“The whole idea of, ‘What is a senior?’ is undergoing a major change,” Erickson School Dean Judah Ronch recently told reporter Kevin Rector of Patuxent Publishing, “and that’s based on the experience of people as they age.” The article explores the finding that although the proportion of Baltimore County residents over 65 has remained constant, their physical activity level and how they think of themselves has changed dramatically, compared with a generation ago.
Ronch argues that, essentially, “people who are 65 now are much younger than people who were 65, 40 years ago.” For baby boomers now reaching the 65+ “senior citizen” age group, “being 65 is not that much different than being 55, so a lot of the categories we have used in the past are becoming obsolete.” This change has important implications for the services and programs that new seniors access, and the new resources they seek.
ARTPULSE Magazine’s J.W. Mahoney reviewed “Where Do We Migrate To?”, an exhibition organized by the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture.
Will Redman ’98, music, was featured in NewMusicBox, a publication of the American Music Center, including a video interview: “Will Redman: Graphic Ideas in Sound.”
In a new article featured in the New Republic, Thomas F. Schaller, associate professor of political science, argues “there is demonstrable evidence of a gradual ‘House-ification’ of the national Republican Party since the mid-1980s, a trend with important implications for contemporary politics and policy in Washington, as well as the 2012 Republican presidential primary.” Schaller delves into the data behind this assertion and discusses why he believes strategies underpinning the GOP’s “House-ification” have helped the party succeed electorally on some fronts, but have hindered Republican candidates for the Senate and presidency.
Schaller’s latest Baltimore Sun column tackles a different issue: same-sex marriage in Maryland. Shortly after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed his state’s same-sex marriage bill into law, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced his support for a similar bill here in Maryland, and he has received a range of responses from the state’s political leaders. Schaller focuses on comments from black legislators in particular, some of whom identify same-sex marriage as an important civil rights issue and some of whom oppose the right of gay couples to marry through religious arguments.
As the nation’s debt limit crisis come to a head, Patch.com reported on reactions in Maryland, including concerns about how a default could negatively impact the state’s economy. “State and local borrowing is highly related to federal government borrowing,” said Roy Meyers, UMBC professor of political science. “A spike in federal interest rates would have very serious implications for some state and local governments. Those are legitimate concerns for all local county executives and county counselors.”
Meyers also reflected on the possible state-level impacts of massive federal budget cuts to public programs. “Maryland is reliant on government employment and federal contracting. In the long-term, the strengths of the local economy will be threatened,” he said. “The eventual magnitude of cuts will be larger than what can be put in place this year. Over the next three or four years, local government will have to plan for that eventuality.”
Clarence V. Reynolds writes about the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture’s “For All the World to See” exhibition in the Network Journal.
The mother of Baltimore journalist Matthew VanDyke ’02, political science, reports that he has been seen in a Tripoli prison, four months after disappearing in Libya. “The most important part of this information is that he is in good health,” Sharon VanDyke told the Baltimore Sun. “This is a real sense of relief.” She has been working with the US State Department and Red Cross, as well as other organizations, to locate her son and secure his release.
Matthew VanDyke speaks some Arabic and is an experienced MIddle East traveler. In addition to his UMBC degree, he has a degree in security studies from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. In a June AP article, UMBC political science professor Thomas Schaller called VanDyke one of his smartest students, saying, “I just know he’s going to come out on the other end with quite a yarn.” Readers seeking more information about efforts to locate Matthew VanDyke can see coverage through MSNBC, FOX, WBAL-TV and WBAL radio.