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.


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

I’m a third-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.





Hayden Stec, Editor
Computer Science Major

I am a second year editor for Forbes and Fifth, and third 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!

Jordan Downie, Editor
Anthropology and Political Science Majors

I am a third-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.


Anna Coleman, Editor
Statistics and Golbal Studies Majors

Anna Coleman is a junior majoring in statistics & global studies with a minor in non fiction writing. She is from Hulmeville Pennsylvania and likes to read and go outside.

Erica Barnes, Editor
Urban Studies Major

I am a second-year student from Akron, Ohio and this is my first 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. Being an avid reader for the majority of my life has given me a deep appreciation for vocabulary and literature; I am so grateful to be able to use my passion to contribute to the journal. I am the social media chair for the student led club Hunie, a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority Inc., and a part of the public relations committee for the Pitt Black Action Society. I love to read, dance, listen to podcasts and cook. I am very excited to see Forbes & Fifth evolve throughout my time at Pitt!

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

I’m a junior 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.

Kate Gannon, Editor
English Literature & French Majors

I am a third-year student from Pittsburgh, PA, and this is my first 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 second-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.

Alisa Rasys, Lead Designer
Communication Major, Digital Media Certificate

I am a fourth-year student at Pitt originally from Boston, MA. This is my second semester working at Forbes & Fifth as a designer. After taking a digital design class my junior year, I immediately wanted to hone my skills and take my design concepts to a larger scale. Forbes & Fifth allows me to explore my own creativity, while also gaining inspiration from the variety of submissions we receive from students around the world. On my own time, I enjoy staying active, travelling, binging a good Netflix series, and self-admittedly-shopping too much!

Blya Krouba, Designer
History of Art & Architecture Major

I am a third year student at Pitt from Upper Darby, Pa and this is my first year working with Forbes & Fifth. I first became familiar with Forbes & Fifth my freshman year here at Pitt when I submitted an art piece and had the honor of making it to the cover the journal. Ever since, I have been following the journey of Forbes & Fifth and decided to join the team because I wanted to be apart of a team that gave others the opportunity of sharing their works to a wide audience like it gave me. Volume 15, Fall 19 was the first issue that I graphic designed for; without any prior graphic design experience it was not easy, I learned a lot from my fellow designers and learned to think of my work as a part of a bigger picture.