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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

Nick Wurm

Nick Wurm

Managing Editor, Satire Editor

Nick is a journalism major 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.

Emily Scott

Emily Scott

Associate Editor, Music Editor

Emily is the Lead Copy Editor, and one half of the music section editors at The Press. She 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

Business Executive, Multimedia Editor

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

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

Culture 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.

Keating Zelenke

Keating Zelenke

Features Editor, Graphics Editor

Keating is a second year journalism student with a filmmaking minor. She enjoys funky art and hopes to one day make documentaries. She can be contacted at keating.zelenke@stonybrook.edu

Julio Taku

Julio Taku

Culture Editor, Music Editor

Julio Taku is the Culture & Music Editor for The Stony Brook 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.”

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.

Sam Rowland

Sam Rowland

Science Editor

Sam Rowland is a senior journalism major 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. As the new science co-editor, he wants to help people not naturally interested in science know the importance, wonder and dangers of modern science and technology. You can contact him at samuel.rowland@stonybrook.edu

Anthony Leon

Anthony Leon

Sports Editor

Anthony is a Journalism major and sports editor at The Press. He is an avid basketball, music and football fan who aspires to cover these industries.

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.

Cris Zhang

Cris Zhang

Graphics Editor

Cris is a design editor at The Press. She is a psychology major with a minor in studio art. She is a total book nerd who especially loves mystery. When she’s not reading, you can find her doing art or daydreaming.

Jeni Dhodary

Jeni Dhodary

Ombudsman

Jeni was a philosophy and economics double major at Stony Brook University who hopes to one day make a breakthrough in political theory. You can contact her at jenishma.dhodary@stonybrook.edu

Justin Ligasan

Justin Ligasan

Ombudsman

Justin Ligasan is an ombudsman and former satire editor for The Press. He also created the Press Plants program, in which he sells plants grown at Stony Brook to raise money for charities.