Editorial Board and staff



                                                                                           Editorial Board:

Editor in Chief

Fernando Alba

Hi, I’m Fernando. I’m a junior multimedia journalism major from Rochester, and I’m excited to start this semester at Cardinal Points as editor in chief. Our campus is changing quickly, and we’re looking forward to covering it all for the student body.

News Editor

Emma Vallelunga

Hi, I’m Emma! I’m a junior news and multimedia journalism major with a minor in English from Syracuse, New York. I’m the news editor this semester, and I’ve worked on Cardinal Points since my freshman year. I always look forward to being a part of the paper and learning new things about the campus community. I’ve studied abroad last semester in Florence, Italy, and I enjoy reading, writing, eating, sleeping, traveling, laughing and smiling as much as possible.

Opinions Editor

Jess Johnson

Hi! I’m Jess and I am a sophomore double majoring in multimedia journalism and TV/video production. I am from Albany, New York, and have been a part of the Cardinal Points team since last semester. After being an associate news editor, I am excited to take on the role of opinions editor this semester, as well as learn more about our campus community. I am currently a member of Theta Alpha Lambda, and I look forward to experiencing new places and people. This year I plan on traveling to Santorini, Greece, and documenting the entire experience to create a film. I also plan on studying abroad in London, England my senior year. When I’m not traveling, I enjoy photography, film, writing, reading and watching TikTok in my freetime. Remember, everyone’s voice and opinion matters, and I can’t wait to hear all of yours.

Sports Editor

Kai Bing Ang

Hi! I’m Kai, a senior majoring in public relations with a minor in journalism. I call Malaysia home and this will be my third and last semester with Cardinal Points. I enjoy my time with the newspaper and the staff I work with. They have shown me great passion for writing and journalism, which led to me love it even more. I’m excited to work for our campus community and make this my best semester with Cardinal Points! 

Associate Sports Editor

Mataeo Smith

   What’s going on? I’m Mataeo Smith, the associate sports editor. I’m a junior newspaper journalism major here at SUNY Plattsburgh. Cardinal Points has been a big part of my college career. It has given me an opportunity to practice my dream profession under an environment that promotes growth and improvement. During my free time, I enjoy cooking, rugby and just casual strolls down the street.

FUSE Editor

Alana Penny

Hi I’m Alana! I am a sophomore magazine journalism major from Anchorage, Alaska. I have been a part of Cardinal Points since my freshman year. This is my second semester as the FUSE Editor. I enjoy writing, painting and being outside. I love being a part of the newspaper because of how much I get to learn about the campus and the people on it. I look forward to continuing to cover and connect the SUNY Plattsburgh community!  


Graphics Editor and Multimedia Editor

Sareem Jabbar

Hi! I’m Sareem, the graphics and multimedia editor for Cardinal Points from Long Island, New York. I started as a staff member for one semester and then became an editor, with this being my second semester in the position. Being a part of this team has been one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had! It’s so fresh to always think outside the box and push my creativity. Here at SUNY Plattsburgh, I’m a studio art major with a double concentration in graphic design and photography. I love making art, playing and performing music and eating Cheez-Its (specifically the sharp white cheddar grooves kind.) Keep an eye out for all my pop culture and music references in my art. I can’t wait to share the coverage with fun art and videos!

Associate Graphics

Nghi To

Hi, I’m Nghi! I’m a sophomore fine arts major and the associate graphics editor for Cardinal Points. I’m an international student from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam, and this is my first semester working with the board. I’m super excited about being a part of such a dynamic group of people. It’s an amazing opportunity to practice and use my skills to reach my community. In my spare time, I like to create nice looking stuff and go on walks.

Photo Editor

Audrey Lapinski

Hi, I’m Audrey! I am a junior art student from Clifton Park. This is my third semester at Cardinal Points and I have previously worked as graphics editor and a staffer. For fun, I like to hike, travel and sleep.

Advertising Manager


Eric Tochterman

Hi, I’m Eric! I am a senior student majoring in marketing and business administration.  I am from Long Island, and this is my first semester as a member of Cardinal Points. I am very excited to be working with new people and to help contribute to the team. In my free time I enjoy exercising and watching sports on TV.

Faculty Adviser

Shawn Murphy



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