This page works as an easily accessible way to store information about the various things we encounter in establishing this journal, including especially experiences and issues with Michigan State University Press.
- When I (Carmen) asked the press if they would create 14X17 black&white posters (this is standard as I have received many of these) for the editors, exec board, and ed board, our MSUP team told us that this would be too expensive. MSUP also did not want to pay for mailing and instead offered to email everyone a flyer and distribute them at conferences. I (Carmen) will create these myself at Staples and mail them via TCU.
- TCU would not allow me (Carmen) to use my research funds to pay for the hosting and domain registration of this website--- unless they are given sole ownership. I am paying for it myself. The next editors will have to think about how they will acquire and fund the website as I will only pay during my own editorship. At that time, I will also back-up the site as the inaugural archive.
- MSUP is very resistant to the idea of publicly sharing the names and amounts of original donations to this journal. They gave us a spreadsheet that rarely even lists the department that gave funding, just the name of the institution. We will need Karma's help in clarifying that. They told us they would make that information public. As of May 17, that has not happened. We will do so ourselves on this website.
- MSUP is also very resistant to any transparency on how they are spending the funds that Karma organized. According to MSUP, they use vendors to produce a great deal of the journal. They claim that MSU's legal team bars them from publicly naming the vendors and the amounts of payment. So, at this point, we have no way of knowing who the money is going to and how much. We only know that it is being spent.
- We found out after the fact that the MSUP charged $1000.00 for the cover design (something any high schooler could do) and type-setting. It seems like we could have gotten a more meaningful and better-designed cover by hiring community artists and the like, but we were never given that option.