The Troubadour Staff: Fall 2023


Mia Brounstein, Editor-in-Chief, is a senior theology and communication arts double-major with a journalism concentration hailing from the wild north (Minnesota). This is Mia’s second year working with The Troubadour, having served as Austria columnist in fall 2022 and Assistant Editor in spring 2023. Mia now looks forward to leading The Troubadour’s staff and writers as Editor-in-Chief, a position she hopes will better prepare her for a career in writing and editing.

When she isn’t in the Troub office, Mia can be found reading, writing, dreaming up new coffee recipes and listening to Vance Joy and Hippo Campus. Mia also loves long drives (preferably over the Market Street Bridge), exploring new cities, stargazing and her household, Theotokos.





Charles Jardine, Assistant Editor, is a Junior Experimental Psychology Major. He throws Shotput for the Track and Field team. He enjoys hanging out with friends, watching and playing sports, as well as cooking.











Maggie Peppiatt, Copy Editor, is a senior theology major from Winchester, Virginia. She has written for the Troubadour in the past and won “Writer of the Semester” in Spring 2022. Maggie also has experience writing for The College Fix, a news website focused on higher education. This past summer, she published a book titled The Gospel with Sacred Art. Maggie studied abroad in Austria last fall and enjoys talking about how amazing it was, so come ask her about it! Maggie loves hiking, being outdoors in God’s creation, drinking tea, baking, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends. She may or may not be pursuing a master’s in theology after graduation.







Mariana Gomez, Photography Editor, is a senior philosophy and classics major with a minor in legal studies. She is from Cleveland, Ohio, and discovered a love for photography after working as a photographer at camp this past summer. When she is not photo editing for the Troub, Mariana can be found reading for her philosophy classes, serving as an RA in Kolbe Clare Hall, or goofing off with her household sisters.









Grace Murphy, Web Editor, is a senior biology major from Hartland, WI. She has been writing for the Troubadour since freshman year, won “Writer of the Semester” fall’21, served as social media manager spring’22, and web editor since spring’23. Last summer, she had the opportunity to practice her interview skills by assisting on a health systems research project. Outside of the Troub, she loves to ski, hike, and hang out with her dogs. After college, Grace is interested medicine and public health. Her most recent accomplishment is reading all 1215 pages of War and Peace.







Christi Spitzley, Distribution Manager, is a sophomore English and Education major. She is from the heart of rural Michigan. She grew up on my Grandparent’s farm and loves all things Jesus, literature, art, and sewing. She is so excited to help with The Troubadour this semester. 












Lily McGrogan, Business Manager, is a senior marketing major from Spotsylvania, Virginia. She is very excited to work with the Troub this semester and is looking forward to gaining more skills to use in the business field. When Lily isn’t writing about case studies, she likes to play DnD with her friends, collect comic books, and explore tourist traps.
















Julia Flower, Layout Editor, is a senior majoring in Journalism. She is a reporter for the College Fix, mainly writing political focused articles. She is from Phoenix, Arizona but spent the majority of her summers in Alberta, Canada (she is Canadian). She transferred twice before coming to Franciscan. She loves all things outdoors and anything to do with holistic medicine. After school she hopes to continue being a journalist focusing on health and wellness.










Sam Chipman, Social Media Manager, is a junior double major in Communications and Catechetics. She is from New Jersey and a fun fact about her is that she live roughly ten minutes away from the beach! She is involved in a few other things around campus other than the Troubadour, such as Born of the Spirit Core Team, prayer teams, and her household, Carae Domini.  Outside of school, she enjoys reading, listening to music, making coffee, painting, and drawing. She is also a big extrovert and love saying hi to people!