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 […]

NAFTA 2.0 Or What?

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Trade Representative passed a NAFTA draft letter in Congress to outline the strategic objectives of the renegotiation of NAFTA. The letter allegedly was moderate in tone and does not align with the electoral propaganda that NAFTA was the worst deal […]

The Seven Tudes and Paradiplomacy: Why Our Arizona Cities Win?

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer According to the local news, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton might be looking for a “higher, statewide office,” potentially the Arizona Secretary of State. Regardless of the political intentions of Stanton, he has been one of the most adamant proponents of a globally minded Phoenix Metro Area. His Department of Economic […]

Promexico at Thunderbird: Why Global Trade and NAFTA Still Matter

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer Being aware of Mexico’s strategic value for both the U.S. and Arizona economies, as well as the current uncertainty surrounding the future of the U.S-Mexico relationship, I decided to partner with my Mexican colleagues at Promexico to find venues of cooperation and to start conversations for fostering a robust ASU-Mexico […]

The New Mexico-U.S. Relationship: A Realpolitik Forecast

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer President-elect Trump is taking office on January 20th. Are we fully aware of the negative impact of his inflammatory rhetoric on the international stature of the U.S. and the system of alliances our country has built with other liberal democracies? He has underestimated the most recent intelligence reports on the Russian […]

Mexico and Thunderbird: Building Bridges, Not Walls

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer Contrary to the ongoing general opinion, Mexico represents a large business opportunity, as it is one of the most vibrant economies of the world and a market eager to consume American products and services. Mexico has also seen a decreased sense of anti-Americanism over the last decades. According to the Mexico […]

Ceviche: A Dish with Many Personalities

By Lauren Herber, Editor-in-Chief Last month I traveled to Sonora, Mexico for Labor Day weekend. One of the members of my cohort, Tomás Thomas (MAGAM ’17, Mexico), brought a group of T-birds from Phoenix and showed us his home town of Guaymas. The weekend was truly an escape to paradise, filled with moonlit midnight swims […]

Mexico’s Independence Day at Phoenix City Hall: The Road Ahead

By Julio Espinoza, Staff Writer Last Thursday, September 15, the Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix and the City of Phoenix invited two T-birds, Tomas Thomas (MAGAM ’17) and I, to the VIP celebration of Mexico’s Independence: a closed-door event that gathered Arizona political and business leaders at the City Hall of Phoenix. September 15th […]

Alumni Advice: Take the Road Less Traveled By

By Felipe P. Martinez, ’03 Dear Thunderbird Students, I truly hope you are enjoying the summer in Glendale, although it’s likely that you’re already too busy with work to enjoy the weather, so I do appreciate and thank you for reading this. Over the years I have met many Tbirds, and the ones I find […]