• Mike Pesarchick, Editor in Chief

Students organize protest as a response to the sexual assault lawsuit

By: Mike Pesarchick, Editor-in-Chief


Seniors Savannah Karcz (let) and Bekira Rabinowitz (right) protest Canisius’ response to the sexual assault lawsuit (Mike Pesarchick/The Griffin) .
Seniors Savannah Karcz (let) and Bekira Rabinowitz (right) protest Canisius’ response to the sexual assault lawsuit (Mike Pesarchick/The Griffin) .

Two Canisius students organized and led a short protest on Friday in response to the recent sexual assault lawsuit filed against the school


Seniors Savannah Karcz and Bekira Rabinowitz organized and led a protest outside Bagen Hall, which houses the office of the President John J. Hurley as well as other administrators.


About 10 protesters, both male and female, gathered to listen to Rabinowitz and Karcz tell stories about sexual assault on campus as well as alleged statistics. The protest seemed to gain attention from those inside Bagen, however, the blinds on President Hurley’s office were closed.


“As a freshman they really promoted that Canisus was a safe campus and that they cared about sexual assault” said Rabinowitz “As soon as I entered fall semester of my freshman year, I knew boys in my dorm who were r*pists”


Karcz and Rabinowitz are organizing a petition calling for the firing of President Hurley, Athletic Director Bill Maher, and Nate Huckle, the cross country and track and field coach. Both Maher and Huckle are defendants in the lawsuit.


“Thank you to the faculty that do keep speaking out in support of victims and telling administration about these events,” Karcz said after the protest.


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