What does it mean to be a man? It’s one of those questions that has comparable philosophical depth to questions about the meaning of life or true happiness. I have always found it unsettling when someone is told to “be a man” or to “man up.” The presumption is that manhood is an impermanent state, one that can be denied or undermined at any time. I believe the status of being a man is one of gender identity, a social construct, how one perceives themselves. One can be born male, but society makes judgments about how much of a man one truly is.

Where did “Mad Men” go? Ten months have passed since the airing of a new episode of the AMC drama, conceived and produced by NESCAC alum Matthew Weiner (Wesleyan ’87). With this past Sunday’s premiere of the seventh and final season, the actors, writers and production team behind one of cable’s most critically-acclaimed shows bring us back into the world of ad-man Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and his smoking, boozing, lying associates at Sterling Cooper & Partners.

This past Saturday marked the close of a successful semester for Amherst’s WAMH Concert Series. WAMH, Amherst College’s radio and media station, has been funding concerts that feature a broad range of artists for a few years. Lindon Chen ’15, Tony Russo ’15 and Kat Dominguez ’16 spearheaded the organization process this year. The Student talked with them to hear their insights on the experience this past spring and their hopes for the next installment of the Concert Series, coming in the fall of 2014.

Icona Pop will headline this year’s Spring Concert, the Spring Concert committee announced Friday night. The Swedish DJ duo will play at LeFrak Gymnasium on April 26 with British DJ Star Slinger as their opening act.

Icona Pop is an electro-pop group made up of Stockholm natives Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo. The group formed in 2009 and rose to prominence after the release of their single “Manners.” They are most famous for their 2012 hit “I Love It,” which reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. Their latest album is the 2013 release “This Is … Icona Pop.”