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Journalism is indispensable for progressive society
by The Tartan
May 04, 2015
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Apr 26, 2015
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This year's recipients of the illustrious Pulitzer Prize for journalism were announced last week. It came to light that one of the winners — Rob Kuznia, from the small Los Angeles County paper The Daily Breeze — had ceased his work as a journalist shortly after publishing his winning story. The newspaper business wasn't adequately paying Kuznia's bills, and he now works in public relations for the University of Southern California.
The case of Kuznia illustrates several things about the current state of American journalism. On the pessimistic side of the spectrum, Kuznia is among the many casualties of the declining position of journalism. Local print newspapers like The Daily Breeze exemplify the problem.
In an interview with NPR , Kunzia said that the number of journalists employed at his former paper dropped from 25 to a meager seven in the last five years alone. He sa...
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Letter to the Editor: Student-led diversity conversation should keep growing louder
by The Tartan
May 04, 2015
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We write in regards to the recent ongoing conversations about diversity, inspired by the March 16 Strategic Planning Town Hall Forum.
As many of you know, on March 22 Juan Acosta published an article in The Tartan calling for campus leaders to seriously commit to diversity efforts. As a result, undergraduate and graduate students, supported by staff and administration, united as a Student Diversity Committee.
We recognize that it is everyone’s responsibility, including students’, to play a role in fostering a diverse campus community. As a result, we did our part by hosting two student-driven Diversity Forums on April 9 and April 10.
This letter seeks to elevate the voices of students who participated in the forums and calls on Carnegie Mellon’s leadership to share in these continued efforts.
1) Recruiting a Diverse Student Body
Participants in the forums emphasized that expanding Carnegie Mellon’s socioeconomic di...
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Student-written musical Guts truly gutsy
by The Tartan
May 04, 2015
“Musical written, produced, and acted by students draws advertent eyes to Kresge
Abhishek Tayal
Apr 26, 2015
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Last Friday, I had the privilege of attending the opening night of Guts , a small musical built from the ground up at Carnegie Mellon University. Performed in Kresge Auditorium within the College of Fine Arts in front of more than 250 people, Guts was an immensely moving experience. I walked out with a broken smile on my face, and a ton of big ideas in my mind. Written by senior electrical and computer engineering major Brad Plaxen, with music by senior chemical engineering major Alex Petti, and directed by senior professional writing and global studies double major Razghiem Golden, Guts , is a post-apocalyptic zombie story like no other. The play follows a small group that has survived for ten years inside the confines of the protective but oppressive Bunker 63.
Rules and routine, the cornerstones of the group’s survival strategy, are thrown out the window when an outsider enters the bunker. This outsider is no ordinary survivor, and the aftermath of his arrival brings out t...
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NHL first round recap
by The Tartan
May 04, 2015
“Zeke Rosenberg
Apr 26, 2015
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(1) Anaheim Ducks 4 – 0 (W) Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg hockey fans were seeing playoff hockey for the first time in 19 years, and the atmosphere inside the MTS Center was amazing. However, the Ducks brought too much talent to the table for crowd noise to matter and swept the Jets with just one game leaking into overtime. The short series bodes well for the Ducks, who get some valuable days off.
(2) Vancouver Canucks 2 – 4 (3) Calgary Flames
The Flames’ cinderella run continues after a six-game series with the Canucks. This series got intense after game one, featuring fights and plenty of hits, but the Flames were unshaken and advanced.
(1) St. Louis Blues 2 – 4 (W) Minnesota Wild
The Wild started setting the NHL on fire after acquiring goaltender Devan Dubnyk at the trade deadline. After posting one of the league’s best second half records, they put up a long and hotly contested battle against one of hockey’s best teams. It was enough for a second round visit as the Wild...
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EU may have solid case against Google in antitrust suit
by The Tartan
May 04, 2015
“Brian Walsh
Apr 26, 2015
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The search engine industry — it’s a winner-takes-all business. It appears that way in the United States at least, but things aren’t always what they seem.
About 70 percent of American web searches are made through Google, according to The New York Post . In Europe, Google's market share is significantly higher at over 90 percent. Many in the European Union (EU) believe this to be unprecedented, particularly the EU’s Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. Vestager called for the filing of antitrust charges against Google, effective April 15.
Google denies claims that its search engine caters results to maximize its own visibility and profits, which the EU cites as its major reasoning for the charges. For example, a user will search “flights to London,” and the page will show google.com/flights dominating half of the viewable results in the window. However, Google only has 5 per...
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Secretary of Transportation highlights tech
by The Tartan
May 04, 2015
“Brian Walsh
Apr 26, 2015
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With the Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx coming to a school like Carnegie Mellon — a school with huge ties to robotics and technology — it was not far-fetched to think that he would talk about autonomous vehicles. He joined students at the university’s National Robotics and Engineering Center (NREC) in Lawrenceville last Thursday for a round table.
Self-driving vehicles could be a solution to many of the problems that plague U.S. streets if the dreams that engineers have for the cars can be realized, Foxx said. “I’m trying to get a good read on whether the driverless car is going to benefit us. One of the reasons [the Department of Transportation] takes a neutral stance on driverless cars is because we don’t know whether driverless cars or vehicle-to-vehicle communications are viable in the future.”
Foxx is in a unique position as Secretary of Transportation for the coming years. “We look at these new technologies that are rising in recent years, and we have to ask ce...
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A Person's Opinion
by The Tartan
May 04, 2015
“Justin McGown , Sarah Gutekunst
Apr 26, 2015
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Horoscopes
by The Tartan
May 04, 2015
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Maryyann Landlord
Apr 26, 2015
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It's time to go on a vacation with your pals to balance your hectic life! Soak up some sunlight on the beach.
Take a break near oceans, lakes, or rivers. Enjoy the romantic attention you'll attract there.
Spend some time with the people and the activities you love. If you're sick of your job, now is the time to find a more satisfying one.
Enjoy the positive energy you'll get from hanging out with your friends. Take a road trip and let your creativity shine!
Have some alone time. Tap into your spiritual side and refresh yourself .
Pause to smell the flowers on the side of the road. The sun is shining and you should be, too.
Summer is the best time for a tan. Grab your blankets and a few friends to spend a lazy day out on the grass.
Get ready for a summer relationship to bloom. Be attentive toward the people around you.
This summer be prepared for some extra cash in your pocket. You are in for a happy surprise at your job.
Revamp your daily routine with a better diet and exercise regimen. Sleeping early and waking early is better than staying in after a late night.
Go backpacking in a city you've never visited before, and romance may just come your way.
Get inspired! Use this summer to start and finish a project you've always wanted to complete.”

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Advice for awkward people
by The Tartan
May 04, 2015
“About finishing up the college experience
Evan Kahn
Apr 26, 2015
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Dear Evan,
Senior year, post-Carnival: I’m suffering from a more-than-mild existential crisis. I’ve grown to hate school; heck, part of the culture at Carnegie Mellon is that you’re so, so ready to work less hard than you did here, and out of that, people grow to resent this place. Despite that, bubbling to my emotional surface is a feeling that I’m going to miss this sorry school — with its nerd culture, odd traditions, and misguided priorities — for the rest of my days.
How should I go about spending my last few weeks at Carnegie Mellon to make my collegiate experience complete?
With mixed feelings,
Reaching End of Academic Life, Tense And Looking for Komfort
Dear REAL TALK,
Well, if you’ve never been to Tazza d’Oro at the bottom of Gates, then you could eat there. And I guess you should go to Razzy Fresh at least once, too… oh, wait; you probably want to do more than just eat food. That’s a little tougher to answer.
You’re probably doing...
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A senior looks back on The Tartan experience
by The Tartan
May 04, 2015
“Pillbox editor and publisher emerita looks back on some rewarding Tartan moments
Rachel Cohen
Apr 26, 2015
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From four years writing reviews for The Tartan, here’s my list of the best of the best:
Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA): Storyteller: Photographs of Duane Michals
I’ve never wanted to milk an exhibit dry as I have Storyteller. Michals isn’t just a photographer; he’s a craftsman, piecing together stories with whatever media he has available. His work is simultaneously artful and activist, simple and deeply thought provoking. And there’s a lot of it. That’s where the masterful touch of CMOA curators came into play: How to build an exhibit that both organizes all there is to display, and guide us through such that we discover the genius for what it is? This one was pretty perfect. I went back again and again before it closed in February.
Faculty Interview: Reza Vali
When I sat down with Professor of Composition Reza Vali in February 2014, I expected to learn about “Elements,” the piece he had co-composed that was due to premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra that...
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