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Bigotry, in shadows since Obama’s election, comes to light with Trump’s
by The Tartan
Jan 01, 2017
“Sahana Thirumazhusai
Nov 13, 2016
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Since the election last week, the country has been full of heated arguments on the President-elect. Many of those upset with the outcome have taken to the streets protesting, while others use social media to share their opinions. Race, religion, and identity have all played major roles in many of these interactions.
One particular idea keeps being repeated online: this idea of a “liberal bubble” that has now been broken, that the protesters are finally seeing what the world is like and are now appalled. However, for most of the people upset about this election, these results aren’t showing them something new. Rather, it’s a huge blow against an already failing hope for this country to not allow bigotry.
Eight years ago, when Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, I was in sixth grade. Until then, I had always accepted that if I wanted to, I could run for President. It wasn’t really a dream, but rather something that was just known. If you were born in the U.S...
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RoboVote service helps facilitate group decisions with AI
by The Tartan
Jan 01, 2017
“Julia Eve Napolitano
Nov 13, 2016
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Whether it’s the presidential election or deciding what toppings to order on pizza, group decisions can be difficult. However, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Harvard University have created a nonprofit academic project called RoboVote that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to make optimal group decisions.
According to their website, Robovote “builds on research conducted over decades in the multi-agent systems community, which aims to facilitate collective decision making among autonomous software agents via computational social choice.”
The service was created by Ariel Procaccia, an assistant professor in Carnegie Mellon’s Computer Science Department and an affiliated faculty in the Machine Learning Department; Nisarg Shah, who previously earned his Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon under Procaccia and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Research on Computation and Society at Harvard University; Phillip Wang, a Carnegie Mellon first-year in computer sci...
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Israel Boycott Law Wrong for Pennsylvania
by The Tartan
Jan 01, 2017
“Emmett Eldred
Nov 13, 2016
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Last week, Governor Tom Wolf signed a law that prohibits any agency of the Pennsylvania State government from contracting with any business that boycotts Israel. The intention behind the law is to discourage businesses from participating in the “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions,” movement (BDS), which tries to put economic pressure on Israel to end its occupation of Palestine, put a halt to Israeli settlements on Palestinian land, and cease its discriminatory treatment of Palestinians. The law’s sponsor, Republican State Representative Matt Baker stated, “This legislation makes it very clear that companies can either perform a BDS action or they can do business with Pennsylvania. However, they cannot do both.” This is the wrong move for Pennsylvania, for both practical and moral reasons.
First of all, this law doesn’t really make practical sense — it will ...
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Computer simulation used to study viral capsid breakage
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Jan 01, 2017
“Naviya Singla
Nov 13, 2016
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Markus Deserno, from Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Physics, and Christine Peter, from the University of Konstanz in Germany, led a research team that developed a method to study the structure of viral capsids, the protein shell that houses the virus. The team used multi-scale modeling to understand the molecular assembly of the viruses and proteins by breaking the capsid apart. This research was published in The European Physical Journal Special Topics.
Viruses are essentially just genetic material (RNA or DNA) enclosed in nano-containers made of protein, called viral capsids. Given the limitations of genetic material carried by a virus, viruses encode for a small number of proteins to form round, stable, crystal-like structures on repeated combination.
This process of self-assembly of the capsid is extremely rapid and takes place on a microscopic scale of 30 to 50 nanometers, which makes it hard to study using current microscopic methods.
Thus, Deserno and Peter’s team...
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Tales From Abroad: Ukraine
by The Tartan
Jan 01, 2017
“Theodore Teichman
Nov 13, 2016
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Ukraine is one of the weirder places to tell people you are going. This is especially true when you tell your professors and friends, “Sorry, I won’t be able to be there next week. I’m going to be in Ukraine. For music.” That will get you a reaction that is a blend of surprised and confused. When I first found out, I pretty much had the same reaction. I have probably submitted pieces to at least 50 calls for scores. I have received a few yesses and a plethora of nos. This was my first big orchestral gig. I did not expect to be told that they wanted to play my piece. After that initial shock, I realized I had no idea what to expect from Ukraine.
“Okay so what did you know about Ukraine, before coming to Lviv?”
“Ummm, well I know what I read on Wikipedia. I know what I learned in European History in high school. Oh, everything that we read about Crimea—”
“Of course. The world now knows Ukraine exists because we’re being taken over. And it’s even worse because it’s Russia.”
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Voting Day
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Jan 01, 2017
“Zichen Liu
Nov 13, 2016
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Last Hillary Rally
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Jan 01, 2017
“Zichen Liu
Nov 13, 2016
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Weekend brings massive upsets across college football
by The Tartan
Jan 01, 2017
“Huge weekend for upsets in college football
Zeke Rosenberg
Nov 13, 2016
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College football’s championship system can be cruel. At the end of 12 games, only four teams can find their way into the playoff. With so few games to make a statement, one slip-up can completely derail a team’s hopes of lifting the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy come January. This week, three of NCAA Division I’s top four teams suffered brutal blows to their playoff hopes — a loss with a couple games left to go in the season to regain their footing and standing in the eyes of the selection committee.
Second-ranked Clemson and their high-octane offense were the first to suffer a loss and probably have no hope of playing for a title after the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) vanquished them in a shootout. Neither team was ever able to pull away by more than one score, as both defenses seemed helpless to stop the other from marching down the field. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson put up 580 passing yards, good for the Atlantic Coast Conference record, while...
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Calendar
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Jan 01, 2017
“Apeksha Atal
Nov 13, 2016
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Monday, Nov 14
Pizza and Conversation
6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Danforth Lounge, Cohon Center
Regardless of your reactions to the events of the past week, campus leaders, led by the Student Body Presidential Cabinet, invite you to an evening of good food and fruitful conversation. The event promises to be a safe space for groups and individuals around campus that are hurting and would like an outlet for expression in the presence of caring company. This event is open to all students and faculty, and anyone is free to come and go as they please.
Thursday, Nov 17
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
11 a.m.–3 p.m.
The Cut
Members of CMU ALLIES will gather on The Cut this Thursday to read the names of individuals in the transgender community that have lost their lives due to transphobia. This event strives to raise awareness and promote equality amongst all gender identities and sexual orientations, and invites students to commemorate TDOR the Thursday before the offi...
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Thrilling week nine for The Tartan fantasy football league
by The Tartan
Jan 01, 2017
“The Tartan fantasy football league week 9 recap
India Price
Nov 13, 2016
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I would just like to start off by happily acknowledging that I am not this week's biggest loser. After remembering at the last minute that five of my players had bye weeks, I had to scramble to make ends meet. I picked up players I knew nothing about and set my lineup based on nothing but projected scores, and I prayed for this best. I was lucky enough to play Forum Editor Sinead Foley's What is going on?, who I believe forgot to set her line up. I came out on top, despite not breaking 100 points and despite having a score that would've lost to any other team in the league. So here's to being the second worst ... again. Now let's dive into the week nine recap.
Plaidie Daddies over What is going on? 97–86
Week nine proved to be a tough week for both my own Plaidie Daddies and Foley's What is going on?. Foley's running backs and wide receivers definitely underperformed. Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart only managed to rush the ball for four points, and Detroit wide recei...
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