The 2013-2014 Chimes Staff

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Editor-In-Chief:
Heather Leith
News Editor:
Katie Nelson
News Editor:
Anna Frost
Features:
Lena Smith
A&E:
Parker Munson
Sports:
Tyler Gunhus
Opinions:
Robert James Winans
Advertising:
Sarah Sjoberg
Business:
Austin Champion
Online Editor:
Kevin Botka
Senior Copy Editor:
Rachelle Cihonski
Photo Editor:
Olivia Blinn
Video Producer:
Zach Fu
Managing Content Editor:
Anders Corey

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.

Heather Leith

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

“I could never be editor-in-chief.” This is an actual statement that came out of my actual mouth last year. Oh, how wrong I was. Somehow I was chosen for this position and my world changed. I am beyond honored to rise up to this fun, prayer-fueled, deadline-crazed responsibility.

I started out as a freelance writer who was terrified to walk into the Chimes office. After feeling the rush of seeing my name in print next to a story I was proud of, I decided that I just might like working with these crazy deadlines and even crazier people. It meant I could enjoy honing my writing skills, sharing significant stories and enjoying community with a whole new group of people — people who I just happened to be stuck with until 2 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday nights (it’s more fun than it sounds).

The Chimes sucks you in. This office has magic powers, I’m sure of it — or maybe it’s the overwhelming amount of pop songs we play on repeat. I would not be in this position if it weren’t for the hardworking staff members before me who showed me just how fun and rewarding making a newspaper could be. They also showed me just how fun and rewarding a Ke$ha dance party could be, which was equally as significant.

My goal is to keep Biolans informed and engaged with the news going on right outside their dorm room door and across the world. I love gathering stories and facts and presenting them in an appealing and exciting way that captivates the reader. Even more than that, I love editing those stories and making sure that those writing them are happy with their jobs, which are some of my main duties as EIC.

Enjoy clicking around the website and just make sure that you don’t write a story for us, or you might end up as the next editor-in-chief. 

Austin Champion

Position: Business Manager
Year: Junior
Major: International Business

Hello! My name is Austin and I am the business manager for the Chimes for the 2013-2014 year. As the business manager I oversee the financial state of the Chimes while working closely with our editor-in-chief as well as our advertising manager to make sure that, in its simplest form, we can keep providing you with good, solid journalism. Outside of the Chimes I am a junior international business major from Santa Barbara, Calif. who adores being in the outdoors from the ocean to the mountains. If I am not out and about, however, you can find me listening to the improvisational feel of real jazz or the singing harmonies of the fiddle: the two greatest styles of music of all time. Enjoy this year and I hope that you find the Chimes as a valuable resource to complement your time here at Biola!

Sarah Sjoberg

Position: Advertising Manager
Year: Junior
Major: International Business

Hey there! My name is Sarah Sjoberg and I am the advertising manager for the Chimes. My job this year is to help advertisers connect to the Biola community by means of newspaper and online advertisements. This will be my second year working as the advertising manager.

I am a junior studying international business with the hopes of one day using my education to empower those who could not otherwise help themselves. I enjoy reading, gawking over weddings and anything that contains espresso. I absolutely love Biola University and the experience that I have had so far! So many fun memories!

Rachelle Cihonski

Position: Senior Copy Editor
Year: Senior
Major: English

OK, so there are some basic things y’all should know about me. First, I’m not from Texas, but I can justify my constant use of the pronoun “y’all.” That, however, is another story for another time. I hail from the San Francisco Bay Area and stubbornly stand by the assertion that NorCal is hecka better than SoCal. We have real seasons. Haters gonna hate. Most days I am amazed I've made it this far as an English major (“this far” meaning I have not yet pulled out all of the hair on my head nor have I punched holes in every square inch of my bedroom wall), but I still have one final year left, so I probably shouldn’t speak too soon.


I enjoy my morning cups of black coffee — all six of them — thrift store finds, ‘80s music, running, camping, traveling, snorkeling, ethnic food, spending time with my hilarious family (notoriously known for incessant movie-quoting), totes perf #Insta opps (and abbrevs, obvi), the Harry Potter book series, absolutely amusing alliterations, my red editing pen and nerdy grammar memes. I sing non-stop, constantly lose things, was voted “most opinionated” in high school, am extremely klutzy and cry when I laugh too hard. I also invented the word “sweeticles,” so feel free to integrate that gem into your vocabulary.


Oh, and I’m the senior copy editor for the Chimes this year. This amazing opportunity was all the Lord's doing and I am beyond thankful for it — I guess that’s probably the most important thing y’all should know about me. You stay classy, Biola. 

Thomas Harlander

Position: Copy Editor
Year: Junior
Major: Humanities

They say I was born with a tennis racket in my hand. Unfortunately, I never developed as a tennis player and instead became a copy editor for the Chimes. I thrive in this particular role because copy editing is a very serious job, and I am a very serious person. I take everything in life very seriously.

I am a humanities major with an emphasis in English and minors in business and art (and Bible, of course). I also independently study alchemy and phrenology. In my downtime, I can be found exchanging bad puns with my roommate, reading Ray Bradbury stories, watching "Fantastic Mr. Fox" or sitting forlornly in my apartment wishing that my Disneyland pass had not expired. During summer I had a gym membership, but I didn’t actually work out very much. Once I walked into a wedding reception that was happening on the Queen Mary and ate a cake pop. But enough about my personal life.

Over the course of this year, I hope you enjoy the absence of poor grammar in the Chimes. That absence is there because of me and my fellow copy editors. You’re welcome for that. As Batman himself once said to his young crime-fighting partner, "Good grammar is essential, Robin."

I suppose, as a copy editor, I’m sort of the Dark Knight of the newsroom.

Rachel Thompson

Position: Copy Editor
Year: Senior
Major: English

The name is Rachel Thompson, and the game, as a copy editor, is helping my fellow students communicate in a clear, concise, AP-approved manner.

When I'm not cracking bad puns and laughing at my equally cringe-worthy jokes, I'm probably reading a book, writing a poem or contemplating the flaws of society. An aspiring professor of literary theory, I enjoy examining the ideas our culture adheres to and asking whether they hinder or help us pursue Christ-likeness.

If I'm out to have a good time you can find me eating gummies, making up sartorial lyrics for popular songs, riding my bike or drafting ideas for future research projects.

Katie Nelson

Position: News Editor
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism

My name is Katie Nelson and I am a junior journalism major with an emphasis in writing/publishing. I am also the news editor of the Chimes along with my roommate, Anna Frost. When I'm not busy sniffing out serious news stories, I enjoy not being very serious at all. Some of my favorite things include coffee, swimming, film and coding. The AP Stylebook is my second Bible. 

Anna Frost

Position: News Editor
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

In addition to finding delicious things to write about for the Chimes' food blog, I will be co-editing the news section with my partner-in-crime and roommate, Katie Nelson. This year I plan to bring the important stories to the news section, pursue truth and enjoy the fact that my apartment has a decent-sized kitchen. I am a journalism major with a writing and publishing emphasis because, after I graduated from culinary school, I decided I would rather be journalist. I will happily talk about anything food related for hours and can be found wandering around farmers markets on a regular basis.

Robert James Winans

Position: Opinions Editor
Year: Junior
Major: Biblical Studies and Journalism

I am the opinions editor at the Chimes. I am a junior biblical studies and journalism/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: Sports Editor
Year: Junior
Major: Cinema & Media Arts

What’s up! My name Tyler Gunhus and I am the sports editor for the Chimes. I’m a junior 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.

Parker Munson

Position: Arts & Entertainment Editor
Year: Junior
Major: English

It’s been said that “talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” As A&E editor I am looking forward to doing just that, which means my fellow writers and I will be doing our best to deliver some fresh insight on all things art related. When I’m not instagramming sunsets or lattes, I can probably be found deep in the discographies of Bob Dylan, The White Stripes or Modest Mouse (Beyoncé might sneak in there too). Otherwise I’m Netflix binging on “Breaking Bad” or “Arrested Development.” My favorite movies are the kinds involving Tom Hanks, Woody Allen or James Stuart, and my favorite books are written by Wendell Berry and Flannery O’Connor. I love writing and I am eager to give you something to read. 

Kevin Botka

Position: Online Editor
Year: Junior
Major: Cinema & Media Arts

Hey there! My name is Kevin and I’m a junior film major from Seattle, WA. I’m in charge of managing the website for the Chimes. When I’m not working on exciting new content for Biola students, I enjoy backpacking, disc golfing, playing trombone, basketball and making videos. I’m also a big Seahawks fan. I’m looking forward to pushing interactive content for the web and finding new stories and new ways to present what’s happening on our campus.

Christina Bryson

Position: Web Producer
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism

Hi there! My name is Christina Helen Bryson and I am the web producer for the wonderful Chimes newspaper. I began my journalism career as a little freshman freelancer for the Chimes and now I am thankful to be on staff. I am a senior visual journalism major with a possibly unhealthy obsession with the Internet, which makes my job fun for me. My responsibilities are mainly overseeing the online portion of the Chimes and also managing all social media.

I hope to serve the Biola community by providing them with information that is easily accessible in the midst of their crazy college schedules and to discover innovative ways to share stories.

Other things that I may have an unhealthy obsession with would be: the Helvetica Neue font, George Harrison, America, the ‘90s and all forms of breakfast food.

Oh, and fun fact: I was born and raised in Hawaii.

Olivia Blinn

Position: Photo Editor
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism

Hello all, my name is Olivia Blinn and I'm the photo editor at the Chimes. This is my second year in this role. My job is to shoot photos for stories, oversee the staff photographers and prepare photos for print. My desire is for the Chimes to consistently display creative and compelling images. I'm a journalism major with an emphasis in visual media, but I also have a minor in mathematics — bizarre, I know. My passion for photography began at a young age; I received my first camera at eight-years-old. I love how a photo can tell a story in ways that words can't.


If I don't have a camera in my hand, I probably have a cup of coffee. I'm a self-proclaimed coffee snob and completely partial to Caribou Coffee. I hail from the land of hockey and Bob Dylan — northern Minnesota. Nearly every day I get made fun of for my Midwestern accent. While at home, I spend my time camping and fishing, as well as at the archery and rifle ranges. I also enjoy traveling, reading and listening to folk music, preferably on vinyl.

Ashleigh Fox

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

Hello all! I am Colorado born and raised. I am A. Fox. My calling in life is to allocate truthful hope in the world through photography and the written word. Having the opportunity to be part of the Chimes photo staff has improved my skills and continues to reassure me of my passion for telling people's’ stories through a photograph.

Sports always strike my fancy, and shooting the summer Olympics is my dream.

I am America. This is due to the fact that my favorite things are the defining elements of America: “Sweet Home Alabama,” red, white and blue, country music, the 4th of July, drive-in movies, writing letters and apple pie.

I am thrilled to have the pleasure of serving the classy characters of Biola and hope to make this a year of creativity, truth and impact.

Katie Brown

Position: Design Editor
Year: Senior
Major: Art

Yo home dawgs,

My given name is Katie Brown but I have been known to go by Kit Kat, Kates, Cake and even the occasional Hello Katie (get it?). My parents moved me to Taiwan when I was only one-year-old, which I think may have fueled my obsession with Hello Kitty. I’m not your stereotypical art major; I shocked everyone (including myself) when I switched my major from kinesiology to graphic design at the end of my freshman year. I’ve enjoyed taking drawing classes (so I can draw Hello Kitty), photography classes (so I can take pictures of all my Hello Kitty paraphernalia), ceramics (so I can make Hello Kitty mugs) and design classes, and eventually found my way to the Hello Kitty-less Chimes. I am honored to be a part of the Chimes this year and to help make the pages of the Chimes “prettier.”

Also, I would like all of you to know that it takes 741 licks to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop.

Melanie Kim

Position: Design Editor
Year: Freshman
Major: Art

Hello beautiful world, I'm Melanie the freshman design editor of the Chimes. I am an art major with an interdisciplinary emphasis on design and photography, a track I have been destined for ever since my early days with Kid Pix and a plastic viewer camera. I look forward to making this paper look like something you'd want to frame, and perhaps even getting a few photos in here and there.

Among my many scattered interests, I deeply enjoy Korean food, easy swing music, singing, Sherlock Holmes, stunning photographs and the band Journey (but ONLY with Steve Perry … I'm a SP purist). I also delight in musical theatre, Arizona tea, “Whose Line is it Anyway,” “Psych,” cats and whimsy of all sorts. 

Zach Fu

Position: Video Producer
Year: Senior
Major: Broadcast Journalism

Hey you! My name is Zach and I’m the video producer for the Chimes this year. I’m from Oahu, Hawaii and I love Biola! I'm so grateful to be a part of this community. I also love to make videos! I guess that’s a good thing since I’m the video producer. My role at the Chimes is to supervise all of the videographers.

In the future, I want to make documentaries and feature people’s individual stories. I think it’s a powerful tool to positively influence people and share the gospel. Along with producing videos, I love making music. Alternative-rock runs in my veins. I can’t get enough of that stuff!

Dayna Drum

Position: News Staff Writer
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism

I can be summed up pretty quickly: words. I love everything about words: reading them, writing them, staring at them and cuddling with them. I'm so excited to be on the Chimes staff and facilitate those passions — except for cuddling, because I've been told that is absolutely not allowed.

Some other fun facts about me (also relevant info if you should ever wish to bribe me): chocolate dependent, platypus obsessed and Lone Star State proud. 

Stefan Carlson

Position: Opinions Staff Writer
Year: Senior
Major: Intercultural Studies

I was born in a cozy suburb called Edmonds, Washington where bumper stickers read, “It’s an Edmonds kind of day,” and you can frequently hear the whistle of the ferry or the train as the sun sets over Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. I have been shaped by many things, the most prominent being a God who turned me from an enemy to a friend, a loving family, a sport called wrestling, a rapper named Lecrae, a band named Switchfoot and quite a few people, trials and cross-cultural experiences.


I love writing but have never written for a newspaper before and I never thought I would. My intercultural studies major doesn’t have a whole lot to do with rhetoric, press or media. So what am I doing writing for the Chimes? Well, I really care about the Biola community, and every year that I have been a student here I’ve found a way to invest in the community. That’s what I want to do again this year, but with a pad and a pen … or a laptop computer.
 

Laurie Bullock

Position: Sports Staff Writer
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

Hey friends! My name is Laurie Bullock and I am the sports staff writer for the Chimes this year. Sports has always been a big part of my life growing up and I am so excited to have the chance to write for this section for the second year in a row. My absolute favorite sport is basketball, and baseball comes in a close second.

I am originally from Texas but do not have an accent to prove it. I love sharing many different things with people. Those things include: coffee, books, music, movies, laughter and stories. I am currently on the hunt for the perfect typewriter. 

Michael Asmus

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

After being triumphantly birthed one bright spring morning, I realized my life would never be the same. I am often seen wearing a hat but rarely, almost regrettably, am I seen whistling dixie around a campfire at dusk. Foggy mornings often find me on solitary walks through the meadows and late night photography sessions are the result of being drunk on darjeeling. I defend the truth with my +4 Paladin Greatsword and my free time gives room to the cultivation of my Flock of Seagulls cover band, Space Age Loving.

I love Jesus, enjoy a scotch and prefer 501 Levis. My name is Michael but you may call me what you like, just don't call me late to dinner.

Tomber Su

Position: Staff Photographer
Year: Sophomore
Major: Piano Performance

Hey, Tomber is my name and piano is my game. In fact, it also happens to be my major. Photography has always been one of my favorite hobbies and last year I had the privilege to be the staff photographer for the Biola Conservatory. That being said, I am still extremely excited to be on the Chimes this year and to have the opportunity to work with all of the awesome staff. I hope to capture a small frame of the awesomeness that I have been exposed to while here at Biola. I feel that, as a photographer, one of my primary goals is to capture some of the joy and beauty that God has placed on this planet.

For some random facts — I run a high school Esports tournament for over 300 schools. My name in French means “to fall.” I commute to school every day along the Great Silk Road that is the Imperial Hwy. If I had to choose a dorm it would probably be Hart. I have had Caf food a total of two times. I refuse to wear blue jeans and I think that Biola should be the first university in the US to have an official League of Legends team.

Natalie Lockard

Position: Staff Photographer
Year: Junior
Major: Elementary Education

Who? Jesus follower, Biola student, elementary education major, practicing photographer, Kristen Wiig impersonator, future world-traveler, appreciator of puns.

Why and how in the world did I become involved with the Chimes? I came to Biola my freshman year and saw the newspaper floating around. I would pick it up occasionally and flip through and read some articles from time to time. Sophomore year, Heather Leith would go door-to-door dropping off newspapers in Hope, my dorm. When I opened the door I saw a familiar face in the paper. I cut it out and posted it on my wall. I continued doing that throughout the year. Pretty soon I had a collage of my friends who had been in the Chimes.

It wasn’t until the end of the year that I was randomly recommended by Emily Arnold, one of the Chimes’ staff members last year, to apply as staff photographer. I wasn’t intending on getting a job but I figured some extra cash might be nice. So I applied and got the job.

Then when I began training, I realized I was working for my school paper. My pictures are going to be the ones that some student will be clipping out and posting in their dorm room. I realized that this couldn’t just be a job for me — I need to care. Snapping photos isn’t going to cut it. I need to evoke stories. Since this epiphany, I can’t wait to be a part of this staff and I pray that God will give me the enthusiasm, the joy and the skills that this job requires.

Kalli Thommen

Position: Staff Photographer
Year: Sophomore
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.

Rachel Adams

Position: Staff Videographer
Year: Sophomore
Major: Cinema & Media Arts

Hello! My name is Rachel Adams and I will be working as a videographer at the Chimes this year. My job will be to help create the videos that the Chimes will be producing throughout this school year.

I am a sophomore film major with an emphasis in production here at Biola. I hope to graduate with my film degree and go to work in Hollywood helping tell stories that touch, move and entertain people. I enjoy swimming, writing poetry and curling up with a good fantasy book. I also love discussing philosophy and film with friends, in or out of Torrey classes. You will most often find me in the library or watching a movie in the screening room at the production center. If you ever see me out with a camera over my shoulder come say “Hi!” I'm most likely working on a story! 

Daniel Pimentel

Position: Staff Videographer
Year: Senior
Major: Cinema & Media Arts

Greetings, my name is Daniel. I am a film major from Salt Lake City, Utah and a videographer here at the Chimes. When I’m not walking around with a camera you might find me breaking strings on my guitar or climbing on some rocks. Also, I’m a St. Louis Rams fan, so pray for me.

Shaefer Bagwell

Position: Office Manager/Staff Dad
Year: Junior
Major: Political Science

Hello there. My name is Shaefer Bagwell. I am a junior political science major who, one day, wants to be Ryan Gosling from the Ides of March, but without all the evilness.

I work for the Chimes because I believe that student media is a vital part of the college experience, that professional development is something that too many students overlook, and that the Biola community desperately needs to be better informed about the things that happen around them.

As Chimes office manager, I will be responsible for, you guessed it, managing the office. In addition, I will maintain office morale and create opportunities for growth among the staff. They call me staff dad. That pretty much sums it up. 

Beth Crabtree

Position: Distributor
Year: Sophomore
Major: Math

Hello! My name is Beth Crabtree and my hometown is a small town in rural south-central Iowa, but I would say I am from Washington State since I lived there the first four years of my life and that is where my heart truly lives. I am a sophomore math major but was very close to being a photography major a year ago.

I am a freelance photographer for the Chimes, and also the distributor. I make sure the papers get out into campus, and organize out how to get one to everybody’s door each week. I love art, nature, beauty, and all the various ways we as humans express those things. Along with art as a hobby, I also enjoy anything outdoors and active: mountaineering, rock climbing, backpacking, skydiving, trail running, and everything else in between. I have one older, wonderful brother who lives in the LA area, and the sweetest mom and most sarcastic dad who still live in Iowa, both working in education.

Someday I hope to be an actuary and live on the cold, wet coast of western Oregon in a small run-down shack that I can slowly fix up myself and have it decorated for fall year ‘round with oranges, greens, yellows, browns and reds of all shades.
 

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