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Did You Know?

100 years ago: Feb. 22, 1912
An article appears in a paper in Wilmerding, a nearby town, stating that Carnegie Tech students acted out of line while visiting. The students were accused of rowdy behavior and acting unfit to be called gentlemen. The article urges young men to remember not to tarnish the school’s reputation wherever they choose to go.

50 years ago: March 7, 1962
Keeping with the Carnegie Mellon spirit of hard work and disapproval of wasted time, a sophomore mechanical engineer complains in a Letter to the Editor that waiting until 8:30 a.m. to open the library wastes precious time. The author claims that students’ time could be better spent studying than socializing outside the building.

25 years ago: March 3, 1987
The Tartan continues to follow the murder of a student at nearby Robert Morris University by a Carnegie Mellon student. After being taken into custody, the accused confessed to the murder, and The Tartan managed to trudge up all the scandalous details surrounding the case. Student responses to the situation appear to be non-existent.

10 years ago: Feb. 25, 2002
“Diversity” is an ever-controversial topic in the world of college admissions, and one Tartan writer has had enough. In a Forum article, he speaks out against Carnegie Mellon’s policy of attempting to diversify the campus. He argues that skin color and ethnic background do not make a student a more eligible applicant for admission.

5 years ago: Feb. 26, 2007
A newly published book, Steel Your Heart, offers readers 250 reasons to love Pittsburgh. The review of the book points out some favorite reasons and urges readers to remember why living in Pittsburgh is such a fun experience for students. One reason is that Pittsburgh hosts the largest nativity scene in the United States.

1 year ago: Feb. 21, 2011
A collaborative question-answering computer project between IBM and Carnegie Mellon, fondly named Watson, competed and won a game of Jeopardy! against two of the game show’s most successful participants. Watson is designed to answer questions by interpreting data on its own.