The Candor

The Candor is the award-winning student news publication of Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. Since its creation in 1982, The Candor has continued to grow each year to serve the needs of the Benedictine community and is a member of the Illinois College Press Association. All decisions/content on The Candor’s website are the responsibility of the student editors alone and do not reflect those of Benedictine University.


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My name is Sophia Mattimiro and I’m currently a senior studying Writing and Publishing. Writing has always been a passion of mine and being a part of The Candor is helping fulfill a childhood dream. I’m excited to see where The Candor goes as we continue to grow.

News Editor/Investigative Team

My name is Syeda and I’m a junior health science major. I have always had a passion for writing which I chose not to let go of even with a rigorous science workload. I’m really excited to continue to write for The Candor as the News Editor. I want to show people that its completely possible to enjoy what you love doing even if time and logic do not seem to allow for it.


Video Producer/Editor

My name is Zaakirah and I’m so excited to start this new section for The Candor. I went from staff writer, to investigative editor, to news editor and not to be video producer/ editor is a dream come true. I believe my experience with our TV news show Eye of the Eagle has prepared me to be the solid reporter I need to be for this section. I’m a senior now and after graduation I hope to be a TV field reporter.

Scene Editor

My name is Amber Syed. I’m going to be a junior majoring in Communications. I love writing and talking to people, in my spare time you can catch me in BenUnion Underground playing pool. I’m excited to have the opportunity to expand my writing style and focus on pop culture.


Sports Editor

My name is Joey Spahn and I am a sophomore here at Benedictine. I am a Communications Arts Major with a concentration in sports. I am a member of the men’s lacrosse team and have a deep passion for sports broadcasting. My goal is to engage and expose readers to everything Benedictine’s Athletic teams have to offer. I plan on expanding my sports writing abilities along with learning more about the teams and student-athletes on campus.


Perspectives Editor

DielleMy name is Dielle Ochotorena and I’m currently a senior majoring in Psychology. Writing and reading have always been part of my life and I’m glad to put them to use other than ranting all over the internet. I’m excited to work with The Candor as the Perspective Editor.


Social Media Editor

My name is Matti Oshin and I am a junior majoring in Communication Arts. I am the Social Media Editor for The Candor. Social media is an evolving sector of marketing and in order to maintain a strong online presence, it is a necessity. I am excited to bring new ideas to boost the reach of The Candor’s readers.


Chris Birks, associate professor of Communication Arts – SL 169