SGA Voting Continues Throughout the Week

The Student Government Association elections are now open and will remain so through Friday.

Students can find voting stations where they will be directed to a voting website through a QR code throughout campus:  two in Bogel Hall at the chapel and switchboard, one in Paczesny Hall near the 78 West Cafe, one in the Campus Center lower level and one in Franciscan Hall’s Student Involvement Center.

Voting is open through 10:30 p.m. Friday and students can learn about the platforms of various candidates at the voting stations.

Kody Harrison, the current SGA president, who is up for reelection, said he hopes Hilbert students will feel compelled to make their voices heard in this election.

“I know personally that there are some students that believe that their voices are not being heard and this is the greatest way to be that one voice,” Harrison said in an email. “The SGA Senate are the people who represent the student body as a whole. This is the opportunity for students to have their voice heard by choosing who represents them in these large scale decisions that are being made on campus.”

IT Department Works Out Kinks After Last Month’s Server Crash

Hilbert College experienced a series of internet outages last month, making it difficult for students to access blackboard, email services, self-service and the internet in general for those who live on campus.

This had impacted many students and faculty as it caused many lesson plans and classes to be changed and postponed. Many classes had to come to a standstill or be canceled since nothing was accessible, frustrating some students and faculty.

“This outage made this time a lot more difficult to communicate with any professors or just simply turning in any work,” Angelo DiNizo, a Hilbert student and member of the baseball team, said. “Because I practice six days a week with games in between and it doesn’t give me a huge time window to complete work if I can’t access to internet on my off time.”

Getting assignments turned in became difficult with Blackboard down and slowed grading as professors were not able to enter them into the system. With this, many students and faculty went to email to get the message out to one another about late assignments. However, it turned out that the email servers were down as well.

Those living on campus were also without internet access for a period of time as well. It caused many students to miss zoom meetings and classes. Zoom has become an important part of the classroom for many classes and having this happen proved to be a problem.

The Hilbert College IT department has been working hard to resolve this issue and have created many work arounds and solutions.

Jonathon Heck, a student employee in the IT department, said things have been running smooth again since the department addressed the issues.

“Essentially the core server that had the email and all other services on it failed,” Heck said. “It caused a chain reaction causing everything to crash.”

The importance of the internet has taken over the academic world as most lecture material and assignment are saved on the cloud servers. When these server outages take place, it can be detrimental.

Hilbert Hosts Breast Cancer Walk

On Saturday October 23, Hilbert College hosted its first annual Breast Cancer Walk in honor of Jennifer Czarnecki. Czarnecki battled breast cancer from October 18, 2020 until December 5, 2020 when she passed at the age of 47.

Czarnecki was a New York State Trooper for 20 years. She retired November 3rd of 2020, due to her worsening illness. According to the New York State Police, her illness resulted from her assignment at the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.

“This walk is a new yearly tradition for breast cancer awareness,” David Roche stated, who was working the event. “We’re walking around Hilbert’s campus four times, which is two miles.”

The event included raffle basket drawings, a presentation about Czarnecki and the walk itself. T-shirts were also available for all participants.

“We are trying to start a foundation in her name,” Justine Chitwood, the organizer of the event explained. “Eventually, Hilbert will have a scholarship in her name for a criminal justice student to receive every year.”

Author Talks to Hilbert Students

Hilbert First Year Experience Program held their annual “Hilbert Reads” speaker event earlier this semester.

Throughout the fall semester, all freshmen at Hilbert College participate in the “Hilbert Reads” program, where they read and discuss a book in their GS 101 classes. In the past, they’ve read Maid by Stephanie Land, and What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan. This fall, the freshmen read Normal Sucks by Jonathan Mooney, who spoke to students over zoom.

Mooney’s book explored the challenges of living and learning with differences such as ADHD and dyslexia, as well as attempts to answer the question of “what is normal?”. These topics opened a wide range of discussion opportunities for GS 101 classes, including Brett Gomez’s. Gomez is a freshman in Dr. Reis’s GS 101 class, studying Digital Media and Communication with Graphic Design.  

“I did enjoy the book. It definitely brought out some thoughts about growing up in the public school system.” Gomez said regarding the book, “You see these things he talks about, the discrimination against some kids by making them go into these special classes. And as Mooney says in the book, they’re not worse or stupider in any means, they actually can be smarter than us.”

 Gomez’s class talked about these things during group discussions. “Its always easier to talk about things and express how you feel via verbal communication”, he said. Overall, this is a goal of the Hilbert Reads program, as students practice open communication on difficult topics.

In Mooney’s presentation, he further discussed the book’s topics of not being “normal”, and fielded questions from students.

“It was very helpful to get a better point of view on what he believes about the whole situation”, Gomez said when asked about his thoughts on the presentation. “It definitely brought it (the book) more to life when he expressed his emotions. You could hear it in his voice when he would talk about certain things, so it made it a little more emotional.”

As the first year experience program wraps up this fall’s Hilbert Reads, it looks towards next fall and the incoming freshmen class.  

Hawks Pitcher Looks Forward to Upcoming Season

Since the Covid-19 Pandemic hit in the Spring of 2020 the way our world works has changed drastically. More specifically, College Athletes’ worlds have changed even more drastically. Between not playing games, having to go on pause and limited practices everything a college athlete does has to be one step at a time. The coming season should offer a more normal experience

Brendan Walsh, a right handed pitcher for the Hilbert Baseball team, said he has yet to experience a normal College Baseball season. Last season, the Hawks baseball team was lucky enough to have a season but it was only half the slate as a normal one. With many protocols and precautions added into the mix it was tough to get that full student-athlete experience.

“I’m mainly most excited to get back to the field and play, and see what the guys got in them.” he said. “After a covid season too, I’m excited to actually experience a full season, including our trip to Myrtle.”

Last season, the Hawks finished with an 8-26 overall and 4-14 record in conference play. Although they anticipated a better overall season, it wasn’t for lack of competition. In the end the Hawks found themselves in a one game play-in game vs their rival Medaille to reach the AMCC Playoffs but unfortunately they fell short in extra innings.

However, on Walsh’s end it was anything but disappointing. The then Freshman pitcher had the opposing Mavs held scoreless through five innings. Walsh finished the day going six innings while striking out 7 batters. His day finished with 3 earned runs to his credit.

Walsh said the prospect of a more normal season has he and his teemates more motivated than ever to compete.

“The extra drive everyone has this season that wasn’t particularly there last season,” he said. “No one wants to go out the way we did, and I think the guys really took it to heart, so this coming season I think our whole mindset is really gonna change.”

The Hawks certainly have a lot to look forward to with this coming season as they’ve gotten a multitude of transfers and incoming freshmen to come in and compete this season. Walsh was hurt this summer and had to rehab the tendonitis in his throwing shoulder. However, he said he remained focused on his goal.

“This off season was mainly just lifting and getting mentally and physically prepared for what’s to come,” he said.

 Looking forward the underclassmen seems primed and ready to build off some of his successes on the mound last season with a full schedule to look forward to, as do the Hawks as there is quite a bit of buzz for what they might look like when they take the field this spring. The Hawks will get their next opportunity to compete this fall as their month long practice/scrimmage period is currently in the thick of things.

Email Outage During End-of-Semester Crunch

Many Hilbert students have been dealing with an email outage in the last week, just as the end-of-semester crunch gets underway.

Students trying to access their email have been consistently receiving an error message since the power outage on late Wednesday, November 18th, 2021. Professors’ emails were back up and running as soon as Thursday, however that was not the case for students.

Network Administrator Jeff Wirth has sent out a message to students via email regarding the outage and how to fix the problems you may be experiencing.

“If you are experiencing issues logging onto the Hilbert email system… try clearing your browsers cache, if that does not fix the issue, please try using a different browser.”

Senior commuter students Nicole Hueber and Sheila Le both said that the outage has made school more difficult.

Le said that her email is something she regularly checks to make sure she is up to date on the happenings of the school. She said that it is something that has affected her negatively and made her anxious.

“I always constantly check my email every single day to make sure I’m not missing out on stuff… I’m worried I might miss anything like a quiz or a test,” she said.

Hueber said that not being able to access her email at a crucial part of the semester has made school more difficult.

“How am I supposed to get my schoolwork done if I can’t read my emails?” Hueber said. “Especially for three weeks in the grad program when you are constantly getting new information every other day.”

Hilbert Student Holds Bake Sale for the Rachael Warrior Foundation

Hilbert junior Taylor Beers held a bake sale and 50/50 raffle on campus benefiting the Rachael Warrior Foundation last month.

Beers, a Business Management Major, held the sale as part of her marketing management class with help from her boyfriend and her family. Despite the sale being part of her class, it held a deeper meaning for her because it benefited a cause close to home.

Beers was close friends with Rachael Wierzbicki throughout middle and high school, who was killed November 28, 2018, as a victim of domestic violence. Her killer was recently found not guilty. Out of that tragedy, the Rachel Warrior Foundation was born, aiming to help those in crisis due to domestic violence and to get them out of dangerous situations before it’s too late, Beers said.

“I saw this as a great opportunity to get the word out there”, Beers said.

She also cited the national Gabby Petito story with Rachael’s as motivation to raise awareness.

“With that happening, I thought it was a really good topic to get people to talk about,” she said.

Similar to other fundraisers, a lot went into the planning process for Beers and her family. “I wanted to make sure everything I needed was covered, and it was a little stressful, but it all came together in the end,” she said.

Altogether, Beers had donations from several local bakeries including Haak’s Cakes, Bon Bon’s Gluten Free Bakery, Paula’s Donuts, and Tim Hortons, and raised several hundred dollars for the foundation, Beers said.

As the Rachael Warrior Foundation’s website says, stories like Rachael’s are all too familiar, and is a reality for some. That’s why raising awareness, speaking, and reaching out, and telling stories is so important. For more information about the Rachael Warrior Foundation, and ways to help, visit their website: