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100 years ago
Sept. 23, 1908

Blackburn’s and Jake’s dancing academies duke it out in the advertising section of The Tartan. Blackburn’s offers “Ball room, fancy, stage, and step dancing,” while Jake’s boasts the unbelievable price of five lessons for just $5. Jake’s strangely omits what kind of dancing instruction is given, but likely guesses are the Macarena, the Soulja Boy, and the waltz.

50 years ago
Sept. 23, 1958

Dinks everywhere! A photo shoot displays incoming first-years, or “froshes” in 1958 speak, wearing the dumbest looking hats you’ve ever seen. As part of the ancient ritual of becoming a Carnegie Tech student, froshes were required to wear dinks on campus. It’s amazing to see that wearing a dink can make everyday life hilarious. So the next time you’re bored in class or caught in a traffic jam, take out your dink and let the fun begin!

25 years ago
Sept. 25, 1983

Two pages of The Tartan are devoted entirely to Greek Life issues. In one article, a Tartan editor questions the existence of Greeks on campus. Citing several cases of misconduct, hazing, and wild parties, issues are addressed that may have otherwise been swept under the carpet. The real scandal, however, is never addressed: Greek organizations repeatedly refuse to serve gyros and baklava at any of their events, completely ignoring their Mediterranean roots.

10 years ago
Sept. 21, 1998

Companies recruiting for the Business Opportunities Conference and Technical Opportunities Conference find a new tactic to attract students: give them stuff. While this method is sure to work, perhaps the companies are rewarding the wrong people. To top it off, one company went so far as to give out jobs to those who had the best applications and interview skills.

5 years ago
Sept. 22, 2003

In an effort to encourage biking, AB starts a program offering free bike use for up to 48 hours. Bikes would need to be signed out with a Carnegie Mellon ID, though, giving this plan more security than its more recent counterpart. However, in an instance of extreme similarity with the more recent 2007 program, it didn’t last.

1 year ago
September 24, 2007

Randy Pausch delivers his famous “Last Lecture,” inspiring millions across the country to fulfill their childhood dreams. This is usually the point where I give a wisecrack about the given article, but not this time. All I can write is this: Thanks, Dr. Pausch.