Reedies Gather for Legendary Showing

Last Friday, Psych 105 was reserved for a showing of the Finals of the Championship Series. Like countless other sports gatherings, the snacks were plentiful and the bros outnumbered the ladies. Armchair athletes weighed in on which team was favored and what strategies would carry them to victory. While the premise is so familiar, the sport on display, or eSport, as it’s known, was League of Legends. League of Legends, or LoL is a free-to-play team-based game where players control a Champion.

Honor Council Announcement

By request of Vice President/Dean of Student Services Mike Brody and in concordance with our mission to educate community members about Honor and the Honor Process, we feel we must inform the student body of a change that has been made to the procedure. Until recently, the traditional procedure for an Honor Case heard by the Judicial Board was that once the Board recommended sanctions against the respondent, the President of the College received the sanctions to alter or to sign into effect. The sanctions were then implemented by Student Services. President Kroger has decided that for all Judicial Board and Sexual Misconduct Board cases, he will delegate the responsibility of deciding upon and signing the sanctions into effect to Mike Brody, the Vice President of the College and the Dean of Student Services.  Since the Judicial Board Code allows the president to specify a designee to review decisions, this change in procedure is provided for within the Code.

Honor Council Case Opinion

As you’ll read in today’s Quest, John Kroger has passed his duty of reviewing J-Board sanctions on to Mike Brody, Vice President and Dean of Student Services. From my perspective, as a former member of Honor Council, current senator, and member of the student body, this announcement presents serious cause for concern. As Anonymous wrote in “The Hollowing,” we are not perceiving the change, the slow current that is shaping the future of Honor at Reed-a future that is more administrative than autonomous, more process than Principle. 

In and of itself, this passing off of duties is not an outstanding event, and I am sure Brody will do his duty in ensuring due process. I beg of you, however, to look at this with a more critical eye: to me, this is a prime example of the phenomenon of increasing administrative presence in the Honor Process. The shift itself is small, but it is one step closer to a new process that interweaves the Honor Principle, administration, and policy into one complex and warped “Honor Process.”

Alumni Gain Access to JSTOR

Olde Reed may be dead, but now they can access JSTOR from their shallow grave. Last month, Reed expanded JSTOR access to alumni, giving them the same JSTOR usage available to current Reedies. On the first day of this change alone, 200 alumni called in to Parent and Alumni Services frantically asking for help with accessing their IRIS account, and therefore JSTOR. Previously, alumni could only get college library cards that allowed them to use all of the library’s physical texts, but only some of the online resources available to current students. This system was of little help to the many Reed alumni outside of Portland, says Library Director Dena Hutto.

Carl Phillips Opens Silverchest

Last Thursday evening, as light darkened beyond the windows of Eliot Chapel, Carl Phillips, described in the New Yorker as, “a candidate for the most interesting contemporary English sentences,” presented an audience with a selection of his compelling poems. Over the past twenty-one years, Phillips has authored twelve books of poetry, including most recently Silverchest and Double Shadow. His works have garnered him copious awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of American Poets, to which he was also appointed Chancellor in 2006. Despite his renown as a poet, Phillips is not content with riding his past successes. “I don’t quite think,” joked Creative Writing Professor Samiya Bashir, “Carl just sits in his garden and collects awards.” On top of writing poetry, Phillips also translates Classical works by the likes of Sophocles, sits as a judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, and teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Biological Perspective on Gender Identity in Babies

At one and a half, a child has a clear notion of what is stereotypically gender normal. At three years old, a child knows its gender. At four, a child’s toy preference is based off gender symbolism: pink for girls and blue for boys. Surprisingly, sex and gender are more prominent in the early stages of a child’s life than previously assumed. On Thursday, in Vollum Lecture Hall, Anne Fausto-Sterling, the Biology and Gender Studies Professor at Brown University, led Reed’s very first gender and sexuality symposium on this topic.

SU Piano – The Piano Technician’s Verdict

Yesterday I took our piano technician over to the Student Union to assess the damage to the piano.  Although I had previously taken a look at the damage, my heart broke again when I comprehended the brute force it took to destroy the instrument, and yes, it is destroyed…beyond repair. The damage done:

All 69 dampers were ripped off.  The dampers sit on stiff wires that are very difficult to break. Several keys had the white coverings pulled off. The fallboard (the solid piece of wood that covers the keys) was split in two.

Thesis Christ: Wendell Britt

Following the Chinese cultural revolution of the 1980s, an avant-garde literature movement emerged. Linked with postmodernism, it was “a literary Renaissance in which writers were experimenting because they could for the first time,” says Chinese Literature major Wendell Britt. His thesis, advised by Alexei Ditter, will focus on a number of short stories by Yu Hua, whose works play with different genres and are “crazy, violent, and removed from the normal understanding of things.”

One of the absurd works that made him famous is called “On the Road at 18.” In it, a young man is travelling through a desolate land in search of an inn. He runs into a truck driver and they smoke a cigarette together before the truck driver offers him a ride. Then the truck breaks down.

Letter: Beyond “Fucking Shit Up”

At Nü Reed, self-reliance is no longer the defining characteristic of the Reed experience outside the classroom. Nü Reed is certainly a friendlier, more forgiving place than Olde Reed, but there is also a vague feeling that something has been lost, that Reed isn’t quite the college of distinction it once was. Reed has not lost something so much as forgotten it. In its transition from a rebellious pressure-cooker to a respectable institution of higher learning Reed has forgotten the value of self-reliance. Because student body autonomy is so tightly intertwined with principled self-reliance (in some ways, the former is the expression of the latter), the disremembering of self-reliance endangers student body autonomy.

Reed Student Advocates Letter

By Reed Student Advocates

If you’ve ever been angry about sexual assault at Reed, you’re not alone. Yes, despite the Reed community’s positive attitude toward upholding the Honor Principle, and for the most part practicing it in earnest, there are still members of our community who victimize others via sexual assault and other forms of emotional and/or physical violence. That these acts still happen on campus should anger any reasonable Reed community bystander, personal ally, survivor, or administrator, if not make them soberly aware that our community as a whole can and does fail to live up to the HP’s standards. Despite this, it may feel difficult, even paralyzing, to think of how to respond when a sexual assault effects–however directly or indirectly–our lives.  How should we position ourselves toward, define and prioritize the needs of those who have violated another’s psyche and/or body in addition to those who have been subject to this unjust treatment?