Club Profile: Prism Warriors

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by Mary Kate Wirfel

Prism Warriors, Hilbert College’s LGBT club, has been on the move this semester, mobilizing to advocate for equality and acceptance on campus. Prism Warriors is Hilbert College’s LGBT club. This club was, made to help raise awareness to the faculty and staff as well the Hilbert community about the LGBT community. All students are welcomed to join the club because everyone needs an ally.

The club, which was  originally named Spectrum was, has been working to make their presence known on campus through events and campaigns. They recently held a TKTK and plan to TKTK this semester.

“When the light hits the Prism true colors show, the rainbow shows,” Corey Boice, the cliub’s president, said in explained in explaining the name change. The warrior term comes from how everyone in the LGBT community has their own light, as well wanting to live out the warrior meaning, he added.

The club wants to encourage faculty and staff as well other students and the administration in general to come to their events. They would also like everyone’s support to be an ally to the club. They are working to educate people about the LGBT community and culture by putting out various events and handouts with information.

The club hopes to let incoming freshmen know that Hilbert College is a safe and welcoming place for them.  The club is working with the Pride Center of Western New York and wants to get the Hilbert and Hamburg community involved.

The events the club has put on so far was coming out day on October 11. The turnout for this event was more than expected. On October 18, the club decorated the campus with purple decorations for Spirit Day. In October the Third Thursday of the month is known as spirit day this is a day to raise awareness about LGBT bullying and suicide. Hawk radio even played songs by popular LGBT artist such as Sam Smith and Mary Lambert. You are, also asked to wear purple in support.

The Prism Warriors group has many of upcoming events they would like the Hilbert community to know more about on November 1st they will be hosting a movie event in Bogal 101. They will also be giving out pamphlets with information about the LGBT community to people who attend. On November 26, the club will be hosting an LGBT panel to raise awareness about the different groups throughout the community.  On November 28, the club will be hosting a Transformal with an Alice in wonderland theme titled “Alex in Wonderland.” There is more information to come regarding that event. November 28 is also AIDS awareness day and the club is planning to educate the Hilbert community about the AIDS epidemic

“all are welcome” Corey Boice told me “ you don’t have to be LGBT to be in the club we are here to advocate the LGBT community as well make LGBT students feel welcome and safe everyone is welcomed to be an ally.” If you are looking for a fun and educational club to join, I suggest you join prism worriers because everyone needs an ally.  The Prism Warriors is always welcome for new members.

Student Discount: Coyote Cafe

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by Danielle Tomaka

Looking for some cheap eats? The local authentic Mexican restaurant Coyote Café, located on Main Street in Hamburg, is one local business offering discounts to Hilbert students every day except Tuesdays. The discounts, which are offered only to Hilbert students, include 15% off your bill when you show your Hilbert ID. Taco Tuesdays offer featured tacos for only $1.

Every Wednesday night is Ladies Night at the Café until November 28th. They offer drink specials, free select appetizers and $3 margaritas. The  jalapeño margarita and chimichangas are top sellers.

You can enjoy an authentic Mexican meal in the dining area or you can sit at the bar and enjoy some of their featured appetizers and drinks. There is a banquet hall available to hold parties or events upon request. You can also find the Coyote Café food truck around Buffalo.

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Coyote Café owner, Jeff Givino; said he gives Hilbert students discounts opposed to other colleges because he wants to give back to the local school, “I want to help the kids because I know they are struggling with money these days,” Givino said. “We are happy to do that for Hilbert College. They are local, my son goes to Hilbert and it’s a good school. It will bring in students to come in to eat and as they get older, they’ll remember their experience and they’ll come when they have kids.”

The Coyote Café has been open since August 1993. His dream is to be a professional race car driver but in the meantime, he is focusing on his restaurant. Stop in and take advantage of this great student discount that is only offered to Hilbert students.

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Hilbert Reads

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Hilbert College held its sixth annual Hilbert Reads even on Tuesday, October 16. The book chosen, The Lightless Sky, follows author Gulwali Passerlay on a twelve-month, 12,000-mile journey as a refugee, traveling from his home in Afghanistan to England to escape death. I had the opportunity to join the book committee in welcoming Passerlay to Hilbert, and was able to sit in on a round table discussion and dinner with him, before the actual event.

Passerlay’s visit to Hilbert began with a round table discussion on “small acts of kindness”, a huge theme throughout his book. Passerlay discussed how people throughout the book gave him “small things that went a long way.” He spoke about the media today and how it is not positive. He urged those in attendance to “not underestimate kindness” saying it was an “important tool.” He continued by saying we have a “moral duty to help” and that “love is the key.” He pointed out that “language is a barrier”, but “kindness is a universal language.” He also spoke about learning and how “learning is easy, unlearning is difficult.” Dr. Amy Smith, who is on the committee that picked the book, told the group a story about a homeless person she met while on a service trip to Washington D.C. Someone asked him “How can I help?” to which he said, “acknowledge me and act like I’m a person.” Jeff Papia, of campus ministry, connected small acts of kindness to St. Francis, recounting with the story of the leper saying the lepers “ugliness was skin deep, not soul deep.” Students shared personal stories of their past problems, and how small acts of kindness has helped them. Dr. Smith ended the discussion with the quote a “comfort zone is a great place, but nothing grows there.

Next was a dinner with Passerlay, his wife, and the committee. Passerlay told us about getting stuck in customs and getting a boot put on his car while in New York City. He asked the committee about the process to pick the Hilbert Reads book and commented on how good the food was (it was delicious). He also spoke about his book being published in six languages, saying that in France it is tilted “I Am Gulwali”. It is published by the same company that published “I am Malala.”

Lastly, Passerlay spoke to in Swan Auditorium at the Hilbert Reads event itself. He told the story to the room, mentioning that he had not seen his mom in twelve years, and that he “missed her very much.” After there was a short question and answer period where participants could write a question on an index card to be asked to Passerlay, followed by a book signing and photo opt in West Herr Atrium.

After the event I spoke with Dr. Amy Smith, on what she thought about the event and Passerlay.

The Scribe: How many books were in this year’s finalists?

Amy Smith: I think the committee read five different books. So the way that it works to give you the big picture stuff, each committee member reads books that they believe would be appropriate to include. Then we have a meeting and people bring their suggestions to the meeting, normally we end up with more then we can actually read so based on descriptions of the books and what the person who brought it forward says about it we then try to narrow it down to four or five books where we all read them. Then we do another vote where we pick the final book.

TS: How many people are on the board that picks the book?

AS: So, it has fluctuated a lot between last year and this year because many people on the committee have left. It used to be a fairly small committee, but now it has grown due to more people interested. Right now, there are nine people on the committee.

TS: Why was The Lightless Sky chosen?

AS: The story is a relevant issue, although when we picked the book it was not as big of a topic as it is in the United States, so we actually selected a book over a year ago. That was before all the things at the border, before the separation of children from their families. I think people liked the book because it talked about an important issue and we like to have books of first-person perspective, although that is not a requirement. The refugee issue may not be something students can personally relate to, some of the other themes having to do with family, connections to the Franciscan values, remaining hopeful, and the connection of Franciscan to Islam with Francis meeting the Sultan, we thought it would be interesting for students to learn about Islam as well. And it’s a good story.

TS: What was your favorite book from the past six years? Why?

AS: This is a tough one. I’ve liked them all. I think they’ve all been good choices but for different reasons so I’m not sure I can say my favorite, but I will say one of my favorites was the book by Jerry McGill, Dear Marcus. I just think it is a really good story about forgiveness, about coming to terms with your life and what could be very substantial changes to your life. I also like the way it was written, him writing letters to the person who shot him.

TS: What did you think of Passerlay in person?

AS: I thought he was neat. He is a very outgoing guy, which I had a sense from email exchanges. Its hard for me, he is still a really young guy compared to other people and that is hard to remember when he is speaking and what he has been through. I think it is always a neat experience to meet the author and see if they fit the picture in your head.

TS: What was your favorite presentation from the past six years?

AS: I thought the one last year, the Picking Cotton authors was a very powerful presentation. I did not like a lot of it, particularly her, was a retelling of the book but she did it in such a dramatic way that it was really captivating. The very first Hilbert Read author, Conor Grennan was very personable and friendly and easygoing, so I liked his as well.

TS: You get to know these people personally, which author did you like the best personality wise?

AS: So Conor Grennan we did not do a dinner with him, so I did not have a lot of interaction with him. Neil White who was our second author we didn’t do a dinner with him, but then the other ones we did. I liked Jerry McGill, he was a neat guy and has interesting stories to tell. And I think Gulwali was very engaging as well. He was very open about his personal life and his marriage, which was nice.

TS: I know you can’t give book titles, but can you give any hints about next years finalists?

AS: I guess I can say that we are considering novel which would be new, we haven’t done that before. We are also considering a book in which the story that is told is not from the person that wrote it, so it’s not an autobiography. All of them deal with themes and issues that are significant and fit or work with the majors here at Hilbert, or some of the issues that college students are facing.

Help HEART Animal Shelter

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by Kaitlyn Halper

Do you like animals? Well, students in Don Vincent’s Persuasive Campaigns class need your help! A group of students haschosen to help HEART, a not-for-profit animal shelter located in Hamburg. From November 12th to the 15th donation boxes will be in West Herr Atrium, Bogel front foyer, Campus Center (downstairs), and Fran Hall lobby. The donations collected will be delivered to HEART for use with the animals they get in their shelter. A list of what they need includes:

Gift Cards (Tops, Wegmans, Walmart, PetSmart, OfficeMax, Tractor Supply, Jo-Ann Fabrics)

Paper Towels

Trash Bags (33 gallon or tall kitchen)

Hand Sanitizer

KMR Brand Kitten Milk Replacement

New Kitten Baby Bottles

Purina One Dry Kitten Food

Purina One Dry Adult Chicken Cat Food

Cat Litter (one of our biggest needs – Arm & Hammer Multi-Cat Clumping Litter)

New Litter Boxes & Litter Scoops

New Cardboard Cat Scratchers or Sisal Rope Scratchers

New Pet Beds (cat)

New Pet Carriers (small/medium/large)

New Dog Crates (medium or large)

New Fold Down 2-Story Wire Cat Condos

So in this upcoming season of giving, please consider helping HEART with either event.

Gallery: Halloween at Hilbert

by Mary Kate Wirfel

Hilbert College celebrated Halloween by dressing up in creative and scary Halloween costumes. Tanya Moreta, head of Diversity inclusion, hosted an event where students were able to paint sugar skulls and make creative Halloween cookies. Sugar Skulls are traditional in Hispanic culture for their Halloween celebration Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). To see photos from all the Halloween events check out this photo gallery below. (Photos by Mary Kate Wirfel).

Hawks Baseball ends on a positive note

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by Michael Goodberry

With the Fall baseball season comes to an end Hilbert College played their yearly scrimmage against the junior college powerhouse Niagara County Community College at Washuta Park in Lewiston, New York. Last season both the Hawks and the Thunder Wolves each had outstanding seasons. The Hilbert Hawks made the playoffs for the second time since joining the Allegany Mountain Collegiate Conference. The Thunder Wolves once again made a deep run in the NJCAA regionals.

Drew Fittry, the team’s head coach, said he was proud of the way the team performed against an accomplished team.

“The NCCC game was yet another example of the direction our program is headed,” Fittry said. “We were able to go toe to toe with a program that was in the National Championship two seasons ago and we nearly came out with a win. A game like that is great experience for our players and a reminder to them that if we work hard, we can accomplish anything.”

The game under the lights started with an energetic top of the first. The Hawks bench atmosphere was electric, as they got on the board first, scoring a run. In the bottom of the first, the Thunder Wolves answered back with two quick runs of their own. The Hawks were kept scoreless for the next few innings as the Thunder Wolves created one run in both the second and third inning. In the fourth inning, the Thunder Wolves struck with full force with three huge runs lifting the score to 7-1 in favor of the Thunder Wolves. When all hopes seemed lost, the Hawks stormed back with help from Griff DeMayo, Austin O’Shei, and an important two-run homerun from Ian Moran. By the end of the 7th inning, the Hawks lead the Thunder Wolves 8-7. In the eighth inning, the Hawks were left scoreless as the Thunderwolves blasted a backbreaking two-run homerun, immediately followed by a few well-timed base hits and a wild pitch from the Hawks pitcher to put the Thunder wolves up 10-8. The ninth inning was left scoreless to end the game.

After the game ended and the teams shook hands over home plate, both teams had their separate team meetings down the base lines. The Hawks coaching staff praised their players for being down by so much and battling back in a highly competitive game. However, the coaching staff had to address how there was nine errors in the game and in order to compete in the regular season the defense needs to be better.

“Out of the six Fall Ball games I’ve been a part of, this one is definitely the most fun,” catchers coach Ryan Bonafede said “I’m proud of our guy for digging deep and fighting back when we were down early. I am excited for this upcoming year. The offense looked great the pitching looked great and the defense is only going to get better.” Due to the weather the inter squad scrimmage was canceled. With that the Hawks Fall baseball season is over and the team will start preparing for the regular season this spring.

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