Screenshot of security video shows Ruby Rivera, accompanied by a second person, people vandalizing the outdoor menorah at the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign
University of Illinois Campus Police
February 17, 2016

U Of I Softball Player Apologizes For Menorah Damage

Suspended University of Illinois softball player Ruby Rivera has apologized for damaging a menorah at an orthodox Jewish student center near the Urbana campus.


Screenshot of security video shows two people vandalizing the outdoor menorah at the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign
University of Illinois Campus Police
February 09, 2016

UPDATE: Illini Softball Player To Face Charge Of Vandalizing Menorah

A member of the University of Illinois women's softball team, Ruby A. Fernandez-Rivera, has been issued a notice to appear in court in connection with the weekend vandalizing of the menorah outside the Illini Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Champaign.  She's been suspended indefinitely from the team, while the other student involved, identified only as a male gymnast, will miss the next two competitions.


U of I students Ahsan Ali, Bana Zayyad and Mudassir Ali serve on the executive board of the Muslim Students Association on the Urbana campus.
Senait Gebregiorgis/Illinois Public Media
December 22, 2015

Muslim Students Confront Stereotypes

After the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, many Muslims in the United States find themselves confronting stereotypes about their culture and religion. That includes Muslim students at the University of Illinois. 


Baker Siddique and wife Nazmun
Rachel Otwell/WUIS
December 16, 2015

Being Muslim In Illinois

Muslims in Illinois are coping with increased scrutiny and incendiary rhetoric. We take you inside a local mosque and introduce you to a business owner in Champaign-Urbana.


The new water tower in Gifford, which is expected to operational in a few weeks.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
November 17, 2015

Gifford: Two Years Later

There are no big ceremonies Tuesday to mark the two-year mark of the EF-4 tornado that tore through the tiny Champaign County village of Gifford, destroying or damaging 70 homes.  "We did not want to always dwell on the destruction of what had happened that day," said Christina Gann, who was a large part of relief efforts in 2013 and 2014.


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