The 2015-2016 Chimes StaffWe're Hiring! →
- Grace Gibney
- Managing Editor:
- Catherine Streng
- News Editor:
- Melissa Hedrick
- News Editor:
- Alondra Urizar
- A&E Editor:
- Christian Davis
- Sports Editor:
- Jack Finck
- Opinions Editor:
- Jacqueline Lewis
- Advertising Manager:
- Izabelle Kostinec
- Business Manager:
- Brandon Berz
- Online Editor:
- Amanda Sakowski
- Senior Copy Editor:
- Abby Blake
- Photo Editor:
- Johnathan Burkhardt
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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.
As someone who hails from Boise, Idaho, it comes as no surprise that I am frequent recipient of potato jokes. Starch happens.
When I was approached by last year’s Editor-in-Chief, Anna Frost, about the prospect of taking over the reins of this year’s staff, I do admit that I found the idea daunting. I recalled the previous leaders before me who held down the fort from the editor’s desk, and it was hard to picture myself in the chair.
However, like most ideas in life, they have a way of growing on you. Here I find myself tending to the reins of this year’s staff. In fact, I am writing this staff bio during one of our staff’s infamous production nights. It is 2:21 a.m. on a Wednesday, and the team remains utterly diligent as they piece together our issue for the week. I couldn’t be prouder.
While the Chimes does consume many late nights in my week, I do have a life outside the office’s doors (shocking, I know.) I occasionally break free from the binds of AP style and bust out a poem or two. I fling frisbees. You can catch me taking a break from homework by strumming my acoustic guitar, Slender Suzy. I take my black tea with milk and brown sugar and I unwind by crocheting afghans (these two facts that have dubbed me the title of “Granny Grace”, a description I display with joy.)
But enough about me. I urge you, dear visitor, to pour into the content of what this unique staff has to offer. This staff of 32 students derive from hidden corners and areas of Biola’s campus, and they each bring their own story to the plate. Please bring a shovel when navigating our site and flipping through our print edition – there’s a lot of digging to do.
Lastly of all, welcome, and thank you for investing your time in the Chimes.
Position: Managing Editor
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 and experiencing new cultures. I’ve been to all of the continents, except Australia, for a total of 14 different countries, my favorites being Germany and Japan. Living in La Mirada, California gives me the opportunity to immerse myself in different cultures on a daily basis — from getting my groceries at the Korean market and practicing my Korean with the workers to being able to speak Spanish to fellow Hispanics in my own cafeteria.
My second passion is languages. I grew up speaking both English and Spanish but I adore hearing and studying foreign languages. I spent almost two years studying Japanese, dabbled in German, and have now been studying Korean for a year. Korean is by far my favorite language I’ve learned whereas Mandarin is my favorite to listen to — despite only being able to say “hi how are you?”
After I graduate from Biola I hope to teach English in South Korea in order to perfect my Korean. But in the distant future, I wish to be a journalist or a writer for an English publication in South Korea.
Last year I held the position of opinion’s staff writer and opinion’s editor apprentice, and I’m so grateful to return to the Chimes family as managing editor. I look forward to a wonderful and challenging semester with everyone.
Position: Senior Copy Editor
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a mermaid when I grew up. As a senior, I am a lot closer to being "grown up," and I want to read things, edit things and do the traveling thing. I still try to pursue that original dream by spending enormous amounts of time in the pool as a member of Biola's swim team, but I frequently hang up my fins in favor of flip-flops and sneakers. The sandals suit the SoCal lifestyle while the sneakers, preferably asics, let me run around on land. So I have discovered there might be more to life than having a fish-tail.
What could be better than life under the sea? For me, spending time with family, adventuring with friends, and lazing around with a good book or five can all be done out of the water. I have a preference for print materials (no kindles or nooks for me) and those tend to dissolve beneath the waves. I like to dive deep into words; analyzing novels and fine-tuning stories in the process of becoming published articles. As a copy editor for the Chimes, I have the chance indulge in this passion as a job, even with perpetually wet hair.
Position: Copy Editor
Born and raised in southern California, I am often hiking or discussing slight changes in the weather. My passion for journalism along with my insatiable appetite for travel and culture has propelled me on several international adventures in my short 22 years, and I constantly crave more experience in the world.
You can find me rollerblading by the beach, laying in the sand with my nose in a book, or daydreaming about my next international adventure. I am all about my big, loud family, food, and dogs that are as big as horses.
As one of those magical mixtures of introvert and extrovert, my obsession with animals does not hinder my love for people and my writing often features interesting individuals. I am a story-teller at heart; there is nothing better than listening to and learning from another person’s journey, then communicating their story to others. My aspiration to be an editor has gotten me roped into a copy editor position for the Chimes in my senior year at Biola. I look forward to exercising my passion for writing, editing, and photojournalism as I complete my degree.
Position: Copy Editor
Hey! My name is Autumn Whitney and I am one of the copy editors at The Chimes. Growing up I was captivated by the Harry Potter series in the first grade, which ended up turning me into quite the bookworm. I loved “writing” my own stories – and by this I mean I would jot down a couple sentences in a notebook and give up a few minutes later because it didn’t read nearly as well as anything JK Rowling had ever created.
Apart from spending my time reading Harry Potter, in deep discussions about Harry Potter, or watching Harry Potter, I enjoy being a San Jose Sharks enthusiast and watching anything with Jimmy Fallon in it. I’m a huge fan of witty humor and laugh at almost anything – even puns. Now a senior journalism major, I love telling other people’s stories and look forward to spending this year with The Chimes!
Position: News Editor
My name is Melissa and if I was asked the meaning of life, I would say the answer is love. Now that I have gotten the hardest question out of the way, I can move on to easier ones. Who am I and what do I like? I come from Rancho Cucamonga which, despite what you have heard, is a real place. I am a second year journalism major with an English minor and a Torrey kid, so it would be fair to say that I will be spending the majority of my time reading or writing. I have always enjoyed these activities and am thankful to be at Biola where I have found friends that I can identify with. As it turns out, I am not the only person whose childhood punishment was to have their books taken away. Hikes, bagels from the Caf, squirrels, board games, Pilot G-2 .38mm pens and mornings spent drinking coffee and reading the bible with my best friend are a few things I greatly appreciate and enjoy.
My passion for journalism began in 7th grade when I was a writer for my middle school newspaper. I was fortunate to have an outstanding teacher that helped spark my love for this field even though I now look back and laugh at my writing from that time. As I move into the position of news editor for this school year, I am excited for the individual growth that I can achieve and the great work that the Chimes as a whole can accomplish.
Position: News Editor
My name is Alondra, I am a sophomore praying to graduate next year, and please don’t mention Alondra Blvd. because, yes, I already know about it.
I am the youngest in my family and I’m a pretty shy creature if I don’t know you but I’ll warm up to you eventually. I tend to be serious in most aspects of life but I do take time to lean back and take a nap. If you want to get me out of my shell, talk to me about dogs. I am secretly a dog whisperer and I will go gaga over them. I truly prefer having puppies over actual kids. My plan is to be the “crazy dog lady” instead of being the mother of real kids.
I love playing video games and am an avid fan of Pokemon. My preferred game consoles include but are not limited to: Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo DS/3DS and the PlayStation series. I also love fixing up cars with my father who is an auto mechanic. I enjoy racing with my father with cars that utilize Mazda rotary engines. Rotary engines are basically aircraft engines designed for cars.
I love to visit nature, go to movies, eat (never put me on a diet), and spend time with my family. I can speak three different languages: English, Spanish and French. I’ve lived in Los Angeles my entire life and come from a Hispanic and Latino background and deviate from the stereotype that all Hispanics/Latinos love spicy food. In all honesty, I believe puppies are the answer to everything.
Position: Features Editor
Hey. My name is Becky Mitchell and I’m honored to the editor of the features section this semester. I’m horrible at answering the question “what is one fun fact about you?” Often, though, when I play two truths and a lie I throw in there that I’ve been surfing, so let’s go with that as my fun fact.
I’m from Austin, Texas, and no I don’t have an accent, mainly because I’m a California girl at heart with my roots in Northern California. Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth, with Biola as a close second, but of course heaven will be the best place ever. The beach is also one of my top favorites, the sand and waves are just such a beautiful combination.
Narrowing down my favorite Disney movies is harder than I’d like to admit, but automatically I will tell you my childhood favorite was Beauty and the Beast. I love Belle’s caring heart, Olaf’s warm fuzziness, Rapunzel’s tenacity in Tangled, and the list goes on.
Besides loving all things Disney, I enjoy writing, worshiping God, reading, taking pictures and watching romantic comedies. Anyways, enough about me; I hope you enjoy the content found on The Chimes website and let us know what you think.
Position: Opinions Editor
Major: Political Science
Hi everyone, I’m Jacqueline Lewis and I am going to be the editor of the opinions section of The Chimes this year. I’m a second year political science major, but I also have a soft spot for science and technology. I start every morning with a nice hot cup of tea, but I won’t turn down a mocha with extra chocolate either. I commute from the lovely city of Costa Mesa down in Orange County and in my free time I love heading to the karate dojo near my house to workout. No need to worry though, I’m only a white belt for now, but I want to work hard and eventually earn my black belt. When I am not at the dojo I also enjoy watching some Doctor Who, Sherlock, Gravity Falls, and Steven Universe. In the future I hope to go to law school and eventually be a professor, but I also want to travel the world, learn a multitude of languages and make an impact for Christ.
This year will be my first time working for The Chimes and as Opinions Editor, I want to help spark discussion and provide a resource for students’ voices to be heard on campus. I’m really looking forward to what the year has in store for me!
Position: Sports Editor
Hey everyone, my name is Jack and I was born and raised in the great state of Minnesota. From a young age I loved playing and watching sports and my daily mood typically depends on how my Minnesota sports team is currently doing. I also love sports movies, sports video games and fantasy football. The Biola sports teams are something I love writing about as I played on the men’s tennis team my freshman and sophomore year.
I am currently a senior at Biola double majoring in English and sociology. My plans after graduating in the spring are to return to my home state and attend one of the three law schools there.
Position: Online Editor
I am a Southern California native who prefers the Pacific Northwest and describes themself as a self diagnosed travel addict. I read a little too much National Geographic, wear flannels all too often for my mother's taste, and believe that a good cup of tea can fix almost anything. You can often find me trekking through a national park with my camera in hand or standing on the edge of a cliff doing it for the 'gram. I enjoy camping, spontaneity, re-watching Grey's Anatomy/The Office in its entirety, documentaries, and hanging out with my grandma who is also my best friend and partner in crime.
I am currently pursuing a career in social media managing and marketing, which is why I took on the position as online editor. I am constantly seen checking social media (let's be real, I'm probably on Instagram), which some friends may see as an addiction, but I brush it off as "job experience". Social media has completely changed the game in terms of marketing and I am excited to be a part of it.
Position: Web Producer
Dinosaur Slayer by day, Chimes Producer by night.
Not really, but I wouldn’t say no if Chris Pratt ever needed a plucky side kick.
Although much of my time is spent hunched over my laptop making the Chimes Online happen, I love to explore and go adventuring with friends. I believe that life is both to be lived and shared. This is why I have such an affinity for the web; I love the interconnectedness it provides, and I look forward to sharing life at Biola with all you lovely Chimes followers.
I’m most passionate about international travel and communicating well through art and media. I have an unnatural addiction to coffee, free online fonts, dubstep and indie folk music. Things that make me smile include boat rides, southern food (I hail from Charleston, South Carolina), Audrey Hepburn, 19th century Impressionist Painters, Parks and Rec, memories of Amsterdam, and just about any song by Ella Fitzgerald.
Position: Photo Editor
Yo, my name is Johnathan. I come from a family of giant surf bums, who somehow ended up landlocked in the dull track hometown of Lakewood. Giant, like, the short one in small Burkhardt clan (my mom), is 6’2. I like to do things like: grab jelly from the top shelf for old ladies, touch things without jumping that are too high for most people to touch even when they jump, and serve as a landmark for my friends in crowded places.
Other than be tall, I cling to the Lord like a cat about to be dropped into a tub full of ice water. I prayed at one point that God would bless me with dependence, so that I would never forget him, or rely on myself. He has; my life is an adventure, one I could not dream of condensing for you. Stay tuned for the book.
Position: Web Photo Editor
Hi there, it’s nice to see you here! I am Marika, your web photo editor for this year!
Although I hail from historic Boston, Massachusetts, California has imprinted herself upon my soul. Every day that I get to wake up on this Golden Coast reminds me how good the Lord is to have brought me to Biola University. I am convinced, however, that I was designed to wander God’s earth, exploring countries, cities, places, and cultures, and immersing myself with their people. I am an all-natural, organic, tea, yoga, and all-things-quality kinda lady.
I will shamelessly eat a whole Chipotle burrito as often as possible. I love to read, pretty much anything.
Music is one of the loves of my life and there are few things I enjoy more than turning up a good song loud in headphones, or sitting down at the piano to play and/or sing. I love the stars. A candle will always do the trick.
Stuffed animals make me happy, and so does chocolate.
Position: Design Editor
Hi! I'm Sean Leone and I design the A Section of the Chimes. I generally enjoy taking my time with all things in life, which is why I never expected to so fully enjoy designing in the fast-paced high-stress environment the Chimes provides. I'm still exploring my specific interests in the professional creative world, but have certainly found a passion for publication design. Though I don't know where I want to end up after college, I know I'll be more confident in my flexibility after having fully immersed myself in the Chimes and learning to design both thoughtfully and efficiently. I'm learning a lot and I couldn't be happier.
Position: Design Editor & Office Manager/Staff Mom
Hello, I’m Melanie! After two years of designing on staff, I have decided that I am too sentimentally attached to this paper to leave it for good, so I am back for one more year as staff mom. I come from Orange County, but I love living near Los Angeles. My favorite show is Jeopardy, but I am currently binging through Scrubs, with Gilmore Girls next on the lineup. I’m a Star Wars, Marvel, history, Journey nerd. Asian food is the key to my heart. And as staff mom for the Chimes this year, I could use any donut shop suggestions so that I can keep the staff sane. Happy reading!
Position: Advertising Manager
Hello! My name is Izabelle and I will be my first year working for The Chimes as Advertising Manager. This will be my third and final year at Biola University as a psychology major. I grew up and lived my entire life in Rochester, Minnesota. Growing up I was a dancer and played piano. Music has always been a large part of my life as I always played French horn and was in choir. Now music lives in my life through a never ending playlist of Broadway showtunes, Frank Sinatra, alternative music, and dramatic film scores. I have loved every second of living out here in California. Almost a year ago I started working at the Disneyland Hotel as a banquet server, and now am in Guest Relations within both parks. In my free time I like taking pictures, exploring Instagrammable restaurants, 24-hour road trips, and (shamefully) watching the Bachelor.
I am excited for this position with The Chimes! Although my major is psychology, I don’t plan on going into that field. Choosing psychology as a major (after having several other majors) was more because I loved the classes and saw it as something that could lead to many different careers/grad school focuses. That being said, I love organizing, planning, and customer service.
Position: Video Producer
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Hey, what's up, hello. I’m the video producer for The Chimes this semester and I absolutely enjoy every aspect of it from pre-production to post; storytelling gives me life. I was born in La Verne, California or as we like to call it the LV. It’s a small city in between Los Angeles and San Bernardino County in So Cal. So I’ve been roaming around LA all my life. I decided I wanted to study journalism at the young age of sixteen when I started reporting for my cities paper as their “campus correspondent” and ever since I’ve been in love with it. Over the years, it has evolved into visual storytelling and it's way more fun than I could have ever imagined! In my free time, I like to get out of LA and visit spots around the country that I have yet seen. I spend most of my days analyzing movie plots or listening to some “sick” beats, mainly rap or alternative. Most of my friends associate the word “coffee” with Candace, because I’m really that obsessed with it. I am a huge cheesehead and have been to four games in my lifetime, so you may see me around campus rocking some Packers gear. I love working for The Chimes because I am very passionate about accuracy and timeliness in the news. I believe that through that we can set up students to think critically and give them the information they need to make decisions that will impact the world around them. I am so excited to be telling the stories of Biola’s campus this semester and I cannot wait to see what God does through that!
Position: Sports Staff Writer
What’s up, my name is Keaton Moore and I was raised in San Luis Obispo; CA, or as Oprah calls it “the happiest place in the U.S.”. This is my first year at Biola after finishing up two years at community college and two summers working at Hume Lake Christian Camps.
For people who know me well it is no secret that I love baseball and a majority of what my dad and I talk about are sports. People say Christmas is the best time of the year, I beg to differ as my year revolves from spring training to October. Being raised in a norcal and sports enthusiastic family it was only a matter of time before their enthusiasm for norcal sports rubbed off on me. For as long as I can remember I have primarily been a San Francisco Giants fan and have stayed loyal to the other norcal teams (Forty-Niners, Golden State Warriors, and San Jose Sharks). I know that it seems like I am headed the wrong way and it was clear on the way down that I’m moving into Dodger blue territory but I am excited to see what God will do with my first year here at Biola.
Position: A&E Staff Writer
Hi, I’m Hayley and I’m a book-oholic (group response of “Hi Hayley”).
There was once a time where I cringed at the idea of having to crack open a book, but PTL for my fifth grade teacher who made it her life goal to get me to fall in love with reading. Thanks to her unusual methods of teaching that included a fashion show, a puppet show, and a play, I picked up an addiction for reading — which if we’re being real, is just the gateway drug for writing.
Snicket, Rowling, Lewis, and Tolkien are my go to for when I need a pick me up and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is basically my version of the stuffed animal you’ve cuddled since preschool. I do have a special place in my heart though for Looking for Alaska, The Great Gatsby, and Ready Player One because they made me wonder what to do with my life once I finished them.
In eighth grade I realized I not only loved to write but wasn’t half bad either. Since then I’ve collected a number of journals (currently at eight) that each have their own purpose where I use my love for writing to express the idea I’ve got in mind.
My life goal is to write a novel that will end up on the New York Times Bestseller List and I’m hoping that my time at Biola and on The Chimes will help that dream become real life. So, keep your eyes out for that book on the Barnes and Noble shelves that’s by author H. L. Karr and remember when she was just a little baby writer for the Chimes.
Position: Opinions Staff Writer
Hey I'm Tim (as you can see) and this is my first year writing for the chimes, or for anybody! I love writing opinions and having open discussions with people in my articles rather than ranting. I also enjoy writing about music, travel, and film as well. I aspire to be a travel journalist one day, so when I'm not doing homework or running (because I'm on the cross country and track team at Biola,) I'm most likely taking photos and traveling. God created the world around me beautifully and artistically, and I want to explore the world to appreciate His masterpiece.
Other than that, I come from Amityville, NY, a quaint and quiet village on the South Shore of Long Island and I wouldn't trade living there for the world. I love tea, playing guitar, reading, the innocent and pristine aesthetics of early 1960s culture, and getting to know people really well. I'm a journalism major, yet I'm extremely passionate about music and film as well. If you ever want to have an in-depth conversation about obscure music and film topics like the innocence of pop folk music in the 1960s and its fading out in the 70s, or how the film Clockwork Orange left out a vital part of the story because it was based on the American version of the book rather than the international version, look no further.
Oh, and my favorite verse is Psalm 30:11-12 because I'm a morning person.
Position: Staff Photographer
Major: Biblical & Theological Studies
Hi, my name is Katie Evensen and this is my third year as a photographer for the Chimes! I am from Chicago, love winter, but the beautiful diversity and endless sunshine in California is slowly stealing my heart. Though I’m a city girl, I love exploring the outdoors- especially with my camera. When I’m not studying theology or taking photos, I love to play the piano, find a new coffee shop with friends, or travel somewhere new!
The best part of working as a photographer for the Chimes is meeting so many people on campus. I know so many athletes, club leaders, administrators, and professors because of taking their photos these past few years. I love getting glimpses of these different facets on campus and sharing their stories with Biola through the Chimes. This is seriously the best job ever!
Position: Staff Photographer
Hi, I was born in Texas and raised in California. I am currently a senior Bachelor of Arts major with an emphasis in piano. This is my third year as a Chimes Canon 5d3 button pusher.
I as a fan of food, I firmly believe that that food is meant to be eaten, not photographed and that all burritos are beautiful. I also enjoy badminton, event production, NCIS, and traveling. When not eating or cramming in a last minute assignment, I can be found managing an organization that runs video game tournaments and events nationwide. Video games are also hard which is why I run tournaments, not play in them. Aside from video games, art and music are an integral part of my everyday life. A couple of my inspirations include Chopin, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Spielberg, and Haywyre. My own personal artistic challenge on a daily basis is asking myself "How far would I be willing to go to get that shot?"
Position: Staff Photographer
Hey everyone! I'm John Uy, a deaf senior and majoring in Journalism with emphasis in visual media. I was born in California and also lived in the Philippines. I am a staff photographer for the Chimes and my goal is to create visual stories that can invoke compassion and understanding, give hope, and inspire communities. Although I was born with profound deafness in both ears, I wear a cochlear implant that allows me to hear and better interact with the world around me. I look forward to capturing your unique stories and sharing them with you through the lens of the Chimes.
Position: Staff Videographer
Hi, My name is Jazmin Rose and I'm a videographer for The Chimes this semester.
I transferred from Azusa Pacific (the rival school) last year and God has never stopped working in my life. One lesson I have learned is to confidently have hope and from this hope I have been able to open so many doors that fear kept shut in my life.
Currently, I'm interning at Dateline NBC which is seriously a dream because it is exactly the type of journalism I want to get into. I really like the documentary style of production/storytelling and want to get into incorporating that in my own craft. Meeting Lester Holt and seeing first-hand of how he conducts an interview has already been a highlight of my experience.
On my free time, I love to read and watch movies. I'm such a stickler when it comes to reading the books first before watching the movie adaption.
Position: Office Manager/Staff Mom
Hey, I’m Laurie and I am the office manager for the Chimes. I have a long history with the Chimes including sports writing and editing. Growing up I was surrounded by sports and played on my high school basketball team. I love watching sports (especially my Texas teams), and I love cheering on the Biola Eagles.
If you want to become my friend just show me a video of golden retrievers. I own one golden retriever of my own named Murphy who I miss very much while I am at school and frequently feature him on instagram posts.
This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to intern with Awkward Family Photos. I was surrounded by so many hilarious pictures and learned a lot while having a great time.
Position: Business Manager
Major: Business Administration
Hello! Thanks for checking out the Chimes staff bios. I am very blessed to be the Business Manager of the Chimes. I am surrounded by extremely talented writers, editors, photographers, videographers, and designers. My role is to make sure the Chimes is functioning efficiently on the Business side of things. All the credit for the Chimes goes to the talented individuals I just listed!
A little about myself is that I’m from Riverside, CA and have awesome parents and a younger brother who is a stud football player in high school. I currently am a member of the cross country and track and field team at Biola. I am very fortunate for the teammates I am surrounded by. Three things that describe me are thinking, running and adventuring. I love thinking about situations and if there is a problem thinking through the best solution. I also love authors like Tim Keller and Brennan Manning who constantly challenge my thinking. I also am a little crazy and run between 50-70 miles a week for cross country. There are people who run way more than me too! I also love to adventure! It makes it even better since I have awesome friends around me to go with!
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