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Portland, OR
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Nightlife: I don't do a lot of partying, but nobody makes a big deal out of that. I mean, there are alternatives to partying.

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Nightlife: Parties are usually better when they are small and intimate, though there are some really good exceptions. There are lots of great parties thrown by Reed organizations (Fetish Ball, Drag Ball, Harvest Ball, Winter Formal, and of course Renn Fayre) that are great for destressing. The Pub at the End of the Universe is also worth going to. Don't know about the clubs, though.

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Nightlife: College parties are great, both on and off campus. There are basically no problems with the police, and Reedies try hard to maintain good relations with their neighbors. Except for the occasional noise complaint, all is well. Reedies live by the motto `work hard, play hard,' and believe me, they do both. Generally, we're not the type to go to many clubs, but there are quite a few nice bars up the hill from campus, though the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is extremely strict. Don't try going if you're under 21.

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Nightlife: There isn't much to do off campus after 10 p.m. if you're under 21, due to Oregon liquor laws. However, there are usually interesting parties on campus. A friend of mine commented freshman year that it's possible to drink socially every night of the week, which I think exemplifies the attitude towards drinking people have here (in other words, it's okay). Many parties have interesting themes, like the Mexican Pirate Party, for example, or the Toga Formal.

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Nightlife: Parties on campus are sort of spotty. Some weekends there are many and some there are very few, but they are generally open to everyone. I have gone to parties where I knew almost nobody and still felt included.

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Nightlife: Parties are common at Reed, both on campus and in off-campus housing (which many Reedies choose). O-Week is notoriously a one-week-long party. Reedies always claim to be too busy to do anything but work, but one thing is clear: when they do party, they make a point of it.

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Nightlife: I don't go to many parties, although the number has increased in the past year, as far as I can tell. The Portland Police are pretty strict about parties and often like to bust them up before they get good. As far as bars are concerned, I won't be 21 until Saturday, so I wouldn't really know about that.

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Nightlife: Reed parties are usually gatherings of friends, rather than general events.

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Nightlife: I don't really hear about people going to clubs that often. The Lutz is a popular bar, but I think that is just because it is nearby. As for parties, I don't really go to parties. I guess they must exist, I'm just not exactly sure where. Mostly, I get the sense that people hang out in their dorms and drink on the weekends. I live in the substance-free dorm, however, so I don't have much experience with that.

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Diversity: There's a great variety of socioeconomic diversity at Reed. Ethnic diversity is still somewhat limited, but it is growing thanks to efforts to advertise Reed to more ethnically-diverse persons.

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Diversity: We're not as diverse as you'd hope and expect such a liberal institution to be. The administration seems to be belatedly taking steps to remedy this.

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Diversity: Reed's not very diverse, but it's trying.

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Diversity: Our society has the strange idea that diversity can only be measured ethnically. Concerning ethnicity, Reed is rather homogeneous. The vast majority of people are caucasian. However, when it comes to different points of view and ideas, Reed is very diverse. Everybody has his or her own ideals, and that's okay unless you're a Republican. If you are, then you will either have to keep it a secret or take some criticism.

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Diversity: I'm a minority, and I've found a good amount of diversity here, and it's getting better all the time.

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Diversity: Reed's not very diverse when it comes to ethnicity, but it's very diverse when it comes to location, socioeconomic status, and general background. Each person I know has their own unique experiences, and it's often times pretty fun to just listen to stories other people have.

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Diversity: The school is not very ethnically diverse. I think diversity has much more to do with where you are from and how you grew up, rather than your race. There are quite a few different backgrounds here. I would like to see the administration work on addressing the lack of racial diversity; they seem blind to student protestations on the subject.

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Diversity: Reedies come from every different ethnic, social, religious, and political background. Everyone brings a unique perspective to the campus environment.

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Diversity: Diversity is a bit of a problem at Reed. We are a mostly white institution, in spite of the accepting liberalism that runs rampantly through the campus. Too bad diversity programs are pointless, otherwise I might support having one here. You will be accepted in the community as long as you are willing to meet the academic demands, regardless of your race. Drawing attention to racial issues creates division within a community, not unification, and all institutions of higher learning should back away from such pseudo-liberal bullcrap.

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Diversity: My main complaint about Reed is its lack of diversity. Coming from San Francisco, sometimes it's just really bizarre to be here and see the lack of diversity. The life philosophies that people have, however, tend to be diverse.

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Diversity: Diversity needs improvement. We have quite a few students from oversees, but we have very few African Americans. I think we may have more Africans than African Americans.

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Diversity: Sadly, the campus is not nearly as diverse as we want it to be. The Admissions Office tries hard to get different minorities here, but often minorities go somewhere else.

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Diversity: Reed's painfully not diverse. Sometimes it feels like we're all a bunch of guilty rich white kids, although we certainly aren't just that. We have a share of racial and ethnic diversity, and it seems we're pretty accepting, though as part of the majority, it's hard to judge. Differences in sexual orientation seem to be readily accepted here, as there's quite a diverse array of that.

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Diversity: Well, it depends what you mean by diverse. The school is trying to recruit more black students and faculty. I don't think the school is very much less diverse than the Northwest is, in general. Put another way, Reed is diverse in the same way much of the Northwest is. My friends are Indian, Tibetan, Thai, Korean, Japanese American, Bulgarian, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, from wealthy families, and from poor families; they've traveled the world and speak the languages of the country.

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Athletics: There are quite a few athletic people on campus, so you can definitely play sports. Read the sports column in the Quest newspaper and you'll get the picture. There's absolutely no pressure to be cool and be a jock or any stuff like that.

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Athletics: You're kidding, right? If not, take your pick between women's rugby and Frisbee. The former is obviously limited somewhat by your gender.

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Ben DuPree
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Looking back on the person you were when coming to Reed is often like looking through an opaque window. You still see the frame and some features of your old self, but the greater part of who you are rests on this side of the mirror, having been tempered by your experiences at Reed. Often after four years, students’ reasons for coming to Reed still hold up: the desire to attend a small school with an intimate academic setting, amidst a liberal and open culture of mostly-nice and genuine individuals. Many students choose Reed because they do not want to be another face in the crowd at a large state school. Empirically, Reed’s commitment to making critical thinkers and writers out of its students separates it from other academic institutions. Although many other institutions will train their students to write and think, Reed bombards your mind with reading, writing, and thought, helping many realize a level of intellectual self-awareness that they never thought possible. Students push themselves hard because they choose to, just as they go here because they want to. Any Reedie who wishes to be somewhere else has already left for that place. People stay at Reed and endure its academic rigors because they truly love and are committed to what the college has to offer.

Essentially, most students believe in Reed. Although they may feel disenchanted with their institution of higher education at times, most Reedies accept their school’s shortcomings for what they are, and accept that they cannot see themselves anywhere else. Reed is not just a college; it is an academic, personal, and social experience, and Reedies respect and cherish it.

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