The 2016-2017 Chimes StaffWe're Hiring! →
- Melissa Hedrick
- Managing Editor:
- Alondra Urizar
- News Editor:
- Jana Eller
- News Editor:
- Becky Mitchell
- Features Editor:
- Samantha Gassaway
- A&E Editor:
- Maxwell Heilman
- Sports Editor:
- Dale Fredriks
- Opinions Editor:
- Justin Yun
- Advertising Manager:
- Chad Cook
- Business Manager:
- Kyle McAbee
- Online Editor:
- Kyle Kohner
- Photo Editor:
- Eliana Park
- Video Producer:
- Steven Guersch
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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.
Our job here at The Chimes is not always easy but it is thoroughly worth it. All of our hours of writing and editing are to inform you, our audience, of what you need to know. You may not yet be aware of this need, but we appreciate the time you have taken to visit our website and we hope that you are able to take away new insight, new information or simply the ability to think about something from a different perspective.
I’m so thankful to take part in the fulfillment of The Chimes’ mission. I took my first journalism class in middle school and have been hooked on it since. Here I am eight years later, working with a staff whom I am highly confident in. I cannot wait to see how their passions pour into the paper and bring it to life.
The majority of my life so far has been spent with my parents in my hometown, Rancho Cucamonga. I take it as a compliment when people say I do not seem like I am an only child. I was never lonely as a child, though, as I was an avid reader. I haven’t given up this hobby, and have continued to read an excessive amount of books in the Torrey Honors Program. I’ve found solidarity with my classmates because, as it turns out, I am not the only person whose childhood punishment was to have their books taken away.
Though I am unsure what my future may hold, I would love a job in which I am able to express my two biggest passions: writing and interacting with children. I hope my work this year will prove a step toward that vague goal, but, more importantly, will help guide our newspaper to bring the truth to a community that needs it.
Position: Managing Editor
“Your name is Alondra, like the boulevard? Did your parents name you after it?”
No. No, they did not and don’t ask me that either. You’ll get a very firm stare and I am a believer that there are stupid questions.
Miraculously, I have returned for a third year at the Chimes. I’m a journalist following beats and mechanic in the streets. I have an affinity for rotary engines (see: Mazda RX series) but am a general car electrician by trade.
As the youngest in my family, I’m an introvert by nature and will go out of my way to avoid people in general when necessary. I speak three languages, and deviate from the odd stereotype that says all Hispanics/Latinos love spicy food. For things I do enjoy, I love to go out to eat, visit nature and dog spotting. Don’t be surprised if I come up and ask to pet your dog.
Living in Los Angeles my entire life, I’ve seen a variety of people and situations and have been trained to deal with each accordingly.
This year will come with challenges but we hope to keep you informed of all that is happening.
Position: Online Editor
When I was 6 years old, I remember waking up very early every Monday morning so that I could grab The Sun Telegram newspaper in order to read the sports section before my parents could tear it apart. This was a weekly ritual for me up until high school, when my parents canceled their subscription to The Sun. Regardless, I was engulfed in the fleeting yet exciting briefs of every NFL game that soon fanned out into the MLB, NBA, NHL and every major, minor and collegiate sport in between. My ambition for sports and sports journalism crept upon me subtly yet rapidly. I soon realized that my dream was to write for a major sports publication such as ESPN. So I took on the title as sports editor for my high school paper and eventually decided to major in journalism here at Biola University with a writing and publishing emphasis.
In addition to my affinity of the topic of sports, I increasingly gravitated towards covering art and entertainment by writing countless album and film reviews. I particularly enjoy writing film reviews because it satisfies the film buff inside me. I try to go out and watch every movie available to be seen as I can. With the increased amount of entertainment articles I have written, writing about art has become more of a hobby in accordance to its enjoyability, although it is the nature of my job.
With the need to advance my career as an aspiring journalist, I shouldered the challenge of online editing to broaden my skill set. Because of the the dying dinosaur that is the printed newspaper, the field of journalism needs more individuals who can excel with online content. That leads to me where I am now, a sophomore journalism major from San Bernardino and your new online editor for The Chimes. I am a die-hard sports fan and an even bigger fan of the Super Bowl 50 Champions, the Denver Broncos and sadly the Colorado Rockies. On my spare time I love to paint and watch films. My favorite writer is Ernest Hemingway in which I fell in love with his journalistic writing style with his novel, “The sun also Rises.” Reading his material is how I have been trying to improve as a writer everyday. I look forward to bringing forth the most accessible and up to date web content, sports and A&E stories to the best of my ability this year.
Position: Web Producer
After acquiring my first iPod in early 2009 and discovering droves of artists flying under the radar of mainstream media, I did what any reasonable tween would do – I started a blog. From there, a passion for journalism was born, pushing me to no longer just listen to music, but live within it. Soon enough, I began attending and shooting as many shows as possible – despite being too young to get into many of them on my own – eventually covering events such as FYF Festival and Basilica SoundScape.
In 2015, I made my way from Upstate New York – Albany to be exact – to Biola, contributing as a freelancer to A&E, before becoming editor in March of 2016. Following many late nights and missed deadlines, I’ve found myself in the position of web producer, responsible for making The Chimes visible across the quickest growing market for journalism - social media.
I pursue my own music as well, finding neverending joy in the sounds of dreamy guitars, synthesizers and drum machines. I also have a penchant for floral shirts, kittens and Morrissey.
Position: Web Photo Editor
Major: Public Relations
Position: News Editor
Major: Journalism/Intercultural Studies
I have always been good at writing, but I fell in love with it when I was 11 years old and my family moved to the small town of Ansbach, Germany. We began traveling around Europe and I decided to start a travel journal to document our adventures and my discoveries of the world. I’ve almost completed my third journal now and I love looking back to see how I’ve grown as a writer.
Last year, I decided to challenge myself to a different way of writing. I started freelancing for The Chimes and came to enjoy it much more than I expected. I have a deep appreciation for knowing truth and being able to share truth with others. As this year’s news editor, I aim to serve the Biola student body by making them aware of what is happening on-campus and in the local community. I hope to explore new perspectives of different issues and make them relevant to Biola students.
Outside of writing, I love to spend time with the wonderful people that surround me and getting off campus for spontaneous adventures whenever I can. I have a special passion for discovering and researching the many abandoned buildings around Los Angeles and the stories they hide. I also enjoy the simple things like catching a movie at the dollar theater or day trips to the beach. Sometimes I like to hide in my room and just daydream of faraway lands that I’ve yet to visit and look up prices of plane tickets.
I look forward to serving Biola with our awesome Chimes staff this year!
Position: News Editor
Hey there! My name is Becky and one of the things people quickly learn about me is that I love penguins. I even happen to own a shirt with penguins on it, and obviously it is my favorite shirt. Needless to say, I would definitely choose to be a penguin if I weren’t me.
Since God made me exactly as I am for many good reasons, and not a penguin, I’ll tell you a few things about myself. First, I love immersing myself in God’s Word and losing track of time in the process of worshipping Him. I enjoy going on adventures with my family, even if the car rides can cause some to fall into delirious laughter, oh wait that’s usually me. But seriously, my family is wonderful. Third, my favorite way to spend time off from school is catching up with friends and eating way too much good food.
A few last basics about me are that I’m from Austin, Texas, and no I don’t have an accent, mainly because of my roots in Northern California. Both places are my homes, just for different reasons. Disneyland and the beach are the places I spend immense amounts of time at. Vera Bradley items are the one designer products I go crazy for. Goldfish and Nutella are my snacks of choice. I enjoy reading a good book, photographing nature and writing with passion.
I’m so excited for this challenge of being news editor and I hope you enjoy journeying along with us throughout the year.
Position: Features Editor
Hailing from Long Beach, California, I like listening to soft music and long walks on the beach. Actually, I prefer watching egregious amounts of Star Trek and sitting on some distant rooftop looking at the stars God painted whilst imagining all the beauty that sits patiently for us in the galaxy.
It is my honor and privilege to work for The Chimes this year as the editor of the Features section. I believe this world is comprised of gray areas, and it is our duty as Christians to navigate them with discernment and honesty. Thus, I like writing about people. I like telling unseen stories never before told. I like uncovering a brilliant and blinding truth in otherwise dark and hollowed spaces.
I also have a thing for the ridiculous, because I do believe finding joy in interesting quirks breathes life into the lungs. 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. Catch me on September 8, 2016.
In addition to all of these pointless facts you do not care about, I’m a fully functional pescetarian, seven 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.
Thus, l will take my tea Earl Grey, hot, and call it a day amidst an endless starry night. Thank you very much, and live long and prosper.
Position: Opinions Editor
Major: Political Science
Hello all! My name is Justin and I am a third year Political Science major who is honored to serve as the Opinions Editor for the Chimes. I was born and raised in the quiet and sunny suburbs of Southern California and I hope to use my education at Biola to start a career as an investigative reporter.
My newfound commitment to journalism stems from my early exposure to war reporting, where I spent most of my high school years reading about middle-eastern wars from Vice News and independent news programs such as Democracy Now. I discovered the power of journalism from reporters such as Jeremy Scahill, whose investigative reporting on the controversial use of private defense contractors in the War in Iraq sparked my fascination with the war industry and its relationship with American political institutions.
I love traveling and had the recent opportunity to visit Colombia, where I had the privilege of visiting and observing several indigenous communities affected by paramilitary violence and multinational corporate-sponsored coal mining.
My hobbies include exploring Los Angeles, hiking in national parks, and experimenting with film photography. As an editor, I hope to facilitate and allow students to express their perspective and viewpoints on campus life and current affairs.
Position: Sports Editor
Heyo everyone! My name is Dale Fredriks, and I’m a junior journalism student who hails from the Bay Area. I will be the sports editor for this upcoming year. I have always loved sports, and grew up playing and watching them since I was very young. I have a soft-spot for basketball and volleyball in particular, as I played both through high school, but I enjoy learning about and watching most any sport.
My goal for the sports section of the newspaper plus the Twitter and Instagram accounts are two-fold. First, I want to provide timely and accurate updates for the sporting events that are pertinent for the readers to know, whether they be on or off campus. Second, I want to give these updates in such a way that they are understandable and interesting to everyone, from the hardcore sports buff to the completely uninitiated. I hope that you enjoy the articles that we put out, and I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve the Biola community in this way.
Position: Arts & Entertainment Editor
Hi there! I am Max Heilman, better known as the resident snob of the Chimes’ staff. With San Francisco as my hometown, I was raised to appreciate art as something more than a product, which lead me to explore the world of critiquing and reviewing. My involvement with music spearheaded my gravitation towards that medium, but I soon found myself trying to understand everything from sculpture to video games as a form of expression.
It has always been my desire to express my thoughts about the art I have become so passionate about, and The Chimes provides a venue for me to do so. As an editor for The Chimes, I will always work to make sure all of the section’s content is as relevant as it is potent. I hope readers will take away something new from the articles in my section.
Position: Copy Editor
Hello! I’m Bethany Higa, copy editor — also known as The Chimes’ personal grammar freak! I’m a sophomore English major/art minor with a knack for details and a love for storytelling. With an open mind and a discerning eye, I look forward to a great year with The Chimes.
I grew up in Irvine, where I developed a love of reading and writing that still lives on today. Other pastimes of mine include art, gaming, music, eating food, petting dogs and watching the ocean. I also love movies, especially animation, and I will almost definitely cry during every sad scene. (And maybe the happy ones, too.)
Secretly, I love Oxford commas, even though my career is devoted to removing them. Regardless, I’m proud of my job, and I take my responsibilities seriously. I hope that as copy editor, I can help The Chimes to clearly express its ideas and properly convey the truth.
Position: Design Editor
Major: Studio Art
My name is Jose Flores. I am the A section designer for the Chimes. I am a Studio Art student with an emphasis on Graphic Design.
Position: Design Editor
Major: Studio Arts
Position: Photo Editor
As photography for The Chimes is kind of like a first impression, here’s an image of mine. You know those “Hello, my name is…” sticker nametags? Well, it seems like those are labels with only one option of self-identification. Of all the titles I possess, being a third culture kid has got to be the best platform for telling my story. It has inspired me to passionately pursue communication that transcends cultural and linguistic borders and barriers. Photography has been an avenue on which I have treaded with high hopes for inspiration, creativity, and an overall equipped experience, hopes that have been emphasized as your new photo editor.
Adventure is a key theme in my life, whether it’s asking the big questions and searching for the answers, spontaneously packing a suitcase for any distance of travel, or finding the greatest undertaking in the midst of the mundane. I have an unnatural affinity for wandering and wondering. Photography is one way I have been able to capture the tokens of existence and convey creativity as a created one of the Creator.
Position: Video Producer
Major: Cinema and Media Media
Hello all! My name is Steven Guersch and I am the video producer for The Chimes. I am excited to be working for Biola’s news group and with some really awesome people. Throughout this job I will be shooting events and interviews and composing them into concise videos that allow viewers to remember great times they have experienced, as well as inform them on important new information.
I am originally from San Jose, California (Go Sharks!), but moved to Connecticut when I was ten. There I discovered that video editing was one of the most fun and rewarding things I have ever done, and decided to make a career out of it. I chose Biola University through a Google search of “Christian Film Schools,” and hope to take my career into Hollywood after graduation in May.
Position: Business Manager
Hello! My name is Kyle, and I am the Business Manager for the Chimes. I am glad to have this opportunity to work with an awesome team who are committed to sharing current events, on and off campus, with the Biola community. Here, I get to surround myself with excellent writers, designers, photographers, and editors. Basically, my job for the Chimes is to make sure the business aspect is running smoothly and effectively. But the Chimes would not be here if it weren’t for the men and women who write the stories.
Now it’s time for the “get to know me section!” I’m from Vacaville, California which is in between Sacramento and San Francisco. Here, I live with my parents, my older brother who gets to save lives for a living (paramedic/firefighter), and my younger sister who is an awesome debater. The location of my town gives me easy access to great golf courses in Northern California. Thankfully, God gave me enough patience to play the challenging game of golf. Since I am on the golf team here at Biola, a good chunk of my time goes to practicing and playing golf tournaments. I also enjoy traveling around the world with friends and family and getting to know the cultures in different countries.
Position: Advertising Manager
Major: Marketing Management
Hello! My name is Chad Cook and I am the advertising manager for the Chimes. It is my first year working for the Chimes but as a Senior I am stoked for the possibilities in growing the Chimes advertising revenue. My role in the Chimes is to reach out and connect with businesses, alumni, and other schools that may have an interest in reaching our student body with their ad by incorporating it into the paper and online website. As a business marketing management major I plan to incorporate the curriculum that is being taught in my classes to this position. Even though I don’t plan to get into specifically an advertising role for a newspaper or magazine I saw this opportunity as one that can benefit the campus awareness of local business along with my advertising experience.
I am originally from Walnut Creek, CA and have lived there basically my whole life. As a transfer student to Biola I felt it was a little more difficult to connect with people but as I have been here for 2 years already I have really enjoyed my self getting involved in clubs and intramurals. I am very passionate about playing volleyball and have been playing competitively for about 8 years. Besides volleyball I love playing games and the competitive thrill that goes along with it! Creating videos or taking photos are both things I love to do and if I wasn't a business major I would have loved to have been involved in Biola’s Art department.
Position: News Staff Writer
Buenos dias amigos queridos!
I am Daisy Gonzalez and am joyfully and enthusiastically serving The Chimes as a news journalist. I am a first generation Cuban-American, born and raised in Los Angeles. I speak English and Spanish and am hoping to add French to my repertoire of languages very soon!
From an early age I developed a love for telling stories, whether it be via singing, acting, dance or writing. I began my artistic journey as a recording artist and songwriter, singing and performing a fusion of contemporary Hip-Hop and R&B with Latin jazz. While recording my first album, I also started pursuing a career in front of the camera, as a commercial, film and TV actress. My acting work includes independent films, episodic acting on Telemundo that shared about how individuals overcame difficult circumstances, and commercials for Samsung and Shoe Carnival. Along this journey I discovered that my truest passion has always centered around giving a voice to people who want and need to be heard, so I decided to further invest in my craft as a storyteller. While being an English-Writing major at Biola University, I have been published by online magazines and literary journals like Vivala and Bookfox.
My commitment to The Chimes, Biola University and the community around us is to fearlessly push the limits, think outside the box and find creative ways to honestly share about the news that affect our lives as a community and as individuals.
My commitment to myself is to listen to lots of good music, zealously explore the multitude of cultures that make up our world and eat lots of good food along the way!
Position: Features Staff Writer
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.) 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.
I am extremely grateful for the privilege to write feature stories for The Chimes this year. I am passionate about writing people's stories through the journalistic lens of feature articles.
When I was little, I yearned to be a reporter just like Kit Kittredge, my favorite American Girl doll, and Rory Gilmore, my favorite TV show character. However, when I began studying journalism, I was intimidated by the rigid writing style of hard news stories because I came from a background of creative writing. Then I found feature stories, and I was thrilled to find a journalistic form that personalized news. I am looking forward to sharing many valuable stories that Biola students have to offer.
Position: Sports Staff Writer
Hello sports fans! My name is Keaton Moore and I hail from the beautiful city of San Luis Obispo, California. Being halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco and growing up with a sports loving family, I was exposed to a number of different franchises and fell in love with sports at a very early age. Although I did not play baseball in high school, the American Pastime caught my attention as early as middle school.
I spent two years at Cuesta Community College before I transferred to Biola University in 2015, and it was there where I set my goal to one day work in sports as a professional sports writer. I realized that my passion for writing and love of sports could be partnered uniquely with a job as a writer for a publication such as a newspaper or Bleacher Report.
This year with The Chimes, I will strive to not only make my articles well written, but both interesting and informative. With each piece I am assigned, I will work hard to learn as much as I can about the topic and present the information in a way that is exciting and intriguing. I want my love for sports to show through my words.
Position: A&E Staff Writer
Cassidy? The rapper? Hey guys I'm Cassidy I will be your go to for any upcoming event, concert, movie, and basically anything that is awesome. I am the A&E staff writer for this upcoming year. I am a public relations major and hope to do great things here at the chimes. I strive one day to work closely in the music industry because I grew up a music junky and continue to be one. Music is the one thing that almost everyone can connect on. Fun fact the first music we ever heard was our mother's heartbeat.
This upcoming year I hope to provide a different perspective on different bands/artists that Biola never considered to be on their daily playlist. After all more knowledge is power and who doesn't want to know more about music.
Position: Opinions Staff Writer
Hey there I'm Tim! (I don't like using exclamation points, but I guess I have to for a greeting like this.)
I’m a sophomore journalism major and this is my second semester writing for The Chimes. I write for the opinions section, but I enjoy writing about anything, especially travel, music, food and fashion. I really want to write for a travel magazine when I graduate, so I love to travel any chance I have.
Other than career-related information, I’m a pretty normal person. I love playing guitar, adventuring, taking photos for my portfolio and jumping in some sort of body of water in my free time. I speak English, French and want to learn Spanish and Dutch. My favorite type of music is indie rock (The Strokes, Jack White, etc.) and folk, rock and pop from the 1960s (The Mamas and the Papas, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, etc.)
I come from Amityville, NY, a small, nautical village on the South Shore of Long Island. My favorite city is New York City and I want to move there someday, no matter how high rent is. I also run on the cross country and track team here at Biola, so I can run for a pretty long time (14 miles if you were wondering.)
I don’t know how to end this, so here’s a Rick Warren quote:
“The secret of endurance is to remember that your pain is temporary but your reward is eternal.”
Position: Office Manager/Staff Mom
Hi there, I am Marika! After two years of being the Web Photo Editor for this wonderful publication, I am returning for another year as staff mom.
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.
However, 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.
Unsigned editorials represent the majority opinion of the editorial board. Signed editorials, columns, letters to the editor and editorial cartoons express the opinion of those signing and not necessarily that of the Chimes. The opinions expressed in the Chimes do not necessarily represent Biola University, nor are they endorsed by the university. The copyright for each article, photograph and graphic appearing in the Chimes is accorded by its author.