Inspired by groups like Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Incite! (a national activist group also known as Women, Gender Non-Conforming, and Trans Women of Color Against Violence), and the Skidmore Project on Restorative Justice, Reed’s Restorative Justice Coalition (RJC) recently submitted a policy to the college’s legislative process that intends to revolutionize how we think about justice at Reed. The project has been in the works for just over a year, starting as an initiative to introduce restorative methodology to Title IX cases.
Reed is infamous among students for its large smoking culture. For better or worse, it is almost impossible to venture around campus without seeing students, staff, and faculty alike in smoking shelters and various grassy areas around campus. However, this will soon change. As of January 1, 2018, the state of Oregon has raised the smoking age from 18 to 21. Because of this, many students at Reed who have been smoking for years will no longer be able to legally obtain tobacco products.
With the Student Union reserved for a Chinese New Year event and the weather uncharacteristically pleasant, last week’s Senate meeting was held in the sun on the SU patio. “Here’s a title for you,” said a senator: “Senate hides … ” “ — in plain sight!” added an amused Mike Brody. President Nikhita Airi then opened the meeting without a gavel or a table to bang one on. On a more serious note, Airi reminded those present that Senate is willing to discuss a response to the Wells Fargo decision “any week.
“Hey you: // let’s toss our tarantellas / across the tracks. Let’s // reveal one another / bit by puckered bit. Let’s // emit this fit of heat / before we burn. // Or let’s burn.” These lines are taken from the poem “Synchronous rotation,” which appears in Professor of Creative Writing Samiya Bashir’s first collection of poems Field Theories, published in 2017 by Nightboat Books. On Tuesday, January 30, Literary Arts announced Field Theories as one of the five finalists for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry as part of the 2018 Oregon Book Awards.
“How,” I asked Professor Kyle Ormsby, “would you describe the math department colloquium to the Reed community at large?” Ormsby spoke of the math department’s series of talks as an opportunity for students to experience a wide range of mathematics at a high level, raising mathematics from dry theory to conceptual thought. “The poetry of ideas,” he called it. Once a week, the math department hosts a talk by an invited visitor, open to all, on an active topic of research that interests them.
Reed students are lucky. Only a bus ride from the Portland Art Museum and the Northwest Film Center, we have access to many fun and thought provoking events organized by these two organizations. The Northwest Film Center produces five film festivals every year, including the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) happening now, which opened on February 15 and will continue through March 1. Since 1977, the Film Center has blessed Portland with a collection of films from all over the world, made by a diverse array of filmmakers, both veterans and newbies.
While technically classified as a shrub and not a tree, the woody and robust Camellia sasanqua, or Yuletide Camellia, has more than enough charisma to qualify for tree-of-the-week status. Present in various locations on campus, this mid-sized evergreen is native to China and Japan, and it usually grows at high altitudes. In addition to its aesthetic value, Camellia sasanqua is also prized for its practical uses, as its leaves can be brewed into tea and its seeds can be used to make tea seed oil.
On January 17, 2018, Seth Douglas of the Student Workers Coalition, an on campus group that advocates for student workers, filed a Representation Petition on behalf of House Advisors (HAs) to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) due to Reed College’s refusal to voluntarily recognize the democratic decision of the college’s HAs to unionize. The NLRB approved the petition, resulting in a hearing to litigate issues pertaining to the matter on January 29, 2018.
Last December, Nikhita Airi and Natasha Baas-Thomas were elected as Student Body President and Vice President. President Nikhita has had a long career in student government. During her first year at Reed, she started working as a secretary for Senate meetings and with the Student Committee on Academic Policy and Planning. In her sophomore year she was elected for Senate. She has also worked in the Multicultural Resource Center and with the peer mentor program.
Last Friday night, the entire audience gathered in the little theater in the PAB wandered around the room, attempting to copy the fluid motions of the dancers interspersed among us as MacKenzie Schuller, a senior thesising in dance, directed us to imagine that the air we were moving in was shifting through different mediums: first water, then thick, syrupy honey. The Dance Thesis Performance, held Thursday, February 1 through Saturday, February 3, was comprised of works created by all seniors thesis candidates in dance, a small department as this is the first year that dance has been a stand-alone major at Reed.