KRRC Applies to Get Back on Air

The eclectic sounds of the KRRC may soon be returning to the airwaves with its very own FM radio station. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, “The Local Community Radio Act of 2010,” there is now FM radio space available for non-profits and educational institutions who apply and are approved. Senate has allotted Reed’s radio station $10,400 for the purchase and installation of a transmitter, antenna, and emergency alert system as long as KRRC’s application for a Low Power FM, or LPFM, frequency and license is accepted this month. Funds will be taken out of the interest accrued by the school’s endowment instead of from student body funds. KRRC will be competing with other Portland-based stations vying for one of six available LPFM frequencies.

Come off Campus with Charlie: October Cultural Calendar

It’s beginning to look a lot like rainy season here at Reed, and you know what that means. Amidst all of this work, you’ll look outside, see the sheets of rain pitter-pattering on your window, and you’ll feel even less like getting out and doing something off-campus. But, let me tell you, October is shaping up to be a great month for movies, music, and books, and you shouldn’t spend all of it cooped up in the library. As such, I’ve taken it upon myself to tell you where I will be going this month, because I’ve been told multiple times that I have great taste in music and movies (this is, ahem, totally true), and you should like/go to all the things that I like (I mean, if you want). Anyways, this is where yours truly will be in the month of October.

Sustainability: Honor that Endures

Last semester, Reed hosted a Union to address climate change and issues of sustainability on campus. Hosted by two new assistant professors and two off campus guests, the moral question of Reed’s contribution to environmental destruction was brushed off. Many felt that the Union was a diversion of attention from the “specific relevance to the Reed community” that Reed Unions are instituted to consider. Reed’s attempts to become sustainable have been dubious. In 2009 the oldest community garden in Portland was bulldozed and paved over to build the Grove dorms. These dorms are LEED-certified and are one of the college’s starring achievements in environmental design.

Bike Theft Saga

On Sept. 14, sophomore Ben Steele walked out of his off-campus house to find a small piece of a U-lock with a jagged edge; his bike had been stolen. “I had already lost one bike on campus as a freshman,” says Steele. “My friends had been teasing me about locking this one to a tree, it’s possible that seeing it on a tree might have prompted the bike thief to steal it.”

“I didn’t really think much about it that day. I saw something on Reddit where a person tracked down a person on Craigslist and got their bike back.

Reed Partners with Switchboard

With a huge smile and a poofy skirt, junior Kaori Freda was a walking advertisement for Reed Switchboard (also known as the “Craigslist of Reed) at this September’s Activity Fair. Little red hearts drawn on curious students’ faces transformed the student body into the face of Switchboard. This week, the partnership between Reed and the Switchboard was made official. Because the Parent and Alumni Relations committee is the first official paying subscriber to Switchboard, the website will always be free for the Reed community. Officially started up in February of 2011, Switchboard has been operating as an autonomous online community that allows current students to connect with alumni and faculty.

Talking about Nüde Reed: Honor Council Forum

A multitude of individuals from all corners of the Reed community converged in Vollum Lounge last Thursday, Sept. 19, to engage in a discussion sponsored by Honor Council on Nudity, Tradition, and Title IX. This was the first time that the entire community has had an opportunity to ask their questions, voice their opinions, and air their grievances about the recent events leading up to and resulting from the Title IX complaint in a public forum. As to be expected from the Reed public, plenty of strong thoughts and mindful observations were shared. Perhaps the biggest news to come out of the forum, though, were the changes already being made to certain Reed traditions, like the Hum 110 Pantheon and Humplay.

“We speak and breathe everything”: A Horse_etribute

The news hit me harder than the death of any other celebrity, public figure, distant relative, or even close friend could: Horse_ebooks is intentional; Horse_ebooks is people; most of all, Horse_ebooks is dead. It is a melancholic moment, beyond bittersweet; it is a betrayal, a vindication, a success, and a sadness. Horse_ebooks has been a companion to me for a long time now, it guided me through my first year at Reed with its ruminations, recommendations, and random snippets that seemed to always just make sense, in a sort of way. Nothing else could have given us such profound wisdom that fits the situation, like “Crying is great exercise” after a bad paper conference, or “Unfortunately, as you already know, people” when you just want to sit alone in your dorm room. Horse_ebooks filled a hole for many people on campus.

Letter: What Has Happened to Civility?

By Virginia Hancock, Professor of Music

I am very much troubled by two recent incidents that I fear show an unfortunate change in Reed culture.  They’re of very different levels of seriousness and their impact on the community, but I think similar in their disregard of what should be normal civilized behavior. First is the destruction of the SU piano.  It was a beautiful instrument with a long history of service to music theory classes; it lived for decades in Eliot 416, where it was played by generations of students and many faculty members before it was acquired by the student body last summer.  That someone could wantonly and thoughtlessly deprive many more students of the pleasure of playing and hearing it is a hideous act of mindless vandalism.  I hate to think that any Reed-connected person could be capable of such an act—but it looks as though someone is. Second is an experience I had yesterday morning  when I arrived at the front door of the new performing arts building.  I encountered a student (I assume a student from his age) who was putting out a cigarette on the pavement.  When he started to walk away without picking it up, I asked him if he intended to do so; he cursed me out with language that is certainly inappropriate to use with any stranger, let alone someone old enough to be his grandmother—although he did ultimately pick up the butt and take it away with him.  (There is in fact a cigarette disposal location within a few yards of where he stood.)  Yes, it was a minor incident and affected only me, but again it makes me sad that someone connected with Reed is capable of such uncivilized behavior.   Most Reedies are really good people and I would hope that there is no tolerance for this kind of thing.

Student Piano Silenced

The piano in the Student Union was broken. It was four thousand dollars. With motives born out of the love students have for each other, the student body government recently bought a new piano for our shared space. Students used the SU piano everyday and in tribute, the KRRC posed with it in loving remembrance. The night was calm this Saturday.

Poet Speaks Using Mae West Voice

“It must be dangerous, this material, or why else would we watch?” read Paisley Rekdal from her final poem of the evening, “Murano.” Last Thursday’s poetry reading in Eliot Chapel marked the beginning of this year’s Visiting Writer’s Series, and those who filled the pews got a taste of Rekdal’s unique, dynamic, and often intense poetry. Creative Writing Professor Samiya Bashir began the evening with an account of her first exposure to Rekdal’s poetry at a salon in Denver, an experience which, “melted the skin from my frame, and wrapped it back on a bit too tightly for my comfort.”

Attesting to Rekdal’s renown, she went on to list Rekdal’s many literary awards, which include a Village Voice Writers on the Verge Award, an NEA Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship. Rekdal, a Seattle native and currently an associate professor at the University of Utah, is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; a hybrid-genre photo-text memoir, Intimate; and four books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope, and Animal Eye. Rekdal lead with two poems from her 2012 collection Animal Eye (winner of the UNT Rilke Prize) before shifting to a series of new poems.

The poet showcased both her ability to work with complex poetic structures and her penchant for viewing subjects in interesting ways with a series of poems about her childhood idol, actress and playwright Mae West. “When I was a kid I was obsessed with Mae West…I used to dress up like her all the time,” explained Rekdal.