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The View From Oyaron Hill

GOP Debate: A Conservative Perspective


Today in America many issues face our nation, all of which our next president will have to confront. In the recent GOP debate, many of these issues were mentioned.

One such issue was immigration and illegal immigrants. Donald Trump declared that he wanted to deport all illegal aliens, which may sound nice on the surface but actually creates far more issues than it will solve. Chris Christie went on to say, “There are not enough law enforcement officers locally, countrywide, statewide, and federally combined to forcibly deport eleven to twelve million people,” which is true.


The Moaning Feminist: Gender is a Social Construct. Any Questions?


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. 

By Hilary Gruber

Autism Awareness: The Month of April, Ableism, and Autism Speaks


As many have made quite public on social media the month of April is “Autism Awareness Month.” People everywhere are showing their support, advocating for awareness, and “lighting it up blue.” But, what if I told you this was all the design of an ableist hate group? What if the people who created this frenzy around awareness, who sprinkle our news feeds with ribbons and puzzle pieces think those with autism to be “diseased” or “defective”, what if I told you they wanted to cure something that does not need curing?

By Hilary Gruber

Privileged Allies and Social Movements: Straight, white, male privilege for social justice.


As much as I hate to admit that I am the image of privilege, it’s hard to escape embodying the straight, white, male stereotype. I can’t deny that I carry with me a very privileged status. Even though it gets frustrating to be reminded regularly of my privilege by people who associate my biological sex and my gender expression with the institutions of discrimination and oppression they are fighting to deconstruct, I do understand their mentality. I have never needed to fight for my rights.  Nevertheless, I resent my privilege.

By Charlie Feher-Peiker

The Moaning Feminist: “It’s a Man Hating Newspaper”


Woe is the educated and socially aware woman with the means to make her voice heard. How dare she write about the rampant inequality and discrimination in our modern age! Curse her opinions and desire to educate the campus community about rape culture, street harassment, and misogyny! We here at Hartwick are laid low by the matriarchy and her soapbox, Hilltops. Recently an anonymous respondent to the Hilltops survey accused the paper of gratuitous “feminist moaning” and of being a “man hating newspaper”. There is reason to believe due to the language used in this individual’s responses that they are female. 

By Hilary Gruber

“Fifty Shades of Grey”: the Controversial Development-Why a box office success is problematic, and why it was less controversial as a best seller.


Most of us have been exposed to the phenomenon that is “50 Shades of Grey” in one way or another. Maybe you winced when you heard that your mother’s book club was cracking the cover. Maybe you scoffed when you saw the book on your roommate’s or friend’s dorm room desk. Or maybe you were curious and read it yourself, or went with a date or group of friends to the movie theatre to see it. Given whatever level of exposure you've had to it, I’ll refresh some details. An innocent college girl, Anastasia Steele, meets a very successful young businessman, Christian Grey, when she is sent to interview him for an article.

By Alaina Shires

Mental Health on Campus


There has been recent talk on everyone’s favorite Facebook page. Hartwick Confession. about mental illness. Many members of the campus community have spoken up and spoken out about the stigma attached to (and in defense of those with) mental illness. A lot is misunderstood about those who have so called “invisible illnesses” like a mental illness. Just because you can’t see someone is sick does not mean they are not. Unfortunately, this can lead to the formation of cruel and inaccurate opinions about these people.

By Hilary Gruber

Praxis Speaks Out About Halloween Costumes


Praxis, Hartwick’s sociology club, is meeting Tuesday, October 14 and Thursday, October 23 to discuss American cultural appropriation versus appreciation in Halloween costumes. This two-part discussion will address why some Halloween costumes are offensive and how to avoid disrespecting other cultures. Praxis Vice President Allison Pinski states, “Cultural appropriation is when an individual of one culture takes beliefs, customs, or characteristics of another culture for personal benefits. This almost always involves the exploitation of the adapted culture, which can be very offensive to the people of the exploited culture.”

By Susan McLean