Contessa Hussong


Home sweet home: Taylor students make dorm rooms their own

It’s a four year sentence. White walls and low ceilings glow beneath a harsh fluorescent light. Worn furniture hides patched drywall. Yet Taylor students have found a variety of ways to make their dorms feel more like home, bringing life to the spaces meant for deeper community.

Senior graphic design major builds on Taylor experience, growth

Looking through pictures of the graphic design majors’ senior show, it’s hard to guess that just a few years ago, not all of these artists were confident in their abilities. Yet for Kaelen Rodgers, a senior majoring in graphic design, it wasn’t just a lack of confidence that weighed on her heart coming to Taylor.

Freshman Aspen Postma explores self-expression through art

The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words — but how many pictures does it take to communicate your true identity?  For Aspen Postma, a freshman artist transitioning from a major in art education to pre-art therapy, the answer was 12. One dozen art pieces. One dozen attempts at learning the meaning of self-expression.

Jeff Cramer: reflections and renewal

“The older you get, the more you start to realize that your life only makes sense looking backwards,” Jeff Cramer said. Yet as the man of many hats prepares to take on a new role in life, he’s found there’s also a sense of anticipation and renewal that comes from this season of transition.

Spanish Club presents opportunity for culture, conversation

There’s something life-giving about sharing cultures through conversation. The warmth of a meal. The richness of a language. The context of an idiom that is otherwise lost on a non-native speaker. There’s beauty in it all, and it has a practicality that has brought new meaning to an old hobby for junior Janie Lee Allen. 

Student Senate works to improve campus

“Not a lot of students notice it.” Siwon Heo, a Chair member of the Taylor Student Senate, wasn’t exaggerating as she sat down at her desk, a list of committee members on the computer screen in front of her. 

JP Susantio takes a look behind the lens

Come to any major TU football game, and it’s likely you’ve seen sophomore JP Susantio.  Though he’s not a journalist or an athlete, he’s found himself on Trojan sidelines all the same. With his camera in his hand, Susantio has embraced his own form of storytelling — and he’s fully dedicated to making the most of his major in film. 

Students build community throughout the Halloween season

You don’t know fear until you’ve walked past Wengatz Hall at midnight.  As the moon fades from view behind the clouds, shouting rises in the darkness as the men of Wengatz howl about lost video game matches and chant at the freshmen.