The blossoms are blooming, the birds are singing, and the rain is pouring. Don’t let this all go to your head. As the song goes: “just dont let the human factor fail to be a factor at all / don’t, don’t you worry / about the atmosphere.” From Aysha’s fingers come the funniest typed words since the Graceful Grousings: Aysha’s Grousings on Grace (6). Beer Nation has a long and storied past - find out the truth before entering this weekend’s beer garden (1). The Culture Corner is back this week, posing a simple question: what is with rap albums and March (10)? Students are struggling with addiction, and although it is often remarked upon, there seems to be little being done about it. How can we act to keep our colleagues in school while helping them on the road to recovery (4)? And in case you missed all of the action on Friday night, you can read about this year’s Owl Fight here (8).
Brendan, Brian, Grace, Jordan, Maddy and Vikram
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“I thought it was Steve Jobs and that guy from Blue Like Jazz. They use to do donuts in a ’60s Cadillac owned by the prez at the time in West Parking Lot and then get high and play D&D. The Blue Like Jazz guy and Steve Jobs created a microbrew and called it Apple Computer. Then Steve Jobs took a calligraphy class and founded Beer Nation and the rest is history.” – Colin Townes-Anderson ’13 delivers a cosmogony
“Beer Nation is not a joke. Never been a joke. That's not funny.” – Rob Mack ’93
I hazily remember being told, during my freshman Renn Fayre, that the reason Beer Nation members drink Old German is because one member was a professional bowler sponsored by Pittsburgh Brewing and so his Nation colleagues could get a discount. It was bullshit. I believed it wholeheartedly.
Harm reduction, like addiction itself, has many faces, the question is not—are we as a community doing enough, but rather, how do we do it.
Reed has, over the years, been made aware of the danger and potential consequences of not treating substance addiction seriously. The question of how substance use should be approached in order to keep students safe, while both complying with federal and state laws, and creating a positive campus culture, is frequently discussed at Reed. The community agrees that students’ safety should be made a main priority in addressing drug use, but we are unsure of how to do so.
The feats of Achilles and Hector pale in comparison to those performed by students and President John Kroger in pursuit of their prize.
On Friday night fewer students were quietly studying in the library than usual. Instead, many engaged their (often hidden) athletic sides in a battle for Reed’s most valuable and mystery-shrouded relic, the Doyle Owl. The mystic lure of this artifact was felt by more than just the students: dodging elbows, copies of the Iliad, and overzealous rugby players, President John Kroger himself took part in the fray to plant a hand on this remnant of Reed’s history.
I came to Reed bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, like many of my freshman peers. Dreaming of long nights in the library, meeting my future husband, and learning to drink coffee without wincing, I boarded my flight to Portland. I was so eager that I almost forgot to chug my water bottle as I went through security. I would later realize that that was the reason I got up to pee four separate times on my hour long flight from Oakland, despite the embarrassment I felt in climbing over the passenger in the aisle seat: a woman who was irritated, pregnant, and surprisingly intrigued by the Skymall magazine. From the moment we landed at PDX, my week became a blur of trips to TargetTM (which my dad would insist on pronouncing “Tarr-jayy” during all four of our trips to purchase items for my new dorm room), shaking hands with my future classmates, and learning that the Reed community seems to enjoy nothing more than creating confusing acronyms for its newest and most vulnerable members. The blur of O-Week passed, and soon enough I was situated in my classes, knew exactly how long it took me to put cream cheese on a bagel and walk to Hum lecture from my dorm room in Naito, and was beginning to make friends with enough people that I didn’t have to sit alone in Commons.
So if the Devil wear Prada, Adam Eve wear nada, Cris is in between but way more fresher.
As you may have noticed, ya girls from De Sastre love a good ’Ye reference. With the album release looming, it appears Reedies have taken to the god’s affinity for leather joggers. Cristobal takes Yeezy’s aesthetic further, remixing the statement oxblood basic with a concert tee and daring deep blue houndstooth socks. Finally, we have found someone who loves Kanye’s style as much as Kanye loves himself.
Until next time, ON SIGHT.
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