Carnegie Mellon University

May 3, 2024

Greetings, Students & Scholars!

Congrats, Tartans, you've worked so hard this semester and we're so proud of you all! Take a break after the great work you've done this semester with one of the events happening across the city this week. You've earned it! We hope you enjoy this issue of the OIE "Friday Greetings" email, and check out our last Friday Greeting of the semester next week!

OIE & CMU News & Events

Cinco de Mayo

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Saturday is Cinco de Mayo, a day of remembrance for the Battle of Puebla, though, in the U.S., the day has become a commercialized holiday. Before you join in any festivities, we encourage everyone to take time to learn a little more about the history of the holiday with this article written by CMU community members. CMU is proud of our diverse Latine community on campus, in Pittsburgh and beyond!

Summer Travel Information

If you're planning on traveling this summer, make sure you check out our travel tips and advice as well as our FAQ page! As always, stay up-to-date by frequently viewing OIE's news and updates via our website. Have fun and stay safe wherever the next few months take you!

Residence Halls Close

All residence halls close at noon on Wednesday, May 8, for all residents not approved for summer housing. For more information about spring move-out, check out Student Affair's tips, and if you have questions, contact Remember your "off-campus residence" address must be your current U.S. residential address, so if your living situation will change for the summer you will need to update your information in SIO. Be sure to review out our information about maintaining your legal status on our website for more information.

May the 4th Star Wars Events

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May the fourth be with you! On Saturday, May 4, celebrate Star Wars Day with the newly established CMU Star Wars Club with events happening all day! Have you ever wanted to train as a Jedi? Want to take part in a scavenger hunt? Or maybe you need to unwind with a good movie after finals. Check out all the fun events planned! Learn more about this event.

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Our Pittsburgh Picks

Witness for the Prosecution

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Order in the courtroom! From May 3-12, don't just watch a play, join in. Be one of the jurors and experience the shocking testimony and impassioned outbursts from witnesses as a young man and his attorney fight to escape a final verdict. The mission of Prime Stage is to bring great literature to life through the transformative process of live theatre. Don't just watch a play, join in! Learn more about this event.

2024 Drive-In Movies in the Parks

Bring the popcorn! On Saturday, May 4, at 6 p.m., enjoy Moana like you've never seen it. Enjoy free family-friendly movies in a classic drive-in style setting at the Allegheny County Parks! Movies are scheduled to start at sunset; closed captioning is available upon request. You're invited to bring your own food, drinks, and snacks. Learn more about this event.

TacoMania Block Party

Event poster with text Spring Artists Market, saturday may 6, 10 am to 4 pm with refreshments from two frays brewers and PGH Halal truck

On Sunday, May 5, from 2 to 8 p.m., check out the Cinco de Mayo TACOMANIA Block Party! This event will offer an unparalleled line-up of local food vendors and live on-stage mayhem. For one day only at the South Side Works, a dozen of the city's top-tier taco spots will bring you all their best offerings, all in one place. Plus, live music from both DJ Breis and the Eagleburger Band. But that's only the beginning! Because this isn't just a taco fest… it's tacoMANIA, which means you can see all the best local pro wrestling performers. This event is free and open to all, though alcoholic drink tickets can be purchased for those 21+ with a valid government ID. Learn more about this event.

Panther Hollow Wildflower Walk

On Wednesday, May 8, at 5 p.m., join the Schenley Park Rangers on a two-mile hike exploring the park's wildflowers. Learn how to recognize and identify various native and non-native species. Rangers will also discuss anything else exciting you may see along the way! The hike begins at the Schenley Park Visitor Center. It may include cobblestone pathways, stairs, and moderate to steep inclines up to 8% grade. Learn more about this event.

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