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100 years ago: Oct. 17, 1912
A flood in the Science Building is compared to a miniature Niagara Falls in terms of size and capability for destruction. The flood, caused by a busted radiator, manages to affect three floors of the building, and leaves multiple faculty members stranded on chairs and tables on the upper floors of the building.

50 years ago: Oct. 10, 1962
A satirical narrative about a group of girls searching for pastries, sweets, and coffee subtly investigates the lighting situation in the Morewood Gardens basement. The story follows the girls as they run into walls, vending machines, and one another in the midst of their search for late-night sustenance.

25 years ago: Sept. 22, 1987
Carnegie Mellon football manages to receive a mention in USA Today, thanks to its victory over Case Western Reserve in the Academic Bowl. In true Tartan fashion, the first 300 students to arrive at the game are given free computer software, but campus attendance to the game is still low.

10 years ago: Sept. 23, 2002
The university earns big-time exposure for terrorist threats found outside Hunt Library. Written in chalk on the sidewalk, the threats include messages like “DEATH TO AMERICA” and “SHUTDOWN DC, BOMB CONGRESS, KILL THE PRESIDENT.” The FBI investigates and the Secret Service is informed of the incident.

5 years ago: Sept. 24, 2007
Professor of computer science Randy Pausch delivers his speech “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” famous for lines like, “We can’t change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” This quote should be familiar to anyone who read The Last Lecture before arriving at first-year Orientation week.

1 year ago: Sept. 26, 2011
Carnegie Mellon pairs up with Disney to conduct research for CGI-animated films regarding eye blinks. The research includes asking subjects to rate which eye blinks they find most natural and working on different algorithms to improve how realistic animators are able to make their characters.