Wikipedia-- Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia and Seton Hill/St. Vincent

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This entry is pretty much what one familar with the location would expect. It's fairly short, and contains primarily descriptions of the towns role in oil refinement, and some very basic facts about the location and climate.

The most interesting fact given was the population: 30,000 in 2005. When I left in 2000, it was close to 2,000 and shrinking. It's likely this number includes the area outside the actual Saudi Aramco compound as well. I checked and previously the population was listed at 1,950, which is likely accurate. While it is immaterial which area the population describes, the author really should mention what area they are talking about specifically.

The other piece of information that caught my eye was the reference to the area outside Abqaiq as "medinat." The more accurate transliteration and pronounciation of this Arabic word for "city" excludes the "t" at the end. Despite this, that was exactly how the majority of expats in Abqaiq pronounced the word.


The pages for Seton Hill University and St. Vincent College were interesting to look at. Seton Hill's page was confusing as it said the school became coeducational in 2002, but that men could attend much earlier than that. This seemed a bit contradictory. I also noticed that Seton Hill's tuition wasn't listed in the section off to the right that has a list of simple information, this is likely because the author couldn't locate it on the school's website. Overall, Seton Hill's entry seemed to have more depth, and contained mostly the sort of information  that seemed accurate, if only because I know some of it is, and it really isn't anything that would be fun to fabricate, such as a list undergraduate programs and graduate programs.

St Vincent College's page was a bit different. There isn't really anything about academics, and the history page is a random collection of bizarre facts. The fact that president Bush spoke at comencement, may be relevant note, and the fact that Nixon and Kennedy did too, will become relevant once a citation is added.

The fact that a lobbyist was hired in 2004 to get the school some extra money seems like something one might put in for reasons unrelated to a desire to describe the school's history. The fact that their football team lost every game in 2007 just isn't really that nice or relevant of a thing to mention. While these two things may be true, they just aren't that relevant in such a brief history section. To me there is an unwritten heirarchy of facts. One doesn't get to mention minor details unless A) the important facts are overabundantly obvious to everyone or B) The important, more general information has already been discussed. Doing otherwise would be like writing a biography of a president, and mentioning that they liked their steaks medium-rare, but leaving out the whole bit about them actually being in office.


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