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Hilbert Freshman’s Night Gig: Arena Change Over Crew


Andrew Wozniak is a busy guy.

The Hilbert College freshman not only attends classes full time, but he also works part time at the KeyBank Center in Downtown Buffalo. Wozniak’s job is to work with the change over staff, converting the event center into the set up it needs for any given event.

Since most of the events happen during the day, the only time the change over staff can do their job is at night.

While some event set ups can be completed before midnight other larger events can take all night to complete, sometimes ending at 6 a.m. Working all night and having to get up for a 9:30 a.m. class seems like something no college student would want to do. But Wozniak loves his job, he said.

“It can be challenging at times,” Wozniak said. “I don’t work these overnights too often. But when I work three of them in a row over the weekend and then go back to a normal school schedule it does mess with my sleep a little. But it’s manageable once I give it a few days and a lot of coffee.”

Wozniak said his arrangement with his boss helps him to balance his work and school schedules.

“They are very accommodating,” Wozniak said. “Once we got into a pattern where they knew if it was a weekday I wouldn’t be there past midnight, they would schedule me from 4 p.m. to midnight instead of 10pm to 4am.”


Like anything else, working part-time while going to school also has some challenges.

“Yeah the negative side is that it causes a lot of stress,” Wozniak said. “I’m worrying about getting my homework done and studying for tests. I’m usually able to keep up with everything though so the goods do usually out-weigh the bad.”

Working any part-time job while going to school full time has its ups and downs. For Wozniak it’s no different, he said.

“Being a college student working part-time has perks,” Wozniak said. “You get spending money, you can pay your own car insurance, phone bill, pay for gas.”


Journalists Visit Hilbert

Hilbert College students heard from a panel of three journalists this week, part of the school’s annual communications career week.

Kyle Mackie of WBFO, Caitlin Dewey of The Buffalo News and Casey Bortnick of Spectrum News covered a wide range of topics during the talk, offering insights into the challenges of rewards of pursuing a career in journalism.

: Bortnick, who discovered his passion for journalism at SUNY Brockport after being recruited to play football for the school, said he believes there will always be an opportunity for journalists, even as the business model has made for a challenging professional environment.

Is there a direct quote from him we can use here?

Mackie, who has worked internationally for major news outlets like the New York Times and WNYC, described the many challenges she has faced in her career despite having a master’s degree in journalism and clips in highly regarded publications.

“If you want to make it into this industry you have to believe in yourself,” she said.

Dewey, whose employer faces new uncertainties after it was announced that The Buffalo News will be sold to a newspaper conglomerate, acknowledged the many challenges that students should consider when deciding to pursue journalism, but also talked about how much she loves the work.

“It’s the Purest form of mental desire with working with words and massaging words and coming up with the best way to frame or to tell a story is ultimately the best way,” she said.

Then something fun to close: The panelists all offered some of their most interesting or exciting experiences to close, describing how rewarding the profession can be. Mackie recounted a lunch with a Palestinian family outside of Nazareth. Dewey described a trip to Wisconsin to help a dairy farmer with his daily work. And Bortnick talked about his experiences chasing Ralph “Bucky” Phillips, the escaped convict who spent the summer of 2006 on the run in Chautauqua County.

Bortnick got a little too close to the action once, being told by officers in pursuit of Phillips to duck behind the engine block of his car as the sound of gunfire rang out, he said.

“That is the closest I will ever get to a war zone,” Bortnick said.

The Scribe: Line Changes

Scribe reporter Zach Jezioro recently did a podcast with two of his buddies about some things in the sporting world. On the episode, we discussed the Mookie Betts trade and our thoughts on it. Staying in the baseball category, we also gave our predictions about the AL East. Transitioning into the NFL, we talked about the Super Bowl and gave our thoughts about tight end Greg Olsen visiting the Buffalo Bills. Then, we talked about the recent struggles of the Buffalo Sabres. To wrap up the show, we touched a little bit on the Buffalo Bandits.

Hilbert Holds Graduate School Expo

Throughout the afternoon of Tuesday, November 12th in the Franciscan Hall Atrium, Hilbert College hosted its annual Graduate School Expo. Graduate admissions representatives from across the region gathered in the atrium to discuss their programs with Hilbert College’s students and alumni. Students and alumni entering the atrium were greeted by door prizes and free food, as well as graduate representatives from Hilbert to start off the expo. Students who attended the event were able to discuss many important points about the ten colleges and universities in the atrium, such as application deadlines, GPA requirements, entrance exams and personal statements.

The Scribe interviewed a number of representatives and other individuals at the expo, and they had some interesting things to say about their schools and experiences. Admissions representatives from ten schools including Hilbert all attended the expo to provide important information about their school’s programs. Some of these schools included Canisius College, Alfred University, Daemen College, Niagara University, and many more. The Scribe interviewed representatives Katie Martoche of Hilbert College, and Brandi Banks, the Senior Graduate Admissions Counselor at Canisius College. These representatives discussed some of the graduate programs offered at their respective schools, and the value these programs have to benefit students who have graduated from or are enrolled in an undergraduate program at Hilbert College.

The Scribe also interviewed one of Hilbert’s students for an alternative perspective on the Graduate Expo and the benefits it can have towards students and Alumni. Senior Brandon Zicari discussed with the scribe his take on how an event like the graduate expo can benefit students and alumni at Hilbert, and he also spoke on the importance of meeting these representatives face to face and gaining knowledge on the programs in person as opposed to just searching around on a school’s website for information on their programs.

All in all, an event like Hilbert’s annual Graduate Expo can be an incredibly useful tool for students and alumni here at Hilbert. If you plan on working through a graduate program in the future, perhaps this expo could be a big help in making a decision when it returns to Hilbert College next year.

Tea Leaf Cafe Continues to Impress

Tea Leaf Café, one of Buffalo’s favorite cafes, resides right here in Blasdell, just minutes from Hilbert College. Well known for their bubble tea with over 25 different flavors and endless possibilities, the Tea Leaf Café is a great place to study and get some work done while enjoying a delicious beverage.

The Scribe asked a customer at the Amherst location, what they think about Tea Leaf Café.

“I started coming here because my friend brought me to try a bubble tea; and now I’m hooked. We have a class together at ECC and started coming here to study and work on our homework. This is my favorite place to get work done when I’m tired of sitting at home doing it.” Kendall said. “My favorite drink is the strawberry bubble tea smoothie with the passion fruit boba.”

The dining area in the café has plenty of room to come in with a group of friends to just hang out or even have a study group. The café has a positive atmosphere with friendly staff that are extremely helpful with answering any questions you have about their menu.

They are open until 11 PM every day and 1AM on Fridays and Saturdays to accommodate your late night crave. They have two locations, one near the McKinley Mall in Blasdell and the other is in Amherst near the AMC theater.

Podcast as Promotion

David Schaub is a Western New York Entrepreneur who uses podcasts to grow his business. You may be wondering, “ What exactly does Schaub do?” Schaub is a motivational speaker and often talks to college students. Schaub’s ultimate goal is to connect people and give people opportunities. He works for N2 Publishing, which provides local businesses connections to people in the area. He also creates podcasts and connects with local Western New Yorkers to find out what they do. Normally, he creates podcasts with his clients. Schaub has many connections and is able to bring a lot of people together. He focuses a lot on leadership and entrepreneurship. There are so many great entrepreneurs in our hometown, so he said it would be intriguing to “learn from people that do well in Buffalo.”

Schaub uses podcasts to fuel his business essentially. He started making podcasts in April and has made over 50 of them. “You have to find something you love doing and be selective about it”, he says. He plans to hold events, build his following, learn about what people do in each field, and have speakers in each field. “I plan to have high end entrepreneurs to teach you and find connections”, Schaub says. Schaub says, “You have to be unique or different, passionate, and solve a problem that people want to be solved. That’s what will set you apart from other people. “ He also stated, “There’s nothing like this in Buffalo, Why can’t I do it? I want to do this.”

Schaub says, “I’m connecting people with people they might not have had the chance to.” By gaining followers on social media, he is able to publicize himself and reach out to the community to connect people with other people, providing people with opportunities that may have never had.

You can follow David Schaub on Instagram at wnyentrepreneurpodcast.

Hawks Edge Keuka

Hilbert college men’s basketball team won a nail-biter over Keuka College earlier this month, by the score 98-97.

The game was an extremely exciting contest for the fans as it went back and forth all afternoon long with the Hawks holding on after Keuka had a chance to win the game with the game’s final possession.

Hilbert started the game on fire being up as many as 13 points at one point in the first half, before going down early in the second half. However, they closed out the game strong and ended up winning the game by one point.

Any fan who bought a ticket was definitely entertained, but these games can be tough for the coaching staff to watch. Head coach Rob deGrandpre was happy that his team managed to hold on to the game and get the win, but not overly pleased with how they played.

“I like our start, I don’t like the fact that we give up a lot of points,” deGrandpre said. “It puts a lot of pressure on us to rally. I’m sure the people who bought a ticket tonight got their money’s worth but that’s not how we draw it up,”

One key to the high score was the amount fouls taken by Hilbert’s defense. To start the second half the hawks had seven defensive fouls in the first five minutes. That’s a lot of free points to be handing out to the opposing team.

“Usually in practice we certainly harp on defending without fouling,” deGrandpre said regarding the Hawks’ foul troubles. “It really comes back to being fundamental. You’ve got to be a disciplined team if you want to have success. And while we try to take advantage that when other teams do it, we can’t do that and expect to win games”.

A huge positive in Saturday’s win was the way bench stepped up for the Hawks, scoring 39 points. deGrandpre pointed out, “The good news for us is we have other guys that can step up and contribute and they did for us tonight. One of the keys going into the game was for the bench to contribute and give us a lift.”

One of those bench players that provided the team a huge lift was Kyreese Fisher who had five points in the Hawks win Saturday afternoon. He provided a spark on defense and was trusted to be on the floor in the final minute with the hawks protecting a lead.

“Coming off the bench I just try to focus on my defense because I need to ty and bring energy to the game,” Fisher said. “The easiest way for me to do that is being up on defense and pressuring the opponent.”

Another Hawk who really brought his game was senior Alex Karamanos, who played 27 minutes for the hawks and scored 24 points in the contest. He was very energetic and physical all night long being hard to handle for Keuka.

“We’re all really close and we all trust each other that any five of us can make a shot and I think that’s how we keep our composer and it worked out pretty well,” Karamanos said.

The Hawks are now 4-1 on the season and will play their next game on Tuesday November 26th at 6:00pm in University of Pittsburgh Bradford.

Journalism Camp: Hilbert Cafeteria Held Up at Gunpoint

Editor’s Note: This story was written as part of a breaking news exercise. No robbery took place at Hilbert College.

by Nick Pulinski, Leah Chlewicki, Grace Wenner

An armed robbery occurred at the Hilbert Campus cafeteria this afternoon. 

At approximately 1:30 pm a white male about 5’8” entered the dining hall wearing sunglasses and threatened a cashier with a supposed weapon. Vito Czyz, Director of Hilbert College Campus Safety, said the armed robber fled the area with approximately $250 in cash. 

“The suspect is not in custody, he is still at large,” Czyz said. “The Hamburg Police Department and the New York State Police are continuing to search.”  

A student in the cafeteria at the time was shaken up by the out of the ordinary activity at the small, liberal arts college.

“[He] said he had a gun or something, came up, asked for the money, threw it in a bag and just stormed out there, ran past everyone,” Ryan Zunner, a witness, said,  “It was a crazy scene.”

Czyz stated that Hamburg police were called to the scene and chased the suspect before losing him in a wooded area behind the school. He also added the campus was placed in a lockdown while police searched the location. 

“A Town of Hamburg Police Officer, who had happened to be nearby campus, pursued him and chased him through the woodline, which is adjacent to our practice fields,” Czyz said,  “[He] also fell and possibly broke his ankle in the woods and was taken to ACMC.”

Czyz asks the community to promote public safety by using established the police tip line when necessary; 1 (800) 723-3786.


Journalism Camp: News About News


by Owen Rung

Have you ever wondered what goes on at the heart of a news station? In this article we follow Lanora Ziobrowski, who works at Channel 7 WKBW, on a tour of the building and what goes on there. We first go to a large room filled with multi-media journalists, journalists who film, edit and write all of their own work. We talk to one of those journalists, Ed Drantch, who also anchors the morning news

“I get up at 2:15[AM], and I get here at 3:30[AM],” says Drantch. “You got to love it to do it”. 

But they don’t just leave after they go on television. In fact, they have a regular workday where they research for stories. 

After, we explored a technical area with many screens and buttons. Here they have lists of when the commercials play, and what the commercials are. They also make sure everything is running okay on their channel.

 Lanora then guided us to the studios where they have a living room scene, an outdoor scene, and a fully functioning kitchen for shows with specific needs. Then, at the news studio we witness Madison Carter, the noontime news host, go live to talk about the upcoming heat. 

“We’re going to give you some tips on how to stay cool in dangerous temps,” says Carter.

We also saw meteorologist Aaron Mentkowski in front of a green screen to talk about the hot weather. He has a small screen off camera he references to see where he should point to, since all he can see, is green.

Outside, we see a gazebo, for outside videos, which Lanora claims that they are one of the few news stations where they can still choose to broadcast outside. A weather van is also outside, with an intricate satellite device on its roof. Lanora said that they can get the general weather from anywhere in this van. A lot can happen inside this building that many people don’t think twice, or even once, when watching the news.

Journalism Camp: Canalside continues to grow


By Peyton Leftwich

On any given day in Canalside you can see families bustling around enjoying the boardwalk, the naval park and more opportunities that weren’t even imaginable just 15 years ago.

Canalside is a constantly developing place that is increasingly popular. Starting in 2004, buildings began springing up on the once desolate downtown area. Presently, a mix of new attractions and outdoor green space has attracted locals and tourists alike to the waterfront area. City planners and developers are also working toward creating new living and retail space.

Julie Tahan, a mother who was visiting her hometown from Princeton New Jersey, said that she has seen steady improvement downtown on her yearly trips home.

“I think back then and everybody thought Buffalo was a joke and in some ways that the downtown was kind of dying,” said Tahan. “It was just deserted buildings, so this has been a really nice transition.”

Chris Hawley, a city employee with the planning department, said that the Canalside history has been instrumental in renewing the popularity of the downtown area. Among the accomplishments a revitalized waterfront brings, the city will be able to rebuild a once influential neighborhood in the heart of downtown.

“If that’s successful I think we’ll have a completely different relationship culturally and economically between the citizens of Buffalo and the waterfront,” said Hawley.

Mary Katherine, a mother and museum member, said that Canalside is the place that comes to mind when she has a free day to go somewhere and do something with her children. 

“I grew up in Buffalo and I would have never come down here before,” Katherine said. “They’ve done so much, even just going for a walk around the water, this museum, there’s restaurants and it’s pretty awesome.”

Jeannine Weber-Kahabka is the marketing and public relations director at the Explore and More children’s museum. She said the museum’s canal exhibit not only provides children with a new experience, but also with some history on Buffalo. She wanted to make the exhibit more interactive-based, so it isn’t just a museum, it teaches the children to appreciate where they live, and it provides them with insight on the history of Buffalo.

“When children are exposed to something that they haven’t considered before, you’re turning on a switch of interest and nobody can turn that switch off,” said Weber- Kahabka. “I want children to learn about themselves and figure out what’s interesting to them. If you don’t expose a child to the consideration of becoming a lab technician or to finding the cure to cancer, they may never consider to take that path.”

 There are so many things that make Buffalo itself and Canalside has added a great amount of community and significance back to a once bustling area of the Queen City.