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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 16, 1997 - 3A

Safety-belt use
rising in
4lichigan
In their annual study of about 8,900
drivers and front-seat passengers in
Michigan's 28 most-populous counties,
te University Transportation Research
iistitute found that 70.8 percent of pas-
sengers and motorists buckle up. That
figure is up 4 percent fom last year.
More women than men buckle up,
with 76.7 percent of women wearing
belts in passenger cars, com-
with 63.6 percent of men, said
University researcher David Eby.
In fact, among 16-to-29-year-olds,
the estimated belt-use rate is 21.1 per-
centage points higher for women than
the 51.5 percent of men wearing belts.
The disparity between genders
diminishes as age increases.
Eby says that until a primary
enforcement safety-belt law is passed
Michigan, stricter enforcement of
state's current law, coupled with
major public information and educa-
tion programs, can be effective in
increasing safety belt use.
'U' anthropologist
recounts journeys
Anthropology Prof. Ruth Behar
writes about her personal experiences
as an agoraphobic anthropologist in her
ev book, "The Vulnerable Observer:
Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart."
A Cuban-Jewish immigrant, Behar
won a MacArthur Fllowship in 1988.
However, Behar became a living oxy-
moron: an agorophobic - one afraid
of public spaces - anthropologist who
could go nowhere.
In the book, Behar dissects the emo-
tional roots of her affliction, which came
on suddenly one evening in the middle of
* aerobics class, just before she was
scheduled to leave for an anthropology
conference and a trip to Cuba.
'U' surgeon
receives top
award
University surgeon Robert Bartlett,
developer of a life-support system that
revolutionized the care of infants
with lung failure, recently received a
$20,000 award for his work.
Bartlett, director of the University
Extracorporeal Life Support Program,
was nominated for the Sheen Award by
the American College of Surgeons after
developing a life-support system to
take over the function of the heart and
lungs in patients who would otherwise
die of acute heart or lung failure.
#rhe Sheen Award is one of the largest
cash awards given to a physician in the
United States, and has been presented
annually since 1968 for the estate of the
late Thomas Sheen, who established the
award in memory of his brother.
Bartlett began his research in 1975 at
the University of California-Irvine and
moved to the University in 1980.
Today, more than 10,000 children are
leading healthy lives because of this
hnology, and severe respiratory fail-
in newborns - once 80-percent
fatal - is now routinely cured.
U.S. physician
population tops
720,000
The number of U.S. physicians

opped 720,000 last year, but the share
generalists slipped, according to the
erican Medical Association.
The proportion of generalists fell
from 39.4 percent in 1994 to 38.8 per-
cent in 1996.
Some experts predict specialists will
be out of jobs and generalists will be in
short supply as the nation moves to man-
aged-care plans, in which generalists are
gatekeepers to specialized treatment.
Women physicians were 20.7 percent
othe total, an increase of 1.2 percent
pared with 1994, the AMA reported.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
David Rossman from staff and wire
reports.

Diag shop
parties
on after
sma fire
.l f
By Ajit K. Thavarajah
Daily Staff Reporter
Faithful customers flocked back to
the Diag Party Shoppe's grand re-open-
ing yesterday after a fire destroyed most
of the interior two weeks ago.
The Diag Party Shoppe had been
closed since Jan. 5, due to a fire caused
by an electrical shortage in a cooling fan.
Jerome Kamano, owner of the conve-
nience store, said the fire was an unex-
pected setback.
"We had been working until about 3
a.m. on the 5th. We were stacking the
shelves and scrubbing the floors in antic-
ipation of the students' arrival back from
the winter break," Kamano said. "I
locked up, and when I got home I
received a call that there had been a fire
in my store. I was completely caught off-
guard and thought the store was ruined."
Kamano said there was extensive
damage, but a good portion of the store
was left unharmed.
"We had considerable amount of
smoke damage," he said. "We had to
throw out a lot of our products. Our
popular deli counter was completely
burned up and the meats were ruined.
The perishable items that could be sal-
vaged were sent to the Salvation Army."
LSA first-year student Scott
Chamberlain said he hopes the store is
here to stay.
"I'm happy that I don't have to go
somewhere else," Chamberlain said.
"The service at the party store has
always been really friendly and helpful.
The store was one of those familiar,
special things about Ann Arbor.
"When it was closed I thought it was-
n't going to be open again," he said.
"Hopefully, the store will stay open for

Local political
insider talks to
College GOP

By Jeffrey Kosseff
Daily Staff Reporter
A 35-year state political veteran gave
advice to aspiring politicians last night
at a College Republicans meeting in the
Michigan League.
Keith Molin, an associate athletic
director at the University, began work-
ing in the Michigan political scene in
1962, when he was a research intern at
the Lansing state constitutional conven-
tion. From there, he joined George
Romney's campaign
for governor of
Michigan. The
"That opened up a
whole series of world is
doors for me," Molin
said. Maanar

Democrats held a vast majority in both
the state House and Senate. Along with
five other people, he searched for
Republican candidates.
"I was told, 'You find a candidate or
you be a candidate,"' Molin said.
In 1966, Molin and his associates
achieved a Republican control in both
Michigan legislative branches.
When Romney was appointed to
Richard Nixon's Cabinet in 1969, Molin
stayed in Michigan. He worked on
W i I I i a m
Milliken's eam-

m

AJA DEKLEVA COHEN/Daily
Nine-year-old Joseph Atchoo picks out M&M's from the wide variety of candy at
the Diag Party Shoppe on State Street yesterday.

Molin said the
field of politics has
changed in 35 years.
"The political
world is a much
meaner world
today," Molin said.
"You are subjected to

today"
Michigan p
litmus tests by

political
Samuch
rworld
- Keith Molin
3olitical veteran

paign for gover-
nor and served as
director for state
labor.
In 1979, Molin
accepted a job at
the University,
where he began
his college career
before dropping

a long time."
Kamano estimated the repairs will
cost more than $40,000.
"So far we've put in a brand-new
floor, new shelves and new lighting fix-
tures," he said. "If everything goes as
planned, it will only take another three
to five weeks for us to receive new
doors and have our deli counter up and
running as usual."
Kamano said he is not worried about
losing customers during the renovations.
"There is no doubt in (my) mind that
my customers will come back to my
store. It's been a difficult two weeks for
all of us, but I think that they will be
excited about the re-opening, and I know
I am," he said.
LSA junior Marcus Lynch was

pleased to learn of the re-opening.
"When I got back from break I
couldn't believe the store was closed,"
Lynch said. "My friends and I have
been going to the store ever since our
freshman year here. We thought the
store was gone for good. I'm glad to
know it's back. Now I don't have to go
too far to get the beverages I need for
the party."
Joe Mitchell, a local resident, said he
was glad the owner would rebuild.
"A lot of times when there is a fire at
a small store like this, the owner choos-
es to give up and collect the insurance
money," Mitchell said. "I was a little bit
afraid that it wasn't going to reopen.
I'm happy he chose to reopen because it
shows he cares about his customers."

single-interest groups."
An issue of concern on the federal
level to Molin is the ethical charges
both President Clinton and House
Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) are
currently spending a great deal of their
time fighting.
"Who's going to run the federal gov-
ernment?" Molin asked. "The ability to
govern is what you have to keep in
mind."
In 1964, Molin joined Nelson
Rockefeller's presidential campaign,
although he knew Barry Goldwater
would win in the primaries. He took
advantage of the campaign to make
contacts.
When he returned to Michigan, the

out to join the
army. For 15
years, he worked as the University's
lobbyist in Lansing.
Molin, who turned down an offer to
attend the University Law School to
work on a campaign, encouraged the
audience members to pursue a career in
politics - after they establish a back-
up career.
"I could not more strongly urge you
to go into politics," Molin said. "But
first put a living together for yourself."
Audience members said they found
Molin's experiences very interesting.
"He was very informative and gave a
lot of insight," said LSA first-year stu-
dent Maija Cirulis.
Nick Kirk, College Republicans
president, said he thought Molin gave a
substantive speech.

Fairfi helps findi' +4""
off-ca""mpus , " ': ' : ^ ' "g'[ rSLi! ~p
housing, Ti

By Prachish Chakravorty
Daily Staff Reporter
The hunt for compatible roommates, a good
location and an affordable off-campus home
can leave students dazed, confused or simply
fed up, especially if dealing with local land-
lords for the first time.
To assist students in their efforts, the
University's Housing Information Office and
Off-Campus Housing Program sponsored the
10th annual Off-Campus Housing Day yester-
day afternoon at the Michigan Union.
The event brought together some 50 local
landlords and housing-related organizations
under a single roof, offering students the
opportunity to talk directly with them and col-
lect information on listings and housing
options.
"(We want) to provide information and
resources to students so that they can make
educated housing decisions for next year" said
Jeff Micale, housing adviser for the Off-
Campus Housing Program, one of the organiz-

LSA junior Amy Smith looks at the housing information provided by Laine Stephens from Ann
Arbor Realty during the Off-Campus Housing Day in the Michigan Union yesterday.
"I think it's a very efficient way to get the the HomeShare program.
whole housing situation done with," she said. "(Co-ops) are student-run and student-
"I don't think it was promoted well, but I think owned organizations" said Michael Hoffman,
it's a good thing." assistant membership coordinator for the Inter-
And what tips did these organizations have Cooperative Council. "Students contribute
for students? their own work to the maintenance of the house
"I think that every stu- and there's a strong sense of community.
dent has their own needs. "It's really a fantastic experience," Hoffman

Study looks at
fmily trend
By Ronny Wausr
For the Daily
The evolving complexities of family life will remain under
the microscope, as a study directed by two University
researchers enters a new phase.
Profs. Sandra Hofferth and Frank Stafford are co-
directing a new phase to a 29-year study on the American
family.
The study, sponsored by the National Science Foundation,
involves the compiled interviews of more than 6,000 families
since 1968.
Hofferth, a professor of sociology, and Stafford, an eco-
nomics professor, are researching the changes that occur
within the American family by investigating social and eco-
nomic factors, respectively.
Hofferth and Stafford, who did not begin working on the
project together, have each been involved with the study for
about 2 1/2 years.
Hofferth said her main objective is to "learn as much as
possible about the well-being of children in order to help
them in school and through life, (and) help improve child
development and health."
Hofferth is looking at the effects of divorce and alternative
family structures on the American family. The influence of
health on family relationships will be a new topic considered
in this phase of the research.
"Micro-based macro research" is how Stafford defines his
economic approach to the study. He is investigating how.
wealth, income and employment affect the family.
As an economist, Stafford is addressing how the American
family deals with and is involved in borrowing, bankruptcy
and recession.
In response to the changing landscape of the American
population, 750 new families will become a part of the inter-
viewing process.
Families from Latin American, Asian, African and Middle-
Eastern countries are included in this new addition to the sur-
vey pool.
Stafford and Hofferth testify to the broad-based benefits
this study's research brings.
National governments such as Germany and Japan
have already used this study's research and are creating
their own programs based on this University-affiliated
study.
Independent researchers, such as University economics
doctoral student Eric Hurst, find the study's research benefi-
cial in their own academic pursuits.
Hurst has used information from the study in his research
into economic issues dealing with "regionalism?'
"The range of topics this study encompasses is stagger-
ing," Stafford said.
The study was originally sponsored by only the economics
division of the National Science Foundation, but it has
evolved into a joint-research study to include the sociology
department.

ers of the event.
Organizers said
they expected between
600-800 students yes-
terday afternoon, and
were not disappointed.
"(Turnout is) about
what we expected,"
Micale said. "I've
walked around and
talked to folks here
and they've said it's
been a really good
turnout so far today."
Many landlords and

if if

t helps your -
it's a big step
moving off-
campus."
- Dan Herrera
Engineering sophomore

An apartment for you is
going to be different for
someone else,' said Matt
Calfin of CMB Property
Management. "I think
it's really important to
find an apartment that
fits your needs and a
management company
that cares about you and
your transition to off-

said.
The HomeShare program is partly run by
University Medical Center.
"The HomeShare program serves seniors,"
said Brigit Macomber, a program coordinator.
"We match the senior who wants someone to
be in the home with someone who needs a
room and provide some basic service.
"Since it is sharing a home with a senior, it
is definitely desirable if they enjoy the compa-
ny of an old person," Macomber said.
Micale agreed that there are many options
available to students.
"My first recommendation is that students
are always welcome to come by our office,"
Micale said.
In addition to updated lists and advertising
by landlords, Micale said the office offers
leaflets with guidelines, and advisers to help
students in their search for housing.

students seemed to

agree, and praised the event as a whole.
"It's pretty overwhelming,"said Engineering
sophomore Dan Herrera. "It's good that they're
having (the event). It helps you - it's a big
step moving off-campus."
Sandra Hong, an RC junior, also said the
event was helpful.

campus life."
Laine Stephens, a leasing consultant at Ann
Arbor Realty, said students should start look-
ing quickly.
"Every year (leasing) seems to get earlier.
The ones who are looking later are sorry they
did," Stephens said.
Representatives promoting alternative hous-
ing ideas suggested options such as co-ops and

SGROUP MEETINGS

URevolutionary Anti-Imperialist
League, mass meeting, East
OhuaGreene Lounge, 8 p.m.
Ul Lu eran Campus M nistry Issues
of Faith Group, 668-7622, Lord
of Light Lutheran Church, 801

L) "Gender and Psychological Well-
Being," sponsored by institute for
Research on Women and Gender,
Michigan Union, Henderson Room,
3-5 p.m.
L) "Morgan Stanley and Company, Inc.:
Open Pre-Recruitment Session,"
sponsored by CP&P, Michigan

Q Campus Information Centers, Michigan
Union and Pierpont Commons, 763-
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