Meet the Council


Taylor Puccini: Editor in Chief

Our former 2-year director of submissions (2016-2018), Taylor is a fourth year member (since 2015) double majoring in Marketing and English. Her favorite literary quote comes from Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale:

“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

She is consistently inspired by Emma Watson and her efforts to promote gender equality. “Though of course I’m a huge Hermione fan (literally the biggest fan), it’s Watson’s feminism that makes her iconic,” she adds. Outside of Medusa you can find her succumbing to her coffee addiction daily, probably at Dunkin’ Donuts or the Chocolate Bar.

Katherine Oksen: Layout Editor

Kate has been a snake since 2016, this year (2018-2019) serving as one of our Layout Editors. She is an International Studies major with a concentration in Ethics and Social Justice as well as a minor in Studio Art. On campus she is involved in Strong Women and Strong Girls. She also serves as Thrive mentor and student ambassador at the McMullen Museum. Alice Roosevelt is her favorite icon — daughter of former president Theodore Roosevelt—”because she was a rule breaker and non-conformist in an era where women were expected solely to conform.” When visitors to the White House would complain about Alice’s behaviors or interruptions President Roosevelt would respond, “I can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both.” Kate finds her to be so inspiring because “she is a hardcore, powerhouse woman and a free thinking spirit.”

“Kiss your own fingertips and hug your own curves. You are made of waves and honey and spicy peppers when it is necessary. You are a goddess, I hope you haven’t forgotten.”

Emery Allen

Outside of the Medusa you can find her repairing books in the conservation lab of the John J. Burns Library, in the Devlin art studio until the wee hours of the morning, or testing Pinterest recipes that involve crescent rolls.

Jordan Tessler: Director of Publicity

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Jordan is also a three year member and this year has taken on one of our positions as Director of Publicity. She is a History major with a minor in English and French as well as Women & Gender Studies. Her other involvement on campus includes Boston College Mock Trial and volunteer ESOL teaching for the past past three years through the BC Neighborhood Center. Wild by Cheryl Strayed is “currently [her] greatest inspiration for being a kickass woman.” Outside of the Medusa you can find her drinking copious amounts of coffee at the Chocolate Bar, in Gasson ‘til late at night practicing for Mock Trial competitions with the team, or out exploring Boston!

Sonja Goldman: Director of Submissions

Two years a snake, Sonja joined in 2017, served as Web Editor Spring 2018 and is one of our 2018-2019 Director of Submissions. An English major in MCAS she is also an Acend and Kairos Lead at BC. When asked about her favorite female icone she responds, “My female icon is my mom! She is able to balance being a college professor, amazing marathon runner, and incredible mother. She inspires me every day with her love.” Outside of Laughing Medusa you can find her playing with her puppy, Bowie! She leaves us her favorite quote, by Mary Oliver:

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”

“Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver


Madeline (Rose) Dornon: Web Editor

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

Henri Matisse

Rose is in her second year with Medusa, currently serving as a Web Editor for Spring 2019. She is double majoring in Secondary Education and English, with a concentration in TELL. Besides council she works at a local Montessori school and is a member of BC’s Southeast Asian Student Association. Helen Keller is her inspiration because she had the “courage to test borders that challenged both women and people differently abled as well as the ingenuity and fortitude to turn her own experience into a message of hope through her speaking and writing.” She loves the author L.M. Montgomery and trying out new pastry recipes, and is passionate about ensuring all children’s access to education. Outside of the Medusa you can find her dividing her time between waiting for the 2k bus and walking to campus.

Celia Smithmier: Web Editor

Celia is a third-year snake, served as Director of Publicity 2016-2018 and is our other Web Editor for 2018-2019. She is an English major with a double minor in Music and History

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“I would prefer not to.”

Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville

She also plays the piano in the Chamber Music Society and Liederabend, and serves as Co-President for the English Association. She writes that her female icons are her “four strong, powerful feminist grandmothers who have each taught me the importance of self-advocacy and confidence.” This semester she is studying abroad in England, but we’re excited to have her back for the fall. Outside of the Medusa you can find her in your local record store, talking about the Midwest, or writing essays in the English department.

Christin Snyder: Layout Editor, Director of Publicity

Christin joined the council in 2016, currently she is serving as Layout Editor and Director of Publicity. She is double majoring in Political Science and English. She is also a mentor for the Links program and a member of costume crew for theatre productions on campus. When asked her female icon, she responded “I’ve been reading Life on Mars, and I’m inspired by the author and 22nd Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith. She is so incredibly accomplished, talented, and driven.” In the rare moments when she doesn’t have to write an essay she can be found hiking, exploring Boston, or binging netflix with her friends.

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“Mist is when the sky is tired of flight and rests its soft machine on the ground: then the world is dim and bookish like engravings under tissue paper.”

“A Martian Sends a Postcard Home” by Craig Raine

Maggie McQuade: Director of Submissions

Maggie is a second-year member and one of our current Director of Submissions for Spring 2019. She is majoring in English, with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Outside of Medusa she serves on editorial board of Colloquium; in the past she has interned with a literacy nonprofit in Chicago that facilitated a creative writing workshop for teenagers. Her favorite literary quote comes from Catcher in the Rye:

“I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot.”

Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

Emma Watson is unequivocally Maggie’s favorite female icon. According to her “She not only brought another female icon to life in her role of Hermione in the Harry Potter movies, but has been integral in making feminism a more mainstream movement. Her class and intelligence has inspired me to be more vocal about my beliefs while looking incredible at the same time.” On any given day, you can find her in the Rat, stuffing her face with cereal and baked goods. She should be completing the reading for her next class, but she’s probably doing a crossword instead.

Margherita (Maggie) Bassi: Director of Publicity

“Words. Words. Words.”

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Maggie is a second-year member and one of our Directors of Publicity for Fall 2018, as this semester she is studying abroad in France. She is an English major with a Creative Writing concentration. Maggie writes that “Everyone needs someone to be their source of confidence, love, trust, and the occasional kick in the ass…my mom is all of the above and has always been an inspiration for me!” She has two self-published novels. Outside of the Medusa you can find her on a horse, in a book, or making coffee because horses and books made her procrastinate homework.

Emma Campbell: Layout Editor

This is Emma’s first year on council; she currently serves as one of our Layout Editors. She is an English major with a minor in Ancient Civilizations! She has quite a few musical and art involvements other than Medusa: she plays bass with the Chamber Music Society, is a part of the Prison Arts Outreach, goes to MCI regularly to do art with incarcerated women and is the bassist in her sick band with her boyfriend and friends called “Out Of Water. ”

“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

When asked about her female icon she responded: “My female icon is Aphrodite (yes, the goddess).” She is an avid lover of cats, tarot cards, crystals, Led Zeppelin, Green Day and plants that she can manage to keep alive. Emma also enjoys painting in her free time. Outside of the Medusa you can find her sitting in her room playing bass or shopping online for aesthetically pleasing decorations.

Francesca von Krauland: First-Year Council Member

Francesca is in her first year with us and is abroad for the spring semester. She is double majoring in English (with a Creative Writing concentration) and International Studies (cooperation and conflict disciplinary base), with a minor in German. On campus she is involved in Model UN, EagleMUNC, German Club and International Club. Her favorite quote is:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Mary Oliver

Her lifelong role model has been her older sister. In addition to encouraging her academic endeavors and inspiring Francesca with her own achievements, she motivates Francesca to be as kind, passionate, and hardworking as she is. A lover of cappuccinos, cats and conversations that go on for hours, you can find her outside of the Medusa in a coffee shop writing in a pretty journal.


Ji-Won Ha: Second-Year Council Member

“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

Audre Lorde

Ji joined in 2017 and handles much of the graphic design for the Medusa’s publications. She is a Political Science and English double major. Her other involvements on campus include BC Strong Women, Strong Girls and the Hawaii Club of Boston College. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is her role model because “she’s a living testament to overcoming adversity to make something great of yourself.” Outside of the Medusa you can find her grabbing coffee at the Chocolate Bar! To catch a snapshot of her work, check out the cover of our Fall 2017 zine, The Biting Medusa.

Kathryn (Jennessa) Bryson: First-Year Council Member

This is Jennessa’s first year as a council member; she is an English major with a minor in Latin American Studies. In addition to Medusa she is involved in OLAA and also Jam N’ Toast, since she loves singing and playing guitar. Her other passion is photography. In her own words she is “deep into photography and love[s] doing fun n’ funky photoshoots with friends.”

“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Her female icon is “definitely my grandmother, who became the pastor of two churches in conservative 1960s Alabama because she knew that’s what she needed to do even though lots of men tried to stop it from happening.” Jennessa sometimes leaves her phone in the fridge but is occasionally with it, she promises. Outside of Medusa you can find her making dumb jokes involving wordplay or editing the 2000 pictures she took from her last shoot.


Alexis (Lexie) Slotterback: Layout Editor

Lexie is our baby snake, our freshman and youngest member. She is a double English and Theater major. Other than Medusa she is also involved in the Emerging Leader Program (ELP) and McNair Exploratory Program. Spot her some days working at the Robsham Box Office or backstage on some of the theatre productions on campus.

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Lexie’s favorite female icon overall is Barbara Streisand. “Ever since seeing her play Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, I’ve just been drawn to her badass defiance in regards to feminine convention. I feel that she uses her voice for both political and social activism and I respect that a lot.” When she’s not rushing in late to council meetings, you can find her in one of a few situations: on the Newton bus, doing homework for hours in Bapst, or procrastinating the homework she has to do by hanging out in Robsham.