Almanac 9.20.04

50 years ago

September 21, 1954

Daniel Marder, founder of the Spanish American Courier, returned to the United States to take over the Carnegie Tech news service. Marder was charged with oversight of all news and other media emanating from the Institute and its connection to news wires. He had inaugurated his previous publication working with Time-Life staff in Madrid, and had previously been a student of arts. He gained the technical expertise needed for his new position while working as a radio operator during World War II.

25 years ago

September 18, 1979

Electrical wiring in the new Margaret Morrison Apartments failed to pass a city inspection, and city officials said that they did not expect it to pass a fire inspection either. The wiring in the apartments was found to be improperly grounded. Campus officials claimed that although the fixtures were not properly installed, they posed no immediate danger and the city should permit occupancy. City representatives refused the exemption as it was not permitted under the city?s building code.

10 years ago

September 19, 1994

Carnegie Mellon announced that Phi Beta Kappa, the nation?s oldest and one of its most prestigious honors fraternities, would begin inducting CMU students in the spring of 1995. It was the third attempt to get a Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus; the first two failed because of policies in CMU?s liberal arts programs. H&SS promoters of the organization were very pleased that their programs had been sufficiently reworked for the third attempt to be successful.

5 years ago

September 20, 1999

Computing Services announced that its Wireless Andrew 2 project would become active on October 1. The system, which was the first of its kind on the campus of an educational institution, was first designed to cover only part of the campus, notably major academic buildings, and no residence halls except those incidentally in range of academic buildings. The technology was based upon Wireless Andrew 1, an experimental network set up as a research project in 1994 at Carnegie Mellon, and was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

1 year ago

September 22, 2003

Jim Morris, dean of SCS, announced his plan to step down from that post effective at the end of the academic year. Morris received much of the credit for work on creation of Carnegie Mellon?s West Coast Campus and the vast increase in SCS?s budget. Morris cited his reason for leaving the administrative position as a desire to return to teaching, possibly to his old course in data structures and algorithms or to another interest in human-computer interaction. The position was later filled by the head of the Computer Science Department, Randal Bryant.