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"It’s not that you guys remind me of myself. It’s the fact that you’re so much better than I was."

Please watch this video and then watch it again. If you’re just starting out in your career, if you’re a student or recent grad: please count the number of times that someone older  has said to you: “You’re smarter, you’re better organized, you’re more effective.” Please remember when the simple truth of that statement brings the person saying it to tears. 

This is what Olde Reed would like to say to you: “It’s not that you guys remind us of ourselves. It’s the fact that you’re so much better than we were.”

Our attitude at the time was anti-establishment. Any corporation, any business was seen as fair game for shoplifting or for whatever. This manifested itself at the Reed College bookstore. They were getting shoplifted right and left by Reed students. To defend itself, the bookstore instituted a policy of asking students to place their bags in the shelves at the entrance to the bookstore.

That kind of procedure later became universal, but it was unusual at the time. The request enraged a small percentage of the population. They felt this was a violation of the Honor Principle, that Reedies should be trusted, that they shouldn’t have to check their bags anywhere.

A story that took place in 1970s as remembered by Douglas Uhlinger ‘72 which can be found Comrades of the Quest.

This is olde news disguised as nu news at Reed today. People recently stole from the bookstore (though I’m not sure Reedies were the culprits), the bookstore responded with security cameras, and a few Reedies invoked the Honor Principle. The main difference is the lack of an anti-establishment attitude (at least to the bookstore, though some Reedies feel that way towards Bon Apetit [commons]). I wonder if olde Reed lamented the “bubble” and the lack of serious off-campus radical activism then, too. One of my housemates recently had this to say about the bubble: “Sometimes it feels like there is a physical barrier that surrounds the campus, and any Reedie who tries to escape across the front lawn gets shot with a tranquilizer gun, then is dragged back into the mess.” 

-Alex Cherin ‘12

I only lived in the Fishmarket for a week at the end of my freshman year. In the main social room, which was covered with mattresses, the concept of the Chinese cluster f*** was invented—basically a bunch of people take off their clothes, get into the room, probably drunk, and then just go for it.

A story that took place in 1961 as remembered by Jim Kahan ‘64 which can be found in the book, Comrades of the Quest.

Just think. Your grandmother and grandfather were just as salacious, stupid, and silly as you were at your age! I wonder why I ever worry that I won’t become the responsible adult the world begs of me when so many of my elders had done the same at one point in their lives. It seems the best course of action at this point in my life is to enjoy the now—be the young, carefree fool I was meant to be at my age.

But boy, what a wild world the ’60s were, huh?

Alex Cherin ‘12

Calligraphy Professor Lloyd Reynold’s “Perennial Pedagogy”

  1.  Get the idea of what is to be learned (the “formative image”).
  2.  Concentrate (serene open awareness - try softer, not harder).
  3.  Get the feel.
  4.  Practice, practice, practice.
  5.  Take it easy (Easy does it.).
  6.  Get the swing of it.
  7.  Be in good form.
  8.  Get lost in the work.
  9.  Let IT do it.
  10. Work for the work’s sake.
  11. Don’t sell out.
  12. Do it the right way.
  13. Keep to your calling.
  14. Teach. (Share your skills.)