You mail, you fail
I applied to six graduate school programs this winter, and I've now been rejected by four, with a letter from South Florida today. If a person gets in, one is contacted, as far as I know, via e-mail. So, with only two programs left, I think my suspicion from a couple weeks ago is indeed accurate -- that I won't get to study rhetoric and composition at a state university in the fall. That's kind of a downer, but it's something that I tried and it didn't happen, unless Purdue or UNL invite me (the former highly unlikely, the later I'm hoping, but...). No harm done, but there is a positive upside.
"You mail, you fail" is a sales term meaning, "If you are forced to use snail mail instead of the phone or more immediate contact, the sale won't happen."
Anyway, the USF letter did indeed say that while funding is going down, more people are applying, so it makes for a competitive graduate school application season. If I don't get in, I'm definitely going to start thinking more widely about what I can do to make a decent living. Even that prospect doesn't sound promising, reading sources like this (http://chronicle.com/article/Capitalisms-Dismal-Future/126659/) on capitalism's boom-and-bust cycle and its abusive relationship with labor.