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APR. 13, 2018 9 min read

Three-Group System to Take Effect Fall 2019 In a faculty meeting on Monday, April 9, faculty voted to replace Reed’s 30-year-old group requirement system with a new three-group system. Championed primarily by mathematics and STEM faculty, the replacement is the product of years of discussion addressing shortcomings in the current five-group system. The three-group system will come into effect in the fall of 2019, at which point incoming students will be required to adhere to the new system, while continuing students will be allowed to choose which system of group requirements that they want to satisfy.

APR. 13, 2018 9 min read

Behind the curtains of HumPlay MMXVIII stand five Reedies, carefully selected for their memes and dedication, diligently twisting knobs and yelling at you to go back to drunkenly watching the show. This year’s incredible group of direktors is comprised of Sienna Holmes, Dex Marcus, Claire Patzman, Paulina Poleyumptewa, and Eileen Vert. Here’s what they want you to know about HumPlay! Q: What was your favorite thing about HumPlay last year?

APR. 13, 2018 7 min read

At a faculty meeting on Monday, April 9, Chair Elizabeth Drumm announced the outline of the new Humanities 110 syllabus set to start in the fall of 2018. As a result of the course’s decennial review process, accelerated due to pressure from the activist group Reedies Against Racism (RAR) during the 2016–2017 academic year, the Hum faculty have significantly revised the curriculum to extend beyond the ancient Mediterranean in both time and space.

APR. 13, 2018 3 min read

More on the Presidential Search, and Putting the Festival Back in Reed Arts Week Senate failed to reach quorum this week, with a large number of senators attending a distinguished economics lecture. No appointments or budget approvals were therefore made. Vice-President Natasha Baas-Thomas, presiding over the meeting, instead talked of Senate’s upcoming forum on the presidential search, to be held this Friday, April 13. Staff and faculty involved in the previous search committee will give a presentation on the process involved in hiring John Kroger and will answer questions about the process at this time.

APR. 13, 2018 3 min read

If you’re reading this, it’s the unluckiest day of the year. That’s right, Friday the Thirteenth is here, and before sitting down to watch Jason travel from Camp Crystal Lake to Manhattan, space, and both literal and developmental hell, you might want to make a stop at your local tattoo parlor. Permanent physical alterations won’t be limited to Voorhees’ victims if Portland’s flash tattoo and piercing sales have anything to say about it.

APR. 13, 2018 4 min read

A Romance Story between the U.S. and Martin Luther King Let us remember a few things that are easily forgotten in the U.S.: black history cannot be understood in the timespan of a month, the violence inherent in capitalism cannot be overcome by a false sense of progress, and the Civil Rights Movement from its inception met its biggest enemy by the state. One extraordinary example of this was seen in the political activism of Martin Luther King, Jr.

APR. 13, 2018 1 min read

Monday marked the official re-opening of the Reed pool! There may still be contractors completing some finish work, but many folks are doing laps under the new roof. After such a long closure requiring an enormous amount of patience and flexibility from the campus community, we want to express our great appreciation to our patrons for their understanding. Many of you put up with copious amounts of dust, noise, and other inconveniences — including changes to your routines, workout and relaxation plans, or your anticipated schedule of P.

APR. 13, 2018 1 min read

Aged and Beautiful This tree, wrinkled with age and lined at its base with lovely spring annuals, likely dates back to the first planting of trees on campus in 1933. _Fagus sylvatica_’s thin grey bark has historically been described as resembling elephant skin, and its leaves, unlike many other deciduous broadleafs, can range in color from yellowish green to orange or even purple.

APR. 1, 2018 2 min read

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Gary Granger marched on the Office of the President in Eliot alongside his most trusted Community Safety Officers (CSOs) in what appeared to be a coup d’état of presidential power by Community Safety. Witnesses reported a motorcade of CSO vehicles forming an impenetrable circle around Eliot while CSOs replaced all pennons and flags currently decorating Eliot and the surrounding areas with large standards bearing Granger’s face and the slogans “A Cannabis-Odor Free Tomorrow” and “Say No Thanky to the Danky,” solidifying the transfer of power in the minds of all onlookers.

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.