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Muslim student loses scholarship after refusing to meet foundation's head for drinks
Russia Today ^ | 7-7-2014

Posted on 07/07/2014 10:53:53 PM PDT by Citizen Zed

After refusing to meet for drinks with the head of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation, the organization told the Hispanic student she was not eligible for a scholarship given she was Muslim, the young woman claims in court.

Moriah Elusta has sued the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation (ILLCF) and the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) in Cook County Court. She is seeking punitive damages for breach of contract and violation of due process.

Elusta, a student of UIC from 2011 to 2014 who was on track to graduate in three years with a 3.32 grade point average, claims ILLCF’s CEO Michael Gonzalez told there would be “problems for her at UIC” if she did not meet with him for drinks after Elusta had won a $2,000 scholarship from the non-profit organization in late 2013.

The plaintiff "received a phone call from Michael Gonzalez…who stated that the scholarship money came from his 'pocket'; and that she needed to meet with him and get drinks in order to receive her award," according to the complaint reported by Courthouse News.

"Mr. Gonzalez added that if plaintiff did not meet with him, he would cause problems for her at UIC."

Elusta’s father found out that scholarships provided by ILLCF come from business donations, not from the CEO. Her father took the matter to an ILLCF donor, Commonwealth Edison, which told Mr. Elusta that it would end its funding of ILLCF, the complaint says.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: misleadingtitle; muslim
How will this story end?
1 posted on 07/07/2014 10:53:53 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
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To: Citizen Zed
So, was it because they were Muslim or because they didn't meet for drinks. Neither seems like an acceptable reason in this context.

There are Christians who don't drink. There are recovering alcoholics that don't drink. There are people who are allergic to alcohol. There are people who choose not to drink. Unless this scholarship was somehow connected to drinking, it doesn't seem like a valid excuse. It sounds like the idiot just wanted to be kissed up to. Give me a break.

2 posted on 07/07/2014 11:53:17 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Citizen Zed

Why not meet the guy for a drink, and have a coke or club soda? If modesty is the issue, bring a chaperone.


3 posted on 07/07/2014 11:55:21 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: nickcarraway

“Mr. Gonzalez added that if plaintiff did not meet with him, he would cause problems for her at UIC.”

I’m with the gal on this. Sounds like Mr. Gonzalez was looking for a date.


4 posted on 07/07/2014 11:56:20 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: IncPen

A hispanic muslim- is that even possible /semi sarcasm


5 posted on 07/07/2014 11:56:50 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: Nailbiter

Oh, there are a lot. Especially Hispanic females have been converting.


6 posted on 07/07/2014 11:58:34 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Citizen Zed

Wait, I’m site they would have served him something non-alcoholic. Tons of people don’t drink alcohol.


7 posted on 07/08/2014 12:04:54 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Citizen Zed; nickcarraway; Huntress; 21twelve; Nailbiter; Still Thinking

As I was reading the article it became clear there is a lot more to the story — one of the issues is that the scholarship is for Latinos, NOT Muslims, too bad...

“Ruiz told her Muslims are not eligible for the scholarship since it was for Hispanics only.”

She also falsified a letter of recommendation.

“Several months later, Elusta received an email accusing her of falsifying a letter of recommendation she sent to the School of Nursing at UIC, where she had hoped to attend after earning her undergraduate degree.

“Plaintiff never wrote this letter of recommendation; and she does know the alleged author, Linda Hull, who allegedly had plaintiff as a student in a microbiology class. Plaintiff had obtained the required letter of recommendation from one of her professors,” Elusta’s complaint states. “

Read the full article


8 posted on 07/08/2014 12:09:39 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

“As I was reading the article...”

Can’t. Too busy posting crap about the excerpt.

Seriously though, thanks for the added information. Might have to actually read it then to see why Mr. Gonzalez didn’t just say that. And perhaps he did, and she’s lying about everything.


9 posted on 07/08/2014 12:16:08 AM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Innovative

That part about the letter of recommendation was confusing. Almost made it sound like the girl did not send it, that it was sent by a professor that she didn’t know?

And the girl said her mother is Hispanic, so obviously she has Hispanic blood and heritage. Although the club may have rules that both parents are, etc.


10 posted on 07/08/2014 12:22:36 AM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve

‘Several months later, Elusta received an email accusing her of falsifying a letter of recommendation she sent to the School of Nursing at UIC”

SHE sent the letter of recommendation.

Also:

“Elusta says she was then dismissed from UIC just one month before graduation.”

Universities don’t just dismiss students without cause on just a say-so from someone.

There is a LOT more to this, that is not being covered in the article, which is trying to paint her as a victim.


11 posted on 07/08/2014 12:35:29 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Citizen Zed

With America being further subjugated by muslim lawfare and leftist agitation? Chances are good she is lying.


12 posted on 07/08/2014 12:38:37 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Citizen Zed

Why is this story from Russia Today?


13 posted on 07/08/2014 12:43:22 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Innovative
Hello. Muslim is a religion. Hispanic is (supposedly) an ethnicity, and it certainly isn't a religion. So it is entirely likely that Miss Elusta is both Hispanic and Muslim.

Falsifying a letter or recommendation sounds like it is a very good reason to deny a scholarship. But then why say it was about the drinks or religion? This guy Michael Gonzalez may be a total cad. Anyway, this article is poorly written, which makes it hard to tell what is going on.

14 posted on 07/08/2014 1:02:06 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Nailbiter
A hispanic muslim- is that even possible

Probably slipping across our border in droves...

15 posted on 07/08/2014 1:03:42 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Still Thinking

Hmmm..... A hispanic Muslim orders a ‘virgin mary’...


16 posted on 07/08/2014 1:04:52 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Innovative
Universities don’t just dismiss students without cause on just a say-so from someone.

The article says that Gonzalez threatened to use his connections to kick her out if she didn't go out drinking with him.

17 posted on 07/08/2014 1:05:38 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Innovative
Universities don’t just dismiss students without cause on just a say-so from someone.

No, at least the one I went to had an Honor Council made up of students and professors who sat on such a case, heard testimony, received evidence, etc. before handing down a decision, much like a court.

The standard for ours was 'Guilty beyond a reasonable doubt'.

18 posted on 07/08/2014 1:08:38 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: nickcarraway

That is called sexual harassment and is illegal.


19 posted on 07/08/2014 1:34:45 AM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: Citizen Zed

More info in this article — though the whole thing sounds fishy, because the article just repeats her claims, but did not go interview the university and the man she is accusing.

Anyway, here is the other article:

UIC student claims she was treated inappropriately, wrongfully expelled from school

http://voices.suntimes.com/news/breaking-news/uic-student-claims-she-was-treated-inappropriately-wrongfully-expelled-from-school/

Looks like she couldn’t be bothered to go and pick up the check, then she CLAIMS she got the call about going out for drinks.

“But because she was studying for finals, Elusta claims she could not pick up the check during the awards ceremony, which was held Nov. 22, 2013, according to the caucus’s website. She was told to grab it after November 24, 2013, the suit claims.”

ALSO she WAS notified about the hearing that resulted in her being expelled. She couldn’t bother to show up — she asked to have it postponed, but of course the university didn’t postpone it.

“A hearing was scheduled for April 16. Elusta requested to have the hearing postponed so she could hire an attorney, but she was denied, even though she reached out in the allotted amount of time, the suit claims.”

I am surprised that some FReepers just swallow her story hook-line-and-sinker.


20 posted on 07/08/2014 2:05:11 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: LadyDoc

Please read my posts on this thread with additional information, before you just believe everything she alleges. The article only gives her side of the story — there is much more to it.


21 posted on 07/08/2014 2:06:22 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: nickcarraway

What, their gang banging relatives aren’t violent/abusive enough for them, so they want to sign up with a death cult?


22 posted on 07/08/2014 2:17:08 AM PDT by Politicalkiddo (The more helpless the victim, the more hideous the assault.)
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To: nickcarraway
this article is poorly written, which makes it hard to tell what is going on.

There's a lot of that going on.

23 posted on 07/08/2014 2:34:07 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Quizas.)
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To: Citizen Zed

“who was on track to graduate in three years with a 3.32 grade point average”

She can predict to the hundredths place what her GPA will be after 3 more years?


24 posted on 07/08/2014 4:22:29 AM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: nickcarraway

They could have had a damn coke. It’s his money so he can give it to who he wants... Oh wait...this is Obamas America.

Anyway, yes, I’d want to size up who I was donating my earnings to.


25 posted on 07/08/2014 4:40:06 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: 21twelve
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she was under no obligation to drink alcohol ...

"water and lemon" would have worked perfectly ...

she's just a "victim" hispanic-muslim with an attitude.


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26 posted on 07/08/2014 5:06:09 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (.)
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To: Patton@Bastogne; MinuteGal

Impossible to tell what’s really going on here. Poorly written article, not enough info.


27 posted on 07/08/2014 6:40:23 AM PDT by flaglady47
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To: Tax-chick

“this article is poorly written, which makes it hard to tell what is going on”

“There’s a lot of that goi. ng on

lmao Good one Tax-chick.


28 posted on 07/08/2014 8:10:25 AM PDT by Rannug ("all enemies, foreign and domestic")
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To: Rannug

That was an accident.


29 posted on 07/08/2014 8:13:37 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Quizas.)
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