Hello! My name is Sydney Hakes, and I’m the editor in chief of Cardinal Points. I am a journalism major from Corning, New York. Since transferring to SUNY Plattsburgh in 2021, I’ve gotten to know the Plattsburgh community by interviewing and writing about various individuals and events, both on and off campus. For my career path, I hope to continue with a focus on art, culture and community in any city or town I end up in. When I’m not busy with school or work, you can often find me cooking or crafting something.
Editor in Chief
Hello, I’m Aleksandra Sidorova! I am managing and news editor of Cardinal Points. I am an international student originally from Moscow, Russia, but I’ve been living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for most of my life. I am a sophomore majoring in journalism with a minor in language and linguistics. For all of my college career thus far, I’ve been involved in Cardinal Points, and what I love most about the experience is the connections I make in the campus and town communities! Writing for a community is incredibly fulfilling to me, as is working with a passionate team, and I hope to continue doing that once I graduate. My hobbies are drawing and discovering quirky things about art, history, language and culture.
Managing and News Editor
Hi! My name is Collin Bolebruch and I am the sports editor here at Cardinal Points. I’m a sophomore studying journalism and public relations from Amsterdam, NY. I arrived at the paper in Spring 2022 as a staff writer in the sports section. The subject brought my love for journalism alive and has become one of my favorite parts of the college experience. The connections I have been able to develop with athletes, coaches, teams and even people in my own department will help to define the rest of my career. I’m hoping to continue in this field, specifically covering sports, going forward. Outside of the paper, I like to watch and review films, listen to music, take care of my pet frog and of course, watch sports.
Hey there! I go by Bryn or Keir and any pronouns. I’m the opinions editor and PR Chair. I grew up in Schenectady, NY but I’m currently living in Albany. I’m a social work major, minoring in art therapy, psychology and gender and women’s studies. I’m currently just a second year student. I wrote a few stories for Cardinal Points my freshman year, but soon found my niche in the opinions section. I love Cardinal Points because I can get not only my own voice heard, but those that feel silenced. I want the people to know what's happening around them; to be aware and prepared. I love to be up-to-date with the juicy news and gossip going on in the world, but also love spending time with friends and being a little nerdy. I love art, music, D&D, very trivial facts about nonsense, and writing. I also adore my little kitten, Basil. (=^･ω･^=)
Opinions Editor and Public Relations Chair
Hello! My name is Kiyanna Noel and I am the Arts and Culture Editor for Cardinal Points. I am a senior majoring in Journalism with a focus in magazine writing. I currently live in Brooklyn, New York but I spent a majority of my life in Trinidad before moving to New Jersey for middle school and highschool. Outside of school, I enjoy reading poetry, traveling and hanging out with friends. Culture is a concept that has always been important to me because I have moved around a few times and in those times I experienced a variety of different people, foods and languages. This drives me to focus on writing mainly in Arts and Culture categories and narrowing my future endeavors to pursue a culture based journalism career.
Arts & Culture Editor
Hello! My name is Alexa Dumas and I am the Web Editor for Cardinal Points! I’m a senior, double majoring in English literature and English language arts, with a minor in journalism. Being on staff has been an integral part of my writing career, as I have been a part of Cardinal Points for 3 years. I’m from Jefferson, a small farming town in Schoharie County, NY! After graduation, I will be pursuing a Master's degree in K-12 School Librarianship, with hopes to one day enter a Children’s Literature PhD program. Outside of CP, I’m the president of the Literature Club; the vice president and secretary of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society; the president of Rho Lambda, the national sorority leadership recognition society; as well as the historian for Theta Phi Alpha, women's fraternity. When I’m not doing school work, you can always find me reading, watching video essays on YouTube, or crafting with my Cricut!
Dorothy Jayne Smith
Hi! My name is Dorothy Jayne Smith, or Jayne, and I am the photography editor for Cardinal Points. I am a junior majoring in sociology and minoring in photography. I am originally from Schenectady, New York, but I’ve lived outside Albany for most of my life. I work at the student mail center on campus too, so you may have seen me there. I plan to pursue a career in either the postal service or photojournalism. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, spending valuable time with my friends, and going outside (preferably all at once).
Hello! My name is Roldnardy Norelus and I’m the graphic editor for Cardinal Points. I’m a senior at SUNY Plattsburgh with an art major concentrating in graphic design. I’m originally from Laval, Quebec. A fun fact about me is that I enjoy producing music and have recently released an album with my older brother, which was lots of fun. I hope to incorporate graphic design and music in my future career path.
My name is Jacob Crawford, and I am the multimedia editor for Cardinal Points. I am a junior pursuing a double major in digital media production and TV-video production. I am originally from Liverpool, New York and have been attending SUNY Plattsburgh since the fall of 2021. This is my first semester (of many, hopefully) as an editor for Cardinal Points. Outside of CP, I have done work in television with Plattsburgh State TV and as part of the production crew covering the 2023 FISU World University Winter Games. After graduating, I hope to find a career creating digital content, with a primary focus on video production. I am always looking to improve my skills in audio/video production, graphic design, web design, and animation. When I’m not working, I enjoy film, television, and playing D&D.