As a sophomore Communications major, I have been writing for the Beacon since my first semester of my freshman year, and I really enjoy writing for and being a part of this campus newspaper. This year, I hold the position of Assistant Life Editor, and I feel that all of my experience thus far has helped me grow as both a person and as a writer. I also have the pleasure working with such wonderful and friendly people. Working for the Beacon is a great experience because it allows me to work firsthand with newswriting and gain a deeper and better perspective of what newswriting is all about.
Outside of school, I live with my parents and two younger brothers. I work as a cashier at a local grocery store. I enjoy music, taking walks, and spending time with friends in my spare time. In the future, I plan to pursue a career in broadcasting or public relations. The experience I am gaining writing for the Beacon will help me not only in my major of communications, but also in my future endeavors after I graduate from Wilkes University.
Carly Yamrus is a junior Communications Studies major at Wilkes University, with concentrations in Public Relations and Rhetoric, and a minor in Marketing. She is a staff member for Zebra Communications, the student run Public Relations agency on the Salvation Army account team. This summer, Carly completed an internship with Motor Media, a boutique PR and marketing firm where she wrote and serviced press releases and is currently working in the Mayor’s office at Wilkes-Barre hall. When she is not writing, Carly enjoys taking dance classes and is part of the Wilkes University dance team.
Kirstin Cook is a senior Communication Studies major at Wilkes University concentrating in journalism, broadcast journalism and rhetoric. This is her second year as editor-in-chief of The Beacon. Kirstin has a passion for news, and her dream is to work as a television news reporter. Her internship at WBRE really sold her on the broadcast industry, because she loved every second of being in the fast-paced environment. She especially loves writing and video editing. Kirstin is also a reporter for the student-run, live news program Wilkes Now, and is in her fourth year of working with the Wilkes TV station. She also writes for Diamond City and Electric City, works as a Telecommunications Counselor for the Wilkes admissions department and runs cross country. She loves hiking, and plans to complete the Appalachian Trail after graduation while blogging about the experience. Kirstin is from Maine, and will always consider it her home. She has five younger siblings and a cat named Nadia, and she misses them all while at school.
News Editor Christine Lee enters her junior year as a Communications major with concentrations in journalism, broadcast media and rhetoric and minors in history and political science. She brings nearly three years of experience writing for The Beacon, having served as Life Editor from January 2011 (spring semester of her freshman year) to April 2012 (her sophomore year) and a staff writer from September-December 2010 (fall of her freshman year). She carries an immense passion for all things news and current events and very much looks forward to covering major events on campus. She fully believes in respect for each person being interviewed, as she believes they have a story to tell her and she is recording it in print or on-air. A Dean’s List student, she hails from the small town of Bloomsbury, NJ and in addition to her role as News editor, she is also an on-air reporter for ‘Wilkes Now,’ the student-produced television program filmed on campus, sings with the University Chorus and a local church choir, is an E-mentor for first-year students and is involved in a number of other little activities on campus. She is a student member of the Society of Professional Journalists, which recently formed a chapter on campus.
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Fall 2012 Office Hours: M-W-F 8am – 11am, 12pm – 2pm
Bill Thomas is a senior Communications major at Wilkes University, with a concentration in Journalism. In addition to serving as The Beacon’s Arts & Entertainment Editor, he is also a former member of both the board and staff of Zebra Communications, and is still a regularly contributor to local alternative weekly the Weekender.
Bill currently runs an intermittently updated blog about the Pennsylvania underground music scene called 570 Mine Fire. In 2011, he was voted “Best Blogger” by Diamond City for his now-defunct movie review blog, Total Popcorn (a.k.a. Cinema Cyclops).
A self-professed pop culture geek and lover of all things A&E-related, Bill is both a die-hard film buff and a passionate supporter of the local music scene. He is currently working on putting together a radio show for Wilkes University’s radio station, 90.7 WCLH, that will focus on independent, underground musical acts throughout Pennsylvania.
All in all, he finds it a little weird writing about himself in the third person.
Laura Preby, photo editor and copy editor of the Beacon, is a junior Communication Studies major at Wilkes. She has concentrations in public relations/organizational communication, broadcast media, and journalism. She is a graduate of Pittston Area High School , class of ’10.
In addition to the Beacon, she is involved in many co-curriculars including WCLH, the student-run radio station on campus and Zebra Communications, the student-run PR firm.
She loves doing photography unrelated to the Beacon, and has done promotional photography for places like Gentlemen’s Club 10. She also works part-time as a waitress at Denny’s in Wilkes-Barre.
In her free time, Laura likes to cook, read her favorite blogs, and watch plenty of Star Trek.
Assistant Opinion Editor
Lyndsie Yamrus is a junior at Wilkes University. She is majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Geology. Her hometown is Point Pleasant, NJ, about a mile from the beach.