The student news site of the University of Northern Iowa

Northern Iowan

The student news site of the University of Northern Iowa

Northern Iowan

The student news site of the University of Northern Iowa

Northern Iowan

2022-2023 Staff

NIXSON BENITEZ
Executive Editor

NIXSON BENITEZ

Nixson Benitez (He/Him) is the Executive Editor at the Northern Iowan. Benitez is from Des Moines, Iowa, majoring in digital media journalism with a minor in web development. He is the founder of the Spanish column and one of t...

EMMA KOEHLER
Managing Editor

EMMA KOEHLER

Emma Koehler is the Managing Editor at the Northern Iowan. Emma is currently a senior and is a transfer student from Ellsworth Community College, where she graduated with a Precision Agriculture degree. At UNI, she is majoring...

MALLORY SCHMITZ
News Editor

MALLORY SCHMITZ

Mallory Schmitz is the News Editor for the Northern Iowan. Mallory is currently a junior and majoring in English with minors in Spanish and professional writing. She loves highlighting different groups and programs at UNI thro...

DAVID WARRINGTON
Sports Editor

DAVID WARRINGTON

David Warrington is the Sports Editor for the Northern Iowan. David is a senior majoring in Digital Media: Journalism. David also serves as a play-by-play announcer for UNI sporting events on ESPN3 and ESPN+, and has also served...

DIAMOND ROUNDTREE
Campus Life Editor

DIAMOND ROUNDTREE

Diamond Roundtree is the Campus Life Editor for the Northern Iowan. Diamond is currently a junior majoring in digital media: production with a minor in digital media: journalism. Diamond is also involved on UNI’s campus with...

SOPHIE HOFFMEIER
Copy Editor

SOPHIE HOFFMEIER

 Sophie Hoffmeier is the Copy Editor at the Northern Iowan. Sophie is currently a sophomore and majoring in english with a minor in creative writing. Also at UNI, she writes and models for Uprising. Fun fact: Sophie enjoys shop...

MAYRA VILLANUEVA
Spanish Editor

MAYRA VILLANUEVA

Mayra Villanueva is the Spanish Editor at the Northern Iowan. She’s a senior majoring in Spanish Teaching and minoring in mental health and Spanish/English Translation and a linguistic certificate. She loves Latin American histor...

ADAM JOHNSON
Sports Writer

ADAM JOHNSON

Adam is a freshman majoring in exploratory. He is a sports writer, specializing in football. You can usually find him at the WRC on campus.

BEN LAHART
Sports Writer

BEN LAHART

Ben is a senior digital journalism major who writes for the Sports section of the NI. He is also a peer minister at St. Stephen the Witness Catholic Student Center.

CADEN SHEA
Sports Writer

CADEN SHEA

Caden is a junior majoring in digital media journalism, and frequently writes for the Sports section of the NI. He is also involved in the Salt Company.

DREW HILL
Sports Writer

DREW HILL

Drew is a sophomore majoring in computer science. He writes for the Sports and Opinion sections of the NI. He is also involved with on-campus radio station KULT 94.5 Student Radio.

COLIN HORNING
Sports Writer

COLIN HORNING

Colin is a graduate student with a bachelor’s in sports public relations. He writes for the Sports section of the NI, and was also the Sports editor from 2020-2022. Colin is heavily involved in UNI Athletics....

Grant Pedersen
Staff Writer

Grant Pedersen

Grant Pedersen is a campus life/news writer for the Northern Iowan. He is originally from Ottumwa in Southeast Iowa. He is currently a freshman History Major on a (pre-law) track with a minor in Philosophy. He is also a Senator...

Luke Nelson
Staff Writer

Luke Nelson

Luke Nelson is a freshman majoring in Financial Management with a focus on pre-law. He enjoys writing news columns for the Northern Iowan. Luke is involved in glee club, pre-law club, and panther tabletop gaming....

Fatemeh Kargarzadeh
Staff Writer

Fatemeh Kargarzadeh

Fatemeh is a freshman psychology major, who writes for the Campus life section of the UNI newspaper. She loves to play video games, spin her flag and read in her spare time.

CARLY MATHES HENLE
Staff Writer

CARLY MATHES HENLE

Carly Mathes-Henle (She/Her) is a freshman exploratory major who enjoys studying history and communications. Mathes is from Tama, Iowa, and is a proud descendant of the Meskwaki Nation. She enjoys writing about upcoming events,...

Yessenia Rodriguez
Staff Writer

Yessenia Rodriguez

Yessenia Rodriguez is a Spanish Translator for the Northern Iowan. Yessenia is a senior majoring in Philosophy and Spanish with minors in Translation and Legal Studies. Yessenia is a student leader on campus and is Madame Pr...

NKASA BOLUMBU
Staff Writer

NKASA BOLUMBU

Nkasa Bolumbu is a sophomore majoring in Biology and working towards a French Certificate and minor in International Affairs. She is an opinion columnist and monthly reporter for the Northern Iowan and is a peer mentor and president...

KATE MURPHY
Staff Writer

KATE MURPHY

Kate Murphy is a News Reporter for Northern Iowan Newspaper at UNI. Kate is a junior majoring in Public Relations and Digital Media: Journalism with a minor in Psychology. Kate previously worked as a news reporter for the Dail...

AUBREY SCHAFBUCH
Staff Writer

AUBREY SCHAFBUCH

Aubrey Schafbuch is a senior in digital media journalism with a minor in political science. She writes about campus life, covering anything in regards to upcoming events and occasional news. You can find her in the bottom floo...

OLIVIA BRUNSTING
Staff Writer

OLIVIA BRUNSTING

Olivia is a sophomore English major minoring in music, English/Spanish translation and journalism. Olivia loves to cover in-depth stories about various issues and events on campus. She values quality writing and uses her mad writin...

BAILEY KLINKHAMMER
Staff Writer

BAILEY KLINKHAMMER

Bailey is a sophomore secondary Social Science Education major, and pre-law. She writes News and Opinion columns for the Northern Iowan, and is involved in Gamma Phi Beta, CATS and is a Resident Assistant. ...

THEO ALDER
Staff Writer

THEO ALDER

Theo is a sophomore double majoring in digital media productions and religion. They are interested in writing film reviews, as they are the President of the Film Appreciation club.

EBONI SPRINGFIELD
Staff Writer

EBONI SPRINGFIELD

Eboni is in her first year as a communication major master’s student. She graduated in Spring 2022 with a bachelor’s in public relations. The stories she wants to cover are multicultural and DIS on campus. She is involved ...

CAROLINE CHRISTENSEN
Staff Writer

CAROLINE CHRISTENSEN

Caroline is a junior majoring in history and political communication, minoring in public history. Caroline is a jack of all trades and finds enjoyment in all types of news coverages, from in-depth interviews to quick news blurbs...

LAUREN MCGUILL
Staff Writer

LAUREN MCGUILL

Lauren is a senior English major, and has been writing for the NI for four years. Lauren is interested in writing campus life stories. She is a third year RA in Panther Village and a member of the English Club....

KATHERYN SPILGER
Photographer

KATHERYN SPILGER

Ryn is a returning student from Atalissa, Iowa. She is transferring in as a junior after deciding to go back to school, to get her bachelor’s degree. After working in healthcare for several years she decided to explore different...

STANLEY ROOT
Photographer

STANLEY ROOT

Stanley Root is a freshman in construction management with a minor in real estate. He photographs just about everything with a specialization in sports photography. You can usually find him working out and playing basketball in t...

TREVOR MEYERS
Photographer

TREVOR MEYERS

Trevor Meyers is a writer and photographer for the Northern Iowan. Trevor is a senior majoring in History and Minoring in Public History. Trevor is also involved in the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) as the Director of...

JOSLYN WEBER
Photographer

JOSLYN WEBER

Joslyn is a transfer student and is currently majoring in Art Education. Joslyn also enjoys photographing all things and finds love in all the things she photographs. Joslyn is always the happiest when she has her camera on...

STEPHEN STARK
Photographer

STEPHEN STARK

Steph is a freshman majoring in art history. He mostly photographs sports, but also enjoys shooting street photography. He enjoys skateboarding in his free time.  ...

TY WILLIAMSON
Photographer

TY WILLIAMSON

Ty is a junior majoring in interactive digital studies. He mostly does portrait photography when not taking photos for the NI. He also is involved with Uprising on campus.

Photographer

EMILY EAVES

Emily is a freshman majoring in interactive digital studies/communications. She is a creative portrait photographer that specializes in seniors and weddings when not photographing for the NI. On campus, she also works with Uni...

JORDAN JUNGE

JORDAN JUNGE

Jordan is a freshman majoring in marketing and digital media production. She is a sports photographer but also enjoys taking photos of nature. She is a UNI volleyball team manager on campus.