Mooncakes and Memories: T-Birds Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

By Lauren Herber, Editor-in-Chief Fall has always been my favorite season. It’s one of the things I’ve missed most since moving to Phoenix, where we live in an eternal summer. I love everything about fall: colorful leaves, warm apple cider, overcast days, cozy sweaters, hearty soups, fresh winds. To me, fall represents change and growth, […]

Exploring Madagascar’s West Coast

By Nash Wills, Co-Editor In our fast-paced, modern, 21st-century world, it’s easy to forget that proverbial paradises still exist. Places that have seemingly remained untouched by technology, and where life moves along at a pace so slow that you might just find yourself believing that time really is just an illusion after all. Madagascar’s southwestern […]

Prisoners Strike Against “Modern-Day Slavery”

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By Chris Barton, Staff Writer The 13th amendment of the U.S. constitution abolished slavery and forced labor, yet it left a glaring loophole: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” What […]

The Introvert-Extrovert Ideal

By Alex Marino, Staff Writer “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s that I stay with problems longer.” –Albert Einstein It’s a common misconception that the most productive, effective, innovative, and guiding individuals are outgoing extroverts who can walk into a room full of people and engage in fifty conversations with strangers while drawing stimulating […]

A New Season Is Here: Global Edition

By Laura Aviles, Staff Writer For it’s a long, long while from May to December But the days grow short when you reach September And the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame And I haven’t got time for the waiting game Frank Sinatra – “September” Autumn has arrived to Thunderbird Campus and across the […]

Countries Are What They Eat: A Statistical Adventure

By Aaron Rockwell, Staff Writer The gods have blessed me with a ‘gutter palate.’ If they could make a tasteless, perfectly nutritional milkshake, I would drink it for every meal. So when I came across how the United Nations statistics team creates a dataset of ‘what countries are eating,’ I bit into it. Beyond the […]

Donald Trump: A Weak Candidate and a Poor Choice

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer This weekend the New York Times published two editorials: one endorsing Hillary Clinton for president and the other rejecting Donald Trump. On Monday, September 26th both candidates had the chance to debate on policy issues and personality traits. Most polls position Clinton as the winner. As a political scientist, my […]

Cuban Aesthetics Under Socialism: Part 1

By Alex Marino, Staff Writer In 1959, Fidel Castro’s communist party took control of the Cuban government and initiated a revolutionary movement that would define Cuba’s socio-political and socio-economic status for an indeterminable period. The Revolutionary Era contains many components worth analyzing, but for the purposes of this study I will focus on the fluctuations […]

Every Flag But One

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By Chris Barton, Staff Writer On November 29th, 1947, the UN general assembly adopted the Partition Plan for Palestine, officially calling for the end of British rule in the area roughly between the Mediterranean, the Sea of Galilee, and the Gulf of Aqaba. The UN called for the creation of two states: the Arab State […]

Das Tor’s Fall 2016 Lineup

By Jake Strickler, Editor-in-Chief After losing much of last year’s staff to graduation 🙁 we at Das Tor have had to embark on a hiring spree over the last month. With our roster locked in for the semester, we’d like to take the opportunity to introduce the paper’s new voices. We could not be more […]