Meet our staff


Sophia Belletti
Sophia is a senior print/online journalism student pursuing a minors in history and gender, sexuality and women’s studies. Over the summer she interned at ABC7-WJLA in the sports department. She enjoys writing about current events and sports and hopes to one day be a sports reporter on the sidelines of game seven of the NBA Finals or in the press box at the World Series.


Desiree Choe. Photo by Julie TrippDesiree Choe
Desiree is a senior studying graphic design. She worked at the VCU School of Engineering Marketing and Communications department as a designer before joining SMC Creative at the end of her sophomore year. She enjoys making things, shopping for produce, and staring at plants in admiration.
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Hiba Ahmad
Hiba is a senior studying broadcast journalism and religious studies. In addition to writing for the CT, she is the campus editor-at-large for the Huffington Post, a blogger for and president of United Muslim Relief at VCU. This summer, Hiba interned with the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Washington, D.C. She previously interned with Voice for America and as a web content intern for VCU’s Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture.
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Siona Peterous
Siona is a senior majoring in political science with a concentration in international relations and a double minor in media studies and Arabic and Middle Eastern studies. She is heavily influenced by her family’s immigrant background and often writes about the intersection of politics with identity. Siona is an advocate for grassroots activism and political movements, and her dream job involves multimedia-based investigative journalism. She has a plethora of life goals but is only focusing on two right now: learning as many languages as possible and perfecting her Instagram aesthetic.


Zach Joachim. Photo by Julie TrippZach Joachim
Zach is a junior pursuing a dual degree in print journalism and English. A proud Norfolk-ian, he enjoys long walks on the beach, English literature of the romantic period and anything pertaining to Harry Potter or baseball. Zach is an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan who can usually be found working at the Student Media Center or running along the James.


Katie Bashista

Katie is a junior pursuing a major in journalism and a minor in political science. She enjoys writing about current events, especially regarding anything that’s happening in Richmond. She hopes to someday write for a major publication in a big city. When she’s not writing you can find her at a local Richmond show or trying out a new recipe she found on Facebook.

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Iain Duffus
Iain is the CT’s Illustration Editor, diligently hustling for a BFA in Communication Arts with a focus on Editorial Illustration. He illustrated for Poictesme last semester, as well as the CT, and continues to meticulously add mundane portfolio pieces to his personal website.

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Erin Edgerton

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Ellie Fialk. Photo by Julie TrippEleanor Fialk
Eleanor is a senior broadcast journalism and philosophy double major with a concentration in ethics and public policy. She often writes about issues of social justice and human rights, and her dream career would include traveling the world as a documentary filmmaker. You can usually find Eleanor binge watching an entire television series in one night or planning her next backpacking trip.
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gabe hauari. photo by sarah kingGabe Hauari
Gabe is a senior majoring in print/online journalism with a general business minor. Along with writing for the CT, he also doubles as the editor of Rams Review, a student-run blog covering VCU sports. Gabe primarily enjoys writing about sports and someday hopes to grace the halls at ESPN. You can usually find Gabe waiting in line at Chipotle, playing FIFA at his apartment, or quoting “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
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marylee clark. photo by sarah kingMary Lee Clark
Mary Lee is a senior studying journalism. She currently interns for RVAmag and, in addition to writing for the CT. She previously worked as a makeup artist at Darkwood Manor, did lighting design at Trackside Theater (where she is now on the Board of Directors) and photographed for the Page News and Courier.
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Georgia Geen 

Nick Versaw 

Sam Goodrich

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Shaun Jackson. Photo by Sarah KingShaun Jackson
Shaun is a senior studying psychology. He is a fashion columnist for INK Magazine and radio host for WVCW 102.9. Shaun is really silly and loves to read good books and bad people. He’s always “fashionably” late to the after-work hang-out sessions, but always shows up with the latest tea. Shaun is passionate about feminist hip-hop, pop culture and being the center of attention. His spirit animals are Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn from the DC Comics. You can usually find Shaun playing video games at the front desk of the SMC or next door at Velocity Comics.



Eric Ngo 
Eric Ngo is currently a senior working towards a BFA in Graphic Design. He has worked freelance and maintains an interest in one day teaching design on a university level. When he is not working he can often be found face-timing his cat Aloe.

Ryan Rich
Ryan Rich is a junior in the graphic design program at VCUarts. He enjoys publication design, and has previously created graphic material for the VCU Honors College. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, playing guitar, and cartooning.

Kim Peters

Kim is a junior in the graphic design department, with a minor in craft and material studies. She is the junior representative on VCU’s AIGA board and a member of MoB studio (a non-profit design center). Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Kim is now happy to call Richmond home. Her outside interests include camping, caving and contemplating adopting a cat.

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Arts & Culture

Making Sexpectaions Great

October 18, 2017

The VCU Wellness Center and the Center for Cultural Experiences and Prevention hosted part two of the Great Sexpectations series in the University Student Common Salon last Tuesday, October10, 2017. The event was held to Read More