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Meet the Editorial Board

The Editorial Board
Editors-in-Chief
Managing Editor
Senior Editor at Large
Senior Copy Editor
Sports Editor
Opinions Editor
News Editors
Arts Editors
Features Editors
Photography Editor
Layout Editor

Editors-in-Chief

Hannah Schuster is one of The Hoot’s Editors-in-Chief. She began writing for The Hoot her first semester on campus and became News editor her sophomore year. Hannah has also been dancing for many years and is the co-president of the Ballet Club and a member of the Adagio Dance Company. She is majoring in American Studies with a double minor in journalism and French. Last Spring, Hannah studied abroad in Paris, France.

Emily Sorkin Smith is one of The Hoot’s Editors-in-Chief. She has been writing for the News section since her first year. Emily majors in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies with minors in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Hispanic Studies. Last year, Emily studied abroad in Amman, Jordan.

Managing Editor

Allison Plotnik is The Hoot’s managing editor and treasurer. She started at The Hoot as a copy editor. She is a sociology and education studies major and is also the UDR for the sociology department. She studied abroad last Spring in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Senior Editor-at-Large

Zach Phil Schwartz is The Hoot’s Senior Editor-at-Large. He began as a copy editor at The Hoot, and quickly moved on to become the paper’s website editor in his second semester at Brandeis. From three semesters, he served as the paper’s Opinions Editor. A senior, he’s written well over 40 op-eds for the paper but still finds the time to binge watch “The Strain” every other day. He is a triple major in International and Global Studies (IGS), anthropology and Italian Studies, with a minor in politics. He is also one of the Ski and Snowboard Team’s captains and is an Undergraduate Departmental Representative for the Italian Studies and IGS programs. Last Spring, Zach studied abroad in The Hague, Netherlands.

Senior Copy Editor

Sarah Terrazano is The Hoot’s senior copy editor (even though she deceptively is a sophomore). She started copy editing her first year on campus and occasionally switches gears to write articles. You can also catch her working behind the desk at the library. Sarah is an English major with intended minors in Hispanic Studies and CAST.

News Editors

Abigail Gardener is one of two News editors. She is a junior majoring in English. She began writing for The Hoot her first semester at Brandeis and became a deputy News editor her second semester. Abigail is also a coordinator for Companions to Elders in the Waltham Group and works as a community partner liaison in the Department of Community Service.

Elianna Spitzer is the other News editor. She began writing for The Hoot her first semester at Brandeis. She is involved in Mock Trial and works at the Hiatt Career Center. Elianna is majoring in politics and American Studies.

Opinions Editor

Katarina Weessies is the Opinions section editor. She is a senior, majoring in politics and English. She has been writing for The Hoot since her first year at Brandeis. In addition to her work with The Hoot, she is a member of the Brandeis Quiz Bowl Team. She is very opinionated and loves writing about campus activism.

Arts Editors

Sabrina Pond is The Hoot’s Arts editor. She has a passion for anything arts related—museums, concerts, a cappella and so much more! She is an environmental studies and psychology major. She is also SEA’s secretary, a TA for ENVS 2A and recently binge watched “The Office” (she knows she’s behind on pop culture). Last Spring, Sabrina studied abroad in Australia.

Katie Decker-Jacoby is one two Arts editors. She is a sophomore who has not declared a major yet, but will minor in journalism. Katie began writing for The Hoot in the first semester of her sophomore year. She is also the publicity coordinator for Cupcake Obsession Club and a rising co-editor for Archon Yearbook.

Features Editor

Polina Potochevska is the Features editor for The Hoot. She is a sophomore, hoping to major in English and creative writing, and has written for Features since the fall semester 2016. In addition to writing for The Hoot, she serves on the E-Board for Adagio and dances with the Ballet Company.

Sports Editors

Sarah Jousset is the Senior Sports Editor at The Hoot. She is a senior, double majoring in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and International and Global Studies. She has been the sports editor for nearly four years, being named to the position at the beginning of her first year. She is on Banshee (the women’s Ultimate Frisbee team) and has two jobs on campus. Last Spring, Sarah studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland.

Zach Cihlar is the editor of the Sports section. He has been writing for Sports since his first year and joined the editorial board his sophomore year. Besides working on The Hoot, he plays for the varsity tennis team, gives tours through undergraduate admissions and volunteers for ACEing Autism. He is a sophomore majoring in economics.

Photography Editor

Karen Caldwell is The Hoot’s photo editor. She has been taking photos for The Hoot since her first semester and moved up to photo editor the beginning of her sophomore year. She is also an undergraduate tutor at the English Language Program, a dedicated member of Brandeis Salseros and can be found working at Chum’s when she’s not dancing in Boston. Karen is majoring in HSSP and International and Global Studies.

Layout Editor

Candace Ng is is The Hoot’s layout editor. She is a sophomore intending to major in psychology and minoring in German studies. She joined The Hoot in her first semester at Brandeis and became deputy layout editor her second semester. She also serves on the e-board of Cru Brandeis.