Students Run Social Injustice SymposiumReed students organized "On the Joy of Struggle," a November symposium that focused on social justice and human liberation. Features speakers were Native American rights activist Ward Churchill, transgender and labor rights activist Leslie Feinberg, and storyteller David Barrett '79. Other events included a showing of the documentary film Children of Shatila, about children living in a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon, with commentary by student Rose Metro '00, who taught English in Shatila during the fall of 1998.
Reed participates in conference on ethicsVice president and dean of student services Regina Mooney, along with student body president Marianne Luft '00 and judicial board member Marshall Miller '00, recently joined students and administrators from over 70 academic institutions for the National Conference on Ethics in America. The conference, in its fourteenth year, is dedicated to promoting awareness among undergraduate students of why we have ethical standards and how we determine what these are. The first two days of the conference focused on collegiate ethics, and students met in small discussion groups led by mentors such as Mooney. Each group worked towards developing an ethical code for "generic university," discussing a variety of topics from ethical challenges on campuses to the efficacy of ethical codes. The third day of the conference shifted to a focus on professional life.
Student body president Luft said of the conference, "It provided us with a chance to talk with people from military and civilian schools across the nation. We had a lot of great discussions about what honorable behavior is and how schools can facilitate such behavior throughout their own communities. Most of the people I met were amazed at how we do things at Reed. It was nice to be able to tell them that our system not only works, but works well. I left with a greater appreciation for the honor principle at Reed. I also left feeling incredibly lucky that I had been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to talk with some really thoughtful and interesting people from diverse backgrounds."
REN expands to Seattle
REN is a group of Reed-affiliated entrepreneurs who meet to review members' business plans, with the goal of supporting one another's business ventures and eventually supporting Reed College. REN, founded in 1996 by David Billstrom '83 and Michael Tippie '80, is incorporated as a nonprofit group. For more information, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the group's web site at www.reedie.org.