Chris Spegal is a junior journalism major who does freelance photography for various organizations before lending his expertise as a photographer for The Burr. His hobbies include video games, sending his girlfriend dog videos and taking long walks in the frozen tundra of campus.
Talia Hodge is a junior photo illustration major. This is her second semester as a photographer for The Burr and she is very excited to return. She has loved photography since her very first time using a camera at 3. Although she loves and admires multiple styles of photography; portraits are her jam. Along with photography, Talia is passionate about Disney, blogging, reading, music and collecting mugs. She spends her free time making YouTube videos (The Jovial Darling), visiting coffee shops and looking for adventure. Any day of the week, Talia can be found quoting lines from “Princess Diaries” or singing Disney movie songs. Talia hopes to one day have a career that allows her to travel (specifically to London) and use her creativity through multiple outlets.
Samantha Karam is a junior studying multimedia journalism with a minor in writing. Samantha is a very passionate person and her hobbies include reading, writing, photographing, exploring places both big and small, listening to great music (whatever the genre may be) and working out when she finds the time. After graduation, Samantha hopes to get a job for a publication where she can write, photograph and — one day — edit. She’s open-minded about most things, so her future is less about specifics and more about the bigger picture. Samantha just wants to make content that motivates people to simply think and make positive changes in the world. For as long as she can remember, beautiful people, places and things have inspired her and she wants to be able to do that for others. Samantha has been writing since she was a child. A pen and paper go hand-in-hand with who she is (so do puns). She’s been photographing anything and everything for over seven years now, and after starting her career at Kent State, she’s seen an incredible improvement in both her writing and photos. She hopes she can bring more positivity and talent to the already amazing Burr publication.
To close this bio, Samantha wants you to know she chooses to live her life by a quote from her favorite movie, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty:” “To see the world, things dangerous to come, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”
Adrian Leuthauser is old enough to go into bars but not tall enough to ride a rollercoaster. He enjoys writing anything from feature articles to poems, music reviews and short stories. He also is primarily a concert photographer, shooting various bands throughout Cleveland and Buffalo. He is scared about the fact that he graduates in a year and has no idea what he is doing with his life and wishes he wasn’t broke. Hopefully he lives through this semester and looks forward to what The Burr will do!
Jana Life is one of the staff photographers for The Burr. She is a junior communication studies major with a double minor in marketing and photojournalism. Aside from photography, Jana is passionate about cats, writing, icecream, Taylor Swift and Ohio. On the weekends, you can find her hiking through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park or exploring downtown. If she could, Jana would be a camp counselor for the rest of her life, but because that doesn’t really pay the bills, she hopes to one day find a career that allows her to have fun and impact people in a positive way. Jana is also involved with H20 church on campus, as well as Kent State Student Ambassadors, and she would be pretty stoked to get a follow from you on Instagram (@thejanalife).
Zac Popik is a photographer.
Mia DiLoretois a sophomore majoring in photojournalism and a minor in Anthropology. DiLoreto plans to study different cultures, religions, societies and people in order to write about her findings in hopes to gain more understanding and acceptance for diversity around the world. She has a passion for creative writing and photography and often uses her friends and family as muses. Mia feels she owes everything to them for their constant love and support of her dreams. When she isn’t writing or taking photos, chances are you’ll find Mia shopping, eating a pizza, binge watching “Law & Order” or spending time with her family and friends. Mia is very excited to start her first semester working for The Burr and can’t wait for all of the wonderful experiences she will have!