Monday, March 20, 2023

Meet the 2022-23 Editors!

Dhanika Pineda


Dhanika Pineda is the New University's Editor-In Chief for the 2022-23 school year. Now a fourth year double major in Literary Journalism and English, she's been with the New U since Fall 2019, her first quarter at UCI, and has participated in the paper as an intern, staff writer, Campus News Editor, Managing Editor, and now EIC. Outside of the New U, Dhanika is a staff writer for UCI Strategic Communications (aka UCI News), and is a blog writer for the non-profit organization We Need Diverse Books. She spent her summer in Washington, DC, interning with the Smithsonian’s office of the Under Secretary for Education.

Jennifer Cheong

Managing Editor

Jennifer “Jenn” Cheong is the Managing Editor for the 2022-2023 school year. She joined in fall 2020 as a News Intern, and has been a part of New U as a Campus News Editor and part of the Video team. Jenn also enjoys interacting with the community through What’s Zottin’ and loves to people watch. Outside of the New U, Jenn is a literary journalism major, a #slay enthusiast and loves to think of improving the world around her.

Michael Malinski

Chief of Operations and City News Editor

Malinski is New University's Chief of Operations as well as a Copy Chief for the 2022-23 school year. He originally joined the New U as a Copy Intern in 2020 and has continued as a Copy Chief ever since. As COO, he hopes to advance the Print team and physically publish the New U consistently and continue to grow the paper's audience. Apart from the New U, Malinski is a fourth-year economics student and has interned for various government agencies.

Chrissy Park

Campus News Editor

Chrissy Park is a New University Campus News Editor for the 2022–2023 school year. She joined the New U in fall 2021 and interned for Campus News before training as an apprentice. Chrissy is double majoring in English and Literary Journalism and looks forward to working with the Campus team this year.

Yuika Yoshida

Campus News Editor

Yuika Yoshida is a New University Campus News Editor for the 2022-2023 school year. Since joining the New U in fall 2021 as a Campus News intern, she has served as a Staff Writer and Apprentice. At UCI, Yuika is a fourth year literary journalism student and a student writer for the Samueli School of Engineering.

Lauren Le

Campus News Editor

Lauren Le is a menace to society who sleeps at 10PM and sometimes misspells her 2-letter last name on important government paperwork. She handles coffee like she handles criticism: not well.

Veronica Garza

City News Editor

Veronica Garza is a New University City News Co-Editor for the 2022-2023 school year. She began her journalistic college career as a City News Intern and then a City News Apprentice during the 2021-2022 school year. Outside of the New U, Veronica is a second-year literary journalism major that exhausts every one of her alternative emails to continue paying $12 for New Yorker trial subscriptions. She hopes to explore avenues such as feature writing and broadcasting in the future. Her additional on-campus roles include maintaining a membership in the Campuswide Honors Collegium and serving as secretary for Anteaters for Autism.

Leda Joy Abkenari

City News Editor

Leda Joy Abkenari is a New University City News editor for the 2022-2023 school year. She is a second-year Literary Journalism major who is currently in the process of doubling within the Paul Merage School of Business. She began her journalistic career in high school as both Feature and Liaison editor of the Acalanes "Blueprint." Since then she has been involved in multiple creative and literary magazines and as well as the Editor-In-Chief of a Bay Area non-profit's newsletter. Outside of New University, she is passionate about film and entertainment and looks forward to creative work and projects of all sorts. She anticipates a wonderful year as a City News editor and all that is in store.

Annabella Johan

Arts & Entertainment Editor

Annabella is an Arts and Entertainment section editor. She is currently a fourth year majoring in Literary Journalism and minoring in Management with career aspirations to work in PR and marketing. Having grown up watching various films and reading novels, she is passionate about film representation and the impact that pop culture has on modern day society. She can be best reached at

Clairesse Schweig

Arts & Entertainment Editor

Clairesse is a fourth-year English Major, minoring in creative writing and philosophy with a strong passion for storytelling and the arts. Clairesse loves the platform that the New U lends for exploring creativity and entertainment through the lens of journalism—especially the ability to connect with readers through their experiences with the artistic works the New U examines. After writing as an A&E staff writer last quarter, Clairesse is happy to be an editor for the 2022-2023 school year and to help bring arts & entertainment news to UCI’s campus and beyond.

Mason Stoutamire

Arts & Entertainment Assistant Editor

Mason Stoutamire can't remember a time when music wasn't playing in his head. He's a fourth-year Literary Journalism major from Phoenix, Arizona. His favorite color is orange and he loves playing Dance Dance Revolution, shopping for records, and eating ice cream. This year with the New University, he looks forward to covering awesome sounds and events the readers should keep between their ears.

Erika Cao

Opinion Editor

Erika Cao is a New University Opinion Editor for the 2022-2023 school year. Last year, she served as an intern, staff writer, and apprentice for the opinion section. Erika is a double major in Sociology and International Studies. Besides writing about controversial opinions, she also loves writing poetry and music, mainly playing keys and bass. Outside New U and UCI, Erika is a part of a non-profit called Rhizoma, designing a course for high schoolers that's centered around the migration crisis, empathy, and student leadership.

Daniel Waters

Opinion Editor

Daniel is a co-Editor for the Opinion section. He is a sophomore Business Administration major. Daniel is also an Operator for the Anteater Express. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys spending time with his loved ones, creating music, and playing chess.

Gina Johnson

Sports Editor and Events Coordinator

Gina is a fourth year double major in English and Film and Media Studies with two minors in creative writing and literary journalism. She hopes to become a screenwriter or journalist after completing her degrees at UC Irvine. Outside of the New U, Gina is the Vice President for UCI's Women's Club Volleyball team and the Events Editor for UCI's creative literary journal, New Forum.

James Huston

Sports Editor

James Huston is a New University Sports Co-Editor for the 2022-23 school year. He is a third year business economics major with a minor in literary journalism. James has been in New University since his freshman year where he started as a campus news intern, then transitioned to a sports staff writer, and now as a sports editor. Outside of New University, James is also co-president of Sports Business Association at UCI and is an intern for UCI Athletics!

Harleen Thandi

Sports Editor

Harleen Thandi is a New University Sports Co-Editor for the 2022-2023 school year. She is looking forward to being back in the newsroom and strengthening her writing/editing skills. She is a third year Psychology major with a Biology minor. She is also an intern for the Sports Medicine Club and enjoying playing tennis and reading in her free time.

Moh Samhouri

Copy Editor

Mohammad “Moh” Samhouri is a Copy Chief for the 2022-23 school year. He has been part of the New University since his first quarter at UCI, serving as an Opinion Intern and Staff Writer. Outside of the newspaper, he’s a third-year political science and international studies double major, an intern at the Foreign Press Centers, and an Anteater Express driver. Aside from spending time with his cats and ducks, he’s often spotted attempting to persuade people to use the Oxford comma.

Elise Boldt

Copy Editor

Elise Boldt is a New University Copy Chief for the 2022-23 school year. Since joining in 2021, she has also served as a Social Media Manager and is excited to transition into her new role this year. Outside of New U, Elise is a fourth year English major with a minor in Creative Writing. She is eager to edit the important stories of her peers and continue her work with the New University!

Kaylie Harley

Copy Editor

Kaylie Harley is a New University Copy Chief for the 2022-2023 school year. She’s a second year English Major and Linguistics minor, and has been a member of the NewU copy team since her first quarter at UCI. Kaylie’s passions are reading, listening to music (stan Ateez), and being overly enthusiastic about mercilessly copy editing articles for her peers.

Manelle Aruta

Copy Editor

Karen Phan

Copy Editor

Karen Phan is a second-year English and informatics double major. This is her second year copy editing with the New U. In her free time, she watches telenovelas and Korean dramas and does skincare. Karen also likes reading translated books and literature written by Asian and Asian American authors.

Aasha Sendhil

Photo Editor

Aasha Sendhil is a New University Photography Editor for the 2022-2023 school year. She joined the New U staff as a photo intern in Fall 2021, later progressing to staff photographer and apprentice during the last school year. As a second year informatics major with a human-computer interaction specialization, Aasha is the current Historian for Women in Information and Computer Sciences (WICS). She is very excited to meet new members and continue her roles in both organizations this year!

Jai'La Du Rousseau

Copy Editor

Jai’La Du Rousseau is a Copy Editor for the 2022-2023 school year. She joined the New U in Spring 2021 as a Copy Intern. She enjoys journalism so much that she decided to add a Literary Journalism major in addition to Political Science at UCI. After UCI Jai’La plans to obtain a career as a Political News Anchor.

Josh Cain

Photo Editor

Josh Cain is an aspiring journalist from Los Angeles. He is a Photo Editor for The New University, News Producer for Anteater TV, and University Life Editor for the UCI Anthology Yearbook. He is passionate about video, sports, and nature photography.

Amalia Navarro

Graphic Design Manager

Amalia Navarro is a New University Graphic Design Manager for the 2022-2023 school year. Since joining in 2020, she's created various graphics for New U articles, particularly for the Sports section and for New U outreach on campus. Outside of the New U, Amalia is a fourth-year Criminology, Law and Society student with a minor in Digital Arts. She's also a Peer Academic Advisor for UCI's Campuswide Honors Collegium, an audio-engineering editor for KUCI, and an audio officer for UCI’s Video Game Development Club.

Jennifer Wang

Graphic Design Manager

Jennifer Wang is a New University Graphic Design Editor for the 2022-2023 school year. Since joining in the Spring of 2021, she started as a Graphic Design Intern and to Apprentice, and finally as Editor. It has been a pleasure and a rewarding experience for her to work with interns and provide mentorship. Jennifer is a third year Business Economics major and Management minor. Outside of school, she is an avid bullet journalist and loves to spend time and take pictures of her adorable Pomeranian named Lucky.

Karthika Nambiar

Graphic Design Manager

Karthika Nambiar is a New University Graphic Design Manager for the 2022-2023 school year. She’s been a part of the Graphic Design section since she joined UCI. Outside of the New U, Karthika is a sophomore Anthropology major who can always be found with a pair of headphones in and a book in her tote bag that she promises she’ll get around to someday.

Sunny Stetsyuk

Social Media Manager

Sunny Stetsyuk is a New University Social Media Manager for the 2022-2023 school year. This is her second year as a part of New U. She hopes to continue to grow the population of NewU readers and is excited to share the work of all its writers, photographers, videographers, and designers. Outside of the New U, Sunny is a third-year Sociology and Film and Media Studies double major. She is also involved with Design at UCI, UCI's Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication, and the Film and Media Studies Department.

Grace Tu

Social Media Manager

Grace Tu is one of New University's Social Media Managers for the 2022-2023 school year. She is a third-year literary journalism major hoping to work in fashion journalism and/or fashion marketing in the future. She is excited to be a part of the creative community at UCI and hopes to contribute something positive to the team.

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