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100 YEARS AGO

March 22, 1911

The lead article trumpets the annual “home concert” of the school’s combined music clubs. “It is the hope of the management,” opines the stuffy prose, “that every student will make an effort to be present on this occasion.” The point is soundly made — most of The Tartan’s 16-page issue is devoted to the event.

50 YEARS AGO

March 15, 1961

The men of Alpha Tau Omega and the women of Delta Delta Delta appear in front-page photos as the winners of this year’s Greek Sing. Tri Delta performed music by Holst and a piece called “Les Charpentiers du Roi.” ATO countered with highbrow favorites “Roll on Monongahela” and “The Legend of Mike Fink.”

25 YEARS AGO

March 11, 1961

Scotland Yard — a student-run, non-alcoholic pub — announces expanded menu options and a new way of paying for them. The payment method, suggested by Carnegie Mellon’s President Cyert, is to label student tabs with their owners’ Social Security numbers, conveniently already printed on student IDs. We may need a few beers before we trust that security.

10 YEARS AGO

March 19, 2001

In exchange for “camera technology” used during the Super Bowl, CBS gives Carnegie Mellon two free 30-second commercial slots. The commercials, which aired this week, feature high school actors instead of real Carnegie Mellon students. The reason? CFA students were too busy.

FIVE YEARS AGO

March 27, 2006

The Public Art Committee reveals plans for the installation of “Walking to the Sky” on the Cut in front of Warner Hall, instead of on the Mall near Baker Hall as previously decided. Amid the controversy surrounding the 100-foot sculpture, School of Design head Dan Boyarski said, “Once you’ve gotten used to it, you’ll pass by it.”

ONE YEAR AGO

March 22, 2010

A smaller controversy brews — or perhaps fizzes — this week over Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s proposal of a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. The tax would have increased the cost of a two-liter bottle of Coke by $1.35.