Reed’s Expedition Kayaks the Pacific Almost two months in, and the expedition is going swimmingly. The Quest has recently received an exclusive transmission from Reed’s expedition team, which is comprised of five students, including Reed’s beloved Ben Reed, Ted Hume, and Doyle Clark. (Sadly, none of the Religion Department faculty will be joining this mission, as they worry that the group might travel through Mexico City.) This team, nicknamed “the Odyssey,” left Reed on Saturday, February 10, traveling across the world in one longitudinal journey to test whether or not Thomson & Craighead’s temporary sign installation in front of the library is truly 24,859 miles away from itself.
One year ago this week, the Reed Student Senate, in an unprecedented break with the administration, declared Reed College an “autonomous anarcho-socialist state.” Since then, the changes to the college have been … extreme, as I’m sure you know. Barely one week after the announcement, a group of revolutionary Reedies, armed with physical copies of the entire Hum 110 syllabus, ousted the entire administration by simply filling up all Eliot offices with a mountains of ancient Greek and Roman works.
Renn Fayre czar David James is feeling embarrassed. After overhearing a conversation in commons between two eager first years planning their devil costumes for the 2018 Renn Fayre, he realized he had made a huge mistake. On February 4 at midnight during the Glitterati Ball, James and fellow czars Brenna Intemann-Milligan, Aminta Gueye, Leensa Gheneti, and Kieran Nugent announced the theme for this year’s celebration: “Sin City.” However, after realizing the typo, the czars recently announced that the theme is supposed to be “Sim City.
Theme Dorms vie for Territorial Expansion Recent leaks in files from Facilities Services and from the underground archives vault of the Tír na nÓg theme dorm have suggested at the expansionist aspirations of Reed College’s most beloved nerdy theme dorm. Currently housed on the third floor of Naito Hall, Tír na nÓg (or “the nÓg” for short) is where Reedies can be found playing Magic: the Gathering at two in the morning most Tuesday nights.
Inspired by groups like Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Incite! (a national activist group also known as Women, Gender Non-Conforming, and Trans Women of Color Against Violence), and the Skidmore Project on Restorative Justice, Reed’s Restorative Justice Coalition (RJC) recently submitted a policy to the college’s legislative process that intends to revolutionize how we think about justice at Reed. The project has been in the works for just over a year, starting as an initiative to introduce restorative methodology to Title IX cases.
Reed is infamous among students for its large smoking culture. For better or worse, it is almost impossible to venture around campus without seeing students, staff, and faculty alike in smoking shelters and various grassy areas around campus. However, this will soon change. As of January 1, 2018, the state of Oregon has raised the smoking age from 18 to 21. Because of this, many students at Reed who have been smoking for years will no longer be able to legally obtain tobacco products.
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.
“Hey you: // let’s toss our tarantellas / across the tracks. Let’s // reveal one another / bit by puckered bit. Let’s // emit this fit of heat / before we burn. // Or let’s burn.” These lines are taken from the poem “Synchronous rotation,” which appears in Professor of Creative Writing Samiya Bashir’s first collection of poems Field Theories, published in 2017 by Nightboat Books. On Tuesday, January 30, Literary Arts announced Field Theories as one of the five finalists for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry as part of the 2018 Oregon Book Awards.
“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.
Reed students are lucky. Only a bus ride from the Portland Art Museum and the Northwest Film Center, we have access to many fun and thought provoking events organized by these two organizations. The Northwest Film Center produces five film festivals every year, including the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) happening now, which opened on February 15 and will continue through March 1. Since 1977, the Film Center has blessed Portland with a collection of films from all over the world, made by a diverse array of filmmakers, both veterans and newbies.