Publications that exist and which should you get involved in?

Email question: 

As far as student publications go (Quest, Pamphlette, and RCCR), which one would be best to be involved in? I ran my school yearbook for two years, and I definitely want to keep up with some sort of journalism - maybe not right away, but eventually during my time at Reed. If you know anything about them, what would you suggest?

Email answer:

That totally depends on what you want out of the experience/what you want to do. I also forgot to mention that Reed technically does have a senior yearbook (the Griffin), and there’s also a once-yearly student handbook. Those generally require fewer editors, since the Griffin is basically literally just photos, and the Handbook is largely a regurgitation of much the same information as the year before, but can be a bitch to lay out (I had a friend who was in charge of it coming into our senior year).

The Pamphlette is humor writing, so if that’s something you’re good at/into, that would be a good thing to get involved in. The Quest is a standard newspaper, and they can always use people to help write good articles/copy edit (in my opinion, emphasis on the copy editing). You don’t have to be a Quest editor in order to get involved – if you have ideas for articles to submit, you can basically just get their approval, write one and send it in for publication. Quest Editors are elected each semester during the student body elections, but as a first-semester freshman you can absolutely get involved as a writer, which would be a good option if you’re into reporting.

I personally think the RCCR is great, but you should take that with a grain of salt because I was its layout editor my sophomore year and Editor-in-Chief both my junior and senior years. You can apply to be an editor of some kind (there are a lot of options), or you can be on the Editorial Board of the Review. I think that being on the Board is a great option for incoming students – it’s open, but it requires a commitment, and lets you get involved in the process without having the thing riding on your shoulders – and if you like it, you can get more involved your sophomore-senior years. The Board basically meets once a week to discuss the submissions and decide what they think is fit to print in the Review.

The best thing I can suggest is that you check out the publications in your first little bit of time on campus. You’ll get a feel for them, and can figure out from there which you’re most interested in. I would recommend that you get involved, if only in a sort of minor way, sometime during your freshman year (second semester is fine), but that can be things like being on the Ed Board for the RCCR or volunteering to write one or two articles/copy edit one or two issues for the Quest. 

Alumni Save Academic Freedom

Following a heated, drawn-out debate on the “Reed” facebook group concerning trigger warnings, President John Kroger announced that, after having read the entire thread, he and the faculty had decided to “act decisively to save academic freedom.”

“I would very much like to thank the anti-trigger warning alumni on the thread, who argued that a one-sentence warning about graphic content on a class syllabus would inevitably lead to, er, something bad happening, for so eloquently making their points,” Kroger said.  “I was skeptical of such a seemingly-facile ‘slippery slope’ argument at first, but by calling current students ‘gits,’ ‘snitches,’ and ‘fucking douchebags,’ as well as repeating the word ‘coleslaw’ dozens of times, you all demonstrated the intelligence and sensitivity necessary to convince all of us.  Truly, you are adults.”

In order to protect academic freedom, every single class has been completely reworked.  In addition to removing all trigger warnings, classes no longer have names, numbers, or descriptions, and while there are still assignments, students will not be told what they are.  “At first, this didn’t seem to make sense to me,” Swedish exchange student Fredrik Thorsven told The Pamphlette.  “I mean, I guess constraining discussions is bad, but isn’t it also important to give students the information they need to be fully prepared to participate?”  Fortunately, Thorsven rembered that, according to a vocal opponent of trigger warnings on the thread, his status as a non-American meant he had no relevant knowledge whatsoever on the issue, so he merely shrugged and signed up for classes.  “I hope one of them is a biology class,” he said.

Kroger’s press release announcing the change has been posted on the Reed facebook group, where it currently has fourteen “likes.”  The top-rated comment, which currently has six “likes,” praises the decision for “taking into consideration our feelings, which are just as important as those of current students, even though actual policies don’t affect us in any way at all.”

Media Officials Say Using Trans People's Correct Names and Pronouns is "just really hard, okay?"

In the wake of several high-profile news stories about trans individuals, including John Jolie-Pitt’s name choice and rumors of Bridget Jenner’s transition, a trend of the media royally fucking up names and pronouns has emerged. The Pamphlette spoke to reporters at CNN and NBC to investigate the source of this wave of obstinate misgendering.

Cameron Sayers, a senior reporter for CNN, confessed that “I and many of my colleagues struggle to understand the phenomenon of change. The idea that certain ideas that might have once been assumed true are no longer correct is difficult for many media officials to understand, and in fact there’s been a movement to develop a treatment for this problem, which disproportionately affects caucasians and older males.” Frederick Halstow also admitted to suffering from this condition. “Yesterday morning I attempted to change my seventeen-year-old’s son diaper. It can really lead to some uncomfortable situations.”

Tasha Carroll from NBC confirmed that many or most senior officials struggle with the assumption that things never change. “I’ve heard stories of colleagues who still call their adult children by their baby nicknames, and yesterday I had to explain to someone that the dodo is in fact extinct.” When asked when, in the absence of an obvious cure, what media outlets are doing are doing to help with this issue, Carroll responded that “well, I mean, what can we do about it really? It’s just their opinion, and if it’s wildly untrue, well, that’s how it goes.”


Better Renn Fayre Themes (As Suggested by an Awful Senior)

If I had thought to write this article last week, it would have been entitled “Renn Fayre Theme Predictions,” but the content would have been exactly the same. I am a hopeless shill. Please love me.

Werewolf Bar Mitzvah: Spooky, scary.

Into The Abyss: It’s a metaphor for the seniors’ upcoming drop from the nest of academia into the harsh realities of the “real world.” Also, the aesthetic would be pretty cool, I think. Like, slutty-Van Gogh’s-blue-period? Nice. Nice.

Just…Jell-O. Jell-O Everywhere: So soft. So sleek. So lovely on my body. Mmm.

Your Mom’s Wedding to That Bastard, Todd: It’s time to work through those old traumas. We’re all here for you, friend. Let it out.

Wild Oats: Granola? Semen? Semen-drizzled granola? Do whatever the fuck you want, buddy. Live your dreams. It’s All Natural, regardless.

Slenderman…But, Like, a Slutty Version. With a Dick: I just want to see the reveal video for this one, tbh.

The Complete Works of Quentin Tarantino: I have so much corn syrup and food coloring left over from…well, never mind.

The Killdozer: Have you seen the Killdozer? Its image really drives home the YOLO spirit of Renn Fayre. Like, imagine you spent your Renn Fayre doing boring bullshit, then the next day, the Killdozer came after you. Shit. The regrets you’d have in those last few seconds before you got Killdozed. Shit.