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Vol. 84 No. 15

April 28, 2015

IN THIS ISSUE:

“From the Archives” pg. 3

“Big, Beautiful Noise” pg. 3

“The Moaning Feminish” pg 5

“You Have A Choice” pg. 5

“A Music Review” pg. 7

“The view 

from Oyaron Hill.”

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OH FEST X

 

Exclusive Student Interview 



with Panic! At The Disco

By JOANNE GEORGES



Hilltops Staff Writer

Through the hardworking skills of HCAB, SUNY 

Oneonta’s student activity board, and many others, 

student representatives from SUNY Oneonta and 

Hartwick’s media organizations were fortunate 

enough to interview lead vocalist Brendon Urie 

of Panic! At The Disco. As the OH Fest concert 

began and  Naughty and Big Eye Phish, started 

their sets, students were given access to a designated 

section back stage and got to sit and meet with Urie. 

The bands tour manager even mentioned that stu-

dent interviewers haven’t been allowed since 2008, 

and that Oneonta’s colleges were able to really rally 

for this opportunity. Urie was comfortable and hap-

py to answer questions. For the full interview, tune 

into WRHO’s DJ Minnesota Moe on Wednesday, 

April 29 at 4 p.m. 

Interviewer 1: With theatrics in your performance and 

videos from the circus theme to the 60s and all over 

the board, will you be continuing the theatrics with 

your upcoming shows and your album and if so can you 

give a hint as to what it might be? 

Yes, always continue theatrics; always love to do 

that. And yeah, I like to switch from theme to theme 

and there are so many other things we haven’t done 

and could definitely do. This time I think the only 

thing I can say is it’s like Queen meets Sinatra, kind 

of. I don’t know if that gives any hint, but to me that 

makes sense.



What has been the greatest or craziest moment that 

you’ve had on tour?

One of the craziest things we did was we rode an 

elephant recently. That was pretty awesome; we got 

to do that as part of the job which was pretty sweet. 

That rarely happens when you get to do something 

like that it makes it all worth-while.



Interviewer 2: What’s your preparation for the intensi-

ty in your videos and the creative process? 

For “This Is Gospel” I had one day of rehearsal 

with the director and the choreographed hands that 

would be in the video and we spent about five hours 

with me laying on the table and going through the 

motions and trying to dodge the hands and figure 

out what was going on. You can only prep so much; 

I like to keep it just kinda scary in the sense of like 

no real preparation. So what we did to prep for 

that video ended up kind of helping, but we had 

to change it throughout so it’s always an ongoing 

creative breeding process which you have to just kin-

da roll with the punches. Prep for acting and stuff 

like that, I mean there’s no real prep you just have 

to hope that whatever the directors tells you to do, 

you’re like, “Alright, I’ll give it my best, but I don’t 

know what you’re gonna do; just edit around me.” 

Luckily it’s only three and a half minutes at a time, 

so you can kinda cheat at a lot of things. I love being 

involved with all the creative stuff, I love talking 

ideas with directors, just anybody with imagination. 

In light of recent events and Smith departing, you 

have become the last original member of Panic! At The 

Disco. What is it that is keeping you going and how are 

you hoping to keep that energy going?

I know it seems crazy, like I’m the last of the orig-

inal four, but for me it’s been that way for about 

five years now. I’m just leading the creative process, 

stepping up and saying, “Alright I know what I 

wanna do, I have a vision for this, I wanna do this.” 

Just kinda stepping up and having to do that, but 

at the same the time, the reason I do it is - I just - I 

love it. I never at any point have I ever wanted to 

stop doing this. So even the first time we had a 

couple members leave that’s because they wanted to 

start something new, I was totally fulfilled by what 

Panic! offered me.  Me, being able to step up even 

more like, “Oh cool. Well I have more ideas and 

I have more to say now because we have two less 

opinions.” It kinda gradual became more and more 

freeing for me and a liberating thing. And definitely 

now more validating and now we can play shows 

and that’s really were we feel that validation. That’s 

why we continue to do this as well. 



Interviewer 3: Speaking of the creative process, do you 

have any fun pre-show rituals or activities that you do 

to get hyped before a show?

It’s like really boring stuff. As I’m getting older I 

am realizing I can’t do this anymore - I would be 

drinking a beer right now, but I have to make sure 

I’m okay as I get older. The only thing we do before 

every time before a show, like a superstitious thing is 

we have to high five each other, that’s really it. And 

it has to be good and if somebody kinda misses a 

high five you can’t go back. If you miss it you’re like 

“Oh shit!” And then you have to miss it. Alright, 

well mentally high five, okay cool. It’s like weird 

some superstitious thing. We’ve always done it, I 

don’t know why.

What advice would you give to those up and coming 

campus bands that are just trying to make it big?  

We never played live shows to much when we 

started the band. We just kept writing. At that 

point MySpace was just becoming a thing, so we 

realized we could use that and that was back in 

2004. That’s what I’ll say to them, “spend more 

time collaborating with other people and just writing 

together.” Spend a lot of time playing together and 

also just hang out with your band because you have 

to live with them on the road and if you don’t like 

your band, it’s gonna suck. 

Interviewer 4: What were your musical influences 

growing up?

I had two older brothers and two older sisters so a 

lot of it came from them. My oldest sister listened 

to The Smiths, The Cure, Depeche Mode, so a 

lot of 80s dance type stuff. Both my older brothers 

listened to like Pearl Jam and Fun Lovin’ Criminals 

and Sublime and Nirvana and just a lot of rock 

radio so those were really big for me. Sublime was 

huge for me, when I heard Sublime I was blown 

away. Bradley Nowell is my shit, I love this dude. I 

still love him to death; I still worship all their stuff. 

From my younger years, first time I heard Sinatra, 

blew my mind. When I saw him on TV singing 

Christmas songs, I was like this is The King of 

Swagger. He’s just a beautiful man with a great 

voice. I just tried to soak up as many different genres 

as I could.

Out of everything that Panic! has accomplished what 

are you most proud of?

Well I’m proud to still be here, still be doing the 

band for sure. Ten years ago I never thought it 

would be what it is now and what it’s become today. 

I never thought I would get to this point it’s been 

one hell of a journey and I’m just excited to still be 

here. 

Interviewer 5: You’ve been popular on Vine recently, 

has it affected your fame and how?

 

When I first started doing Vine I didn’t know what 



was gonna come of it. I figure I would just do little 

updates while I’m in the studio and stuff. I would 

do six-second videos of demos I was working on for 

the album and stuff. I just started watching all these 

comedians online and I wanted to just copy Will 

Saso and all those dudes. Anytime I was bored, any 

had inside jokes on tour we would shoot. The first 

time I got recognized in public for Vine, we went 

and saw a movie in LA and leaving the theater 

these two girls came up and were like, “Hey are you 

Brendan from Vine?” and I was like, “Yes I am!” 

and I never thought of that, that being a thing. Yes, 

I will totally accept that that is awesome. I do this 

other thing too, but this is awesome!



You played at Madison Square Garden, recently, how 

has the audience dynamic change throughout the 

years, especially at different venues? 

Yeah, the dynamic definitely changes from venue to 

venue. When we play like a tour and we’re playing 

club shows, it’s very much our fans and everyone 

has come to see us, but when you play festivals and 

stuff and other people’s tours it’s our fans and their 

fans. I like playing festivals, I like playing our shows 

as well, that’s a more intimate warm feeling to see 

who people have come to see you personally. When 

you play festivals and stuff it’s more like I have 

something to prove, you haven’t seen us you don’t 

know our band I can’t wait to show you our live 

show, I wanna see your reactions to what I’m about 

to say. It’s gonna be awesome, that’s really exciting 

being able to do that. A couple years ago, for our 

tour we did a radio tour, we wanted to play small 

venues like 150 people in a room just sweaty it was 

in the middle of summer too and it was so brutally 

hot and kids were waiting outside since 6 a.m. and 

we wanted to something personal so being able to 

do that is the coolest thing. I love playing different 


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HILLTOPS EDITORIALS

April 28, 2015

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF:

Monique Quistorff

COPY EDITOR:

Nathan Skethway

STAFF WRITERS:

Joanne Georges

Joshua White

Nathan Skethway

Hilary Gruber

Taimoor Qazi

Alaina Shires

Abbey Vermeal

Firdavs Abdunazarov

STAFF ARTIST

Loverte Larkai

WEBMASTER:

Joanne Georges

ADVISOR:

Christopher Lott

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Letter From the Editor

How To Spend

Your Last Few Weeks

As An Undergrad

I’ve got the plague

and it’s called senioritis.

The bad news is that

I don’t think they’ve found

a cure for it yet.

By MONIQUE QUISTORFF

Hilltops Editor-in-Chief

With twenty six days left until I graduate, the 

senioritis that I am currently experiencing has never 

been so potent. One would think that having the 

end within sight would ultimately make a person 

work harder, but at least for me, that is not the case. 

Maybe it’s all of the effort that I have given over the 

last four years that has suddenly caused me to run 

out and I am left with barely enough energy to claw 

my way out of bed in the morning.

 

I have no good advice for myself or for 



anyone else who might be experiencing what I am 

experiencing. There is nothing that I can say except 

that the end is going to come no matter what you 

spend your time doing, so you might as well spend 

your time being productive. Graduation, when it 

does come, will probably feel a hundred times better 

if we gave everything we had up until the very end. 

 

That being said, I’ve been struggling a lot 



with the feeling that I’ve lost my identity in all of the 

things that I have invested myself in during my time 

at Hartwick. This might come as a surprise to some 

of you because this is a very different speech than 

you are used to me preaching. I still think that it’s 

important to be involved and to challenge yourself, 

but it’s more important to always keep a little bit 

of time to remember who you are and what you are 

passionate about. Over the last few months, I realize 

that I haven’t left very much time or energy to really 

engage in the things that make me feel more like a 

human and less like a student.

 

 It may just be the final stretch that I am 



preparing to endure or the moderately nice weather 

we’ve been having, but there is nothing that I would 

rather do than lay in my hammock for a few days 

and relearn how to appreciate life. It may be the fact 

that I haven’t had very much of your typical college 

fun during my time at Hartwick or that I’m sud-

denly realizing that, in a couple of weeks, I’m not 

sure when I’m going to see my friends next, but I’m 

beginning to dedicate less of my time toward being 

productive and more time toward making memories.

 

What I’ve come to find out is that there 



needs to be a balance. Again, this is something that 

I’ve written about time and time again. But I think 

that a lot of people have this very stagnant idea of 

what college is supposed to be like: either you’re 

here to get an education or you’re here to have fun. 

I don’t necessarily think that it has to be one or the 

other. I think that during your time at college, it is 

quite possible to focus on both, as long as there is 

an appropriate balance. This is something I wish 

someone had told me sooner. 

 

I think the most important thing that people 



have forgotten to tell us in our most formative years 

is that we should never make ourselves feel guilty for 

trying to take care of ourselves. I’m not sure when 

it happened, but it’s been engrained in us to believe 

that we are students before we are humans. If you 

don’t agree with me, consider how we will stay 

up all night to finish an assignment or skip meals 

to cram for a test. Often, we’ll skimp out on our 

mental health for the sake of the grade and I can’t 

help but wonder how this will affect us once school 

no longer dominates our lives. 

 

I’ve come this far only to realize that I 



should have taken care of myself in every role that I 

play, not just as a student or as a leader on campus. 

Had I given myself the necessary love and care that 

it takes to keep myself healthy mentally, emotionally, 

and physically, I doubt I would be as exhausted as 

I am now. I think that graduation might have felt 

more like a celebration and less like a relief. 

 

No matter where you are in your education 



or the kinds things you’re involved in on campus, 

if you are a freshman or a senior weeks away from 

graduation, remember that all you’ve really got is 

yourself. Do yourself a favor and don’t set fire to the 

only house you’ll ever have to live in. 

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HILLTOPS COMMUNITY

April 28, 2015

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By REBEKAH AMBROSE-DALTON

Hilltops Contributor, 

Hartwick College Archivist

Hazelius School Journal before restoration

Big, Beautiful Noise

Oneonta’s own instrumental 

noise rock group, The Brave 

Cosmonauts, hit the stage for 

the first time last week.

By CHARLIE FEHER-PEIKER

Hilltops Staff Writer

Hartwick students will likely remember the Haze-

lius School Journal from the matriculation ceremo-

ny, which is held in Klinger Board Room, adjacent 

to the President’s Office. The journal is always on 

display for the occasion, opened to a page that lists 

the names of some of the earliest students to attend 

Hartwick Seminary. 

 

By signing the Matriculation Book, 



Hartwick students add their own names to the long 

list of those who have studied at Hartwick over the 

last 218 years. Ernst Hazelius, the principal of 

Hartwick Seminary in 1815, started the journal 

on December 5th of that year. On that December 

day, classes met for the first time in the Seminary’s 

newly constructed home, a two story brick building 

containing 14 rooms, located on the Hartwick Pat-

ent. It was an important occasion for Dr. Hazelius 

to pick up his pen, since the Seminary had been 

in existence for nearly 20 years, but it wasn’t until 

1815 that it finally had a permanent home. 

 

Hazelius opened the journal on a serious 



note, writing that “the school was solemnly opened 

today in the presence of a  considerable number of 

friends. The principal of the institution dedicated 

this seminary in a prayer to God, and besought him 

to pour down his blessings upon teacher and learn-

ers. After the singing of a hymn he delivered an 

oration on the important influence of education on 

the community at large. Nineteen scholars entered 

this day.” 

 

For the last few months, the Hazelius 



School Journal has been at the Northeast Document 

Conservation Center in Andover, Massachusetts, 

where it was digitized and it received conservation 

treatment. In the coming months, a digital version 

of this very important document in the history of the 

college will be available on line via New York Her-

itage, so that even researchers at remote locations 

will have access to it.  

 

The NEDCC was founded in 1973, and it 



has a national reputation for excellence in conserva-

tion. At NEDCC, the pages of the School Journal 

were washed in a solution of ethanol and filtered 

water, the paper was deacidified (in other words, 

cleansed of the acids that make paper brittle and 

yellow) and tears were mended with Japanese kozo 

paper. Then the whole volume was rebound, and 

it is now housed in a custom made archival box. In 

short, the School Journal got what constitutes the 

Royal Treatment for an old document, which is ex-

actly what it deserves in its 199th year of existence, 

and just what it needed to ensure it will still be with 

the college community in centuries to come.

 

Want to come see the newly restored Haze-



lius School Journal and wish it a Happy Birthday? 

Got questions about Hartwick History? Visit the 

Paul F. Cooper, Jr. Archives on the second floor of 

the Stevens-German Library.

GET TO KNOW HARTWICK:

From The Archives

Happy 200th Birthday, 

Hazelius School Journal!



Hazelius School Journal after restoration

Pulling back the curtain hung over the doorway at 

the More Art Space gallery in Oneonta last Thurs-

day night, I was reminded of how much I miss art 

galleries and underground music scenes (which I do 

not get enough of while in college). 

 

In the gallery, surrounded by an eclectic 



selection of formalist sculptures and collage pieces, 

stood a group of five men armed to the teeth with 

all manner of instruments and seemingly miles of 

instrument cable, snaking in, out and through an 

impressive array of guitar pedals and electronic 

sound generators. In the back of the room, project-

ed on the back wall, a psychedelic video montage 

(evocative of the 70’s era Pink Floyd album covers, 

created by the band’s keyboard player, visual artist, 

and Hartwick Professor Joe Von Stengel), played 

on a loop, filling the wall behind the band with epic 

scenes of lunar landings, space rocket launces and 

old school video game clips. 

 

I only went to go see The Brave Cosmo-



nauts on a whim, I couldn’t think of anything else I 

could have been doing (except for doing philosophy 

homework maybe, but there is always more time for 

that, right?). Anyway, I figured I could use a little 

more live music in my life, so I said, “Why the heck 

not?” As it turns out, I’m glad I went. I mean how 

often do you come across a five piece improvisation-

al, post-rock, experimental noise music, group? Well 

I’ll just tell you, not often! Needless to say, I am 

stoked that I found them and got to listen to them 

perform on their first time playing publicly. 

 

Listening to them jam feels sort of like 



riding a rollercoaster of sound. But not like one of 

those shiny new ones they have at Six Flags. This 

rollercoaster was loud, violent, a little rickety and 

at some points, genuinely frightening. Their music 

takes the listener all across the musical spectrum; 

from popish indie hooks, to jazzy drumbeats, to 

dancey techno rhythms, with pulsing bass lines, to 

howling ambient 

feedback loops 

and atonal guitar 

salvos. Their 

sound is at once 

abrasive and 

soothing. The 

sharp, ambient 

soundscape 

flows around 

the throbbing 

drumbeats and 

through the air, 

while the dual 

guitars cut in 

and out, carried 

by the cultivated 

chaos of the bass 

guitar, keyboard and drum sound, which rose and 

fell in beautiful, atonal harmony. The huge range of 

sound kept the audience always on their toes while 

simultaneously inducing a semi-trance state. In 

simple terms, it was the least boring Thursday night 

I have had in months.

 

Anyway, The Brave Cosmonauts music is 



available on sound cloud and on Facebook if you 

want to check them out. That is, if you like being 

thrashed about by wild musical excursions down 

intense rabbit holes of sonic experimentation. And 

even if you don’t enjoy that so much, why not try 

and catch one of their shows next November when 

they are playing in Oneonta again? Plus, who 

knows, maybe you’ll wind up finding the same beau-

ty in the grating chaos of experimental, atonal music 

I do. And if you do, let me know and we can go see 

these guys play next time they have a show in town. 

It will be worth your while, I promise. 



The Brave Cosmonauts Performing at More Art Space in Oneonta on Thursday night. Band 

members, left to right: Rich Barlow (Hartwick Art faculty), Eric Bankus, Parker Troischt 

(Hartwick Physics faculty), Josh Stilson, and Joe Von Stengel (Hartwick Art faculty).

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HILLTOPS SPORTS

April 28, 2015

SPORTS


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Tueesday, April 28

 

Men’s Tennis vs. Oneonta 



 

 

 



 

4 p.m. - Hartwick Courts  

 

 

Saturday, May 2



 

Men’s Soccer vs. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute   

12 p.m. - Elmore Field

SCOREBOARD

  

Wednesday, April 22



  

Men’s 


Lacrosse 

at 


Oneonta 

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7-15 


 

  

Thursday, April 23



  Women’s 

Lacrosse 

vs 

Misericordia 



University        W 

 

11-8



 

 

Men’s Tennis at The Sage Colleges (Rescheduled from 4/15)   



 

 

 



 

W  9-0 


  

Friday, April 24

 

 

Women’s Water Polo vs Harvard University (CWPA Quarterfinals)   



 

 

 



W  12-10

  

Saturday, April 25



 

 

Women’s Water Polo at Princeton University (CWPA Semifinals) 



 

 

 



 

L  7-14


  Women’s 

Lacrosse 

at 

Alfred 


University         W 

 

11-8



 

 

Men’s Lacrosse vs Alfred University (CODE BLUE)   



 

 

 



 

 

L  10-18



  Men’s 

Tennis 


vs 

Ithaca 


College 

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0-9


  

Sunday, April 26

 

 

Women’s Water Polo vs University of Michigan (CWPA 3rd Place Game)   



 

 

W  12-11 



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Roy Simmons ‘15

Men’s Lacrosse

Jacob Sasche ‘17

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HILLTOPS OPINION

April 28, 2015

Downers:


 

- Shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets, tens 

of thousands of Nepalese braced against terrifying 

aftershocks Sunday while digging for survivors in 

the devastation wrought a day earlier by a massive 

earthquake that ripped across this Himalayan na-

tion and killed more than 2,500 people.

  - Baltimore Police made 34 arrests after protests 

over the death of Freddie Gray turned violent Satur-

day evening, as some protesters damaged several 

police cars and broke windows at a number of 

downtown businesses.

  - Long-term exposure to air pollution, even at 

moderate levels, can cause brain damage and im-

pair cognitive function in middle-aged and older 

adults, according to a recent study.

Uppers:

 - Britain’s first legally-approved HIV test is now on



sale, promising 99.7 percent accuracy from three 

months after a person suspects they may have 

been exposed to the infection. It requires a drop of

blood and can provide a clear result in around 15 

minutes.

 - Snacks and a shiny SUV windshield saved two

sisters who were stranded for almost two weeks in 

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The sisters survived 

for 13 days on eight boxes of Girl Scout cookies, 

some cheese puffs and snow for water.

  -  Removal of the ovaries, a procedure known as 

an oophorectomy, was associated with a 62 per-

cent reduction in breast cancer death in women di-

agnosed with breast cancer and carrying a BRCA1 

gene mutation.

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You Have A Choice:

 

A Preview of Potential Presidential 



Candidates for 2016

Elizabeth Warren

 

Elizabeth Warren is an American academic and 



politician who is the senior United States Senator 

from Massachusetts and a member of the Demo-

cratic Party; she has 30 years of experience teaching 

law at Harvard University, with specialization in 

bankruptcy law. Warren’s supporters praise her 

as an expert on financial crises and a no-nonsense 

anti-corruption advocate, fighting for middle-class 

families and freeing the United States from “cor-

porate politics.” She is seen as a national hero in 

her persistent efforts to ensure that bankers and 

wall-street CEOs are punished for criminal action. 

According to multiple sources, “President Obama 

asked her to set up the new agency to hold Wall 

Street banks and other financial institutions account-

able, and to protect consumers from financial tricks 

and traps often hidden in mortgages, credit cards 

and other financial products.”

 

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, 



Warren served as Chair of the Congressional Over-

sight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program 

(TARP), protecting taxpayers and vilifying Wall 

Street businessmen. Warren also stood strongly 

against the Keystone Pipeline: “I want to know 

why the Keystone xl Pipeline is the first, number 

one thing on the agenda in this new Congress. Is 

it about jobs? […] Most estimate [the added jobs 

would be] a few thousand or less.” 

 

She is also a firm proponent of the labor 



movement, demanding a higher minimum wage rate. 

Furthermore, Warren is a firm opponent of high-in-

terest student-loans, stating that “If Wall Street 

can borrow money at .75% interest, so can college 

students. We need to stop treating [them] as profit 

centers.” 

 

Opponents of Warren state that she has 



unrealistic views of how the economy works, being 

confident about debt, but not about prosperity. 

They claim her minimum wage crusade is unrealis-

tic and – coupled with other Warren policy choices 

– could cripple the economy, particularly since her 

critics claim she fails to address inflation. Others 

declare she is a communist, aggressively targeting 

corporations and advocating their downfall. There 

have also been controversies about her previous 

work experience, and accusations of erroneously list-

ing ethnic statuses for personal gain. Warren denies 

these claims. 

Quotations by Senator Warren:

“Nobody who works full time should live in pover-

ty.”

“The federal government will make $51 billion in 



profit from student loans. That’s more than wrong. 

It’s obscene.”

“People feel like the system is rigged against them, 

and here is the painful part, they’re right. The 

system is rigged.”

“I don’t want happy-face conclusions. I want the 

truth.”

Review:


For the record, Massachusetts Senator Eliz-

abeth Warren has repeatedly said she’s not running 

for president, but she has been constantly taking 

measures that would prove otherwise. (Huffington 

Post) (As of 4/17/15)

In her fight for middle class families, War-



ren frequently states that she came from one.

Hates corporations and corruption; seeks to 



hold all businessmen accountable for their actions.

Wants student loan interest to be equal to 



those of Wall Street businessmen.

Expert on financial crises.



By TOM HORTON

Hilltops Contributor

THE MOANING 

FEMINIST

Gender is a Social Construct.

Any Questions?

By HILARY GRUBER



Hilltops Staff Writer

I’ve been thinking about gender a lot recently. This 

really isn’t anything different for me, I find myself 

frequently thinking about gender, though mostly 

about inequality between the genders. 

 

Lately my thoughts have been more along 



the lines of deconstructing what gender is, why it is, 

and what it means to me. The conclusion I’ve come 

to through numerous blog posts and conversations 

with primarily myself on my radio shows is that 

gender doesn’t exist. Gender is made up by society, 

it is an aspect of our collective culture, it is forced 

upon us from birth and ingrained into us. Most of 

us never think to question gender, we accept what 

we “are” we act and live the way we think our chro-

mosomes dictate.

 

Sometime in early February I changed my 



gender on Facebook to “non-binary” it was a quiet 

change, I didn’t make a public post about it. It was 

quiet because I just wasn’t sure if I could accurate-

ly call myself non-binary. I identify strongly with 

femininity. I love makeup, I probably buy and have 

too much of it. I wear skirts and dresses on the daily, 

I love pink. Despite this I left the change and took 

to my blog to get the thoughts and doubt I head out 

into a predominantly accepting forum. If I felt com-

fortable in traditionally feminine clothing and would 

use female pronouns to describe myself wouldn’t 

that just make me cisgender? Was I just redefining 

who I am just to feel like a special snowflake?

 

Let me backtrack a bit now to explain some 



terms not everyone may be familiar with. Non-bi-

nary is an umbrella term for anyone whose gender 

identity is outside of the gender binary that is male 

vs. female. The term can also be used as a gender 

identity. One who is non-binary does not subscribe 

to either term, male or female. Cisgender is identify-

ing with the gender you were assigned at birth, this 

generally corresponds with a persons genetalia and 

chromosomal make up. There are of course people 

who are intersex and assigned a gender at birth but 

that’s a different article entirely.

 

This is when I really started deconstructing 



who I was and what it was to be a woman. Girls 

are told from a young age to act “lady like”, toys 

are for some reason gendered, girls play with dolls 

and clothes, boys play with trucks and roughhouse. 

The term “boys will be boys” is commonly heard 

when boys get into shenanigans but girls are told 

“that isn’t lady like”. It was the phrase “boys will be 

boys” that really got me thinking, it’s as if masculin-

ity and boyhood is inherent and girls are told what 

will make them more womanly or “lady like” the 

female identity is pushed onto girls by society telling 

them what it is to be a girl. 

 

What is a woman, or a man for that matter 



inherently? If as a child they are not exposed to 

things that imply a gender, what becomes of them? 

If womanhood is a culmination of everything society 

deems to be feminine, and manhood is a culmina-

tion of everything determined masculine by society, 

isn’t gender just sort of made up? Upon this realiza-

tion I finally felt fully comfortable identifying myself 

as non-binary. Who I am is what I say I am. The 

things I like to do or the way I like to dress is not 

because of my gender, it’s because of who I am as a 

person. I may be feminine, but I am not female. 

 

This isn’t to say that there is anything 



wrong with identifying on the binary. There is 

nothing wrong with being cisgender or transgender 

and identifying as male or female. There is room 

in the vast wonderland that is gender identity for 

the binary. However, it is not okay to just blindly 

assume everyone is on the binary. The way one 

presents themselves is a representation of who they 

are as a person but it is never okay to assume that a 

traditionally female looking person is in fact female. 

Challenge yourselves to not gender strangers, not 

to make assumptions based on appearances. If you 

aren’t sure how someone would like to be referred 

to as, ask them. If you accidentally misgender 

someone and they correct you, take it to heart, 

apologize, do your best to use the correct pronouns 

from there on. Gender may just be a social construct 

and completely made up, but identity is important. 

As long as gender is a concept, we’ll need ways to 

explain where we fall within it, whether it is as male, 

female, transmasculine, non-binary, agender (those 

without gender completely), et cetera. We live in a 

world where we are compelled to be something, it’s 

important to understand we are not what our chro-

mosomes and body parts say we are, we are who we 

say and feel we are. Any questions?


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Modest Mouse,

Strangers To Ourselves

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I should preface this week’s music review by saying 

that Modest Mouse is one of my favorite bands of 

all time. Up until a few weeks ago, I swore by their 

album “Good News For People Who Love Bad 

News”. I recommended it to everyone I had music 

conversations with, without fail, and listened to it on 

a regular basis. And as much as I will always adore 

that album, it’s safe to say that I now have a new 

favorite. 

 

“Strangers to Ourselves” was originally 



arranged to be released on March 3rd, but the 

release date was pushed back to March 17th.  It’s 

the band’s sixth album, and has had a very good 

response so far since its release.

 

For those who aren’t familiar, Modest 



Mouse is a very unique band, most fitting in the 

genre of alternative rock, known for their lead 

singer’s rough, raspy and unusual voice, their use of 

a wide range of instruments, and their most popular 

song, “Float On.” While I love that song, it doesn’t 

really do justice to the full range of sound that you 

get as a listener on any given album that the band 

releases. “This Is a Long Drive For Someone With 

Nothing to Think About,” the band’s first album 

released in 1996, brought in a lot of listeners that 

dearly loved the rough, unpolished, and sometimes 

even distant sound of the band. Isaac Brock’s voice 

itself always sounds like he’s been smoking for 20 

hours before singing, and many fans really loved the 

unproduced and gritty nature.

  

The more recent albums, however, have 



started to sound a little more put together. The last 

album the band released, “We Were Dead Before 

the Ship Even Sank,” sounded much clearer than 

anything coming before it. This album took the 

biggest step toward sounding clear and produced. 

It’s nice to see the band constantly improving on 

themselves, and increasing their production quality. 

Their general genre and feeling has remained the 

same, staying true to what brought in fans to begin 

with, but there are noticeable improvements in the 

music and vocal technique as well as the sound 

quality. The last album they released was in 2007, 

making this the biggest gap in album releases in 

their music career, but the wait and the time they 

took to create and produce “Strangers to Our-

selves” definitely paid off.

 

This album in particular has a really good 



blend of fast and slow songs, intense ones and 

ones that are more relaxed. The opposition can 

be seen between two of my personal favorites from 

the album: “Lampshades on Fire” (which heavily 

reminded me of “Ocean Breathes Salty”), which is 

upbeat and a bit angry, complete with a ferocious 

and an odd percussion section that is a staple to 

Modest Mouse, and “Coyotes,” a much more re-

laxed take on the band’s typical style. While they’ve 

released some really beautiful slower songs before, 

I think that this is the gentlest and most simplistic 

song that I’ve ever heard from them. Having a song 

like that on the album creates such a strong con-

nection between it and the listener. Also, the music 

video is adorable, so watch it if you like animals.

 

One of my other favorites off the album is 



“The Ground Walks With Time in a Box”. It’s the 

typical weirdness that is this crazy band, but taken 

up a notch, and I adore it. This may be a good time 

to emphasize again that this music is strange. De-

lightful, thought-provoking, wonderful, and strange.  

The album finishes with “Of Course We Know,” 

which is the most perfect song to end an album that 

I think I’ve ever heard. It is the best combination of 

sentimental and new, melancholy and hopeful, and 

relaxed and active. It ties all the different ways that 

Modest Mouse presents themselves into one song, 

and does it extremely well.

 

I’ve always said that Modest Mouse re-



leases the kinds of albums that you have to listen to 

all in one sitting: just lay down and play the whole 

album through beginning to end. This album is 

no exception. If you’re looking for an experience 

wrapped up in an album and a beautiful range of 

emotion presented very uniquely, there is no band 

that I can recommend more highly than Modest 

Mouse.


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Hilltops Staff Writer

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