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Reed Mag March 2010

On the cover

How did M.C. Escher construct the geometric scaffolding that supports some of his most intriguing work? Mathematics professor Thomas Wieting investigates.

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Class Notes editor
Laurie Lindquist

Graphic Designer
Tom Humphrey

Web Designer
Raymond Rodríguez

Alumni News Editor
Robin Tovey '97

Development news editor
Matt Kelly




The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect: How a gift to Reed ripples out through the generations.


A Farewell to the Iliad

Achilles, heel! Next semester, Humanities 110 will begin with the Odyssey, relegating the Iliad to optional status. This and several other changes to Reed’s core syllabus are the result of years of painstaking discussion.

By Robert Knapp
Professor of English and Humanities


On the Ledge

Cool judgment helped Reed climbing instructor Rodney Sofich avert tragedy in the North Cascades.

By Ted Katauskas


Inscribed in Stone: The Masterful Work of Edward M. Catich

Father Catich cut the inscriptions on Eliot Hall and several other campus buildings; his research revolutionized our understanding of the origin of the serif.

By Robert Palladino
Former calligraphy instructor

Minh Tran  

Capturing Infinity

Exploring the hyperbolic geometry of M.C. Escherís famous woodcut Angels and Devils.

By Thomas Wieting
Professor of mathematics



From the Editor

What Can You Learn in Three Hours? Read more.


Eliot Circular

Empire of the Griffin

Adventures in the First Person

Letter from Haiti by Leah Nevada Page ’07

Alumni Profiles

Class Notes

Class notes are available on the alumni pages. You can also update your address, submit a class note, make a contribution to the college, and add your email address to the new on-line email directory from our website. This is a protected web site, and you will be asked to enter your last name and Reed ID. Your ID number can be found on your alumni association membership card or on your address label from a Reed mailing.


Read about books by Reedies. You can purchase these and other books through Reed’s bookstore.

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Past Due: The End of Easy Money and the Renewal of the American Economy by Peter S. Goodman ’89


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Hum Play Read more.

back cover

Back cover: Lab partners Anna Henkin ’12 and Gabriel Barello ’12 puzzle over a fiendish assignment for Intro Chem.

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