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The 2017-2018 Chimes Staff

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Editor-in-Chief:
Jana Eller
Managing Editor:
Becky Mitchell
Online Editor / Online Photo Editor:
Kyle Kohner
News Editor:
Christian Leonard
Features Editor:
Jessica Goddard
A&E Editor:
Caleb Aguilera
Sports Editor:
Austin Green
Advertising Manager:
Brianna Pereira
Business Manager:
Megan Josep
Photo Editor:
Caleb Raney
Design Editor:
Nicole Landon

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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.

Jana Eller

chimes.editor-in-chief@biola.edu
Position: Editor-in-Chief
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism and Intercultural Studies

Hello there! God works in crazy ways does he not? I am absolutely honored that he has placed me here to lead this staff and continue glorifying him through this publication.

I got into writing when I was 11 years old and my dad’s job moved us to Europe. We started traveling and I began documenting our adventures in a notebook and fell in love with the art of words. It is a joy to look back to my first journal (I recently bought my fourth) to see how I have grown as a writer. The travel bug still holds my heart and I seek every opportunity to go and explore new places and new things. I also love hearing stories of how God is moving in the world and mobilising his people to bring about his kingdom.

I know this year will be an adventure all its own and I cannot wait to read this story once it is complete. I am excited to see how God works through our staff members and our publication for our campus and for his kingdom. So hang on tight, and here we go!

 

Becky Mitchell

chimes.managing.editor@biola.edu
Position: Managing Editor
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism

First, praise the Lord for bringing me back to work at the Chimes, for He surely has a better plan than me. So, I think you can already tell I am truly excited to be a part of this staff.

With that, my name is Becky and I am a California native who lives in Austin, Texas. A few basics about me: I love seeing the provision of the Lord, penguins are my favorite animal, I am addicted to bagels, Disneyland is one of my favorite places along with the beach, and Taylor Swift is my jam. I love using hand sanitizer and fun scented soaps. One last fun food tidbit: Steel City Pops coffee flavored popsicles are my current dessert obsession.

My prayer for this year’s staff is for us to grow close to the Lord and work diligently while supporting one another in the craziness of writing and editing articles. I hope you enjoy this journey with us.

 
 

Kyle Kohner

chimesweb@biola.edu
Position: Online Editor
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism

Since the start of my freshman year here at Biola, I have been involved with the Chimes in more ways than one. I have lent my hand covering campus sporting events, reviewing the latest in film and music and overseeing our website’s content as the Online Editor. I am in my second straight year as the Web Editor. Once again, I look forward to bringing forth the most accessible and up to date web content and sports and A&E stories to the best of my ability this year. Quote to live by this school year: "There are things in life that exist and yet our eyes cannot see them." - Margaret Lanterman aka The Log Lady (Catherine E. Coulson) - Twin Peaks

Christian Leonard

chimes.news.editor@biola.edu
Position: News Editor
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

I was 14 years old when I logged in to my home-school website to check my Journalism grade on a recent submission. I had recently completed my first article for the class and had been waiting with anticipation for that golden A.

That morning, I knew pain.

I couldn't believe my eyes. How could my teacher give me a barely passing grade on something into which I had invested entire hours? That time could easily have been spent reading about the latest adventures of Artemis Fowl or gushing over my pet chickens. Couldn't she see the genius behind my work?

Yet I found myself reluctantly grumbling a prayer for humility and typing a polite email to my teacher, asking for advice on my next article. She gave it. I took it. My grades improved. All was well.

That experience would prove to be more important than I knew at the time. I developed an interest in journalism that has only intensified with time. After coming to Biola and freelancing for the Chimes, I felt God leading me to pursue that field of study. I pray that I honor this establishment and my Creator by seeking after truth.

 

Jessica Goddard

chimes.features.editor@biola.edu
Position: Features Editor
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism

I hail from the lovely city of Chico, which is located in Northern California (way more north than San Fran. That doesn't even count as Nor Cal), and I am an avid lover of fat fluffy cats, especially grouchy ones. My main clothing item is a sweater, and, yes, you will probably see me wearing one despite the sweltering climate of Los Angeles. I desperately wish I lived in the '70s and was besties with John Denver. However, since that cannot be, I will console myself by collecting as many '70s folk albums I can get my hands on.

When I was little, I yearned to be a reporter. However, when my freshman journalism professor tore apart my first article while emphatically repeating “No fluff!,” I wasn’t sure journalism was for me.

Then I found feature stories--these vibrant, humane, emotional, breathing news stories. No fluff, just feelings. I was thrilled. Features provided a respite for my sensitive soul amidst the cut-throat life of deadlines and hard news. I had found a journalistic form that had empathy and depth but still pursued truth. I had found my section.

 

Austin Green

chimes.sports.editor@biola.edu
Position: Sports Editor
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

Hey there! I’m a sophomore journalism major with a deep passion for all things Jesus, sports, and writing. With that said, it’s easy to see how I ended up as a student here at Biola, which had been my dream college for years. I’m a big sports junkie and that part of me manifests itself in many different ways such as playing intramurals, following sports news on twitter, and cheering on the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, and USC Trojans football. And of course, go Eagles!

I’m also thrilled to be back at the Chimes, this time as sports editor after spending time freelancing for the sports section last semester. My job includes managing coverage of Biola Athletics during the school year, pitching and evaluating pitches of feature stories about student athletes, running the @ChimesSports twitter account, and making sure the Chimes sports section is doing the best job possible to report on everything going on with Biola Athletics whether it’s on or off the field/court/etc. Follow me on twitter @austin__verde and say hi if you see me on campus, I love meeting new people!

 

Caleb Aguilera

chimes.arts.editor@biola.edu
Position: Arts & Entertainment Editor
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism

Greetings! I grew up in Victorville, California which is a little less than two hours away from Biola. I love Jesus, movies, music, and reading among other things. That is why I was so eager to get involved in the arts and entertainment section of the The Chimes. It gives me a chance to write about some of the things I am passionate about. I am also a member of the Torrey Honors Institute here at Biola.

I am currently a in my junior year and studying journalism with an emphasis on writing and publishing. My ongoing journey to learn how to become an exceptional journalist is what led me to The Chimes. I was eager to find a way to put my writing skills into practice and to develop them further. The Chimes has served as a wonderful way of gaining work experience and building my portfolio.

 

Nichole Landon

chimes.design.a@biola.edu
Position: Design Editor
Year: Sophomore
Major: Studio Art

This is my first year on the Chimes as a design editor. I am a sophomore art major with an emphasis in design. My job is to layout the pages with the stories from the writers and photos from the photographers and make accompanying graphics designs.

Other than Chimes, I am a part of the Blackstone community, on the swim and dive team and I volunteer at my church.

I love Pinterest and doing DIY projects and other creative endeavors. I am a big fan of everything out doors like hiking or swimming or the beach!

When not at school I live out in the countryside by San Luis Obispo, CA, where is grew up with three older sisters. My experience in design lies mostly in my time in highschool where I was one of the designers on the high school newsmagazine staff, called the Crimson, for two years.

I am excited to serve the students of Biola this year through the Chimes and serve God in building up the gifts He has given me.

 

 

Caleb Raney

chimes.photo.editor@biola.edu
Position: Photo Editor
Year: Junior
Major: Art (Photo and Design)

Out of the mystical tropical jungles of Sri Lanka there came a particularly strange human who now goes to Biola.

That human would be me. I love coffee, weird art, and long conversations late into the night about seemingly irrelevant speculations on alternate versions of reality. I spend most of my time wishing I was sleeping, while I’m up late reading or talking… or possibly just staring at the ceiling. As for my life goals, I’m definitely putting them out there on the internet for some stranger like you to read. You’ll just have to get to know me in person if you want to find out.

If you feel like buying me a drink, or you just want to tell me about how lame my Bio is feel free to send me an email at chimes.photo.editor@biola.edu

Megan Josep

chimes.business.manager@biola.edu
Position: Business Manager
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

Hi! I’m Megan and I will be the Business Manager for The Chimes this school year! I’m very excited to be working with a group of very dedicated and talented editors and writers, and to further my experience in the journalism industry.

Brianna Pereira

chimes.advertising@biola.edu
Position: Advertising Manager
Year: Sophomore
Major: Business Administration-Marketing

Hello! My name is Brianna, and I am the Advertising Manager for the Chimes. I am thankful to have this opportunity to work with a group of amazing people, each who desire to serve not only the Biola community, but God as well. I am responsible for conducting business relations with other organizations, schools, and local businesses that may have an interest in working with The Chimes to place their ads in the paper as well as online. As a Business Administration major, I will incorporate the curriculum that is taught in my business classes in order to better understand the responsibilities and fundamentals of being a manager.

I am from Long Beach, CA and have lived there my whole life. The beach offers many activities such as surfing, boogie boarding, but most importantly it is a great location for avid volleyball players. I absolutely love volleyball, and so does the rest of my family. I’m so grateful that I was able to play on the Sand Volleyball Intramural team this past semester as it was a great experience to play the sport I love as well as form friendships with the amazing people on my team. When I’m not playing volleyball, I enjoy painting and drawing, reading, photography, and exploring the great outdoors.

 

Quinn Gorham

quinn.m.gorham@biola.edu
Position: News Staff Writer
Year: Freshman
Major: English

Julianna Hernandez

julie.j.hernandez@biola.edu
Position: Features Staff Writer
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

Hello! I am a Southern California native and sophomore journalism major with a deep appreciation for food and writing. I have always loved tacos and cookies, and always ready for a food run! Writing, however, grew on me overtime. But once I started writing, I could not stop. I write fiction, poetry, letters, blog posts, and features articles on the daily. It’s a wonderful life.

I started my career with the Chimes as a freelancer last year, and I am honored to join the staff as a full-time writer this year. As a lover of fiction and creative writing, the features section was a good fit for me.  Features writers tell the story of others in a narrative way, and I think people are quite interesting.  My goal for this year is to tell the stories of the unheard voices, proclaim the truth, and write with integrity. Above all, I will serve the Lord with my body, soul, mind, and spirit as I pursue each story.

Aside from writing and eating food, you will find me exploring Los Angeles and Orange County, cheering on the Anaheim Angels, or talking to friends around campus. If you see me in passing, say hi! I would love to stop and talk about article ideas or life general.

 

Carter Baumgartner

carter.d.baumgartner@biola.edu
Position: Sports Staff Writer
Year: Sophomore
Major: Journalism

Chak Hee Lo

chimes.web.photo@biola.edu
Position: Web Photo Editor
Year: Sophomore
Major: Communication Studies / Psychology

Greetings! I come from Hong Kong -- The Pearl of the Orient. I enjoy playing pick-up soccer on the turf. I also like taking photos! Sometimes you can catch me playing some intramural volleyball in the Fall. I watch the English Premier League on weekends. Liverpool Football Club all the way. On a lucky day you may see zipping about on my road bike donning some spectacular tights. Just don’t run me over with your car. The road’s not yours, mate.  

Melissa Hedrick

melissa.b.hedrick@biola.edu
Position: Office Manager/Staff Mom
Year: Senior
Major: Journalism

The last two years, I had the honor of holding editorial positions at the Chimes, but am involved in a much different way this time around. I'm excited to be a staff mom: bringing food, cleaning up, restocking supplies and most importantly supporting our staff when they are stressed out, tired and running on fumes. It has been awesome to see how past staff members have poured their passions into the paper and I cannot wait to see how this year's staff does the same.

Samantha Gassaway

samantha.k.gassaway@biola.edu
Position: Office Manager/Staff Mom
Year: Senior

Hailing from Long Beach, California, I like watching egregious amounts of Star Trek and eating ramen noodles. My favorite animal is the hummingbird and I have lots of opinions.

I also have a thing for the ridiculous, because I do believe finding joy in interesting quirks can breathe life into a person. Take a deep breath for once and listen to some witty puns — it’s good for the soul. For instance, being a Trekkie is a label I wear loud and proud, as well as a sometimes unseemly collection of days where I can be spotted around campus decked out in full Starfleet attire.

In addition to all of these pointless facts, I’m a fully functional vegetarian, eight years strong and loving every minute of it. I do hope you enjoy your stay among the informative and intriguing forum of the Biola University Chimes. We are more than glad to have you.

 

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