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Thesis Christ! Mick Song: Are transposable elements our enemies, friends, or frenemies?


Ok, Mick. Give me second. What do you hate most about your thesis? Um, I feel like my thesis no longer reflects the person who I was when I chose to pursue this major. Intense. What would your thesis be if it was reflective of you now? It would probably still be about transposable elements. […]

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Strains of Vapyr: Week 11


SKYWALKER OG INDICA-DOMINANT HYBRID THC% N/A PURCHASED AT: N/A METHOD: Vape bowls, 1.1g joint, 2.8g joint TIME: 4:20PM, 8:30PM CONSUMED DAY OF, BEFOREHAND: Dabs MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT: “Take Care of Business” by Danger Mouse & Jemini A strong, obviously proud descendent of the mighty OG Kush and the less known but just as mighty among the […]

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Strains of Vapyr: On the Waning of Your Interest


There are two kinds of interest I mean. One is your interest in my articles, which may very well be waning as you think my humility might, though I cannot and will not speak anything against this lofty disinterest but will only let my words speak for whoever will accept them. The second kind, the […]

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Interview with Adam Groce


  New to Reed, Adam Groce is a visiting professor in the Math Department. He currently teaches Math 121: Introduction to Computing and Math 387: Computability & Complexity. Now that you’re here, what do you think of the environment at Reed and the kind of students you’re seeing in your classes? It’s great. The students […]

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What if Art is a Car Crash and We’re All Just Rubbernecking

Production still, "We Build Excitement (Pontiac, MI)," digital video, 2013 

All four scenes, including three video channels and the fourth wall they’re being projected onto, take place in a parking lot. The projected parking lots are former Pontiac dealerships, purchased and refurbished by Jesse Sugarmann, an artist based in California, whose anachronistic bailout of one of GM’s sacrificial darlings commemorates the “life and death” of […]

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Yes, But Is It Organic?

The marionberry picker located at Frank Meyer’s farm. Photo by Sally Turley.

Small Farmers Face Barriers in Embracing Organic Farming As a society we have effectively removed ourselves from where our food comes from. Since 1953, the percent of Americans that live on farms has decreased from 14 percent to 2 percent.  Through industrialization and urbanization, we have mechanized the food industry, removing ourselves from an integral […]

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Hello, from Judicial Board

Members of the Judicial Board, from left to right, top to bottom: Evvy Archibald ’16 (Chair), Katie Schmitz ’16 (Chair), Rebecca Forman ’15, Orla O’Sullivan ’16, Justin Fishman ’16, Ben Morris ’15, Sophie Bucci ’17, Michaela Adams ’17, Elaine Andersen ’16, Tanner Hanson ’16.

Conflicts are an inevitable part of living in a community governed by an Honor Principle. Sometimes resolution to these conflicts can be accomplished through informal communication or formalized mediation through Honor Council. The Judicial Board (J-Board) is another mechanism at your disposal for resolving conflicts, especially if you want the other party to be formally […]

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Art Exhibit Overview: Laura Heit’s “Two Ways Down”

Photo by CJ Davis.

Every summer the Edith Feldenheimer Gallery in the Studio Art Building invites an artist to display work in the student space. This year, Laura Heit, an animator and professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, was asked to install a recent work.  Heit’s work addresses topics ranging from the political to intimate spheres, (sometimes […]

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Unused Bikes to be Donated on September 30th

If your bike has one of these tags, you need to email with the code printed on the tag by September 30th.

Upon taking their bikes out of storage at the end of this summer, Reedies found tags attached to their bikes saying that if they were not moved by September 30th, they would be removed from storage. This more proactive approach was a surprise for many.  Regulations regarding bike storage have been in place for years, […]

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Reedies March in Solidarity With People’s Climate March

Greenboard members march in Downtown Portland in solidarity with People's Climate March in New York.

Sunday, September 21 was world history’s largest day of climate change action. 2,646 events took place in 156 countries. Activists in London, Taipei, Paris, Jakarta, Delhi, Bogota, Melbourne, Portland, and many more cities hosted marches and demonstrations to call for government action to curb carbon emissions, address climate change, in solidarity with the central march […]

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More CSOs Flying Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

On Director of Community Safety Gary Granger's map of campus, a cluster of green pins on the dorm MacNaughton marks of hotspot of marijuana-related AOD violations that have prompted extra patrols in the dorm.

The Reasons Behind the Extra Patrols Something is up in Asylum Block. The Community Safety Officers have been brightening Foster/Scholz/McNaughton far more frequently this year, as often as six times a day in recent weeks. We talk about it in passing in the common room. Visiting friends sometimes stop and ask us what’s up. It […]

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Homer’s: Get Some Dank in Your Tank

The solution to most of the problems that you could be faced with can be found inside the three walls and shelves that enclose Homer’s Hut.

You’ve been there before: it’s 2 A.M. and you either need sustenance, caffeine, or some sort of medicine because you feel like you’re dying. The solution to most of the problems that you could be faced with can be found inside the three walls and shelves that enclose Homer’s Hut. But Homer’s cannot be fully […]

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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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Igor “Yes Man” Vamos Pulls Divestment Prank

Igor Vamos pranked Reed with false divestment announcement

  In his commencement address, Igor  Vamos ’90, claimed Reed College was divesting from heavy oil and coal. KBOO community radio received a press release corroborating the announcement. Mandy Heaton, Reed’s Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs, released a new press release on Reed’s website, reproduced below, asserting that the announcement was a prank. More on this story […]

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Strains of Vapyr: Pineapple Thai


By Dankretius A Lament From Dankretius To those who would oppose my art, Belittle and begrudge my words, And sever my broadsheet arms That once lived in 2-wide splendor, Make yourselves clearly known To the task I here attempt: One of observation and acute Focus, appreciation with reasoned Correlations, using a method Of judgment and […]

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


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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Strains of Vapyr: Durban Poison, Dogshitcherrypie, and Sour Diesel


DURBAN POISON (FLOWER) SATIVA ~PURE~ 21% THC–0.13%CBD~~0%CBN PURCHASED AT: Five Zero Trees, 10209 SE Division St #100, Portland, OR 97266 METHOD: 1.3g joint, vaporizer TIME: 5:33a.m. CONSUMED DAY OF, BEFOREHAND: a few ice wax dabs MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT: “Low and Easy” by Spoonbill This was intense. Perhaps due to the late hour in which this strain […]

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Brutus Tells All


Colin Trevor (left) as Cassius and Andrew Watson (right) as Brutus. Photo by Stacia Torborg. Julius Caesar performs April 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 in the PAB Studio Theatre. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets are $3.00 can be reserved online at “Brutus is just as smart as Caesar. People totally like Brutus just […]

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HUMPLAY Cancelled: Vollum Infested with Bees


Despite rumors of cancelation due to “problems with bees,” HUMPLAY will for sure happen this year! (Friday, April 18 in Vollum Lecture Hall at 7 p.m., with a pre-show open rehearsal the night before at 9 p.m. for those who want to avoid the large rowdy crowd.) Direktors Elaine Andersen, Emma Cytrynbaum, Taylor Pope, Mikela […]

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Paradox Loses Hundreds of Dollars to Thievery


Thieves have stolen hundreds of dollars this semester from the cash register behind Paradox Manager Anna Baker (right) and employee Chloe Truong-Jones (left). An unidentified thief stole approximately 180 dollars from the Paradox’s Olde Shop on Monday night, leaving employees with an empty cash register the next morning. This theft comes on the heels of several […]

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Strains of Vapyr: Space Queen, Norwegian Kush, and Jack Herer


Surprisingly fruity for such a savory smelling bud when pulled through the whip of a nice vaporizer. Bowls that lasted for 3-6 tokes packed with other strains (on a below suggested temperature) last for 12-14 tokes with Space Queen even on a higher temperature, all without accumulating too much ashen plant matter, thus avoiding ash mixing with the vapyrs, a charred impression on the lips, and a smoker’s taste on the tongue.

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Senate Beat: Animal Policy Passes; Student Body Endowment Reform


Announcements The topic for the Reed Union to be held this semester will be “Questioning the Curriculum: Gender Studies and Ethnic and Race Studies at Reed.” The union will be chaired by professor Margot Minardi, and will begin with a panel consisting of professor Paul Currie and students Delali Ayivor and Anika Ledlow. As part […]

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A Cue for Reason


Speaking now is a fascinated lover, yet honest critic, of the pool hall. I aim to show you how the pool hall is back in leather chaps with an attitude of kick-ass reform! Formal has held firm as a Reed institution these many years, but it has recently received some negative comments regarding the way […]

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Tessa Hull’s GCC Mural Replaced


This spring break, the mural proposed last spring by student artist Santiago Leyba and later approved by the Art Collection Management Committee and the student Senate, was installed in the Gray Campus Center (replacing the large wall painting by Tessa Hulls). Tessa Hull’s work was painted in 2006 as part of her Studio Art thesis. […]

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Title IX Complaint Prompts KRRC to Erase Select Graffiti


Student members of the KRRC spent the weekend painting over pieces of graffiti in the KRRC studio and record library in response to a Title IX complaint filed at the end of last semester. The complainant alleged that graffiti in the KRRC was misogynistic, sparking an investigation by the administration. An investigation led by Director […]

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Update: Senate Accepts CAC’s Last-Minute Smoking Policy Concessions


Senate voted at its February 23 meeting to disapprove the CAC’s smoking policy draft and to approve its own version. Senate voted 6 to 3 today to approve a set of smoking policy concessions offered by the Community Affairs Committee in an emergency meeting that the CAC convened Wednesday afternoon, after Senate voted at its public […]

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An Obscure Home for Advanced Computation

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Tucked on the outskirts of Reed’s campus, past the DoJo and the Arts building, sits a modest, seemingly displaced house. Set apart from the neighborhood surrounding Reed, its purpose is unclear; a sign on the front of the house reading “Center for Advanced Computation” is the only indication of its status as Reed’s computer science […]

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Senate Attempts to Dodge Faculty Showdown in Smoking Policy Debate


Senator Andrew Watson (center) speaks at the special February 14 Senate meeting on smoking policy in the Chapel. Senate made a subtle gamble to tip the legislative scales in its favor on Tuesday as it moved to amend the Community Affairs Committee’s most recent smoking policy draft to bring the proposal closer in line with […]

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Old Bones Return Home: Gary Snyder ’51 Accepts Award


Despite the snowstorm, poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder ’51 drew a sizable crowd to his reading last Friday evening, where he accepted the Thomas Lamb Eliot Award for Lifetime Achievement. Snyder is one of the first three alumni to receive the award, along with ex-Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig ’65 and award-winning […]

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New Vice President Gets to Know Us


Lorraine Arvin, Reed’s new vice president and treasurer, arrived at Reed four weeks ago. She comes during the last semester of Ed McFarlane’s 41-year term in the position, and will work alongside him for the remainder of spring. After McFarlane announced last year that he would be retiring, a search committee chose Arvin as his […]

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Startup or Journal? Student-Founded Table Talk Blurs Lines


If Maya Frodeman ’15 and Ben Moe ’15 have the anxiety typical to first-time startup founders who have yet to find funding, they don’t show it. Posters for their startup-cum-journal, Table Talk, which seem to have appeared on every step and in every bathroom on campus in recent weeks, describe the venture as “Reed’s new […]

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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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“Go Forth and Suck” Says Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian


Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian began his lecture last Friday night with D.J. Detweiler’s remix of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” the chorus of which is played alternately on recorders and air horns and is exactly as bizarre as it sounds. Its significance became apparent only after Ohanian outlined his lecture on the platform that net neutrality […]

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Reed Union Tackles Divestment


Students protest the college’s investments in fossil fuels during Noize Parade on Dec. 2. For the second semester in a row, the Reed Union Committee hosted a community forum on sustainability at Reed. The union began with a short introduction from the Environmental Studies and Political Science Assistant Professor Chris Koski, who acted as moderator, […]

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Tea Bus Brews Harmony


A small school bus attracted curious passersby on Monday, from its spot on the corner of the Quad. A sign that read “Free Tea” convinced them to climb inside. Thirty-year-old Colorado College graduate Guisepi Spadafora has been serving free tea out of his bus (named Edna Lu) for five and a half years. He says […]

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Pool Hall Formal Draws Diverse Crowd

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Grandiose plans for this year’s Pool Hall Formal prefaced the event, with the goal of recreating an Olde Reed vibe. But the night proved to have the same focus as always: billiards, booze, and beauties, but not necessarily in that order, depending on which attendee you interview. Organizers had hoped to harken back to legendary […]

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Spring Fayre is Renn Fall?

Ye OLD Renn Fayre

Students ascended the dance floor last Saturday night, eager to experience the cathartic release that Daft Ball is known to provide. In the midst of the dance, the theme for this year’s Spring/Fall was announced: Ye Olde Reed Renn Fayre. “Olde Reed is a rebirth of an idealized vision of what Reed is,” Renn Fayre czar […]

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Ed McFarlane Reflects on Reed Experience


Since 1973, Reed has seen the addition of several new buildings and residence halls, the passing through of whole generations of faculty, and a sustained commitment to a rigorous academic program. Vice President and Treasurer Ed McFarlane has witnessed it all; after over 41 years in his position at Reed, he will retire in June. […]

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An Enigmatic Genius

Merideth Monk

This past week, Reed was visited by a genius: the singular Meredith Monk. She performed in Kaul Auditorium, lectured in the PAB, led various workshops, and captivated dozens of enraptured Reedies over the course of only a few days. Faculty members from the Dance, Music, and Theater departments selected Meredith Monk as this year’s Greenburg […]

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“Our Town” Inaugurates New Theater

OUr town

“Our Town,” the first play to ever be performed in the brand-new Joan and Colin Diver Studio Theater in the PAB, opens this weekend. Kate Bredeson, the director and a professor in the Theater department, says that she decided to put on “Our Town” because she wanted a classic, recognizable play that is can be […]

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Reed Fencing Tournament


Alexi Horowitz and Brittany Ohrt compete in last week’s fencing tournament. Last Saturday, Nov. 2 was the 16th Annual Douglas Williams’ Fencing Tournament. The tournament was hosted by Williams’ window, Carol Williams, with students Adam Casey, Alexi Horowitz, Larissa Seybert, Brittany Ohrt and Ian Morrison fencing. The tournament began in 1998 as a way for Williams’ to […]

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Meet Your Renn Fayre Czars


Second quarter has only just begun, but is it ever too early to be thinking about that Anthesteria at the end of the tunnel, the biggest party of the year? Certainly not for the people planning it. Juniors Marisa Barone, Lisa Frueh, Patrick Graham, and Jack Johnson are this year’s Renn Fayre Czars. Czar Johnson […]

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Language Scholar Profile: Anna Amelyanchik


Behind the scenes in classrooms and the Language Houses, Reed’s resident language scholars add a layer of depth and authenticity to the school’s language department. These individuals work with students and professors to help students develop their language skills. Anna Amelyanchik, this year’s Russian Language Scholar, shared a bit about herself with The Quest.  First […]

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Reed Defines ADSAPR Position


Last Thursday, the Honor Council and members of the working group of students, faculty, and staff met to talk about the priorities of the Assistant Dean of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. The position is currently vacant and community feedback was solicited to compose a formal job description in an open forum in the Student […]

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Fetish Club Tied Up in Misunderstanding

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BDSM is a condensed acronym. It stands for Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, Sadism and Masochism.  It’s the type of contentious subject matter that simultaneously causes people to shrivel up with puritan indignation in public and to turn 50 shades of turned on in the privacy of their bedroom. Reed, as it does with […]

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Bernstein Reveals Issues with Reed Lectures


One of the many memorable lines in Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward’s classic detailing of the Watergate scandal, All The President’s Men, reads as such: “Yesterday was for the history books, not newspapers.” In his lecture last Thursday night in Vollum Lecture Hall, Carl Bernstein seemed to resist any placement inside the aforementioned history books, […]

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Thesis Christ! Aya Maguire

Feces Christ

Mapping Dark Matter Using Gravitational Lensing What we traditionally think of as matter, what we can see and touch, is really only about 5% of all matter in the universe.  The scientific community refers to this as baryonic matter, and in recent years has been able to conclude that the remaining matter in the universe […]

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The Secret Life of Rene Descartes


René Descartes is best known for coining the philosophical phrase cogito ergo sum: I think, therefore I am. Although this is what he is known for, this is obviously not his only significant thought, Descartes dedicated a majority of his life to his motto “he who lives hidden lives well.” Harold J. Cook, a History […]

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Ivy, Fiddle, and Pressed Cider Marks Canyon Day 2013


A grand Reed tradition, Canyon Day, continued to thrive last Saturday with gloves, wheelbarrows, shovels, and Otto’s scrumptious sausages. Students, alumni and community members all devoted their day to aid the preservation of Reed Canyon’s natural beauty during this year’s Canyon Day. In a rare streak of fall sunshine, participants weeded pesky English Ivy and […]

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Sustainability: Honor that Endures


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 Alumna Brings Stairs to Life

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Gray light filters into the Performing Arts Building as Heidi Duckler ’74 brings the stairs in the atrium to life with her inventive choreography. Duckler, a Reed alumna of the Dance Department, was so inspired by the wooden stairs that she choreographed a site-specific piece to be performed on them for the opening festivities. Through […]

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Reed’s Acceptance Rate Rises: Admissions Seeks to Grow Applicant Pool

Admissions Office

On March 26 Reed College offered admission to 1,356 of the 2,887 applicants for the class of 2017. The acceptance rate of 47 percent marks the class of 2017 as the least selective class since 2004 and comes on the heels of what had been an unprecedented period of increasing selectivity for the college. From […]

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First Biannual Bioinformatics Workshop Provides Insight Into a Booming Field


The first biannual bioinformatics and genomics workshop took place at Reed from April 13 to 14. A slate of specialists was invited to lead modules on a wide-array of key topics in whole genome analysis. More than two dozen undergraduates from Reed and Lewis and Clark College had the opportunity to study bioinformatic and genomic […]

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Women’s Soccer Gains Footing

Women's Soccer

    While many Reedies hold some pride in their un-athleticism, some desire the presence of physical activity in their lives. Sydney Scarlata is one of them. Having swam and played soccer all throughout high school, freshman Sydney Scarlata was “burnt out” from varsity sports, and saw Reed as a respite from the intense competition […]

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Bill Cronon: Disciplines in Dialogue

Bill Cronon

“William Cronon is the foremost environmental historian of our time,” President John Kroger said last Wednesday evening. “He put the field on the map.” Kroger had nothing but high praise for Bill Cronon when he introduced the guest lecturer in Vollum Lecture Hall. Cronon came to Reed to give back-to-back lectures through the Greenberg Distinguished […]

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Improved Band Practice Room Fosters Resurgence of Reed Bands

Band practice room

Two years ago, the Band Practice Room was nearly defunct. Now, it and Reed bands are flourishing. There is a thriving band scene at Reed currently, bolstered in part by an improved Band Practice Room (BPR) and an upsurge in student club involvement. Two years ago the BPR was nearly defunct and twigs were occasionally […]

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Thesis Christ: Brian Moore

Brian Moore

Economics major and and former Student Body President Brian Moore wrote his thesis on government policy change and whether or not this effects investments made by manufacturing companies. In times of economic downturn, Moore says, many say that the government should not try to change policy, as this creates an uncertain economic environment that possibly discourages investment. For instance, “if you’re a small manufacturer, and the government is considering regulating your industry, you’re less likely to invest until you know how that regulation is going to look, or how that regulation might effect you as a firm.”

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Senate Beat: Quest Reform and the Sexual Misconduct Policy

Senate - Quest Reform

Senator David Azrael ’13 speaks during the April 12 Senate meeting. Quest Reform For the second time this month, Senate discussed the Quest board’s proposal for a new system in which editors are appointed rather than elected. The Quest board provided an updated draft of the proposed Quest bylaws, in which changes were made to […]

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Reedies Discuss Obligation, Sanctity, and External Pressure at Union

Autonomy Union

Three months after President Kroger canceled or altered three Paideia classes, Reed community members filled out the pews in the Chapel on Friday for the Reed Union entitled “Student Autonomy: Its Possibilities and its Limits.” President Kroger attended but only spoke up twice: once to explain that he could stay for the entire Union because […]

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Hum Play 2K13 Has Some Novel Concepts

Hum Play Direktors

The direktors tout that Hum Play this is year will be “dirtier, raunchier, and uncircumcised, as it should be.” The show will be in Vollum Lecture Hall on April 26th at 7 p.m. A sub-free show will be the day before at 9 p.m. There is a one-butt per seat policy so students will be […]

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Thesis Christ: Clara Redwood


Clara Redwood’s ’13 thesis: “Creating Origami Crease Patterns for Curved 3 Dimensional Objects.”   Clara Redwood’s ‘13 thesis desk is littered with origami paper. Clara, the only girl who is strictly a math major in her class, is writing her thesis with Math Professor Irena Swanson on folding algorithms. Clara, of Buffalo, New York explains […]

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Eileen Myles: Laughter and Short Poems

Eileen Myles

“If you were waiting for the poem, that was it,” said Eileen Myles after reading the two lines of her poem, “Tree,” to open last Thursday night’s poetry reading. The comment was met by laughter from 60 or so people gathered in the Eliot Chapel, and set the precedent for an unpredictable hour of poetry, […]

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New Community Safety Hires Measured for Kilts

Chris Linn

The new Assistant Director of Community Safety, Chris Linn. Community Safety recently hired a number of new part time and on-call CSOs. Director of Community Safety Gary Granger’s standard of excellence? “Whether or not they’ll wear a kilt to Renn Fayre.” On-call CSOs are on staff in order to cover the occasional vacant shift. Granger […]

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Times Columnist Kristof Lectures on Empowering Women


New York Times reporter and columnist Nicholas Kristof spoke to a packed Kaul Auditorium on Monday about his book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which he co-authored with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. Both the book and Monday’s lecture draw their title, said Kristof, from a Chinese saying: “Women hold up […]

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

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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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Thesis Christ: Frank Sosa

Frank Sosa

Eight years ago, scientists at Yale University tested seven capuchin monkeys to see whether they deviated from a basic economic theory: that, when faced with an economic choice, humans (or, in this case, primates) will act rationally. Unsurprisingly, they did. But the important finding from the study was that the capuchin monkeys deviated from the […]

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$25,000 Watson Fellowship Winner Announced

Watson nominees

From left: Lillian Karabaic ’13, Maya Scherr-Willson ’13, Cole Perkinson ’13, and Lori Rodriguez ’13. What would you do if you had $25,000? Lori Rodriguez ’13, Maya Scherr-Willson ’13, Lillian Karabaic ’13, and Cole Perkinson ’13 each had elaborate plans, but ultimately, only one of them would get funding. Karabaic, Scherr-Willson, Rodriguez, and Perkinson were […]

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Reed Tackles Morality, Action, and Divestment at Union on Climate Change

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Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies Joshua Howe speaks at Wednesday’s Reed Union. A smattering of students, faculty, and other Reed community members gathered in Vollum Lecture Hall on Wednesday for a Reed Union on climate change. Officially titled “Climate Change: Policy, Advocacy, Science,” the Reed Union hosted a panel of five speakers, […]

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Smoking Indoors Could Mean Pricey Penalty for Reed

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The cigarette butts that dot Reed’s campus now carry a potential fine of $500 each. After two anonymous complaints were filed in November for smoking violations, a Multnomah County public health inspector visited campus on March 8. The enforcement officer will return unannounced between March 23 and April 22 to re-inspect. Reed will be fined […]

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A Tour of Reed’s Secret Garden


Behind an innocuous door on the top floor of the Biology building is a state-of-the-art, 1,000 square foot, climate-controlled greenhouse. The greenhouse is warm and humid, with sliding tables on which small plants are beginning to grow, and orange lights illuminate the rooms day and night. Biology Professor David Dalton has been working at Reed since 1987 and has born witness to many of the changes to the greenhouse over the years. He says the greenhouse was originally just a “south-facing room” with cement benches that was built along with the Biology building in the 1950’s. The structure stayed the same until more additions were made in 1990. In 2001, with the renovation of the Biology building came a further expansion of the greenhouse and the “state-of-the-art” setup students enjoy today. The greenhouse now has four main rooms, and the lighting, temperature, and cooling are all controlled by a central computer.

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Reed Sees More Post-Docs in Past Two Years

Leigh Latta post doc

The number of post-docs in Biology, Phycology, and Chemistry at Reed increased over the past two years, but their presence remains largely unnoticed. There are currently four post-docs, and one more is expected to arrive by April.

At Reed, Post-docs act as liaisons between students and facility, especially in the realms of research. In contrast, post-docs in research universities primarily deal with pursuing their own research to develop skills needed for their profession. While at Reed, the post-doc experience is non-traditional, as greater interaction with undergrads creates a mentor-mentee relationship.

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Department Associate Gives Physics A Different Slant of Light

Jay Ewing

Winter in Portland can make the entire campus feel like a monochromatic haze. But Jay Ewing, who is a Physics Department associate, uses a D.I.Y. full-spectrum lighting fixture to combat the malaise of the darker months. All intro physics students pass through Ewing’s lab, and many leave with a greater and more practical understanding of […]

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The True Dean, Nigel Nicholson

Nigel Nicholson

Nigel Nicholson will become Reed’s newest Dean of Faculty on June 1, 2013. Nicholson was one of three candidates subjected to round after round of interviews addressing their standpoints on academic mission, which policies to change, new majors, fund allocations, diversity, and all other topics relevant to the post. What stood out about Nicholson? Senator […]

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Administrators and SB Presidents Discuss New AOD Review Panel


Around thirty or forty students turned out Wednesday night for a discussion of last semester’s revisions to the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy. The discussion, hosted by Residence Life, featured dormitory Residence Directors, Director of Community Safety Gary Granger, Dean of Student Services Mike Brody, Student Body President Ari Galper, and former Student Body President […]

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Thesis Christ: Heidi Whitehouse ‘13

Heidi Whitehouse

In the Congo in the time of King Leopold II, Belgian colonists and companies brutally exploited indigenous Congolese peoples in the name of “civilization.” Such is the premise of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, a Victorian-era novella that is touted in academic circles as a scathing criticism of racist imperialists. But with her thesis, Heidi Whitehouse ’13 points out that Conrad’s novella may not be as anti-racist as academics are prone to believe—and that, in fact, Conrad’s language bolsters the racist language of the Victorian Era.

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Beavers Take Free Reign of Canyon


While Reedies were busily studying for midterms, the beaver families living in Reed’s canyon have been quietly transforming the canyon’s east end back into the marsh that Reed Lake once was. Each night at dusk, around three beaver families migrate from their dens near the Amphitheatre to the east end of the Canyon to feed […]

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You Have a Package at Reed Mail Services: An Interview with Ben Lund

Ben Lund

Every time a student receives cookies from home, a book from Amazon, or new shoes, they receive an email from a mysterious man who spells his name with no capital letters. Who is the man of mystery working in the GCC’s basement? Why the cummings-esque lack of capitalization? Can the Postal Service help you convey a coconut across the country? Staff reporter Isabel Meigs found out in in this slightly edited and condensed interview.

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Lacking Time, But Seeking Love, Reedies Speed Date

Speed Dating

This article is also available as an online radio story. Whether on the hunt for a Valentine’s Day date or just looking to meet new people, dozens of Reedies filed into the Student Union on Saturday afternoon for Reed’s first speed dating event. Students attempted to make small talk, get to know each other, and […]

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Thesis Christ: Autumn Dobbins ‘13

Autumn Dobbins

Sometimes, at the end of an odyssey, you have to walk around, waiting for someone to ask if your oar is a fan for winnowing grain. Sometimes you do a thesis.

Autumn Dobbins ’13, of Kirksville, Missouri is doing her Theater thesis on a new way of designing for the stage to reflect the digital age.

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A Semester in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg water

Picture eleven at night. Except “night” has become an arbitrary, meaningless word. The sun hangs by the horizon’s edge, dangling the false promise of darkness over the head of the city. In a few hours it will dip below the edge of the world and rise back up, the sky deepening to a blue without ever surrendering into the embrace of black night. It has been weeks since there has been any sort of true darkness, since you could go to sleep under a blanket of stars. The White Nights steal your sleep like a mischievous imp, begging you to come out and play before the eternal darkness of winter takes over. Staring out of a window on the eighth floor of a sixteen story monolithic concrete block, from a room that always smells faintly of dill, you can see the edge of the Gulf of Finland. You have forgotten what it means to feel comfortable. Living in someone else’s house, in someone else’s country, your tongue stumbling over someone else’s language, your body is your only home. Comfort is cage; you learn to do things that make you uncomfortable. You will never know the ways your body can move if you never try to stretch.

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Juniors’ Genebot Startup Wins $2,500 Prize

LaBean and Stephens

Connor LaBean ’14, right, and Ben Stephens ’14, left.  Last year, Connor LaBean ’14 excitedly approached his good friend, Ben Stephens ‘14, about an idea he had: a biotech automation robot or “genebot” that could do about anything involving liquid transfer, thus saving eons on time-consuming experiments involving genetic replication that are usually done manually. […]

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Hippie Turns Half-Baked Idea into Americone Dream

Ben and Jerry's Gray Fund

Vollum Lecture Hall swarmed with Reedies Thursday night to hear Jerry Greenfield speak about the often forgotten, socially responsible aspect of business. Some came to enlighten their minds with Jerry’s wisdom, while others came with grumbling stomachs and hopes of free ice cream. This Gray Fund sponsored event granted their wishes, as an ice cream […]

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Kroger, Reedies Discuss Paideia Censorship at Community Forum

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Students, faculty, and alumni filled the SU at 4 PM on Friday to discuss the controversy surrounding President John Kroger’s recent cancellation of two Paideia classes and censoring of a third over content relating to drugs and alcohol. Over a hundred Reed community members gather to hear Kroger speak, ask him questions, and express their […]

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An Interview with the Brand-Spanking New Student Body President

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Once one enters Ari Galper’s room on Bragdon 2, the floor where he is currently HA, it becomes immediately obvious how he was elected student body president. The room is spotless, everything in its place without a hint of excess, full of calming colors and dried flowers. Now that the scene has been set, here’s what he had to say about his new responsibilities.

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Poetry Night Opens Up

poetry night

It is dark outside of the Student Union. Everyone inside sits on couches arranged in a semicircle, quiet, engrossed. The group this night is small; it is clear that poetry night at Reed College is not immune to the usual fatigues that plague other student groups. This was the scene the 28th of November, and […]

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Glass, Silicone, and 11 Inches of Stainless Steel

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Reedies gathered around a table piled high with sex toys, many of them of unclear purpose, in Eliot Hall last Tuesday. The Joys of (Sex) Toys, hosted by ADSAPR Jyl Shaffer and Student Educators Taylor Bailey and Gabriele Slaughter, aimed to educate curious members of the Reed community on the history, types, and uses of […]

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Thesis Christ: Danny Sellers

Danny Sellers

In the 1990s, development economist Amartya Sen formulated a controversial theory. He postulated that countries that have a free press and competitive elections are better at averting famines, and he used events in Ethiopia, Sudan, Botsawana, and Zimbabwe to prove his point. Using the same countries as Sen, and incorporating three additional African countries, Political Science major Danny Sellers ’13 will seek to challenge this theory.

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Communism, Bureaucracy, and Tough Love: The Suede Jacket Premieres

The Suede Jacket

Photo courtesy Heather Chan. The platonic form of sheep has been captured by Perry Nelson ’16 and placed in a black box. That Black Box is in the Reed College Theatre building, where The Suede Jacket by Stanislav Stratiev debuted Wednesday. It plays Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm. The question of what it […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Katelyn Best

Katelyn Best

Thirty years ago in Managua, Nicaragua, a group of students had an incredibly rare opportunity. After the Sandinista revolution, a school for disabled children was founded, bringing over 400 previously isolated deaf children into contact with each other. Initially having no language with which to communicate, the children interacted by making up their own signs […]

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The Lost Dorms of Olde Reed


The men’s dorm Sisson stood across from Chittick, near the blue bridge, where Bragdon now stands.  Buried deep in the foundations of Bragdon, lay memories of Olde Reed. From 1958 to 1997, two men’s dorms occupied the space where Bragdon now stands: Ackerman and Sisson. When these Cross Canyon dorms were first built, along with […]

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Comedian Under Fire for “misogynistic, racist, and homophobic” Comments

Sal Rodriguez

Controversy roiled Saturday at a stand-up comedy show in the Student Union. During the set of comedian Sal Rodriguez, a student took the stage and grabbed the microphone from Rodriguez to criticize him for what she called his “blatantly misogynistic, racist, and homophobic” performance.

Debate has continued since the event, with a discussion and support group hosted by the Feminist Student Union on Monday, and discussion of a possible honor case against Rodriguez. Rodriguez, for his part, said via email, “I apologize for nothing.”

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CEP Captures Ecologically Damaging Canyon Kittens

Canyon Kittens

Students have eagerly adopted the numerous cats that live in the Canyon as a part of Reed lore, dubbing them “Canyon kittens,” but whether they’re a feline blessing or a grimalkin curse depends on who you ask. Canyon Specialist Zac Perry says that cats pose a threat to the health of the Canyon ecosystem. According […]

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Commons Theft Ramps up at Semester’s End

Commons Line

Every day, approximately $100-200 of food is stolen from Commons. This is a recurring problem, and at the end of the semester, theft tends to be especially prevalent. One likely contributing factor is that students run out of board points, according to Vanessa van Staden, operations manager of Bon Appétit at Reed. “If the chef […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Wyatt Alt

Wyatt Alt

Wyatt Alt’s ’13 thesis? Counting the Number of Domino Tilings in the M x N Projective Plane. “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of […]

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Students Celebrate Four More Years of Obama

John Iselin Election

Students camped out in Vollum Lounge on Tuesday night to watch the election unfold. It did not take long, however, for the outcome of the presidential election to be decided. At approximately 8:15 p.m. PST, the room erupted into applause. After winning Ohio, President Barack Obama won the presidency with 274 electoral votes; Romney had […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Max Maller

Max Maller

Much of the material academics study is the product of the elite. But Max Maller ’13 seeks to study an art form that rose out of the lower echelons of 19th Century China. His Chinese thesis, which he is working on with Professor Hyong Rhew, explores the art and evolution of Xiangsheng, a popular form of comedy in China that originated in the markets and temple fairs of Beijing during the Qing Dynasty.

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Is Secularism an Obstacle in the Search for Truth?

Mary Poplin

Reed wears its atheism proudly, and, according to Reed’s own surveys of its incoming classes, has one of the most secular student bodies in the nation. “Radical secularism in our modern western culture is bankrupting the university,” said Mary Poplin, a professor of education at Claremont Graduate School. She went on to explain that the […]

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Students Clash with Meghan McCain

Meghan McCain

Tensions rose at a Gray Fund event in Vollum Lecture Hall during questions between students and columnist, author, and blogger Meghan McCain. McCain, who writes for The Daily Beast and appears as a contributor on MSNBC, and is the daughter of Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, spoke at Reed Tuesday night promoting America, You Sexy Bitch: […]

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Psychedelic Sounds Fire Up SU


Students listen to The Flaming Lips’ Zaireeka in the Student Union. Things got loud this weekend when two of indie rock’s biggest and most-loved bands descended upon the Student Union—in recording, that is. First, on Friday night, students had the opportunity to dance themselves clean at This Is Happening, a dance to LCD Soundsystem’s last […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: AnnaLise Bender-Brown

AnnaLise Bender-Brown

In Western culture, female genital mutilation is regarded as a violent act against women that is a product of patriarchal oppression. Girls who are victims of this mutilation are stripped of their agency and coerced into a ritual that destroys the possibility of sexual pleasure in the future. AnnaLise Bender-Brown is out to deconstruct these […]

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Roof Climbers Cost Reed $10,000

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In 1895 Cambridge student Geoffrey Winthrop Young published The Roof Climber’s Guide to Trinity, inadvertently inventing the sport of stegophily. Unknowingly following in his footsteps, students have been climbing on the rooftops of Reed buildings for years. Recently, Community Safety reports of stegophily have increased and roof climbers have done thousands of dollars in damage. […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Transforming Russian Graves into Artists’ Books

Rose Lewis

“Samizdat,” a portmanteau literally meaning “self-published” that was applied to carbon-copies of censored materials that dissidents made and circulated in the Soviet-era.  Cemeteries spark a morbid curiosity in many people and move us to ponder the lives of the dead. Tombstones reveal limited information about the deceased, which leads us to wonder – how much […]

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“Truth to Power” Graffito Fake; Administration Reconsidering Graffiti Policy

Alleged Kara Walker Graffiti

A piece of graffiti in the Gray Campus Center that claims to have been made by controversial artist Kara Walker is a forgery.

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Reed Senior Runs 27 Hours, Breaks Record

Ethan Linck

Ethan Linck ’13, a Biology major, joined an elite group of record holding distance runners when he ran the 93-mile Wonderland Trail on Sept. 28. Linck completed the course in 27 hours, 19 minutes, 19 seconds, besting the previous record of 28 hours, 50 minutes. The run was Linck’s second attempt at the Wonderland Trail, […]

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A Bright Day for the Canyon

Canyon Day Fall 2012

The sound of English Ivy being ripped from the ground mingled with jovial conversation in the north corner of the canyon on Saturday, October 6th. The discarded weeds fell into piles along with the nightshade, Himalayan blackberries, and other undesirables as the forces of good united for Fall Canyon Day. Around thirty students, faculty, staff, and […]

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Smoking Haven No Longer

Pool Hall Smoking

As smoking on campus has risen to prominence in campus dialogue, a first action has been taken in the pool hall. Smoking will no longer be allowed in the pool hall during tournaments, announced pool hall manager Wren Kominos-Marvell during the tournament the night of Thursday Sept. 27. CSOs will also be increasing their monitoring […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Tristan Nieto

Tristan Nieto

Tristan Nieto ’12 is updating a tradition-heavy cult ritual. Fans of The Rocky Horror Picture Show are well acquainted with the film’s cult rituals. When fans get together to watch the 1975 B-movie, the screenshow is accompanied by a cast of actors in front of the the movie, who shadow the movements of the actors […]

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Ezra Klein Knocks Congress

Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein thinks a lot of things are terrible, foremost among which might be the United States Congress. He started his presentation last Friday with a graph that showed just where the approval rating of Congress – which is currently at about 9% – relation to many other events and institutions, like Nixon during Watergate, […]

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“The Ultimate Prospie”

John Kroger Inauguration

President John Kroger was inaugurated with special gifts, a poetry reading, and many speeches last Friday, Sept. 21. He will be the fifteenth president of Reed College succeeding Colin Diver. The ceremony had a budget of $200,000, says treasurer Ed McFarlane, who estimates that it was slightly under budget. This included a fireworks show with […]

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Gray Squirrel Lives the Life of the Mind


A young and injured gray squirrel was thrust through a KRRC window by a man claiming to have ties to Reed on Monday, Sept. 19. Freshman David Satten-Lopez was told that, in exchange for caring for the squirrel, he would receive a free tattoo. For over two days, the squirrel attended class, studied on the […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Alan Montecillo

Alan Montecillo

Alan Montecillo ’13 looks past the smut to see the music. If you mention the 17th-century Chinese novel The Plum and the Golden Vase to most people in China, says Alan Montecillo ’13, “the first thing that comes to mind is pornography.” The impulse is understandable. The novel is filled with about 70 vividly described […]

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Admissions Office Codifies Dress Code

Admission Dress Code Guide

An excerpt of the new Admissions Office Student Dress Code guide, “Wear This, Not That.” This year, the interns of the Admissions Office received a photograph of Ryan Gosling wearing a ripped Thrasher t-shirt and were told to not follow his example. These instructions came as a part of new booklets entitled “Wear This, Not […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Andy Malkin

Andy Malkin

Some games, maybe one played on a paper tablecloth waiting for food at a restaurant, don’t seem like they were meant to be taken seriously. But Andy Malkin ’13, of Ojai, California, says there’s a lot behind even some simple games. Andy is writing his math thesis with professors Joe Roberts and Jamie Pommershein on […]

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Mexican Showdown

Mexican Showdown

If there’s one thing I hate about people from California, it’s that old “I can’t find Mexican food in Portland like we have in California!” line. What a load of crap. I’ve been to California. There are plenty of crappy Mexican joints there. And conversely, Portland has its share of awesome taquerias. So, in the […]

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Senate Beat: Share No More

Senate Meeting

Either Reedies are getting better at sharing, or they’ve lost respect for the law. There have been five complaints from music distribution companies so far this year over students illegally sharing files, according to Tony Palomino, director of Reed’s Computer User Services. By this time last year, there was only one. “This year is lookin’ […]

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Hate Speech Cause of GCC Bathroom Erasure

GCC Graffiti

A sample of graffiti from the GCC bathroom prior to its erasure.Fifteen years’ worth of graffiti are gone from a downstairs bathroom in the GCC. The formerly colorful walls of the gender-neutral room, formerly a women’s restroom before changes last spring, were covered in blank white paint over the summer. “These restrooms were covered with […]

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Reed Teams Toughen Up

Reed Women's Rugby

What words come to mind when you think of sports at Reed? Recreational? Intramural? Mandatory? Some sports groups on campus are adding the word “competitive” to this list. Last year, “The Reed College Berserk,” Reed’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, placed 9th at the USA Ultimate Division III National Championships. Ultimate Frisbee Coach Shane Rubenfeld says, “[the […]

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Thieves Go High Tech in Bike Arms Race

Cross Canyon Bikes

Reed College has a bike theft problem. In the 2011/2012 academic year the campus suffered 55 bike thefts, a 77% increase from the 31 bike thefts in the 2010/2011 academic year. The problem is not one that will likely go away. Director of Community Safety Gary Granger believes that bike thieves began using battery powered […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Shakespeare for the Masses

Lisa Henderson

Lisa Henderson is taking Shakespeare to the SU to remind people how his plays were originally—crude, spontaneous, and geared toward everyone. Shakespeare—the name evokes fear in high school English classes the world over. Brought to mind is an elitist, inaccessible playwright who takes a doctorate to be understood. Not so, says Lisa Henderson ’12. Lisa, […]

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John Kroger: Leading from Within

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“Have you read Foucault?” asks John Kroger. Reed College’s new President is explaining his reluctance to have an interview recorded on digital audio file. The idea reminds him of “Discipline and Punish,” the French philosopher’s treatment of the modern penal system. But then he gives himself a second guess: “Is that irrational?” Kroger, who most […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Marie Perez


Marie Perez ’12 is rooting through garbage for her thesis—and finding money. Portland has an interesting history of waste disposal, says Marie Perez ’12. The Alphabet District in Northwest is built on compacted trash over an old wetlands, and there was a time when people expected the city’s rivers to be “cleansing, self-healing entities.” The […]

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The Class of 2016 Rises

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“Four of you have worked as professional ballet dancers (three women and one man). One of you has acted in movies with Jessica Lange, John Malkovich, and Chloë Sevigny…You gave tours of a historic home in full Victorian costume…We also have an entering Reedie with the first name Reed, and for mythological completeness, freshmen named […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: LiLu Sexton


Each week, The Quest profiles the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. Society relies on law […]

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Science Outreach Program Branches Out

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Since its inception in 1995, Reed’s Science Outreach program has facilitated Reedie-taught biology lessons in Title I elementary schools.  This year, the program is making a significant change: It is introducing chemistry to its curriculum. “This is the first year we are officially merging the sciences together,” explained Cole Perkinson ’13. Perkinson, a Science Outreach […]

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New Theme Dorms Give Chittick an Annex

Chittick Fort

On the morning of September 27th, residents of Chittick awoke to find a wing of their dorm amputated. The missing wing was a recent addition students of the new Art and Circus theme dorms had built in celebration of the new school year. For three days before the beginning of class, a small fort was […]

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Blue Like Jazz Sees Reed Through a Glass, Darkly

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Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz and one screenwriter of the book’s film adaptation, confessed at the Reed premiere last Wednesday that he wouldn’t have been surprised if seventy percent of the audience had walked out. Steve Taylor, the film’s director; Miller; and the three actors present admitted to being nervous. While the only […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Randomness as Fairness

Justine Stewart

Economic theory expects certain things of people: They will behave predictably, act to maximize utility, and if they can choose between getting money and not getting any, they will usually take the cash. However, says Justin Stewart ’12, there are well-known cases in which people regularly reject an offer of free money, against all the […]

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President Diver Reflects on His Decade at Reed

President Diver

How is President Colin Diver feeling now that his final semester at Reed is coming to an end? “Mixed emotions,” he says. It “almost depends on which hour or which minute you ask the question.”  On one hand, he is sometimes “very nostalgic and sad . . . I’m going to miss the people here, […]

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Cool Thesis: Commercially Sexually Exploited Children In Portland, OR


America’s news media loves horror-story narratives, and little makes for a better horror story than the commercial sexual exploitation of children. However, according to Rachel Cole-Jansen ’12, the media more often than not gets the story wrong. Rachel, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has spent her senior year at Reed studying children in the sex trade […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: The Complexities and Caveats of Microfinance

Nisma Elias

Since the financial crisis, Americans have been constantly concerned with bad loans and borrowers who are unable to pay off their debts. According to Nisma Elias ’12, this doesn’t just happen here. Microfinance, a practice in which people in the developing world are given small loans to help them start businesses and earn an income, […]

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History Gets a Slap on the Buttocks: Reed Theatre Does the Plague

One Flea Spare

“It’s a beautiful play about people in an extreme situation,” says Assitant Professor Kate Bredeson, director of One Flea Spare, written by contemporary playwright Naomi Wallace. One grasps the gravity of the situation by the second scene, in which thesis candidate Kenji Yoshikawa, playing the character of Bunce, urinates in a porcelain vase to preserve […]

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Hum Play: The Fanfiction of Ancient Greece and Rome


“Hum Play is nothing but a cocaine dream,” joked Hum Play Direktor Gabbie Slaughter ’14 in one of many misleading comments about this year’s Hum Play. The play, which shows on April 13, is difficult to put into words. “[Professor] Wally Englert called it ‘Aristophanic,’” said Dean “Dad” Schmeltz ’14, another of this year’s direktors. […]

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Senate Moves Against Bottled Water


Senate ratified Greenboard’s “Take Back the Tap” resolution to “effectively ban the sale of bottled water on campus” during its March 15 Senate Meeting. Greenboard said it received one hundred forty-six signatures in support of the resolution and encountered only one staunch opponent of the measure. However, the resolution only “strongly discourage[s] the use of […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: “Suburban Paradise or ‘Sprawlsville, Washington’?”

Alex Walker

Walking through the city, it is easy to look at stores and people, taking in their individual character. What many people do not consider, however, is the larger layout of the city. For Alex Walker ’12, however, the broader organization of a city is of utmost interest. His History thesis, “Suburban Paradise or ‘Sprawlsville, Washington’?: […]

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Machinist Preserves Reed’s Nostalgic Past


Greg Eibel’s machining shop is the closest way to experience Olde Reed without a time machine. Eibel’s shop tucked away in the basement of the physics building has remained largely unchanged since the day he began his job as Instrument Machinist in 1975. Students have come and gone, but the same machines line the walls. […]

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Chez Commons: Bagels with Vanitas

Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas.

I see the torus of dough that is breakfast, and staring at me it suggests not just dough but void not-sitting in the center of the ouroboric coil. The bagel subverts its thing-ness with this suggestion of no-thing. Does a bagel have buddha-nature? The answer is neither yes nor no; it is not. It is, […]

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“Border safety” Project Provokes Controversy


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

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Student Patrol Officers Will Not Report AODs

Student Patrol Officer Poster

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

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Fantastical Genderfuck Circus

Erika Kurth

“Reedies often forget to interact with the real world,” says Erika Kurth ’12. While Reed enjoys a relatively high level of tolerance on campus, students can easily forget that this is not the case in the rest of the world. This is why, Erika, of San Antonio, Texas, decided to use her thesis production to […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Intonation Patterns in an Arabic Oral Epic

Cool Thesis

“No, it’s not this one; it’s that one.” “It’s actually not the way I thought.” When we speak English, we rely on rhythm, speed, and intonation to convey the difference between new and given intonation, giving extra weight to words that convey previously unknown facts. Though this may seem elemental to English speakers, it is […]

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Inside The Pamphlette

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

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

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A Not Just O-Kay Performance

Sarah Kay

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

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity

Gabriel Barello

All too often, the complaint over the impracticality of the humanities resounds through Hauser: “All these abstract ideas, none of them really exist. Not like what they do in the hard sciences.” Not so for Gabriel Barello ’12, a Physics major from Seattle, Washington. Gabriel, who is working on his thesis with Professor David Latimer, […]

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Alumni Switchboard Connects Reedies with Success

Reed Switchboard

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

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Student Arrest Sparks Outrage


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

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New Theme Dorms, PIG Appeals Cancellation


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

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KRRC Rises from the Ashes


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

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Canyon Revival Presses On


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

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

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

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

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Committee Slow on Gender Neutral Bathrooms


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

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Alumni impart career optimism at Working Weekend

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

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$2000 to Innovative Reedies


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

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President’s Message: Honorable Student Governance

Resized Presidents

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

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Cool Thesis of the Week: A Qing Dynasty Social Satire

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Each week, The Quest profiles the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. Throughout their primary education, […]

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Student Groups Hustle Members, Tops Sixes in SU

Activities Fair Resized

On Friday, January 27th, student groups came together in the Student Union to raise awareness about their clubs in the Activities Fair that marks the beginning of every semester. While not a particularly exciting event to begin with—relative to the Activities Fair in the Fall—the event was made worse by the fact that it took […]

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Ghosts of Paideia’s Past

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Paideia has undergone significant transformations since its original conception in 1967 by Michael Lanning, who was then a freshman at Reed. Lanning had proposed a 6-week break from classes during which students could earn credit for Unstructured Independent Study (UIS), which later acquired the current moniker, Paideia (a term that harkens back to Classical Athens […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Claire Thomforde-Garner

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Each week, The Quest profiles the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. For most Reedies, dancing […]

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Chez Commons: Deconstructing Physical Metaphors

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Chez Commons is a fusion of the food of Commons and the academic artistry of the Reedie.  If you are intrigued by the possibility of writing it, please send your submission (with accompanying photo) to with the subject line “Chez Commons.” “Includes wheat, dairy, whine, gluten,” said the sign.  Good enough, I thought.  I was ready […]

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Prognosis? Still Demented


This past weekend Reed College received an annual visit from the Doctor. Barry Hansen ’63, widely known as Dr. Demento, has shared his rich reservoirs of music and comedy with students, professors, and Portlanders during each Paideia since 1973. Attendees can always count on experiencing a rare line-up of offbeat songs. Hansen has earned himself […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Healing Cults in Ancient Greece


Each week, The Quest profiles the thesis of one senior whose work is worth sharing with the Reed community. The purpose of this column is to increase awareness among Reedies of the work being done in various academic fields and to make disparate forms of scholarship accessible and understandable to all. All too often, a […]

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Hello From Your New Editors


What’s up, readers? Thanks for electing us to be your Quest editors again. We’ll bring you quality news reporting, interesting features, and opinion from relevant members of the community. Our mission is to bring you the best paper we can this coming semester—but we’ll need your help. We know we’ve not been perfect last semester. […]

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Reed Graduation Rate Surges


Reed’s efforts to improve its graduation rates have been successful. New data shows that the four-year graduation rate has jumped ten percent—rising from 60 percent to 70 percent—for the class of 2010 to the class of 2011. Graduation rates have been increasing, but Mike Tamada, Director of Institutional Research at Reed, finds “a jump this […]

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Defenders of the Universe, Adversaries of the Ordinary


Glass rained down on the floor of the Student Union Monday night. A flying bowling ball missed its mark and smashed into a light, shattering its glass enclosure. This was the first of what may be many mishaps as a result of the enigmatic supergroup Defenders of the Universe’s, or DxOxTxUx’s, latest installation, the Mega […]

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A Break From Male Mechanics


Reed’s Bike Co-op is almost always full of greasy-handed bike mechanics patching up tires and fixing handlebars for the student body. But on Monday nights from 5 to 7 p.m., the mechanics at the Co-op have a little more in common: They are all female, and they are all there for Ladies’ Night. Marie Perez […]

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Of Brecht and Brahmins


Indu Manohar ’12 explores various forms of storytelling A brave king will battle arrogant demons in a duel of dance, lovely young hermit-girls will frolic in a peaceful grove, and a spurned lover will be swallowed by the earth to hide her humiliation. When Shakuntala: An Indian Fairytale, the directing thesis production of theatre major […]

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Reed Votes: Win For Community Constitution Amendment, Social Sciences Majors


In this semester’s election, 54% of the student body voted, a major improvement over the previous semester.  Critically, sufficient numbers voted “yes” on the proposed amendment to the Community Constitution that will allow the Judicial Board code reforms, which create a new Sexual Misconduct Board, to be enacted.  Paul Hovda, chair of the Community Affairs […]

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Getting Out-Of-Doors At Reed


Ethan Linck, Backpack Co-op Manager The idea of the ‘outing club’ at the American university has a venerable history, dating to nearly the foundation of Reed itself. By some accounts, its genesis was the foundation of the very first outing club at Dartmouth College in the winter of 1909, by a rebellious Vermonter who was […]

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Aerialists Fly Into View


Did you know about Reed’s aerial group? Because I didn’t. They perform lofty acrobatics—suspended by fabric­—high above the ground. The aerial group will now be able to host performances indoors, allowing the group to gain the student body recognition they previously lacked. Until now, the 10 or so members of the aerial group (a subset […]

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Freshman Fight ‘Worst Humanitarian Disaster”


Even after writing three Hum papers, a small group of freshman activists have resisted the urge to lose sight of life outside the bubble. Reedies For Somalia (RFS), founded this year by Erica Maranowski ’15, has been gaining presence on campus over the last semester. Their biggest event so far will be a presentation and […]

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Reedies Vie For Watson Fellowship


By this time next year, one of Reed’s four Watson Fellowship nominees could be traveling around the world, pursuing their passion with a budget of $25,000. The Fellowship, sponsored by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, supports students of promise “a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel,” according to the foundation’s website. It has been […]

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Cool Thesis of the Week: Cherenkov Radiation to Characterize a Reactor

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Reed’s research nuclear reactor has tons of cool features. Its core contains 3,000 grams of uranium-235, and it can put out as much as 250 kilowatts. However, one feature is probably the coolest: When brought up to power, the water around the reactor core emits a blue glow. This glow, called Cherenkov radiation, is the […]

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