About this issue

Today’s issue hopefully represents the first of many more issues that you, the class of 2013+, will open during your years at Carnegie Mellon.

We put together this issue with you in mind, and in it you will find what we felt was some of the most important information for first-years to know, as well as tips and hints about how to get the most out of your time in Pittsburgh and at Carnegie Mellon.

We provide a glimpse at upcoming Orientation events, complete with input from your Orientation Counselors and Head Orientation Counselors, to help you choose from among the many events and opportunities offered this week.

We also provide a guide to some of Carnegie Mellon’s best traditions and a top 10 list of things you should do before graduation.

We give advice on perks and uses of your Carnegie Mellon ID+, which range from linked bank accounts to free admission to local attractions, like museums and the Phipps Conservatory, to discounts on tickets to see shows.

We’ve also put together some information about research as a first-year student, complete with descriptions of experiences shared by other students, which may help you decide to participate.

In addition, we’ve included some articles containing updates about Carnegie Mellon, information about where to find events and things to do around the city, and a guide of places to eat to get a better picture of Pittsburgh’s food culture.

As your student newspaper, The Tartan is committed to presenting you every week with the most important and relevant news on campus. Our hope is that all these snapshots of life at Carnegie Mellon will add up to give you a full picture of what you can plan on experiencing in the next four (or five) years. But the truth is, we’ve barely hit the tip of the iceberg. Want to find out more? Keep reading The Tartan, both in print and online.

We hope you enjoy this issue,
The Tartan Staff