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Meet the Editorial Board

Editors-in-Chief

Sabrina Chow was the Layout Editor and Opinions Editor of The Hoot before becoming Editor-in-Chief and is a double major in HSSP and biology. Outside of The Hoot, she is an undergraduate research fellow at The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, a volunteer with the American Cancer Society (ACS), plays tennis and is involved with sustainability on campus.

Natalie Fritzson is a senior and has been a copy editor at The Hoot since her first semester at Brandeis and served as Senior Copy Editor before becoming Managing Editor. She is an English major with a minor in journalism. She studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland during spring 2020.


Managing Editor

John Fornagiel is The Hoot’s Managing Editor, previously serving as the Social Media Editor. He started writing his second semester at Brandeis. He is a junior majoring in biology and neuroscience, on the pre-med track. He is also a TA and a Big Brother for BBBS in Waltham Group.


News Editor

Victoria Morrongiello is the News Editor of The Hoot. She is a sophomore hoping to study HSSP and psychology. She is also a member of the varsity cross country and track and field team. 


Deputy News Editor

Tim Dillion is the Deputy News Editor of The Hoot. 


Opinions Editor

Sasha Skarboviychuk is the Opinions Editor at The Hoot. She started writing for News her first semester at Brandeis. She is a senior majoring in economics and philosophy. She is also the Vice President of the Campus Activities Board (CAB).

Deputy Opinions Editors

Abdel Achibat is the Deputy Opinions Editor of The Hoot. He is a sophomore majoring in International and Global studies and Politics. He’s originally from New York City but is Moroccan and Ecuadorian. He also works for the Right to Immigration Institute and interns for the Massachusetts Court Service Center.

Thomas Pickering is the Deputy Opinions Editor of The Hoot. He is a sophomore intending on double majoring in Politics and Philosophy. Outside of The Hoot he is the captain of the Men’s Rugby Team, plays tennis, and works in the admissions office as a tour guide.


Features Editor

Shruthi Manjunath is the Features Editor at The Hoot. She is a junior at Brandeis studying biology.

Deputy Features Editor

Emily Chou is the Deputy Features Editor at The Hoot. She is a freshman at Brandeis.


Sports Editor

Sophie Trachtenberg is the Sports Editor at The Hoot. She is a senior 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.

Deputy Sports Editor

Justin Leung is the Deputy Sports Editor at The Hoot and started writing for the sports section his second semester at Brandeis. He is a sophomore majoring in psychology and chemistry. Beyond following most professional sports, Leung is also a leader of the Brandeis Robotics Club.


Arts Editors

Aaron LaFauci is one of the 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 also an Arts Editor. She is a third-year humanities fellow majoring in English and business. 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 Arts Editors

Stewart Huang is the Deputy Arts Editor of The Hoot. He is a junior majoring in English and Philosophy. He has been writing for the arts section The Hoot since his first semester at Brandeis.

Caroline O is the Deputy Arts Editor of The Hoot. She is a junior majoring in English and American Studies, with minors in Legal Studies and Creative Writing. When she’s not writing for The Hoot, she’s serving with Cru Brandeis Christian Fellowship, teaching poetry with the Brandeis Justice Initiative or talking about Star Wars.


Copy Editor

Madeline Rousell is the Copy Editor of The Hoot. She is a sophomore 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.


Photos Editor

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

Deputy Photos Editor

Teresa Shi is the Deputy Photos Editor of The Hoot. She is a sophomore at Brandeis.


Layout Editor


Social Media Editor

Anya Lance-Chacko is the Deputy Social Media Editor at The Hoot. She is a freshman at Brandeis.


Editors-at-Large