The Grail returns for another semester. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the rains have yet to come. By now freshmen are either enamored by or annoyed with their Hum 110 conferences. We’re here to help. Read our guide to Hum 110 (1) and you could earn your very own Double A. Residents of the Grove may be settling into their air-conditioned rooms, but few know what came before. The Reed Community Garden, a fixture of Southeast Portland for 30 years, was demolished to make way for the four dormitories in 2007. See
what lies beneath (4). Have you heard the good news? Graceful Grousings returns for the second year, and things are as crazy as always. Read about the Crank House (3) and feel better about your grandparents’ life choices. Charlie’s Cultural Calendar begins its encore performance (6), so stay tuned for more Portland events, near and far.
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Back at Olde Reed, the story goes, professors would occasionally hand down a letter grade known as the Double A. The AA was only awarded to the true scholar, to that one heroic student in a generation whose insight truly stunned the faculty. My friends in the Registrar’s Office claim the AA no longer exists — but can a legend ever really die? I think the Class of 2018 is ready to rise to the challenge. If you’re prepared to find out for yourself whether the prized grade persists to this day, here are my suggestions for a truly transcendent Hum 110 experience.
The Grove dormitories are an integral part of the Reed campus. Sleek and modern, these beautiful structures house some 120 Reed students, and are a symbol of Reed’s ongoing march into the future. Like Naito, Sullivan, and Bragdon, the Grove is a fixture in the College’s recent developmental push, which has been creeping northward to SE Steele St. since the middle of the last century. While the current landscape of the Cross-Canyons seems immutable and natural, the development of land north of the Canyon has been a decades-long process, fraught with legal controversy, clashing interests, and environmental concerns. In particular, the land beneath the Grove has undergone some of the most dramatic transformations over the last century, most recently, in 2007, with the destruction Portland’s greatest community garden.
A Tootsie Roll with a twisted mind: debauched, debased, and disturbed. Inch by half an inch, four pieces total, their name evokes the mascot of the Pokémon franchise.
“Cheeba Chews,” says my Grandma Rea, holding them in her venous hands. “America’s favorite edible.”
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