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The Japanese midget rumor was mentioned in The Torch. It did seem like a joke, but just for safety's sake I included it. -- LGagnon 05:49, Apr 9, 2005 (UTC)

Okay, I saw that article now. The Clockwork Orange comparison is apt :)
I can confirm that the suicide rumor was rampant in the '80s though (back then, the usual story was that he found the big concrete lobby areas depressing after seeing them built). --iMb~Meow 06:14, 9 Apr 2005 (UTC)


I love how someone took the high res images I put in here and replaced them with grainy knock offs of the same places. Drake P. 17:44, 26 February 2010 (UTC)

Sodexho Contract[edit]

Rumor has said that Sodexho's contract has expired and we are no longer going to use them for food services. If someone can confirm, this needs changing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by CranstonIde (talkcontribs) 13:26, 25 April 2011 (UTC)

Problem of the Week[edit]

I added the link to the problem of the week since I do it every week. Its very fun. Give it a try! - Terrible school. A year of my life was spent here. One I won't miss.Freddy Tsao

Academics Departments[edit]

Do we really need this section? It doesn't seem to add much to the article other than bloat. -- LGagnon 04:43, 23 November 2005 (UTC)

  • Yes, the higher ed collaboration is/was working on a set of sections that should be in each article. While the section is currently nothing more than a list, it should eventually link to the different schools and majors. Vvuppala 04:50, 23 November 2005 (UTC)
  • However, the list is not internally consistent. The undergraduate section lists organizational units (departments), which do not correspond precisely to majors. (For example, the Charlton Department of Accounting and Finance offers the two majors that its name suggests.) The graduate section lists degrees offered, such as (again from Charlton), MBA. I'm not in a position to make value judgments as to which is more useful or otherwise more appropriate, but there should be some consistency between the two. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:48, 16 October 2009 (UTC)

Dan Rubin is not famous[edit]

he doesnt exist and further more I am deleting it now cause he sucks. -- User:Utterlunacy

This article is not your personal opinion column. -- LGagnon 12:46, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

Little Red Book Controversy[edit]

I removed the phrase "the leader of the depression era 'Clyde Barrow Gang'" after the name of Clyde Barrow as it seemed to me to be a joke or hoax. The gangster Clyde Barrow died in 1934. MacPhilbin 01:29, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

Wouldn't the references in this section look and work better if recycled to go into the reflist? Rammer (talk) 17:57, 23 February 2009 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:UMass-Dartmouth-logo2007.png[edit]

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BetacommandBot (talk) 21:58, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

RfC on disambiguation[edit]

Please see RfC at Talk:Dartmouth#Dartmouth:_Disambiguation_or_Redirection.3F. --Noleander (talk) 00:53, 14 September 2011 (UTC)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Not an Alumnus[edit]

Someone added Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of Boston Marathon Bombings infamy to the list of notable UMD alumni and someone else took him off the list on the ground that he was not an alumnus. The stated objection was slightly incorrect: any former student is in fact an alumnus, even if they never earned a degree. Tsarnaev is not an alumnus— but not because he hasn't earned a degree. He is (as of the day he was arrested) still currently a student, although he presumably will be unable to continue his studies. Aside from the fact that the university might expel him, he is facing a life (or even death) sentence if (as seems almost certain) he is found guilty of any one of the many crimes he is being charged with. (Also, some news reports have stated that he was getting bad grades and was about to flunk out.) In any case, he will be an alumnus at some point in the future, once his classmates graduate, even if he himself never graduates. Timothy Horrigan (talk) 03:18, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

He is of course not really a notable person per se, aside from being one of two perpetrators of a horrendous crime. I doubt he will ever rate his own Wikipedia article. Timothy Horrigan (talk) 03:25, 20 April 2013 (UTC)
He has his own Wikipedia page infused with his deceased brother. Regardless of the things he did, he is famous for be it good or bad reasons. Heck, even the DC Snipers have their own Wikipedia pages as well as McVeigh and the failed 2010 Times Square bomber. Dzhokhar is notable to have (and will eventually) his own Wikipedia page. If some random Korean football player who plays in a Korean football can have his own page, then he will. weka (talk) 07:40, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
I still think that he should be mentioned somewhere on this page — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:35, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
I just read the discussion here and apologize for my mistake... I was the one who originally removed the name from the list for not being an alumnus... it seems that I was right that he wasn't an alumnus, but for the wrong reasons, as noted above. I had been operating off the definition of "alumnus" included elsewhere on Wikipedia: "An alumnus (masculine, plural 'alumni') or alumna (feminine, plural 'alumnae') is a graduate of a school, college, or university." That said, I admit that I had just recently made a second correction re-removing the name with a similar reason before someone pointed out this discussion out to me; only then did I realize my error. So, again, my removal of his name from the alumnus list is currently correct at the present time, even if my stated reason may be off, depending on the definition of alumnus used. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:22, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

Sorry but that's a misunderstanding of the modern definition of "alumnus." For better or worse - worse, IMHO - it has become watered down to simply mean "anyone who attended" without regard to whether they graduated. I suspect this has been driven by the desire to make the alumni pool larger so institutions can solicit money from more people but I'm not completely sure if the historical record would support that (but I'm about 85% sure it would). ElKevbo (talk) 19:38, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

Dzhokhar Tsarnev does not belong in the "Notable Alumni" section. While the exact definition of the word "Alumni" may be up for debate here, Tsarnev does not in any way meet the definition of the word "notable" (Worthy of attention or notice; remarkable.) There are people who have done remarkable things on this list, and including a terrorist on the list is not only wrong, but it is also doing a disservice to the other people included on this list. Tsarnev's story belongs somewhere else on this page, perhaps under the "History" section, but he should not be regarded as a "Notable Alumni". For that reason, I will once again remove his name from the list. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:01, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

Please see WP:NPOV and WP:N; in short, notability isn't dependent on your whether you like something or someone but on whether the subject has received a significant amount of attention in reliable sources. ElKevbo (talk) 22:33, 2 May 2013 (UTC)
To assert that what Tsarnaev has done isn't notable is, to put it succinctly, ignorant. I'm guessing you're a student at his university, and I can see why his actions would outrage the student body. But to insinuate that he's not "notable" because his fame/notoriety comes from a heinous criminal act, is wrong. By that same logic, Timothy McVeigh, the Unabomber, Eric Rudolph, John Wayne Gacy, Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Hitler, Pol Pot, Joseph Kony, etc are not notable or worthy of inclusion on this project because they, too, were evil. Notability does NOT carry with it an implied positive connotation. Notability can be good, bad or indifferent. Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been talked about in the news more times in the past two weeks than any person on the planet. His criminal act has headlined CNN, MSNBC, USA Today, BBC, etc for the past two weeks. A Google search of his name yields 320,000,000 results, which grows every hour. Simply put, he is notable. Your continued insistance in engaging in an edit war and removing the content is only going to result in you being blocked from editing. Cut it out. (talk) 23:37, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

To this day people keep removing him from notable alumni. Whether or not people like it, he's notable and an alumnus. Why is this even a question? (talk) 14:35, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

Because some of us, REAL alumni of UMD, don't like what he did, and want him shunned. - Denimadept (talk) 07:04, 14 February 2015 (UTC)