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The 2015-2016 Chimes Staff

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Editor-in-Chief:
Grace Gibney
Managing Editor:
Hannah Wagner
News Editor:
Melissa Hedrick
News Editor:
Alondra Urizar
Features Editor:
Elise Kelly
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
Video Producer:
Micah Malinics

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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.

Grace Gibney

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

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.

Hannah Wagner

Position: Managing Editor
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism

Hailing from the flourishing Midwestern jewel of Rockford, Illinois, I take pride in the fact I call that fizzy stuff pop. After relocating from good old Rockford to the OC in 2009, I fostered a love for the insanely swingin' art of jazz.

After high school, I enjoyed studying electronic music and vocal jazz while completing my general education at Fullerton College. A whirlwind of change landed me back in Rockford (this time solo) in the Fall of 2013, where I worked, took care of my childhood home, and weathered the Polar Vortex that plowed through the Midwest that winter.

Biola has been my most recent adventure and during the past two semesters, I've fallen in love with the way journalists think. I look forward to growing my mind and heart in a journalistic direction through classes and as managing editor of the Chimes.

 

Abby Blake

Position: Senior Copy Editor
Year: Senior
Major: English

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.   


 

Emily Ednoff

Position: Copy Editor
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism

Hey there!

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.

 

Autumn Whitney

Position: Copy Editor
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism

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!

Melissa Hedrick

Position: News Editor
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

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.

Alondra Urizar

Position: News Editor
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

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.

Elise Kelly

Position: Features Editor
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism

Hello! My name is Elise Kelly and I’m an Oregon-grown, adventure-seeking, country-living, hippie-wannabe kinda girl. I come from a family of five with two sisters, my mom, and my dad (I know, poor him). I was raised in a small town and grew up riding and competing with horses since the time I could walk. I also played volleyball for eight years and enjoy long distance running.

I always thought the big city of Los Angeles sounded like a great new adventure and I made my way down here in 2012. This is my fourth and final year studying broadcast journalism at Biola and I couldn’t be more excited to be the features editor for the Chimes. I love writing and editing for the features section because it allows you to dig deeper into stories about places and people to show how God created us to be unique.

When I’m not studying or working, I spend every minute of my free time adventuring or planning my next outing. I love anything outdoors and active, especially hiking, backpacking, skiing, camping, fishing, wakeboarding, and pretty much anything else you can think of that fits into that category!

Jacqueline Lewis

Position: Opinions Editor
Year: Sophomore
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!

 

Jack Finck

Position: Sports Editor
Year: Senior
Major: English/Sociology

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.

 

Christian Davis

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

Captains Log, Year Four. I’ve migrated from the Biola radio station. After two lonely years in the studio, I have now found myself holed up in the Chimes office. It’s cozy here. Between the Smith’s references and the decision to wear a Sufjan Steven’s shirt on my first day, the locals here have decided to make me their Arts & Entertainment editor. I can only assume this is because my definitive power ranking of Arcade Fire albums checked out. However, I do live in fear, if the staff finds out how much I genuinely love Carly Rae Jepsen, I will surely be exiled from my position. For now, the Chimes office will be be my base of operations, where I’ll provide snarky commentary on the best new music and film and work with the local writers to give the Biola community the best arts and entertainment coverage we can muster. This should keep me occupied until spring, when I plan to make my escape as a graduating senior. Wish me luck, and tell my family I love them. Captains Log, out.

Amanda Sakowski

Position: Online Editor
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism

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.

Anna Warner

Position: Web Producer
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

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.

 

 

Johnathan Burkhardt

Position: Photo Editor
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism

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.

 

 

Marika Adamopoulos

Position: Web Photo Editor
Year: Sophomore
Major: Art

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.  

www.marikaevelynphotography.com

 

Emily Hayashida

Position: Design Editor
Year: Sophomore
Major: Art

I grew up in Connecticut with with five brothers, two of whom are older and three of whom are younger. My youngest brother is 3, and my oldest is 23. Yes, we're all full siblings. Yes, that's a huge age-gap. But I love it; my family is awesome.

I'm very booky and somewhat of a nerd. My favorite reads are Anna Karenina, The Divine Comedy, The Space Trilogy, anything Plato, Horimiya, and Fullmetal Alchemist. I'm fascinated with visual storytelling; it's one of my favorite things. One of my dreams is to write and illustrate my own graphic novels/manga and live off the proceeds. My career goal is to become a graphic designer, which is slightly less exciting, but much more pragmatic.

I love ethnic foods. Thai, Arabic, Indian, Ethiopian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese—I'll eat pretty much anything and love it. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I'm a huge fan of tea. Scarves. I can't get enough of them. I probably have over 20 of them total. That about sums me up.

https://emilyhayashida.wordpress.com/

 

Trevor Lunde

Position: Design Editor
Year: Sophomore
Major: Graphic Design

When I was about five years old, I constructed a spaceship out of pillows and chairs completely convinced that I was about to go to the moon. I told my parents that I would be gone for a while and that it was very important that I explore the galaxy. As soon as I sat down, however, I became calmly aware that I wasn’t going to lift off.

The tension between my imagination and reality has helped me develop a passion for taking my dreams and bringing them into existence. Either through traditional paper and pencil or digital programs, the diverse mediums of art have been my catalyst to achieve my goal. I fervently believe that the practice of creativity taps into a crucial characteristic of human nature in view of the fact that we have been involved in artistic behavior for centuries. It is my pleasure and ambition to lean into this facet as it unites me with the very essence of our identity as human beings. I am fully on board with learning and surpassing limits while working with the Chimes staff and I am excited to discover my own potential and developing a vision for expanding my abilities.

Micah Malinics

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

Pancakes. Taylor Swift. How To Get Free Money. Those words have nothing to do with me, they're just there to get your attention. But now that you're here, I'd love to happily introduce myself as the Video Producer for the Chimes this year.

I was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, residing peacefully in the countryside. After graduating high school I decided to pursue filmmaking as a career, and chose to relocate to Southern California after many failed attempts on trying to film movies with the Amish. In addition to filming movies, I also love watching them, and am a sucker for most classic films or a good documentary.

Aside from filmmaking, I love to travel, and spent two years before college wandering around parts of Australia, Asia, and Africa, doing missions work with Youth With A Mission, Create International, and others. One of the highlights was having the opportunity to work on a short documentary about underground churches in Myanmar. After Myanmar, I spent six months backpacking across South America, and eventually decided to come home and go to college because my feet were sore and I didn't want to spend the rest of my life sleeping in bus stations.

Finally, I love music, great literature, a good home cooked meal, volleyball, wasting time on Reddit, Captain Crunch, Netflix, and camping. In that particular order.

All that being said, I am excited to be working with the rest of these awesome people on the Chimes Staff for this year!

Jenna Kubiak

Position: Features Staff Writer
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

My name is Jehn ( yes, with an “h”).  I hail from Ramona, a small town in SD County, but I wouldn’t call myself a small town girl. If you can’t already tell from the way I spell my name, I’m a unique, complex individual. If I had to describe myself in one word, I’d choose “enigmatic” because I’m simply a multi-faceted mystery. I’m naturally quiet and introverted, but don’t let that fool you.—I have five brothers, so I’m pretty tough.  Even though I’m a person of few words, I really love talking to people and discovering their individual personalities, which is why I enjoy writing feature stories about people.

I spent my summer lifeguarding at a Christian camp, Forest Home, this past summer. I love being near the water, so swimming is one of my favorite activities and I often swam a mile’s worth of laps on my breaks throughout the day just for “fun.”

I’m a bit of a coffee addict, I’ll admit it. My go-to drinks are a coconut chai latte, an iced mocha, or an iced pumpkin spiced latte (or cinnamon if it’s not in season).  

When I’m not writing stories for the Chimes, I play flute for Symphonic Winds and grace the hallowed halls of the Conservatory with beautiful melodies and etudes.  I’m a workaholic and practice an unhealthy amount to produce beautiful music and share my passion for music with others . I also play piccolo, piano, and guitar andI even taught myself how to play each of these instruments. Another random hobby of mine is watercolor painting.  One final random fact about me is that I was born in Alberta, Canada, so I’m a dual citizen and often pronounce words incorrectly (like “ruh-coon” instead of raccoon).

 

Keaton Moore

Position: Sports Staff Writer
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism

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.

Hayley Langdon

Position: A&E Staff Writer
Year: Junior
Major: English

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.

 

Katie Evensen

Position: Staff Photographer
Year: Junior
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!

Matthew Maitz

Position: Staff Photographer
Year: Freshman
Major: Kinesiology

Hi my names Matthew Maitz. I was born in Suwon Korea, (수원) however, I lived in San Jose, California most of my life. I’m a freshman in the kinesiology program! I began photography to fulfill my school’s fine art requirement. Through my photography, I want the world to understand that there’s more to life than what the world tells you. My photos demonstrate that everyone is created original and unique; society should celebrate uniqueness instead of ostracizing people for it! My favorite genres of music are country and hip-hop! My favorite TV shows are Parks & Recreation and The Office. I believe with that the idea of free press is dying and I want to be a part in bringing the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to the students of Biola through The Chimes.

John Uy

Position: Staff Photographer
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism

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.

http://www.johnuyphotography.com/

Cal Hudson

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

Do you remember that one time, dear reader, when you sat down and read through the staff bio of Cal Hudson? No? Well that sounds like a nice memory to have, doesn’t it?

I lived in the Chicagoland for the first 17 years of my life. During that time, I excelled at master Lego creations, being skeptical of anything my teachers taught me, detasseling and pollinating corn (also known as the true ninth circle of Hell), making exquisite sandwiches, and having strong opinions on all varieties of music. I assimilated all these things into my system, packed up, and followed Fieval way out west to Biola University. As a Biola student, I am a member of the Torrey Honors Institute, avid vinyl LP collector, and master sleeper.

In the future, I hope to be: a showrunner for a TV show as revolutionary as Lost, a mixed martial arts fighter, a superhero, and a beach bum (not necessarily in that order). My influences in life are Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, C.S. Lewis, Martin Luther, Tony Stark, Emmet, Peter Parker, The Doctor, J.J. Abrams, and Akira Kurosawa.

I hope you enjoyed spending a little of your life with Cal. Remember that one time you read through the staff bios? That was a good time, wasn’t it?

Morgan Koetting

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

I was born and raised in the fabulous city of St. Louis, MO, and at a very young age, I was convinced that my destiny was to become the first female president. Since then, that calling has morphed into being a FBI agent, a dermatologist, marine biologist, and horse trainer. Then I figured that if I became a writer, then I wouldn’t have to choose just one, but could rather live vicariously through all of my characters . . . or something like that.

However, I hope that my life experiences will not be limited to those of the characters I’ll write. Hopefully, my future includes backpacking through southeast Asia, learning Arabic, advocating for women’s rights overseas, and showrunning. But until then, I’m content reading great books, making short films, and soaking up the California sunshine.

I have a fish named Kalchaino, and I am currently in the process of forming an alliance with the stray cat that hangs around my dorm. I prefer my food to be foreign. I drink my coffee black. Vampire Weekend is my band of choice although I do enjoy the occasional JT song. I have my SCUBA license, but I'd much rather learn how to properly kick a soccer ball. And my first memory of a dream was a silent drama about getting lost in a Toys-R-Us.

 

David Phillips

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

My name is Dave “Danger” Phillips and I’m a filmmaker, published poet (you’ll have to ask me about that one), former drum captain, and occasionally a video journalist for The Chimes (I even fancy myself a writer.). What fills my time are movies, books and music, and history. I also really enjoy movies that are so bad they're good. In the realm of foreign language I think that I know how to speak Spanish and regularly attempt to do so in public settings. Taking my cues from society, I often think quite highly of myself when I really have no reason to. Anyhow, on a serious note, I’ve been a California boy all my life and plan on graduating Biola in 3 years.

Laurie Bullock

Position: Office Manager/Staff Mom
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism

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.

Melanie Kim

Position: Office Manager/Staff Mom
Year: Junior
Major: Art

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!

Brandon Berz

Position: Business Manager
Year: Junior
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!

Izabelle Kostinec

Position: Advertising Manager
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology

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.

 

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