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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Reed’s Acceptance Rate Rises: Admissions Seeks to Grow Applicant Pool

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On March 26 Reed College offered admission to 1,356 of the 2,887 applicants for the class of 2017. The acceptance rate of 47 percent marks the class of 2017 as the least selective class since 2004 and comes on the heels of what had been an unprecedented period of increasing selectivity for the college. From […]

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Three New Murals Approved

Earlier this semester, Senate approved a proposal from the Art Collection Management Committee (ACMC, chaired by Dean of Faculty Pat McDougal and comprised of students, faculty, and staff) to change the on-campus murals process such that it is a more collaborative endeavor between the ACMC and the Senate mural reps. At the Senate meeting on Friday, April 5th, Senators David Azrael and Mathew Olson announced the approval of three new murals on campus—two new murals that will replace long-standing works, and one new mural in a previously unutilized space. These developments deserve a clear articulation of the new process, the new murals (and the artists behind them) and a description of what the new process means for on-campus murals in years to come. The new murals guidelines are posted on the Student Activities website.

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Blunts and Donuts

On April 20, at both 4:20 a.m. and p.m., for the third year in a row, Director of Community Safety Gary Granger provided “blunts” in the form of Voodoo donuts in the Student Union. Granger has been putting on the event since 2011 with the intention of engaging students about the Alcohol and Other Drugs […]

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