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APR. 1, 2018 2 min read

Recently, overwhelming evidence has called into question the existence of two so-called “Reed students,” Ben Read and Ted Hume. “Ben Read?” said someone who I can’t quite remember but I’m pretty sure had red hair. “The name’s just so average he can’t possibly be a real person.” “Oh, I know of Ted Hume,” said another. “Or, at least I know of someone who knows of him, I can’t quite recall … come to think of it, I don’t know anyone who’s ever actually interacted with him.

APR. 1, 2018 3 min read

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.

APR. 1, 2018 3 min read

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.

APR. 1, 2018 3 min read

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.

APR. 1, 2018 4 min read

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.

MAR. 23, 2018 5 min read

On December 29, 2017, former Reed student Andrew Choi filed a lawsuit against Reed College and Mariela Szwarcberg Daby, who is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science and was Choi’s thesis advisor. Choi alleges that during his time at Reed and with Szwarcberg Daby, he was the target of sexual harassment and disability discrimination at multiple points during his work as her research assistant and thesis student. The official complaints include counts of a hostile school environment in violation of Title IX, disability discrimination in violation of Title IX, negligent supervision and retention, and breach of contract against Reed College, as well as counts of breach of contract and conversion against Szwarcberg Daby.

MAR. 23, 2018 5 min read

On December 29, 2017, former Reed student Andrew Choi filed a lawsuit against Reed College and Mariela Szwarcberg Daby, who is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science and was Choi’s thesis advisor. Choi alleges that during his time at Reed and with Szwarcberg Daby, he was the target of sexual harassment and disability discrimination at multiple points during his work as her research assistant and thesis student. The official complaints include counts of a hostile school environment in violation of Title IX, disability discrimination in violation of Title IX, negligent supervision and retention, and breach of contract against Reed College, as well as counts of breach of contract and conversion against Szwarcberg Daby.

FEB. 23, 2018 4 min read

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.

FEB. 23, 2018 3 min read

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.

FEB. 23, 2018 3 min read

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.