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Meet the Editorial Board

Editors-in-Chief

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.


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.


Deputy News Editors

Tim Dillion is the Deputy News Editor of The Hoot. 

Victoria Morrongiello is the Deputy News Editor of The Hoot. She is a first-year hoping to study HSSP and Psychology. She is also a member of the varsity cross country and track and field team. 


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 (CAB).


Features Editor

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


Sports Editor

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.


Arts Editor

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


Deputy Arts Editors

Aaron LaFauci is one of the Deputy Arts Editors. He is an English and Creative Writing major with a taste for fine art. In his opinion, anything can be interesting if you know how to write about it. He is a strong believer in the importance of the humanities in building a more ideal world in the 21st century. In his spare time, he likes to explore natural spaces and practice drawing.

Emma Lichtenstein is the other Deputy Arts 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 and later became in charge of running The Hoot’s social media. She also plays in multiple on-campus ensembles, including Wind Ensemble and Top Score.


Deputy Copy Editor

Madeline Rousell is the Deputy Copy Editor of The Hoot. She is a first-year who has been copyediting for The Hoot since her first semester at Brandeis. She hasn’t yet declared her major, but plans to go into the Humanities. In addition to The Hoot, she is a member of the Brandeis Ballet Club and the Adagio Dance Company.


Deputy Photos Editor

Grace Zhou is the Deputy Photos Editor of The Hoot. She is a sophomore studying sociology.


Layout Editor

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


Deputy Social Media Editor

John Fornagiel is The Hoot’s Deputy Social Media Editor. He started writing his second semester at Brandeis. He is a sophomore majoring in Biology and Neuroscience, on the Pre-Med track. He is also a TA and a Big Brother for BBBS.


Editors-at-Large

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. She is currently studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland.

Celia Young was the Senior News Editor for The Hoot, having written for news since her first semester at Brandeis. She is studying politics and journalism and is part of Brandeis’ Mock Trial team. She is currently studying abroad in London, England.