The Reed College Quest


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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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Senate Beat: Share No More

    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’ […]

  • Hate Speech Cause of GCC Bathroom Erasure

    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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Reed Teams Toughen Up

    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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Thieves Go High Tech in Bike Arms Race

    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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • Top 40 Results – Fall 2012

    Top 40 results from Funding Poll.

  • John Kroger: Leading from Within

    “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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Class of 2016 Rises

    “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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Science Outreach Program Branches Out

    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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • New Theme Dorms Give Chittick an Annex

    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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • Blue Like Jazz Sees Reed Through a Glass, Darkly

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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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