These are tense times, and whether we entertain or inform, the Grail is here to provide you with pieces by Reedies, for Reedies. Jump into the thick of it with a retrospective, comprehensive, multifaceted look at the effects of political events on the community this semester (1). Next, read all about students’ adventures in climate conferencing in Indra’s report on the Cascade Climate Network. Take a trip with Dan Schultz’s poem, “I think we should fly more” (9), and turn to this week’s Remote Report with Ian Buckman’s account of life abroad in Shanghai (10). Be sure to also enjoy Leila’s art piece “For Ines” (11) In this week’s College Kitchen, Shana whips us up a steaming hot plate of stir fry (12). Finally, feeling a little dazed and confused? Miss Lonely Hearts can help you (14)! Enjoy our last is-
sue for the fall semester!
Anton, Claire, and Guananí
News & Features
No matter where you come from or where you stand, this semester has been an intense one. Political tensions over issues such as institutional racism, a disturbingly divisive election season, and sustained demonstrations on campus have scattered the community and made it difficult to keep track of events and their nuances. At The Grail believe it’s critical to do our part in reestablishing constructive dialogue and making sure a variety of voices and perspectives are represented and heard. How have this semester’s political events, demonstrations, and tensions shaped our community? We asked student protest organizers, staff, faculty, administrators, and students currently taking Hum 110 in an attempt to find an answer.
Sustainability is primarily associated with environmentalism, but it encompasses so much more. Any institution, be it collegiate or otherwise, needs to keep a balanced focus on all three pillars of sustainability: environmental, yes, but also social and economic. Reed’s sustainability coordinator (yes, it’s an actual position at Reed!), Bellamy Brownwood, along with environmental groups on campus and around the Pacific Northwest, spent a weekend working together at a conference of the Climate Cascade Network to attempt to tackle problems of environmentalism and activism.
Fiction & Poetry
My internet in Shanghai is really bad. I recognize that I’m in Shanghai and I ought to have more interesting things to write about, and I do, but looming over all of those crazy cultural epiphanies that they said I would have in the study abroad office is that fact that when I get back to my room, the internet is really bad.
Miss Lonely Hearts
Dear Miss Lonely Hearts,
I am a very nervous person when it comes to hooking up or asking someone out. I have never been in a long term relationship. I have never really hooked up with anyone unless I was inebriated and I’m not really comfortable with that. There have been times when other people have wanted to hook up with me, but they were inebriated and I was not at all. It’s not that I didn’t like the person, it’s just that I wasn’t comfortable with the situation. This brings me to my first question: what is the best way to say no to someone? Should I be worried about hurting their feelings? What if I do actually like them, but I am not comfortable in the moment?