Grace Klinefelter
Executive Editor

Grace is a junior from Omaha, Nebraska, double majoring in Spanish and political science. Outside of the paper she enjoys drinking tea, missing her cats, reading too much political news coverage, and taking care of her ever-growing collection of plants. Her future plans are nebulous at best but involve graduate school, traveling, and a lot of foreign policy.

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Karen Larionova
Executive Editor

Karen is a junior from Eden Prairie, MN. She is majoring in English, Russian, and education with a concentration in race and ethnic studies. Karen enjoys emo music and reading Shakespeare, although her favorite thing to do is play with her cat, Chip. Karen aspires to become a high school English teacher and inspire other people to love reading and writing as much as she does.

Claire Strother
Managing Editor

Claire is a senior American studies and gender and sexuality studies major from Arlington Heights, Illinois. For now, you can most always find her in the Mess office, the KSTO studio, or playing Bananagrams in her pod. Come August, you’ll find her in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ian Baxter
Business Manager

Ian is a senior from Hopkins, MN. He is majoring in economics with an emphasis in management and is fueled by a steady flow of black tea and Cage lattes. Ian’s schedule is never hard to figure out — if you can’t find him half-studying in Holland Hall, he’s probably out in town trying to sell just one more ad.

Bekki Antonelli
Marketing Director

Bekki Antonelli is from Wellesley, Massachusetts and is majoring in computer science with a minor in German. She is currently working on a mobile app for the Mess and figuring out where all the Mess posters went. After graduation, she hopes to attend grad school for engineering and get a pair of Dalmatians. In her free time she bakes gluten free and collects plants.

Teague Lars Peterson-McGuire
Marketing Director

Teague Lars Peterson-McGuire ’23 is passionate about tropical fish, St. Olaf history, the great state of Wisconsin, and reading the Mess. He is a junior from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and is majoring in Film & Media Studies and Nordic Studies (which just involves a lot of studying.) When Teague isn’t trying to get everyone excited to read the Mess he’s usually working on his radio show, The Bathtub, attempting to speak Danish, or relaxing with a tobacco pipe.

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Caroline Peacore
News Editor

Caroline Peacore is a sophomore English and race and ethnic studies major from Pasadena, CA. While not editing news articles she works as a peer educator in the Wellness Center, participates in Red Brick Theatre Company, and co-chairs the St. Olaf Sexual Assault Resource Network (SARN). In her free time Caroline loves to talk about abolition and have impromptu dance parties.

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Jacob Maranda
News Editor

Jacob is from Rock Island, Illinois and is a confirmed philosophy and economics major. Sometimes also affectionately referred to as ‘Jake’, he enjoys watching inspiring journalistic movies and reading The New York Times. Jake has found writing for The Mess to be a particularly enlightening experience, as well as a great way to meet new people and discover more about the College he so loves. After St. Olaf, Jake sees himself somewhere in Chicago, doing something.

Ethan Robinson
Opinions Editor

Ethan is a sophomore English major from Osceola, Wisconsin. He enjoys spending countless hours reading, hiking, kayaking, and studying Star Wars lore. On campus he can be found in the library, skateboarding to class, playing board games with his friends, and walking in the natural lands. He is involved with the Mock Trial team, the boxing club, KSTO, and the non-profit NAHA.

Justin Vorndran
Opinions Editor

Justin is a junior English major who harbors an obsession with large trees, a near magical ability to run laps on the indoor track without getting bored (no music, either!), and a deep seated desire to be a cowboy. Justin hails from small-town Wisconsin, and after graduation, his plans are ambiguous but likely include living in the middle of nowhere, somewhere. He can be found in Larson 713 at any time of day, if you want to throw hands.

Ainsley Francis
A&E Editor

Ainsley is a sophomore English major from Charlotte, North Carolina. She enjoys Googling answers to your obscure questions and spending too much time talking about the Bachelor franchise. When not playing games with her friends, Ainsley can be found around campus listening to music, enjoying a muffin from the Cage, or on a walk in the Natural Lands.

Harper Lagares
Sports Editor

Harper is a senior theater and gender and sexuality studies major from nowhere in particular, having lived in Texas, California, Shanghai, and Washington. When she’s not working on the paper or watching sports, she spends her time reading, having dance parties with her pod-mates, and going down IMDB rabbit holes. Eventually, she hopes to attend grad school to become a social studies teacher.

Martha Slaven
Variety Editor

Martha Slaven (she/her) is a sophomore from St. Paul, Minnesota. She is probably going to study psychology, art history, and management studies, but all of that is subject to change.  Martha enjoys reading historical fiction novels, watching movies, and millinery. She politely requests to pet your dog.

Anna Mulhern
Features Editor

Anna is a senior. She has two toenails that are falling off, ten fingernails that are fine, and once opened a game of Bananagrams with the word “vociferous.”

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Grace Quayle
Web Editor

Grace is a junior from Wichita, KS. She is majoring in English with a concentration in Media Studies. When not in class, she can usually be found going to concerts or playing video games with her cat, Zuko. You can easily befriend her by giving her an iced latte or mentioning Phoebe Bridgers.

Madelyn Wood
Photo Director

Madelyn Wood is a senior biology major from Arlington, Virginia. She is a professional photographer whose work has been featured in The Washington Post and National Geographic. When not taking photos you can find her ballroom dancing, studying milkweed, and petting other people’s pets.

Eliza Johnson
Copy Editor

Eliza is a sophomore from Kansas City. She is majoring in psychology and plays the clarinet in the St. Olaf Band. She is also a part of the Northfield Notes club. Her go-to coffee drink at the cage is an iced soy vanilla latte. In her free time, she likes to watch documentaries, spend all of her Ole Dollars at the vending machines, and hang out with friends. After college, she plans to go back to school at least once.

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Copy Editor
Maren Findlay
Copy Editor

Maren is a theatre major from the middle of Minneapolis, even though she is a country girl at heart. She likes to read historical fiction and true crime, and write poetry. She has a little grey cat named Frankie who is very spoiled and has plans to get more cats with her fiancé Sadie post-grad. In her free time, she likes to go bouldering and create extravagant garden plots that only partially become realized. Please talk to her about cryptids.

Charlotte Smith
Copy Editor
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Kenzie Todd

Kenzie Todd is a senior biology and studio art major from Sioux Falls, SD. She enjoys painting, teaching anatomy, telling people she has diabetes, and making up fake Norwegian words to people who don’t know any better. After St. Olaf, Kenzie will be attending graduate school in the UK for medical illustration and hopes to find a career in forensic anthropology or surgical illustration.

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Andrew Mazariegos

Andrew a sophomore from the Southside of Chicago, Illinois. He is majoring in environmental studies and studio art. He loves doodling, photography, and playing video games as well as playing cards. He’s pretty good at Mario Party. He works for the Admissions Office, Taylor Center and now as an illustrator for the Mess.

Zoe Esterly
Senior Reporter

Zoe is a sophomore from Ottawa, Canada. She plans to major in psychology and education. When she is not writing, she enjoys working with kids, traveling, and laughing at a good goat video.

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Senior Reporter
Gerald Wood
Sports Writer

Gerald is a junior from the small town of Clintonville, Wisconsin, majoring in English and Art History. When he’s not cheering on the St. Olaf sports teams or working on his next story, you’ll likely find Gerald shooting hoops, establishing his Mario Kart dominance over his roommates, or enjoying a classic movie. After graduation, Gerald intends on going to law school.