The Quadrangle

The Student Newspaper of Manhattan College | Since 1924


The 2021 Quadrangle Masthead

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Maria Thomas


Managing Editor

From sunny southern California, Maria Thomas brings a special flare to the Quadrangle’s News Section. She has been a writer for the Quadrangle since her freshman year, and previously served as Assistant News Editor. In addition to her involvement with the paper, Maria is a member of Manhattan College’s comedy improv group, “Scatterbomb”, and hosts a WRCM radio talk show on Friday mornings at 11 am. She drinks coffee every day, and her Starbucks order is a double shot of espresso over ice in a Venti cup with a pump of vanilla, just in case anyone was wondering.

Jilleen Barrett


Managing Editor and A&E Editor

A communication major with a concentration in journalism, Jilleen is a sophomore from a small hamlet on Long Island but strongly prefers being in New York City. She was humbled to be the A&E Assistant Editor and is thrilled to spend more time working on the Quad this year. When she’s not writing, she can be found taking a walk at VCP, watching Gilmore Girls, or listening to music – she almost always has a pair of headphones on. She has no idea what her plans are after she graduates, but it will definitely include traveling, writing, and her closest family and friends.

Nicole Fitzsimmons

News Editor 

Nicole was one of the Assistant News Editors for The Quad and is excited now to be the News Editor this year. With a great love for literature, writing, and visuals, Nicole is an English major with a minor in digital arts humanities. Her hometown is Valley Cottage, NY, which is just a thirty minute ride from the city. She has loved exploring the city since the first time she stepped foot in it, loving the hustle and bustle and unique atmosphere. Some of her favorite things are her family (including her dog, Piper), eating at diners, listening to music, all things classic, being with friends, and making memories. Her first year with the Quadrangle has already been memorable, and she can’t wait to see what the Quad fam has in store for the rest of the year.

Kyla Guilfoil

Assistant News Editor 

I’m a freshman political science and communication major with a concentration in journalism, I write and edit for Lotus Magazine as well as the Quadrangle, and am involved with Her Campus. I am an intern at the Lasallian Women and Gender Resource Center and am on the Manhattan College Women’s Swim and Dive team. I love finding and trying new ways to brew coffee and love sampling all the different foods that the city has to offer. I can’t wait to see what the next three years of the quad looks like!

Christine Nappi

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Features Editor

With a passion for writing and story-telling, Christine is beyond excited to be the features editor for the paper. She is a junior majoring in communications with a concentration in public relations, and a minor in marketing. In addition to writing for The Quad, she is also the Campus Correspondent for Her Campus at Manhattan and is a member of Sigma Delta Tau. When she’s not writing, you can find her binge watching The Office, exploring NYC, reading a good mystery novel or obsessing over her dog. Originally from a small town in New Jersey, Christine is thrilled to be living in the Big Apple where the opportunities are endless. As a third generation Jasper, Christine continues to live out her legacy at Manhattan. She feels blessed to say that she found her home with such an amazing group of people on The Quad after transferring to Manhattan during her freshman year.

Caroline McCarthy

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Assistant Features Editor

Caroline McCarthy is a sophomore peace studies and communication major, with a concentration in journalism. Caroline is from Rutherford, New Jersey, a small suburban town fifteen minutes from NYC. Along with writing for The Quadrangle, Caroline is a member of the Jasper Dancers and Lotus magazine. In her free time you can find Caroline at Dunkin Donuts, on the One Train, or taking a nap. She is looking forward to working as Assistant Sports Editor!

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Sports Editor 

Colleen McNamara

Assistant Sports Editor

Kelly Kennedy


Assistant Social Media Editor

Kelly Kennedy is a sophomore communication major from Orange County, New York. Kelly is super excited to not only write for The Quadrangle but to work as the Assistant Social Media Editor. Kelly is also apart of Lotus Magazine and is dually-affiliated with the sorority Sigma Delta Tau. When she’s not writing, you can find her spending time with friends, listening to music, watching sit-coms or spending way too much money while online shopping.

Brian Asare

 Photography Editor

Brian is a junior majoring in computer information systems.  He originally grew up in Ghana and moved to the United States when he was 16. He developed a love for photography when he was searching for an outlet for his creative style and has never looked back since.  Overall, he is a hardworking boy that puts all of his time and energy into expanding his craft.

Emily Hollar


Assistant Photography Editor and Production Editor 

Emily is a sophomore communications major with a concentration in advertising. She is from the Poconos, PA and runs on caffeine, chaos and Jesus! In addition to being a part of The Quad, she is a leader in Cru, an on-campus Bible study, and Peer Ministry. In her free time you can find her reading, watching TV, napping, or eating with friends. She is super excited to add to the production and photography teams this semester!

Nicole Rodriguez


Production Editor

Katie Heneghan


Web Editor

Katie Heneghan is a junior communications major, with a concentration in media production and a minor in digital media art. Katie is from Scituate, Massachusetts, a beach town and suburb south of Boston. In her free time Katie can be found watching excessive amounts of Youtube, exploring NYC, or hanging out with friends. She looks forward to her coming semester as Web Editor and looks forward to what the future may hold for her at The Quadrangle!

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Web Editor 

From Monmouth County, N.J., Madalyn Johnson is a junior majoring in communication studies with a minor in DASH (digital arts and humanities), who has always had a dream of working and living in New York City. She started writing for the entertainment section of her high school newspaper Lancer’s Point junior year and since then has developed a strong passion for covering a variety of vital stories that concerns what takes place at Manhattan College. Besides writing, Madalyn enjoys watching films, binge-watching reality shows on YouTube, running, napping, constantly snapping pictures of her two dogs, and heading to the shore with friends. In the future, Madalyn hopes to strengthen her writing skills and apply what she’s learned thus far, working for The Quadrangle, to any career path she takes.

Gabriella DePinho


Senior Writer 

Alexa Schmidt


Senior Writer 

Alexa Schmidt is a communication and art history major who plans to graduate in 2021. The Quadrangle has provided the perfect opportunity for her to explore new writing interests and constantly meet people. Some of Alexa’s hobbies include hiking in the sunshine and taking long walks on the beach. At the moment, her favorite book is “A Gentleman in Moscow,” by Amor Towles.

Samantha Walla


Senior Writer 

Samantha is a senior communication major from Middletown N.J. In addition to serving as Production Manager for The Quadrangle, Samantha is the General Manager of WRCM and the Editor-in-Chief of Lotus Magazine. Her favorite hobby is finding new hobbies; right now she’s into backpacking and rock climbing. She hopes to either continue working as a graphic designer or in an urban park after college.

Nicholas Gilewicz


Faculty Advisor

Nick is the faculty advisor for The Quadrangle, and is an assistant professor in the communication department of Manhattan College, where he runs the journalism concentration. As a teacher, he helps students develop strong platform-agnostic skills in reporting, writing and editing. His research focuses on moments of transition in journalism both historically and today. He received his doctorate in 2018 from the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania.