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Guys & Girls: Guys at Reed vary a lot. Some are incredibly sociable, while others rarely leave their rooms. There are guys here that I find attractive, but I don't think it's fair to generalize guys (or girls) as generally hot or not.

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Party Scene: Groups on campus have parties all the time; there's always something to do. I haven't been to bars, but I hear there's always the Lutz Tavern.

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Party Scene: As far as I can see, bars and clubs off campus are pretty much off limits for people under 21. This leaves the two disappointing options of either partying at Reed houses off campus or the occasional party on campus. This is not the place to come for mingling sweat with dozens of drunken ruffians.

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Party Scene: The Ambassador is a great place for karaoke!

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Party Scene: Alcohol is prevalent. I don't know much else about parties here.

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Party Scene: On-campus parties are generally pretty cool, good places to meet people. Off-campus parties are lame.

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

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Party Scene: 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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Drug Safety: If you're not a big fan of drugs, then it's perfectly fine. There's a very good substance-free dorm here, and they're a tight-knit group. If you want to get your fix, I suppose that's perfectly possible.

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Drug Safety: Yes, there are drugs at Reed. However, if you want to spend a year just doing drugs, we don't really want you here. Come back when you're ready. Most students have used, or currently use, marijuana, and it's not that big a deal. Cocaine is prevalent, but decidedly less popular than it was in the `80s. Mushrooms are extremely popular, as is LSD. As for other psychoactive substances, most Reedies are against the use of most synthetic drugs, so there are not very many, though I'm sure you can buy anything you've ever heard or read about if you fall in with the right people.

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Drug Safety: You can smoke, snort, munch, or otherwise imbibe vast quantities of whatever you want with a bunch of people who know enough about drugs to teach university-level pharmacology. Or you can pass and find lots of people to keep you company. The only time when the campus descends into drug-hazed madness is Renn Fayre. And that's fun.

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Drug Safety: Where you are on campus dictates how much contact you have with drugs. They are definitely present. If you want to, you can find them. If you want to, you can avoid them.

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Drug Safety: There is a lot of drug use. It does not, however, generally interfere with life, and there are many parties that are not focused around drugs or drinking.

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Drug Safety: Drugs at Reed are plentiful, but there is no pressure to drink or do any kind of drugs.

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Drug Safety: Reedies have the reputation of experimenting and using harder drugs than at other colleges, although I, personally, have not observed this or heard too many stories about it. People here can get stressed to a degree that when they relax it can be rather extreme, though generally safe, like Renn Fayre.

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Drug Safety: I live in substance-free housing, which is a place where people aren't allowed to bring alcohol, cigarettes, or illegal substances. So I'm not the best judge on the drug scene. However, I do hear we Reedies smoke a lot of pot and take more than our share of hallucinogens. But it's hard to use a lot of drugs and still make it academically here.

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Drug Safety: There are people who don't do drugs on campus, but there are also many who do, and people are fairly open about it. If you want drugs, they are easily accessible and I guess that if you don't, it can seem like they are everywhere.

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Drug Safety: Many Reedies are at first overwhelmed here because you can do exactly what you want, and probably have more freedom in that sense than just about any place a young, irresponsible, stressed out adolescent can expect to find him or herself. High stress and a need to cut loose can compound this issue. That being said, the freedom is a great thing to have. You are given a lot of slack and it's up to you whether you hang yourself with it or not.

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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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