the question on the listserve is should we openly disclose to these fresh new faces the daunting and glim sphere of humanities funding? or more specifically the difficulty many grads face in securing funding for their entire tenure in the Program? the faculty has specifically asked us not to "complain" because this would not be good PR and if we increase our grad enrollment - we actually get more funding as a program due to this lovely thing called FTE - full-time enrollment.
Here are some snippets of the conversation:
Let's not be, what does Rosalind Krauss call it, willing subjects.
It is our job to tell these prospective students the truth so they
make the decision to attend or not attend ... in as informed a
manner as possible. This is the path to having the least
amount of resentment later on.
and another:At any rate, a nagging question for me remains: what
exactly does it mean for us to help them recruit (as [PK]
put it, wearing our "best clothes") this weekend? I mean,
we were basically told NOT to reveal any of our dirty laundry
(to continue the lame analogy) because it would create a
toxic environment for the public relations effort this weekend.
and lastly:It it NOT beyond any reason, however, for business
administrators to be shady about money. Especially
administrators who are possibly unaware of how they are
being used by the business interests at hand (after all,
funding practices of the... system were codified in the
Reagan years...). The power of capital is shaping our
advisors and the kinds of things they can say just as
it is screwing us; its nasty, but its brilliant in that Dr. Evil
kind of way. That said, I fully agree that the messed-up level
is off the charts, and that some actual discussion that
isn't a dog-and-pony show would be nice.