Our Staff

Lauren Drapeau, Editor In Chief

Lauren is a fourth-year journalism student from North Smithfield, RI. She joined the Cigar in the spring of 2023, contributing and photographing for the newspaper. She then went on to be the Entertainment Editor, continuing to cover topics ranging from art and music to environmental and social advocacy. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading books, finding new music, journaling and practicing wellness. Lauren is particularly interested in learning about environmental issues and local art cultures.

Nathan Robillard, Managing Editor

Nathan is a third-year student from Middletown, Connecticut double-majoring in sports media and journalism. This is his fifth semester with the Cigar after spending the previous two as the sports editor. Nathan is also the WRIU sports director at WRIU 90.3 Kingston, URI’s student-run radio station. He’s worked on broadcasts for various games across URI athletics on both WRIU and ESPN+, and hopes to pursue a career in sports broadcasting. Nathan is also a huge soccer fan, and enjoys playing tennis and running in his spare time. Outside of his passion for athletics, Nathan also enjoys hiking and camping!

Sully Cummins, News Editor

Sully is a third-year student double majoring in journalism and computer science from Richmond, Rhode Island. He will be one of our two News Editors for the spring and fall of 2024. He likes to run, hike, read and play/listen to music. This is his first semester as a part of the Cigar, and he is excited to be here!

Casey Chan-Smutko, News Editor

Casey is a second-year journalism major from Natick, Massachusetts. This is her fourth semester in the Cigar and writes all types of stories but her favorite ones are features. In her free time, Casey plays the ukulele, reads books, makes mixed media art and spends time with friends and family. After graduation, Casey hopes to work in a magazine or as a food journalist.

Zack Petrick, Sports Editor

Zack is a third-year Sports Media Major from Sea Cliff, New York. Zack is also double minoring in communications and journalism. Zack also does broadcasts for various URI athletics on ESPN+. In his free time he enjoys watching sports, skiing, listening to music, the beach and boating. This is his fourth semester with the Cigar and his first in the sports editor role.

Maia Hembruff, Entertainment Editor

Maia is a first-year student from Ottawa, Canada who is double majoring in journalism and physics. Outside of school and the paper, Maia rows for the URI women’s rowing team and enjoys reading, discovering new artists/bands, playing video games and exploring all the East Coast has to offer. This is Maia’s second semester with the Cigar and first in an editorial role.

Marceline Kelly, Web Editor

Marceline is a third-year Computer Science major from Hopkinton, Rhode Island. As Web Editor, they are excited to bolster the newspaper’s online presence. Marceline is also an avid musician, having sung with both the University Chorus and Concert Choir in addition to playing the piano.

Aidan Cahill, Photo Editor

Aidan Cahill is a second year English major from Providence, Rhode Island, and second-semester photo editor for the Cigar. Aidan is a passionate photographer and musician, hoping to turn photography into his eventual career. His favorite photos to take are of nature, space and concerts. Catch him on WRIU on Thursday nights at 10PM!

Lucas Masiello, Newscast Editor

Lucas Masiello is a fifth-year journalism major from Baltimore, MD. He is a member of the URI Sailing Team and enjoys rock climbing, street photography and playing music. This is Lucas’s third semester with the Good 5 Cent Cigar, having previously held the positions of staff photographer and news editor.

Halle Stolzenberg, Business Manager

Halle Stolzenberg is the Business Manager for the Spring and Fall of 2024. She is a second year student who is double-majoring in Finance and Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and watching lots of reality tv!

Jenny Arnold, Social Media Coordinator

Nils Fimmers, Production Manager