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Friday, December 12, 191

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inally expected between 1,000
and 1,500 students, faculty and4
staff personnel to sign up for
the official tour, which was
offered over the last three weeks
through a sales office in the]
Union.
But according to Thomas East-
hope, assistant vice president'
for student services, only 280
persons-including players' fam-
ilies-joined the tour group be-
fore sales closed Tuesday even-
ing.
"IT'S anybody's guess what
happened. It could be a com-
bination of factors," Easthope.
said. "It could be that money
is tight, or that people didn't
like the tour, or didn't want to
go to the bowl."
"We all tried to transpose the
same criteria that we have for
the Rose Bowl down to the
Orange Bowl, but it doesn't
work," C o n 1 in commented.
"People are more familiar with
Florida. It takes three or four
days to drive out to California,
but only 22 hours to drive to
Florida."
The substantial loss suffered
by the first University tour to
go to a bowl game other than
the Rose Bowl could discourage
other group tour firms from
submitting bids on future non-

Rose Bowl excursions-thus ie-<
ducing an already miniscule list
of travel companies that submiti
tour proposals to the University.l
THE Conlin-Dodds tour was
priced at $348 per person for
double occupancy for faculty or
staff, $333 per person for stu-
dent doubles, and $318 fvr stu-
dent triples or quads. The pack-
age included round trip air
transportation, accomodations at
a Sheraton resort hotel in Or-
lando, and a ticket to the Jan. 1.
bowl game.
A Daily reconstruction of ac-
tual tour costs-derived by ob-
taining room and features prices
from other sources-indicates
that the basic double occupancy
package for faculty or staff
probably cost Conlin-Dodds
about $300, not including pro-
motion and sales expense. If
1,500 persons had signed up for
the tour, that overhead-esti-
mated at $15,000--would have
been distributed at $10 per per-
son, leaving Conlin-Dodds with
a profit of $8 per person, ,or
$12,000.
But since only 280 individuals
have joined the tour, the $15,000
'overhead instead amounts to
over $53 per tour participant.
And because the travel agency
must forfeit deposits on re-
served hotel rooms-which can

add up to anything from 10 to;
20 per cent of the cost of the1
reserved accommodations-Con-
lin-Dodds probably lost another;
$15 to $30 per person in can-
cellation surcharges.!
THE $8 profit, then, suddenlyI
turns into a $60-or 14 per;
cent-loss, totalling over $13,000
for 280 passengers.-
Easthope could not predict
what effect Conlin-Dodd's deficit
experience might have on other
travel firms that bid on Univer-
sity-affiliated tours. "They're
in a highly competitive business.
Other tour agents leave pride
in their business-they might
think 'Conlin took a bath, but
we can do it better.' But I
don't know," he said.
Only two companies submitted
bids to OSS for this year's of-
ficial tour-Conlin-Dodds and
Lovejoy-Tiffany Travel, of 450
S. Main. Spokespersons for both
firms indicated that they would
be willing to bid on a bowl tour
again another year.
BUT OTHER major tour oper-
ators in the Detroit area in-
dicated that they would not bid
on a potential University tour
package bowl or had been con-
acted by OSS and had decided
not to participate.
"What few times we've been

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W heeler's method of operation
is exactly what he promised it'
asked by OSS to bid on some- would be during his campaign.!
thing, they hand you a bid ; She contends that his omnipres-
specification on Friday afternoon ence in city affairs is a pro-
and want the complete story on duct of his commitment to "ac-
Monday morning," claimed Mil- tive participation."
ford Boersma, president of "Wheeler came right out in
Boersma Travel, 3368 Washte- his campaign and said, I don't
naw. "There'e no way that like what's going on in the police
somebody could do that.' department, I don't like the way

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said an exhausted Wheeler re-
cently. "This job is much more
frustrating than I ever thought
it would be."
In sizing up his term thus
far, Wheeler himself voices
certain criticisms. "I don't
think we've done a hell of a
job setting policy. Sure, theres
are certain things on the agen-
da we vote on, but that's not
policy. What we need areover-
all plans. I think we've been
doing a lot of knit-picking poli-
['[v 7

Although the Portuguese navi-
gator Bartholomew Diaz dis-
covered the Cape of Good Hope
on the southern tip of Africa in
1488, it was not until 1652 that
the Dutch became the first Eu-
ropeans to colonize in what be-
came known as the Cape Colo-
ny.
Stamps from the British Vir-
gin Islands are the only ones in
the British Commonwealth that
bear a pictute of Queen Eliza-
beth - but are in U.S. cur-
rency denominations. U.S. dol-
lars are the legal tender in BVI.
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The University of Michigan
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the city administrator appears
to have far more authority
around city hall and far more,

of a say with the way thingsc
happen in council.' He said he WHEELER feels that the ans-
didn't like that, he said he wer to this problem lies in re-
would change that if he was vamping the city's charter.
elected, and that's what he's- --- ---
doing," said Jones. = == =
According to Wheeler, he may
never place himself in the posi-GOoc luck
tion to make such campaignlc
promises again.
"I'm not sure I'd even run on exams
for re-election at this point,"
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