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.
Hi, my name is Eric Parks, and I am the managing editor for The Belltower. I am a junior and am in this position for the first time this year. Last year, I was the sports section editor, and the year before that I was a sports writer for The Belltower. My major is business administration with a concentration in accounting and I am minoring in math as well. When I’m not involved in school activities, I’m probably hanging out with friends, listening to music, or relaxing by myself.
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.
Emma 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.
Mikaela: Layout Manager
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.
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!
Astrid Serrano: Distribution Specialist
Hola Belltower readers! My name is Astrid Serrano and my preferred pronouns are She, Her, and Hers, currently a senior studying Business Administration with a concentration in economics. I am from Los Angeles, California, but grateful to call the PNW my second home. It is my first year working for the Belltower and I am excited to expand and develop a method to ensure our monthly editions are at the most convenient places for you all. If you have any recommendations for a distribution site, feel free to reach out to me! I am also the RA for the all women’s floor in Baran Hall, the Women of Color student coordinator, Cheer co-captain, and Catholic Relief Service ambassador coordinator. Looking forward to my last year at SMU. Go Saints!