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Carnegie Mellon University

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Student paper restricts term, restricts its writers
by The Tartan

Jan 15, 2014
“Braden Kelner
Nov 25, 2013
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Students on The Playwickian , the school newspaper at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pa., recently announced that they no longer publish the school’s mascot name, which is the Redskins. Instead of using the term, the journalists circumvent it — for example, calling the football team the Neshaminy football squad, not the Neshaminy Redskins. In its "Unsigned Editorial: Why we won't publish the R-word" — representing two-thirds of the editorial board — the board describes the word as “a term of hate.” Tension between administrators and the board gained national attention when administrators told the board that it had to use the term.
As a Neshaminy alumnus myself, I have only heard the word used to foster community for school-wide events. However, many members of the community rightfully see the word as derogatory given its history.
It is admirable that the board took a strong stance on the...
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Braden Kelner (bik@) is Forum editor for The Tartan.”

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CAPS must take initiative to gain student feedback
by The Tartan

Jan 15, 2014
“Tartan Board
Nov 25, 2013
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It’s no secret that Carnegie Mellon has developed a reputation for having a culture of stress. As a result, many students find the need to seek out additional support for their mental health, especially at a high-stress time like the approaching finals period. Carnegie Mellon’s own Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has come under scrutiny for what some students suggest are ineffective methods for scheduling appointments to see counselors.
In a high-stress campus culture like Carnegie Mellon’s, having convenient and effective mental health support is necessary. CAPS can serve this campus better by taking two key actions: first, implementing an online scheduling system for scheduling both diagnostic and regular appointments, and second, reaching out to students to get their ideas for improving their services.
Academic departments, such as the economics, engineering, and public policy departments already have online scheduling systems in place for their advisers. Stude...
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_Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues_ fails to keep the legend alive
by The Tartan

Jan 15, 2014
“Comedy sequel has big names but little laughs
Joey Peiser
Jan 7, 2014
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Warning: This article contains spoilers for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has been subject to high expectations since a jazz-flute-playing Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) announced the film's release on late-night talk show Conan in March 2012. The movie has finally arrived, and if you're a fan of the original, the sequel may go down as one of 2013's biggest disappointments. The laughs — while uproarious when they occur — are few and far between, and the movie drags on like a lonely drive across the Pennsylvania Turnpike on a cloudy day. Since the sequel was released nearly 10 years after the surprise hit Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy , it must be asked why this movie even had to be made.
Set in the early 1980s, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues finds the Channel 4 news team grappling with the profound changes to their profession brought on by the introduction of cable and the 24-hour news cycle. Burgundy and the rest of the ...
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ACLU claims dismissive behavior by Carnegie Mellon in Title IX complaint
by The Tartan

Jan 15, 2014
“Brian Trimboli , Noël Um
Dec 25, 2013
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Due to the university's dismissive response to a student's sexual assault complaint, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a Title IX complaint against Carnegie Mellon University on Thursday.
Title IX is a section of the Education Amendments of 1972 that prohibits any kind of gender discrimination in education.
The ACLU filed the complaint for a Carnegie Mellon student, identified by the pseudonym "Gabrielle," after the university allegedly failed to protect her from an abusive ex-girlfriend.
According to the student's testimony in an ACLU blog post , she dated her assailant for six months as a freshman, during which her “girlfriend became verbally and sexually abusive." She continued, "I was raped repeatedly and I began to live in fear.”
Gabrielle said in the post that, a...
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This article includes reporting by contributing editor Brent Heard and staffwriter Chloe Thompson.”

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Loan bubble may burst
by The Tartan

Jan 15, 2014
“Brandon Schmuck
Nov 25, 2013
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According to the Institute for College Access and Success Project on Student Debt , college students who borrow loans will graduate with about $26,600 of debt. According to Gordon Wadsworth, author of The College Trap , college tuition has increased over 2.5 times the rate of inflation since 1985. Clearly, America has a problem with tuition price increases and student debt.
The U.S. is trapped in a student loan bubble, which is susceptible to burst. Like the housing bubble, it is caused by carelessly gifting loans to students who won’t graduate and will fail to pay them back. This phenomenon was described earlier this month by professor Richard Vedder of Ohio University at the Students For Liberty Pittsburgh Regional Conference at Duquesne University. Students are taking longer to graduate, and many are failing to complete their education.
Vedder stated that students are being encouraged by many public universities to take a fifth or sixt...
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Men’s basketball cruises in second half to take opener
by The Tartan

Jan 15, 2014
“Zeke Rosenberg
Nov 25, 2013
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At the start of the season, every team is optimistic about its chances. There’s a clean slate: no wins and no losses.
On Monday’s home opener, the men’s basketball team gave substance to this optimism with a dominant second half, vanquishing Geneva College in an 81–67 victory.
The first half, however, gave cause for concern. While the perimeter defense was usually solid, there were plenty of breakdowns that led to open three-point attempts. The bigger problem was a lack of rim protection, as Geneva was extremely efficient under the basket.
This allowed Geneva players to hang around longer than they should have against a Carnegie Mellon squad that often seemed to have an unstoppable offense.
Leading by only one point going into the second half with a score of 33–32, the Tartans really got going after the intermission, hitting shot after shot.
An early second-half run, spearheaded by shooting from first-year guard Matt Hillman and solid play from senior forward Rob Mohe...
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How Things Work: Cooking
by The Tartan

Jan 15, 2014
“Brian Trimboli
Nov 25, 2013
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Whether it is a crispy piece of bacon or an apple pie, every piece of cooked food you eat has been transformed by a varied and complex series of chemical reactions.
When a piece of meat hits a hot pan or bread rises in the oven, a chemical reaction involving an amino acid and a sugar gives it the browned appearance that lets us know that it’s cooked. This reaction, called the Maillard reaction, doesn't just make food look cooked — it’s also responsible for the flavor and aroma of cooked food.
The Maillard reaction is named after the French chemist Louis Camille Maillard, who first discussed the essence of the reaction in his 1912 paper. The reaction wasn’t described in detail, however, until a 1953 paper was published by John Hodge, a chemist working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Even today, the complex reaction isn’t fully understood because of the many variables and possible outcomes.
The marriage of high heat, amino acids, and sugar is responsible for the Maillar...
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Craft fair promotes homespun holiday gifts
by The Tartan

Jan 15, 2014
“Pittsburgh-based I Made It! Market provides exposure for local businesses and artists
Sarah Moss-Horwitz
Nov 25, 2013
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With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, a bubbling craft market set up shop Friday and Saturday afternoon in the Waterfront’s shopping district.
Eighty artists, crafters, and designers filled two vacant retail storefronts with beautiful jewelry, pottery, all-natural soaps and scents, cozy knitted hats, original artwork and prints, adorable baby clothes, toys, and everything in between. The event drew a large crowd of eager shoppers, many of them families with babies in tow, to find special gifts for loved ones — and to try to resist buying too much for themselves.
Ensuring that nobody went hungry, My Goodies Bakery enticed shoppers with vegan and gluten-free baked goods, a stop by Aunt Carol’s Gourmet Dips allowed for plenty samples of tasty dips, and The Sweet Spot came equipped with chocolate to make everything better.
A number of artisans had Pittsburgh-specific products, such as Chuck Beard’s “Abandoned Pittsburgh” photography focusing on old mills and ...
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_The Wolf of Wall Street_ huffs and puffs and not much else
by The Tartan

Jan 15, 2014
“Scorsese comedy is entertaining, but lacks depth
Joey Peiser
Dec 27, 2013
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Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Wolf of Wall Street.
Director Martin Scorsese's latest film, The Wolf of Wall Street , based on a true story, depicts the rocket-ship rise and spectacular fall of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his time on Wall Street. Belfort is a nice Jewish boy from Queens who, like all young men in the 1980s, is eager to make his fortune trading stocks. What begins as honest ambition quickly spirals into insatiable lust for drugs, women, and the sexiest thing there is: money.
Belfort establishes the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont to peddle worthless, high-commission penny stocks. He and his team simply cold call unwitting investors and convince them that they're getting in on the ground floor of a lucrative new company. Belfort is no Gordon Gekko, the smart, ruthless investing wizard created by Oliver Stone for his 1987 film Wall Street : He is just a common swindler.
Surrounding himself with like-minded hedonists and schemer...
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Music video transforms Dylan classic
by The Tartan

Jan 15, 2014
“Heymann's music video offers interactive elements, artistic innovation, biting commentary
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Nov 25, 2013
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Released on his website last Tuesday, Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” finally has an official music video, and there’s a good chance that it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen. Instead of being one video, there are 16 independent videos that viewers can actively navigate, each featuring Dylan’s song as the soundtrack. The video is meant to simulate the experience of channel surfing, with each video a recreation of standard cable fare with actors lip-syncing the lyrics while acting as one would expect given their respective roles. A news anchor sits at a desk surrounded by computer screens and Price is Right contestants spin the big wheel with sparkling numbers. Women from a Bachelor -like show claw at each other’s hair and the hosts of History Channel’s Pawn Stars inspect an old guitar and appear to haggle over dollar amounts.
The only thing that appears out of place among these incredibly authentic recreations is that everyone appears to be lip-syncing to “Like a Rolling St...
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