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Staff

Josh Joseph

Josh Joseph

Executive Editor

Josh is a journalism major with a passion for design and technology. After accidentally (and luckily) stumbling into an editors meeting, he became involved in The Press’s layout and graphics. In spring of 2019, he redesigned The Press logo and brand, and started putting together issues of the print magazine. You can contact Josh at joshua.l.joseph@stonybrook.edu

Keating Zelenke

Keating Zelenke

Managing Editor, Graphics Editor

Keating is a journalism student with a concentration in multimedia production. She is interested in feature writing and graphic design. She can be contacted at keating.zelenke@stonybrook.edu

Emily Scott

Emily Scott

Associate Editor

Emily is a senior journalism major with aspirations of writing for Rolling Stone magazine and maybe winning a Pulitzer Prize one day. When she isn’t writing or editing, she’s either drinking far too much coffee and screaming into the void or consulting her Tarot deck and trying to figure out which planet is making her sad. She can be reached at emily.k.scott@stonybrook.edu, or by smoke signals — take your pick!

Julio Taku

Julio Taku

Business Executive

Julio Taku is the business exec for The Press and has been a member since 2019. He is a journalism major with a minor in Africana Studies. Born and raised in Cameroon, Julio’s family emigrated to the U.S. when he was nine years old. His interests include political activism, R&B, fitness, cars and podcasting. He’s also the host and producer of his podcast “Across The Mic with Julio Taku.”

Falah Jalali

Falah Jalali

Opinions Editor, Multimedia Editor

Falah is an opinions and multimedia editor at The Press. You can contact Falah at falah.jalali@stonybrook.edu

Sarah Beckford

Sarah Beckford

Features Editor

Sarah joined The Stony Brook Press as a staff writer in the fall of 2018, and has loved every moment since. Her passions lie in writing about nuances and niches of faith, music, race and culture. Before joining The Press, she was a freelance staff writer for Reflektor Magazine. And to this day, she runs her own music blog on Tumblr, Sounds Like Infinity. Though her journalism major and filmmaking minor keep her busy, she enjoys listening to music and watching movies (and rewatching Velvet Goldmine) in her spare time.

Sammie Aguirre

Sammie Aguirre

Culture Editor

Sammie is a sophomore at Stony Brook, still deciding what she wants to do with her life, but she has a passion for social work. Sammie was immediately drawn to The Press when she met everyone and saw previous publications, and she is excited to continue to work with such a great team.

Janet Chow

Janet Chow

News Editor

Janet is a journalism major, with a minor in music theory. She aspires to become a radio host one day. She is also a part of WUSB 90.1 FM, Stony Brook’s student-run radio station! You can contact her at janet.chow@stonybrook.edu

Melanie Formosa

Melanie Formosa

News Editor, Lead Copy Editor

During breakfast, I typically proofread the blurb on my cereal box. On the road, I notice the grammatical errors on the sides of trucks. Copy editing comes naturally to me, and it’s more of a hobby than a job. I am a production assistant for James Taylor, Steve Gadd, and several other rock and jazz musicians. I co-produce/direct/host the GRIT podcast at Stony Brook University. I am a TV Studio Assistant in the ECC Building, and I am a broadcasting coach to other students. I am majoring in Journalism and minoring in Environmental Humanities. I will be completing college in three and a half years, and I’m planning on graduating in December 2022. When I’m not running, biking, hiking, or practicing yoga, I’m listening to vinyl on my record player.

Arun Nair

Arun Nair

Science Editor

Arun Nair is a disabled veteran of the U.S. Army, and is in 30s now, so he knows that it’s time to hurry up and get his degree — he’ll graduate with a B.A. in a couple of years, but he has a long way to go to get a doctorate in Neuroscience, which he intends to do. It’s a good thing he’s passionate about science, and he wants to share this passion with you.

Megan Walton

Megan Walton

Satire Editor

Megan Walton is an Art History Major at Stony Brook University with an affinity for anything strange. After contributing art and writing to the magazine, they became satire editor at the end of the Fall 2021 semester. Megan decided to use the pen name Jin Ton in hopes to begin a cohesive portfolio.

Komal Grewal

Komal Grewal

Graphics Editor

Komal is an Applied Math and Statistics major with a Digital Art minor. She has a passion for design and does graphics/layout for several magazines both on and off campus. She dreams of making a career out of her passion.

Jane Montalto

Jane Montalto

Copy Editor

Jane is a journalism student with a minor in filmmaking. She spends her time writing, reading, watching movies, listening to music and hanging out with her kitten, Dottie.

Emma Nicolas

Emma Nicolas

Copy Editor

Emma is a foreign language major with a minor in journalism. Born and raised in France, she loves to travel and decided to study in the U.S. as an exchange student. Her passions lie in writing, photography, video editing, fashion and culture. She can be reached at emma.nicolas@stonybrook.edu

Elisha Asif

Elisha Asif

Ombudsman

Elisha is a journalism alum with a double minor in filmmaking and French. Though he enjoys writing, his passion lies in visual stories.

Sam Rowland

Sam Rowland

Ombudsman

Sam Rowland is a journalism alum with a concentration in science and the environment. After starting out in Biology at Tulane University, he transferred colleges twice, eventually switching his major to journalism and earning an Associate's Degree in that field from Westchester Community College. He loves to travel and spent a gap year before college in Israel.

Nick Wurm

Nick Wurm

Ombudsman

Nick is a journalism alum with a concentration in science and the environment. He started at The Press as a copy editor, after nervously walking into an editors meeting one night and passing a test. He spends more time editing than writing.