Well, next week is the doomed advisory board meeting, and things are looking really, really bad for the FCRC. As far as I know, Roseanne's the chair of the board, and from my conversation with her this afternoon, things look bad, but they could be worse. Basically, the complaint is that too much money is being spent (much more than some parts of IT, from what I hear). Since I'm still working for IT, and running Yeah, I kinda gave her the slip that "hey, I'm on the inside now, if you need anything..." because I think that what IT needs right now is warm fuzzies. Bottom line: having Roseanne as the chair is a good thing- she may not make a lot of friends, but she'll at least approach the whole thing rationally. I don't think she wants to see the FCRC disappear, but it may become her job to do so. Anyway, the other problems they see are: - Mismanagment: some feel that Chat did bad things or something. I tried to allay "fears" with "Well, hopefully Shan will change things..." But.. ugh. - Things are done that shouldn't be FCRC's area: They've got a point here. There's some stuff (courseinfo?) that the FCRC just shouldn't be doing. I don't know a lot of specifics here though. - Does the FCRC comply with the "University Mission?" I think what it all boils down to is that the FCRC as we know it will no longer exist by the end of the summer. At the very least, the budget will probably be cut to shreds, and things like running servers may not fly anymore. Who knows... The point is, the FCRC is a neccessary group, and IT will regret it if they ever got rid of them (do they even realize the extent of the FCRC's reach?). Well, those are the rumors that I'm hearing. It isn't really necessarily any of my business, but I thought a lot of people around here might like to know. If anyone can provide any other specifics, I'm sure we'd all like to hear them. Having an "advisory board" deciding my employment future just seems... creepy... There's my .02. John -- # John Madden weez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx ICQ: 2EB9EA # Sys-Admin / Webmaster, Avenir Web: http://avenir.dhs.org # LANdb: Network Admin Database - http://avenir.dhs.org/landb/ # COMP: Computers & Internet discussion - http://avenir.dhs.org/mailing.html # Linux, Apache, Perl and C: All the best things in life are Free!