About Us

Parachute is an alternative, online, weekly magazine run by University of Minnesota students. By accepting submissions from anyone, we strive to engage the U of M Literary and Arts community with that of the surrounding Twin Cities.

We believe that every single person has something to write about, whether they know it or not. Those small, fleeting ideas can become great works of art. But they need to be written, spoken, and shown in order to be appreciated. By publishing weekly, we give anyone the opportunity to write, take photos, perform, or whatever it is that you do. So take the leap, and do not be afraid to get your ideas and talents out there!

For those interested in becoming a part of our staff, we are pleased to introduce U of M students to various aspects of the publishing field, including web editing and design, graphic design, event planning, and editing (of course). Please contact us at parachutemagazine@gmail.com!

Fall 2012 Parachute Staff

Editors in Chief
Cassie Hendricks
Cale Seis

Editors
Jens Josephs
Tim Krueger
Sarah Carlson
Katie Werdick
Syeda Rahman
Emily Den Boer
Vanessa Ramstack
Bri Lopez

Graphic Designer
Kristi Poling

Social Media
Vanessa Ramstack

Web Master
Savina Proykova

Staff Bios

Sarah Carlson

I'm Sarah, an English major and identical twin. When I'm not reading or writing, I'm in the kitchen humming, blogging, or enjoying how fantastic life is. As a Midwest-lifer, I am one of the few that truly enjoys the winter on campus, for it means coffee and cookies near the fireplace. Don't ask me to pick a favorite book, band, or film; with so many great options, those are impossible questions to answer!


Syeda Rahman

I am Syeda: Parachute editor, an undergrad, a big sister, and hopefully someday the world’s greatest journalist to ever exist. I have an immense passion for writing about pretty much anything thrown at me. You can find my other publications in the UMN’s upcoming Fall 2012 Trax Fashion Magazine; I am a writer there as well.


Katie Werdick

Katie Werdick is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota (Ski-U-Mah!) and is currently studying English with a minor in French. She is extremely interested in the English language and the power of language over how we construct the world around us. When she's not snuggling with Shakespeare, Katie enjoys pretending she knows how to cook and having dance parties with her roommates.


Vanessa Ramstack

Vanessa Ramstack is a senior at the U of M majoring in English and minoring in GWSS. Her time is currently consumed by the madness of writing a poetry thesis. Besides creating poetry, she enjoys sushi, cats, and lighting every candle on her desk at once.


Bri Lopez

My name is Brianna, but I go by Bri. I am originally from CA, though I've lived in MN for about eight years now, I still hate winters here. I am a GWSS major currently deciding on a minor. When I am not studying or working, I enjoy writing (especially poetry), cooking, playing with my dog, and spending time with loved ones. I also like to take walks when the weather permits.


Cale Seis

Here is a fun fact: my name is pronounced the same as, “kale,” which is why most people who meet me think I’m a type of lettuce. I got bored of chemistry and developed a love affair with literature and creative writing during my senior year of high school. I am currently a Junior at the U of M, majoring in English, and planning on being a high school English teacher; I don’t want to be a piece of lettuce forever.


Cassie Hendricks

I am a Junior English major at the U of M who is stereotypical and undecided when it comes to the future. The problem is that I am uninterested in teaching English but I see many other paths to take with my degree. In the future you might find me establishing literacy programs, working as a human rights lawyer, or searching the world to “find myself.” In the meantime I’ll continue to avoid making any decisions.



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