ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY Informing the campus and community since 1921 Volume 92, Issue 16
Monday, October 22, 2012
The Lady Red Wolves beat FAU 5-4 clenching an SBC tournament spot.
Faculty Senate discusses adjuncts TANYA GIRALDO STAFF WRITER
The ASU faculty senate discussed a resolution regarding inadequate training for adjunct faculty at its meeting Friday afternoon. John Hall, professor of psychology and counseling, explained that the resolution related to the concern in increased hiring of adjunct faculty for freshmen and sophomore classes. “Students’ tuition should go to what they actually pay for,” Hall said. “The education that our students receive is of question and concern.” Hall’s concern is that the process in which adjunct faculty are selected and hired lacks comprehensiveness. There is no requirement to complete training with a mentor, he said.
Faculty members voiced their concerns that sometimes adjunct faculty are inexperienced and not properly trained to follow certain curriculum. “Every department is different,” Bill Rowe, professor of art, said. “I think this resolution is a proactive move. It will make us look better.” Bill Humphrey, professor of animal science, pointed out that training, for all professors would help answer questions, especially about how to use computer tools. “Especially with Blackboard and the grades banner, it is confusing for a lot of people,” Humphrey said. A motion was passed to create a committee that would look into establishing a variation of an orientation, training and class size limit for adjunct faculty. Andy Mooneyhan, associate professor of education, made a motion to create a com-
mittee that will submit a policy that will address a patent issue. “The concern is that if I create something patentable I may not be able to publish it internationally for a long time period,” Mooneyhan said. “If I create something that can be patented I cannot publish it in an international journal unless the university has submitted a provisional patent.” Most professors are required to publish at ASU, Mooneyhan said. “The policy states that the university has to file a provisional patent within a year,” Mooneyhan said. “Technically the university could choose to not file the provisional within the year time frame and the creator could be locked out of publishing during that time frame.” Mooneyhan feels that the committee will continue to make the patent policy better and
better. “The (committee) will look into possible ways to address this problem while not trying to change the bulk of the policy being discussed,” Mooneyhan said. The motion to create a patent-related committee passed with a unanimous vote. Julie Isaacson, chair of faculty senate and associate professor of nursing, said some members of faculty senate will get together to work on improving transparencies. “Letting faculty know where funds for travel might be available other than in the department level,” Isaacson said. “Everyone is aware that professional development money and travel money is not where it needs to be.” The next faculty senate meeting will be at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 in room 201 of the Delta Center for Economic Development.
ASU Lumberjacks are tree huggers CAITLIN LAFARLETTE STAFF WRITER
The word ‘lumberjack’ brings to mind buff, grisly men clothed in plaid flannel, chopping their way through forests. While the plaid may hold true, the ASU Lumberjack Club is making a point to plant trees instead of cutting them down. “In all reality, it was kind of a joke,” Ethan Morehead, a senior business management major of Calico Rock, said about the creation of the club. Morehead is the president of the ASU Lumberjacks and co-founded it with Kelli Lee, a sophomore public relations major of Cabot, who serves as vice president. Lee and Morehead said the idea came about last semester when they wanted to find a way to get their picture in the yearbook. They began talking about a lumberjack club that would wear plaid and go to IHOP for pancakes. “We realized we could make something serious about it and make a difference,” Morehead said. “It changed really fast.” Lee said they did some research and found out lumberjack clubs actually exist at several colleges such as Oklahoma State and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The ASU club is the first one in Arkansas.
Staci Vandagriff| Photo Editor President of the Young Democrats Cody Jackson, a freshman political science major of Swifton, hosted a game of political trivia at Singin’ and Politickin’ Thursday night in the White River Room.
The ASU group aims to promote community, philanthropy and conservation, as well as getting students involved. Lee said the club plans to partner up with the Green Team for Earth Day. Past Earth Day events at ASU included tree planting sponsorships, something the Lumberjack Club will most likely be able to expand on. Even though the idea for the ASU Lumberjack Club began as a joke, it is now very important to its founders, who understand how the humor of the club’s name could be an advantage. “We’re the ASU Lumberjacks. That’s just funny,” Lee said. “That alone draws people in.” The club gained around 20 new members after setting up a booth in the Carl R. Reng Student Union. Morehead said students have asked him if the group actually cuts down trees and Lee has been asked if they do “lumberjack things.” In addition to the name sparking interest, Lee wants others to know true lumberjacks don’t just take down trees — they plant as many as they cut. “So really we are doing lumberjack things,” she added. One example of loggers replanting trees on a large
ROTC prepares cadets with helicopter training course STAFF WRITER
ASU Army ROTC cadets took board of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to participate in a field training exercise Friday morning. ASU ROTC cadets have the opportunity to participate in a two-day field training experience once each semester in order to develop and apply the skills they are being taught in the classroom. Last weekend’s field training was at a location entitled “AO Deerhead,” which is a private piece of wooded terrain on the outskirts of Jonesboro. The field training experience (FTX) composed of day and night land navigation courses, as well as squad tactical exercises that re-
quired cadets to make leadership decisions and work together to solve problems while in realistic field scenarios. Cadets experienced field craft, hygiene and medical classes, and set up a fire and outdoor sleeping areas. In addition cadets learn battle tactic skills by leading squads through STX lanes, which include practical scenarios such as Recon, Ambush, and Movement to Contact. Senior Caitlin Marshall is an MSIV level cadet, and will graduate from ASU and commission in May 2013. This was her fourth time conducting field training, and she feels it is a vital part of cadet development. “Field training is important for ROTC cadets because it teaches them basic knowledge that they can build upon with the purpose of
Staci Vandagriff| Photo Editor ROTC cadets Devin Bird (left) and Howard Watts (right) get ready to board one of the Black Hawk helicopters during the field training exercise Friday morning.
This week in history: In 1967, the ASU chapter of the Kappa Alpha fraternity was established. The first KA chapter was founded at Washington-Lee College in Virginia on Dec. 21, 1865.
Where I’m from, whether you know someone or not, you still speak out of common courtesy.
Days left until Halloween
MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2012
Letter to the Editor
Adjunct staff requires more class training Friday, the ASU faculty senate passed a motion to form a committee that would look into limiting class size and implementing orientation and training for adjunct faculty. In grade school we called that a Teacher In-Service day. When we take classes in college, we expect to be taught by instructors who are both knowledgeable in their field and who have been properly trained in the ways of the classroom. However, this is not always the case. When a professor leaves the university or is let go, it sometimes falls to an adjunct, or supplemental faculty member to step in at the last minute to take over the class, essentially as a longterm substitute teacher. Because of this, adjunct faculty are rushed into their classroom without receiving all of the proper training for teaching a class of possibly 30 or more students. A lot goes into instructing multiple classes, such as an instructor coordinating their grade book or Blackboard, which can be a hard task for even the most experienced student. When it comes to educating students at any level, it takes more than just having a degree in the material; teachers need to know how to apply it in a classroom setting. Even if a university is desperate to hastily fill a position, it is a disservice to both the teacher and the students if the instructor is not properly prepared for the situation. “Student’s tuition should go to what they actually pay for. The education that our students receive is of question and concern,” said John Hall, a professor of psychology and counseling, at Friday’s meeting. We agree with Hall. Properly preparing adjunct faculty is necessary for students to get the best possible return on their fouryear investment of college. “Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of Arkansas State University.
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ASU should promote togetherness After reading Ms. Wells’s response to international students not feeling welcomed in the Oct. 15 issue of The Herald, I agree with Jennifer and her assessment, but international students are not the only students who feel such a way. Being an AfricanAmerican male, I have my own problems with feeling welcomed by individuals. I was raised to never see the outside of an individual but to see the intrinsic value everyone possesses. However, ASU is breeding an environment of division within the student body. ASU divides its own students into those they believe to be “Honors” and gives them special treatment or priority privileges as well as students who participate
in sports. If you walk around the cafeteria on any day, you will see how these groups are divided. You will usually, but not always, see members of these groups sitting together. I have always believed in a diverse culture, and the individuals I associate with show that, but when I walk around campus I believe everyone is attributing their own label to me before they get to know me. Because I have pierced ears and dreadlocks, some students, including some foreign students, prejudge me before they know who I am. I try to talk to everyone, but Jonesboro and the people that call Jonesboro home for the tenure of their degree, were not raised as I
was. Where I’m from, whether you know someone or not, you still speak out of common courtesy. Not here. There are some very nice people on campus but I believe they get over-shadowed by those who are not too nice. ASU, like Jennifer said, should try to promote togetherness. There are numerous ways to do this, but as is, ASU is just a bigger, more expensive version of high school. We have the upperclassmen, freshmen, jocks, artists, skaters, band, choir, internationals and then everyone else that fits in between. No one should feel unwelcome at a place they call home for four years. We are all people no matter how you try to
shape it. Black, white, international, tall or short, we feel, bleed and breathe the same. When I was younger and would get picked on my mom would always state Galatians 3:28 to me. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” This was my mom’s way of telling me that, “Yes, we are all different but God sees no difference and if doesn’t matter to him, it shouldn’t matter to us.” Dedric Jones is a senior Technology-CAD major of Marianna.
Conscious rap takes on the serious issues I love rap, hip-hop, whatever you want to call it. It’s probably one of the greatest cultural inventions of the 20th Century, sort of. I say sort of because even though modern rap is excellent for the club, it is almost unrecognizable as something that descended from social and political philosophy. At one time it brought out the voice of a group of people who had yet to really be heard by the rest of the country (and the world really). If you watch or listen to the news long enough there’s no doubt you will eventually come across a story condemning hip-hop in some various form. Often times the criticism has some value. A lot of artists promote a borderline extreme kind of materialism; glorifying spending time incarcerated or market gang violence as their primary sources of material. At face value, some of these things seem innocuous, but if you consider things like the private prison system and drug prohibition, and how both contribute to an entrenchment of the cycle of poverty, they actually have some serious implications. That being said, there are still some great artists to be found, although now they are in their own niche genre: conscious hip-hop. The primary tone in conscious rap is indistinguishable from other genres in terms of the quality of tracks and catchiness, but differs greatly in the main ingredient: lyrics.
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“Though modern rap is excellent for the club, it is almost unrecognizable as something that descended from social and political philosophy.” - Clint Simpson Conscious rap lyrics are primarily focused on issues of political and social justice. There are plenty of conscious artists out there. Here are a few to take note of. First, and probably the most well-known, is Lupe Fiasco. He doesn’t really need much of an introduction to any hip-hop fans out there, but he’s certainly a good place to start if you want to check out conscious rap. He’s touched on several important issues including child soldiers and evils of the diamond industry. I personally recommend his album “The Cool.” It’s not his newest album, but it is his most on point album. Next is a British rapper by the name of Lowkey. Relatively popular in the U.K., his primary focus is conflict in the Middle East. He has a lot of content about American and British imperialism in the region, as well as elsewhere in the world. Most of his songs talk about the private military industry and the profit incentive for resource wars. Much of his content also touches on the Israeli-Palestinian Submission Guidelines Story ideas or news tips may be emailed to Lindsey.Blakely@smail.astate or Chelsea.Weaver@smail.astate. edu. The Herald welcomes comments, criticisms or ideas that its readership may have. We encourage you to send a Letter to the Editor to Daniel.McFadin@smail. astate.edu. Statement of Publication The Herald is printed every Monday and Thursday during the semester, except during finals and holidays. Single copies of The Herald are free. Additional copies are 25 cents each.
conflict, making very solid points. Some of his messages include the rebuking of the U.S. embargo on Cuba, which is opposed by every single nation in the U.N. General Assembly, aside from Israel, as well as Israel’s blocking of food aid to Gaza. Third is another British rapper that goes by Akala. His focus is more on social justice and inequality in Britain itself. I highly recommend anyone who is interested in civil rights to listen to his track on the “Fire in the Booth” edition of BBC Radio’s 1Xtra. The most prominent theme in Akala’s message is fighting for social justice in education. He is particularly critical of rappers who promote gang violence. He also funds libraries and education programs in the inner city. So there you have it. Three great places to start if you are looking for something a little more substantive than the average radio rap song. I hope readers will take the time to enjoy these guys and listen to what they have to say.
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MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012
What the Howl? Putting the ‘special’ back in special teams ZACHARY LOTT STAFF WRITER
It’s difficult for many football fans to appreciate the value of good special teams. The game has become increasingly offensive-minded and quarterback-friendly, and this is largely at the behest of the fans. Football is now all about scoring points. All you must do to see this is gauge the reaction to a lowscoring football game between two great teams, such as 2011’s regular-season game between Alabama and LSU. Both teams had tremendous defenses and brutish running games. They mauled one another, showcasing the Southeastern Conference’s trademark physicality, and it was a beautiful sight. It was an example of how football should be played. But the game ended in a 6-3 LSU victory thanks to Alabama’s four missed field goals, and fans lamented that the game wasn’t exciting enough. It was inconceivable to them that a matchup against two top-ranked opponents could go without a single touchdown. While most fans seem to believe that offense is the most important aspect of football, it comprises only a third of the game. The NFL’s Chicago Bears have spent the last few years winning at times almost exclusively with defense and special teams despite consistently having the league’s worst offensive line and mediocre skilled players. This is the mindset of the modern fan – passing and points are exciting; defense and special teams are mundane and boring. Yet Arkansas State is a perfect example of just how consequential special teams can be. Between non-existent punt coverage, lackluster punt protection, and poor punting overall, the Red Wolves have put themselves at a disadvantage all season. Take, for example, the Memphis game. ASU statistically dominated the Tigers, but a muffed punt and a blocked punt were both returned for touchdowns and nearly cost the Red Wolves a victory. Punting issues also hurt the team against Western Kentucky and South Alabama. These problems also affect offensive performance. ASU has started many of its drives this season pinned deep in its own territory because of poor punt coverage. It is difficult to put points on the board when an offense must drive the length of the field each series. A good punter is a lethal asset who consistently hampers an opponent’s ability to score, especially when paired with an athletic coverage unit that swarms to the ball. A good kicker does the same. Competent protection ensures a punter won’t have his kick blocked, and an excellent return squad can put points on the board directly or put the offense in favorable positions. Don’t be fooled – big plays aren’t the only thing determining the outcome of a game. It’s time for fans to once again recognize that special teams are indeed special.
Travis Sharp| Staff Photographer Junior Christine Giles of Cape Coral, Fl. strikes the ball towards Florida International goal keeper. ASU fell to FIU on Thursday 3-1. The Red Wolves defeated Florida Atlantic on Saturday to gain a spot in the SBC tournament. It will be the eighth time in school history that ASU has participated in the postseason tournament.
Soccer secures spot at SBC tournament LYNDSEY PATTERSON STAFF WRITER
The ASU women’s soccer team celebrated Saturday’s victory over Florida Atlantic, as the win guaranteed the team both a winning season and a spot in the conference tournament. Saturday was also Senior Day and made for a very memorable experience for the three seniors as ASU defeated FAU with a final score of 5-4. The win improved the team’s conference record to 4-4-1, and puts them in 5th place in the current Sun Belt rankings. The first two goals were scored backto-back by freshman forward Katey Carmichael in the 16th minute and then again in the 17th minute of the first half. The first goal started with a rebound off the post that Carmichael was able to finish. Just one minute later, sophomore Katie Hosea crossed the ball into the box and Carmichael was able to finish once again. The momentum then shifted throughout the remainder of the first half, as the Owls scored three goals in a
row to go into half time with a 3-2 lead over the Red Wolves. Beginning the second half, senior Aja Aguirre replaced junior goalkeeper Audrey Baldwin in the net. Play continued as both teams battled for the Sun Belt victory. In the 58th minute, senior Ashley McMurtry tied the game for the Red Wolves when she finished a rebound off the crossbar to make the game 3-3. The Owls weren’t ready to give up, however. FAU scored in the 63rd minute on a long shot from the top of the box, making the score 4-3 with 27 minutes left of play. Just three minutes later the Red Wolves struck again when sophomore Christina Fink scored a head goal off a cross from McMurtry to make the score 4-4. The final 20 minutes of the game were back and forth, and filled with intensity. In the 85th minute, junior Kristina Rivera placed the ball into the corner of the net after receiving a slot pass from freshman Jordan Adams. Fans went crazy as ASU maintained the lead for the remaining five minutes, defeating the Owls.
‘Pooyie!’ Red Wolves go to Cajun Country ZACHARY LOTT STAFF WRITER
The Arkansas State Red Wolves football team journeys to Cajun Country Tuesday for a nationally-televised conference showdown against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. The two extra days off are important for a banged-up ASU squad, giving players time to recover from nagging injuries and coaches the opportunity to analyze game film, said head coach Gus Malzahn. ULL, currently ranked second in the Sun Belt, possesses the league’s third-best rushing defense, providing a stiff challenge for the Red Wolves’ top-ranked ground attack. Malzahn emphasized the importance of running the ball against a “big and athletic” defensive front. The coaching staff is also concerned about sophomore quarterback Terrance Broadway, who split time with senior Blaine Gautier until the latter suffered a broken throwing hand. Broadway has tossed five touchdowns this season and ran for four over the past three games. “I’m very impressed with him. He is very athletic, and it looks like he throws the ball pretty decent too,” said Malzahn. “He is a very good quarterback.” “He is pretty involved. They have a great group of running backs and receivers, but I can tell that he’s able
Head coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge is proud of the team’s accomplishments. “The 2012 girls are the very first to secure a winning season in the history of our soccer program. They are the absolute very first and never will it be possible for anyone to take away this honor.” Following the final whistle, the team’s three seniors were honored with a senior presentation. Seniors Aja Aguirre, Ashley McMurtry, and Mallory McGilvray were thankful to secure their last home game for ASU with a victory. The three seniors said they were glad they were able to pull off a win for senior day and it means a lot to them to step off the field with a result like they had for the last time. They also mentioned they can’t wait to continue this momentum as they head into the conference tournament. The Red Wolves will play its final regular season conference game next weekend, as they head to Little Rock to take on UALR on Friday, Oct. 26. Kick off will be at 1 p.m. Results of next weekend’s game will finalize the Sun Belt standings as the top eight teams in the conference will be invited to play in the conference tournament.
Men’s basketball builds chemistry, preps for season JARROD CREAMEANS STAFF WRITER
Xinzhong Zhao| Staff Photographer Junior running back David Oku sprints down the field Saturday night against South Alabama. The Red Wolves face the Sun Belt’s third-best rush defense Tuesday in Louisiana-Lafayette.
to make plays and the team feeds off his energy,” said redshirt sophomore safety Sterling Young. The Ragin’ Cajuns only losses have come from Oklahoma State and North Texas. Their early success has made Tuesday’s game crucial for the Red Wolves, whose opportunity at a conference title was bolstered by Western Kentucky’s loss to LouisianaMonroe Saturday night. “We knew [ULL] had the makings of a very good team, especially from what they showed last year. This
is one of those teams that make you feel like they can compete for the whole thing, and obviously right now that holds true,” Malzahn said. ULL’s success stems from their ability to create turnovers. They lead the league in turnover margin and have what Malzahn calls an “opportunistic” and “aggressive” defense. The Ragin’ Cajuns have recorded at least one turnover in every game this season. One of ASU’s main concerns is special teams play. Against South Alabama,
the Red Wolves shanked two punts and had another blocked. “Believe it or not, there were some parts of the special teams that we actually improved on. However, when you have a game like that, there is nothing really on my mind but the punt team,” Malzahn said. “We are getting better, but the punt team is definitely a factor, and I plan to get more involved with that aspect of our team.” The Red Wolves will continue its journey for a SBC title Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The Arkansas State Red Wolves men’s basketball team has been busy this preseason, adding new players, installing a new offense, and working to become a better-equipped team this season. In their fifth year under head coach John Brady, the Red Wolves are contending to be a top Sun Belt team, returning starters like senior shooting guard Marcus Hooten and senior Trey Finn, a four-year starter. Assistant coach Jeff Clapacs is confident that the team’s new offensive strategy will aid them this season. “We’re doing a lot more ball-screen action, which most of the NBA and a lot of colleges are going to now as well as having stronger guard play and a good backcourt,” Clapacs said. While A-State’s offense has only gotten stronger from previous years, a lot of practice has been put into the defense to ensure the team will be up-to-par with the rest of the Sun Belt. “Last year we turned the ball over too much, and our defense wasn’t where it’s been as far as opponent field-goal percentage goes,” Clapacs also remarked. “Over the summer, in the individual workouts we really worked on ball-handling, so our turnovers are going to be down, too.”
The team also welcomes new players such as junior forward Kendrick Washington of Shreveport, La, a transfer who Clapacs suspects will be able to step in to become one of the team’s top players. As the new freshmen take the court, connections have begun to be built between both newcomers and veterans says sophomore point guard Rakeem Dickerson of Little Rock. “We’ve had to work on getting some chemistry, having some new players,” said Dickerson, who shot for 88.2% from the free throw line last year. “Everybody’s getting together and playing together more as well as getting the post men involved since we’ve got some senior leadership coming back.” “We’re expecting a lot. We want to make some big upsets and [overall] to get a Sun Belt championship win,” Hooten said. The Red Wolves’ first game will be an exhibition match against Southern Arkansas at 7:05 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Convocation Center. Conference play will begin with a match-up against Florida International as the Red Wolves take on the Golden Panthers on Thursday, Nov. 29 in Miami, Fl. right before they take on Florida Atlantic on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Boca Raton, Fl.
MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012
scale took place in Oregon. According to the Oregon Employment Department’s website, the Oregon Forest Practices Act was passed in 1971 and has resulted in 40 million trees being replanted every year. Planting usually begins in the winter and continues into the spring. The ASU Lumberjacks want to get organized on campus before branching out and are open to ideas for activities. The group sometimes goes rock climbing on Thursdays at the Community Center. For now the club meets at NorthPark Commons every other Thursday and provides the stereotypical lumberjack meal: pancakes. “Plaid is optional,” Morehead said. New member fees are $5 and T-shirts are available for purchase. To join the ASU Lumberjack Club students can email Ethan Morehead at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kelli Lee at email@example.com. The ASU Lumberjack Facebook’s page can be found at www.facebook.com/AsuLumberjackClub.
Shine Huang | Staff Photographer Accompanied by Maj. Richard Garringer, assistant professor of military science at ASU-Beebe, cadets of the Arkansas State University ROTC were flying high in Black Hawk helicopters Friday morning during their special field training exercise.
enhancing their skills toward becoming a future Army officer of the United States military.” Cadets who took part in the FTX were picked up at 10 a.m. Friday by the Arkansas Army National Guard’s 77th Aviation Brigade, and flew to their FTX destination in Black Hawks. Each Black Hawk has a crew of four, and is able to transport 11 troops. With the ability to fly 140 mph, Black Hawks have been used for U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. “Many cadets had memorable moments riding on the Black Hawks that will probably stick with them the rest of
their lives. The experience created great morale and comradeship among the cadets,” Marshall said. Another purpose of the field training events is to prepare cadets for the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). The LDAC is an evaluated month long training session that dictates whether cadets will be able to continue with the ROTC program and commission as an officer. This important assessment is held at Ft. Lewis in Seattle, Wash., and takes place during the summer between a cadet’s third and fourth year of ROTC.
Field training events like this weekend’s help cadets to learn necessary military skills. For sophomore cadet Walter Kincade, this weekend’s FTX was his first opportunity to put the skills he’s been learning in the classroom into practice. “Field training gives us the opportunity to get hands on training and use the skills we learn in the classroom. We are able to learn from cadre and higherranking cadets. This weekend’s event allowed us to step up in leadership positions, show what we have learned and acquire the training we need as future second lieutenants.”
Staci Vandagriff | Photo Editor ASU students prepare for takeoff at the helicopter ride fundraiser held by Chi Alpha Saturday afternoon in the Sears’ parking lot. The majority of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to Chi Alpha’s Zombification, a Halloween outreach event that will be held Oct. 31 in the Pavilion.
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