LINGUIST List Special Issue: Grad School Challenge: Who will win?

Mon Apr 7 20:09:46 UTC 2008

LINGUIST List Special Issue: Grad School Challenge: Who will win?

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Date: Mon, 07 April 2008 15:57:32
From:  linguist <linguist at>
Subject: Grad School Challenge Update

Dear Linguists,

The Advisors' Challenge was a real photo-finish, with subscribers
meeting the challenge only in the last 10 minutes of the 48 hours.
But you did it!  And, as a result, our generous Advisory Board has
added $2500 to the Fund Drive total, bringing us within $2406 of our

And speaking of photo-finishes ... I was just looking at the stats in
the Grad School challenge:

As of this writing, Stanford is in first place-for the fifth year in a
row! - with a $770 lead.  But U. of Arizona and U. of California at
Santa Barbara are battling for second place, with only a $149
difference between them!  And U. of Washington is less than $250
behind them!  Then U. of Toronto and U. of Michigan are coming in
next, with only a $66 difference between them.  Next up, Berkeley and
UT-Austin are only $15 apart, followed by Wayne State U. and
UMass-Amherst, which are only $35 apart.

Together, the top 10 schools have contributed over $13,000 so far to
the LINGUIST Fund Drive.  Check out the latest figures at:

The schools are so close together that the roster of winners could
change at any minute.  But, of course, in our minds, all of them are
winners.  Indeed every school that entered this challenge seems to us
to be full of community-spirited, generous people.  And we appreciate
every donation.

And we know that, in many cases, one or two people are spearheading
the donations, writing letters to their colleagues, collecting group
donations, organizing matching funds, etc.  If you will let us know
who these 'Friends of LL' are at your school, we would very much like
to recognize them in a posting.

Being a local Grad School Challenge organizer takes energy and
generosity and school spirit-but also the ability to commit to a
linguistics community that extends beyond a single school or region.
Particularly if these GSC organizers are students, we think the
community as a whole should know their names.  So please send the name
of your local organizer-student or faculty- to our Fund Drive
Coordinator, Maria Moreno-Rollins (herself a grad student until last
year).  Her address is maria at

And our heartfelt thanks, once again, to everyone who is helping us make
this fund drive a success.  Only $2406 to go!

- Helen Aristar-Dry
On behalf of the LINGUIST Crew


This Year the LINGUIST List hopes to raise $60,000. This money will go
to help keep the List running by supporting all of our Student Editors
for the coming year.

See below for donation instructions, and don't forget to check out our
Fund Drive 2008 LINGUIST List Circus and join us on our many shows!

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