03 9 / 2013

Good luck, and have a fantastic year! We’re rooting for you.


Olde Reed

13 8 / 2013

"The 2014 edition of Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges reveals a Reed that is both familiar to Reedies and one that exists somewhere on a plane between Reedlore and reality.

Reed was #1 in the category of ‘Best Classroom Experience,’ #2 in ‘Professors with the Highest Marks,’ #4 in ‘Students Who Study the Most,’ and #19 in the categories of ‘Great Financial Aid’ and ‘Most Accessible Professors.’”

13 8 / 2013

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13 8 / 2013

Anonymous said: Could you tell me what the sociology department at Reed is like? Also, what's the distinction between Sociology and Anthropology at Reed? Thanks!

Hi there, 

Since neither of us were sociology or anthropology majors, we can’t really give you any in-depth info, but we can point you to Reedies who can. There are a bunch here on Tumblr, or you can drop us a line at unofficialreed@gmail.com.

For general info on sociology at Reed, a good place to start is the major homepage. You can browse faculty profiles, get a sense of what they study, courses + course descriptions, recent thesis titles, and other resources. 

Sociology is housed under the History and Social Sciences division, and is a super awesome major. The profs are great, and the students are really dedicated to what they study. Sociology seems to really combine all the typical social science aspects of the other majors and become a HSS supermajor: the cultural studies of anthropology, the comparative studies of history, and the empirical thinking and analysis of economics. Soc at Reed is very much a cross-cultural and comprehensive study of social institutions and human learning in a range of settings, whether they be economic, political, religious, racial, or educational. Like we said, it’s cool. 

Anthro is a bit harder to pin down. In general, it is “a broadly comparative framework for the study of human life and experience.” Yet there are also sub-divisions of cultural, linguistic, biological, and archeological anthropology that you’ll find in certain classes both in and outside of the department. Traditionally, the department has been centered on cultural anthropology and can be very theory-based. Again, if there are Anthro majors out there who want to lend their experience, feel free to chime in.

Definitely check out the course catalog for both of these departments to get a sense of what subjects are taught at Reed, and if they seem like they might be up your alley. If you’re an incoming freshman planning on being an HSS major, you’re probably going to end up taking either (or both) Sociology 101 or Anthro 101 after freshman year. Talk with your adviser, professors in each department, and trust your judgement. Don’t be afraid of being stuck in a major your first year, either. If you decide one isn’t your academic cup of tea, there are always other options.

13 8 / 2013

Anonymous said: Hi, I have an anonymous question I'd like to ask. I'm a freshman and will be at Reed in about 20 days. In our meeting with our adviser, I know we discuss courses and stuff. What else do we talk about? I would like to study domestically and apply for a Visiting Student Permit at Harvard. Would this be possible to have arranged? Thanks.

Honestly, what you talk about really depends on your adviser, your major, and the questions you have. Some might check in with you about how Orientation is going and how you’re adjusting, some might be more detached and just go through what you need to know about signing up for classes. If you have any about major planning, requirements, class set-up, etc., that meeting is a really good place to get them off your chest. 

You can certainly talk about domestic study abroad plans with your adviser, and it definitely doesn’t hurt to start early. Right now Reed doesn’t offer a domestic program with Harvard (we do offer a domestic study with Howard University), but that doesn’t bar you from putting together a program.

Here is more info on domestic programs, international programs, and contact info for the International Programs Office. If you are considering any kind of study abroad, we would definitely suggest setting up a meeting with Paul DeYoung, the Director of International Programs. He can tell you all you would need to know about the specifics and nitty-gritty of applying for, arranging, and planning for any kind of study abroad trips.

13 8 / 2013

Anonymous said: I want to join Reed's rowing team, but I have no experience at all. I know that Reed has a beginner's PE class for rowing, but would that allow me to join the team?

Basically, you don’t have to have much experience to do any sport at Reed. It helps, sure, but you’re not barred from participating. And that P.E. class? That is the rowing team. To sign up for crack-of-dawn, beautiful sunrise practice sessions on the Willamette, all you have to do is sign up for the class. (You receive P.E. credit for being on the team this way.)

If any other Reedies out there know who is currently coaching/heading the team and could get in touch with this Anon, please let us know!

13 8 / 2013


should I take Hum 210 instead of Latin (which I am currently enrolled in) I don’t know what to doooo.

also if I do does anybody have any advice on which professor to take it with? choices that would fit into my schedule as it stands are I-Don’t-Know-First-Name-Or-Department Steinman and Dana Katz.

(I’m supposedly a history major so I have to take it at some point but I really like Latin BUT it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be overly useful and it seems silly to take a class that is a full year if it isn’t going towards anything.)

and also of course I can’t wait to see you all again and I love you and welcome to the innocent freshlings and so on. :)

Steinman = Lisa Steinman of the English department. She specializes in poetry, and is a very supportive professor. Dana Katz is from Art History, exuberant, very good about supporting/meeting with students to discuss paper topics, provide resources, etc, and an all-around lovely person. In short, they’re both great to have as conference leaders.

If you’re considering majoring in History, it’s going to be useful to have Hum 210 finished before your junior year (JSem and Qual year.) Hum 210 is a time commitment, and depending on conference leader, can have more research and paper writing than you’ll want to be doing on top of JSem and the Qual. 

Good luck!

13 8 / 2013


Professor Sonia Sabnis reads The Golden Ass with a fresh eye.

I almost cried when I read this part

When she presented a paper at the 2011 meeting of the American Philological Association, she took issue with the stodgy archaisms that abound in The Golden Asstranslations used by today’s college students—“verily,” for instance, and “forsooth.” In that paper, she celebrates the “innovation of Apuleius’s language in combination with the colloquialism and humor of his storytelling.” She zeroes in on one of Apuleius’s favorite adverbs, prorsus, which, despite more than two millennia of Latin scholarship, still eludes definition. Sabnis suggested that prorsus might be compared to the pause word “like” popularized by, like, you know, Valley Girls. She shows how both John Arthur Hanson, the Princeton professor behind a popular 1989 translation, and she herself render one sentence uttered by a young nobleman, Tlepolemus, who, disguised as a bandit, voices a boast to a band of thieves. The sentence is “totamque prorsusdeuastaui Macedoniam.

Hanson: “I laid waste the whole of Macedonia.”

Sabnis: “I wasted like all of Macedonia.”

Sabnis points out that the English word “like” is an intensifier used to lay extra stress on what follows—and argues that the word fits in Tlepolemus’s mouth because he is “trying to ingratiate himself to a robber band by mimicking the solemn heroization and amplification that they use when describing their feats of banditry on the margins of society.” Dude’s trying to sound like he’s got some street, in other words; he’s trying to fit in.

The thing is I can totally hear Sonia saying “I wasted, like, all of Macedonia.”

Sonia Sabnis, Classics badass and extraordinaire.

(Source: homoioteleuton)

13 8 / 2013


Hey, Reedies, I have news.

I am resigning as the ADSAPR. My last day at Reed will be August 16th. I’m going to the University of Houston to be an equal opportunity specialist and handle their Title IX work.

I’m pretty excited about the job, but I’m definitely going to miss y’all. Y’all have been a lot of fun to work with! Where else am I going to get the opportunity to read erotic fan fiction and comment on the elements of consent? What other job will allow me to check tumblr every hour and where buying zines called “Fucking Trans Women” is a part of my normal routine? And for sure, what place will let me shamelessly talk about Dr. Who as a feminist issue? Only Reed, y’all.

I am especially grateful to the students who came to me as a survivor, who shared such intimate and painful stories with me, and trusted me to do right by them. You are my inspiration, and I am always in awe of your strength. You are the reason I’ve been doing this work for the past decade and will never be able to stop.

Many of you were my allies, helping me understand Reed, breaking down barriers to give me access to the campus, and talking to me when other people refused. You kept me going when I really thought I was going to fail. She’ll kill me for doing it, but I am especially grateful to Leya for all her hard work and dedication. I doubt there would be a prevention program if it wasn’t for her commitment to bridge the staff-student gap. Plus, she brought Puck into my life.

And for sure, I have to share my deep and undying favoritism for the students who worked for me last year. They were so awesome and did great work for us. If you have questions about how to help someone, ways to fight the system, or just want to geek out on women in your fandoms, go find them. They will do all of that and more with you.

My hope is that y’all will continue on the work we’ve started around sexual assault prevention. I hope y’all expand that conversation to talk about domestic violence and stalking. I want y’all to stay engaged. Keep voicing your opinion, keep asking questions, and don’t let this work slip away because you’re busy (you’re not too busy to do what you care about).

Take care of each other, though. I’ll let you in on a little secret- y’all can be mean sometimes. People are at different stages of their awareness, their own healing, and their own ability to engage on these issues, so please be kind to those who do this work with you. I pushed all of you to do more than repost stuff on tumblr, to transfer your activism to off-line, and I would still encourage you to do that. Live what bell hooks writes about, challenge your own understanding of feminism, and celebrate victories!

And please be kind to the staff and faculty who are your allies on these issues. It’s not easy to stand up and speak out when you’re an employee. They need your support and strength too. And some of them really, really care, but they aren’t yet sure what that means in the real world. Help them out, will you?

If you want to see me before I head out, message me! I’m back in the office the 8th-16th and would love to see any of you! I’m always happy to keep in touch, whether via Facebook, Twitter, or tumblr. If you want my cell phone or personal e-mail just message me. I’m always available for you, whether or not I work at Reed.

And finally, it’s important that you give feedback on what this position should be doing. Send your thoughts to Ari Galper so he can advocate for what you think Reed needs from this position. Get involved!

I love y’all :)

Thanks for all your hard work and dedication, Jyl! Wishing you all the best, and already missing you. 

13 8 / 2013


To all Reed students: Listen up, this is important!

I don’t know how many of you check your Reed emails regularly during the summer, but there have been two important Webmail developments in the last several weeks. (I’m still on Webmail, yes.)

On July 16, a staff member sent out an email informing the community that two professors and two members of the student senate have been asked to draft a new policy on discriminatory harassment and sexual misconduct. The email contains links to a rough draft of the proposed policy and an online form community members may use to critique it.

I urge you all the read the draft, of course. The issues of assault and harassment affect every member of the Reed community in some way; it would be against your own best interest to ignore the college’s attempts to address them. Also, revisions should be almost done by now, so if you want to have a say, you need to read the draft and submit your feedback as soon as possible.

Personally, I think it looks good. It needs to be expanded and made clearer in some places, but I can’t see anything wrong with it at the moment. (If you disagree with this assessment, you need to make your voice heard because I already left positive feedback through the online survey.)

However, that’s not the point of this post.

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This has been making the rounds, but is a very important read. Please take the time to go through it, especially if you’re interested in how this will translate to student involvement in school policy.