The 2020 Quadrangle Masthead

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Maria Thomas


News 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.

Nicole Fitzsimmons

Assistant News Editor 

Nicole is extremely excited to be one of the Assistant News Editors for the Quad 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.

Anna Woods

Assistant News Editor

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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 sophomore 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.

Jessica McKenzie


Assistant Features Editor

Jessica McKenzie is thrilled to be an Assistant Features Editor on the Quadrangle this year! She is a current freshman at Manhattan, originally from Baldwinsville, NY. She is majoring in Communication with a concentration in journalism. She had a passion for all forms of storytelling for as long as she can remember. Jess loves New York City, Stephen King, ukuleles, and black coffee. Her favorite sport is naming any given Taylor Swift song .007 seconds after it starts playing.

Alexa Schmidt


Arts & Entertainment Editor and Managing Editor 

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.

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Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

A communication major with a concentration in journalism, Jilleen is a freshman from a small hamlet on Long Island but strongly prefers being in New York City. She is humbled to be the assistant editor for A&E 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.

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Sports Editor & Managing Editor

Caroline McCarthy

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Assistant Sports Editor

Caroline McCarthy is a Freshman 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 her upcoming semester as Assistant Sports Editor!

Brian Asare

 Photography Editor

Brian is a sophomore 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.

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Assistant Photography 

Emily is a freshman 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!

Samantha Walla


Production Manager

Samantha is a junior 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.

Sophia Sakellariou

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Production Editor

Born in Manhattan and raised in upstate Orange County, N.Y., Sophia couldn’t wait to return to the Big Apple to pursue her journalistic endeavors.  She is a sophomore majoring in communication with a dual concentration in journalism and media production and minoring in political science.  In addition to writing for The Quad, Sophia also serves as Health and Social Chair for the sorority Sigma Delta Tau and is secretary of the Government and Politics Club, while working in the college’s Communication Department Office.  In her free time, Sophia can be found stuck in the past listening to classic rock and watching old mafia movies on repeat, exploring the city for the latest fitness class craze, burying her nose in a book, professing her love for Peaky Blinder and all things British, and explaining to people how to pronounce her last name (the “u” is silent).

Kelly Kennedy


Assistant Production Editor

Kelly Kennedy is a freshman communication major from Orange County, New York. Kelly is super excited to not only write for the Quadrangle but to be apart of the production team as Assistant Production 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.

Nicole Rodriguez


Assistant Production Editor

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Senior Writer

Lauren is a senior 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.

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Social Media Editor

Katie Heneghan


Web Editor

Katie Heneghan is a Sophomore 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 sophomore 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.

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Senior Writer

A notorious bookworm and floral print enthusiast (true to her name), Rose is beyond thrilled to be managing the paper and standing at the helm of the A&E section once again.  Originally from southern Connecticut, she is a junior pursuing a double major in English and communication with a concentration in journalism.  Rose devotes an unhealthy amount of time to The Quad, but when she’s not working on it in some capacity, she can be found working at the college’s writing center, sending memes to her friends when she should be studying, or watching any one of John Mulaney’s three Netflix specials.  Her other notable credits include her atrocious sense of direction and her infinite arsenal of self deprecating jokes.  Her ultimate career goal is to be a headline writer for The New York Post.

Megan Dreher 


Senior Writer

An avid doodler, Megan has had so much fun spending her time writing for the Quad at Manhattan College. Originally from Prospect, Conn., she loves all things NYC. She is a senior 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 Carole King soundtrack, watching a Chris D’Elia comedy special, or with time permitting, napping.

Michevi Dufflart

Senior Writer

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


Senior Writer

An aspiring yogi and sloth enthusiast from Jamesville N.Y., August is currently a senior 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 working in the Social Action Suite, hunting for the perfect coffee shop, or planning her next trip abroad.

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.