Staff

Editorial Board and Production Office

Editor-in-Chief Garrett Cecere
cecereg1@tcnj.edu

Garrett is a senior journalism and professional writing major with a minor in communication studies. Last year, he transferred to the College from Raritan Valley Community College, where he earned his associate’s in communication studies and helped revamp the campus’ online newspaper, The Record. He quickly joined The Signal as a staff writer in the fall before serving as one of the managing editors this past spring.

Outside the newsroom, Garrett enjoys listening to rock music, watching the New York Giants and New York Mets and getting some coffee whenever he can.

 

Managing Editor Jane Bowden
bowdenj1@tcnj.edu

Jane Bowden is a senior journalism and professional writing major minoring in interactive multimedia. She joined The Signal in 2018 as a transfer from Ocean County College, working as a staff writer in the fall and Features Editor in the spring. Outside of the office, she is a Publicist for the Healing Arts Club. In her free time, Jane enjoys writing for her mental health and personal discovery blog, Your Friend Jane. She’s looking forward to a great semester with The Signal staff!

Managing EditorCamille Furst
furstc1@tcnj.edu

Camille Furst is a sophomore journalism and anthropology double major. She started writing for The Signal in the beginning of her freshman year and hasn’t stopped since. Having begun as a staff writer and received the position of News Assistant, she knew she had a passion for telling stories that matter. She became News Editor for the spring of 2019 and is now rising to Managing Editor for the fall.

Her love for reporting comes from the ability to learn in the process, and she hopes to bring this passion to every story she uncovers in the future.

News Editor — Isabel Vega
vegai1@tcnj.edu

Isabel Vega is a sophomore Journalism and Professional Writing major at the College. She became involved with The Signal as a correspondent in the beginning of her freshman year. In her second semester, she became Opinions Editor. 

Wanting to continue her time with The Signal, she became News Editor for the fall semester and could not be more excited. Isabel has aspirations of becoming a broadcast journalist and cannot wait to further her involvement with The Signal this year.

News Editor — Len La Rocca
laroccl2@tcnj.edu

Len is a junior journalism and professional writing major. He transferred to the College in fall of 2018 and has since been submitting articles for The Signal. He is excited to be one of the news editors this semester.

When he’s not working for the paper, he is managing his Instagram account, @CloutJournalist, where he reports on news in the world of rap music. He also enjoys writing about trends, entertainment and social issues.

Sports Editor — Christine Houghton
houghtc1@tcnj.edu

Christine is a sophomore studying journalism and hoping to declare a communication studies second major this fall. She began writing for The Signal this past fall and moved up the ranks from correspondent to staff writer, finally taking on the role of Sports Editor to start her second semester. Apart from serving on the Editorial Board, Christine is also a sports announcer/commentator for the campus radio station 91.3 WTSR. This semester, she is also interning at NJ Advance Media.

When she isn’t working on the sports section, Christine can be found either playing or watching sports, her favorite team being the Philadelphia Eagles. She also enjoys watching crime documentaries, hanging out with friends, playing the guitar and enjoying any down time she can get.

Arts & Entertainment Editor Lara Becker
beckerl3@tcnj.edu

Lara Becker is a junior communication studies and a journalism and professional writing double major, and is continuing with The Signal as Arts & Entertainment Editor for this fall. Interested in film and theater arts, she is excited to be a part of her first news organization covering stories and writing about an area in which she enjoys.

Reviews Editor James Mercadante
mercadj5@tcnj.edu

James is a senior English Major with a minor in Journalism and Professional Writing. He has been contributing to The Signal since his sophomore spring semester, writing reviews for everything pop culture. James is also a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and involved with ResEd Life on campus as a Desk Assistant. Outside of the office, you can locate James anywhere there’s movies, music, books, or anything Beyoncé related.

Features Editor Viktoria Ristanovic
ristanv1@tcnj.edu

Viki is a senior journalism and professional writing major with a minor in marketing. She became involved with The Signal when she transferred to the College her sophomore year by working as a staff writer.

Viki is also very involved with her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and holds the position of Event Promotion Chairwoman in her organization. She is so excited to be this semester’s Features Editor and is excited to see what it’s all about, as she wants to potentially become a fashion magazine editor one day. In her free time, Viki loves to kick back and relax with some iced coffee and the latest Vogue or Cosmopolitan magazine.

Opinions EditorRichard Miller
miller20@tcnj.edu

Rich Miller is a sophomore Communication Studies and Journalism major. He started at The Signal during the spring of his freshman year as opinions assistant. 

Rich is excited to be the opinions editor this semester because as everyone on the staff knows, he has lots of them! Rich’s goal is to either become an anchor on E! News or just famous enough that he can promote various products on Instagram as his source of income. In his free time, you’ll find Rich catching up on all the latest celebrity gossip or on Twitter. 

Nation & World Editor — Liya Davidov
davidol1@tcnj.edu

Liya is a sophomore journalism and professional writing major with a minor in creative writing. She first joined The Signal as a staff writer, and is excited to take on the role of Nation & World Editor this semester. 

When she isn’t writing, Liya can be found on the tennis courts, as she plays first singles and doubles for our varsity women’s tennis team. Since starting her freshman year, Liya has become a board member for two other clubs and has joined the Diversity & Inclusion team at the College. 

Production Manager  — Madison Oxx
oxxm1@tcnj.edu

Madison Oxx is a junior journalism and professional writing major with minors in marketing and creative writing. She joined The Signal to get more involved with campus news. Madison is passionate about journalism and writing, so she is excited to be part of a news organization this semester.

In her free time, Madison works at Frutta Bowls in Campus Town and enjoys writing and spending time with her friends. She is also very involved in her sorority, Sigma Kappa, where she holds the position of Vice President of Membership. She is so excited to be the Production Manager for The Signal.

Web Editor Muhammad Siddiqui
siddiqm4@tcnj.edu

Muhammad is a junior biology major who has been writing for The Signal since his freshman year. After starting off as a contributor for Nation & World, he has decided to continue his involvement this year by serving alongside the staff as Web Editor.

In addition to his duties for The Signal, Muhammad is also a tutor on campus for math and science and is an associate member of the Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, reading about history and, of course, reading the news!

Social Media Editor — Kalli Colacino
colacik1@tcnj.edu

Kalli is a sophomore journalism and professional writing major with a double major in marketing. She has been involved with The Signal since the beginning of her freshman year, where she worked as a staff writer and held the position of production manager. Kalli is excited to take on this semester’s task of being a social media editor!

When Kalli isn’t working on the newspaper, she is most likely working as a babysitter or watching a Yankees game. She also enjoys spending time with her dog, Bingo.

Social Media Editor — Madison Pena
penam9@tcnj.edu

Madison Pena is a sophomore journalism and professional writing major with a minor in communications. She began writing for the signal in the beginning of her freshman year and is excited to be one of the Social Media Editors! Outside of The Signal, she enjoys watching movies, being active, and of course, reading and writing. She is thrilled to be on staff and continue her work at The Signal!

Social Media Editor — Leigha Stuiso
stuisol1@tcnj.edu

Leigha is a sophomore journalism and professional writing major. She began writing for The Signal earlier this year. Leigha is also a member of CUB. She has interests in writing for a music and entertainment magazine when she graduates. Leigha loves to write about topics she is passionate about for others. She looks forward to experiencing more at The Signal and becoming more involved with The College. 

Project Manager — Jonah Malvey
malveyj1@tcnj.edu

Jonah is a senior IMM major with minors in Marketing and Music. He first became involved with The Signal his junior year by writing articles for the satirical column, The Chip. In his first 3 years at TCNJ he has produced short films, podcasts, and music with other TCNJ students. He is excited to be the Project Manager and looks forward to bringing The Signal’s content into new digital mediums.

Photo Editor — Jennifer Somers
somersj2@tcnj.edu

Jenn Somers is a senior communications major with a professional writing minor. Jenn is so excited to be photo editor this year and is looking forward to learning about the routine operations of The Signal. She has always had a passion for photography, but it wasn’t until this past year working as a photographer in Disney that her passion grew stronger, as did her love for Disney. After graduation, she aspires to work in the entertainment industry or for Disney again. Aside from The Signal, Jenn is currently in student government serving as a senator of Arts & Communications and a photographer for the school of arts & communications. She is also a student worker on campus. In her downtime, she likes to binge-watch her favorite shows, listen to 80s music, and take spontaneous trips to Disney World. She is always up for a new adventure. 

Photo Editor — Julia Meehan
meehanj3@tcnj.edu

Julia is a junior Journalism and Professional writing major with an Interactive Multimedia minor from Long Island, NY. She has written articles for The Signal in the past and is excited to be a photo editor this semester! 

When she isn’t taking pictures for the paper, she loves to listen to a diverse array of music and podcasts and take pictures of nature and architecture. She also loves to keep up with new technologies and hopes to become a games and tech reporter in the future. 

Business Manager — Mina Milinkovic
milinkm1@tcnj.edu

Mina is a sophomore finance major on a pre-law track and the Business Manager for The Signal. This is Mina’s first semester with The Signal and she is very excited to see what is ahead. Mina is an active member of her sorority, Kappa Delta, as recruitment video chair. She has a passion for law and justice, and hopes to pursue a minor in law, politics, and philosophy. In her free time, Mina loves finding new Netflix shows to binge, spending her days and nights in the city (New York is THE city, not Philly), and spending every last dollar in her bank account on concerts and music festivals.

Distribution Manager — Diana Solano
solanod1@tcnj.edu

Diana Solano is a junior Communications (Radio, Television, & Film) and Journalism Professional Writing double major with a minor in Spanish. Diana started writing for The Signal during her sophomore year. She loves writing feature articles and enjoys covering campus events. Diana is also heavily involved in other campus organizations such as Student Government and Ambassadors. She is the Sponsorship Chair and Marketing Director for the HerCampus chapter at the College. In her spare time, Diana takes pleasure in taking trips to the city, photography, video editing, and looking for upcoming fashion trends. She one day hopes to work for Refinery29. Diana looks forward to continuing to report for The Signal as well as take on the role of Distribution Manager. 

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.

If you have any questions, email signal@tcnj.edu.

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Looking for somebody? Check out our previous staff lists: Spring 2019, Fall 2018Spring 2018Fall 2017Spring 2017Fall 2016Spring 2016Fall 2015Spring 2015Spring 2014, Fall 2013Spring 2013Fall 2012Spring 2012 and Fall 2011.

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