Language Houses Get Sweeter at Dessert Night

Last Friday, after Language House residents wiped the sweat off their brows from Activities Fair, we all wandered into the International Plaza for an International Dessert Night. The Russian, German, French, Spanish, and Chinese Houses, along with the Arabic Theme Dorm, baked and brought desserts from their accompanying cultures. As residents ate and mingled, an international playlist, carefully curated by the language scholars and house advisors, played in the background. Listen to it here!

Here, German Haus HA Katrina displays her awe at the wild success of International Dessert Night.

Here, German Haus HA Katrina displays her awe at the wild success of International Dessert Night.

 

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New Year, New Reedies!

Welcome to campus, new Reedies!! We’re so excited to meet you. You’ll soon become acquainted with your dormies, HA, and RD. But in the mean time, here are some helpful links:

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Housing Assignments for Incoming Students

They’re out! We had originally planned to send out housing assignments during the first week of August, but when assignments were finalized ahead of schedule we couldn’t think of a good reason to keep you waiting.

So, first year and transfer students, check your Reed email!

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What’s Cooking in Summer Housing: Part 2

Last week was an excellent one for the many cooks in the summer housing kitchens. On Tuesday, Cristobal and I made some delicious (and experimental) dishes. And on Wednesday… well, I’ll let you see for yourselves!

First up, Alyssa made a staple, her own baked vegetable dish that she cooks fairly frequently. When you work all day in an organic chemistry lab, proper nutrition is vital, and this dish does the job. Just look at all that color!

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Wow!

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Connor made a fancy salad with lettuce, tomato, bacon, and avocado. He also whipped up homemade salad dressing out of just Greek yogurt, bleu cheese, and water!

Since we all cook for ourselves just about every day, you can bet there will be even more gorgeous pictures of what we’ve made. Maybe we’ll start our own reality show!

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What’s Cooking in Summer Housing: Part 1

As a student in summer housing, it’s a huge change to go from eating all my meals at Commons to suddenly cooking for myself.

While the kitchens in the residence halls are great for occasional snack preparation, it’s difficult to see how each one could be the full-time primary prep site for about 15 hungry people. So how do we do it?

Pretty creatively, actually. Very few people in summer housing subsist primarily on ramen; in fact, many of them are happy to have the opportunity to prepare food to their own liking, even if it means that the kitchens get a little crowded. Some of us even try to tackle a recipe we’ve never dared before!

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Cristobal, one of the summer HAs, seized the moment and created his own take on pupusas, a cross between a tortilla and a tamale. After being inspired by a Portland restaurant, Cristobal and his friends learned by trial and error to make delicious cheesy goodness.

For my part, I tried out a new burger recipe. I mixed together bulgur, ground beef, dried cherries, and onions to make the patties, and topped them off with lettuce, onions, brie, lettuce, and sourdough.

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Food is best when shared, and both Cristobal and I offered our finished products to friends so our creations would be even more appreciated!

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Sequoia’s Trip to the Painted Hills

Last weekend, Sequoia ventured East to explore the Painted Hills!

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After a close encounter with private property rights, we finally arrived at the John Day beds. The Painted Hills are named after the colorful layers of its hills corresponding to various geological eras, formed when the area was an ancient river floodplain. Different layers allude to vegetative matter, mud, silt, and shale, and fossil matter. Very cool.

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After some windy hiking, we set up camp, practiced skipping stones, and made dinner. We all fell asleep, bellies full, gazing at the sort of sky that is so filled with stars it’s almost looks grey. It was a wonderful way to spend the weekend and celebrate another year at Reed.

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Meet your Resident Directors: Nick!

Front desk worker Carly got the lowdown on Resident Director Nick, the newest member of our Residence Life staff.

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Nick at Angel’s Rest just outside of Portland, near Multnomah Falls.

Carly: What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever googled?

Nick: One of the weirdest things I’ve googled is “human being”. The first thing that pops up is a Wikipedia definition and it’s so interesting to look at an encyclopedia definition of human beings.

C: How would you describe your undergraduate experience?

N: Silly would be my response, but silly in a good way. Fun people and fantastic courses.

C: What is your biggest pet peeve?

N: When I know that people are blatantly lying and when I attempt to correct them, but they insist that they are right.

C: Who would direct your biopic?

N: I would have to say Charlie Kaufman. He wrote Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich, but he made his directorial debut with Synecdoche, New York. They’re all existential, but so good.

C: What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

N: The best advice I’ve ever received is to really think about why you’re doing what you’re doing simply because if you don’t know why you’re doing what you’re doing, you probably shouldn’t be doing it.

C: What TV shows have you most recently binge-watched?

N: I just binge watched “House of Cards,” a murder investigation series called “Broadchurch” with David Tennant (known for being the tenth Doctor Who), and “Hannibal.”

C: What is your favorite restaurant in Portland?

N: The Screen Door.

C: What kind of food is it?

N: Soul food.

C: What do you get there?

N: I like to get the fried chicken and sweet potato waffle. The grits…everything…it’s just delicious.

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Bal-Folk Was Bananas

The German and French Language Houses collaborated on the Spring Bal-Folk Event which took place on April 19th in the Quad.
We provided some authentic German cuisine in the form of Otto’s Sausages, bayerischer Kartoffelsalat (Bavarian Potato Salad), a selection of Artisan Mustards, and a strawberry cream cake to top it all off. We started with 150 Hot Dogs and 40 Veggie Dogs, and every one of them was eaten!
We also brought a traditional French Band who put on a great show, and hosted a dance workshop in the SU.
All in all, it was a great success! Thanks for coming everybody!
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Sullivan Gets Informed

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This semester, residents of Sullivan 2 have become strangely aware of the goings-on inside and outside of the Reed Bubble.
As it turns out, Reedies tend to forget that there’s anything but the dorm, the library, and Commons. To remedy this, news stories everywhere from the dorm to deep space have begun popping up weekly.
We’ve been informed about new planets, missing planes, upcoming Reed events, and even the odd fact or two about our residents. Without the weekly news, how would we know about Chelsea Clinton’s baby or which of our fellow residents was in show choir in high school? These are the important issues of today!
Residents wait with bated breath for every issue of the Weekly News. The latest buzz is all about the upcoming weekly segment: Heartfelt Country Song of the Week. Hard-hitting journalism: that’s what Sullivan 2 is all about.
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Reminder: summer housing applications are due tomorrow, April 25th, by 5pm

The summer housing application can be accessed through the housing portal. Students will be informed of their application status via email by May 2nd, and if accepted into summer housing must confirm their acceptance with our office by May 9th. Please visit the summer housing section of our website for further information.

We’re looking forward to a lovely Portland summer as soon as the rain lets up!

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