Editors, Layout, and Business


Brian Messing


Brian Messing is the Editor-in-Chief of The Belltower, and has worked for the Belltower since 2016. Brian is a senior from Bainbridge Island, Washington, double majoring in Accounting and Political Science. Writing is a huge passion of Brian’s. Brian enjoys writing all kinds of things, including news articles, short stories, books, screen plays and plays, but mostly politics. In addition to writing for The Belltower, Brian is also the President of Saint Martin’s Model United Nations Club. Outside of academics, Brian enjoy hanging out with his friends, watching movies and going for walks in the forest around the Saint Martin’s campus.


Managing Editor

Emma Dobbs

IMG_5906aEmma Dobbs is the News/Lifestyles section editor for The Belltower. This is her second year in this role. Emma is a sophomore educational studies major. Originally from Rochester, Wash., Emma moved to Lacey during high school and stayed in the area to attend Saint Martin’s. Emma is employed off-campus as a childcare coordinator and before school aide and spends much of her free time working in childcare. When Emma is not on campus or working, she enjoys playing piano or spending time with her family.


Section Editors

Sophia Lim


Sophia Lim is continuing her second year as a Section Editor for The Belltower and really enjoys working with the team. She is all the way from the island of American Samoa and is therefore quite unsure how she ended up 5,144 miles away from home to study as a Communications major and English minor here in Saint Martin’s University. Her dog named Honey has more friends than she does on campus. Sophia enjoys the subject of animals, books, and Harry Potter, so feel free to come to her if you want to discuss any or all of those.


Atlas Kulish


Nicholas Sarysz


Layout Team

Mikaela: Layout and Marketing Manager


Mikaela Hobson has been with The Belltower for one year and is the Layout and Marketing Manager. She is currently a junior majoring in Business Administration with a double concentration in Management and Accounting and minoring in Psychology. Originally from Seattle, Wash., Mikaela moved to Lacey in 2017 to attend Saint Martin’s University. Mikaela is currently interning at the Wash. State Legislature and enjoys dancing, theatre, and Tarantino movies.


Tuilei Scanlan: Layout Assistant


Hi everyone! My name is Tuilei Scanlan or Tui for short. I was born on the island of Oahu but was raised in American Samoa. I’m currently a sophomore pursuing an English major and a writing minor. This is my first year as a layout assistant with the Belltower, and I’m excited to contribute my own flare to the paper. I’m super passionate about writing and learning about the Japanese culture! I am also a huge fan of music so don’t be afraid to come up to me and suggest some new tunes!


Jillian Leonard: Web Manager


Hello, hello, hello! Jillian here! But most people call me Jilli. This year will be my third year working with The Belltower as the Web Manager. Some of you may have seen me as an orientation leader, or maybe in Cebula Hall as I am also a third-year Civil Engineering student. I hope to obtain my dual master’s degree in Civil Engineering and Engineering management after I graduate with a bachelor’s. So, you guys will see me for a while! Outside of school life, I absolutely love watching binge worthy shows, hanging with friends and family, and surrounding myself with dogs whenever I can.


Business Team

Pablo Rodriguez: Financial Manager


Hi Belltower readers! My name is Pablo Rodriguez – my friends call me Pabs. This is my first time being in the Financial Manager position. I am a senior from Walla Walla, Washington majoring in Business Administration with dual concentrations in Economics and Finance. I also work as a Recreation Specialist at the Charneski Recreation Center, am a shift supervisor for the Annual Fund and a former student officer for the Office of Public Safety. I’m currently interning at Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) within their Executive Office. In my free time I enjoy watching crime documentaries, playing pool and card games, and conspiracy theories. I am fond of the outdoors, specifically hiking and running, trying new food and not taking things too seriously. Post SMU, I’m looking towards attending law school in hopes of working in either Real Estate Law or International Law. That being said, thanks for supporting The Belltower!


Kirsten Jones: Distribution and Ad Specialist


3 Responses to “Editors, Layout, and Business”

    • belltowersmu

      Currently we do not have the writers listed on our meet the staff page! We are working to get bios for them to place on the website soon!


    Just read the last edition of BellTower. VERY impressed with the range of topics covered, the quality of the content and the writing, and I surely learned LOTS by the info and insights provided. It’s a real buffet of content, from local to national to “global”, fun to dive into because of the diversity. It helped me understand what’s up on campus, made me think about issues that confront all of us, and had a nice mix of heavy and light topics. All of this to say: NICE work, folks; know it’s appreciated from cover to cover (as is online access too). It’s a meaningful, enjoyable product of which you can collectively be proud.
    Gery, class of ‘71


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