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#OriginStory

#OriginStory

When Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Chris Messina (A'03) first suggested using a hashtag (#) sign on Twitter on Aug. 23, 2007, he was just trying to help people group together topics.

What he did was create a cultural phenomenon, one that extends beyond social media to include tattoos, album covers and Super Bowl ads.

"I'm always happily surprised when I discover an unexpected use of the hashtag," Messina said.

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Creativity & the Arts

King of New York

King of New York

Two years ago, Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Corey Cott (A'12) landed the lead in one of Broadway's biggest hits right after graduation. The Disney musical "Newsies" is ending its New York City run on Aug. 24.

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Global Society & Economy

Adventure Begins!

Adventure Begins!

The Carnegie Mellon University adventure began this week at Orientation for nearly 1,600 first-year students at the Pittsburgh and Doha campuses. For the next four years the Class of 2018 will explore unlimited possibilities to transform themselves and prepare to change the world. The best part: Choosing their own adventure.

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Performance Parking

Performance Parking

Carnegie Mellon University professors Mark Fichman and Stephen Spear are driving innovation for urban parking problems. A pilot study has dramatically improved parking patterns near CMU's Pittsburgh campus. Their low-cost methods could be a catalyst, transforming Pittsburgh into a model for other cities.

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