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Priyanka Krishnamurthy
Editor in Chief
Priyanka Krishnamurthy is a College senior from Dallas, Texas studying Philosophy and Economics with a concentration in law and ethics. She is an aspiring environmental lawyer. She started writing a fashion column for Student Life her freshman year and later found a passion in writing editorials, especially about existentialism, foreign policy and third wave feminism. She then became Editorials Editor before she became Editor in Chief. She is the former president of Feminists in Action at Emory and was involved with WMRE and the Green Bean coffee shop. In her free time, she enjoys drinking espresso on her balcony, reading poems by Mary Oliver, looking at pictures of pugs hanging out with other animals and the cosmos.
Sonam Vashi
Executive Editor
Sonam Vashi is a College senior from Norcross, Georgia co-majoring in Journalism and Political Science. Before becoming Executive Editor, she joined the Wheel her freshman year as a copy editor and became Copy Chief her sophomore year. Along with working in the Woodruff Library stacks, she is a freelance writer for local alt-weekly Creative Loafing, the former editor in chief of WMRE's Frequency Zine and the former General Manager of Cox Hall's Green Bean. Sonam likes journalism, OutKast and forcibly inserting quotes from "The Lord of the Rings" into daily conversation.
Elizabeth Howell
Managing Editor
Elizabeth Howell is a College senior from Atlanta, Ga. joint-majoring in Religion and History with another major in German Studies. Before becoming Managing Editor, she joined the Wheel Editorial Board her freshman year and became Student Life co-editor her sophomore year. The Wheel has been a defining part of her college career, and she is excited to finish out her final year as part of the executive board.
Benazir Wehelie
Copy Chief
Benazir Wehelie is a College junior originally from Johannesburg, South Africa working towards a Film and Media Studies degree. She transferred to Emory her sophomore year and joined the Wheel as Asst. Copy Chief. Having lived in South Africa, Monaco and the United States, Benazir is always ready to travel and experience different areas of the world.​
Dustin Slade
News Editor
Dustin Slade is a Goizueta Business School junior from Miami, Fla. concentrating in finance and strategy and management consulting. Dustin joined the Wheel‘s Editorial Board his freshman year as Asst. News Editor before becoming News Co-Editor his sophomore year. He is excited to continue contributing to the paper’s growth. He is a brother of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and an avid South Florida sports fan.
Rupsha Basu
News Editor
Rupsha Basu is a College junior from Dallas, Texas double majoring in Creative Writing/English and Political Science. She came up to the Wheel as Asst. News Editor at the beginning of her sophomore year. She is a Supreme Court enthusiast and dabbles in chicanery. She hopes to one day visit space.
Stephen Fowler
Asst. News Editor
Stephen Fowler is a College junior from McDonough, Georgia studying Communications through Emory’s Interdisciplinary Studies program. He started writing for the Wheel his sophomore year. He has a predilection for bow ties, lame puns and rap music. In addition, he enjoys long walks on the beach, is a Scorpio and knows exactly where in the world to find Carmen Sandiego. You can find him posting on every social media site except Myspace about marketing, food and selfies with celebrities.
Rhett Henry
Editorials Editor
Rhett Henry is a College senior from Lawrenceville, Ga. He studies Creative Writing and Philosophy, focusing in Poetry and History of Philosophy, respectively. When he isn't at the Wheel, he is the secretary for Feminists in Action (FIA), a coordinator for Scholars Teaching Scholars (STS) and Music Director at WMRE Student Radio. He started out writing album reviews for the Wheel his freshman year, but found his home in the Editorials section. He enjoys progressively ridiculous puns and cultivating his fashion/cultural/spiritual movement "dadpunk."
Erik Alexander
Asst. Editorials Editor
Erik Alexander is a College junior from Alpharetta, Georgia majoring in History. He has been writing editorials since his sophomore year and was brought up as Asst. Editorials Editor his junior year. Erik is involved in WMRE and the Here & Elsewhere cinema club, and he enjoys white russians and cats.
Zak Hudak
Sports Editor
Zak Hudak is a College sophomore from Pittsburgh, Pa. likely majoring in Philosophy. He attended The Hill School, a boarding school outside of Philadelphia, where he earned varsity letters in track and baseball and was the Sports Editor and then Editor in Chief of The Hill News. While at Hill, Zak was mentored by former Washington Post Editor and Copy Chief of two Pulitzer Prize winning teams, Tony Reid. Zak Joined the Wheel's Editorial Board his freshman year as Asst. Sports Editor.
Emelia Fredlick
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Emelia Fredlick is a College senior from Chicago, Ill. co-majoring in Dance and Journalism. She began writing for the Wheel‘s Arts & Living section in the spring of her freshman year and joined the ranks of the Editorial Board as Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor her sophomore year. In addition to the Wheel, she is a fan of watching black-and-white movies, traveling the world and imbibing multiple vats of coffee at a time.
Samuel Budnyk
Asst. A&E Editor
Samuel Budnyk is a College sophomore from Fort Walton Beach, Florida studying Comparative Literature, with French and German foci, and Music. He started writing for Arts & Entertainment his freshman year and became the Assistant Editor for the section in his sophomore year. He can be found playing bass in one of the three different Emory ensembles that he is a member of in his "free" time. He is an avid reader of Derrida and enjoys lip syncing to pretty much every Wagner opera.
Loli Lucaciu
Student Life Editor
Loli is a sophomore from Romania who plans on double majoring in Comparative Literature and French. She is fluent in four languages and enjoys traveling and photography. For the first 16 years of her life, she lived in Transylvania, Romania, the land of Dracula. She has a pronounced accent and shall always roll her Rs. She enjoys great food, sleeping under the stars and walking barefoot in the grass.
Hayley Silverstein
Asst. Student Life Editor
Hayley Silverstein is a College freshman from Atlanta, Georgia double majoring in Anthropology and Human Biology and Political Science. She is currently the Asst. Student Life Editor and is excited for her years to come at the Wheel. When not being Loli's trusted side-kick, she is the Freshmen Representative for the French Club. She enjoys ballet, soccer and singing songs about why Dobbs is the best hall really late at night. Fun fact: she has a twin brother.
Hagar Elsayed
Photography Editor
Hagar Elsayed is a College sophomore from Tucker, Georgia double majoring in Film & Media Studies and Sociology. Hagar began taking photos for the Wheel fall semester of her freshman year until she became Assistant Photo Editor during the spring. Hagar was born in Cairo, Egypt and has moved 12 times in her life. She is a self-proclaimed cat lady and enjoys filmmaking, photography, Japanese culture and turtles.
Steve Shan
Asst. Photo Editor
Steve Shan is a College freshman from Hangzhou, China, double majoring in Computer Science and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. Steve started taking photos for the Wheel in fall 2014 before becoming the Assistant Photo Editor. He likes to travel and take pictures of food, people and beautiful landscapes in different places around the world. He also likes playing the guitar when he has time.
Harmeet Kaur
Digital Editor
Harmeet Kaur is a College senior from Pikeville, Kentucky co-majoring in International Studies and Journalism. She began writing for the Wheel at the end of her freshman year and became a staff writer in her sophomore year. Harmeet’s taste buds are probably numb from her love of obnoxiously spicy food, and she carries around crushed red pepper as a casual seasoning. She also has a strange affinity for boats, although she can’t sail.
Tarrek Shaban
Digital Editor
Tarrek is a College sophomore from Roswell, Georgia majoring in Computer Science and Political Science. Tarrek joined the Wheel earlier this year as part of the web team and has lead efforts to redesign the Wheel’s website. He is excited to see the Wheel’s new multimedia strategy come to fruition. He is a self-professed Apple enthusiast and follows to many television show to name.
Jake Siu
Online Editor
Jake Siu is a College sophomore from Augusta, Georgia majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Economics through the dual-degree program with Emory and Georgia Tech. He started to help build the Wheel's website at the end of his freshman year and became an Online Editor his sophomore year. He can tell you a lot about cars and why he is the very best player in Team Fortress 2. Jake implores you to join the Emory Running Club due to a lack of members and to hear him play on WMRE every Thursday at 7 p.m., for you will not be disappointed.
Nicholas Bradley
Features Editor
Nick Bradley is a College senior from Skillman, N.J. co-majoring in Journalism and Spanish. Nick joined the Wheel as Asst. Editorials Editor and later became the Editorials Editor before Features Editor. He’s the host of WMRE’s foremost (and only) rock history radio show, Liner Notes, a pilot of whatever plane he can lay his hands on and a lover of all things Kappa Sigma. He also rocks a bow tie like he was born wearing one.
Jenna Kingsley
Special Sections/Social Media Editor
Jenna Kingsley is a Goizueta Business School junior from Palm City, Florida double-majoring in Marketing and English/Creative Writing. She joined the Wheel’s editorial board as Asst. Student Life Editor her freshman year. She loves ballet, peppermint gum and cat-related humor. She spends most of her free time trying to convince her friends to watch "Battlestar Galactica."
Dana Youngentob
Social Media Editor
Dana Youngentob is a College sophomore from Potomac, Maryland potentially majoring in Political Science or International Studies. She joined the Wheel the fall of her freshman year as part of the Social Media team. She then became the Social Media Editor during the spring of her freshman year. In addition to the Wheel, she is a sister of Sigma Delta Tau, an Emory Student Ambassador and a member of the women's club soccer team. ​
James Crissman
Associate Editor
James Crissman is a College senior from Graham, N.C. studying Photography through Emory’s Interdisciplinary Studies program. He started taking pictures for the Wheel during the spring semester of his freshman year and stepped up as Asst. Photography Editor in the spring of 2013. His favorite animal is the bison, and he wants to adopt a Great Dane. Or a bison.
Bennett Ostdiek
Editor-at-Large
Bennett Ostdiek is a College senior from Houston, Texas. He has no idea what he is studying or what he is going to do with his life, but he once hit a home run in Little League. He can throw a frisbee 50 yards with a strong tailwind, has a truly terrific head of hair and tells people that Yale was his backup school.
Alex Jalandra
Associate Editor
Alex Jalandra is a College senior from Kennesaw, Georgia studying Philosophy and Comparative Literature. He joined the Wheel staff as a copy editor in fall 2013 and was brought up as Asst. Copy Chief the following spring. When he is not honing his editing skills by religiously reading the latest AP Stylebook, he serves as an executive member of WMRE. He enjoys consuming copious amounts of caffeine and reading literary theory.
Ryan Smith
Associate Editor
Ryan Smith is a College junior from Philly, Pa. co-majoring in Journalism and American Studies. Ryan joined the Wheel his freshman year as Asst. Sports Editor. He is an avid USF fan, and as such considers it a miracle that he still enjoys sports whatsoever. He runs sometimes.
Karishma Mehrotra
Associate Editor
Karishma Mehrotra is a College junior from Cupertino, Calif. co-majoring in Journalism and International Studies. She is News Co-Editor and can’t wait to continue contributing to the Wheel in the upcoming years. Her laugh is so obnoxiously loud and foreign that she can talk to animals, specifically beached whales and hyenas. Karishma is currently studying abroad in Ghana.
Thomas Han
Associate Editor
Thomas Han is a College junior from Los Angeles, Calif. hoping to study marketing and film. Thomas joined the Wheel the fall of his freshman year as a Staff Photographer before becoming Asst. Photography Editor his sophomore year. Back home, he enjoys backpacking and, of course, photography. Thomas is currently studying abroad in France for fall 2014.