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RESEARCH
Researchers:
cancer drug
* effective for
more patients

Treatment
previously thought
to be limited to 20
percent of cases
By IAN DILLINGHAM
Daily Staff Reporter
The National Cancer Insti-
tute estimates that nearly
40,000 women will die of breast
cancer in 2013. After analyzing
past medical records, Univer-
sity researchers hope to reduce
that number with the increased
use of Herceptin, a treatment
currently used in 20 percent of
breast cancer cases.
Herceptin, which was only
thought to be effective in
patients who tested positive for
the HER2 protein, was shown to
have positive affects in HER2-
negative patients as well. These
previously unknown benefits
could directly impact 65 percent
of breast cancer patients who do
not currently receive it as apart
of their treatment.

Max Wicha, the director of
the University's Comprehensive
Cancer Center, and the study's
primary author, explained that
the treatment, called adju-
vant therapy, involves the use
of drugs after the tumor is
removed.
"One of the biggest advances
in breast cancer treatments has
been the development of these
targeted drugs that can target
specific genetic defects and can-
cers," Wicha said. "We give the
therapy, even though - after the
cancer is removed - there's no
direct evidence that the woman
has the cancer."
Use of Herceptin in this man-
ner has been shown to prevent
cancer from reoccurring in half
of HER2-postive patients.
"We know that some of the
women, despite the fact that
we removed the cancer, get a
recurrence of the cancer, some-
times years later," Wicha said.
"That's what is fatal - that the
cancer spreads or metastasizes
elsewhere ... The purpose of the
adjuvant therapy is to kill any
See CANCER, Page 7A

O SCR releases report

Sex crime reports
rise, likely result
of new policy
By AUSTEN HUFFORD
Daily Staff Reporter
An annual report released by
the University's primary discipline
unit for students shows a marked

increase in the number of sexual
misconduct cases investigated
internally by the University, even
though the total number of disci-
plinary cases handled decreased.
The increase follows an August
2011 federal mandate and the sub-
sequent implementation of a new
interim sexual misconduct allega-
tion policy.
The number of sexual assault
and sexual harassment reports

handled through the Univer-
sity's internal disciplinary pro-
cess increased from three to
62 between the 2011 to 2012
academic year, when the policy
went into effect, and the year
prior, according to a newly
released report from the Office
of Student Conflict Resolutions,
which is responsible for dealing
with non-academic violations of
the Statement of Student Rights

and Responsibilities.
The 2011to2012 annual report
detailed 497 reported violations
of the StatementofStudentRights
and Responsibilities during the
year, which is a 7-percent drop
from the 537 received during the
2010 to2011academic year.
The Statement of Student
Rights and Responsibilities -
which students agree to as a
See REPORT, Page 7A

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

GOVERNMENT
White House memo makes
research records public

Federally-funded
research must
be online
By RACHEL PREMACK
Daily StaffReporter
The results of federally fund-
ed research at the University
and other institutions across the
country will now be available for
public viewing.
A policy memorandum issued
by the White House Friday
requires that all results from
research that is partially or fully

funded by the government must
be available to the publicwithin a
year of publication if the research
institute has a research budget of
$100 million or more.
This policy could have major
implications for University
research, because 62 percent of
funding is from the federal gov-
ernment.
John Holdren, director of the
White House Office of Science
and Technology Policy, wrote in
the memorandum that the policy
will spur scientific entrepreneur-
ship and innovation.
"For example, open weather
data underpins the forecasting

industry and provides great pub-
lic benefits, and making genome
sequences publicly available has
spawned many biotechnology
innovations," Holdren wrote.
A petition on We the People -
a website created by the Obama
administration where citizens
can launch petitions that will be
considered if they reach a mini-
mum number of signatures -
launched in May 2012 insisting
that taxpayer-funded research
be publicly accessible. The peti-
tion, which specified that the
research should be available in
digital format, became the cata-
See RESEARCH, Page 7A

TERESA MATHEWS/Daily
Rackham student Travis Martin and Engineering sophomore Sam Greenwood build snow stairs Tuesday night.
ADMINISTRATION
Legislators briefed by
Coleman on higher ed.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT
Program to offer unique semester

Visits comes as
state budget moves
toward vote
By SAM GRINGLAS
Daily StaffReporter
Inside the State Capitol
Building in Lansing, Univer-
sity President Mary Sue Cole-

man stood before members of
the state House and expressed
excitement for what she jok-
ingly said will be a "little game"
against rival Michigan State
later this week.
On Tuesday, Coleman
addressed the House Appro-
priations Subcommittee on
Higher Education, speaking to
policymakers as they prepare
to move Gov. Rick Snyder's

proposed budget through the
state legislature. For the second
consecutive year, the proposed
budget includes modest funding
increases for public universities
and colleges in Michigan after
an unprecedented cut his first
year in office.
"We have great public univer-
sities in our state," Coleman said.
"People are passionate about
See COLEMAN, Page 7A

CSG lobbies for
entrepreneurial
community
By AMRUTHA SIVAKUMAR
Daily StaffReporter
Sick of cookie-cutter syllabi?
The Flipped Semester is ready
to serve Michigan students who
have a knack for the unconven-

tional.
The Flipped Semester is a
proposed program unique to the
University that would allow stu-
dents to take part in self-directed
entrepreneurial projects while
earning nine academic credits.
The program was proposed by
a group of students within the
Entrepreneurship Commission
of the Central Student Govern-
ment. Currently, they are trying
to measure and build student

interest for the program, while
simultaneously working to gain
approval from University admin-
istrators.
Students enrolled in the pro-
gram would be immersed in a
50-student learning community
and eight to 10 professors with
entrepreneurial experience.
Business senior Ryan Strauss,
a member of the commission,
said the community would offera
See SEMESTER, Page 3A

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