The Staff

Co Editors in Chief

Anna Nelson is a senior studying Philosophy and Gender & Women’s Studies with a certificate in 2D Studio Art. Her favorite books are The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak, The Overstory by Richard Power, and We Do This ‘Til We Free Us by Mariame Kaba. She is currently training for a triathlon with the UW team and just finished a semester in Nepal!

Ria Dhingra is a senior studying English, Philosophy and Criminal Justice. Her favorite poems are “The Sacred” by Stephen Dunn and “The Orange” by Wendy Cope. She used to be really popular on goodreads before the pressure of her fame got to be too much… she has since deleted her account. (Guess you’ll have to come to meetings for her reading updates!)

Associate Editors

Poetry – Lacey Brooks is a senior studying English Creative Writing. Her favorite artists and creators are Sylvia Plath, Hank and John Green, Lizzy McAlpine, NF, Billy Joel, Elton John, Etta James, and Wes Anderson. Lacey’s current obsessions are collages, classy wardrobes and holistic living.

Fiction & Prose – Will Hicks is a sophomore studying English Creative Writing. He recently read the entire Mistborn trilogy (2170 pages) in a week and a half. His favorite band is Nothing but Thieves in addition to Coldplay (“trust me they’re actually really good *in the first few albums”).

Fiction & Prose- Ray Kirsch is a junior studying Journalism and English with certificates in Digital Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies. Their all time favorite book is Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, but her current favorite is Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte. Apparently their Greek God is Poseidon, but “I didn’t even choose the beach on the quiz…” 

Non Fiction – Aspen Oblewski is a senior studying Legal Studies with a certificate in History. Her favorite book is We Had to Remove This Post by Hanna Bervoets – the Goodreads reviews do not do it justice! She has a cat with her roommate named Gatsby, but I doesn’t even really like The Great Gatsby (book, not the cat)… 3 stars.

Non Fiction – Mary Murphy Stroth is a freshman majoring in English and Communications. Her favorite movies are Gone Girl and Lady Bird, and her favorite artists are Taylor Swift, Gracie Abrams, Mitski, and Phoebe Bridgers (and a slight obsession with everything boygenius, of course). 

Academic – Nina Hekmat is a senior studying Biology. Her favorite books are Hamlet, The Bell Jar, and The Metamorphosis. Her favorite prehistoric era is Cambrian. Yes, its more than worth googling. 

Academic – Celeste Li is a freshman studying Sociology and Computer Sciences. Her favorite poem is “In Quarantine, I Reflect on the Death of Ophelia” and her favorite artists are Caravaggio, Klimt, and Rothko. 

Art – Lexi Spevacek is a junior majoring in Journalism with certificates in Photography, Gender & Women’s Studies, and Graphic Design. A few of her favorite movies include Little Women (2019) and Synecdoche, New York (2008). Some of her favorite albums include Melodrama by Lorde and How I’m Feeling Now by Charli XCX. 

Graphics and Layout 

Graphics and Layout – Emily Wesoloksi is a senior studying Marketing and English Creative Writing with a Digital Studies certificate. The first book she ever bought was Divergent by Veronica Roth. Emily’s favorite color is yellow, which she chose in middle school because she felt bad that it was no one else’s. 

Graphics and Layout – Cree Faber is a senior studying Graphic Design. He is currently reading Killing Yourself to Live and The New Apprentice. Cree’s favorite musicians (right now at least) are Ripe, Sammy Rae and the Friends, Vincent Neil Emerson, Billy Strings and Ella Fitzgerald. Cree also plays in a band in Madison called East of Vilas. 


Managing Editor – Ella Olson is a sophomore studying English Creative Writing. Her favorite love song is “A Sunday Kind of Love” by Etta James. Ella’s greatest regret is being convinced to choose the trumpet over the drums when starting band in sixth grade…”I truly believe I was destined to greatness with the sticks.”

Managing Director – Landis Varughese is a sophomore studying English Literature with a certificate in Asian American Studies. His fifth most listened to song in 2023 was a 30 second instrumental from Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, and his favorite writing utensil is the really basic BIC ballpoint pen. 

Administrative Assistant – Quinn Henneger is a sophomore studying Political Science and International Studies with a Public Policy certificate. Their favorite album is Indigo Girl’s Swamp Ophelia, and their favorite song is Nina Simone’s cover of you’ll never walk alone. They also know the harmonica part of Piano Man and own one of Josette Maskin’s jackets. 

Publishing Director – Sophia Smith is a senior studying English, Legal Studies, Criminal Justice and Medieval Studies. Her favorite poem is as Ruin Falls by C.S. Lewis, and her favorite reading situation is “a rainy day when there’s nothing to do and no expectation to leave the house with my cat sitting on my feet.” 

Outreach Coordinator – Sophia Shashko is a junior studying Political Science, and Sociology with certificates in Criminal Justice and Integrated Liberal Studies. Her favorite book is Little Women and her favorite music is Billie Eilish, Noah Cyrus, and Phoebe Bridgers. She can dislocate her shoulder on command but “people really don’t appreciate that skill.” 

Financial Director – Jonathan Tostrud is a sophomore studying Business and Legal Studies. His favorite book is the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Besides MJLC, Jonathan may have served you a brat or two at the Union Terrace and is in the Badger Band.