VIU Student Press

2017/2018 Masthead

Cole Schisler

Managing Editor   Cole is a third-year creative writing student and is coming back for his second year at the Navigator as the new Managing Editor. He enjoys going on adventures, talking to strangers, and being bossed around by Cheryl. When he is not at the Nav, you can find him at home sleeping.

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Spenser Smith

Associate Editor   Spenser's writing has appeared in many Canadian literary magazines, including The Puritan, The Maynard, (parenthetical), The Quilliad, and text. He has been the recipient of the Pat Bevan Scholarship in Creative Writing, and the Barry Broadfoot Award for Journalism/Creative Non-Fiction, and was the winner of the 2017 Blodwyn Memorial Prize in Poetry.

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Zyre Hoskins

Art Director   Zyre is a fourth-year graphic design student at VIU and Art Director at the Navigator. She likes crazy art, dark fiction, and buckets of coffee. She can’t wait to sleep eight hours a night and travel the world.

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Jesse Bixby

Features Editor Jesse is a third-year creative writing student at VIU. She loves travelling, reading, art, flowers, old movies, trying new recipes, and spending time in nature. Jesse moved to Vancouver Island from Alberta and hasn't looked back. Her dream to work as a big-time editor blossomed after watching Sandra Bullock in The Proposal, and she is loving her new role at the Navigator as Features Editor.

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Rhyly Bell

News Editor   Rhyly is a third-year student at VIU studying English and creative writing. Her biggest accomplishments are singing in the 2010 Olympics with the choir BCGC and moving away from her family and friends to pursue her dream of becoming either an international journalist or English professor.

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Justin Shankaran

Sports and Lifestyle Editor   Justin's passions include sports, journalism, rap, and collecting far too many retro Air Jordan sneakers. He currently is studying creative writing and looks to offer his unique take on all things Mariners.

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Cheryl Folland

Arts Editor   Cheryl is in her third year of VIU’s Creative Writing program. Recipient of the 2017 Gisele Merlet Award, she has a passion for the written word, and lives for the arts community. Cheryl moved to Nanaimo in September 2014 to pursue her writing career.

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Mallory Marrs

Online Reporter   Mallory enjoys calling herself a writer, singing (badly) while driving, and planning vacations she will never go on. When she’s not writing, she sells art online (so far, she’s made a total of $0.72!). She’s this year’s Online Reporter for the Nav, something she finds both terrifying and exciting.

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Aislinn Cottell

Copy Editor    Aislinn is a third-year creative writing and chemistry student, making her enthusiastic debut as Navigator copy editor. She enjoys science fiction, and can be found muttering over grammatical errors in textbooks or conducting self-therapy on the couch with her long-suffering cat, Chicken Nugget.

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Sarah Packwood

Social Media Specialist   Sarah is a second-year creative writing and visual arts student at VIU. Outside class she can be found wanting (but unable) to go to local gigs, crying in public spaces, and always ranting about ableism. Her passions include Sailor Moon, Harry Styles… and that’s about it.

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Sara Holmes

Graphic Designer   Sara is a second-year graphic design student at VIU. She enjoys long walks in the woods and eating copious amounts of human hair. If you would like to donate your hair to Sara, please email graphics@thenav.ca.

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Kent MacDonald

Graphic Designer   Kent is a fourth-year graphic design student at VIU. He is often found wandering around the woods lost and is now bald due to his friendship with Sara. He has a great beard. If you would like to hear Kent’s famous scream, please email graphics@thenav.ca for an audio clip.

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