Jason MacLeod here who usually posts under my (gasp) real name on the MFA blog. Question for blog: Does anyone know of any unofficial MFA websites run by the students rather than the administration? I ask because I run the Unofficial Montana MFA website and have been surprised lately to find out that prospective students are discovering it and that our number of hits keep increasing. Indeed, it's the number 2 hit on Google now just beneath the real program website. I'm very interested to see what similar sites might be out there and what they are doing with their web presence.
When starting out, my intention was just to create a space for students to post events and photos, but now I'm wondering if this isn't a way around the, shall we say, uninspired design of many institutional MFA websites. Though goofy and rife with photos likely to cause future famous writers to cringe at their youthful indiscretions, I stand by what's posted as an accurate slice of the social side of the MFA. (One thing the Montana MFA is not is dour). All the faculty know about it, some visiting regularly. I wonder though about their tension level as what we post is quite un-censored and in no way filtered though the university.
Man, I want to go to Thursday Fun Night and have a Pabst Blue Ribbon. Next time I'm in Missoula, I'm stopping in at the Big Green House on Daly Street.
Anyone else know of other unofficial sites? I ran across a number of Unofficial Guides, written by current and past students, in researching the MFA Handbook, but I don't recall any sites kept up continuously.