Margaret Boylan, Editor-in-Chief, is a senior communication arts major with a concentration in journalism and a minor in theology. She is from the backwoods of Western Pennsylvania where she grew up on a goat farm. Among her many favorite things, she particularly enjoys writing, hiking, and coffee. She began working as a staff writer for the Troubadour in the spring of 2015, winning “Staff Writer of the Semester,” the fall semester of 2015. She served as the Troubadour’s Assistant Editor in the spring of 2017, and now takes the role as Editor in Chief for the 2017-2018 school year.
Aside from the Troubadour, Margaret is actively involved as a receptionist and member of Liturgy Committee at Christ the King Chapel as co-head of sacristans. She enjoys working with people and being able to help whenever she can.
She is thrilled and honored to be serving in this position. Aside from writing for the Troub, Margaret has also enjoyed writing blogs, which included for a time the Franciscan University chapter of the Odyssey online. Upon graduation, Margaret will be looking for a job in the writing field, particularly in a publishing company.
Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor is a junior English writing major who frequently dabbles in theatre, music and communications. She is proud to represent the West Coast, particularly the beauty of her home state, Oregon.
After writing for the Troubadour during her freshman year, she served as the Assistant Editor during her first semester sophomore year, and Critic’s Corner Columnist during the second semester. She loves to edit and work with writers.
She also thoroughly enjoys hiking, swing dancing and playing the cello or guitar. She is also energized by literature and spontaneous singing with friends. It is her dream to travel more frequently, and to write about her experiences.
Holly Koch, Business Manager, is a senior marketing major from Cincinnati, Ohio. She particularly loves the advertising side of marketing, and cannot wait to work with the local Steubenville businesses. Although this is her first year working for the Troubadour, Holly has previously written for the Odyssey Online as a Franciscan student. She is also the President and Founder of Franciscan FIRE women’s ultimate frisbee team, as well as a member of Daughters of Zion household. Holly enjoys going out with friends, spending time her family and nephews, traveling the world, exploring new fashion, and playing sports. Her dream is to someday work in New York City for an uplifting and empowering company like Verily Magazine.
Ulises Iniguez, Photo Editor, is a sophomore Mechanical Engineering Major from Mesa, Arizona. He has been with the Troubadour, as a photographer, for a year and this is his first year working as photo editor. Photography is one of the many activities he enjoys doing in his free time, he also likes playing the piano, and going on hikes.
When he is not working for the troubadour, he works as a math tutor, sound technician, and athletics photographer.
Chloe Batara, Web Editor, is a junior communications arts major with a concentration in multimedia and a minor in theology. This will be her first semester working for the Troubadour. She hails from Seattle, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She is the social media and photographer head for the Ignite Your Torch NW youth conference. Additionally, Chloe is a virtual assistant for the Archdiocese of Seattle’s marriage consultant and freelance speaker Dr. Sarah Bartel where she is currently helping Dr. Bartel publish a book based on her collections of marriage and family articles.
Chloe is a member of Sacrifice of Love household. In her free time, she enjoys sports (especially long sessions of catch with Elisha), photography, Carmelite spirituality, puns, and occasionally making graphics for her popular Catholic instagram (@catholic.posts).
After graduation, Chloe hopes to work for the Archdiocese of Seattle in their communications department and someday work for Ascension Press
Elisha Valladares-Cormier, Social Media Manager, is a sophomore Communications Arts major (concentrating on journalism) with minors in Political Science and Human Life studies. He hails from Silverton, Oregon. This will be his second year writing and working as social media manager for theTroubadour. He writes for the Archdiocese of Portland’s newspaper, the Catholic Sentinel, on a freelance basis and has served in several communications roles for the Order of the Arrow and the Ignite Your Torch NW youth conference.
Elisha serves as president of Franciscan University’s Eagle Scout Association and is a member of Knights of the Holy Queen household. In his spare time, Elisha enjoys reading, writing, and breathing baseball – specifically the New York Yankees, as well as spending quality time with close friends.
After graduation, Elisha plans to pursue a career in print journalism.
John Gallagher, Sports Editor,is a senior English and theology major from Carlsbad, California. He has worked for the Troubadour since the spring semester 2015. He also serves as a broadcast anchor and script writer for the Baron Broadcast, and writes copy for Trip101 and for Rushcube.
In his spare time, John enjoys writing, acceptable levels of mischief, and correcting those who mistake him for his eccentric cousin Joseph Duran. He is never without his red pen and enjoys editing his friends’ essays. He has a passion for both composition and for athletics and is a member of the current AMCC Champion Franciscan Men’s Tennis Team. John intends again to trade his trademark early bedtime for another shot at the AMCC trophy during this upcoming spring athletics season. He is proud of the fact that he screamed like an idiot after his Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50.
After graduation, John intends to pursue a career as a marketing strategist, until such time as he publishes an award-winning novel from his cardboard house.
Molly Babcock, Layout Editor, is a senior Communications major with double minors in Latin and German. She hails from the home of the Blue Crabs, also known as Maryland, and loves playing guitar and reading books.
Her personality type is ENFJ and her love language is Acts of Service. She is so excited to grow graphically this semester working on the Troubadour.
Liam Gallagher, Layout Editor, is a senior communication arts major with a concentration in multimedia and a minor in computer science. He is from Chicago and enjoys their pizza. He also spends his spare time drawing, making videos, and taking pictures of whatever catches his eye. When he’s really got the time, he busts out the ol’ skins and tubs and jams out to anything that’s got good rhythm. His taste of music is unparalleled and is always finding new bands to listen to.
Molly Trainor, Distribution Manager,Molly is a senior English major with a writing concentration. She has been involved with the Troubadour as a staff writer since she transferred to Franciscan a year ago. She hopes to work in publishing after graduation and would love to edit Catholic fiction.