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100 years: Nov. 16, 1911
The School of Applied Design holds a funeral for the school’s parrot mascot. The parrot passed away on a Saturday and, on the following Monday, last rites were read for the beloved parrot. Students followed the funeral carriage through the hallways to the gravesite. The funeral event included a eulogy and the reading of a memorial ode.

50 years: Nov. 15, 1961
The Carnegie Tech Travel Office advertises a six-week group trip to Paris during the summer of 1962. The flight is non-stop and round-trip, and the goal is to bring a group of 87 people. The Travel Office plans to show a movie and hold an information session to raise awareness for the trip.

25 years: Nov. 18, 1986
The Tartan chronicles the case of a homeless creative writing student named Erica. According to Erica, her financial aid was cut and she was unable to afford housing. She spent the start of the semester sleeping in academic buildings, dorm lounges, and even restrooms around campus.

10 years: Nov. 19, 2001
An editorial regarding sex in American culture is inspired by the recent showing of a pornographic film on campus. Much dispute about the appropriateness of the film being shown on campus caused uproar among members of the Carnegie Mellon community, especially because the film’s showing received local radio coverage.

5 years: Nov. 20, 2006
The Carnegie Mellon football team finishes the season undefeated for the first time since 1990. The team continued its winning streak with a victory over Millsaps College, marking its first NCAA victory in 28 years. The Tartans finished off with a 21–0 victory, earning them a spot in round two of the NCAA Division III finals.

1 year: Nov. 15, 2010
CulinArt, Lipton Brisk Iced Tea, and Carnegie Mellon’s AB Concerts attempt to start a new tradition — the Pumpkin Olympics. The hope is for some good-natured stress relief in the weeks preceding finals. The event is to have three main games: bowling, relay racing, and catapulting.