Death on the Cheap: The Enigmatic Life and Puzzling Death of Professor Nicholas Schrock

By Jake Strickler, Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Schrock was a University of Colorado economics professor who taught foreign units for Thunderbird between 1979 and 1982. In May of 1982, he was driving to one such assignment in Guadalajara and, at some point along the way, disappeared. This is the story of that disappearance and the events that […]

Death on the Cheap: The Big Sleep

By Jake Strickler, Editor-in-Chief “When Mr. Grim joined us [atop the cathedral] he took one look at the eagles and said: ‘I want to get down. This place specializes in cruelty.’ …[Ledesema] reminded [him], ‘But that is why you have come to Mexico. To see death…The cardinal principle of Christianity is that Jesus Christ died […]

Death on the Cheap: The Suitcase Ritual

By Jake Strickler, Editor-in Chief This is the third installment of an investigation into the 1982 murder of Thunderbird professor Nicholas Schrock. Part One can be found here, and Part Two here. The series will be concluded next week. Jesus When the relatives of Jesus Valenzuela, a San Ignacio bricklayer who died at 64 of […]

Death on the Cheap: The Agony of Ruth

By Jake Strickler, Editor-in-Chief This is the second installment in a series of articles investigating the 1982 murder of Thunderbird professor Nicholas Schrock. The first can be found here. The story will be concluded over the next two weeks. A Note on Violence There are many types and degrees of violence which can be met […]

Death on the Cheap: The Disappearance of Nick Schrock

By Jake Strickler, Editor-in-Chief Note: A previous version of this article erroneously reported that the body of an American male roughly matching Nick Schrock’s age and physical description washed ashore in the Sonoran city of Guaymas at the end of June, 1982. I have since discovered an official report stating that the body was, in […]

Chuck Berry’s Dead but the Party Isn’t

By Jake Strickler, Editor-in-Chief “All those early songs about rock ‘n’ roll were successive movements in a suite in progress which was actually nothing more than a gigantic party whose collective ambition was simple: to keep the party going and jive and rave and kick ‘em out cross the decades and only stop for the […]

“Weiner:” An Overlooked Gem

By Jake Strickler, Editor-in-Chief I’m trying to go light this week because I’ve been churning out all these multi-thousand-word screeds against Donald Trump that are, frankly, exhausting.  And paying too much attention to his actions is starting to make me feel like Martin Sheen at the beginning of Apocalypse Now: bloodied, in despair, caged, and, every […]

All News is Fake News

By Jake Strickler, Editor-in-Chief I did my undergrad at the University of Colorado’s Journalism School in Boulder. I won’t comment on the quality of the education I received there, especially because I majored in Media Studies instead of News-Editorial, and because the CU Journalism School shuttered its doors right after I graduated. Part of that may […]

Trump, Russian Oil, and “The Odious Smell of Truth”

By Jake Strickler, Editor-in-Chief Last Sunday night, at about 11:00 p.m., I found myself headed through the U.S.-Mexico border, the nose of the car pointed due south. The circumstances that led me to that point are very, very T-Bird. I was eating a late breakfast and plowing through some readings in the Pub earlier that […]

An Alum’s Take: What’s Happening with Brazil?

By Raphael Rique ’16, Guest Writer Eike Batista: once one of the most respected businessman in Brazil and 8th richest man in the world. Now in jail. Sergio Cabral: once Governor of Rio de Janiero, the second richest state of Brazil. Now in jail. Marcelo Odebrecht: once the respected and powerful multimillionaire CEO of Obedrect, the biggest […]