Meet The Daily’s spring columnists

Julian Caracotsios and Yoni Muller, Opinion Editors

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Yoni Muller is one of the Opinion editors this spring. He is a Weinberg junior majoring in economics, math and mathematical methods in the social sciences. After editing in the fall, he took a hiatus and is pumped to return to his post this quarter. He is a member of Northwestern Investment Management Group and loves watching movies and TV, eating exorbitant amounts of junk food and hibernating in his spare time.

Julian Caracotsios is the other Opinion editor. He is a Weinberg senior majoring in math. He was Opinion editor with Caryn Lenhoff last quarter and was Yoni’s assistant Fall Quarter. Outside The Daily, he works for NU Tutors and is a teaching assistant for the math department. He is an avid reader and loves the television series “Battlestar Galactica” and “House of Cards.”

Caryn Lenhoff is Yoni and Julian’s assistant. She is a senior political science and communication studies major and history minor. She has been editing for Opinion since her second quarter at NU and is excited to return to the desk after a term as desk editor. Originally from Delaware, her interests include music, American politics and complaining about the cold.

Josh Walfish a Medill senior who is going to use his NU education to write about something other than sports every Monday. You likely know him from his days as a sportswriter for this publication. There will be sport metaphors and other cliches from the sports arena, but Josh promises the columns will be a new adventure for him. He is looking forward to interacting with all of you.

Yoni Pinto is a Weinberg freshman from Istanbul, Turkey planning to major in computer science and something else. Along with his interest in political developments going on around the world, he follows the developments of the newest consumer technology. Yoni is also a huge sports fan, devotedly following his local football —“soccer” — team Galatasaray, as well as Arsenal and the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.

Meera Patel is a McCormick junior from Coppell, Texas, studying industrial engineering. She has been writing for the Opinion desk since last spring and loves snow, writing, singing, “New Girl” and Ian Somerhalder. She loves The Daily and can’t wait to write for another quarter! She is passionate about promoting healthy relationships as shown by her involvement in Take Back the Night, College Feminists and Alpha Chi Omega.

Katy Vines is a Weinberg freshman double-majoring in psychology and cognitive science. Her favorite things include watching Netflix, reading book series, and spending time with friends and family. At NU, she takes pride in being in Chi Omega and in writing for The Daily. She’s excited to start her third quarter as an Opinion columnist.

Trevor Stoimenoff is a Weinberg sophomore on the pre-med track, majoring in biology with a human communication studies minor. He is also a member of Club Tennis and the Student Health Advisory Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys eating at Chipotle way too often, watching horror movies, listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Greatest Hits” album on repeat and cheering on Northwestern athletics.

Angela Lin is an undecided Weinberg freshman. A Washington native raised in the majestic capital of Olympia, she enjoys running, evergreen trees, art conversations and Thai food. She is an avid baker and can often be found attempting to bake in Hinman’s minimalist dorm kitchen.

Meredith Goodman is a Weinberg junior majoring in economics and pursuing the Integrated Marketing Communications certificate. She hails from Austin, Texas, home of live music and the best breakfast tacos in the land. Meredith enjoys writing about sports, pop culture and campus events.

Jonathan Roach is a Weinberg sophomore majoring in philosophy. He grew up in Cambridge, Mass., and decided to escape the brutal northeastern weather by coming to school in Evanston. If he is not writing, you can find him tutoring with NU Heights or watching some obscure classic film. He also fancies The Strokes and Louis CK, and, from time to time, will take down an entire block of gruyere in one sitting.

Raisa Chowdhury is a junior double majoring in industrial engineering and economics. She is from Dhaka, Bangladesh and greatly enjoys discovering new cultures, meeting new people and learning new things. By the time she is 60, Raisa hopes to have traveled all over and continue to find new things that surprise her and make the world a fascinating place. If she discovers something revolutionary, she has promised herself to write a book about it.

Matt Gates is an undecided Weinberg freshman. Originally from New Jersey, he is a member of Autism Speaks.

Ekin Zeytinoglu is a 20-year-old freshman from Istanbul who is double majoring in industrial engineering and economics. He also hopes to complete a philosophy minor. When first asked what drew him to writing, he said he loves exploring the controversial events and identity crises in Europe and Middle East.

Selena Parnon is an art history and art theory and practice major from Corvallis, Ore., and plans on graduating in 2016.  This is Selena’s fourth quarter drawing for The Daily, making it her longest-held position on campus.  She is also a member of Pi Beta Phi, Northwestern Art Review, and Northwestern GreekBuild. She also works twice at week at Rosenthal Fine Art, Inc. in downtown Chicago.  Selena is convinced Spring Quarter will be the best one at Northwestern to date and is excited to start drawing weekly cartoons.

Tom Cui is a Weinberg junior majoring in mathematics and economics. Though his undergraduate education mostly reflects attempts to claw into grad school and find a career afterward, he puts time on the side to write on political and social issues. The Daily is his third stint writing for a student publication. Further time on the side is dedicated to leadership in the Rainbow Alliance and a teaching assistant position in the math department. Interests apart from these positions are tangential.

Sai Folmsbee is a fourth-year M.D./Ph.D. Feinberg graduate student. This is his third quarter writing for The Daily, where he writes to promote scientific skepticism, science literacy and a humanizing perspective on medicine. He is also a contributor to the online medical publication “2 Minute Medicine,” where he critiques recent medical research.

Sam Douglas is a Communications sophomore studying theatre. On campus, Sam is involved in Sit and Spin Productions and Theatre Stands with Autism. After writing columns last quarter, he is excited to search through his psyche to discover more opinions you might enjoy reading. Sam comes from Nashville, Tenn., and is thus very proud that he didn’t freeze last quarter.

Antonio Petkov is a Weinberg freshman from Mount Prospect, Ill., a nearby Chicago suburb.  He writes for The Daily because he feels it provides a way for students to write about topics that concern them and their peers, especially ones that are controversial and overlooked.  He is interested in ethics, philosophy and history.  If he can be likened to a character in the Harry Potter series, he would be Horace Slughorn. He is excited for Spring Quarter weather because it will be the first time in recent memory in which he can hope to feel his extremities.

Heiwon Shin is a freshman double majoring in journalism and art theory and practice. She is also minoring in business. Outside of The Daily, she designs for STITCH, works as a clothing committee member in Unity and rows with NU Crew. Heiwon loves randomly coming across things so when she has time, she tries to attend interesting Northwestern events like a lecture on Dostoyevskian mathematics.

Bob Hayes is a Weinberg freshman who plans on double majoring in economics and American Studies. He is an obsessive sports fanatic who loves to write about sports’ transcendent themes in an original and entertaining way. He is also passionate about music, pop culture and current events in general so he will definitely deviate from exclusively writing about sports. Growing up in Glencoe, Ill., just 15 minutes from campus, Bob truly has been, and will be, a Wildcat for life.

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