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CMU had an awfully anticlimactic Halloween

In the spirit of academics at Carnegie Mellon, The Tartan is beginning this board editorial with a quiz:

1) Did CMU win the Homecoming football game?
a)?Yes
b)?No
c)?We have a football team?

2)?What was the final score?
a)?23?20
b)?10?17
c)?For real, we have a football team?

3) Did you participate in general merrymaking during Halloween?
a) Yes. I make a very attractive SpongeBob.
b)?No, I was too busy working on a program.
c)?When was Halloween?

The point of this quiz is not for The Tartan?s editorial board to encourage students to blow off work and party. But it?s important to point out that at most other schools, Homecoming and Halloween are unifying events that bring together much of the campus community. At Carnegie Mellon, these events were concurrent ? yet the campus seldom unites to foster tradition or togetherness.

Admittedly, this is a tired argument. How many times have you heard someone complain about the lack of coherent community on campus? At a school that stresses individual achievement as much as CMU, students? foci are often on how they can reach their individual goals, without looking around at what organizations are available to them. When we?re left so segmented, it?s hard to pull back together again.

This Halloween was a simple example. You?d think that on a national holiday with mandates like ?have fun,? ?pull pranks,? ?dress up,? and ?have parties,? a college campus would come together to celebrate.

But this year, when the moon came out, even the fraternity quad was dead. Not that we should particularly look toward the quad for our source of fun on campus, but isn?t that a rather dismal sign? It was almost as if students from other colleges were having more fun on our campus than we were.

Homecoming is also worth criticizing. Yes, at CMU Spring Carnival ranks higher in social importance than Homecoming. We understand that Booth and Buggy take the place of a Homecoming dance and a Homecoming Queen. But this shouldn?t mean that CMU students can?t have pride during that fall weekend.

Before the football game, members of the Carnegie Clan were distributing free T-shirts to students attending the game. One member of board who collected a T-shirt heard the girl distributing them say, ?At least I know you?ll actually go to the game.? Why should that even be a concern? CMU, where is your pride?

Alumni who return for Homecoming are proud to come back. They share stories of all the good times they had at Carnegie Tech or Carnegie Mellon. No one will deny that these alumni worked extremely hard while in school here, but clearly they were also able to maintain campus traditions and pride.

Our saving grace may be yet to come this March, with the impending return of the CFA Beaux Arts Ball. In the spirit of school tradition, the Ball encourages CMU students to foster traditions on campus. Without those traditions, Carnegie Mellon won?t have to worry about attendance at the Homecoming game, because there won?t be anyone coming home.