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
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. She is a previous Voice of America intern where she worked with the immigration and TV news teams. She previously interned with the Muslim Public Affairs Council and 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
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 McLennan Duffus is Junior in the Communication Arts department, hustling for a BFA with a focus on Editorial Illustration and book cover design. He illustrates for RVAMag, was published in Poictesme last semester and continues meticulously adding mundane portfolio pieces to his website:



Erin Edgerton

Erin is a junior photo/film student pursing a minor in media studies. She has been photographing for the CT since her freshman year. When Erin is not behind the camera you can find her joined by the hip to her best friend and fellow CT photographer Casey and probably arguing with her about one thing or another.


Gabe Hauari
Mary Lee Clark

Georgia Geen

Nick Versaw

Sam Goodrich

SaraRose Martin


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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.

In the News

Hiba Ahmad, signing off

December 4, 2017

My first article for The Commonwealth Times was an op-ed titled, ‘ISIS does not represent Islam,’ in August 2014. It was my first dabble in bridging the multiple parts of my identity into one cohesive Read More

Arts & Culture

Legendary Terracotta Army comes to VMFA

November 30, 2017

“Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China” opened to the public on Nov. 18 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, featuring ten life-size terracotta figures from 210-209 B.C. and more than 130 Read More