Winter 2015 Staff

Mormon Insights is published by students in the capstone course of the editing minor at Brigham Young University (BYU). Every member of the Winter 2015 Mormon Insights staff (above) assisted with planning, writing, editing, and designing articles; publishing them on the Internet; and promoting them through social media.
Kim Austin
Major and minor: Interdisciplinary humanities, editing
Staff position: Copyeditor, Instagram manager
Milestone moment in your life: Getting married on January 2, 2015, in the Las Vegas Nevada Temple
Unique hobbies and interests: Shakespeare’s writing. I’ve probably watched at least 20 different versions of Hamlet.
Austin Burton
Major and minor: English, editing
Staff position: Web director
Mission: New Delhi, India (2008–10)
Interesting fact: Growing up, I had alpacas, lizards, and hedgehogs for pets.
Favorite Quote: “I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.” —Douglas Adams
Natalie Cherie Campbell
Major and minor: English, editing
Staff position: Production manager, support team managing editor
Career Goals: Graduate school in Women Studies and Religion focusing on female spirituality
Favorite quote: “Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.” —Hāfez
Unique hobbies and interests: Firefly by Joss Whedon, folk dance, fun crafts like crocheting
Marissa Compton
Major and minor: English, editing
Staff position: Assistant managing editor, Facebook manager
Favorite scripture: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden . . . and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” —Matthew 11:28–30
Unique hobbies and interests: Good foreign films, questionable foreign TV, yoga, postcolonial literature
Katie Cutler
Major and minors: Linguistics, editing, psychology
Staff position: Support team editor
Unique hobbies and interests: Playing the harmonica, speaking Cantonese, beatboxing
Favorite quote: “Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God; but only he who sees takes off his shoes; the rest sit round and pluck blackberries.” —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Amber Dalton
Major and minors: Public relations, editing, business management
Staff position: Public relations director
Favorite quote: “Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
One item on your bucket list: To run or do a race in every state
Katie Hollingsworth
Major and minors: English, editing, music
Staff position: Art director
Favorite quote: In Shakespeare and the Nature of Women, Juliet Dusinberre argues, “Social structures do eventually change if enough questions are asked” (xl–xli).
Unique hobbies and interests: Communicating in American Sign Language, baking pies, advocating human rights
Alissa Holm
Major and minor: Communications with an emphasis in journalism, editing
Staff position: Managing editor
Unique hobbies and interests: I get a crazy thrill out of a good thrift store find.
Favorite lazy-day activity: Sewing a quilt or painting furniture
Chelsea Jamison
Major and minor: English, editing
Staff position: Assistant art director, copyeditor
Career Goals: I would love to work as a writer for National Geographic or the Church. But my real dream is to write children’s picture books and YA novels.
One thing you must always have with you: Pens. It’s kind of an obsession.
Jonathan Jibson
Major and minor: English language, editing
Staff position: Copyeditor
Favorite quote: Thanks to my wife, it’s got to be John Green’s “I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
Favorite lazy-day activity: Honestly, I design research studies. Sometimes I write essays that I know won’t ever be published.
Sam Lund
Major and minor: English, editing
Staff position: Social media director
Career Goals: Manage social media for a nonprofit organization or food website
Favorite part of editing: Watching a piece of work go from good to great
Angela Marler
Major and minor: Journalism, editing
Staff position: Assistant public relations director
One item on your bucket list: Bike around the entire coast of Taiwan
Unique hobbies and interests: Studying languages, making steamed bread, eating tacos
Sarah Perkins
Major and minor: English, editing
Staff position: Assistant managing editor
Favorite book or story: “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” by Ursula K. Le Guin
Favorite quote: “If you don’t love it, don’t buy it.” (It’s not a quote really, but it’s my mantra.)
Shane Peterson
Major and minors: English literature, editing, writing and rhetoric
Staff position: Support team editor
Favorite quote: “Industry is a better horse to ride than genius.” —Walter Lippmann
Favorite book: The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Unique hobbies and interests: World War I poetry
Bre Simmons
Major and minor: English, editing
Staff position: Assistant social media director, Pinterest manager
Favorite Quote: “Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.” —George Scialabba
One item on your bucket list: Visit every country before the age of 30
Jessica Staples
Major and minors: Communication disorders, English, editing
Staff position: Assistant managing editor
Favorite part of editing: Working as a team to create something amazing
Unique hobbies and interests: Physiology, anatomy, pragmatics and semantics, children’s books (I could honestly read children’s books all day)
Ariel Szuch
Major and minor: English, editing
Staff position: Assistant web director, Twitter manager
Favorite quote: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” —Benjamin Franklin
Milestone moment in your life: When I realized my ideas mattered and that I could be a force for good in the world
Marvin K. Gardner
Staff position: Editor in chief
Position at BYU: Teaching professor in the Department of Linguistics and English Language, College of Humanities
Current favorite quote: “When it comes to my wife, the mother of our children, . . . the feeling is so deep and the gratitude so powerful that I am left almost without expression.” —President Boyd K. Packer

Photos by Rachael Bradley

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