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RECESSION
Continued from page 1
Director of Presidential Com-
munications Shirley Clarkson indi-
cated that private donations were
critical to maintaining the Univer-
sity's quality of education.
"As a public institution, for
many years it wasn't necessary (to
obtain private donations), but the
situation has changed and evolved,"
she said. "It's really a critical part
of pur margin of excellence."
Harrison said that while fund-
ing from the federal government,
the state and tuition account for
approximately an equal distribu-
tion of University funds, the Uni-
versity needs to place more empha-
sis on soliciting donations from
private sources, both corporate and
personal.
"We need to move the private
support from $100 million to a
little more than $200 million," he
said. "That's a major, major task
ahead of us."
Despite the current state of eco-
nomic duress and a slight decrease
in private funds, donations from
the more than 350,000 University
alumni have increased this year.
Executive Director of the
Alumni Association Robert Fore-
man remarked that people priori-
tize during times of economic pres-
sure and end up lending education a
helping hand.
"In times of economic concern,
people who do have resources at
their disposal do look at the needs
of organizations," Foreman said.
"Education, in times of recession,
turns out to be a prime gift of phi-
lanthropy. People take gifts to the
University seriously."
He added that despite the state
of the economy, an estimated 2,000
alumni participated in the Rose
Bowl tour - the second largest
contingent in University history.
LSA junior Stephen Kelke, who
solicits alumni donations for the
Michigan Telefund, said that the
University's football and basket-
ball teams, in addition to its aca-
demic reputation, have helped re-
tain donors.
'That makes the alumni feel
good about the University... It's
very easy for them to be enthusias-
tic about the school," Kelke said.

While Telefund collected $3.4
million last year, the organization
representatives expect to reach
$3.75 million this year.
"Last year, average gifts went
down a little bit, but things have
recovered," said Laura Bordeau,
Michigan Telefund manager. "It
was kind of a double whammy
with the Gulf War and the reces-
sion."
Last year's dry spell in alumni
donations is being quenched by an
increase in donations this year. The
current alumni pledge rate of 47.2
percent has grown from last year's
36.2 percent, Bordeau said.
The pledge rate of regular
donors, which comprises the bulk
of revenue, grew from 63 percent
to 72 percent.
Michigan Telefund Program
Manager Mark Brotherton said
Telefund has adopted new strate-
gies to ensure success. For example,
less pressure is being placed on in-
dividual alumni.
"We're making our expecta-
tions more realistic," he said.
Kelke indicated that alumni are
receptive to donation requests de-
spite the recession. "Of course
there are some that have had finan-
cial crises, but overall our alumni
are very supportive," he said.
Alumni who decline to donate
money do so begrudgingly, Kelke
said. He said that those alumni tend
to have financial troubles, children
in college, are buying a house, or are
making other major investments.
Although Kelke speculates that
donations will decrease if the re-
cession continues, he argues that
many alumni have established Uni-
versity donations as an annual rit-
ual in their lives.
"A large portion of the alumni
donors are in the recession-proof
category," Brotherton said. "We're
actually seeing that more people
are getting involved this year."
The University's revenue level
will probably increase, Brotherton
added, estimating that future fund-
raising efforts should draw in even
more funds.
"Once the recession pulls out,
we should be able to sustain the
money increase," he said. "We're
expecting to see a large increase in
the money we raise over the next
few years."

Moscow
Continued from page 1
- many were ambassadors' children
and she did not know how politi-
cally tolerant they would be.
Her best times, Fred recalled,
were those spent in an American
friend's dorm, where the students
could not speak English, but dis-
cussed politics and the conditions of

years.
She observed an anti-Yeltsin
demonstration outside the Kremlin.
When the end of the day arrived,
Yeltsin stepped out and led a pro-
cession. Fred stood five feet away,
snapping photographs of the leader
to show friends and family at home.
On weekend trips, Fred traveled
to Kiev, St. Petersburg and Central
Asia. "The cultures in all the re-

'The cultures in all the republics are so
different. It's easy to see they were never
meant to be connected.'
- Ellen Fred
LSA junior

the new commonwealth for hours in
Russian.
"They think their problems as
Russians are not unsolvable, but
difficult. More students are into the
politics of the international arena.
As for at home, they don't know
what to do either. As much as they
love Russia, they're bummed out
that they got stuck there. It's as
though they feel helpless in the
hands of the government," she said.
On the other hand, a lot of stu-
dents hold strong political views
for or against Russian President
Boris Yeltsin, Fred said. "There are
many demonstrations against
Yeltsin, but we don't hear about all
of them here in the media. The media
here sways America's opinion."
Fred participated in a street
march Nov. 7 to commemorate the
Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. It
was the first time the holiday was
not nationally recognized in 74

publics are so different," Fred said,
referring to the ethnic strife which
may have contributed to the the
union's downfall. "It's easy to see
they were never meant to be con-
nected. No wonder there are so many
conflicts."
The host family Fred lived with
in Moscow was wealthier than oth-
ers, she said. They had a car and two
summer homes, and fresh vegetables
from their garden. Her host father
held a position high up in the Rus-
sian diplomatic arena, though he
never went into detail about what
he did,wFred said. When she would
ask about the family's political
opinions, he was formal in saying
something like, "We feel like ev-
eryone else feels."
In the early 1970s, Fred's host
family lived in the United States
for six years while her host father
worked under the General Secretary

of the United Nations. She said that
although her host family was well
off, they experienced the freedoms
and economic stability of the U.S.
and knew what they were missing in
Russia.
Referring to the ever-changing
exchange rate in Russia, she said
members of her host family would
sometimes ask, "Why can't we have
bananas. Why is our system in such
havoc?"
Fred's host sister created an
analogy which Fred said explained
the situation best: "A dollar is like
a tree forever growing. The ruble is
now a log."
Fred stood in line two hours for
bread and four hours to call home in
a local telegraph office. While she
stood in line, she said she felt like a
target.
"I went to the bank to exchange
twenty dollars into rubles. People
behind me stared. Although it was
just twenty dollars, that was more
hard currency than an average Rus-
sian family would see in a .year. I
stood out as a foreigner. The prices
were high, but the salaries are not
there to compensate for them."
"I got close enough to these peo-
ple that I felt guilty holding an
American passport knowing that at
any time, I could leave," Fred added.
As of Jan. 1, Russians may not
leave without paying a fee in a more
stable currency than the ruble, such
as the dollar.
When Fred did leave Dec. 10, she
said she felt sad. But she said she
looks forward to studying in Siberia
for a month next summer while
preparing her senior thesis on Lake
Baikal's environmental problems.

CANDIDATES
Continued from page 1
with every dollar they spend."
To be eligible to vote in the
April 6 election, registrations
must be processed by the city
clerk's office by March 7.
Anyone of voting age with an
Ann Arbor address, including a
University address, can register at
the city clerk's office on the second
the floor of City Hall, located at
the corner of Fifth Ave. and Huron.
III
These are the candidates running
for the Ann Arlor City Council in
the April 6 general election:
St Ward
Larry Hunter (D)
Howard King (R)
© nd Ward
Peter Fink (R)
Ralph Michener (D)
©J rd Ward
Bob Grady (D) *
William Krebaum (D)
Joe O'Neal (R)
j th Ward
Franz Mogdis (R)
Peter Nicolas (D)
© th Ward
Jeff Muir (R)
Thals Peterson (D)
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HILLEL
Continued from page 1
she said. "So if funds are cut, staff
and programming suffer."
Glaser declined to comment on
possible cuts, but Harrison offered a
few possibilities.
Hill Street Cinema - a film co-
operative run out of the Hillel
building at 1409 Hill St. - has al-
ready made cutbacks by showing
three movies this semester instead
of six, as in previous terms.
A lack of funds could cause
shorter building hours and could
curtail the number of campus events

Hillel is able to sponsor.
One-third of Hillel's annual op-
erating costs must be raised by the
organization itself, with the re-
maining two-thirds coming from
regional and national organizations
such as the Jewish Federation of De-
troit and the B'nai B'rith Hillel
Foundation.
Hillel fund-raisers have included
a student phone-a-thon last Novem-
ber, which raised $13,000, and an ap-
peal letter sent to parents in
September, which raised $20,000. A
student campaign raised $2,800 and a
donation from Sigma Alpha Mu
fraternity brought the organization

$2,100. Individual contributions
provided the remaining $71,100.
Future fund-raisers include cam-
paigns aimed at the Greek system
early next month, fundraisers in
various cities across the country and
another phone-a-thon in February.
In addition, Hillel is approach-
ing Detroit businesses, said Bradley
Keywell, chair of the Friends Fund-
raising Committee.
Staff and programming cuts
might affect Hillel this year, but it
is more likely to impact the organi-
zation next year, Glaser said.
"Over the last two or three years
it has become increasingly difficult,

but we've come to a point where we
have to raise considerably more
money," Brooks said.
Fifteen hundred students visit
Hillel each week and 4,000 of the
6,000 Jewish students on campus are
involved with Hillel in some capac-
ity, Harrison said.
Hillel has eight full time em-
ployees and one part-time employee.
"Our economic situation is a
pothole," Glaser said. "We have to
learn how to fill it up by finding
new sources of money. We need
some help. We need a roadcrew to
help us raise the money."
Mollie Buckley, director of Com-
munications in the Foundations Of-
fice at the University of Wisconsin.
"But we're already up from last
year."
Berkeley just completed "an
outstanding year," said Brad Barber,
assistant vice chancellor of Devel-
opment. "The greatest amount of
money we ever had was in this first
quarter."
Despite Berkeley's recent suc-
cess, Barber is skeptical about future
giving. "I must say this is a little
bit of a mystery ... Maybe the reces-
sion is not as bad as we think."

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FUNDS
Continued from page 1
director for the Challenge Fund at
Emory University, and John Hayes,
director of Development at Dart-
mouth University, said donations
have increased this year -yet both
noticed significant changes which
they attributed to the recession.
"This December we were ahead
of last December in gifts and
pledges," McNay said. In addition,
only four months into a year-long
campaign that draws money just

from individuals, the campaign has
already reached 50 percent of the
desired goal.
However, the biggest difference
is a trend of donors promising
money instead of immediately send-
ing it. "We have more pledges than
cash this year."
Hayes said that donations to
Dartmouth are up 20 percent this
year, but the actual number of con-
tributions is lower than usual. "Our
sense is that while our dollar con-
tributions are running ahead of last
year, the number of gifts are
lagging.

"No one has come out and said,
'We're in a recession and can't con-
tribute,' but it's safe to say that
looking at the number of gifts is the
best indication that the recession is
having an effect."
Spokespersons from the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin at Madison,
Washington University in St. Louis,
the University of California at
Berkeley, and the University of
Chicago said that they do not be-
lieve the recession has affected their
campaign drives.
"We're still in the process of
wrapping up year-end figures," said

VIDEO
Continued from page 1
in, they would always tell
was out. Finally, I went in;

was there, and he took care of it, but
he never really apologized."
Wax could not be reached for
comment.
University students are not the

me he
and he

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only parties pursuing Wax in court.
A silent partner in the video store
has filed a claim against Wax to re-
coup the money he invested, accord-
ing to court records.
The case, Murdock vs. Wax, al-
leges that Wax gave Murdock a
fraudulent representation of the
store's finances. However, this case
must also wait for the court to rule
on Wax's bankruptcy petition.
The silent partner has petitioned
the court to dismiss Wax's
bankruptcy claim. This petition was
scheduled to be heard Friday in the
Washtenaw Circuit Court, but has

been postponed.
There have been no criminal
charges filed against Wax, according
to Detective George Gallus of the
Ann Arbor Police Department.
"A student did report fraudu-
lent charges on his credit card (last
May), but that student's bank re-
funded the student's loss and did
not press charges," Gallus said.
"When questioned following
the student's report," Gallus said,
"Mr. Wax said that he had a number
of students working for him and it
was unknown who had done it."

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