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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    What Is Your University Famous For?

    Many colleges and universities have become "specialists" in certain disciplines. This specialization increases their visibility, encourages blending of academia and community, and certainly helps fill quota needs (student population census).

    My school, Bowling Green State University, has a Center For Popular Culture. It was established about 1970 and is very-well respected by those who are looking for information, etc. on popular culture. The collections of music, periodicals, etc. are amazing.

    In my area, both Eastern Michigan University and The University of Findlay specialize in safety and the environment. The University of Toledo's Family Business Center is one (1) of the best in the country. The business school at the University of Michigan is among the country's top three (3) or four (4).

    Texas A & M is famous for the Texas Transportation Institute. If you are looking for logistical help or plan on going to the best places to study logistics management, look at Georgia Tech or Michigan State University.

    Even tiny little Hillsdale College, located just a short drive from this Bear's den, is world-famous for a "certain" type of leadership and thinking......such as the writings of William Buckley.

    So, what about your favorite university or college OR the university or college you attended? Specialties?

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    My school, Indiana University (NOT the University of Indiana, please) is probably most famous for the Kinsey Sex Research Institute.

    I've always found this to be ironic, because (at least while I was there) students weren't allowed anywhere near the Institute, and no one really had a clue what went on there anymore. This was in the '80s.

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    Number 1 party school for many years in a row.

    National Football Champions - a few times.

    Great meteorology school!

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    I went to a school that's famous for its veterinary program and botany specializations: UC Davis. Go Ags!

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    Mount Holyoke College: Founded in 1837, the first of the "Seven Sisters", New England women's colleges such as Smith and Vassar.

    Alumni include Virginia Apgar, Judge Judy, and Emily Dickinson.

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    Undergraduate: Indiana University/Purdue University at Fort wayne: famous for absolutely nothing (it does have a cute nickname: Bypass High)

    Grad School: University of Virginia: Thomas Jefferson, the "Academic Village" concept exemplified by "The Lawn," one of the most sublime architectural creations in the United States (imo)

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    Quote Originally posted by BKM
    (it does have a cute nickname: Bypass High)
    That reminds me: the local college I attended the first two years was sneeringly nicknamed by my older sister and her friends "Algonquin High" (after the road it was on -- which has since been changed to University Drive or some such but used to be called Algonquin Drive or something when the college was on the edge of town, etc).

    I have taken classes from about 9 different colleges -- mark of the career military wife. I couldn't begin to name them all off the top of my head, much less tell you what they are famous for.

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    Queen's University - most famous for its rituals.

    Perhaps the most visible one is the slamming of the Engineering jackets. Every year, when first year students get their Engineering jackets in October but aren't allowed to wear them until they finish their final Christmas exam. So after every Engineering student complete their last exam, they would grab their already dyed purple Engineering jackets (which are originall in the colour of urine) with duct tape on zippers, buttons, and etc for protection, and slam their jacket collectively at the corner of University and Union, the heart of the university. Cops come out to deter car traffic from this corner for this ritual every year. This commotion goes on for a good half hour or so. The whomping sound reveberates in your ears and becomes part of your Queen's memory.

    Some of the other rituals include the Oil Thigh (a school song in Gallic), wearing the Tam for a day, the Ritual (in which Engineering students go to Clark Hall and drink starting on Friday afternoon til Saturday or so, which are/were intiated with a food riot in Ban Righ or Leonard cafeteria at dinner), not being able to wear your school leather jacket until you finish all of your Christmas exams, Frosh Week, and more.

    What else is Queen's famous for? Its limestone architectural buildings, all being shorter than Grant Hall (which has a Clock Tower), forcing some buildings to build underground instead of aboveground. Its high academic requirement for entry from high school. Its homecoming weekend (a football match, an all-night street party on A-beer-deen, er Aberdeen Street). All of its program being well-reputed. Its increasing presence of wealthy young kids, driving around with BMWs, despite of parking shortage. Its proclamation that over 90% of its students are out-of-towners. Its gawd-awful gym and gym clothes (that you may have seen on Tom Cavanagh on Ed, a show that has gone off air on NBC). Its student ghetto (er...student village, I mean) with garbage all over on the front yards of old Victorian houses, with sofas on the porches where students socialize with a bottle of beer in their hands. (There's even a house that has a bathtub dug into the front yard!)

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    The University of Kansas
    Probably best known for our basketball tradition and the Jayhawk. And maybe some is our Chant could be the most recognizable

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    Quote Originally posted by Hceux
    Its student ghetto (er...student village, I mean) with garbage all over on the front yards of old Victorian houses, with sofas on the porches where students socialize with a bottle of beer in their hands. (There's even a house that has a bathtub dug into the front yard!)
    God, that sounds like the Fort Loudon neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee (University of Tennessee). I lived in a rooming house for a season with exposed wiring and no central heat (why do dentists make the worst slum lords? They own half the crack dens in my place of employment, and this student rooming house was a dentist's project/hobby/money source) What a dismal scene-giant dumpsters parked right next to the sidewalk and spilling over-the place was foul during the summer

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    The University of Wyoming: Only place in US you can get a doctorate in Wool, I believe. Beyond that - perhaps the largest football stadium in a small town.

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison: Hard to pick just one thing. What I found, in an interdisciplinary program, was that everything was of high quality.

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    I went to Sonoma State University- I think most popularly known as "Granola U" however, their psych department was pretty big when I was there.

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    Drury University (my undergrad) - One of only 2 private liberal arts schools in the country with an "intergrated" school of architecture. That is they don't confine Archies to the school of Architecture after second year. Minors outside the school of architecture are encouraged, along with trying to intergrate other disciplines into architecture. Never realized how good it was till I went to grad school.

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    Quote Originally posted by Trail Nazi
    Number 1 party school for many years in a row.

    National Football Champions - a few times.

    Great meteorology school!
    You forgot about Bert Reynolds
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    Not really famous for much (except my baccalaureate, of course ), but the founder of XM satellite graduated from 'ol East Stroudsburg.
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    It's old. They'll try to tell you it's famous for all manner of other things, but IMHO, they're all indirect consequences of its being old.

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    Kent State

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    Michigan State will always be famous for being a pioneer land grant college. It still carries the reputation (stigma?) of being an ag school.

    Western Mich U. started out as a teaching college and still maintains a rep for it today (even though they acquired some reknown during the 60's and 70's for their paper science program)
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Texas State University:

    Some famous peeps:
    Only Texas school to graduate a president (Lyndon Johnson). Yeah, eat that you Austin and college station pricks!
    George Strait (sorry )
    Jim Wacker (legendary college coach)

    Some famous programs:
    Certify the most teachers in the State of Texas
    Largest Geography Department in the nation and regarded as tops by AAG
    National Endowment for the Humanities Center for the Southwest
    Texas Rivers Center
    Designated a national center for the literary arts
    State leader in semiconductor research
    I know there's some big deal stuff about our theatre, physics, chemistry and health professions programs, but I can't remember of the top of my head.

    Weirder stuff:
    put Stevie Ray Vaughan on the map with early concerts
    3 women to every 1 man

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    Quote Originally posted by Suburb Repairman
    3 women to every 1 man

    Texas State (SWT) has Sewell Park for the viewing

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    Ball State University:

    Famous for alum David Letterman.
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    Quote Originally posted by psylo
    The University of Kansas
    Probably best known for our basketball tradition and the Jayhawk. And maybe some is our Chant could be the most recognizable

    I second that. Rock Chalk Jayhawk KUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU....
    I am recognizing that the voice inside my head
    is urging me to be myself but never follow someone else
    Because opinions are like voices we all have a different kind". --Q-Tip

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    University of Southern Mississippi - alma mater of newsman Chuck Scarborough and CNN reporter Katheen Koch (we worked on the student newspaper - The Student Printz together)

    University of Montana - Mike Mansfield and Carrol O'Connor were graduates. Probably also the highest percentage of coeds who don't shave their legs it is granola central.
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    Best Oceanography program in the US- Bob Ballard, who discovered the Titanic and JFK's sunken ship, is the Chair.

    The fast break was invented here at Rodman Hall in the 1940s under coach Keaney.

    The CEO of CVS- Tom Ryan is an alumni.

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