Forbes and Fifth

About Forbes & Fifth

Forbes & Fifth, a journal produced by University of Pittsburgh Dietrich School undergraduates and sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, unites works of research, creative writing, and scholarly articles under the banner of interdisciplinary collaboration.

A group of undergraduates founded Forbes & Fifth in the spring of 2012.

Editors & Designers

Sarah Tomko, Editor-in-Chief
Public and Professional Writing and English Fiction Writing Majors

I’m a fourth-year student from Bentleyville, Pennsylvania. I am majoring in Public & Professional Writing and English Writing on the Fiction Track, and minoring in Religious Studies. I love Forbes and Fifth for being an outlet for students to voice their creativity and ingenuity, as well as appreciate the hands-on publishing experience it provides all of the editors. I’m so glad to be a part of it! On my downtime, I love writing, going to concerts, spending time with my friends, and attempting to cook.

Erica Barnes, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
Urban Studies Major

I am a third-year student from Akron, Ohio and this is my second year as an editor for Forbes & Fifth. I am majoring in Urban Studies, with an Urban Planning concentration, and minoring in Public Service and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. I am so grateful to be able to use my passion for reading and writing to contribute to the journal and interact with contributors from all over the world. I am a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority Inc. and enjoy exploring art and culture in Pittsburgh, as well as dancing and cooking.

Ruby Brunet, Editor
Economics-Statistics and Politics & Philosophy Majors

I’m a senior from North Hills, Pennsylvania. I am majoring in Economics-Statistics & Politics-Philosophy (Pre-Law Track), and getting a certificate in Sustainability. I love Forbes and Fifth because I’m given the opportunity to read ingenious pieces that brighten my day and teach me a thing or two. I love getting to talk to contributors and exploring their writing at a deeper level. Besides editing, I love reading and writing on my own time, going on runs through Pittsburgh and attending as many concerts as humanly possible.

Renee Cantor, Editor
English Literature and English Writing Majors

I am a third-year student at Pitt, majoring in English literature and fiction writing, and minoring in Spanish. I love how Forbes and Fifth’s interdisciplinary nature helps me engage in topics outside of my field of study. As an editor, I’m excited to help share the voices and work of fellow students. When not reading or writing, you can find me hiking or baking.

Paras Chand, Editor
Biological Sciences and Sociology Majors

I am a second-year student from Bethlehem, PA and this is my first year as an editor at Forbes & Fifth. I am majoring in the Biological Sciences and Sociology, and minoring in Chemistry. I hope to be exposed to unique pieces of writing and art throughout my time here, and I am excited to be part of a diverse and creative team. I am interested in both the sciences and humanities, and through Forbes & Fifth I aspire to combine my passion in both fields to give me a holistic perspective. In my free time, I like to play tennis, swim and hang out with my brothers.

Anna Coleman, Editor
Statistics and Golbal Studies Majors

Anna Coleman is a rising senior from Hulmeville PA studying statistics, global studies and non-fiction writing. Anna is involved in sustainability on campus through the Student Office of Sustainability and the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation. In her free time she likes to be outside, make things and read.

Jordan Downie, Editor
Anthropology and Political Science Majors

I am a fourth-year student from Youngstown, Ohio. My majors are anthropology and political science. In addition to my involvement with Forbes & Fifth, I am also a member of Theta Phi Alpha sorority and work in the Department of Anthropology as a peer advisor. As an editor of Forbes & Fifth, I hope to become engaged with topics and fields of study that I wouldn’t have otherwise encountered. Successful writing plays an important role in many different walks of life, and I hope that my editorial work will help me grow both as a reader and as a writer.

Kate Gannon, Editor
English Literature & French Majors

I am a fourth-year student from Pittsburgh, PA, and this is my second year as an editor for Forbes & Fifth. My majors are English literature and French, which speak to some of my greatest passions of reading, writing, and travel. I also love to knit and grow lavender in my backyard. I've done research in the past as both a literature student and as a studio arts student, and I love that Forbes & Fifth celebrates individuals' visual and intellectual creativity! I hope that the work I complete as an editor at Forbes & Fifth will create positive impact on others!

Nadiya Greaser, Editor
Political Science and Journalism Majors

I am a third-year student majoring in political science and journalism, and minoring in sociology and gender studies. I am an editor at Forbes and Fifth as well as an entertainment writer at the Pitt News, and I believe that if it’s worth thinking about critically, it’s worth writing about critically. I am especially interested in reading narrative nonfiction, lyric essays, and poetry. I look forward to Forbes and Fifth submissions because they represent so many different disciplines, styles, and passions from writers, and I am always excited to share the diverse and engaging pieces that are presented in each edition.

Blya Krouba, Lead Designer
Studio Arts Major

This is my fourth year at the university of Pittsburgh, I plan to graduate in spring and pursue a masters in Fine Arts. I am beyond thankful for the opportunities presented to me by OUR and the Forbes and Fifth journal. And I am looking forward to pushing myself creatively when it comes to Forbes and Fifth this year.

Anthony Machi, Editor
Biological Sciences Major

I am a third-year student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am majoring in the Biological Sciences with a certificate in Children’s Literature. This is my first year as an editor for Forbes & Fifth, but I was introduced to Forbes & Fifth my freshman year and I am consistently astounded by the variety of interdisciplinary work that goes into each edition. The creativity I have seen in Forbes & Fifth helps inspire me to be as creative as I can be. In my spare time, I like discovering new places to eat and listening to as much good music as possible.


Emma Porter, Editor
Biological Sciences and Psychology Majors

I am a second year student at the University of Pittsburgh as a biology and psychology double major. This is my first year working for Forbes and Fifth. I love science, animals, and half baked Ben and Jerry’s. I joined Forbes and Fifth because I enjoy hearing other people’s stories and writing. I think writing is therapeutic as well as a great outlet to express yourself and I want to help people do that. I was intrigued by Forbes and Fifth because of my love for writing, but inability to find room in my schedule to do it myself. I hope to help writers polish their pieces and introduce people who did not consider themselves writers to a new passion

Deandra Robinson, Editor
Psychology Major

I am a sophomore from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I am majoring in Psychology and pursuing a certificate in Public & Professional Writing. As a new member of Forbes & Fifth, I’m excited to get a first look at the incredible and thought-provoking pieces that first captivated me as a reader. In my free time, I enjoy crocheting, baking, and watching as many shows as possible.





Hayden Stec, Editor
Computer Science Major

I am a third year editor for Forbes and Fifth, and fourth year student at the University of Pittsburgh. The passion and knowledge of our contributors, coming together in this journal from across the disciplines and around the world, has been a great source of inspiration for me. I am excited to continue working with F&F to meet such interesting students, and learn about their fields, passions, and aspirations. Outside of F&F, I love card games and board games, am active in the tech community at Pitt, and am always happy to catch up on or discuss current events. Feel free to contact me at about the journal, getting started in undergraduate research, or if you just want to chat!