AIC Yellow Jacket

2017-2018 Staff

Mary Ellen Lowney


I am Assistant Professor and Chair of the Communication Department at American International College. Prior to this, I was a long-time reporter at The Springfield Republican newspaper. I specialize in journalism, especially new...

Robby Ollari


Hi, I'm Robby Ollari and I'm the Editor-in-Chief of the Yellow Jacket. I'm a senior Communication major and Sports & Recreation Management minor from Enfield, Conn. This is my third year as YJ Editor, and every second of it...

Jazmine Baehr

Op/Ed Columnist

Hello! My name is Jazmine Baehr (most famously know around campus as Jazzy Jaz). I am a senior Sociology major with minors in Marketing, Political Science ,and Social Advocacy. I’m originally from Northwestern Connecticut. I...

Thaleeza Saenz-Flores

Staff Artist/Writer

Hello ~ My name is Thaleeza Saenz-Flores (pronounced as Tah-lee-sa). Born and raised in Springfield, MA. I am an English major following with an Education major. My passion and interests are mainly drawing, painting, writing,...

Daniela Castro

Staff writer

My name is Daniela Castro, and I am a freshman here at AIC. I am human biology major, with a minor in communications. My hometown is Bushkill, Pennsylvania. I was born and raised in Queens, New York. I am part of the women’s...

Johnnie Johnson

Staff writer

My name is Johnnie Johnson, and I am a football player here at AIC. I am a communication major and I minor in visual arts. My hometown is Rochester NY. My hobbies are drawing and playing basketball win you can. Hopefully, after...

Samira Abdul-Karim

Staff Writer

My name is Samira Abdul-Karim, and I am a Junior here at AIC. My hometown is New Haven, Connecticut. My hobbies are camping, playing sports, and paying it forward. Hopefully, after graduation, I will find work as broadcaster.

Zach Bednarczyk

Staff Writer

Hi everyone! My name is Zach Bednarczyk, and I am a senior here at AIC. I am currently a Communication major, and I have just declared that major as of last year. I don’t live far away, I live in the town acrossthe bridge: ...

Andrew Bernucca

Staff Writer

My name is Andrew Bernucca and I am a junior here at AIC. I am a Communication major. I am a reporter for Def Pen, covering international basketball and domestic politics. To contact me you can find me on Twitter, @ABernucca,...

Ishanna Brown

Staff Writer

My name is Ishanna Brown, and I am a freshman here at AIC. I am a Communication major. My hometown is Springfield, Massachusetts. My hobbies are hanging out with friends and playing basketball. Hopefully, after graduation, I will...

Jessica Callahan

Staff Writer

My name is Jessica Callahan and I am a senior here at AIC. I am from Enfield, Connecticut and have interests in communications and economics. I spend a lot of my time at school, or at one of my two jobs. When I am not at sch...

Nadia Ciubotaru

Staff Writer

Nadia Ciubotaru is a senior at AIC majoring in Communication. Besides writing, she loves to travel.

Kayla Clark

Staff Writer

I was born in Samoa but raised in Tacoma, Washington. I've always been an athlete participating in all sports that came across me however the sport that I stuck with is rugby, and I play for AIC. I'm a very outgoing social person...

Tommy Clark

Staff Writer

I was born in Samoa, raised in Tacoma, Washington. I played football growing up, basketball as well, and I am currently playing for AIC Men's Rugby team. Represented are country with the stars and stripes jersey as I played...

Danielle Corey

Staff Writer

My name is Danielle Corey, and I am from South Deerfield, Massachusetts. I am a sophomore at AIC, in the College Steps program. My hobbies are writing, listening to music, dancing (hip hop and lyrical), riding horses and playing...

Dahlia Cruz

Staff Writer

Dahlia Cruz is a senior at AIC, majoring in Communications. Unsure of what career path she will take, she plans on continuing to graduate school. Dahlia works with youth and young adults at the Center for Human Development. She...

Brianna Garcia

Staff Writer

My name is Brianna Garcia, and I am a sophomore here at AIC. I am a Communications major. My hometown is San Juan, Puerto Rico. My hobbies are dancing, singing and playing volleyball. Hopefully, after I graduate, I will find work...

Allison Gavin

Staff Writer

I am a senior majoring in Communications with a minor in Marketing. I am from Bristol, CT. Along with journalism, I have an interest with advertising and event planning. I am the President of the AIC Lions Club chapter. I am...

Emilee Giacondino

Staff Writer

My name is Emilee Giacondino, and I am a freshman here at AIC. I am an undecided major. My hometown is Wallingford, Connecticut. I am a member of the AIC women lacrosse team, and my hobbies include sleeping and running. Hopefully,...

Natalee Giacondino

Staff Writer

My name is Natalee Giacondino, and I am a freshman here at AIC. I am an undeclared major. My hometown is Wallingford, Connecticut. My hobbies are playing lacrosse and being outdoors. Hopefully, after graduation, I will find work...

Yasmine Graziani

Staff Writer

My name is Yasmine, I am a communication major. I’m from France. AIC is different from my university of Paris but I like it a lot here. My hobbies are shopping and cinema. I practice track and field my event is 800 meters....

Shaneisha Jones

Staff Writer

Hello all! I am a senior here AIC. I am from Hartford, CT. I am a political science major, along with a minor in marketing.  I am an aspiring corporate lawyer. I enjoy riding horses and listening to music. ...

Justin Lipscomb

Staff Writer

My name is Justin Lipscomb, and I am a Junior here at AIC. I am a Communication major. My hometown is Hartford, Connecticut but I currently reside in Enfield, Connecticut. My hobbies are running, creating clothes and eating!...

Ave' Mullen

Staff Writer

Hello! My name is Ave' Mullen. I am from Decatur, Georgia. I am a freshman here at AIC. I enjoy reading and writing. After graduation I aspire to open my own media corporation and also work as a journalist.

Amber Ollari

Staff Writer

Hi, I’m Amber Ollari. I’m a freshman here at AIC and I am majoring in Communications. I am from Enfield, CT and I have a house in Charlestown, RI, where I spend much of my summer. I enjoy going to the beach (obviously), spending...

Jennifer Pallazola

Staff Writer

My name is Jennifer Lynne Pallazola, a junior here at American International College enrolled in the English BA program while aspiring to double major in communications. I have a passion for photography and hope to one day main...

Victoria Perini

Staff Writer

Hi! My name is Victoria Perini, I’m a freshman here at AIC, and I am from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I am #8 on the Volleyball team. I love movies and dogs are my weakness! Hopefully, after   graduation, I can find my way into...

Jaylan Ramos

Staff Writer

Hi, my name is Jaylan Ramos and I’m a Political Science major with a love for writing. On my down time I like to write my own pieces for my blog and create and edit videos. I love to spend time with my friends like every other...

Ventine Richardson

Staff Writer

My name is Ventine Richardson Jr. and I am a student athlete here at AIC. I am undecided at the moment, referring to major. My hometown is Bloomfield, Connecticut. My hobbies are video games, writing, and sports. Hopefully, after...

Deven Roberts

Staff Writer

Hello! My name is Deven Roberts, and I am a sophomore here at AIC.  I am from from Catonsville, Maryland which is a small town in Baltimore County. I am currently an undecided major. I am on the Mens Lacrosse team here at AIC,...

Shanell Russo

Staff Writer

My name is Shanell Russo but people know me as Nelly. I am a senior at AIC, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Communications. I play on the Women’s Rugby team.  

Denisha Walker

Staff Writer

My name is Denisha Walker, and I am a senior here at AIC. I am a Political Science major. My hometown is Hartford CT. My hobbies are dancing, stepping, and going to parties. I am Vice President of the Queen Bees dance team, and...

Marquis Walker

Staff Writer

My name is Marquis Walker and I am an AIC Rugby player. I am a Communications major with a minor in Sports Management. My hometown is Springfield, Mass. My hobbies are collecting sneakers and doing online shopping. Hopefully,...

Shiane Wilkins

Staff Writer

I am Shiane Wilkins, I am from Suffield, Conneticut. It is a small town near Enfield, Conneticut. My hobbies are drawing anime,video gaming, singing,and making videos on YouTube. This hobbies I do helped me in my choice a major...

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