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Tiger Woods is back, and golf is exciting once again
by The Tartan
Jan 01, 2020
“By Matthew Benusa
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Sep 30, 2018
The past few years have seen Tiger Woods in awful pain, giving terrible performances on the course. I’m sure we are all aware of the Woods’s disappearance since the early part of this decade, and the effect it has had on the game of golf as a whole. There’s a Saturday Night Live skit from 2009, where Jason Sudeikis plays a lost PGA commissioner trying to find a solution to their Tiger Woods problem: golf doesn’t know what to do without him. Golf has been lost without Woods. Television ratings went down after he started doing poorly, and eventually, tournament attendances went down because of there was no draw for casual fans of the game seeking a character to deify.
This summer, however, has seen Woods claw his way back into the hearts of golf lovers everywhere.
During the Open Championship, golf fans and casual viewed alike saw Woods climb his way towards the top of the leaderboard, accompanied by thunderous applause and the best ratings the Open has seen since 2000. Last wee...
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Former Congressmen come to CIRP's Policy forum to talk bipartisanship in the modern era
by The Tartan
Jan 01, 2020
“By Evangeline Liu
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Sep 30, 2018
This past week, former Congressmen Rep. David Skaggs (D-CO) and Rep. Donald Manzullo (R-IL) visited Carnegie Mellon as part of the “Congress to Campus” program to promote bipartisanship and to get young people interested in public service.
The former congressmen gave a lecture titled “Closing our Political Divide: A Bipartisan Approach to Legislation” on Sept. 27 and sat down for an interview with The Tartan. In the interview, they discussed the value of bipartisanship in politics, the importance of public service and voting, their opinions on the president’s conduct, and their take on the single headline that has dominated political news for days — the hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Skaggs’ work promoting bipartisanship goes back two decades, around the time when he says modern hyper-partisanship started influencing national politics. He created the House Bipartisanship Retreats, which went on for eight years, in order to give Republican and Democratic re...
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An ode to a mascot: something Gritty this way comes
by The Tartan
Jan 01, 2020
“By Mel Kerber
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Sep 30, 2018
It was a Monday afternoon.
A normal Monday, by all accounts. Nothing seemed amiss. The birds were chirping, the sun was shining, the people were out enjoying life.
Then the ground began to shake, and the sky to the east began to turn a horrifying, sickening shade of orange.
But even as the ground split in the middle of Philadelphia, and the orange monstrosity known as Gritty crawled out of this new fault line, Pittsburgh was, for a few moments, blissfully unaware of the summoning.
But Gritty was here now. Gritty was there before time, and Gritty will be here after. Gritty was not discovered this week — no, Gritty chose to make itself known.
Gritty’s googly eyes move because, like the basilisk of legend, sustained eye contact will paralyze any subject. After cycling through their entire goalie roster in the first three weeks of the season, this may become an asset for the Flyers.
Gritty is both a blessing and a curse. It is part cheese whiz, part rejected Muppet, p...
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Letter to the Editor: Dr. Christine Ford deserved to be heard earlier
by The Tartan
Jan 01, 2020
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Sep 30, 2018
I decline to speculate on events that may or may not have happened 30 years ago. It is entirely possible that whatever happened at the time was so traumatizing to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University, is that she couldn’t mention anything until a therapy session in 2012. Perhaps the nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court convinced her to take steps to make her story public, even if she had wanted to stay anonymous at the time.
None of these excuse the lack of due diligence exercised by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) upon receiving Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh in July. Not once did Feinstein attempt to confront Kavanaugh about the allegations during any private meeting with him or during any of the confirmation hearings.
By eschewing consideration for both the accuser and the accused, Feinstein demonstrated not a single ounce of genuine empathy for Ford. Instead, she wielded the accusation a...
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Letter to the Editor: Activism needs to focus on more meaningful topics
by The Tartan
Jan 01, 2020
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Sep 30, 2018
In regards to her column "Making Spanish gender-neutral friendly," I suggest perhaps Ms. Taipe take one of the many linguistics courses offered at the university, because it is a nonsensical desire to "reform" a language as Ms. Taipe describes, saying "we need to realize that gender neutrality needs to apply to the rest of the gender-natured language (e.g. bello versus bella )." Grammatical gender is an entirely different concept from human gender and is found in numerous languages. Whether an apple (the feminine la manzana in Spanish) is "masculine" or "feminine" has no meaning, and those two categories could easily be labeled something else. Activism should be focused on meaningful issues and not trying to change the structure of languages for futile purposes.
The author is a current student who wishes to remain anonymous.
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Student Government Column
by The Tartan
Jan 01, 2020
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Sep 30, 2018
Hello from the Student Government Cabinet! We’ll be providing updates here in The Tartan at the end of each month to let you know what the Cabinet is doing to make your Carnegie Mellon experience enriching, meaningful, and inclusive. This week, we wanted to let you know a bit more about who we are and what our goals are for this year.
Our Student Body President and Vice President are Roshni Mehta and Tyler Davis, respectively, who have both been hard at work bringing the visions of their platform to life. With a sustained focus on advocacy for underrepresented groups, diversity of thought and background, and preparation for students’ post-graduation years, Roshni and Tyler are completely committed to addressing and anticipating your needs and concerns.
Each chair on the Cabinet is in charge of a specific facet of campus life. Sophomore Christina Li is our Health & Wellness Chair, and is dedicated to raising awareness of mental and emotional health by improving resources availa...
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Letter to the Editor: Democrats need a new change in direction
by The Tartan
Jan 01, 2020
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Sep 30, 2018
I seem to find myself in the minority in today's Democratic Party.
I disagree with the tendency of most Democrats (including political candidates for Congress and those in the news media) to constantly bash Donald Trump over his obnoxious personality and his divisive comments.
As very-conservative "Morning Joe" Scarborough has said on his MSNBC show, when Democrats talk negatively about Trump it just makes his supporters angrier and more protective of him, while corroborating their paranoid belief that the Democrats and the liberal part of the media are out to get Trump. Rather, as Joe suggests, Democrats need to focus on communicating their values and telling the people how the federal government can be a force for good and can make life better for all Americans.
They don't seem to realize that most Americans agree with them that we need to protect the safety-net programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, College Student Loans, and Unemployment Ins...
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Crime and Incident
by The Tartan
Jan 01, 2020
“By Nora Mattson
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Sep 30, 2018
9/22/18-9/28/18
Alcohol Amnesty
Two Carnegie Mellon students were provided medical attention after University Police followed up on reports of intoxicated students at Mudge House and the Greek Quad. No citations were issued due to Alcohol Amnesty.
Open Lewdness
A University of Pittsburgh student reported to University Police that an unknown male was masturbating in public outside of Webster Hall on North Dithridge Street.
Underage Drinking
University Police responded to the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Devonshire Road following reports of an intoxicated male. A Carnegie Mellon student was provided with medical attention and issued a citation for underage drinking.
Defiant Tresspass
A non-affiliate was escorted from Newell Simon Hall by University Police and issued a defiant trespass warning.
Retail Theft
A man unlawfully took a sandwich without paying at the Tepper Quad. University Police responded, and an investigation is ongoing.
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How do we talk about the Nagini casting in *Fantastic Beasts*?
by The Tartan
Jan 01, 2020
“By Izzy Sio
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Sep 30, 2018
When the final Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer revealed that South Korean actress Claudia Kim’s character in the film was none other than Nagini, Lord Voldemort’s serpent and future Horcrux, it felt a little out of place.
Firstly, 'nagini' is Sanskrit for 'female serpent', and refers to a divine race of half-human, half-snake creatures in Hindu and Buddhist lore. However, Claudia Kim is clearly not an Indian actress. While author J.K. Rowling has stated that Nagini was a Maledictus, a blood-cursed female who eventually permanently turned into a beast, there was very little to show Nagini’s former human nature throughout the original Harry Potter novels. Most of the evidence stems from new material J.K. Rowling released on Pottermore.com , where she releases updates about the Wizarding World periodically. Apparently J.K. Rowling has been holding this secret about Nagini for 20 years.
So what should be an exciting reveal for fans ...
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Beto O’ Rourke: a breath of fresh air in politics
by The Tartan
Jan 01, 2020
“By Frank Hu
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Sep 30, 2018
Politics is exhausting.
It feels like every time you open a newspaper or update your Google News feed (or however else you get your daily dose), the headlines are dominated by three recurring themes: controversies surrounding Kavanaugh, controversies surrounding President Trump, and maybe a few articles here and there about our international policy faux pas.
Unless you’re a robot — or are majoring in something related to current events — there are only so many articles about these topics that you can read before you lose your sanity. Even worse, news outlets recognize the fact that these are the stories that keep readers hooked, so if you want to read something other than what CNN or Fox or the Washington Post suggests, you must actively search for it.
With its fixation on the negative, the (liberal) media paints a very somber picture of our political landscape, making it seem like the future is even bleaker, and that all hope is lost. That’s the impression that most peo...
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