New Albany native Olivia Wells, 22, is a print journalism major with an English minor. Olivia plans to attend law school next fall. She wants to become a criminal lawyer and move to the Bahamas or become a sports lawyer who represents athletes.
Wells is an avid sports enthusiast, who played basketball in high school and still actively participates in intramural leagues, as well as flag football. She enjoys writing as a pastime, as well as regularly updating her Spotify playlists. She is also a movie guru and tries to watch one a day.
Wells is writing two books that she hopes to publish after law school. She also aspires to become a screenwriter after graduating in May.
St. Louis native Maggie Durnien is a senior print journalism major, specializing in public relations with a minor in professional writing. Durnien has an interest in photography and multimedia. She looks forward to writing stories about Oxford and making new connections.
Last spring, she studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and in summer, interned with a startup company in New York City. She is currently a ESPNU campus connection reporter.
Durnien enjoys hanging with friends and family, traveling and cheering on the Ole Miss Rebels. She is now researching jobs in communications and public relations.
Atlanta native Barrett Ervin, 22, is a senior print journalism major with a minor in art. Her first name is Elizabeth, but she uses her middle name.
She is skilled at working with programs, such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Cinema 4D and Photoshop. Barrett plans on graduating in May of 2016 and wants to pursue a graphic design career.
Vicksburg native Victoria Mekus, 23, grew up with a passion for food, culture and the arts, and she is pursing a career in journalism with a specialization in public relations.
Since January of 2014, Victoria has worked at Hunt Marketing on the Oxford Square. She currently serves as the communications coordinator, handling social media, press releases, copy editing, e-newsletter design, TV and radio scripts, Google AdWords and Google business pages for clients. In the future, Mekus hopes to explore and document different cultures.
Shreveport native Connor Hennessey, 23, is a writer who has covered Ole Miss and the Oxford community on radio and digital platforms for over four years.
He’s in his third year working with Ole Miss Athletics in the media relations office, currently assigned to Rebel women’s basketball and women’s golf.
Hennessey graduated from C. E. Byrd High School in Shreveport in 2011 and will graduate from the University of Mississippi in May with a bachelor’s of arts degree in journalism from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media.
Joanie Sanders is a senior print journalism major with a specialization in public relations and a minor in professional writing. Originally from the D.C. area, Sanders came to Oxford in search of a new culture, way of life and change of pace.
Sanders was as intern at HottyToddy.com and a Staff Writer for The Daily Mississippian. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and several honors societies. Sanders studied abroad in Florence, Italy, during the spring semester of her year. During the summers, she interns for the marketing department of a telecommunications company.
After graduation in May, Sanders hopes to move to New York City and work in public relations, marketing, communications or advertising. She will eventually move back to D.C., but wants to live in several large cities before returning home.
Cecily Lane, 22, is wrapping up her senior year as a journalism student with a minor in sociology. The St. Louis native became interested in journalism in high school after joining the school news team and came to Ole Miss for a change of pace, culture and education.
She leads and active lifestyle, running from class to yoga, spinning and Pilates, and she visits her brother in Colorado over breaks to snowboard, hike, cycle and climb. After graduation, she plans to move to the Rockies, teach yoga and write for a local lifestyle publication or an online news source.
Nashville native Taylor Shelley is a senior broadcast journalism major and English minor. Taylor attended Father Ryan Catholic High School, where he participated in marching band and indoor scholastic percussion ensemble.
He is an only and child and lives with his mother, Jaquita Taylor, in Nashville. His father lives half an hour away in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Before studying journalism, Taylor enjoyed keeping up with daily events and pop culture news. He wants to pursue a career in feature writing, broadcast journalism or music journalism.
Texas native Sydney Nutt is a senior print journalism major with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in Spanish. She plans to graduate in May and hopes to attend law school in the fall.
Born and raised in Wichita Falls, Nutt enjoys all things related to Mexican food and is always on the search for the best queso. She loves to travel, and she spent the summer of 2014 abroad in Innsbruck, Austria, with dreams of returning.
When she isn’t talking about her European travels, she can be found watching Netflix, hanging out with friends or planning her next adventure.
Dominique McGhee, 20, is a junior print journalism major specializing in magazines with a minor in art. She is from the small, rural town of Crenshaw, Mississippi, where she grew up on her family’s cattle farm with her parents and two older brothers.
McGhee was always fascinated with art and had a passion for magazines from a young age. Now she has the opportunity to pursue both in her career. Her plans for the future include acquiring a doctorate in journalism and becoming an editor at a magazine like Cosmopolitan or Essence.
In her spare time, she is introverted and enjoys quiet time. This includes activities such as binge watching crime shows, reading, shopping, and of course sleeping.
Memphis native Sarah Henry, 22, is a senior pursuing a degree in print journalism with a minor in French. She began writing at a young age and became interested in public relations and graphic design in the last couple of years.
Henry will graduate in May. She hopes to travel abroad and put her journalism studies and French minor to good use.
Alabama native AnneBanks Blackwell, 21, was born and raised in Montgomery. She has three brothers who are all younger than her and two dogs. She was raised an Auburn fan, but she didn’t want to attend college at home, so she visited Ole Miss and fell in love with the campus.
Blackwell graduated high school in 2012 and went to Ole Miss as a freshman. She pledged Tri Delta with 121 other freshmen girls. In 2014, she moved into her first house with three people.
In 2015, she studied abroad in Florence, Italy, with seven of her pledge sisters and traveled in Europe for six weeks. After studying abroad, she moved to Los Angeles for an internship with Rachel Zoe, Inc. for six weeks. Blackwell will graduate in May with a major in journalism and a minor in art.
Dallas native Taylor Lust, 22, is a senior journalism major and English minor. His love of Southern food and music brought him to the University of Mississippi.
Lust plays guitar and drums, and sings. He also combines his love of music and writing. He has cooked his entire life, and believes the South is the best place for that passion.
Lust loves to travel, and hopes to bring his passions for writing, music and food to as many parts of the world as he can. He spent part of the summer before his freshman year at Ole Miss in Israel, and hopes to revisit after graduation.
Lust enjoys writing fiction and creative non-fiction, and loves to report on anything and everything involving entertainment and sports. He recently wrote a fantasy football column for HottyToddy.com.
After graduation, Taylor plans to move to New Orleans and continue to write about Southern food, music and entertainment.
Florida native Shelby Leigh Warner, 21, was raised in Danville, California, a town right outside of San Francisco. Warner moved to Nashville when she was 11 and attended middle school and high school at Christ Presbyterian Academy.
She came to Ole Miss for school because her older sister attended and convinced her to visit one weekend for a football game. Her family moved back to California after her freshman year at UM, which she said makes going home that much more fun.
Warner loves to travel and lived in France the summer after graduating high school working as an Au Pair. She spent a summer working as a kayak, snorkel, and paddle board instructor on Catalina Island. Most recently, she has taken a kayaking trip around Santa Isla in Mexico and hopes to backpack through Thailand this August once she’s finished with school.
In Oxford, she works at a pottery studio during the day and as a bartender on the Square at night. She was originally an art major, but she became a journalism major and an art minor her sophomore year believing it would give her more creative career options. Warner will graduate this May.
St. Louis native Anthony Dicandia, 25, is a journalism major who loves listening to music, collecting records, and staying abreast of St. Louis sports.
Outside of class, he spends most of his time at the local record shop, The End of All Music, and working at McAlister’s Deli. He also enjoys reading and writing about music in his free time.
Dicandia is a senior who will graduate in May. He dreams of getting paid to write about music.
Texas native Paige Henderson, 22, is a crazed sports fan and aspiring journalist. After graduation in May, she hopes to return to her hometown of Hurst, Texas, to pursue a job in public relations, preferably for a basketball team.
Basketball has played a huge role in her life. Henderson was raised as a coach’s daughter, a college athlete’s sister, and she played the sport for most of her high school career. March Madness is her favorite time of year.
Henderson did not grow up as an Ole Miss fan. She followed her brother, former basketball player, Marshall Henderson to college. She then fell in love with the tradition surrounding the school.
Aside from sports and her passion for writing, Henderson enjoys spending time outdoors, and she is an avid giraffe lover.
Ed Connolly graduated from State University of New York at Hudson Valley Community College and received an associate’s of applied sciences degrees in accounting and mechanical engineering technology. He is originally from Cleveland Ohio.
Known in the engineering field as a “mustanger,” Connolly worked as a metallurgist, then as an engineer for 20 years, and finally as a quality assurance manager in Food and Drug Administration-regulated industries, including medical devices and food & beverage processing.
Connolly retired in 2011 and began a second career as a freelance writer of nonfiction intended for magazine and newspaper publication. He lives with his wife Lyn in the Adirondack Mountains of New York not far from Saratoga Springs, Lake Placid and Albany. In the winter months, they live in Oxford, where both study at the University of Mississippi.
Connolly enjoys writing, photography, music, swimming and travel. He recently completed a month-long photographic journey to 14 national parks and Western Canada that he plans to turn into a book.
He has a keen interest in Irish history, culture, music, and his Irish heritage. He has taken three trips to Ireland in the past decade to research and trace his roots.