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Event: Art For Life


by Kaitlyn Halper

Students in Don Vincent’s Com 460 are holding an on-campus event in Swan Auditorium called Art for Life on November 27th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The fundraiser aims to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health and is sponsored by S.P.U.D.S. (Suicide Prevention and Understanding Different Signs). This event includes live performances, basket raffles, gallery exhibits, and snacks from Coyote Cafe! When asked why she wanted to put on this event, one of the group members, Amanda Mituzas, said “I am very passionate about the cause, it is something very personal to me and it has to be talked about more.” Make sure you try and make it to help out this organization!

Gallery: Light Trail Photography

by Brandon Zicari

Photos by Joe Bogucki

When it comes to photography, there are many methods that people like to explore. Some examples include aerial photography, black and white photography, and composite photography. Taking different types of pictures can be for a professional job or a hobby to pass time. Joe Bogucki, a business major at Hilbert enjoys capturing light trail photos. Light trails are a colorful and creative effect that photographers use to produce certain colors. Below is an in depth interview with Joe, diving deeper into the process of creating a light trail photo.

The Scribe: What made you get into photography?

 Joe Bogucki: Well, it was due to me being bored and finding a camera at my house. I started going out to places and trying to get cool pictures. The thing that is tough is that there isn’t that many cool places around here, so you have to get creative.

TS: What is a light trail photo?

JB: If you take your camera and drop the ISO(International Standards Organisation. It measures the sensitivity of the image sensor.) down, it will make it more sensitive to light. If you have a glow stick or any other type of light you can make a “trail” with it. Depending on how good the light is you can make some cool designs.

TS: What is the process in making a light trail photo?

JB: It has to take place somewhere dark enough but not too dark. There needs to be enough light to see the background. Another key component is a good camera that has to ability to drop the ISO and increase the shutter speed. This allows for the ability to capture more light. When taking the picture the camera needs to be held completely still as well.

TS: From your point of view, what makes a good light trail photo?

JB: When capturing the picture a lot is based on luck. I can tell it’s a good one if the colors pop and everything around it flows very smoothly. A bad one would be very blurry or the colors would not show.

TS: What is the most important aspect to take into consideration when taking a light trail photo?

JB: The most important thing is to keep the camera still. There has been a bunch of times where the light part of the picture has been very good but since I shifted my camera during it, the background came out blurry.

TS: What kind of camera do you use?

JB: I mainly use a Go-Pro 6 and also use a DSLR which allows for more customization of the image. The Go-Pro is easy to use because I can take it a lot of places and it is durable.

TS: Who has influenced you the most in photography?

JB: My friends have been the biggest influences. We all like to go out and take pictures which make for a good time when we go places. We all motivate each other to take cool pictures.  

Cheap Eats: Red’s Hot Dogs


by Michael Goodberry

Red’s Hot Dogs, located off Main Street in East Aurora, offers a great family dining experience. Walking into the hot dog stand there is a nostalgic feel with the bricks showing on walls by the menu board. Red’s is starting to decorate for the holidays and has light strands in the windows and strung around the counter.

I ordered a bacon cheese dog with a large vanilla milk shake and a side order of mac and cheese. The bacon cheese dog was a Sahlen’s hot dog on a toasted sub roll topped with perfectly cooked bacon, and delicious American cheese sauce, served in a plastic fry basket lined with a white and red plaid wax paper. The hot dog was as charred all the way around and hot in the middle. The bacon was crispy in the middle and softer by the tips. The sauce was gooey and salty, as any good melted American cheese sauce should be, was the perfect ingredient to top the decadent hot dog. The cheese sauce hardened as it cooled which made the hot dog easier to eat.

The mac and cheese did not appear too special.  By appearance, it was your standard elbow mac and cheese in gooey golden cheese sauce served on a black plastic fast food salad plate. But after my first bite, I was impressed. The noodles were cooked perfectly and they added shredded cheddar cheese to the sauce mixture and further melted it to make the sauce runny and stringy at the same time. Flavor wise the dish was slightly above average.

The milkshake was made very well with actual ice cream. The only thing I regret is by this point I was too full to finish the milkshake. I am anxiously waiting the next chance I get to eat at this excellent hot dog stand again. If anyone is looking for a well-made hot dog with quality ingredients with a vast variety of options, run down to Red’s in East Aurora you will not be disappointed.

Gallery: Bald for Bucks

by Mary Kate Wirfel

Hilbert College Partnered with Kiss 98.5 and Roswell Park for a Bald for Bucks event last week. The organization helps raise awareness about the effects of cancer. Students shaved their heads,not only to raise money, but as an act of solidarity with cancer patients, who often lose their hair as a result of their treatments.   Hamburg’s very own The Loft on Staub Square did the haircuts and head shaving.  There was also a basket raffle. All proceeds went to Roswell Park. To see photos from this event check out the photo galleries below. (Photos by Mary Kate Wirfel)


Club Profile: Prism Warriors


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.


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.



Hilbert Reads

Hilbert_Readsby Kaitlyn Halper

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


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).