The Fall 2013 Spectator Staff
Editor-in-Chief: Jennifer Gleason
Hailing from McDonough, Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Gleason is a senior English major with an emphasis on print journalism. She loves food and music therapy, and especially enjoys Switchfoot and Demi Lovato. She would love to pursue a career in songwriting or creative writing, or writing profile pieces for Rolling Stone magazine. Her desire for the Spectator is to bring students the news they care about. She is excited to move the newspaper industry closer to the web and multimedia areas this semester.
Fun Fact: One of the nerdiest members of the staff, Jennifer loves Star Wars, anime, and video games.
Managing Editor: Will Lewis
Managing Editor Will Lewis is a senior journalism major from Pensacola, Florida who joined the staff in Spring of 2013. He hopes to become a war correspondent in Africa or the Middle East after graduation. Will likes Aesop Rock and Social Distortion, and enjoys schwarma. “Please keep reading,” says Will. “Whether or not you choose to read the Spectator, read something. If you do choose to read our newspaper, give us your opinion, but whatever you do don’t stop reading.”
Fun Fact: Will enjoys scuba diving and has been to Singapore, Dubai, Israel and Palestine.
Features Editor: Sarah Turner
Senior Journalism and Nutrition major Sarah Turner joined the Spectator staff in 2012 in circulation. This semester she takes on the role of Features Editor, where she hopes to learn the skills required to secure a job with Runner’s World magazine in the future. She enjoys country music, and says her parents are her biggest inspiration. “Stay focused,” Sarah says. “There is a light at the end of the college tunnel.”
Fun Fact: Sarah also runs with VSU crosscountry, and was an officer in her high school’s FFA chapter, where she showed hogs.
Opinions Editor: Stephen Cavallaro
Valdosta native and Opinions Editor Stephen Cavallaro is starting his third semester on the Spectator staff. A Pre-Engineering major, Stephen is an avid Star Trek fan and admires Oscar Wilde. He asks for students to “Search for that one medium that allows you to: express and challenge yourself, do what you love, and be as successful as possible.” His long-term goal? To become a millionaire, of course!
Sports Editor: Eric Jackson
On staff for three and a half years, Eric Jackson has climbed up from sports writer, to assistant sports editor, to Sports Editor. From Roswell, GA, he dreams of becoming a successful sports journalist. There’s a quote from rapper Christopher Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G., is his song “Sky’s the Limit”, that interests Eric. “Stay far from timid/Only make moves when ya’s heart’s in it/And live the phrase Sky’s the Limit,” Wallace said.
Copy Editor: Olivia McLean
Queens, New York native Olivia McLean joined the Spectator staff in Spring 2013. This semester she has advanced to Copy Editor, with dreams of someday advancing as far as Editor-in-Chief of a major magazine. She likes tacos and curry, and wants to travel the world. This semester, she wants the Spectator to give students exclusive information about VSU happenings.
Fun Fact: Olivia has been to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and drinks a lot of caffeine.
Photo Editor Ritsuki Miyazaki
Senior journalism major Ritsuki Miyazaki comes to the Spectator from Tokyo, Japan, to be our Photo Editor. He likes alternative metal music and admires Bruce Lee. Ritsuki encourages students to eat healthy and get plenty of exercise, and is determined to give the Spectator some great photos this year.
Fun Fact: Ritsuki is great at hiding his emotions- if he’s angry, you would never know about it!
Multimedia Editor: Rebecka McAleer
Six-semester veteran Rebecka McAleer is back this year as Multimedia Editor. A senior Mass Media major from Macon, Georgia, she draws her inspiration and enthusiasm from fellow divas Julie Andrews and Meryl Streep. She enjoys Disney movies and pork fried rice, and wants to see the Spectator become a real voice for VSU students this year.
Fun Fact: Rebecka has three domestic pet rats named Merry, Pippin, and Frodo, and hopes to get a fourth (named Samwise) to finish the Tolkien hobbit quartet.
Social Media Editor: Joe Adgie
Social Media Editor Joe Adgie has been with the Spectator since February 2012. He hopes that his enthusiasm will make him a well-respected reporter someday. An automobile racing enthusiast from Hampton, GA, Joe pulls his inspiration from his girlfriend, Anna, and their son Alec. He expects nothing but the best from the Spectator this semester, and encourages students to pick up a copy and stay informed. “Ignorance is not bliss!”
Fun Fact: Joe is known for his unique personality and uncanny ability to kill jokes.
Web Editor: John Preer
New to the editorial staff this semester is Web Editor John Preer. This journalism major comes from the bustling metropolis of Atlanta, and wants to become a world-famous travel journalist. He enjoys hip-hop and jazz music, and loves eating pretzels. John expects the Spectator to give students accurate and timely information about events and developments around Valdosta. Challenge accepted!
Fun Fact: John enjoys writing spoken word poetry and travelling.
Advertising Manager: Aimee Napier
Advertising manager Aimee Napier is a senior Sociology major. She hails from Thomasville, GA, and loves steak and seafood. She hopes to someday open a non-profit rehabilitation home for mistreated women and children. Aimee has been with the Spectator for three years, and encourages students to “Be the change that you want to see in the world. Question everything, it’s how you learn and it makes you dangerous.”
Fun Fact: Aimee lives on a farm with 3 horses, chickens, quail, 18 dogs (bird dogs), fish, a flame point Himalayan cat, 3 children and 2 grandchildren.