Unsurprisingly, there's been some email chatter this morning about last night's post on the CMC Student Body increase.
The number one question: so what do we do?
Answer: I'm not sure.
The most often mentioned option is "mobilize the alumni" but I'm not sure exactly how to best go about that - though thankfully, the young average median age of CMC alumni makes an email campaign to get the word out much more plausible than for an older institution.
The second most often mentioned option is to cease giving to CMC.
Here's where it gets tricky for me. I'm on the Alumni Giving Committee - and though I frequently miss the conference calls, I've still served on the committee for 2 or so years and believe that active giving to CMC is good for everyone. My biggest - okay, one of my biggest - complaints about UC Hastings is the utter lack of connection between alumni and the campus and the absence of a so-called "culture of giving" that helps make CMC what it is.
Of course, if they keep upping the numbers, what CMC is will change dramatically. What it might become will probably be a fine school. But it won't be my school. It won't be the CMC small-campus culture that drew me to the campus.
To non CMC readers, arguing about a difference in student body size between 1000 and 1100 or 1400 students might seem petty. But look at the percentages. It makes a huge difference. Huge.
When I wrote last night's post, and when I was talking to phonite and making my pledge, I thought about whether I should threaten to yank my funding. I don't give that much, though, so it's not like monetarily speaking, I can instill much fear.
I'd like to think, however, that my service as a student and alumna would make the administration concerned about whether or not someone like me - someone who owns a CMC pillow and had her own stadium blanket embroidered with the school name - would so much as consider no longer supporting the school. I really don't want to stop supporting CMC. But then again, if the CMC I support ceases to exist, why give a dime?
What I am going to do, however, is talk with the giving people about insuring that NOT ONE PENNY of my meager donation goes to building a new dorm or harming a stone of Badgley Garden. I'll probably kick my funds partly toward the Rose and the DC program and perhaps a little to the Ath this year.
But I am sick about these changes. President Gann, if you ever read this or hear about it, I implore you to knock it the hell off. Embrace the CMC niche and run with it. Or move on to a campus where you'll feel more comfortable. Pomona has 1500 students, why don't you go hang out with them.