Withdrawal Date Extended

Hilbert College has announced that they will be extending the withdrawal date for courses until April 3rd in light of “recent hardships” students could be facing as a result of the shift to online learning.

In an email to students, registrar Katelyn Letiza stressed the importance for students to still go through the proper withdrawal process, albeit online.

“Students are still required to work with their advisor or the Director of Student Success and Retention to understand their options and implications of withdrawal,” said Letiza. “All withdrawals will be processed online through e-mail request, with approval from both the student and the advisor/Director of Student Success and Retention being sent to studentrecords@hilbert.edu.”

Hilbert President Dr. Michael Brophy said the administration will continue to evaluate changes that need to be made to help students adjust to distance learning measures.

“The recent changes are meant to help students navigate the online learning environment that we all have been thrust into.” Brophy said. “They provide more time to make decisions about withdrawing and pass or fail grades.”

The school is committed to helping students who are planning on continuing their education at Hilbert College in the Fall, Brophy said. “We put in place $1,000 scholarships for students who register for the fall by Wednesday April 15th.”

The original deadline to withdraw without penalty was March 23rd.

Rosalie Constable contributed to this report.

Hilbert Moves to Online Instruction

Hilbert College announced a suspension of all academic, residential, and student life/athletic programing effective March 15 as a result of the growing COVID-19 health pandemic affecting countries around the world. Hilbert will start their transition to online and virtual instruction until at least March 30.

“This was not an easy decision,” Hilbert President Michael Brophy said in a press release.  “We realize this will create some challenges for our Hilbert campus community. However, we are taking this action in a proactive effort to safeguard the health and wellness of our students, faculty and staff, as well as the entire Western New York community.”

Residential students will be required to move off-campus by March 14 at 5 p.m. and are instructed to bring any critical items with them, including personal effects. School organizations who have events planned with external speakers or groups between March 10 and March 30 will need to postpone, cancel or conduct virtual versions of those events, according to the release.

Students who have specific accessibility needs on campus during the break should work with academic affairs, academic services or student life to resolve those issues, Hilbert’s executive director of marketing and communications Matt Heidt said in an email to the Scribe.

More details on residential life, campus events and student expenses related to the developments will be forthcoming, he added.

As athletic programs, including all practices and workouts, are suspended, Hilbert’s baseball, softball, and lacrosse teams futures remain uncertain for the 2020 spring season.

As far as business operations at Hilbert, those are expected to continue, as the campus will remain open in an administrative capacity, with updated work-from-home policies forthcoming.

So far there are no confirmed cases of new-coronavirus in Western New York, but in downstate cities like New Rochelle the virus is spreading quickly. The area has become the largest epicenter of the virus in the United States, according to the New York Times. State officials there have designated a one-mile zone as a “containment area,” where health officials say the outbreak in the Westchester County city may have started.

The Hilbert announcement comes on the heels of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement to close down normal operations of all SUNY and CUNY institutions, which are also shifting to distance learning starting March 19.

Hilbert community members can check this website for updates.

2018 Buffalo Auto Show Showcases Industry’s Newest Models

Story and photos by Ryan Zunner

The 2018 Buffalo Auto Show was a roaring success during its four-day run at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The show was hosted by the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association (NFADA), and showcased over 300 brand new vehicles from local dealers a part of the NFADA.Continue Reading

Suspected Illegal Aliens Arrested in Hamburg

By Ryan Zunner

Agents from the U.S. Border Patrol arrested 23 suspected illegal aliens in Hamburg Monday afternoon, inside the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at the intersection of Southwestern and Sowles Road. Several Border Patrol, as well as Town of Hamburg Police, vehicles were on scene for over two hours arresting the 23 people who were apparently being transported through the area by two white cargo vans.

Local media reports that officials from the Border Patrol and its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection, are not releasing much information on the arrest at this time. They have said however, that this mass arrest was completely random, part of a regular patrol, and not the result of an organized raid. They have also released the nationalities of those arrested, and their countries of origin are all located in Central and South America.

Those officials also said that the convenience store is not connected to the arrests.

Those arrested will be transported to a federal facility in Batavia where they will be processed and held. They will eventually be processed through federal immigration court, which is also located in Batavia.

This is the second large immigration arrest that has occurred in Western New York in the past several months. Back in October, agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) capped off a two and half year investigation with a raid on four area Mexican restaurants. In that raid, 22 suspected illegal aliens were arrested, along with three people who were involved in the management of the restaurants.


Comedian Entertains Swan Crowd

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By Ryan Zunner

National touring comedian Jen Kober drew laughter from a crowd of Hilbert students and faculty Tuesday night at the Swan Auditorium. Kober, who hails from Lake Charles, Louisiana, has made several appearances on TV and the silver screen. These include stints on ABC’s The Middle, BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood, and Grudge Match starring Robert De Niro. Her stop at Hilbert was part of a four month-long college campus tour across the United States.

Kober prides her comedy style on that which blends elements of stand-up, storytelling, and improvised rock-n-roll comedy. For those in the audience on Tuesday, everyone seemed to leave with smiles on their faces.

Kober touched on many subjects throughout her one hour show. From her seemingly near-death experience skydiving, to attempting to play matchmaker with audience members, to even touching on the the new presidential administration.

The Jen Kober comedy night was just one of many events planned for the Hilbert community by the Student Activities department. Future events that are planned by Student Activities include a screening of the movie The Duff on January 31st, a game night playing “Life” in inside St. Joe’s on February 3rd, and a “Commuter Taco Tuesday” on February 7th. For more information on student events happening all around campus, keep your eyes glued to The Scribe and hilbert.edu/student-activities.