Three-Group System to Take Effect Fall 2019 In a faculty meeting on Monday, April 9, faculty voted to replace Reed’s 30-year-old group requirement system with a new three-group system. Championed primarily by mathematics and STEM faculty, the replacement is the product of years of discussion addressing shortcomings in the current five-group system. The three-group system will come into effect in the fall of 2019, at which point incoming students will be required to adhere to the new system, while continuing students will be allowed to choose which system of group requirements that they want to satisfy.
More on the Presidential Search, and Putting the Festival Back in Reed Arts Week Senate failed to reach quorum this week, with a large number of senators attending a distinguished economics lecture. No appointments or budget approvals were therefore made. Vice-President Natasha Baas-Thomas, presiding over the meeting, instead talked of Senate’s upcoming forum on the presidential search, to be held this Friday, April 13. Staff and faculty involved in the previous search committee will give a presentation on the process involved in hiring John Kroger and will answer questions about the process at this time.
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.
“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.
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.
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