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in Village Corner's location - are
getting more serious about mov-
ing their project forward because
it's supposed to be ready by fall
"I can't be certain but it seems
the developers are going to move
forward with a bit more urgency
than they have for at least two
years," Scheer added.
Hughes said now that he's
begun to get construction permits,
he hopes to break ground this fall.
if developers make moves to
begin construction this fall, the
store might be forced to close,
leaving students in the area with-
out a place to pick up various
items. LSA junior Emily Gold, who
lives on the corner of Church and
Hill Streets, said if the store disap-
pears, she'll miss the convenience
Village Corner provides.
"I love having Village Corner
around the corner," Gold said. "I
go all the time for things I need
and there's nothing else like it
Despite the pending urgency,
Scheer said he hasn't seriously
begun his search for a new loca-
tion for the store.
"Two years ago when it looked
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efficiently in higher education," she
Though the budget was slashed,
financial aid and scholarships were
protected in the legislation.
"The money was shifted back
into some of the financial aid pro-
grams," Brater said.
House Speaker Pro Tempore
Pam Byrnes (D-Lyndon Twp.) said
in order to safeguard financial aid
and scholarships, appropriation
reductions for university operating
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cussions and presentations at the
summit. Wicha's presentation on
cancer stem cells - cells within a
tumor that fuel the tumor's growth
- stuck out on the summit agenda.
In 2003, University research-
ers reported the first discovery
of cancer stem cells, or CSCs, in
breast cancer tissue. These cells
have since been discovered in many
other types of cancer, including
those chat affect the brain, head,
neck, colon and pancreas.
CSCs constitute only about 1 to
5 percent of all cells in a malignant
tumor, but despite their relatively
small proportion, these cells are
responsible for regenerating new
cancer cells.
That's the reason, Wicha said,
he and other scientists believe an
effective cancer treatment must
specifically target CSCs.
Wicha acknowledged that in
recent years, existing treatments
that don't target CSCs have still
lowered the death rates of certain
types of cancer. As a breast cancer
specialist, he pointed out that the
death rate from breast cancer saw

a "precipitous fall" after 1990, and
breast cancer patients are now 25
percent less likely to die from the
disease than they were 20 years ago.
But the success of current cancer
treatments, Wicha said, is largely
due to early detection and preven-
tion. He said doctors still struggle
to treat advanced cancers and that
certain diagnoses like that of pan-
creatic cancer still coincide with
high death rates.
Wicha added that the advances
in treatment have thus far been
incremental and not dramatic,
because scientists have been tar-
geting the wrong cells.
According to Wicha, cancers
are "driven" by cells that can make
exact copies of themselves through
a process called self-renewal - a

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state in 2006, and also represents
more than 40 percent of the total
$888 million the state appropri-
ates to the three universities.
URC Executive Director Jeff
Mason echoed Anderson's assess-
ment, calling the URC "a bright spot
inthe state's economic picture."
"Michigan has the third fast-
est research and development
growth rate among competitive
innovation clusters," Mason said
in a press release. "Just as impor-
tantly, we're getting stronger rel-
ative to the competition, which
puts us in a good position to
help propel the state's economic
growth in the future."
University of Michigan Presi-
dent Mary Sue Coleman said in a
statement she is pleased with the
recognition the URC is getting
for its efforts.
"A recent headline from the
San Francisco Business Times
really said it all," Coleman said,
referencing a headline that read,
'California's Innovation Model...
Michigan?' "For four years we've
worked to change attitudes about
the impact of innovation on

Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 5A
whole regions and the evidence
shows the word is getting out."
Michigan State President Lou
Anna K. Simon said in a state-
ment that she is also pleased with
the URC's innovation activity -
which includes new patents and
licensing revenue.
"We're working diligently and
creatively to make university
resources accessible to entre-
preneurs and businesses," Simon
said in a statement. "This report
reflects the impact of those
efforts in addition to growth in
other benchmark areas."
Each member of the URC has
an industry liaison division,
which includes the University of
Michigan's Business Engagement
Center, to aid in such efforts.
Allan Gilmour, interim presi-
dent at Wayne State University
and former CFO and vice chair-
man at Ford Motor Company,
said the report demonstrates
the value of those collaborations
between industry and higher
"Businesses and universities
are both part of the solution to
our economic challenges," Gilm-
our said in a press release. "It's
the combined power that can
really make a difference."

Judy Garnder, a 40-year employee of Vilage Corner, started work at the store during her senior year at the University. "I would
be extremely sad if this place closed," she said Monday. "It's a second home for all of us who work here"

like this was a certainty, I could've
wasted time doing just that
instead of keeping the business in
good shape, and I've chosen not
to speculate," Scheer said. "Obvi-
ously we're thinking but we have
not been in active contact with
realtors at this point."
Moreover, Scheer said he hasn't
expenses .were necessary. Byrnes
added that in these tough economic
times, everyone feels the impact of
budget cuts.
"We've really had to tighten our
belts," she said. "Starting next year,
legislators will be paid 10-percent
less than they were before."
Byrnes said she doesn't know
how universities in the state plan to
cope with the cuts.
"I don't know whether that
means they're going to have to
tighten their belts more," she said.
"Are they going to be looking at
more tuition increases?"
But Prof. Stephen DesJardins,

made plans to scale back the
store's inventory to prepare for a
potential move because its high
season for the store's offerings.
With the Michigan State fotball
game this weekend, homecom-
ing next weekend, and Halloween
soon thereafter, this is one of Vil-
lage Corner's busiest times of the
director of the School of Education,
said the University was already
planning for what they thought
was going to be a 3.1 percent cut in
"In some ways, it's good news
because they thought (the budget
cut) was going to be bigger," he said.
DesJardins, who is a higher edu-
cation expert, said he feels the Uni-
versity is handling the budget cuts
in an efficient manner by preparing
for them before they've been hand-
ed down.
"In some ways, we're ahead of
the game in trying to deal with
the increasing revenues or cutting

year and Scheer plans to keep his
business going as usual until the
lease buyout is finalized.
Scheer said he has been in the
process of negotiating a lease
buyout since 2008, when Hughes
made moves to get full approval
for the originally 26-story, but
now 14-story, student high-rise.
costs," he said.
In addition to diverging on the
level of the cuts, Democrats and
Republicans differed on whether
the higher education budget should
include language requiring univer-
sities to report stem cell research
to the state. Republicans pushed
strongly for institutional reports on
the state of stem cell research proj-
ects, while Democrats advocated
for the schools to have autonomy on
the issue.
"The main one was, of course,
the stem cell language, which we
were successful in getting out,"
Brater said.

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abortion because she has been in
the situation "emotionally, physi-
cally and academically."
"I think she realizes abortion
really does impact the rights of
women and it really does impact
the way America sees people," she
said. "I think she is going to talk
about how minorities are targeted
by Planned Parenthood ... (and)
how Planned Parenthood was
built on a very racist foundation."
LaGrand said she feels it is
upsetting that King, who identi-
fies as a civil rights activist and
has had two abortions herself,
is speaking out against Planned
Parenthood given its support for
minority communities.
"I would point out that she is
just one voice of many women
who have had abortions, and that
there are many women out there
who will tell you that their abor-
tions have saved their lives or
have prevented them from getting
in a positionthat wasgoing to take
them on a bad path,"'she said.
Levis responded to ques-
tions concerning Eing's back-

ground, saying that she believes
that King's change in viewpoints
came from the realization that
the "hurt, suffering and depres-
sion she was going through was
a result of the abortions, and that
her self-destructive behavior
came from the fact that she went
through that."
Levis added that assistant dean
of students Sam Goodin advised
the group to meet with the pro-
testers to avoid disruptions to this
evening's event.
Though Students for Choice is
not planning to attend the event
as a group, LaGrand said group
members will be hanging fly-
ers tomorrow showcasing their
Levis said the ultimate goal of
the event, and for Students for
Life, is to educate women on cam-
pus about their options.
"I really hope that people who
come to the speech will under-
stand that we are only trying to
help women," she said. "We aren't
trying to accuse anyone, we're not
trying to target anyone, we are
just here to say that abortion is an
awful thing, and it's not your only
option and you don't want to have
a life of pain and suffering."

The Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit, the site of the World Stem Cell Summit hel
speeches from politicians and presentations from University researchers like Max Wic-

distinct characteristic of stem cells.
When the self-renewal process in
these cells becomes deregulated,
cancer develops.
The CSCs that are responsible
for cancer development are resis-
tant to treatments like chemother-
apy that shrink tumors, so after the
treatment, the CSCs constitute a
higher percentage of the total cells
in the tumor, Wicha said.
Wicha said that in general,
shrinking tumors does not neces-
sarily increase a patient's lifespan
because it does not attack the root
of the disease.
"Tumor shrinkage does not cor-
relate well with patient survival,"
he said.
A treatment that will effectively
cure a patient, Wicha said, is one
that will stop metastasis - the

spread of the disease to other parts
of the body. About 99 percent of
deaths from breast cancer are due
to metastasis, he added.
Scientists have determined that
CSCs and not other cancer cells are
responsible for metastasis.
In collaboration with research-
ers at Baylor College and the Dana
Farber Cancer Institute, the Uni-
versity has completed one clini-
cal trial in testing a CSC-targeting
drug. Anne Schott, an associate
professor in the University Medi-
cal School's department of internal
medicine, was the principal inves-
tigator for the trial.
The study involved 35 partici-
pants with metastatic breast can-
cer. According to Wicha, all of the
participants tolerated the treatment
well. Nine of them, he said, under-

d this week. The summit featured
ha, who spoke yesterday.
went biopsies both before and after
treatment, and they all showed a
decrease in the percentage of CSCs,
which is exactly the opposite of
what happens with chemotherapy.
Wicha said the question remains
whether patients will ultimately
benefit from the treatment. He esti-
mated that after phase two studies
of the drug, which will begin in
one to two years and last for about
two years, scientists will be able to
determine whether this treatment
is beneficial. In total, the process
should take roughly five years.
One problem with this kind
of research, Wicha said, is that a
documented increase in survival
rate is often the proof necessary
to declare a drug successful, but
that kind of proof could take years
to acquire.

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