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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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