About

FOUNDERS

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 Economics Honors 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

image1-e1565126188403.pngWes Dodson is a Managing 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. 

IMG_1741Brendon Sparkman is a co-founder of The Texas Orator and served as a managing editor from January 2017 to August 2019. He is currently a senior pursuing a B.A. in English and a minor in Communications and aspires toward a career in social media management

EDITORS 

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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.

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Courtney Thomas, a Managing Editor and our Arts Editor, is a Theatre and Dance and Humanities 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. 

 

scarletScarlett Smith, an Editor-at-Large, is a freshman pursuing a Business Honors major and a minor in Spanish. She is fascinated by both domestic and foreign policy and hopes to someday influence global policy. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading anything she can get her hands on, and binge-watching Criminal Minds. 

 

unnamed-3Benjamin Brown, an Editor-at-Large, is a second-year Government and History 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. 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, volunteering at the LBJ Library, and studying Farsi.

Olivia ConwayOlivia Conway, a Managing Editor and Editor-at-Large, is a second-year biochemistry and Plan II major from College Station, Texas. She is passionate about scientific research, but even more so about the ethical implications of modern discoveries. She loves reading, writing, and searching for the obscure and unnoticed in everyday life. She hopes to use her background in science and philosophy to offer a new perspective on the events and policies that shape our lives. 

ethan-masucol_1_origEthan Masucol is a 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. 

ramiro-2Ramiro De Los Santos, our Culture Editor, 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. 

Version 2Sydney Riordan, our Domestic Affairs Editor, is a third-year Plan II and Biomedical Engineering dual-major with a focus on cellular and biomolecular engineering. Her political interests include free speech, individual liberties, and the right to life. In her free time, she enjoys cooking a new recipe, going for a run, and playing with her labradoodle. She hopes to use her background in technology and medicine to bring a new perspective to the discussion on controversial topics.

STAFF WRITERS

Anandi BarkerAnandi Barker is a freshman student at the University of Texas at Austin where she is pursuing a major in government. She is a member of the Jefferson Scholar’s Program and the Liberal Arts Honors College, for which she spends most of her time reading and writing essays.  Anandi’s interests revolve around the political theory of the American Revolution and its evolution into today’s societal values.  When she is not involved in classwork, Anandi can be found in a little nook at the Perry-Castañeda Library with a cup of coffee and a book.  

AdrienneAdrienne Brown is a second year Government and Anthropology major from Southlake, Texas. She enjoys lively political discussions, particularly surrounding civic engagement, campaigning, and activism. Outside of the Texas Orator, she interns with the City of Austin in communications, is involved with Alpha Phi Omega, and watches media that satirizes political life.

Caroline Cabe Texas Orator 1Caroline Cabe is a second-year Rhetoric and Writing major pursuing a Creative Writing certificate with a specialization in Playwriting, originally from Fort Worth, Texas. Her interests include human rights, theater, film, performance art, political satire, and social commentary. Outside of The Orator, she can be seen volunteering with her Gamma Rho Lambda siblings, writing or reading a new play, participating in a protest, or petting other people’s dogs.

 

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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.

IMG_4661Ben 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.

 

IMG_20191107_122243_1Landry Harmon is a junior double-majoring in International Business, with a concentration in China and Chinese, as well as Art History. He is the President of the International Business Student Association. He also works for Renegade University and the Unregistered Podcast in a marketing role. His interests include film, authoritarian regimes, propaganda, art, anarchism, world history, and culture. In his free time, he is watching art house films, listening to too many podcasts, practicing his photography, or reading books.

Riya KaleRiya Kale is a first year government major and pre-law at UT Austin. She from Houston, Texas, where she was editor in chief of her high school’s newspaper. She joined The Texas Orator to continue to foster her love of analytical writing. Outside of writing, she likes to spend time with her sorority sisters from Alpha Phi and continuing her passion from running that began with high school track. 

 

Gabe McCoyGabe McCoy is a freshman Biology major from Dallas, Texas. His interests include history, philosophy, and social movements, being influenced by thinkers such as Thomas Paine and Condorcet. He is interested in how to expand and protect democracy in an increasingly complex and polarized world. He enjoys reading and exploring the city of Austin.

 

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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.

20190912LG-BBAheadshots024Emma Stambaugh is a second year Management major, minoring in Spanish at The University of Texas at Austin. She is passionate about creating social and political changes in the immigration system. Her firsthand experiences growing up in Brownsville, Texas located on the U.S./Mexico Border have been her fundamental motivation for pursuing future studies at law school. She enjoys reading, traveling, and Forumla 1racing. She hopes her writing will illuminate issues and ideas that are overlooked in everyday news and conversations.

EDITORIAL BOARD

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.

Me but ZoomedSamuel 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.


Screen Shot 2018-12-02 at 11.52.53 PMJames 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 a 2019 Frank Denius Normandy scholar, a 2017 Terry 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. James hopes to attend law school following his undergraduate studies with a focus on constitutional or government law.

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