Strategic Planning Begins

This September marked the beginning of Strategic Planning, a year and a half-long process of assessing Reed and determining what the future should look like. Eleven working groups were formed from student, faculty, and staff volunteers, which will discuss various aspects of the college. In January, the working groups will create a mini report that will be presented to President Kroger as a checkpoint in the process. Another report will be produced in April, and by next fall the decisions of the working groups will be implemented. During a senate meeting in April of last semester, Kroger said, “Strategic Planning is not about change for change’s sake, but about our values…

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.

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.

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.

DHSM Passes

A new Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct policy passed this week, after nearly a two-year process of writing multiple drafts and amassing community input. The final draft was first passed during Friday’s Senate meeting with a vote of 8-1. It was then sent to the faculty on Monday and passed with a vote of 75-6, with five abstentions. Over the past couple decades, as laws concerning sexual assault changed, Reed’s sexual harassment policy became out of date. The new policy, drafted by a working group consisting of senators Danielle Juncal and Annam Swanson, and faculty members Paul Hovda and Janis Shampay, was made to be consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments, as well as other applicable laws and regulations.

Title IX Complaint Filed Against Nude Revelers

In an email sent out to the entire Reed community Tuesday afternoon, President Kroger announced that a Title IX complaint had been registered regarding the nudity of revelers outside the first Hum 110 lecture. In an interview Wednesday, Sept. 11, President Kroger stated that, because the nudity was relatively public, the investigation will include discussion with individuals in an attempt to establish the indisputable facts of the case. On Monday, the faculty passed the new Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct policy. The DHSM addresses such nudity-related Reed traditions as the Naked Tree and RKSK.

Shaffer’s Departure Leaves ADSAPR Position Under Review

Informed, unadulterated, hilarious, mentor, badass; these are all words students use to describe the former Assistant Dean of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Jyl Shaffer. Having left Reed for the University of Houston on Aug. 16 , Shaffer is now working to process Title IX sexual discrimination claims. Although she no longer walks around Reed’s campus, her impact can still be felt among the student body. Aside from working tirelessly on the new Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct policy, she also altered the broader conversation on sexual assault.

“We talk about issues of sexual misconduct differently than before she got here,” Student Body President Ari Galper says. Although not a Reed alum herself, she infused the conversation with the intellectual acumen and emotional tenacity of a Reedie.

Reed Welcomes Most International Class

This academic year, Reed College welcomed the largest group of international students ever into its community—making the Class of 2017 the most internationally and ethnically diverse class of students in the history of the college. This group includes 11 exchange students from three different nations, 39 students on visas from 24 different nations, and seven US citizens who identify themselves as international students as well. “Ten percent of the class are international citizens, and also ten percent of the students (of any nationality) attended school outside the U.S.,” said Keith Todd, Dean of Admission, during an interview. “Two trends that contribute to this would be the continuing strong presence of Asia in our international student group, and an increase in international citizens in our application pool this year,” added Todd, highlighting the class of 2017’s diversity. Although the admission rate for international students requesting aid is very competitive, “Approximately 15 international students with financial aid are in the class, on the high side of average,” said Todd.