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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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CRIME
Police: Cab
driver made
unwanted
advances

Business junior Jamie Kosberg, LSA freshman Lauren Klemz, and LSA senior Kit Clement give free hugs and high fives along with other members of the
Do Random Acts of Kindness club on the corner of South University and East University Monday night.
RESEARCH
Grant fundscell research

Physical description
of assailant released
as inquiry continues
By ARIANA ASSAF
Daily StaffReporter
The Ann Arbor Police Depart-
ment is continuing to investigate
allegations that a Blue Cab driver
made unwanted advances on a
female client on Sunday. The inci-
dent comes a week after a student
reported she was raped, by an
unknown cabbie.
The incident occurred at around
3:30 a.m. onthe 1100 block of South
University Avenue, according to
AAPD Sgt. Mike Scherba. The
woman told police that the driver
touched her leg and kissed her
before droppingher off.
The latest assault was reported
Sunday evening. AAPD has not yet
named the suspect, but describes
him as a dark-skinned male with a
light beard, 29 to 35 years old.
The driver was employed by
the Blue Cab taxi company, which
declined to give any comment on
the incident. Blue Cab's website
states that its cabs are operated by
independently contracted drivers,
but all taxi companies and drivers

must be licensed with the city to be
in accordance with Ann Arbor law.
However, some cabs pick up pas-
sengers as fixed-rate limousines to
avoid licensing fees.
University Police spokeswoman
Diane Brown said AAPD officials
confirmed to her that the woman
attacked was not a student.
AAPD Sgt. Mike Scherba said
investigators are working to deter-
mine whether the assault is related
to previous incidents.
"Our investigators are look-
ing into the (latest) incident and
the possibility of it being linked
to other incidents of the recent
past."
On Feb. 3, a 21-year-old stu-
dent reported that she was raped
by a taxi driver in an off-campus
parking lot on the 300 block of
East Madison Street. The cab
company was not named in that
incident.
Brown added that a University
Police crime alert was not emailed
to the campus community because
the crime did not occur on campus
and does not involve sexual assault
in its legal definition. Crime alerts
are generally sent out when UMPD
qffcals determine t4 4 suspect
or trend in crime poses a continu-
ous threat to the University com-
munity.

$500K study will
explore genetic
differentiation
By IAN DILLINGHAM
Daily StaffReporter
All humans begin as a single
cell that divides and eventually
forms the complex structure
of the human body. However,
the process by which one cell
gives rise to hundreds of differ-
ent types in humans is largely a

mystery to scientists.
Yukiko Yamashita, a
research assistant professor at
the University's Life Sciences
Institute, has been awarded a
$500,000 W. M. Keck Foun-
dation grant to study the bio-
logical processes behind cell
division and differentiation.
The organization is known
in the scientific community
for funding "high-risk, high-
reward" research projects.
The grant will likely fund
the next two years of research
at Yamashita's lab, where

researchers aim to shed light
on one of the most basic ques-
tions of modern biology: how
genetically identical cells can
develop different functions in
the human body.
"When one cell becomes
two, this is supposed to be an
exact copying process, but then
if you are exactly copying (the
cells), we shouldn't be us -
(we're) made of different kinds
of cells," Yamashita said.
"If (all cells) were just the
same, you would just be 100
or 200 pounds of cell mass,"

Yamashita continued. "But we
are not ... all of the cells in our
body are different and know
how to coordinate."
The lab research hypothe-
sizes the link to this cell differ-
entiation lies within the cell's
genetic material - its DNA.
"Quite a bit of who you are
is defined by what kind of gene
combination you have, and this
information is stored in DNA,"
Yamashita said. "All DNA is
like an encyclopedia, (it holds)
everything about you - what
See CELL, Page 3A

CAMPUS EVENT
Linkedl n rep.
teaches online
networking

'Evangelist' says
alumni are big
advantage in
search for jobs
By ASHWINI NATARAJAN
Daily StaffReporter
Awkwardly hinting that
you want a'summer internship
is much easier than it would
have been just a few years ago
thanks to online tools that con-
nect prospective employers and
job seekers,
John Hill, LinkedIn's high-
er-education "evangelist",
lectured to 150 University
students at the Alumni Cen-
ter Monday about networking
and building a personal brand
through LinkedIn. Launched
in 2003, LinkedIn is a profes-
sional networking site with
approximately 200 million
users.
In his presentation, Hill dis-
cussed the importance of creat-
ing a compelling and effective
network, establishing qual-
ity relationships and taking
risks in utilizing LinkedIn as
a professional resource. Hill
emphasized that reaching out
to alumni to build networks
and create meaningful profes-
sional relationships is vital to
students' success during and
after college.

"I think in the U.S. there's an
emotional connection back to
the institution; there's a lot of
school spirit," Hill said. "(This
leads) to that emotional con-
nection back to an institution
and that opens up the door for
one Wolverine to connect with
another Wolverine."
Hill encouraged students to
be adventurous in their profes-
sional pursuits, reminding his
audience that the University's
alumni network can help along
the way.
"What I'm asking of you is to
dream big," Hill said. "Go out
for the opportunities that are
there for you ... I will show you
the pathways of U of M, where
you can get to where you want
to go."
According to a Harvard
Business School study, 65 to 85
percent of jobs are found not
through formal searches, but
rather through networking and
personal connections.
Laura Turner, the Alumni
Association's senior career ser-
vices manager, said she coor-
dinated this event to educate
students about LinkedIn as a
vital professional resource and
about the University's network
on LinkedIn. According to
Turner, there are more than
190,000 University alumni on
the networking site.
"I can't underestimate
the power of leveraging the
See NETWORKING, Page 3

Rich Robinson, the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, speaks in front of a forum about
the judicial system in the Law School Monday night.
Iss.ue ads topc of panel on
Mi~ch. Sup.re-me Court

SUSTAINABILITY
'U' and A2
plan new
bike-share
program
Second phase of
expansion begins
after Blue Bike rentals
By ARIANA ASSAF
Daily StaffReporter
The University is teamingup with
Ann Arbor's Clean Energy Coalition
to bring a simplified bike-share pro-
gram to campus and downtown Ann
Arbor, beginning the second phase
of a push for bike transit.
The CEC is a non-profit organi-
zation that works with a number of
partners,'including the University
and the Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority to focus on decreasing
fossil fuel emissions and promoting
the use of clean energy.
The idea for the bike-sharing
program began with University
President Mary Sue Coleman's sus-
tainability address last year. In her
remarks, she touched on her wish to
bring a bike-sharing program to Ann
Arbor similar to the ones that had
been successful on other university
campuses. Students have advocated
for the program in recent years as
well.
Stephen Dolen, executive director
of Parking and Transportation Ser-
vices, formed a partnership with the
CEC, the Downtown Development
Authority and the AATA to launch
the program. Dolan said while the
groups have all committed to work-
ing on the project, some technical
See BIKE-SHARE, Page 3

Nonpartisan advocates campaign finance
reform.
elections grow MaryAnn Sarosi, senior
adviser for Bridget McCor-
inCreasingly heated mack's successful campaign
for Michigan Supreme Court
By CHANNING ROBINSON in the Nov. 2012 elections,
Daily StaffReporter spoke on behalf of the recently
elected justice.
The University's Law School A major topic of the event
co-hosted a forum Monday was issue advertising which
evening to discuss how Michi- interest groups and political
gan Supreme Court justices are parties spent millions during
appointed. the nonpartisan state Supreme
The event, organized for Court elections.
members of the Law School "Issue ads are ads that char-
community, included panelists acterize the suitability to hold
such as former Justice Marilyn office of the candidates, but
Kelly and Rich Robinson, exec- don't explicitly tell you to vote
utive director of the Michigan for or against a candidate,"
Campaign Finance Network Robinson said. "These are not
- a nonpartisan coalition reported anywhere in the cam-

paign financial disclosure sys-
tem."
However, because issue
advertisements are not a part
of a candidate's campaign,
they are not included in the
campaign's financial report. As
a result, Robinson said many
voters are ignorant of the
source and cost of the ads that
may sway their decision at the
polls.
Robinson added that while
partisan campaign reform may
still be out of reach, judiciary
campaign reform should be
held to a higher standard.
"One could make the case
that elected executives and
legislators have .legitimate
relationships with interest
See COURT, Page 3

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