Cassidy Campbell | Editor-in-Chief
Cassidy comes all the way from Denver, Colorado, but she has always believed she belongs in the south. She is majoring in journalism public relations with an emphasis in marketing.
Cassidy loves all types of food, particularly sushi rolls and Asian cuisine. Her favorite thing to write about is the best and upcoming restaurants, and she would love one day to be a food critic.
When Cassidy is not writing, she is hiking the beautiful Colorado mountains with her family and friends. One of her favorite places to hike back home is Red Rocks Amphitheatre. If it was Cassidy’s birthday every day, she would have a red velvet cupcake every time.
“When joy is a habit, love is a reflex.” –Bob Goff
Isabel Hamburger | Co–Editor
Isabel Hamburger is a junior journalism public relations major from Sioux City, Iowa. After an unfortunate semester as a neuroscience major, Isabel decided to switch to public relations.
Isabel is organized and loves planning events. In her dream world, Isabel would become the owner of a wedding venue as a side job to her everyday career.
She is so excited to be in Europe for the first time and hopes her roommate won’t kill her fish while she’s abroad.
“No one is remembered for what they only planned to do.” — Bob Goff.
Samantha Amaro is a rising senior from Brownsville, Texas, a journalism news editorial major. She aspires to work for “Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty” after taking a tour of the organization’s headquarters in Prague during a study abroad.
Though she resided in Brownsville, Samantha practically grew up in Mexico. She had frequent sleepovers at her grandmother’s house with her cousins. Although there was no air-conditioning, she said it was still a lot of fun, full of water-fights on the second-floor terrace.
Claire Van Zee is an upcoming junior majoring in journalism news editorial from Dimmitt, Texas.
In her free time, she enjoys perfecting her Pinterest page, singing along to musicals, hiking with her family and watching celebrity interviews with her roommates. Last summer, she lived in the mountains of New Mexico and worked as an activities leader where she led hikes and taught line dancing lessons to vacationing families.
She has a passion for editorial design and someday hopes to work for one of her favorite magazines.
“You are bound only by the limits of your own conviction and creativity.” – Robert F. Smith
Sion Firew is an Ethiopian senior from Houston, Texas, double majoring in journalism PR, and international studies. She is the president of the East African Student Association and is a copy editor for “The Bundle Magazine.”
Her hobbies include painting, reading and music. Through her passion for music, Sion has written and performed her own songs. Even though she used to struggle with stage fright, she is becoming more comfortable with a microphone in her hand and loves a good Daniel Caesar jam session.
Sion is trilingual, speaking English, Spanish and Amharic, an Ethiopian language.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou
Elisabeth George is a senior journalism news editorial major with an English minor from Lisbon, Portugal. Before settling in Waco, Texas, she spent time living in Morocco and Germany.
You can find Elisabeth cozied up with a book, writing a new piece or discovering a new Broadway show. Elisabeth hopes to move back abroad one day and work at a publishing company editing books so she can get paid for her hobbies. Elisabeth is excited to experience the culture of Hungary and the rest of eastern Europe this summer through this study abroad program.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” -Maya Angelou
Shae Koharski is a senior journalism new media major with a minor in film and digital media. She was born in North Carolina but has lived most of her life in Russell, Massachusetts, with her family and two dogs, Blue and Diesel.
On campus she can be found working for “The Baylor Lariat” as the social media editor, where she has also worked as a photographer. Her other responsibilities include being a Baylor transfer student ambassador, and serving as president of two honor societies.
Her hobbies include watching hockey, taking great photographs, and going shopping for anything vintage.
Her most prized accomplishment was being chosen to photograph the Lady Bears in the NCAA Final Four and the National Championship games.
“Trouble knocked on the door but, hearing laughter, hurried away.” – Benjamin Franklin
Devan Zenuk is a 20-year-old junior double major in journalism and film and digital media. She was born in Canada, but currently lives in Dallas. Devan has a passion for videography and has been able to develop her filming skills as she travels the world. She has visited 53 countries so far, and her favorite city she has ever visited is London.
When Devan isn’t cultivating her love for film and capturing life through a lens, she may be found swimming with her fellow members of Baylor Swim club. She also speaks two languages, English and Spanish.
As head of videography for Baylor in Budapest 2019, Devan is ready to film and create content that accurately represents the beauty of Europe and the journey that the students will embark on.
“Allas volat propiis” – Latin
Andrew Neathery is a senior journalism new media major with a concentration in marketing. He’s from Dallas, Texas but spent six years in Albania while his parents were doing missionary work.
Back in Waco, he’s a Young Life leader and he’s involved in the rock-climbing club on campus. Through the club, he had the opportunity to test out an American Ninja Warrior course to figure out the best spots to put cameras for when it was competed on.
His hobbies include barbecuing, photography, rock climbing and hanging out with his dog, Zoey. He loves the sense of adventure when traveling, and he’s been to many countries in Europe such as Italy, Greece, Turkey, Macedonia and Ireland.
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us” J.R.R. TOLKIEN
Lizzie Darwin is a senior journalism new media major from Houston, Texas.
She enjoys spending time running, online shopping at her favorite furniture stores, or laughing with her friends. She is very interested in writing about people, which is why she is getting a minor is phycology to pair with her new media degree.
She loves to sing, you may have heard her in this year’s All University Sing when she sang Thunderstruck with her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma.
While abroad, you may find her taking pictures of everything and everyone, drinking a cappuccino, or eating at her favorite restaurant, Hummusbar. She has traveled around 20 or more countries in Europe and hopes to see as many more as she can. She would love to travel to South America before the age of 30.
“The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.”
-Stephan R. Covey
Caroline Mitchell is a senior journalism public relations major with a minor in business. She grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee where she enjoys hiking and being outside with her friends and family.
Caroline has a passion for missions both locally and internationally. She spent the last few summers in Lusaka, Zambia and hopes to go back soon because Zambia is her happy place.
When she isn’t working as a student writer in the Communications and Marketing Department in the Hankamer School of Business, Caroline enjoys long walks around the endearing Baylor neighborhood and crafting, which involves creating and designing her own stationary.
“If you’re wild, you’re bound to die young friend. If you’re living in fear you’re already dead.” -The Avett Brothers
Giovanna Gulino, who prefers to go by Gia, is a junior public relations major from Chicago, Illinois. She is one of five kids, all half brothers and sisters. She says her family is like the movie “Yours, Mine and Ours.”
Her large Italian family was shocked by her decision 5 years ago to become a pescatarian. She doesn’t eat meat, but she does eat fish. Her love for sushi and salmon caesar salad was too hard to quit.
Gia rides for the Baylor equestrian team and when she is not competing, she loves to spend time with her rescue dog, Winnie.
Her favorite word is autonomy: the urge to direct our own lives.
Stephanie Jatnieks | Social Media Director
Stephanie Jatnieks is a bright, outgoing 21-year-old corporate communications major from San Jose, California. She has one older and two younger sisters.
Stephanie enjoys spending time with her black cat named Willow, whom she rescued from the streets of Waco. She enjoys attending music festivals more than anything (apparently a California thing).
She ran cross country in high-school and still enjoys running. Her favorite place to run is alongside the Brazos river in Waco. Stephanie and her sisters can quote nearly every Disney princess movie. She also loves Marvel movies, her favorite Avenger being Thor. Her favorite meal is Scallop and shrimp pasta from Eddie Napoli’s in Frisco, Texas, and her least favorite food is cheese.
Stephanie desires to work in a PR agency doing lifestyle PR with a focus in social media and feature writing.
“Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.”- Thoman Mann
Alexandra “Lexi” Donnel is a senior studying journalism news editorial. She’s from St. Louis, Missouri and Belleville, Illinois.
Lexi loves to climb trees. It all started when she was younger; she climbed the pantry for some snacks and would run off when her family would catch her. Though she has never climbed the rock wall at the SLC, it’s something she wants to do when she returns to Baylor.
Lexi is engaged to be married on June 13, 2020 to her high school sweetheart. Her maid of honor will be her best friend, with whom she’s been friends with since kindergarten.
Madison Krystyniak is a senior journalism public relations major with a minor in business administration from Austin, TX.
Madison loves her corgi George, like the prince, as much as she loves to travel. She has been to 10 countries and rode a camel in Tunisia, but ironically is an extremely nervous flyer. She loves watching vine compilations, is a heavily involved in her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and is in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core.
She has a passion for writing because of the creative expression.
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
Dylan Garrison is a senior from Bridgeport, Texas, a small town by Dallas. Though he is majoring in journalism public relations he hopes to have a career in sales after graduating this December.
When he’s not in school he enjoys many outdoor sports such as tennis, snowboarding, wake surfing (different from wake boarding) and fishing. His favorite place to fish is Lake Novillo in San Pedro de la Cueva, Mexico.
In Budapest, he looks forward to exploring museums and learning more about the history of the country, since history is one of his interests. He is also looking forward to trying the traditional foods of Hungary and taking a boat down the Danube River.
“It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.” – Thomas Sowell