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100 YEARS AGO

April 19, 1911

Three Tech students appear in this week’s Tartan for having taken a 200-mile car trip from Pittsburgh to Lock Haven, Pa. The article calls the travel time of 22 hours and 40 minutes “remarkably good.” At one point, the car, stuck in mud up to its hubcaps, had to be coaxed free by tearing down a nearby fence to put underneath it.

50 YEARS AGO

April 12, 1961

A lengthy editorial in this week’s issue disparages the “pre-1920 attitude concerning women students” prevailing on campus. The writer, however, proves the point only too well: Students in engineering, science, and fine arts are referred to as “women,” but those in the Margaret Morrison College are consistently “girls.”

25 YEARS AGO

April 15, 1986

The Tartan and the Fence both announce that Carnegie Mellon students will get a free concert sponsored by MTV. The show comes as first prize in a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis. So what did the University of Pittsburgh have to do to get Ke$ha last Sunday?

10 YEARS AGO

April 9, 2001

An in-house advertisement simply displays the words “Patronize Tartan Advertisers” in large type. Prominent ads in the accompanying issue feature the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the University Shoppe, and U.S. savings bonds.

FIVE YEARS AGO

April 10, 2006

Architect Mack Scogin comes to campus to unveil the design for the planned Gates Center for Computer Science and the smaller building, “Donor X,” attached to it. “You can’t make the mistake of something too modest, too small,” Scogin says in his speech. That sounds like we should have had a nine-floor Helix.

ONE YEAR AGO

April 12, 2010

Not even a new building makes everyone happy. The Crime & Incident column includes a report from an annoyed worker in the Gates Hillman Complex that music from the Cut could be heard inside his office. He “requested that it be turned down so that he could work.” Must have been a computer science grad student.