Reed College Orientation 2014


The tentative schedules we’ve provided here give you an idea of what to expect during New Reedie Orientation. Between now and when you arrive on campus, sessions may shift and new activities will be added, so refer to the paper schedule you will receive at Orientation check-in for the final details. For now, enjoy getting an idea of what’s to come.

In addition to the general Orientation schedule that’s for all New Reedies, we’ve also provided schedule information for those of you who will check in early for odyssey trips and information specific to transfer students, nontraditional students, and students living off campus.

Throughout the schedule section, items marked as (PO) indicate programs specifically targeted to parents; items marked (GO) indicate programs that are generally obligatory for students.

New Reedie Orientation

Click on schedule items marked with the symbol for more information on the activity.

Saturday, August 31

all day
Lots of trips to explore Portland! Sign up at Orientation Central.
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Paradox Coffee Cupping

Paradox Cafe (olde)
Stop by the Olde Paradox for some fuel for your Saturday. Baristas will be giving out free coffee and there will be baked goods and other drinks available for purchase. Get to know the Paradox employees and get energized for all of the fun stuff happening later on.

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Tea Tasting by Jasmine Pearl

SU/SU Porch
The Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants will be on campus giving out free samples of their teas. If you don’t drink coffee (or just also love tea), stop by to get a taste and chat with their representative about the many health benefits of “hot leaf juice.”*
*10 points for getting this reference.

noon–1 p.m.
OFCS Lemonade Stand

One last chance to grab some lemonade and a cookie and learn about Oh For Christ’s Sake!

12:30–2 p.m.
Scavenger Hunt

Meet at the Student Center
Now that you’ve been here for a couple of days, it’s time to see how well you know campus! Test your knowledge, make some new friends, and compete for a fabulous prize! Creative team names (ideally Gilgamesh or Iliad-themed) will get your team lots of Reed karma.

1–3 p.m.
Bike Clinic 101

Bike Co-op (basement of Old Dorm Block)
The key to having a good biking experience is keeping your bike in good condition! Come to the Bike Co-op and pick-up some handy maintenance skills: how to patch a flat, lock your bike, lube your chain, and more! Plus, see the famous Reed tall bikes in action.

12:30–2 p.m.
Pick-Up Soccer

North Soccer Field
Come play a casual soccer game on the front lawn and learn about Reed Men's and Women's soccer. Play for as little or as long as you like or just come to chat!

1–3 p.m.
Sustainability Barbeque

Naito/Sullivan Breezeway
Concerned about the environment and sustainability? So are we! Come barbeque with members of the Garden Club, Greenboard, and the student sustainability coordinator, Dove Henry to learn about sustainability projects and environmentally minded groups on campus.

1–3 p.m.
Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee Scrimmage

Front Lawn
Looking for a fun outdoor activity that can also get you PE credits? Then scrimmage with Reed’s Ultimate Frisbee team. Even if you’ve never heard of Ultimate Fribsee, stop by and check it out; there’s no experience needed!

2–3 p.m.
Kenjutsu Sword Demonstration

Front Lawn
The kenjutsu club at Reed is devoted to practicing this particular kind of Japanese swordsmanship. If you’ve watched Kill Bill, The Last Samurai, or other samurai films, then you’ve seen the modern, theatrical outgrowth of this practice. Come and see a demonstration!

2–3 p.m.
Apostolic Johannite Open House

Rose Cross Gnostic Society collaborates with the Apostolic Johannite Church to bring a loving, inclusive, spiritually lively and empowering community to Reed College. This open house introduces the Gnostic community at Reed College to our baby Reedies (and older ones as well) who have a spiritual bent, thirst for knowledge, or just curiosity. We'll explain who we are, what we did last year, what we'll do this year, and how to keep in touch with us.

2–4 p.m.
Community Safety Meet and Greet

GCC Quad
Community safety officers (CSOs) are some of the most important members of our community, so come and say hi! This is the time to ask any questions you have about safety at Reed, the role of the CSOs, or any other topics related to being safe on campus. There will be root beer floats, and the opportunity to participate in slalom races on CSO segways!

3–4 p.m.
Making Shit Happen: An Introduction to Reed Senate

Discover why they're nothing like your high school's student government. How can you get involved? How do they decide who plans Paideia and Renn Fayre? Does autonomy exist? What happens when you have a community concern? What does a human-sized banana look like? Find out the answers to these and other questions, grab a popsicle, listen to some jamz, play giant chess with your senators, learn how you can use part of the Student Body's $150k+ semester budget to Do Cool Things (like throw a dance party, bring a speaker to campus, or buy 30 gallons of lube), and maybe even meet a surprise guest. Hoot hoot.

3:30–4:30 p.m.
Aikido Demonstration

Come learn about the martial art of unifying mind and body. At our demonstration, we will show some of the basic techniques and principles that are the foundation of Ki-Aikido.

4–5 p.m.
Reed Community Governance: How this Damn School is Run

Eliot 314
If you ever wanted to know how Reed worked and who worked it, this is a great place to start. Beginning with the Community Constitution, we will talk about the school documents, the structure of the faculty and administration, and the role of the student body in the workings of the school. Either for new students who want to size up the inner workings of the school, or continuing students who are still curious, this session is for all of you who want to know how the sausage is made.

3–5:30 p.m.
Shakespeare in the Parks: The Tale of Cymbeline

Front Lawn (in front of Eliot)
Bring a blanket and plop down on the front lawn for Portland Actors Ensemble’s annual Shakespeare in the Parks. This year, they are putting on one of the Bard’s lesser known romances. From the Oregon Shakespeare website: Princess Imogen’s stepmother wants to kill her. Her father, King Cymbeline, is no help. Meanwhile, Imogen’s banished love, Posthumus, thinks she’s cheating on him. What’s a wronged royal to do? Swap the skirts for pants and run away disguised as a boy into the magical wilds of Shakespeare’s ancient Britain, that’s what. In true fairy-tale style, the improbable becomes probable in an epic, adventurous romance filled with kind strangers, dastardly villains, ghosts, gods and lost princes. The high road to happily-ever-after awaits.

6–8 p.m.
Laser Tag

Come check out Reed College's laser tag/dance party club, located in everyone's favorite academic building. Three floors of tactical madness, enough taggers for a small army, and LOUD music provided by Get Naked! a.k.a Reed's finest electrohouse DJ collective. T-shirts, shorts, and shoes recommended.

6–7 p.m.
Reedies Taking Care of Reedies: Bystander Intervention at Reed

Eliot 314
What would you do if you saw sexual harassment at an SU dance party? How do you respond when someone makes a joke about trans* people or won’t stop teasing the asexual person in your hall? These are tough questions, but we know that since you’re a Reedie now, you want to answer them. Take a break from unpacking and let’s talk about being a bystander at Reed. From understanding why it’s so hard to speak up sometimes to how you can find your voice whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, we’ve got you covered. No awkward ice breakers or weird role plays- just the tools you need to help keep Reed safe and stand up when someone does something you think may be dishonorable. Peer educators and the ADSAPR are ready to talk!

7–8 p.m.
Trans* and Gender Nonconforming at Reed

Eliot 314
At Reed we strive to create a community where everyone can express their gender in whatever healthy, safe ways they choose. This is your chance to talk with trans* and gender non-conforming students and alumni as well as faculty and staff allies on everything you ever wanted to ask about gender identity at Reed. We’ll be answering questions on name changes on student records, how to talk to faculty about pronouns, and support resources. If you’re an aspiring ally, come out and learn too!

8 p.m.–12:30 a.m.
Blues Dance

If you don’t know how to blues dance, have no fear! There will be an instructor and a beginners lesson to begin the evening and then dancing all night. Featuring live music by the Fenix Project.

8:30–11:15 p.m.
Gray Fund Movie: Troy

Vollum Lecture Hall
Now that you’ve read and enjoyed The Iliad, come watch Hollywood’s joyful bastardization of Homer’s epic. Brad Pitt squints and Orlando Bloom preens in this well-loved adaptation that has become a Reed tradition. There will be snacks and trivia beforehand- please remember that all Gray Fund events are substance-free.