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Buffalo Peace House Fall Fling Fundraiser

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The Fall Fling Fundraiser for the Buffalo Peace House will take place on Thursday, October 18 at Wanakah Country Club in Hamburg. Hors d’oeuvres will begin at 5:30 p.m. Established in 2009, the Buffalo Peace House provides a safe, clean haven for U.S. asylum seekers. We now have two sites in Hamburg and the importance of sufficient operating funds and volunteer assistance cannot be overstated. You can help the Buffalo Peace House by spreading the word to your families, your colleagues and your friends and by supporting our fundraising efforts. If you can help out through our fall fundraiser or through donations or volunteering, it would be much appreciated.

Submitted by: Marta Rizzo, adjunct professor, Modern Languages

Arabic Drum Ensemble

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The fall 2018 semester offers a brand new musical opportunity to all Canisius College students – the inaugural semester for the Canisius College Arabic Drumming Ensemble. Directed by percussion instructor, Bob Accurso, the group is open to drummers and drumming enthusiasts of all levels. The ensemble will explore and perform traditional rhythms from the Middle East and Northern Africa. Participants will learn essential rhythms and techniques on a variety of the most commonly used drums. Don’t own a drum but would like to play? There will be drums available for you to use. Never played anything like this before? Here’s your chance to learn in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. There is still time to get in on this opportunity. Join us today, Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Join what is sure to become one of the coolest musical ensembles on campus.

Submitted by: Robert Accurso, adjunct professor, Fine Arts/Music 

Live French Theatre in Buffalo

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L’Alliance Française de Buffalo and Canisius College’s Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures are teaming up to present a play by Antoine de Saint Exupery: “Terre des hommes” (the English language version is known as “Wind, Sand and Stars”). This play will be performed in French by La Compagnie Caravague on Sunday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Canisius College’s Montante Cultural Center.

The two-man play is a memoir in which themes of friendship, death, heroism and solidarity among colleagues are featured along with ideas of what really makes life worth living. André Nerman’s La Compagnie Caravague, a theatre troupe based in France, will include Buffalo on its North American tour this year.

Being fluent in French is not a requirement for enjoying this performance and English subtitles will NOT be available. If you haven’t attended a French performance yet, give it a try and bring a friend while you’re at it. Tickets can be purchased online from the website of Alliance Française de Buffalo at Pre-purchased tickets will be held at the door. Tickets purchased in advance (by October 18): AFB members: $10; non-members/general public: $15; and students: $5. Tickets at the door: AFB members: $15; non-members/general public: $20; and students: $5. Canisius College student tickets: $2.

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Modern Languages

Primatologists Gather at Canisius College

On Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29, 75 primatologists converged on the college’s campus for the fourth Northeastern Evolutionary Primatologists (NEEP) meeting. This marks the first time NEEP was held outside of the NY metropolitan area, and the first time it has been held at a primarily undergraduate, liberal arts institution. A keynote address by Dr. Julie Teichroeb, University of Toronto, kicked off the event Friday evening, with a full day Saturday of presentations and posters. NEEP aims to give students, both graduate and undergraduate, an opportunity to present their research in a relatively small venue and interact with prominent researchers in the field. The meeting was hosted by Sue Margulis, professor of ABEC and biology. Margulis’s research students, “Team Ape,” were on hand to volunteer and present.

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, professor, ABEC and Biology

If It’s Wednesday, It Must Be Soccer

For the second of six consecutive Wednesdays, Canisius will host a MAAC soccer match at the Demske Sports Complex. This week it will be the women’s turn, as they battle Monmouth at 4:00 p.m. on the Demske turf.

The Golden Griffins are coming off a 1-1 tie versus Iona, while the Hawks defeated Siena, 1-0 in their most recent outing.

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Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics