Before coming to the Montana Standard, I was head of the editorial board of the Montana Kaimin, where I spearheaded weekly editorials that analyzed the campus community and critically reflect on the decisions of those in power. In light of the University of Montana's recent sexual assault, enrollment and budgeting scandals, there was been much to discuss.
From 2015 to 2016, I covered administrative attempts to exploit a massive enrollment drop by turning a liberal arts college into a STEM school, the lack of transparency behind emergency layoffs resulting from that enrollment drop, the ineffective tactics of campus activists to change the university, and backlash to reporting the university and community's faults.
In the spring of 2015, I had the opportunity to review Jon Krakauer's "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town."
The Western Cannon
Last year I wrote the weekly arts editorial for the Montana Kaimin, which won a first place Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. The Western Cannon covered campus culture at the University of Montana, administrative attempts to control it, the bureaucracy behind inequality, and the community's failure to understand how technology can subvert or entrench traditional power structures.
"In its mad rush toward technological progress, the University left a major security breach on the floor of Mansfield Library. The University has no appropriate-use rules for its new makerbot, so I had them 3-D print me a Defense Distributed AR-15 lower receiver on Monday for a cool $7.70.
The AR-15 is the forerunner of the fully-automatic M16 rifle that’s spearheaded every American military adventure since Vietnam. It’s as patriotic as apple pie and no-fly zones, and ubiquitous among firearm connoisseurs, militiamen and spree shooters..."
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