About Us

The Sojourn is Indiana Wesleyan University’s digital, student-run news site. The publication operated as a print newspaper for more than 70 years before transitioning to an all digital format in September 2015. The all-student staff also reports for GrantCOnnected.net (GrantCO), a website focused on Grant County news. Journalism students established GrantCO in fall 2014 as part of their Convergent Journalism class.

Broadcast professor Dr. Randall King and adjunct journalism professor Adam Wren serve as faculty advisers to both The Sojourn and GrantCOnnected.net.

 

Our 2015-2016 Staff

Photos by Lauren Dafoe

 

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Name: Lauren Carpenter

Position: Editor of The Sojourn

Year: Junior

Favorite Netflix show to binge watch: Gossip Girl

If you could spend a day with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? James Dean

Favorite part of journalism: Meeting so many different people and hearing them talk about their passion

Dream job growing up: Actress

Weird fact about yourself: I love to eat Nesquik powder with a spoon

If you could live in any fictional universe, which one would it be? Middle Earth

Biggest item on your bucket list: Travel all around Europe

Favorite Quote: “It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.” -J.K. Rowling

NavarName: Navar Watson

Position: Editor of GrantCOnnected.net

Year: Senior

Favorite Netflix show to binge watch: Doctor Who and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

If you could spend a day with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Probably James Dean too… Or Whitney Houston.

Favorite part of journalism: Telling people’s stories. There are some incredible stories out there just waiting to be told. It’s my job as a journalist to share those stories and touch the lives of those who read them.

Dream job growing up: For years I wanted to be a tornado chaser (then I realized it required science…)

Weird fact about yourself: Sometimes I pretend like I’m a character in a video game, and the tasks I do throughout the day are my objectives. Also, my favorite sitcom is “The Golden Girls,” and I am wearing a Golden Girls T-shirt as I type this.

If you could live in any fictional universe, which one would it be? The Whoniverse (Doctor Who Universe) … I’m still waiting for the Doctor to arrive outside my townhouse in his infamous blue box.

Biggest item on your bucket list: Meet Betty White

Favorite Quote: “I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” -Agatha Christie

SarahName: Sarah Dougan

Position: Digital Editor

Year: Junior

Favorite Netflix show to binge watch: Doctor Who

If you could spend a day with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite part of journalism: Getting to work with the team here at IWU.

Dream job growing up: Ballerina, Singer, Actor

Weird fact about yourself: I am hispanic. I do not like spicy food. Get over it.

If you could live in any fictional universe, which one would it be? There are too many to choose from, but if I have to pick, Doctor Who, so I could visit all the other ones in the TARDIS.

Biggest item on your bucket list: Attend the Oscars

Favorite Quote: “Times change, and so must I. We all change, when you think about it. We’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s ok, that’s good…so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.” -The Eleventh Doctor

 

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Name: Caleb Cottrell

Position: Sports Editor

Year: Sophomore

Favorite Netflix show to binge watch: Breaking Bad

If you could spend a day with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Kobe Bryant

Weird fact about yourself: I’ve read all of the Harry Potter books over ten times.

If you could live in any fictional universe, what would it be? Naboo from Star Wars

Life Motto: “Live your life, live it right, be different, do different things.” – Kendrick Lamar

If you could choose a time period to live in, what would it be? Late 1980’s

Biggest item on your bucket list: Be in Times Square on New Year’s Eve

Who is your celebrity crush? Scarlett Johansson and Selena Gomez

 

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Photo by Hannah Whelchel

Name: Tim Tedeschi

Position: Staff Writer

Year: Junior

Favorite Netflix show to binge watch: Scrubs

If you could spend a day with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Abraham Lincoln

Favorite part of journalism: Telling people’s stories.

Dream job growing up: Cleveland Indians radio play-by-play announcer

If you could live in any fictional universe, which one would it be?  Pawnee, Indiana

Three songs that perfectly describe your life:

Africa – Toto

The Luckiest – Ben Folds

Cleveland Rocks – The Presidents of the United States of America

Biggest item on your bucket list: Attend a game at all 30 MLB stadiums.

Favorite Quote: Be the change you want to see in the world. – Ghandi

 

Brooke2Name: Brooke Eber

Position: Staff Writer

Year: Sophomore

Favorite Netflix show to binge watch: Grey’s Anatomy

If you could spend a day with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Mother Teresa

Favorite part of journalism: Meeting the people behind the stories

Dream job growing up: Running an orphanage

Weird fact about yourself: I love to sew and craft

If you could live in any fictional universe, which one would it be? Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls

Biggest item on your bucket list: Attend World Youth Day

Favorite Quote: “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread” -Mother Teresa

Brooke1Name: Brooke Hulsizer

Position: Staff writer

Year: Sophomore

Favorite Netflix show to binge watch: White Collar

If you could spend a day with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Ed Sheeran

Favorite part of journalism: Finding the truth and being able to share it with others.

Dream job growing up: War correspondent

Weird fact about yourself: I’m a certified SCUBA diver.

If you could live in any fictional universe, which one would it be? Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings

Biggest item on your bucket list: Join a flash mob

Favorite Quote: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

KaylaName: Kayla Thomas

Position: Staff Writer

Year: Junior

Favorite Netflix show to binge watch: Scandal

If you could spend a day with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My cousin

Favorite part of journalism: Getting to be creative and sociable

Dream job growing up: Saving children’s lives

Weird fact about yourself: I play guitar

If you could live in any fictional universe, which one would it be? Once upon a Time

Biggest item on your bucket list: To visit Ethiopia and in some way leave the country better than I found it.

Favorite Quote: “We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually who are you not to be? You are a child of God.” -Marianne Williamson

 

DSC_7101 copyName: Heather Cox

Position: Staff Writer

Year: Sophomore

Favorite Netflix show to binge watch: Parks and Rec or Friends

Favorite part of journalism: I absolutely love hearing people’s stories, and I love that journalism gives me the opportunity to tell people’s stories. Especially when I get to tell someone’s story that no one would otherwise get the chance to hear.

Three songs that perfectly describe your life:

It is well–Bethel Music

I Lived–OneRepublic

The Outsiders–NEEDTOBREATHE

Biggest item on your bucket list: Hike Machu Picchu

If you could choose a time period to live in, what would it be? 1950’s

Life motto: “Be patient, God’s not finished with you yet.” Philippians 1:6

What was the last movie you watched? Jurassic World

Who is your celebrity crush? Josh Duhamel

 

 

 

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