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Comments on recent discussion of staff policies and sexual harassment

I want to thank the students who organized the sit-in and the forum last week. The events permitted the discussion of serious questions about how sexual harassment involving staff is handled at Reed. I am submitting this letter as an individual; these are my thoughts, and should not be misconstrued as an official statement. I […]

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The Conception & Function of DiversIfY

Systemic inequalities are entrenched in the administrative processes and policies haunting institutions in the United States; Reed College is no exception. Dispersed de juro segregation and little bureaucratic power mark the institutionalization of minority groups. The history of race, gender, and ethnic studies programs at Reed College follows similar patterns. Since 1968, students and faculty […]

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Letter from President John Kroger

Dear Reed Student Senate: Thanks to you and other community members for your thoughtful letters to me and others published in the Quest today. I very much appreciate your deep concern for the safety and well-being of community members. I think your letter and those of other community members raise, at the very least, three […]

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Letter: How we can talk about #hum110takeover

The last week of November proved to be a difficult time for the Reed Community. In light of events in Ferguson, many on campus were feeling anxious, restless, and unbearably tense. Nov. 24 and 25 saw staff and students from the Multicultural Resource Center, the Health and Counseling Center, the Black and African Student Union, […]

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Letter: JOIN DiversIfY in the fight to bring RACE, ETHNIC, and GENDER STUDIES to Reed!

JOIN DiversIfY in the fight to bring RACE, ETHNIC, and GENDER STUDIES to Reed! WE CALL TO ACTION members of the Reed College community in the ongoing struggle to erase systemized colonialism, gendered and racialized power structures, unconscious biases, and unequal representation. Academic institutions ought to fulfill an obligation to students. They must teach us […]

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Letter: I Believe What I Want About This

These are my thoughts, and mine only. I’m writing not as a representative of Senate, or the Admission Office, or anyone other than myself. These thoughts are also not sanitized, and not politically neutral. When I look at the definition of sexual harassment in the Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct policy, it makes me feel […]

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Letter from Sasha Peters

To the editors: On Tuesday I sat outside President Kroger’s office as part of the #outofrespect sit-in for twenty minutes. I would have sat in longer, but I had to be at work. My boss let me leave early to participate. Before I left, one of my supervisors approached me with some questions. They asked […]

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Letter from the Student Senate

Dear President Kroger and the Reed Community, The Student Body Senate would like to express its deep disappointment with respect to the handling of the complaint of sexual harassment from a former Admission Office employee to the Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid.  While opinions vary among senators, this letter broadly reflects the sentiment […]

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It’s Faculty Evaluation Time Again… How it Works

The season of Thanksgiving is also the season of evaluations, and the Committee on Advancement and Tenure has asked me to reach out to the student body through the Quest to explain how the evaluation system works and communicate how you can best play your part within it. The larger goal of the evaluation system […]

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A CSO’s Thoughts on Community, Games, and Respect

Over the 390 days that I’ve been employed by Reed College, not a single one has passed where I haven’t felt sincere pride about my job. There are many reasons why I’m proud of the work I do. The staff I work with are kind, thoughtful, and mischievous. My supervisors are supportive, receptive, and quirky. […]

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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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