Questioning Innovation, Part 2: Underground Vacuum Trains and Toilets

By Chris Barton, Editor-in-Chief This series aims to take a critical look at ASU’s claim to be “#1 in innovation.” What does that actually mean? What does it say about us and our school? And is it even a good thing? Last week we looked at the distinction between invention and innovation, and the process […]

Thunderbird Toastmasters: Public Speaking Revival

By Bethany-Angel Chijindu, Staff Writer On Thursday, Nov. 30 the Thunderbird Toastmasters club will be hosting its final event of the semester by having a Speechathon at Yount 100.  The club has come a long way since October 2016, when Belinda Chiu (MGM, 17), Andrew Cohen (MGM ’17) and Rachel An (MGM ’17) began the […]

The Inevitable Mishaps of Traveling, Part 1

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By Amanda Cardini, Staff Writer It seems to be inevitable that something will not go as planned when traveling. Whether its a missed flight, misread directions or some other sort of inconvenience, this aspect of travel can be both a blessing and a curse. Sometimes a change in plans can lead to an accidental adventure, […]

Five Playlists for Thunderbird Moments

By DJ Daisy Jasmine, Staff Writer It’s often said that if art is the way we decorate space, then music is the way we decorate time. The music we listen to and love takes ordinary and extraordinary moments and transforms them into powerful snapshots of our lives. Years or even decades down the line, listening […]

Mindfulness in Communication

By Bryce Bower, Staff Writer When I was considering grad schools, one of the main aspects of Thunderbird that appealed to me was the fabled “Global Mindset.” As I understand it, this mindset means that T-birds are opposed to the belief that one’s culture or way of life is superior to others. We’re are supposed […]

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving

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By Mackenzie Pedersen, Staff Writer Take a moment to imagine your annual family Thanksgiving. Notice the smile that’s on your face? Just hearing the word ‘Thanksgiving’ elicits many memories in one’s mind and savory flavors on one’s palate. This American holiday is taught from a young age as a time at which people give thanks […]

Thunderbird, Casablanca and 75 Years Gone

By Michael H. Moffett, Associate Professor and Continental Grain Professor in Finance at Thunderbird I love old movies. Not sure why, maybe a misspent youth, maybe a desire for what I perceived as simpler times gone by, whatever. But one movie has always represented Thunderbird over all others in my mind: Casablanca. 75 years ago this month, […]

Questioning Innovation, Part 1: Electric Lights and Crack Cocaine

By Chris Barton, Editor-in-Chief Here’s a fun game: Next time you are on a non-Thunderbird ASU campus, count the number of times you see the word ‘Innovation.’ You may see it on books, banners, business cards, buildings and busses, as well as blasted across every page on the ASU website. The sheer quantity of the […]

JFK Assassination Records

By Bryce Bower, Staff Writer On July 24, October 26, and November 3 of this year, the US National Archives released over 5,000 documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Many documents are between 1 and 10 pages long, while some are more than 400 pages.  I have spent some time in […]

Viaggio nel Tempo in Italia: Time Traveling in Italy

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By Amanda Cardini, Staff Writer For my entire life I have heard my parents reminisce on their first trip to Italy together. They were newlyweds, and my dad’s “Nonno” had asked them to accompany him on one of his annual trips to his hometown Chiavari, a small town by the Cinque Terre in the Liguria […]