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PART 2 OF A 5-PART SERIES
The role thousands
of small donations
play in 'U' programs
By STEPHANIE STEINBERG
and KYLE SWANSON
It's a startling fact that many
are unaware of, but the major-
ity of individuals who donate to
the University never graduated
from it. Instead, these people are
friends of the University - mean-
ing they support the institution
for some other reason.
For many of these people, a
spouse or family member has
graduated from the University.
Others may give because they
have benefited from a service the
University offers, like being treat-
ed at the University of Michigan
Health System, or because they
enjoy attending University-relat-
ed events, like football games at
the Big House or fine arts perfor-
mances at Hill Auditorium.
All totaled, 372,931 donors -
most of whom were individuals
- gave to the University during
the last major capital campaign,
which ran from 2000 to 2008.
While that number is less than
the University's roughly 460,000
living alumni and the majority of
gifts come from non-alumni, Vice
President for Development Jerry
May said the surprising lack of
individual alumni giving is not
"Only 15 to 20 percent of alun-
ni give in any given year," May
See SERIES, Page 7
University President Mary Sue Coleman delivers her State of She University address yesterday afternoon in the Bias Auditorium of the Ross School of Business.
Cole-man talks research, budge
z THE ALUMNI SPLIT
Non-alumni donations: 57%
Alumni donations: 43%
0 Z w DONATIONS BY AGE
> z ue39 years and under: 20%
40 to 49 years:19%
50 years and over: 61%
In State of the 'U'
charts daring course,
despite budget woes
By KYLE SWANSON
"Our University has performed
remarkably well given this eco-
That was the message from
University President Mary Sue
Coleman during her State of the
University address yesterday.
Speaking before a crowd of
approximately 100 people in the
Ross School of Business's Blau
Auditorium and with a live stream
of the speech on the University's
website, Coleman discussed a wide
range of University affairs, outlined
new programs and initiatives and
laid out her vision for the future of
Coleman outlined two main
initiatives in her speech. The first
was a major push to strengthen the
University's efforts toward envi-
ronmental sustainability, and the
second was an investment in infra-
structure to better connect Central
and North Campus.
Outlining the University's new
sustainability initiative, Coleman
said she will chair a board of Uni-
versity leaders and executives who
will oversee the endeavor by setting
University-wide goals and review-
ing proposals for central funding.
As part of the effort, Donald
Scavia, director of the Graham
Institute, has been appointed to the
position of special counsel to the
president for sustainability. In
addition to serving in this new role,
Scavia will maintain his current
duties with the GESI.
As special counsel to the presi-
dent for sustainability, Scavia will
be responsible for advising Cole-
man and the University's team of
executive officers on sustainability
efforts, working on student-driven
sustainability efforts and also plan-
ning and coordinating a plethora of
sustainability programs and activi-
ties on campus.
In her speech, Coleman also
of Campus Sustainability. Terry
Alexander, who currently serves
as the executive director of the
Department of Occupational.Safety
and Environmental Health at the
University, will lead the new office,
which was created by restructuring
the OSEH department.
In his role as OCS Director, Alex-
ander will be responsible for coor-
dinating sustainability efforts with
See COLEMAN, Page 7
LSA senior makes bid for City Council
lhady says his from East Madison Street south-
ward past Ann Arbor-Saline Road
tical aspirations and includes South Quad Residence
Hall, Fletcher Residence Hall and
e 'born and bred the Michigan Stadium.
Elhady said he's running as an
n Ann Arbor Independent because he wants to
transcend political party affiliation.
By DYLAN CINTI "I feel it represents the ideology
For the Daily of independent solutions and inde-
pendent thinking I'm going to bring
most students planning to to Fourth Ward," he said.
te at the end of this term, LSA The Nov. 3 electionswill decide if
Hatim Elhady is working to he can put that ideology into prac-
p his last remaining require- tice. But Elhady is up against tough
for his majors in economics odds, Eugene Kang, the last student
ar eastern studies. But unlike to run for City Council in 2005 was
eniors, Elhady isn't spend- unsuccessful in his bid to represent
extra time leading student Ward 2.
, going to the bars or apply- Elhady grew up in Detroit, but
jobs orgraduate school. he said his interest in politics was
ead, he's running his cam- "born and bred in Ann Arbor."
or City Council. "When I came here," he said, "it
dy hopes to represent Ann was an entirely different world from
4th Ward, which extends See CANDIDATE, Page 3
University senior Hatim Elhady is a candidate for City Council in the Fourth Ward.
ANN ARBOR GOVERNMENT
City Council hears budget talk, tailgate issues
Chair of College
By ELYANA TWIGGS
"Don't worry - no drama," said
Gordon Chaffin to hesitant board
members of the University's chapter
of College Republicans as they trick-
led in last night in the Tappan Room
of the Michigan Union.
After speculating that comments
he made on his Facebook page and
in an interview with The Michigan
Independent meant thathe would be
immediately impeached, Chaffin, an
LSA senior, announced his resigna-
tion as chair of the club.
Nineboardmembers plus five curi-
ous onlookers watched Chaffin as he
stood up and apologized for talking
with The Michigan Daily about his
potential impeachment before the
matter was settled within the group.
"A couple ofhours ago, we decided
to resolve the situation," he said. "I
decided to resign. I feel that it is the
best way to move forward for the
healthofthe club. I apologize official-
ly, and now to you each individually."
Chaffin's comments on his Face-
book page, expressing support for
President Barack Obama's health
care plan, as well as his decision to
take part in an interview with The
Michigan Independent, a left-lean-
ing campus publication, without
seeking the group's permission,
were the main reasons he sus-
pected executive board members
planned to impeach him.
At the meeting last night, Chaf-
fin pre-empted the possibility of
impeachment and made the resig-
nation announcement before any-
thing could happen.
"There were just some serious
disagreements between myself and
all of you as to how I should express
my personal opinions in public," he
said. "That is something that I won't
cave in on, and I respect all of your
Charles Bogren, vice chairman
external, accepted Chaffin's apology
with a firm handshake.
According to the group's consti-
tution, Bogren and LSA sophomore
Gregory Cairns, vice chair internal,
will be replacing Chaffin as chair
Bogren said that Chaffin is wel-
come back in the group and to join
him on outings to the shootingrange.
"Thank you for your time. I am
glad we could fix this in an ami-
cable way," Bogren said after Chaf-
See RESIGNATION, Page 3
State Rep. Warren For the new fiscal year - which
began Oct. 1 - there will be an
says tough budget extra 11 percent cut to the amount
of money the city of Ann Arbor
cuts are unavoidable receives from' Lansing, which
translates to about $1.16 million.
By EMILY ORLEY Though Warren said she voted
1 Daily StaffReporter against the cut, she said others at
- -the state's capital did not follow
State Rep. Rebekah Warren suit.
(D-Ann Arbor) addressed City "I thought that this was a pretty
Council last night to talk about the draconian cut," Warren said. "And
bleak status of the state budget and there are many other cuts we are
recent legislative progress. doing right now in Lansing that try
to balance our budget."
Warren said she believes Michi-
gan has the tools and responsibil-
ity to balance the budget and that
cuts aren't the best approach mov-
"We have the ability at the state
level to raise revenue, to stem
spendingthrough a very large bud-
get," Warren said. "We have con-
sistently continued to balance our
budget on the backs of those that
we can pass our problems along to,
so sometimes that is local govern-
ments, sometimes that is our uni-
versity and public schools. And I
don't think that's right."
However, Warren said she
strongly supports a proposal
recently brought to the Senate that
would restore revenue cuts.
She said the hope with this pro-
posal is that the Senate willbe able
to restore a portion of tie cuts so
that the decrease in revenue will
not feel as extreme. But if passed,
Warren said the proposal will not
See CITY COUNCIL, Page 3
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