The Falcon is an independent student newspaper dedicated to presenting unbiased and accurate information to the community of Seattle Pacific University. We are committed to transparent and comprehensive reporting on the community and all the diverse narratives it holds.
We will accept Guest Commentary and Letters to the Editor to be lightly edited and published in the Opinion section. Readers may comment on articles online, pending editor approval in consideration of The Falcon’s comment policy.
The Falcon is produced by students at Seattle Pacific University. Students of all majors and interests are invited to join. Class credit is available. The Falcon accepts new staff writers and photographers every quarter, and hires paid editors annually.
The Falcon is published by the Seattle Pacific University Board of Student Media and funded in part by the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific. The newspaper is printed by Pacific Publishing Company. Its faculty adviser is Dr. Rick Jackson.
Meet the Editors (and contact us!)
Editor-in-Chief: Victoria (Tori) Hoffman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tori Hoffman is a junior pursuing a major in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Digital Media. With years of prior experience exploring and learning from people’s stories, she seeks out ways to tell stories both verbally and visually whether they are stories told for the first time or stories told again with a new perspective. She strives to provoke thought and incite dialogue with every work she produces. She says the stories of individuals she is lucky enough to call her best friends opened her eyes to all there is to be gained from each and every person she encounters.
As the Editor-in-Chief of The Falcon Newspaper, Hoffman aims to allow a platform for all people to share their voices, provide a space for each and every person to feel comfortable, allow opportunities to connect with the Seattle Pacific community, and to advocate for others.
News Editor: Monica Veles | email@example.com
Monica Veles is a senior pursuing a degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism. She is both passionate about the world of journalism and dedicated to making students and other SPU community members aware of what’s happening on campus. After graduating, Veles hopes to pursue a career in broadcast journalism.
Veles grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington which has led to her fondness of spending time out on the water. At a young age, she fell in love with writing and reading, and the same love remains today. In her spare time, Veles also enjoys photography, hiking and longboarding.
Assistant News Editor: Aliha Strange | firstname.lastname@example.org
Aliha Strange was born in Washington D.C. and raised in the Rainier Valley area of Seattle, Washington. She is a junior intended Global Development Studies major with a concentration in writing. She wants to continue studying the history of different cultures and civilizations; as well as the power literacy and storytelling have on less developed countries. She has recently developed a passion for the Spanish language after her summer abroad in Spain.
This is Strange’s first quarter writing for The Falcon Newspaper as the Assistant News Editor. Although her writing has never before been published in a public newspaper, she’s always enjoyed storytelling. She foresees writing without frill to be a challenge as she enjoys reading historical fiction and romance in her spare time. Her two favorite authors are Francine Rivers, who writes fictional narratives based on biblical stories, and Jeannette Walls.
In the future, Strange hopes to publish a novel of her own, as she has been inspired by Jeanette Walls to specifically write a memoir about her grandparents living as an interracial couple during the hippy movement of the 60s-70s in San Francisco, as a prequel to her own childhood.
Features Editor: Athena Duran | email@example.com
Athena Duran is from the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently pursuing a degree in Communications and a minor in Theatre. As a junior, this is Duran’s third year writing for The Falcon. She intends to someday work in the Marketing and Communications department of a theater company.
Duran loves the notion of being able to work in a creative environment that strives to share meaningful stories with as many people as possible. Working with The Falcon, she says, provides her with a similar experience. She made the decision to apply for the features editor position not only because she has found it a great place to grow, but also because of the unique position The Falcon has to fuel an ongoing dialogue amongst the community of Seattle Pacific University.
When not hanging out in the Falcon office, Duran can be found binge watching a show on Netflix, seeing a local theater production or hanging out with friends.
Opinions Editor: Croix Boston | firstname.lastname@example.org
Croix Boston is a junior English Literature major with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in Economics. Boston is from San Bernardino, California, the birthplace of McDonald’s. He enjoys tea in the afternoon and writing poetry, and he occasionally dabbles in photography. Boston joined The Falcon his first year as an opinions staff writer. Since then, Boston has served as the Multimedia Media Editor and one of the layout editors, writing various articles along the way on the topics of race, art and campus endeavors. His mission, as opinions editor, is to make sure all voices on campus have an opportunity to be heard.
Sports Editor: Erica Manier | email@example.com
Erica Manier is senior currently double majoring in French & Francophone Studies as well as Health & Fitness Education. Manier is an avid sports fan, and through her latter major has been involved with athletics at SPU. She manages Men’s Basketball on campus, in addition to coaching youth tennis and golf at various elementary schools throughout Seattle.
Manier grew up between Los Angeles, California and Jakarta, Indonesia. As a result of constantly moving back and forth between the two cities, sports became an important aspect of her life. Manier is very involved with intramurals on campus and leads a highly active lifestyle. She began writing for the Falcon last Spring as a result.
This year as Sports editor, Manier hopes to connect the Seattle Pacific University sporting community – athletics, intramurals, and sporting fans alike – through weekly updates and features on respective persons.
Photo Editor: Christopher Yang | firstname.lastname@example.org
Born and raised in the Seattle area, Chris Yang is a junior, Biochemistry major and is involved with numerous campus groups as a photographer, including Intramural Sports, University Communications, and The Falcon. Driven by his interest in caring for others, he wants to pursue a career in medicine. Knowing that healthcare requires one to see a myriad of perspectives, Yang actively seeks roles that allow him to gain insight to others viewpoints. Being the Photo Editor on The Falcon staff has allowed him to do exactly this. Yang has the opportunity to work on a team of editors and staff that incorporates diverse opinions, talents and backgrounds.
Copy Editor: Sarah Pruis | email@example.com
Sarah Pruis is a sophomore English major, minoring in Cultural Anthropology. She hails from Ellensburg, Washington, a small hay-farming town in the mountains, but has never farmed hay. Her joys include obsessive editing, political poetry, electronic swing and brussels sprouts. Pruis is no more exciting than she sounds. She does write poetry, though, and her laugh has been heard from separate cars on the freeway. Pruis joined The Falcon to edit–obsessively–and to otherwise do all she can in her minor part of a major undertaking.
Layout Editor: Julienne Rychner | firstname.lastname@example.org
Julienne Rychner’s hometown is Ekalaka, Montana, which is located in a sparsely populated corner of Big Sky Country. Its rural setting allows the community to develop a profound understanding of God’s creation, endurance through droughts, and compassion during bitter cold. The land is completely structured around agriculture and Rychner spent much of her time on horseback and studying rangeland management and agronomy (techniques farmers and ranchers use to become successful stewards). Rychner was also raised in a Christian family that provided many opportunities for her to develop spiritually and enhance her relationship with God. This setting was the catalyst for her foremost passions of serving God, the Old Testament, and illustration.
While searching for a university that would provide a stable ground to explore interactions between faith and art, Rychner discovered Seattle Pacific University. Now, she is a junior pursuing a fine arts degree with an emphasis in illustration. Her improvements have come in leaps and bounds, but there is still more yet to come. As one of the new layout editors at The Falcon, Rychner is excited to enhance her education and time at SPU by learning more about design and perhaps editorial illustration as well. It is also exciting for her to be able to work on a team that is dedicated to the SPU community.
Layout Editor: Makayla Hordyk | email@example.com
Makayla Hordyk plans on pursuing a fine arts degree with a concentration in studio arts. Growing up she developed a love for the intersection between art and social justice. Living in Lincoln and Pomona California, Rosarito, Mexico, and Woodinville, Washington offered her the privilege of experiencing how creativity thrived in different environments. Hordyk spent some time at Pacific Lutheran University growing in her understanding of how the many different social elements affected how creativity was expressed. As a transfer student, Hordyk says she is excited to continue her education at SPU and for the opportunity to learn and grow with The Falcon.
Multimedia Editor: Justina Brown | firstname.lastname@example.org
Justina Brown is a sophomore currently studying Communications with a concentration in Journalism with hopes to pursue it as a career. In high school, she discovered a love for finding people’s stories and sharing those narratives through writing. This passion has continued into college where she continually aims to learn more about journalism, stories and the world around her. Originally from Auburn, Washington, Brown has a deep love for the Pacific Northwest and the people there. When she is not writing or learning from people’s stories you can find her watching movies and trying out all the best doughnut shops in Seattle.
Business Manager: Kellen Schwartz | email@example.com
Kellen Schwartz is a sophomore student at SPU working toward a business degree. He is from Newberg, Oregon, but has loved Seattle since he first got there for orientation. He is excited to be a part of The Falcon’s team this year, and hopes to learn a lot from the experience. He is dedicated to doing the best work he can in his job, and seeing The Falcon grow and thrive in new ways. Kellen wants The Falcon to be the best it can be, and it is his mission to help it get there.
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Rick Jackson | firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Office and Editors: (206) 281-2913
Business Office: (206) 281-2104
Fax : (206) 378-5003
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