Page 2-The Michigan Daily-Monday, February 15, 1988
Students with initiative fly for free
By ELISSA SARD
Most students must pinch pennies saving up
for a Spring Break escape, but some will get out
of snowy Ann Arbor for free. All it takes is
.foresight, some creativity, and a little bit of the
busy student's precious time.
Business school seniors Heather Davis and
Chris Tressler won't be paying for the air fare or
hotel accommodations for their Spring Break trip
to the Bahamas this year. They were two of the
many students who chose to work for a national
travel agency putting up fliers, designing and
running ads, and making themselves available to
answer questions about the trip.
WORKING WITH American Travel
Service, Davis and Tressler started posting fliers
in residence halls just after winter break.
Many of the ads and fliers for Bahamas trips
- which start at $279 - are affiliated with
American Travel Service, a Connecticut-based
company. The company charters one plane from
Detroit Metro Airport to the Bahamas each year.
Company President Don Pelli said this is the
second year the company has enlisted help from
University students to fill 344 airplane seats.
THE COMPANY covers 75 percent of the
advertising cost, which was nearly $30 to run the
ad for two and one half weeks. To cut costs,
students often run one ad with three or four
different phone numbers.
Engineering sophomore Gary Vargas, who
became a representative for Entertainment Tours,
responded to an ad he saw in the Daily last
October. The company then sent him fliers in
December with instructions to post them starting
Vargas, like Davis and Tressler, was seeking a
free trip. If he could have sold 20 trips to South
Padre Island, he would have received the package
- including travel expenses, hotel
accommodations, and passes to night clubs - at
BUT VARGAS did not achieve the quota,
and he lost his opportunity for a free trip.
Agencies plan trips so the profit they make
from the paying customers - which varies from
I don't want to give away all my
secrets to the other agencies in
-Ann Arbor Regency Travel
manager Dan Nowakowski
company to company - compensates for the free
trips with which they reward their volunteers,
according to American Travel Service.
The company started with 22 reps at the
University, but some dropped out when they
couldn't foresee finding 20 people to go to the
Bahamas with this particular company.
BUT MOST of the students who work with
American Travel Service do sell the 20 trips
necessary to win a free trip, Tressler said.
Student reps are updated on how many seats on
the plane have been filled, to give some
indication of how much more work will be
required to earn the free trip.
Ann Arbor Regency Travel manager Dan
Nowakowski said student participation benefits
travel agencies because it helps them publicize
their packages. Nowakowski said he determines
who he will use based on "chatting" with the
potential representative. "It's hard to screen
students. There's no real credential check... They
just bring me names, I handle the funds and the
actual bookings," he said.
Nowakowski indicated the level of
competition among agencies to fill the spaces on
the Spring Break packages saying, "I don't want
to give away all my secrets to the other agencies
AMERICAN TRAVEL Service and
Entertainment Tours are among the least
selective of the national services. While
American Travel Service will use anyone who
shows the initiative to contact them, other
agencies, such as Designers of Travel, require
students to apply first.
Wendy Vermut, an LSA senior who has been
working with Jill Brandt, LSA junior, to sell
trips to Daytona for Designers of Travel, said the
application she filled out seemed geared toward
finding outgoing people with social contacts,
such as a sorority.
In this case the company covered all
advertising expenses, but it was up to the reps to
design the ads and write information on the fliers
"It takes a lot of time, but it's worth.it,"
Vermut claimed, optimistic about earning the
free trip. "We'll get it. It's a really good deal."
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Chancellor may step down
over Waldheim controversy
VIENNA- Socialist Chancellor Franz Vranitzky said yesterday he
would consider resigning if the controversy over President Kurt
Waldheim's World War II conduct continues to hamper Vranitzky's
About 5,000 people, including actor Klaus Maria Brandauer, gathered
in central Vienna outside the landmark St. Stephen's Cathedral to call for
About half of them marched to the Hofburg Palace, site of the
president's office, and chanted, "Waldheim must go!"
In an hourlong television interview, Vranitzky, who heads a coalition
government, launched a sharp attack on Waldheim, whose duties as head
of state are mostly ceremonial.
Soviets propose voting changes
MOSCOW (AP) - Communist Party activistsproposed in an article
on the front page of Pravda yesterday that more than one candidate be put
forward for top party posts and that all party members able allowed to
The suggestions, appearing in the party's main newspaper, came from
party activists in the Ukraine.
Although the proposals do not have the party's formal approval, their
appearance on Pravda's front page indicated the leadership is seriously
The article said the issue would be formally taken up at the 19th All-
Union Party Conference, a rare gathering of the nation's Communists to
be held June 28 in Moscow.
Group studies proposal for
casino gambling in Detroit
DETROIT - Members of a casino study commission named by
Mayor Coleman Young say they'll try to remain unbiased, though they're
aware of strong opposition, mostly from a coalition of Detroit Protestant
"I don't much favor casinos, but I am trying to keep an open mind,"
said Sen. Norm Shinkle, (R- Lambertville) named by Young to the
67- member Detroit Casino Gaming Study Commission. "This affects
the whole state. This is a major, major question."
"Gambling is going to be wrong any way you look at it," said the
Rev. Nicholas Hood, a council member and former leader of the coalition.
"It's going to wreak the most havoc on those who are least able to afford
Tanzanian pilot foils hijackers
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - A Tanzania Airways pilot
tricked four hijackers into believing he had flown them to Kenya, then
landed his plane at a Tanzanian airport where troops overpowered and
arrested the young men yesterday.
Capt. Dominic Ngandile also managed to send a secret distress signal
to the Dar es Salaam airport, which turned off its terminal and runway
lights, making it look like a small Kenyan airport, authorities said.
The hijackers stabbed Ngandile in the neck and hands after they
realized they had been tricked. His co-pilot, Christopher Mnika, suffered
cuts on his hands. The injuries were not serious, said airline and security
sources who spoke on conditions of anonymity.
Officials said the four hijackers arrested yesterday made no political
statements or claimed any affiliations and that their only demand was to
be flown to London.
Callers confess to the curious
You may have seen the signs scattered on the kiosks around campus
- the word "confess' followed by a phone number. But that's it; there's
Most people probably dismissed the signs as advertising for a religious
group. But its organizers say they have no such aspirations. Instead,
callers listen to a five-minute tape of other confessions and then are asked
to leave their own.
Rather-than hearing ordinary tales of wrong-doing the listener hears a
variety of ideas from the amusing to the disturbing. One confessor
claimed, "I confess that I went to the general store and they wouldn't sell
me anything specific. So I went to the paint store across the street. I
confess I bought some used paint, it was in the shape of a house." The
editors who must decide amongst 800-1000 calls a week, choose the calls
on a basis of creativity and quality of articulation. The delivery not the
content is the criterion for being chosen.
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MSA President Ken Weine, an
LSA senior, has said he is opposed
to the petition to end funding for
PIRGIM, but is not prepared to
endorse PIRGIM's petition.
Two - years of debate over
PIRGIM's funding mechanism ended
last fall, when MSA agreed to
allocate 75 cents of its $7.00 student
fee to the group. The contract
extends to winter term 1989, but the
assembly did not set the level of
funding past this term.
Chair of PIRGIM's Board of
Directors Judy Hyslop, an LSA
senior, said the undetermined
allocation, coupled with the petition
to end the refundable fee, prompted
the PIRGIM petition.
Angelotti said PIRGIM should
not receive an automatic fee from
MSA because PIRGIM's political
views do not represent those of all
But Hyslop said PIRGIM offers
services for all students, including a
new Consumer Information Center
that has free comparative surveys of
telephone and local bank services.
"PIRGIM is a student organization
that deals with student issues," she
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