Taya Coates-Editor in Chief

Taya is a junior majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Mass Communications. She is President of BLK In Fashion, serves as secretary for the VCU Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, and is a member of the LEAD Living-Learning program. She is passionate about covering stories on style, social activism, and culture. 

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Aaliyah Freeman-Social Media Manager

Aaliyah Freeman is a Mass Communications/Public Relations Major at Virginia Commonwealth University. Outside of academics, she’s passionate about the arts, cooking, and social justice matters. She joined the Le Monde team in the fall of 2021 and is always looking for a fresh, new story to write and share with the world.

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Malina Gavris-Staff Writer

Malina Gavris is a Finance major in the School of Business who loves journalism and sharing news with her community. As well as being a staff writer for Le Monde, she is a member of the Honors Student Executive Board and Women in Business. Outside of school, Malina loves traveling, volunteering, and hanging out with family and friends.​​

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Nick Buchler-Staff Writer

Nick Buchler is a first year student studying Supply Chain Management and Analytics within the School of Business. Raised in Yardley, Pennsylvania, a scenic town a half hour outside of Philadelphia, Nick has grown to love and appreciate modern and classic literature, especially poetry. When he is not writing or reading, Nick enjoys discovering new music, film photography, the outdoors, and finding good espresso with friends.

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Rana Ansari-Staff Writer

Rana Ansari is a Biology Major at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as a student in the piano performance department with VCU Arts. In her free time, Rana loves to travel, swim, read, and explore coffee shops. Passionate about her Iraqi-American identity, Rana joined Le Monde to constantly appreciate the diversity of the Honors College by sharing the experiences of others.

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Rebecca Antler-Staff Writer

Rebecca Antler is a Senior at VCU majoring in English and Media Studies. She has a special passion for writing creative nonfiction, as well as covering interesting storefronts and happenings around the city. In her free time, she loves reading, crocheting, and exploring around the James River. 

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Shannon Roberson-Staff Writer

I am a second-semester fourth-year Honors College student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies here at VCU. While I am preparing to graduate this May, I am also trying to savor these last few months of undergrad! One way of doing this is by writing for Le Monde. I enjoy learning about and showcasing other Honors students and staff experiences while connecting it to my own through my writing. I also enjoy writing for this publication because it gives me an opportunity to practice writing in a different style compared to academic writing. Being on the Le Monde team has meant a lot to me even if it has been a short time. Everyone is incredibly talented, driven, and supportive of one another. I could not have asked for a better experience!

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Ashley Hagan-Staff Writer

Ashley Hagan is a Biology major and freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has a life-long passion for storytelling in any form, fact or fiction. When she isn't reading or writing short stories and novels, Ashley loves tending to her houseplants, taking long walks through nature, and staying updated on current events. Born and raised in Henrico, Virginia, she hopes to bring her local perspective to Le Monde.

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Caroline Woods-Staff Writer

Caroline Mae Woodson is an Honors senior double majoring in Theatre Performance (BFA) and Psychology (BS), with a minor in Creative Writing. While in college, she has published two anthologies of poetry, received the VCUarts Undergraduate Research Grant to investigate the use of comedy as a coping mechanism by directing a production of "Noises Off", worked as VCU's Head Fitness Instructor, and acted in a myriad of VCU mainstages. Caroline loves drinking chai lattes from Lift, tap dancing in Shafer Street Playhouse, and calling her mom.

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