User talk:Pacman

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It would be great to have an (anonymous) chat with you here. I'll be online this evening. I'll leave you another message on this page when I'm on. Thanks, Admin 14:21, 8 March 2007 (PST)

I left a message for you at User talk:Admin#Chat with Pacman. Admin 00:11, 18 March 2007 (PDT)

Logo voting

Hi. It would be great to decide on a logo. Could you please head over to Logo to place your vote or upload a new design. Admin 18:26, 18 March 2007 (EDT)


Believe it or not, kids used to chant, "What's the color of horse shit? Brown! Brown!" at football games. Adolph Lewisohn 06:39, 19 March 2007 (EDT)


Very helpful edits! Ttan 22:49, 1 April 2007 (EDT)

Nice edits on the Boston article. Fact: I suck at writing. nateoxford 00:42, 9 March 2009 (EDT)

CC Admissions

  • I removed the part about regular decision because 8.9% is the total admission rate for CC. The RD rate is even lower.
  • I removed the comparisons to Harvard and Yale because they're dishonest at best, and factually wrong at worst.
  • Harvard and Yale (as well Princeton, Dartmouth, and Brown) all include their engineering students in their reported statistics. Granted, this is because engineering is a division in the university, and not a separate school. You just declare an engineering major when the time comes. You're admitted to the "college" in general when you apply.
  • However, Penn and Cornell are similar to Columbia in respect to having a school of engineering with separate admissions processes. Even then, both include those statistics in their overall admissions (as well as all of their other divisions...)
  • Therefore to use just CC's rate in comparison with other schools' overall rate is not a fair comparison, and amounts to dishonest self-aggrandizement (in my opinion). I hope this justifies my edits.
  • Yes, come to think of it, those are very fair points. Thanks for the clarification. Reaganaut 21:25, 6 April 2007 (EDT)

Columbia University Statistical Abstract

The greatest stat source ever: Absentminded 11:05, 9 April 2007 (EDT)

Random Questions

Hey, I noticed that you when you categorize things, you'll do for example [[Category:SEAS students|Weinberg]] instead of just [[Category:SEAS students]]. What does that do? Should I do that? Nonsensical 15:47, 24 May 2007 (EDT)

Yes, you should (with people's names, at least). That way, they're arranged on the category page by alphabetized last name, rather than first. Pacman 16:16, 24 May 2007 (EDT)
Ooooh, interesting. Will do. Thanks for the tip! Nonsensical 16:17, 24 May 2007 (EDT)

weathermen article

where are you getting your information for the claim that the weathermen were trying to bomb alma mater? wikipedia says they were bombing Fort Dix. Foobar 08:09, 31 May 2007 (EDT)

Here's one source, for starters: Pacman 12:26, 31 May 2007 (EDT)

You're a machine! Nice work. --Nonsensical 03:34, 16 July 2007 (EDT)

de Bary

"de Bary", not "De Bary" (unless starting a sentence), and certainly not "deBary".

thanksgiving history edits

these historical edits (year-by-year) are great! where are you finding this stuff?

it does make me wonder though if more things could be cited w/references so people easily can find documentation/verification or followup info. do you know: is there some sort of best practices statement by wikipedia about when a reference is necessary? Foobar 07:08, 23 November 2007 (EST)

i found wikip's best practices page: here Foobar 07:29, 23 November 2007 (EST)
Not sure how to cite it, since I'm getting it all from one site: Pacman 10:14, 23 November 2007 (EST)

Dubious Columbians

What do you think about a "Dubious Columbians" category / article for people we like to endlessly pimp when it suits us (Lorenzo da Ponte, the Roosevelts, Alan Greenspan, Amelia Earhart, Howard Dean)?

I'd imagine this to be a great source.

Ttan 04:20, 23 January 2008 (EST)

Don't you mean "tenuous Columbians"? I mean, we know all those people had some connection (wait...Howard Dean?) Pacman 13:02, 23 January 2008 (EST)
Yeah. Post-bacc pre-med for a semester or two. One of those creepy GS people destroying the curve in Chem 1403 because they have to take 2 classes per semester instead of like, 6. Ttan 13:49, 23 January 2008 (EST)
You mean like Tao Tan? That guy was never on campus :) Jiabao 15:01, 23 January 2008 (EST)


WikiCU:Community_Portal#Crime_policy  − Reaganaut  17:24, 20 February 2008 (EST)


Check out the picture of Harry Carman playing baseball on south field. Reading and writing about Columbia in the 50s and early 60s makes me a little jealous. Absentminded 23:14, 24 February 2008 (EST)

I'm not sure I'd want to be at Columbia when everyone had to wear a tie and there were no girls (I had enough of that in Catholic high school) Pacman 23:17, 24 February 2008 (EST)
Point taken! But on the other hand, David Truman cut the legs out from under the college's parietal rules, so you could've spent some private time with a Barnard lass if you so pleased.


  • Apologies for editing articles at the same time as you! I hope I didn't get in your way...  − Reaganaut  01:57, 12 April 2008 (EDT)

Talk page etiquette?

I'm not exactly sure how these discussion pages work. You wrote on mine and I replied, but I don't know if you got an email notification saying so.


(I just typed this to let you know that I replied, but you can delete this once you've read it.) --Rab2148 14:48, 22 April 2008 (EDT)

Stratford Canning

The cited Harper's Weekly article is for sale on eBay. I read the relevant text from the slightly blurry JPGs included by the seller, and cited accordingly! Naturally, I have finals to be preparing for. I found it during a "I have nothing better to do" searches. Absentminded 18:16, 29 April 2008 (EDT)

  • I purchased that exact item my freshman year and donated it to the U Archives. Ttan 18:55, 29 April 2008 (EDT)


Good article, but I don't think she's a stat professor. There's definitely a lot of overlap in the domains of "Mathematics and Economics" and Statistics, but she doesn't have any affiliation with the stat department and I'm pretty sure they wouldn't claim her. Jiabao 08:10, 27 October 2008 (EDT)

Hm, her website lists her as "Professor of Statistics" and her office in Math was part of the Stats dept. Pacman 10:39, 27 October 2008 (EDT)
I see where she claims that on her site, but maybe there's been some bureaucratic reshuffling. Stat dept offices are now in SSW. Eh, no big deal I guess. Jiabao 10:44, 27 October 2008 (EDT)

Sha Na Na

You seem to know a lot about Sha Na Na. Would you like to create an article about them? That way we would just link to it rather than explaining who they were on every page they're mentioned. Plus, it's an essential piece of Columbia history that's missing from here so far. Pacman 00:48, 28 May 2009 (EDT)

Sorry to take so long to reply. (If this is how one reaches you.) I will try, now that it's summer and I've got a moment for something beside work. I've never created an article from scratch, though, so may be some glitches. Sixth Floor Jay 19:15, 18 July 2009 (EDT)

Okay, I tried. BTW, I think a closer relationship between WikiCU and CCT-- which just skipped a print edition and put it online-- is a definite possibility and I can talk to the editor, if you folks at WikiCu are interested? But only if you say so, I'm just a newbie here. Seems like a win-win situation to me. CCT contains a treasure trove of material which WikiCU would interlink and organize into a more coherent form than CCT can. If CCT, with its epic mailing list, did an article alerting the alumni to how much fun WikiCu is, it would encourage alumni to contribute their memories (about the notorious Lion's Den in John Jay Hall, for instance. For thirty years the Law School ran a mixer there every Friday night.) That kind of alumni participation, which leads to contributions to the endowment, is what CCT is all about. Sixth Floor Jay 21:01, 18 July 2009 (EDT)

Thanks for the welcome.

I'll be a grad student in the fall. My only edit so far suggests my undergrad alma mater. Glenn Magus Harvey 17:36, 22 July 2009 (EDT)

Re: Swim test. I didn't think it was that big of a burden, anyway. Plus, it was an excuse to see members of the opposite sex in swimsuits. :P Glenn Magus Harvey 00:33, 26 July 2009 (EDT)
By the way, are you a current student (graduate? undergraduate?) or an alum? I have some questions about student life at Columbia, but would rather ask them privately. I can give you my UNI if you want. Glenn Magus Harvey 13:39, 1 August 2009 (EDT)
I'm a former undergrad (CC'07). Give me your UNI and I'll contact you. Pacman 18:54, 7 August 2009 (EDT)
delta golf tango twenty-one zero six. Glenn Magus Harvey 14:26, 21 August 2009 (EDT)

Prefrosh template

Time to be changed for class of 2014...? Nateoxford 21:56, 16 December 2009 (EST)

Go for it. Pacman 22:56, 16 December 2009 (EST)
Don't know how :( Nateoxford 01:14, 17 December 2009 (EST)

Cheers for the tips! Nateoxford 17:53, 20 December 2009 (EST)


Thank you, I hope to serve this community well AronSora 18:25, 13 May 2010 (EDT)

Spam attacks of January/February 2011

Would it be possible for us to suspend article creation, article editing, and account creation for unregistered users for a few days? We appear to be undergoing a spamming attack of unprecedented intensity and resilience. Nateoxford 12:01, 9 February 2011 (EST)

Seconded. cam2171 13:38, 9 February 2011 (EST)

Don't ask me! This is an inquiry for User:Admin. But sounds like it might be necessary. Pacman 03:13, 10 February 2011 (EST)

You're late

About time you showed up to the party. Absentminded 13:57, 25 April 2013 (EDT)

So, so much to fix. Pacman 13:57, 25 April 2013 (EDT)

PrezBo Award

Thank you! This means a lot. cds2148 18:16, 13 June 2013 (EDT)