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Towards a More Perfect Union: Community Gathers for Reevaluation of the Honor Principle

A Reed Union on the state of the Honor Principle occurred Monday night before a crowd of over 400 students, faculty, staff and alumni, nearly filling Kaul Auditorium.

The Union, the first since 2007, was proposed by members of Honor Council to discuss the “state of the Honor Principle.” Reed Unions are described by the college as “moderated discussion featuring panels of experts in dialogue with members of the audience” and are intended to serve as a Reed-wide forum for addressing topics of importance to the community.

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Reed’s Resident Underground Celebrity Pens Tell-All Book

Monday nights on the Reed campus are usually pretty stressful, and this Monday’s dreary April weather certainly wasn’t making things any more pleasant. Drizzly and grey, students trucked dutifully from classrooms to the library to Commons and back, faces drawn and pallid from lack of sun exposure. The previous Friday’s glorious burst of sunshine looked, […]

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“Senate Sucks.”

Sunday marked the end of a weeklong strike by Head Treasurer Torra Spillaine and Assistant Treasurer Khagemba Adhikarimayum described by Senator Robert “Schwartz” Khan during Monday’s Senate meeting as, “almost semi-serious.”

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-ism Plans Feminist Bakesale

Despite the Equal Pay Act passed in 1963, men and women continue to face unequal pay in the workplace. This Friday, the student diversity group ”-ism” hopes to raise awareness about male privilege in the workplace by hosting a Feminist Bake Sale for Pay Equity. The bakesale will charge men and women proportionally, based on […]

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Fulbright Scholarships and Reedies: Why You Should Apply

So what exactly does one do after graduating from Reed? That seems to be a question plaguing most rising juniors and underclassmen as each academic year comes to a close. Internships, jobs, grad school: all of these options, while exciting and promising for some, might not be exactly what you’re looking for. Maybe you’re looking for adventure; maybe you want to travel the world. Reed wants nothing more than for its students to pursue their dreams as far as they can, and that’s why the college is eager to expose eligible students to the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship—among other equally exciting fellowship and scholarship opportunities—this month.

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Bursting the Bubble: Debriefing on Libya

The democratic revolutions sweeping through the Middle East have come to a violent hurdle. While the first weeks of protest in Tunisia and Egypt were relatively non-violent, in the recent weeks, rulers in Yemen, Syria, Bahrain, and Libya have cracked down with greater force to suppress the anti-government efforts. In Yemen, nearly 200 people have […]

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Bursting the Bubble

Eighty-four-year-old James Gronseth of Portland, OR is joining the Peace Corps. He’s going to be stationed in Botswana, where he will use his hospital administration background to help improve treatment for HIV and AIDs patients. The average age of a Peace Corps volunteer is 28, so Gronseth says he’s “bringing age diversity.” Well said, gramps. […]

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Midterm/Spring Break Open Thread

No Quest this week or next… Instead: open thread! Comment about whatever you want (tell us what you think of the site, recent AOD changes, international news, drama, trashy TV, existential philosophy, whatever). Have at it!

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AOD Implementation Strains Bonds between Students, CSOs

Last week, four anonymous students—three of which were falsely rumored to have been evicted from their campus housing—voiced concerns about AOD policy and its implementation on campus to the Quest. Among their concerns was allegedly inappropriate behavior on behalf of patrolling CSOs, behavior that, according to them, goes against the letter and spirit of Reed College’s AOD policy. According to these sources, CSOs have been targeting specific groups of students who they suspect to be in violation of the AOD policy without any evidence of misbehavior. As well, they cite instances of being unaware of AOD violations that have been administered to them, and overall displeasure with the policy and its enforcement.

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Bursting the Bubble

In case you missed it, Charlie Sheen went totally and completely batshit crazy. He’s in denial: said Sheen, “I’m not bi-polar, I’m bi-winning!” I’ll leave that to you to decipher, because I have absolutely no idea what that means at all. Guess I’m not a winner. (If you haven’t seen it yet, YouTube the “Charlie […]

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A response to “Administration Denies Dorm Evictions”

I, as well as the CSOs that I am fortunate enough to lead, have been the subject of many Quest pieces this academic year.  I accept it, I welcome it, and to this point, I have been impressed with the quality of work I have read. Not today. I quote from the aforementioned piece: “ […]

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Student Body President Nora McConnell-Johnson Addresses Smoking on Campus

Though I feel like I really connect to the student body through my (amazing) biweekly SB Info links, I’ve decided that it may be time to take the conversation in a more serious direction. At this week’s Senate meeting, we began a discussion about smoking on campus. While it was our best-attended meeting of the […]

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Renn Fayre Theme Strikes the Motherlode

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“Do you know those guys?” a friend asks me as we cross campus for pre-party festivities at another friend’s apartment. We’re passing by a group of completely unfamiliar looking youngsters who look suspiciously underage – it looks like tonight’s festivities are about to be enjoyed by some of Cleveland High’s finest as well. But right […]

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Administration Denies Dorm Evictions

Rumors that students have been evicted from their Reed dorms or apartments due to Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) policy violations have been circulating campus this week. According to Mike Brody, Vice President and Dean of Student Services, there is no truth to these rumors at all. Brody and Pete Meagher, Associate Dean for Student […]

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New Position Created By Health & Counseling

Sometime within the next few weeks, health and counseling services will begin accepting positions for two new student jobs on IRIS. The positions, one designated for each gender, requires students to roam the campus on Friday and Saturday nights

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Bursting the Bubble: Middle East Edition

Protesters have taken over much of the eastern Libya in a set of bloody riots and demonstrations. Gaddafi, who has ruled for 41 years, has used helicopter gunships, fighter jets and mercenaries to keep the protesters at bay.

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Piggies Find a Home: Food, Friends Rolled Up into a Dorm

“How big is that pig in your head?” Such is the question that prompted freshman Alan Cline to dramatically reconsider his relationship with his dorm. Cline recalls an acid trip last semester, during which he was compelled to believe that Chittick had momentarily transformed into a giant pig: “On this pig there was [one of […]

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Bursting the Bubble

World While the revolutionary spirit is still ablaze in the Middle East, nowhere have the protests gotten more violent than in Lybia. In this country (surrounded by Tunisia to the West and Egypt to the East) protestors have been violently attacked by militias supported by the government using military supplies. The number of causalities has […]

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Honor Council Reevaluates, Looks to Take Action

With support from senate, faculty, and administration, Honor Council has begun preparing for the first Reed Union since the 2007. The upcoming Reed Union, which is tentatively scheduled for late March or April, will be the third to focus on the vitality and viability of the Honor Principle. Honor Council hopes that the community-wide forum will encourage the entire campus to consider how the Honor Principle affects student life, and whether it, alongside the mediation group, should be altered to more properly suit the needs of the community.

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An Open Letter from the Ad-hoc Committee on Sexual Assault

At the beginning of the fall semester, President Diver appointed an ad-hoc committee on sexual assault. The committee is comprised of students, faculty, and staff. As our work is well underway, and due to recent campus-wide concern about this issue, we wanted to inform the community about the particulars of our mission. The president charged […]

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Common Inspires, Evangelizes

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“Greatness,” said Common from the podium in Kaul Auditorium on Wednesday evening, “is about finding your path and believing in it.” As part of their initiative to procure higher-profile performers, speakers, and events, Gray Fund invited rapper Common to give a lecture this week on his keys to success. Common, born Lonnie Rashied Lynn Jr., […]

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Senate Suspends Sustainability Committee Line Item for Spring Semester

During the Fall of 2009, Senate agreed to allocate two percent of the Study Body Funds to the Sustainability Committee, a faculty-heavy group that is tasked with supporting the school’s quest to making our lives more green in whatever way it sees fit. These funds, on two different occasions (in the Fall of ’09 and […]

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Arizona State Scrounges $6 Million in Uranium Fuel, Reed Reactor Benefits

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ASU’s Defunct Reactor Program Supplies Reed with Used Fuel

Last month, the Reed College Research Reactor received roughly 6 million dollars worth of new uranium fuel elements. “This is easily the most significant event in the history of the reactor since it first went critical in 1968,” said Stephen Frantz, Reactor Director.

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Trustees Approve Plans for New Performing Art Bldg.

Upon hearing the announcement that the performing arts building was a go, President Colin Diver was so elated that “he was practically levitating,” said a member present at the meeting. Last Saturday, the Reed College board of trustees gave final approval for the construction of a new performing arts building. Part of a list of […]

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“External Review” of AOD Policy Announced

On Monday evening, the Reed community received an open letter that seems to have raised more questions than it initially intended to ask. The letter, distributed in the form of a community-wide email, comes two weeks after a week in which seventeen Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) policy violations were reported by Community Safety. The […]

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Senate, Granger Announce Plans to Update Implementation of Emergency Response System

Five years ago, before Justin Bieber sold over 4.5 million records and when Pink actually had cultural significance, the Reed Senate decided to make the new Emergency Notification System opt-in for all the student body. This meant that to get emails, text messages, or phone messages sent to you from the CSO Office during an […]

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Printing Fees Drop

Beginning this semester, we’ve decreased printing fees by 20 percent, lowering the cost from 10 cents to eight cents per side. Wait, what? Can that be right? In this economy, with prices rising for… everything? Ever since Reede was Olde, printing has been charged at 10¢ per side. Why change it now? Well, there are […]

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Blue Like Jazz Crew Shoots on Campus

The cast and crew of Blue Like Jazz arrived on campus last week to a bittersweet surprise: sun. Saturday was one of Portland’s rare breaks from the winter gloom, a perfect day of blue skies, near-warm weather, and vitamin D. For those of us back from winter break, it was a glorious (if deceptively optimistic) start to the semester. For director Steve Taylor, however, the bright skies came with a dose of irony — on its first day filming at Reed College, the crew of Blue Like Jazz had to make its own rain.

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Granger Responds to Recent Jabs, Increase in AODs

Is CSO-in-Chief Gary Granger out to terminate the Honor Principle? “Why would I be the terminator?” asks Granger, looking quizzically at a satirical leaflet hung up on his wall. The leaflet in question, which states that Gary Granger is “a cyborg assassin sent back in time to terminate the Honor Principle,” has been circulating around […]

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Portland While You Were Gone

While most of you pretty young things spent your winter break at home kickin’ it with your homies/parents/grandparents/dog/sofa, all sorts of interesting things happened in this great state of Oregon. Here are some highlights of what you missed: • A former CIA agent who was serving a 23-½-year sentence after being imprisoned as a Russian […]

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The Missing Pieces: A Review

The Portland Playhouse’s production of Nick Zagone’s The Missing Pieces is a playful, heartfelt tale of a boy’s search for a father figure. The production is not perfect, but director Brian Weaver certainly puts on a damn good show. When the lights come up, it’s 1980. Mt. St. Helens has just erupted and Portland is […]

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Forthcoming Blue Like Jazz Movie to Paint Reed as Intellectual, Wild

Principle leads Penny (Claire Holt), Don (Marshall Allman) and director Steve Taylor prepare for a scene on the bike co-op set. Photo by Jimmy Abegg.

“Movie stories don’t live well in the middle of human experience,” he says as the camera pans over extras dressed as Renn Fayre participants, decked out in animal costumes and sparkly wigs. “When [the protagonist] goes away to [Reed] College, it’s not kind of a liberal college, it’s the most godless campus in America.” That’s […]

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Videogame Consoles Stolen, Honor Principle feels Violated

On Monday, Dec. 7, Andrew Choi and Rebecca Richman reported three video game consoles belonging to Reed’s resident video game collective, Handling Controllers Collaboratively (HCC), stolen. Choi and Richman were in the middle of arranging a video game rental program with the campus bookstore at the time of the theft. If all went according to […]

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Many Ways to Communicate with CSOs, One Result

In his first year at Reed, Director of Community Safety Gary Granger has spent a lot of time repeatedly emphasizing one point: communication with him and/or his CSO staff will help ease students’ concern about CSO engagement. If you don’t communicate with them, there’s no way Gary will be able to know how you feel. […]

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Reed’s Namaste Kathmandu Seeks Volunteers

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Ten-year-old Asmita wanted to go to school, but her mother couldn’t afford to continue sending her.

At the local private school, tuition was free, but books and supplies were not. Asmita, a bright little girl with pigtails and a huge smile loved school more than anything else. She wore her uniform even on days off. At age nine, she had already read through half of her science book by teaching herself at home. Forced to drop out at age ten, Asmita came to my second grade classroom

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A Sock Drive to Benefit Portland Street Population

Wiggle your toes, then take a look outside. Aren’t you glad you’re cozy inside, with a good pair of socks to protect your extremities from the cold and wet when you do venture outdoors?

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CIS Considers Switch to Google Apps

Reed’s Computing and Informational Services department is in talks with Google to implement Google Apps for Education on campus, with the focus currently on Google Calendar and Google Docs. The transaction between the schools and Google involves much legal review, which is underway. Along with other colleges with similar concerns, and their attorneys, the language […]

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SPRING/FALL: VOODOO

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Four Loko Canned: College Students Everywhere May Start to Remember Their Saturday Nights

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Facing mounting pressure from the FDA, outspoken government representatives, and concerned citizens groups, makers of the popular malt beverage Four Loko announced on Tuesday that they will pull the caffeine from the convenience store staple. The current formula for each standard can contains 12% alcohol, 660 calories, and a caffeine, guarana, and taurine stimulant cocktail […]

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Commons Announces Marked Drop in Dish Expenditures

Bon Appetite – the catering company that serves us food in the family room we call Commons – is contractually required to buy $6,500 worth of new dishes every year. In the past years, however, this cost has been much higher. Last year was the worst yet: the total cost for replaced commons dishes was […]

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Police Shut Down Dance Party

Neighbor’s Noise Complaint Ends Reedies’ Fun The La Resistance dance party in the Student Union was shut down around midnight Friday Nov. 12 when a neighbor called the Portland Police after complaining to Reed, said Gary Granger, director of community safety. Daft Ball, the Daft Punk-themed party held the following night, however, did not disturb […]

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Prospie Profs Battle for Tenure-Track Positions

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Members of the political science department have just returned from a meeting that has lasted for hours and are arguing about dinner. Left with only beer and tortilla chips for an entire afternoon, they complain to each other about the lack of edible compensation on behalf of the department. “This is one of the problems […]

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“Reedies for Reed” Plan Second Scholarship for Students by Students

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The search has begun to rename the “Class of 2010 Scholarship,” an on-campus fundraiser to establish a scholarship for an incoming freshman. Meetings have only just begun for the new campaign

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Paradox To Increase Prices

Espresso drink prices rise $0.25 The Paradox Cafe, Reed’s in-house coffeeshop, has been forced to raise blended coffee prices for the first time in years as the result of recent increased price rates in the coffee industry. Effective November 10th, espresso drinks (espressos, americanos, macchiatos, lattes, and mochas) will cost 25 cents more. Stumptown Coffee […]

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Gray Fund Calls On Superstars

This year’s Harvest Ball was played by Reel Big Fish,  marking Gray Fund’s trend toward bigger name acts which includes proposals for appearances by The Decemberists, Modest Mouse or Neil Patrick Harris at next year’s Centennial Celebration. Photo by Heather Chan.

Reel Big Fish is just the beginning—Common, The Decemberists, Neil Patrick Harris, Modest Mouse are all proposed names for Gray Fund’s coming semesters. “Every year we try to bring in big names. Relative to the other years, this year, especially with the big music acts, is definitely more of a pop culture type of thing,” […]

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Community Safety Releases Rules of Engagement, Seeks Feedback on First Draft

It seems two documents, the Alcohol and Drug Policy and its implementation plan, are not enough to guide the treatment of drugs at Reed. A draft of Rules of Engagement for community safety officers dealing with drug and alcohol violations have been released by Gary Granger, director of community safety, in order to draw comments […]

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Keith Todd Joins Reed as Dean of Admissions

Keith Todd stands his ground in the admission office.

“How are your classes?” Keith Todd, dean of Admissions, asks me as he leads me into his office. Despite the formal feel of his cherry-wood office the conversation retains the usual comfortable feel. This comes as a warm surprise considering his impressive background. Starting as an admissions officer for Stanford, he moved east to become […]

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Richmond Clinic Offers Lowest-Cost Healthcare

Reed Alumna Jessica Glenn ‘06 had just lost her health insurance and didn’t know where to turn. She had been divorced, and even though she was a healthy thirty year-old, insurance companies

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Reed Forms StarCraft Team, Techs to Intercollegiate League

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Mattias Lehman paces around the McKinley common room, scratching his chin. “I used exclusively zerglings up until Gold tier, but above that, that strategy begins to fail.” He turns his attention to other things. “What I’d really like pull off next match is the Medivac Ultralisk Ball. Or Zealot Hydra Medivac.” Don’t worry if none […]

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Ruck Maul Pillage and Burn, Ruck Maul Pillage and Burn: Eat the Babies!

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The Badass Sparkle Princesses are known around campus for two things—being one of the most intense sports teams at Reed and eating babies. The women’s rugby club has been around since the 1980s

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