The Little Rebellion Staff

The Little Rebellion is an independent online digital publication produced by SUNY New Paltz students. We publish news articles, feature articles, photo galleries, videos, podcasts, polls, and data visualizations, with an approach somewhere between “chaotic energy” and “we’re just having fun with it.” In our passion for telling stories, we embrace the culture of New Paltz. No agenda. No bias. Just a little rebellion now and then.

TLR Staff

Ava Paciariello is a senior at SUNY New Paltz. She will be graduating in the spring with a degree in journalism. Ava interned for Cheddar News, where she wrote scripts, gathered elements and helped write news hits. In the future, Ava aspires to be an entertainment journalist.

Justin Donders is a 20-year-old student attending SUNY New Paltz. He is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in creative writing, and plans on pursuing a career in music journalism. Donders was a contributor and copy editor for the New Paltz Oracle from 2022 to 2023 and has been a contributor and radio host for the program Doors At Seven since the summer of 2023. He loves listening to music, coffee and writing.

Gianna Riso is a 19-year-old student from Smithtown, Long Island. She has been studying Journalism at SUNY New Paltz for 3 years, and has a minor in Communications. Riso is currently an intern with Gennifer with a G, inc. where she has written and copy edited for fashion magazines, blogs and a publication that highlights diversity and action. Riso also holds a copy-editing position for The Oracle, a student-run newspaper at SUNY New Paltz.

Alyssa Sciarrone is a 20-year-old journalism student at SUNY New Paltz from Brooklyn, NY. She is the sports page editor at The Oracle. Alyssa is the president of the New Paltz Music Collective, hosting live music on campus. She is also a DJ on WFNP, co-hosting her radio show “The Suggestion Box.” She wants to work in the arts and entertainment field of journalism as a career.

Julie Marasco is a 21-year-old journalism major at SUNY New Paltz, originally from Oceanside, New York. She previously copyedited for an internship at The Culture We Deserve. Having been published in both The Teller Magazine and The Poodle on campus, she hopes to become an editor or a writer with a beat in arts and entertainment.

Nola Storms is an up-and-coming journalist with a special interest in culinary arts. Writing from Amenia, New York, she has a portfolio of published works in collaboration with Chronogram Media, and is a senior at SUNY New Paltz, completing her journalism degree. 

Olivia Perez is a 21-year-old student from Long Island, NY attending SUNY New Paltz. She is currently a senior, majoring in journalism, with a minor in communications. She is a section editor for The Teller Magazine, a DJ on WFNP, and aspires to be an entertainment journalist in the future.

Olivia Sippel is a third-year journalism student studying at SUNY New Paltz. She is originally from Brooklyn, NY. She is a DJ on WFNP representing SUNY New Paltz’s Honors Program and hosts “The Honors Program Table Talk.” Having published in school publications, The Oracle and The Teller Magazine, she hopes to become a journalist with a beat in arts and entertainment.

Erin Carlson is a 19-year-old journalism student  at SUNY New Paltz. She has previously interned for Save Ancient Studies Alliance and is currently interning with the Office of Campus Sustainability at SUNY New Paltz. She aspires to work with a production team to write for documentaries.  

Lauren Berardi is a 20-year-old journalism student at SUNY New Paltz with a minor in creative writing. She has written for the Queens Daily Eagle, a local print newspaper for the Queen’s court system. After she graduates, she wants to write stories for an entertainment publication.

Imari Armstrong is a junior at SUNY New Paltz University and a city of Poughkeepsie native. Armstrong moonlights as a music blogger and writes fan-fiction in their spare time. Criminal justice, arts, and politics are topics that Armstrong finds most interesting. Armstrong has no political affiliations and is a registered non-partisan voter.

Ian Kramer is a 21-year-old student attending SUNY New Paltz. He is a journalism major, and is on the Club Baseball team. He is also going to be published in the Little Rebellion. Ian aspires to be a music writer and editor.

Madison Shann is a 21-year-old student at SUNY New Paltz. She is from Brooklyn, New York. She is currently a senior majoring in journalism with a minor in English literature. Madison hopes to work with a major news organization in the future, covering stories that inform, educate and entertain the public, in addition to writing her own book.

Gabriela Gomez is a junior at SUNY New Paltz. She is pursuing a double major in Latin American and Caribbean studies and journalism. Gomez is currently an editor and  PR rep for the Fahari-Libertad, a school-run magazine collective that shares the art and narratives of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color). She also serves as the graphic designer for the Caribbean Latin Coalition.

Abbey Nettle is a 21-year-old journalism major and Black studies minor studying at SUNY New Paltz. For as long as she can remember, writing and creating has been an integral part of her identity. This semester she is interning at iHeartMedia of the Hudson Valley in hopes to further propel her career into the arts & entertainment world. Upon completing her degree, she hopes to work full time in the music/media industry and make a name for herself.


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