But the cherry on this sundae was the wording the grad school director used, and I quote:
"Unfortunately, the committee has decided not to recommend your admission and I concur with this decision."
This strikes me as comical. As in, "The committee thought you sucked. And frankly, I think you suck too. It's really quite unanimous that you suck." Thanks? I think they're just bitter. Let the record show that I rejected them first!