Dear Beloved Readers,
Friends, Reedies, countrymen . . . lend me your eyes. It sure feels good to be back. In this action-packed edition of The Grail you’ll find the most graceful of all grousings: Grace’s Graceful Grousings (8). Do you go to the bathroom? If so, then this is your day! Here we have part one of the definitive guide to campus restrooms (6). Reed is about to change forever. Three new majors are upon us, read about the new, exciting ways to torture yourself (4). With all the hubbub over the firearm policy passing its good to be reminded of Reed’s surprising past with guns, see what lurks in the Sports Center basement (1). The Cultural Calendar finishes our issue off (10).
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News & Features
“First we saw sand, all over the floor. Then the shell casings. Then the cigarette butts. Then, we looked up, and saw these giant lead deflectors looming over us. Why they didn’t take it all out, I don’t know. Maybe they thought it would make a comeback.” Frank Zornado, Sports Center Supervisor and Aquatics Manager, has seen strange things in his twenty-nine years working at Reed, but one of the most memorable was his discovery of the college’s forgotten shooting range.
Reed’s website presents its academic atmosphere as something of a study in contrast. On one hand, it maintains the academic rigor of a traditional liberal arts college, while on the other it embraces the cultural, social, and intellectual progressivism of today. Continuing the effort to find a balance between a passion for traditional academia and allowing students to pursue more modern interests, a major and two concentrations have been approved by the Committee on Academic Policies and Planning (CAPP).
Now, I don’t like to complain about the most essential room in the house. In the words of a long-vanished graffito from the downstairs GCC bathrooms, “Thank Uncle Sam we’re free 2 pee.” I appreciate being able to refresh myself indoors, in private, without getting cold or leaving a mess behind for my fellow community members. Just imagine if there were no bathrooms on campus—it’d be a dis-ass-ter. But sometimes, after a long day, you need that added bit of comfort and security that comes with a really pleasant toilet experience. Life is just better if you’ve got a light and airy atmosphere to keep you cheerful as you evacuate and some encouraging graffiti to speed you on your way.