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Ewing To Speak About Shield-Law Case

WGRZ-TV reporter and Canisius College adjunct professor Claudine Ewing, whose jailhouse interview with a man waiting to stand trial in a grisly murder case has thrust her into a court battle of her own, will speak on Friday (October 8) at Noon in Lyons Hall Room 418 to a class in Canisius College’s new multimedia journalism program.  All Canisius faculty and staff are invited to attend but seating is limited.

Ewing, a news reporter and fill-in anchorwoman at WGRZ, and an adjunct professor who teaches broadcast journalism in the Communication Studies Department at Canisius, is invoking the New York State Shield Law to challenge a judge’s subpoena of her notes from the jailhouse interview, which took place September 7 inside the Erie County Holding Center.

In her report which was televised September 8, Ewing quoted Muzzammil S. “Mo” Hassan as saying that he “felt an incredible amount of relief” after beheading and killing his estranged wife, Aasiya Zubair Hassan.  Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III contends that Ewing’s interview with Hassan makes her a witness in the case, “and, as a witness, she has a legal obligation to turn over her notes,” Sedita told The Buffalo News.

WGRZ is fighting the judicial subpoena of Ewing’s notes. Station general manager Jim Toellner and attorney Susan C. Roney contend the state’s shield law protects the autonomy of the news media.

Submitted by:  Rob Kaiser, assistant professor, communication studies/journalism

Soup With Substance Event Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Jill Koyama, PhD, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy at the University of Buffalo, will speak as part of the Soup With Substance lecture series today (October 6) at 12:30 p.m. in Regis South.  Caldo Xochilt (also known as Mexican Hot Flower soup) will be served to attendees courtesy of Chartwells.

Koyama will speak about the issues and dilemmas Latinos/as face when negotiating their immigration identity in the United States.  Joining her will be Ana Luisa Munoz Garcia, a doctoral student and native Chilean, who will discuss her personal experiences.  After the presentation, there will be a 15-minute question and answer session.

This event is sponsored by Chartwells Dining Services, Latin American Students and Friends (LASAF) and the Office of Multicultural Programs.

Submitted by:  Tori Brady, administrative associate, multicultural programs

Busy Weekend For Griffin Sports Teams

Junior Layne Adams

It’s a busy weekend for the Golden Griffin sports teams with men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming/diving and hockey all in action while the rest of the campus takes a break.

Men’s soccer kicks off the weekend home action with their first two conference games of the year with a match versus Fairfield on Friday (October 8) at 7 p.m. and a battle with Iona at Noon on Sunday (October 10).  Both games are at the Demske Sports Complex.

The first-place women’s volleyball team looks to continue its impressive start with contests on Saturday (October 9) versus Fairfield and Sunday (October 10) versus Iona.  Both matches will start at 2 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center each day.

Even though they aren’t home, the women’s soccer team, also sitting atop the early MAAC standings, is just a few miles up the road at Niagara for a Saturday (October 9) game at 7 p.m.  The game marks the first Battle of the Bridge contest of the season between the two Little Three rivals.

Hockey opens the regular portion of its season after pounding York 11-4 last weekend in an exhibition contest.  The Griffs go to Western Michigan for a weekend series with games on Friday (October 8) and Saturday (October 9) at 7 p.m.  Those games can be heard on

The swim team also begins their season at the University of Buffalo with sessions slated for 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the WNY Invite.

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Submitted by:  John Maddock, associate athletic director – external affairs, athletics

Cyber Security Tip Of The Day

There is nothing that keeps someone from forging the return address on an Email.  In fact, it’s no more difficult than writing a false return address in the corner of an envelope before dropping it in a mailbox.  Just because an address ends in “” doesn’t mean that someone at Canisius actually wrote it.  If something seems truly odd about a message, don’t take it at face value; instead, call the person on the phone and ask if they sent it to you.

Submitted by:  Matthew Gracie, information security administrator, ITS

Braun-Ruddick Seismograph Station At Earth Science Day

Mark Castner, director of the Braun-Ruddick Seismograph Station, will represent Canisius on Saturday, (October 9) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the annual Earth Science Day at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center.  The event is run by the Hamburg Natural History Society.

At this unique event, visitors will have the opportunity to view a drill rig up close and in action during a coring demonstration, talk to geologists and earth scientists about what they do and about drilling in the Marcellus shale, find out about earthquakes and earthquake activity in WNY, learn about minerals and fossils, view the sun and solar flares through special telescopes, and collect and keep all the fossils they find.

This event is free and open to the public, and will be held rain or shine.  Fossil collecting will be held on the same site, and is free for members of the Hamburg Natural History Society, $6 for non-member adults, and $5 for non-member children. Free parking onsite is available and most of the exhibits are sheltered.  For further information, click here.

Submitted by:  Mark Castner, director, Braun-Ruddick Seismograph Station, physics