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CMU celebrates Privacy Day 2015
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Feb 05, 2015
“Sharon Wu
Feb 1, 2015
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Imagine a world where your every move is being monitored. Your routine actions and personal thoughts become the business of others, and are manipulated beyond your control. It almost sounds like a page taken from George Orwell’s novel, 1984, a chilling story about a totalitarian society. As our world becomes increasingly reliant on digital technology, we, too, may soon find ourselves facing the realities of science fiction, through a phenomenon known as the Internet of Things (IoT).
IoT refers to our seamless ability to connect to the Internet through a wide range of computing devices. In turn, we become more vulnerable to security hacks that compromise our individual privacy.
Despite such concerns, the IoT has made our lives more convenient. It is the reason why the United States, as well as several other countries, celebrate Data Privacy Day, an international holiday that strives to increase public awareness about data privacy and protection.
Last Wednesday, Carnegie Mell...
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Stephen Hawking biopic favorite at Oscars despite flaws
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Feb 05, 2015
“The Theory of Everything is a shallow examination of love, disease, and science
Kate Groschner
Feb 2, 2015
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For someone searching for the ever-out-of-reach answer to the meaning of life, The Theory of Everything may prove a stepping stone in the eternal quest. Yet for entertainment it certainly falls flat. Do not go into The Theory of Everything looking for a good story, and if you can help it, go in knowing nothing at all about Stephen Hawking. Reading the Wikipedia page on Dr. Hawking’s life, at least in my estimation, essentially makes any element of plot a moot point.
A lack of plot or entertainment seems like the ultimate curse for a film, the basic description of a flop. It would certainly be hard to argue that The Theory of Everything is one such flop in the wake of the film’s many Oscar nominations. It is currently nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screen Play, and Best Original Score. The film tells the story of the legendary Professor Stephen Hawking, played by Eddie Redmayne, starting from his days as a Ph.D. student in physics at the U...
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Why academic and physical endurance are not the same
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Feb 05, 2015
“Andy Birla
Feb 1, 2015
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Students at Carnegie Mellon are not strangers to endurance. For 30 weeks of the year, they go through grueling homework and stressful midterms only to be confronted by a barrage of hellish finals at the end. Running 26 miles, then, should be a feat far easier to accomplish. The only problem, however, is that it is really not easy.
This week at Carnegie Mellon, Matt Imhof gave a talk to students and faculty about how to train for a Marathon/Half Marathon. Imhof is a USA Track and Field Certified Coach and has been an ACE Certified Personal Trainer for over 20 years, during which he has coached hundreds of adult runners to their first half or full marathons. He was formerly the Head Track and Cross-Country Coach at Kean University in New Jersey and currently works as the Director of Training Programs at Elite Runners and Walkers in Pittsburgh.
Imhof truly is a coach at heart, as both his most memorable running moments and his source of continued motivation are the joyous faces o...
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Horoscopes
by The Tartan

Feb 05, 2015
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Maryyann Landlord
Feb 1, 2015
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Chocolate-Chip Black-Bottom Cheesecake
You are the life of the party and ready to break all the rules.
Two-Tiered Spiced Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
You are practical but sometimes a little stubborn. Dive into an impressive two-tiered cake.
Ice Cream Layer Cake
This cake has double layers for your sharp-witted personality.
Earl Grey Chiffon Cake with Maple Meringue
Try an airy and warm chiffon cake for your cravings.
Chocolate Blackout Cake
You're bold and beautiful, just like a cake made of delicious chocolate.
Egg, Dairy and Nut-Free Chocolate Cake
You want to live as healthy as can be, so your cake is egg, dairy, and nut-free.
Angel Food Cake
You're a sweetheart who deserves a sweet, fluffy cake.
Classic Devil's Food Cake
As the most mischievous of signs, you should go for this cake.
Lavender Riesling Cheesecake
There's nothing but unique flavors for a world-traveler like you. Reach for a cheesecake made with wine and lavender.
Fluffy Vanilla Cupcakes
Try a classic cupcake to go with your grounded and reserved personality.
Upside-Down Sour Cream Cake with Caramelized Pears and Wild Boar Bacon Caramel Sauce
You are the most creative sign, so it’s time to show off your artistic talent with this artistic cake.
Red Velvet Cake
Your emotional nature is well-suited to this rich, velvety cake.”

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*Phosphorescent Blues* confuses fans
by The Tartan

Feb 05, 2015
“Punch Brothers album is a mishmash of bluegrass, rock, and classical genres
Lula Banker
Feb 2, 2015
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Childhood mandolin prodigy Chris Thile continues to wow listeners with his virtuosity at age 33. Thile made a name for himself with the progressive acoustic band Nickel Creek in 1989, and since their dissolution has become a popular collaborator due to his undeniable talent and genre crossover ability. In 2006, Chris Thile formed The Punch Brothers, then called How to Grow a Band, and cut their first album How to Grow a Woman from the Ground.
Since 2006 The Punch Brothers have released four additional albums, the most recent of which is Phosphorescent Blues , released this week. Straddling bluegrass, alternative rock, and classical genres, the band focused on various areas for each of their past albums and projects. Coming off of the success of their last studio album Who’s Feeling Young Now , the band had a lot to live up to, giving their fans some of the same kinds of music while continuing to explore their sound. As a result, fans have had very specific criticisms of this ...
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Russian repertoire enchants audience
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Feb 05, 2015
“Pittsburgh Symphony brings pizzazz to works by Russian composers
Sid Bhadauria
Feb 2, 2015
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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra had a concert on Friday Jan. 30th. The concert, conducted by Krysztof Urbanski, was held at the ever opulent Heinz Hall. If you’ve never been, I would greatly encourage going to a symphony just for the ambiance of the Hall. The auditorium is beautifully lit, with impressive chandeliers adorning the ceiling in an arrangement that is reminiscent of a necklace. The stage itself is surrounded by impressive, modern-looking auditory buffers and wood paneling, and the wall-to-floor red velvet carpeting completes the experience, making a potential viewer feel like he stepped into an old European opera house. The concert itself opened with “Russian Overture,” a piece composed by Sergei Prokofiev. The piece started out with simple call and response melodies and never extended its reach to elicit any emotion from the viewer in its relatively brief 14-minute runtime.
The second piece was the highlight of the show, due in no small part to soloist Noah Bendix-...
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A *Blackout* you'll actually remember
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Feb 05, 2015
“Student-curated exhibit at The Frame deals with issues of racial and social injustice
Lula Banker
Feb 2, 2015
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Outside The Frame Gallery on Friday night, blue and red lights flashed like police sirens from a front window onto the corner of Margaret Morrison Street and Forbes Avenue, where people rushing to get out of the cold were illuminated momentarily. Black screens covered the windows of the gallery, preventing onlookers from seeing inside. The title of the show, Blackout , a dramatic concept, emphasizes the powerful and drastic nature of the artwork inside The Frame.
The exhibit, curated by sophomore art majors Maya Kaisth and Jarel Grant, is part of the annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. M. Shernell Smith, assistant director of Blackout , coordinator of campus MLK Day events, and housefellow for The Intersection, worked in collaboration with The Frame co-directors Jamie Earnest and Emily Miller to bring art addressing national social and racial discrimination to the gallery. “We have the MLK writing awards, which are wonderful, but I really felt as if there was a c...
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Let them eat cake and ice cream
by The Tartan

Feb 05, 2015
“Don't worry, these cupcakes will be gone long before they melt
Sarah Gutekunst
Feb 2, 2015
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This past week, one of my best friends from home texted me. Her boyfriend’s birthday is coming up next week, and she wants to make him cupcakes. Here’s where I come in: “Any suggestion on flavor?” She obviously came to the right person, because the answer is yes — I always have ideas for cupcakes! In addition to being one of my greatest friends, she is also the busy mother of a beautiful 8-month-old baby boy. To give her a flavor that isn’t going to take up a whole bunch of time, I’ve come up with a really fun idea that can be made almost entirely with store-bought ingredients: The ice cream cake cupcake.
You know those delicious ice cream cakes from Dairy Queen? Layers of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, separated by those little cookie crunchies that were really the only reason you loved the cake, then topped with a creamy whipped frosting. Now imagine all of that scrumptious nostalgia being reborn as a cupcake. The bottom layer, in lieu of ice cream, is a layer of chocolate ca...
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Tales from Abroad: the beautiful Alhambra
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Feb 05, 2015
“A fascinating exploration of Spanish military lifestyle and culture
Chloe Thompson
Feb 2, 2015
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I’ve always loved the physical signs of history. I love that the rushing tide of human life has carved its structures and swirls into the world. One of the reasons I chose to study abroad in Granada, Spain this semester was that Spain’s unique history of interaction between Muslim, Christian, and Jewish cultures permeates the city. A prominent example of this exchange is the Alhambra.
The Alhambra is a mix between palace and military fortress. Originally a military base, the Alhambra was built in the 9th century on Sabika Hill, right on the banks of the Darro River. The complex commands a strategically excellent view of the countryside and the city. In the 13th century, Mohammad I renovated the fortress, decorating it with religious and cultural artwork, and adding a water system that still works today. In 1492, the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella conquered Granada. The Alhambra remained an important palace for Spanish royalty until it was abandoned during the 18th centu...
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Calendar
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Feb 05, 2015
“Sarah Gutekunst
Feb 2, 2015
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Tuesday 2.3.15
Art Lecture Series. Kresge Theater. 5 p.m.
The School of Art’s spring lecture series continues with Peter Schumann, a renowned puppeteer who used his medium both to entertain and make political statements during the Vietnam War era.
Wednesday 2.4.15
Zap Mama + Antibalas . Byham Theatre. 7:30 p.m.
Making their collaborative debut, Zapa Mama and Antibalas bring together their diverse styles of Afro music, also drawing inspiration from Europe, South America, and urban America. Tickets start at $25.
Thursday 2.5.15
Garth Brooks. Consol Energy Center. 6:30 p.m.
Country musician Garth Brooks will bring his tour to Pittsburgh for the weekend, joined by his wife and country singer Trisha Yearwood for his shows on Saturday February 7. Shows will be every night from Thursday through Sunday. Tickets start at $69.
Friday 2.6.15
Out of the Box. Andy Warhol Museum. 7 p.m.
Chief Archivist Matt Wrbican and Cataloguer Erin Byrne, ...
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