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September 25, 1956

For the incoming first-years, Orientation week had concluded. Rush week was over. The Activities Fair had taken place. All of the fun parties and events were bid adieu by the new CIT students. Then-editors of The Tartan Toni Powell and Sally Stern had simple words to offer the incoming class. They wrote: “The work has begun, we wish our classmates and friends the best of luck and a glorious year at CIT.” In other words, the editors were kindly warning the newbies about the fact that, unlike at state schools, the fun stuff doesn’t continue. Thank goodness things have changed.

September 16, 1981

Carnegie Mellon hosted the first competition for a developing computer program called World Chess Champion. This marked the beginning of computer-versus-person gaming. The school established a $100,000 prize for whomever could create a computer program that would be able to take first place. Fabulous! Leave it to Carnegie Mellon to take our proud sense of computer gaming nerdiness to a whole new level.

September 16, 1996

Students were perturbed about continually getting accosted by corporate representatives soliciting their products on campus. The vendors, including those of major credit card companies, had been situating their tables in the busy area between Doherty Hall and the Fence. Students found that the reps were a nuisance, especially as they were already rushed and struggling through that congested area on their way to class. It’s fortunate that the school stopped allowing such solicitors to occupy that space — now on their way to class, students only have to pass through the myriad of organizations handing out fliers and recruiting to bolster their ranks.

September 17, 2001

University Police responded to a call about criminal mischief occurring in West Wing. A Carnegie Mellon staff member alerted the police to people attempting to yank a water fountain off the wall. Upon arrival, the police officer noted the damage. He “detected” a shallow pool of water that had dripped onto the floor beneath the fountain, causing him to take extreme measures to protect public safety. The officer promptly bordered off the area with his yellow barricade safety tape before making a call to CPS for reinforcements.

September 19, 2005

Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, many Tulane students were displaced to numerous universities around the country. Carnegie Mellon was fortunate enough to host a number of them. But it raises a question... does it really take a catastrophic event to bring an influx of dynamic, wild students to our campus and liven up the environment, as the Tulane kids did for us?