Editor's note on's comments

We at The Tartan pride ourselves on supporting all individuals’ rights to freely and openly express themselves without censorship, including in the comments we allow on this website. The discussion that normally occurs at is respectful and reflective of our university community and readership. However, the recent hateful speech and obscene language that has filled the comment space on this week’s article on the Covelli franchise’s hiring practices, as a result of targeting by certain online forums, has overwhelmed our ability to thoughtfully moderate comments which are flagged. These comments are not reflective of the views of The Tartan, and they do not represent the Carnegie Mellon community. Therefore, at this time we are temporarily halting the posting of new comments on

Update: The posting of comments has now been re-enabled.