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100 years ago
September 23, 1908

An ad in The Tartan for advertising to The Tartan pleads with “Mr. Merchant,” telling him that there are 3000 students at Carnegie Tech “who are spending money every day.” Placing an ad in the 1908 Tartan is actually a wonderful idea for a different reason: They are by far the most interesting things to read. An adjacent article talks about a professor who is now a librarian, and how another professor is bilingual.

50 years ago
September 23, 1958

Lucky Strike, America’s most swinging smokes, offers a new contest to its customers. To enter for a prize of $25, merge two words to form a new, catchier word. While doing so, the company suggests lighting up a Lucky. I wonder if there’s a word that merges “coughing fit” and “winning $25.”

25 years ago
September 18, 1983

Tartan students of 1983 are clearly fond of variety. In the entertainment section, we see two articles printed next to each other: one about Iron Maiden’s new album and one about the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Project. Performances of one group were considered totally killer, rad, and hard-core. Iron Maiden wasn’t given too bad a review, either.

10 years ago
September 14, 1998

The Good Samaritan Law is the subject for The Tartan’s Open Forum article. The new law, which states that negligence to help a fellow citizen could be punishable by law, is debated by two Tartan staffwriters. Oddly, neither mentioned that the law is clearly harmful, as it was the basis of the disastrous series finale of Seinfeld, which occurred earlier that year.

5 years ago
September 15, 2003

A Carnegie Mellon student was robbed by three teenagers carrying fake guns. The suspects were arrested by Carnegie Mellon police and both guns were determined to be fake, but according to police, the realness factor of the guns was 9 out of 10. The crime was also justified by police saying that the suspects probably did it because they needed the money, as opposed to robberies where the suspects rob for the joy of stealing.

1 year ago
September 17, 2007

Thieves wreak havoc on Orientation by stealing thousands of dollars of audio equipment from the Orientation tent, which leaves the Activities Board without microphones. The thieves weren’t amateurs, either. Low-quality microphones were left, while the more expensive microphones were stolen. As an immediate result, students at Playfair who couldn’t hear the announcers of the event now feel entitled to a “standing oration.”