The Reed College Quest


  • Spring Fayre is Renn Fall?

    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 […]

  • Ed McFarlane Reflects on Reed Experience

    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. […]

  • 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  Dog / Animal Policy Granger said that the current dog policy is outdated and has unrealistic expectations about enforcement.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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 under “Documentation.”   Working Groups ABCG: Thursday, November […]

  • 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 […]

  • Meet Your Renn Fayre Czars

    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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • Reed Defines ADSAPR Position

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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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