Did You Know?

50 Years Ago
February 7, 1956

The Tartan printed a blazing editorial criticizing its detractors. Among the complaints students harbored about the newspaper were that it printed “editorials on nothing but feeble subjects.” Feeble subjects like wasting an entire column whining about how no one likes the poor little Tartan?

25 Years Ago
January 27, 1981

A columnist for The Tartan wrote about the trials and tribulations of living, quite platonically, with two female roommates. He complained that “when God designed females, he gave them extremely powerful muscles in their jaws, and they feel compelled to exercise them often.” He also noted that “they seem obliged to tell me how fat they are — every five minutes.” Now there’s a way to make your living arrangements more comfortable: Complain — in bold type — to the entire student body about how annoying your roomies are.

10 Years Ago
January 29, 1996

A toxic chemical leak led to the total evacuation of Wean Hall. A container of hydrogen sulfide was the cause; at 8:30 am a staffer noticed the foul odor and alerted Campus Police. However, The Tartan reported that some people were still in Wean at 10 am, proving once again that we can program in any condition. Toxic waste, rotting food... bring it on.

5 Years Ago
January 29, 2001

Carnegie Mellon unveiled its master plan for what the campus would look like in the future. Additions included new dormitories and underground parking garages. Sadly, The Tartan failed to mention world domination as part of Carnegie Mellon’s so-called master plan.

1 Year Ago
January 31, 2004

The robot QRIO was unveiled at Carnegie Mellon and was an instant crowd pleaser. It said that the weather in Pittsburgh was freezing and performed some great dance moves. The Tartan wrote that “a pair of QRIOs drew upon a repertoire of boy-band moves and pelvic thrusts to perform a series of ... pop dances.” And in that moment we proved both that all boy bands are robots and that I’d have better luck with men if I stuck to dating automatons.