Hilbert Holds Graduate School Expo

Throughout the afternoon of Tuesday, November 12th in the Franciscan Hall Atrium, Hilbert College hosted its annual Graduate School Expo. Graduate admissions representatives from across the region gathered in the atrium to discuss their programs with Hilbert College’s students and alumni. Students and alumni entering the atrium were greeted by door prizes and free food, as well as graduate representatives from Hilbert to start off the expo. Students who attended the event were able to discuss many important points about the ten colleges and universities in the atrium, such as application deadlines, GPA requirements, entrance exams and personal statements.

The Scribe interviewed a number of representatives and other individuals at the expo, and they had some interesting things to say about their schools and experiences. Admissions representatives from ten schools including Hilbert all attended the expo to provide important information about their school’s programs. Some of these schools included Canisius College, Alfred University, Daemen College, Niagara University, and many more. The Scribe interviewed representatives Katie Martoche of Hilbert College, and Brandi Banks, the Senior Graduate Admissions Counselor at Canisius College. These representatives discussed some of the graduate programs offered at their respective schools, and the value these programs have to benefit students who have graduated from or are enrolled in an undergraduate program at Hilbert College.

The Scribe also interviewed one of Hilbert’s students for an alternative perspective on the Graduate Expo and the benefits it can have towards students and Alumni. Senior Brandon Zicari discussed with the scribe his take on how an event like the graduate expo can benefit students and alumni at Hilbert, and he also spoke on the importance of meeting these representatives face to face and gaining knowledge on the programs in person as opposed to just searching around on a school’s website for information on their programs.

All in all, an event like Hilbert’s annual Graduate Expo can be an incredibly useful tool for students and alumni here at Hilbert. If you plan on working through a graduate program in the future, perhaps this expo could be a big help in making a decision when it returns to Hilbert College next year.

Tea Leaf Cafe Continues to Impress

Tea Leaf Café, one of Buffalo’s favorite cafes, resides right here in Blasdell, just minutes from Hilbert College. Well known for their bubble tea with over 25 different flavors and endless possibilities, the Tea Leaf Café is a great place to study and get some work done while enjoying a delicious beverage.

The Scribe asked a customer at the Amherst location, what they think about Tea Leaf Café.

“I started coming here because my friend brought me to try a bubble tea; and now I’m hooked. We have a class together at ECC and started coming here to study and work on our homework. This is my favorite place to get work done when I’m tired of sitting at home doing it.” Kendall said. “My favorite drink is the strawberry bubble tea smoothie with the passion fruit boba.”

The dining area in the café has plenty of room to come in with a group of friends to just hang out or even have a study group. The café has a positive atmosphere with friendly staff that are extremely helpful with answering any questions you have about their menu.

They are open until 11 PM every day and 1AM on Fridays and Saturdays to accommodate your late night crave. They have two locations, one near the McKinley Mall in Blasdell and the other is in Amherst near the AMC theater.

Campus Involvement Promotes Orientation Leader Program

Representatives from the campus involvement office were out in force last month promoting the college’s orientation leader program and other events.

Alex Gill, the director of student involvement, and Jordan Salomone, an undergraduate senior at Hilbert and SGA Vice President of Programming and Campus Activities Board President, were in West Herr Atrium last month to tell students about upcoming events and to promote the position of orientation leader.

“The event we are holding today outlines some of what is going on on campus,” said Salomone. The group was promoting a concert at 78 West Café, a magic show at Swan Auditorium and were also promoting the position of orientation leader in order to get students active on campus.

Gill had additional activities advertised at this event, such as “In the Hawks Nest,” where students may join CAB and Art Club on March 15th at the lower level campus center for painting, a popcorn bar, and sparkling juice. Lip Sync Battle is another unique event that will happen in Bogel 101 on March 23rd from 8 to 10 p.m, where students will compete in lip-syncing for a Golden Mic.

According to the qualification, benefits, and responsibility sections of the Orientation Leader Application. If students are interested  in becoming an orientation leader, they will receive a $500 stipend, room and board from move-in to the end of orientation, incredible leadership and professional development opportunities, and black, blue, t-shirt, and quarter-zip polo shirts. However, you’ll need to be able to connect with people in a positive way, show enthusiasm, be available for all training dates and all new student needs, be a full-time student at Hilbert College for at least one semester, and have a 2.0 GPA or higher.

The Application states that, as an orientation leader you will be responsible for aiding incoming students and their families in their transition to Hilbert College by making them feel welcome and at home. Act as an expert on all elements of Hilbert College and New Student Orientation. Attend and fully engage in any orientation leader training sessions that are necessary. 

In addition, Gill and Salomone are offering information to students who are looking for or are interested in graduate studies, like at D’Youville. You can contact Alex Gill at agill@hilbert.edu or Jordan Salomone at jsalomone@hilbert.edu for more information or if you need guidance.

Hawks Baseball Drops Thrillers in Season Opener

The Hilbert College Baseball team opened their 2023 season with a double-header contest hosted by Chatham University Cougars just outside of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, dropping game one, 5-4, in a 12-inning thriller, and game two, 10-9.

Sophomore pitcher, Blaine Morgan, described the day as “an eventful day that was productive for the team because we were able to get our day one kinks out”. He followed that with saying “I am very excited to see where our team goes this season because we have a lot going for us and a high ceiling”.

The Hawks offense came out of the gate hot, with leadoff man Thomas Evans hitting a solo home run in the top of the first inning. Before the Chatham defense could get the first three outs, Patrick Whelan tripled and Jack Duffek drove in Whelan with a sacrifice fly ball to give Hilbert a 2-0 lead, early in the game.

The game would quiet down for the offense while Chatham was able to plate three runs to take the lead until a Derek Martinez single and a Alex Ellison sacrifice fly would score two runs to give the Hawks a 4-3 lead, going into the 7th inning. Chatham was able to squeeze the tying run across the plate in the final inning, which launched the game into extra innings.

Hilbert would not score a run for the remainder of the game while pitcher, Blaine Morgan would do his best to keep the Chatham bats silent. He was able to throw 4.1 innings of scoreless baseball until Chatham was able to win the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the 12th inning.

The 12-inning opening matchup was ranked the third most exciting game of the week by 6-4-3 Charts, a data reporting service for college sports.

Game two started off in similar fashion, with the Hawks offense striking early. Hilbert was able to push across three runs in the top of the first, coming from a leadoff triple from John Riviere, who was batted in by a Thomas Evan triple. Evans scored off of a Whelan sac fly to make it 2-0 and Derek Martinez scored on a Manny McClain single, making it 3-0.

The Chatham Cougars would later plate a single run in the second inning and third inning making it a score of 3-2 before the Hawks would push across two more runs in the top of the fourth.

With the score at 5-2 going into the bottom of the 5th, the Cougars would find their big inning, scoring a hefty 5 runs, giving them a 7-5 lead. This came off of timely hits with runners in scoring position, from their high-producing, middle of the order hitters.

The hawks did not lose focus after the big inning because they immediately tied the game in the top of the 6th with another Evans homerun and Ben Ratajczak reaching on an error that scored Frank McCabe. The  Cougars would respond with three more runs in the bottom of the 6th, making it 10-7. The hawks would rally in the top of the 7th, pushing across two more runs, making it 10-9 but did not have enough to tie the game or take the lead.

When asked about his overall experience, senior Pitcher Zack Panfil said that the cold Pittsburg weather did not hinder the Hawks and it was a productive day, overall.

“Even though it was cold, we still wanted to go out and compete,” Panfil said. “The outcome was unfortunate but we learned what we need to work on and we know what we need to do next weekend in Philly.”

After the opening day sweep, the Hawks Baseball team looks to even out their record as they head to Philadelphia, PA to play the University of Valley Forge on Sunday, February 25th. The team was set to play Rosemont college on Saturday but due to cold weather conditions, the Saturday games were canceled.

Hawks Lacrosse Nets 23 at Wells

 The Hilbert College Hawks men’s lacrosse team traveled to Wells College for the first United East Conference game of the season. The only thing faster than the Hawks attack was the wind which was so strong it moved the goals multiple times throughout the game. Hilbert took the win in dominating fashion, 23-10. With the win the Hawks improve to 2-3 (1-0) and the loss sets the Express back to 0-4 (0-1).  

How It Happened: Offense, offense, offense! Joey DiMariaRoland Jimerson, and Connor Salamida sparked the attack with 3-unanswered goals shortly after the opening whistle. DiMaria and Jason Sage netted a goal each sandwiched in between the only two goals Wells tallied in the 1st quarter. DiMaria notched his hat trick in the first quarter putting the Hawks up 6-2. The offensive onslaught was not done yet as Sage scored his second and third goal of the game making it 8-2 in the first. Salamida and DiMaria each scored again before the end of first making it 10-2 after the opening quarter.

Salamida potted his hat trick goal a man up just 13-seconds into the second quarter. Kevin Doyle and Ryan Davis followed with a goal apiece before Wells scored four straight to close out the first half 13-6 in favor of the Hawks.

The Hawks scored 5-unanswered to start the 3rd quarter with goals from DiMaria (x2), Doyle, Jimerson, and Davis making it 18-6 and seemingly putting the game out of reach. The US Navy Veteran, Roland Jimerson, scored his hat trick goal halfway through the 3rd. Davis became the 4th Hawks player with a hat trick in the game to close out the 3rd quarter with Hilbert up 20-7.

The final quarter saw both teams score 3 each. Sage started the scoring in the 4th which was his 3rd and the 5th Hawk with a hat trick. Salamida and Davis each added one more to their daily tally as well. The final score was 23-10 Hilbert. Jack Scherrer made 4 saves in the cage for the Hawks.

What’s Next: The Hawks return home to host United East Conference opponent, La Roche, on Wednesday, March 29th, at 7PM at St Francis High School.

Editor’s Note: This story was shared with The Scribe by the Hilbert Athletics Department.

Baseball Picks Up First AMCC Win

The Hilbert Baseball team is on a tear as they improved to 11-8 after splitting the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheader against Pitt-Bradford at Veterans Park this afternoon.

The Hawks rallied in the top of the 7th for a 5-4 win in Game 1 and slipped in a 12-7 nightcap loss to the Panthers, their first loss in seven games.

Jack Duffek’s 2RBI double lifted the Hawks to the win while Brennen Hediger improved to 3-1 and Brendan Walsh picked up his fourth save this season in G1.

Game 1:

  • Pitt-Bradford built a 4-0 lead after scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the 2nd prior to tacking on three runs off one long hit over the center field fence in the 3rd inning.
  • Hilbert sliced the difference to one in the 5th. Thomas Evans plated Alex Ellison with a double down the left field line, Benjamin Ratajczak singled  and Jack Duffek hit a sac fly to score Evans for the second run.  Ratajczak made it home off Derek Martinez’ at bat to set the 3-4 score.
  • Hediger continued to limit the Panthers at the plate through the next two innings which gave Hilbert a chance to jump ahead.
  • Ellison singled, Ratajczak walked, and, with two outs, Duffek’s double to center scored two, lifting Hilbert to a 5-4 lead in the top of the 7th.
  • Brendan Walsh took the mound and faced three batters, striking out one for his fourth save this season. 


Hediger held the Panthers to six hits, four earned runs, no walks and struck out four in six solid innings of work. 

Jack Duffek had the big bat, picking up 3RBIs off two hits and Alex Ellison scored one run off two hits.  Thomas Evans (2-for-4), Benjamin Ratajczak (2 R) and pinch runner Frank McCabe scored the other four runs in game 1.

Game 2:

  • Hilbert manufactured runs in the first three innings, building a 5-2 lead by the top of the 4th but the Panthers exploded for  six runs in the 4th inning to pull away in the night cap.
  • Patrick Whelan’s double down the right field line score lead-off batter Thomas Evans prior to Jairo Santos scoring off a wild pitch in the 2nd; and, with bases loaded, Ellison’s 2RBI single set the table for Evans to knocked in Griffin McAndrews who earned a base on balls in the 3rd.
  • Bradford found home twice in the bottom of the 3rd off three hits and then held the Hawks in check in the rest of the 9-inning game.
  • With bases loaded after a change on the mound in the bottom of the 4th, Hilbert threw the third baserunner out at home after the first two counted.  Bradford then hit an RBI single in advance of a triple down the right field line and a 2RBI double to set the 8-5 margin.
  • Bradford tacked one more run in the 5th and added three more in the 8th, but the Hawks didn’t quit.
  • Santos singled and was credited with the game’s first stolen base.  He scored off Martinez’ fielder choice at bat which then led to a second run in the 9th off Patrick Whelan’s double. 


Jairo Santos led with three hits and two runs scored and Alex Ellison and Patrick Whelan each recorded two runs batted in while finishing with two hits.

Michael Contini (1-3) allowed four hits, three runs while striking out two through 3.1 innings.

Up Next:

Hilbert is set to host their first home DH of the season this Wednesday when they welcome SUNY Poly to a 1:00 pm non-conference contest at the FSSJ Complex | Baseball diamond.

Editor’s Note: This story was shared with The Scribe by the Hilbert Athletics Department.

Hawks Lacrosse Drops Midweek Matchup

The Hilbert College Hawks men’s lacrosse team was handed a tough loss by the SUNY Poly Wildcats at home Wednesday night as the Hawks fell 14-2 to the visitors.

How It Happened: SUNY Poly scored 14-unanswered goals leading up to the 4th quarter including 5 from Andrew Maycock. The Hawks never quit and to prove that they won the 4th quarter 2-0 with goals from Joey DiMaria and Kevin DoyleMason Shehadi picked up an assist. Griffin Miller made 15 saves in the cage in the loss.

What’s Next: Hilbert travels to Wells College on Saturday to play the Express at 1PM.

Editor’s Note: This article was shared with The Scribe by the Hilbert Athletics Department.

Hilbert Baseball Extends Win Streak to Five Games

Hilbert Baseball, off to the program’s fastest start in Division III history, improved to 10-7 after they posted a 13-3 and a 6-5 non-conference sweep over Cazenovia College today at Gutches Lumber Sports Complex.

The Hawks got big offensive numbers from Thomas Evans led with four hits and a pair of doubles, and Ben Chowaniec led with four RBIs, all the while, Patrick Whelan poked another home run today. 

Zackory Panfil pitched the Hawks’ first complete game of the season and Blaine Morgan collected his first win in two tries in the nightcap.  Brendan Walsh now leads the AMCC league with his fourth save this season.

Game 1:

  • After John Watson walked to first, he scored the Hawks first run in the top of the 2nd off Derek Martinez’ triple.
  • Evans doubled at the top of the 3rd and was plated of a Whelan sac fly putting Hilbert up by two.
  • Hilbert added three more in the fourth, first by Martinez’s RBI single; Chowaniec’s RBi sac fly was followed by Evan’s RBI single before they exploded with six runs in the 5th.
  • After playing small ball at the start of the inning, Hilbert’s first out was a bases loaded throw to home.  Then Chowaniec doubled, knocking in three runs and Jairo Santos repeated that hit as he pushed in pinch runner Alex Ellison to set the 10-run lead.  Santos sprinted from second to home on Evans’ error by the pitch at bat.
  • The Hawks, up by 11 runs, tacked two more on in the 7th when a fielder’s choice added the first and a bases loaded situation gave the Hawks the 13-0 lead.
  • The Wildcats hit three singles and a double to get on the score board in the 13-3 defeat.


  • Benjamin Ratajczak went 3-for-5, with a RBI and one run scored while Martinez earned two hits with 2RBIs along with one stolen base and one run scored.  Chowaniec, who earned one hit, knocked in four runs in the win.
  • Zackory Panfil earned his first win this season and his second complete game of his career after he struck out three, walked two and held Cazenovia to three runs off eight hits.

Game 2:

  • Both teams found their hitting rhythm in the third and fifth innings as the Hawks held on for a 6-5 win in the night cap.
  • In a pitcher’s duel early, both hurlers held their opponents to just one hit through the first two innings.  But the Hawks struck first – and with two outs early in the third inning. After back-to-back walks, Whelan’s single plated Evans and Jack Duffek’s hit scored Ratajczak and Whelan.
  • The Wildcats manufactured three runs in the bottom half, using a double to score two baserunners and a double to tack the third one on.
  • Morgan continued to limit chances for Cazenovia in the fourth before the Hawks benefited from Whelan’s second home run this spring and Griffin McAndrew’s at bat that scored Martinez who reached second off his own long-ball double.  McAndrews tallied Hilbert’s final, and ultimately, much needed run off a wild pitch.
  • Cazenovia responded once again with back-to-back hits before the Hawks made a pitch change in the 5th leading 6-4.  Ronald Mort got Hilbert out of trouble with only one additional run scored.
  • The Wildcats limited Hilbert who had two ducks on the pond in the 6th and Brendan Walsh entered the game to earn his fourth save this season.


  • Chowaniec went 2-for-3 with a double, as Evans scored one run after earning two hits including a double.  Whelan scored two runs, in addition to his home run while finishing with two hits and two RBIs.
  • Morgan faced 21 batters, stuck out two, as he limited the Wildcats to six hits and five runs.


Hilbert is scheduled to open the most important part of their 2023 season this week.  Highly unlike to be played on Saturday based on the weather forecast, Hilbert is supposed to travel to Bradford, Pa. for a 1pm double header against Pitt.-Bradford.  Stay connected for the pending make-up date.

Editor’s Note: This article was shared with The Scribe by the Hilbert Athletics Department.

Tappo Igloos Offer a Unique Experience

The Igloo experience at Tappo Restaurant is perfect for a night out with friends, celebrations, or a romantic evening. Tappo offers a variety of delicious entrees and desserts, in addition to their wide selection of wine, beer, and cocktails. Located at 338 Ellicott Street, Buffalo NY, these igloos are only 20 minutes away from the Hilbert campus.

This unique twist on fine dining is quite extraordinary. In the comfort of an outdoor, heated, glass dome, you and up to 7 others can enjoy an abundance of food and drinks. All groups are able to choose 2 choices of wine, one warm beverage (for the party), first and second course meals, finished off with an assorted platter of desserts. 

“It’s a cute little place, it’s very inexpensive. I think it’s a great place to go.” Says Nadia Loggans, who had previously dined in an igloo for a family dinner. 

Things to know before placing a reservation

  • 8 people is the maximum per igloo, with a 2 hour time limit (small group packages Thursday-Sunday, 1.5 hour time limit)
  • Igloos must be reserved online, 48 hours in advance
  • You must choose a dining package prior to arrival. Gluten free options are available.
  • Tappo also has a traditional restaurant, with indoor and rooftop dining. There is often live music, and DJs on the weekend. Take-out and delivery are available. 
  • Tappo Restaurant and the Igloo experience are family-friendly.

Tappo is open

  • Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm-9pm
  • Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm-10pm
  • Sunday: 4:30pm-9pm

Tappo’s Igloos are the place to go for a one-of-a-kind full course meal. Reasonable pricing, delicious food, and a family-friendly atmosphere makes this the #1 spot for Italian cuisine in Buffalo. 

A pleased guest describes Tappo as “One of the best Italian restaurants in all of Buffalo. There are many choices for Italian Cuisine, but I always come back to Tappo!”

Mental Health Affects Many College Students

For many college students, discussing their mental health struggles can be a difficult topic to bring up.

College students are more prone to mental health struggles, such as depression and anxiety, due to several stressors in their everyday life, according to research conducted by the Mayo Clinic, a healthcare not-for-profit. Examples include an overwhelming academic workload, lack of sleep, homesickness, financial worries, and finding a balance between school, their social life and afterschool jobs.

According to Mayo Clinic, as many as one in three college students experiences significant depression and anxietyand almost half of those students do not reach out for help.

It’s important to know and identify the symptoms of depression and anxiety to recognize if you can relate or if someone you know does.

What should we do if someone we know displays the above stated symptoms?

Jennifer Swartz, a new member of the Hilbert College Wellness Center and a trained mental health professional, said people should be direct but kind when talking about their mental wellness.

“Be upfront and speak directly to that person in a non-judgmental way.” Swartz said.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, also known asthe DSM, symptoms of depression can look like having a depressed mood almost every day, loss of interest in once favored activities, changes in eating and sleeping habits, loss of energy, excessive inappropriate guilt or feelings of worthiness, inability to stay focused, and recurrent thoughts of suicide.

Symptoms of anxiety, also according to the DSM, can look like excessive worrying that is challenging to control, restlessness, feeling more tired than usual, inability to concentrate clearly, getting irritated easily, trouble sleeping, and muscle aches or soreness.

Swartz graduated from Hilbert college with a degree in human services, then obtained her master’s in school counseling at Canisius College. She has over a decade of professional experience in mental health services.

Her advice for students who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health struggles themselves is to use the resources available to them, she said.

“Taking care of your mental health is just as important, if not more important at times than your physical health.” Swartz said. “They go hand in hand. Our brains are so strong and resilient, yet they can be tender and hurt by our experiences in life. We, as society, need to incorporate mental health wellness into our whole wellness plans.”

Swartz is available for mental health counseling on Tuesdays from 9:00am-5:00pm in the Counseling Center in St. Joes Hall. An appointment can be made with her at jswartz@hilbert.edu.

Dr.Chris Siuta also works on campus at the Counseling Center and is available for appointment through email, csiuta@hilbert.edu or through the Wellness Center phone number (716) 926-8930.

Hawks Baseball Sweeps Medaille

Hilbert College swept their former AMCC-foe Medaille University in a crosstown, non-conference baseball double header at Medaille’s Color Park this afternoon.

The Hawks established a few 2023 7-inning single game records: the most RBIs, most runs scored this season; most triples in a single game and the team’s sixth home run this season after they exploded for a 14-6 opening game victory.  

The Hawks followed that with an 8-2 sweep of the Mavs. 

Thomas Evans went 5-for-8, scored five runs, hit his 4th home run of the season, had four RBIs, and was credited with four stolen bases today.

Game 1:

  • Thomas Evans’ first contact went deep as he poked the game’s only home run just seconds into the game.  Patrick Whelan set the team up with another run connecting on a triple, and Derek Martinez knocked him in with a single to left field. The Hawks went up 3-0 off a wild pitch that scored Martinez before the Mavericks picked up their bats.
  • Medaille responded with a big bottom half, scoring six runs off five hits and three errors.
  • Jack Duffek’s RRI double and Whelan’s RBI triple knotted the game at 6-all in the 2nd inning and then Michael Contini went to work on the mound. 
  • Contini gave up only one hit against the next 18 batters which held the Mavs in check the rest of the game.
  • The Hawks tacked on multiple runs each inning except for the 4th (1) and 6th (0).
  • Jairo Santos 2RBI single in the 3rd, and a fielder’s choice in the 5th added three more runs.   
  • Evans continued to push, plating two more runs in the 5th, and Whelan finished the early game with another 2RBI single in the 7th for the win.


  • Lead-off Thomas Evans hit his fourth home run of the season at his first appearance.  He finished the game with three hits, scored three runs, stole two bases and knocked in three runs in his most complete game of the year, so far.
  • Patrick Whelan added three hits (2 doubles), scored one run and knocked in three runs, while Jairo Santos went 2-for-4 with a three RBIs, stole two bases and scored two runs.
  • Michael Contini (1-1) allowed six hits, three earned runs and struck out five over six innings of work.

Game 2:

  • Hilbert continued to make contact in the night cap, scoring at least one run in all but the third inning.
  • Evans stole a base and scored the first run in the nightcap. Jack Duffek’s hit by pitch scored Benjamin Ratajczak just prior to a fielding error allowed Emmanuel McClain to score the Hawk’s third run in the opening inning. 
  • The Mavs manufactured two runs before a fielding double play by Ben ChowaniecJairo Santos and Patrick Whelan shut down the host’s rally in the bottom of the third. 
  • A Hilbert bases-loaded, hit-by-pitch added another Hawk run in the 4th and Evans RBI triple to left center set the table for him to score off a fielding error by Medaille in the 5th. 
  • Then, with two outs,  John Watson’s RBI single plated Santos in the sixth and the Hawks scored their final run in the 7th.
  • Griffin McAndrews relieved Josh McTigue (1-0) who struck out five, with two walks and two earned runs through the first six innings.


  • John Watson went 2-for-2, scored two runs with one run batted in, and Emmanuel McClain added two hits with one run scored. 
  • But it was Evans (2 hits, two runs), Whelan (one hit, 2RBI) and Frank McCabe who combined for six stolen bases.

Up Next:

The Hawks move to 8-7 as they head to their next non-conference double header at Cazenovia College Wednesday, March 22nd.

Editor’s Note: This article was shared with the Scribe by the Hilbert Athletics Department.

Black Student Union Hosts Soul Food Dinner

The Black Student Union hosted a soul food dinner in the campus dining hall last month, part of the campus Black History Month celebration.

The Soul Food Dinner event was created and hosted by the Black Student Union by President Jamal Harris for all of Hilbert Community to attend. This event was created to give the Hilbert community a taste of soul food and for some members of the community a little piece of home, he said.

“I wanted to do something fun to end Black History Month,” Harris said. “Also, this was done by BSU in the past, so I wanted to bring it back. But I also wanted to support local black business.”

 Soul food is prepared and made as an African American tradition. Many African American families have soul food on Sundays to bring family together and to have a good time and just enjoy each other. This event means a lot to African American students who are far away from home and don’t have the chance to have a soul food dinner with their families, Harris said.

 Harris hired Park Vue, a soul food restaurant in Buffalo, to cater the event.

Fifteen students attended this event excited to have a taste of soul food.

“I’ve never really had soul food from a catered business because my family normally cooks soul food dinners,” said Wendell Abellard, a resident who attended the event. “I will definitely be looking out for more events like this in the future.”