Steel Plant Fire Aftermath

PHOTO CREDIT: Brynn Biesik

On November 9th, the residents of Lackawanna and surrounding towns were evacuated from their homes due to the thick, possibly toxic smoke rolling through the air.

The building that caught on fire used to store recyclable materials. The cause of the fire was unknown.  No one was harmed during the fire, expect for some residents in the area whose homes filled with smoke and soot. Rosalie Constable, a freshman at Hilbert College was one of the residents who was harmed due to the plethora of smoke in her home.

“So what happened that morning was, I evacuated my house with my family and dog. We went to my aunts house for the day, but by that evening my mother called me telling me we were allowed to go back home because it was safe for our neighborhood, and the air wasn’t toxic. After that I went home and the air was so smoky it burned my throat and it hurt to breathe in. It smelled like burnt rubber and some sort of stinky chemical. The next day I woke up with a cough. My cough got worse throughout the day and I wasn’t able to sleep because I was coughing so much. By Friday I was extremely sleep deprived, and my cough was terrible. There was dark mucus coming up with my cough. My boss sent me home from work insisting I should go to the doctor. Saturday I went to the doctor I told her it hurt to breathe, she listened to my lungs and prescribed me an inhaler. I used it every four hours for four days, it wasn’t doing anything. I couldn’t sleep because I could not stop coughing, and I couldn’t breathe right. So Wednesday I went back to the doctor, it’s been one week since the fire. She sent me for a chest X-ray. My first class wasn’t until 11, so I managed to do all this in the morning. After my X-ray they said my doctor would call my home phone with the results in a few hours. I went to class in the mean time and managed to give a speech while gasping for air and coughing uncontrollably. My professor seemed to understand. After my last class, I went home to get ready for work. When I got home there was a message on the phone from my doctor, the X-rays showed pneumonia. I had to skip all my classes for the rest of the week and I had to call off from work for the whole weekend. They said I can go back to school and work once they check the X-rays and see that pneumonia has cleared up.”

Communication Career Expo

On November 1 the communications career expo was held in West Herr Atrium. The opportunities offered were endless. This expo was not limited to the digital media and communication students. There were tables that had information from writing, advertising, marketing, radio, t.v., film and even sports marketing/advertising.

One of the tables at the expo was for dPost. dPost is a post production/editorial company. This company offers internships, but it is recommended to start off as a volunteer production assistant. This gives you the opportunity to gain experience and add to your portfolio. Throughout this expo one thing was deemed most important, connections. Constantly make connections.

I had the opportunity to interview, Shannon Silva a producer and production coordinator for dPost. Silva found her way to becoming a production coordinator due to her previous career as an event planner. Shannon was an event planner for 10 years. Being an event planner helped her gain tremendous interview skills and reliable client relations. When Silva first started at dPost she was a studio manager. Her day was spent assisting the editor with their needed assets.

Silva also stressed the importance of networking. “Networking is key, it’s about who you know”. Her advice to anyone interested in the field is, “Join clubs, volunteer and take internships. Put yourself out there and take every opportunity handed to you.”

A first year DMaC (Digital Media and Communication) student, Justin Zelli loved the career fair. The field he is interested in is Film. Working in the film industry caught his eye when he took a film course in high school. Justin enjoyed the speaker, Tom Wills who opened up the career fair by talking about his experience in the film industry after graduating from Hilbert College. Justin is excited to learn more while he is attending Hilbert, and he can’t wait to get in to the workforce after he graduates.

Bright Future for Criminal Justice Students

On October 5th the 10 annual Criminal Justice/Forensic Science career expo was held in West Herr Atrium.

One student, in particular, Nyesha Saez was ecstatic about the career fair. Nyesha majors in Forensic Science and plans to pursue a career as a crime scene investigator.

Nyesha figured out she wanted to major in forensics because of her interest in the show “Forensics Files”. Her high school guidance counselor was the reason she found out about Hilbert. The counselor she had said Hilbert had the best Forensics program in the area. Once she looked more into Hilbert she knew it was the school for her, she was not interested in any other school that offered forensics.

She explained you only need a bachelor’s degree, but can obtain your masters. When asked if she wanted to go for her masters she replied, “I do not want to go for my masters. I’m tired of school, I have been here long enough.”

Nyesha hopes to find a career in NY state, preferably with the Buffalo police. If not, she will take whatever she can get. She would love to stay in Buffalo because of her family. Nyesha is determined to get her career on track after graduation, she paid for many certified tests. The  tests are expensive but will be worth it in the long run.

Balancing School, Work, and Sports

Is it really as hard as you think to balance going to school full time and playing sports? What may seem even worse, adding work into the mix.

Megan Lee, a DMaC/ Marketing major at Hilbert explains her experience balancing cross country and classes. She explained she is able to balance everything by doing all of her school work ahead of time. “Do not wait until the last minute”, Megan said this is the worst thing you can do.

For students who are afraid to join a sport because they think it will be too, complicated Megan stressed that it’s not as bad as it seems. “Do not be overwhelmed, having to balance sports and school helps you become structured”. When asking Megan about the hardest part she exclaimed there isn’t one for her.

Samantha Bugenhagen balances just about everything, she’s in her third year for Forensic Science. Not only does she run track, she also works about 20-25 hours a week at Tops.

Sam’s day starts around 6:30, you would expect her to say the first thing she does is eat breakfast but instead, she works on homework. She leaves her house around 9:00 to make it to her first class on time, hoping she doesn’t get stuck in traffic. Her day is filled with classes from 9:35 to 1:40. Once classes are over she is either working on more homework or studying. Around 3:00 she gets ready for cross country practice, then has practice from 3:30 to 5:30. Right after practice she has to get ready for work, her shift goes from 6:00-10:00 pm. Her day is not over after work. Once she gets home she still has to eat dinner and shower. She can finally end her day around 11:00 when she has a chance to go to bed.

The toughest part for Sam is finding time for herself and trying not to get too overwhelmed. Similar to Megan, Sam believes it’s possible for perspective students as long as they stay organized and manage their time.

Dining Hall Changes Include Fewer Choices

Photo Credit: Angella Rocklein 2

By Angella Rocklein

Hilbert’s Food Services has made changes to the way things work in the dining hall this year. Food Services Director Jessica Lively acknowledged that there will be fewer choices available, but overall the purpose of the changes were to make the process smoother at meal times.
“Instead of students being able to specifically select what they want inside – for example tomatoes and lettuce in a Buffalo chicken wrap – everything on the menu is a complete meal,” Lively said. “Everything is all put together and has a side, instead of (the sides) being chosen like last semester.”
Lively said if a student wants to leave out an item, they still can ask that it be excluded from their meal.
“Having less options makes it easier for people who are indecisive,” Lively said.

Another change is related to variety. Beginning this semester, the lunch and dinner menus will now be the same. This won’t be permanent though, Lively said.
In the future, each meal time will have a different menu, and the breakfast menu will be revamped, but there’s no time frame for putting that in place right now.
According to Lively, prices of the meals will remain the same through the college meal plans.
Lively said that the changes were made in response to student complaints about wrong orders. With the new system, each meal will be prepared in a standard way, cutting down on mistakes. Lively said it will be much more like ordering in a restaurant.