The aftermath of Sept. 11 has changed the perspective of many UT students, according to a recent survey.
More than half of the students surveyed said the events of Sept. 11 had a large impact on their everyday lives, rating the impact as six or greater on a 10-point scale.
Nearly 83 percent of those surveyed rated their willingness to donate blood six or higher on a 10-point scale. Many also stated they would spend money to help the economy and volunteer for relief efforts, as well as donate money to relief organizations.
"There was a marked increase in blood donations after Sept. 11, including quite a number of UT students," Jeannine McKamey, public relations director of Medic Blood Center, said. "Several students said that they had not realized the need for blood before,
but now they do and will continue to donate."
McKamey added that it has always been difficult for blood suppliers to recruit donors in the 18 to 35 year-old range. The consensus reason for the difficulty is that this age group did not realize the importance of blood donation before because they had n
ever experienced a war or comparable tragedy.
"After the events of Sept. 11, many students who had never donated blood before did so," she said. "We are hoping that those first-time donors will continue to provide the life-giving resource of blood."
While the majority of students are willing to donate blood, a comparative few are willing to volunteer for military service. Only 26 percent of those surveyed rated their willingness to volunteer for military service greater than 6 on a 10-point scale, th
ough more than 71 percent rated they support the current use of ground troops is Afghanistan by the same standard.
"I generally support having ground troops," Laura Craddick, a junior in business, said. "I think we need to proceed carefully."
There is a small, but definite relationship between these two issues, though. Students' willingness to volunteer for military duty increases the more they support using ground troops.
Students are almost evenly divided regarding their personal safety in the wake of terrorist attacks. More than 52 percent agreed that the events make them worry about their personal safety in regards to terrorism, rating their level of agreement six or gr
eater. Students rated their concern for their personal safety higher than they rated UT's preparedness for an attack. Nearly 84 percent of students believe that the University would not be prepared if a terrorist attack occurred on campus.
"I don't think any campus nationwide is prepared," Tim Coulter, a senior in architecture, said. "We just don't have the manpower to evacuate that many people."
The results of this survey may have been affected due to related events that occurred during the dates of its conduction, i.e. the Nov. 12 crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in New York.
- Contributed by Alan Watts, special to The Daily Beacon.
Sept. 11 changed perspectives
Published: Fri Jan 11, 2002 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:59 p.m.