Since 2010, Alexander Ortega has risen through SLUG’s ranks, assuming the titles of Contributor Writer, Senior Staff Writer, Copy Editor, Junior Editor, Editorial Assistant, Managing Editor and now Editor. Ortega’s journalistic integrity, dedication to community and passion for mentoring contributors are qualities that will make him a brilliant Editor. Outside of SLUG, Ortega is a gifted musician. He’s currently working in-studio on a debut album for an eponymous project that draws inspiration from the folk music of Tuva. Ortega anticipates returning to the studio this fall with Filth Lords, a punk project that’s lasted five years—a testament to the camaraderie he finds in the project. Keep an eye out for his upcoming performances with both projects this summer. We are honored to have Alexander Ortega, an astute and creative intellectual, lead SLUG into our editorial next chapter.