The Spectator

2021-2022 Staff

McKenna Dirks
Editor-In-Chief

McKenna Dirks

McKenna Dirks is a fourth-year journalism student and this is her seventh semester on The Spectator staff. She thrives under chaotic environments, loves plants and often gives off "granola girl" vibes with her Blundstone boots...

Sam Johnson
Managing Editor

Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson is a fourth-year creative writing and journalism student. When he's not writing or working, he's binge-watching shows, spending money at Dooley's and trying to fix his sleep schedule.

Oludare Obadiya
News Editor

Oludare Obadiya

Oludare likes watching basketball and is pretty mediocre at it, but that doesn't stop him from playing it. He has a small but growing record collection and believes Woody Harrelson is a style icon and national treasure -- fact not op...

Thomas DeLapp
Currents Editor

Thomas DeLapp

Thomas DeLapp is a third-year English and journalism student. This is his third semester at The Spectator, and first as Currents Editor! If he’s not writing, he’s probably watching movies or eating peanut butter (actually, both...

Nick Porisch
Sports Editor

Nick Porisch

Nick is a second-year journalism student, and this is his second year at The Spectator. He listens to an unhealthy amount of music and watches just as much TV. He also sometimes enjoys slightly less generic activities, like rock...

Sabrina Ftouhi
OP/ED Editor

Sabrina Ftouhi

Morgan Burke
Multimedia Editor

Morgan Burke

Morgan Burke is a fourth-year photography and multimedia communications student. This is her fourth semester on The Spectator, and first as Multimedia Editor. In her free time, she loves to make hyper-specific Spotify playlists...

Kalyn Cronk
Chief Copy Editor

Kalyn Cronk

Kalyn Cronk is a third-year RSTC and journalism student. This is her first semester on The Spectator staff but her last semester of college. In her free time, she likes to go on walks and go on spending sprees in Target.

Copy Editor

Elliot Adams

Allison Hinrichs
Copy Editor

Allison Hinrichs

Allison Hinrichs is a third-year journalism and multimedia communication student. This is her fourth semester at The Spectator. Allison loves being outdoors and anything that gives her an adrenaline rush. She loves hiking, rock cl...

Toby Mohr
Staff Writer

Toby Mohr

Staff Writer

Carmen Wolfe

Cade Fisher
Staff Writer

Cade Fisher

Cade Fisher is a first-year communications and creative writing student. This is his first semester at The Spectator. He spends his free time hanging with his friends, crafting/mining and being anxious about anything that comes...

Maddie Kasper
Staff Writer

Maddie Kasper

Maddie Kasper is a first-year political science and journalism student. This is her first semester on The Spectator staff. She enjoys funking earrings, the NYTimes crossword and listening to music.

Anna Smith
Staff Writer

Anna Smith

Anna Smith is a third-year journalism, psychology and legal studies + histories of race, gender, and societies student. Anna plans to graduate in May 2023 and attend law school post-graduation. In her free time, she enjoys embroidery,...

Kyra Price
Staff Writer

Kyra Price

Kyra Price is a first-year psychology student, and this is her first semester on The Spectator staff. In her free time, she enjoys writing and playing piano, as well as practicing lacrosse and spending way too much money on clothes.

Claire Schoenemann
Staff Writer

Claire Schoenemann

Claire Schoenemann is a first-year journalism student. This is her first semester with the Spectator. She likes to run, hike and be outside. She likes to listen to The Lumineers and Mt. Joy in her free time.

Lisa Snyder
Staff Writer

Lisa Snyder

Bridget Maxwell
Staff Writer

Bridget Maxwell

Bridget Maxwell is a third-year journalism and political science student, and this is her second semester on The Spectator staff. When she isn't writing for The Spectator, she is with friends sitting on the couch binging Dance Mo...

Staff Photographer

Kyle Schmidtke

Kyle Schmidtke is a fourth-year kinesiology student and this is his first semester on The Spectator. He enjoys going to the gym in his free time, as well as hiking, reading and re-watching The Office.

Leah Pflaum
Staff Photographer

Leah Pflaum

Leah Pflaum is a fourth-year general communications studies and sociology student. This is her first semester with The Spectator. In her free time, she enjoys painting, going for walks and spending countless hours on TikTok.

Grace Schutte
Freelance Writer

Grace Schutte

Grace Schutte is a third-year creative writing and Spanish student. This is her second semester on The Spectator staff, first as a staff writer, and now as the chief copy editor. She enjoys staring out windows, americanos and ...

Rosa Gómez
Freelance Writer

Rosa Gómez

Rosa Gómez is a second-year political science and journalism student. This is her first semester on The Spectator staff. She enjoys rainy days, reading and all things social justice!

Avery Shanahan
Freelance Writer

Avery Shanahan

Avery Shanahan is a fourth-year communications and sociology student. This is her second semester on The Spectator and her first semester as news editor! In her free time Avery loves to read, run and thrift shop!...

Sami Geiger
Freelance Writer

Sami Geiger

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

Sam Janssen
Freelance Writer

Sam Janssen

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

Timothy Spierings
Freelance Writer

Timothy Spierings

Timothy Spierings is a fourth-year Spanish and journalism student. This is their eighth semester on The Spectator staff. They enjoy trying all types of new foods and listening to new music artists and are currently trying to lea...

Lea Kopke
Freelance Writer

Lea Kopke

Lea Kopke is a fourth-year journalism and German student. This is her seventh semester on The Spectator staff. She plays the clarinet in the Blugold Marching Band and recently relearned how to ride a bike with no hands....

Bridget Kelley
Freelance Writer

Bridget Kelley

Bridget Kelley is a fourth-year journalism student. Bridget enjoys hanging out with babies, coffee and oxford commas. If anyone has any gluten-free food suggestions, Bridget's inbox is open.

Olivia Nelson
Business Manager

Olivia Nelson

Olivia Nelson is a third-year business administration and music liberal arts student. She likes to play her clarinet and manage the Blugold Marching Band. She also likes to taking photos and taking walks in nature in her free...

Mikayla Soltis
Public Relations Representative

Mikayla Soltis

Mikayla Soltis is a fourth-year communications and English student. This is her third semester with The Spectator. She enjoys relearning the hobbies she forgets she has every few months (crochet, embroidery, reading, etc).

Abby Girard
Advertising Manager

Abby Girard

Abby Girard is a fourth-year organizational communication, multimedia communications and ASL student. This is her third semester as a part of The Spectator staff. She enjoys going for runs, watching documentaries and spending...

Kate Netwal
Graphic Designer

Kate Netwal

Kate Netwal is a fourth-year illustration student. She enjoys creating art, crocheting, playing pool at the Joynt with her friends and can be found in her hammock at Carson Park during the summer months.

Bethany Mennecke
Graphic Designer

Bethany Mennecke

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. ...

Kiara Jackson

Kiara Jackson

Kiara Jackson is a third-year Integrated Strategic Communication and Criminal Justice student and this is their first semester at the spectator. When Kiara is not writing you can find them playing games with friends, dancing in th...

Political Cartoonist

Samuel Stein

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