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The American Red Cross itself does
not solicit funds from the public in per-
son, Reading-Smith said.
"If the person is coming to your door,
be careful about giving," she added. "If
it is a bucket drive, ask, 'What is the
"We are 100-percent funded by the
American public, so there are always
groups raising funds for the Red Cross.
But each person needs to be confident in
who they are giving to," Reading-Smith
said. She added that if people are com-
ing to your home asking for donations,
it would be wise to only donate to them
if they are your neighbors and you know
their cause is valid.
"I wouldn't give to a person if I didn't
know who it was," Reading-Smith said.
Reading-Smith advised that, if peo-
ple come up to you asking for dona-
tions for Red Cross relief funds, you
should ask for their names and call the
Red Cross to verify that they are truly
collecting money for their organiza-
As easy as it would be to commit
fraud for the Red Cross, it does not hap-
pen all that often, Reading-Smith said.
She added that the Ann Arbor chapter
has raised over 600,000 dollars so far.
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bolically," Strecker said. "They repre-
sent the face of Tulane. They will carry
a torch and give us a lot of diversion."
The football team is anchored at Lou-
isiana Tech University in Ruston and
will open its season against Mississippi
State Sept. 17. Dubbed the "Big Game
For The Big Easy," 100 percent of its
proceeds from a live telethon are slated
to go toward rebuilding the city.
Iblane will play an important part in
rebuilding New Orleans, Strecker said.
The 171-year-old university, which is
the largest private employer in the Big
Easy, is stitched into the city's culture.
"The city relies on us and we rely on
the city," Strecker said. "As we improve,
the city will improve with us."
Many students have stepped forward
and offered to rebuild the campus. The
administration has indicated that it will
probably take them up on their offers.
One student, incoming freshman
Maren Leopold, has already pledged
her time to the school. She spent the last
three days earlier this month in Tulane's
Houston offices volunteering her time
by inputting payroll data for teachers in
Leopold happened to be in Houston
staying in a hotel after the storm and saw
a woman walking around in a Tulane
shirt. That woman turned out to be a
Tulane vice president. Leopold - who
wants to go back to Houston to assist the
administration next week - also repre-
sented the student body on NBC's "The
Today Show" along with Cowen.
Leopold will not enroll in an alter-
nate school as many of her classmates
have, but will return to campus for
the second semester, which will be
her first. She said that judging from
sources such as Tulane blogs, most
of her peers will return to campus in
"To me, it seems like if you don't go
back you're running away," she said.
"I'm definitely going back."
Tulane is accepting donations over
the Internet at justgive.org, goodnet-
workforgood.com and through the mail
at Tulane University, 1700 West Loop
South, Suite 900, Houston, TX 77027.
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economy," said James Epolito, pres-
ident and chief executive officer of
Michigan Economic Development
"We have to embrace high-tech
Conference panelists suggested
strategies for Ann Arbor and other
southeast Michigan cities to fur-
ther develop these high-tech hubs in
order for them to become pillars of
the state's economy.
Integral to this effort is for busi-
nesses to capitalize on research from
state universities like the University
Because the University produces
research from biotech to informa-
tion technology, panelists said cities
like Ann Arbor are poised to become
robust high-tech commercial hubs if
they can attract University graduates
and create a marketable product.
Marvin Parnes, University associ-
ate vice president for research, said
the University sponsored Impact
2005 to promote the need for part-
nerships between businesses and
"We see that the well-being of
Ann Arbor is important to (the
University's life). So we have been
a very active participant," Parnes
"To pull out economic develop-
ments, we need to make (the Uni-
versity) available, and we need
partners to help realize the eco-
The University has helped to
facilitate this exchange in the past
several years with the UM Tech
Transfer office, which acts as a liai-
son between researchers and busi-
nesses, and which has seen a steady
increase in revenue generated since
its inception in 1983. In the fiscal
year 2004, UM Tech Transfer gen-
erated a revenue of about $12 mil-
lion and reported 285 invention
But most recently, the University
strengthened its technology transfer
efforts in May by pledging up to $1
million dollars to form SPARK, an
Ann Arbor economic development
Led by entrepreneur Rick Snyder,
a former University assistant profes-
sor, SPARK aims to develop a high-
tech hub by doubling the number of
technology companies and tripling
tech jobs in the area by 2010.
Snyder said SPARK currently is
focused on attracting CEOs to Ann
Arbor in the hope that their com-
mitment will act as a catalyst to
spawn technology companies.
But in regards to University stu-
dents, Snyder said SPARK hopes to
attract graduate students in high-
tech fields by establishing a Uni-
versity liaison officer that can spot
"We are looking at the Medical
School and LSA for physics and
chemistry students. ... We are try-
ing to create programs to get stu-
dents interested," Snyder said.
Echoing the Cool Cities initia-
tive by Gov. Jennifer Granholm,
conference panelists said in order
to develop as hi-tech commercial
hubs, cities need to keep college
students from leaving the state.
Sabrina Keeley, president and
chief executive officer of the Ann
Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce,
said hopefully in the long term this
would lead to more jobs for Univer-
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