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, […]

A Dance of Interpretation, Part IV: Extremist Snow Day

By Bryce Bower, Staff Writer During my stay in Germany, the university I studied at invited all of the students to attend a “Friedensgebet”, or “prayer for peace”, a couple towns over.  It was a cold and frosty day, and every surface was covered in a few centimeters of snow. We gathered outside of a […]

A Dance of Interpretation, Part III: Refugees Welcome!

By Bryce Bower, Staff Writer There were many German people who originally supported Prime Minister Angela Merkel’s decision to accept and provide asylum for Syrian refugees.  As with any government decision, however, there were also those who opposed it- and those who continue to oppose it.  In Germany, this tension manifested as the deeply seeded […]

A Dance of Interpretation: Refugees in Germany

By Bryce Bower, Staff Writer The German term for where I worked was “Migrationsberatungsstelle des Deutschen Roten Kreuzes.” Yes, that is a very long word; it means Immigration Advice Office of the German Red Cross. It was an office whose sole purpose was to help refugees and asylum seekers adjust to life in Germany, and […]

ASU to Acquire Volkswagen in $10b Deal*

by Keith Blincoe, Staff Writer Warning: Satire in, on, or around this article. According to an announcement sent to students from Arizona State University (ASU) President Michael Crow, ASU has agreed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Volkswagen AG, the troubled car maker, for an estimated price of ten billion dollars. “The purchase of […]


By, Rick Beitman Oktoberfest, while famous in Munich, Germany, is no longer just a Bavarian thing. – Tempe, Arizona celebrated its own version of the popular beer festival at Tempe Beach Park overlooking beautiful Tempe Town Lake on October 10-12. While the weekend celebration in Tempe may not be in its 182nd year, like the […]

Student Spotlight: Ronny Siegel

Each week, we ask one of our new fun-loving exchange students to share a little about themselves and the most revealing question of all, what’s in your backpack? This week, Ronny Siegel, from Germany, gives us a peek into his green, Berghaus DayPack: What school are you on exchange with and how long will you be at Thunderbird? […]

Germany, Greece settle differences (at least at Thunderbird)

Thunderbird School of Global Management’s traditional Parade of Flags took a twist Dec. 16 2011, when students from Germany and Greece found themselves on stage together during fall commencement in Glendale, Arizona, while a debt crisis escalates in Europe. “While we were rehearsing this morning, we realized that Greece and Germany are so close together […]