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FINDING A MASTERPIECE

DONATION DIVIDENDS:
PART 5 OF A 5-PART SERIES
WAhat's

next for'U
fundraising

ARIEL BOND/Daily
School of Information student Ashleigh Donaldson searches for books yesterday in the Fine Arts Library in Tappan Hall. The library houses an impressive collection of print and
electronic resources in the history, theory and criticism of thevisual arts, consisting of more than 100,000 volumes on painting, graphic arts, architectural history and other topics.
LITIGATION REPORT
Gayprof,,'s etlawsuit setfr ation

New database,
donor guidelines,.
capital campaign
in the works
By STEPHANIE STEINBERG
and KYLE SWANSON
Daily StaffReporters
From his office on the ninth
floor of Wolverine Tower, Jerry
May, the University's vice presi-
dent for development, commands"
the fundraisers who bring in hun-
dreds of millions of dollars to the
University each year.
Over the past eight years, the
office has raised more than $3.2
billion through its Michigan Dif-
ference Campaign. The wildly suc-
cessful effort - which exceeded its
$2.5 billion goal by nearly 30 per-
cent - seta national record for the
most money raised in the United
States by a publicuniversity during
a single capital campaign.
However, with the campaign
now finished and a new campaign
not yet started, the question aris-
es - what are development office
employees doing with all their
time?
According to May, his staff isn't
sitting around waiting for the next
campaign. They're busy planning
for how they can better relate to
donors and how the office can

operatemore efficiently.
THE BRAINS OF
THE OPERATION
One of those major initiatives is
the creation and implementation
of a brand new, multi-million dol-
lar electronic brain for the Univer-
sity's fundraising activities. If's a
highly-personalized database that
will serve to store and collate the
most specific of details for the Uni-
versity's donors - which totaled
nearly 375,000 over the last eight
years - from the basics to the
most acute detail regarding their
interests. ("Some day we'll be able
to know all the people who collect
antique maps," May said, only half
joking.)
The University's current donor
database system - known as
Development/Alumni Constitu-
ency System or DAC - is nearly 20
years old and isvastly outdated.
May said the system was eval-
uated prior to the Michigan Dif-
ference Campaign, and a decision
was made to bandage it for the
campaign. Major reconstruction
or replacement of the system
was tabled until after the capital
campaign.
Once the Michigan Difference
Campaign finished last Decem-
ber, efforts to select a firm to
design a new system were kicked
into high gear.
See SERIES, Page 7

Peter Hammer says
he was denied
tenure for being gay
ByKYLE SWANSON
Daily News Editor
Five years and two University
general counsels later, a former
University professor's lawsuit
alleging the University discrimi-
nated against him because he is
gay still hasn't gone to trial. But
two motions being considered
later today may get the wheels

moving on the case once more.
Peter Hammer, who is now
a law professor at Wayne State
University, left the University
of Michigan in 2003 after being
denied tenure. Hammer was the
first male professor at the Law
School to be denied tenure in
at least 40 years, according to
Hammer's complaint. In that
timeframe, three women were*
denied tenure, according to the
documents.
Hammer's suit was filed against
the University in 2004 and alleges
that the University discriminated
against him by denying his tenure.

A tenure review board voted 4 to
1 to grant tenure to Hammer. But
tenured faculty at the Law School
voted 18 to 12, falling short of the
two-thirds threshold required to
earn tenure.
The complaint against the Uni-
versity says that at the time Ham-
mer was hired, the University was
represented as a non-discrimina-
tory employer, and that as such, it
has a contractual obligation not to
discriminate against him on the
basis of his sexuality.
Though little progress has been
made in the case over the last few
years, two motions are being con-

sidered by Judge James R. Gid-
dings of the 30th Judicial Circuit
Court.
The first motion, to schedule
pretrial conference, is in essence
meant to bring the case to the
court's attention in an attempt to
move the case through the judicial
system more quickly. The motion
outlines what has happened so
far, including multiple motions
for summary judgment - which
are attempts to settle a case and
avoid a trial with evidence from'
discovery and deposition, among
other areas.
See LAWSUIT, Page 7

CAMPUS PROMOTION
Colleges employ
student bloggers

HAMMERING HOME A POINT

Admissions offices
turn to students
for an inside look
at campus life
By MALLORY BEBERMAN
Daily StaffReporter
For the most part, those
heavy and overwhelming col-
lege guidebooks can't really
give prospective students a look
at college life from a student's
perspective.
To solve that problem, admis-
sions offices at universities
across the country have teamed
up with student bloggers to
offer prospective students an
inside look into campus life.
Schools like the Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology
and Amherst College host stu-
dent blogs on their admissions
websites and the University of
Michigan's admissions office
has also dabbled in student
blogging.
Erica Sanders, director of
recruitment and operations at
the University's Office of Under-
graduate Admissions, said the
office tested putting student
blogs on its website from 2006

to 2009.
"The Office of Undergradu-
ate Admissions staged a three-
year demonstration student
blog, which ended last year," she
wrote in an e-mail interview.
Sanders added that the
admissions office recruited
bloggers from campus tour
guides, student volunteers and
student staff members. She also
said admissions officials plan to
bring the blogs back early next
year.
LSA junior Mitch Crispell
blogged for the admissions
office two years ago. He said he
was asked to blogbecause of his
position as a Campus Day tour
guide.
"The idea is that you talk
about things that prospective
students would want to know
about and the things that they
can relate to," he said.
He said that the admissions
office never told him what to
write about. Furthermore,
Crispell said that for the most
part, the admissions office
didn't edit his entries.
"They gave us guidelines but
they (knew) how much we love
Michigan and they let us show
the Michigan that we want(ed)
to show," he said.
See BLOGGERS, Page 7

RUNNING FOR A CAUSE
Alum looks for social
change in marathons
Zlotoff to run three longtime.
"The work that Men Can Stop
marathons in five Rape is doing really hit a chord
in me because working at the
weeks for charity Rape Crisis Center I really saw
the issue from a victim's perspec-
ByALLIE WHITE tive and from a victim's services
For theDaily perspective and I wanted to do
something that was true preven-
Forget Nike. University alum tion," he said. "Working not just
Jordan Zlotoff said he wants to to comfort and support survivors,
be sponsored by Snuggie. But for which is incredibly important,
Zlotoff, even an oversized blanket but I wanted to work on actu-
with armholes probably won't be ally preventing sexual assault and
much comfort as he participates rape in the first place.'
in three marathons in just five According to its website, Men
weeks. Can Stop Rape works with young
A graduate of the 2006 Univer- men to prevent violence against
sity graduate, Zlotoff is undertak- women and challenges the estab-
ing what some might consider lished negative aspects of mas-
appropriate only for a Navy Seal.. culinity. The group encourages
This fall, he plans to run three males to see their role as allies
marathons over a five-week with women and girls in creating
period to raise money for a Wash- and fostering healthy relation-
ington D.C.-based organization ships.
called Men Can Stop Rape. He said that in working at the
"I think my motivation goes D.C. Rape Crisis Center, he saw
back to the University of Michi- how much men can do in this
gan and taking some of my soci- issue.
ology classes is when I really "I was one of three male volun-
started to understand the female teers at the D.C. Rape Crisis Center'
experience in sexual assault," out of probablyt100volunteers they
Zlotoff said. have," Zlotoff said. "I was just sort
He's worked at the D.C. Rape of immediately attracted to work-
Crisis Center and had a recent ing on this issue because I saw so
internship with Men Can Stop few men involved. Iknew that men
Rape, a group Zlotoff said he have such a huge potential impact
had wanted to work with for a See MARATHONS, Page 7

ARItL BOND/Daily
High school senior Alex Flannigan hammers a nail for Habitat for Humanity on the Diag
yesterday. Students camped out with sleeping bags and blankets last night to bring
awareness to the homeless who don't have a place to sleep.

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