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Women’s Soccer: Senior Day


by Jamie Hehir

Hilbert’s womens soccer came together for Senior day to honor the six graduating seniors this past Saturday. Jordan Collins, Ashley Iwaneko, Aurora Klawinski, Lauren Lepovich, Morgan McNeill, and Calista Mis were all celebrated before the kick off of the game against La Roche. Each player playing a vital role to Hilbert’s team.

Despite the Hawks efforts the women’s soccer team fell short in a 1-0 loss against La Roche this past Saturday. Starting Goalkeeper Brianna Stegmeier made 5 saves in the first half to keep Hilbert in the game and made 13 more saves following into the second half to make a combined 18 saves for the Hawks as well as adding to her new personal record.

Senior Lauren Lepovich was able to make two shots out of her three on goal to help Hilberts effort to stay in the game and continue to be offensive.

As the game carried on La Roche had the upper hand in the second half as their first and final goal was made in the 46:08 mark ending the Hawks run to their first victory.

A few tweaks to help the Hawks with their gameplay was wished for by senior Jordan Collins. “I think [the game] didn’t go as planned, wished we would have kept caring in practices as much as we did in games,” Collins said As for the warm-ups, “I would change the warm ups, we didn’t take them seriously which did not help our game play.”

The Hawks next game will be the pink out the field game on October 17th in support for breast cancer awareness month.

Gallery: HEART Fundraiser

by Kaitlyn Halper

On December 6, 2018, students in Donald Vincent’s Persuasive Campaigns COM 460 class held a Beer Blast at the bar Hatches and Hops to benefit HEART animal shelter. The bar, located on Main Street in Buffalo, is the only bar in Buffalo to have hatching throwing, where trained professionals teach people how to throw an axe at a target. There was also a 50/50 and a basket raffle, where one item was a signed stick from Buffalo Sabers Jason Pominville. There was also craft beers, wines, and an array of interesting food choices, where proceeds went to HEART.

Making the Best of Buffalo Winter


by Kaitlyn Halper

With Thanksgiving come and gone, Christmas music playing on Star 102.5, and those frozen, fluffy, flakes coming down, coating Buffalo in a blanket of white. We at the Scribe are here to tell you, especially those who are new to Buffalo, that there is plenty to do to combat the dreariness of short days and frigid nights. Here are some fun things to do to ward off that seasonal affective disorder.

  1. Kissing Bridge – Located on State Road in Glenwood, it’s about a half hour away from Buffalo. Kissing Bridge has 39 slopes over 700 acres. They have a variety of packages ranging in price from $10 to $125. They also have Friday Late Night Great Night for $15 on certain days throughout the winter season. There website is for more information.
  2. Beaver Meadow Audubon Center – Located on Welch Road in North Java it is 40 minutes away. Beaver Meadow is a 324-acre nature preserve with 8 miles of trails. With country skiing, snowshoeing, and many programs, there are many outdoor activities to do including hiking, bird watching, and winter sports. Inside activities in The Visitor Center has life animals, displays, a discovery room, and a gift shop.
  3. Buffalo and Erie County Navel & Military Park – Located in the city of Buffalo, it is the largest inland park of its kind in the nation. All branches of the Armed Forces are represented. See submarines, planes, tanks, uniforms, and memorabilia. Also, while you’re there, check out canal side and go ice skating or rent the ice bikes.
  4. Shea’s Performing Arts Center – Shea’s is about twenty minutes away from Hilbert, located right on main street in the city. For an indoor activity, see a show in what is considered “one of the finest examples of movie palaces still in existence.” The next main show is Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, which starts December 6th. Famous violinist Lindsey Stirling will be at Shea’s on December 15th for one performance. Check out all shows at
  5. Albright-Knox Art Gallery – Located on Elmwood Avenue, it is again about twenty minutes away. Albright-Knox is home to “one of the world’s most extraordinary art collections.” Enjoy a relaxing walk around the gallery while looking at a variety of paintings and sculptures. The first Friday of each month is free thanks to M&T Bank.
  6. Sabers Game – With the wining streak the Sabers are on, a Sabers game is a exciting way to spend your night. Get tickets at

With a wide variety of activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Have a fun filled winter.


Q&A: Professor Herb Kauderer


by Kaitlyn Halper

News is spreading on Professor Herb Kauderer’s departure from Hilbert occurring at the end of Spring 2019. An English professor on campus, he teaches classes including creative writing and literature of horror. Writing poems and short stories he was nominated for the Elgin Award twice, the Rhysling Award four times, the Dwarf Star Award, and Pushcart prize three times. He won Asimov’s Readers Award for best poem. The Scribe sat down with him to get to know him before he says his final goodbye to the school he’s been with since 2000.

The Scribe: Where did you grow up?

Herb Kauderer: I lived in Buffalo until around April 1st of third grade. And then from third grade to college I lived in South Cheektowaga. I think I am the fifth generation that was born in the city of Buffalo.

TS: How did you get into writing and English?

HK: So I’ve always been into English and writing in particular I think came from two sources. The first of which was my father was an absolutely amazing man when it came to swearing and cursing. He was in the infantry and a mechanic and for a while a truck driver before he made it up in middle management, so he didn’t just swear, he did it creatively, interestingly, beautifully. Gave me an appreciation for words. In terms for writing it down, when I was growing up the emotional value of the house, I was living in was very loud pretty much 24/7 so you really couldn’t look at any words unless they were written down. And so that gave me an outlet for communicating even with my mom, I could write a story or poem and she would read it and it would be the only time the words were being communicated rather than the emotions.

TS: I know you have successes with writing, can you talk about them?

HK: Sure, and it comes in many flavors. Note I have always written and strangely because I didn’t know that such things existed until today but I am a classically trained poet so when I was an undergrad at Buff State I took every course on poetry and I was always writing. I was writing for the school newspaper. I was writing for pleasure, but as in actually getting to the successful level I started sending out poems to get published around 89’. Started getting published regularly and after a while started getting a lot critical notice in speculative poetry community, things like dark fantasy poetry. Which is interesting, I didn’t always know I was writing that. For instance, I joke but I think there is great truth when I say that for more than thirty years, I’ve occasionally written letters to the ancient Greek Gods. So, I started grad school and needed to get published in literary markets, so I started getting published in a lot of literary markets. Somewhere along the line, I think some people have a signature piece. Mine is Wedding Song and it was first published I believe in 1999 and it’s the one I’m identified with. And that’s a wonderful thing. I also started getting into poetry readings circuit, that would have been sometime in 2000 so after that poem. And because I tend to be a loud dramatic reader, I became quite popular in that circuit which was a nice additional income in a time when I was short with money. After that it just continues, there was a stretch where I was publishing a lot less because I was raising three kids on my own. And there is a stage of writing that has a great deal of focus, when you sit down and polish something up and you actually send it out. And I found that I was constantly writing but not polishing because I didn’t have the quiet and the focus to do that with the three kids. I continued to occasionally publish just because editors would ask for something and I would send them something specific. I considered that very flattering. And then there was the great reboot in 2014. I say that it kinda started the year before that in 2013 when a feature film I wrote was released. The title of the film was Beyond the Main Stream. So that was way cool. To see the words I wrote on the big screen next to Iron Man 3. But what happened, people always say why is there so much more right now, and I say three years in a row, one of my kids moved out. Not only did I have time, but I had ten years of rough drafts, I just cleaned everything, found the rough drafts, put everything in a box, and recreated my book keeping system to be an online book keeping system. Because again when you’ve had 1,600 poems published and 55 short stories, I honestly don’t know how many book reviews or articles I’ve had published, it’s a whole lotta book keeping with that. I have excel spread sheets just to keep track. So that’s a little crazy but very quickly in 2014 I have to say one of the things that kept me on I received an arts grant from Hilbert College to produce an arty book called The Book of Answers and it was a book of answer poems that answered specific poets or individual poems by poets and I really wanted to get it out even though it had been delayed again and again. One of my funny stories is when it really seemed like it was going to come out, then the publisher said that the graphic designer couldn’t do the cover and it was going to take another couple months and I said nope we’re going to print it and I drew the cover, but that book met with a great deal of success. Where I am now. I have had sixteen chapbooks and books published. I have two more in press. Interestingly, I wrote this book, which is photos, prose, and poetry about the epic snowstorm in November of 2014 thinking that no one would ever want to read it. I turned out to be incorrect and for one week it made it all the way up to number one on Kobo’s American Poetry best sellers list.

TS: What are your hobbies past writing?

HK: Too much fantasy football. I’ve been getting into drawing again just because my twelve-year-old daughter has been taken up with it. I love animation. Some of it is offshoots. For example, I have an entire bookcase of collections of comic strips. I think comic strips are an amazing American art form that endures and has the added benefit of making me laugh and therefore making me healthier. I also might confess to occasionally playing the drums.

TS: Why does the horror genre interest you so much?

HK: In 1995 I get the request to be interviewed by a horror magazine. Why do you want to interview me? About your horror poetry and I say I write horror poetry? And I said I should realize that people think I am writing horror and be a little aware of it and go from there. So, horror isn’t necessarily the part the captivates me, yet it is one flavor that captivates me. What I’m always looking for is that we are both emotional and rational human beings. And we’re surrounded in a world that often presents one side at a time. So as I look to the current world or the future I often as myself what happens if we push an emotional side on a logical situation as a result often I end up with horror. I’ll admit here that since I came out of science fiction and Ray Bradberry said, “science fiction isn’t in the business of predicting futures, rather it is in the business of preventing futures.” And I just recently reread Fahrenheit 451 and it might as well be a horror book. It wasn’t until after I started teaching horror that I joined the Horror Writers of America and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.

TS: What would you be doing if English wasn’t it?

HK: I’d be writing. Um I am a retired teamster, I worked twenty years in a factory. I’ve operated every piece of equipment and driven almost everything with wheels, including driving a tractor trailer on the I-90 between the hockey arena and the baseball stadium. I was never really good at it and it was very frightening. So, I had a whole other career and I like to think I’m headed toward another career as I ponder retirement. But writing is the constant in my life, so I feel like its going to be writing related. I do know I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology. It’s like my second love. To me the study of literature and the study of psychology is the study of the same subject matter in different ways. But I have no particular interest to go become a psychologist.

TS: I heard you are retiring at the end of spring 2019, what are you going to miss about Hilbert?

HK: I think Hilbert is an amazing place and I’m sure I’ll miss my students most of all, but I think my collages are absolutely amazing. I used to jokingly say I used to be a factor worker and now I’m a professor where at least everyone smells better. And to me that is kind of the metaphor for we don’t know what’s going to happen, but at the end of the day I get to come to work with rooms full of young people trying to improve their lives. That’s amazing, very few people in that factory are trying to improve their lives, most of them are just hanging around. Then I come here into a room full of people that are here to improve the word, they’re gonna improve the world in a few years. I think that is a privilege. Yesterday I gave my most famous lecture for the 61st and final time on the use of deduction as a tool of argument and it was amazing. And when I got done the students got up and said it was the best class ever, best lecture ever and the real compliment is when they leave the room in packs talking about the lessons. Wow this has really been a privilege to come here and talk to students.

Event: What Were You Wearing

DSCN2955by Danielle Tomaka

Hilbert College held an exhibit in mid-November called “What Were You Wearing?” in Swan Hall. There was clothing hung on the walls and short descriptions of what student survivors of sexual assault were wearing when they were victimized. There were adult and children victims, both male and female. It was shocking yet powerful to read some of the short stories that were displayed.

I asked Student Government Association President, Angelica Reyna why it was important for Hilbert College to hold the exhibit. “It is truly important to not only let that presumption be known here at Hilbert for the students, but also inform them that this actually happens and although they are survivors, their stories want to be told for a reason and for them to also be cautious of what’s actually going on in society,” Reyna said,

Hilbert College provides professional staff that specialize in sexual assault as well as counselors on campus that are available to students free of cost. Katie Martoche, Title IX Coordinator here at Hilbert College, specializes in maintaining the safety of students against assault or discrimination. It is important to inform everyone that if you are a victim, there is help available and you are not alone. If you or someone you know is victim of sexual assault, please seek help.

HawkWheels: My pride and joy


by Garrett Derkovitz

My 1986 Grand Marquis always get the attention of someone on the road. Anyone who drove one of these or something similar always has a story to remember about theirs. Most any of the old timers get a kick out of seeing something that they used to see every day. My Uncle Paul told me he used to work on them from time to time back in the day and told me all the different things about how it was designed. I found that you can learn a lot when you buy an old car. It’s an experience I will continue to enjoy.

Mercury was founded in 1938 to bridge the gap of Ford’s cheap everyday cars, and Lincoln’s high priced luxury cars. Created by Edsel Ford, Mercury lived a long life creating many different kinds of cars that will be remembered as the years go on. The beginning of the 2000’s was the beginning of declining sales every year and then on January 4th 2011, the last car to roll out of Mercury’s factory was the Grand Marquis.

The Grand Marquis first generation started in 1979 and this box style shape it had lasted until 1991 before the revamped the car completely. Similar in most its counterpart the Crown Victoria, this car shared many features but always kept its own look to get the attention of all onlookers. A few of the most distinctive features are the opera lamps that the Lincoln Town car had; also, its chrome grill and rear break lamps. Top to bottom, you’ll be cruising in style with all of today’s cars on the road.

For a long time I was saving money to buy myself an old car so I can have some fun with it. Searching around on craigslist one day, while scrolling through picture I accidently clicked on one I wasn’t particularly interested in. Glimpsing around the link, I discovered they wrote a detailed bio on the car and read how they wanted it to go to a good home. This peaked my interest and that same night, I emailed the owner saying I was interested and if all checked out, I would be happy to pay the price he was asking for.

After a month or two of planning, I and my friends Tom Connor and Adam went on an all day trip to and from Jersey Shore, PA. We arrived late after exploring the countryside of Pennsylvania, and slowly going down the last road, I was looking for the right street corner. Eventually I saw the top of the car over some hedges and said aloud “there she is!” My buddies all looked in confusion saying, “that’s it?” looking at the car in the driveway next door to our destination. I shook my head and pulled up in front of Mr. Williams, the previous owners house and without hesitation go to look over the car. With everything I knew I should look for, I completely forgot to look under the car but lucky me that it was in very clean shape.

Test driving it actually gave me the jitters and I worried it would be harder than it looks, but when I finally got behind that wheel, to my shock it was easier to drive and more comfortable to drive than I could’ve imagined. So I paid the man and with two cars now, we went home and were hoping our phone batteries wouldn’t die. My phone was the first to go on our trip before we even got to our destination.


After a long drive we got home and then everyone went their separate ways, but the fun wasn’t over yet. The next day was my favorite moment because I got up and my dad was sitting in the living room and asked me where I was. I then said, “you don’t know yet?” Saying this just seem to agitate him then I said “you didn’t go outside yet?” He then looked out the window but couldn’t see the car yet so his initial reaction when he looked back at me was, “what did you hit?” Of course, I said nothing and as I kept throwing him around, I said finally that I should show him instead of telling him. So we walk outside and walked around my neighbor’s house and he finally saw the front end of it. As we walked closer, he stopped and turned saying “you can’t afford that!” and I just say, it’s already paid for. He then reviewed it; test drove it, and walked about his own business. Then mom woke up later and interrogated me in the kitchen but she wasn’t playing my game I did on my father earlier. So I showed her and took her for a spin around the block. She couldn’t keep a straight face and got a smiley when I closed the door and the neighbor from down the street walked up to see it. Those two days and every moment I spent with this car will hold a spot in my heart forever. But the real kicker was when I met a wonderful girl and took her to the drive-in inside this beautiful car.

In the year of 2018, I not only finally got my dream car, I finally got my dream girl as well. I hope that I can continue to take care of this car until the day I die for in just half a year, I made more memories that I will have for a lifetime. I would recommend this car to any young person to start out with for you’ll never find the new one’s like this.

Good Eats: Chef’s


by Brandon Zicari

Towards the end of the semester my roommates and I have made it a tradition to go out to a higher quality restaurant and have dinner. It is at this dinner where we discuss upcoming finals, how the semester has gone, and the plans for future events. This year we chose to go to an Italian restaurant named Chefs, located on Seneca Street. in the city of Buffalo. They are known for their variety of pastas and overall great food. The restaurant is large with a very unique layout. When you walk in there is a huge window where you can see into the kitchen where a team of cooks are rapidly putting out food. We went on a Saturday night so the restaurant was very busy. We had reservations, so my roommates and I got a table right away.

Once we sat down the waiter was very welcoming and brought us out bread and water. The bread was freshly baked and was served with a homemade oil to dip it in. Having been to Chefs before I knew what I wanted to order. I got the spaghetti parm which in essence is a plate of spaghetti but with a lot of cheese melted on the top. The parmesan and mozzarella cheese is melted on top to create another layer which complements the taste of the spaghetti. On the side came two meatballs which were cooked perfectly. They came out very hot at first but once they cooled they were one of my favorite parts.

Overall the experience at Chefs was positive. Even though they were very busy the service didn’t falter. The ambience of the place created a great dining experience. This was the first time my roommates had been and they left very satisfied. I would recommend Chef’s to anyone who enjoys Italian food or just want a good meal.

Event: Art for Life

by Danielle Tomaka

Photos by Mary Kate Wirfel

Students in Don Vincent’s Com 460 class held their Art For Life fundraiser in the West Herr Atrium last week to raise money for S.P.U.D.S. (Suicide Prevention and Understanding Different Signs). Art For Life had live music by Ryan Zunner; another member who ran the event; an art exhibit, snacks, and a Chinese Auction.

“We got a lot of donations from a lot of local companies, and a lot of paintings from several local artists who are in school and out of school, Amanda Mituzas, and event organizer, said, “It was all for a good cause for suicide prevention.”

The event had a favorable turnout, raising $320 to donate to the charity. Students were pleased to have been able to help this non-profit organization. “Our turn out was really great, way better than I expected, especially for a small school,” Mituzas said. “Thank you to everyone who donated to put the event in motion and donated to the cause.”

Farewell Hilbert


by Mary Kate Wirfel

It is hard to believe that in a few weeks I will be saying goodbye to my home of six years. At the same time also not surprising that my time as an undergrad here at Hilbert College is ending. The time flew buy so fast what was supposed to be four long years turned into six fast ones.

I remember when I first came here in 2013 I was a scared shy freshmen that did not want to associate with anyone or anything. I wanted to be by myself and do my own thing. I was afraid that people would bully me for being myself considering high school was not a very fun experience for me. Being here at Hilbert changed that for me. Throughout the years, I became more social and joined more clubs and groups here on campus. I finally found people who accepted me for who I really was.

During my time, here at Hilbert College I was involved in many clubs on campus. First was Hilbert Horizons, the schools literary magazine, as I love creative writing, art and photography. For two years, I was in charge of being the layout editor. I put the magazine together with the help from the other members in the group and when the final product was, shown to the school, I felt very proud of what I had made and accomplished.

When I interned for Matt Height here at Hilbert College I was; introduced to so many events and clubs. Interning here at Hilbert was easier for me do to my struggles with anxiety. I felt at the time interning at a news station would be too overwhelming.  I got involved with the Campus activities board (CAB) as well as the Student Government Association (SGA). My job was to take photos and make photo galleries of the events that happened on campus. Photography is something I enjoy doing and I want the world to see my art form. By doing this internship for the Marketing department here at Hilbert not only did the school get to see my art, the community got to as well.

Being, silenced by people for speaking out and giving my opinions was something I have dealt with my entire life.  I wanted people to hear my voice so with that motive I joined Hawk Radio.  I was able to get my own radio show on Hilbert’s radio station; the show was; titled 10 at Noon. I would play 10 random songs then give my opinions on politics, news and sports. Some people didn’t agree with what I was saying but I really didn’t care. By being a part of Hawk radio, I finally had a voice. I even made up my own DJ name I called myself DJ MK7. I don’t know how I came up with the name it was just a thought.

Another way I could express my voice and give my opinions on things was by joining the college’s newspaper. What started out as the H-Files print paper turned into the Scribe Online. At first, the Horizons members ran the paper. Then when I first participated in the Journalism class with Professor Dan Higgins, he taught us by his experience how to become a better writer and a news reporter as well as using your voice. During my first time on the Hilbert Scribe, I broke out of my shy shell and went to events off campus. During 2016 the anticipated Presidential election campaigns was going on. I went to the Hillary Clinton Rally as well the Bernie Sanders rally. Both experiences helped me gain confidence to go places without worry. I decided to take more independent studies, with the Scribe because I wanted to continue to advance my writing skills and give my opinion so people can hear my voice and read the things that I believe in. I also wanted to continue to take photos of events at Hilbert so people can see my photography as well. By seeing, the events on Hilbert’s campus students know what the school has to offer.

My time here at Hilbert College may be ending but it is a new beginning and start for several students. As this chapter of my life closes, I have to say thank you to the College that shaped me into the person I am today. I was able to help organizations and not for profits such as Campus House and Sadie’s Safe Harbor. I was able to go places and see people who I never thought I would see. I was able to meet new people and make new friends. I was also able to meet several local news reporters and several other famous people that I never thought I would talk too. I am a different person now in 2018 than I was in 2013. All I have left to say is farewell Hilbert College. Thank You for the past six years.