Akanksha Vaidya Tartan Alumna

Class of 2011


  • Third time’s the charm for Bhangra in the Burgh

    Bhangra. Over the past three years, this word has created a special place for itself in the Carnegie Mellon lingo. To an outsider, bhangra — one of the most popular Indian dances — would entail brilliant colors, energy-packed performances, and wholesome entertainment. To the average Carnegie Mellon student, bhangra has come to mean all this and much more. Bhangra in the Burgh, Carnegie Mellon Univ...

    Pillbox | February 1, 2010
  • Moving off campus may not be as attractive as it seems

    I know it’s a little early to be thinking about this, but if you are considering moving out of those smelly, cramped, noisy, and expensive dorms, this piece is meant for you. Anything, you might be thinking, anything will be better than a minuscule room in which you can’t even fit all your belongings. Anything would be better than having to use earplugs at night to block out the noise coming from ...

    Forum | November 16, 2009
  • How Things Work: Hair-straightening

    As surprising as it may sound, cosmetics and styling often involve a large amount of science. Whether it be producing safe makeup or coming up with effective shampoos and moisturizers, science is everywhere. Hair straightening is one such technique that relies heavily on the basic scientific properties of hair.

    SciTech | November 9, 2009
  • Cancer findings may lead to breakthrough

    Chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, pain, recurrence — cancer.

    But when two new words, “spontaneous disappearance,” were added to this list of cancer vocabulary, I was surprised. Yet a New York Times article describes just that — cancers which simply disappear, all on their own, without any treatment.

    Forum | November 2, 2009
  • Blood, fangs, and bats: Dracula comes to the ’Burgh

    An eerie voice, heavily laced with a foreign accent, greeted the audience as the show was about to begin. “Pleeese turn off your cellular phones and refrain from text messageeing as eet disrupts the actors of the show... espeeecially Count Dracula.” The announcement ended with an evil laugh. With such a start, it was evident that the play was going to be entertaining, albeit with a twist.

    Pillbox | October 26, 2009