Rachel chased the western mountains from New Hampshire and found herself at Westminster College in search of adventures academically and outdoor related. Rachel is a currently a senior communication major and is interning with the professional soccer team Real Salt Lake for their 2015 season. When not running around on campus coffee mug in hand, Rachel can be found in the mountains on skis or in hiking boots. One of her passions is the kitchen, she enjoys baking and challenging herself with new techniques and recipes. Rachel has been a staff reporter and contributing writer for The Forum and is thrilled to move forward with such a talented staff to provide news coverage for Westminster’s community.
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Angie Merkley is reveling in her final year as a communication major at Westminster. She hopes to go to graduate school for nutrition and combine her degrees to become a health correspondent and chef. This is Angie’s second year on The Forum staff and she couldn’t be more elated for another year of news and bad puns by Matt. After she cures cancer and cat allergies, Mrs. Merkley hopes to have perfect cyborg babies while living in a beach house in Venice. Angie enjoys spending her free time doing yoga, cooking, visiting Solstheim, playing guitar and being a master barista. Editing is one of Angie’s many bizarre hobbies, and she is glad that she can apply it to a publication as delightful as this one.
Johnnie V. Ethington
Johnnie V Ethington grew up in Jackson Hole, WY and is now pursuing a dual degree in Management and Accounting with a minor in Spanish. After graduation she plans to take a year off in order to join a marine biology conservation program before moving on to the workforce. Ideally, she would want to work for an international organization that deals with developing programs that distribute aid throughout Subsaharan Africa.
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Catherine Blakemore is a Park City native who went to pursue a Convergence Journalism degree in Texas before returning to the beloved mountains and transferring to Westminster. Though she has focused primarily on news and in depth reporting, Catherine’s journalistic passion is in feature writing and arts & culture. She loves layout design and magazine spreads and often you can see her with a Vanity Fair in hand or scrolling through The New Yorker on her phone. She thrilled to work on The Forum as the Production Manager and WC Podcast Director to increase student readership of the paper and spread unique ideas and stories on student and SLC happenings. Formerly, she has worked as the Arts Editor at The Optimist student newspaper and as an NPR affiliate News Anchor and Announcer.
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ONLINE AND SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Taylor is a communication major with a passion for journalism, grammar and politics. In her spare time, the Salt Lake native enjoys the outdoors and hiking in the Uinta Mountains. Taylor brings three years of design, editing and news writing experience to The Forum staff. As a freshman, she was a contributing writer for The Forum. She also covers city government for her local newspaper, The West Jordan Journal. As the Online Editor and Production Manager Assistant, Taylor hopes to further integrate The Forum’s print content with web design and to continue expanding its social media presence.
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AUDIO PRODUCTION MANAGER
Jacob will be a senior graduating with an English Major and a Music Minor in Spring 2016. After graduating, he plans on doing some backpacking in Europe before teaching ESL abroad. In his spare time he likes to go camping, make music and read.