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The 2018 Quadrangle Masthead

Taylor Brethauer

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Editor-in-Chief

Concentrating in journalism and broadcasting (and minoring in film studies and digital media art), this Bel Air, Md. native is thrilled to be taking the reigns of the newspaper she holds near and dear to her heart. Prior to becoming Editor-in-Chief, Taylor served as assistant social media editor (2016), then A&E/managing editor (2017). When she isn’t devoting her time to the Quad, Taylor can be found with her nose stuck in a book, painting a mural, hanging out with her best friends, or procrastinating on her homework. She also serves as secretary for the sorority Sigma Delta Tau, president of the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society, historian of the Pen and Sword Honor Society and the student news representative for Student Government, while working at the Center for Academic Success and the college’s Marketing and Communication department.

Stephen Zubrycky

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Managing Editor

Stephen is a junior civil engineering major from Fort Salonga, N.Y. He writes on politics, food, campus improvement and information technology. His hobbies include walking, navigating the subways, and making graphs for The Quadrangle. Prior to becoming Managing Editor, Stephen was Editor in Chief (2017) and Web Editor (2016).

Jack Melanson

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News Editor

Jack is originally from Waterboro, Maine- A small town just outside of Portland. He began writing for his local newspaper, The Waterboro Reporter during his senior year of high school, where he developed a passion for news writing and informing the public. Jack, ’19, studies Communication with a focus in Broadcast along with a minor in Business Management. Jack’s other interests include watching Tom Brady be the best Quarterback of all time and taking much needed naps.

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Haley Burnside

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Asstistant News Editor

Haley hails from a rural town in Ohio where she first developed a passion for writing through short story competitions and speech contests. She is now a communications major with a concentration in broadcasting. Aside from writing for the Quadrangle, she spends her time working with the debate team, playing volleyball with friends, reading comic books, listening to Bruno Mars, and exploring New York City in search of good pizza and decent Broadway shows. She plans to graduate in 2020 and work in television in order to disappoint her parents who wanted her to be a doctor.

Joseph Liggio

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Assistant News Editor

Joe is a sophomore from Suffern, New York, currently majoring in communications at Manhattan. He was featured on the front page of the Quadrangle for finding a bug in his salad earlier this year before joining the team as a staff writer, and eventually taking a position as co-assistant news editor. Joe’s first newspaper credit came when his college application essay was published by the New York Times last May. When he’s not at Locke’s, he can usually be found playing guitar, procrastinating in the library around two in the morning, or aimlessly wandering around Lower Manhattan.

Megan Dreher

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Features Editor

An avid doodler and lover of a good Locke’s omelette, Megan has had so much fun spending her time writing for the Quad at Manhattan College. Originally from Prospect, Connecticut, she loves all things NYC. She is a sophomore double majoring in Philosophy and Communications with a concentration in Broadcasting. In addition to writing for the Quad, Megan is a Jasper Dancer, and loves being around her teammates and friends. In her free time, you can find Megan listening to the La La Land soundtrack, watching a Chris D’Elia comedy special, or with time permitting, napping.

 Lauren Schuster

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Assistant Features Editor

Lauren is a sophomore majoring in communications with a concentration in journalism and minoring in English and women and gender studies. In her free time, Lauren can be found exploring New York City, making memes, and watching The Office (the claim to fame of her hometown of Scranton, Pa) on Netflix for the hundredth time. Lauren loves writing in all of its forms and looks forward to any and all adventures that being a part of The Quadrangle will continue to bring.

Rose Brennan

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Arts & Entertainment Editor and Managing Editor 

A meme enthusiast and donut lover from southern Connecticut, Rose is extremely excited to be managing all things Quadrangle (along with Steve, of course).  She is currently a sophomore double majoring in English and communication with a journalism concentration, and previously served the Quad as the Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor.  Among Rose’s passions are the free book cart in Miguel Hall, the Triple Crown sandwich from Best Deli, and browsing Redbubble when she should be studying.  Her claims to fame include her useless knowledge of English grammar minutiae and her absolutely atrocious sense of direction.

Alexa Schmidt

Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor

Originally from a small town in northern New Jersey, Alexa is a freshman double majoring in communications and art history. She is always on the search for the next best book, food cart, and picture of her dog. When she’s not writing articles for the Quad, she can be found working in the admissions office, volunteering, practicing photography, and running. She daydreams about the Canyonlands in Utah and the beaches in Cape Cod, but stays grounded through her adventures in NYC.

John Jackson

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Sports Editor

John is a Yonkers native and junior at Manhattan College. He carries on a Jasper legacy that includes his father, three uncles, and two aunts among other relatives. He is a communication major with a concentration in media production and a minor in English. He is also a production intern at The Dr. Oz Show for the Spring 2018 semester. John aspires to make a career out of his passion for sports. Beyond being the sports editor for The Quadrangle, he was formerly a managing editor for Last Word On Baseball of the Last Word On Sports network and was an editor for Mets Merized Online of the USA Today Sports network. He now serves as a senior writer for Mets Merized Online. When he’s not writing he’s either at school, at church, at his job, at his work study, at his internship, with family, with friends, or doing something to keep busy.

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Assistant Sports Editor

Anja Pollozi

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 Photography Editor

Anja is a junior studying Communications with a concentration in Advertising and double minoring in French and Digital Media. She is originally from Albania and moved to the United States when she was 16. Anja has served as a staff photographer since freshman year and she is excited to be this year’s  Photography Editor. She currently works as an Office Manager at the Center for Academic Success. Her love for exploring new cultures and travelling has developed her passion for photography. When not taking pictures for the Quadrangle, you can find her spending hours on the first floor of the Strand Bookstore looking for French novels and vintage maps. Voilà!

Alyssa Velazquez

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Production Editor

A Bronxite at heart, Alyssa is a sophomore at Manhattan College studying Secondary Education with her focus on English. Eager to learn new things and explore what else life has to bring, she is looking forward to contributing to The Quadrangle by being Production Editor. In her free time, one could find Alyssa glued to her laptop watching YouTube videos, working on graphic designs or trying to figure out what she should do in her free time.

Samantha Walla

 Assistant Production Editor

Samantha is a freshman communication major from Middletown, N.J. Her writing interests include performing arts and multicultural activities. In her spare time, Sam likes to roller-skate and eat McDonald’s. Sam is passionate about graphic design and intends to pursue a career in the magazine industry.

 RikkiLynn Shields

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Social Media Editor

A yoga teacher in training and freelance writer from New Jersey, RikkiLynn is a junior English and Religious Studies double major. She is currently serving as the Social Media Editor, and has previously served as the Sports Editor. She has a passion for writing, reading, nature, yoga, art, and good coffee. When she’s not writing, she’s either watching Sex and the City, practicing yoga, blogging, or on Pinterest. Writing, for RikkiLynn, is an excuse to live a life full of danger, freedom, goodness, and sin. She believes that we can only offer to one another what we first offer to ourselves– and she aims to give to others through her writing.

Catherine Goodyear

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Social Media Editor

Gabriella DePinho

Web Editor

A freshman majoring in psychology and looking for something else to fill up her credits, Gabriella is from New City, New York, a town with a name equivalent to Document 1, but much prefers being in New York City. She originally did not expect to love writing for The Quad as much as she does but now she is obsessed with it; everyone she knows probably wish she would talk about The Quad less often. When she is not writing articles or editing the web as per her masthead position requires she does, she can be found writing poems/facing writer’s block, looking for new music and taking undeserved breaks. She plans to graduate in 2021 and eventually own a house with lots of blankets and cats; she currently has no other distinct plans for her future.

Michevi Dufflart

Web Editor

A lover of long car rides and scarves, Michevi is a Bronx native majoring in Civil Engineering. Her big break came when Wafels & Dinges first visited campus and The Quadrangle was in need of a waffle photo with a scrumptious chocolate drizzle. Since then, Michevi has found a love for the interview process and writing stories. When not studying in the library, Michevi can be found working in Draddy Gym, making magnets, or hanging out with friends.

August Kissel

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Web Editor

An aspiring yogi and sloth enthusiast from Jamesville NY, August is currently a sophomore majoring in International Studies. She is one of the Web Editors for the Quadrangle and hopes to bring more of an online presence to the paper. Always on the hunt for a new adventure Manhattan College and New York City are perfect for her and her endeavors. When she isn’t writing for the Quad she can be found reading Jane Austen novels, hunting for the perfect coffee shop, or playing an out of tune ukulele for her friends.

Abby Crowell

Distribution Manager

Abby is an animal enthusiast, ocean aficionado, and Bostonian, from the small beach town of Scituate, MA. She is currently majoring in communications with a concentration in journalism, and a minor in music. Abby also holds the position of lifestyle & opinion editor for Manhattan College’s Lotus Magazine. You can find Abby watching ‘Always Sunny in Philadelphia’, reading F. Scott Fitzgerald, or listening to the newest albums of mostly hip-hop and alternative! Abby is very excited to be the Quadrangle’s distribution manager. Find her at Starbucks or her work study in the communications office!

Shannon Gleba

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Copy Editor

Shannon is currently a freshman allied health major from Bergen County, NJ. As a Rory Gilmore wannabe and avid reader, Shannon always wanted to try her hand at journalism and is so excited to continue reporting at The Quadrangle. In addition to writing, Shannon has taken on the role of Copy Editor for The Quad, hoping to gain experience and confidence in her linguistic skills. When she is not working on an article, Shannon can be found practicing with her teammates on Manhattan College’s Women’s Rowing team, listening to Taylor Swift or rushing to class after refusing to wake up earlier from a nap.

Mohsin Ahmed

Copy Editor

Born and raised in New York, Mr. Ahmed is an avid reader and brilliant writer. He is studying Mechanical Engineering at Manhattan College and hopes to enhance on his Undergraduate years with a degree in the field of law. He spends his free time participating in MC’s Rowing Club and is an active and eager Copy Editor for the Quadrangle. His favorite hobbies include running, cooking, and spending time with friends.

Tom Callahan

Faculty Advisor