Residence Life Welcomes Students Back

Resident Assistant Bailey Walter hosted an outdoor event for resident students on campus earlier this month, part of a push from the Residence Life office to help students get comfortable on campus.

“My goal for this event was to kick off the new school year by bringing everyone back together,” Walter said.

The event took place in the Residence Quad where a variety of yard games and activities were available for the students. Corn hole, Kan-jam, and volleyball were some of the main activities.

Tyshawn Jones, a student who attended the event, said he couldn’t stay for long, but playing games and seeing people back together on campus was very enjoyable.

“This event felt like a breath of fresh air,” Jones said. “It felt good to see our Hilbert community coming together and having fun. After the last year, it was a reminder that things will eventually get back to normal and I’m looking forward to things on campus.”

There are many events planned for this upcoming semester and students are encouraged to check Hilbert’s social media accounts to stay in the loop.

“Residents should look forward to a lot of fun memory-making programs this semester,” Walter said.

Student Activities is always encouraging students to bring new ideas to the table on what they’d like to see on campus.

“I would also recommend getting involved with Student Government Association so if there is anything you’d like to see on campus, you can voice the ideas,” Walter said.

HAWK Radio Kicks Off Semester

HAWK Radio held its first meeting of the semester last week, jump starting the fall semester.

Hilbert’s online  media outlet and radio station gathered in Fran Hall, where 15 members discussed potential shows, events, and programming ideas and welcomed several new members.

Don Vincent, the HAWK Radio faculty advisor, said he is excited about the line up for the upcoming semester.

“It’s to give students another outlet to be creative and to express themselves”, Vincent said when asked what the goal of Hawk Radio was. “Not everyone that is involved is interested in broadcasting, but it certainly gives them a taste of what broadcasting is like”.

The station also offers experience in marketing and graphic design as well as opportunities to develop programs. 

Jonathon Heck, a junior majoring in cyber security, is new to the radio station. He is planning to host a late-night show discussing “life, space, and time” and “even some music and sports with a twist each week”.

Heck will be hosting his show with junior Carl Zarcone hopefully Friday nights between 9 and 10PM.

This school year is shaping up to be a busy one for HAWK Radio, with “Eternity Matters” with Sonja on Mondays at 2:00PM, news and sports blasts with Andrew on Tuesdays at 11:00AM, “Hawk Rock Block” with E-Dawg on Thursdays at noon, and much more.

HAWK Radio is always looking for new members to join. Those interested can contact Don Vincent at dvincent@hilbert.edu or contact Hawk Radio directly at hawkradio@hilbert.edu.

To listen to HAWK Radio, visit https://www.hilbert.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/dmac/hawk-radio.

Journalism Camp: Hit and Run

Editorial Note: This story was produced as part of a mock exercise. There has been no accident at Hilbert College

by Duncan Schiff

A student was struck by a car in a hit and run at Hilbert College Monday.

At 9:15, an unnamed female student at Hilbert was struck by a maroon Honda CRV, owned by an unnamed University of Buffalo student with no known affiliations to Hilbert. At the scene, a blue life preserver was found on the hood, as well as a hockey stick on the ground about a foot away from the victim. Police have released no further information.

“The driver, described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, fled on foot, leaving the vehicle behind in the parking lot” Joseph LaRosa, assistant director of Hilbert Campus Safety, said at a press conference.

A witness attempted to give chase, but gave up after the driver got too far into the woods. The victim is possibly the witness’s friend, a student from Amherst. It is believed to not have been intentional, but that may change as the police investigation progresses. Hamburg Police and the Erie County Sheriff’s office with helicopter and k9 units are searching for the perpetrator at the moment.

Curiously, LaRosa, claimed medical service and campus security arrived immediately on scene, but even nearly 5 hours later, medical service operators were not on scene. The student in question was still there, baking on asphalt under a white sheet, with LaRosa refusing to comment further than this after being pressed. “I can’t answer that. That’s something you’d need to talk to emergency medical.”

Journalism Camp: Nonprofit News Grows

by Duncan Schiff

The Newspaper, a declining art, being taken over by Electronic based media.

According to the pew Research center, the circulation of daily paper circulation was 24.3 million, Sunday being 25.8, in 2020, a drop of about 6% for both. For Electronic news, daily circulation has gone up 27%, while Sunday’s have gone up 26%. Many newspapers stand defiant, still running their papers, still making news on other platforms, and still helping the people.

The Investigative Post is a Watchdog journalism press exclusively, one of the current 330 non-profit newsrooms in America, revealing private and governmental scandals affecting people.

For example, the Investigative Post’s reporting caused Mayor Byron Brown to start dealing with the lead crisis in the city, in which lead in homes and buildings have been poisoning children for decades. Jim Heaney, the executive director of the news outlet, is determined to undermine shady political and private goals.  It has come under heavy flak, especially from those the outlet has investigated. They were accused of systematic racism by Brown, though, according to Heaney, they have done more help for the African American communities of Buffalo than the mayor. “He refused to answer, instead attacking me and Investigative Post, saying we’re guilty of ‘systemic racism,’” Heaney said. “He went on and on, in an unhinged kind of way.”

They continue to defy the decline of papers, as well as the harassments by those they cover.

The Buffalo News is a large daily newspaper, based in downtown Buffalo. It was originally a Sunday paper, formed in 1873. By late 1880, it began selling daily newspapers as well, and by 1914, it was fully a daily newspaper.

It delivers papers to much of Western New York, as well as Ontario, alongside some in Wyoming and Pennsylvania. In Early 2020, the News was sold to Lee Enterprises. It was believed by many that the news would collapse multiple times, yet it is still reporting on and printing the news, those times mainly being the great depression and the news being sold. It has many prominent members, most notably Adam Zyglis, the Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist. Members of the news have in total been nominated seven times, winning four Pulitzers.

Though in an inevitable decline, newspapers are still informing the public, much to the anger of disgruntled politicians.

Journalism Camp: Longtime Columnist Retires

by Desmond Schiff

Columnist Sean Kirst will soon write his final column for The Buffalo News.

Kirst, who wrote many heartbreaking stories during his long career, was valued by many readers for his ability to evoke emotion in their hearts.

He had to write about heart breaking things like people with cancer and knew the exact way to put it so it would hit the sweet spot of emotion.

Kirst said he has always found writing to be a helpful tool in understanding difficult situations.

“To me, what writing has been, since I’ve been a kid is that the idea that you can stick a stick in it,” he said. “When you’re upset, when things don’t make sense you can stick something in your gut, and you can put it on paper and you can sort it out. That’s how writing really changed my life.”                          

Kirst said he has always appreciated the freedom that opinion writing has offered to him.

“I’m writing a column about it, I can say oh it’s the most beautiful banner in the world,” pointing to a Buffalo News banner outside the paper’s downtown offices to explain the difference between news writing and opinion writing. Kirst spent 27 years as a columnist at the Syracuse Post-Standard before joining The Buffalo News in 2017.After his retirement he will be teaching journalism at Le Moyne College in Syracuse.

Hilbert Women’s Basketball Plays through Restricted Season

The Hilbert Hawks Women’s Basketball team won’t be playing a complete schedule of games this season due to the safety concerns around COVID-19.

Despite these challenges, the team is ready to get back out onto the court for their four scheduled scrimmages this year. The Hawks haven’t played in a competitive game in over a year, but will soon return.

When asked about the feelings about playing in a competitive game again, head coach Amy Senefelder said she had mixed emotions.

“I’m excited and nervous at the same time for our first game,” Senefelder said. “Usually we are done with our season at this time, but we are just starting our games in March. So I’m very excited at the opportunity to get some games in, but anxious because it has been over a year since we’ve played.”

The 2021 Hawks will go into this season as a very young team, having no seniors, four sophomores and four freshmen. This opportunity has created excitement for some of the team’s sophomores.

“I guess I’m just excited that we get the opportunity to play with each other, even if it won’t really be the same,” sophomore Ashley Schroeder said. “Especially considering our team is so young. Having a scrimmage season might actually be a good thing.”

The entire team is required to get rapid COVID testing three times a week in order to continue practicing and playing in the scrimmages. Senefelder said that the team continues to abide by the COVID-19 safety guidelines on and off the court. If any player contracts the virus the entire program is forced to shut down for ten days. This has made the players extra cautious in an effort to continue to participate for the shortened season.

Macy Kisner, a sophomore player, said the butterflies are already setting in ahead of the upcoming scrimmage against the Medaille Mavericks. “Every night before a game I always get nervous,” Kisner said. “I watch game tapes of the team we are playing and how I play against them and the things I can improve on, the best ways to guard players and the best ways to score. Considering I haven’t played a game in a long time because of COVID, I am nervous to play because I have no idea how the team is going to work together. Even though we only have a four game season I am ecstatic to be able to play a sport I love even if it’s for a short period of time.”

Hilbert Baseball Takes on Wells College

Hilbert’s men’s’ baseball team dropped both games in a double header against Wells College last month.

The team made their way to Wells College early Sunday morning, with the players eager to play after winning one of two of their last games against D’Youville College. Matt Kellner led off the game. Misael Guzman started off pitching for the Hawks.

In the top of the second inning, Guzman hit a 2-run homerun out to right field, putting the Hilbert Hawks at 0-2. Wells fought back in the bottom of the second inning scoring five runs, taking a 5-2 lead. Frank McCabe started off the third inning with a single, and later, a steal to second. “I was sitting on the fastball and he threw me one, so I jumped on it,” McCabe said. Kellner followed with an RBI double, making the score 5-4.

In the bottom of the third inning, Wells came back scoring three more runs, resulting in an 8-4 game. The Hawks then brought in their bullpen pitchers, Zachary Crane, Zackory Panfil, and Michael Contini. The trio was able to throw three shutout innings as well as three strikeouts. “As a bullpen, we threw strikes and executed pitches accordingly,” Contini said.  

Wells’ pitcher threw a complete game, securing an 8-4 for Wells.

The Hawks unfortunately took the loss on game 2 but are planning to bounce back Saturday March 27th at their double header against SUNY Fredonia. The first pitch is set for 12pm.

Hilbert’s BSU/MSA Club Promoting Equality

Hilbert College’s Black Student Union and Multi-Cultural Student Association Club, ran by Tyshawn Jones and Adrionna Wright are always promoting equality on campus. The clubs have an emphasis on acceptance while welcoming students of all races and ethnicities.

On a college campus, there are many different cultures and some students may feel that they struggle to fit in. BSU/MSA Club attempts to bridge that gap on Hilbert’s campus. “Who doesn’t want to feel comfortable and see things change on campus” Jones said. “The club is all about promoting and educating people on history and cultures.”

Jones and Wright said they plan to hold events students can look forward to on campus this semester. A potential movie night and guest speaker are in the works. Both Jones and Wright, made it clear that they’re always open to any suggestions. The clubs emphasis is on equality, making anyone welcome and all ideas are to be considered.

“It’s important to learn about other people; where they’re from, where they grew up,” Wright added. Although it hasn’t been confirmed yet, they club plans to meet again in about two weeks, while the first event is estimated for the end of March. Stay tuned for postings on meeting times and events. For more information, feel free to contact Adrionna Wright or Tyshawn Jones at any time.