The Spectator

2020-2021 Staff

Ta’Leah Van Sistine

Editor-in-Chief

Ta’Leah Van Sistine is a third-year journalism and creative writing student. This is her fifth semester on The Spectator staff. When she is not reporting for The Spectator or Blugold Radio Sunday, she enjoys getting lost in a go...

Lea Kopke

Managing Editor

Lea Kopke is a third-year journalism and German student. This is her fifth semester on The Spectator staff. Her ideal day would begin with a BMB performance and end in a sunset hike alongside her friends....

Lauren Spierings

News Editor

Lauren Spierings is a third-year Spanish and journalism student. She enjoys trying all types of new foods and listening to new music artists. She enjoys napping and spending time in a hammock.

Grace Olson

Op/Ed Editor

Grace Olson is a third-year journalism student with a sociology minor and a WGSS certificate. She loves to explore Eau Claire, read, find new music and spend time with her friends and family! Grace is excited for this semester, d...

Taylor Wilkinson

Multimedia Editor

Taylor Wilkinson is a fourth-year photography student. This is her third year on The Spectator. She enjoys drinking black coffee, laughter, and rock-climbing. You can usually find her sleeping in a hammock or petting a dog. ...

Evelyn Nelson

Chief Copy Editor

Evelyn Nelson is a second-year Journalism and Spanish student. This is her third semester on The Spectator. She enjoys going for walks in the forest, coffee and sharing her collages (ask her about them).

Amira Lunderville

Copy Editor

Amira is a fourth-year English and psychology student. This is her first semester on The Spectator team. In her free time, she enjoys collecting more books than she needs, reading said books and binge-watching addicting TV sho...

Chloe Smith

Copy Editor

Chloe is a third-year English and multimedia communications student. This is her first semester on The Spectator team. In her free time she likes to read, binge watch TV shows, spending time with her dog, and listening to music...

Allison Hinrichs

Staff Writer

Allison is a second year Journalism and Multimedia Communication major. This is her first semester at the Spectator as a Staff Writer. Allison loves being outdoors and anything that gives her an adrenaline rush she loves hikin...

Reonna Huettner

Staff Writer

Reonna is a third-year English Major and American Sign Language student. This is her first semester on The Spectator team as a Staff Writer. In her free time, she enjoys a good video game, playing with her cat(s), and loves find...

Sami Geiger

Staff Writer

Sami is a third-year journalism and multimedia communications student. This is her first semester on The Spectator team. When she is not going to class, doing homework or reporting she enjoys getting lost in a good book, being with...

Ben Strong

Staff Writer

Ashlie Fanetti

Staff Writer

Ashlie is a third-year journalism and political science student. This is her first semester on The Spectator team. In her free time, she loves to read, watch a good Netflix documentary and spend time with her family/friends....

Spencer Kristof

Staff Writer

Spencer Kristof is a fifth-year political science student with minors in journalism and history. He loves talking Star Wars, politics, music and art. You will often find him reading manga with his earbuds in....

Miles Plueger

Staff Writer

Miles Plueger is a third-year public relations and marketing student. He spent quarantine teaching himself guitar. He also makes a mean chicken stir fry.

Sam Janssen

Staff Writer

Sam Janssen is a third-year journalism student with a psychology minor. This is his third semester with The Spectator. In his free time, he enjoys being an avid sports fan and playing the guitar.

Owyn Peters

Staff Photographer

Owyn Peters is a third-year computer science student, and he enjoys riding bikes, traveling and being outdoors.

Caleb Doyle

Freelance Writer

Bridget Kelley

Freelance Writer

Bridget Kelley is a fourth-year journalism student. Bridget enjoys babies, coffee and oxford commas. Kelley has not yet found gluten-free donuts, so keep suggestions coming.

Madeline Fuerstenberg

Freelance Writer

Madeline Fuerstenberg is a fourth-year journalism student. This is her seventh semester on The Spectator staff and she’ll miss it with all her heart once she graduates (if she graduates).

Bethanny Mennecke

Graphic Designer

Bethany Mennecke is a first-year graphic design student who enjoys baking cookies and snuggling with her cats. When she's not hard at work with The Spectator and NOTA, you can find her playing her trumpet in the BMB. ...

Isaac Rasset

Photographer

Isaac is a first-year marketing student and this is his first year at the spectator. In his free time, he enjoys visiting amusement parks, exploring nature, and taking photos.

Emma Steiler

Photographer

Emma is a fourth-year management and entrepreneur student. This is her first semester on The Spectator team. On rainy days she enjoys playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons and writing poetry.

McKenna Dirks

Currents/ Sports Editor

McKenna Dirks is a third-year business and journalism student. This is her fourth semester on The Spectator staff. She loves her baby succulents and spontaneously driving to Canada. She’s also obsessed with cookie dough. ...

Joel Meier

Business Manger

Joel Meier is a second-year Marketing Analytics student. He is the brand ambassador at The Spectator for his second year on staff. He enjoys eating spicy food and bell peppers with peanut butter.

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