Erika Riley



Demise of Les Abattoirs, a Thriving Artists’ Space in Casablanca: CityLab

I wrote this feature on Les Abattoirs, slaughterhouses-turned-slaughterhouses, in Casablanca, Morocco with the help of Round Earth Media during spring 2018. It was published by CityLab at the beginning of 2019.

CASABLANCA—At the edge of the city sits Les Abattoirs, a crumbling cathedral of art-deco architecture that served as the city’s slaughterhouse for more than a century. After the last generation of butchers left in 2002 the nearly 14-acre complex became the unlikely home of a public art movement in a city where art, fighting uphill against a lack of space, funding, and free expression, struggles to be accessible. Les Abattoirs changed that, bringing free performances, workshops, and concerts to the industrial, working-class neighborhood of Hay Mohammadi.


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'We're in the corner': The Knox Student

An investigative look into the disparity between fraternity and sorority housing on Knox College's campus.. Winner of the 2017 Ida M. Tarbell Prize in Investigative Reporting.

The sisters of Delta Delta Delta have to clear out of their house by 9:00 p.m. every night for curfew, despite having their own keys. They are not allowed to sleep over in the house.

The sorority houses, all located behind SMC on South Academy Street, are not residential, despite the fact that they are all repurposed faculty housing. Alpha Sigma Alpha’s new house, which was just repurposed at the beginning of this term, was once inhabited by Deans Deb and Craig Southern. ... 

DACA-mented students linger in limbo: The Knox Student

For the first issue of the year, I decided to address how the changes to DACA affected students on our campus. 

Sophomore Michel Mora does not know what will happen when her protection under DACA expires on March 30.

“No one has said anything about what will happen after March. Once March comes, we’ll see. I guess in a way it’s kind of scary not knowing what’s going to happen to you. … It’s all in the hands of the [politicians] right now,” Mora said.


Lifestyle & Features


New Student in NYC? Here Are Tips on Making the City Yours: StreetEasy

Every year, thousands of students come to New York City from all over to study in the greatest city in the world. For those who aren’t familiar with the city, or who’ve never even seen it, this can be an incredibly daunting time. Here we have some tips and tricks on how to get accustomed to the hustle and bustle during your first semester here.

'Frosty' comes to life at the Engeman Theater: Times Beacon Record Newspapers

The John W. Engeman Theater in Northport kicked off its holiday season last Saturday with the opening of an annual favorite, “Frosty.” Richard T. Dolce skillfully directs the children-friendly classic with the help of a talented adult cast of five.



Deal of the Week: A Dreamy Park Slope Studio for $460K: StreetEasy

Given that Park Slope has become one of the 10 most expensive NYC neighborhoods to live in, buying in the neighborhood might seem like a pipe dream. But even with those high sales prices, there are still some gems to be found. Take our Deal of the Week: this studio at 220 Berkeley Place #6F sits right near Grand Army Plaza, and is asking a fraction of the median sale price in the neighborhood.

Marketing post for StreetEasy.

A passion for painting: 94-year-old Rene Rheault debuts gallery: LNP + LancasterOnline

After the death of his wife two years ago, Rene Rheault wasn’t sure what to do with his time. A visit to Arizona to see his son, however, inspired him to try his hand at painting, something he had never done before. Rheault, 94, discovered he had a passion and a talent for it, and his paintings are now on display at Woodcrest Villa, the East Hempfield Township retirement community where he lives.

“I feel like I accomplished something, I feel good about it and I feel like I did something worthwhile,” Rheault says.




Why they marched: The Knox Student

I attended the Women's March on Washington with 52 other Knox students in January 2017. This is the article my managing editor Nadia Spock and I wrote together. Winner of Second Place News Story at the Illinois Collegiate Press Association. 

Sophomore Ananda Badili’s father marched in the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. 22 years ago. This past weekend, she marched in the Women’s March in D.C. with an estimated 500,000 people.

“It’s like I’m following in his footsteps or something,” she said on the bus, just one day before the march. “I think it’ll be really inspirational and something I can tell my kids about.”



Students protest Trump presidency: The Knox Student

Protests emerged on the Knox campus less than 12 hours after the election. My co-editor and I raced to cover it.

Opening the floor to a group of over 100 gathered students, Koroye stood on a table on the Gizmo patio, dressed in all black.

“Be angry. Let it drive you. Let it move you,” Koroye said.

The rally started with the microphone being open to all students, who took turns speaking to their fears, hopes, angers and advice for one another. Other students and faculty gathered around the patio, spilling out onto the steps. They cheered, snapped, clapped and cried together.

Cottage CEO: Local births not enough to support 2 obstetrics departments: Galesburg Register-Mail

GALESBURG — Two full-time and one part-time employee of the Cottage Women’s Health Clinic will lose their jobs as a result of the suspension of labor and delivery services, says Eileen Inness, direct of public relations.