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THE CRUX

CLARKE UNIVERSITY

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Benjamin Reiser

Editor-in-Chief

Benjamin is a communications major with a minor in graphic design and a standout athlete on the volleyball team at Clarke University. As editor-in-chief of "The Crux" and Head of Social Media for Clarke Men's Volleyball, he excels in communication and leadership.

 

Benjamin's achievements go beyond sports and journalism. He was the 2022 national debating champion in Germany, showcasing his persuasive abilities. His future plans include attending Germany's national journalistic school, aiming for a career in journalism or media hosting.

 

In summary, Benjamin Reiser is a driven, internationally-minded individual poised for a successful future in media and journalism, thanks to his dedication to excellence both academically and athletically. 

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Jacob Schemmel

Video-Editor

Jacob Schemmel, a dedicated communications major, brings his passion for creativity to various facets of his college experience. As a valued member of the Clarke University Esports team, Jacob not only showcases his competitive spirit in the virtual world of Fortnite but also channels his skills as the team's video editor. His role extends beyond gaming, as he actively contributes to the Crux, leveraging his talent to devise innovative ideas that enhance the website's promotional efforts.

At the core of Jacob's character are his creativity and a resolute, goal-oriented mindset. He firmly believes in the power of hard work and perseverance, maintaining that with dedication, any aspiration is within reach. Jacob's commitment to his craft is evident in his love for the entire video production process — from filming to editing and even directing. His industrious approach to every task showcases his determination to excel in all endeavors.

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Chrissy Bartels

Faculty-Sponsor

Chrissy Bartels is a professor of communication, specializing in media literacy and critical analysis. With a wealth of experience in the field, Chrissy is dedicated to equipping her students with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the ever-evolving media landscape. 

With a background in filmmaking and a passion for storytelling, Chrissy brings a unique perspective to her teaching. Her expertise in researching, fact-checking, and storytelling allows her to guide her students in understanding the power and influence of media, as well as the ethical responsibilities that come with it. 
 

Chrissy has developed innovative curricula and educational programs that emphasize the importance of critical thinking and media literacy. Her expertise extends beyond the classroom. Her research focus is violent women in film and the distinct societal effect they have on American audiences. 

 
With her engaging teaching style and deep understanding of media literacy, Chrissy is dedicated to shaping the next generation of media-savvy communicators and filmmakers, empowering them to navigate the complex media landscape with confidence and critical thinking skills. 

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