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Recruiters m
Brian Campbell
Daily Staff Reporter
Pete DeHaan, a human resources
agent for Hitachi Automotive in
Farmington Hills, Mich., said he had a
very bad experience with the
University's Engineering Placement
Office last week.
"If my manager didn't specifically
ask for University of Michigan stu-
dents, I'd have just said 'Forget It,"'
DeHaan said.
DeHaan said he was shocked when
he called the office and an unidentified
woman told him he had to pay a $10 fee
hefore she would release any engineer-
ing students' resumes to him.
"It is not standard," DcHaan said.
"This stinks."
"That's a service the school provides
to students, a service they should be
roviding free-of-charge," he said.
"Ninety-nine percent of your
resumes you don't even use because
they're not qualified or whatever,"
DeHaan said. "You don't want to pay
for something you can't use."
The College of Engineering place-
ment office is funded by the
University and provides students' and
alums' resumes for businesses interest-
d in recruiting graduates, said
harlotte Doontz, former placement

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Wednesday, August 7, 1996 - The Michigan Daily - 3

DeHaan said none of the University's
competitors in the metro-Detroit area
use similar practices, and that he's never
been charged a fee for resumes by
Wayne State University, Michigan State
University, or the University's Dearborn
Kaye Voss, placement office supervi-
sor, said that the University instituted
the charges just a few years ago in fol-
lowing the policies of other universities.
"We just started the fee about two years
ago when we found out other schools
did it. We tried to keep the cost down hy
providing the resumes in packets hy
program and degree,' Voss said.
Voss did not say which other schools
charge fees for resumes.
Voss said there is no resume fee dur-
ing North Campus job fairs when stu-
dents have on-campus interviews, or if
the requested resumes are from a small
program (which means a small packet)
like Materials Science Engineering.
But, Voss said, if the requested
resumes come from a large program
(which means a large packet), like
Chemical Engineering or Electrical
Engineering, there is a maximum fee
of $10 depending on the exact size of
the packet.
DeHaan said he was irritated by the
whole experience and the woman he
spoke with at the office "gave him a lot

am resumes
of attitude." DeHaan said it was not the
amount of money that aggravated him,
but rather the attitude and "the poor
business practice."
DeHaan said he was further angered
when the woman informed him the fee
would be increasing in the coming
months because of computer system
Voss said the placement office is in
the process of changing its method of
assigning fees. The new method, likely
to begin this fall, will be based on the
"market value" of the resumes ."e re
just kind of eyehalling right now until
the new system goes into effect" Voss
Voss maintained that the fees arce1
similar to universities across thecour-
try and that since the fees began, the
Placement Center has received only one
other complaint about them.
Matt Kern, an engineering senior,
said he had never heard of the resume
fee and was puzzled by its instatement.
"I don't see why there should be a fee,'
he said.
DeHaan said because of the New deal
will not seek out resumes from the
University in the future, unless there William Gray, president of The College Fund/UNCF (United Negro College Fund)
is a specific request hy the employer. spoke at the Business School last Thursday. Gray spoke about the creation of the
- Daily Managing News Editor Frederick D. Patterson Research institute, whose headquarters reside in Fairfax,
Jennifer Harvey contributed torthis Va., but will also have a satellite research center at the University.
report. _

Power outage leaves residents in the dark

By Katie Wang
Daily News Editor
More than 3,000 Ann Arbor residents were left in the dark
and in the sweltering heat yesterday when two power outages
*ccurred mid-afternoon.
At 1:16 p.m., about 1,500 Detroit Edison customers were
left without electricity when an animal interfered with the
distribution line from its Phoenix station. The outage affect-
ed residents south of the Ann Arbor railroad and west of
Whitmore Lake Road. Power was restored for these cus-
tomers at 3:12 p.m.
Another power outage occurred at 2:10 p.m., affecting
about 1,700 Ann Arbor residents.
Mary Kay Bean, spokesperson for Detroit Edison, said an
.lectrical flash occurred at the Phoenix station, but the direct

cause of the outage is still under investigation.
Bean said she did not think the outage was caused by a
large number of customers using air conditioning to relieve
themselves from the heat and humidity.
Power was restored at 3:14 p.m. for these residents.
Students wandered aimlessly through the dark at the Union
yesterday during the power outage.
LSA senior Christy Petroff and LSA senior Anand Ramana
decided to sit in the dark at the Union and wait until the elec-
tricity returned.
"I came here for air conditioning," Ramana said. "But it's
still cooler in here than it is out there"
One worker at the Subway sandwich shop said if the elec-
tricity did not return within an hour, the store would have to
start disposing of its food.

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