The Moody Standard Staff Spring 2017


Jill White Column CardJill White, faculty advisor

Jill White is the faculty advisor for the Moody Standard. An assistant professor in Moody’s communications department, she works with the Standard staff to teach them the best possible practices of writing, editing and journalism, though her main job is to stay out of the students’ way as they work to create an amazing paper.

Mrs. White lives on the south side of Chicago in Hyde Park with her husband, Jim, and their four-year-old brindle mountain cur, Coco. Their son Jonah is a theater electrician in Chicago, and their son Jeremy (the “J” names are a family tradition) is a junior at Belmont University in Nashville. When she’s not teaching or working on her second master’s degree, Mrs. White reads lots of books, watches too much YouTube and too many Asian dramas (because she likes to) and works out on Solheim’s elliptical machines, bikes by the lake, and does Pilates (because she has to). Her favorite things include singing opera and baroque music; travelling; cooking and eating; drinking tea; and shopping at ethnic grocery stores. She has extremely strong opinions about the superiority of dark chocolate, the ludicrousness of daylight savings time, and the design of Calvin’s next tattoo.

Calvin Edwards, editor-in-chief

Calvin leads the newspaper team in the bi-weekly production of the paper and oversees the section editors. He is from the south side of Chicago, and is adamant about Chicago’s superiority to any city known to man. Calvin spends most of his time long boarding, moshing, doing responsible adult things, making music with his band, philosophizing, or writing—sometimes all at once. His ears are stretched to 3/4 of an inch; he wants to reach a full inch, but has no idea how or when he’ll get there.

Nathaniel Moore, copy editor

Nathaniel Moore operates as the Moody Standard’s copy editor. He valiantly wades through punctuation tiepos – andap style errors! When he isn’t furiously punctuating or laughing at Calvin’s snarky editing notes he whiles away the hours reading, deadlifting, contending Colorado’s superiority as a state, and performing improv with [iNfoRmaL]. He is in his sophomore year of the 5-year BA/MA pastoral studies program.

 Brennen Daniels, photo editor

Brennen Daniels is the  photo editor for the Moody Standard, meaning he gathers the photography from newspaper photographers and edits them. He comes from some random cornfield in central Illinois and is a Sophomore Bible Music major. If he’s not using Lightroom or Photoshop, you can find him sipping some tea, reading poetry, or planning his next trip. 

Lucas Somma, art & culture editor

Luke Somma is a sophomore Human Services major serving as arts & culture editor. His goal is to write something that matters; to provide a platform on issues Moody students wouldn’t ordinarily be exposed to, while simultaneously advocating for a biblical just worldview. On a typical day, Luke can be found walking late to class, sympathizing with Che Guevara, spreading hummus on pita, bopping to Kendrick, or asking others about their Myers-Briggs Type.

Jenna Houk, campus and city editor

Jenna is the Campus and City Editor who is a lover of writing and photography. Her role is to assign stories related to campus and city news, along with other things. She’s a sophomore Evangelism and Discipleship major and has a passion for ministering to college students. She grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, but is originally from  California. 

Monica Friesen, lead layout editor

Monica’s role as the head layout editor for the Standard involves organizing and arranging articles and photos and communicating with the photographers and illustrators who supply our visual content. She enjoys hiking, cooking, and defending herself against the harassment of her coworkers. 


Katherine Theuerkorn, layout editor

As one of the layout editors for the Standard, Katherine arranges articles and visuals in a way to make them work together to create a pleasing and easy-to-read paper. As a junior Children’s Ministry major, Katherine enjoys things like coloring, swing sets, and candy. On her list of slightly more sophisticated interests are things like creating art and music. Acting like an adult is not on that list.

Gordon White, web editor

Gordon, as the Web Editor for the Standard, oversees the Standard’s website and social media platforms. He is an avid reader and writer, enjoys sarcasm and puns, can normally be heard singing songs from whatever musical he has recently discovered, and always appreciates time with his friends discussing the mysteries of the world.


 Jonah Wright, Managing editor

Jonah Wright is a senior biblical studies major. He is a Chicago native who has a passion for the writing, comedy, and the local church.



Matt Connolly, nation and world editor

Matt hails from a small river city in Florida called New Port Richey. He grew up taking canoe and camping trips on Florida’s rivers that sometimes would last up to five days. Simply continuing the habit he formed with his brother, you can often find Matt engaged in some riveting discussion about theology, the Bible, or the issues that face man everyday. Besides this, he enjoys, jamming on his violin with anyone willing to join; drinking the strongest blackest coffee available; and wandering into the city on a whim with a few friends. He is in his Junior year in Moody’s Theology program.

Noah Riggenbach, business manager

In his role as the Standard’s business manager, Noah is responsible for overseeing distribution of printed copies of the paper, coordinating advertising, and handling the paper’s financial matters. Noah is currently a sophomore pre-counseling major. His desire is to serve Moody’s community through his work with the Standard. In his free time he enjoys watching movies, exploring the city, and chilling with his buds.

Lisa Heegaard, layout editor