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.
Veronica Novotny, Assistant Editor, is a sophomore theology student from Catonsville, Maryland, where “life is great in 21228.” She began writing for the Troubadour in the fall of 2018, when she was awarded “Staff Writer of the Semester,” spurring her on to exploring her
journalistic capabilities as Assistant Editor.
In addition to writing and editing for the Troub, Veronica enjoys reading (even for an assignment!) and creative writing. She swing dances as often as she is asked to and relishes editing her friends’ papers.
Sometimes known for spending what some might call “too much” time with friends, family and Jesus, she thinks that changing the world starts with loving the people in front of you.
Edyta Wolk, Copy Editor, is a junior double major in communication arts (journalism concentration) and theology. She has been writing for the Troub since freshman year and has served as the Copy Editor, a Staff Writer and the Austria Correspondent. She loves working for Catholic media and has written for various other newspapers and blogs.
Teresa Dulac, Sports Editor, is a junior communications arts major with a concentration in journalism, and she comes from the great state of Nebraska. She has been with the Troubadour since the fall of 2017 and loves writing, traveling and sports.
Catch her in your local Walmart, wearing Birks and socks, checking her bank account to see if she has enough money for Cheetos.
Rachael Alexander, Photo Editor, is a junior communication arts multimedia major. This is her first semester as a photo editor. She began as a photographer for the Troubadour in fall 2019. She is also a Facebook manager for the student blog website, Clarifying Catholicism.
Rachael is from New Hampshire, where she grew up mostly homeschooled, and has always loved photography, especially nature photos. In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts; watching YouTube, Netflix and Disney Plus; singing in the 8:30 a.m. choir and playing piano and guitar.
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.
Christopher Dacanay, Distribution Manager, is a freshman communication arts major with a concentration in journalism. Raised in Beaver, Pennsylvania, Chris has been a writer for the Troubadour since his first semester at Franciscan, during which he was awarded “Staff Writer of the Semester.” He now works as the Distribution Manager, spreading the good news of the Troubadour all over campus.
Chris plays guitar, drums, violin and bass; he loves writing music and performing live for all types of events. He is an intent to the Fishers of Men household and spends most of his time with the brothers. In addition, Chris enjoys drawing, playing video games and taking naps.