Rachel Miller, Editor-in-Chief, is a senior English writing and theology major with a minor in Spanish from Sandy Springs, Georgia. She has been writing for the Troubadour since starting at Franciscan in the fall of 2016, when she was awarded “Staff Writer of the Semester.” Since then, she has been the Catholic Values Columnist and then the Assistant Editor.
Rachel is excited to spend the next year neck-deep in all things Troub! Since the Troubadour is her life, she rarely has free time, but when she does, she enjoys spending time with her friends, reading for fun, editing papers (as opposed to just articles), serving as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and calling her mom.
Maggie Pawsey, Assistant Editor, is an English literature major from the small but adorable town of Clyde, Ohio. She has been writing for the Troubadour since the fall of 2017, covering news stories and creating unique takes on books and movies for the Critic’s Corner. One of her passions is filling the world with quality stories, so telling the stories of Franciscan’s campus has been a joyful adventure.
Maggie also enjoys crocheting, taking long walks on the hill and, unironically, writing poetry about everyone and everything in her life. She can usually be found cheering her friends on toward their dreams or geeking out over anything literature-related. She hopes to write her senior thesis on “The Office” and to continue on to grad school to further her education in literary theory and take Dr. Holmes’ job when he retires.
Sarah Kaderbek, Copy Editor, is a senior English (British and American literature) major. While she considers herself a true-blue Southerner, she has lived in a total of eight states and three countries. She has been a staff writer for the Troubadour for the past year, and her writing has also been published online at The Imaginative Conservative, ChurchPOP and Seton Magazine.
Graduating in December, Sarah has written her senior thesis on the philosophy of love and marriage in the works of J.M. Barrie and hopes to pursue graduate studies in English literature. When not reading or writing, she is most often found watching old movies with friends, buying and wearing vintage hats and campaigning for better showerheads in the dorms. Additionally, she is fond of transition words, thesauruses or onomasticons, grammar and punctuation jokes and (despite the anti-Oxford bigotry of the Associated Press) the Oxford comma.
Nick Mersch, Sports Editor, is a senior communications major with concentrations in journalism and digital broadcast. He is the Sports Editor for the 2019-2020 school year. Nick is from Dallas, Texas, and plays basketball for Franciscan. He will be writing the athlete spotlights as well as the Sports Column.
When he is not writing, Nick enjoys watching sports, playing sports of all kinds, playing video games and listening to music. After graduation, Nick hopes to get into the sports media world in whatever way that may be.
Layna Corbett, Photo Editor, is a junior majoring in philosophy and hailing from the state of Virginia. She has been with the Troubadour as a photographer since beginning here at the university in 2017.
Besides joining the Troubadour as an editor, she is also a photographer for the marketing and communications department on campus and is a junior senator in Franciscan’s Student Government. She is also a member of the household Crown of Creation. In her sometimes non-
existent free time, Layna enjoys listening to music, walking around campus, spending time with friends and, of course, watching Netflix. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in law, continue to be a photographer and travel around Europe.
Olivia Rao, Web Editor, is a senior journalism major, born, raised and homeschooled in New York City. She spent her first two years of college at the Catholic University of America, where she studied art history, Italian and anthropology, before transferring to Franciscan University in 2018.
Olivia has played violin and sung her whole life. While still in New York, she was a soprano in Carnegie Hall’s Oratorio Society, where she sang back-up to Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming and even James Taylor at Carnegie’s 125th anniversary gala!
Caroline Luehrmann, Layout Editor, is a senior English major with a concentration in British and American literature and a minor in communication arts. She hails from lovely Columbus, Indiana, and transferred to Franciscan University in 2017 after spending her freshman year at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. She is excited to be part of the Troubadour staff for her last year.
Caroline’s diverse interests include reading, cats, the performing arts, botany, fashion history and hats. She is an officer of the Explorers of the Past History Club and keeps busy studying, watching movies with friends and researching historical hats. She will be pursuing a master’s degree in library science and just wants to be a librarian in a position that does not involve getting rid of books.
Ben Miller, Layout Editor, is a sophomore communication arts major from Sandy Springs, Georgia. Having spent last semester as the Distribution Manager, he is entering his second semester working with the Troubadour. This semester, he will be working as the Layout Editor and is glad to have the opportunity to contribute to the newspaper.
In his free time, he enjoys playing various card games, reading, swimming and spending time with his friends. After college, he hopes to continue with layout editing.
Jonathan Valladares-Cormier, Business Manager, is a sophomore economics major from Silverton, Oregon. This will be his first semester working for the Troubadour, and he is excited to be joining the team. He also enjoys baseball and looks forward to playing on the baseball team this year.
Jocelyn Kerekes, Social Media Manager, is a senior marketing and communications double major with a concentration in multimedia. She has been working with the Troubadour since 2018 as the Troubadour comic artist.
Jocelyn has an interest in design and illustration and enjoys drawing and listening to musicals in her spare time. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in the advertising field.
Jen Hantz, Distribution Manager, is a sophomore theology and catechetics major with a minor in Spanish. She hails from the small town of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, and has been with the Troubadour since starting at Franciscan in the fall of 2018. This semester, she will be working as Distribution Manager and is excited to be a part of the staff.
Jen enjoys listening to music, playing guitar, spending time with friends and reading. After college, she hopes to be a Director of Religious Education and minister to others all over the world.