The Business of Vices: Las Vegas and Macao

By Lauren Herber, Editor-in-Chief This past weekend featured my first-ever trip to the city that epitomizes America’s flagship traits of capitalism and consumption: Las Vegas, Nevada. After crossing the Hoover Dam, I was met with a somewhat anticlimactic suburbia that made me question whether or not I had even left Glendale. Rows upon rows of […]

A Chance Conversation

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By Chris Barton, Co-Editor On Monday night, at around 9 PM, I met God. He stood approximately 6 feet tall, had a short peppery beard, and looked a bit like an older Mos Def. He had on a worn blue baseball cap, a wool sweater and a navy rain slicker, grey trousers, and a pair of […]

Auto-Summarized Chinese New Year

By Aaron Rockwell, Staff Writer If you’ve already broken your Gregorian calendar New Year’s resolution, you’re in luck, the Chinese New Year is almost here (28 January, Saturday). This year, the fire rooster shall reign supreme. The Chinese New Year tradition has a long and rich history–there are many days to celebrate with different activities. Instead […]

The Women’s March and Why It Matters

By Mary Grace Richardson, Co-editor  The magic of the Women’s March that took place last Saturday went beyond the bold messages, creative signs, and enthusiastic chants. Inspired by the sheer numbers, genuine compassion, and noteworthy diversity, there was a larger feeling that this important moment was not just for the marchers, but for everyone they […]

The Secret Behind Thunderbird’s Media Control Room

By Nash Wills, Co-Editor “If there’s one thing that I’ve noticed at this school over the years, it’s that you get out what you put in.” I nodded in empathetic agreement as I sat with James Chalifoux, Thunderbird’s main Audio-Visual (AV) guy, in what seemingly could have been either the control room at CNN or […]

NAFTA’s Future: Sometimes a No-Deal Is Better Than a Bad Deal

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer  The moment we saw former President Obama flying away from Washington D.C., we knew that a whole batch of public servants believing in liberal democracy would be gone from D.C. and that America would become more self-centered and isolated. One of the saddest moments in American modern history took place […]

Adventures in Translation

By Chris Barton, Co-Editor; and Brian Adams, Guest Writer Over winter break, I took a trip down to Costa Rica to explore buying a trout farm in the mountains and setting up a Sustainability Education Center. I was working with locals and ex-pats, landowners and businesspeople. It was my first real international business experience, and […]

“The Crown”: A Netflix Jewel

By Mary Grace Richardson, Co-Editor No orgies. No beheadings. No battlefield brutality. But wait, stay with me. Don’t let that deter you from watching “The Crown,” the prestige monarch drama that defies expectations of royal biographical television and greatly surpasses them. By adding cinematic quality (and $120 million in production) to a difficult and complicated time […]

Teenage Wasteland: San Pedro’s Sunken City

By Jake Strickler, Editor-in-Chief All photos by my dear, old friend Derrick Monks. Please check out his wonderful work. T-Birds are an adventurous lot. That’s the most reductive and unnecessary string of words I’ve ever put together but I had to start this thing somehow and if your week has been anything like mine then […]

Learning Spanish in Guatemala

By Aaron Rockwell, Staff Writer My winter break = 8 hours a day learning Spanish in a one-on-one setting. Here’re my big take-aways: Chicken Busses (great business model): Busses run on point A to point B systems. They pretty much fill up to the brim before leaving. Once the bus is halfway to its destination, a […]