An Exciting Semester Ahead: A Welcome from the Editor-in-Chief

By Tanner Weigel, Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer  The school year is now in full swing, and I am thrilled to welcome back all of you loyal Das Tor readers. The newest cohorts of students are bright, thoughtful and already embrace the Thunderbird mystique. Many of these students will be writing for Das Tor, and I […]

The College Admissions Scandal: Infuriating But Not Surprising

By Tanner Weigel, Staff Writer When news broke last week that U.S. federal prosecutors were charging 50 individuals across six states for their involvement in a college admissions scandal, I felt sick to my stomach. I thought about how this news would affect the spirits of thousands of college applicants who will be finding out […]

Musings On Composer Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations

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By Tanner Weigel, Staff Writer Last week I had the pleasure of attending a performance by the Tempe Symphony Orchestra (before you mock me for being so high-brow, let me mention that it was free, and graduate students love anything that is free). And as an aside, classical music in person sounds so much better […]

Happy Birthday Arizona

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By Tanner Weigel, Staff Writer Valentine’s Day is upon us once again. As a member of the chronically-single club, I spent last week thinking about the wonderfully cynical things I could write about this holiday. But as an Arizona native, it dawned on me that I could instead strike a more positive tone and celebrate […]

Crisis in Venezuela

By Tanner Weigel, Staff Writer The crafting and execution of foreign policy is not an easy gig. In the United States, the actions of the current and previous two Presidents certainly speak to the complexities of international relations. And where these leaders’ intentions may have been noble, the realities of war and diplomacy have no […]

When Beliefs Change

By Tanner Weigel, Staff Writer The Amazon Video series The Man in the High Castle explores a world in which Axis powers have prevailed in World War II. In this scenario, Japan now occupies the Western United States, and Nazi Germany has taken control of the East. This concept alone is interesting in its own right, […]

The Choices Before Us

By Tanner Weigel, Staff Writer With a finite number of wakeful hours in any given day, we as humans are constantly forced to make choices about how to spend that time. And the options are endless. Do I wake up an hour early in order to fit in a run? Do I keep eating the […]

The 2018 United States Midterms

By Tanner Weigel, Staff Writer With the whirlwind 2018 U.S. Midterms now behind us, the expected furor of cable-news punditry has materialized. With members of both parties giving their own spin, what, if any, conclusions can we draw from the election results? To be sure, Democrats went into this election season on offense. History was […]

The Shifting Sands of Arizona Politics: The Case of Rodney Glassman

By Tanner Weigel, Staff Writer For the first time in 2010, I was old enough to vote in the U.S. midterm elections. A lifelong resident of Arizona, the choices before me were Republican John McCain, and Democrat Rodney Glassman. Glassman was a relatively unknown, having served briefly on the Tucson City Council prior to attempting […]