Next week the 25th Reed Arts Week (RAW) will take place. Over the course of the last quarter-century the festival has established itself as a venue for esteemed artists and as a unique opportunity for students to create and curate.
h & i, student artists, are collaborating on LAMNISCAPE: an interactive project involving a labyrinth constructed out of seven-inch obsidian volcanic rocks. The Grail spoke to them under the Blue Bridge, in the rain.
At first Paradox manager Anna Baker seems to be an anomaly. Her calm elegance, finesse, and warmth belie her acute insight into female fury.
Or do they?
We meet at the Admission Office, where she works as an intern. Anna beams cheerily from behind the desk. I pour myself some coffee, which, by the way, you really need to stop stealing if you are not employed by this place of business.
Lina Neidhardt, Nita McDaniel and Kathleen Deems asked me to meet them in the Paradox to discuss their RAW Project. Lina was on shift. I walked in with a group of people looking for their late-afternoon caffeine or nicotine fix, and Nita, who also works there, went behind the counter to help within the sudden rush of students.
I met with Max Smith-Holmes inside the Student Union building last Friday to talk to him about his Reed Arts Week set of vaudeville-style performances. However, he almost immediately asked if we could move outside, which we did, and we proceeded to sit on the bench by the BPR and discuss what the RAW schedule describes as a “neoliberal wet dream.”
It’s safe to say that the giant snowball story is old news by now. But for those of you who have been living under a rock—or, more likely, under a pile of books—something happened during the Snowpoclaypse that has smashed its way into Reed’s history: two students accidentally rolled a nearly thousand pound snowball into the Reed College Apartments and caused a whopping $2000 to $3000 worth of damage on the 8th of February.