There’s No Place Like Homer’s

I can imagine after sacking the sacred citadel of Troy, and a ten-year voyage home, Odysseus was a little peckish.

At 6pm sharp, the Reed College Bookstore turns into Homer’s Hut, a wonderland of nourishment and personal care items. Until 3am, Reedies can purchase from a hodgepodge of nibbles- salubrious and sweet.

Meet Annam, who’s name coincidentally means “Food of the Gods,” has been working at Homer’s since her sophomore year.


“I started as a cashier, and now I’m a student manager/resident ‘go-to’ girl.”

Annam really wanted to work in the bookstore, “…because I had a friend who worked there and loved it. You get to talk to all sorts of people, and you can do your homework and listen to music while you’re working. And I love my bosses! It’s like having another family here.”

Salt & vinegar chips, Snicker’s ice cream bars, and sparkling Yerba Maté are Annam’s favorite Homer’s items.







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A Spring Break Soak

Many of my peers spent their spring break sleeping in, sampling food carts, and lying out on the front lawn (it’s 70 and sunny as I write this).  Me? I took advantage of Portland’s close proximity to Oregonian natural wonders, like this hot spring:


Natural mineral-water geothermal spring near Detroit, OR.

That’s where I soaked one morning during my three-day stay at a hot springs retreat in the woody wilderness, just south of Portland. Equally beautiful was the drive there, through mountainous areas with green-blue lakes:


Fig. 1: me, gazing off into the horizon, with super cool pants on. Photo cred to my mom.

It didn’t once occur to me when I was applying, but I am so glad to attend school in this gorgeous region with so much adventure potential. Next break, I think I’ll take a drive to the coast– or maybe an old growth forest. There’s just too much to choose from.

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RAW: Daemon

Spring always begins for me with Reed Arts Week, or RAW, and this year’s theme was “Daemon.” There are a couple ways to experience RAW, and I’m not the kind that prints out a schedule and checks off each exhibit in turn. Mostly, I wander the campus and happen upon installations naturally. Faves from this year include:

- Clay figures in a small movie theater watching a video, and slowly melting as water drips onto their heads
- Three black and white photographs of power lines and landscapes, with headphones through which two viewers can listen to static noise
- A recreated 90′s childhood playroom inside of a canvas tent– complete with Gushers, Polly Pockets, VHSs of cartoons, and scented markers
- A video loop projected in our campus Chapel, featuring Winnie the Pooh

All are difficult to describe, so forgive my reductive summary of these pieces. You’ll just have to come visit them yourselves!

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Thesis Shows

Images of Corinne's show, taken by Amanda Carnegie '15

Images of Corinne’s show, taken by Amanda Carnegie ’15

Because senior theses represent the accumulation of four years of study, they can easily fly over the heads of underclassmen and those in disparate disciplines. Seniors in the theater department, however, create (or otherwise produce, direct, design, and/or perform) theses that their peers, both in their own and other departments, can experience.

Images of Corinne's show, taken by Amanda Carnegie '15

Images of Corinne’s show, taken by Amanda Carnegie ’15

Last weekend I saw shows by thesis candidates Corinne Bachaud and Rebecca Thurber in the Performing Arts Building. Sitting in the audience, I felt like I was able to participate in my peers’ processes in a way that other theses do not allow.

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Reed, Right on the Button

“Sew what,” you ask?

When you visit the Admission Office, be sure to pick up a button or two. The annular accessories are the brain child of our very own Jenny Gadda, the smiling face behind the desk who greets each of our visitors. Each one of these buttons is made with love and care, these pin-able curios capture Reed’s many sides, marvels, and ideas; bright as a button.

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Sustainability @ Reed

Last week, Reed held an open discussion forum to look at sustainability at the college. Focused primarily on the possibility of divesting the school’s endowment from companies that engage in fossil fuel extraction, the forum gave students an opportunity to analyze our dear school’s impact on the environment. If you were to listen to the audio of the forum, you would hear your favorite blogger talking about honor and the environment!

Reed’s commitment to discursive education and decision-making is exemplified in the use of fora to analyze and, hopefully, solve the issues we feel passionately about.

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The cherry blossoms have arrived!

HOORAY! It’s official; my favorite time of year is here. It’s cherry blossom time!

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This would be reason two-million-something that I love my life as a Reed student: for about one week and one week only, Eliot circle is graced with an explosion of white blossoms on our cherry trees. Then in the course of a day or so, all the trees shed their petals in an epic, botanic snowstorm. Then, one must wait until next spring for another glorious show.

Ah, the ephemeral beauty.

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Perfection Incarnate in a RAW Project

Student Emmeline Hill and her dog Nisa experience the awesome-ness that is this RAW Project.

RAW, i.e. Reed Arts Week, is described by its creators as a 5 day long, student-curated arts festival presenting the work of both Reed students and contemporary artists from the United States and abroad. Each student experiences it differently, and this year I found perfection in a project located in the lower level of our Performing Arts Building.

Entitled “Take a Break From Now: Future Youth,” G. Spencer’s art project was dazzling. It was like stepping into my childhood. One side of the structure was completely taken up by a giant Lite-Brite board. Another wall had a built in TV and included a collection of all the 90s VHS tapes your heart could desire. Personally, I chose to spend a blissful 25 minutes watching “Wallace & Gromit”.

The wall opposite the TV was lined with zippered plastic bags. The contents of those bags ranged from Polly Pocket toys to Gushers snacks to bubble mix. My favorite bags included 2 CD walkmen and a bunch of CDs to listen to. I chose “Now 4” while my friend raged to the Backstreet Boys.

Rugs, a lizard-shaped beanbag, a table full of crayons, dinosaur figurines, and shelves of Roald Dahl books completed the scene. All put together, it was the absolute highlight of my week, and just goes to show how amazing student artwork here is.


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A Sneak Preview of RAW, Brought to You by Anna Baker

Paradox manager Anna Baker is a bit of an anomaly herself. Her acute insight into female fury seems to be at odds with Baker’s calm elegance, finesse, and warmth.

Or is it?

We meet at the Admission Office, where she is an intern and represents Reed remarkably well. Baker beams from behind the desk, and greets me cheerily.

Baker has reconstructed Heiner Müller’s Medea for the RAW stage.  “Müller is an avant-garde playwright. His work is postmodern, fragmented, and apocalyptic.” Müller, born in Eppendorf, Saxony directed productions of his own in Berlin, as well as all over Germany and Europe. The playwright joined the Socialist Unity Party of Germany in 1947. In his creations, Heiner Müller “grapples with the clash of communism and capitalism.”

Our emerald-eyed director has divided Müller’s Medea into three sections. “The first and the third scenes are portentous poems.” “In the second one,” Baker says with a playful smile, “Medea describes how she will destroy [Jason]. I have also added a scene from Heiner Müller’s Hamletmachine,” or, Die Hamletmachine.

Baker’s performance will take place in Prexy as “a feminist art installation performance” with a “womblike” structure. There will be four rooms the audience can walk through, like a house tour.” Baker blends “the apocalyptic with the domestic,” in a “dark” yet “slyly humorous” manner.

“I want my audience to feel actively involved in this. I want it to be fun and rambunctious.” Baker remarks Medea was perfected through “collective decisions” among all cast members.

According to Anna, RAW is, “the best week at Reed.  I live for seeing my friends work creatively, and getting to witness what they produce.”

We all look forward to witnessing Baker’s ferocious oeuvre, March 6th, at 9pm.





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Knit Fast Die Warm

Get a gander at my scarf.

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Since I’m a new constitchuent to the club, and my knitting is a little rusty, the garment is both wide and narrow, alternating between two contrasting dimensions. In other words, it’s a curvy scarf, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Meetings are held on Mondays at 6pm in the Student Union.

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