Students Rush to Pack Up For Break

With the semester coming to an end, students are faced with packing up and moving back home. Hilbert College’s Residence Life is working to make this a seemingly easy process.

Residence Halls officially close December 18, 2021, at 12pm. Students are able to keep personal belongings in their assigned rooms. It is encouraged that residents take all necessary items they may need until the start of the Spring 2022 semester.

“This is my fourth time now completing this process” says senior Mia Sanchez. “It just keeps getting easier and easier every time I do it.”

Upon move out for the winter break, students are to clean their living space, unplug all items, lock all doors, and turn in their room key. Keys can be brought to the Trinity Front Desk. If a student accidentally forgets to turn in their keys, they can be mailed in to Residence Life.

Resident halls will reopen for the spring semester Sunday, January 16, 2021, at 12pm.  Students can check into housing 12pm-12am on Sunday and 9am-12am during the weekdays.

“It’s so nice to have a system that makes the check-out process so easy for students” says senior Nykeria Brockington. “It just gives me one less thing to worry about as I prepare to do home for the winter break.”

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.  

Athletic Teams Push for New Uniforms and Equipment

With Hilbert Athletics getting back into full swing after having a major gap in their collegiate careers, athletes are looking to have some changes made for their teams.

Many teams, including women’s volleyball, are pushing for new, redesigned black jerseys with the Hilbert logo.

The coaches and players are pressing the need for something more professional and sleek-looking. Right now, teams have been utilizing the blue and white colors for their Home and Away games. But a majority seek a change.

Stephan Houghton on the men’s volleyball team said he is hoping the department goes forward with the change to black jerseys.

“It looks so much more intense and intimidating with the black background and our logo,” Houghton said.

Some students, including Houghton, think it’s time for new equipment, especially in the weight room. He said the equipment needs to be updated and more space would make for a better experience.

Kenny Dango, an athlete from the men’s Lacrosse team, noted the inconvenience that could arise with the new sports, including football with its large roster, in the upcoming Fall semester.

“It’s hard for us to do the workout if we’re crammed in a tight space and don’t have any room,” Dango said. “Personally, I think it needs remodeling because you want to be pumped up to go to the weight room and never leave.”

Dango said that possible issues could arise with sharing the weight room with the new sports programs that were recently announced at Hilbert, particularly adding a whole football team.

“With that many people going to the weight room, it wouldn’t really work out, especially if we’re still social distancing,” the sophomore said. “They would have to divide into groups.”

Athletes also point out the condition of Athletic facilities on the campus. The women’s locker rooms have also been mentioned among the women’s volleyball team, pushing for a more updated and larger feel. Dango also mentions the urgency to have some of these upgrades made before we add three new sports. With Division III Program expansion for Fall 2022, it is unknown how teams will adapt and operate due to the welcoming of our student athletes.

The Hilbert petition argues that since black is an accent color of the college branding, then it should be allowed as an option amongst teams for their jersey color. The petition has been signed by 100 people and has been approved by Dr. Brophy, President of Hilbert College. There is some great potential with the upcoming seasons for our student athletes. Athletes look forward to seeing the possible change in uniform, since it is now up to each individual sport. With the preceding news that we will be gaining these teams, fellow athletes look forward to sharing the program with some of the most popular sports.

 Krista Stephany, a sophomore looks forward to the student life that could be brought back with the addition of Football.

“I look forward to watching the football games the most,” Stephany said. “In high school, it was always fun meeting up with my friends and rooting for our team.”

Stephany said that the football team could help revive the Hilbert Stars Cheerleading team.

“The team has been dormant for some time and I think having a football team will really bring that atmosphere back to a college like Hilbert.”

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: https://www.rachaelwarriorfoundation.org/home.