Here at The Current we're dedicated to bringing you 100% independent student news---by students, for students. We publish new stories weekly, including Features, Music, Film, Opinions and News. We will tell you everything that you need to know that's relevant to your college experience. We will always give you the whole truth, and won't hide anything from you, our audience. Information is powerful. With times being more uncertain than ever, UMSL deserves its place for tailored news. The team here at The Current is looking out for you, is always on your side, and will continue to keep UMSL informed, educated, and prepared for what happens at our school.
--Wesley Baucom, Editor-in-Chief
Meet the Staff
Wesley has been working for The Current for over a year now and is dedicated to the paper he loves. He's an English Major with dreams of becoming a sci-fi/fantasy author. Out of school, Wesley likes writing, reading, gaming (video and board), watching movies & TV, listening to great music, eating tasty food, and going on hikes. Wesley also works at the Historic Daniel Boone home as a historical interpreter.
Taylor graduated from UMSL this past spring with her bachelors in English. She returned in fall as a first year graduate student and is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing. Outside of her interest in writing fiction, she also enjoys reading and learning about history, and she can usually be found outside in her garden or hiking through the woods. Her and her husband love to travel! Taylor hopes to travel the world and to continue developing her writing.
James was six months old when he was adopted by his parents in Belleville, Illinois. From there he attended Chaminade High School and then Lindenwood University. He transferred to St. Charles Community College after Lindenwood didn't work out, and then he ended up at UMSL a couple of years ago. He graduated from UMSL after completing a degree in media studies. He is presently enrolled and pursuing a second degree in history with a minor in communications.
Stephanie is a Communications major at UMSL. After earning her associate’s degree, she wanted to focus on writing. She now hopes to start her career after earning her bachelor’s degree next spring. A big fan of writing short stories and poetry, she also enjoys reading and exploring.
Kayla is a senior at UMSL getting her BA in mass communications. After graduation, she plans on going back for her master’s degree in history with a minor in philosophy. She hopes to pursue a career in photojournalism and eventually teaching. Kayla lives in Collinsville with her boyfriend and her two cats. In her free time, Kayla enjoys reading, writing, listening to different podcasts by NPR, and exploring different philosophy.
Bianca was born and raised in North St. Louis. She is a transfer student from Mizzou and is now majoring in a Communications Degree here at UMSL. She is hoping to one day start her own publishing company. Bianca would also love to be a screen writer. During her free time she likes traveling, exploring new music, trying new foods, and collecting keychains.
Brian Van de Riet
Brian is graduating from UMSL in December of 2021 with a major in Business Administration, a minor in Digital Marketing, and an advertising certificate. He went to Mehlville High School in South County, St. Louis, and graduated in 2018. One day, Brian is hoping to manage an advertising firm to help companies truly bring their ideas to life! Brian's hobbies include cars, music, and taking naps when there's nothing better to do. When he's away from work and school, he can be found playing guitar poorly in his room to pass the time. As far as advertising and graphic design goes, he has experience with local small businesses and formerly graphic designing for Fortnite Fridays eSports events!