Heather Tomko Contributing Editor

Class of 2010


  • “Barbie Fashionista” trivializes fashion, girls’ ambitions

    I know I’ve written about Barbie and her involvement in fashion before, when she (technically, Mattel) had her own fashion show during New York’s Fashion Week. But Mattel has recently released a video to promote their new “Barbie Fashionista” line that has caused me to bring up our favorite plastic friend once again.

    Forum | September 21, 2009
  • Canadian board’s decision reinforces South African racism

    Sometimes, going to a school like Carnegie Mellon, which I believe is at least fairly diverse, I forget that racism and discrimination exist and are practiced elsewhere. Especially in times like those we’re living in now, where we have an African-American President, it continues to surprise me when I read about cases that I believe are blatantly discriminatory.
    Such is the case of Brandon Carl Hu...

    Forum | September 14, 2009
  • Pittsburgh uses G20 to showcase local artwork

    Ever since it was announced that the 2009 G20 Summit would be held in Pittsburgh, it was trumpeted as a chance for the city to shine, to show what Pittsburgh was really made of.

    Forum | August 31, 2009
  • University mourns

    A Carnegie Mellon Official Communications e-mail sent out by Dean of Student Affairs Karen D. Boyd Friday morning confirmed the death of sophomore computer science student Rohan Vakharia after a fall from a staircase in Wean Hall.

    The e-mail stated that Vakharia, 19, was from Gainesville, Fla., and a graduate of Eastside High School.

    News | August 31, 2009
  • Textbook rental programs would benefit students

    As college students, we all like to complain about money; namely, not having enough of it. Not only do we have a high cost of tuition, but we also have to pay for additional school-related costs, one of the most expensive of which is our textbooks.

    Forum | August 24, 2009