The Student News Site of University of California - San Diego

The UCSD Guardian

The Student News Site of University of California - San Diego

The UCSD Guardian

The Student News Site of University of California - San Diego

The UCSD Guardian

2023-2024 Staff

Raymond Tran
Editor-in-Chief

Raymond Tran

Outside of the newspaper, Raymond enjoys playing video games, making animal noises, and watching shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Glee, and Avatar The La...

Alexander Olsen
Managing Editor

Alexander Olsen

Alexander is a fourth-year computer science student, a niche internet micro-celebrity, a hobbyist photojournalist, and thinks you should listen to Geese.

Carter Castillo
News Editor

Carter Castillo

Second year Comparative Politics Major and passionate student journalist. Proud owner of a 2012 Toyota Prius.

Kaitlin Lee
News Editor

Kaitlin Lee

Haiku: Me, senior, crazy! Major?: Cognitive Science Send me cat TikToks

Opinion Editor

Marcella Barneclo

A&E Co-Editor

Kamiah Johnson

A&E Co-Editor

Xuan Ly

Xuan is a third-year global health major and art history minor. She loves seahorses, laying on the grass, and anything by Ocean Vuong. ...

Vivian Dueker
Features Editor

Vivian Dueker

California native and avid rock climber, Vivian pursues her interest in the social sciences through investigative articles on student-centered issues.

Bradley Beggs
Lifestyle Editor

Bradley Beggs

Education Graduate Student Bradley Beggs is know for his wit, charm, and humbleness. When he's not editing for The UCSD Guardian, he's wrangling 24 third...

Samantha Phan
Lifestyle Associate Editor

Samantha Phan

Samantha is a third year literature and sociology student. When she isn't writing for the UCSD Guardian she is probably laying in bed.

Features Co-Editor

Oishee Misra

Oishee loves art, history, philosophy, economics, books, and writing. Her ideal day is one that is spent lounging around a bookstore with a cup of coffee.

Elise Jonas-Delson
Chief Copy Editor

Elise Jonas-Delson

Bios are not my forte.

Chaz Cepielik-Weeks
Copy Associate Editor

Chaz Cepielik-Weeks

Chaz Cepielik-Weeks, 21, UCSD undergrad, gives his address as 10114-9050 Gilman Drive, but spends most of his time in Tijuana. He began writing at the...

Adalia Luo
Design Co-Editor

Adalia Luo

Minivan driver and professional nuisance. Scorpio woman. Xtra-flavor blasted goldfish aficionado....

Sonia McSwain
Design Co-Editor

Sonia McSwain

Still a little bit silly, still a whole lot of goofy. Lover of the hit 2016 film "La La Land" and F1 driver Carlos Sainz jr.  Sonia is an English literature...

Sports Associate Editor

Sanaya Vakharia

Ava Bayley
Art Editor

Ava Bayley

As the Art Editor, Ava spends the majority of her time double majoring in Human Biology and Sociology, working as an EMT, and pursuing medicine as a care...

Keita Kobayashi
Photo Editor

Keita Kobayashi

Photo team, best team (W.I.P)

Millie Root
Photo Editor

Millie Root

Millie loves the way light reflects off bus windows, artisenal teas, and community co-ops. Join Millie on the journey of a lifetime to tell important stories...

Kurt Johnston
Sports Editor

Kurt Johnston

Kurt is a third year international studies–political science major who probably cares too much about sports. Interests include writing, NYT Mini Puzzles,...

Ifunanya Okoroma
Data Visualization Editor

Ifunanya Okoroma

Ifunanya (if-uh-nahn-yuh) is a third-year data science student who spends their free time trying to be the most pretentious human being alive by consuming...

Thomas Murphy
Co-Webmaster & Associate Photo Editor

Thomas Murphy

I work on the website and take-a the pretty pictures

Sarah He
Co-Webmaster, Photographer & Data Visualizer

Sarah He

1st year | Data Science & Cognitive Science

Multimedia Editor

Mia Martin

Sydney Huynh
Advertising Director

Sydney Huynh

Hi! I'm currently a second year majoring in International Business and minoring in Technology, Information, and Supply Chain. When I'm not trying to make...

Ava Beisenstein
Marketing Director

Ava Beisenstein

When Ava isn't writing niche papers on ancient archaeology or marine life, you can find her throwing frisbees or eating cheese curds. Voted "Most Likely...

Mila De La Torre
Photographer

Mila De La Torre

Justin Lu
Photographer

Justin Lu

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Justin finds time to compile KR&B playlists and enjoy good food whenever he's not covering events. Other interests include...

Sophie Nourbakhsh
Photographer

Sophie Nourbakhsh

I am an aspiring physician. Go reds.

Photographer

Amanda Parmele

Gauri Swarup
Photographer

Gauri Swarup

Business econ major, Coming from Singapore, I love travelling, music and photography!

Hana Tobias
Photographer

Hana Tobias

Hana is a fourth year Cognitive Science major.

Elise Garza
Copy Reader

Elise Garza

Second year International Studies, Political Science major with a minor Environemental Systems.

Kokoro Igawa
Copy Reader

Kokoro Igawa

Kokoro is a second-year sociology and social inequality major who lives for bagels, Taylor Swift, correcting grammar, and crushing the daily NYTimes games.

Grace Martin
Copy Reader

Grace Martin

I am a first year Political Science major, a SZA listener, and an avid Letterboxd user.

Copy Reader

Alexandra Mirman

Alexandra is a second-year media major who loves photography, playing the piano, and going ice skating. She also helps broadcast school sports games live...

Marjorie Pradhan
Copy Reader

Marjorie Pradhan

copy that?

Copy Reader

Edward Zhang

Bailey Bujnosek
Senior Staff Writer

Bailey Bujnosek

Bailey is a fourth-year English literature and psychology double-major who watches too much reality tv. She likes listening to Mitski, Ricky Montgomery,...

Senior Staff Writer

Nikita Cardozo

Senior Staff Writer

Kaley Chun

Eru Ishikawa
Senior Staff Writer

Eru Ishikawa

Eru is a third-year Economics student who loves financial markets, Wes Anderson films, and oat-milk cortados.

Senior Staff Writer

Laila Del Rio

Senior Staff Writer

Tianrui Huang

Jake Lannon
Senior Staff Writer

Jake Lannon

4th year Communications major. Looking to work professionally in the field of sports media in the future and you should all read my articles no matter...

Senior Staff Writer

Kelly Loo

Third-year geoscience major and chemistry minor. Probably writing a Google Maps review right now.

Senior Staff Writer

Advaith Modali

Matthew Risley
Senior Staff Writer

Matthew Risley

I mostly write about film. Some of my favorite directors are Jean-Luc Godard, Wong Kar-wai, Tsai Ming-liang, and Andrei Tarkovsky.

Leah Schiffer
Senior Staff Writer

Leah Schiffer

Leah is a fourth-year English Literature and Communication double major at UCSD. When she isn't writing, you can likely find her caring for her beloved...

A&E Assistant Editor

Jonathan Shlesinger

Senior Staff Writer

Medha Upadhyay

Staff Writer

Louie Avalos

Kyan Baker
Staff Writer

Kyan Baker

Kyan Baker is a 2nd year at UCSD. His interests include hiking, eating leftovers, and competitive Mario Kart.

Gabbi Basa
Senior Staff Writer

Gabbi Basa

Gabbi is a 1st year neurobiology student, hungry reader, and metalhead. Talk to her about anything Stephen King or peruse her blog, The Geeky Gauntlet.

Wyatt Bose
Staff Writer

Wyatt Bose

Wyatt is a first-year political science student, an ardent sports-watcher, an impassioned Philadelphia sports fan, and the founder of his sports blog,...

Staff Writer

Kendall Clarida

I'm a first year majoring in Literature/Writing. I enjoy reading, watching Gilmore Girls, and writing poetry. Most importantly,,,I'm an Aquarius that shares...

Ava DeLuca
Staff Writer

Ava DeLuca

First year ICAM major who’s sometimes funny and always dresses inappropriately for the weather

Staff Writer

Anshul Govindu

Today is October 13, 2023. You heard it here first; the 49ers and Warriors are both winning the championship this year. Come back in June when I'm right.

Miriya Huie
Staff Writer

Miriya Huie

Exploring different styles of writing to find a better world....

Erin Kee
Staff Writer

Erin Kee

Hello! I'm a second-year Urban Studies and Planning major and love to write, meet, and learn about exciting people and their stories.

Staff Writer

Kashish Nizami

Kashish, who also goes by Kash, is double major in Global Health and Global South Studies, with a minor in Climate Change Studies. She is a lover of books,...

Sydney McDonald
Staff Writer

Sydney McDonald

Hello! I am a second-year clinical psychology major! I hope to write quality stories and meet many interesting people through The Guardian!

Senior Staff Writer

Erika Myong

Erika Myong is a third-year political science and literature writing student. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading the latest books or...

Jordan Nakagawa
Staff Writer

Jordan Nakagawa

i complain

Naisha Nallakula
Staff Writer

Naisha Nallakula

Hi, I'm Naisha! I'm a first-year econ major and political science minor! When I'm not writing for the Guardian, I'm probably dancing or sleeping.

Abby Offenhauser
Staff Writer

Abby Offenhauser

Abby is a first-year Literature/Writing major, ardent listener of fiction and talk podcasts, and lover of satire.

Yamile Peel
Senior Staff Writer

Yamile Peel

Yamile is a 2nd year Linguistics major and Art History minor who is obsessed with watching Gilmore Girls on repeat and movie analysis videos

Jaechan Preston Lee
Staff Writer

Jaechan Preston Lee

As a second year political science student, I love to write about contemporary political issues. From going to the border to interview migrants to opinions...

Alex Reinsch-Goldstein
Staff Writer

Alex Reinsch-Goldstein

Alex Reinsch-Goldstein is a third-year student at UCSD. His hobbies include lying immobilized in the jungle for several days at a time under the influence...

Staff Writer

Matthew Pham

Matthew Pham is a 3rd year Mathematics-CS Major with a minor in Literature/Writing. He is an avid collector of blu-rays and DVDs, enjoys Yeule’s music,...

Solen Ronarch
Staff Writer

Solen Ronarch

Hey! I'm Solen and I'm currently on The Guardian's news team. In my free time I like to read, watch movies, and hang out with friends.

Staff Writer

Mehri Sadri

When she isn't stalking Twitter for new article ideas, Mehri can be found (gladly) coordinating local government's policy and outreach efforts through...

Matteo Schaffner
Staff Writer

Matteo Schaffner

"G-7, F-7, Ebmaj7, A7b9" -Wayne Shorter. Matteo Schaffner is a junior neurobiology major from Atlanta, GA. He speaks Italian and Spanish, and loves music...

Arshia Singh
Staff Writer

Arshia Singh

lover of all things movies and music, warm-scented candles, philosophy, sour candy, and silver jewelry. usually has a book in one hand and a yerba in the...

Sofia Shaw
Staff Writer

Sofia Shaw

Sofi is a second-year history and art history student who is passionate about soup, music, and blowing their money in local coffee shops.

Staff Writer

Katherine Tewksbery

4th year Comm major, minors in film and writing Aspiring screen writer

Jonathan Zhang
Staff Writer

Jonathan Zhang

Foodie fanatic and comedy connoisseur.

Kevin Zhu
Staff Writer

Kevin Zhu

Kevin is a first year Data Science major. He is on par to become the biggest corporate sellout, covering up his actually very artsy inside by presenting...

Contributing Writer

Chelsea Blankenchip

Chelsea is a doctorate student in UCSD's Biomedical Sciences Program who has a passion for science communication. Her research focuses on bacteria but she...

Contributing Writer

Kalohelani Danbara

Giselle Hinojosa
Senior Staff Writer

Giselle Hinojosa

I'm a first year Communications major, looking to work professionally as a journalist. When I'm not writing I'm either watching sports, out trying new...

Contributing Writer

Ryan Kirton

I am a junior majoring in Psychology and Communications and I am on the swim team.

Contributing Writer

Melanie Khachatryan

Lina Mauk
Staff Writer

Lina Mauk

Third year Clinical Psychology major. My goal is to continue writing while pursuing a career in therapy! I enjoy taking photos and devoting my time to...

Contributing Writer

Nam Nguyen

Max Rivett
Contributing Writer

Max Rivett

Opinionated.

Contributing Writer

Senji Torrey

Senji is a third-year transfer student majoring in Communication. With three years of grueling high school newspaper experience under his belt, Senji is...

Contributing Writer

Marcos Vedoya

Layout Designer

Jackie Damato

Dave Vo
Layout Designer

Dave Vo

A hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian dedication that supercalifragilisticexpialidociously recapitulates the magnanimous, stream-of-conscious jaunt of Dave...

Data Visualizer

Oishani Bandopadhyay

Oishani is a third year Cognitive Science major with a Machine Learning Specialization, and she thinks overrated is a meaningless word because if people...

Data Visualizer

Rona Darabi

Data Visualizer

Sophia Fang

Learning three languages, proficient in none

Data Visualizer

Nicolas Toon

Souplantation lover... oh wait-

Marketing Staff

Mimi Le

Mimi is a fourth-year Communication major, whose goal is to work in marketing or graphic design. During her free time, Mimi enjoys hanging out with friends,...

Marketing Staff

Ivan Ramirez

Marketing Staff

Daniella Salgado

Communication major with a love for people from all different walks of life. I enjoy playing ukulele, song writing!

Allen Chen
Illustrator

Allen Chen

Allen Chen is a third year HCI Design major, and a lactose-intolerant ice cream lover.

Associate News Editor

Natalia Montero Acevedo

A Political Science major, Natalia Montero loves to engage with on-site reporting to connect with communities’ affairs. Be warned, she will bombard you...

Contributing Staff Writer

Sky Ueki

A philosophy student by trade, Sky Ueki was born and raised in Japan where he learned his love for food. He's often found in the kitchen, passionately de...

Audree Melekyan

Audree Melekyan

Hello everyone! My name is Audree and I am a transfer student majoring in Public Health with a Concentration in Medicine Sciences. I love the medical field...

Contributing Writer

Reanna Roblin

Contributing Writer

Nicholas Reason

Divya Devarkonda
Staff Writer

Divya Devarkonda

Divya is part of the class of 2027, majoring in economics and political science. When she's not writing for the Guardian, you can probably find her trying...

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