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Sam Carlen, Editor-in-Chief

Editor-in-Chief Sam Carlen is an economics and mathematics major with a statistics & data science concentration and a love for writing and journalism. In his free time, Sam enjoys running, reading philosophy and missing his dog Maya. After college, he hopes to stay off the streets and secure a job of some sort, potentially at the Federal Reserve or a business publication like the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
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Kailey Favaro, Managing Editor

Kailey is a senior from Crystal Lake, Illinois, majoring in English with a media studies concentration. When not working with writers or adjusting the Mess layout, you can either find her watching cheesy romantic comedies or consuming large amounts of tea – likely both. Kailey hopes to one day work for a magazine, travel the world and own a big, white, fluffy dog.
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Travis Fauchald, Business Manager

Yo! I’m Travis, a senior from Chaska, Minnesota. Here at St. Olaf, I play basketball and study economics, English and finance. I’m a big fan of fantasy football, my dog and hanging with the boys. Every day for lunch and dinner; I eat two black bean burgers and a chicken breast with peppers, rice, hummus and sriracha. After college, I hope to spend a month biking across the country (one day) and run a marathon without any prior training.

Maisy Martin, Marketing Director

I’m a French major with management studies and media studies concentrations. I’m from Minneapolis, Minnesota (because there aren’t enough M’s in my life already). Some things I love: my two family doggies (Mozey & Lulu), dancing with the St. Olaf Dance Company, Earl Grey tea, traveling and memes. Someday, I aspire to have a job in International Marketing or Creative Direction.

Valerie Ann Darger, Visual Director

Born and raised in NE Minneapolis, Val is a studio art major with a possible film studies concentration. She has always loved to draw and perform and her general artistic interests typically reside within the realm of weird and spooky, as well as childish and fun. While she is still figuring out life plans, she’s very excited to work for the Manitou Messenger again this year!

Steven Garcia, Photo Director

Steven Garcia is a senior BM trumpet performance major from Houston, Texas. As a photographer, he has had images published in The Wall Street Journal, the Star Tribune and the Quarry Magazine (St. Olaf). His images have also been exhibited at the Flaten Art Museum’s Groot Gallery. He is Principal Trumpet of the St. Olaf Orchestra and has performed with them at venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, the Oslo Opera House, Grieghallen and the Stavanger Konserthus. Post-graduation, he aspires to perform in a professional orchestra and travel the world performing.

Iain Carlos, News Editor

Iain takes the whole Fourth Estate thing pretty seriously. It’s kind of a religion to him. When he’s not interviewing someone, he’s probably straining his eyes or drinking a little bit of coffee because too much coffee makes him jittery.
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Jacob Maranda, News Editor

Jacob is from Rock Island, Illinois and is somewhere between a philosophy, political science and economics major. Sometimes also affectionately referred to as ‘Jake’, he enjoys watching inspiring journalistic movies and reading The New York Times. Jake has found writing for the Mess to be a particularly enlightening experience, as well as a great way to meet new people and discover more about the College he so loves. After St. Olaf, Jake sees himself somewhere in Chicago, doing something.
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Alexia Nizhny, Opinions Editor

Alexia is an English major from New York City. She enjoys reading movie reviews online, watching YouTube videos on x2 speed and asking people to write for the opinion section of the Mess. After St. Olaf, she hopes to use her power of persuasion at law school.
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Eli Tan, Sports Editor

Eli is an English major from South Seattle, Washington. When not writing for the Mess he enjoys playing on the baseball team, making doughnuts and arguing with his friends.
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Hannah Summers, A&E Editor

Hannah is a sophomore English and chemistry major from Spokane, Washington. In her free time, she enjoys reading, being outside and annoying her octet-mates by playing Indigo Girls albums too loudly. After college, she plans to go on to medical school, but she makes no promises.
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Madeline Everett, A&E Editor

Madeline is from Crookston, Minnesota and is double majoring in English and studio art. She loves reading, baking, painting, hiking and watching “Sherlock.” She is happiest on those gloomy, rainy, Earl Grey tea kinds of days when she has a cup of tea and a book in hand or is getting thoroughly soaked by running through the rain. After graduating, Madeline plans to go to school for a long time and then do something interesting with her love of literature and writing.
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Lerato Mensah-Aborampah, Variety Editor

I am an international student from Lesotho- a mountainous country in Southern-Africa. I am a sophomore and planning to major in psychology. I enjoy curating written works by writers in my country. I hope to write and make good music.

Claire Strother, Multimedia Director

Claire is from Arlington Heights, Illinois. Her plan for her major changes from day-to-day, but it will probably include the word media. In her free time, Claire enjoys making sure people don’t forget the 2005 film “Sky High” and growing her collection of festive socks. Ultimately, she hopes to travel and hold a job in communications that isn’t invented yet. Or run a Christmas tree farm. We’ll see how it all works out.
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Jackie Dudley, Illustrator/Designer

Jackie is a studio art and art history double major from Apple Valley, Minnesota and focuses on painting and contemporary art.

Thomas Hardy, Illustrator/Designer

Thomas Hardy is one of this year’s illustrators for the Manitou Messenger. A studio art major with an environmental studies concentration, he can often be found in odd places on campus trying to turn ideas into pictures. Noteworthy artistic influences include Milton Glaser, Thomas Hart Benton and Tim Bower. Thomas is thrilled to be working with the Messenger and intends to contribute lively and thought-provoking illustrations.

Anna Weimholt, Illustrator/Designer

Anna Weimholt is a sophomore studio art major. She grew up in St. Paul but considers herself an almost-local of Moab, Utah. Her hobbies include fiddling, rescuing bugs and causing fiascos at the panini press. 

Maggie Bahnson, Copy Editor

Copy editor Maggie Bahnson is from St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She is a junior political science and American studies double major with concentrations in international relations and race and ethnic studies. She enjoys taking walks in the Natural Lands, watching Harry Potter and snuggling her friend’s cat because she misses her own every day. After graduating, Maggie hopes to go to graduate school and fulfill a career in law or policy.

Thea Pitsavas, Copy Editor

Thea Pitsavas is a junior double majoring in psychology and French with a management studies concentration. In her free time, she enjoys reading, horseback riding and exercising. After graduation, Thea hopes to attend graduate school in psychology or law and move to Europe.

Joanna Hancock, Copy Editor

Joanna grew up in Boise, Idaho, but now resides in South Dakota. She’s double majoring in English and psychology and is still exploring all the cool connections between her two fields of study. When she’s not trying to cram in time to read books for pleasure, she is most likely reading books that are not for pleasure. Her aspiration to inspire growth and confidence in others is currently leading her down a path to counseling.

Amy Imdieke, Copy Editor

Amy Imdieke is a junior Chemistry and English major from Minnesota. When she’s not running in the natural lands, you can often find her watering her succulents or tucked away in a corner of the library with a book by Jack Kerouac or Markus Zusak. She also loves stargazing. After graduating, Amy hopes to travel abroad for a year, attend graduate school and eventually land a job as a scientific writer.

Lydia Bermel, Senior Reporter

Lydia is from Lakeville, Minnesota. She is majoring in English with a media studies concentration and is probably crying over a dog video. Lydia loves animals, writing, swimming and strawberry ice cream. After graduation, she hopes for a career in journalism but that’s two years away so we’ll see.
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Mattias Kostov, Senior Reporter

A Bulgarian-American student majoring in Philosophy. His primary interests are existentialism, public affairs and entrepreneurship.
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Alyson Brinker, Senior Reporter

Alyson Brinker is from St. Paul. She is majoring in English and political science with women’s and gender studies and race and ethnic studies concentrations. Her aspiration is to throw all four away and work in the music industry.
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Claire Drewes, Senior Reporter

I am a sophomore from St. Charles, Illinois majoring in philosophy and environmental studies. I enjoy playing the violin and running in my free time.
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Zeke Warren-Weigmann, Sports Columnist

Hey! My name is Zeke, and apparently I’m important enough to have one of these things now, so here I am! I’m a Junior history major here at St. Olaf, because I really just don’t want to get a job after college. As you can probably tell from my writing (or just by looking at my title if for some odd reason you don’t bless yourself every Thursday with my witty and insightful athletic commentary 😉 ), I’m a huge sports fan. Unfortunately, being from NYC, I’m a Giants, Yankees, and Knicks fan, so I’m just sad all the time. After college, I really hope to do something with that love of sports that doesn’t involve me being inside of a mascot costume, but life takes ya crazy places you never know. 

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Bekki Antonelli, Mobile Developer

Bekki Antonelli is from Wellesley, Massachusetts and is majoring in computer science with a minor in German. She can usually be found at the rink or hammocking between two of St.Olaf’s many trees. She is currently working on a mobile app for the Mess and is stressing over the color scheme. After graduation, she hopes to attend grad school for engineering and get several dogs. She is also gluten free and longs for good gluten free chocolate chip muffins.

Nathan Chin, Web Editor

I’m Nathan, a computer science and Japanese major with linguistics concentration. I am from Chicago, and my hobby is studying languages. Right now I am self teaching myself Korean and Chinese and I have a Youtube channel where I make videos about my experiences interning and studying abroad in Japan. I hope to have a career in the U.S. as a Software Developer or Software Engineer and to make the Mess website look good.