We are VARIANT
Formerly known as The Scene, VARIANT is the first mass printed fashion magazine at Ohio University. Striving to be bold, deviant and progressive from the norm, VARIANT is a creative movement that inspires to explore the unexplored and break the stereotypical boundaries of fashion and pop culture. VARIANT is both a print and online publication that values diversity and represent all types of cultures and identities in our issues. Our team provides students and contributors with hands-on experience in editorial, photography, videography, modeling, styling, set-design and event planning.
Meet the Team
Jordan Schmitt / Editor-in-Chief
Jordan Schmitt is a senior at Ohio University from Pittsburgh, PA. She is pursuing a degree in Journalism on the News and Information Track. While also studying sociology, African American studies, and diversity studies, Jordan is passionate about activism and advocacy. After joining VARIANT as a freshmen, she gained many bonds with fellow members that have grown as close friends. Jordan served on the Executive Board as the Lifestyle Editor and Head of Public Relations prior to earning her current role as Editor in Chief.
Ellie Roberto / Executive Editor
Ellie Roberto is a senior studying journalism and marketing at Ohio University. Ellie joined VRNT her freshman year and has gone from being a general body member to Copy Chief, and she currently serves as the Executive Editor. She recently began an internship with Ohio University Press and hopes to work in either magazine or book publishing after graduation.
Margaux Augier / Associate Editor
Margaux Augier is currently a junior from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, majoring in journalism in Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College with minors in Spanish and marketing. In addition to her position as associate editor for VRNT, Margaux also serves as the Vice President of Member Development for her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, and works as a campus manager for University Tees. When she’s not editing blogs and articles for VRNT, Margaux spends her time playing tennis with friends, sketching portraits in her notebook, or enjoying her favorite foods on Court Street.
Naila Latham / Creative Director
Naila Latham is currently a senior at Ohio University, double majoring in graphic design, photography and Integrated Media . She joined Variant her freshman year and contributed to the magazine through makeup, styling and publication design. Now, she is the creative director. In addition to her role as creative director, she is VP of Diversity and Inclusion of Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity and Learning Community. When Naila is not spending her time running around campus frantically, she is chilling with her guinea pig, Oatmeal .
Madison Kopp / Web Editor
Madison Kopp is a junior at Ohio University from Cleveland, Ohio. She is studying journalism on the News and Information Track. In addition to being the web editor for VRNT, Madison had been writing for VRNT since last year and is also a member of Delta Zeta sorority. She is interested in entertainment journalism and working for E! Network after graduation.
Anna Birk / Copy Editor
Anna Birk is currently a junior, from Wooster, Ohio, studying Journalism with a focus in Strategic Communication at Ohio University. This is her first year writing for the publication and she is enjoying her time at the magazine! In addition to her position as copy editor at VRNT, Anna is a Miss Universe PR and Social Media Intern for Spring 2022 and also involved in HerCampus Media.
Emily Squance / Art Director
Emily Squance is a junior majoring in strategic communications with a minor in business analytics and psychology. She has been working for Variant since last August. You can find Emily either typing up a blog, designing an Instagram story or even taking photos for my blogs. When she is not working for Variant you can find her reading a book or going on an adventure.
Olivia Dutkewych / Head of Publication Design
Olivia Dutkewych is a senior at Ohio University studying publication design and studio art. She joined Variant her freshman year and is now head of publication design. In addition to her position at Variant, she is president of club gymnastics at Ohio University. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, concerts and hanging out with friends.
Elliott Magenheim / Photo Chief
Elliott Magenheim is a senior from Cincinnati studying Commercial Photography and minoring in Art History. He’s been involved in VRNT as both the Digital Tech, and most recently Photo Chief, for three years and is excited to work with new members. Elliott has conducted freelance work for various clients in the Athens area and interned at numerous businesses in both Athens and Cincinnati. In his time at Ohio University, he has been focused on gathering relevant skills and developing his portfolio. When Elliott isn’t working, you can find him biking around Athens, reading or just hanging out.
Cheri Marshall / Photo Editor
Cheri Marshall is a senior at Ohio University. She is studying interactive design with a specialization in journalism, in addition to working towards a social media certificate. She has been with VRNT since her sophomore year and recently joined the exec team as the photo editor. She is also the treasurer of Ohio University Multimedia Society and works on campus for the Social Enterprise Ecosystem (SEE) program as a designer. She went to Washington, D.C. this past summer with the Scripps program and interned for the Urban Institute. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, painting, and spending time in the sunshine.
Ashlynn McKee / Photo Assistant
Ashlynn McKee is a junior at Ohio University. She is studying public health and photojournalism with a specialization in diversity studies. She has been with VRNT since her sophomore year and is now the photo assistant for the 2021-2022 school year. She is also the staff photographer for The Post and works as a barista at The Village Bakery in Athens, Ohio. In her spare time, she loves to be out in nature, going to concerts, and just photographing for fun.
Evie Sears / Head of Digital Tech
Evie Sears is a sophomore at Ohio University and has been with the magazine since her freshman year. Currently she is studying Commercial Photography but is also hoping to get into videography. After graduation, she hopes to work in the fashion industry hopefully with a magazine! If she’s not out taking pictures, Evie loves hanging out with her friends or going to a dance class.
Cole Kovalchik / Head of Video
Cole Kovalchik is a junior majoring in Integrated Media and minoring in Film. He has dedicated a good majority of his life to videography and photography, Cole asked for a video camera as soon as he was able to speak. He has been with Variant for 6 months. For fun Cole likes to hang with friends and adventure to new places.
Cydnee Livingston / Co-Head of Makeup
Cydnee Livingston is currently a senior at Ohio University, studying communications with minors in PR & advertising and retail merchandising & fashion product development. Cydnee is the Co-head of makeup for VRNT and is involved in other organizations on campus. She is the PR Chair for F.A.C.E.S modeling, which encourages all members embrace a positive self-esteem and body image, while educating members on basic modeling techniques.. Cydnee’s leisure activities include thrifting, styling, makeup, and writing. You can find Cydnee on Instagram @cyd_theedawn!
Hannah Mazanec / Co-Head of Makeup
Hannah Mazanec is a senior studying fashion merchandising with a marketing minor. She has been working at Variant for about a year now. Hannah have also occasionally helped out with makeup for some of last year’s photoshoots. Outside of Variant, she works for Campus Recreation and she loves to paint, thrift, binge shows and movies, and hangout with my friends. You can find Hannah on Instagram @Hannah_Mazanec!
Kayla Edwards / Head of Styling
Kayla Edwards is currently a senior studying Retail Fashion Merchandising and Business at Ohio University. Kayla was a part of the styling team at Variant Magazine before becoming Head of Styling. After her senior year, Kayla plans on pursuing a graduate degree in Fashion Design at FIDM Los Angeles. When Kayla is not at VRNT she enjoys working out, hanging with friends, and listening to music.
Emilie Burch / PR Director
Emilie Burch is currently a senior studying journalism and integrated media at Ohio University. As being director of PR she direct and manages the social media accounts for VRNT. Outside of VRNT, Emilie enjoys doing makeup looks, baking or cooking and thrifting. In her role as director, she is excited to continue to push VRNT to explore new creative opportunities that further establish our brand and help give a platform to new voices.
Ashleigh Bublinec / PR Associate
Ashleigh Bublinec is a junior double majoring in Publication Design and Media Arts Production with a minor in advertising and PR. She has been involved in different publication orgs at Ohio University since her freshman year but joined Variant her sophomore year. Ashleigh is now the PR associate for VRNT. She is currently the social media strategist for International Student and Faculty Services at Ohio University. In her free time she loves painting and hanging out with her cat.
Erica Trapasso / Head of Event Planning
Erica Trapasso is currently a junior studying communications, marketing and social media. In addition to being head of event planning for VRNT she is on the publicity committee for Scripps PRSSA. In her free time Erica enjoys long walks, concerts and spending time with friends!