Justin McGown Contributing editor

Class of 2015


  • Conflict Kitchen reopens after receiving death threats

    Despite gray skies and near-freezing weather for most of the day, Conflict Kitchen’s reopening last Wednesday — after it closed due to a recent letter containing death threats — was met with all-day traffic and enthusiastic support. On the day of the reopening, a line stretched from the counter to the edge of Schenley Plaza, accompanied by a visible police presence. The restaurant, which aims to p...

    News | November 17, 2014
  • Award-winning author reads

    New York Times bestselling author Lauren Groff visited Carnegie Mellon on Tuesday evening to deliver a reading from her upcoming novel Fates and Furies and an in-progress short story. Before taking the stage at Kresge Theatre in the College of Fine Arts, she sat down in the Baker Hall Swank Room to answer questions from students in a fiction workshop taught by Kevin González, a creative writin...

    Pillbox | November 17, 2014
  • Quarantine unjustified, Ebola not U.S. plague

    The word “quarantine” comes from Italy, having been created by Venetian officials instituting a series of laws while the Black Death was sweeping through Europe in the 1300s. All crew members and passengers aboard ships wishing to disembark in Venice were required to stay on board for 40 days.

    Forum | November 3, 2014
  • U.S. needs to kick its gas addiction

    At the start of October, the state-owned power company of Saskatchewan, Canada, began operating a new state-of-the-art power plant. It’s the first of its kind: a coal burning plant that manages to drastically cut its CO2 emissions by capturing up to 90 percent of the greenhouse gas produced, then pumping it deep underground, below what geologists assure is a nonpermeable layer of stone.

    Forum | October 27, 2014
  • The Last Witch Hunter films in Pittsburgh locations

    Just around the corner from the Mellon Institute, recognizable from its role as Gotham City Hall in The Dark Knight Rises, trailers lined both sides of a blocked off Forbes Avenue Extension, as well as a lane of traffic on Forbes Avenue as caterers, riggers, and actors hurried around. The Carnegie Music Hall was standing in for an elegant opera house or theatre in New York City for _The Last Wit...

    News | October 13, 2014

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