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T.D. Jacobsen named director of Carnegie Mellon University's Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
by The Tartan
Aug 28, 2016
“Deborah Chu
Aug 19, 2016
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On July 1, Carnegie Mellon University’s Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation appointed a new director, T.D. Jacobsen, following the retirement of the previous director, Robert Kiger. Jacobsen joined the staff of Hunt Institute in 1979 and has served as assistant director and principal research scientist for the Hunt Institute since 1980. Jacobsen is the fourth director since the inauguration of the Institute in 1961.
The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation is a research division of Carnegie Mellon University that specializes in botany and the history of plant science. Initially dedicated as the Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Botanical Library in 1961, the institution’s growth and diversification in activities led to a revision of its name ten years later, as well as the establishment of four departments: archives, art, bibliography, and the library. Today, the Hunt Institute serves an “international scientific community through research and documentation,” according to...
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Six degrees of Francis Bacon app receives NEH grant
by The Tartan
Aug 28, 2016
“Jade Crockem
Aug 19, 2016
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The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant has recently been awarded to Six Degrees of Francis Bacon, an app that traces the social constructs of the British early modern era. The app received the Digital Humanities Award of $325,000, which is one of 300 new grants bestowed by the NEH. With this grant, the already successful network now has the potential to grow even further and become more successful as the grant will hopefully allow more connections to be uncovered.
The app was created by Christopher Warren, an assistant professor in Carnegie Mellon's English department, Jessica Otis, a faculty member in Carnegie Mellon's University Libraries-Research department, and Daniel Shore, an associate professor of English at Georgetown University. They created it using the Oxford Dictionary of Natural Biography as the basis for establishing relationships between notable people of the British early modern era. Warren, Otis, and Shore were also advised by Cosma Shalizi, an ass...
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Tales from Abroad: The Olympics in Rio
by The Tartan
Aug 28, 2016
“Various experiences with the disparity between reports and truths, haves and have nots
Sinead Foley
Aug 20, 2016
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It’s 7 a.m., and you are standing on the terrace of the nicest apartment you have ever, or probably will ever, be in — all big windows and white leather and glass. You are looking out over the sprawling city of Rio de Janeiro below you, the mountains dramatically rising up beyond the buildings, and the beautiful beach and ocean sweeping out to your left. You don’t think you’ve ever seen a city so breathtaking before.
It’s 12 p.m., and you are standing next to an open sewer in the heart of Rocinha, the largest favela in Brazil, looking at the houses that have been built directly over the sewer on stilts, accepting the stench as the price for finding a bit of open ground to build on. Your guide, Alberto, has lived in the favela for 50 years and seems to genuinely love the place. Turning somber, he says, “What you can’t see are the rats, this is hell.”
It’s 8 p.m., and you are sitting in Maracanã Stadium, waiting for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony to start. The ligh...
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Advice for Awkward People
by The Tartan
Aug 28, 2016
“About breaking down barriers
Sarah Gutekunst
Aug 20, 2016
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Dear Sarah,
I’m an incoming first-year and I’m anxious about a lot of things, but what really frightens me are certain invasions of privacy that come with group living.
I don’t like the idea of breathing the same air as another person while I poop. Feeling my most vulnerable, skivies around my ankles, and separated by another human at their most vulnerable by a short wall. I can’t plan what kind of noises and smells they’ll be subjected to, and that just makes me feel impolite.
It’s not like I can just stop pooping because I will never stop eating Chipotle, but I don’t know how to get over my fears.
I’ve heard stories about “poop stalemates” where two people try to poop at the same time, both trying to wait the other out to poop in peace. This sounds like a nightmare, and I don’t want to leave something so important to my happiness up to a game of nerve.
I’m very attached to my morning routine ­— poop, shower, brush teeth, poop, rinse, get dressed, do make-up, eat bre...
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Carnegie Mellon: The Secret Survival Guide
by The Tartan
Aug 28, 2016
“Abhishek Tayal
Aug 20, 2016
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Orientation Week is a ton of fun, but don’t let it fool you into thinking that Carnegie Mellon is always this great. Things can get busy. Very very busy. When the work hits, you’ve got to be prepared to be running from class to meetings to the library and back to class with barely enough time to breathe. Most of the people here are amazing — passionate and ambitious yet warm and helpful. But I guarantee you’ll meet at least one selfish schmuck who’ll drive you nuts or let you down at the worst possible time. The majority of your professors and classes will be so amazing as to inspire you to do better than you ever thought possible. That said, no work in the world is fun at three in the morning when you’re running on four hours of sleep.
I’ve made more than my fair share of mistakes in my three years here so far. Here are a bunch of suggestions that can help you survive and thrive in the parts of Carnegie Mellon you read about in admissions brochures, as well as the dark underbell...
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Head Orientation Counsellors welcome Freshmen with fond memories
by The Tartan
Aug 28, 2016
“Excerpts come together to make for a letter to the first years
Aug 20, 2016
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Everyone remembers Orientation Week at Carnegie Mellon. Almost every hour of every day is jam packed with unfamiliar but awesome places, people and activities. This year promises to be no different. The following are excerpts from letters written by each of the Head Orientation Counsellors describing what orientation week means to them. They range from informative and exciting to deeply personal and heart warming. Enjoy!
David Ott — Stever House
Orientation was the first thing that opened me up and integrated me into this school and city. Orientation made me feel comfortable and it introduced me to friends I would hold close throughout my time here. I hope this year’s orientation week can do the same for all of you! You will be challenged both socially and academically, meet many people from different cultures and backgrounds, and create memories that will last for the rest of your life. Get excited for orientation!
Keep your hearts and minds open to new and unfamiliar ...
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Tales from 'Abroad': Southern California
by The Tartan
Aug 28, 2016
“Compared to Pittsburgh, west coast cities more successfully embrace spontaneity
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Aug 20, 2016
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I landed at LAX all alone three months ago with way too little planning, way too much stuff, and no idea what to expect. I was more nervous than I ever remember being — going into my first ‘real’ job in a city I knew nothing about and staying with people I had never met before. I remember waiting fifteen minutes for my Uber to navigate the moronathon that is LAX traffic and trying to keep all the things that could possibly go wrong out of my mind. In the end, nothing went wrong. Instead, I think I had the coolest, most enlightening, and most downright crazy summer of my life.
I stayed and worked in Irvine, a small city just outside LA with perfect, wide roads, gleaming towers, and an almost creepy standard of cleanliness and organization. Eventually, I found out that a private company, creatively named Irvine Company, owns most of the city and keeps everything in perfect shape so that they can charge their tenants astronomical rents. This is all the more jarring when contrasted ...
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Rapid growth of Esports raises questions about investments
by The Tartan
Aug 28, 2016
“Alex Wood
Aug 21, 2016
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Esports, otherwise known as competitive gaming, is a rapidly growing industry that caters to the competitive nature of humans, while fulfilling that millennial need of always having one’s eyes glued to a screen. Many people dismiss the idea of esports being a legitimate competitive outlet, either because they don’t realize how large the industry already is, or they haven’t played enough video games to understand how they can be competitive. Those opinions are beside the point, because in the world of gaming, one common desire that people share is that they want to watch a game they love be played at the highest level. It doesn’t matter if it's American football, cricket, rugby, or water polo, if people play the sport they will want to see the best of the best play. The most popular sports have well established leagues, and professional, clear-cut broadcasts used to explain the game to viewers and to comment on the action. This can be found in esports as well: League of Legends, one ...
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Fall Sports Preview
by The Tartan
Aug 28, 2016
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Aug 21, 2016
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Football
The Carnegie Mellon football team ended the 2015–2016 season on a high note, winning their last six regular season games and dominating rival UAA opponents University of Chicago and Case Western Reserve University before routing Bridgewater State in the ECAC Legacy Bowl 48–13. The latter half of the season for Tartan football consisted of then sophomore running back Sam Benger having a record-breaking season, allowing the Tartans to boast spectacular offensive numbers. Benger set five separate Carnegie Mellon records, including single-season rushing yards at 2,092; making him the twenty first player in NCAA Division III history to reach the 2,000 yard mark. Benger also led the entirety of NCAA Division III in rushing yards and yards per game for the 2015–2016 season. Even amidst the historic performance from Benger, the Tartan defense found a way to shine as well. The defense held multiple opponents to two scores or less, creating massive score differentials in games a...
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Politicians need to shift focus towards service industry
by The Tartan
Aug 28, 2016
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Aug 19, 2016
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Manufacturing has always been a mainstay in American politics. The reasons politicians love manufacturing are obvious. Manufacturing jobs used to be broadly unionized and tended to pay well with some benefits all without requiring a college degree like many similarly paying jobs do. This made the factories highly favorable due to the boost they provided to the economic well-being of families who might otherwise struggle. Furthermore, manufacturing the products themselves is far more expensive than shipping them, so politicians could reliably push for manufacturers to get all sorts of goodies for bringing manufacturing to their districts, which in turn made the politicians' constituents happy.
Manufacturing’s role in the economy, however, is a different story. From the 1960s until recently, manufacturing has been steadily becoming a smaller and smaller part of the American economy. After the 2001 entry of China into the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the 2000-01 recession, [Am...
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