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Performing Positive Masculinity

Notes from an illuminating discussion of non-violent masculinity On September 28th 2014, Reedies assembled in Vollum Lounge to discuss examples of nonviolent masculinity and other issues of consent. All the examples or suggestions are just that, examples or suggestions that are always up for critique and discussion. This is the beginning of an ongoing process. […]

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Elephant (or Lawyer) in the Room:

Campus SaVE Changes, the Sexual Misconduct Board and the New Role of Lawyers in Sexual Misconduct Adjudication On October 20th, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) published its finalized regulations on implementing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, including guidance on the provisions of the Campus Sexual Violence Act (Campus SaVE). While for […]

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On the Delay of the U-Haul

Hi, I’m Austin Weisgrau. I’m responsible for the U-Haul delays at initiation. I want to extend an apology to everyone that felt annoyed or offended by my behavior. I feel uncomfortable with the U-Haul. There are a variety of problematics: the un-safety of having a bunch of people in the back of a U-Haul is […]

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Letter: Comparative Literature Program is Major Change

Contrary to what was suggested in the most recent Senate Beat, the advent of a Comparative Literature program at Reed is a substantive change to the curriculum. For the first time, students will be able to systematically pursue literary research that transcends the boundaries of national canons. In reflecting on what it means to understand […]

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Clarkies: Why Can’t We be Friends?

During the past two years or so, Lewis & Clark students have been a presence at Reed dances. During my freshman year, a Clarkie friend of mine would traipse over to campus on the occasional Saturday night, with a gaggle of friends, and we’d hang out at an SU dance. Unfortunately, Clarkies’ participation in dances […]

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Comfort, Race & Responsibility

How College-sponsored events reflect the interests and stakes of the student body Pancho Savery, professor of English & Humanities, spoke before an attentive crowd of students in Vollum Lecture Hall on the evening of September 18 and proclaimed, “A specter is haunting America, and that specter is black death.” But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. […]

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The Place Where You Live—Finding Identity in the Reed Canyon

Where do you live? It’s a question you’ve been asked. And if you’re like me, it’s a question you haven’t known how to answer since the day you first stepped foot on Reed Campus. But how do you define the place where you live? Is it also the place you call home? Is it the […]

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A Watershed in Sustainability

This month marks a watershed moment in sustainability both at Reed and around the world. Saturday’s annual Reed College Community Day will include Canyon exploration groups, a nonprofit fair displaying local environmental organizations to be joined by anyone, a beehive–making session, and a nature crafts and games circle, among other activities. On Sunday, members of […]

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Strains of Vapyr: On the Handling of Things

It has lately occurred to me through situation and experience how little time most of our sort spends considering their handling of things. This is troubling, considering the criticality and complexity of all these things. The manipulation of the mind, at the very least, cannot be a simple task, but one of fine precision and […]

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New Firearms Policy Debated

“We’ll talk about [the firearms and/or weapons policy] later, hopefully after I’m no longer President.” – Former Student Body President Ari Galper ‘14 at the November 8, 2013 Public Senate Meeting A little less than a year later, we’re still talking about a firearms policy, but hopefully this conversation is wrapping up. Before Kroger, Colin […]

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Glitch Wall Sparks Backlash, Ideas

Santi Leyba’s ‘14 mural, which was installed spring break of 2014, lives on the upper floor of the GCC.

The mural, created by a multi-media artist, is a visual assemblage left for us to read. Personally, I never extracted much from the composition or detail of the previous mural. Many voices rang out for and against the new upper GCC mural on Reed Relieves, an internet forum of questionable integrity. It struck me that […]

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Planning the Future of Reed

What is Strategic Planning? This seems like a simple enough question, but more often than not the student response is vague and convoluted, akin to when a professor puts you on the spot and you haven’t done the reading. Here is a crash course to what Reed’s strategic planning looks like, what process timeline looks […]

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Kill the PPR, but Save Our Public Space

In last week’s Quest two op-eds appeared which tackled a proposed shuffling of student space, the replacement of the ping pong room (PPR) by the MLLL—possibly the most comprehensive comics library on the West Coast. To briefly summarize the issue, the MLLL is in a serious space jam, with comics “stacked up to the ceiling”posing […]

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Speaking the Truth About Power

Are men allowed to attend Feminist Student Union meetings? This is one of many questions I’ve been asked in the past week as the incoming class has started to settle in and returning students are considering their student group commitments. We can not meaningfully engage in feminist space until we carefully consider and reflect upon […]

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Review of DHSM

The Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy (or DHSM) is without question Reed’s most important piece of community legislation. Passed by both the Senate and the faculty in September of last year after more than a year of work by the Senate, former Assistant Dean of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (ADSAPR) Jyl Shaffer, the […]

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MLLL Move Makes Sense

The MLLL or Comic Book Reading Room, has been a staple student organization for more than fifty years. It is the largest privately owned comic book library on the West Coast, and it’s still growing. The space the MLLL has lived in for many years is cozy, to put it kindly, but the archive had […]

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Save the Ping Pong Room

Dear Senate & Punks & Rock & Rollers & Other Freakazoids, What is this nonsense about the Ping Pong Room?? I don’t mean to be brash. But I don’t mean to be timid, either: moving the MLLL to the Ping Pong Room is a BIG MISTAKE, at least with the current lack of tenable on-campus […]

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A New Era of Smoking

On December 9th, 2013, Mathematics Professor Irena Swanson implored the Community Affairs Committee (CAC)—a legislative body that represents the view of the faculty to the Student Body Senate and reviews all enactments of the Senate—to begin working with the Senate on a new smoking policy. She alluded to grievances of faculty members who could not […]

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Welcome Back From The Grange

I’ll start with the good stuff: Rumor Control. Rumor: I single-handedly subverted the community constitution and changed the AOD policy over the summer. Fact: Although my powers are rumored to be sweeping, this is a superpower I do not possess and the AOD policy remains unchanged. Rumor: We have ALL new CSOs. Fact: We have […]

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Forgotten But Not Gone

I have been associated with the Judicial Board in some capacity almost every year I have been a student at Reed. I served as the primary secretary my freshman year, a rank and file member my junior year, and most recently as a Co-Chair of the Board my senior year. My extended relationship with the […]

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Harm Reduction Booklets, Renn Fayre, and Student Responsibility

In last year’s Renn Fayre water bottles, students received a harm reduction booklet­­essentially a guide on how to have a safe Renn Fayre­­sponsored by the Community Wellness department with the support of other groups on campus, such as Honor Council, Reed Student Advocates, the Sexual Assault Peer Educators, and more. Separately, a pamphlet by the […]

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Jobs not (Book of) Job: Fixing Career Services, Part 1

Career Services—now rechristened the “Center for the Life Beyond Reed”(CLBR) by our very own John Kroger—is under-appreciated. They are held responsible for the failures of current students to find jobs, and are simultaneously forced to cajole those same stubborn students to “think critically”about their future in the hopes that they will find jobs after graduation. […]

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Money, Power, and a Banana Suit: or Why You Should Run for Senate

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This isn’t your high school student council. It’s not Game of Thrones, either (I’m looking at you, Andrew Watson). It’s the Reed College Senate of the Autonomous Student Body, and you should consider running for election. Now, your first question might be, “Wait… Why isn’t this article about pot?” Please try as hard as you […]

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Letter: A Modest Proposal

What should happen in and with the sophomore year, that is the question. The frosh have hum. Juniors have qual. Seniors have thesis. What is the defining, signature experience of the sophomore year? Survival? Personally, I believe study abroad should be a feature of the sophomore year, for the following reasons: If you are going […]

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Listen to me, I’m an Econ major: Thoughts on Student Body Finances

One of the reasons I choose to attend Reed College is that we—the students—have a large role in the creation of policy and a great degree of autonomy in our own affairs. We derive a great deal of our autonomy from our collective ability to control and recalibrate our own finances by levying student body […]

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Not-So-Gray Area: Gray Fund and Honor

Let me first admit that I was a bit disappointed that the Gray Fund calendar for this semester had no hiking trips to the Gorge. I love wildflower hikes, and the Gorge is one of the most beautiful areas around Portland in the springtime. Yet what I have found more disappointing about Gray Fund is […]

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Letter: The Risk Of Being The Coolest College In Town

Since fall of 2013, Community Safety Officers (CSOs) have documented no less than ten incidents of Lewis & Clark students at Reed who have engaged in various and sundry mischief, including getting drunk (usually underage), openly smoking pot in groups with no Reedies in sight, joy-riding an electric cart, stegophily, and most recently, being uncooperative […]

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Letter: Handling Sexual Misconduct by Visitors to Reed

Events at parties, including Bad Bitches Ball last weekend, have raised some questions about visitor misconduct. I’ve been here a month. I don’t know this campus well yet. But I can make some generalities based on what I’ve seen and what people have told me. Sexual misconduct, including rape, and domestic violence are as common […]

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Letter: Refund Request for the Officers and Trustees of Reed College

To Whom It May Concern, With the tenth anniversary of my graduation upon us, and your constant solicitations for money ever since, I think a full refund of tuition circa 2002-4 is long overdue. Higher education is a business like any other and, in this case, I liken Reed College to Bed Bath & Beyond. […]

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Letter: Making Good Citizens

At the strategic planning committee meeting, Professor Nathalia King voiced a compelling and heartfelt claim: that the goal of a Reed education is to produce good citizens, who are prepared to adapt and face whatever new challenges exist in our changing world. As a believer in the power of education and as a child of two public school teachers, I am compelled to believe her claim: that the value of our Reed education has been to transform us, students, into better human beings.

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Letter: Problems with Sexual Violence Discourse

It is important to attend to how the discourse around sexual assault at Reed privileges certain narratives while silencing others. This letter is written to begin that conversation in response to a recent presentation by Assistant Dean of Students for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Rowan Frost.

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Letter: In Response to Recent Events

My fellow Reedies, I am writing this letter not because I am looking to continue an argument, but rather because I feel the need to express my thoughts. I write to all of you not as the girl who restarted the Black and African Student Union nor as the girl who often finds herself placed […]

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Updated Community Affairs Smoking Policy Draft

We, as a community, believe in the right of all members of the Reed College community and all visitors to campus to be able to conduct their affairs without unwillingly being exposed to second­hand smoke. The purpose of this policy is to express the need to protect this right while recognizing the individual freedom of those who choose to smoke. This policy does not replace the Honor Principle; it articulates a community norm that requires each individual to recognize a certain right and to act accordingly.

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Community Affairs Committee Smoking Policy Draft

The CAC made the following proposal at the February 11 Senate meeting, when Senate also introduced a proposal of its own. No vote was made on either proposal. It is the aim of the CAC for Senate to pass a policy for presentation to the Faculty at their March 3 meeting. Preamble: We, as a […]

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Letter: Demanding Divestment

Fossil fuel extraction continues to accelerate globally despite increasingly urgent scientific predictions about the pace and progress of climate change. At current CO2 levels above 400 ppm, we are almost locked into at least two degrees Celsius of warming, the lower bound on safe warming. The total reserves of the fossil fuel sector hold five times as much carbon as remains in our two-degree carbon budget, and if extracted and burned threaten unpredictable and possibly catastrophic climate change.

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Letter: Time to Ban Smoking at Reed College

Color me insensitive, out-of-touch, uncool, anti-libertarian, The Man, whatever, but it’s time for a total ban on tobacco smoking at Reed College. It’s long past time, in fact. Three reasons propel this argument: 1. Cigarette smoking is terrible for your health; it will turn you into an addict, and then it will kill you. Anything […]

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Letter: Smoking at Reed—Towards Some Revised Codification

In December, the faculty overwhelmingly supported a proposal put forward by Professor Irena Swanson ’87 to expand the current restrictions on tobacco smoking on campus. [Editors’ Note: The Faculty voted only to make a behest to the CAC to draft a policy “like this one,” i.e. Swanson’s policy. Their vote did not necessarily indicate support […]

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Letter: Smoking Areas at Reed Are Necessary

Any campus smoking policy adopted by Reed College must provide facilities for smokers to smoke with a roof, canopy or umbrella overhead. Lewis & Clark College has a “designated smoking areas (DSAs) only” campus smoking policy. All twelve of Lewis & Clark’s designated smoking areas have picnic tables with large umbrellas serving as protection from […]

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Letter: Smoke and Mirrors

Alongside mirrors, smoke is a crucial element in theater production. Entering the library through a cloud of smoke is magic. Deus Ex Machina. At the same time, smoking is good for mental acuity. What other tools heighten perceptual clarity at the same time as expanding the realm of the possible. In the future, there will be no dirt or grime, my lungs will be clean, but I will not be happy!

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Letter: To the Smoked People of Reed College

Research1 has shown that conceptions shape not only how but what we see. This has become manifest in so prevalent expressions as the way we see things: in effect, our system of assumptions about the world is hardly distinct from the way we look at it with our eyes—these are never bare but always our […]

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Letter: Smoke, but Be Conscious of Medical Needs

Since the Quest is currently accepting letters about the smoking policy, I thought that I should step up and offer my opinions on the issue. I am a non-smoker with asthma and a tobacco allergy. These health issues can be aggravated when I have to walk to class with people smoking on the paths, which […]

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Letter: “I Do Not Like Enforcement”

I believe that all members of the Reed community, as well as guests, visitors, and CSOs doing their work, should be able to enjoy and take full advantage of what Reed has to offer without being required to be exposed to secondhand smoke. I believe that people who smoke should be able to engage in that […]

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Letter: Ban Smoking on Campus

Scientific studies clearly demonstrate the adverse health effects from smoking. Scientific studies also clearly demonstrate the negative health effects of breathing secondhand smoke.

The ill effects of smoking are once again in the news. In a recent NY Times article titled “List of Smoking-Related Illnesses Grows Significantly in U.S. Report,” the acting US Surgeon General significantly expanded the list of illnesses that cigarette smoking has been scientifically proved to cause. In addition to lung cancer, smoking also causes heart disease, diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, and ectopic pregnancy.

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Letter: Beyond The Limits of Policy—An Honor-Focused Proposal

In my five semesters at Reed, I’ve yet to be struck by a cyclist, but I’ve evaded secondhand smoke fairly often. Why this difference? Why is it unnecessary to regulate the great, immediate threat that bikes pose not merely to those with medical conditions but to pedestrians as a whole? This is a product of […]

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Letter from the Community Affairs Committee

At its 12.9.13 meeting, the faculty voted to charge the Community Affairs Committee (CAC) with the task of writing a new smoking policy “like the one” Irena Swanson presented at that same faculty meeting. In response to this behest and in accordance with Reed’s governance processes, the CAC has taken steps to “work with Student Senate to make such a policy a reality.”

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Letter: Honorable Consumption

The Honor Principle is an individually defined and dynamic concept, and for me at this time it boils down to this: Upholding the common tenants by which we all agree to interact with each other, for example: bodily autonomy, respectful dialogue, and democratic rule. During our campus’s discussion on smoking policy these and many more […]

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Smoking Cessation Resources at the Health and Counseling Center

Research shows that smoking even one to four cigarettes per day can have deleterious health effects: significantly higher risk of dying from all causes, heart disease, and additionally from lung cancer in women (Bjartveit & Tverdal, 2005). There is no better time than now to stop smoking and the staff of the HCC would like […]

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Letter: “The Reed Campus Should Have a Couple Designated Smoking Areas”

Although I’m not a smoker, and I get headaches when people smoke outside of the South entrance of Reed, and the smoke comes in my office window… I still think that the Reed Campus should have a couple of designated smoking areas. Several years ago my husband and I submitted photos of combined shelters for […]

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Letter: Desire for Clean Air May Win Out in the End

I don’t have anything special to add to this debate. Picking up cigarette butts is more of an issue for facilities staff than secondhand smoke. I would not want to be in any indoor environment where I was breathing secondhand smoke, but I don’t personally care if people smoke outside. Many other people do care. […]

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Letter: “We Do Not Need Consequences”

Students particularly, but faculty and staff as well, came to the forum with Honor on their lips. Smoking catches Honor in an uncomfortable place – there are often physical and social barriers to opening up discussion, and the paradox is that honorable discussion is really the only way for this conversation to happen reasonably. We […]

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The Smoking Issue

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Introduction This week, we (the Quest Editorial Board) invited members of the community to submit letters to the editors on smoking policy and culture. We received letters from students, faculty, staff, and alumni young and old. These letters can be found below, along with maps depicting the footprints of potential smoking policies. We also wrote reviews of […]

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Letter: “A Problem of Enforcement”

I’m an alumnus, so my views and facts may be out of date. That said, the smoking problem as I saw it was never a matter of policy but instead a problem of enforcement. When I was at Reed smoking went from matter-of-fact in the pool hall, to becoming something that was not done in […]

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Letter: “Reedies Are Capable of Changing Themselves”

The debate over smoking policy at Reed allows us to take one of two positions: we’re either for the establishment of a smoking policy that goes beyond the restrictions imposed by Oregon law, or we’re against the establishment of such a policy. Much of the debate, once it really heats up, will take place entirely […]

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Letter: Smoking Shelters May Be a Solution

I believe I understand the arguments for the freedom to decide what goes into your own body, even if it is potentially harmful. However, I believe we all understand fully now how much smoking can affect that same freedom for those around smokers. I have recently become aware of what some are calling “thirdhand smoke.” Children of smokers, even when the parents carefully protect them from “secondhand smoke,” evidently have more smoking related health problems. Purportedly this comes from smoke that is retained in the hair, clothing and even skin of their parents. Walls and furnishings can retain the harmful residue.

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Letter: On the Smoking Question

On creating a policy: By creating a new policy on something that should be governed by honor I worry. I worry Reed is telling its community what to do instead of encouraging them to ask what they should be doing. And hey, I think self inquiry is fucking important and hella Reed.  As students we […]

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Letter: Honorable Community Norms Begin with Honorable Communication

Instead of staking a specific claim about the drafting of a smoking policy, I want to encourage us as a community to construct a thoughtful conversation around smoking. This may seem like an obvious request, but it’s a serious one. I hope that barriers of communication between smokers and non-smokers can be breached in order […]

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A Review of Some of the Resources on the Smoking Blog

What follows is a short review of the most pertinent resources available on the community smoking discussion blog.  Curtin, Bill et al. “Report of the Committee on Smoking.” At Reed, 1991. The smoking memo outlines three points in the then-new smoking policy of 1991. “1. Since Vollum College Center has a ventilation system that circulates […]

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Letter: On Alexis Ohanian and “Awesomeness”

This weekend, a friend dragged me along to see a guest speaker, Alexis Ohanian, give a presentation in Vollum. I’d never heard of Ohanian, but was told that he was the co-founder of the social news website Reddit, and had seen a few posters for the talk the day before. I go on Reddit fairly […]

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Letter: Support Portland Public Teachers!

Portland Association of Teachers is currently in a contract fight with Portland Public Schools. While PAT is advocating for smaller class sizes, richer resources, and more academic freedom, PPS decided at its last Board meeting to add limited teachers and to bank millions “for a rainy day.” PAT has drafted a proposal to use a […]

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Letter: Statistics Seem to Indicate Sexual Assault Survivors Trust Reed, but More Remains to Be Done

Director of Community Safety Gary Granger taught a three-part series at Paideia about sexual assault at Reed. I would like to share a few notes from the first installment of these classes, “Sexual Assault Dynamics at Reed.” While this information can be helpful and informative, it is also potentially triggering, so please take good care of yourself. We have resources on campus including the Health and Counseling Center and our new Assistant Dean for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Rowan Frost.

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Letter: Re-Thinking Divestment

A significant majority of students at the Reed Union this past Tuesday evening (December 3) argued in favor of divesting Reed’s endowment from fossil-fuel companies, but I am writing this opinion editorial to make an argument against divestment. I will briefly explain why I see politically neutral investing is impossible, and then state why it […]

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Ideas from Greenboard

College, for those of us fortunate enough, is the first great nexus in our lives during which we organize what notions we had previously of the world. College endows us with efficacy, as we discard some opinions, and bolster others. But what of the land that contains the experience? We forge our ideas of how […]

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The ADSAPR Position: Where Will We Go From Here?

Submitted by the ADSAPR Working Group Several pieces have appeared in the Quest this fall concerning Reed’s Assistant Dean of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (ADSAPR) and the process of replacing Jyl Shaffer. This article is meant to clarify where the process is now and how students can engage with these issues going forward. The […]

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Title IX Apology from the Pantheon

By “Humplay” As the group who participated in the Pantheon, we would like to formally apologize for the Libations ceremony conducted in front of Vollum Lecture Hall on the first day of Humanities 110 Lecture. We understand that the full and nude exposure of numerous performers, when coupled with specific aggressive behaviors, was not an […]

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Open Letter to Reed Magazine

Hello Chris and the Reed Magazine staff, I’m writing about a recent article published about RKSK. It includes a picture of someone wearing a feathered headdress at Noise Parade in 2008. Wearing Native American garb in this context is a form of racist cultural appropriation, and publishing this picture is no different. Cultural appropriation is dangerous because […]

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Letter from the AOD Committee

Dear community members, Last year, the Multnomah County Health Department received multiple complaints about smoking on campus. These complaints resulted in two official visits by the Health Department to Reed, and the issuing of substantial fines related to a variety of problem areas on campus: the Pool Hall, the GCC interior lower level, the GCC/Commons […]

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Letter: Carl Bernstein Talk Squandered?

Last Thursday we squandered a great opportunity. The great opportunity being Carl Bernstein giving a talk followed by a Q&A. How we squandered it? By focusing our questions on and asking him to talk about political philosophy, which in turn became pseudo political philosophy. This is a misstep on our part because Bernstein is not […]

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Letter: Goings-on in “Green” Town

Reed students are working in all venues to engage with issues of sustainability, environmental justice, and the dirt. I’ve collected some recent activities, both associated with the academic institutions and not, to note all in one place! Environmental Studies Major: The interdisciplinary major that was created 3 years ago is maturing, and will graduate the first […]

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Letter on Sustainability

A fresh movement for sustainability at Reed is building momentum, but students are the only soldiers in the fight. While the Sustainability Committee and Environmental Studies program are supported by staff and faculty, the burden of moving sustainability forward as Reed policy rests entirely on students. For many years, student activists campaigned the administration to […]

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Letter: Notes from the Underground — of Physical Plant

Dear Reedies, Y’all should study up on your Marx, or at least check out his Wikipedia page, because your relationship to the laborers on this campus is atrocious. You might ask me: “Why should I read Marx? His prose is unintelligible, his word choice is unpalatable, and his ideas are ambiguous.” We read Marx because […]

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Honor Council Case Opinion

As you’ll read in today’s Quest, John Kroger has passed his duty of reviewing J-Board sanctions on to Mike Brody, Vice President and Dean of Student Services. From my perspective, as a former member of Honor Council, current senator, and member of the student body, this announcement presents serious cause for concern. As Anonymous wrote […]

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Sustainability: Honor that Endures

Last semester, Reed hosted a Union to address climate change and issues of sustainability on campus. Hosted by two new assistant professors and two off campus guests, the moral question of Reed’s contribution to environmental destruction was brushed off. Many felt that the Union was a diversion of attention from the “specific relevance to the […]

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SU Piano – The Piano Technician’s Verdict

Yesterday I took our piano technician over to the Student Union to assess the damage to the piano.  Although I had previously taken a look at the damage, my heart broke again when I comprehended the brute force it took to destroy the instrument, and yes, it is destroyed…beyond repair. The damage done: All 69 […]

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Letter: Beyond “Fucking Shit Up”

At Nü Reed, self-reliance is no longer the defining characteristic of the Reed experience outside the classroom. Nü Reed is certainly a friendlier, more forgiving place than Olde Reed, but there is also a vague feeling that something has been lost, that Reed isn’t quite the college of distinction it once was. Reed has not […]

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Sustainability: Honor that Endures

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By Fossil Free Reed Last Saturday four Reedies took to the roof of the PAB with a message for their community. The students and their banner remained on the roof for 40 minutes until negotiations with the CSOs came to a dead end. At the behest of the students, the CSOs made phone calls to […]

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Reed Student Advocates Letter

By Reed Student Advocates If you’ve ever been angry about sexual assault at Reed, you’re not alone. Yes, despite the Reed community’s positive attitude toward upholding the Honor Principle, and for the most part practicing it in earnest, there are still members of our community who victimize others via sexual assault and other forms of […]

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Letter: What Has Happened to Civility?

By Virginia Hancock, Professor of Music I am very much troubled by two recent incidents that I fear show an unfortunate change in Reed culture.  They’re of very different levels of seriousness and their impact on the community, but I think similar in their disregard of what should be normal civilized behavior. First is the […]

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An Open Letter to the Reed College Community

By Jack N. Levy ’65 I am writing with a question about how the Honor Code should apply to members of the Reed College community;  in this case my question specifically relates to an alumnus who was honored as a keynote speaker at the college’s centennial celebration,  and more recently elected to the Board of Trustees. […]

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Letter: Transmisogyny Has No Place at Reed

Last week, an article called “Bathroom Confessional” ran in the Quest – opening with a brief description of a new California law allowing transgender students to use public bathrooms of their choice, denouncing it as eliminating a women’s safe space, and then proceeding to sing the praises of women’s bathrooms in creating a shared aspect […]

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Letter: Another Punny “Bathroom” Title

This was written in response to the original ‘Bathroom Confessional’ letter, not the revised version found here. Last week in the Quest, someone wrote an op-ed in opposition to California’s new trans rights law, advocating instead for “female-only bathrooms.” As a woman I have a huge problem with this. It has been suggested to me […]

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Letter: What is Honor?

I want to instigate a community-wide discussion about what does the Honor Principle ‘really’ mean. This discussion should happen and needs to happen on the level of individuals and their peer groups. Our understanding of the Honor Principle cannot be a top-down procedure; nor should it be something as radically individualistic as the version found […]

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Letter: Bathroom Confessional

These are my thoughts on women’s bathrooms. There’s a trend towards all gender neutral bathrooms that I have a bit of a problem with. The reason is not that gender neutral bathrooms are dangerous or bad or scary; in fact, they’re necessary for all types of people who feel outside of any societally imposed gender […]

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Honor Council on the Title IX Complaint

As many of you are aware, a community member filed a Title IX complaint with the college in relation to the events that traditionally occur on the first day of Hum 110 lecture. We cannot at this time address the specifics of the case, but we support people who stand up for themselves and what they […]

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Letter: The Hollowing

By Anonymous I was on the Judicial Board for two years, the most recent of which, as one of the Chairs. During that time, my position enabled me to observe many things about the dynamics of the College, many of which about which I had previously been unaware. In particular, during my Senior year, the […]

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Letter: Community Norms Around Violence at Reed

Last semester may seem like a time ago, but I want to take a moment to reflect on some things I have continued to think about and that need to be addressed by this community as we approach the new semester and the coming years. In light of events that occurred at Stop Making Sense […]

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O-Week 2k13: It’s Over

First of all, a week-long Orientation for 400 new Reedies is a huge undertaking, so we would like to thank all the staff, faculty, HAs and other students who made O-Week 2013 as great as it was. Thank you! A lot of planning goes into making new students and their parents feel welcome and at […]

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Letter: Unexpected Celebration of My Birthday for the First Time

I knew nothing about birthday celebrations in my childhood, nor even of the concept of “birthday” itself. I only have one name, which is དཔའ་རྩེ་རྒྱལ in Tibetan, no middle name, and no last name. In fact, most of the ordinary Tibetans only have one name, and we don’t have a tradition of celebrating birthdays as many people do in other parts of the world, although we have a tradition of celebrating birthdays for high Lamas or Rinpoches.

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Letter: An Education in Dishonor?

I want to share some thoughts I have about honor and how it applies to my attendance at Reed in a broad sense. Because everyone has a different interpretation of the honor principle, I speak only for myself – but for the sake of encouraging others to have new thoughts because I have benefited from others doing so for me. I hear and think much about honor’s role in more specific issues on campus, but for me, the most profound and complex engagement with the honor principle has thus far presented itself in one of the biggest and most constant questions that I wrestle with at this school: Why am I at Reed, and why should I continue attending?

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Editorial: The Need for History

Imagine a Hum conference with dozens, instead of a dozen, participants. It can take more than an hour for a normal conference’s discussion to bear fruit. This huge conference faces a Sisyphean task. Welcome to last week’s Reed Union. While a civil, productive atmosphere adorned the Union, it was ultimately saddled with the same problems […]

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Letter: Policy, Honor, and Olde Reed

I found last Thursday’s Reed Union quite frustrating, as I often do with these kinds of discussions, though not for exactly the same reasons as I have in the past. During the pre-discussion statements by the panel, we were told repeatedly by several panel members, SB President Ari Galper included, that the reason for the erosion of student body autonomy over the last 10-15 years is the collective failure of the student body to govern itself responsibly. The 50% attrition rate of the 1980’s, the heroin deaths, the suicides, all have been at the heart of the constant, incremental expansion of policy and bureaucracy. We should be thankful for these changes, we were told; early adulthood is a dangerous time of transition, and part of the College’s job is to hold our hands through this transition.

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Letter: New Worlds For Whom? Cautionary Notes on Colonial Fantasies

Taken alone, there is nothing problematic about the phrase “New World,” and to dismiss the Renn Fayre Theme out of a sense of naïve political correctness would be in error. Rather, as a community of critically engaged students and scholars, I believe it is our responsibility to attend to the larger histories and contexts in which words are embedded so that by invoking something like a “New World” we do not affirm and reinscribe the latent colonial and neocolonial fantasies that such a phrase inevitably dredges up. Engaging such a line of inquiry, it is crucial to ask ourselves for whom are such New Worlds for and what these fantasies erase.

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An Introduction to Reed Energy Wars

During the 2011-2012 school year, Reed spent $1,389,150 on energy alone, that’s $1,029 per student! Not only does this take money away from many of the wonderful programs we love at Reed, it is also harmful to our planet. Let’s do something about it.

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The Unregulated Depressant Manifesto

It has been two months since Paideiagate, and we have found that we can’t quite shake ourselves of the bad feelings that the incident has instilled in us. This, we think, provides a problem for The Powers That Be, since they seem to rely on the student body’s short memory span when it comes to “controversies” – that “this will all blow over,” that we will forget their transgression once we have gotten our collective giggles out in some sort of dramatized community event (in this case, the followup Reed Union, which we see as having had a placating effect in addition to its obvious constructive ends).

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Letter: Medical Amnesty Policy Disenfranchises Students, Promotes Unsafe Environment

In mid-March of this year, I received an email containing a surprising letter from Bruce Smith, Associate Dean of Students for Students and Campus Life, in regards to an incident that had occurred the previous week. The letter briefly stated that I had received an AOD violation for drinking alcohol while not of legal age. It went on to list potential disciplinary actions for future violations and included a thoughtful reminder that consuming alcohol while under 21 years of age was, indeed, a violation of Reed’s AOD policy.

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Editorial: Upcoming Union is Kroger’s Chance to Shine

The powers that be didn’t hold the Reed Union on climate change to discuss Reedies’ opinions about climate change. The Union was an attempt to address—or appease—the nascent fossil fuel divestment movement. By framing the Union as one about climate change, the Union committee, inadvertently or not, painted over new concerns with a gloss of […]

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Letter: There is No Such Thing as Student Body Autonomy

Next week there will be a Reed Union discussing the topic of student body autonomy. Lots of things come to mind when anyone discusses student body autonomy. Most often, student body autonomy seems to be brought up in the context of lifestyle choices of the various members of the student body. Shouldn’t we as adult students be allowed to live our lives as we see fit? Perhaps, but I don’t think that is what student body autonomy is at all. In fact, that strikes me to be more related to the personal autonomy of students. Such issues should, to my mind, not be discussed at the union because they fundamentally miss what student autonomy is, properly speaking.

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Letter: What Kind of Awareness Does Nicholas Kristof’s Talk Raise?

Kristof question

By Huazejia ’13 Nicholas Kristof’s talk was scheduled at 7 p.m. in Reed Kaul auditorium this past Monday. The talk was open to the public, and a lot of well-dressed folks started showing up even before 6:30. Of course, people would come early to his talk because he is not only the author of the […]

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Letter: Solidarity with UNC Survivors and Landen Gambill

TW: Discussion of Sexual Assault  Excerpt from Jezebel: “Last month, former University of North Carolina assistant dean of students Melinda Manning, three students and one former student filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights on behalf of themselves and 64 other unnamed sexual assault survivors, alleging that university officials pressured Manning into […]

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Letter: Reed Union Failed to Address Moral Obligations

I left the Reed Union on climate change feeling about as frustrated as I usually feel when I engage with Reed as a thing. The event was advertised as “a forum for important issues of relevance to the Reed community,” which meant to me that we would be acknowledging and discussing our role in the “important issue,” our culpabilities and responsibilities.

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Letter to the Editor: Teach Capitalism, Not Just Socialism

My wife and I walked through your beautiful campus recently. During our stroll I perused the various placards on the student union building. One of the posters depicted in a lionizing way Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin, all socialists and/or communists. This caused me to think. I understand higher education ought teach all views, I understand students are idealistic and enthusiastic and I understand that much of academia’s bent today is liberal and collectivistic. What I wondered was whether Reed College’s professors were offering alternative views for students to ponder.

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A Letter from Honor Council on the Honor Process

We, the student members of the Honor Council, wish to express to the Reed Community our appreciation for your commitment to honorable, reasoned, and respectful discourse. All members of the Honor Council were present for the Community Forum with President Kroger, and we appreciated the (generally) respectful and genuine expression of your ideas and opinions. […]

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Letter: RE: Friday’s Senate Meeting

Though I would be insane to disagree, I always feel somewhat uneasy when important community discussions end with extended remarks about how great it is that we can discuss these sorts of issues as a community. I suppose it’s because this is precisely the sort of conclusion one applauds when there is an overall sense that nobody can change what happened or what will likely happen again…

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Letter: No Further Donations to the Annual Fund Due to Paideia Overreach

I am addressing this email to the President’s office, the Development office, and The Quest, regarding the recent report that the President’s office has overreached its mandate to censor classes at Paideia, as reported in the Daily Caller. I will not be giving any more money to the college, and I will actively discourage my […]

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Op-Ed: Reed Must Divest from Fossil-Fuels

This semester, Greenboard is launching a campaign asking Reed to divest their endowment from fossil-fuel companies. The campaign will join hundreds of others across the country, taking part in a national movement of people who believe it is neither honorable nor wise to profit our education is likely subsidized in part by the profits of the very fossil-fuel companies that, if allowed to continue unhindered, will make that education useless. There are no jobs on a dead planet, as the saying goes.

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Alumna’s Letter to the Editor: Kroger Means Well, But Falls Flat

I grew up in the “Just Say No” ’80s, and I went to a Jesuit high school. While I spent most of my high school years avoiding alcohol and drugs because I had been told they were morally wrong and I could die if I were to use them (and the idea of disappointing my […]

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An Alumnus’s Open Letter to the Board of Trustees

I know I’m not the first to write you on this subject, and I shan’t be the last. In fact, I imagine that several of you have received some rather testy notes from students or alumni. In short, you’re getting yelled at. Probably a bit. But it’s hardly fair. You haven’t done any of this. […]

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An Alumna’s Open Letter to the Board of Trustees

Hello! My name is Rebecca Ok. I met several of you during the retreat in San Diego in 2008. I’m writing today to express concern over the increasingly disappointing way in which the Reed College administration has been approaching the fact of drug experimentation and underage drinking at Reed. Mr. Kroger’s censorship of a handful […]

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Response from the Teacher of a Canceled Paideia Class

I am the alumnus who was going to teach Adroit Anticipation of Awesome Altered Adventures 201. I’m not that bothered by the cancellation of my class, mostly because I titled it poorly and I am sympathetic towards the administration needing to distance themselves from anything that looks remotely like advocacy for breaking the law. I should […]

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Wow

Wow.

The last two weeks have been plenty strange. From accusations that I’m a misogynistic, racist homophobe to (presumably) intelligent and thoughtful Reed students attacking speech regardless of context, the hysteria over the Nov. 17 comedy show has been quite a spectacle.

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Editorial: Cut Candidates Slack on Bureaucratic Expertise

The following editorial is not as cynical as it first appears. Bear with us. Elections Assembly this evening may have been an eye-opening introduction to Reed politics for the newer students in attendance. But upperclassmen saw it fit into a similar pattern to previous assemblies: First-time senatorial candidates take the podium with fire in their […]

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Letter: In Addressing Controversy, Keep Reed a Safe Space

By Neil Anderson About a week after his Saturday night display in the Student Union, a significant portion of the Reed community holds the belief Sal Rodriguez did not violate the Honor Principle. Although the question of Rodriguez’s potential violation is by the definition of the Honor Principle open for discussion, I find our hesitant […]

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Why We’re Getting “All Activist”: An FSU Organizer Responds

This article addresses the closing question, posed by Sal Rodriguez, in the Quest article about his performance on Nov. 17. As a member of FSU, I immediately mobilized around Sal’s act because his words caused immediate and dire harm to survivors and allies at Reed by triggering many people who both saw and heard about the show.

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Letter: Free Speech a Necessity in Comedy Controversy

For many, I think, last Saturday’s comedy performance in the SU was a reminder that free speech is not always an easy freedom to affirm. I’m referring specifically to Sal Rodriguez’s performance, which outraged a good portion of the audience and ended with one audience member coming up on stage, taking the microphone, and confronting him.

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Letter: A Defense of Mary Poplin

As a student who worked hard to help bring Dr. Mary Poplin to campus, I was disturbed by Thomas Willingham’s response to your article, “Is Secularism An Obstacle in the Search for Truth?“. I believe it was an unfair extrapolation of a fairly short article into a religious straw man argument. Thomas, while I understand that […]

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Letters: Smoking and Secularism

The subject of smoking on campus in closed rooms can’t be a new subject, as I observed nonchalant smoking and flipping the live butts to the floor in the pool hall during the recent’s parent weekend at Reed. Then, sure enough, speaking with current students, I found that smoking there is common.

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Letter: Consent & Substance Use

This past week while many of us sat ready to launch various criticisms (constructive or otherwise) at guest speaker Meghan McCain, I was in Eliot 314 taking part in a panel discussion facilitated by Students for a Sensible Drug Policy. The panel consisted of one Reed alumnus and White Bird paramedic, Garth Hope-Melnick, two professors […]

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Editorial: An End to Senate Beat, But a New Beginning

The way The Quest covers the Reed Student Body Senate is changing. Don’t worry, we’ll still be covering everything newsworthy that happens at Senate. But we won’t be doing weekly Senate Beat articles. Instead, we’ll run individual news stories on each particular thing that Senate does. The editorial board feels it is no longer useful […]

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t Waste Free Tickets

To the Quest: As people who do a lot to promote performances by off-campus groups on campus, and to make free attendance possible by members of the community, we would like to call your attention to a situation that disturbs both of us. FACT: 62 students, faculty, and staff members signed up to attend last […]

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Survey Will Measure Campus Climate

By Kathy Oleson, Melissa Osborne, and Crystal Williams Dear Reed Community, In a couple of weeks, you’ll receive an invitation to participate in the Reed College Campus Climate Survey. You’ll see flyers posted around campus and you’ll hear your professors, colleagues, and friends talking about the survey. And, we hope, you will be among those […]

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A New Focus for PHAs

by Peer Health Advocate Torrey Payne  Two weeks away from fall break, as the summer weather dims and the leaves prepare to change colors, the Reed College Peer Health Advocates are putting their first month’s work on the shelf and preparing to embark on another project. After wrapping up Sextember with HIV Testing Day on […]

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Canyon Day Through the Ages

In a school where traditions go extinct in a week and the ways of last term are dismissed as “Olde Reed,” the continuing existence of Canyon Day is something akin to a miracle.

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The Honor Principle: Tool or Machine?

The intended purpose of Reed’s Honor Principle was to suspend the college in a state of perpetual tension. By choosing not to codify it, as other schools had done, Reed’s founding president, William Trufant Foster, sought to make it more a tool of freedom than a machine of authoritarian enforcement.

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The Student Services Approach to Alcohol and Other Drugs

We approach to the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) within our community’s as a health issue. Punitive responses, while they have their place in discussions about AOD use in the community, are not our first response. The Student Services response starts with education through dialogue, discussion, debate, and a variety of programming modes. As our approach places community health and wellbeing at its core, we feel that it is necessary to engage the community in meaningful encounters that allow for a collaborative construction of community norms and expectations.

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Editorial: Letter to the Incoming Class

"While Socrates was an excellent ancient philosopher, he would make a terrible Reedie."

Dear New Freshmen, Coming as new students to Reed, you’ve doubtless already heard hundreds of versions of the liberal arts college ethos: Question everything. Never accept received dogma. Soon, you’ll be in Hum110 learning about Socrates, who showed people in ancient Greece that everything they believed was actually not based in sound wisdom. In a […]

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Senior Debunks Reed Myths

Dear New Reedies, You’re probably overwhelmed with advice at this point. That said, I’d like to take a shot at the semi-annual “an upperclassman attempts to impart wisdom” article and address a few things about Reed that – in this humble senior’s opinion – are either questionable, counterproductive, or patently false. I hope to help […]

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A History of the Honor Principle

Welcome to the 2012-2013 academic year. As we begin another semester at Reed, I would like to encourage everyone to pause and reflect on what it means to apply the Honor Principle in daily life as a member of a vibrant academic community. One way of understanding the role of the Honor Principle at Reed […]

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Op-Ed: Why The Quest Needs to be Elections-Free

Rob Shryock is a former Queditor of Fall 2011. Between the time this article is written and when it is printed there will likely have been a vote on the proposal to allow members of the Quest Board to appoint their own successors, rather than have them be elected. The fact that this proposal will […]

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Editorial: Reform Needed to Maintain Quest Quality

The quality of The Quest has fluctuated wildly in its near century of existence. In recent years, it has published everything from coloring contests to articles on Pet Parade titled “Pawsitive Reinforcement.” Quest Board elections too often deteriorate into popularity contests and do not guarantee a high quality Quest. The method of choosing Quest Editors […]

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Op-Ed: Senate Too Slow on Student Body Wages

Senate has demonstrated that it remains a sluggish bureaucracy. Student Body Wage Review Committee has failed to deliver a report on student body wages by the time it said it would. Not only do Honor Council members effectively make $1.73 an hour for their work, according to Quest research, but the Senate Secretary effectively makes […]

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Op-Ed: Student Body “Autonomy” Is a Lie

At Reed, we students are quite fortunate in that we are generally treated as adults, both by the faculty and by the administration. Our professors teach classes with zero “Scantrons” and with few multiple-choice tests, preferring to take the time to test our knowledge with more interesting and useful assignments. Even when the administration takes […]

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Opinion: Migrant Farm Workers Suffer in Oregon

We talk a lot about where our food comes from and whether it is organic or fresh, but what about the question of who picked it? On Wednesday night, I was reminded that the apples and berries we buy and eat in Oregon are often picked by young children who have been pulled out of […]

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Responding to Rape Jokes at Reed

Before spring break, a few Reedies gathered at the MRC for a brainstorming session that I co-facilitated along with Jyl Shaffer, Assistant Dean for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, about how to respond to rape jokes on campus. We decided to follow up on that discussion in The Quest for two reasons. First, we want […]

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Multilcultural Resource Center Announces Racial Profiling Listening Project

By Andrew Barney and Sita Goetschius, MRC Interns After the recent student arrests, a question was posed at the following Senate meeting about racial profiling by Community Safety. To continue the discussion, the Multicultural Resource Center hosted a Tuesday Talk on Racial Profiling at Reed and Beyond attended by students, staff, and administrators. We found […]

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Senate: Sustainable, Kommunal, Social

Michael Zhao is the Senate Publicity Officer. If a Senate meets every Thursday at 5 PM in the SU, and no one is there to attend it, is progress still made? In the words of one of the greatest political thinkers of our generation, “you betcha!” Since day one, Senate has been hard at work […]

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Statement from the Creators of the “surveillance posters”

The Quest has been in contact with those responsible for the recent “surveillance posters” that have attracted recent attention. They have made the following statement for publication. “The posters were designed by myself and my associate. We drew from the imagery of barbed wire, prisons, and surveillance and paired these photographs with slogans communicating the […]

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Op-Ed: SP-NO, Why student patrol officers shouldn’t report AOD violations

Last week’s Quest reported that the Student Patrol Officer program is soon to be reinstated, and that these SPOs would have the duty to report AOD violations. In light of recent events, this betrays an unsettling trend in the campus climate around AOD issues. Much remains unknown about the circumstances of the recent drug arrests. […]

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Op-Ed: A Letter to the Reed Community

Dear Reed Community members, I write to you today with one request for the sake of our entire community. By now, everyone knows that two students were arrested on the 13th. Because of the antagonistic manner of the media, information about what is affecting our campus right now is splattered across newspapers, with many details […]

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Op-Ed: A Different Voice in the Recent Discussion on AOD

The arrests of two students and the Administration’s involvement in those arrests has been, and will very likely continue to be, a hot topic on campus. I am voicing no opinion not already heard when I say that I feel horrible for the students who were arrested, and that it is incredibly important that we, […]

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Op-Ed: A response to “A Senate Divided?”

Dana Loutey is a current Senator. I’m writing in response to Kieran Hanrahan’s editorial last week because I thought it left out some important details. During the Senate meeting on 2/2, SB President Brian Moore passed out a proposal to increase Honor Council (HC) wages. I’d like to explain why I and other senators believe […]

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Op-Ed: Reed Activists Face Apathy

Last Friday various student groups came together for Love and Rage Part Deux, this semester’s Activism Fair. Intended to allow members of groups like Blue Heron Infoshop, Greenboard, Feminist Student Unit, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy to get to know each other, the event didn’t seem too successful. Jason Thu, founder of the Praxis […]

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Op-Ed: A Senate Divided?

Senate spent over an hour last Thursday arguing about a wage increase for Honor Council members from forty-five to one hundred dollars per month. This would have been well and good—Senate is deliberating important matters during public meetings, rather than in closed executive sessions—if not for the loss of decorum and apparent division, which fell […]

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Op-Ed: Sustainability and the Honor Principle

In the 80’s during apartheid, students occupied Eliot Hall and brought classes to a halt after the Board of Trustees refused to divest in South Africa. The Board held that Reed made good money from its investments in South Africa, but they ultimately relented. We face a similar situation today with Reed’s attitude toward sustainability. […]

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A Mission for the New Senate

Trigger warning: discussion of sexual assault “What improvements do you want to see in Reed’s sexual assault policies?” “Do you know which demands on the petition from last year have not been met?” “Do you think that someone who has been convicted of sexual assault should be allowed to be an HA, senator, or J-Board […]

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Gray Fund and the Honor Principle

Are you using the Gray Fund honorably? The Gray Fund is well loved for its weekly recreation trips, which help Reedies break the bubble and get off campus. They feed them well, treat them royally, and provide a weekly opportunity for fun. Gray Fund can teach you how to climb, ski, and windsurf—all for free. […]

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Lev Responds to “An Optimist’s Response”

I published an opinion article in the 10/6 Quest detailing Reed’s administrative response to sexual assault as represented by their choice of staff members such as ADSAPR Jyl Shaffer; on 11/17, a Reedie whom I do not recognize published an opinion piece which criticized me by name and demanded of me a public response which […]

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No Ballot Measure for Oregon Gay Marriage

A couple of weeks ago, on Nov 9th Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) decided not to put a measure for gay marriage on the Oregon ballot in 2012, and to continue their public education campaign to build support in preparation for a ballot measure at a later date. After hearing feedback from supporters, running polls, and […]

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At A Crossroad

Last week, Reed community members interviewed candidates for the position of Assistant Dean of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response.  The creation of this position is the primary administrative response to both internal and external pressures to change the way that Reed treats the idea of sexual assault.  In a larger sense, it represents a formalized […]

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An Optimist’s Response To ‘At A Crossroad’

I know this is a little late in the semester, and that the article that prompted this unfortunately belated response may have already faded totally from our collective consciousness, but I felt that Lev Navarre’s piece in the October 6 issue of The Quest was one of the more deeply troubling things I’ve read in […]

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We Have the Power to Eliminate Sweatshops

Daniel Lybrand is Signator of Reed’s chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops. Do you know who manufactures your clothing? Do you care? It’s time you were introduced to Reed College’s chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS). We are interested in improving working conditions for garment manufacturers worldwide. You might ask, “Why are college students […]

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Mike’s Rebuttal

Rebuttal to Jacob Canter’s “Response to “Ask Mike””   Thanks so much for sharing this with me this, Jacob. I actually think we are entirely in agreement here. I don’t blame the student body at large, nor do I mean in any way to suggest that the Senate is free of responsibility. To the contrary, as you […]

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Response to “Ask Mike”

Mike: In last week’s segment of Ask Mike!, you responded to a question concerning the lack of participation in student government and Senate’s role in increasing said participation. In your response, you stated, “I don’t think it’s really on Senate or any other distinct group [to increase participation] so much as it is the responsibility […]

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Judicial Board Training Misrepresented

We are concerned with a number of inaccuracies in Nelle Heffron’s article that appeared in last week’s Quest, which described current training received by the Judicial Board (J-Board). Having participated in J-Board training for ten years, we were surprised by the misinformation provided by the writer. In our roles as the faculty and staff J-Board […]

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Two Seniors Say, “Thanks!”

We’re seniors now, mostly meeting outside the library in breaks from thesis. Between mutual progress reports and various thesis grumblings, we’ve been taking stock of our experiences and remembering the last four years. Reed seems recently more vivid, now that we’re about to leave. So many instances stand out as worth sharing, in the semi-detachment […]

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From Controversy to Constructive Action

As students, we need to rethink what it means to work constructively with the administration. With AOD issues and most recently sexual assault, students have started to engage the administration with less antagonism, more diligent dialogue.  However, it seems that when students collectively discuss complicated issues, like AOD or sexual assault, vocal reactions often drown […]

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Sexual Assault at Reed:What I know and what I think

When trying to understand sexual assault at Reed, it can sometimes be difficult to separate what we think from what we know. It is part of our mandate at Community Safety to gather statistics on campus regarding sexual assault, and from that information there are certain things I objectively know to be true. While I […]

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A Response to Administrative Responses

In light of the on-going campus debate, lengthy press coverage, the publication of two honor cases in 2010 for sexual assault, and a record-breaking eleven reported sexual assaults this year, I found myself waiting and watching for the administration to chime in on the call and response. Following former Judicial Board member Isabel Manley’s letter […]

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Returning to Independent Thought: Reed’s Dialogue About Honor

It saddens me that so many Reedies have fallen out of love with the Honor Principle. After hearing opinions at last week’s Reed Union, I think that our frustration stems from fundamental problems in the way we talk about Honor, rather than problems with the Honor Principle itself. It does seem that the Honor Process […]

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An “Honor Process” that Fails the Honor Principle: What a Senior Didn’t Know

Until recent conversations with a significant number of Reedies, I hadn’t considered sexual assault to be a serious problem at Reed. Why?  Because I did not know. I’m not on J-Board or Honor Council. I am a regular thesising senior who has (albeit naively) assumed Reed to be an exceptionally safe place where students act […]

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Letters from Members of the Reed Community

To the Editors: I found much to admire in Miles Jochem’s thoughtful piece about heroin at Reed, especially his belief that heroin use is intrinsically dishonorable. But I disagree with one important point. Citing statistics about heroin use in Portland, Miles states that heroin is inevitable and that we should therefore focus our energy on […]

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“An Open Letter to the Reed Community”

Dear Reed Community, Above all else, we all chose to come here for at least one reason, and that is to learn. In this respect, it’s safe to say that I got a lot more than I bargained for on Monday night. Indeed, I learned a lesson in humility I will never forget. I feel […]

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Heroin, Honor & Reed’s Relationship with Portland

During the recent Reed Union that was convened to discuss the honor principle, Colin Diver pointed out that Reed College is not an isolated, utopian community in upstate New York.  People laughed, but this statement represents an idea that is crucial to the pursuit of not only a community comprised of honorable individuals, but a […]

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On Sexual Assault and Alcohol Consumption

I wrote this essay because I have not heard many male opinions on the subject. I know for a fact I don’t address the entirety of the issue because to do so is to presume too much. I don’t want to trivialize this issue either, but I do want to have an opinion. I know […]

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An Open Letter from a CSO and Reed Alum

As a Reed Alumna (’05 Art History) and a current Reed employee (Community Safety Officer), I feel a strong connection to this community and I want to see it thrive. I enjoy my job most when students and CSOs have friendly and open dialogue, and respectfully challenge each other’s ideas. I am grateful that the […]

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An Open Letter from “Your Friendly Indian Alum”

With this year’s Renn Fayre fast approaching, many of you are no doubt in the process of planning your attire for the weekend’s festivities. Given this year’s theme, and its grounding in “The Old West,” I’m sure many of you may be tempted to buy in to the trends fed to you by American Apparel […]

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An Open Letter Concerning Foul Fowl

Apparently with the departure of Dax King came the departure of delicious — nay, edible! — chicken strips. It was my own eggcitement that nearly overcame me as I walked through the doors of Commons in order to complete my daily quest for those freshly fried, four-stacked-high finger lickin’ delights. You can imagine, of course, […]

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Turning a Progressively Critical Eye to The Vagina Monologues

On Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12, Reedies were treated to two performances of “The Vagina Monologues,” a collection of monologues by Eve Ensler and directed by Audrey June Davidson and Rachel Mossey. The monologues featured women discussing their experiences with sex and sexuality from the perspective of their relationships with their own sexual […]

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Canter on the AOD Debate

I hope the recent news reports have helped move the conversation about the AOD policy and its implementation forward. The responsibilities of a news journalist are manifold, but when done rightly, seem to lead to a single conclusion: propagating information so that the readership can become as educated as possible about the issues.

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Response to Last Issue’s Article on Sustainability at Reed

I’ve heard stories about the seniors of 2011 and their impressive persistence in pushing sustainability onto an institution that is hesitant to use solar panels for fear of making too large a political statement.  It is a difficult job indeed. So far this year, no one has interrupted Colin Diver onstage to advocate for a […]

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Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus

Feminist Student Union and The Sexual Assault Taskforce Provide Some Tips Reed culture takes pride in being unique. It’s not like other colleges, and that makes it more difficult to pinpoint aspects of rape culture. We don’t have boisterous frat parties with kegs and red plastic cups. Our atmosphere is more or less communal and […]

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Blue Heron Collective Zine Review

Surviving the Witch-Hunt: Battle Notes from Portland’s 82nd Avenue, 2007-2010 Reviewed by Andrew Barney Surviving the Witch-Hunt is a scathing condemnation of the now-defunct “Prostitution Free Zones” in Portland. Author (and sex worker) Emi Koyama uses material ranging from Yahoo! Group posts to police statistics to essays by herself and other activists in this fascinating […]

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Additional Suggestions for Institutional Improvements from Reed Survivors

Last week I wrote a response to Isabel Manley’s public resignation later in which I encouraged any survivors of sexual assaults at Reed who felt comfortable coming forward about their experiences to make sure their assaults were counted in the official yearly campus crime totals (if they happened on campus).   At the time I was […]

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Sustainability is Dead

News from last week confirmed my long-standing suspicion that both the college administration and the student body have given up on sustainability as a topic of meaningful substance and as a goal worth working towards. Both Colin and Student Senate have forsaken that instrument of environmental justice, the sustainability committee, opting not to further fund […]

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Sweet and Sour: Queditorial Mixology

This past Saturday, your hard-working Queditors got together to plan this week’s issue. And to help, um, lubricate the weekend’s collaboration, we introduced a cocktail shaker into our efforts to create the Quest. A few tumblers (and several Cher hits) later, we found ourselves having mapped out a pretty solid paper. So in this spirit, […]

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A Response to Manley’s Open Resignation Letter

“Isabel is a hero,” reads one of the comments on post I made on Facebook of last week’s “Open Letter to the Reed Community.”  From that comment thread and several recent discussions with other Reedies, I am confident in saying that for many students that article hit right on the mark in describing the serious […]

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An Open Letter to the Reed Community

Dear Reedies, I am writing this letter to you because I want to explain why I am resigning from the Judicial Board and, more importantly, because I want our community to start thinking critically about the relation between sexual assault, the honor process, and the Judicial Board. During my three semesters as a J-Board member, […]

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CSO Directives Questioned by Students

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A Response to “Granger Responds to Recent Jabs, Increase in AODs” No, Gary Granger is not a cyborg assassin. However, a growing number of students perceive his implementation of the AOD policy as highly dishonorable. It has been obvious over the last year or so that the way the CSOs interact with students is changing. […]

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“So you know what sucks more than your thesis?”

Dear Reedie,

Two weeks after I graduated from Reed I drove over 2,000 miles to the Mississippi Delta to teach 6th grade science for Teach for America. Unless you have been trapped in the bubble for the past few years, you have probably heard of TFA.

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Winter Break: Whooooo!

It has been a long and trying semester. We have all grown sick and weary of stalking to the library armed with only a mug of coffee and the dim prospect of returning home triumphant. Because I know that when I get home my mother will be waiting for me with a plate of cookies […]

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Sweat, Panic, Write, Repeat: Reflections on Thesis Parades Past

The sky burst into colors that cool day in December. Confetti, champagne, and obscenely bright spandex transformed the entrance to the library into a sea of raving madmen. I tried take in every sight and sound, but the sheer mass of information sent me reeling. I know that I stumbled through the crowd dodging the […]

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Black Friday 2010: A Recap

Still stuffed from Thanksgiving meals, families across the country rise early on the morning following the celebration of giving thanks for the now-hallowed American tradition known as Black Friday. Sleeping in their cars overnight in parking lots, some consumers even skipped out on family after the Cowboys-Saints game to get an extra edge in catching […]

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Fuckin’ Heteronormativity: How Does It Work?

Hey Reed. It’s Blue Heron; maybe you saw our article in the Quest last week. Maybe you thought it was rad. Maybe you’re indifferent, confused, or even a little angry. Maybe you missed it and are now thoroughly confused.

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Not a Professional Team: A Reed College Basketball Journal

It’s three o’clock and the assistant coach is late. The van to the game isn’t full because three players couldn’t come, but mood among the players is high.

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The Dead Springs with Life, But Has Bitter End

Last weekend, Stephen Bennett’s thesis show, James Joyce’s The Dead, opened at Reed College Mainstage Theatre. Directed by Darrin J. Pufall, the production is a smashing success complete with 15 musical numbers, an impeccable mise-en-scène, and spectacular performances by the entire cast. Bennett leads the cast as Gabriel Conroy, a Dubliner who, throughout the course […]

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Midterm Election Results: GOP Takes Control of House Majority, Gains Significantly in Senate, Gubernatorial Seats in Most Expensive Midterm Election in American History

Today marks the day that Democrats will be wave goodbye to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and give themselves a Homeric facepalm as they welcome the Republican control of the House

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Five Qualities a Student Body President Should Have

Celia Hassan, Student Body President Election season is here, and soon a new Student Body President will govern the masses of Reed College. Thankfully (or maybe unfortunately?) it is not my job to handpick my successor. Rather, I will provide you with a list of qualities you should have, should you consider running for President. […]

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Rally to Restore Sanity: A Johnny Flores Editorial

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Things I learned at Portland’s Satellite Rally: From Judith Mowry: We should replace judgment with curiosity and fear with hope. From Kim Smith: We need to become empowered and engaged; we matter. From Richard Burke: Curiosity is a bridge from fear to sanity. Neuroscience lends itself well to Portland metaphors: The brain stem is the […]

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Gendered Bathrooms Make Blue Heron “Pissed”

We’re pissed.

How many times a day do you use a restroom in a public building on campus? Twice?
Three times? Every time you do, you are forced to identify yourself as either male or female

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Dr. Brainlove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Zombies

It was a drizzly Saturday in Pioneer Square. I had arrived early to get some homework done while I had a cup of coffee. On the corner, a group of young proselytizers banged on their Bibles and shouted: “Show me one scientist who can do what Our Lord has done! He is our almighty God, […]

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Vote Stacey: Elect Reed Alumnus Portland’s Next Philosopher-King

Joel Batterman ‘10

[crackle] Hope you can hear me through this bubble, folks. I’m at the edge of metro Detroit, hollering back some advice on the Oregon ballot you may have in your mailbox.

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National Coming Out Day: A Reflection

Zoe Kipping Monday, October 11th, marked National Coming Out Day, but the gathering of over four hundred people organized by Pride Northwest in Pioneer Square was a somber event. As my friend and I crossed the street, we heard a song of prayer about belonging across difference and, as we entered the crowd, we saw […]

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On Coming Out at Reed

Kyle Webster I’m a bisexual man. This statement, while neither earth-shattering nor unbelievable, has not always been the easiest thing to say. Sure, at this point in my life I am fairly open with my family, friends and the general Reed community about my sexuality and I rarely hesitate to disclose it. But, it took […]

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Marijuana Law Reform on the West Coast: Prop 19 and Measure 74

Rachel Cole-Jansen This next election holds a lot of promise — or perhaps a lot of danger — for those with a keen interest in drug policy, particularly for those living on the left side of the country. California’s Proposition 19 is an all-out attempt to legalize marijuana, and Oregon’s own Measure 74 attempts to […]

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Chris Cahill is No Revolutionary

My picture in the Quest’s last issue has sent a heavy load of painfully obstinate, deplorably sterile, and truly pungent RKSK fallout my way. In being forced into conversation with the Reed Institute’s lowest of the low, I am oft asked: Why does the Reed Revolutionary Youth Brigade (RRYB) supposedly “cower anonymously behind the ideals […]

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Robert “Schwartz” Khan’s How to Be Cool at Reed

Reed College can be a tough place for new students. Odds are, if you’re going here, you weren’t very cool in high school. But think: There are plenty of people here who were even lamer than you were; this is your time to shine, to become king of this social molehill! As I’ve been here […]

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Get Out of the Library: A Call to Battle

Last Thursday generated a lot of stories: speeches were given, slogans were chanted, and somewhere along the way naked freshmen crowded into a U-Haul and streaked the Lewis & Clark Library. Most of that isn’t noteworthy – this shit has happened at Reed for far longer than the three years I’ve been here. But that […]

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The Bitchy Queen Needs Her Fix!

I want to rip something apart. Where are the missed connections? Enough said! But since I can’t stop my self from talking, I am going to rant about how disappointed I was when I open my email Monday night and something was missing. What the hell Student Body Info, where are the miss connections?!! The […]

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Serious Advice from a Sober Freshman, Part Deux

Some upperclassmen may have been a tad upset by my last article. Believe me: I totally understand. Some of you may not be used to people my age being snarky or otherwise freethinking — except, of course, back when you were this age and were just as sassy as I am.  Regardless, I do understand […]

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Never Have I Felt So Old as I Did Then

They swarmed like flies around the half-consumed corpse of a cow, downing cheap beer and making eyes ineffectively at one another in hope of emotionless trysts. I’ve spent a number of gorgeous, ridiculous nights at comparable events, but on Saturday there was no there there. All we had to show were disconnected, ineffectual smiles and […]

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The Bitchy Queen Discusses You, Your Nasty Bathroom Etiquette, and Why Ya’ Need to Fix It

HOLD UP! Bitch, don’t you dare fart while I’m brushing my teeth. Actually, the thing that bothers me most are the people who try to cough me out of the bathroom. Just because you have a shy asshole does not mean I have to leave. Bitch, you better train that shit, ‘cause I do. I […]

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A Serious Resonse to a Sober Freshman

In last week’s Quest, freshman Rachel Pincus laid out a few guidelines for freshmen-upperclassmen etiquette. I think you really missed the mark, Rachel. There’s really only one rule governing interactions between freshmen and upperclassmen: all y’all freshmen need to shut the fuck up. “We served out time as prospies and now we’re just plain old […]

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The Bitchy Queen Discusses You, Your Public Displays of Affection, and Why They Need to Stop

I’ll take my dinner without a show, PLEASE!

Or any meals with soft-core porn for that matter. Honey, don’t make out in front of me when I’m trying to eat.

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The Bitchy Queen Discusses You, Your Ugly Walk, and How to Fix It

Honey, you have got to STOP!!! My eyes cannot take it. Your walk is a problem of epic proportions, in terms of an old joke: “I haven’t seen a walk like THAT since dinosaurs walked the earth!” Sometimes the image of caveman is what I see when I look at certain people walk. After millions […]

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Jamie’s Soap Box: Quit Hatin’ on Groups that Promote Diversity

Funding Poll is tallied, and congratulations are in order for those organizations that raked in Top Six and approval points. But I’m not particularly interested in where our Top Six votes went, rather I’m more occupied by what organizations we seem to really dislike.

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“To indiscriminately report on the news”?

The current Quest editors (who were won that position in an uncontested election) have made a decision about what kind of newspaper they want to run.  They want the Quest to be taken seriously

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Look, Ma, I Got a Robot Pony

One thing you may not have noticed about reedquest.org, announced in these pages last week: it’s out on the public internet.

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A Public Apology from Nora Mullman and Dillon Nye

Last year on May 5th during study week we, Nora Mullman and Dillon Nye, did something really, really stupid and potentially dangerous. We set a dorm trash can on fire in our friend’s room during the early hours of the morning, an action that is both in violation of the honor principle and, as we […]

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“It was intercourse without pleasure”

A Communique from the Reed Revolutionary Youth Brigade

Can you say, “recuperation”?

We can, and we did on Friday evening at nine, when we were informed that Noise Parade had already taken place and no further marching would occur.

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