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From the ashes[edit]

I think the title, "From the ashes" is hokey and does not meet rigorous standards for neutrality. Should it be changed? JEN9841 (talk) 05:11, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

Section on Academics[edit]

I recently added a small section on academics. I found it bizarre that a University completely lacked such a section. I believe it should be expanded and should have information integrated into it from the rest of the article, namely the beginning. JEN9841 (talk) 05:02, 24 March 2009 (UTC)


Would others agree that there needs to be more pictures of the university on the website? I think pictures of important buildings, like the college of arts and sciences, college of business administration, Bulger, exchange residence hall, and the football stadium (when it is finished) should be added to the page. Pictures make a page much more pleasant to read and look at. JEN9841 (talk) 05:02, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

Akron U[edit]

Please tell me who took this edit out and why:

"The University of Akron is commonly incorrectly referred to as Akron University (or Akron U) not only nationally, but especially by locals [3]."

This is a pure fact and I can provide a countless number of sources and documentation if needed.

After all, even this article is redirected from "Akron University"

It says in their fight song, "Akron U" so this is obviously false. I can provide you with the fight song to prove this.


So far as I can tell, no other university site has a link to a local chapter of the AAUP. Wikipedia is not a link repository and I don't see the local union as being of requisite value to stay. Rkevins82 04:03, 17 August 2005 (UTC)

Public Universities in Ohio Template[edit]

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  • That's patently false. It hasn't been two weeks and the vote hasn't been closed; it's been 8 days. Template removed pending close of debate and I'd strongly urge the above editor to avoid making obviously untrue claims. Soltak | Talk 23:39, 4 October 2005 (UTC)


Zippy is a girl?!? where is the documentation for this. I can guarantee no students an the University know this. They all refer to Zippy as "he", or "him". I won't change it, but I would like to see just where that info came from.

Zippy has a pouch. Only female marsupials have pouches. Thus, Zippy is female. Rkevins82 16:03, 13 July 2006 (UTC)
If you go by that logic, then what the heck is Brutus the Buckeye? Buckeyes don't have faces, Or arms, legs, ect.
I have no idea what that has to do with Zippy. See [1]. Rkevins82 02:06, 7 August 2006 (UTC)
How many female kangaroos wear hats or have zippers on their pouch? --Texnofobix 03:03, 14 December 2006 (UTC)
This fact was told to me in my student orientation, she is one of two female D-1 Mascots, any idea of the other? JCrazy84 03:43, 30 December 2006 (UTC)

University President: "Well, as you know, a kangaroo is a unique animal, and a kangaroo who has a pouch is a female," Proenza said. "For the most part, nobody worries about the gender. Banner44 (talk) 05:14, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

Game servers[edit]

The University of Akron currently hosts several public Counter-Strike: Source servers. THe addfresses are:


Should these be inclided in the article? HawkerTyphoon 16:13, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

I say no --Dreaded Walrus 16:15, 28 August 2006 (UTC)
It is not what is expected of a Wikipedia article, it is also not relevant, nor official. University of Akron owns the IP block, that doesn't condone the activities (running servers, downloading / uploading via P2P) of the students assigned them. --UltraSkuzzi 19:30, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

Best-known/most well known[edit]

Neither of these phraseologies constitute vandalism, and I will block both of you if you edit this article again. DJ Clayworth 16:48, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

Note added on DJ Clayworth's talk page explaining that we did not think we were in violation of the 3RR HawkerTyphoon 16:58, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

The Black Keys?[edit]

I'm from the area (originally Ashland County, then Stark County), and I've never heard of this group. Especially considering that they dropped out of UofA, should they be included in this article? I'd remove them, but without a second opinion, I don't feel confident doing it.--Cheezymadman 20:09, 7 December 2006 (UTC)

Given that the Kent State page lists Joe Walsh (Also a drop out, though later given an honorary Music Ph.D.), I'd say this is probably a legit bit to have... (talk) 03:30, 19 March 2012 (UTC)


Routinely, it seems, someone replaces most of the article content with copy and pasted versions from several University of Akron "history" pages. Including but not limited to What Is A Zip? and Akron Atheletics History. Just thought I'd note why I routinely revert such actions. - A.J. (talk) 07:42, 7 June 2008 (UTC)


Three sources give radically different numbers for the University's endowment. The one cited in the article has an endowment of $212 million while the U.S. News and World Report page lists it at $53,543,726. Further the Yahoo Education page lists it at $176 million. Go figure. Which one is right? --JonRidinger (talk) 03:48, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

I have noticed the same issue above. I tried to bring some equality across the board with using the same reference for both KSU and Akron. I feel that we need to identify a reference that is most reliable. USNews seems to be it as of now. Pacificboyksu (talk) 12:52, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

Yes, we need to find out where each of these "sources" got their information from and what they base it off of. As far as I can find, there are several ways to define an "endowment" and how much it actually is (assets vs. actual money), so that may explain why there are such radically different numbers for Akron. Different sources have different numbers for other schools too (Kent State included), but not that much different from each other. But with one source saying $212 million while another lists $53.5 million and both sources are credible?? What we're after here is accuracy more than anything. --JonRidinger (talk) 05:31, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
It is blatantly obvious that the US News information is incorrect, as both KSU and The University of Akron have the same endowment reported. It has been reported by the university that the general endowment is in excess of 250 million and one of the top 100 endowments in the country. Apparently though some people feel that information from a university's home page is unreliable. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:44, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
Again...since three third-party sources all have vastly different numbers, it leads me to believe that there are different ways to define how big an endowment actually is. I found a fourth source that listed the top 200 endowments in the country and it had Akron at #198. A fifth source, the Sustainable Endowments Institute did a report where they "graded" the top 200 institutions with the largest endowments in the U.S. and Canada for 2008. Akron was not on the list. The only Ohio schools listed were Ohio State, Miami, Case-Western Reserve, and Oberlin. A side note, the U.S. News and World Report source listed endowments for both KSU and Akron that were similar, but not "the same". The reason we have to be careful with sources directly from the university, especially on outstanding claims, is that sometimes they are exaggerated for promotional reasons. That may or may not be true in this instance, but having a third party verfify independently what Akron's actual endowment is would make this a better article among many other improvements. KSU's endowment is really irrelevant to this article: we are looking for credible sources here to create a scholarly article, not a promotion of this or any school. See WP:SOURCES for more info on why this article needs as many non-University of Akron sources as possible. --JonRidinger (talk) 01:08, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Updated endowment using USNews reporting. USNews is more reliable than Petersons. Did the same for Kent State. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:28, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

John, I would prefer if you did not manage the University of Akron page any longer. Regardless of you intentions, you are a graduate of Kent State, UA's rival university. To those who may not know, that is the equivalent of an Auburn football fan editing an Alabama page. Unfortunately, I will be forced to report you if you decide to edit Akron's page in the future. I apologize for this inconvenience, I hope you understand my concerns. Thank you. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:20, 15 May 2010 (UTC)

Three points: First, I do not manage this article; I am a contributing editor and have removed quite a bit of vandalism from this page and other UA-related pages. There are others who contribute far more than I do and others still who have purposely vandalized this article. It isn't even close to one of my main interests. Any changes I make to this article like any article I edit are made in accordance with Wikipedia policy.
Second, my being a graduate of KSU is irrelevant and it is inapproriate to bring that up as a reason for me not to edit a particular article. Nowhere have I made edits that are negative, biased, nor inappropriate on this article or any UA-related article for that matter. You'll also note much of the Akron Zips men's basketball article was written by me (history in particular) using the university's own website and media guide as sources.
Finally, the endowment comment made by me above was made nearly two years ago and was based not on comparing UA to KSU, but actually in comparing three very different sources and trying to determine which one was correct if any. I also stated: "KSU's endowment is really irrelevant to this article." --JonRidinger (talk) 02:37, 15 May 2010 (UTC)

John, I see that you corrected my changes to the UA page merely hours after they were added. For someone with little interest in the UA page you seem to be right on top of that. Regardless, I appreciate your work on the Akron pages and I hope that we can come to an agreement on future additions to the page. Good day. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:37, 15 May 2010 (UTC)

That's because the pages are on my watchlist...along with over 800 others that I have edited previously or am interested in (any article I edit is automatically made part of my watchlist). I check Wikipedia fairly regularly, so I see when changes are made as the pages with the most recent changes are on the top of the list. I'm hardly checking this article itself very much at all (my last edit to this article was some time ago). By "little interest," I mean I don't devote a lot of time gathering sources, writing or re-writing large sections of the article, or going out and taking pictures like I have for other articles. I mostly keep an eye out for vandalism and incorrect, false, or unsourced information. As an editor I am editing solely as a Wikipedia editor and nothing more, meaning I follow the guidelines and suggestions here and try my best to add neutral, well-sourced, and encylcopedic information to any article when possible. School rivalries have no place how we edit articles. --JonRidinger (talk) 21:20, 15 May 2010 (UTC)
I do not see anything wrong with JonRidinger's contributions to this page. His place of graduation is indeed irrelevant, and I have seen no edits that would lead me to believe there is a conflict of interest in his editing of this page. Perhaps you could cite a specific instance where he makes a malicious edit and we can discuss it from there. JEN9841 (talk) 03:39, 16 May 2010 (UTC)
Recently and update was made citing US News as more 'reliable' as a source for the endowment over a national independent report. I backed this out as several Universities have refused participation in the US News & World Report rankings as the Universities deam that as biased toward "selectivity" and historical "top tier" institutions. As evidenced by looking at the US News Link that reports the number of undergrads at a pre 2005 level. Particpation in the US News survey was 46% in 2007. Check this article if you don't believe me. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:31, 26 May 2010 (UTC)
Numerous discussions over the years at Wikipedia:WikiProject Universities have resulted in a consensus that the NACUBO Endowment Study (now NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments) is the most reliable source for endowment values. The US News numbers are often outdated or just plain wrong. Alanraywiki (talk) 19:25, 26 May 2010 (UTC)


Ive uploaded a new pic of the Polymer Tower that is further back to fit the whole tower in including the small compartment on the left that isnt showing all the way on the current upclose, can we come to a consensus on what picture is best to display the tower?--Threeblur0 (talk) 13:34, 21 March 2009 (UTC)

Usually when you replace a picture it is because the newer picture is a significantly better picture than the one it replaced. To be honest, while your picture is a good picture, it really isn't better than the one it replaced. That's not to say it's worse either as they are both good pictures. While yours shows that "small compartment" it really isn't all that important in terms of why the picture is there. Think about it: will the reader have a lesser understanding of the University because that compartment isn't showing? Does it make that much of a difference? The problem I have with your picture is the layout. If you could crop out the bottom and the sides so that just the building is showing, it would look a lot better. The previous image Image:Ua goodyear polymer center exterior.jpg is cropped and centered. Honestly, though, I don't see why the picture that was previously there needed replaced. Remember, this article is about the University of Akron, not the polymer building, so it isn't critical that every square inch of the building be visible. What I recommend you do is upload this image (since it is yours) to the Commons and make sure it is placed in the category "University of Akron" then we can place a link on this page to a gallery containing all the images from that category. --JonRidinger (talk) 17:05, 21 March 2009 (UTC)

"Third Oldest"[edit]

I removed the statement "and is currently the third oldest college in the Ohio University System." First, it's the University System of Ohio. Second, while Akron was founded in 1870, the school was not a state school until 1968. When the first report from the USO came out a short time ago, it was the 1968 date that was listed for the "founded" year for Akron. So while it's one of the oldest universities, it's actually one of the youngest state universities. On top of that it's really not that important, even if it were the oldest. I also removed the statement that said the University was "the public research university for Northern Ohio." That statement is straight from the University's website so is definite POV, plus it's not accurate either as "northern Ohio" has multiple large public research universities (Kent State, Bowling Green, Cleveland State, Toledo, Youngstown State). Remember, this article is supposed to be neutral and third-party, not a promotional site for the University of Akron. --JonRidinger (talk) 02:44, 5 June 2009 (UTC)


I am worried about the copyright status of some of the images put up on the entry, namely the ones put up by Joeblow70. The images are:

  • Studentunion.jpg
  • UAarches.jpg
  • UA_honors_complex.jpg

JEN9841 (talk) 07:06, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

In checking those pics, they are obvious copyright violations as indicated by their source: the University of Akron website. To those who are uploading pictures, remember, pictures posted on the University's website are owned by the University and cannot be placed here without a rationale. Because all of the pictures are of buildings that currently exist, no rationale will be valid though. The weather is great: go out and take some pictures with your own camera and load them to the Commons for use on this article. If you need assistance, please let me know. The pictures currently being used on this page will likely be deleted soon anyway since they were uploaded to the Commons and the Commons only accepts public domain images. Repeated: anything on the University of Akron's website is not public domain and should not be placed here; text or images. Its copyright is owned by the University. --JonRidinger (talk) 05:48, 9 June 2009 (UTC)


I do not really have a problem with the content in the research section (though maybe it could use a little slimming down compared to the rest of the article) but I do think it isn't appropriate to have sections for each type of research, where Pulmonary-Infection Treatment, Dry-adhesive nanotechnology, Ceramic Nanofiber Technology, Araneae Evolution, Hurricane Suppression by Supersonic Boom, and the BioInnovation Institute each have there own sections. I think this makes the table of contents look imbalanced and places too much emphasis on research compared to the rest of the article. What do you guys think? JEN9841 (talk) 05:24, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

I think they can be mentioned individually if they are notable or substantial. If not, I would just combine them into a "research" section. Pretty much every university has research, but this article should mention the facets of Akron's research that are unique or at least substantial compared to others. Just make sure they aren't word-for-word copies from the University's website. --JonRidinger (talk) 05:35, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

Copyright violations with Pictures[edit]

I am writing here before I delete some pictures that are clear copyright violations. Each of the images was uploaded by Kh156. The images are:

It is taken from:
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I have also nominated these three images for deletion on wikimedia commons. JEN9841 (talk) 06:09, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

Picture size[edit]

I thought I posted this yesterday must I must have been mistaken. Someone (an anonymous IP) has been changing my edits that took the pictures sizes from 350 pixels down to 200 pixels. 350 pixels is enormously too large. The IP address, in changing the images sizes from 200 to 350, instructed me to "compare to image sizes on every other university's wiki page." Since this is not possible, take a look at perhaps the most well-trafficked and most tastefully made entry for a university, Harvard University. All of the images on this page are 200 pixels, and I found one that was slightly over 200 pixels. 350 is far too large for these images. From now on, please discuss any changes to images before making the edit. Thank you. JEN9841 (talk) 20:49, 13 September 2009 (UTC)


I have streamlined the research section by removing a number of subsection headers. The reason for this is that each different instance of research does not require or need its own section. In fact, with all of the headers, it was overcrowding the table of contents and makes the article look unwieldy. If anyone wants to change the way the section is organized, please discuss it here first. JEN9841 (talk) 14:44, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

Article grade[edit]

I don't want to start a battle over how good or not this article is (and nothing personal at all JEN), but as far as I know, the procedure for "grading" an article is that a person who has done extensive edits to the page usually doesn't also evaluate it, due to potential bias. Someone from the Ohio Wikiproject who has preferably not edited this article much at all would need to evaluate it. Personally, I'd probably give this article a "C" rating as it currently stands based on my reading of Wikipedia:WikiProject_Ohio/Assessment#Quality_scale, though I feel like I have possibly made too many edits here to be considered unbiased myself. Would definitely like to see what a total "outsider" to this article thinks. --JonRidinger (talk) 04:33, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

Third largest[edit]

I removed a claim in the intro that stated "The third largest university in Ohio" with a reference pointing to In reading the page I saw no such statement there. Even if I had, it would still not be true as UA ranks behind Ohio State, Cincinnati, and Kent State in enrollment numbers. If anything, it would be the third-largest single-campus by enrollment in Ohio, but not third-largest university in Ohio by enrollment. --JonRidinger (talk) 07:39, 31 December 2009 (UTC)

Third largest revisited[edit]

Please see my previous comments about the "third-largest" claim. The source provided merely validates the Fall 2009 enrollment number at UA; it does not state that Akron is the third-largest university in Ohio and therefore cannot be used as a source to the claim. The enrollment number also does not specify whether it includes the students at Wayne College or the Medina County Center or just the main campus (though they are mentioned in the report). When all students are counted, Akron is 5th largest from the most recent enrollment stats behind Ohio State, Cincinnati, Kent State, and Ohio U. It's similar to Ohio State's claim of largest university in the's the largest campus in the US (or near it), but not the largest university since a university can and often does include more than one campus (Akron included). And even then, each school deals with and classifies its regionals very differently. If anything, Akron is the third-largest campus in Ohio based on enrollment as far as I can see using total number of students (graduate and undergraduate/full-time and part-time). --JonRidinger (talk) 02:51, 15 May 2010 (UTC)

I tagged the citation for the statement "third-largest main campus in Ohio" with the self-published tag as the source is a Google document that contains large amounts of opinion written specifically for Wikipedia by someone clearly connected to the University of Akron. It also does not take into account the fact that Akron's enrollment stats do not specify whether or not it includes those at its own regional campus of Wayne College (or even the few in Medina) or that the reported numbers are only the main campus. Further, statements in this Google document about the role of regional campuses has absolutely no reliable sources backing it up what it says, such as equating the regionals with "community colleges". Claims like these need to be substantiated by reliable sources such as news reports and statistics. Personal opinions on what one believes should count as enrollment and size rankings and what shouldn't are irrelevant here. --JonRidinger (talk) 17:06, 22 September 2010 (UTC)

The "The"[edit]

As a current student, the University is placing significant emphasis that the "The" is a part of the name, an auxiliary department even going so far as making a correction (no points deducted) on an assignment of mine for omitting it. Not sure what Wiki policy is on this, so I didn't want to just start editing up the article. (talk) 03:35, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

See WP:THE#Universities. I think it's more an issue of common usage vs. official usage. The UA websites and materials generally have "The" capitalized consistently. --JonRidinger (talk) 19:08, 19 March 2012 (UTC)
Indeed, the University does call itself consistently as "The" (on the website and elsewhere), however, it has never caught on in common usage (I am open to be proven otherwise). --Truther2012 (talk) 22:14, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

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POV issues[edit]

This article rightly has tags at the top of the page for POV issues. I have been working over the past week to alleviate these concerns basically by doing nothing other than deleting POV material and rewording where appropriate. The tag for citations to self-published sources does not seem appropriate though. I do not see the citations to self-published sources. I welcome anyone to help with this article's POV issues and to enlighten me why it has the self-published sources tag. JEN9841 (talk) 05:56, 22 December 2016 (UTC)

Since no one has responded, I am going to remove the "no self-published sources" tag, leaving the others for now while I continue to work on this article's POV issues. JEN9841 (talk) 18:11, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
I have removed quite a bit of what I deemed to be POV material from this page over the past few weeks. I think the article is basically ready to have the tags for press release and advertisement removed. Unless someone points out any further issues with the article, I plan on removing the POV tags at the top of the page in a few days. JEN9841 (talk) 06:05, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
@JEN9841: It looks like you have done good work. I don't object to removing the tags so long as nobody else does either. Piguy101 (talk) 00:55, 12 January 2017 (UTC)