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Revisions made by 216.249.51.238 to boast about business faculty, please source your claims. It doesn't help that your IP address resolves to WLU. Someone from the business faculty perhaps? - --Iamhenry (talk) 05:24, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

Updated the site to reflect several incorrect links. updated the links for "Dr. Max Blouw" as it was listed to direct to Dr. Roseharts page. Further updated the location as it attempted to link to "waterloo, brantford, kitchener, ontario" likely because someone updating the information did not know how to adjust the information correctly. I added the additional campus locations and used correct links to the individual city page as well. 99.236.186.75 06:11, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

Third revision by PeterK (24.112.245.31), just wanted to let you know.

Just so you know, I just got off the phone with one of the folks at Laurier and he would like to send me some accurate content that can be put on this page. This was in response to my request for a logo to put on the page. He said that any content that he sends me can be publicly released on this page. Timc 20:57, 25 Mar 2004 (UTC)

I have pasted in revised text as received from WLU. Unfortunately, I cannot get any images of the University crest for this page. My contact at WLU says: "We deal with requests on a case-by-case basis and if the logos were to be used only on your site, we'd have no problem with that. However, if all images and text are to be made available, we'd prefer to have no logo." Timc 16:38, 29 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Its such a beautiful school. Can we change the picture of campus to something prettier?CRAZYBUBBA 21:28, 26 May 2007 (UTC)

I updated the sidebar to note that Dr. Robert Roseharts term hasn't actually expired yet, and so listing Max Blouw as president before september is incorrect. Minor Change, but wanted to point that out. (72.143.172.142 03:46, 5 June 2007 (UTC))

History section is a mess[edit]

Fine writing by university students. the history section and the ability to follow its development is a mess. logic and ordering of information is needed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.10.167.113 (talk) 16:21, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

Removed "Today Wilfrid Laurier University emphasizes liberal arts" from the history section as this this is not the case and was not remotely supported by the reference provided: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0008593 -Mike — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.226.63.204 (talk) 02:30, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

Took a stab at cleaning it up. Blotto adrift (talk) 19:10, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Weasel words[edit]

"The school is known particularily for its business program, political science department, graduate school of social work, and faculty of music." Ardenn 04:33, 10 April 2006 (UTC)

Team Names[edit]

You can check the laurier athletics site. The Golden Hawk name was used long before 1981. In fact team in the 60s were the golden hawks


I went to WLU from 1973 (When it was Waterloo Lutheran) to 1978. The athletics teams were the Golden Hawks for years before I arrived. The Laurier Athletics site the previous poster refers to is www.laurierathletics.com. As evidence, at the bottom of the page on this link (http://www.laurierathletics.com/alumni/hofmembers.asp?inductyear=1995) there is a picture of the 1967/68 basketball team. Notice that their uniforms say "Hawks", not "Mules". My SPECULATION is that the name Mules was used for a time during and/or possibly following Waterloo College's affiliation with University of Western Ontario, whose teams were the Mustangs. The Golden Hawk name was adopted no later than the mid-60s.

BTW, I am now a faculty member at WLU. 69.196.9.156 01:16, 10 September 2006 (UTC) amarshal@wlu.ca


I found the information on the team names. Wilfrid Laurier was founded in 1911 as Waterloo College of University of Western Ontario. Western's teams were the Mustangs (men) and Colts (women) and Waterloo College teams were the Mules and Mulletes for the men and women, respectively. In 1957, the teams were definitely the Mules and Mulettes. In 1959, The Province of Ontario established three universities: Waterloo Lutheran University, University of St. Jerome's College and University of Waterloo. It was the University of Waterloo that continued to use the names Mules and Mulettes. The name Mules was dropped quickly and replaced with Warriors.

This comes from the University of Waterloo Wikipedia entry and a history document on the University of Waterloo website: http://www.athletics.uwaterloo.ca/Alumni/Gold%20and%20Black%20Newsletter/July_2006.pdf 74.108.134.40 00:20, 1 October 2006 (UTC) amarshal@wlu.ca

I have now edited this information into the article. 74.108.134.40 05:58, 13 November 2006 (UTC) amarshal@wlu.ca

What's In A Name?[edit]

I've added a 'citation needed' notation for the comment that the uni administration confirmed that the name Wilfrid Laurier University was chosen solely because of the initials were the same as Waterloo Lutheran University. I went to Laurier in the late 80s-early 90s - many believed that this was the case, but the university always maintained that the school was named to honour Laurier. Blotto adrift 17:26, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

I graduated in '04, and don't know exactly on the origins, but I don't think I ever came across the school promoting the fact that it was renamed in homage to Wilfrid Laurier the man, but that it was just a conveniant fit as they moved away from their Lutheran roots. 24.68.249.197 20:22, 6 June 2007 (UTC)

It seems everyone has a story about WLU being retained to keep the initials-- I have even heard stories about doing it to save on having to order new stationary, but there are no official citations for this. However, I don't think this warrants leaving it out altogether. The best documentation we have for this to date is simply the Cord archives from 1973 until someone can find a better reference beyond anecdotal evidence. --Iamhenry (talk) 21:07, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

An additional note regarding Jdarryls1 creating the section - because the creator of a section is NOT the owner. If you can find better content, contribute it, otherwise please stop being petty. --Iamhenry (talk) 18:08, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

Isn't there a current push to refer to the school as "Laurier University" instead of "Wilfred Laurier University" as part of a branding campaign? I notice that on the website the logos and navigation all just refer to "Laurier" now, although the page's title property still says Wilfred Laurier University. Kilkenny71 (talk) 19:38, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Wilfrid laurier seal.jpg[edit]

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Brantford Campus[edit]

Could someone please add more information on the Brantford campus? --Lesouris 05:19, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

Is there still interest in more information on the two satellite campuses? --MikaelC 19:20, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

I filled in a bit about the Brantford Campus. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Abrownguy (talkcontribs) 06:40, 6 January 2009 (UTC)

Rae no longer the Chancellor[edit]

Rae is no longer WLU's chancellor. Look on WLU's main webpage for confirmation. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.13.81.119 (talk) 20:24, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

  • Then please edit that, thanks! Firewal2 (talk) 13:20, 23 April 2008 (UTC)

Quality scale[edit]

I assigned a quality rating of 'Start' on the Canada project banner for two principal reasons; (1) the article depth is less than similar Ontario universities, and (2) there is less inline referencing than there ought to be. I think the article is reasonably close to 'B' class, but isn't at that level yet. PKT (talk) 13:53, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

Numbers need fixing. There are 11,689 undergrads and 729 grads in the University, the article says, but the Waterloo campus is "home" to 15,000 students. Is there a common source of student numbers being used by Wikipedia for Ontario/Canadian universities? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 218.186.8.228 (talk) 08:55, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

Faculty of Music[edit]

I removed the "Faculty of Music" section, because to be frank, it isn't notable and doesn't deserve a place in the article. Quoting WLU's own student newspaper won't change that fact. GreenJoe 22:30, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

It most certainly is notable. Laurier is known primarily as a music and business school. Specifically, UW President summed up the local school's strengths in this way: "Conestoga College's strengths in health sciences, media studies and trades; Waterloo's strengths in engineering and computer science; Laurier's strengths in music and business education; and nearby Guelph with its health and life sciences and agri-food expertise." The quote from the student newspaper had facts, such as the fact that Laurier's music program attracts more out-of-provine students than any other program. This of course means that it is well known across the country. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 65.93.26.150 (talk) 07:46, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

Here is what I removed from the article:

The internationally renowned Faculty of Music at Laurier is considered one of the best in the country[1], with programs in performance, music education, composition, music history, church music, theory and music therapy. In addition, Laurier is home to the Penderecki String Quartet - an internationally recognised group playing largely new compositions. The music faculty boasts two performance spaces - the Theatre Auditorium and the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall (named after the famous contralto and former chancellor of WLU). The faculty also attracts a greater percentage of students from outside Ontario than any other faculty at Laurier. [2] Laurier Msuic program boasts the only Masters Degree in Music Therapy. Laurier's strength in "music and business education" is touted as one of the reasons that Waterloo Region is a "powerful educational hub" by UW president David Johnson. [3]

Here are the issues I have with it:

  1. It contains peacock terms, and simply boasts about the faculty, not providing any real information.
  2. It isn't notable. The Cord's own article on this acknowledges that no one at Laurier even knows there is a music faculty. Thus it isn't notable.
  3. The references provided don't back up the "facts" in the article, which again is full of peacock terms.
  4. This entire paragraph needs to be completely re-written by someone knowledgeable with the subject before it can be put back in, and that's only after it can prove notability. GreenJoe 16:09, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

Ranking and Reputation[edit]

I would recommend establishing a Ranking and Reputation section, you can use {{Canadian university rankings}}. FYI, it ranks as #11 for comprehensive universities by Maclean's in 2011. --Natural RX 22:14, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

Added GatorEG (talk) — Preceding undated comment added 18:25, 23 September 2014 (UTC)