The ethics behind rich people "philanthropy"
Andrew Carnegie gave away over $350 million in his lifetime. According to the Columbia University Libraries, he was the first extremely wealthy person to publicly state that “the rich have a moral obligation to give away their fortunes.” He even wrote a manifesto, The Gospel of Wealth, that claimed all personal wealth beyo...Forum | February 18, 2019
Polar vortex elicits power of student activism
Winter this year was unexpectedly harsh, bringing record-breaking low temperatures and at least 20 casualties throughout the American Midwest. Caused by the breakdown of the polar vortex, as a result of climate change, the sudden cold snap ground entire states to a halt and trapped people within their homes, while those without shelter were left at the mercy of the elements.
Here on campus, st...Forum | February 11, 2019
New tuition hike hits Carnegie Mellon students
Tuition hikes, much like death and taxes, are one of the few sure things we can cling to in this time of mass uncertainty. That helped blunt the sinking feeling that came with the recent communique from our friendly Carnegie Mellon, letting us know that the benevolent board of trustees “has approved” a “2.9 percent increase in undergraduate tuition…as well as fees for all students.” 2.9 percent th...Forum | February 4, 2019
U.S. government shutdown temporarily lifted
After enduring 35 days under the longest government shutdown to date, the U.S. now has a plan to open the government until Feb. 15. President Donald Trump hopes that he can fulfill his promise for a southern border wall in the next three weeks, whereas the House will continue to block his demands. There is still a chance that the President will declare a border emergency ...Forum | January 28, 2019
2018 Thistles and Thorns: a semester in review
At the close of every year, The Tartan reassesses the year’s events. We present here a list of the people and happenings that are worthy of recognition. Thistles go to people and events that had a positive effect on the campus community and society at large; thorns go to those that have negatively impacted the campus and our society.Forum | December 3, 2018