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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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