About The Mace & Crown

Mace and Crown is a student-run news magazine written and published for the students of ODU. Originally founded in 1930 as The High Hat, the paper became The Mace and Crown in 1961 with the transition to a magazine in 2017. Mace and Crown is primarily a self-supporting magazine, maintaining journalistic independence from the university. All views expressed in this collegiate magazine are those of the author, not of the university, Mace and Crown or the editors.

Meet our Executive Board

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PAULA PHOUNSAVATH

Editor-in-Chief

Paula Phounsavath is a senior majoring in English with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Health and Wellness. She's currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Mace & Crown and is also the Senior Columnist of HerCampus ODU. After college, Paula hopes to be a reporter on politics, global affairs and/or food and culture. In her free time, she loves cooking Asian and healthy foods, hanging out with friends and journaling. 

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SAMANTHA TAHERIAN

Copy Editor

Samantha is a senior majoring in communications and minoring in political science with a concentration in media studies. She is so excited to be the copy editor for the Mace and Crown for her last semester before graduation in December. Since she was 13 years old, she has been wanting to be a news anchor for CNN after anchoring the afternoon news shows from middle school until the end of high school. Samantha loves all things broadcast journalism and has a goal of giving a voice to the voiceless through journalism. After graduation, she will be attending graduate school for journalism and is ecstatic to see what the future holds! Email her at stahe001@odu.edu 

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VICTORIA TILLINGHAST

News Editor

Victoria Tillinghast is majoring in English with a concentration in journalism as well a minor in communications. Currently, she serves as the news editor for the Mace and Crown and a copy editor outside of ODU. When not writing—which takes up a considerable amount of her time—she enjoys playing tabletop RPGs and video games on console. Email her at news@maceandcrown.com

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SYDNEY HAULENBEEK

Arts & Entertainment Editor

Sydney Haulenbeek is an English major and a second year writer for the Mace & Crown. Before becoming the A&E Editor she worked as an assistant editor, and has done freelance video journalism and business management for student news before. She focuses on community and feature pieces with a special emphasis on arts and culture. Email her at artsandentertainment@maceandcrown.com

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NICHOLAS CLARK

Photography Editor

Nicholas Clark is the photography editor. He majors in photography and print media. For fun, he likes to play golf and take pictures. Email him at nclar005@odu.edu

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MARGARET LYNCH

Graphic Designer

Margaret Lynch is the Graphic Designer for Mace and Crown. She majors Graphic Design with a minor in marketing at ODU. She has been doing Graphic Design for the past four years and other creative mediums for most of her life. She is extremely passionate about her work and tries to come at projects in a unique way. She loves to utilize color and photography. Her goal is to share her creativity with those around her and help gain a new perspective of the world and society as a whole.

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RYAN JACOBS

Digital Editor

Ryan serves as the Digital Editor for Mace and Crown. He's majoring in International Business with a concentration in Latin America. He has a passion for people, technology, and problem-solving that he hopes to pursue with a big tech company down the road.  He's been freelancing for 2+ years as a web designer and is always looking to better his craft. Outside of school and work, you can find him at the gym,  grabbing drinks with friends, or watching his favorite anime.

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HANNAH SMITH

Technology Editor

Hannah Smith serves as the Technology Editor at Old Dominion University. She is in her senior year pursuing her degree in strategic communication with a concentration in public relations, advocacy, and persuasion. She has experience in the corporate environment from interning at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding for three summers. While there she worked with the Design, Planning, and Build Authority Department for Virginia Class Submarines and the new Air Craft Carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 80). In addition, she worked in the corporate communications department. During her free time, she is a volunteer Young Life leader at Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia with the hope of students growing in their faith through mentorship as the organization’s core.

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BENJAMIN DRAPER

Sports Editor

Benjamin serves as the Sports Editor for Mace and Crown. He is a sophomore who majors in Communications, more specifically ‘Media Studies’. He is very excited for the opportunity of leading the sports staff at the Mace & Crown. Since he was 4 years old, Benjamin has wanted to pursue a career in sports media as a Broadcaster/Reporter. On the side, he is a broadcaster for the ODU Esports teams. After college, Benjamin hopes to be in the booth one day calling games for ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS, or any professional team. Email him at sports@maceandcrown.com

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MAYA REID

Sports Editor

Maya Reid serves as the Social Media Editor for Mace and Crown. She is in her senior year pursuing a degree in Communications. She is excited to serve as the social media editor for her last semester at ODU. She plans to continue working as a social media strategist after graduation while working on her book with the overall goal of becoming a full-time author. Email her at socialmedia@maceandcrown.com