Editorial / Production Office
Editor-in-Chief — Connor Smith
Connor is a junior journalism major with an interactive multimedia minor. He began writing for The Signal in September of his freshman year. Connor previously served as managing editor, news editor, sports editor, social media editor and beat writer.
Connor is interested in both news reporting and feature writing, as well as filming video documentaries and taking photos. Connor follows most major sports and is no stranger to Around the Dorm. He enjoys movies, TV and books of most genres. Connor hopes his time as editor-in-chief will reflect his passion for clever storytelling and diligent reporting.
Managing Editor — Alyssa Gautieri
Alyssa is a senior English major with minors in professional writing and marketing. Alyssa got involved with The Signal at the start of her sophomore year and has previously served as the paper’s Production Manager and Features Editor. She is also a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.
During the week, Alyssa works at the College’s tutoring center as a writing tutor. When Alyssa isn’t working, she usually wastes her free time hanging out with friends, binge-watching Netflix or eating ice cream.
Managing Editor — Thomas Infante
Thomas is a junior journalism and professional writing major with a minor in law & philosophy. His involvement at The Signal began in his freshman year, where he contributed regularly as a staff writer. He then subsequently held the positions of Reviews Editor and Arts & Entertainment Editor during his sophomore year. As managing editor, Thomas hopes to further hone his writing and editing skills while working with writers and fellow staff members.
Thomas is interested in reporting on many topics for The Signal, including numerous campus events and guest speakers. He has most frequently written for the news and A&E sections, as well as contributing many reviews, mostly for newly released music. His interest in writing stems from his longtime love of reading, particularly the works of authors Douglas Adams, Jack Kerouac and George Orwell. In his free time, Thomas enjoys listening to various genres of music and playing guitar, as well as watching movies and playing video games with friends.
News Editor —Michelle Lampariello
Michelle is a sophomore communication studies major on the public and mass track, with a minor in public health. She is thrilled to be a part of the Fall 2017 Signal Staff as a News Editor! She has previously held the positions of Nation & World Editor and Features Assistant. Michelle spent her summer as a marketing intern for Gensler, an architecture firm. She enjoys spending her free time with her friends and family, watching endless playlists of BuzzFeed Tasty videos and taking road trips.
Miguel is a junior journalism and professional writing major with a minor in political science. Miguel jumped to The Signal in his first semester as the field hockey beat writer. Since then, he has covered nearly every sport Lions Athletics has to offer (Until his co-editor, Max, came along). Miguel also takes dazzling photos for the news section.
Outside of the newspaper, Miguel is part of the College’s Educational Opportunity Fund and serves as a junior facilitator for the Leadership Development Program. Miguel loves the New York Yankees (#AllriseforAaronJudge), Trenton Thunder, Manchester United and New York Giants. Miguel is striving for a career in sports journalism in the future.
Sports Editor — Maximillian C. Burgos
Maximillian C. Burgos is a junior interactive multimedia major with a minor in journalism. He used to be a mechanical engineer but doesn’t really speak of those times in his life. Max is an avid sports lover. He joined The Signal in the spring semester of his sophomore year as a beat writer for wrestling. He also covered softball and baseball.
Aside from The Signal, Max also writes for the The Capital Sport Report and Lop Gaming News. Max is also a connoisseur of video games and abstract thought-provoking movies. He is also works for the Career & Community Studies program and played football at the College for a year. Max is also a proud PC owner.
Arts & Entertainment Editor — Elizabeth Zakaim
Elizabeth is a junior journalism and psychology major and Arts & Entertainment editor at The Signal. She started writing for the paper her first semester of freshman year and hasn’t stopped since. When she is not writing, Elizabeth can be found rehearsing with the Treblemakers, the all-female a cappella group on campus, or analyzing poetry for the College’s literary magazine, Lion’s Eye.
Features Editor — Ashton Leber
Ashton is a senior journalism and professional writing major. She transferred to the College in the fall of 2016 and has been writing for the paper ever since. She previously served as the social media editor and features assistant.
Ashton interned for GreenGale Publishing, but her favorite internship was over the summer for the Major League Soccer team, the Philadelphia Union. In her spare time, she can be found binge-watching Netflix shows, and obsessing over her cat.
Opinions Editor — Brielle Bryan
Brielle is a junior marketing major with a minor in journalism. She is currently interning at Johnson & Johnson as a Marketing Co-op. She began writing stories for The Signal in the first semester of her freshman year. She loves being a beat writer for the Cop Shop section of the newspaper. She is also a member of College Chorale and has had the opportunity to sing Christmas music with the Philadelphia Orchestra on three separate occasions. She is also an active member of the Entrepreneurship Club.
Brielle worked as a waitress for over four years at two different restaurant establishments: JB’s 57 Diner in Manchester, NJ, and Basile’s Italian Restaurant in Freehold, NJ. She has also worked as a sales associate at Express at Freehold Raceway Mall.
When Brielle isn’t interning or writing stories for the newspaper, she is most likely to be found singing along to classic ’80s music, holding her black cat named Bruce Wayne or watching her favorite shows on The CW.
Nation & World Editor — Heidi Cho
Heidi is a sophomore journalism major with an interactive multimedia minor. She considers her freshman year the better for having written for The Signal, both as a writer and a member of the community. After one semester as the news assistant, she is excited to be an editor and continue to contribute as a staff writer. She also enjoys all forms of storytelling from tarot spread readings to video game.
Reviews Editor — Lily Firth
Lily is a junior English major with a minor in creative writing and marketing. She began writing for The Signal her freshman year at the College, mostly for the reviews section. Lily has never had a position on The Signal but is excited to start editing this year, as she is interested in becoming a novel or magazine editor when she graduates. She loves to be involved, as she is in the English Honor Society, INK club, an editor for the Lion’s Eye Magazine, and in Delta Zeta. She loves sitcoms, Tarantino movies, biking, music of all genres, and reading realistic fiction. Lily would die for any Philly sports team, except the 76ers. Although she is committed to editing, she would love to become the next J.K. Rowling or Jodi Picoult, as she loves to write in her free time.
Production Manager — Eric Preisler
Eric is a junior biology major interested in creating a self-designed cognitive science major this semester. He has been writing for The Signal since his freshman year, but this is his first semester being involved in a staff position. Eric has also been involved with the pep band during his freshman and sophomore years, and has worked as a math tutor for kids during the summer after his freshman year. This semester Eric will also be working in Dr. Vivona’s psychodynamic lab, studying language acquisition in children.
Web Editor — Kyle Elphick
Kyle is a sophomore journalism and professional writing major with a law and society concentration. He has served as a staff writer for The Signal since his freshman year. He primarily covers news, arts & entertainment and reviews.
Social Media Editor —Maddi Ference
Maddi is a junior journalism major. She started writing for the Arts and Entertainment section of The Signal in her freshman year and is excited to get more involved this semester as the Social Media Editor.
Outside of The Signal, Maddi is a part of the TCNJ Chapter of Her Campus and is also a sister of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. In her spare time, Maddi enjoys napping, binge watching “The Office” and “Shameless” on Netflix, and looking at various pictures of dogs on the Internet.
Danielle is a junior communication studies major with minors in marketing and public health. She has been writing for The Signal since her freshman year and is now proudly a social media editor for the organization.
Also a contributing editor for the College’s Odyssey chapter and social media coordinator for the Catholic Campus Ministry, Danielle hopes to find a career in public relations in the healthcare field. She wishes all the best for everyone this year and hopes to make it another great year for The Signal!
Kim is a senior psychology major with a minor in management. This semester will be her fourth time as Photo Editor for The Signal and could not be more thrilled to join such an amazing team! She has covered a lot of cool events with The Signal such as Matt and Kim, Laverne Cox, and Bill Clinton. In her free time, she loves to go on photo shoots with her friends and watch Netflix.
Jason is a graphic design major with an interactive multimedia minor. He has a passion for both photography and web design that he carries into most everything he does. Jason joined The Signal in 2017 as the photo editor, the position he holds currently. Jason loves to waste his time learning about the web, games and the “internet of things,” and wants to pursue a career in web design and development.
Business Manager — Tom Munnia
Tom is a junior business major. This is his second semester working for The Signal. For many years he has always been intrigued by business and is now happy he is in a position to explore that. Tom hopes to use The Signal as an outlet to let him grow in the business field. Along with working at The Signal, Tom is also an active brother of the Phi Alpha Delta fraternity. Some of Tom’s hobbies include playing chess, watching movies and TV shows and going to the beach.
The Signal is also created with the help of its editorial and photo assistants, as well as many staff writers, columnists, staff photographers and correspondents who work every week to deliver the news to The College of New Jersey community.
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