Staff

Since 1924, the Templar Yearbook has been rapidly growing with more students, photographs, and memories.

Student staff members dedicate countless hours discovering unique angles to Temple’s most exciting events and people through it’s five primary sections⎯Student Life, Academics, Sports, People, Greek life and Organizations.

Our staff searches for the people and stories that are represent the beauty of what it means to be a Temple Owl.

 

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Gail Vivar
Editor-in-Chief, Junior

Gail Vivar is a junior studying journalism at Temple University. She is currently working for The FADER as their Saturday social media editor, editor-in-chief of Templar Yearbook, and The Tab Temple editor. When she’s not working, you can find her exploring the city with her friends or even by herself. She loves diners, coffee, Chance the Rapper, and anything about Beyoncé.

Gail grew up in Kearny, NJ which is 15 minutes away from NYC, where her love for the city was born. She loves making everyone around her happy and spending time with her parents on her free time. Gail hopes to work at either a music or fashion magazine in New York City.

Twitter: @gailvivar

Instagram: @gailvivar3

Linkedin: Gail Vivar

 

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Alexis Rogers
Managing Editor, Junior 

Alexis Rogers is a junior journalism major with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in event leadership. Other than her role at Templar, Alexis is also the events coordinator for Her Campus Temple. Alexis has a passion for writing and enjoys writing poetry in her free time. After graduating, she plans to pursue law school.

Alexis grew up in a small town in Whitehall, Pennsylvania and has lived in the same house her entire life. She is a certified Zumba instructor and loves to dance. She has plans to travel as much as possible and write about it along the way.

Twitter: @Arogers523

Instagram: @Arogers523

Linkedin: Alexis Rogers

 

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Carli Showmaker
Marketing Director, Junior 

Carli Showmaker is currently a junior at Temple University double majoring in Media Studies and Production and Advertising. Carli is involved in Temple Update, Templar, the Cherry Crusade, Temple Athletics, Temple Running Club, and more! Outside of Temple, she spends time volunteering at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and working as videographer throughout the city.

If you’d like to check out some of Carli’s work, you can visit her at her website carlishowmaker.com.

Twitter: @carlishowmaker

Instagram: @cacacacarli

YouTube: @Carli Showmaker

 

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Yanuara Ramirez
Chief Copy Editor, Junior 

Yanuara Ramirez is a junior majoring in Journalism and minoring in French. She is the chief copy editor of Templar and works in the Fox School of Business as a writing tutor. She spends the rest of her time at band practice or hanging out with her friends. Yanuara is an international student from Maracaibo, Venezuela, and she goes back to visit whenever she can. She hopes to work in magazines after she graduates from Temple.

You can contact her at Yanuara.ramirez@temple.edu.

 

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Chris Linvill

Assistant Copy Editor, Senior

Chris Linvill is a senior journalism major at Temple University.  He currently works for the Templar Yearbook and is an intern for MetroKids Magazine. Chris became a fitness enthusiast after high school and also is a huge sports fan. He is a big believer in ‘the Process’ and hopes to see the 76ers in the finals soon.

Chris grew up in Darby, a small suburb right outside of Philly. He always loved sports, and when he got into college he used that as a stepping stone to get into writing. Before transferring to Temple University he worked as the executive editor for the Communitarian, the school newspaper at Delaware County Community College. Chris aspires to be a writer and editor for a sports or fitness magazine sometime in the future.

Instagram – @CJ_Linvill

Twitter – @CJ_Linvill

LinkedIn – Christopher Linvill

 

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Matt Robinson

Art Director, Sophomore

Art Direction is Matt’s passion. He enjoys working with groups and learning everything he can about a given topic.  He is a sophomore and an advertising major in the Lew Klein College of Media and Communications. He’s also an advertising salesman for The Temple News where he helps clients with media planning and account management.

You could contact him from his website here.

 

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Web Director, Senior

Michelle Severino is a photojournalist and she considers photography to be a major facet in her life. She believes the stories one can tell through photography are endless. As a photojournalist, she wants to spend most of her years traveling in different countries of the world and hopes to explore the unnoticed beauty in people around the world. She wants to tell stories of those who need a voice and wants to fight for them.

Michelle Severino Photos were featured in Motivos Magazine as an Intern in Summer 2015.  Photos of Michelle Severino were featured in Al Dia News Media Summer 2016.

Linkedin: Michelle Severino Photography

Twitter: @Photo_Mishelle

Facebook: Mishelle Severino

Instagram: mitch__92 OR mishelle_photography

 

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Senior Designer, Senior

Emily is a senior studying journalism with a focus on magazines and aiming for a minor in Japanese. Her internship with a creative design agency in Tokyo led her to realize her love for design. After graduation, she hopes to work for a magazine, either writing or designing. She also plans to teach English to students in Japan and eventually move to Tokyo permanently.

Instagram: @pemily_entz

Linkedin: Emily Pentz

 

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Ritapa Neogi
Senior Designer, Senior 

Ritapa Neogi is a senior designer at Templar. She is from Portland, Oregon, and currently a sophomore majoring in geography & urban studies. Besides working in Templar’s design team, she participates in Temple’s Bhangra team and Temple’s Geology Club, both of which she joined this year. In her free time, Ritapa enjoys making art, philosophizing with a hammer, playing the bass guitar, and reading about jellyfish. Her favorite artist is Jean Michel-Basquiat, and she draws much of her design inspiration from zines and literary journals. 

 

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Natalie Crane

Greek & Orgs Section Editor, Junior

Natalie Crane is a junior from Montgomery County, studying journalism and
English. She is also the senior editor for Temple’s Her Campus chapter but besides that, most of Natalie’s interests lie within the realm of music. She’s currently serving as the assistant music director for WHIP and when she’s not listening to Spotify for hours, she can be found at one of the various concert venues in Philly. She’s also a music blogger for several different outlets as well as a musician herself.
Instagram: @natalie.crane

 

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Abby Muth

Senior Designer, Senior

Abby Muth is a senior studying advertising with an art direction concentration and a minor in art at Temple University. She currently works in the Klein College of Media and Communication’s Office of Marketing and Communications as their graphic design intern. Some of her hobbies outside of design include reading, writing poetry, fashion photography, theater (watching and participating), and listening to music. To get inspired, Abby likes to watch Dead Poets Society, Across the Universe, and La La Land, or lie on the floor and listen to happy, sad music. Abby isn’t quite sure what she wants to do after graduation (yikes) but would love to explore her passions in design and theater, and hopefully, find her place in the world along the way.

Twitter: @abbymuth

Instagram: @abbymuth7

Website: abigailmuth.wix.com/portfolio

 

 

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Hadiyah Weaver
People Section Editor, Sophomore 
Hadiyah Weaver is from Memphis, Tennessee, and currently a sophomore journalism major at Temple. She enjoys writing, laughing and making money. Hadiyah is an avid YouTube and Netflix watcher, and a proud Virgo.

Twitter: @HadiyahAW

Instagram: @HadiyahAW

LinkedIn: Hadiyah Weaver

 

 

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 Long Nguyen
 Sports Section Editor, Junior 
As a journalist, Long believes in the importance of traditional journalism. He is constantly being informed of current events, while also being an avid sports fan in Philadelphia. As the sports editor for Templar, Long is excited to capture the spirit of Temple Owls with his section.

LinkedIn: Long Nguyen

EPortfolio: http://community.mis.temple.edu/lnguyen/

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Bilin Lin 
Assistant Photo Editor, Senior 
Bilin is the assistant photo editor of Templar and in charge of the sports and greek orgs sections. She is from China and came to the US at the age of 17. As a photojournalist, she has worked for the Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia Association of Black Journalist (PABJ), Directors & Boards, Bedminster Land Conservancy, Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication, The Temple News and more.
Instagram: @linbilin
Facebook: Lin Bilin

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Erin Blewett 

Senior Photographer, Junior 

Erin is one of Templar’s senior photographers. She is a junior journalism and english dual major. She grew up in Oceanport, New Jersey, right on the shore. Erin is currently interning with SG Book Scouting and has done work in the past with WXPN’s The Key, Philly Views, Temple News and WHIP Radio.  When she’s not working you can find her reading a book at Saxby’s or walking around the city with her camera.

Facebook: Erin Blewett

Instagram: @erinblewett

LinkedIn: Erin Blewett

 

 

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Nate Harvey
Photo Editor, Junior 
Nate is a junior media studies and production major, originally from York, Pennsylvania. He enjoys film, music and aspires to produce and edit in the near future. In his free time, he creates digital artwork and produces music, while absorbing in creativity from his surroundings. He is inspired by people around him and hopes to make a positive change in the world through his artwork.
You can contact him at nathan.harvey@temple.edu
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Travis Sherel
Senior Photographer, Senior
Travis is a senior media and productions student. As an avid sports enthusiast, he mostly enjoys technical directing, directing and producing anything that is sports related. Throughout his youth and school years, Travis played on a travel ice hockey team and  learned how to skate at age three. He is looking to play in a men’s league after college. He has also acquired a great interest in photography and is currently a senior photographer with Templar.

Instagram:@trav1819 @d1fferent_v1ews

Linkedin: Travis Sherel

FaceBook: Travis Sherel

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David Block
Senior Reporter, Senior

For over 20 years, David Block has worked as a documentary producer/director and a freelance journalist. He has also been legally blind since birth.

As a freelance journalist, he has over 1500 articles published in a variety of publications such as Jazz Journal International, the Jerusalem Post, the London Times, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Runner’s World, Runner’s Gazette, Running Times and dozens of local magazines and newspapers. During his extensive career, he has interviewed high profile athletes, celebrities, government agents, and musicians such as Kobe Bryant, Bill Cosby, Joe Frazier, Larry Hagman, Florence Henderson, Bruce Jenner, Lee Majors, Sarah Palin’s parents – Charles & Sally Heath – David Sanborn, McCoy Tyner, and Grover Washington Jr. He has never shied away from difficult assignments and has never missed a deadline. To date, he has made seven documentaries, many of which have been televised and screened at film festivals. He has won a number of film festival awards.

In April 2016, David Block finished his second year of graduate school at Temple University where he is pursuing his Masters’ Degree in Journalism.       

                                                                                                                                                              

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 Jensen  Toussaint

Academics Section Editor, Senior 
 
Jensen is a senior journalism student at Klein College. Before transferring to Temple, Jensen attended the Community College of Philadelphia, where he earned his Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. An introvert, you may see him walking around campus alone with his earbuds in, which shows his immense appreciation for music. Jensen is also an avid basketball lover, and is a contributing NBA writer and editor for sparksports.io. You can find more of his freelance work in the Opinion Section of The Temple News.         

Facebook: Jensen Toussaint

Twitter: @JensenThaMan

Instagram: jensenthaman

LinkedIn: Jensen T     

 

                                  

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Owl Pride Ad Accountant

Heera Ramaswamy is currently a senior majoring in biology on the pre-dental track. She is the Owl Pride Ad Accountant for Templar. She is in the process of applying and interviewing for graduate school. She loves learning as much as she can and has taken on the healthcare management minor and spanish minor as well. In her free time, she loves volunteering for Operation Smile and the Pre-Dental Health Society. On the weekends, she enjoys spending time with her friends, but also watching Netflix and relaxing.

Facebook – Heera Ramaswamy

Instagram – xoheeraox

Snapchat – xoheeraox

 

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Morgan O’Donnell

Social Media Director

Morgan O’Donnell is a senior studying journalism with a minor in political science at Temple University. She currently serves as public relations vice president for her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta (Iota Chi chapter), and is an arts & entertainment staff writer for Her Campus at Temple. She works as a policy database researcher at Temple’s Institute of Public Affairs. Morgan is also involved with Temple Tappers and Hyphen Literary & Art Magazine, and in summer 2017 she was a social media intern at The Mighty in Los Angeles, CA. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, going to concerts, meditating, and making playlists for her friends. After graduation, Morgan hopes to work in magazines or digital media.

Twitter: @magicalmorganx

Facebook: Morgan O’Donnell

Instagram: @magicalmorganx

LinkedIn: Morgan O’Donnell

 

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Student Life Section Editor

Lisa Cunningham is a sophomore journalism major with a minor in general business at Temple University. She is very involved in many organizations at Temple such as Templar Yearbook, Her Campus, Temple Talk, The Tab, and the Rad Dish Marketing Committee. When she is not writing a new article, attending a meeting, or studying, she enjoys going to concerts, spending time with family and friends, and finding new places to explore in her favorite city, Philadelphia.
Lisa loves music, Dunkin’ Donuts, Blaze Pizza and pop culture and is always talking to someone about the newest episode of her favorite show. Her dream job would be working for E! News, People Magazine, or doing anything related to pop culture.

 

Twitter: @monaLISAAA11

Facebook: Lisa Cunningham

Instagram: lisaaa1122

 

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Alleh Naqvi

Senior Reporter

Alleh Naqvi is a freshman double major in political science and english with a concentration in creative writing. She is also a current freelancer for the Temple News and is the Graphic Designer and Web Manager for Magneto. When not working, you can find Alleh writing (and reciting) spoken word poetry, rereading Harry Potter and taking long luxurious naps.

 

Instagram: @allehnaqvi

Facebook: Alleh Naqvi

YouTube: Alleh Naqvi