INTERN CLASS SPRING 2013
Alex McCormick is a Super Patriot, he loves American politicin’ to death. While slow to anger, he will speak his mind, sharing his more conservative values and his dream of a future where the long arm of the law has consistency and clarity. He can often be found lost in thought and wonder of the olde American West, living his life as a modern reflection of that paradigm. You will always find Alex with his tools of the trade, never without his “possible pouch.” For those playing at home, that would translate directly into “a source of fire, an edged tool, and a tourniquet.” He participates in politics to remind others that the contest is never quite over, and that the field is never quite won. All he asks is that people not cheat their principles, that the American dream remains alive, and that our two party system remains a riot for all to enjoy.
How do you describe a man like Bowen West? Do you go on about his kind heart? Do you talk about his chiseled to perfection body? For a man like Bowen the best place to start is the beginning. Bowen was born on a little planet called Krypton (you may have heard of it). Sadly the planet blew up but Bowen escaped. Bowen spent many years on Earth doing several tasks honing his skills he was an MI6 agent for a while, he tried his hand at wizard school, just to name a few. Now Bowen is honing a new skill, bringing democracy throughout the land.
Missoula native, Dessa Lennox is set on seeing the world. After a recent trip to Central America, the realization that options are limitless has permanently sunk in leaving her with an incurable form of travelers itch. That being said, Dessa is excited for a moment back on the home turf before beginning her next adventure in California as a Journalism major at Humboldt State University. She loves handstands, motorcycles, smells, music, languages, smiles, tea, books, mountains, dancing, mud, surprises, dresses, yoga, instruments, curry, sleeping outside, baking, hula hoops, the ocean, wisdom, nonsense, spoons, avocados, honesty, giving, lavender, FOOD, laughing, boots, star gazing, road trips, hugs, naps, kale, love, good talks and long walks, oranges, breathing… being.
All in all, she’s up for anything.
Ben Mason is a freshman at the University of Montana majoring in Microbiology and minoring in…something involving travel. A Montana native, he has a grand vision for his home state that he hopes to set in motion through his internship at Forward Montana. While he’s not peering through a microscope or championing democracy, Ben’s hobbies include tabletop roleplaying games such as Dungeons and Dragons, multi-instrumental music-making, writing short stories, longboarding, swimming, cross-country skiing, and watching the movies of Pedro Almodovar. He lives at the intersection of casual messiness and fastidious organization, and tries to be a scientist after Nikola Tesla.
Evan Fossen is amazing, let’s face it. First year of college and he takes on the leadership roles of Secretary for the InterFraternity Council and VP of Communications for his Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter. Frat boy: No, Greek God: Yes. Always dedicated to academics, clubs, staying fit, and work he is a very active balanced man. How does he do it all? Not even he himself can answer that question. Evan loves spending time with friends and also working out to build the massive muscles he will need when he becomes an FBI agent or a vigil ante. If neither of those options work, taking over the world with Democracy is always a solid backup.
Mistee Brown is a reluctant Montanan with a lust for all things community. She hunts down every opportunity she can to experience the Great Unknown, having explored most of the Western and Southern United States, the Republic of Haiti, and soon, the Dominican Republic. These adventures, instead of luring the young woman out of Montana (not yet anyways), have given her a greater appreciation of this Sleepy-Hollow. But, Mistee is fed up with the lies believed by the general public of Montana about themselves: that we don’t have a purpose; our opinions don’t matter, and we are powerless. Mistee’s objective is disprove those lies and empower this community.
Michael Nelson has worked tirelessly to bring progressive change to Montana, disguised a humble actor his efforts undercover have proven futile. In response to setbacks he has moved to the front lines of the battle. While he is not saving the world Michael enjoys long walks in Greenough Park, singing Disney songs while riding his bike down Higgins, doing headstands, and telling strangers to have a great day. Let it be known that this operative though cute and cuddly on the exterior is a ruthless voter registering machine and will take every advantage to inform you of the issues, approach with caution and a smile as big as his.
Nik Dumroese usually likes things you don’t: clothes from the 90s, puffy vests, finance, and excel spreadsheets. As a business student at UM, he takes classes about two of those three things while majoring in Business Management. Nik grew up in Idaho, and loves everything about it but the neo-nazis. While not managing or doing business, Nik also enjoys skiing and finding ugly clothing in dumpsters or buying them off of the homeless.