Meet the 2019-2020 Council


Celia Smithmier, Editor-in-Chief

Our former Director of Publicity (2016-2018) and Web Editor (2018-2019), Celia is a fourth-year member of The Laughing Medusa. She is majoring in English with a double minor in History and Music. A longtime pianist, she plays in the Chamber Music Society and Liederabend. Her female icons are her four strong, powerful feminist grandmothers “who have each taught her the importance of self-advocacy and confidence.”

Her favorite literary quote comes from Herman Melville:

“I would prefer not to.”

Bartleby the Scrivener, Herman Melville

When she’s not managing the Medusa, you can find her researching Middle English in the English department, listening to indie rock (or Beethoven), and talking about the Midwest.

Maggie McQuade, Director of Submissions

Maggie has been a snake since 2017, serving last spring and this year (2019-2020) as our Director of Submissions. She is an English major with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. On campus she is an Editor for Colloquium (the political science journal) and a Communications Assistant in the Office of Student Services. Her female icon is her best friend and direct roommate Lizzy Hanley. Outside of the Medusa, you can find her binging Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader in her mod (yes, she has a mod, and yes, that makes her very cool).

Her favorite literary quote is from The Catcher in the Rye:

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

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

Emma Campbell, Co-Director of Publicity

“I feel like I could eat the world raw.”

The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

Emma is a second-year member of the Medusa and is an English major with a minor in Ancient Civilizations. She plays bass guitar and currently interns at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. She loves Greek mythology, so Circe and Aphrodite are her two favorite ladies, but she also loves Joan of Arc and Anne Sexton. Outside of the Medusa, you can find her fantasizing about living in a cottage with two goats, three cats, and a dog, watching Youtube videos in her bed, thrifting to fuel her shopping addiction, or doodling mushrooms in the margins of her notebooks. 

Christin Snyder, Event Planner

“Now the Earth with many flowers puts on her spring embroidery”


Christin is a fourth-year member of the Medusa and our Event Planner for this year (2019-2020). She is an English and Political Science double major, and her female heroine is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Christin also works part-time at a trauma center and is writing an honors thesis. Outside of the Medusa, you can find her reading, writing, wandering some museum, or watching the Great British Bake-Off.

Rose Dornon, Senior Council Member

Rose is a third-year member and former co-Web Editor of the Medusa, and is majoring in Secondary Education and English. She is on the board of SEASA (Southeast Asian Student Association), and helps plan group events and mentor underclassmen in their “SEA Fam.” She also enjoys baking and watercolors, and can be found ooo-ing and ahh-ing over the toddlers at her Montessori job.

Outside of the Medusa, you can find her art hoe-ing it up at Caffe Nero or Fuel America on the weekends, or plotting her next Great British Bake Off recreation.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

Margherita Bassi, Senior Council Member

“Words, words, words.”

Hamlet, William Shakespeare

This is Margherita’s favorite literary quote, and it is her third year on our council. She is an English major with a Creative Writing Concentration and a double minor in French and Ancient Civilizations. She’s also involved in Full Swing, Italian Club, the Classics Department as a Research Assistant, and works as a student employee in Student Services. Her heroine is female Pharaoh Hatshepsut. Outside of the Medusa, you can find her at 7:45 Tuesday Zumba classes, or her mod kitchen prepping her meals for the rest of the week.

Francesca von Krauland, Senior Council Member

Francesca is a second-year Medusa council member. 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 the leader of Stammtisch, the German conversation circle.

“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. A lover of cappuccinos, cats and conversations that go on for hours, you can find Francesca outside of the Medusa in a coffeeshop writing in a pretty journal.


“She would’ve been a good woman,” said The Misfit, “if there had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.”

A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor
Jennessa Bryson, Co-Director of Publicity

Jennessa is in her second year of the Medusa, and is one of our Directors of Publicity. She is an English major with a Creative Writing Concentration and enjoys palling around with her Medusa friends (they’re pretty cool), and editing for Dianoia. Her heroine is her grandmother, who became a female leader in the church in the Deep South in the 1950s, when it was unheard of and ignored by anyone who didn’t like it. Outside of the Medusa, you can find her lurking around the darkroom pretending to know things about film, or roping friends into posing for grimy subway photoshoots.

Ji-Won Ha, Council Member

Ji has been on the council since 2017, and she is currently studying abroad in London, England. She is a Political Science and English double major, and is involved in the Hawaii Club of Boston College. Her female icon is Nancy Pelosi. Outside of the Medusa, you can find her in the reading room in O’Neill Library.

Her favorite literary quote is from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself:

“The past is the push of you, me, all / precisely the same”

Song of Myself (Section 43), Walt Whitman


Lexie is a second-year council member and our one and only sophomore. She is an English major and our new Assistant Director of Submissions this spring (2020). In addition to writing for the New England Classic, she also serves on the Literacy Buddy Committee for the Campus School and is a member of the Contemporary Theatre Board.

Lexie Slotterback, Assistant Director of Submissions

“Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.”

Sylvia Plath

Her female heroine is her mom, because “her empathy, strength, and wisdom are immeasurable.” If she’s not with her favorite Medusa girl gang, she can be found working in the RTAC box office, stalking Maggie McQuade’s instagram, or grinding in one of those little work cubbies on the 4th floor of O’Neill Library.


Amaya Sangurima-Jimenez, Council Member

Amaya is the first of our four new council members this year! She is considering an International Studies major but is currently undeclared. In addition to the Medusa, she’s also a Compass AHANA mentor on campus. Her female heroine is Matilda, and her favorite literary quote is from Robert Munsch:

“Elizabeth said, ‘Ronald, your hair is all nice. Your clothes are all pretty. You look like a nice guy, but guess what? You are a bum.'”

The Paper Bag Princess, Robert Munsch

Outside of the Medusa, you can find Amaya in the Chocolate Bar, O’Neill, and sometimes at the radio station.

Genevieve Robins, Council Member

“To die is different from what anyone supposed, and luckier.”

Walt Whitman

Genevieve is another of our new council members, and is an Irish Studies minor with a potential film major. She is also involved in BC R.E.A.C.T, Pride Peers, and BC E.L.L. Her female heroine is The Banshee. Outside of the Medusa, she spends her time hiding in CoRo and the MFA, and generally acting unladylike.

Grace Chandra, Council Member

Grace is an Economics major and is currently deciding between an English or Journalism minor. Outside of the Medusa, she can be found looking for community service activities and engaging in stress-relieving extracurriculars like Cooking Club. She can also be found either in the Stokes hallway drawing or reading, or in Hillside with a bagel. Her heroine is Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman or Elizabeth Proctor from The Crucible.

“Light hits everything at a different angle. I will make a habit of tilting my head.”

Sabrina Benaim

Izzy Baldwin, Council Member

Finally, Izzy is our fourth new council member this year. She is an English major with a Creative Writing Concentration, and is considering a Classics minor as well. In addition to the Medusa, she is also involved in Pride Peers.

Her female heroine is Sappho, because “she wielded her words without fear, without restraint; her love was un-tamable, unforgiving, immortal through the passages that reach us today – it makes me feel safe to write about the love I feel too, for women or men – whoever touches my heart first.” Outside of the Medusa, you can find her in Bapst library, most likely writing or reading Sarah J. Maas instead of doing her homework, or sprinting to Mac to get breakfast potatoes before breakfast closes.

“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, Madeline Miller