Editorial / Production Office

Editor-in-Chief – Julie Kayzerman

Julie Kayzerman is a senior (ah! no.) journalism and professional writing major with a minor in United States studies and communications. She is unbelievably honored and excited to serve as The Signal‘s Editor-in-Chief. She has been writing for The Signal since her freshman year where she began as a news assistant. She has previously held positions as Managing Editor, Sports Editor, News Editor and Nation & World Editor. She is a two-time winner of the “Loudest” superlative at The Signal and is also proud to have been voted as “Most likely to cry from Grey’s Anatomy,” a title which she intends to defend. She is also an avid dance performer in the office.

She’s interned as a sports producer for, a sports reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer and as a news reporter for The Jersey Journal. She also has previously interned as the beat writer for the Philadelphia Wings, a features intern for METRO US in New York City and as an editorial intern at Vicinity Media Group. She is the captain of TCNJ’s Women’s Club Soccer team and loves ice hockey.

Managing Editor­ – Colleen Murphy

Colleen is a senior journalism and professional writing major with minors in women’s and gender studies and communication studies. She is on the executive board of Women in Learning and Leadership Colleen Murphyand is secretary of the College’s chapter of Golden Key. Colleen has interned with both Seventeen’s and Cosmopolitan’s web teams (and loved it)! For the past three summers, she coached her town’s swim team. This summer, she also freelanced for The Times of Trenton. Most times, though, you can find Colleen on Twitter, Buzzfeed or on the couch watching TV. In this picture, she is signing the Constitution.

News Editor – Sydney Shaw

Sydney is a junior journalism major and communication studies minor who has worked with The Signal since her freshman Sydney Shawyear. Since then, she has served as News Assistant, Opinions Editor and News Editor. Sydney interned at The Record this summer, covering several towns in Bergen County and learning a whole lot about writing and editing.
When she’s not writing, Sydney can be found binge-watching “Turn,” cuddling with her cat Simon or listening to The Decemberists. Perhaps most importantly, Sydney is a proud member of Ravenclaw House: “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.”

News Editor Ellie Schuckman

Ellie is a sophomore communication studies major with a Ellie Schuckmanconcentration in Radio, TV & Film who has previously served as Opinions Editor and News Assistant. In addition to her work for The Signal, Ellie is the Special Events Producer for Lions’ Television and aspires to one day work in sports broadcasting. She is a die-hard New York Rangers fan and loves to write. In her spare time she can be found relaxing with friends while binge-watching TV shows.

Sports Editor – Mackenzie Cutruzzula

Mackenzie is a junior journalism major with a double major in English. She has previously served as Arts and Entertainment Mackenzie Cutruzzulaassistant and most recently Review Editor. Outside of The Signal office she can be found in her beloved Ambassador stripes telling everyone she meets why she loves TCNJ. With a love for philanthropy, she is a sister of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and also manages the social media accounts for the non-profit organization She’s The First*{TCNJ}. If you manage to find her in her spare time, she is probably drinking lots of coffee and making pop culture references, most likely about “Parks and Rec” or “Game of Thrones.”

Sports Editor – Michael Battista

Michael is a sophomore journalism and professional writing major, with an interdisciplinary concentration in law and society. He has written for the newspaper since his first semester in the college and Michael Battistagained interest in the editing aspects during his tenure as a Sports Assistant. You can usually see him on Wednesday afternoons driving a golf cart around campus delivering The Signal to buildings around campus, with only 4 reported injuries on his record!

With a passion for professional football, hockey, baseball and in most things sports, including WWE which he knows way too much about, Michael tries to cover things no one else will but with the same amount of passion as a devoted fan. Classic movie quotes and even dumber jokes are sure to come in a headline near you!

Features Editor – Jess Ganga

Jess is a junior journalism and professional writing major with a minor in communications. She started out working for The Signal as the web editor assistant during her freshman year. Jess served as Jess Gangathe Nation and World Editor last semester and can’t wait to be this semester’s Features Editor. Along with working on the editorial staff, Jess writes for the sports section as a beat writer. She is also the co-president of Ed@TCNJ, alongside Colleen and is a sister of Theta Phi Alpha. When she isn’t in The Signal office or at a sports field, you can find Jess rooting for her favorite sports teams (New York Yankees and New York Rangers!), catching up on her Netflix shows and spending time with friends (which is mostly likely during production night…).

Arts & Entertainment Editor– Kimberly Ilkowski

Kim is a junior journalism and professional writing major and interactive multimedia minor who has written for the paper since Kim Ilkowskiher freshman year. Previously, she has served as Features Editor, Review Editor and resident Hawaiian shirt wearer. When she’s not shouting out the answers during Jeopardy and eating as much pizza as possible, she’s hosting her own radio show at the College’s own 91.3 FM WTSR. You can catch her ’90s alternative and grunge speciality show “In Bloom” on Thursday nights from 6-8pm online or on the dial. Her new role as A&E Editor as well as DJ help her further dive into her love for all things music and entertainment. She also works for the College as the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Webmaster, where she conducts interviews and curates content. In the magical realm of free time, Kim enjoys taking pictures and going to shows.

Opinions Editor – Chelsea LoCasio

Chelsea is a junior journalism major with minors in sociology and creative writing. In the past, she has served as the Production Manager and Features Assistant. After her time abroad, Chelsea Chelsea LoCasioaims to dispel the negative views of journalism she has found across the UK. When she is not working for the paper, Chelsea loves reading, watching movies and talking about all things nerdy.

Nation & World Editor – Gabrielle Beacken

Gabrielle is a junior journalism major and double minor in computer science and politics, law, and philosophy, who has written for The Gabrielle BeackenSignal since her freshman year. She joined the Signal staff as News Assistant her freshman and sophomore year and has been elected Nation and World editor. Gabrielle is the Publicist position for Sigma Tau Delta, the National English Honor Society, a member of the Girl’s Club Tennis Team, and a sister of Theta Phi Alpha sorority. In her spare time, Gabrielle loves to read and re-watch all nine season of “The Office” on Netflix.

Review Editor – Elise Schoening

Elise is a junior women’s and gender studies major, who plans to double major with journalism and professional writing. She started Elise Schoeningwriting for The Signal last semester and quickly became the Features Assistant. Elise has also served on the executive board of Prism and is currently working as a Resident Assistant at Campus Town.

Production Manager – Jackie Delaney

Jackie is a sophomore English major with minors in professional Jackie Delaneywriting and creative writing. She previously served as News Assistant and covers weekly Student Finance Board meetings for the paper. This is her first year on the Signal’s production team and she is very excited! In her spare time, Jackie enjoys watching “Parks and Recreation,” getting sushi during Meal Equiv, and hanging out with her friends.

Web Editor – Alyssa Sanford

Alyssa is a junior English major and Journalism & Professional Writing minor. She started working at The Signal as a News Assistant in the spring of 2015. She will also continue to cover the Student Alyssa SanfordGovernment beat this year. Whenever she’s not working on stories for The Signal or attending production meetings, she loves binge-watching shows on Netflix and laughing about terrible reality TV with friends. Alyssa is thrilled to join a fantastic editorial team this year, and fully intends to win one of the weekly production office Trivia Crack challenges at some point during the semester.

Social Media Editor – Olivia Rizzo

Olivia is a junior Journalism/ Professional Writing major with a Olivia Rizzominor in Women and Gender Studies. She is thrilled to be coming back to The Signal editorial team. Olivia is also an executive board member of Women in Learning and Leadership, as well as being a sister of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. Her favorite activities besides writing include reading YA novels and spending too much time on the internet.

Social Media Editor – Kelly Corbett

Kelly is a junior journalism major who is very excited to take on an editorial position this semester! She has written for The Signal since Kelly Corbetther freshman year, interned for Working Mother Magazine, and is also actively involved in Her Campus TCNJ. When she’s not managing The Signal’s social media accounts or writing articles, she can probably be found attempting to take an artsy picture of a cup of coffee, watching “Gossip Girl” or laughing at her own jokes.

Photo Editor – Kim Iannarone
iannark1@tcnj.eduKim Iannarone

Kim is a sophomore psychology major who has previously been Photo Assistant for The Signal during her freshman year. Her prior experience involved being a photographer for her hometown magazine, the North Caldwell Magazine. During Kim’s free time, she enjoys watching Netflix and rooting for the New York Giants!

Business Manager – Ricky Zhao
zhaof1@tcnj.eduRicky Zhao

Ricky is a junior accounting major with a minor in computer science. He is the current President of Chinese Student’s Association and the Vice President of Finance of the international fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi at TCNJ. Ricky is an avid tennis player with a quality taste in music.



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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