Spring 2019 Staff
Molly Atchison | Editor-in-Chief
Molly is a senior journalism and international studies double major from the sunny land of Phoenix, Arizona. Her passion for journalism extends to her daily life in many ways, but mostly through her incessant presence in the newsroom, her love of reading and her strong opinions about the validity of the oxford comma. During her summers she has studied abroad, worked at a summer camp in Maine and interned at a homeless shelter and a wedding magazine.
When she’s not writing her heart out, she’s most likely spending time buying unnecessary household items at Target or exploring Waco with her friends. As a senior, Molly is determined to check items off her “Baylor Bucket List”. Some of those items spending lazy days at Lake Whitney and attending a homecoming parade (because she’s slept through it for three years running). You can catch her trying to expand her record collection by digging around at local thrift stores, drinking copious amounts of coffee at any of the local hipster coffee shops, or chowing down on chips and guac from Chipotle.
When she grows up, she will either find a dream job writing or editing for a news publication or couch surf the world, seeing and photographing as much as humanly possible.
Kaitlyn DeHaven | Digital Managing Editor
Kaitlyn is a senior Public Relations major from Austin, TX but can more accurately be described as a dancing coffee addict who also really loves dogs (but no dog as much her brown, fluffball, yorkipoo Mocha).
Aside from the Lariat, Kaitlyn is proud member of Delta Delta Delta and Student Foundation.
She drives a white Mini Cooper named “Vanilla Bean” and believes making forts is good for the soul because it allows you to escape reality for a moment or two. She also expresses her personality through her wide array of random socks, so catch her on campus wearing knee-high socks with donuts on them. Her happiest place is in autumn, where you can find her curled up in an oversized sweater, listening to the Head and the Heart, reading Jane Austen and drinking peppermint tea.
When she grows up, she really wants to be a famous ballerina but most likely will just try to see the world, learn as many languages as possible and run a magazine. It’s casual.
Kalyn Story | Print Managing Editor
Kalyn Story is a senior studying Journalism and Sign Language Interpretation. She’s from Chicago, IL (she’s from the city, not the suburbs and she’d love to talk to you about the difference).
She’ll try just about anything once and is excited to finish out her Baylor career strong!
Bailey Brammer | Broadcast Managing Editor
Bailey Brammer is a senior journalism-news editorial major with a history minor.
She grew up in Phoenix, Ariz., where she had cacti for neighbors and despite plenty of sunshine, she has never been able to achieve a decent tan. When she isn’t in the newsroom (which let’s face it, isn’t all that often), she can be found cooking, hiking, or spending time with her friends at one of Waco’s hidden hole-in-the-wall restaurants. She considers herself a self-proclaimed sushi connoisseur, and is always in the middle of binging a new show on Netflix. She also has an adorable, spoiled long-haired dachshund named Bear, who acts more like a cat than a dog.
After Bailey graduates from Baylor, she plans to spend two years stationed in Los Angeles, Calif., as a member of the Teach for America program. Later on, she would like to work for a television station as an executive producer, or become the first female NFL head coach (but the former seems more likely).
Josh Aguirre| Multimedia Editor
Sarah Asinof | News Editor
Sarah is a sophomore, journalism and pre law student from Denver, Colorado.
She is apart of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and she is a proud member of the Chi Omega, Theta Kappa Chapter, here at Baylor. She loves to hang out with her friends, keep up with Bachelor Nation TV shows and eating all different styles of pizza.
She has nannied for a couple of years while also interning at a law firm in Denver. Sarah likes writing about hot topics going around campus and designing pages for the Lariat.
You can probably catch Sarah in a big t shirt, listening to podcasts and riding her bike around campus!
Madison Day | Assistant News Editor
Born and raised in the greatest city of all time, Austin, Texas, Madison is a sophomore Journalism Public Relations major. She is also a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
Madison loves a wide range of things including but not limited to dog walking, traveling, paddle boarding, hiking, rainy days, baking, photography and fashion. Madison is also passionate about living the city life with dreams of one day being a resident of the big apple, perhaps while working for Vogue. A girl can dream.
For now, Madison will continue to focus on her studies and get more involved in the Baylor community.
Taylor Wolf | Web and Social Media Editor
Taylor is a junior journalism major from Seattle, Washington who you’ll often see clenching a cup of coffee or tea and sporting a flannel.
She fell in love with writing as a kid and has since grown to love every aspect of journalism. The newsroom quickly felt like home, and she’s very excited to be on staff this year. Features are her favorite type of story to write because she loves meeting community members and sharing their stories.
In her downtime, you can find her roaming around Waco with Kevin, her car. Taylor enjoys dancing, singing, cold weather and road trips. Things that make her heart especially swell are the sight of mountains and/or large bodies of water and sharing her passion for life with others.
Regarding the future, Taylor doesn’t care if she works in editing, design or writing, as long she can be a part of a publication dedicated to serving the community and fostering creativity.
Rewon Shimray | Cartoonist
Rewon is your typical Austinite: loves the outdoors, eats a vegetarian diet, almost exclusively wears open-toed shoes, and can not stop drawing.
Although she is your typical quiet middle child, her dream job is anywhere and any position where she can speak up for those that are too easily ignored or missed. With a major in journalism news editorial and minors in studio art and religion, Rewon hopes to work in a non-profit to address areas in poverty.
She was a youth ministry intern at her home church Bannockburn Baptist Church this past summer, and is currently interning with the Bring Me Hope Organization. Integrating her talents with her love for Christ is not only a priority in her life, but also a joy.
Darby Good | Page One Editor
McKenna Middleton | Opinion Editor
McKenna calls the small, humble town of Los Angeles, California home and double majors in Spanish and journalism news-editorial at Baylor University as a senior.
McKenna is a vegetarian, but loves the smell of bacon; can’t draw a decent stick figure, but loves to wander art galleries; lives to cook, but detests baking; can play a grand total of four chords on the guitar, but makes sure to take advantage of every opportunity to see any kind of live music.
McKenna loves working at the Lariat because it provides her with opportunities to tell stories that need telling.
Thomas Moran | Arts and Life Editor
Ben Everett | Sports Editor
Ben Everett is a senior Business Fellows major with a minor in journalism. He is a fan of all things sports but has a major inclination towards basketball.
Ben is a native of Kansas City, KS, but attended middle and high school in Monroe, LA, so he knows a thing or two about the south.
In his free time, he likes to play basketball, watch basketball, play video games with friends, and listen to a wide variety of music.
In the future, Ben wants to work in basketball operations with an NBA team.
Caroline Yablon | Copy Editor
Bridget Sjoberg | Staff Writer
Raegan Turner | Staff Writer
Morgan Harlan | Staff Writer
Jessika Harkay | Sports Writer
DJ Ramirez | Sports Writer
Claire Boston | Multimedia Journalist
Claire Boston is a sophomore Studio Art major concentrating in Graphic Design with a minor in Photojournalism. She is from San Antonio, TX but has previously called Arizona, Ohio, and Virginia home.
When she is not in the art studio or in the newsroom you can find Claire at Bonnie’s Greenhouse scouting for new plants too add to her collection. If you visit her apartment, she will make you a slow-pour coffee and ask if you want to paint with her. Claire’s favorite thing to do on a Saturday is pack a picnic basket and find a new nature spot with her friends. She will probably bring one of her vintage film cameras along too.
Someday she hopes to put down roots in a small town near a big city and travel to find places that feel like home in every country. She hopes to spend her life sharing other people’s stories through photographs and art.
Shae Koharski | Multimedia Journalist
Shae is a senior Journalism New Media major with a minor in Film and Digital Media from Russell, Massachusetts. She also volunteers as a Baylor Transfer Ambassador and is Vice President of Tau Sigma Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.
When she isn’t on campus, you can find her cruising the streets of Waco with her convertible top down, jamming an 80s playlist or making someone take her picture so she can keep up her Instagram. She also loves to travel across the country but has unfortunately never been to Austin or Houston – seriously, someone take her please.
While Baylor is Shae’s third school (3rd time’s the charm!!) and she has to take a “victory lap” next year, she is so, so happy she found her place on campus. With a past degree in Social Work and a future degree in Journalism, she loves people and hopes to incorporate that into her future career. Whether it be working for a sports team or an international non-profit organization, she is excited for anything the future might bring, as long as it’s something fun and she gets to have a dog.
Julia Lawrenz | Broadcast Reporter
Julia Lawrenz is sophomore communication specialist major with a business minor. Born and raised in San Diego, California. Julia loves all things California from the beach to the sun, and even California burritos. Despite her love for California she has a soft spot for Texas, cowboy boots, and country music.
In her free time, she likes to hike Cameron Park, hang out with friends, and her all-time favorite is getting an iced coffee from Starbucks.
Julia has always had a joy for meeting and talking to people. That is what started her love of the communications world. She aspires to work in television broadcast as a news anchor.
Sarah Gill | Broadcast Reporter
Noah Torr | Broadcast Reporter
Noah Torr is a freshman Journalism major and grew up in the fine city of Cedar Park, Texas (about 30 minutes north of Austin).
He has an unhealthy obsession with professional sports (especially the NBA) and Baylor athletics. As a broadcast reporter, he gets to spend as much time around Baylor athletics as his editors allow. Outside of his broadcasting duties, Noah is a part of the student radio staff, a writer about the NBA, and hosts his own podcasts.
Noah hasn’t necessarily experienced a lot of Baylor since he’s a freshman, so I wouldn’t ask him where to study or where the best place is to eat, because he might say the Penland cafeteria (just kidding, probably Chick-Fil-A).
McKenzie Oviatt | Broadcast Reporter
Kennedy Dendy| Broadcast Reporter
Kennedy is a junior journalism-public relations major with a media management minor from Grapevine, Texas. She began her broadcast journey as a sports reporter for BaylorVision during her freshman year and now enjoys writing and reporting as a broadcast reporter for “Lariat TV News.” She also loves working both on and off camera for “Lariat TV News Today.”
Kennedy is always chillin’ at a new coffee shop or restaurant in Dallas when she’s not working and studying during the school year. When not in the newsroom, you can find Kennedy on the tennis courts, watching movies with friends, listening to R&B music or discovering new places to eat around Waco. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the vice president for The National Association of Black Journalists, secretary for the Public Relations Student Society of America and serves as a student ambassador for the Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media.
Kennedy will be graduating from Baylor in December, a semester early, and she plans to further her career in broadcast journalism after graduation. She aims to give a voice to the voiceless in her work and hopes to use her passion for urban outreach in her storytelling. Her goals include working her way up in the broadcast world to become a host or correspondent for a national network. Hosting her own television show is a dream she hopes to reach one day!
Emma Whitaker| Broadcast Reporter
Emma Whitaker is a Junior from Temple, Texas. She is a journalism major, specializing in Public Relations.
Emma loves to report on politics and spiritual life on campus. Emma is an artist and paints often, especially at Cameron Park. This past summer she spent a life-changing eleven weeks at KAA, a camp for urban youth.
Outside of the Lariat world, you will see her having a pretty good life. She loves hanging out with her life group and telling people about Jesus.
Elisabeth Tharp| Broadcast Reporter
Grace Smith | Broadcast Reporter
Cameron Stuart | Radio Director
Cameron Stuart is a senior from Rockland, MA and is a Communications major with a News Editorial minor.
It is Cameron’s first semester as Lariat Radio Director but in the past he has worked as a play by play broadcaster for BLR calling Baylor baseball and basketball games. This past summer, Cameron worked as a play by play broadcaster in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League for the league champion Wareham Gatemen.
In his little free time, Cameron enjoys napping, rooting on his Boston sports teams and Liverpool FC, and lose himself in the musical stylings of his favorite band, Oasis.
Upon graduation, Cameron wishes to pursue a sports broadcasting career or return to his “third home” of London.
Thomas Marotta | Play-by-Play Announcer
Thomas Marotta is a sophomore from San Antonio, Texas, who is double majoring in Communication Studies and Psychology. He grew up in a large family, with an older sister, twin brother, and a younger sister. In addition to working for Lariat Radio, he works for ESPN Central Texas.
From a young age, he has been a huge San Antonio Spurs and New York Giants fan. When not studying, you can find him at Baylor sporting events, especially football and men’s basketball. He also loves reading and discussing sports, politics, and psychology.
After graduating from Baylor University, he plans on attending graduate school in the field of psychology with the purpose of becoming either a clinical, sports, or educational psychologist.
Andrew Cline | Lariat Radio Intern