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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’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


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


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


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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