The 2014-2015 Chimes Staff

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Editor-in-Chief:
Anna Frost
Managing Editor:
Ashleigh Fox
News Editor:
Dayna Drum
News Editor:
Grace Gibney
Features Editor:
Jenna Schmidt
A&E Editor:
Tyler Davis
Sports Editor:
Laurie Bullock
Opinions Editor:
Conrad Frommelt
Advertising Manager:
Hannah Jossi
Business Manager:
Jonathan Gramenz
Online Editor:
Kathryn Toombs
Senior Copy Editor:
Annah Pritchett
Photo Editor:
Aaron Fooks
Video Producer:
Megan Mead

13800 Biola Ave.
La Mirada, CA 90639

562-944-0351 x4879
On-campus mailbox: 15

Print dates are every Thursday except for breaks, holidays and a few select dates.
Deadline for letters to the editor is Monday night at 8pm, and must be no longer than 250 words in length.

Anna Frost

Position: Editor-in-chief
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism

When I left high school, I wanted to be a pastry chef. When I left culinary school, I wanted to be a food writer. So now I am here, presiding as this year’s editor-in-chief and resident food columnist, pursuing my love of food and journalism.

I have worked and burned myself in the kitchens of high-end restaurants in San Diego and New York, lived in Harlem, changed my mind about life goals and priorities, made mistakes, learned about myself and altogether lived life with determination and passion for 23 years. My words are often straightforward and blunt because culinary school beats the passivity out of people, I talk too fast, speak sarcasm as my second language and have a fairly low tolerance for nonsense. I love irony and satire in their purest forms, sometimes dance to catchy pop music in my car, get excited about trying new foods, and have a book in my purse at all times. I was raised by J.K. Rowling, Louisa May Alcott, Chuck Palahniuk, Dr. Seuss, David Foster Wallace, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Sylvia Plath, Gilmore Girls, Disney channel original movies, and my parents, in no particular order.

I hope to make the Chimes something that you want to read before you use it to send packages, make paper mache lanterns, or use to start beach bonfires.

Jonathan Gramenz

Position: Business Manager
Year: Senior
Major: Business Management

Four score and seven years ago, I was neither alive, nor a thought in anyone’s mind. Today, I am the Business Manager of The Chimes. I carry a nifty briefcase to prove it.

In all seriousness, I love my job. It can get pretty hectic at times, but I enjoy being an ambassador of The Chimes’ professionalism to the University at large. As Business Manager, I control The Chimes’ budget and payroll. I work closely with our Advertising Manager, Hannah Jossi, and our Editor-in-Chief, Anna Frost, to make sure that The Chimes remains in good financial standing throughout the semester. My more popular role is getting people their money after a long two weeks of work. In addition to all this, I like to see myself as an extension of HR to these awesome and crazy people. As much as they love working (and I mean LOVE), my goal is to make sure they are well taken care of and paid for their good work.

A little about me personally? I am a senior Business Management major who is more than ready to graduate. I am engaged to the love of my life, Kristina Nishi (if you don’t know her, you should). I moonlight as the Marketing Associate for Biola’s Center for Career Development (if you haven’t checked it out, you should… we may just help you land a job). I enjoy sunsets and long walks on the beach and if I could work anywhere after I graduate, it would be right here, at Biola University.

Ashleigh Fox

Position: Managing Editor
Year: Senior
Major: Visual Journalism

I started 2014 off by watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, About Time and Dead Poet's Society. Besides being incredible, these three films have one theme in common — Carpe Diem. After obsessing over Pinterest's definition of Carpe Diem for the duration of my interterm break, I decided to make this phrase my inspiration to do something other than drown myself in Buzzfeed quizzes during my final year as a Biola student.

So now, here I am, seizing my days AND late nights in the Chimes office serving my staff and the greater Biola community as managing editor. This title pretty much means that I am the Chimes' personal organizer, encourager, editor, brainstormer, counselor and queen of de-stressing massages (all credit to strong hands, OCD and empathy for landing me this gig.)

I am obsessed with:

lists

beef

'Merica

Colorado

Pinterest

summer

hospitality

sports

open air movies

my family and friends

quality time

If not in the Chimes office, one will find me filling my time with any of the above mentioned items. Carpe Diem!

Annah Pritchett

Position: Senior Copy Editor
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism

This summer a group of ninth grade girls told me that someday I would make a really cool grandmother. Since then I have found that my role as senior copy editor is serving as a smooth transition into my more promising future as a senior citizen.

I am a journalism major with a writing and publishing emphasis, I wear socks with my Birkenstocks, I hate reading analog clocks, and when Facebook gets dull I enjoy Googling my own name. I love old books, medium-sized dogs and poking dead things with sticks. This semester I plan to start telling people that I am gluten free to get attention.

What is a copy editor you ask? We are the mysterious and perhaps evil people that comb through every shred of text before it runs in the paper, making sure it is free of error and flows with clarity. By the time you read a story in the Chimes, I have read that same story seven times. I will not rest until each article is perfect and every writer’s self worth is buried under layers of grammar corrections and sentence revisions.

My year as senior copy editor for the Chimes will be dictated by my three core beliefs: Jesus rules, AP Style rocks, and Anna Nicole Smith faked her own death.     

Andrew Haberman

Position: Copy Editor
Year: Junior
Major: Business

A very wise man once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” What Martin Luther King Jr. said decades ago applies to our lives now more than ever. We are a part of a world that is so interconnected, but this interconnectedness, rather than solving all of our problems, has highlighted all of the ways in which our world could be made better, all the ways in which our world is not what we want it to be. And the only way that we make our world a better place is by speaking about things that matter.

And that’s why I joined the Chimes: to be a part of speaking about things that matter. Sure, maybe our newspaper doesn’t have as much clout as CNN or the New York Times, but that doesn’t stop us from thinking about ways in which we can make our community here at Biola and around the world a better place to live. As copy editor, I help make sure that we speak about things that matter using proper grammar, fluent sentence structure, and AP style.

I hail from Corvallis, Oregon: a small college town nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley. I enjoy playing guitar and piano, reading good books, camping in the great outdoors, and watching Oregon State football.

Abby Blake

Position: Copy Editor
Year: Junior
Major: English

My name is Abby Blake and I am a junior English major with a history minor. I hail from Campbell, California (NorCal!) and am in La Mirada to fulfill a lifelong desire to attend school by the beach. Although Biola is not as close to said beach as I initially believed, I have no regrets about my decision.

As a severe bookworm, I enjoy spending as much time as I can devouring words on a page. Copy editing allows me to pursue this desire in a healthy work environment. When I’m not stuffing whatever is written in front of me into my brain, I can be found with Biola’s swim team training in the pool, weight room, the Caf and Disneyland. I hope to combine the life lessons of swimming with my skills in editing to continue to make the Chimes worth reading.

 

Dayna Drum

Position: News Editor
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism

Whether it’s the soft clicking of keys on a keyboard, the scratching of pen on paper or the harsh strokes of a typewriter, the sound makes my heart flutter.

As one of the news editors (unofficially known as Thing 1) I am able to facilitate my passions for writing and people. I firmly believe that written word is humanity’s greatest gift, and the ability to actively pursue truth as a journalist is an honor. On most days I can be found inundating myself with news from around the world, reading a book or sneaking in Netflix binge sessions.

A few things that I love (also relevant info if you should ever wish to bribe me) are chocolate, platypuses and the great state of Texas. If you were to cut me open you would find my heart in the shape of Texas with a lone star prominently stamped on it.

Grace Gibney

Position: News Editor
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

Hello everyone and anyone, my name is Grace Gibney (also known as Thing 2). I will be dishing you up some hearty news content this year as I will be working as a news editor for the Chimes. I am a sophomore journalism major from the vast wilderness of Boise, Idaho, a state where conservatives flock and rednecks reside. Despite contrary belief, Idaho is not a potato-ridden oasis. I agree, it is shocking that I do not grow potatoes in my backyard. I will let you in on a little secret –– the potatoes we eat in the state of Idaho are actually exported from our near and dear neighbor state, Washington. All taters we grow are shipped across the country. Scandalous, I know.

On a more serious note (as if anything can be more important than delicious starch-infused foods) my heart is in writing. I enjoy all different walks of writing and have ever since I wrote my first book in Mrs. Dunne’s first grade class titled “The Ball” (which was a Pulitzer Prize winner for sure.) However, I discovered in high school through working on a newspaper staff that Christ wanted me to pursue journalism as my life’s career. Although today’s media is constantly evolving and changing, I have not regretted this decision. I am excited to grow and adapt with these changes through working on the Chimes staff this year. I feel jittery thinking about all ways we will be implementing words to impact the world.

When I am not in the Chimes newsroom, you can find me listening to Coldplay albums, drinking tea, reading and writing poetry, and flinging frisbees.

 

Jenna Schmidt

Position: Features Editor
Year: Sophomore
Major: English

Hello, I’m Jenna Schmidt, a sophomore English major and the features editor for the Chimes. I strive to create a fun, interactive, informative, and accurate features section for the Chimes each week. A whirlwind series of events from freelancing to illustrating led to this wonderful opportunity.

I’m a hardcore SoCal girl, born and raised in San Diego, and true to my nature I’m a fan of the Beach Boys and Switchfoot (they’re from my hometown). I have a loop of Jack Johnson albums on my Spotify. Music is almost as important to me as writing. I love any form of writing, really, but my real passion lies with creative fiction. In the Torrey Honors program I get to feed that unruly book monster by reading books, speaking about books, looking at books, and thinking about books. I’m head over heels in love with the works of C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, and J.R.R. Tolkien. And that’s another thing: British culture has an irrational hold on my life, and I’m perfectly fine with that. I would love to be a novelist and live in London at some point in my life.

Finally, I’m from a pretty big family (I’m the last of seven kids), and I love traveling everywhere with everyone, especially rock climbing, hiking or snowboarding with my older brothers. Someday I want to backpack across Europe with all six of my siblings.

Conrad Frommelt

Position: Opinions Editor
Year: Junior
Major: Psychology

I have been described as “a lover not a fighter” but also “someone who will fight for what they love”. These qualities, plus my excellent facial hair, recommend me for the position I currently have, the opinions section editor. I have an irrational love for Dragons (capital D because they are properly awesome), chai tea and succulents.

I am a junior and a psychology major at Biola University who hopes to continue learning more about the intricacies of personality and the incredible capacity we have to love each other. I spend a good amount of time reading books and watching movies, because fictional characters are people too, and almost always have an opinion about them. I waste my weekends playing video games or binge watching netflix. I like to listen to all the currently popular songs so that I can make judgmental faces and retching noises, and then add most of them to my Spotify playlist.

My favorite moments usually involve good friends circled around in a caf somewhere laughing and burning our tongues on delicious, over priced coffee. Even though I am from the Biola area, I despise the beach. Especially when I have to touch the sand, walk on it, or — heaven forbid — touch the water. The best compliment I ever received, was that I was kind when it would have been easier to be cruel. I like to wear black and listen when people talk.

Laurie Bullock

Position: Sports Editor
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism

Hey friends! My name is Laurie and I am the sports editor this year at the Chimes. I’m a junior journalism major with a minor in English. I was born and raised in Texas but do not have a thick accent to prove it. However, the word Y’all is definitely a big part of my vocabulary and that will never change.

Sports have been a big part of my life from the beginning. My parent’s first date was at a Texas Rangers baseball game and then a few years later I was born right after the Super Bowl of ‘94. I’m a Texas fan in most sports with the exception of the Dallas Cowboys (sorry dad). I love the excitement that comes with sports and cheering on the underdog with a collective group of people. Basketball is my favorite sport so obviously March is my favorite month of the year.

Some other things you should know about me is that I love sharing stories with people, and I often use hand gestures to emphasize my point. I’m an introvert and desperately wish I could be an extrovert so I could be around people all the time. I am so excited to be apart of this staff this year and can't wait to see where the sports teams will go with their seasons.

 

Tyler Davis

Position: Arts & Entertainment Editor
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism

I was born in central California in 1993 at the tender age of zero. Now I’m the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Chimes. Some stuff happened in between but that’s not really important. I’m a music nerd that can usually be overheard talking about Kurt Cobain or crying because I’ve never seen Radiohead live. I hope to bring a new life to the A&E section this year and stir up important conversations about the relationship between Christians and film, television, music and fine art. My vision is to see Biola students, staff and faculty more literate when it comes to these subjects, so that they can make informed decisions, and think more deeply about the importance of the arts in the life of the Christian. I look forward to the conversations that come out of this section, so get watching, listening, appreciating and most importantly, get talking.

 

Kathryn Toombs

Position: Online Editor
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

Hello, lovely readers!

If you are taking the time to read these staff bios, bless you. You are a lovely person with fantastic taste. We have an incredible staff this year, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading their thoroughly witty biographies.

My name is Kathryn Toombs, and I am a sophomore journalism major, and thrilled to be the online editor for the Chimes this year. Practically, this means that everything you see on our beautiful website I have painstakingly coded and placed there for your truth-seeking eyes.

Just kidding. The website was beautiful long before I took on the position — I just get to manage what new and fabulous stories get put up each week, and along with our lovely web producer, am in charge of all of the tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram photos, Pinterest boards, and Spotify playlists that you see posted from the Chimes.

When I’m not posting stories, tweeting, or spending far too much time gleefully watching and over analyzing various forms of entertainment, you’ll probably find me with a Diet Coke or coffee in hand, talking too fast for human ears to hear, and marveling at how incredibly blessed I am to be attending Biola University, surrounded by some of the greatest people I have ever met, and learning more about the incredible God we serve.

I love people, and I love having the opportunity to tell their stories. At the Chimes, we are passionate about the students and faculty of Biola University, and about keeping our community informed, updated, and equipped for life on and off campus. I hope that this year, I will be able to assist the Chimes in producing a newspaper that captivates, educates, and entertains, as well as reminds you of the incredible campus and world that surrounds you — a world that you have the potential to change.

 

Melissa Nystrom

Position: Web Producer
Year: Sophomore
Major: Public Relations

Hello! My name is Melissa Nystrom and I am the web producer for the Chimes. My job includes making sure the website is running smoothly and that everything we post has a cohesive look to it. Social media is an aspect that I really like about this job and we have a lot of exciting things planned for this upcoming year. I am a public relations major and I love everything about it. I grew up here in Southern California and I love coffee, road trips and Buzzfeed.

 

Aaron Fooks

Position: Photo Editor
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism

With all the up and down, In-n-Out, fast and slow of life I have had a wonderful journey so far. Originally from West Warwick, Rhode Island and currently living in Phoenix, Arizona I am an east coast kid at heart who loves crisp fall days, colorful trees, the Boston Red Sox and buttery fish and chips.  I believe in good coffee, hot tea, the smell of old books, the crackle of static on the radio and the timeless sound of a needle on vinyl.  

Recently, I have enjoyed exploring the idea of adoption. My family is adopting my little sister and it has brought joy to our house. How much change happens with the addition of another person is amazing and eye opening.

Why do I love photos and news? Because I believe a picture, as well as a story, can bring the viewer into the place, time, and thoughts of someone else and encourage empathy. With understanding comes love and to quote the all enduring Beatles, “all you need is love.”

Come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of pure imagination. -  Willy Wonka


 

Jenny Oetzell

Position: Web Photo Editor
Year: Junior
Major: Photo Journalism

Hello! My name is Jenny Oetzell (et-zell, rhymes with pretzel). I’m currently a junior here at Biola and study photojournalism. I am the web photo editor for the Chimes so basically every image on the website is placed there by yours truly. I love campus publications and feel that they are an integral part of any college or university. Our goal as a staff is to provide compelling visual media for our readers both online and in print.

I am from Redondo Beach, CA and spent much of my time at home exploring LA, going to the beach, taking photos, and paddling on an outrigger canoe team. My love for photography began at a young age and has inspired me to pursue photojournalism as a career. Living in a beach community helps me to appreciate the beautiful world we live in. I enjoy taking photos of people and telling their stories through the images. In my free time you can find me going to a concert, seeing a movie, walking around Disneyland, sipping a cup of tea while crafting, or dreaming that I was traveling around the world. But it is more likely that you will see me as the redhead behind the camera.

I also like cats.

 

Melanie Kim

Position: Design Editor
Year: Sophomore
Major: Art

I am an art major emphasizing in design and photo. I am a lover of stories, intriguing colors, and excellently fitted suits. Great food is my weakness, especially Korean food. Most of my mornings are spent getting ready to either Ella Fitzgerald or Elvis. I’ve been told I’m an old soul, and I take that as a compliment.

It’s my second year here, and I’m thrilled to explore uncharted design territory with the Chimes. In my life mission to make art and love people, I have discovered the Chimes to be an incredible vehicle for doing both. I couldn’t ask for more than designing every week surrounded by people I love and stories that matter.

Check my personal website out at www.melaniekim.photography.

Keep it real, friends.


 

Angelica Nicolle Abalos

Position: Design Editor
Year: Senior
Major: Art

“My name is Angelica.”

That is literally all I have written in my Facebook “About You” section. I’ve never been one to write about myself in those things. Honestly, God knows how many times I attempted to perfect my “About Me” back in the good ol’ Myspace days. Admit it, you did the same thing. Since this is kind of a mandatory thing, I suppose I should tell you more about myself.

Hi, my name is Angelica Nicolle Abalos. I’m a senior art major with an emphasis in graphic design. You shouldn’t be surprised to find that I am a design editor for the Chimes. I dabble in a bit of photography as well, but then again, so does everyone else in the world these days. That being said, my Instagram feed is filled with a variety of art major-esque images that have been obsessively edited with VSCOcam, Mextures and, if we’re getting really fancy, the Fragment app.

When I’m not glued to my computer screen or handy dandy iPhone, I enjoy going out to discover my new favorite restaurant, strumming my guitar and singing along to the latest catchy pop song, or wishing I was back in the beautiful East Coast (Augustana’s song “Boston” is basically my life).

I am honored to be a part of the Chimes this year to help with placing the words and images on the page perfectly for your viewing pleasure.

www.angelicanicolle.com

 

Megan Mead

Position: Video Producer
Year: Junior
Major: Cinema & Media Arts

I’m a Southern belle with a California sensibility, which basically means I’m an artsy-fartsy kid who happens to say “y’all” and “fiiiiiive” a lot. When my doc martens aren’t hitting the pavement in search of a good coffeehouse, I’m digging in dumpsters and old lady’s garages for movie props and old birdhouses to use in my next stopmotion. I enjoy the simple things in life: clean laundry, playing peekaboo with little kids in grocery store lines, and starting thought provoking conversations with homeless people.

If you were to meet me, especially if you were to meet me in the process of dragging a custom made dinosaur out of my chevy cavalier, you would probably think I was a whack job. You may be right, but I’m loving every moment of it. I hope I never stop exploring everything that this life has to offer, and I hope even more that I can inspire that spirit of adventure in other people. As the video producer of the Chimes, my mission is to immerse people in parts of their world that may go unnoticed, and to share stories in a way that challenges people to rewrite their own.

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Torie Hamilton

Position: News Staff Writer
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

Hello there, my name is Torie and I am so excited to be a part of the Chimes team this year as the staff news writer. I’m a sophomore journalism major with an emphasis in writing and publication. I’ve grown up with a love of words and now I get to cultivate that love through my major and this job.

I was born and raised in Laguna Hills, California, the city just about next door to Laguna Beach. And now I’m at Biola even though I initially resisted the idea as both of my parents and both of my sisters graduated from here; but of course, God had his own plans for me and I am loving every moment at this school.

I love Jesus, all things espresso to the point of possible addiction, antique stores, cats in their angsty glory (Grumpy Cat is my spirit animal), exploring new cities, old people who talk about the “good ol’ days” and used bookstores that you will most likely get lost in. At the top of my bucket list is to see the floating lantern festival in Thailand as well as to spend a few years in France as mostly good things come by that country.

Alex Bell

Position: Features Staff Writer
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

My name is Alex Bell and I love people and words (hence the whole write about people gig I have as the staff features writer). This year I hope to do Biola justice in telling the story of its dwellers. I have met fascinatingly beautiful people during my time here and I want to tell their stories. I want the Biola community to feel known and connected through words, because I know they have the power to do so.
In addition, I love documentaries, my 200lb dog, The Bad Suns (drop what you are doing and look them up), The Office, C.S. Lewis, and my wonderful family/friends. I know everyone says they have great friends and family but mine truly blow me away. I truly enjoy the life God gave me and I wouldn't have it any other way. 
 

Catherine Streng

Position: Opinions Staff Writer
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism

Hola. Soy Catherine. That's "Hi.  I'm Catherine" for those of you who don't read Spanish.

Born in San José, Costa Rica, where I lived for ten years before moving to the States, I'm a bilingual/bicultural journalism major. Leaving Nashville, Tennessee where I graduated high school, to study at Biola was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

My first passion in life is traveling. I’ve been to all of the continents, except Australia, for a total of 14 different countries, my favorites being Germany and England. My second passion is film and television. After I graduate from Biola I hope to combine both passions by either working in Los Angeles as a PR professional for a film corporation or moving to London and working for the BBC.

I’m looking forward to being a part of The Chimes family this year!

Jack Finck

Position: Sports Staff Writer
Year: Junior
Major: English/Sociology

Hello, my name is Jack Finck and I am the sports staff writer for the Chimes. I am currently a junior, double majoring in English and sociology with an emphasis in criminology.

I was born and raised in the great state of Minnesota. When I’m not crying over our depressing sports teams, I can usually be found on a lake or lost in the Mall of America. I love being a cliche Minnesotan. Hunting, fishing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling are things I pity Californians for missing out on.

Sports are everything. I grew up playing football, basketball and tennis, and played for two years on the Biola tennis team. I have an unhealthy addiction to fantasy football and every professional sports team in Minnesota.

I chose Biola two years ago because they didn’t make fun of my Minnesota accent as much as Azusa Pacific, and my hatred for APU has grown ever since.

The Office has been on repeat in my house since it was created. I will challenge anyone to a trivia contest or quote challenge. I have no shame in admitting my favorite movies are Miracle, Up, and Space Jam.  

David Vendrell

Position: A&E Staff Writer
Year: Senior
Major: Cinema & Media Arts

Hello, my name is David Vendrell and I’m an arts & entertainment-oholic. My journey with this disease started at an early age. My parents, the terrible influences that they are, exposed me to movies, music, and books at an early age. I became immediately addicted. I lost friends, my grades dropped, hair started falling out. Some call this shaving. I call it a symptom. When I reached those tender high school years, I began hanging with the wrong crowd — film students. We were the outcasts, ready to stir up trouble at any opportunity. Have you ever killed a man with a camera? I haven’t, but I’m sure it’s possible.

Ostracized from my sober South Florida homestead, I trekked to the only place where I knew I could get my fix — Los Angeles. I started to meet other people like me while hiding out at Biola University’s cinema and media arts department. I joined up with the business administration drones too. Hey, I have an addiction to support. I worked my way up the ranks, interning at companies all around Hollywood, cooked up my own batch of stories and have started consorting with the bigwigs. I got in deep.

Of course, my life is just now spiraling out of control as I have become the arts & entertainment staff writer in the misfit group called the Chimes. On the run from the law and on the edge of sanity, I’ll be delivering you material every week. Get ready, kids. You’re going to get hooked. This is hot stuff.

Katie Evensen

Position: Staff Photographer
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biblical & Theological Studies

My name is Katie Evensen and I am a staff photographer! I am from the Windy City of Chicago, and proud of it! I love love LOVE ice cream, dance, and playing the piano.
I am a Biblical Studies major, with a TESOL minor and hope to do ministry either in Eastern Europe or the Middle East. But in the mean time I am loving the California life!
 

Cherrina Yoon

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Position: Staff Photographer
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism

I’m a photographer by trade, but I have quite a few other interests as well. I love reading, long/skateboarding, writing and recording music akin to the feeling of “taking off one’s shoes at the end of a long day,” collecting and using beautiful stationery, creating random montages and home videos, clacking out letters with my ancient and overweight typewriter, taking slow walks, knitting the threads of my incoherent and jumbled thoughts into words, and quiet. I’ll be a staff photographer for my final year at Biola, and I know it’ll be time well spent.

Kalli Thommen

Position: Staff Photographer
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism

Hola! My name is Kalli Thommen and I’m a journalism major with an emphasis in public relations. I was born and raised in Minnesota. I am constantly made fun of for saying words such as pop, baeg and swaeg. Though I love California, I firmly believe the Midwest does it best.

Capturing life from behind the lens is my passion. My other passions include blended mochas, wandering through Target, speaking Spanish, the great outdoors and meaningful conversations.

Nolan Scott

Position: Staff Videographer
Year: Junior
Major: Cinema & Media Arts and Intercultural Studies

I am currently pursuing degrees in film production and intercultural studies here at Biola. After transferring from a year in community college, this will be my third year here at Biola. So far I have worked with AS as a Freshman Representative for a year and worked for Chapel of the Hills in Sunland for three years as the Children’s Director.

This year I have stepped out of that position and I am now working with the Chimes as a videographer alongside being an RA in Hart Hall. I grew up in the Los Angeles area and really enjoy getting out and experiencing the world around me. Hobbies of mine include photography, videography, skating, surfing, camping, etc., but my passion is film. It is the preferred medium I use to interact with my environment and share myself with others. Ultimately, my dream is to be a missionary in Japan making independent films and teaching at the college level. I see film as a powerful means to organically relay God’s truth and the gospel to a generation constantly taught and fed through multimedia.

Lane Smith

Position: Staff Videographer
Year: Junior
Major: Public Relations

Oh, sorry. I didn’t see you there! You may have heard of me by the name Lanye West, Tyco, Crush, or even Stacy (but that’s not my name). My name is Lane Smith and I am a public relations major here at Biola. I’m from Camarillo, California and I guess that’s pretty neat. In my free time I enjoy a smooth cup of joe, catching up on Portlandia and warming up my vocals for a night of karaoke. I prefer to sing highly out of my range.

One reason I love videography is because it gives you the opportunity to showcase the talented gifts, stories and locations that God has surrounded us with on this Earth and bring it to the light it deserves. I believe that film truly brings concepts to life and places the audience in a realistic state of mind, leading to an interesting and fresh medium of journalism.

RJ Winans

Position: Office Manager/Staff Dad
Year: Senior
Major: Biblical Studies and Public Relations

I am the office manager at the Chimes. I am a senior biblical studies and public relations double major. I'm the product of an Alpha-Emerson love story and the grandson of a downtown-campus Bible Institute graduate. My roots at Biola are as deep as my love for this place. I like to think I am an Angeleno, but when my heart is not here it is probably in the sepia-hued landscape where I grew up: Minden, Nevada.

I have a magnetic attraction to leather armchairs in mahogany-clad libraries sporting a roaring fire wafting a piney musk through the air. When drawn to that place, I am probably holding an old book written about history or theology. Mingling with the smell of fire and old books is that of the cup of coffee in my hand and the leather of my broken-in boots.

Tyler Gunhus

Position: Office Manager/Staff Dad
Year: Senior
Major: Cinema & Media Arts

What’s up! My name Tyler Gunhus and I am one of the Office Managers for the Chimes. I’m a senior cinema and media arts major with an emphasis in screenwriting.

I was born into a family where sports was king. Soccer minivans, Little League, end of the year pizza party at Godfathers ... you name it. But for an abnormally tall adolescent with little to no coordination, it can be a bit tough to fit in. So I realized early on that even if I couldn’t “walk the walk” I could still “talk the talk,” and thus, the analytical sports buff within me was born.

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, I am a diehard hometown sports boy. If it’s a Seattle team you’re talking about, chances are I’m ready and willing to talk your ear off for the next two hours. Seahawks? The best. Mariners? You know it. Sounders? Where do I begin!? Sonics? … Well that one’s a bit more sensitive, but I’m getting better.

Apart from sports, I like to consider myself a normal 20-year-old. I enjoy reading anything by Tolkien, have a “mild” obsession with Disney, own a life-sized cardboard cutout of Hermione Granger and am the proud owner of three fish: Huey, Dewey and Louie.

 

Hannah Jossi

Position: Advertising Manager
Year: Sophomore
Major: Business

Hi there! First off, a few things about me: my name is Hannah Marie Jossi, a sophomore at Biola, and a business major with an accounting emphasis (emphasis definitely subject to change). Some of my favorite things include creamy coffee, flowers and trees, Wes Anderson films, snowy mountains, and killer waterfalls. 
I'm a big fan of home - Portland, OR., and daily pray that God doesn't land me a too-good-to-be-true job in LA after I graduate so I can return home and happily job search in my favorite city. My family is a unit of 5 and although like all families we have had our fair share of ups and downs, we stick together like glue. Grateful is an understatement, for they bless me more than words can say. 
Last but not least! My job this year as advertising manager, in a nutshell, is to communicate with and assist advertisers in sending a message to the Biola community through The Chimes. Communication is key to loving people well and is also a necessary tool in the business world. I am excited to grow in my experience with communication as I tackle the learning curve, joys, and complications that pop up throughout the year.
 

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