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Das Tor

About Das Tor:


Translated as “the gate” in German, Das Tor was founded by Thunderbird student Bob Morabito in 1969 as a forum for student voices. Das Tor continued as a printed publication until fall 2011, when weekly editions shifted to dastornews.com.


Our Mission:


From founding editor Bob Morabito:


“Wherever we travel, whenever we pass from one country to another we must go through a gate. However, Das Tor means more than simply the traversing of borders; it stands as a symbol and artery of communication through the barriers of superstition, ignorance, dogma, racism, and prejudice; traditional enemies which continue to be a detriment to progress and global peace.


Idealistic though it may sound, it has now become the responsibility of our generation, the future leaders of the international community, to make every effort to widen these gates and succeed where previous generations have failed. Das Tor must, therefore, be an open forum for debate, a clearinghouse of ideas that may further prepare us for the international community and further augment the reputation of this youthful institution.”


It is stunning how relevant this still is 50 years later!


Financial Need:


Das Tor writers contribute to our publication on a voluntary basis. Unfortunately, this means that many capable students are not able to join Das Tor due to their own need to work while in school. In past years, however, Das Tor was able to provide many paid positions, and could produce more consistent and quality publications.


Your generous contribution will allow us to not only provide staff writers with a reasonable stipend, but also help us improve our online platform, hire multimedia staff, and maintain our independence in editorial decisions. Paid staff positions will allow for a marked increase in the professionalism and quality of our Das Tor publications, all to the benefit of our readers and the broader Thunderbird community.  


We know there are many means of communication between Thunderbird and its alumni and other friends of the school. However, Das Tor provides an especially unique insight into the minds, opinions, passions and causes of the current generation of Thunderbird students.


We invite you to join us as we seek to strengthen Das Tor  and better provide the type of student-driven content that will keep you informed of campus events, student engagement and school developments. 


Contact Information:


For more information or questions about donations, please contact Griffin Gosnell, Development Manager, at griffin.gosnell@thunderbird.asu.edu or 602-496-7054. For questions about Das Tor, please contact dastor@exchange.asu.edu


To donate by check, please send the check to:

ASUF - Thunderbird

PO Box 2260

Tempe, AZ 85280-2260

Please make the check payable to “ASU Foundation – Thunderbird”; Memo: "Das Tor"


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1 Month's Website Payment

Das Tor recently updated to a new server, and it costs $18/month. Currently, students are paying out of pocket.


1 Year's Website Payment

This will help us pay for a year of our server!


Founding Year

In honor of Das Tor's founding in 1969.

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