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This should be two articles
This could hardly be considered an article about Huntingdon College. If anything, it should be split with the college being one article and the Red lady being another. It would make sense to refer to the Red Lady and other ghosts (as Huntingdon is well known for them), but they should not dominate the article. Huntingdon College is an educational institution, not a center for paranormal studies. BobertWABC (talk) 15:14, 11 March 2008 (UTC)
- I'm doing just that. I've put a section into this article with minimal info on the Red Lady, and am creating a new article specifically devoted to her that will contain "the rest of the story." - Ecjmartin (talk) 19:05, 15 May 2010 (UTC)
Wording in Alumni section
Article Is Misleading
Many of what I can only assume are new additions have some problems with not only wording, but with references. The statement in the opening section, "Students receive a personal laptop for their use while at the college and to keep upon graduation." is technically true, though misleading as the price of the laptop is included in students tuition.
Under Accreditation, everything following the sentence "Huntingdon College was on accreditation probation for two academic years, from 2005-2007 thereby being taken off probation in January 2007." has nothing further to do with accreditation. Instead, this is the generic information the college gives out to prospective students to dissuade their fears when they hear of the past accreditation issues. None of the facts listed are cited and should either be given citations or removed. The wording of those that I do know to be true from my time in attendance at the institution are worded in a biased nature toward the college.
Furthermore, "Huntingdon may be unique among liberal arts colleges in giving both a free laptop computer to every freshman, and a free foreign travel experience to every senior." is simply untrue as Huntingdon's laptops and travel programs are both included in the price of each student's tuition. They are not free. That information is readily accessible in (at least older versions of) the college catalog, and this should be easily verifiable if the administration is directly questioned on the subject or the catalog is referenced. The wording of the statement (apart from the questionable nature of the facts presented) is also such to make it seem more appealing.
The Rankings section needs more citation.
I'm not sure if Harper Lee's short stint at Huntingdon qualifies her as an alumna. Perhaps that is simply a practice that changes from institution to institution. I don't know.
Though I'm not familiar enough with Wikipedia to know what tags and edits are appropriate, I do certainly wish to point out what seem to me to be attempts to present the college in a biased light rather than a factual and neutral one. I certainly hope someone with more knowledge of the inner workings of Wikipedia than I will examine this article.
The Accreditation section mentions the state of the institution's accreditation. The last paragraph then sounds somewhat like an institutional plea to the reader to ignore the accreditation issue by saying something to the effect of, "But we're getting money now!" The fact are reported: The college is accredited, it was put on probation (with reasons given) from 2005 - 2007, probation was lifted. There doesn't need to be anything else said. If SACS felt that probation could be lifted, the problem should be solved and thus need no further explanation.
If this happens to be incorrect, then at the very least, the statements of new monies coming in should be corroborated by some sort of citation.
"Red Lady" section
While I wholeheartedly concur in the objections noted above to the previous (rather lengthy) retelling of the "Red Lady" story in this article, I don't think that all mention of her should have been removed from the article altogether. Accordingly, I put a new section on the Red Lady into this article, with very minimal info; I've also created an article on the Red Lady of Huntingdon College, which readers can access to obtain the complete story. I hope this will prove satisfactory to other editors of this article; if not, please let me know, or feel free to change it! - Ecjmartin (talk) 19:04, 15 May 2010 (UTC)