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FEB. 9, 2018 4 min read

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards’ most electrifying and essential moment was the performance that opened it. Appearing in the center of a grid of soldiers dressed in camo and ski masks, Kendrick Lamar performed the first verse of “XXX” in front of a towering video of a waving American flag. At the sound of a gunshot, the screens turned black and revealed a supertitle: “THIS IS A SATIRE BY KENDRICK LAMAR.

FEB. 9, 2018 3 min read

As you walk around campus, take a closer look at the flower beds and you will find some colorful surprises. As of this week, Zia Rady, a second year Biology major, has placed a bevy of brightly painted rocks throughout Reed with the hopes of brightening up both campus and your day. The rocks are painted with different colors, designs, and themes. The Reedies who helped paint them clearly let their imaginations run wild, painting unique abstract designs on some, writing kind messages on others, and even turing a few into pickles.

FEB. 2, 2018 5 min read

CW: Sexual assault mention Hollywood’s biggest open secret was finally exposed last October when, following initial reporting by the New York Times, over one hundred women came forward to accuse Academy-Award-winning producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault, and rape. This behavior was facilitated for over three decades with the assistance of his employees, associates, agents, lawyers, publicists, and private investigators. The only accusations Weinstein would go on to deny were those made by women of color.

FEB. 2, 2018 2 min read

In a statement released on December 19, the Investment Committee announced that they would not be divesting from Wells Fargo. Despite student efforts, most notably the occupation of Eliot Hall organized by Reedies Against Racism that lasted almost two months, the committee cited Reed’s Investment Responsibility Policy, Mission Statement, and Operating Principles in defense of their decision, stating: “The Investment Responsibility Policy … reflects the college’s belief that endorsing such an agenda would stifle academic freedom by discouraging scholars and students with different views from teaching and studying at Reed.

FEB. 2, 2018 3 min read

In an email to the entire Reed community on Wednesday, January 31, Humanities 110 Chair Elizabeth Drumm announced that the faculty had reached a preliminary conclusion regarding the changed structure of a new Hum 110 curriculum. Starting in the fall of the 2018–2019 academic year, the syllabus will consist of four modules throughout the year with two in each semester. In the fall of 2018, the first two modules will consist of material from the current syllabus, and in the spring of 2019, the syllabus will include two new modules based in the Americas.

FEB. 2, 2018 1 min read

Weapons of Mass Distraction (WMD) would like to officially thank the Reed community for bringing up issues of appropriation last semester. We have listened to your concerns and are trying to construct productive changes within our group in order to respectfully acknowledge the cultures from which we draw. We have discussed these issues as a troupe and decided it is deeply important that we find a way to address the harm we cause within the community and seek to alleviate the harm we cause.

FEB. 2, 2018 2 min read

Dear Reader, Welcome back! Winter break comes and goes, but the Quest is always here, albeit with a new editorial staff. Our new board is a combination of both new and returning Quest editors and we’re excited to embark on yet another editorial adventure this semester! During the Student Body elections at the end of last semester, the Quest Editorial Board came under criticism for issues of diversity and openness. We hear these concerns and are fully devoted to implementing specific policies and increasing accessibility to the Quest and our processes through greater outreach and transparency.

FEB. 2, 2018 3 min read

During Paideia, Community Safety opened up the Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) locker in the Gray Campus Center (GCC) and removed all the drug test kits and supplements present there. The materials have now been returned to SSDP and should be replaced within the locker by the end of the week. According to Gary Granger, head of Community Safety, a CSO saw a Reed alum opening the locker to reveal what appeared to be pills inside, which “led them [to believe] that there were some illicit substances in that locker.

FEB. 2, 2018 5 min read

During Fall 2016, the committee reviewed reports of five students who accessed Moodle or other unauthorized web pages during a closed book exam. Taking into consideration each student’s year in school, their response to the report, and previous violations (if any), sanctions ranged from 20 to 100 hours of community service. All sanctions included disciplinary probation for the remainder of their time at Reed and record of misconduct to be kept in the student’s disciplinary file, but not to be released to third parties unless there is a subsequent violation.

FEB. 2, 2018 2 min read

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year’s flu season is shaping up to be one of high severity, with all states except Hawaii reporting elevated influenza activity. Oregon is reporting high, widespread flu activity, which is likely to continue for several more weeks. Most people with the flu have only a mild illness and rest, fluids, and use of fever reducing medication at home is adequate to treat symptoms.