DIVISION OF STUDENT SERVICES
Themes for 2013-14
The Residence Life Committee approved the following themes for next year. Location, size and names are all subject to change. Click here for information about Language House living options.
Residence Life is pleased to welcome back the following themes and their traditions:
The Co-Op (Garden House and Farm House)
The kitchen forms the heart of the Co-op. We share meals and midnight snacks, making our own bread and granola while valiantly struggling to keep up with our own dishes. The Co-op is formed of ten returning students who have chosen to make a commitment to intentional community, consensus-based decision-making, respect and responsibility for the Honor Principle, awareness of environmental impact and ethics, and sharing a lot of really good food. We’re a family, and there may be no better feeling than coming home to the dinner bell and friends gathered at the table. Come join us! Please note: The Co-Ops are available only to upperclass students. You can apply to live in both houses but please state which house is your preference in your application!
For more information, contact the Co-Op Theme Coordinator Sam Law (email@example.com).
Japanese Culture (Scholz III)
J-Dorm, the Japanese Culture dorm, is a place for people to nerd out about all aspects of Japanese culture. This ranges from our weekly movie nights (Wednesday at 9) to kicking butt in Smash tournaments to eating ridiculous amounts of mochi to giggling over silly anime, but no matter what, we aim to inform and entertain. Everyone from the diehard Japan fan who can debate the symbolism in their favorite Satoshi Kon movie to the naïve and curious beginner who vaguely remembers that Pokemon is from Japan is invited to our community. Youkoso!
For more information, contact Theme Coordinators Alexandra Mariani (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Peter Riehlman (email@example.com).
Mad Science (Foster II & III)
If the words “For Science!” thrill your heart, you may belong here. Mad Sci is a close-knit community for all those who love science and want to live with others who love it too — whether that means late-night biochemistry study sessions, making liquid nitrogen ice cream, or just watching Doctor Who as a dorm. Anyone who wants to become part of this group of spontaneous, engaging, and generally awesome people need only walk into a common room and join the conversation!
For more information, contact Theme Coordinators Evan Peair (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Riley Thornton (email@example.com).
Outhaüs (Naito I)
The Outhaüs is more than a residence hall. It is a family of Reedies interested in having fun in the great outdoors. It is a place where climbers, backpackers, cyclists, snow enthusiasts, kayakers, and anyone else with a passion for the outdoors can live together and get outside as often as they like.
For more information, contact Theme Coordinator Galen Blair (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Random House (Old Dorm Block – Kerr I & II)
Random House is the abode for the verbally inclined, the literature obsessed, the edification intrigued – the Reedie excited to read. Converse and live in a space not only occupied by peers excited to discuss literature and do some extracurricular exploration, but filled with the imaginations, opinions, and characters of great authors, poets, and essayists. Every month the floor gathers over a meal by a roaring fire to discuss a book chosen by a room, led by those students.
For more information, contact Theme Coordinators Erin McConnell (email@example.com) and Brynn Tran (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tír na nÓg - Land of the Young (Griffin, McKinley, and Woodbridge)
One Dorm to rule them all, One Dorm to find them,
One Dorm to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them,
In the land of Tír na nÓg where the shadows lie.
One does not simply walk into Mordor, but one can walk into Tír na nÓg. However, we can't guarantee that you'll ever want to leave. Here there be dragons, science fiction, fantasy, and a friendly community of nerd folk. This residence hall is about imagining, sharing, experiencing and telling tales from the distant future and far off realms. Come share your story with us. Welcome home!
For more information, contact Theme Coordinators Gracie Rittenberg (email@example.com), Alexandra Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ryan Wright (email@example.com).
The Residence Life Committee is happy to announce the addition of two new theme communities for the 2013-14 year! Let’s give them a warm welcome!
Quiet Mind (Naito III - Southside)
The Quiet Mind community is dedicated to spiritual living and cultivation of compassion and peace. Though the theme coordinators’ primary experience is in Zen Buddhism, we welcome students of all spiritualties and religions. Quiet Mind is a community of spiritual support and providing a balance to the Reed culture. Activities can include meditation, prayer, mindfulness tasks, body/mind practices, and spiritual sharing.
For more information, contact Theme Coordinator Molly Louise Jackson-Nielsen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Music Appreciation Society (Chittick)
The Music Appreciation Society is a collection of music lovers of all kinds looking to share their passion for life and sound. Talk music, listen to music and play music (at reasonable levels and times, of course!). We are looking to create a healthy and tight community of creative spirits where there is going to be a free exchange of music and ideas. As a member of The Music Appreciation Society, you will have the opportunity to partake on concert field trips, mix tape exchanges and listening sessions. All members are encouraged to be active participants in the formation of the theme culture, and jam our way into paradise!
For more information, contact Theme Coordinator Cylvia Jean (C.J.) Davis (email@example.com)
In addition to these great themes, Residence Life continues to offer three living options. Any spaces in these communities that are not filled by applications will become available in the general housing lottery.
Arabic Culture House (Bragdon 201-210)
Students interested in the language and cultures of the Arabic-speaking world are invited to join this interest hall. Students will live with a young Fulbright scholar selected by the Institute of International Education to study at Reed College and enhance Reed community understanding of Middle Eastern cultures and the Arabic language. Students with background in Arabic language who wish to continue their study are particularly encouraged to join this community, although all students regardless of language background are encouraged to apply.
Substance Free (Sullivan II & Sullivan III)
Are you looking for the perfect residence hall environment? Do you want a community full of fun, creative, accepting members? Love the weekend parties, but prefer to live in a quieter, substance-free space? Never fear! The Sub-Free Community is here! As a sub-free community, this residence hall agrees to leave tobacco, alcohol, and other substances at the door. Full of wonderful people, a warm atmosphere, and lots of fun, Sub-Free might be your ideal community.
Women’s Floor (Bragdon III)
This is a space for women who desire to live in a small, close community of women.
Questions? Need more information?
Please contact Residence Life Committee advisor Jess Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org.