“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.
While technically classified as a shrub and not a tree, the woody and robust Camellia sasanqua, or Yuletide Camellia, has more than enough charisma to qualify for tree-of-the-week status. Present in various locations on campus, this mid-sized evergreen is native to China and Japan, and it usually grows at high altitudes. In addition to its aesthetic value, Camellia sasanqua is also prized for its practical uses, as its leaves can be brewed into tea and its seeds can be used to make tea seed oil.
On January 17, 2018, Seth Douglas of the Student Workers Coalition, an on campus group that advocates for student workers, filed a Representation Petition on behalf of House Advisors (HAs) to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) due to Reed College’s refusal to voluntarily recognize the democratic decision of the college’s HAs to unionize. The NLRB approved the petition, resulting in a hearing to litigate issues pertaining to the matter on January 29, 2018.
Last December, Nikhita Airi and Natasha Baas-Thomas were elected as Student Body President and Vice President. President Nikhita has had a long career in student government. During her first year at Reed, she started working as a secretary for Senate meetings and with the Student Committee on Academic Policy and Planning. In her sophomore year she was elected for Senate. She has also worked in the Multicultural Resource Center and with the peer mentor program.
Last Friday night, the entire audience gathered in the little theater in the PAB wandered around the room, attempting to copy the fluid motions of the dancers interspersed among us as MacKenzie Schuller, a senior thesising in dance, directed us to imagine that the air we were moving in was shifting through different mediums: first water, then thick, syrupy honey. The Dance Thesis Performance, held Thursday, February 1 through Saturday, February 3, was comprised of works created by all seniors thesis candidates in dance, a small department as this is the first year that dance has been a stand-alone major at Reed.
On Tuesday, January 29, President Donald Trump addressed the country in his first State of the Union speech since he was inaugurated just over a year ago. President Trump focused on the Republican tax cuts, which, he said, “provide tremendous relief for the middle class and small businesses.” According to NPR News, however, most of the benefits of these tax cuts actually go to the richest 20 percent of Americans, while the poorest 60 percent of Americans will instead see tax increases.
Student Body President Nikhita Airi opened last Friday’s Senate meeting to a largely empty Student Union, seated behind a portrait of man said by senators to resemble Mike Brody. Leading the agenda was Senate’s response to the trustees’ decision to maintain investments in Wells Fargo on the grounds of political neutrality. Since few were present for the discussion, Nikhita emphasised that Senate is happy to discuss the Wells Fargo decision at another time.
The architectural landscape of Reed College shifted over break as cranes tore down the remnants of the old pool building. Meanwhile, on the opposite side of campus, a large pile of concrete rubble was dumped between the Grove and SE Steele Street. Construction on these two major projects will continue to progress throughout the semester. The pool, closed since August 2017 due to structural failure in two trusses, has fresh (well, chlorinated) water in sight.