These are tense times, and whether we entertain or inform, the Grail is here to provide you with pieces by Reedies, for Reedies. Delve into a revolution-themed musical with Claire’s review of Paris Commune (1) and enjoy some art and poetry (2). Next, Anthony takes us on a view from up high in the mountain range of Cuba to ponder the meaning of revolution in Sierra Maestra (5), and a brief report and images from the protests in Portland last week (6). Then Guananí takes us on a tour of the stockrooms of Reed (7), Shana shows you how to scrounge around for flavorful taco ingredients (12), and Miss Lonely Hearts guides a soon-to-graduate Reedie through a perennially tough question: to stay or to go? (14).
Anton, Claire, and Guananí
News & Features
Last Friday I saw the first musical to be performed at Reed in 15 years: Paris Commune. This musical promised to be different from other Reed theater productions because of its genre, but what was unexpected was the show’s relevance to the political and social events on campus this semester.
Behind every piece of replacement glassware, custom-machined electrode, neatly chilled reagent in a microfuge tube, and well-acclimated rat, there is a team of people who put in the hours to make experiential science learning possible at Reed. They lurk in rooms crowded with cabinets, in remote corners, in basements, and even in sub-basements, working hard to keep all kinds of lab classes and research projects well-equipped and running smoothly.
They are the stockroom staff.
From Biology, Physics, Psychology, and Chemistry, The Grail brings you the inside scoop on the lesser known corners of Reed’s science departments.
Fiction & Poetry
I rustle down a semi-trodden path of grass and ferns and heave myself atop a boulder carpeted with lichen. I feel strangely at home here in this climate, on this mountain wrapped in fog that makes the trees look like evergreens when I squint.
But I am not at home. I am atop the Gran Piedra, a windy peak that crouches in the foothills of the Sierra Maestra.
Miss Lonely Hearts
Dear Miss Lonely Hearts,
I love my partner very, very much, but we’re seniors. I have to decide if I want to pursue opportunities after college around the country, or limit myself to places my partner may be going. Is it worth it? How do I know? I’m not sure my partner would do the same for me (if their future was a little more up in the air and mine was more concrete), but it’s something we're sort of avoiding. How do I know if it’s special enough?
Should I Stay or Should I Go?