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House Advisers to be Dismissed After Multiple AODs

Under new expectations and guidelines for dismissal for House Advisers being drafted by Residence Life, House Advisers may be put under probation or dismissed for “multiple minor violations of the alcohol and other drug policy and/or egregious use of alcohol that endangers the wellbeing of the individual or others.” A “verbal and/or written warning and/or […]

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“Border safety” Project Provokes Controversy


A blue VW golf pulls up to the unexpected orange barrier in Reed’s east parking lot. It’s late morning on Tuesday. A man in a day-glow vest and sunglasses steps up to the car’s window. “Can I see your papers?” The car doesn’t have the paperwork he’s looking for, so the man hands out an […]

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Student Patrol Officers Will Not Report AODs

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Amid student ire, Community Safety announced last week that it would not proceed with plans for a controversial Student Patrol Officer program that would have had student volunteers reporting AOD violations on other students to Community Safety. Appearing at last week’s Senate meeting, Director of Community Safety Gary Granger cited widespread discontent about the issue […]

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Camp Aardvark: Bringing Developmental Disabilities into the Reed Arena

Camp Aardvark, the brainchild of Alice Alsup and Gabriel Forsythe-Korzeniewicz ’12, is an effort to bring Reed into alliance with Portland’s developmental disability community. Alsup and Forsythe-Korzeniewicz plan to run a one day camp for children with developmental disabilities on the facilities of the Autistic Children’s Activities Program (ACAP) late this semester. Camp Aardvark has […]

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Presidential Finalists to Visit Reed

Newly chosen finalists in Reed’s search for a new college President are “tentatively scheduled” to visit Reed on March 28 through 31 and April 2 through 5, according to an email sent to the community on Tuesday. The Presidential Search Committee spent eighteen hours in meetings last weekend interviewing semi-finalists and narrowing the pool to […]

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Senate Beat: An Inquiry into Values

Senate opened the floor on Thursday to Director of Community Safety Gary Granger and the dozen students in attendance to discuss Community Safety’s plan to have Student Patrol Officers report AOD violations. Senator Marie Perez claimed that Community Safety is hiring Student Patrol Officers because doing so is less expensive than hiring more Community Safety […]

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Ideals High, Policies Low in 20-Year-Old’s Portland Mayoral Bid

“My office has no specific location in Portland. You will find me in every neighborhood, bus line, and park.” This text lies where a street address would normally be found on Cameron Whitten’s website. Whitten, only twenty years old, is running an insurgent candidacy for mayor of Portland, which will be voted for this fall. […]

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Blue Like Jazz’s Second Premier to be at Reed

Blue Like Jazz, the film adaptation of the New York Times bestseller of the same name, will hold its second public premiere in Kaul auditorium on April 11 after premiering at the South by Southwest film festival on March 13. The book, Christian author Donald Miller’s semi-autobiographical recount of exploring his spirituality while auditing classes […]

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Isabel Wilkerson Declares Great Migration a Success

A crowd of many creeds and many colors gathered last Saturday in Kaul Auditorium to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson talk about the Great Migration, the largest and most significant internal migration the United States has ever experienced in its history. Wilkerson was brought to Reed by the Multicultural Resource as part […]

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Labors of (Free?) Love: A look a student body wages, continued

Student Body positions, such as on Student Body Senate, on Judicial Board, and on Honor Council, are a confusing mix of volunteer work, academics and wage labor, as discussed in last week’s Quest. Although many important positions are paid far less than minimum wage, there are striking disparities between the effective wages of different positions. […]

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Inside The Pamphlette

The Pamphlette staff. From left, Hailey Jones, “Boots” Beutelle, Ann-Derrick Gaillot, Jeff Blum, and Sean Howard.

The Pamphlette staff. From left, Hailey Jones, “Boots” Beutelle, Ann-Derrick Gaillot, Jeff Blum, and Sean Howard. Despite the prevailing notion that Pamphlette writers are bedecked student clowns, it turns out that they are relatively normal students, whose appearances cannot be distinguished from that of other Reedies. It is also false that they serve as court […]

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Senate Beat, with Love and Squalor

Senate discussed the implications of AOD violations for Housing Advisers, and a meeting between Student Body President Brian Moore ’13 and Student Body Vice President Aidan Sigman ’13 and Colin Diver regarding recent student arrests at its meeting on Thursday. Senate also voted to unfreeze Reed Shooting Sports Collective’s funds, which had been frozen after […]

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A Not Just O-Kay Performance

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“Oh, look at all this greenery!” poet Sarah Kay exclaimed on-stage in the Reed Chapel. She was referring to the lushness outside, a stark contrast to the Manhattan streets she grew up on. “I’m a city kid,” she explained. Gray Fund hosted a gripping spoken word performance by Kay last Thursday. The question-and-answer session afterward […]

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The Success of the Centennial Campaign: What it means for Reedies

The Centennial Campaign was the most massive fund-raising attempt in the history of Reed, and it has largely been successful. 185 million dollars has been raised since the inception of the fund, and President Colin Diver is confident that the goal of $200 million will be met by the end of the campaign on December […]

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Working for the Timé: Student body work falls between volunteering, academics, and wage labor

Although students who work as tutors, librarians, and SU cleaners are paid on an hourly basis, many student positions are paid with a monthly stipend, including the most important jobs in student body government. Senators, Judicial Board members, Honor Council members, and others fall into this category. When calculated as an hourly wage, many of […]

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Alumni Switchboard Connects Reedies with Success

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A project to connect current career-seeking Reedies with alumni, and donate $40 to Reed for each connection made in the process, is rapidly gaining momentum. Reed Switchboard, which launched just before Working Weekend three weeks ago, has already grown from fourteen to twenty alumni, and from $10,000 to $16,000 in pledged donations to Reed over […]

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Student Patrol Officers to Report AOD Violations

In 4 to 6 weeks Community Safety will be reinstating the Student Patrol Officer program. Student Patrol Officers, or SPOs, will be responsible for patrolling campus, locking and unlocking buildings, and reporting AOD violations to CSOs. By the fall of 2012, SPOs will replace Pacific Patrol Services personnel who have been supplementing CSO’s regular patrols. […]

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Student Arrest Sparks Outrage


The arrest of two Reed students on Monday, February 13 has sparked debate between the student body and the administration about the role of Community Safety in incidents involving drugs. The students were arrested at their Reed College Apartment after Community Safety Officers, who had searched the apartment after investigating a noise complaint, called the […]

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Confidential Help For Sexual Assault Survivors at Reed

Jyl Shaffer is the Assistant Dean for Sexual Assault Prevention & Response. Since starting work at Reed just before the end of the fall semester, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to learn what every brand new Reedie learns: how to get around campus, how to balance all the daily requirements with having a […]

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New Theme Dorms, PIG Appeals Cancellation


Three new theme dorms were announced last Thursday: literature, art, and circus. After deliberation by Residence Life Committee, which includes several Housing Advisers, a Resident Director, and Student Body Vice President Aidan Sigman ’13, all of the current dorms were renewed with the exception of People Ingesting Gourmet (PIG). Decisions were made based on new […]

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KRRC Rises from the Ashes


“This place has grown on me like a fungus,” says graffiti on the KRRC station’s walls, “and I’m allergic to penicillin.” The line captures one Reedie’s love for KRRC, and in light of the station’s recent rise to the seventh slot on this semester’s Funding Poll Top 40, it’s clear that K-Rock has grown on […]

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Canyon Revival Presses On


The restoration process that transformed the Reed Canyon from a mess of invasive plants and disconnected waterways into the present ecologically stable and pleasantly walkable space will continue this semester with a host of new endeavors by the Canyon Crew. Under Canyon Specialist Zac Perry’s direction, the crew plans to install a second fish ladder […]

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Senate Beat and the Sorcerer’s Stone

On Thursday Senate discussed next year’s theme dorms, Appointments Committee bylaw changes, free condom availability, approved the Top 40 budget, and allocated funds to Women’s Rugby for an event. Senator Dana Loutey ’12 addressed a proposed gender neutral bathroom in the chemistry building and said that she had sent out an email to chemistry majors […]

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Top 40 Spring 2012 Budget

Note that RSSC had its funds frozen until lead-free ammunition could be found and acquired.

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Title IX Investigation as Women’s Rugby Loses Coach, Funding

The Women's Rugby team received $300 from Senate on Thursday for a weekend event because the administration pulled funding for league play.

Reed has opened a Title IX investigation into alleged inequitable treatment of women’s facilities and sports teams by the Sports Center. Some members of the Women’s Rugby team have claimed that men’s sports teams are given preferential treatment by the Sports Center. The team was recently dealt a blow when their coach, Valerie Burns, resigned, […]

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Committee Slow on Gender Neutral Bathrooms


Last week saw the opening of a new gender-neutral bathroom in the lower level of the GCC. Over a year after the passing of a student referendum that formalized student support for the inclusion of a gender neutral bathroom in every building on campus with a set of restrooms, Physical Plant has finally converted gendered […]

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Alumni impart career optimism at Working Weekend

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Reed’s first annual Working Weekend came to Vollum last weekend, bringing career advice and connections to a campus often criticized for its focus on impractical lofty ideals. Alumni traveled from as far as France to share their post-graduate experiences and advice with current Reedies. Though many students were aware of the event, turnout was fairly […]

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$2000 to Innovative Reedies


This past Sunday a team of three Reed students and two Portland high school seniors won the Reed Start-Up competition with a business platform for software that can analyze human emotions using voice patterns. Team Emotitron consisted of Reedies Finn Terdal ‘13, Clemmie Wotherspoon ‘12, and Gabriel Forsythe-Korzeniewicz ‘12. The Reedies were joined by Matthew […]

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Not-So-Simple 600

Bon Appetit’s new Simple 600 menu option offended Reed students who claimed that the meal could upset students with eating disorders. Several students scrawled disapproving remarks on the Simple 600 table advertisements. One Sharpied message read: “Dear Bon Appetit, your Simple 600 meal could trigger students who have or have had eating disorders.” Comment cards […]

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Administration Backs TEDxReed

Reed College has pledged to financially back the student group TEDxReedCollege, which is planning a conference for next November. TED is a renowned nonprofit dedicated to disseminating ideas about diverse subject matter including art, culture, politics, science. Such influential people as Al Gore, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, and Jane Goodall have given talks for TED’s […]

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Historic Opera Comes to Portland

Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly is playing at the Portland Opera on Saturday, February 11th. In 1994 it was the fourth most popular opera in the world, beloved for its heartbreaking heroine. However, heartbreak is to opera as squirrels are to Reed: Honestly, you’re surprised when it’s not there. The fascinating part of Madame Butterfly is […]

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Senate Beat; or, The Whale

On Thursday Senate discussed Honor Council and Appeals Board wage increases and increasing cigarette prices at the Paradox. Head Treasurer Adhikarimayum “Khagi” Khagemba ’14 also announced he would be resigning this month. Mark Hintz ’12, Paradox Manager, recommended raising the price of all cigarette brands carried by the Paradox by twenty-five cents, except Pyramids, which […]

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David Graeber on Debt as a Social Construct

The chapel was full to bursting with people who came to hear David Graeber, anarchist and anthropologist, author of “Debt, the First 5000 Years,” attack fundamental assumptions about capitalism and debt talk last Tuesday. Graeber asserted that the morality of paying back debt is socially contrived. He suggested that a natural economic system would favor […]

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President’s Message: Honorable Student Governance

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At Reed, a great deal of energy is devoted to pondering what it means for an individual to engage in honorable behavior. I would like to take an opportunity, however, to consider what it means for the student body government as an institution to act in accord with the Honor Principle. First, let me make […]

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Safety on Demand: Rent-a-Cops on Campus

This semester, nocturnal Reedies should expect to see some unfamiliar faces around campus. Reed hired Pacific Patrol Services (PPS), a private security company serving “the purpose of having a uniformed officer in a marked vehicle patrolling the campus and bordering streets from 8PM to 2AM every day,” said Gary Granger, Director of Community Safety. Pacific […]

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