Did You Know?

100 years ago
January 29, 1908

The Carnegie Tech Mining Club kicked off the semester with its first meeting. According to a Tartan article, “a delightful assortment of fruits and cakes was served.” On top of the food, a speaker who studied mining was there to answer questions about pertinent issues, such as black lung and creative substitutions for daylight.

50 years ago
February 11, 1958

The Tartan made a resolution to quit smoking, or at least quit printing smoking ads. It failed with flying colors. Flashy ads speckled the newspaper this week, featuring comics and jokes to get the reader in a swinging nic fit. One comic for Winston cigarettes featured brawling gladiators who resolved their differences over a smoke. If Russell Crowe had emulated the same behavior in Gladiator, we might have had a storyline worth watching.

25 years ago
Jan 25, 1983

Alone and pregnant? Several ads in this issue advise young women to call confidential hotlines to receive free pregnancy testing and counseling about alternatives to abortion. The Tartan ad staff must have had just one thing on their minds: what to do about their unintended pregnancies.

10 years ago
January 26, 1998

For those who think that the added stress of Carnegie Mellon will eventually pay off, Tartan columnist Ellen Beldner couldn’t agree with you more. However, you may disagree on how exactly it pays off. Linking recent news about the correlation of stress and cancer, Beldner writes students an early admission acceptance letter… to their graves. While she may be right, at least we can breathe easier knowing our chances of dying from boredom while at Carnegie Mellon are almost zero.

5 years ago
Jan 27, 2003

A Tartan article digs up dirt on one of the touchiest issues in admissions: legacies. In 2002, 66 percent of legacy students were admitted into Carnegie Mellon, compared with almost half of that, 38 percent, of students in general. In fact, the acceptance rate trumped that of minorities. My opinion on the subject? Absolutely unacceptable. Well, at least until any kids I have apply here.

1 year ago
January 29, 2007

Michael Crowland, editorial writer for The Tartan, speaks out against what on the surface seems like a benign event, Groundhog Day. According to Crowland, Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania’s most famous critter, is subjected to sleep deprivation, as most groundhogs hibernate during the winter. Also, Phil exhibits anti-social behavior as a result of being exposed at dawn to thousands of people and flashing lights. It looks like a perfect case for Dr. Phil, if you ask me.