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| John,Fantastic Post, appreciate your eforfts. I have a couple questions:The unnatural links messages in webmaster tools, Matt Cutts has stated that these are manual actions (which would imply they were sent out manually, by a human), but in most cases these seem to correlate directly to Penguin Updates from what I have seen, with them appearing April 24th, June 8th etc. Do you think these could be generated by the Penguin Update or related to it? Are they being sent via the Google Algorithm or via manual web spam members? 700,000+ warnings is a large amount to be sent manually. I have discussed a couple cases with others where they have received multiple unnatural link warnings on the same day, this would lead me to believe that they are not manual actions, as why would after a manual action has happened would another manual action the same day? I have also heard about an unnatural links message being sent more than once to the same website each time a penguin update is run.Also, It seems that when a website gets an unnatural links message,the traffic has rarely dropped right away; it appears there is a time between 2-4 weeks when the manual action hits the website's traffic. What might be the purpose of this delay, are they giving you the opportunity to attempt to correct the situation? Perhaps the warning is algorithmic, and then the delay gives a site owner to correct the situation before the penalty drops (manually)? Or maybe if these warnings are related to the new methods the are using with Penguin, they assume that they will run the Penguin update between every 2-4 weeks, therefore it will re-inspect the back links algorithmically before a Google Web Spam team member re-reviews the website in question to see if they have corrected the issues prior to actually applying the manual action? If the warning is driven by an algorithm, then sending a reconsideration request would do no good, yet Google does suggest a reconsideration request in the unnatural links email. And before a penalty has even actually occurred. Any theories on all of this?Another point: Matt Cutts has stated that only 3% of the warnings were regarding unnatural links in first few months of the year, I find this nearly impossibly to believe based upon the volume of discussions and posts out there in regards to this? Do you have any thoughts about this?Thanks for your time, and appreciate your eforfts to share your knowledge with the community. |
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|Feb 08 2013|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| To put it bluntly, if you're a minority or from a family that is middle to lower class you're not going to have a great time here. The campus is filled with a plethora of self-absorbed, close-minded, trust fund kids who are there to make sure mom and dad don't close them out of the will for lack of an "education". If you're a business major you will have the easiest time of your life with the accessibility of exams and cheat sheets. The engineering and arts & science schools laugh at the degrees given in the business school because *everybody* knows it wasn't earned and the program is easy (minus finance, they actually have work to do like the rest of the schools). The average grade in the psych department is a C and some profs even pride themselves for failing students or not having many A's and B's. Granted, there are other profs in the dept who are amazing...take time to talk to upper classmen and read other teacher review sites. SCU does a fabulous job of *appearing* to be socially conscious, but it's a front: there are racial incidents that happen yearly that get swept under the rug, the food workers and dorm workers aren't paid a fair living wage, the workers get their benefits cut so the university can save some money (where it goes I have noooo idea), and all the "immersion" trips they provide are super expensive making it not accessible to the average student.Bottom line: if you want to buy friends, sorry I mean, join a diversity lacking-close minded frat/sorority; breeze through a half ass business program; are White; have plenty of family money; and not looking to push yourself mentally, politically, and socially, come to SCU, you'll freakin love it. |
|Aug 23 2011|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2009 |
Where do I start?|
This will be my un-biased review of Santa Clara University from MY perspective, other people may not have felt the same way but here goes nothing.
From a Business Major standpoint, academics are pretty well rounded. Classes aren't TOO hard, but definitely time consuming, and teachers will know whether or not you put in the correct effort. My Business Teachers every quarter were amazing. First quarter I had a Business teacher that owned multiple-corporations and really gave me a hands-on experience of what its like to do work in a Business world. Heres the problem though, 2nd and 3rd Quarter Business classes are built around "How to be a leader", in my opinion you could teach that in 2 classes but for some reason they wanted to spend two quarters around such a simple topic. But it doesn't really come out so cut and clean. DISCLAIMER: When signing up for Business classes, there are RARELY any open spots if you get one of the late sign up sessions which is completely ridiculous in my opinion. Why am i paying 50,000$ a year to go to a small public school simply to know i might have to "sit in" on a class just to get in?? Back to the teacher topic, I had one math teacher who could hardly speak english and I really dont know how he got the job..
Santa Clara does a decent job promoting diversity, but still the majority of the campus is white. More specifically White people from California. Then again you have your fair share of Asians, Latinos and Black people, but most of the groups hang out by themselves.There are many opportunities for students to join Multi-cultural clubs around campus.
Campus is stupidly beautiful its as easy as that.
One of the major problems at this school. Not necessarily the Cafeteria, because Benson does provide quality food for a college campus it just gets SOOO repetitive its unbelievable. There will be times where you have Popcorn Chicken and Mashed potatoes once a week. Oh and Benson points usually run out pretty fast which has Males looking for their lovely Female counterparts towards the end of the quarter. Since theres only 1 Cafeteria, theres not too many options of what to eat, the only other food around is Taco Bell, Safeway, Round Table, and Stuft Pizza, and usually you'll end up using FLEX dollars at all of those places. Bronco is amazing though, good grilled burgers, pretty good fries, chicken tenders and so on for late-night eaters.
Partying at Santa Clara is +/-, in the beginning during Fall Quarter EVERYONE goes out to start the year, it dies down towards the end of Fall, and once Winter starts Frats and Sororities start rushing and having formals so most parties are exclusive. Then it starts up again in the spring with a nice selection of day parties hosted by the fraternities. Pike guys are pretty chill but have a bad reputation among girls, Sigma Chi guys are pretty neutral and nice guys, Sigma Pi is just Sigma Pi, its easy as that, they only let girls in their parties cause most of them are too ugly to find their own. Pike is the only frat that knows how to throw REAL parties. DG Girls are known as sluts, Alpha Phi girls are the pretty well-rounded, and Thetas are just whatever.
Dorms- On Campus Living
I was a freshman that lived in Swig and honestly that was probably the best decision Ive ever made. I'm a pretty outgoing person and Swig is the hall that probably 65% of freshmen live in so i had a great time meeting a whole bunch of people. There was alot of pre-gaming in the dorms before going out and the CFs were pretty chill. Dunne was close by which was another freshman dorm but obviously it doesn't compare to swig because Swig is where its at. I cant talk about Campisi or Graham because i didn't really know anyone from there, but Swig was close to Benson and Parties, a nice stumble home.
Overall I really enjoyed my freshman year at Santa Clara University, i live kind of far away so at times i would get home sick but i met a lot of amazing people. There are definitely moments where I feel that i would rather be at a bigger school but then again Santa Clara does provide a nice "family" feel. San Francisco, Santa Cruz and San Jose are cities that are close by for concerts and day trips.
Overall School Grade: A
|Jun 07 2011|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2014 |