User talk:Taeshadow

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Welcome[edit]

Welcome...

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Griffinofwales

Again, welcome! Griffinofwales (talk) 17:39, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

Phillips Exeter Academy alums[edit]

I am working from an alumni handbook. I will insert the references. MarmadukePercy (talk) 18:53, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

Phillips Exeter Academy[edit]

The statement I inserted about the Academy contained facts, with links to the appropriate sources. It was entirely neutral, a process with which I am familiar after 12,000-plus wikipedia entries, some of which were made on this same article. MarmadukePercy (talk) 20:23, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

The purpose of the citation was to show that: 1.) Exeter is among the nation's most selective preparatory schools -- a simple fact, supported by the U.S. News & World Report story giving ratios of acceptances -- and; 2.) the school is still able to have some 34 percent students of color, owing to the fact that its rigorous academic standards are supplemented by an endowment which allows it (unlike many other such schools) to offer 'aid-blind' admissions to those qualified to attend. MarmadukePercy (talk) 20:45, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
Incidentally, as far as the selection process goes, I would direct you to this wikipedia entry (to which I've never contributed): [1] You'll notice that it says that "While most preparatory schools have an open admission policy, a few have very selective admission processes. Choate Rosemary Hall, Deerfield Academy, Groton School, Milton Academy, St. Paul's School, Regis High School, Phillips Andover and Phillips Exeter Academy all have admission rates consistently under 20%. The application and attendance to these select top-tier schools is arduous, challenging and not open to all." One thing that sets Phillips Exeter apart is the size of its endowment, so that it can offer aid to those not able to afford tuition. A good case can be made that by extending the school's reach beyond those well-off enough to afford the fees to those simply qualified to attend, the institution is broadening the experience of those who attend, while enriching the lives of those enabled to go. Exeter, Andover and only a few other schools with comparable endowments are able to ensure this. MarmadukePercy (talk) 22:44, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
I would also direct you to the comments of the school's current president of the board of trustees in the PEA entry -- which I *did* add previously. He was a full scholarship student, and is bent on ensuring that others like him can attend a school of this caliber. Such an insistence, in my estimation and that of others, is necessary to ensure a meritocracy, and not simply a playground for the rich and powerful. MarmadukePercy (talk) 22:48, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
This article aside, my advice to you as (apparently) a relatively new wikipedia user, is to not approach every subject with a chip on your shoulder. That is to say, instead of immediately reverting something you question, take it to the talk pages instead. That is the civil approach -- and the approach that has allowed wikipedia to become the place that is, so far. MarmadukePercy (talk) 02:07, 12 March 2009 (UTC)

Vandalism?[edit]

You deleted all Avon alumni that did not have footnotes, while you did not do the same with the Exeter alumni list that you have worked on. That raises a question as to your motive. It is also unneccessary -- if the linked articles of the alumni are properly sourced, there is no need to redundantly footnote the notable alumni list as well.--Ethelh (talk) 22:12, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

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