The Reed College Quest


  • Freshman Excluded from Conference, Petition Sparks Controversy

    On Wednesday, March 18, Jeremiah True ’18 sent the Reed Facebook group ablaze with a link to his petition entitled, “Restore Jeremiah Josias Luther George True to His Humanities 110 Conference.” True was excluded from his Humanities 110 conference on Saturday, March 14 by Professor of English & Humanities Pancho Savery. Savery decided to […]

  • Student Body Position Stipends Could Be Need-Aware

    Students brainstormed ways in which student body position pay could be more need-aware, during last week’s “spooky” Senate meeting. Though Senate has marked out this time for discussion of the planned raise in the Student Body Activities Fee, most comments focused on the issue of increasing student body position wages, a topic that Student Body […]

  • Faculty Hears Reports on Admissions and Diversity

    President’s Report President John Kroger presented new data from the Office of Admission this term. This application term has seen an 80 percent increase in the number of applicants from two years ago, from 2890 applicants in 2013, to 3950 in 2014, to more than 5300 in 2015. Kroger acknowledged that it is difficult to […]

  • Faculty Push DHSM Vote to April

    On Thursday February 26, the faculty called an impromptu meeting to discuss further edits to the draft of the Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy (DHSM) that was scheduled to be voted on this past Monday. Due to their call for additional extensive edits, they did not vote on the DHSM. It has been pushed […]

  • SCAPP, Student Diversity Committee, and DiversIfY Talk Collaboration

    The Student Committee for Academic Policy and Planning (SCAPP) touched base with Student Diversity Committee member Flavia Bortoleto and DiversIfY liaison Sabrina Smith about ways in which the student groups could collaborate on projects related to academic matters. Last semester, SCAPP met with Smith and Rosa Leal from DiversIfY to work on a proposal for […]

  • Student Senate Proposes Increase in Student Body Activities Fee

    The Student Senate began discussions of increasing the student body activities fee, during their public meeting on Thursday February 26. The fee, currently $260 for the entire year for each student, funds Top 40 organizations (including Renn Fayre), Finance Committee (which funds SU dances and student projects) and student body position wages. Student Body President […]

  • Claudia Rankine Engages Crowd in Chapel

    When Claudia Rankine stood at the lectern at the front of the Reed Chapel and prepared to read from her newest book Citizen: An American Lyric, she began by thanking the audience who packed itself into the minimal standing room available (seats filled up ten minutes before the reading). She thanked them for showing up […]

  • Senate Beat: There And Back Again – The DHSM Story

    The Senate meeting began with a total of five non-senator students in attendance. This was meager turnout even by regular public meeting standards. The student group was largely outnumbered by the Student Services staff regulars who, in their folding chairs and out of the spotlight, marveled at the new rocking chair sofa in the middle […]

  • Men’s Rugby Scores in Vegas

    Reed’s proudly scruffy Men’s Rugby team performed admirably in the Feb. 12–14 Las Vegas Invitational tournament, winning three out of their four games and finishing third of six in the division — one place higher than the last time Reed entered. On their first day of play, Reed crushed the Columbia team 17–5 and UPenn […]

  • Who You Gonna Kaul?

    By the end of her show in Kaul Auditorium last Wednesday, Kate McKinnon had Reed all figured out. After our own homegrown improv troupe, Fellatio Rodriguez, warmed up the crowd,  the renowned SNL comic and soon-to-be Ghostbuster bounded onstage and began exploring her new surroundings. After admitting she’d known nothing about Reed before being invited […]

  • SCAPP Beat: SCAPP gets a blast from the past with archival work

    Student Committee on Academic Policy and Planning (SCAPP) Chair Phoebe Bauer asked a simple question: What are the academic issues that SCAPP should address, and what are the committee’s priorities for the semester? Committee members went around the room and answered Bauer’s question, with responses varying from the structure of group requirements to the necessity […]

  • KRRC Seeks FCC Approval for FM Broadcast

    KRRC, Reed’s radio station, may soon acquire a permit to have a Low-Power FM (LPFM) station, if they can defeat a petition seeking to bar them from the frequency they are requesting. KRRC has had broadcasting ability on and off since 1958, often depending on student commitment to bring it back after interest has come […]

  • Senate Beat: Senate Passes Draft of Proposed Changes to DHSM

    Committee Reports Senator Lucas Binion reported that the Student Opportunity Subsidy Committee is continuing to advertise their new summer grant initiative. Vice President Nick Fiore (reluctantly) read the allocations of Top 40. During reading Fiore jokingly confessed “I can’t read anything.” He continued to read out allocations that totalled to $111,000. The most money was […]

  • Faculty Meeting Beat: February

    Faculty meetings happen on the first Monday of each month. They consist of five reports (President’s Report, Dean’s Report, a report from the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning, a Committee on Advancement and Tenure report, and a report Community Affairs Committee) as well as time for new business.  President’s Report President John Kroger gave […]

  • Senate Beat: Senate Discusses J-Board Code Edits with Staff

    This Senate Beat is brought to you by your former Student Body President because the Quest writer originally assigned to Senate Beat thought that Senate meetings were too boring to write about. In the stench of the Student Union and under the dim glow of the overhead lights, President Ashlin Hatch called the meeting to […]

  • About the Student Body Wage Review Board

    Wages for student body positions could rise significantly next year if the Senate-appointed Wage Review Board (that’s us) and Senate agree that such a change is advisable. Raises to student body wages are nothing new—the Wage Review Board surveys students who hold student body positions and recommends adjustments every couple of years. However, a tentative […]

  • Trigger Warnings Spark Debate on Reed Facebook Page, Across the Nation

    Over the course of 750 Facebook comments one week during winter break, dozens of alumni, students, and faculty vigorously debated the merits of trigger warnings, often delving slightly off–topic as internet comment threads tend to do. On December 17, 2014, Professor of German & Humanities Jan Mieszkowski posted a link to an article from Inside Higher […]

  • General Literature Major Remade Into Comparative Literature

    The General Literature major has been restructured into a new Comparative Literature major, with the intent to solve some of the organizational problems of the previous major. Additionally, it has been suggested to provide an option for students interested in gender studies or a similarly specific line of inquiry. The Ad Hoc Committee for Comparative […]

  • CSOs Bait Bike Thieves with GPS Tracker

    Bike theft is not new at Reed College, but the bike baiting program that the Community Safety premiered in early January certainly is. Working in conjunction with the Portland Police Department, the CSOs initiated a sting designed to catch bike thieves. The sting involved planting a bicycle recovered from the Reed College lost and found […]

  • New File-Sharing Policy Blocks Peer-to-Peer Traffic

    On March 26, 2013, Reed adopted a new Peer-to-Peer file-sharing policy. A server was installed that cuts off peer-to-peer file sharing traffic completely, though there is a system in place to allow students and teachers to use this technology for educational purposes.  Even with the new restrictions, any user can obtain clearance to use BitTorrent […]

  • Senate Beat: December 4, 2014

    “Anyone who tells you Voodoo doughnuts are the best is lying.” – Rennie Meyers Chase Doremus, Kathryn Loucks, Rebecca Forman, Tanner Hanson, and Katie Schmitz were appointed to the Judicial board, which now has a full board of 12 members. Applications are still open for Honor Council. The Student Union is expecting to receive a […]

  • Students #OutofRespect Stage Sit-in

    Approximately one hundred students gathered in front of President John Kroger’s office this Tuesday calling for a reexamination of the processes for reviewing sexual misconduct. From 1-5 p.m. the students participated in a work-in and sit-in under the rallying call #OutofRespect. The event stemmed from the recent revelation that Senior Assistant Dean of Admission Andrea […]

  • Admission Staff Resigns After Accusing VP of Sexual Harassment

    Investigation Found No Violation of DHSM Policy For many members of the community, particularly those that work in the Admission Office, this is a very sensitive issue. Please respect the wishes of students who do not wish to discuss this topic further. Senior Assistant Dean of Admission Andrea Hendrickson resigned November 4, 2014 after alleging that […]

  • 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 […]

  • Fall 2014 Elections Candidate Blurbs

    Student body elections will take place from Wednesday, November 19 to Friday, November 20th at 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Reedies March in Solidarity With People’s Climate March

    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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