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Students value open dialogue on race at State of the University
by The Tartan
Mar 08, 2017
“Marika Yang
Mar 6, 2017
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University students and faculty members engaged in an open discussion about their experiences with race issues last Tuesday, Feb. 28, at State of the University: Race at CMU. The discussion was organized by housing community advisors and the Office of Residential Education.
The event began with senior math major Connie Yang discussing the definition of racial stereotyping. She read that stereotyping is defined as “a way for the mind to make sense of the complexities of the world around us, a way for the mind to make complex things more understandable.” But this can become a problem when all characteristics of group are attributed to one individual. Yang shared many of her experiences with Asian stereotypes such as quietness and skill at schoolwork and math. She believes that we need to see people as human individuals first.
Senior electrical and computer engineering major Wole Idowu also shared his experiences with stereotyping and racism. During his childhood, Idowu lived in...
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Trump bans news organizations from press briefing
by The Tartan
Mar 08, 2017
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Mar 6, 2017
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President Trump has taken the relationship between the White House and the press to the next level. Last Friday, during an informal press briefing, the White House blocked a number of news organizations from attending , including The New York Times , Politico, the Los Angeles Times , CNN, and Buzzfeed. These news organizations are those that have been the most critical of President Trump throughout his political career. It is telling, then, that the White House did allow conservative-leaning news sources, including Fox News, One America News Network, Breitbart, and the Washington Times, to cover the briefing. The approved list also included CBS, NBC, ABC, the Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg. The Associated Press and Time were invited, but declined the invitation in protest.
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Ski & Snowboard Team in USCSA national competition
by The Tartan
Mar 08, 2017
“Ian Tanaya
Mar 5, 2017
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Skiing and snowboarding may not be strongly associated with Carnegie Mellon, but the ski and snowboard team has developed into a force to be reckoned with. The team has persevered over regional and conference rivals and recently qualified for national competition.
The team first started in 2005 when it was founded by current coach Hugh Dunn and competes in freestyle, slalom, and giant slalom in the Allegheny conference of the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA). “We compete against Penn State, Pitt, Villanova, West Virginia, Navy, and a few others,” team captain and senior material science and engineering major Sloane Macklin said. “What’s really important is that we always beat Pitt.”
This year has been one of the most successful for the team. In conference competition, the women’s skiing team took third place while the men’s earned fifth. “We had three people medal in freestyle this ...
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Mayur Show: Fifty Shades of Brown
by The Tartan
Mar 08, 2017
“South Asian Students unite for a night to remember
Apeksha Atal
Mar 7, 2017
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Every year, Mayur — Carnegie Mellon’s South Asian Student Association — along with numerous other South Asian groups on campus, puts on the Mayur Show, a celebration of Indian culture. The show embraces the tropes and stereotypes that tickle those who grew up in Indian households. This year’s show, titled Fifty Shades of Brown, followed the story of Deep Pant, an American-born Indian in denial of his roots, who eventually finds his way through love and a little hardship. The show was packed with dancing, singing, and wonderfully corny acting. The Mayur Show seems to get better every year and has continued to draw in larger and larger audiences.
Some of the guest performers of the night were CMU Sahara, CMU Jiya, CMU Bhangra, CMU Saans, and CMU Deewane, who took the stage in accordance with their relation to the story line. Additionally, the many members of Carnegie Mellon’s South Asian community performed in first female, then male sections of a dance piece called “Chaos.” The sh...
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Bar Buddies: STATION
by The Tartan
Mar 08, 2017
“We accidently had the perfect anniversary dinner
Ariel Hoffmaier , Sinead Foley
Mar 7, 2017
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Since Zeke had to do homework or something ( cough nerd cough ), I replaced him with a prettier bar buddy for this week's adventure to STATION. We arrived expecting train-themed cocktails but somehow ended up on a third date — or what felt like one. Despite our sticker shock, it was snowing, we were starving, and it was the end of a very long week. As a wise woman once said, "Treat Thyself."
The location: STATION is a modern American "gastropub" in Bloomfield, a pretty under-appreciated Pittsburgh neighborhood. It's right on the 64 line, if you're willing to wait forty minutes for a bus. It's also nestled between two bookshops, if your friend (or, more likely, long-term committed partner) is running late. Sorry again about that, pal.
The drinks: STATION's cocktails are what your classy grandma might drink on a yacht. They all contain ingredients like "lillet blanc" and "spiced carrot juice." I ordered a Havalina both because that'd be a cool name for a high fantasy ...
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Call to action to protect minorities
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Mar 08, 2017
“Krystal Jackson , Julia Scherb , John Verser
Mar 6, 2017
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The Social Justice Coalition is an organization created to bridge the gap between existing organizations on campus dedicated to social change. The Coalition is an alliance of campus organizations that aim to create effective, systemic culture and policy changes on Carnegie Mellon’s campus. The perceived politically apathetic environment on Carnegie Mellon’s campus makes it challenging for the diverse range of student organizations concerned with cultural awareness, community service, political change to coordinate, and mobilize students and their causes.
These organizations host events that are underfunded, poorly attended, and often redundant. Such efforts suffer due to a lack of coordination between groups, effectively fracturing a community with shared interests. The Social Justice Coalition aims to remedy this disconnect between campus organizations by providing a space for open discourse and discussing the issues that matter most to the Carnegie Mellon community.
The Coal...
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Outcry on Overheard: Are Racial Preferences in Dating Racist?
by The Tartan
Mar 08, 2017
“Brandon Schmuck
Mar 6, 2017
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A week ago, people were angered by my response to a post on Overheard at Carnegie Mellon regarding a white college student with a “thing for Asian chicks.” Regardless of this post’s morality, I felt the need to respond to people crying out racism and call them out on their double standard. Upon doing so, I received a number of messages of people thanking me for sharing a voice less heard, even if it meant being destroyed in a political bubble. This is the inspiration for my new column, Outcry on Overheard.
In this column, I look to express opinions less heard on campus and bring real debates (not just artificial ones where you are entirely wrong if you do not 100 percent agree with another person’s viewpoints). I look to also call out the hypocrisy of one-sided debates.
The controversy of this week regards the “thing for Asian chicks.” Is it racism for one’s sexual preferences to be racial? Initially, I oversimplified my stance to a clear “no”. However, after extensive researc...
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Media must award innovation, not fall back on safe choices
by The Tartan
Mar 08, 2017
“Ruth Scherr
Mar 6, 2017
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There is a problem with the Oscars. It is not that so-and-so should have won this, or someone shouldn’t have won that, or even that the idea of a ceremony where one piece of art is ranked above all the rest is fundamentally flawed because the worth of art is entirely subjective and depends upon the person experiencing that art. The real problem with the Oscars stems from their branding.
The Academy holds itself up as a gatekeeping institution that dictates what “good art” (or “good film”) is. Trying to definitively decide what art is valuable or worthy of attention is, again, inherently flawed, but if you’re going to set yourself up as an arbiter of culture anyway, then you are making yourself responsible for the cultural zeitgeist, or the most prominent cultural ideas of a society.Oscar winners are what the Academy holds up as meaningful art. An institution of the Academy’s intended influence calling something meaningful art tells the world that the message of that film is worth...
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Milo Yiannopoulos twists meaning of First Amendment
by The Tartan
Mar 08, 2017
“Madeline Kim
Mar 6, 2017
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America prides itself on many things, especially freedom. Perhaps the epitome of American values lies in the First Amendment, which protects the freedom of speech for all Americans. However, with the rise of "political correctness" , some fear that the First Amendment is under attack.
This is where Milo Yiannopoulos enters the scene.
Yiannopoulos, a former journalist of Breitbart News, has found himself in the limelight. He is an unabashed defender of free speech and praises himself as the " Internet 'supervillain' ". Yiannopoulos is not afraid to offend people; in fact, he actually finds " delight in offending people ." His lack of filter and rejection of progressive values has turned him into...
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Post-Mortem
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Mar 08, 2017
“Emmett Eldred
Mar 6, 2017
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Though Democrats have a lot to mourn from the 2016 election, they notched a small electoral victory last week . The race: a special election to fill a vacated State Senate seat in Delaware. Though small in stature, the election gained national exposure because it is one of the first elections to take place after the races in November 2016, and because the winner would decide the balance of the Delaware State Senate. This race has a lot to say about what Democrats have done wrong and what they can do to improve in the future.
First of all, we should start with the obvious question that should make Democrats everywhere want to pull their hair out. After former Delaware State Senator Bethany Hall-Long was elected Lt. Governor of Delaware, the balance of the Delaware State Senate was up for grabs, with both...
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