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Meet the Editorial Board


Candace Ng was Layout Editor before becoming Editor-in-Chief. She is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in economics and German studies. She joined The Hoot in her first semester at Brandeis and became deputy layout editor her second semester. Outside of The Hoot, Candace works as a Community Advisor for the Department of Community Living and is involved with Cru Brandeis.

Polina Potochevska was Features Editor before becoming Editor-in-Chief. She is a senior majoring in English and Creative Writing and minoring in Women’s Studies and Russian Studies. She started writing for Features in the fall of her first year, and has written for the section since. In addition to writing for The Hoot, she dances with the Brandeis Ballet Club and is a Humanities Fellow.

Managing Editor

Emily Botto is a senior who started as a copy editor at The Hoot during her first year at Brandeis. She is a Communications Independent Interdisciplinary Major (IIM) and business major. She is also a member of the Brandeis Gymnastics Club. She studied abroad in Chile.

Senior Copy Editor

Natalie Fritzson is a junior and has been a copy editor at The Hoot since her first semester at Brandeis. She is an English major with a minor in journalism.

Copy Editor

Jennifer Cook began copy editing in the spring semester of her first year. She is projected to major in Education Studies and minor in Legal Studies. She is constantly surrounded by children in her free time, whether that be through her jobs at the YMCA or Build-A-Bear, or through her volunteer work.

News Editor

Celia Young is the News Editor for the Hoot, having written for the news section her first semester. She is considering double minoring in journalism and law and in addition to working at The Hoot, she is also a member of Brandeis’ Mock Trial team.

Deputy News Editor

Rachel Saal is News Editor of The Hoot. She is a sophomore from West Hartford, CT. She started writing for the News section her first semester at Brandeis. She is studying Business and Economics and is a project manager for TAMID.

Opinions Editor

Sasha Skarboviychuk is the Opinions Editor at The Hoot. She started writing for News her first semester at Brandeis. She is a sophomore majoring in Economics and Philosophy. She is also the Major Events Chair of the Campus Activities Board.

Arts Editors

Jonah Koslofsky is the Arts Editor at The Hoot.  He is a senior at Brandeis. He is The Hoot’s resident film critic.

Features Editor

Shruthi Manjunath is the Features Editor at The Hoot. She is a sophomore at Brandeis.

Sports Editors

Sophie Trachtenberg is the Sports Editor at The Hoot. She is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Hispanic Studies and HSSP. She is also a member of the varsity women’s basketball team. When not writing for the Hoot, she is a Peer TA, volunteers at Admissions and serves on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

Layout Editor

Sabrina Chow is the Layout Editor for The Hoot. She was the former Opinions Editor and still writes for multiple sections every week. She is majoring in Biology, HSSP and Neuroscience. Apart from The Hoot, she is an event chair for Relay for Life, VP of the Brandeis Tennis Club and a Sustainability Ambassador.

Social Media Editor

Emma Lichtenstein is the Social Media Editor. She is a second-year humanities fellow majoring in English, and hopefully business as well. She joined The Hoot her first semester as a copy editor, but took over the social media accounts to learn how to reach a larger platform. She also plays in multiple on-campus ensembles, including Wind Ensemble and Top Score.