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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 19, 1995 - 5

Students aim to raise
more than $5 million
in '95 Telefund drive


City Council picks
counsel in 'Y' suit

Daily Staff Reporter
As a University student, Mark
rotherton earned a little spending
money working for Michigan
Telefund. In his current position as
.director, he has been able to raise
much more, including last year's $4.2
And this year, he expects to raise
another $5 million.
Telefund is a telephone solicita-
tion service that is part of the Office
Development, which handles all
;University fund-raising. Its student
employees make calls requesting do-
nations to alumni, parents of students
and graduating seniors.
Brotherton said donators may des-
ignate where their contributions spe-
cifically go, but the money is generally
put into a fund that is divided among the
University's schools and colleges.
Every school in the University
ploys Telefund workers to solicit
on their behalf. Each school could
call their own alumni separately,
Brotherton said, but Telefund is an
easier and more efficient way for the
schools to ask for contributions.
Individual college deans have dis-
cretion as to where the money is spent,
he said. All the colleges have an an-
nual fund used to benefit students.
In the past, money raised by
Telefund has bought new lab equip-
ment and computer software. It also
supports scholarships.
Telefund is run by five profes-

sional managers, with the assistance
of 12 student managers. There are
about 120 students who work for the
Telefund, either calling or serving as
part of the clerical staff.
Students who work for Telefund
must go through an eight-hour train-
ing process before they can begin
phone solicitations. Trainees are
taught how to handle the different
situations that could potentially
The situations generally fall into
three classifications: negative feel-
ings toward the University, a difficult
financial position of a potential con-
tributor or loyalties to other universi-
ties or foundations.
"People (who solicit) must be en-
thusiastic and have a thick skin,"
Brotherton said. "People have to be
able to deal with rejection."
Salaries start at $6 per hour, and
depending on the duration of em-
ployment and the position of a stu-
dent, they can rise to $8 per hour. A
student must have two years experi-
ence to be promoted to a managerial
One of the floor managers, LSA
senior Shannon Unger, said she got a
feeling for the age of the University
by talking to the alumni.
Unger said she once talked to a
woman who remembers having to
call the house mother in the Mosher
Jordan residence hall to ask if it was
cold enough to be allowed to wear
pants instead of a skirt.

Daily Staff Reporter
After another bustling meeting,
City Council finally reached a deci-
sion in choosing legal counsel to rep-
resent the city in lawsuits filed in con-
nection with the defaulted YMCA loan.
In a Tuesday night session, the
council reviewed three resolutions
before passing one that committed to
the law firm Pollard and Page, which
recently separated from the firm
Hardy, Lewis, Pollard and Page.
The resolution allocates nearly
$135,000 to cover the firm's services.
John Van Loon, acting city attorney,
said that the amount may vary and can
be appealed to the council at a later
Van Loon added that the city still
has an outstanding debt to Hardy,
Lewis, Pollard and Page.
"I think it is $80,000 or $85,000,"
he said. "I really don't know."
After defeating the first resolu-
tion, the council passed a modified
resolution, originally sponsored by
Van Loon, by a 10-1 vote.
Councilmember Jane Lumm (R-

2nd Ward) explained the need for a
formal resolution.
"I think it is important that we
produce a contract before any addi-
tional legal work is done regardless of
what the next steps are."
The funding was allocated from a
number of different sources proposed
by City Adminstrator Al Gatta, in-
cluding some housing funds.
Despite the council's decision,
Lumm expressed her disappointment
with the way the council had handled
the suit in the first place.
"Personally, if we had agreed with
the Economic Development Corp., we
wouldn't be here now," Lumm said.
The EDC was a proposed source
of funding for the YMCA loan and
was voted down by council members,
contributing to the lawsuits.
Other council members expressed
a different opinion of the litigation
problem. "I think it is an issue of
legality," said Councilmember Peter
Fink (R-2nd Ward). "I don't think it
should be our position to spend more
money on this issue than absolutely


LSA senior Ernie Coffey participates in a fund-raising drive for the Ozone
House yesterday on the Diag. He and other volunteers stood outside on and
around the Diag in a project sponsored by the Queer Unity Project.
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