Brooke Reaves is the Editor-in-Chief and cofounder of The Texas Orator. She is a third-year majoring in Business Honors, Plan II Honors, and Government at UT Austin. Brooke looks forward to growing The Texas Orator’s community and increasing the free exchange of ideas on campus. Outside of her time with The Orator, she tutors with PlanTutoring, leads a creative writing club, takes too many classes, learns French, studies Texas history, and reads voraciously. Twitter/Instagram: @brookelinreaves
Wes Dodson is a Managing Editor and Law Editor for The Texas Orator pursuing a Plan II and Marketing double-major. A perennial holder of unpopular opinions, Wes approaches national politics from the classical liberal position, which he commonly describes as “small l” libertarianism. After arriving at UT, Wes became increasingly aware of and interested in the role of UT Student Government and has written analyses of the economics of SG and how it is used as a national politics dog whistle. He hopes to co-helm The Texas Orator through the rough waters of student journalism and expand the awareness of student opinions. Wes is currently working on a detailed historical account of UT Student Government.
Candace Baker, a Managing Editor and our Culture Editor, is a third-year Journalism and Government student from Dallas, Texas. In addition to her time at The Texas Orator, she currently works an editorial intern at Austin Monthly, having previously interned at Study Breaks Magazine.
Archit Oswal is a Managing Editor and a Foreign Affairs Editor for The Orator, and is in his second year as an International Business and Plan II major at the University of Texas at Austin. A Houston native, his interests include preparing three different kinds of salad dressings (typically viniagrettes), drawing with black ink, and Latin Dance. He is currently studying German and Russian in the hopes of one day becoming a diplomat.
Mark Csoros is our Domestic Affairs Editor and a third-year student in the Plan II Honors program, also pursuing a Marketing degree through the McCombs School of Business. He is a member of the McCombs Leadership Program, plays for UT’s rugby team, and won the first-year section of the 2017 Worthington Essay Contest. He has also worked as a shared-time intern with the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and the Texas Civil Justice League. As part of Mark’s commitment to meaningful political and philosophical discourse, he volunteer coaches a middle and high school debate club in South Austin. He hopes that The Orator will continue to act as a catalyst for ideological engagement, while changing minds and firing imaginations.
Ethan Mascucol is a Foreign Affairs Editor and third-year student majoring in Plan II, International Relations & Global Studies, and Chinese. He is most interested in foreign affairs with a particular fascination with China. He appreciates how The Texas Orator provides a forum where people with opinions across every spectrum can have a voice. Outside of school, you can find him swimming, rewatching his favorite movies, or drinking boba.
Courtney Thomas, our Arts Editor, is a Theatre and Dance student working towards an Art History Minor and certificates in Museum Studies and Core Texts & Ideas. She is interested in the intersection of art, storytelling and politics. Most days, you can find her in a dark theatre or reading at any Austin coffee shop.
Carson Coronado, an Editor-at-Large, is a third year Business and Liberal Arts Honors History major from Austin, Texas pursuing a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas through the Jefferson Scholars Program. His primary academic interests include the study of Late Antiquity and Latin American History. Carson writes for The Texas Orator on economic policy and United States political history. In his spare time, Carson enjoys playing the banjo and can often be found at Lions Municipal Golf Course.
Rylan Maksoud is an Editor-at-Large and is a Plan II and Government second-year from Houston. A former editor-in-chief of Neo Politico, a youth journal for politics, Rylan is passionate about politics and its interaction with the world around us.
Benjamin Brown, an Editor-at-Large, is a second-year Government major pursuing a certificate in UT’s Elements of Computing program. Hailing from the modest beach-side community of Port Aransas, Texas, he has long been enamored with international affairs, American culture, and sociopolitical history. He also enjoys philosophical discourse, being particularly interested in critical theory. Therefore, much of his writing is motivated by a desire to frame issues in a historical or philosophical context. Outside of The Texas Orator, Ben spends his time reading, doing trivia, recreationally studying math, and collecting antiques.
Tarek Zaher, our Ideas Editor, studies Government and European Thought at the University of Texas while also pursuing a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas through the Jefferson Scholars Program. He is interested in understanding the answers great thinkers have given to the most important questions—those of human nature, morality, and happiness—and applying that understanding to current controversial issues at every level of politics. In his free time, he enjoys reading books, cooking food, and discussing politics, religion, and dogs with his friends.
Jason Eric A. Ancheta is a second-year business major from Houston, Texas. His interests include foreign policy, legislative analysis, and market trends. In his free time, he is either cooking and watching programs devoted to culinary arts or following the newest developments in K-Dramas.
Nicholas Aufiero is a junior at UT double-majoring in Computational Engineering and Plan II. Just as his two majors are seemingly at odds, so are his interests. Yet, Nicholas is particularly inclined toward areas where these two majors might intersect, such as the responsible construction of Artificial Intelligence, or the equitable distribution of electrical power across a city.
Joe Cascino is a second-year Government major from Weatherford, Texas. In addition to his fascination with all things historical, cinema, comedy, and baseball, Cascino is an officer in University Democrats and a passionate political activist.
Matthew Cox is a Government and Economics major at the University of Texas. He writes for The Texas Orator on improving social and political systems. In his spare time, Matthew runs the Longhorn Update, a “your week ahead”-style podcast for students on campus, along with a litany of other projects. He is an ardent fan of innovation, obsessed with city design, and wishes to pursue a career that enables him to improve the lives of those around him.
Nick Eastwood is a second-year Liberal Arts Honors International Relations major from San Antonio, Texas. His interests include international scandals, cyber-security, and experiencing new food. When not writing for The Orator he spends his time re-watching his favorite tv shows, and listening to mystery podcasts.
Ben Gitzinger is a second-year Mechanical Engineering major from Dallas, Texas, pursuing a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas through the Jefferson Scholars Program. He plans to attend law school after getting his degree to pursue patent law. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing ultimate frisbee, and playing and writing music.
Connor Hanna is a Liberal Arts Honors student majoring in Linguistics and pursuing a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas through the Jefferson Scholars Program. From Houston with roots in Northeast Texas, Connor can usually be found in cheap dive restaurants, dancing at the Fed, or drinking coffee onthe patio of his student housing co-op. Motivated by a strong belief in the civic duty of an educated public, Connor is primarily a political writer.
Audrey Isaak is a sophomore Chemistry major at the University if Texas at Austin and a proud member of the Jefferson Scholars program. She is from Friendswood, Texas aka another Houston suburb. She is excited to have found The Texas Orator as an outlet for her political interests.
Ryan Jaffe is a third-year Government major and is actively involved with the Senate of College Councils working as the Faculty Affairs Co-Chair. He is passionate about all forms of art, entertainment, and most importantly, the United States government. He writes with the intent of sincerity, logical thinking, and providing firm positions on provocative topics.
Lucy Li is a third-year International Relations and Government double major from Houston, Texas. Her interests include foreign policy, human rights, and animal rights, and she hopes to attend law school after UT to study international law. In her free time, she is either at the tennis courts practicing or showing other people the many pictures and videos she has of her dogs.
Ramiro De Los Santos is a Journalism and European Thought double-major pursuing a certificate in Core Texts & Ideas within the Jefferson Scholars program. His main academic interests include foreign affairs, domestic policy, and philosophy, with a particular interest in European political developments and modern intellectual history. In his free time, he is probably meticulously crafting another Spotify playlist, trying to find the best possible Mexican food in his vicinity, or watching reruns of Twin Peaks.
Jakob Andrew Lucas is Government major from Texas City, Texas. He is also pursuing a Religious Studies minor because job prospects with his Government degree were just too lucrative. When he’s not reading or writing, he’s drinking coffee, talking about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1970 rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” or working on a political campaign.
Malvika Manoj is a first-year Business major pursuing a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas through the Jefferson Scholars Program. Originally from Plano (a.k.a. Plain-o), she is thrilled to live in Austin and explore the indie music scene. In her spare time, she enjoys reading The New York Times and watching SKAM.
Leland Murphy is a first-year government major in the Liberal Arts Honors Program from Kennedale, Texas. He likes being involved in campus life and hopes to participate in many protests at U.T. and in Austin. He loves how social movements, politics, and society at large all influence and shape each-other.
Naveen Rajan is a second-year Computer Science student from Austin, Texas. His interests include foreign policy, technology, and history. In his free time, he can be found watching Gilmore Girls, reading a book, or trying to collect obscure CDs.
Nicholas Romanow studies International Relations and Global Studies at the University of Texas. He writes for The Texas Orator on foreign policy, political economy, and public life. Nicholas was born in Canada before moving with his family to Dallas, Texas. He also trains as a track and field/cross country athlete for long distance races. Nicholas hopes to pursue a career in public service.
Victor Saadeh is a third-year Aerospace Engineering student, pursuing both a business and entrepreneurship minor, from San Antonio, Texas. He thoroughly enjoys politics, classifying himself as a moderate liberal, basketball/sports analytics, sweet tea, and Mexican food. In his spare time he loves reading Bleacher Report, FiveThirtyEight, and going thrift shopping. He also makes delicious sandwiches for a living.
Cade Stone is a fourth-year Government and Plan II student originally from Austin, Texas. After abandoning an early International Relations major, he has returned circuitously to an overriding fascination with the global stage and America’s role within it. He is particularly interested in environmental policy, trans-Atlantic affairs, and institutional advocacy. When in town, Cade can likely be found at a coffee shop, local park, or one of Austin’s innumerable breakfast taco institutions.
Megan Choy is a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a double major in government and journalism and a minor in media studies. She is originally from Nashville, TN, but grew up mostly in Dallas. She spends a lot of her time practicing and competing with the UT climbing team, however when she is not climbing, Megan enjoys reading, writing, and exploring the outdoors.
David Koeller is a Chemical Engineering and Plan II Honors student with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. In his free time, he enjoys ultimate frisbee, climbing and improv. David is excited to grow as a visual storyteller through his photojournalism work with The Texas Orator.
Connor O’Neill is a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a double-major in Plan II and Government with a minor in French. He is originally from Austin, TX but grew up in Dallas, TX. When he’s not drawing cartoons, he enjoys competing for the UT Track & Field team, reading, and hip-hop.
Jacob Kunz is an English third-year from New Braunfels. Stemming from a background in writing and broadcast journalism, Jacob took up a position as a columnist for UT’s campus newspaper, The Daily Texan. He is now the resident Head of Copy for The Texas Orator. Outside of his work with The Orator, he is an avid fan of theatre, film, and proper grammar. He hopes to see the publication’s reception expand and is eager to continue working with such a passionate team.
Samuel LeBus is a second-year Mechanical Engineering major from Houston, Texas, pursuing a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas through the Jefferson Scholars Program. He has lived in a myriad of places since moving to Austin, including New Orleans, Louisiana, and Calgary, Canada. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hanging with friends, and going to the gym. Samuel is ecstatic to join The Texas Orator as a copy editor and looks forward to seeing the publication flourish.
James Mismash is a third-year student double majoring in Government and History in the Liberal Arts Honors program at UT Austin. He has been selected multiple prestigious internships in the government and civic engagement area and is passionate about learning how our nation’s and world’s pasts can be used to shape how our government acts in the future. He is the Co-Deputy Director of Advocacy for UT Student Government, a 2019 Normandy scholar, and a member of a few other organizations. He was a podcaster for The Daily Texan before joining The Texas Orator as a copyeditor and occasional contributor. James hopes to attend law school following his undergraduate studies with a focus on constitutional or government law.
Allison White is a third-year Plan II Honors and Government major from Houston Texas, pursuing a certificate in Core Texts through the Jefferson Scholars Program and a minor in English. She plans to attend law school after graduation. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, solving crossword and Sudoku puzzles, and working out.