Technology & Social Media: Are you Addicted?

By Nash Wills, Co-Editor  If you had to go cold turkey and give up technology—smartphones, laptops, tablets, email, social media—starting tomorrow, how long do you think you’d last before giving in to temptation? I started asking myself this question a few weeks ago when I read an article about a detailed study done last year […]

Fidel Castro Roundtable

By Mary Grace Richardson, Staff Writer Last week Cuban politician and revolutionary Fidel Castro passed, resurfacing a storm of debate surrounding his legacy. With his death being a chance to reflect on Cuba’s past, we can understand where our own idea of the leader is rooted and what it might say about our upbringing, where […]

The Lies We Tell at Thanksgiving

By Chris Barton, Staff Writer The story we, as Americans, are told about Thanksgiving is one of cooperation, mutual respect, and how much can be accomplished when we work together. The Pilgrims, struggling to figure out how to survive in the new world they had landed in, received help from the friendly Indians, who had […]

Netflix: Friend or Foe?

By Lauren Herber, Editor-in-Chief Pick your poison: sci-fi? Rom com? Documentary? Drama? Netflix has a huge content library, perfect for all your bingeing needs. Whether you prefer House of Cards, Narcos, Gilmore Girls, Black Mirror, Orange is the New Black, or Stranger Things, it’s exceedingly easy to cancel all your evening plans, ditch the gym, […]

Western Regional Night: Fall 2016

By Laura Aviles, Staff Writer The lights were off, the music was on, the food was served, the flavors were mixed and the people, well the people were ready for the second Regional Night of Fall 2016. The second Regional Night of this semester was held on Saturday, November 19. The event was promoted by […]

Mexico and Thunderbird: Building Bridges, Not Walls

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer Contrary to the ongoing general opinion, Mexico represents a large business opportunity, as it is one of the most vibrant economies of the world and a market eager to consume American products and services. Mexico has also seen a decreased sense of anti-Americanism over the last decades. According to the Mexico […]

Sentiment Analysis

By Aaron W. Rockwell, Staff Writer Since children, we are inundated with the concept of Yin and Yang, Good vs Evil, the Ninja Turtles vs Krang (& Shredder). Only as an adult did I come across the concept of sentiment analysis, and only recently have I started daydreaming about the concept instead of listening to […]

A Note Before the Holidays

By Janhavi Hunnur, Staff Writer Along with fun, holidays tend to be a period of contemplation and new beginnings. It becomes a time to reopen our checklists and measure our progress. Some lessons are hard and take time to learn. If we experience an event repeating itself, it’s simply because we haven’t yet learned our […]

T-Birds Respond to the Election

By Chris Barton, Staff Writer  Last week, as I’m sure many of you noticed, the United States of America voted for a new president. Reactions since have been dramatic, with everything from angry protests to an uptick in racial harassment to an announced KKK celebration party. People all around the world have strong feelings about the […]

Post-Election Acts of Self-Care to Get You Through the Weekend

By Mary Grace Richardson, Staff Writer  Thank goodness the election is over, right? Or maybe not. If your neck is sore from shaking your head or if spontaneous outbursts have kept you from wearing your mascara this week, here are recommended activities to help you ease into our post-election future. Sage Cleanse Your Room If it’s […]