Brandon Schmuck

Class of 2017


  • Ice bucket challenge campaign flawed

    Unless you have been living in a cave for the last few weeks, you are likely very familiar with the viral ice-bucket challenge that has taken Facebook by storm. Chances are you’ve watched videos of people who have dumped large buckets of ice water onto their heads with little idea of why they were doing it besides impressing a few friends. Everyone from Bill Gates to former President George W. Bus...

    Forum | August 25, 2014
  • Venture out, experience the city past South Craig Street

    Many students have passed through the gates of Carnegie Mellon without ever managing to adequately step off campus and explore the exciting world around them. If you are an incoming first-year, you will quickly become familiar with Craig Street, though hopefully your exploration of Pittsburgh will lead you past that boundary.

    Forum | August 15, 2014
  • New FCC Proposal Threatens Future of Net Neutrality

    Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it would be proposing new laws on net neutrality that would allow Internet companies to charge in order to prioritize connections to web services. This comes less than two months after Netflix announced a deal with Comcast to install its own servers on Comcast’s networks, which would allow them to provide better streaming speeds...

    Forum | April 28, 2014
  • Death penalty is bad news

    Recently, Texas District Judge Suzanne Covington ruled that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice must inform the attorneys of two death row inmates of its new source of pentobarbital, the substance used for lethal injections. However, the Texas Supreme Court put Covington’s order on pause, stating that the issue must be studied further.

    Forum | April 14, 2014
  • Uncertain if Facebook is reality Oculus needs

    After raising $2.4 million on Kickstarter a year-and-a-half ago, Oculus VR is finally starting to make mainstream virtual reality a reality. By utilizing the latest in mobile technologies, the company’s product, the Oculus Rift, will be the first consumer product to combine a uniquely immersive experience with a price tag realistic for everyday people. However, many are both praising and condemnin...

    Forum | March 31, 2014