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Anti-Putin demonstrators
gather in Moscow streets

'U' alum launches new
venture to aid students in
entrepreneurial efforts

Thousands join
in renewed anger
toward president
MOSCOW (AP) - The first
major protest against President
Vladimir Putin after a summer
lull drew tens of thousands of
people, determined to show that
opposition sentiment remains
strong despite Kremlin efforts to
muzzle dissent.
The street protests broke out
after a December parliamentary
election won by Putin's party
through what observers said
was widespread fraud, and they
grew in strength ahead of Putin's
effectively unopposed election
in March to a third presidential
Huge rallies of more than
100,000 people even in bitter
winter cold gave many protest-
ers hope for democratic change.
These hopes have waned, but
opposition supporters appear
ready to dig in for a long fight.
"We have to defend the rights
that we were deprived of, the
right to have elections. We were
deprived of honest elections
and an honest government,"
opposition activist Alexander
Shcherbakov said. "I've come to
show that and to demonstrate
that the people are opposed. I'm
opposed to the illegitimate gov-
ernment and illegitimate elec-
Leftists, liberals and national-
ists mixed with students, teach-
ers, gay activists and others as
they marched down Moscow's
tree-lined boulevards chant-
ing "Russia without Putin!" and
"We are the power here!" Many
wore the white ribbons that have
become the symbol of the protest
About 7,000 police officers
stood guard along the route of
the march, and a police helicop-
ter hovered overhead. A pro-
test rally, held on a wide street
named for the late Soviet dissi-
dent Andrei Sakharov, remained
peaceful as it stretched into the
evening. As the 10 p.m. deadline
neared, a couple of hundred peo-
ple were still on the street and
police herded them toward a sub-
way station. One of the opposi-

tionleaders, Sergei Udaltsov, was
detained along with a handful of
his supporters when he tried to
lead a group of about50 on a new
protest march.
Putin has shown less tolerance
for the opposition since his inau-
guration in May. New repressive
laws have been passed to deter
people from joining protests, and
ject to searches and interroga-
tions. In August, a court handed
down two-year prison sentences
to three members of the punk
band Pussy Riot for performing
an anti-Putin song inside Mos-
cow's main cathedral.
Big balloons painted with
the band's trademark balaclava
masks floated over the crowd on
Saturday, while some rally par-
ticipants wore T-shirts in sup-
port of Pussy Riot.
Many demonstrators targeted
Putin with'creative placards and
outfits. Some mocked Putin's
recent publicity stunt in which
he flew in a motorized hang
glider to lead a flock of young
Siberian white cranes in flight.
One protester donned a white
outfit similar to the one worn by
Putin on the flight with a sign
reading: "Give up hope, each of
you who follow me." Another
person held a placard that said:
"We are not your cranes."
Alexei Navalny, a charis-
matic anti-corruption crusader
and a popular blogger, remains
the rock star among the protest
leaders. When he took the stage,
young people in the crowd held
up their phones to record the
Navalny urged the demon-
strators to show resolve and
keep up the pressure on the
Kremlin with more street pro-
"We must come to rallies
to win freedom for ourselves
and our children, to defend
our human dignity," he said
to cheers of support. "We will
come here as to our workplace.
No one else will free us but our-
The rally appeared as big as
the last major protest in June,
which also attracted tens of
thousands. More of the demon-
strators, however, came not as
members of the varied politi-

cal organizations that make up
the protest movement, but with
groups of friends and co-work-
ers, some of them organizing on
social networks.
As part of a new initiative,
activists collected contact infor-
mation and addresses from
demonstrators to make it easier
to organize civic actions on a
neighborhood level.
Gleb Pavlovsky, a former
Kremlin political consultant,
who attended Saturday's rally,
estimated that up to 500,000
people have taken part in the
protests in Moscow, a city of 11.5
He said the Kremlin has not
figured out how to deal with the
protest movement.
"Therefore, they alternate
between taking tough action
and stepping back from con-
frontation," Pavlovsky said. "For
the Kremlin, it is very worrying
that Moscow no longer supports
Putin, but it is very important
that this is purely a Moscow
Although opposition protests
also were held Saturday in sev-
eral other Russian cities, the
largest, in St. Petersburg, drew
only a few thousand people. Pro-
tests elsewhere attracted only
hundreds or even dozens. About
100 attended an unsanctioned
rally in Nizhny Novgorod and
about 20 of them were detained.
The Moscow organizers had
spent days in tense talks with the
city government over the protest
route for Saturday, typical of the
bargaining that has preceded
each of the opposition marches.
A protest on the eve of Putin's
inauguration ended in clashes
with police, and the Kremlin
responded by arresting some of
the participants and approving
a new draconian law that raised
fines 150-fold for taking part in
unsanctioned protests. The city,
however, granted permission for
the subsequent opposition rally
in June, which was peaceful.
A day before the weekend
rally, parliament expelled an
opposition lawmaker who had
turned against the Kremlin and
joined the protest movement.
Anger over the ouster of Gen-
nady Gudkov may have helped to
swell the ranks of the protesters.

Google executive
Dave Girouard
discusses Upstart
Most college students are
faced with two options upon
graduation: pursue a seem-
ingly unrealistic Plan A, or fall
back on a secure, but unfulfill-
ing Plan B. One former Google
executive is trying to ensure
that more students opt for Plan
About 450 people packed
into Stamps Auditorium to
attend a lecture by Dave Gir-
ouard, a former Google exec-
utive and University alum.
Girouard discussed Upstart,
a company he founded to help
match student entrepreneurs
with accredited investors
eager to mentor and financial-
ly support students's start-up
The Friday lecture was the
second installment of Entrepre-
neurship Hour, a class through
the Center for Entrepreneur-
ship that hosts weekly seminars
with distinguished business
Engineering sophomore Neil
Sood - vice president of proj-
ects for MPowered, a student
support organization for entre-
preneurs - briefly discussed
Girourard's career at Google,
noting his success as the presi-
dent of Google Enterprise,
including Gmail and Google
"It's safe to say he's a big
deal," Sood said.
Girouard first spoke to the
trajectory of his career after he
left the University. Like many
college graduates, he picked a
safe job with a large company
rather than pursuing his true
"I took the jobs that, quite
frankly, were prestigious," Gir-

ouard said. "Once you start a
job, prestige doesn't mean any-
Girouard detailed his move
from consulting to work for
Apple, which he described as
the "dark ages" in the com-
pany's history. From Apple,
he took a position at Google
for eight years, which he said
afforded him freedom he hadn't
experienced at previous jobs.
"It was fun more than any-
thing else when I got to Google
to be on a winning team," he
He said the trust his boss -
Google's CEO Larry Page, fel-
low University alum - showed
in his abilities was something
he wanted to replicate for a
younger generation, which
inspired his own business,
Upstart came to fruition
about a year ago when Gir-
ouard began talking to stu-
dents on college campuses to
gage interest in a program that
would fund and mentor start-
up ventures.
"Kids usually just take jobs
from the campus recruiters,"
he said. "Students have loans,
little or no access to credit ...
(but) these people have poten-
Students at the University
and nine other schools, includ-
ing Yale, Stanford and New
York University, can create a
profile that Girourard and his
team will assess before inves-
tors pick students to support.
If the student's business
becomes profitable, 3 percent
of the income will go back to
the investor over a 10-year
period. The company charges
1.5 percent of the repayment as
a service fee, which Girourard
explained as "borrowing from
their future."
Girourard said in an inter-
view that the reason he picked
the University as one of the
pilot locations was because offi-
cials on campus have been sup-
portive of the program from its

"In the end it really became
this great, great institutional
support up and down the Uni-
versity, all the way to President
Coleman, for 'entrepreneurship
matters and we need more of
it,"'he said. "That doesn't exist
everywhere, it's pretty unique."
He said his company's long-
term goal is to make Upstart
available to a broader range of
college campuses.
"We sort of did the math on
a napkin," he said. "If we can
really do what we hope in a
decade ... we can help create a
million new businesses in the
Heather Patrick, a Univer-
sity alum and current Florida
resident, said she made the trip
to meet Girourard in-person
and discuss her entrepreneur-
ial aspirations.
"I was in my Plan B and it
was going nowhere," Patrick
said. "And if I didn't take the
risk to do my Plan A now, then
what's a better time?"
Business and LSA senior
Han Zhang said he thought the
lecture was very informative
and found similarities between
Upstart and Kickstarter, a pro-
gram that garners funding and
support for creative projects.
"I think it's an interesting
business model," Zhang said.
"There's a lot of similar ideas
that are coming out of Kick-
starter ... and I think this has
taken a unique spin on taking
future money as opposed to
present money."
LSA junior Sarah Oleinick
said she appreciated Upstart's
focus on the individual.
"The biggest question it
raised for me was pitching your
ideas versus pitching yourself,"
Oleinick said. "Upstart gives
you an opportunity to show-
case yourself and what you can
do instead of pitching some-
one your idea and having them
back that."
Ashwini Natarajan
and Matthew Jackonen
contributed to this report.

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Electronic health
records now more
readily accessible
Daily StaffReporter
The University of Michigan
Health System, along with two
local physician groups, has
entered a partnership to share
health information across the
state of Michigan.
In conjunction with the IHA
Health Services Corporation
- an Ann Arbor-based multi-
specialty group practice - and
the Huron Valley Physicians
Association - an association
of physicians from Washtenaw,
Livingston, Lenawee and west-
ern Wayne Counties - UMHS
has joined the Great Lakes
Health Information Exchange.
The program aims to provide
a secure network to access
electronic health records in
real-time for physicians in
IHA employs more than
1,100 physicians, nurse prac-
titioners, physician assistants
and midwives in 35 southeast-
ern Michigan practices, and
HVPA has more than 600 phy-
sicians in its coverage area.
In an announcement Friday,
UMHS claimed that instant
access to records will decrease
medical errors and enhance
patient care. UMHS said physi-
cians will be able to access data
efficiently for patients who have
visited other GLHIE facilities.
A real-time exchange also
eliminates the current practice
of faxing medical documents,
which is a much slower access
process. GLIHE will pull infor-
mation from multiple sources,

including previous hospital
admission and discharge docu-
ments, transfer notifications,
inpatient and outpatientpapers,
test results and physician notes.
Andrew Rosenberg, chief
medical information officer for
UMHS, said in a statement that
GLHIE's database modernizes
medical collaboration while
speeding up patient record
transfers in a cost-effective
"This modern health infor-
mation exchange will radically
change the way physicians are
able to share health records,"
Rosenberg said. "The ultimate
goal is to speed up access to
critical health documents while
reducing costs and improv-
ing coordinated, high-quality
According to Rosenberg,
GLHIE hopes to reduce pre-
ventable mistakes, such as
unnecessary test duplications,
withthe information exchange.
"When a patient comes to us,
we can immediately see which
tests they've had and that we
don't need to repeat, as well as
which hospitals they've been
to, their allergies and any other
health history," Rosenberg
Chris Holda, IHA vice presi-
dent of information technology,
said in a statement that readily
available access to basic patient
information will improve the
quality of patient care.
"IHA is looking forward to
building on our important rela-
tionship with UMHS," Holda
said. "Through GLHIE, our
expanded technical and data
capabilities will allow us to
have access to critical informa-
tion about our patients, leading
to better and more coordinated
care for our patients."




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