Meet the Staff


Rachel LaMotte, Editor

Rachel is a Sophomore Communication Major with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Sociology. She has lived in Hancock, MI her whole life, and graduated from Hancock Central High School. Rachel hopes to one day write for a well-known newspaper, meet Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb with Liz Gundlach, and get engaged at Comic-Con. In her free time, Rachel likes to play alto saxophone, read comic books, and play with her two cats, Sonny & Cher.

BumyLiz Gundlach, Staff Writer

Liz is a Junior Psychology Major with a Sociology Minor. She’s from Mohawk, MI and graduated from Calumet High School. After graduation, Liz plans to gain experience in the field before possibly pursuing graduate school. She’s the skip of her curling team (read curling story), and in her free time she loves to write, play with her three yellow labs, and spend time with her significant other, friends, and family.


Andrea Starr, Staff Writer

Andrea is a freshmen communication major here at Finlandia from Gladstone, Michigan. She’s taken on writing for the Roar this year as a way to get involved with the school and also to realize her love of journalism. When not writing, Andrea can be found curled up with a comfy sweater watching Lord of the Rings, exercising, or exploring some interesting obscure place.

Sonny the LionheartedSonny the Lionhearted, Mascot and Roar Consultant

Sonny is from Hancock, MI. He likes playing and running around with his girlfriend Cher. He is a very energetic one year old who loves to go outside walking on his leash. Some of his favorite activities are watching birds, chasing bugs, making spider friends, watching Cher, and helping her try to catch chipmunks.

diane at coop meetingDiane Miller, Faculty Advisor

Diane also teaches journalism and communication classes at Finlandia. Diane earned her Ph. D in communication at Michigan Technological University in 2009. Before that, she supported herself as a freelance journalist, and as a director for a youth news bureau. One of her favorite things about journalism is that curiosity is usually rewarded. When she’s not at school or writing, she enjoys being outside, especially in the wilderness.