Fully-Automated Luxury Communism: a Parable

By Chris Barton, Editor-in-Chief Imagine a little manufacturing town. This is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone else, where the diner down the street is the favorite neighborhood hangout and the whole town goes to the local high-school sports games. Let’s call this town Hammburg, because John Hamm is the mayor. Sure. Why […]

Dr. Michael Crow at Thunderbird – Listen Here!

By Chris Barton, Editor-in-Chief This last Monday (April 9th, 2018), Dr. Michael Crow came out to Thunderbird to talk to the students and faculty. Although his visit coincided closely with the Campus Tribute, we were told that the two were actually unrelated events. Dr. Crow visits every campus annually, and his trip to Thunderbird just […]

Pushing Back on Sexual Harassment

By Chris Barton, Editor-in-Chief The week before spring break, I attended a meeting. During the conversation, there was an offhand comment made about a shared physical feature of two of the women in my class. It was just a passing mention – I don’t even remember the context – but it caused the two other […]

Results of the Thunderbird Student Survey

By Chris Barton, Editor-in-Chief You might be thinking: “Wow! The administration seems like they know what we students want in the new building and the new space! How do they know that?! Did they read my mind? Did they read my Diary?” No, they read the report that the Student Coalition gave them. This report […]

Stocks Weren’t Made For a Complex World: A Response to Andy Kessler

By Chris Barton, Editor-in-Chief There exists on the internet a short opinion piece called “Stocks Weren’t Made for Social Climbing.” It was written by someone named Andy Kessler, a feisty hedge-fund manager who felt the need to issue a decree, establishing once and for all that socially responsible investing is stupid. I happen to disagree […]

Questioning Innovation #3: A Threat, a Promise, or a Buzzword?

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? Part one of the series looked at what differentiates innovation from invention, and how […]

Memories of our Campus

By Chris Barton, Editor-in-Chief With the decision to move downtown weighing on everyone’s mind, this seems like a good moment to remember what our historic campus once was. From the Thunderbird School of Global Management Collection at the Arizona Memory Project comes some samplings of our early visual history. Click on the link above to […]

Death and New Life: What Survives the Move Downtown

By Chris Barton, Editor-in-Chief Thunderbird is moving downtown. Or rather, there will be a building with a Thunderbird logo on it downtown. The Thunderbird School of Global Management, as we have come to know and love it, will probably not be moving downtown. That Thunderbird will likely disappear and fade into history. Something else will […]

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 […]

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 […]