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The View From Oyaron Hill


The View From Oyaron Hill!

Hilltops is written by and printed for the students of Hartwick College. This newspaper is an important vessel for creating a voice on campus and providing a unique look into Hartwick College through the personal perspective of enrolled students. Information on important events, student opinions, and campus wide spotlight articles are available in print and online. Every Hartwick student is welcomed and encouraged to include their voice and ideas in the pages of Hilltops newspaper.

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Being a HOP Host


The Hartwick Overnight Program (HOP) is offered twice every February, and March for high school students accepted into Hartwick College. This program allows the current students of Hartwick College, from freshman to seniors, to introduce prospective students to the ins and outs of the campus. 

By Olivia Roth

Commencement Speaker Announced


Commencement: an important date in any graduate’s life where family and friends gather to watch students receive their degree. The Commencement ceremony consists of baccalaureate, and the awarding of degrees to students who are graduating Hartwick College. Of course, this is also the moment where students officially become alumni so Commencement weekend is not only packed full of events for graduating seniors, but a very exciting and nerve-wracking time in someone’s life as they begin their life-long journey.

By Julia Marquis

Remembering the Victims


As Hartwick moves forward and remembers the event that happened last week we the students, the faculty, administration, and staff remember the seventeen lives lost in South Florida, lives that ended too early, cut short by one boy’s decision as he walked into the high school that day with a gun.

Together we will remember the names of these victims from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

By Desiree Pecore

Campus Safety Officer Receives Naval Honor


On October 15th, 2017, Hartwick College’s newest Campus Safety officer Casey Cole was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (NAM). The NAM is awarded “for meritorious service or achievement in combat or non-combat circumstances based on sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature.”

By Courtney Mallard

Hartwick’s Stefanie Rocknak a Finalist in National Design Competition


Professor of philosophy and department chair Dr. Stefanie Rocknak received her BA in American Studies, Art History and Studio Art from Colby College in 1988. Her major in American Studies gave her the opportunity to take a number of courses that covered Native American peoples and their cultures. She later received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston University; her work has been featured in a number of philosophical publications.

By Hannah Erbe Smith

Rewind: Orchesis Spring 2016


Orchesis is a dance club where students can be the choreographer and/or the performer. This semester, Orchesis is bringing the audience back to the 90s and early 2000s with greatest hits from artists like NSYNC*, Britney Spears, and TLC. Some dances will also feature the top-charted songs of this year. The show is being held in Slade Theater April 29 at 7 p.m. and April 30 at 2 p.m. The E-Board will be handing out wristbands during registration hours prior to the show times. The first 100 people will get wristbands and will then be allowed into the theater early.

By Kristen Amrhein

Oh My! Time For OH Fest


On Saturday April 23, the colleges of the City of Oneonta will be hosting their annual Main Street carnival and Neahwa Park concert, OH Fest, featuring rapper Kid Ink as the headlining artist of OH FEST XI. This year’s OH Fest came together through the collaborative efforts of Hartwick College’s Hartwick Campus Activities Board (HCAB), SUNY Oneonta’s Student Association (SA), and the Oneonta community despite previous years’ challenges with student behavior and misconduct. From 1 - 5 p.m. Main Street will be closed to cars and will essentially made to work as a block party. This year includes the same great traditional booths of the last 10 years as well as a few new extras. 

By Joanne Georges

6 FAQs about the Vote of No Confidence


In a special meeting on Monday April 11, the Hartwick College faculty approved a resolution of no confidence in the leadership of President Margaret Drugovich with 41 yes votes, 21 nos, and 10-abstentions. Students were made aware of the vote via emails from Board of Trustees Chair Francis Landrey, Faculty Chair Jason Antrosio, and President Drugovich. All three of these leaders provided different interpretations of what a vote of no confidence would mean for Hartwick College’s future. 

By Joanne Georges

Second Hawks Talk to Address Student Unrest on Campus


In response to student concerns, Hartwick College’s Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Meg Nowak, released a statement clarifying the position of the Hartwick Administration’s response to recent student unrest and rumor on campus, following the recent student protest in Dewar union. In a statement of Hilltops, Nowak asserted that she was in support of Student Senate hosting the original Hawks Talk event in November of 2015, and she supports the hosting of another, similar event in the near future.

By Charlie Feher-Peiker

From Kesha to Title IX at College Campuses


Recently, rumors have been circulating that Sony Music Entertainment is dropping music producer Dr. Luke in response to the controversy over pop artist Kesha’s law suit accusing him of sexual assault and verbal and emotional abuse. Unfortunately, these rumors have proved to be false: Dr. Luke’s contract with Sony is still active but will expire in early 2017. Rolling Stone reported that Dr. Luke’s attorney has issued a statement saying, “Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony. His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony and this [Luke’s firing from Sony] has never come up.” 

By Kristen Amrhein

Gravity Waves


I am sure that everyone is familiar with the emails that were received on February, 11 regarding the possible detection of gravity waves. Now some of you may have had a few questions such as: “What are gravity waves?” or “What does their detection mean?”, Or even “Why should I care about gravity waves?” According to Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, a gravity wave is a ripple in the fabric of space-time. This theory also states that gravity itself can be understood as a warping of space, and when gravitating objects move they produce gravity waves.

By Josh White

President and VPs Hear Student Concerns in Q&A Discussion


On Monday, March 7, students were invited to a Question & Answer session with the President and Vice Presidents of the college. For one hour in Slade Theater, students addressed concerns about student life, college advancement, and the general morale and well-being of Hartwick College. The Q&A was scheduled at the request of interested students, and was the result of piqued student concerns throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. After introductions, Bean began the session by fielding the raised hands of students in the auditorium. 

By Joanne Georges

Is Kesha Really Free?


On February 19, 2016, New York judge Shirley Werner Kornreich denied pop singer Kesha “Ke$ha” Rose Sebert a court injunction that would have allowed her to record new music outside of her contract with record label Sony Music and producer, Lukasz Sebastian “Dr. Luke” Gottwald. 

By Kristen Amrhein

How Do Elections Work?


Despite the regularity with which public elections occur, their inner workings, and those of presidential elections in particular, are not always clear. Since we are currently in the middle of the presidential primaries, here’s a crash course in how presidential candidates are elected. The road to the White House begins with primary elections and caucuses, which despite popular misconceptions do not operate in the same way, though they are designed to serve the same purpose. 

By Josh White
Women's History Month Award Nominees Guidelines

In honor of Women's History Month, students, staff and faculty members can nominate persons to be honored at the 2016 Women's History Month Awards Reception to be held on Thursday, March 24, 4-6 p.m. in the Eaton Lounge, Dewar.

By Harry Bradshaw Matthews, Associate Dean and Director, Office of Intercultural Affairs/U.S. Pluralism Center