Reed on the Road in NYC
front row (l to r): Will Swarts '92, Bartley Higgins '03, Yvette Alt '98, David McDougal '01,
Ayelet Arbuckle '03, Jake Ross '03, J. Sun Burns '97
middle row (l to r): Victoria
Pustynsky '01, Lennie Larkin, Maximilian Coreth '95, David Reeder '92, Lauren Asher '95,
Professor Lena Lencek, Ethan Wilensky-Lanford '03, Molly Sjöberg '04, Ashley Onstott.
top row (l to r): Jake Faleschini '04, Jacob Fenton '04, Mike Teskey, director of alumni
relations at Reed, Kees Schouten '98, Owen Merrick '01
Reed on the Road hit Boston last December with a visit from Russian professor Lena Lencek
giving her popular beach lecture in Cambridge. In January, Reedies celebrated the Chinese New
Year with a dim sum brunch.
NEW YORK CITY
We celebrated Oktoberfest at
one of the city's most authentic German pubs, and many members also turned out October
21 for Professor Lena Lencek's terrific "Reed on the Road" lecture on the
cultural history of the beach. We scheduled our annual volunteer day for the New York Cares
Gift Drive on December 12 and a wine tasting event on February 8. We also reprised our career
initiative get-together on January 13,
meeting at the beginning of Paideia to help current students, recent graduates, and area
alumni make connections, offer advice and keep in touch as they navigate the New York job market.
Spring and summer plans include a picnic and tour of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and a minor
league baseball outing. Contact Lauren Asher '95 at
Will Swarts '92 wswarts@ yahoo.com for information
on upcoming events. The book club meets every other month. Contact Kees Schouten '98
at email@example.com for
information on our reading
selection and meeting times.
On the Sunday evening before
fall-semester finals, a handful
of alumni volunteers staged a "feeding frenzy." We fed somewhere between 50 and
70 students in front of the library. There was barbecuing from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. (48 cheesburgers
and 48 veggie burgers were served!). Rob Mack '93 manned the grills, Holly
Hart '68 donated food from her restaurant (Old Wives' Tales),
and other area alumni brought homemade goodies and snacks.
An event for new alumni is being planned for shortly after graduation and a number of other
social events will be cropping
up along the way. Check the
Portland chapter website for details.
Watch the next edition for details about this year's picnic, probably in July or August.
In the meantime, the book group continues
to meet monthly, usually in the afternoon of the second Sunday. Alumni visiting from out
of this area are invited to call ahead for particulars, read the book, and
join the discussion. For further information call Robert Hadley '53 at 310/391-1427
or send email to BobPatHadley@aol.com.
In mid-October, with just a few weeks to go in the presidential campaign, Reed on the Road
brought Professor Paul Gronke, chair of the political science department, to talk
about political forecasting models
and their application to the 2004 election. About 25 alumni and friends gathered at the Monocle
restaurant, a Capitol Hill
institution, for a fascinating
discussion about computer
models, the purposes and uses of forecasting, and the world
of political campaigns. Gronke's non-partisan prediction: "''W'
is for Winner" (which we
can now see confirms the 95-percent accuracy rate of said forecasting models).
On other fronts, the Oral History
Project continues its work and is planning a celebration
of completed histories
later in the spring. A tour of
the district's boundary stones
is coming up, too – watch
your mailbox and the chapter
website for the announcement!