In this exclusive Monday edition of The Grail, we kick it off with the continuation of Renn Fayre’s illustrious history (). Next Guananí gives us an interview with Reed’s very own Evan Peairs ’16—talking lasers, personalized engravings, and extreme bike jousting (). From there we take a look at the life of an alchemist elf in the fiction piece, Moiety (). Alexa introduces us to the cutest cavies on the block in her interviews with Oatmeal and Sparky (). DeSastre takes a look product of one Reedie’s personal style crossed with influences from the Dark Matter music duo (). And in case you’re having trouble figuring out which concert to go to this weekend, Cultural Column () gives you a four step guide that’s sure to help you narrow down your choices.
Lauren, Jordan & Vikram
News & Features
“You can do a lot of cool shit with lasers,” said Evan Peairs ’16, a physics senior who is using a laser in his thesis. “Lots of science.”
In addition to being prevalent in Science Fiction, lasers have an astounding variety of real world practical and scientific applications. From laser pointers to CD readers, cataract surgery and measuring the distance between atoms in molecules, laser technology is used in all kinds of fields, including Reed’s physics, art, and chemistry departments. Physical chemistry professor Dan Gerrity said, “You can burn things, cut things, blow air up into plasma; all sorts of stuff. In physics they’re using lasers to cool molecules down and analyze their behavior at very low temperatures. There’s such a vast array of applications.”
The Fayre came under fire in its third decade. During the 1990s, Policy and Liability first came to Reed in a big way, mostly due to increased federal scrutiny. The administration of George Bush Sr. took a deep, intrusive interest in what was going on at universities across the nation. Bush’s “drug czar,” William Bennett, publicly referred to Reed’s Student Body Handbook as an example of the “decadence and decay of American colleges.” Like all schools receiving federal funding, Reed had to pass a Drug and Alcohol Policy for the first time, and over the course of the 90s the administration even took occasional steps to enforce it.
New week, new furry creature to appreciate. Today we will be paying homage to one of the most popular and beloved pets in modern America: guinea pigs! They’re small, they’re fat, they’ve got tiny stumpy legs—what’s not to love? In this issue we meet Oatmeal and Sparky!
Fiction & Poetry
Moiety could not work without a lab partner. It’s not that she lacked the skills—her five years in the Alkenia Academy of Alchemy and subsequent apprenticeships had brought out her talents and left her as one of the finest alchemists in the Kingdom—but it was negligence and frivolous errors that kept her fume hood fuming. Moiety knew this fact all too well. After too many charges to count for broken vials and spilt potions, she always made sure to schedule her work hours with the other alchemists’. She wasn’t even sure why it helped her; her partners never reached a hand into her bubbling setups. Maybe it was their positive presence. Moiety never knew. She didn’t need to know. All she needed was someone to work in her vicinity so she could actually get something done.
DarkMatter is a trans South Asian performance art duo comprised of Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian that blessed Reed with their cool vibes and talent two weeks ago. Here at Reed, this duo has had a significant influence on one Reedie’s style—junior Sidra Morgan-Montoya! Sidra appreciates how the duo incorporates clothing in a playful and constructive way. They are also inspired by how DarkMatter uses style as social capital and subverts it. Sidra enjoys complexity in dress, sometimes using clothes to express their various identities. They say they’ll come across as a “straight white woman, [or a] racially ambiguous queer boy.” Both DarkMatter and Sidra toy with society’s expectations by introducing a fun and refreshing approach to fashion.