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Got an alumni fund raising phone call the other day. I picked up the phone, hello?, to get "HI! ... umm, yeaaaah"

Not the energetic yeah! of the cheering sports fan, but the drawling, agreeable, yeah of the happy pot head. LOL! Immediately identifiable as a student calling from Evergreen.

The caller explained that the parents club runs all kinds of activities, yeah, and um, is funded by the annual fund and would we be willing to contribute? I confused the poor sweetie by asking if the activities were for the parents or for the students (it's called the parents club, after all), generating much hilarity for me. When I promised to contribute right away via their web site, I got "oh! no pressure! ... um, or anything ..." and when I pointed out I'd forget if I didn't do it right away got a very happy "um, I know exactly what you mean! yeah!"

I wonder if my alma mater would forgive me for saying I far prefer the student fund raising calls from Evergreen than the grounded in reality, practical, feigned interest phone calls from them.

Date: 2010-11-05 03:33 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mikeneko.livejournal.com
I'm generally a sucker for my undergrad's fund raising. The callers are student volunteers--I signed up to do this myself as a freshman. I got a balloon and a tee-shirt for my trouble.

My grad institution hires work-study students and telemarketers to make the calls, and they sound bored and unhappy, and I'm less inclined to be swayed.

Date: 2010-11-05 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mvrdrk.livejournal.com
LOL! Bored and unhappy telemarkers would irritate me too.

Did you enjoy the phone calls you made as a freshman? Typically the callers from my alumni ask things like what did you study, what are you doing now, and how did you use your education. Very focused. I don't mind them, but I don't love them either. This one was so sweet and rambling, I adored it.

Date: 2010-11-06 02:46 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mikeneko.livejournal.com
As I recall, I started out fairly gung-ho, rah Purdue, but this was back in the early '80s during one of the slumps: after talking to the umpteenth engineer pulling unemployment or working fast food, it got pretty depressing. :(

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