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100 years ago
April 22, 1908

The Tartan publishes conversations that were overheard in the school library. The best dialogue award goes to two students, who had this to say:
M: Gee whiz fellows, no wonder I’m sleepy, I never got home until 2:30 this morn. S: Why, what was the matter? M: Oh, d--m it. It wasn’t my fault. Somebody was holding me down.

50 years ago
April 29, 1958

Camel tests smokers’ personalities, with questions like “Do you find the company of the opposite sex annoying?” and “Do you think cowboy shows will ever be banned from television?” Smokers who answer every question “no” are told to smoke Camels and only Camels. For those who answer with one or more “yes,” the survey suggests the following: “It really doesn’t matter what you smoke. Anything’s good enough!” Looks like the psychics who predicted the death of the television Western must have smoked Marlboros.

25 years ago
April 26, 1983

Carnegie Mellon brings IBM personal computers to campus. On these personal computers, students can perform such functions as adding large numbers, subtracting large numbers, and even multiplying somewhat large numbers. Also, students who want to produce the worst-looking essays you can ever imagine can utilize the dot matrix printers also purchased. Future technology scheduled to appear includes mouses, beeping noises, and world wide “interwebs.”

10 years ago
April 20, 1998

The worst joke in years hits The Tartan. A picture of Celine Dion standing on the Titanic graces an advertisement for students to vote in the upcoming student elections. The caption? “Your vote will go on.” Readers’ laughter, however, did not.

5 years ago
April 21, 2003

Administrators discuss whether they should introduce a new exam policy. Under the new policy, students would not be required to take more than two exams per day. This helps, but it still doesn’t address the issue that Carnegie Mellon gives its students challenging tests, which to this day oppresses students.

1 year ago
April 23, 2007

Carnegie Mellon purchases the Holiday Bar, a local nexus of the gay community. The school plans to knock the building down by June, ending a more than 50-year tradition of serving both straight and gay customers, including Andy Warhol. Some things will never change, though, as Carnegie Mellon plans to build the Campbell’s Soup Institute of Technology where the bar once stood.