Our Staff 2023-24
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Laken Franchetti ’24 serves as the Editor-in-Chief for The Gettysburgian. She has previously served as News Editor, Assistant News Editor and as a staff writer for the news and arts and entertainment sections. Laken is an English with a writing concentration and history double major. On-campus, she is the Editor-in-Chief for Her Campus, the Nonfiction Genre Head for The Mercury and a user services assistant at Musselman Library. Laken is also a Lincoln scholar and spent the Fall ’22 semester abroad in London and Lancaster, England. In her free time, Laken is an avid film fan and enjoys reading.
Ella Prieto ’26 serves as the Managing Editor for the Gettysburgian. Previously, she worked as the News Editor, Assistant News Editor and as a staff writer for the News and Arts & Entertainment sections. Ella is a double major in Public Policy and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a Writing Minor. On campus, Ella volunteers with the Casa Swim program, is an It’s On Us Fellow in the Office of Sexual Respect and Title IX, and the President of the Panhellenic Council. She loves to read and keep up with celebrity drama in her free time.
Magazine Editor, Eric Lippe ’24
Eric Lippe ’24 serves as the Magazine Editor for the Gettysburgian. Eric acted as the Director of Photography during the 2022-2023 school year. He is a Theatre and Cinema & Media Studies double major with a writing minor. On campus, he works for the Theatre Department as a photographer, is the House Leader of Humor House, and is a member of the Owl & Nightingale Player’s BOD.
Will Oehler ’26 is a Cinema and Media Studies Major with a double language Minor in French and Italian. Outside of The Gettysburgian, Will is an Outdoor Facilitator for the Garthwait Leadership Center and volunteers at a local non-profit, Waldo’s & Company.
Sophie Lange ’26 is the News Editor for The Gettysburgian. Previously, she served as Assistant News Editor and as a Staff Writer for the News section. Sophie is an Environmental Studies, Spanish and Public Policy triple major from northern Maryland. On campus, she is a research assistant for the Environmental Studies Department and a member of the inaugural Interfaith Council. In her free time, Sophie enjoys spending time outdoors and writing.
Assistant News Editor, Brandon Fey ’27
Brandon Fey ’27 is the Assistant News Editor for the Gettysburgian. He has previously served as a staff writer for the News and Features sections. Brandon is a History and International and Global Studies double major with a French minor. In addition to the newspaper, he is also the Vice President of the John Quincy Adams Society, an active member of the Newman Association, and an Eisenhower Scholar. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys historical reenacting, beekeeping, and volunteering at Washington Crossing Historic Park in Bucks County PA.
Opinions Editor, Lead Copy Editor & Content Manager (Fall), Vince DiFonzo ’25
Vincent DiFonzo ’25 is the Opinions Editor, Lead Copy Editor and Content Manager for The Gettysburgian, previously serving as Content Manager. He is an IGS international affairs and history double major with a minor in political science and economics. Outside the Gettysburgian, Vince is an editor for the Gettysburg Social Science Review (GSSR), enjoys participating in Eisenhower Institute programs, and works for Counseling and Wellness Services. Vince loves traveling, geography, and discovering new music, and plans to study abroad in Berlin in the spring.
Opinions Editor (Spring), Terra Hobler ’26
Terra Hobler was a writer in the Opinions section of the Gettysburgian during their freshman year and will be working as the editor of Opinions during the spring semester. Terra is a political science and public policy double major with a concentration in environmental studies. They’re also involved with the Gettysburg college club eSports. Terra loves hearing people out on any and all current happenings: controversial or not.
Kenzie Smith ’26 is the Arts & Entertainment Editor for The Gettysburgian. Previously, she served as a Staff Writer for the News and Arts & Entertainment sections. Kenzie is an English with a writing concentration major and Environmental Studies minor originally hailing from Everett, PA. Outside The Gettysburgian, Kenzie is a tour guide for the Admissions Office, a contributing editor for The Mercury, and a member of The Women’s Network. In her free time, you can find Kenzie listening to music, writing poetry, and hanging out with friends.
David Goldman ’24 is an economics major with a business and data science double minor. He has served as a sports writer for The Gettysburgian since freshman year. On campus, he is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and works for the athletic communications office.
Laurel Bennett ’24 is the Features Editor for The Gettysburgian. She previously worked as a staff writer for the news and features sections. Laurel is a political science major and an English minor from Carlisle, PA. Outside of The Gettysburgian, she is a member of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, serves as co-president of Pre-Law club, and is an avid horse-back rider.
Katie Lauriello ’25 serves as the Lead Copy Editor for The Gettysburgian in the spring semester. She formerly worked as a copy editor for the News section. Katie is a double major in English and an Individualized major called Digital & Social Media Marketing, coming from Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. After studying abroad for a semester in Lancaster, England, she hopes to return with newfound skills in communications. Additionally, Katie enjoys reading fantasy series and traveling.
Zach Brooks ’25 is an English Major with a writing concentration and music minor. On campus Zach is involved in the symphony orchestra where he plays the violin and a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity where he currently serves as corresponding secretary.
Cassidy Haines ’26 serves as the Social Media Manager for The Gettysburgian. She is also a copy editor for the news and features sections and has written for the opinions section. Cassidy is an English major with a writing concentration and women, gender, and sexuality studies minor. Around campus, she works in the English department as a student administrative assistant, serves as the Fiction Genre Head for The Mercury, and is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority where she currently serves as Honor Council Chair. In her free time, you can find Cassidy reading on the beach and listening to music.