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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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