Editorial Staff

Editor in Chief

Lianna Blakeman
Lianna is a Junior majoring in English & Writing and Rhetoric. She joined the Cigar her freshman year and is going into her second semester as News Editor. In her spare time, Lianna works in the Writing & Rhetoric Office, sits as secretary for the university literary magazine, Ether(bound) and hikes mountains every chance she can get.

Managing Editor

Nicholas Bush
Nicholas Bush is the Web Editor for the Good Five Cent Cigar and a Junior Psychology major at URI. When he's not writing, he's working on various activism projects from mental health to nonviolence to climate change.

News Editor

Caitlyn Picard
Caitlyn is a senior journalism and English major who has been on the Cigar since her sophomore year. Now as co-News Editor, Caitlyn is hoping to gain more experience in the field that she can hopefully use in her life after URI. caitpic@my.uri.edu

News Editor

Sam Murray
Sam Murray is a senior at the University of Rhode Island majoring in journalism and minoring in business. Hailing from the great town of North Andover, MA, Sam lives and breathes New England sports while maintaining a sharp and vigilant eye on today’s important news around URI. Sam can also be heard on 90.3 WRIU talking about and broadcasting URI sports. You can reach Sam at samuel_murray@my.uri.edu or on Twitter @smurray1212.

Entertainment Editor

Zack DeLuca
Zack studies Journalism and Film/Media at the University of Rhode Island. He studies narrative screenwriting and production, as well as documentary production. Zack has had articles appear in publications like the Cranston Herald and has worked as an editor for The Film Standards. Twitter: @ZackDeLuca

Photography Editor

Video Editor

Jessica Pace
I’m from Long Island, New York. I am a senior double major in Journalism and Communication Studies. I have a passion for telling people stories that are exciting and intriguing. My plans for the future is to bring you a friendly familiar face to the TV screen- as a dedicated reporter. I’ve interned with WJAR NBC10 in Providence and News 12 Long Island two summers in a row. If you see me on campus with a camera, don’t be shy! Say hi!

Web Editor

Rebecca Dickinson
Rebecca is a sophomore majoring in cell and molecular biology with a focus in biochemistry, with minors in Spanish and chemistry. In her free time she is an undergraduate teaching assistant for anatomy and physiology labs as well as a member of the URI American Sign Language club. This is her first semester at the Cigar, and she is looking forward to an amazing year!! You can reach her at rdickinson@my.uri.edu or find her in the library.

Production Manager

Seamus Fuller

Staff Reporters

Oluwatona Campbell – Staff News Reporter

Robert J. Clark – Staff Entertainment Reporter

Julia Morrow – Staff News Reporter

Kelsey Santmyer – Staff News Reporter


Staff Photographers

Anna Meassick – Staff Photographer

Kayla Michaud – Staff Photographer

Sarah Vinci – Staff Photographer


Bussiness Manager

Connor Smith



Susan Sancomb