completely batshit crazy. He’s in denial: said Sheen, “I’m not bi-polar, I’m bi-winning!” I’ll leave that to you to decipher, because I have absolutely no idea what that means at all. Guess I’m not a winner. (If you haven’t seen it yet, YouTube the “Charlie […]

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A response to “Administration Denies Dorm Evictions”

I, as well as the CSOs that I am fortunate enough to lead, have been the subject of many Quest pieces this academic year.  I accept it, I welcome it, and to this point, I have been impressed with the quality of work I have read. Not today. I quote from the aforementioned piece: “ […]

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Student Body President Nora McConnell-Johnson Addresses Smoking on Campus

Though I feel like I really connect to the student body through my (amazing) biweekly SB Info links, I’ve decided that it may be time to take the conversation in a more serious direction. At this week’s Senate meeting, we began a discussion about smoking on campus. While it was our best-attended meeting of the […]

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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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Administration Denies Dorm Evictions

Rumors that students have been evicted from their Reed dorms or apartments due to Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) policy violations have been circulating campus this week. According to Mike Brody, Vice President and Dean of Student Services, there is no truth to these rumors at all. Brody and Pete Meagher, Associate Dean for Student […]

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New Position Created By Health & Counseling

Sometime within the next few weeks, health and counseling services will begin accepting positions for two new student jobs on IRIS. The positions, one designated for each gender, requires students to roam the campus on Friday and Saturday nights

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Bursting the Bubble: Middle East Edition

Protesters have taken over much of the eastern Libya in a set of bloody riots and demonstrations. Gaddafi, who has ruled for 41 years, has used helicopter gunships, fighter jets and mercenaries to keep the protesters at bay.

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Piggies Find a Home: Food, Friends Rolled Up into a Dorm

“How big is that pig in your head?” Such is the question that prompted freshman Alan Cline to dramatically reconsider his relationship with his dorm. Cline recalls an acid trip last semester, during which he was compelled to believe that Chittick had momentarily transformed into a giant pig: “On this pig there was [one of […]

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Bursting the Bubble

World While the revolutionary spirit is still ablaze in the Middle East, nowhere have the protests gotten more violent than in Lybia. In this country (surrounded by Tunisia to the West and Egypt to the East) protestors have been violently attacked by militias supported by the government using military supplies. The number of causalities has […]

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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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An Open Letter from the Ad-hoc Committee on Sexual Assault

At the beginning of the fall semester, President Diver appointed an ad-hoc committee on sexual assault. The committee is comprised of students, faculty, and staff. As our work is well underway, and due to recent campus-wide concern about this issue, we wanted to inform the community about the particulars of our mission. The president charged […]

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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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Senate Suspends Sustainability Committee Line Item for Spring Semester

During the Fall of 2009, Senate agreed to allocate two percent of the Study Body Funds to the Sustainability Committee, a faculty-heavy group that is tasked with supporting the school’s quest to making our lives more green in whatever way it sees fit. These funds, on two different occasions (in the Fall of ’09 and […]

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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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Trustees Approve Plans for New Performing Art Bldg.

Upon hearing the announcement that the performing arts building was a go, President Colin Diver was so elated that “he was practically levitating,” said a member present at the meeting. Last Saturday, the Reed College board of trustees gave final approval for the construction of a new performing arts building. Part of a list of […]

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“External Review” of AOD Policy Announced

On Monday evening, the Reed community received an open letter that seems to have raised more questions than it initially intended to ask. The letter, distributed in the form of a community-wide email, comes two weeks after a week in which seventeen Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) policy violations were reported by Community Safety. The […]

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Senate, Granger Announce Plans to Update Implementation of Emergency Response System

Five years ago, before Justin Bieber sold over 4.5 million records and when Pink actually had cultural significance, the Reed Senate decided to make the new Emergency Notification System opt-in for all the student body. This meant that to get emails, text messages, or phone messages sent to you from the CSO Office during an […]

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Printing Fees Drop

Beginning this semester, we’ve decreased printing fees by 20 percent, lowering the cost from 10 cents to eight cents per side. Wait, what? Can that be right? In this economy, with prices rising for… everything? Ever since Reede was Olde, printing has been charged at 10¢ per side. Why change it now? Well, there are […]

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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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Granger Responds to Recent Jabs, Increase in AODs

Is CSO-in-Chief Gary Granger out to terminate the Honor Principle? “Why would I be the terminator?” asks Granger, looking quizzically at a satirical leaflet hung up on his wall. The leaflet in question, which states that Gary Granger is “a cyborg assassin sent back in time to terminate the Honor Principle,” has been circulating around […]

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Portland While You Were Gone

While most of you pretty young things spent your winter break at home kickin’ it with your homies/parents/grandparents/dog/sofa, all sorts of interesting things happened in this great state of Oregon. Here are some highlights of what you missed: • A former CIA agent who was serving a 23-½-year sentence after being imprisoned as a Russian […]

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The Missing Pieces: A Review

The Portland Playhouse’s production of Nick Zagone’s The Missing Pieces is a playful, heartfelt tale of a boy’s search for a father figure. The production is not perfect, but director Brian Weaver certainly puts on a damn good show. When the lights come up, it’s 1980. Mt. St. Helens has just erupted and Portland is […]

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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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Videogame Consoles Stolen, Honor Principle feels Violated

On Monday, Dec. 7, Andrew Choi and Rebecca Richman reported three video game consoles belonging to Reed’s resident video game collective, Handling Controllers Collaboratively (HCC), stolen. Choi and Richman were in the middle of arranging a video game rental program with the campus bookstore at the time of the theft. If all went according to […]

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Many Ways to Communicate with CSOs, One Result

In his first year at Reed, Director of Community Safety Gary Granger has spent a lot of time repeatedly emphasizing one point: communication with him and/or his CSO staff will help ease students’ concern about CSO engagement. If you don’t communicate with them, there’s no way Gary will be able to know how you feel. […]

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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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A Sock Drive to Benefit Portland Street Population

Wiggle your toes, then take a look outside. Aren’t you glad you’re cozy inside, with a good pair of socks to protect your extremities from the cold and wet when you do venture outdoors?

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CIS Considers Switch to Google Apps

Reed’s Computing and Informational Services department is in talks with Google to implement Google Apps for Education on campus, with the focus currently on Google Calendar and Google Docs. The transaction between the schools and Google involves much legal review, which is underway. Along with other colleges with similar concerns, and their attorneys, the language […]

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SPRING/FALL: VOODOO

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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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Commons Announces Marked Drop in Dish Expenditures

Bon Appetite – the catering company that serves us food in the family room we call Commons – is contractually required to buy $6,500 worth of new dishes every year. In the past years, however, this cost has been much higher. Last year was the worst yet: the total cost for replaced commons dishes was […]

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Police Shut Down Dance Party

Neighbor’s Noise Complaint Ends Reedies’ Fun The La Resistance dance party in the Student Union was shut down around midnight Friday Nov. 12 when a neighbor called the Portland Police after complaining to Reed, said Gary Granger, director of community safety. Daft Ball, the Daft Punk-themed party held the following night, however, did not disturb […]

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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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“Reedies for Reed” Plan Second Scholarship for Students by Students

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The search has begun to rename the “Class of 2010 Scholarship,” an on-campus fundraiser to establish a scholarship for an incoming freshman. Meetings have only just begun for the new campaign

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Paradox To Increase Prices

Espresso drink prices rise $0.25 The Paradox Cafe, Reed’s in-house coffeeshop, has been forced to raise blended coffee prices for the first time in years as the result of recent increased price rates in the coffee industry. Effective November 10th, espresso drinks (espressos, americanos, macchiatos, lattes, and mochas) will cost 25 cents more. Stumptown Coffee […]

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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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Community Safety Releases Rules of Engagement, Seeks Feedback on First Draft

It seems two documents, the Alcohol and Drug Policy and its implementation plan, are not enough to guide the treatment of drugs at Reed. A draft of Rules of Engagement for community safety officers dealing with drug and alcohol violations have been released by Gary Granger, director of community safety, in order to draw comments […]

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Keith Todd Joins Reed as Dean of Admissions

Keith Todd stands his ground in the admission office.

“How are your classes?” Keith Todd, dean of Admissions, asks me as he leads me into his office. Despite the formal feel of his cherry-wood office the conversation retains the usual comfortable feel. This comes as a warm surprise considering his impressive background. Starting as an admissions officer for Stanford, he moved east to become […]

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Richmond Clinic Offers Lowest-Cost Healthcare

Reed Alumna Jessica Glenn ‘06 had just lost her health insurance and didn’t know where to turn. She had been divorced, and even though she was a healthy thirty year-old, insurance companies

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Reed Forms StarCraft Team, Techs to Intercollegiate League

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Mattias Lehman paces around the McKinley common room, scratching his chin. “I used exclusively zerglings up until Gold tier, but above that, that strategy begins to fail.” He turns his attention to other things. “What I’d really like pull off next match is the Medivac Ultralisk Ball. Or Zealot Hydra Medivac.” Don’t worry if none […]

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Ruck Maul Pillage and Burn, Ruck Maul Pillage and Burn: Eat the Babies!

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The Badass Sparkle Princesses are known around campus for two things—being one of the most intense sports teams at Reed and eating babies. The women’s rugby club has been around since the 1980s

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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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Reed Awaiting Large Donations, Hoping to Broaden Donor Pool

President Colin Diver is unable to predict whether Reed’s fundraising effort this year will prove successful. The money, however, already has a purpose: Reed needs the funds to finance yearly expenditures.

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Reed Alum Clears Streets for Locomotion

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Wide streets, smooth, flat roads, beautiful weather along the Pacific Ocean, and hardly a drop of rain in the sky. It is the sort of climate anyone on a bike would dream of. Perhaps no city is better made for the fixie ride dream than Los Angeles. At least that’s what Bobby Gadda thought. After […]

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The Paradox Stabilizes, Has Options Available

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One of the places where Reed students get their daily dose of caffeine, the Paradox Café embodies the sort of ethic and energy that defines the Reed experience. The art on the walls is student made (and for sale), pastries are on many occasions made by Reed students, and drip coffee is sold via honor […]

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Reed Ski Cabin Renovated and Open For Business

Will Symms Reed’s ski cabin in Government Camp will open its doors for reservations on Friday October 15 after undergoing a significant remodel. The cabin’s renovation, intended to increase long-term functionality, was provided for by a generous alumni gift. Among other considerations, the plumbing was in need of updating, the bathrooms were in structural disrepair, […]

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Dawn Thompson Begins Transition to Executive Assistant Position

Jacob Canter The job application for the Executive Assistant to the President is three pages full of expectations and duties. The final responsibility is perhaps the most important, and facility in this area is what makes someone with this job truly effective. “[One must] perform other related duties as assigned,” Kathy Rose remarked, as she […]

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New Student Committee on Diversity at Reed

Senate Formally Addresses Issues Student Senate unanimously voted to create a student diversity committee at a meeting Tuesday, October 12. The ten-student committee will present issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion to Student Senate, and will write a report on the state of diversity at the college every semester. “The committee should be charged with […]

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Student Grants Now Available

The Undergraduate Research Committee has Initiative Grants available to assist student research and thesis activities. Some examples of eligible expenses include but are not limited to conference travel to present papers, equipment and supplies purchases, and travel to field sites and performances. Proposals are not to exceed five pages in length and should contain a […]

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/uncommons/ Tantalizes Reedie Palates with Haute Cuisine

Lavender and fennel steamed mussels served with tomato bread, another tapas served last Saturday. Photo by Heather Chan.

6:10 pm, Sitka kitchen. It is twenty minutes to show time and Bryan Nakayama ‘10 is frenzied. As his cohorts set up the aesthetic — one best characterized by knitted tablecloths and porcelain dinnerware — Nakayama is still at the counter, chopping up garlic. “We’re not ready,” he says rather nonchalantly. “And I’ll be drunk […]

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Portland Fashion Week: Locals Dress to Impress and Strut Their Stuff

When someone mentions Fashion Week, the cities usually associated with the biannual event are New York, Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, and other large, hyper-metropolitan cities known for producing design houses famous worldwide. Every fall and spring, the who’s-who of the fashion world don their finest threads and hobnob with celebrities as they watch the upcoming […]

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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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Reed Adopts Statement of Diversity

In a significant decision Saturday October 2, the Reed Board of Trustees approved the college’s first official Statement of Diversity at their annual fall summit. The positive vote from the trustees heralded the final hurdle for a document nearly two years in the making. While the Statement underwent a number of revisions before finally reaching […]

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KRRC Streams Online, May Yet Lose License

Unlike Olde Reed, KRRC is not dead. Open your computers and turn to KRRCfm.com. Reed has a student radio station and it’s streaming online, said station signators Alexa Ross and Jack Diboise. Yet not all is rosy with KRRC; though the station is professionally equipped and has more than seventy shows scheduled, station managers found […]

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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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Centennial Planning Underway as Reed Turns 100

Reed turns one hundred in fall of 2011, and it’s going to party all year long. The celebration officially starts at Reunions 2011 in June, and runs until Reunions 2012; in between Reed will throw two huge parties, publish three books, and complete a $200 million fund-raising campaign. The first classes at Reed opened on […]

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Students Cast Their Internets Wide, Pirate Copyrighted Material

Five weeks into the semester, Reed has received five takedown notices as a result of students using the school’s Internet network for illegal file sharing. From the ’07-’08 to the ’09-’10 school year, takedown notices increased fourfold. Gary Schlickeiser, Computer User Services’ Director of Technology & Infrastructure Services and the person in charge of the […]

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Granger Uses Campus Map to Pin Down CSO Involvement

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Gary Granger is a visual learner. “I process things visually,” Granger says, pointing a large map situated in the middle of his office. This map, referred to by Granger simply as ‘the board,’ tracks incidents pertaining to drug, alcohol, and bike theft across campus. Granger codes these incidents with three different color pins: green, representing […]

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Trustees to Talk Greywood at Fall Meeting

The Reed Board of Trustees will convene for their first meeting of the 2010-11 fiscal year on Friday, October 1. The trustees will spend Friday afternoon in committee meetings, followed by dinner with Reed administrators and the student body president and vice president. On Saturday they will come together for a series of formal plenary […]

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Juggling Fest PDX Comes to Reed

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A girl dressed in bright neon clothing balances on a unicycle. “This is easy,” she says. Unphased by the crowed of people watching her, she thrusts three plastic knives into the air, gracefully catching each of them. Upon witnessing her own success—and the roaring applause—she sighs in relief. “Actually, I’ve been practicing that for weeks.” […]

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Granger Uses Campus Map to Pin Down CSO Involvement

Gary Granger is a visual learner. “I process things visually,” Granger says, pointing a large map situated in the middle of his office. This map, referred to by Granger simply as ‘the board,’ tracks incidents pertaining to drug, alcohol, and bike theft across campus. Granger codes these incidents with three different color pins: green, representing […]

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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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Financial Aid Rides Out Recession, Continues to Help Reedies

Last year the New York Times focused a story on Reed College faring in the face of the recession. A year later, the country’s economic recovery has slowed, and likewise, so has Reed’s.

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Two Honor Council Positions Open After Appointees Opt Out

As you may have noticed – thanks in no small part to heavy advertisement and persistent email notifications – there are two Honor Council positions open this semester. The vacancies are the result of two students, both sophomores, deciding to decline the position for personal reasons. Vasishth Srivastava was offered the opportunity to continue working […]

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Making Cents of Commons Pricing: A Look at Discrepancies Between Board Points and Commuter Cash

Ben Williams A Bon Appétit hamburger: a patty of shoulder meat from a humanely treated, 100 percent true-blooded American, grass-fed organic cow that never had a drop of growth hormones in its life, a slice or two of tomato, pickles and onions to taste, ketchup and mustard. The price of a Bon Appétit hamburger: $2.68. […]

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New Semester Brings Shift in AOD Enforcement

The beginning of the semester has seen changes to the enforcement of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Policy on campus. As a result many students have expressed uncertainty regarding the policy and its enforcement, causing rampant speculation. “I’ve been hearing about students getting busted in sally port, which really surprised me,” one student said. “Last […]

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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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Reed fixture Marlene retires

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Reed fixture Marlene greeted well-wishers on Wednesday, September 8th, in Commons. Marlene has retired after 28 years as a cashier for Bon Appetit.

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TriMet Fare Jumps 5 Cents

Students, start saving your nickels. On Sept. 1, fares on TriMet Adult, Honored Citizen, and LIFT tickets increased 5 cents, according to a press release from TriMet. The cost of Adult and LIFT 1-month passes rose $2, and the price of Honored Citizen passes increased $1. Fares are typically increased every few years to cover […]

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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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MusicfestNW comes to Portland

Andrew Choi and En-Szu Hu-Van Wright If you’re new around here, you’ll quickly find out that Portland is a great place for music. The fact that we’re sandwiched between LA and Seattle means that all the good bands end up coming through here. MusicfestNW (abbreviated as MFNW) is unquestionably Portland’s largest alternative music event. It’s […]

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Tech Watch: iPads and Chemistry Clickers at Reed

Fall is always an exciting season – it’s a fresh new start. You know it’s not really fall unless something changes – new haircut, new lifestyle, new whatever. We look to fall to reinvent ourselves every year. Here at Reed, we’ve got lots of new stuff – new students, new office locations, new staff and […]

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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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Head of Residence Life Resigns Suddenly

In a surprise announcement on Friday morning, Assistant Dean of Residence Life Serilda Summers submitted her immediate resignation just as returning students began moving into their dorms for the fall 2010 semester. Associate Dean for Student and Campus Life Pete Meagher sent a statement to the Housing Advisers and other effected staff announcing the change, […]

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Can you find the Health Center?

Reed is mixing things up by playing a little switcheroo this year with office locations! If you were around last year, you may have encountered some major confusion with the new arrangements, but never fear – we’ve got it all spelled out for you right here. So now you really don’t have any excuse for […]

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