Staff Profiles

Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Maria Vesperi

General Editor

Giulia Heyward

Pronouns: She/Her

Year: Thesis

AOC: Publication Studies (Specialized AOC)

Home town: Miami

Semesters spent on the Catalyst: 7

Giulia L. Heyward is a thesis student at the New College of Florida. She is also one of the editors of the school’s undergraduate research journal, Aeolus. She is the founder/photographer behind the As We Are New College Project, the Publication Relations Officer for the school’s Black Student Union and one of the members of the Black History Month Planning Committee. Her work has been previously published in publications such as Unravel, Nimbus, Columbus Monthly, and Columbus Alive!


Managing Editor

Magdalene Taylor

Pronouns: She/Her

Year: Thesis

AOC: Media & Cultural Studies (Specialized AOC)

Favorite bands: Korn, The Dixie Chicks


Magdalene is a third-year pursuing Media & Cultural Studies, an AOC that does not really exist here. Her main academic interests are Insane Clown Posse and Lacan. In addition to being Online Editor of the Catalyst, she is also a contributing writer for BrooklynVegan. She has a bad habit of taking naps after 7pm.


Copy Editor/Writing Coach

Ryan Paice

Pronouns: He/Him

Year: Thesis

AOC: English

Interests: Sports, the Boston Celtics, writing, being happy

Semesters spent on the Catalyst: 8

Ryan is originally from NH, but has spent the last seven years of his life in Florida. His favorite movie is The Dark Knight, and his favorite TV show is Breaking Bad. He is tall but ironically dislikes heights. Almost always wearing kelly green.


Layout Editors

Anya María Contreras-García

Pronouns: She/Her

Year: Second

Home town: Miami

AOC: Anthropology / Spanish Language and Culture

Semesters spent on the Catalyst: This is Anya’s third semester on the Catalyst

An aspiring journalist, Anya most often writes articles about social justice including her weekly Activist Newsletter column. When she isn’t writing articles or working on layout for the Catalyst, Anya enjoys doing her friends’ natal charts and taking care of her guinea pigs. Her favorite thing in the world is going home to Miami to be with her family.


Jordi F. Gonzalez

Pronouns: He/Him

Year: Second-year transfer

Home town: Miami

AOC: Philosophy / Psychology

Favorite Bands: The Beatles and Pink Floyd

Jordi is an ENFP personality type and a lover of life, radical ideas, poetry, life changing quotes, creating his own chill acoustic music (singer/songwriter style), making people laugh, and anything involving getting to swim in water. Meditation and appreciation for nature have speedingly consumed his life and journalism has always been an interest for him.


Online Editor

Jacob Wentz

Pronouns: He/Him

Year: Second

Home town: Ocala

AOC: International Studies / French / Music

Interests: Saxophone, jazz, casual running, graphic design

Jacob is a second-year student interested in international relations, communications and business, and aspires to find a career that permits travel. He enjoys Goldfish crackers, electronic music production and animals of all sizes. Jacob secretly can’t wait until he’s 32 and has a husband, a labradoodle and kids. He just wants to settle down and be a rad sax dad and make his nana and gran-gran proud.


Social Media Editor

Jason D’Amours

Year: Third

AOC: Sociology / Gender Studies

Home town: New Port Richey

Semesters spent on the Catalyst: This is Jason’s second semester on the Catalyst


Jason is a third-year student studying sociology and gender studies, who is particularly interested in the power of everyday interactions and their ability to shape the social structure. Jason is a vegan, a barista, a dog lover, a quadruple Scorpio and an intern at ALSO Youth.


Staff Writers and Photographers

Miranda “Mana” Gale

Pronouns: She/Her

Year: Thesis

AOC: Philosophy

Home town: Indian Shores / Seminole

Semesters spent on the Catalyst: This is her first semester on the Catalyst


Mana enjoys coconut LaCroix, taking naps with cats, and pairing mules with perfectly fitted jeans. She blogs about food/whatever comes in front of her lens and enjoys writing short fiction about angels and Florida. Someday, she would really like take photos for weddings or fashion lookbooks or nature or something.


Noah Baslaw

Pronouns: He/Him

Year: Third

AOC: Human Pluralism

Home town: Eugene, Oregon

Semesters spent on the Catalyst: This is his first semester on the Catalyst

I support the global insurrection against banker occupation, and I hope to spread financial literacy in this increasingly financialized world. I have always loved songs and questions.

Cole Zelznak

Pronouns: He/Him

Year: Thesis

AOC: History

Home town: Tallahassee

Semesters spent on the Catalyst: This is his first semester on the Catalyst

Cole collects vintage magazines and works at the campus bike shop. He wants to go into archiving or maybe emergency management, he’s not sure. Cole likes writing about history but can’t wait to finish his thesis.

Azia Keever

Pronouns: She/Her

Year: Thesis

AOC: Literature

Home town: Key Largo

Semesters spent on the Catalyst: This is her first semester on the Catalyst

Azia is often found underneath her carrell in the Jane Bancroft library trying to find a comfortable position to read a book. She enjoys sailing, lemon-lime Gatorade, new office supplies, and accidentally checking out too many books, way more than she can get to before she has to return them. When not underneath her suffer cubby, she enjoys taking leisurely walks to get more lemon-lime Gatorade at the local Shell.


Michala Head

Pronouns: She/Her

Year: Third

AOC: Anthropology

Home town: Sarasota

Zodiac: Pisces

Michala enjoys writing, reading, and painting. When she is not trying to be artsy or studying anthropology, you can usually find her at the gym or listening to music whilst walking around in the blistering, Florida heat. She also loves hanging out with animals and will definitely ask to pet your dog.


Samantha Ramirez

Pronouns: She/Her

Year: First

AOC: Literature

Home town: Ocala

Semesters spent on the Catalyst: This is her first semester on the Catalyst

Samantha Ramirez is a first year student, who is still trying to adapt to the New College lifestyle. Writing for the Catalyst allows her voice to be heard, and she usually has a lot she wants to say. In her spare time she enjoys working out, listening to Bob Seger, and drinking around 3 cokes a day. Samantha can’t wait to become an international journalist, marry her high-school sweetheart and have a hip apartment in the city.


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