Meet a FLATmate: Coming to Port in a Glacial Lakebed

SIMON After high school, I spent two years sniffing the emissions from the Schwann factory outside my college town of Marshall, MN. Being a blue dot in a red sea, I left to seek new perspectives and moved in with a mad scientist in Evanston. There, I took a break from studying philosophy and readied…

Meet a FLATmate: Cats, Coffee, and Corvids

CHRIS I appreciate cats, coffee and corvids and I try to walk the fence between tame and domestic. Now in my third year at UM, I’ve been attracted to the FLAT since my arrival. After five glorious years of vehicle living I come to the FLAT excited to be part of the community it fosters….

Meet a FLATmate: String-picking and Corn-shuckin’

TESS Hailing from North Carolina for most practical purposes, I have an affinity for the Appalachians. Its rich porch-sitting, string-picking, and corn-shuckin’ are cultural traditions that greatly influenced my life and are values that I hold dear to my heart. The cliche, “work hard, play hard” is perhaps my aspired life motto. I aim to be diligent…

A Love of Food

DAVID Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, the wilderness encompassed forests preserves, patches of prairie, and the occasional excursion to Wisconsin.  However the city introduced me to a large diversity of food ranging from the creations of culinary artists to the often glutinous joys of street food.  After finishing my degree in Psychology I…

Meet a FLATmate: Connecting Points

RACHEL Stars become a constellation with a little imagination. Drawing lines and a bit of squinting reveal that seemingly unconnected points are part of some bigger, dynamic system. I graduated from Iowa State University with a B.A. in Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration and minors in Spanish and Anthropology. Over the last several years, my work experience has ranged from butterfly wrangling…

Ask the FLATmates: What’s your one-word vision statement?

At the beginning of each semester, the FLAT gathers its members to share a meal, regroup, share ideas, and get stoked for the weeks ahead. This January, the FLATmates were asked an important question: If you had to choose one word to describe your vision and goals for this semester, what would it be? Now…

FLAT Retreat 2012

The FLAT held its first annual retreat over the Labor Day weekend up at a cabin just outside West Glacier. With Grant Glacier magnificently towering overhead we sorted through housing agreements; played guitars, violins, and clarinets; ate pesto pasta; and told life stories. It was the perfect setting to tie the new semester’s group together.