Current Staff

The Telescope Newspaper Staff — Fall 2015




Mike Peterson, Editor-in-Chief

Mike Peterson is a writer, freelancer and the editor-in-chief of The Telescope. He’s currently wrapping up his transfer degree and hopes to move on to CSUSM or SDSU. He likes short sentences and quoting Hemingway. He’s also pretty sure his body would break down if he stopped drinking coffee, so he doesn’t risk it.


Joel Vaughn,   News Editor

Joel Vaughn has written and edited for the Telescope over both the 2015 Spring and Fall semester. Coming from an artistic background news writing has been what you can call an acquired taste but like many other acquired tastes, once it bless your tongue you can’t have enough. Other than living and breathing news Joel also enjoys, writing reviews when he’s has nothing else to write, cooking when he has time in has day to eat, drinking beer when he’s not broke, and sleeping.


Fern Menezes, Opinion Editor

This is the second year Fern Menezes has been with the-Telescope and came back this semester as the Opinion Editor.  She loves voicing her opinion along with creative writing.  She started working on her first novel this summer.  Reading and writing is half of her life, the other half is being with her family.


Michelle Wilkinson,  Arts and Entertainment Editor

Michelle Wilkinson is writer, photographer, and A&E editor of The Telescope. She loves baking, interior design, and traveling. During her free time, she volunteers for a German Shepherd rescue. She hopes to transfer for English or Journalism and work for a magazine one day.


Mike Adams,  Sports Editor

Mikel Adams is a journalism major in his third semester at the Telescope and his first as  the papers sports editor. A fan of the local San Diego sports teams and a blogger for Premier League club Chelsea FC in London, England Michael plans on attending SDSU and continuing his pursuits into the journalism field, possibly doing a UT internship this semester.


Philip Farry, Photo Editor

Philip Farry…or Phil as he likes to be called, has been shooting for The Telescope for a year and now takes over as photo editor. Phil is a street photographer by nature but his  found a new passion and it  comes from shooting sports. Football, baseball and swimming are just a couple of sports that he enjoys shooting. When he’s not covering an event he enjoys playing golf, running and tailgating at Chargers games.


Collin Vore, Cartoonist



Susan Whaley, Online Editor

Susan Whaley is graduating from Palomar this fall while finishing her fifth  semester at The Telescope. She loves to travel, drink good beer, eat good food, read, and play with her cat Gandalf. One day she hopes to write for a news organization covering politics and world issues.


Diana Guevarra, Social Media Editor

This is the first year Diana Guevarra has worked with The Telescope, marking her last semester at Palomar college before moving to CSUN. She has lived in San Diego since her birth in 1994. Diana is no stranger to writing, being a former English major, she dabbles in writing daily. She is adamant about fashion, school, comics and sarcasm. Being out-of-the-closet about her nerdiness, Diana relishes her free time off her part time job indulging herself in Heroes of the Storm and additional games. She also loves cosplaying at conventions as her favorite characters.


Staff writers


Shaina Blakesley

Shaina Balkesley is a creative writer learning to write no fluff news stories. This is her last semester at Palomar and she plans on transferring to San Diego State in Fall 2016. Ambitious and determined, Shaina plans to double major in Communications and Media, with an emphasis in Public relations, and minor in business. Shaina loves the simple things in life, such as watching Anime with her boyfriend at their home in San Diego, and blasting music that generally warrants raised eyebrows.


Noah Callahan

Noah Callahan loves to write articles that have a focus around emotion and achievement. Callahan’s favorite part of the publishing process is the reporting, where he feels it can be both a challenging experience as he tries to unlock the details of a story and yet one of the most rewarding as he gets to learn so much from each source. Callahan also enjoys transition/vert skateboarding, dancing, and writing lyrics under the stage name “Lord Byron.”


Daze Castillo

Daze Castillo is a first year staff writer for the Telescope. He is a self described political junkie and a full-time user of news and politics. When he is not studying the journalism traditions of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson he is impersonating him in font of the mirror at home. Daze has a deep passion for writing and activism and hopes to have a future involving both.



Shaye Cunningham

Shaye Cunningham is a third year college student but is in his first year at Palomar. He spent two years at Santa Monica College before retreating from the hectic LA area back to his native North County. He is finishing up his General Education and plans to transfer next year to pursue a degree in Journalism. Shaye wants to write for a sports news company and specialize in Baseball.


Rodney Figueroa

Rodney Figueroa  is a returning staff writer for the Palomar Telescope. He’s previously written for now defunct gaming website MMO Attack and talks a lot about issues pertaining to popular culture, video games and technology.

Figueroa also serves as a teacher in real life, a professor of game design, his understanding and knowledge of how the industry works and some writing credits give him some amount of clarity into his articles. Well versed in social media and social affairs, he centers his writing around current events and opinion pieces at Palomar College.

Before Palomar, Figueroa worked at a Visual Effects firm where he learned how to survive on coffee and determination, when not writing or working, he’s probably playing a videogame or indulging himself in fixing his car.


Ethan Gonzales

Ethan Gonzales joined the ranks of The Telescope writers for his first year at Palomar. He is training to become a top-tier opinion writer, but he must defeat another writer in combat to prove his strength. He should just write articles instead. His current duties include delivering the papers on his paper route, fetching coffee and donuts and standing on street corners shouting, “Paper!” at random passerby.


Gio Gonzalez

This is the first semester at The Telescope for Staff Writer Giovanni “Gio” Gonzalez.  Gio is working on his transfer degree in journalism and wants to transfer to Cal State Fullerton. He is a pretty laid back guy who doesn’t sweat the small stuff. Gio enjoys long board skating, classic rock, Burger Records, and spending entire days playing League of Legends on his days off.


Cody Jendro

This is Cody’s first semester with the Telescope. Cody loves writing and the ability to craft and learn more about a story has always intrigued him. Cody is currently working on transferring to CS Fullerton to pursue his major of broadcasting communications. Writing and radio are really his two biggest passions, and he hopes to combine the two in the future. This semester, Cody has been able to collaborate, showcase, and ultimately grow as a writer through his efforts on the Telescope.


Ashley Magdaleno

This is Ashley Magdaleno’s first year writing for The Telescope. She is an activist for spreading cancer awareness with Relay for Life. Her free time is spent at the gym training for her next fitness shows, helping out in her county—being Miss Riverside County, and catching up on all her favorite sports teams. Go Chargers! In the near future she hopes to be reporting on the sidelines for ESPN, hopefully covering for her Bolts.



Daniel Martin



Johnny Mueller

Johnny Mueller is a staff writer for The Telescope and is currently finishing his major prep requirements before transferring to SFSU. A creative writer and student by day, an extreme sports and occult enthusiast 24/7; Johnny is drawn to the bizarre. When not sticking his nose in other people’s business or lurking around for the next artistic story, he enjoys skate/snow boarding as well as playing guitar, drums and organ.

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Chanele Retuya

Chanele Retuya is a staff writer for the Telescope. She is majoring in Communications, and is planning on transferring to UCSD or CSUSM. She has a passion for creative writing and landscape photography. On her free time, she enjoys exploring new places in San Diego and trying new restaurants.


Claudia Rodriguez






Ed Rosa

Ed Rosa is a returning staff writer for The Telescope. In addition to writing mostly record reviews for The Telescope, as his alter-ego, Zero Charisma, Ed is one of the superstar disc jockeys at Palomar College’s own KKSM. A self-professed art snob, Ed is a bon vivant, who spends his time carousing and going to shows, when not slaving away on some project trying to finish his education.



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Michaela Sanderson

Michaela Sanderson is just starting her first semester at Palomar as a journalism major after graduating from Classical Academy High School. She spends most of her time taking pictures, riding her horse, and going on all sorts of crazy adventures with her friends. She plans to transfer to Corban University to continue her studies and become a successful photojournalist.


Carson Sargent

Carson Sargent is a 19-year-old sophomore at Palomar College. Sargent is a photojournalist for The Telescope.   His hobbies include sneaking onto skyscraper rooftops and balancing on the edges. He enjoys urban portraiture and hopes to one day shoot for a photo-based magazine like National Geographic or Street Dreams Magazine. To see some of his personal work you can find him on Instagram @onlyourmom.







Coleen Burnham

Coleen Burnham is a student at Palomar College. She is majoring in Photography and currently works as a photographer.  She specializes in shooting wildlife and sports. She has worked as a Graphic/Web Designer most of her life and holds a Graphic Design degree. She is very passionate about animal/human rights, wildlife/conservation and environmental issues.


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Kari Clarke

Kari Clarke is a third-year student at Palomar College. She is majoring in photography with the hopes of being a freelance photographer.  She has loved photography since taking it as a freshman in high school. Aside from photography, her hobbies are going to the desert and off-roading.


Justin Gray

Justin Gray is a photographer and musician. After a 35-year absence, he is returning to Palomar College to pursue an associate’s degree in photography. He is enjoying a successful career as a professional musician and considers himself lucky to not actually work for a living. Favorite things include cruising, good books, and fine wine.


Jennifer Gutierrez

Jennifer Gutierrez is a fourth-year student at Palomar College. She is majoring in photography in hopes of being a special event photographer. She started loving photography on her second year of college when she took classes and decided to make it her major. She is also an artist and has been drawing ever since she can remember.


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Emi Iguchi

Emi Iguchi is a first-year student at Palomar College. She is majoring in photography.  Her hobbies are traveling and film photography.


Meredith James


Seth Jones


Yvette Monteleone

This is Yvette Monteleone’s first semester with The Telescope.  She enjoys traveling, eating good food, alternative processes photography and working with black-and-white film.


Lou Roubitchek

After retiring a year ago, Lou Roubitchek is shooting for The Telescope for the first time and was drawn to photojournalism as a result of taking a digital photography class in the spring semester. His assignments led him to attend a variety of cultural festivals where he found an exciting vein of creativity from capturing the unique characteristics and emotions of the people attending those events. When he’s not shooting pictures for The Telescope, he is involved in a variety of volunteer pursuits, enjoys riding his road bike, going to the beach and following the Los Angeles Dodgers.




Brandy Sebastian

Brandy Sebastian is a photographer and artist. She will be graduating from Palomar this semester, Fall 2015, with an associate’s degree in photography and certificates in Commercial and Fine Art Photography. Brandy is owner of a photographic business and hopes to gain her master’s degree in photography to teach college-level courses. She is a ceramist of 20 plus years and loves her furry babies, Tink and Kera.

She had a most awesome renaissance-themed wedding this year with her husband David.


Ricardo Torres


Patty Hayton, Emi Iguchi, Meredith James, Seth Jones,  Yvette Monteleone, Brooke Morgan, Lou Roubitchek, Brandy Sebastian, Ricardo Torres


Deb Hellman, Business Manager and Instructional Assistant


Erin Hiro, Telescope Adviser

[Updated Sept. 17, 2015. This page is under construction.]