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

Slade (Sarah Beckford)

Slade (Sarah Beckford)

Associate Editor, 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.

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.”

Carmela Cassara

Carmela Cassara

Opinions Editor, Culture Editor

Carmela is a psychology major with minors in journalism and writing and rhetoric. She aspires to get her Ph.D in psychology one day, but in the meantime enjoys editing at the press. Her hobbies include playing piano, reading, and listening to music.

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.

Lauren Canavan

Lauren Canavan

Music Editor

Lauren is a Journalism major with a minor in Hispanic Languages and Literature. She has been rocking out to bands like No Doubt since she was in the womb. She can be found either at a concert, or reminiscing about the last one she attended. She started @ListenwLauren, an Instagram account with the goal of creating an awesome space for music commentary and collaboration. Duties beyond The Press include Social Media Manager and DJ at WUSB 90.1FM, a commercial-free radio station broadcasting across the Long Island area. She looks forward to expanding music coverage to reflect all genres, and highlight both mainstream and niche artists.

Rafael Cruvinel

Rafael Cruvinel

Music Editor

Rafael is a sophomore Journalism major and Creative Writing minor at Stony Brook. He joined The Press in Spring 2021 through zoom when he was still in his home country Brazil having online classes. Since then, he has had a very good time working for the magazine and wrote several pieces about "the pop princesses" like Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Adele.

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

Melanie Formosa is the program director and president of Stony Brook University's radio station, WUSB 90.1 & 107.3 FM. She also hosts a weekly, two-hour radio show and is founder of the station's news department. Melanie works at Stony Brook's campus television studio. She has interned at WSHU Public Radio, Suffolk County Water Authority and the Express News Group. Melanie will graduate in the spring of 2023 with a bachelor's in journalism and a minor in environmental humanities.

Sydney Corwin

Sydney Corwin

Science Editor

Sydney is a journalism major with a creative writing minor. In addition to being part of the Press, she is a student writer for the Dean’s Office in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She spends her time listening to music and podcasts, reading, writing, taking care of her plants, going to the movies, thrifting, seeing concerts and doing the New York Times crossword.

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

Emily Scott

Emily Scott

Copy 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!

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.