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The Expense of the Mission

Quest, the Sea to Sky Foundation, and the true costs of building a school By Ian Greer and Elijah Cetas During a public meeting in January (this issue), President George Iwama stated that Quest currently faces the next, and near-last, payment on its startup loans: a roughly $20-million debt owed to a number of foundations affiliated with former Quest Board member Blake Bromley. According to the Board members present, the payment of the loan, which is due November 2019, may signal the end of a phase of financial insecurity that has troubled the university since its early years. Eschewing public donations, the founders of Quest relied upon a number of private donors to cover the costs of the campus and its operations. A separate charitable entity, the Sea to Sky Foundation, handled these donations, paid for the cost of development, and held the mortgage on the campus. To pay back loans, they put up for sale roughly three-quarters of a 256-acre endowment land, much of which has now been purchased by charity foundations and real …

Put People First by Following Their Lead

In an effort to create an increasingly inclusive culture, we as Quest students often tirelessly shift our language towards politically correct terminology. For example, in conversations about gender and sexuality we fight assumptive, binary, and heteronormative vocabulary. This shift in language can at times result in spurts of frustration or passion, but most notably, in empathy.  Most of us have, at some point, been labelled thoughtlessly, giving us the ability to step into the shoes of a person of a different label with a similar experience. It is for this reason that I, a person with a disability, propose to you (Quest students), that our community adopt people-first language, for now. People-first language (PFL) is a linguistic prescription catered towards increasing inclusive language for individuals living with disabilities. Using PFL I would identify as a “person with diabetes,” rather than a “diabetic.” When I first heard of this movement, I thought it was excessive; I have spent 20 years of my life being called a diabetic, I don’t find it insulting, and it’s not a …

Imposters Among Us

The hand-crocheted-hat-toting, patch-embroidered-corduroy-sporting, cup-of-warm-herbal-tea-sipping (yerba is a faux pas) Quest student is no stranger on campus. Among us lie peers whose fondness for all things vintage, cozy, and crafty seems suspiciously ingrained, not just some new-age hipster trend. You avoid the gummy goodnight kiss from your roommate reminiscent of a denture-less granny, yet in the morning they pull on their nipple-high pants and shoot you two finger guns as they leave the room for class. Befuddling, I agree. Below are some go-to warning signs to determine if your friends are secretly elderly. Bakes Bread (Maeve Benz) “No one should have to pay for bread,” Maeve Benz can often be heard saying, along with other musings about starters. Like a sourdough fairy, Maeve often leaves slices of her ambrosial gifts in friends’ rooms before they wake up so they can rise to the sweet wafting scent of fresh-baked bread. Refusing to bow to “the man”, Maeve plans to continue sharing her not-for-profit sourdough among the Quest community. This excessive gluten generosity is a clear marker of …

A Resolution to Include Student, Faculty, Alumni, and Staff as Members on Quest’s Board of Governors

The SRC has released a resolution demanding that Quest’s Board of Governors amend their working bylaws such that they require membership from a student, faculty, staff, and alumni on the board. The Mark considers this resolution an important step towards greater transparency, accountability, and collaboration in the governance of the school. We endorse it fully.

— The Mark Masthead

Stepping into the Weft: Where does the Artist Fit?

It’s dawn. Moments ago, it was so dark my face stared back at me in the glass of the window, and the fire was roaring to warm this place from near-freezing so that my fingers could write. Now, the fire is banked to a glow and the pines outside are gray lines out of an almost-orange ground, their needles almost-green. Here there is a river, and a decrepit bridge that connects this place to the town. The town is not much more than a hardware shop, grocery store and café. It’s one of those vibrant tiny places that you don’t want to question the existence of too much. Here, between the Wenatchee River and Natapoc ridge, artists live and gather. Two summers ago, at the start of the exploration of my Question, I came here to the Grunewald Guild as a studio management intern to explore what life in a community of artists might be like. Now I work there as a member of its staff. During that first summer, I sat down with 11 …