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.
On Tuesday, January 29, President Donald Trump addressed the country in his first State of the Union speech since he was inaugurated just over a year ago. President Trump focused on the Republican tax cuts, which, he said, “provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small businesses.” According to NPR News, however, most of the benefits of these tax cuts actually go to the richest 20 percent of Americans, while the poorest 60 percent of Americans will instead see tax increases.
Student Body President Nikhita Airi opened last Friday’s Senate meeting to a largely empty Student Union, seated behind a portrait of man said by senators to resemble Mike Brody. Leading the agenda was Senate’s response to the trustees’ decision to maintain investments in Wells Fargo on the grounds of political neutrality. Since few were present for the discussion, Nikhita emphasised that Senate is happy to discuss the Wells Fargo decision at another time.
The architectural landscape of Reed College shifted over break as cranes tore down the remnants of the old pool building. Meanwhile, on the opposite side of campus, a large pile of concrete rubble was dumped between the Grove and SE Steele Street. Construction on these two major projects will continue to progress throughout the semester. The pool, closed since August 2017 due to structural failure in two trusses, has fresh (well, chlorinated) water in sight.
Last month, Oregon became the subject of considerable internet mockery for its late adoption of limited “pump-your-own-gas” laws. Since 1951, all gas stations in the state have required attendants to handle the fueling process, but as of January 1, some parts of Oregon are now self-service, leaving New Jersey as the only state to still require gas attendees. Hard emphasis on “some,” however: this change in legislation only applies to counties occupied by less than 40,000 people, which is a little under half of all Oregon counties.
The notorious Doomsday Clock has been pushed another thirty seconds closer to Armageddon. Concerned by the escalation of nuclear rhetoric in the White House and internationally, as well as continued governmental inaction regarding the dangers of climate change, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists elected on January 25 to move the hands of the clock to 11:58:00 from their previous position at 11:57:30. “We are very concerned,” said Rachel Bronson, president of the Bulletin, “with the unpredictability of the United States and how it’s thinking of its nuclear weapons.
The American sycamore, Platanus occidentalis, while not native to the Pacific Northwest, covers a prodigious range of the eastern United States, from the Atlantic coast to about 98 degrees longitude. These charismatic giants can grow as large as 150 feet tall and 13 feet wide, and they are notorious for the formation of large hollows, which often become home to wildlife ranging from squirrels to spiders (and on at least one notable occasion, a small family of human beings).
Flipping clothes is the practice of buying items of clothing, normally used and often brand-named, at low prices from places like thrift stores and reselling them at a significant markup for profit. Its popularity has risen steadily with the continued dominance of and increasing reliance upon online marketplaces in modern shopping. That popularity has, in turn, led to questions regarding the ethical implications of flipping clothes. Many raise concerns about the practice, contending that this practice keeps low-cost apparel out of the reach of low-income buyers who would have no other opportunities to afford or acquire such items.