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Hawaiian Getaway, Trivia Rematch Highlights of SFF Auction March 21

By Lori Atherton​
March 12, 2013

One never knows what will appear on the Student Funded Fellowships (SFF) Auction list.

A peek at this year's items, for instance, reveals the opportunity to "compete for ice-shuffling glory" (curling, anyone?); live it up like a "big Kahuna" during a weeklong stay on the island of Kauai; and channel the Big Lebowski ("but without all the weird parts") during a bowling extravaganza with your favorite professors.

If those items don't strike your fancy, there's a longtime favorite on the list: tandem skydiving with the daredevil himself, Professor Mathias Reimann.

These items and more will be up for grabs on Thursday, March 21, during the 35th annual SFF Auction, which benefits 1L students pursuing public interest work. The silent auction begins at 7 p.m.; the live auction starts at 8 p.m. Michael Schmale, 2L, auction co-chair, promises it will be "the event of the year."

Lending their own flair to the festivities and back by popular demand as auctioneers are Professors Nick Bagley, Len Niehoff, '84, John Pottow, Eve Brensike Primus, '01, and Gil Seinfeld, as well as Sarah Zearfoss, '92, senior assistant dean for admissions, financial aid, and career planning. Alyson Robbins, public interest director, will emcee.

This year's auction "showpiece" is the timeshare in Kauai (donated by Prof. Doug Kahn), but Schmale said there are plenty of other vacation choices that will leave winners relaxed and refreshed. Offerings include a Manhattan Beach, California, vacation; a Lake Tahoe ski trip; a cottage retreat on Grand Traverse Bay, Michigan; and a weekend getaway in the Berkshires.

"We've got the U.S. covered," Schmale said.

If trivia is more your speed, there are two opportunities that pit students against faculty in a bid to see who's the smartest. Option one—"Are You Smarter than a Law Professor?"—offers students the chance to compete in a trivia contest at Conor O'Neill's as a member of Prof. Kyle Logue or Prof. Dan Crane's team. The second option—"There's Nothing Trivial About Your Honor"—gives students the right to square off against faculty in the second-annual SFF Knowledge Bowl in a highly anticipated rematch at the Necto bar and nightclub. (Read about the fun had at the last year's contest here.)

All of the auction items—divided into various categories, including sports, travel and leisure, fun with faculty, and students at your service—are available for browsing in the 2013 Auction Item Preview Space. There are more than 150 items that fit every budget, from baked goods and pet-sitting services to wine tastings and gourmet dinners, Schmale said.

He encourages students, faculty, staff, and alumni to participate, even if they can't attend the auction in person. Proxy bidding is available, and arrangements can be made through 2L Sarah Shubert at sffautionproxy@umich.edu.

For more information on the auction, visit the SFF Auction page.

To preview auction items, visit the 2013 Auction Item Preview Space.

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