An Exciting Semester Ahead: A Welcome from the Editor-in-Chief

Students and Staff at the Arizona Center. Courtesy of Thunderbird.

By Tanner Weigel, Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer 

The school year is now in full swing, and I am thrilled to welcome back all of you loyal Das Tor readers. The newest cohorts of students are bright, thoughtful and already embrace the Thunderbird mystique. Many of these students will be writing for Das Tor, and I look forward to introducing them to you in the coming weeks.

These are exciting times for Thunderbird. On October 7th, ground will finally be broken for Thunderbird’s new global headquarters. And our relationship with the downtown Phoenix community grows stronger every day. 

Thunderbird’s Dean and Director General, Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, has been traveling abroad to support the school’s efforts to expand its global reach. A sense of renewal and progress is palpable on campus, and I am heartened to see how quickly new and returning students have become good friends.

Of course, we live in a world where it seems like tensions are multiplying far faster than any examples of cooperation. Economic dislocation is only increasing, with resulting waves of populism threatening the stability of our global institutions. It is my hope that Das Tor can, in its own small way, provide a counterpoint to these negative trends. 

Das Tor has always served as a forum for the free exchange of ideas, and I speak for my fellow writers when I say we remain committed to this ideal. We will continue to provide a platform for a variety of voices and a diversity of ideas. 

For this first publication, we have invited returning students to write about their summer internship experiences. I am impressed by my peers’ accomplishments, and know that they have represented Thunderbird well.

Thank you for coming along for the journey as we strive to produce interesting and relevant content to connect students and alumni alike. Make sure you’re subscribed to our mailing list so as never to miss an article, and feel free to reach out to me directly with any comments, concerns or guest article ideas. This will be great semester.

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