Language and Linguistics

Editor in Chief

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Mikaela Wilkins 

Major: Editing and Publishing with a Creative Writing minor
Year in School: Senior
Where I’m from: Idaho Falls
Favorite author: C. S. Lewis
Book recommendations: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, and anything by C. S. Lewis. Also, the short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang, which has some interesting linguistic connections. 
Why I joined Schwa: I find Linguistics fun, and I wanted editing experience.

Managing Editors

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Brooke James 

Major: Editing & publishing
Year in School: Junior
Where I’m from: Southeastern Arizona
Favorite author: George Eliot
Book recommendations: Something classic—”The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexander Dumas, and something more modern—”Good Omens” by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett :)
Why I joined Schwa: I joined my freshman year to get some early editing experience in a field I love, and I’ve stayed because I love Schwa‘s holistic approach and the amazing staff members I get to work with every semester!

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Emma Franklin 

Major: Editing and Publishing; French Studies
Year in School: Senior
Where I’m from: Cleveland, OH
Favorite author: Too many to name!
Book recommendations: All the Light We Cannot See
Why I joined Schwa: To get editing experience :) 

Senior Editors

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Kyla Hill 

Major: Editing and Publishing; Minor: Theatre Arts Studies 
Year in School: Junior 
Where I’m From: Salem, UT 
Favorite author: Shakespeare 
Book Recommendations: 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleTiger’s Curse, and The Goose Girl 
Why I joined Schwa: I joined because I enjoy the process of editing and publishing a work, and I get to do it with a group of amazing people!

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Annika Johnson

Major: Editing and Publishing; Minor: Business 
Year in School: Freshman 
Where I’m From: Burley, ID 
Favorite author: Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and Gary D. Schmidt 
Book Recommendations: Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt, Cotillion by Georgette Heyer, Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster 
Why I joined Schwa: To become more familiar with the editing process and develop my skills in a field I enjoy!

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Olivia Kitterman

Major: Publishing and Editing 
Year in School: Freshman 
Where I’m From: Draper, UT 
Favorite author: Lisa Mangum 
Book Recommendations: Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown 
Why I joined Schwa: I have wanted to be an editor for a long time, and I believe that Schwa is the perfect place for me to learn how to work with language in an official setting. I also love talking about linguistics and all things language. I’m so excited to read what my peers have to say! 

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Michele Olivier

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Cassandra Thomson 
Major: Editing and Publishing 
Favorite author: Brandon Sanderson 
Why I joined Schwa: I liked the environment and that I knew I could make a mark and not fade into the background here. 

Staff Editors

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Rose Clawson

Major: Linguistics
Year in School: Junior
Where I’m from: Kaysville, Utah

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Olivia Evans

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Skyler Garrett

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Jessica Hunter

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Alohilani Jacob

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Hannah Knecht

Major: Linguistics
Year in School: Junior
Where I’m from: Southern California
Favorite author: I’m not sure!
Book recommendations: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Why I joined Schwa: I love editing, I love linguistics, and I love the English language! It was a perfect match :)

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Ashlee McBride

Major: Psychology with an Editing minor
Year in School: Senior
Where I’m from: Indiana
Favorite author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Book recommendations: the Pendragon series by D. J. MacHale, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, the Inheritance cycle
Why I joined Schwa: I love language, enjoy editing, and am excited to learn more about both!

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Isabel Tueller

Major: Linguistics
Year in School: Sophomore
Where I’m from: Laie, Hawaii
Favorite author: Shannon Hale
Book recommendations: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Spencer
Why I joined Schwa: I wanted to find a small corner of campus that would offer me learning opportunities, editing experiences, and new friends!

Staff Designer

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Savannah Butler

Major: Advertising, with a Creative Writing minor
Year in School: Senior
Where I’m from: Gilbert, Arizona
Favorite author: Oscar Wilde
Book recommendations: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart
Why I joined Schwa: I love reading, writing, and design. So designing for a linguistics journal seemed like a happy marriage between all three of those interests.

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