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Needs updating[edit]

Popular Culture -- The reference to Indiana Jones in this section is complete nonsense! Indiana Jones was a professor at the fictional "Marshal University" in New York, not Marshall University in Huntington WV. Also, why not add the "We Are Marshall" movie in this section?

This page needs to be updated. It discusses things that are "going to happen" in 2005.


Marshall, and every other state college, has granted an "honorary doctorate" to every governor and senator, and most every US House member and other notable politician, from the state since at least 1940. That hardly qualifies Mr. Manchin, a WVU graduate, as a "famous alumni" unless you wish to likewise list him as an alumni of the other 15 state collegs, and list every other public office holder as a MU alumni. --SamC 03:20, 28 January 2006 (UTC)SamC

Marshall could not have been controlled by the "Southern Methodist Church" in 1837 as the Methodist Episcopal Church, South did not exist until 1845.

Does anyone have figures for current enrollment?--Andreidude 18:24, 30 Aug 2004 (UTC)

16,500 in 2004

Undergraduate enrollment hovers around upper 13,000's. That number does not include the Graduate College. Freshman enrollment seen an increase each year since 2007. This year experienced an 11% increase in incoming freshman (almost 1,900). Marshall hopes to increase that number to 2000 freshman enrollments by 2012. End of semester projections are currently at 13,800 students.--mushadd 16:47, 28 Oct 2009 (UTC)


Billy Crystal -- actor and standup comedian who attended Marshall on a baseball scholarship (he was a shortstop) before transferring to New York University.

Soupy Sales (real name Milton Supman) -- the comic and 1950's children's television host attended, but did not graduate from, Marshall. He was a journalism major.

Frank "Gunner" Gatski -- played center for Marshall, University of Alabama, and the Cleveland Browns. Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Hal Greer -- star guard for Marshall, Syracuse Nationals, and Philadelphia 76ers basketball teams. Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Marvin L. Stone -- Marshall alumnus, former editor of US News and World Report and former director of the United States Information Agency.

Troy Brown -- 13 years after scoring a touchdown on a 99-yard screen pass (against Virginia Military Institute) and establishing NCAA records for kickoff return and punt return averages, he plays wide receiver (and occasional safety) for the New England Patriots football team.

Randy Moss -- after two years rewriting record books as a Marshall wide receiver and seven seasons starring with the Minnesota Vikings, he is presently a wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy vote in 1997.

Chad Pennington -- after four seasons as the star quarterback of the Thundering Herd, he is currently the starting quarterback for the New York Jets football team.

Byron Leftwich -- succeeded Pennington as Marshall's starting quarterback and, like Pennington, was one of the Heisman Trophy candidates who finished in the top five in votes in his senior year. Leftwich is currently the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League.

Marshall University: Shouldn't we replace the local "notables" with more widely-known people associated with Marshall?[edit]

The two individuals on the Marshall page are of local interest only and should be replaced with those with national and/or global interest, say Billy Crystal, Soupy Sales, Troy Brown, Chad Pennington, and Byron Leftwich, to name a few.

Huntington resident Pierre LaCock adopted the stage name of Peter Marshall in honor of Marshall College in the early 1960's.

B.Wind (MU 1985) 04:18, 09 Jun 2005

Would anybody object if I move the "Notables" section above (with the names in alphabetical order) and replace the local so-called "notables" in the main article? Unless someone objects or beats me to the punch, I plan to do so by 01 July 05.

If there are nationally- and internationally-well-known people with ties to Marshall who don't have football ties, please add them to the list above. I don't want MU to be known as a "football school" -- that's Notre Dame's job!

B.Wind (MU 1985) 16:19 24 June 2005

I think that you should go ahead with your change, but keep the academic notables on the site, albeit under a different heading. Youngamerican 29 June 2005 18:13 (UTC) (MU BA 2002, MA 2005)

Needs More Information on Academics[edit]

The article barely skims over what Marshall does in terms of academics and research, while focusing almost entirely on football. This is an article about a university, not about a football team. I suggest, for one, that we keep the focus of this main Marshall University article on the university and not on sports, and that if we want to throw in extra material about football, we create a separate article specifically for that purpose (such as "football at Marshall University").

There are plenty of facts I can add to this article about the school in terms of academic programs and research, but it will be muted by the lengthy discourse on football until it is moved to a more appropriate place. I think having the plane crash still in the article (and maybe adding some more to it??) might be a good idea, and the main sports section could stay in, it just needs to be summarized in one medium to short paragraph, with a header link to the same material, including the plane crash in another article.

1stcontact2035 (talk) 14:11, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

Disability Services at Marshall[edit]

Marshall University has some of the most advanced disability services for college students in the United States. I don't know why this article doesn't talk about this. The College Program for Students with Asperger's Syndrome was the first of its kind in this US, a full assistance program for students with Asperger's syndrome and higher functioning autism disorder working independently of main disability services at Marshall. Marshall has many of these specialized disability support programs, which is unique as far as large universities go.

1stcontact2035 (talk) 14:18, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

West Virginia Autism Training Center[edit]

Marshall University houses the main office of the West Virginia Autism Training Center, and also is a premier university with regards to services towards students with autism and academic programs regarding autism. This article skips over these important facts.

1stcontact2035 (talk) 14:20, 20 February 2010 (UTC)