The Burr Magazine is Kent State University’s first student-produced magazine made for the campus, city and anyone seeking strong journalistic storytelling. The Burr strives to provide readers with interesting, humorous and hard-hitting stories that tap into current events, trends and the lives of those who have made a home in Kent. Providing award-winning student journalism since 1986.

Benjamin VanHoose


Ben is a senior magazine journalism major from Ravenna, Ohio, with a passion for entertainment writing. Ben interned at People Magazine over the summer. After graduation, he hopes to return to New York City to become a pop culture journalist, writing about the celebrities, movies and TV shows he loves. There’s a good chance Ben is in the middle of a long-term Netflix binge at this very moment, so the best way to reach him is via email ( or Twitter (@BenVanHoose).

Kelly Powell

Managing Editor

Kelly Powell is a senior magazine journalism major with a minor in photojournalism. She doesn’t know what she wants to do post-graduation, but as long as it involves storytelling and following Jesus, she’s there. So maybe if The Washington Post was right next to a non denominational church, that would be ideal. If you want to find her, just go to an antique store, library or other place elderly people would normally spend time.

Andrew Atkins

Web Editor

Andrew is a junior journalism major. This is his first semester working with The Burr Magazine, and he has previously served as an assigning editor and the campus editor for KentWired. In his spare time, Andrew likes to eat, sleep and read from the comfort of his own bed. Sometimes he does some actual work, too. Contact him on Twitter (@andrewjatkins) or via email (

Brianna Deckert

Art Director

Brianna Deckert is the art director for The Burr Magazine. She is a graphic designer and studies Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. Brianna plans on graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the fall. Brianna also has interned for Geometry Global, The Chautauquan Daily and Walsh Jesuit High School as a designer. She interns at University Communications and Marketing, and enjoys spending time with family/friends, running, and hiking in her hometown of Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

Megan Enderle

Assistant Art Director

Megan Enderle is a senior majoring in visual communications design and minoring in marketing. This is her second semester working on The Burr Magazine. Her dream is to land a job as an in-house designer for a company in Cleveland. In her free time, she enjoys going on adventures with her friends, being with family, hammocking, drinking coffee, and baking. Megan loves to travel and on the top of her “travel wish list” is Switzerland. But without a doubt, her favorite place to be is at her family’s cottage on Lake Erie.

Molly Spillman

Senior Editor

Molly Spillman is a junior public relations major from Middletown, Maryland and is thrilled to serve as senior editor alongside Megan Ayscue. Before this, she was the web editor for The Burr for two years. Molly has a passion for politics and hopes to work in or around the government advocating for issues she cares about. She loves hiking, biking, debating and cooking and will never stop talking about how Maryland is the best state on the east coast. Catch her on twitter where her username is @mospilly.

Jana Life

Photo Editor

Jana Life is a senior communication studies student with a double minor in marketing and photojournalism. Aside from photography, Jana is passionate about Jesus and Ohio. On the weekends, you can find her hiking through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park or exploring downtown. She hopes to someday find a full-time marketing job working at a summer camp where she can fully embrace her love of working with children, shaving cream wars, campfires, and waterslides. Also, she would be pretty stoked to get a follow from you on Instagram. (@thejanalife).

Kassi Jackson

Photo Editor

Kassi is a senior photojournalism major from Columbus, Ohio, whose passion for capturing moments and documenting life brought her to Kent. She has been active and has held numerous roles throughout student media, previously serving as the Photo Director for The Kent Stater and as Editor-in-Chief of Kent State’s freshman welcome magazine Transitions. When she’s not behind the lens, she can be found behind a guitar, at a keyboard or drinking coconut milk. Follow her adventures on instagram (@kassijackson) and twitter (@kassijackson_).

Brandon Bounds

Video Editor

Brandon is a junior journalism major with a focus in video and broadcast. This is his first semester working with the Burr as a video editor. His dream job is to work for NPR and report on race and culture and/or politics. He is a podcast junkie and loves reading.

Valerie Royzman

Copy Desk Chief

Valerie is a sophomore journalism major from Toledo, Ohio. She is involved with the Kent Stater and KentWired as copy desk chief and web editor. Valerie began working as a reporter on immigration and vulnerable communities for Ohio News Connection this year, a topic she feels connected to because of her Ukrainian heritage. Aside from journalism, Valerie writes poetry in her free time and her work has been published with the Ohio Poetry Association.. Contact her via email ( or Twitter (@valerieroyzman).

Megan Ayscue

Senior Editor

Megan Ayscue is a junior journalism major and business minor. She has worked at The Burr for five semesters now and has loved every second of it. In her spare time she buys too many plants and tries to snuggle with her roommate’s dog. Megan aspires to become an editor for a large publication and to travel as far and frequently as possible.