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Baby boom

The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 6, 1987 - Page 3
influence expands
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The baby boom generation is
garnering economic and political
power that it's likely to keep for a
long time according to two
University researchers who studied
the political habits of the
generation born in the twenty years
after World War II.
The gathering of power could
have dire political and economic
consequences for today's generation
of college students, said Political
Science Profs. Gregory Markus and
M. Kent Jennings in a study they
co-authored called, "Of Yuppies,
Enddies, and the Formation of
Political Generations."
An "Enddie" is an elderly New
Deal Democrat, a group to which
many of the baby boomers' parents
"(The post baby boomers) will
probably have a tougher time
exerting political influence,"
Markus said. "(They) will have a
tougher time economically. Middle

and upper management positions
will be filled by all these baby
Markus said baby boomers,
those Americans born between
1946 and 1964, are "just moving
into the life-stage where you take
on political power," and would
likely be a dominant political force
well into the 21st century.
The baby boomers' influence,
Markus said, is largely due to their
numbers and high concentration -
76 million born in an 18-year
period. The study says the baby
boomers "inevitably change each
aspect of society (they) encounter
- schools, culture, religion,
recreation, business, and politics, to
name a few."
Any group of that size, said
Markus, is "inevitably... going to
affect the generation behind it."
"I can certainly understand why
college students of today are tired of
hearing about baby boomers," he

The report is the latest install-
ment in an ongoing study that was
begun by Jennings and his associate
Dick Niemi in 1965. They
interviewed a group of 1,669 high
school seniors, and at least one
parent of each senior, to find how
political opinions between gener-
ations differed.
Jennings and Niemi had no plans
to continue the study after 1965,
said Markus. But, he said, "It turned
out that this was an especially
interesting generation to study. It
was the leading edge of the baby-
boom generation."
He said the group was unique
because of the cataclysmic political
events it endured, such a Vietnam
and the civil rights movement. "It
seemed like a good idea to find out

what effect these political events
had on them," he said.
Markus joined Jennings on the
study in 1972. He said he was
particularly interested in the study
because he is a baby boomer
himself, having graduated from
high school in 1966.
The original subjects were
interviewed again in 1973, and then
in 1982. In the last set of
interviews, and in the study that
came out of them, Markus and
Jennings concentrated on differences
within the baby boomer group.
They wanted to find out how the
yuppies - college-educated
professionals with household
incomes of more than $30,000 a
year - differed from their peers.

tWar on drugs Associated Press
3Education Secretary William Bennett addresses students at Washington-
Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia yesterday. Washington-Lee was
-the first high school to accept Bennett's invitation to the nation's schools
,and communities to join in a campaign to stop illegal drug use in schools.
Weak participation


hurts bm
A local group running this
season's Red Cross blood drive
reports a typically low turnout,
although more blood is needed in
the late winter months than any
other time of year.
"We need-to collect 530 pints of
blood in total," said Susan Meyer, a
member of Alpha Phi Omega
fraternity, and blood drive organizer.
"Right after Christmas the Red
:ross really needs blood the
As of Wednesday night, the
.fraternity only collected 101 pints
of' blood at it's Bursley stop,
;;compared to 150 last year. The
:drive began at Couzens on Tuesday.
Alpha Phi Omega, a coed service
fraternity, began collecting blood
'for the Red Cross in 1966. The
fraternity conducts three drives per
;;year: The University of Michigan
;vs. Ohio State Blood Battle, the
:February Blood Drive, and a
summer blood drive in July.
"We don't have the - same
momentum in February that we do
v ith the U of M vs OSU Blood
Battle," said Neal Fry, regional
representative for the Red Cross
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programming for the Medical
Brigit Brennan, a second-year
medical student, said students on
the Basic Science Phase committee
unanimously opposed the change.
The committee oversees changes in
basic science courses in the school.
Students said they oppose the
change because it cuts into their
winter vacation time.
The present calendar poses
:conflicts for students in the Inteflex
program who take medical school
,classes while in their junior year in
;LSA. It also poses problems for
faculty and for graduate students.
"The faculty are all behind it. I
know that students oppose it, but a
calendar is a faculty responsibility,"
!Taren said. "The students, if they
wish, can appeal the decision."
Dr. Charles Smith, director of
xhe neural and behavioral science
programs, said all the faculty
"supported the change. "The change
makes it much closer to the
OJniversity calendar," Smith said.
'It's very advantageous for us
beaching in the Medical School and
ht the undergraduate and graduate
Smith said the change will make
5t possible to avoid some conflicts
on graduate levels. The school of
pharmacology follows the Univer-
pity calendar. However, since the
fame course was taught for both
harmacology students and medical

)d drive
Blood Servicing Program.
University students provide 13
percent of the total blood needed in
the metropolitan Detroit area,
according to Fry. The blood
collected is distributed to 70
hospitals in Washtenaw, Wayne,
Oakland, Macomb, and St. Clair
counties after testing.
"On average these hospitals use
1000 pints of blood a day," Fry
said. "So you can see how
important U of M students are."
An increase in upper respiratory
infections and viruses among blood
donors make February a lean month
for the blood supply. "Resistance is
low during this month and they
have the winter 'blahs' in general,"
Fry said.
Students weighing at least 110
pounds and generally feeling well
when they wake up may donate
blood, according to Fry. People
who have contracted Acquired
-Immune Deficiency Syndrome
(AIDS), hepatitis, syphilis, malar -
ia, or men who have had sex with
--other men since 1977 may not give
blood under new Red Cross

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