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Halloween Safety

Trick or Treat time is next week and little ghosts and goblins will be roaming our streets and neighborhoods.

Perhaps you may have a few of these creatures in your own home!

Click here for a few Halloween safety tips to keep in mind as candy hungry creatures ring your doorbell!

Submitted by: Submitted by: Joe Roetter, safety director

Are You Ready for Some Hoops?

Your Golden Griffin men’s basketball team tips off the 2013-14 campaign tonight (10/28) when they host Daemen College in a preseason exhibition game. The contest will start at 7 pm in the KAC.

The Griffs are led by MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Billy Baron. Canisius is coming off its first 20 win season in more than 20 years and the Griffs have been picked for third in the MAAC preseason polls.

To purchase your tickets in advance, call 888-2885. Season tickets are still available and individual game tickets for the remainder of the year are currently on sale.

For more information, visit

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

Video Institute Earns National Awards

The Canisius College Video Institute recently earned a number of national awards for four student-produced films.

East Side: A Community of Hope, Where the Crow Will Be Forever, Edward Austin Kent: 1854-1912, and Andy’s Spectrum of Hope earned 2013 Telly Awards, adding to the Video Institute’s already impressive reputation.

East Side: A Community of Hope, produced by Erik Taheri (DMA/CSC ’14) and Rich Lunghino (DMA ’13) under the direction of Barbara Irwin, Ph.D., professor of communication studies and co-director of the Video Institute, received two Bronze Telly Awards Awards in the Social Issues and Student Categories. The film focuses on the East Side of Buffalo and the faith-based initiatives taken to revitalize a community that has been ravaged by violence and poverty.

Where the Crow Will Be Forever, produced by Ashley Fike (COM ’13) and Lauren Mosier (DMA ’13) under Irwin’s direction, earned a Bronze Telly Award in the Student Non-Broadcast Category. The documentary explores the history of the Crow tribe, life on the reservation, and why the Crow have chosen to stay.

Edward Austin Kent: 1854-1912 won a Bronze Telly Award in the History/Biography Category. This film, produced by Taheri and Lunghino under the direction of Jamie O’Neil, director of the Digital Media Arts program and co-director of the Video Institute, premiered in April 2012 at the Buffalo History Museum on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and focuses on the life of the renowned Buffalo architect.

Andy’s Spectrum of Hope, produced by Michael Belfatto (DMA ’12) and Kurt Vogt (DMA ’12) under O’Neil’s direction, won two Silver Telly Awards in the Student Non-Broadcast and Social Responsibility Categories. The film, featuring a Sweet Home High School student with autism, also won a Bronze Telly Award in the Motivational Category.

The Telly Awards are a New York City-based organization that seeks to honor local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as video and film productions. The Silver Telly is the highest honor presented.

The award-winning Canisius College Video Institute provides students with opportunities to put their classroom lessons to work on projects that enrich their learning and benefit the greater community. Students produce social documentaries and service-oriented videos – all connected by the theme of social justice – to promote discourse on ethical, social and cultural issues relevant to the world today. It provides students with a context for real-world learning and for doing social justice.

The Video Institute is co-directed by Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies, and Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts and director of the Digital Media Arts Program.

Submitted by:  Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, communication studies

Expert on Mass Litigation and Tort Reform to Speak at Canisius

The Canisius College Frank G. Raichle Lecture Series on Law in American Society will welcome Walter Olson to campus on Wednesday, October 30 at 8:15 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The event, “The Ideology of the Modern American Law School,” is free and open to the public.

Olson is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies. Previously he was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a columnist for Great Britain’s Times Online. The Washington Post has dubbed Olson the “intellectual guru of tort reform.” He has appeared numerous times before Congress and advised many public officials.

His most recent book, Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America (Encounter Books, 2011), was described by Publisher’s Weekly as “cutting edge commentary,” “astute,” “witty,” and hard-hitting.” Olson’s previous books The Rule of Lawyers and The Excuse Factory, concerning workplace lawsuits, were also met with accolades. His widely discussed first book, The Litigation Explosion, was cited by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in a major Supreme Court case.

Olson’s writing appears regularly in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the New York Post. He founded and continues to run, widely cited as the oldest blog on the law as well as one of the most popular. Olson’s approximately 400 broadcast appearances include major networks such as CNN, Fox News, PBS, NPR as well as “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

For more information, contact The Frank G. Raichle Pre-Law Center at Ext. 2695.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication