This observation just in from Sabrina Jamil:
Not sure how many are aware, but a revised version of the proposal has passed.
Although the Ph.D. program was not eliminated, admissions to the program are frozen until at least 2012. There is a 60 day window for additional changes to be made. More from the Gainesville Sun here:
This is disappointing, though not a total loss. From the outside, I’m not sure how this compromising compromise was achieved, but I suppose it is better than a total elimination of the program.