Actually that business descision might mean "We are desparate for money." which means that they are in a very bad spot business wise.
My school's tuition is high because it's a private university, but the students pay only lasts like half the semester (and the other half comes from donations and other funds). Still, my university is very nice and provides quallity classes.
I get most of the "opening up" part done when I play DotA/SC/WC3 with my own little group. I pretty much play that all the time and since we're all on the same team, we just use Ventrilo or the allied chat to talk about stuff.
The community wise? I have been here for quite some time. I did enjoy the earlier days a bit better...not sure about now. I do like to help PWizard out so he can focus more on trainers than yelling at people (even if it sometimes causes more pain on him).