Meet the Staff

Sage Smiley, the editor-in-chief, is from Portland, Oregon, and fits most of those stereotypes. She is rarely seen without an entire English cucumber sticking out of the side pocket of her backpack. She loves her radio production job, the Arabic language, cell biology, organic chemistry, cooking meals that use no animal products, aspens, and volunteering as a crisis counselor & Arabic tutor. Her life motto is “never say no to adventure unless you haven’t done at least part of your homework,” which she follows to a T; Sage has never finished a homework assignment. She lives with some friends and a small army of plants.


 Andrew Follett, the publisher, is a junior Environmental Science major who is personally concerned about what in the world is happening to our forests and freshwater. He works for the BYU Writing Fellows and writes for the Political Review (that’s what this is). He enjoys backpacking, painting, and staying overly hydrated. Mostly, he just wants to be in remote places (in Idaho exclusively) where he can read and watch birds. When he grows up (how long are we allowed to use that phrase?) he wants to be an environmental lawyer, especially focused on natural resource and water law solving environmental justice issues.


Dallas Hunt is a sports fanatic who also does some other things. Him and his dad enjoy competition so much that they often fill out professional tennis tournament brackets to see who will make better predictions. However, he does realize that sports aren’t all-important. Dallas also enjoys reading, writing, learning languages, and hanging out. To him, guacamole is the best food. Currently a junior at BYU, he hopes to attend law school and become an immigration attorney.


Drew Wilson is a junior from Portland, Oregon studying Economics and International Politics. His hobbies include fishing, camping, attempting to win an intramural champion t-shirt, and maintaining a naïve level of optimism about BYU football. Drew loves learning about everything from genetics to Brazilian history, but is particularly passionate about international trade and labor economics. He has a passion for writing which started as a love for reading, his favorite author is O’Henry, and he would recommend the short stories “Mammon and the Archer” and “The Pimienta Pancakes” to anyone who hasn’t read them.


Ian McLaughlin, sometime native of Rexburg, Idaho, is a senior studying history, with minors in Classics (Greek emphasis) and Latin American Studies (Brazil emphasis). A firm believer in the power of community engagement to ameliorate the structural solipsism inherent in contemporary Western society, Ian has served as co-chairman of his ward’s service committee, president of BYU’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, and vice-president of its Quiz Bowl club.


An International Relations major from South Florida, Lee Workman’s interests include emergency medicine, Russian language, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and computer science. In addition to writing for the Review, he sings for BYU’s Concert Choir. He served a full-time mission in Eastern Idaho, and a church-service mission in Naboo Nauvoo.



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In 3rd grade, McKenzie Beckstead Richards wanted to be like Hermione Granger, by 6th grade, Joan of Arc, and by 10th grade, Jane Eyre. In college, she realized she turned out like all three: an insufferable know-it-all, a courageous defender, and a stubborn moral voice. Throughout her life, McKenzie has been interested in education reform and even helped create school curriculum that is being tested at Las Vegas’ American Heritage Academy. Besides philosophizing with her friends, McKenzie loves reading outside and skiing on “the greatest snow on earth”. She plans to attend law school to defend religious liberty and promote school choice.


Nick Hafen is a second-year law student from Detroit, Michigan. He served an LDS mission in Indonesia and studied Middle East Studies and Arabic as an undergraduate at BYU. He will be doing corporate restructuring work at a law firm in Chicago next summer. Nick enjoys reading, podcasts, being outdoors, and wood carving.




Rachel Finlayson grew up in Hanover, NH and came to BYU to study Viola Performance. After the major major crisis of ‘16, she switched to Political Science with minors in Chinese and Women’s Studies. Her hobbies include beginner ballet, geeking out about Stata, reading classic fiction, political philosophy, Zumba, touting BYU’s Women in Politics (WIP), news radio, swimming, word games, and time outside. She is grateful for the many gifts a Political Science education has given her: clear reasoning ability, quantitative analytical skills, and curiosity. She hopes to use these skills to promote understanding between diverse groups, understand complex problems pertaining to justice, and advocate solutions either through journalism, academia, or political office.


Sarah Austin is a sophomore studying international relations and development. Although school keeps her pretty busy, she makes sure to take time for the things that matter: flying her octopus kite, eating pupusas, and growing increasingly upset with the changes Apple makes to its operating system. When not planning future vacations or drowning under a sea of endless work, she enjoys watching movies under a large Sherpa blanket, reading memoirs, researching which of the UK’s cities is the most dog-friendly, and singing Les Mis at the top of her lungs. Although she avidly avoids lengthy explanations of where she is from, she has enjoyed growing up overseas and hopes to return to expatriate-hood as soon as humanly possible.


Seth Warnick is a senior studying Korean and Asian Studies, hoping to work in the field of national defense. His academic influences include Russell Tyrone Jones, Eric Wright, and GG Allin.





Stephen Ward is a 22-year old Chemical Engineering major with an affinity for puns and a dangerous addiction to hummus. His favorite things in the world are to help you understand new things and to make you laugh. He plays the piano and sings Baritone in the BYU Men’s Chorus, which he loves with a fiery passion that burns with the heat of a thousand suns. He also enjoys long walks on the beach and longer naps on the couch. Stephen plans on attending medical school after graduating BYU, and someday may actually be considered a qualified medical professional, which just goes to show – as scary as the US healthcare situation currently is, it could still get much, much worse.