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His name is Mahlon Rhodes. Mahlon rhymes with “salon;” he had no choice in the matter. A complicated name for a complicated guy. When he’s not writing musicals about the end of days, you can find him moonlighting as a grad student in the Master of Fine Arts program and teaching baby designers in the school of Visual Communication Design. He has two feline sidekicks that go by the names of Miho and Milla. If you follow him on Instagram (@rags_and_rivers), you may wonder if his iPhone is only capable of taking pictures of cats and guitars. He is a vegetarian, and while he may only be the third best artist in his family, he is definitely the tallest.

Contact: mgrhodes@kent.edu


Alexis Scranton is a junior in the visual communication design program with a double minor in photo-illustration and art history. This is her fourth semester as a designer and illustrator for The Burr, so I guess you could say she is nearly as old as time. Alexis doesn’t like to talk about her hopes for the future because hope is for the bourgeois capitalist machine. That or the unknown scares the crap out of her. But if she were to actually have some kind of dream to pursue, it would be as a “Drunk History” historian where her expertise would lie in art history and she could tell all of the scandalous stories of the world’s most famous and long dead artists. And maybe draw some pictures of dogs. Outside of being a graphic designer, Alexis enjoys napping as much as she can. Some call that depression. She calls it “me time.” Trying to list things she enjoys and wants to do with her life is too hard to try to put into words because nothing is absolute, college is almost over for her, and life is meaningless and unforgiving. Maybe she would like to get a job in the graphic design field, maybe she’d like to embezzle billions of dollars from America’s top 1 percent and give it to dog shelters and live a modest life doing what she loves without fear and pressure of never making money as an illustrator. Life is hard. And she is tired. She just wants to make it to her “Carrie Fisher kicking ass” phase of her life already.

Contact: ascrant1@kent.edu


Mark Tabar is a junior who is actually a senior by credits but doesn’t like the thought of being a senior so he clings tightly onto his faux junior standing. Having said that, he is more than happy to assist The Burr Magazine in the area of illustration for a third semester. When Mark isn’t daydreaming about his future/imaginary job at Cartoon Network or the completion of the massive White Castle in the Short North of Columbus, he can be found listening to eclectic tunes on his iPod touch or skateboarding around town — but NOT longboarding. It would also be important to note that Mark is very concerned about the current status of the environment and would love nothing more than to see some kind of government-sanctioned steps towards a greener world. As much as he enjoys 60 degree days in the dead of Ohio winter, he fears that there may be some rather uncool reasons behind it. Nevertheless, Mark is also concerned with chilling and holds it in the highest regard. It’s cool to take things seriously and have goals and dreams, but at the end of the day, you just gotta take a deep breath and appreciate life for what it is. Also, Mark strongly recommends taking time to stretch in the morning followed by a healthy breakfast of over-easy eggs and toast. It doesn’t even have to be eggs and toast. It can be anything. Because anything is possible.

Contact: mtabar1@kent.edu