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Opinion: Don’t Risk Your Life to Get to Class

By Mary Kate Wirfel


I have been going to Hilbert for three years now and I have had my run-ins with bad weather. My first year, I dormed here and what I noticed that this college never closes.

My freshman year, we had cold weather and bad roads and yet there was still school.  Immaculata Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school, located within walking distance of the Hilbert College campus was closed, but the college was still open.

I now commute, even though I don’t have my license, my family members volunteer to drive me.  From time to time, I was almost involved in several car accidents caused by the weather.

The commuter students outnumber the residents.  Some of these students commute from places like Springville, Arcade, and Tonawanda which are long enough drives and the snow makes it even harder to get here.

Professors here have an attendance policy and the students get penalized for not showing up to class.  Where the students are really getting penalized is in their paycheck.

The tuition here costs a fortune, over $20,000 per year.  In order to spend your money wisely, you have to show up every day and go to class.  The only break you get is if the professor cancels class, because they cannot make it in.

It’s okay for professors to cancel class and not show up because of weather but not for students to miss class because of the weather.

The only time this school was closed, while I was here, was during the epic November snowstorm in 2014.  If there was not a travel ban in Hamburg, I believe school would have still been open.

I do love it here. But I think you have to be safe. If the school is open and the weather is bad, just stay home you can make up your work later.

Your safety is more important than school even though you’re paying for it.

Album Review: The Life of Pablo, Kanye West


By Evan James

W/ Contributions From Connor Kirst


As Kanye West himself once said on Tyler, the Creator’s 2015 song “Smuckers,” “They say I’m crazy but that’s the best thing going for me.” If this statement is true, then The Life of Pablo should have been his greatest album to date, because the promotion of this album has been a year-long roller coaster ride that only sped up in the past two months.

After constantly changing the album’s name, revising track lists, changing the songs around, tweeting short bursts of nonsensical rants, and being vague on the album’s release, many fans are wondering if the album they have is even the final product. Whether it is or not, what was released this past Sunday (exclusively on Jay Z’s mess of a streaming service, Tidal), is a sound representation of this decade’s biggest musician going through a midlife crisis.

Many of the songs on the album show Kanye reflecting on his past relationships, romantic or otherwise. “30 Hours” talks about a friend with benefits he used to have, many songs pertaining to his marriage to Kim Kardashian and his two children, North and Saint, and even more about his mother, Donda, who passed away in 2007 from elective surgery.

The simplistic, heavy in reverb, piano ballad “FML,” a collaboration with popular R&B singer, the Weeknd deals with the media’s desire to see Kanye fail and be embarrassed, much like the buzzing “Feedback.” The somber “Wolves,” and a collaboration with Ty Dolla Sign called “Real Friends” are also an expression of West’s inability to trust people because everyone wants something from him. Seeing as this is just the tip of the iceberg, this is clearly a man with issues that run deep.

Sonically, this album continues Kanye’s trend of never making the same album twice. Working with producer Metro Boomin, a producer who has made beats for popular hip hop artists like Future, Drake, and Migos, gives the album a trap sound that’s just unique enough to not sound like what every other rapper is doing now.

Much like the modern day sequel to your favorite 80’s/90’s movie, the featured artists are almost better than the content itself. Frequent collaborators Kid Cudi, Rihanna, and Frank Ocean return, but so do newer artists like Desiigner, Kendrick Lamar, and the 23-year-old Chance the Rapper.

Born Chancelor Bennett, Chance the Rapper has what many consider to be the best verse on the album on the gospel influenced “Ultra Light Beams.” This song (along with “Highlights”) was played on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, when at the end, in an unintelligible mess, Kanye grabs the microphone and tells the audience the album was then out on his website and Tidal, a move he would later retract, announcing the album would never be for sale or streaming anywhere but Tidal.

The Tidal move worked, getting it to the number 1 spot on the Apple Store, but not for long. The service has been described as broken and problematic to put it nicely. Many fans are upset, especially with Kanye tweeting out he was $53 million in debt, and the album has allegedly been pirated over half a million times now. Due to Kanye’s erratic nature, even his most loyal fans can’t tell if he’s going to stick to his guns or not.

All controversy aside, this album is enjoyable and holds his own with anything else he’s ever released. If you can look past West’s ridiculousness, its undeniable. Kanye West is the truest definition of a rock star in 2016. Many may say that he has an ego, but if you listen to the music, he definitely backs it up.


Standout Tracks: Ultra Light Beams, Waves, FML

What’s Our Name? Help Us Choose

By Dan Higgins
Faculty Adviser
Like we said before, Hilbert College News is a generic name. It’s a placeholder name, because our ambitious publication schedule was faster than we originally anticipated. Pretty good, huh?

And now that we exist, there’s a place online where we can reach out and speak to the campus community. And we mean the whole community: Students, Faculty, Staff, and Administration.

What we’re hoping you’ll do is help us choose a name. The first step is to get a pool of suggestions. Please think carefully and submit the form below.

Next, a panel of experts — including some current and former journalists — will narrow the list down to a few finalists, and we’ll come back to you for a vote.

What we’re hoping for: Something that will stand the test of time. Something that has a bit of weight behind it. With all due respect to our last student newspaper, “The H Files” sounds dated, here in 2016.

So, what did you have in mind?




Hilbert Dorms Ranked Second in State

Survey puts dorms at 81st in the nation. Some residents not so sure.

by Adam Heftka


The website Niche ranked Hilbert College second in New York State and eighty-first nationally in its rankings of the best college dorms released in December.

Niche included 1,713 colleges and universities in their national rankings of the best dorms. These rankings were done with data collected in four categories, including average housing costs, housing capacities, campus crime rates, and responses given to surveys by Niche users. Survey responses were given the most weight when completing the rankings.

The Student Housing Crime Rate at Hilbert was at 0 per 1000 as reported by the college.

Hilbert was given an average survey response of 4.1 out of 5. This survey response number was reached with 18 respondents from the Hilbert College residents.

Looking at our rivals, they didn’t even place in the top 35.

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Human Services Association Brings Speakers, Raises Awareness

By Mary Kate Wirfel

There are many  different careers that  you can get into with a degree in Human Services.  They include case workers to probation officers to counselors. The list goes on and on.

The Hilbert College Human Services Association is comprised mostly of students in Hilbert’s Human Services degree programs. The Association is a college club that spreads awareness on issues that many  people tend to overlook.

In 2014, the club won the Campus Improvement award for not only their work around campus, but their work in the community as well.

The Human Services Association invites speakers to campus every year for public presentations. Past guests include representatives of Crisis Services to talk about mental health awareness and sexual assault awareness.

Colorful minds is another group that the Human Services Association brought to the college. Two sisters help raise awareness about mental health,  mainly bipolar disorder. They do this in  memory of their brother who suffered from illness.

Human Services occupations  help raise awareness about homelessness in the community. Many who are chronically homeless also suffer from mental illness. Once each semester the club goes to the City Mission  Woman and Children’s center, and talks to the homeless women and children there. Last September the Human Services club took part in Project Homeless Correct, helping the homeless by giving out needed items like t-shirts, socks,  and  toothbrushes.

The club also host a “Transgender 101” seminar. A transgender Hilbert student gives a presentation about acceptance and provides awareness about issues facing transgender people. The club also took part in an Autism Awareness Walk and other fundraisers around the community.

For more information on Hilbert’s Human Services academic program, or the Human Services Association, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

New to College Bookstore: Under Armour

By Kyle English

The popular clothing line will be featured at the bookstore starting next month.



The Hilbert College bookstore will soon begin carrying Under Armour clothing and accessories.

Store manager Bill Herne confirmed the news this week.

“The rumors are true.  We are bringing Under Armour into the store.  It has been a work in progress,” Herne said.

Follett, the company that operates Hilbert’s bookstore and more than 1,200 other bookstores on college campuses around the U.S.,  already carries Under Armour in many of their other locations.

This decision was made because a large portion of the campus community requested the store carry more popular apparel lines, specifically Under Armour or Nike.

Despite the fact that Hilbert College’s athletes wear Nike products, Herne thinks it’s unlikely that the bookstore will add Nike to their selection.

“It is not uncommon for a college’s athletic department to have different contracts than our bookstores.  Our bigger stores have Nike, but right now it’s just not suitable for this market,” Herne said.

Herne was eager to add that the students will see more products and variety in the bookstore in the upcoming months.

“Follett just agreed to sell another brand in their stores.  Our store will be getting these products.”  Included in these products are ties, scarves, and socks all representing Hilbert College in color, design, and logo.

The Under Armour product line will be coming in very shortly and Herne expects them to be available to the Hilbert College students in March of 2016.

Follett took over Hilbert’s bookstore ten years ago.

Valentine’s Day: Ballers on a Budget

Do you have love, but no money? Read on.
By Adam Heftka
Well, Valentines Day is approaching us soon. And if you’re like me, then you might need some help with ideas on what to get your girlfriend or that special someone. Being in school means you have no money. But making this day special doesn’t mean you have to spend hundreds of dollars on a piece of jewelry or a really nice dinner. So I present to you some Ballers-on-a-Budget Tips.


  1. Put your ego aside and step into Build a Bear for ten minutes. Build a Bear is one of those gifts that is more thoughtful than you expect. Yes some bears are pricy, but others are only around 12-16 dollars, after picking out the right bear you have to dress it a little bit. This is where your creativity comes into play. You don’t have to get the whole costume for $16. Go for a separate top and bottom at $3-$5 apiece.

Total: $18-$25


  1. Give your special someone a massage, I’m talking lighting a few candles and getting some oil and give her a nice long back rub. Expensive oils can go up to $50. But those aren’t necessary here. All you need is a simple bottle of massage oil at any store for $5 to $10. But remember it is you doing the work that makes this special.

Total: $5-$15

 3) Dinner is always an important part to Valentine’s Day. But who has an extra $100 or more for dinner? Going to a restaurant is always nice but what about making your meal? Go to Wegmans or Tops and get something delicious, not extravagant. Sirloin is cheaper than New York Strip, and is tasty, too. Make this a romantic evening and cook together.

Total: $16-$30