Meet the Editorial Staff

Allegra Thatcher, Editor-in-Chiefis a senior English Writing major from the beautiful state of Oregon. She served as Critic’s Corner columnist for a year and Assistant Editor for a year and a half. She has been published in The Stream through a summer internship with The Fund for American Studies, as well as The College Fix.

When she’s not working for Franciscan University’s Marketing and Communications Department or Writing Center, she spends her theoretical free time in spontaneous singing, hiking, reading, and playing the cello or guitar. She also enjoys board games and philosophical conversations.
After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in journalism or literary criticism. She also hopes to travel frequently and write about her experiences.

Rachel Miller, Assistant Editor, is a junior English Writing and Theology major with a minor in Spanish from Sandy Springs, GA. 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.” She has served as Catholic Values Columnist for the past three semesters and is excited to now step up to the position of Assistant Editor.

Aside from the Troubadour, Rachel enjoys spending time with her friends, volunteering with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, reading, editing papers, serving as an EMHC, and calling her mom. She is thrilled to be a part of the Editorial Staff and looks forward to all of the responsibilities and joy that it brings.

Edyta Wolk, Copy Editor, is a sophomore doublemajor in Theology and Communication Arts with a concentration in journalism. Born in Poland and a current resident of Connecticut, she has been with the Troub as a staff writer since her first semester at Franciscan and is eager to join the editorial staff.

Edyta has a passion for writing and loves grammar. Her work has been published in her diocesan newspaper The Four County Catholic, and she writes a Catholic blog called Hearts Made Holy (

When she’s not writing, Edyta serves as coordinator of the Daughters of Jerusalem household. She enjoys spending time with friends, Catholic puns, dance parties, political debates, Marvel movies, and getting involved in her parish.



Nick Mersch, Sports Editor, is a junior communication major with concentrations in Journalism and Digital Broadcasting. This will be his first semester writing for The Troubadour. Nick is from Dallas, Texas and plays basketball for Franciscan. 

When he’s not writing, Nick enjoys watching sports and playing sports, 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 CorbettPhoto Editor is a sophomore majoring in philosophy with a minor in writing from the wonderful state of Virginia. She has been with the Troubadour as a photographer since beginning here at the University in 2017.  

Along with joining the Troubadour as an editor, she is a photographer for the Marketing and Communications Department on campus, and is a part of the Women’s Ministry Core Team. In whatever free time she may have left, 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 writing and/or public speaking. She also hopes to be able to travel Europe a bit and dive even deeper into photography.



Chloe Batara, Web Editor & Social Media Manager, is a senior communications arts: multimedia major and theology minor. This will be her second semester working for The Troubadour. She hails from the beautiful city of Seattle, Washington. She manages the social media outlets for Ignite Your Torch Northwest youth conference and the Archdiocese of Seattle’s marriage consultant and freelance speaker, Dr. Sarah Bartel, respectively. She is currently helping Dr. Bartel publish a family catechism 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, Adobe PhotoShop, Carmelite spirituality, puns, and running her popular Catholic instagram (@catholic.posts).

After graduation, Chloe hopes to work for either the Archdiocese of Seattle or  Portland in their communications department.

Karen Bisges, Layout Editor, is a senior communication arts major with a double minor in marketing and French. This is her first year working for the Troubadour as the layout editor. Her hobbies include listening to lucid while dancing in her room, collecting post cards from places she’s been and creating visually artistic composites that inspire discussion. She likes cats and tolerates dogs. When she is not working for The Troub, she is busy as xo-head of soundTechs for Franciscan University’s liturgy committee. 



Maggie Pawsey, Distribution Manager, is an English Literature major from the small but adorable town of Clyde, Ohio. This is her second year at Franciscan University, where she has been writing for the Troubadour since the Fall of 2017. One of her passions is filling the world with quality stories, so telling the stories of campus through articles and interviews has been a joyful adventure. She is excited to be helping even more this year as Distribution Manager.

Maggie also enjoys crochet, long walks on the hill and writing silly songs to play on her guitar. 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 one day memorize all of Hamlet’s soliloquies.

Rosalia Pettinato, Business Manager, is a junior Marketing major. She is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising with her AA in Visual Communication. This is her first semester working for the Troubadour and is excited to be a part of the team. She enjoys all aspects of the business, creativity, entrepreneurship, and is looking forward to her contribution to the newspaper.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, photography, traveling, and listening to podcasts.

After graduation, Rosalia hopes to pursue a career in advertising and creative direction.

Ben Miller, Distribution Manager, is a freshman Communication Arts major with a concentration in Multimedia from Sandy Springs, GA. This is his first semester working with the Troubadour and is excited to be helping out.  He would like to thank all his sisters for their support.

2 comments for “Meet the Editorial Staff

  1. Darlene Beck
    February 27, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    looking to see if you accept ads for your student newspaper.

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