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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, July 22, 1982-Page 3

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Labor study may aid jobless
By GEORGE ADAMS that unemployment is a devastating experience with "There have long been two schools of thought,
eight-year University study of the physical and physical and emotional manifestations, that the Ferman said. "The first is that unemployment i
onal effects of unemployment may help predict heavily socially supported are affected less than devastating, erodes relationships and self-esteen
ill be affected most by losing a job and why, its others, and that programs in aid, like unemployment and causes certain physical and mental illnesses. Th
r revealed Monday. insurance, are extremely important," he said. other thought is that not everyone falls apart, an
report which will be released at a press con- The study, which began in 1974 with a grant from that those who are most adversely affected are thos
e next week, was conducted by the University's the National Institute for Mental Health, followed already at risk."
ate of Labor and Industrial Relations (ILIR). each of 451 unemployed family members for a "Our findings suggest the second of these," he sai
tudy examines the physical, emotional, and period of three years. Twenty three-year in-depth Workers who have high blood pressure, are over
ological problems associated with unem- case studies also were performed to see how relation- weight, or smoke more than one pack of cigarette
lent, according to its author, Lou Ferman. ships with family and friends are affected by unem- daily are more likely to encounter physical illness al
E FINDINGS could "open some eyes," said ployment stress. ter losing their jobs, the study revealed.
an, who is ILIR's research director and a THE RESULTS suggest that unemployment does "AS WELL, people who are already chroni
ssor in the School of Social Work. not hit everyone equally hard and those who suffer drinkers or have had a number of life crises befor
sed on our results, we have three hypotheses: most are vulnerable in the first place. See ILIR, Page 5


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'U' orientation
educates parents
to student life

Freshmen aren't the only ones baf-
fled by life at the big University; paren-
ts, too, are often puzzled by what they
hear about college.
To help parents of incoming students,
the University offers its annual sum-
mer parent orientation program.
CURRENTLY in its 13th year, the
program provides not only information
about the University's services, but
also counsels parents about common
undergraduate problems, according to,
Program Director Donald Perigo.
"We're not trying to sell them'
anything, or get these parents to sign up
for some organization on campus,"
Perigo said. "Our aim is to provide
parents with the knowledge for being a
support base for their student."
The program warns parents of the

pressures each student may encounter,
such as roommate conflicts, stress
during exams, and academic com-
petition, Perigo said.
STUDENTS themselves lead orien-
tation groups, Perigo said, because.
parents can learn more about college
life from someone with first-hand ex-
perience. "I have 100 percent faith in
the students running the program," he
The session runs from one to three
days. To add to the college experience,
many parents spend the night in Cam-
bridge House in the West Quad dormin-
During the orientation sessions,
parents tour the campus and visit
University services, including Health
Service and the Career Planning and

Impure mouse strain
clouds research data

PEDESTRIANS PASSING through the Diag yesterday were treated to the
antics of Martin the Magnificent and the Truly Remarkable Loon as they
performed their comedy-juggling act.
Jugglers captivate
first-da airgoers

They dress in purple knickers, tie-
dyed t-shirts, and Tyrolian vests.
They make their living by drawing
crowds with daredevel antics. Meet
Martin and Loon in the "First Church
of Fun Juggling Show."
The two men, known only as "Mar-
tin the Magnificent" and "The Truly
Remarkable Loon," they will per-
form their juggling act five times a
day in the Diag during the art fair.
THEIR SHOW is a combination of
juggling expertise and comedy. At
one point in the act, Loon climbs upon
Martin's shoulders for some high-.
altitiude juggling and announces to

the crowd, "I got high legally in Ann
The two performers say they began
juggling six years ago in their
hometown of Madison, Wis.
"We started out juggling just for
ourselves. It was great just to be able
to do it," Martin said.
SOON THEY grew proficient
enough to perform on the University
of Wisconsin campus, where Martin
attended school.
For the past four years, however,
the pair has made a professional career
out of juggling. "People began to watch

From staff and wire reports
Researchers have discovered a genetic
impurity in a special strain of
laboratory mice which could invalidate
hundreds of important cancer ex-
periments, University of Wisconsin
scientists said yesterday.
Mice genetically different from the
inbred strain needed for cancer and
other biomedical research have been
shipped by the world's largest breeder of
laboratory animals, Charles River
Breeding Laboratories, Inc. of
Wilmington, Mass., they said.
IN A REPORT in Science magazine,
the scientists said the discovery of the
tainted mice is a potential "catastrophe
of almost inestimable consequence" in
the world of biological research.
"It would be as if you bought a
chemical that wasn't what was con-
tained in the bottle," University of
Wisconsin zoologist Robert Auerbach
said. "The damage to research must be

The University of Michigan's
biomedical research is not affected by
the genetically impure BALB-c strain
of mice, according to Dr. Bennett
Cohen, director of the University's unit
for Laboratory Animal Medicine.
COHEN admitted University resear-
chers use BALB-c mice from the
Charles River Breeding Laboratories,
but said, "As far as I'm aware, there
have been no problems."
James Alford, also of the University's
Laboratory Animal Medicine Unit, ex-
plained that "most of our work does not
involve tremendous number of the im-
pure mice.
University of Wisconsin resear-
ches, however use "several hundred"
of the impure mice a month, Alford
Cohen noted that problems with
genetic purity in lab animals began
cropping up in the research community
two years ago, when more precise ways
of measuring purity came into use such
as computer data.

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