Billionaires' contribution to the American Dream
Although billionaires are largely revered in the U.S., their societal value and power over politics are far greater than they have any right to be. The latest example is Michael Bloomberg, whose rumored announcement of his presidential candidacy has created further uncertainty in an already crowded field of Democratic candidates after the first candidates started dropping out.Forum | November 18, 2019
The Tartan's plea against Christmas music in Nov.
Every year, we end Halloween with satisfaction and sugar. Children go to sleep with full stomachs and chocolate-stained fingers. Parents take buckets of candy off their porches. Teenagers wipe gory makeup off their faces. Adults stumble home from Halloween parties with their capes dragging across dirty concrete and their feet wobbling in shiny plastic boots before they collapse gratefully into bed...Forum | November 11, 2019
Reducing loneliness key to improving wellness at CMU
It's no secret that college can be a challenging environment, and Carnegie Mellon is no exception. Last week, on Tartan Community Day, Dietrich professor David Creswell presented the results of the Life@CMU study, a project that began in 2017 to attempt to quantify aspects of students' wellbeing. Although our campus has been engaging in an ongoi...Forum | November 4, 2019
Adjunct faculty deserve more
Over the past 40 years, the number of non-tenure track faculty has grown from 25 percent of the professorial labor force at institutions of higher education to a little over 75 percent. The absolute numbers of adjunct faculty show an even more drastic growth, as the last 40 years have also seen an increase in the number of students attending post-secondary schools. Now, around 700,000 faculty memb...Forum | October 14, 2019
CMU: get politically active!
In 1969, The Tartan reported that the Carnegie Mellon Student Senate claimed: “a demonstration on the CMU campus was about as unlikely as a meteor hitting Warner Hall.” A week later, that statement was proven false when students and faculty marched to protest campus construction and supported the Black Construction Coalition and black construction workers in Pittsburgh. Even at the time, the stude...Forum | October 7, 2019