The Fall 2014 Spectator Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Elan Waite

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Classification: Senior

Major: English

ewaite@valdosta.edu 

Waite left behind the skyscrapers and big lights of New York City, her hometown, to attend college among the pecan orchards and southern hospitality of Valdosta. She has been at The Spectator for two semesters, quickly skyrocketing to the paper’s top spot. Waite eagerly anticipates using The Spectator this semester to inform students and give them a voice. She can be regularly seen at Starbucks although she hates coffee, she is notorious for never responding to texts or calls, and she shares the same birthday as the character Bridget Jones.

 

Managing Editor: John Stephen

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Classification: Senior

Major: English

jsstephen@valdosta.edu

Born and raised in good ole Valdosta, Stephen has been at VSU for quite some time — maybe a little too much time — and has worked at the Spectator since January 2014. Traveling the world as an intrepid reporter is the post-college plan for this small-town native, but until then Stephen wants to make The Spectator the best it can be. In his spare time, Stephen can be found serving cupcakes and coffee to the masses, all the while dancing to sick beats. He comes from a large family (four brothers and three sisters) and does not like pet animals — except for cute, cuddly ones like bunnies and pandas.

 

Features Editor: John Preer

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Classification: Senior

Major: English

jhpreer@valdosta.edu

Preer has been with the Spectator family for three semesters. He started as an assistant and worked his way through the ranks. Preer loves Kings of Leon and has an obsession with pens, but his fellow editors and writers still accept him.

 

Opinions Editor: Jordan Hill

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Classification: Senior

Major: English

jorhill@valdosta.edu

With one semester as a Spectator assistant under her belt, Hill, originally from Alma, Georgia, is excited to be the new opinions editor. After graduation, she hopes to work for a newspaper or at a university as the communications director. In other news, Hill enjoys fishing but absolutely refuses to eat any fish.

 

Sports Editor: Alex Tostado

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Classification: Senior

Major: English

ajtostado@valdosta.edu

Tostado comes all the way from Longmont, Colorado, and hopes to find a job this semester so he can have something already lined up before graduating in December. Tostado doesn’t like to take selfies at all, so do not ask him to.

 

Copy Editor: Tatyana Phelps

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Classification: Junior

Major: English

tnphelps@valdosta.edu

A newcomer to the staff, Phelps comes all the way from Louisiana and is looking forward to furthering her education this semester. An army brat who likes video games, Phelps is very nice ­― as long as she is fed.

 

Photo Editor: Sierra King 

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Classification: Senior

Major:Art

siking@valdosta.edu

From Austell, Georgia, King joined the Spectator family in the spring. She looks forward to creating a lot of art and meeting new people this semester. King’s second favorite fruit is the kiwi, which is not to be confused with her favorite fruit, strawberries.

 

Multimedia Editor: Cole Edwards

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Classification: Senior

Major: English

csedwards@valdosta.edu

Edwards, a new arrival to The Spectator, hails from Cordele, Georgia. He can juggle and loves to eat his veggies. Edwards also holds the title of tallest person on staff, coming in at 6 foot 5 inches.

 

Web Editor: Tyra Mills  

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Classification: Junior

Major: Mass Media

tnmills@valdosta.edu

Mills is originally from Columbus, Georgia, and after graduating she wants to continue as a hard-hiting jouranlist and possibly explore the music industry. Mills shaved the entire side of her head in 2011 and plans on keeping it that way–forever.

 

Social Media Editor: Jordan Barela

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Classification: Senior

Major: Mass media

jlbarela@valdosta.edu

Originally from Soccorro, New Mexico, Barela moved to Tifton, Georgia, when he was 4. This semester he hopes to do more pieces that will grab readers’ attention. In the future, Barela wants to work for either The New York Times or CNN, and possibly be a writer for film or video games. Tacos are his all time favorite food. He can quote “Napoleon Dynamite” in its entirety, and it is ten years late.

 

Advertising Manager: Aimee Napier


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acnapier@valdosta.edu
Napier is from Thomasville, Ga., and for the past 3 ½ years, has been an assistant advertising manager and production manager. She plans on buying a house this year and utilizing it for ministry. There are a lot of ideas that she has come up with. “One is [building] a campus for men and women coming out of [county] jails, prisons, boot camps, rehabs, etc. to receive spiritual counseling and mentoring, to teach them how to create positive futures and rebuild their families,” she said. Another is to reform how government regulates prisons and the Department of Children Services.