Veronica Novotny, Editor-in-Chief, is a senior 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 for three semesters 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. Often spending “too much” time with friends, family and Jesus, Veronica thinks that changing the world starts with loving the people in front of you.
Cecilia Engbert, Assistant Editor, is a senior journalism and theology double major from Virginia. This is her third year working with the Troubadour and second year on editorial staff. On campus, she enjoys chilling with household sisters and playing frisbee. This past summer, she worked with the Arlington Catholic Herald and hopes to continue work in journalism after graduation. One day she wants to see all 63 U.S. National Parks, preferably from a hot air balloon.
Maria Luetkemeyer, Copy Editor, is a second semester senior with an English major and Communications minor. This is her first time working for the Troubadour, and she is very grateful for the staff being so patient with her joining so late in the game. Her favorite pastimes are haunting Leonardo’s Coffeehouse downtown and playing folk music with her heightmates. She loves editing in her free time as much as she hopes to do it as a job after graduation, and she is getting married to her fiancé Paul in December.
Christopher Dacanay, Sports Editor, is a junior 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.” Since then, he has served as both a writer and as the former Distribution Manager.
Chris is a multi-instrumentalist and the president of the Music Discovery Club on campus. He is also a member of the Fishers of Men household and a radio show host on 88.3 FM WFRSCC Franciscan Effect.
Lizzie Wagner, Photo Editor, is a senior, multi-media communications major from Nashport, Ohio. Lizzie has been taking pictures since she was little. She loves to find the beauty in the world through the lens of her camera, and she excited to be back on staff at the Troubadour this semester. Lizzie’s favorite place on campus is hanging out with her sisters in Madonna of the Streets. Lizzie’s other interests include singing, dance, and musical theater. She is eager to serve the students on Franciscan’s campus through her love of photography.
Niki Mallinak, Web Editor, is a senior communications and theology double major from Georgia who always has a song running through her mind. Niki loves her faith, family, friends, and making people smile. She’s always up for travel or a good story, and plans to singlehandedly keep the local Dairy Queen in business this year.
Niki is a member of Magnifica Amorem Christi household, and prefers to spend her free time reading, hiking, or spending quality time with friends. She’s been to 47 out of the lower 48 states, and is most likely plotting her expedition to Wisconsin shortly.
Madeline Van Haute, Layout Editor, is a junior marketing major from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This is her second year as layout editor for The Troubadour, and she was awarded “Editor of Year” for the 2020-2021 school year alongside fellow layout editor, Ben Miller.
Maddie is a member of Rosa Mystica household and is the Vice President of Marketing and Media for Excite on campus. On the off chance that Maddie has free time, she loves being outside, going to Leonardo’s on Fourth Street with friends, and movie nights.
Ben Miller, Layout Editor, is a senior communication arts major and theology minor from Sandy Springs, Georgia. This will be his fourth year working with the Troubadour. This semester, he will be working as the Layout Editor, having won “Editor of the Year” for the 2020-2021 school year with his co-editor, Maddie. He is glad to have the opportunity to contribute to the newspaper. In his free time, he works with Exc!te as the Vice President of Publicity and Media. After college, he hopes to continue with layout editing.
Justina Nagy, Social Media Manager, is a junior French and communication arts major with a concentration in multimedia. She is from Amish Country in northeast Ohio and loves painting, singing, sleeping, and dancing with her cats. Justina hopes to become a French and Art Teacher while also traveling the US.
Victoria Dianic, Distribution Manager, is a senior communication arts major with a concentration in multimedia from Northern Virginia. This is her first year working for the Troubadour and she is looking forward to delivering the stories of Franciscan’s going-ons around campus for the 2021-2022 year. In her free time, she enjoys making any type of art, hanging out with friends, being in the outdoors and watching movies.
Danielle Huber, Business Manager, is a senior communications major (journalism concentration) with a minor in theology. This is her second semester as FUSG reporter and first year as Business Manager. Coming back from her summer semester in Austria she is ready to get back to working for the Troub.
Danielle enjoys rock climbing, spending time with her family and exploring exotic cuisine. In her spare time, you will find her dancing or joking with her friends. She considers herself a tea connoisseur and a lover of Shakespeare.