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PUTTING ON THE RITZ: UMASS HITS THE BIG APPLE
Published June 14, 1996
UMass officials "spared no expense," in entertaining supporters and school staff during the college basketball Final Four weekend -- spending all but $15,438 of the $227,328 it is slated to receive in revenue and reimbursements from the NCAA, according to the BOSTON GLOBE. David Armstrong reports UMass Chancellor David Scott's complimentary $450-a-night suite at the Sheraton Manhattan alone showed almost $8,500 in food and laundry costs, while administrators spent "at least" $50,000 to "wine and dine each other" along with hundreds of alumni, donors and politicians. School officials say the money was spent to "promote good will," which they expect to help increase donations and support for the university. Associate Chancellor Susan Pearson: "We anticipate that the excitement generated by the event, and the hospitality we were able to extend the university's many supporters, will rebound to our considerate benefit, financially and otherwise." Expenses for the team, which stayed at a Marriott Hotel closer to the Meadowlands, were "modest." Charges included team meals at McDonald's and Dominos, movie tickets and $20 for gum and juice (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/13).