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Even After 100 Years, Reed Sports Are Still Insignificant

Two minutes after the official start time of their game, Reed FC ran onto the soccer field. Then they ran back to the bleachers. They followed that up with some stretching. Fifteen minutes later, enough random Reedies were assembled to form an opposing team. Saturday’s preseason friendly was foiled when the opposing team, Mount Angel […]

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Icarus Project brings “Crazies” Together for a Common Cause

There’s one topic nobody, not even Reedies, likes to talk about: mental illness. The Reed Icarus Project is out to change that. The Icarus Project is a mental health support group consisting of an online community and branches all across the country.  “We come together as equals who have had experiences labeled as mental illness,” […]

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Eyewitness Account: Thief Caught Red-Handed in Reed Bookstore

At around 12:20pm on Tuesday the 27th, I walked into Marianna Mullen’s office to ask her questions for a Quest article on the Bookstore thefts that occurred over the summer (see page X). At the same moment she received a call from the CSOs, who told her that an anonymous tip had just called dispatch, […]

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Bookstore Responds to Thefts With New Cameras

At 1:30pm on Tuesday September 27th, a man was arrested by the Portland Police from the Reed College grounds for attempting to steal a textbook from the Reed College Bookstore. The CSOs and Bookstore staff were notified of the possible theft by an anonymous source not one hour before the perpetrator arrived at the scene […]

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5k Odyssey Commemorates Centennial

Sing to me, muse, of the swift-footed competitors of the Reed 5K Odyssey. When young Dawn with her rose-red fingers shone once more on the idyllic Reed campus Saturday morning, runners and walkers alike came together at Eliot Circle to support local elementary schools. The sky was gray, but dispositions were sunny as participants crowded […]

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Reed Commemorates First Century in Style

  Food! Glamour! Fireworks! Sharon Jones! Even more food! The Centennial weekend celebrated Reed’s “sweet 100” and showed us the best of Reed in a celebration filled with all the things Reedies love. The Centennial Weekend kicked off with an impressive variety of finger food, including chicken skewers, miniature tacos and sandwiches, dumplings, and desserts. […]

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Pawsitive Reinforcement: Dogs Strut It at Centennial Pet Parade

Dogs are not an uncommon sight around Reed. However, when an orderly stampede of canines of all shapes and sizes goes marching around ODB, heads are sure to turn. This Saturday at the Centennial Celebration on the south side of the Old Dorm Block there was a pet parade. It was the first of the […]

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Smokin’ In The Rain

Senate has put in a proposal to the Community Affairs Committee for the building of a covered smoking structure. Rain is an obvious problem for smokers, and a survey taken last year indicated that 70% of students felt that “there were not adequate covered spaces on campus for smokers,” sparking the new plan. The covered […]

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Portland Juggling Festival Returns to Campus

Once a year, Reed campus becomes temporary home to a cohort of hippie-like jugglers running around displaying their proficiency for performance, friendliness, and getting really, really drunk. This is what happened in the annual Portland Juggling Festival in Vollum Lecture Hall, Kaul Auditorium, the Sports Center, and the Commons porch on Friday Sep. 30th to […]

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Activists Prepare to Occupy Portland

In solidarity with the “Occupy Wall Street” protests taking place in New York City, citizens of Portland will be holding a “Occupy Portland” protest. At noon today (Thursday the 6th), those assembled will march from Tom McCall Park at 1020 SW Naito Parkway to Pioneer Square, then back to the Waterfront, which they plan to […]

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Unusually Abundant Bike Thefts Shake Campus

When asked if this year’s bike thefts exceeded the normal  amount, Gary Granger’s response was simple: “Um, yeah!” There have been 40% more bike thefts this year than there were at this time last year (14 vs 10). Thieves have not just been taken unlocked bikes or cable-locked bikes; they are actually cutting U-locks. Thefts […]

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Doing The Most Honorable Thing

I don’t know why we have sent seven students to the hospital in ambulances so far this year, when by this point last year we had sent only one—but we have.  When I recently shared this information with students during meetings (seven in all) in the residence halls last week, there was no consensus opinion […]

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Dance Like a Reedie

A blues dancing epidemic has emerged on campus. There are Reedies dancing in Winch, in the SU, in Commons… anywhere there’s a flat surface. These dancers were infected at the Thursday night P.E. class titled “Lindy-Hop and Jazz Dance,” currently taught by Kayce Spear ‘03 and Jae Wilson. The class is a combination of faux […]

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AOD/SA Meetings Present Marked Change In Tone

“Since the beginning of the school year, three freshmen have been found alone and severely intoxicated,” said Community Safety Director Gary Granger. “One of them was found in the canyon.” The room fell silent. And then, questions. “Three?” “Really?” “Are you joking?” To quote Mike Brody, students were “viscerally dismayed” that Reedies had been left […]

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Orchard Revitalized as Reed Celebrates 100 Years

Reed celebrates its centennial this weekend with multiple events around campus, including the dedication of the restored orchard, a student-body-initiated project that has been in the works for several years. President Diver will give a short speech and help plant a “centennial tree” at the event, which will also include a bluegrass band, tabling by […]

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KRRC Το Lose Frequency To Finances: Station To Be Online Only

According to Alexa Ross, signator for KRRC, Reed’s student-run radio station will transition from terrestrial broadcasting to online-only because of lack of funds to maintain equipment and keep the station’s frequency, 97.9 FM. Two years ago, the station nearly lost its frequency to the interests of commercial station KNRQ-FM. Ross identified rising legal costs, day-to-day […]

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New Performing Arts Building Eagerly Anticipated

Despite financial concerns last semester, plans for erecting a new Performing Arts Building are proceeding. There have been few outward signs of progress on the building, which will bring together the Dance, Music and Theatre departments in one space for the first time, since the groundbreaking at Centennial Reunions this summer. The proposed site, the […]

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Some Student Groups Suffer From Funding Poll Glitch: Senate will “let it ride”

Mysterious technical problems in the Student Information Network (SIN) caused a number of student organizations to disappear from Funding Poll last week.  Affected organizations were re-added to Funding Poll by the SIN administrators, but only after many students had already voted. After discussing the issue with several signators and other observers on Wednesday the 7th, […]

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New Photos Add Credence to Reed Car Myth

There might be a car buried under Hauser Library after all. Thanks to a batch of rediscovered photos taken in 1988 and a series of interviews with participants by Chris Lydgate, editor for Reed Magazine, the myth about the car buried under the library now has more credence than most other Reed myths, such as […]

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Long Lines, Weighed Salads, and Breakfast Cocina

“Last year, I only had twenty minutes to get from the physics building, to Commons, and then to the third floor of Elliot,” said junior Julia Fisk. “I was late sometimes, but I usually made it. I just feel bad for people who have to do that this year.” A new computer system at Commons […]

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MusicfestNW Caters to All Tastes

MusicfestNW, billed as “Portland’s largest and most successful music festival,” ran from last Wednesday to Sunday. With more than 170 bands in 18 venues that are sprinkled across the city, the festival offered something for everyone. There were popular acts and bands that even the most seasoned music veteran would likely be unable to identify. […]

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Longtime Librarian Announces Retirement: Working at Reed Was “a Dream Job”

In an email to the Reed community last Tuesday, President Diver announced that Norman F. Carrigg College Librarian Vickie Hanawalt would retire after 25 years in August 2012. The college will select a search committee “in the near future” to find a successor. Hanawalt came to Reed in 1987 after working at the University of […]

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Performance Suggests Das Racist Might Not Be Joking

The visuals, an amalgam of movie and television clips and Tim and Eric-esque psychedelic imagery, were well-done; the group was enthusiastic and a master of their medium; the beats were pumping; and the crowd was totally into it. Das Racist pranced around the stage as a mob of students oscillated before them. But Kaul was, […]

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New Reactor Director Brings Dose of New Ideas

Equipped with scientific knowledge, enthusiasm, and an intriguing international arrest record, Melinda Krahenbuhl has arrived on campus as the new director of the Reed Research Reactor. During an exhaustive search last spring, which included flying in candidates from as far away as Austria, Krahenbuhl impressed operators with her candor and familiarity with various reactor research […]

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New and Forgotten Groups

Some student groups hang around so long they become synonymous with Reed: DOTU, CAVE, RSSK. Still other groups form and dismantle on a whim, zipping in and out of existence over the years. Here is a compilation of the new groups that Reedies have managed to dream up, as well as a couple of recently […]

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Reed College Sports Update: New Year Edition

Most of the Reed sports teams have continued as usual this year, with both Frisbee teams and both rugby teams gearing up for another good season, and basketball continuing to exist. Men’s soccer is looking to build upon their phenomenal previous season and improve upon their already extremely impressive last year’s second-place finish and .666 […]

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Being Old(e) at Reed

There’s a group of students that aren’t Olde Reed, but they sure are old for Reed. Nontraditionally aged students have existed at Reed for a long time, but for the first time in Reed’s history, the Multicultural Resource Center and the Student Activities office are joining together to offer specific programming for nontraditional students. Why […]

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Grover Construction Project Information

An ambiguous construction project has been underway near the Grove since before classes began. The mysterious piles of building materials will soon be two new tennis courts and a basketball court. Facilities Manager Steve Yeadon explained why this was a highly anticipated improvement over the old courts. Most important, the old tennis courts will be […]

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Greenboard Direct Action

Editor’s Note: Mathilde Mouw is a member of Greenboard Greenboard, Reed’s environmental group, has traditionally concerned itself with organizing green-promoting events like Power Struggle and celebrating the success of continuing environmental efforts through Canyon Day.  However, last year the group made an effort to reach out into the world of environmental activism in greater Portland […]

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Das Racist to Visit Reed: Rap Group Defies Easy Interpretation

On September 9th, the controversial art rap group Das Racist (DR) will perform in Kaul Auditorium at 8 P.M as the Multicultural Resource Center’s inaugural event of the year. This enigmatic group inspires questions like “what the hell is this song ‘Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell’– a commentary on American consumerism or a bad […]

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An Introduction to Senate and Getting Shit Done at Reed: How an Idea Becomes a Reality

In third grade, we all learned about how a bill becomes a law to the tunes of Schoolhouse Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill”. Unfortunately, Schoolhouse Rock didn’t make a Reed College equivalent, because not many Reedies understand how to create change on their own campus. It’s probably a good thing nobody has made a catchy […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Suraj Pant and “The Impact of Tourism on Poverty and Inequality”

Every week, The Quest will be profiling the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done by people in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. […]

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Medical Amnesty for AOD: What It Is, How It Came To Be, and What You Should Know

Last year, Reed began to implement its old AOD policy in extremely different ways: students who might, in the past, simply have had their alcohol or illegal substances confiscated by a Community Safety Officer, now received an “AOD violation” for drinking or substance use if caught. This change kicked off a year of heated debate. […]

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An Interview with Gary Granger

Many Reed students have come to see the CSOs as nothing but a uniform. In order to remedy that situation, we took an informative and very serious questionnaire to 28 West, which the CSOs answered in a very serious way. Each week we will profile a CSO, asking them revealing questions and trying to get […]

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New Dean is Boon for Reed Diversity

On July 18, 2011, Reed College announced the appointment of Professor Crystal Williams as its first Dean for Institutional Diversity after several weeks of deliberation as well as input from faculty, staff, and students. Her appointment marks a watershed moment as the college attempts to advance diversity and inclusion in all levels of the Reed […]

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Ad-hoc Committee on Sexual Assault Report, 04/26/2011

Reed College Ad-hoc Committee on Sexual Assault Findings and Recommendations April 26, 2011 TO: Colin Diver FROM: The Ad-hoc Committee on Sexual Assault (COSA) Ariadna García-Bryce, Chair, Professor of Spanish and Humanities Michael Faletra, Associate Professor of English and Humanities Gary Granger, Director of Community Safety Celia Hassan, student, member of Sexual Assault Task Force […]

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Diver Responds to Calls for Sexual Assault Policy Reform [Updated]

On Tuesday, President Colin Diver sent an open letter to the Reed community broadly outlining steps the college will take toward reforming its institutional approach to sexual assault. In the past semester, Reed’s sexual assault policy has been criticized for insufficiently addressing the needs of victims and inadequacy in its adjudication process.

The letter, distributed in the form of a campus-wide e-mail, comes in response to mounting pressure from various members of the Reed community advocating for reform of the college’s sexual assault policies. Specifically, the letter cites two petitions created by faculty and students calling for reform.

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Interview with Vanessa “New Dax” White

I’d once heard second-hand information that Dax King, Commons’ former points-man, drives a monster truck. “I followed him home one day, and he was driving a monster truck!” the source assured my friend. Aside from the cartoonish image of a man driving a behemoth with wheels as tall as he himself, the story—factual or not—speaks […]

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Bursting the Bubble

Statue of Turkey-Armenia Friendship Being Demolished In an act akin to politically slapping someone in the face with a glove full of bricks, the Turkish government has begun to demolish a statue of two figures extending their hand to one another.  The so-called Statue of Humanity, commissioned in 2006 to symbolize the gradual warming of […]

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Faculty Sexual Assault Petition

Dear President Diver, We write as members of the faculty to voice our concerns about policies and procedures for sexual assault prevention and response at Reed College. We feel these policies and procedures inadvertently harm the victims of sexual assault they are designed to help. We are also concerned about a lack of due process […]

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Notice from SSASS

To Members of the Reed Community, Over the past week, the Students for Sexual Assault Support Services (SSASS) have circulated a petition calling for specific and immediate changes to the current sexual assault policy and practices at Reed College. This petition was in circulation for 100 hours and gained 847 signatures of support, 58% of […]

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Bursting the Bubble

Air traffic controllers across the nation are getting busted for sleeping on the job, but that’s not the only transgression those guys who are supposed to be keeping an eye on the sky have committed lately: just this Tuesday, an air traffic controller in Ohio was discovered watching a movie, Cleaner, while he was supposed […]

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Sexual Assault Debate Heats Up at Reed: Committee Expedites Recommendations in Light of Growing Unrest

Brody, students met in the SAO Tuesday to address student concerns. Photo by Katy Joseph.

Amidst growing pressure from internal and external sources, the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Assault (COSA) has chosen to expedite the submission of their findings regarding Reed’s procedure for the education, prevention, and adjudication of sexual assault. Initially scheduled for presentation by May 2 at 4 PM, members of the committee expressed a desire to […]

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Community Safety to Increase Security Measures

Over the next several months, community safety will be increasing efforts to secure computers and other expensive equipment in academic buildings. These efforts come as a direct response to two massive technology thefts in the Physics building, both of which cost the college thousands of dollars in lost assets. The second of these thefts occurred […]

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Putting the “Rad” in RAD

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Every winter the Admission Office reads over 3,000 Why Reed essays, each one chronicling the reasons why students have chosen to apply. In case you were curious, it’s not our information sessions. It’s not the visits we make to their high schools, or the brochures that litter their mailboxes. It’s you, current students. It’s what […]

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Shira Tarrant Addresses Men, Feminism, Sexual Assault Debate

On Tuesday night, Shira Tarrant, a nationally distinguished expert on gender and sexual politics, spoke to a crowd of students and individuals from outside Reed in Vollum Lounge. The title of the discussion was Politics and Pleasure: Men, Feminism, and Social Change, though part of her lecture was devoted to giving suggestions on ways one can take an active role in stopping or prohibiting sexual assault and violence; the latter of which has become a controversial issue among students this past semester.

 

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Computers, Equipment Stolen from Physics: Second Large-Scale Tech Theft This Semester

Late Sunday, several computers and pieces of equipment were stolen from the Physics building, amounting to thousands of dollars in stolen assets. This is the second theft in the Physics building this semester; the first of which took place in January and involved a theft of similar items. The stolen items in question were five […]

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Elections Assembly: How to Vote and Get Informed

Hello, and welcome to the Spring 2011 Student Body Elections! Inside this issue of the Quest you will find all the relevant information to help you make an informed decision and submit your vote in the next few days. The following two pages contain brief profiles of everyone currently running for Senate or Quest Board, […]

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Bursting the Bubble

Police are hunting for a serial killer who is plaguing New York. The death toll reached eight victims on Tuesday when three bodies were found on a Long Island beach. This is terrifying news for those among us who are diehard fans of Law & Order and have watched every single episode of SVU. Where […]

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OPB Interview with Mike Brody

Listen to OPB’s interview with Mike Brody regarding Reed’s sexual assault policies. Audio (starts about a fourth of the way in) Comments thread If you have responses to the interview, or regarding the issue of sexual assault, and would like them published on Reedquest.org, please email them to me at lbutcher@reed.edu

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