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Clarkies: Why Can’t We be Friends?

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

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Das Rapist: Should Heems Have Performed at Reed?

On Saturday, a concert was held in Reed’s Kaul Auditorium featuring Himanshu “Heems” Suri, a rapper formerly affiliated with the group Das Racist. Suri performed alongside Young Braised, who describes himself on Twitter as a “contemporary urban recording artist,” and SneakGuapo, whose most popular song on YouTube, “Suicide Capitol,” has about 9,000 views. Suri’s performance […]

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Review of DHSM

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

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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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Diver Responds to Calls for Sexual Assault Policy Reform [Updated]

On Tuesday, President Colin Diver sent an open letter to the Reed community broadly outlining steps the college will take toward reforming its institutional approach to sexual assault. In the past semester, Reed’s sexual assault policy has been criticized for insufficiently addressing the needs of victims and inadequacy in its adjudication process.

The letter, distributed in the form of a campus-wide e-mail, comes in response to mounting pressure from various members of the Reed community advocating for reform of the college’s sexual assault policies. Specifically, the letter cites two petitions created by faculty and students calling for reform.

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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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Sexual Assault Debate Heats Up at Reed: Committee Expedites Recommendations in Light of Growing Unrest

Brody, students met in the SAO Tuesday to address student concerns. Photo by Katy Joseph.

Amidst growing pressure from internal and external sources, the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Assault (COSA) has chosen to expedite the submission of their findings regarding Reed’s procedure for the education, prevention, and adjudication of sexual assault. Initially scheduled for presentation by May 2 at 4 PM, members of the committee expressed a desire to […]

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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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Shira Tarrant Addresses Men, Feminism, Sexual Assault Debate

On Tuesday night, Shira Tarrant, a nationally distinguished expert on gender and sexual politics, spoke to a crowd of students and individuals from outside Reed in Vollum Lounge. The title of the discussion was Politics and Pleasure: Men, Feminism, and Social Change, though part of her lecture was devoted to giving suggestions on ways one can take an active role in stopping or prohibiting sexual assault and violence; the latter of which has become a controversial issue among students this past semester.

 

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Setting Boundaries: Obtaining a No-Contact Order from Community Safety

What happens if you feel someone in the community has, or is, acting dishonorably toward you or others? Well, of course, the Honor Council can mediate, and the J-Board can help you in situations where mediation isn’t appropriate—but did you know that you also have the right to a no-contact order for situations where neither […]

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