Veronica Novotny, Editor-in-Chief, is a senior theology student from Catonsville, Maryland, where “life is great in 21228.” She began writing for the Troubadour in the fall of 2018, when she was awarded “Staff Writer of the Semester,” spurring her on to exploring her journalistic capabilities for three semesters as Assistant Editor.
In addition to writing and editing for the Troub, Veronica enjoys reading (even for an assignment!) and creative writing. She swing dances as often as she is asked to and relishes editing her friends’ papers. Often spending “too much” time with friends, family and Jesus, Veronica thinks that changing the world starts with loving the people in front of you.
Cecilia Engbert, Assistant Editor, is a senior journalism and theology double major from Virginia. This is her third year working with the Troubadour and second year on editorial staff. On campus, she enjoys chilling with household sisters and playing frisbee. This past summer, she worked with the Arlington Catholic Herald and hopes to continue work in journalism after graduation. One day she wants to see all 63 U.S. National Parks, preferably from a hot air balloon.
Theresa Balick, Copy Editor, is a senior French major with a minor in communication arts. She’s always had a special love for editing, and her favorite part of the process in writing stories and papers is making edits after the body is written. Theresa has been working for the Troubadour since her first semester at Franciscan. She spent the Fall semester in Austria, where she traveled to over 10 countries and wrote about her adventures as the Austrian Columnist for the Troub. Some of her favorite hobbies are knitting, crocheting, and reading. After graduation, she is planning on going to graduate school to study library science to fulfill her dream of becoming a professional librarian.
Christopher Dacanay, Sports Editor, is a junior communication arts major with a concentration in journalism. Raised in Beaver, Pennsylvania, Chris has been a writer for the Troubadour since his first semester at Franciscan, during which he was awarded “Staff Writer of the Semester.” Since then, he has served as both a writer and as the former Distribution Manager.
Chris is a multi-instrumentalist and the president of the Music Discovery Club on campus. He is also a member of the Fishers of Men household and a radio show host on 88.3 FM WFRSCC Franciscan Effect.
Lizzie Wagner, Photo Editor, is a senior, multi-media communications major from Nashport, Ohio. Lizzie has been taking pictures since she was little. She loves to find the beauty in the world through the lens of her camera, and she excited to be back on staff at the Troubadour this semester. Lizzie’s favorite place on campus is hanging out with her sisters in Madonna of the Streets. Lizzie’s other interests include singing, dance, and musical theater. She is eager to serve the students on Franciscan’s campus through her love of photography.
Niki Mallinak, Web Editor, is a senior communications and theology double major from Georgia who always has a song running through her mind. Niki loves her faith, family, friends, and making people smile. She’s always up for travel or a good story, and plans to singlehandedly keep the local Dairy Queen in business this year.
Niki is a member of Magnifica Amorem Christi household, and prefers to spend her free time reading, hiking, or spending quality time with friends. She’s been to 47 out of the lower 48 states, and is most likely plotting her expedition to Wisconsin shortly.
Madeline Van Haute, Layout Editor, is a junior marketing major from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This is her second year as layout editor for The Troubadour, and she was awarded “Editor of Year” for the 2020-2021 school year alongside fellow layout editor, Ben Miller.
Maddie is a member of Rosa Mystica household and is the Vice President of Marketing and Media for Excite on campus. On the off chance that Maddie has free time, she loves being outside, going to Leonardo’s on Fourth Street with friends, and movie nights.
Ben Miller, Layout Editor, is a senior communication arts major and theology minor from Sandy Springs, Georgia. This will be his fourth year working with the Troubadour. This semester, he will be working as the Layout Editor, having won “Editor of the Year” for the 2020-2021 school year with his co-editor, Maddie. He is glad to have the opportunity to contribute to the newspaper. In his free time, he works with Exc!te as the Vice President of Publicity and Media. After college, he hopes to continue with layout editing.
Grace Murphy, Social Media Manager, is a sophomore biology major from Hartland, Wisconsin. This is her second-year writing for the Troubadour and first year working as an editorial staff member. Grace loves to ski, hike, drink coffee and “seek out the pretty places in life”. Grace does not know exactly what she wants to do after graduation, but is interested in several fields including public health and environmental law.
Andrew Nichols, Distribution Manager, is a senior Philosophy major from Raleigh, North Carolina. This is Andrew’s first semester with the Troubadour, and he is hoping to give back to the university in this small way. Andrew is a co-coordinator of Corpus Christi, a household dedicated to teaching The Theology of the Body of John Paul II throughout the campus. When Andrew is free, he enjoys discussing absurd philosophical topics, and how 10 Things I Hate About You is a fantastic Romcom. After finishing his undergrad degree, Andrew hopes to continue his higher education with graduate studies in Theology with Franciscan.
Leo Schafer, business manager, is a junior business management and marketing double major from central Maryland. After a year as a news writer and a semester as a columnist, Leo joins the editorial staff and is excited to dive into the Troubadour’s Excel spreadsheets. Outside work, Leo can be found in the Missions of Peace office if he isn’t leading his SENT team to parishes across the Midwest or hiking around campus for hours on end. Leo is a member of the Knights of the Holy Queen household, and the soundtrack to his life is “Surefire” by Wilderado.