Who we are

Cristina Betz

Cristina Betz

Creative Director

At ease, soldier. Cristina spent her summer working for the army and lived on the base! When she isn’t working, she enjoys being outside and going on hikes. She also loves to travel and has gone as far as Italy. Ciao! Cristina is a senior from Roswell, Georgia.

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Alaina Scott

Alaina Scott

Advertising Manager

She likes to move it, move it…Alaina enjoys any and all kinds of physical activity, including working out, cycling, walking at the park and dancing! She is a coffee connoisseur and is obsessed with personality exams. Where are her fellow enneagram 3’s? Alaina is a senior from Louisville, Kentucky.

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Tea Jones

Tea Jones

Writing Editor

Run while you can… Téa will talk your ear off about all things Marvel and Harry Potter. Speaking of Harry’s – she has been to a Harry Styles concert in Nashville and has a tattoo on her ankle of the Love on Tour bunny. Téa is a senior from Northern Kentucky.

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Emma Bayens

Emma Bayens

Photo Editor

Anyone in need of a travel companion? Emma has the ultimate goal of visiting all 50 states. And you know what they say, go and smell the roses. She enjoys fresh flowers (hint hint) and is a Photojournalism major. Emma is a junior from Louisville, Kentucky.

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Bailey Brush

Bailey Brush

Design Editor

All the best designers have a favorite adobe tool and Bailey’s is the pen. She is a Graphic Design major and has an UX certificate. She also is a lover of animals and not only has she adopted a kitten over the summer, but also plans to foster more kittens in the future! Bailey is a junior from Evansville, Indiana.

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Sam Oldenburg

Sam Oldenburg

Cherry Creative Adviser

A former balloon artist, coming to an area near you! Sam is a two-time WKU graduate who enjoys all things outdoors. Hiking, biking and kayaking are just a few of the activities he has ventured into. Sam is from Owatonna, Minnesota.

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Wes Orange

Wes Orange

Advertising Adviser

Once a Hilltopper, always a Hilltopper. Wes is not only a men’s basketball season ticket holder but also a lifelong Tops fan. When he isn’t supporting the basketball team, he loves to play golf with his seven-year-old daughter. He also plays the drums and shares music with his wife, who is both a guitarist and a Herald alum. Wes is from Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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Alyssa Butler

Alyssa Butler

Writing Staff

We’ve got an athlete in the building! Alyssa plays volleyball and isn’t afraid to spike it. She spends her free time thrifting and traveling and is a Personal Relations major. Alyssa is from Henderson, Kentucky.

Emma Dock

Emma Dock

Writing Staff

There is nothing better than that first sip of an ice-cold soda. Emma is obsessed with Cherry Cola-Cola! She is also an avid reader and her favorite color is orange. Emma is a freshman from Providence, Kentucky.

DaShaun Van Cleave

DaShaun Van Cleave

Photo Staff

If you’re looking for a self-made man – look no further. DaShaun is not only a self-taught photographer, but has also won creative genius at the Black Student Alliance Awards in 2021! While balancing his majors of Broadcasting and Sports Management, he also finds the time to be President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. DaShaun is a senior from Atlanta, Georgia.

Garrett Woodrum

Garrett Woodrum

Photo Staff

If anyone signs up for music trivia, this is who you should be partners with. Garrett loves going to any and all music concerts and went to GSA last year. His favorite movie is Everything, Everywhere, All at Once. Garrett is from Union, Kentucky.

Hydia Jackson

Hydia Jackson

Photo Staff

Anyone want to start a band? What about a book club? Hydia has both an electric and acoustic guitar and isn’t afraid to use them and is a fan of reading. In her free time, she enjoys being around her friends and family. Hydia is a sophomore from Lexington, Kentucky.

Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson

Photo Staff

Hello? The arts called and Nicole answered. Nicole loves to paint and also plays three different instruments! She also spends time with her two beagles when she can. Nicole is a sophomore from Lexington, Kentucky.

Abby Neltner

Abby Neltner

Design Staff

Someone call Vogue! Abby loves all things fashion – from thrifting to upcycling to making her own clothing, she can do it all. She is a vegetarian and an avid animal lover, especially her pet cat, Hazel. Abby is a senior from Northern Kentucky.

Haden Moore

Haden Moore

Design Staff

Calling all Star Wars fans! Haden is a lover of all things Star Wars, but would never go over to the dark side. He is an avid connoisseur of memes (feel free to send the good ones his way) and spends his free time watching baseball and hockey. Haden is a fifth-year senior from St. Louis, Missouri.

Lexi Ocampo

Lexi Ocampo

Design Staff

Always keep a smile on your face! Lexi has a 12-year-old pug named Happy who gets cuter by the day. She has double majors of Business Administration and Studio Art – a woman who can do it all! Lexi is a junior from Lexington, Kentucky.

Abby Loftus

Abby Loftus

Advertising Staff

Talk about a world traveler… Abby has performed in seven different European countries and Carnegie Hall! When she isn’t spending time with her 3-legged dog, Bandit, she enjoys collecting vinyl records, books and plants. Abby is a junior from Edwardsville, Illinois.

Carson Coffey

Carson Coffey

Advertising Staff

Coffee anyone? Or should I say Coffey… Carson loves coffee so much, it’s even her last name! Her favorite TV show is Gilmore Girls and in her free time she enjoys cooking vegetarian dishes. Carson is a junior from Dallas, Texas.

JT Steele

JT Steele

Advertising Staff

Who dey! JT is a big fan of football, specifically repping the Cincinnati Bengals. His favorite activities include hunting when he can and going to the gym. JT is a junior from Spencer County, Kentucky.

Julia Steinmetz

Julia Steinmetz

Advertising Staff

Push two CC’s of Epi! Julia’s favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy – all 18 seasons. Her favorite pastimes also include going to concerts and going to the gym! Julia is a junior from Louisville, Kentucky.

Kayla Heath

Kayla Heath

Advertising Staff

Grab a pillow and a blanket and it’s game over. Kayla would sleep 24/7 if she could! She just so happens to be on the clumsy side, but when she isn’t sleeping or falling over her own feet, you can catch her grubbing out to her favorite pasta dishes. Kayla is a junior from Hodgenville, Kentucky.

Sarah Kate Wiseman

Sarah-Kate Wiseman

Advertising Staff

Soda? Slushee? Pick your poison… Sarah-Kate loves any and all drinks at Sonic. She is a double major in music and will be studying abroad next fall semester. Sarah-Kate is a sophomore from Louisville, Kentucky.