January 19, 2012
Volume 80 No. 16
Student newspaper of the University of North Alabama
International students robbed at gunpoint near Appleby building
“We can all be a king—be like (Martin Luther King)—and can all make differences with the people we come in contact with.” - Rod Sheppard
A LOOK INSIDE
See page 2 The student community deals with climate changes across campus.
See page 3 Professor Jason Flynn wins film award from Reelshow International. photos by MALISA MCCLURE I Chief Photographer
Students march from the GUC atrium to Baptist Campus Ministries Jan. 13 singing “We Shall Overcome” after the Martin Luther King, Jr. program. Top: UNA student D’Aria Booker sings in remembrance of King during the campus march.
Students participate in program, march for Martin Luther King 4]Ka*MZZa See page 5 Professors discuss how using proper e-mail etiquette affects a person’s image.
See page 5 Review: A UNA student rides to The Black Keys’ new album “El Camino.”
Students united Jan. 13 for a program and march in remembrance of Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King, Jr. who advocated for change and sparked a nonviolent revolution that made a difference across the world, said Allison Ray, student adviser of the Student Multicultural Advisory Committee.
has ever been as far as standing up for our rights and standing up for what we believe in and doing so in a peaceful and nonviolent way,” she said. “We had a great response, and I’m excited to see how students take Dr. King’s ideas and beliefs and apply them in their own lives.” The keynote speaker of the program was Rod Sheppard, UNA
Student musicians to release original EP in early February )VLa<PQOXMV
See page 9 Head Coach Bobby Wallace hopes to bring back Lion Pride to the UNA and Shoals communities.
King, who would have turned 83 Jan. 15, inspired SMAC’s overall goal for the 2011-2012 year, which is “Aim to Change” and to motivate students into racial awareness through multicultural education. The program and march, sponsored by SMAC and Baptist Campus Ministries, were a step in that direction, said Ray. “I feel like Martin Luther King’s relevancy today is greater than it
UNA Police, in conjunction with Florence Police, are looking for three suspects wanted in an alleged armed robbery that occurred near campus early Monday morning. The three victims, all international students, are OK, according to UNA police Chief Bob Pastula. The suspects allegedly took money from the students. The alleged robbery occurred near the intersection of Poplar Street and Hermitage Drive, police said. According to reports, the suspects fled south on Poplar Street. The three suspects, all black males, are still at large. The first suspect, at 5’10” and weighing 220 lbs., was wearing a long, black jacket and skullcap. The second suspect, at 5’6” and weighing 170 lbs., was wearing a gray sweater. The third suspect was skinny and wearing a National Guard necklace. UNA Police sent out a Lion Alert at 3:27 a.m., alerting the campus community of the incident. “(Students) don’t need to be out that time of the day,” Pastula said. Pastula said students can keep themselves safe by being diligent and staying in groups. “Always be aware of who’s around and what’s going on around you,” Pastula said. “Stay in heavily traveled areas and in groups of people.” Pastula suggests that students keep their cell phones in their hand and have 911 or
The sound of a guitar jangles to a slow, pulsing beat as two voices join in a harmony that fills the space of a little practice room with warmth that makes it easy to forget it’s January outside. There are at least a couple of birds that didn’t fly south for the winter.
The bluebirds, comprised of Noah Myers and Madeleine Frankford, are this year’s Singing River Records artists, and they played their song titled “The Creek,” which will be featured on their yet-to-be-released EP. Myers and Frankford reflected on their time spent recording the EP last fall.
photo by CARRIE COOK I Student Photographer
Noah Myers and Madeleine Frankford, also known as the bluebirds, were signed to Singing River Records last fall.
Bad Lions Crime reports from the month of December
12-1-2011 Theft Bicycle ($165.00) Flowers Hall 12-2-2011 Theft iPad ($375.00) Hawthorne Hall 12-2-2011 Theft Books ($317.00) Willingham Hall 12-7-2011 Harrassing phone calls Hawthorne Street 12-8-2011 Trespassing Pike House 12-9-2011 Theft ($210.00) Rice/Rivers Hall 12-12-2011 Rape Rice Hall 12-29-2011 Burglary Student Apartments *source: UNA Police Crime Logs
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Extremes: Campus community adjusts to heating, cooling practices 2WZLIV*ZILTMa
UNA is home to some of the oldest buildings in the state of Alabama, including Wesleyan Hall, but the historical value of the building might be lost on students this semester when temperatures rise or fall to extremes. Even if buildings like Bibb Graves and Wesleyan Hall have problems, campus officials want students to know they are getting ready for changing temperatures. “All our equipment is operational,” said Mike Thompson, assistant director of Facilities Administration and Planning, before explaining the reason some buildings have problems with temperature. “We’ve got climate control systems in the buildings that we monitor, but a lot of the buildings—you’re not able to have heating and cooling in the same building.” According to Thompson, Rice and Rivers halls have one unit that heats and cools the entire floor, which can cause problems that students living in buildings with residential-styled heating and cooling, like Hawthorne, do not experience. “I think we get reports every day with traditional residence halls,” said Kevin Jacques, director of Residence Life at UNA. “But the complaints we get are really a double-edged sword because we get calls that it’s too hot when others think it’s fine.” Since they can’t easily change the temperature for the residence halls because of one or two reports, Jacques said they have other methods to determine if a change in temperature is a major problem. “We actually have an infrared thermometer in our office, and if we get a re-
photo by KAYLA SLOAN I Staff Photographer
UNA senior Amanda Bliss bundles up in her residence hall on campus. Bliss lives in Hawthorne Hall on campus and uses multiple blankets and other means to keep warm during the winter.
port from a student that it’s too hot or too cold, we take measurements of the room as a whole, then report to housing,” Jacques said. Because the heating and cooling in buildings like Rice and Rivers can’t easily be changed, Jacques has several suggestions for measures students can take if the heat or cold in their building becomes too uncomfortable. “What we say is to get carpeting on the tile floors,” Jacques said. “Ten-by-ten remnants help make the room a little more homey. Extra blankets, socks, layers and fleece clothing also help.” If the temperature is too warm, Jacques advises students to never open a window, because it can cause problems in the cooling system, and instead use fans or loose fitting clothing. “If a student ever does feel uncomfortable, the main thing is to let someone know,” Jacques said. “Come by our office, or let housing know directly.” Besides the residence halls, another
key place many students have complained about extreme temperatures are in computer labs across campus, which many students have said are too warm in the winter or too cold in the summer. “A lot of times with the labs, the computers are the culprit,” Thompson said. “The new Apple lab (in the communication building), we put it on an individual system. In the winter, there’s a limitation of what is being added to that system.” According to Thompson, all the equipment is operational for the new semester, though the older buildings across campus have problems that can’t be fixed without creating a new building. “Coby Hall just recently had some problems, but we have addressed those and fixed it,” Thompson said. Thompson said Bibb Graves was recently outfitted with new equipment, but the main heating and cooling problems remain an effect of the old age of the buildings. “We’re doing what we can,” he said.
AlcoholEdu raises awareness of underage drinking 2]TQIVV4W[Ma
Last semester, UNA implemented AlcoholEdu, an alcohol education program aimed at incoming freshmen. The program’s content focused on safety with and responsible use of alcohol, as well as consequences that can come from alcohol use. This includes the health risks associated with binge drinking and the legal repercussions of drinking under the age of 21. Over the summer, the SOAR program, an introductory seminar for incoming UNA students, included an alcohol education session to introduce AlcoholEdu to those students who would go on to take part in the program. The session began with a skit that the SOAR counselors, all currently enrolled UNA students, choreographed and performed themselves, with collaboration from the Health & Wellness Center. The skit was a humorous, though realistic, view at the evolution of a party— starting with only a few people that grew to be many—all of whom were a variety of ages and making different decisions for themselves about alcohol. After watching the characters make different choices and see different outcomes, the audience had an open discussion with the SOAR counselors, asking questions and entertaining a dialogue among their peers about what alcohol use on a college
campus can look like. According to counselors, some “The purpose of AlcoholEdu students responded well. is to assess where students are “As college students who are and then educate them about more like peers, we got some good alcohol use,” said Tammy questions, especially after the proJacques, director of Student gram,” said SOAR counselor Engagemen. She also Abril Agnew. oversees the SOAR The student reacprogram and tions to the skit were serves on an ad varied. hoc committee “Some freshmen for AlcoholEdu. took it as a joke, but Jacques exothers felt more preplained that the pared and took the program was information from it,” not encouraging Chappell said. or discouraging The counselors students to drink, emphasized that the but making them information was imaware of the conportant to everyone, sequences of albecause a student cohol. who might not drink “The skit may have associates came from our who do. experiences from “I know what college, things we to do if a friend has have seen or heard alcohol poisoning,” about,” said SOAR Agnew said of a situacounselor Kaittion that was also demlin Chappell. “We onstrated in the SOAR thought of all the skit. photo by BARRY MINOR I Staff Photographer parties we saw things “(The program) inat for our skit and tried formed students of risks to make it real—we had some people who and consequences—then they can decide were not drinking, others who were play- if it’s worth the risk or not,” said Sergeant ing beer pong.” Terry Parker of UNA police.
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Disability Support Services moves location 2IKWJ?ITTIKM
Disability Support Services has moved offices in order to better serve the needs of university students, said Vice President of Student Affairs David Shields. “This move allows for adequate and accessible office space for all of the DSS staff,” said Lynne Martin, associate director of University Health Services for Student Counseling and Disability Support Services. “More importantly, this move locates all DSS services in the center of campus, providing for improved student access.” According to Martin, the DSS office has now moved to GUC room 112, where the Department of Housing was previously located, and also combines other rooms into the office such as part of GUC 110 and 111. Shields said the new office is better suited for the staff of DSS and will allow photo by JOSH SKAGGS I News/Managing Editor more testing and in-house consultations for Dr. Mary Bowers, disability support specialist, shows off the new office space that The students. The old office was a third of the Office of Disability Support Services recently moved into. space that the new offices are, he said. new space. Shields said coming to the DSS adds a very secure area in which to continue “Our desire is to promote the best ser- office is in no way a case of “I can’t make that priority.” vices for students.” Shields said. “The idea it.” The true heroes of DSS are the staff of is to provide the resources, support and Shields said DSS does not in any way the office, Shields said. Shields said he betools students need to be successful.” give students who use the service an advan- lieves that Dr. Mary Bowers, direct service The move to a more centrally located tage. He said DSS just “levels the playing provider for DSS, is one of those heroes. area won’t just help students, according to field.” Bowers said the new office space is all Martin. “Any student who thinks they qualify about inclusiveness and respecting diver“This new setup is much more efficient should visit the office,” Shields said. sity, which is the primary mission of DSS. for the DSS staff, students and for UNA Shields and Martin said the new office is “I would encourage any student who has faculty and staff,” Martin said. “All of DSS even better situated to give students all the a history of having used accommodations at services will now be at this ‘one-stop’ cen- privacy dictated by federal standards. other educational levels or institutions to set tral campus location to benefit not only the “The offices in the new area are very an appointment in the DSS office, to at least students currently served, but also any fu- private settings in which students can dis- discuss whether they should seek accomture or incoming students and their guard- cuss issues of a confidential nature with the modations for their academic work while at ians who routinely seek out the DSS office professional DSS staff members,” Martin UNA,” Martin said. for consultation.” said. “Confidential record keeping has alFor more information, contact DSS at Martin and Shields both encourage stu- ways been a priority, and the new space 256-765-4214. dents to stop by the new office and use the
Professor earns film honor, works toward scholarship 4]Ka*MZZa
Jason Flynn, assistant professor of film and digital media production at UNA, was surprised to learn he is the recent recipient of the Reelshow Film Tutor of the Year 2011 by Reelshow International, a website designed for film students around the globe. Film students and university faculty throughout the world had the opportunity to nominate a tutor they believed deserved the award. The Film Tutor of the Year title was designed to give recognition to an instructor that went out of his or her way to make a difference in a film student’s education. Greg Pitts, professor and chair in the Department of Communications, said Flynn’s award reflects on how well he performs his role as assistant professor of film and digital media, but on the department’s overall success as well. “In some respect, this award doesn’t surprise me at all,” he said. “There are some faculty members who just live their jobs, and it shows. (Professor Flynn) lives and loves what he does. He isn’t just a guy who talks about film or teaches about film, he actually does it.” Flynn is a 2004 graduate of James Madison University with a degree in media arts and design, cinema studies. He finished his Master of Fine Arts degree in film and video production in 2008 at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Upon arriving at UNA in 2008, he began developing a new communication arts con-
centration in film and digital media production. The curriculum was approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education the next year, said Flynn. The curriculum, which now has approximately 65 declared majors, allows students to use a variety of film and editing resources to help them on their path toward professional careers. Since the major was developed at UNA, the department has also introduced minors in screenwriting and digital media production. Along with the title of Reelshow Film Tutor of the Year, Flynn won an Amazon voucher and free advertisements for UNA’s film and digital media production program on the Reelshow website for a year. “I’m happy the school will get something out of it, and the fact that (Reelshow) is doing that is good on their part,” he said. “To me, if you’re going to celebrate or acknowledge a film teacher, you should really be about recognizing the students. The fact that the program is getting some acknowledgement is nice.” Flynn is working to endow a scholarship designed specifically for students pursuing a degree in film and digital media production at UNA. Although guidelines for the scholarship have not yet been confirmed, it will apply to students with a good academic record and passion for the art of film and digital media. So far, the university has raised $3,100 toward the $25,000 requirement in order for the scholarship to become endowed, according to data from University Advance-
News Briefs Alleged rape occurs in residence hall UNA police are investigating an alleged rape that occurred on campus Dec. 11, 2011, according to police reports. The victim, 19, is a UNA student living in Rice Hall. She reported the alleged rape to police Dec. 12. The victim was acquainted with the accused, who is not a UNA student, according to UNA police Chief Bob Pastula. UNA police Officer Jeff Clifton responded to ECM Hospital, where the victim was referred after visiting the Health and Wellness Center on campus. Officials determined the victim had no physical injuries after a rape kit was administered, police said. Police are investgiating the incident, and at press time on Jan. 17, police had made no arrests.
UNA enters agreement to build new program UNA President Bill Cale signed an agreement with Shenqi Ethnic Medicine College last week. The agreement will form a partnership in building a Center for Integrative Health in Florence. The center would offer a Master of Science degree in health and human performance with a concentration in integrative health, according to a UNA release. The agreement still has to be approved by the boards of UNA and SEMC as well as the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. “Integrative health takes a holistic approach to health, and that approach is now emerging through several clinics throughout the country,” Cale said in a release. “But we have not identified an academic program offering specialized training in integrative health. The partnership will be groundbreaking, as it prepares students to become professionals and leaders in the field.” UNA will be responsible for development, implementation and operation of the program. SEMC will be responsible for construction and the purchase of land, according to the release. The center is expected to be up and running in fall 2013.
UNA Early Scholar selected to play with Huntsville Symphony
photo by MALISA MCCLURE I Chief Photographer
Professor Jason Flynn was recently chosen as the Reelshow Film Tutor of the Year. Flynn is an assistant professor in the Department of Communications.
ment. Flynn said a scholarship within the film and digital media production program would be beneficial for students interested in the field. To contribute to the scholarship fund, contact Flynn at 256-765-4489 or email email@example.com
UNA Early Scholar Christian McGee, 18, was recently selected among seven other finalists across the state at the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra’s 41st Young Artist Audition. She will perform with the symphony Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m. in the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. For two years, McGee has been enrolled in the Early Scholars Program and she hopes to one day enter the field of music education after college.
News Briefs compiled by News Editor Josh Skaggs. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to have your event featured in this section.
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Journalism is learning process for staff 4]Ka*MZZa
The Flor-Ala is like my child in many ways. I care deeply for its wellbeing and future, fuss over it for unreasonable amounts of time and put my blood, sweat and tears into it to make it a better product for readers. During the last three years that I have worked on staff, I have seen the paper undergo a major transformation. Each executive editor and staff during my tenure has succeeded as well as made mistakes somewhere along the way in producing the newspaper—which is normal because this is a learning environment for us all. I enjoy hearing feedback from our readers on what they love and don’t love about The Flor-Ala. In order to become truly enlightened, we must be willing to look at ourselves honestly and own up to our previous blunders in order to continuously improve. We try our hardest to produce consistently good issues of the newspaper each week. We’re students who are being trained along the way to become responsible members of the media and to do our jobs effectively. We’re also responsible for helping other students to become journalists, photographers, etc. Yeah, it’s a little daunting, but we enjoy the challenge. It’s difficult sometimes being the punching bag of every angry and frustrated reader on or off campus, but that’s the nature of the media, and we’re all bracing ourselves for it constantly. J.R.R. Tolkien, before “The Lord of the Rings” was published, said he dreaded the publication of his book because he had exposed his heart to be shot at. I think that’s an interesting way of looking at any writer’s job. We are always open to students who wish to
;\INN?ZQ\MZ R_ITTIKM(]VIML] Awkward Silence. Gay rights. The silence is what always seems to follow discussion on the issue. The issue of gay rights is a discussion that is not going away anytime soon, even in North Alabama. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about the issue of gay rights. I have met many people and made many friends who are gay, lesbian or bisexual in my time at UNA. It still shocks me to hear someone openly declare that he or she is gay because that would have been a suicide note in my
own hometown. I am amazed at the difference in acceptance in Florence compared to local places I have been to. I say “amazed” instead of “shocked” because I see this tolerance as extremely positive. Regardless of sexual orientation—or moral system for that matter—nothing is positive about condemning others. Passing judgment or putting someone down in no way benefits society. The mutual acceptance of other human beings is how to truly make a positive difference in this world. Acceptance of others’ differences is never an issue that will conflict with morality. Yes, there are issues in this world that are morally wrong. There is a standard of black and white. Rape, incest, murder and racism are just a few issues that are morally wrong throughout almost all
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submit their opinions for our Viewpoints section each week. We want to represent a wide range of thoughts and perspectives about a variety of topics in order to serve our student body most efficiently. Opinion pieces or columns aren’t articles that are written and researched like most stories you see in The Flor-Ala or any other newspaper. They are usually biased toward a particular point of view, can be offensive and often produce a lot of conversation among readers. The Flor-Ala editorial board, which consists of myself and Copy/Opinions Editor Alex Lindley, doesn’t necessarily agree with every opinion piece in the newspaper, but we respect each student’s right to speak freely and openly. My staff and I are looking forward to our final semester together, where new ideas are exchanged and practiced, where quality can continue to go up and where better campus coverage can be achieved in The Flor-Ala. As a student leader, I’m hoping for continued cohesiveness among student groups on campus this spring and more collaboration in order to meet higher goals. I’m hoping for less negativity and more productivity among the student community as well. We try to always act as the eyes and ears of the students, but we don’t catch everything. That means if you have a story idea or topic we should look into or publish, please let us know. We love nothing more than to meet new people and learn about what they want in their student newspaper. If you’d like to submit a column, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a 400 to 500 word writing sample and your contact information. Don’t forget to stop by our new office on Wood Avenue in the former forensic science building behind Willingham Hall. To contact Lucy, call 256-765-4364 or you can follow her on Twitter at @lsberry1.
Gay rights matter of cultural differences
it at UNA, in the Shoals, across the state and around the world VOICES for Alabama Children, an Alabama advocacy group, recently announced its goals for the upcoming session of the state legislature, which include maintaining state funding for Alabama’s pre-kindergarten programs and a smoking ban in most public places. The 2012 session of the legislature will begin Feb. 7. The UNA Bursar’s Office tyically takes one to two weeks to issue refund checks to students with a negative balance, yet the deadline for students to pay their balances is before the beginning of the semester.
SHOUTOUT! Congrats to Staff Writer Orrey Bolton for being named Writer of the Week for The Flor-Ala. Also, great job to Chief Photographer Malisa McClure for having Photo of the Week in the last edition of The Flor-Ala.
humane cultures. The fact of the matter is, though, in this imperfect world, there are many gray areas. It takes a mature mind to realize this. Immaturity is found in believing that sexual, racial or any other kind of prejudice gets this world any closer to reaching humanity’s common goals. A belief in prejudicial hate and intolerance is good for no system of morality. In considering the issue of gay rights, I cannot help but think about situations of prejudice in the past we as a people have already overcome. Women and people of any race other than Caucasian used to be valued as less than the white male. If someone promoted this sentiment today, just imagine the amount of dissent that would meet that movement. Homophobia and the anti-gay rights movement harbor the same kind of discriminatory thinking and actions as racism and anti-feminism of the past. Regardless of one’s own personal beliefs on the subject of gay rights, one has to admit that enmity among Earth’s people is never positive. Mature people will undoubtedly take the higher road on this issue by showing the mental understanding of cultural differences. After all the raging theological discussions end, a cultural difference is what the issue of gay rights is about rather than moral correctness. Gay rights is not as complicated an issue as we make it out to be. Gay rights is simply an issue of just that—rights. Morality is not even involved in the matter, unless one is speaking of the immorality of the American government denying the rights of certain individuals in our society. I hope the people of Florence continue and improve upon the tolerance that has begun to take root at UNA. For in a city of true social justice and understanding—no matter where one hails from—who cannot feel at home?
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Proper online communication necessary to cultivate professional image Emailing is easy,
Not always, especially for students who are trying to have good email etiquette. UNA Career Development Coordinator Jennifer Smith provided answers to some common questions about email.
What should I include in the subject line? “Give as much information as possible,” Smith said. “Use specific key subject words that let them know what they’re going to be opening.”
When is it OK to say “WTF” or “lolz” to your calculus professor in an email? Never, according to Dr. Vince Brewton, associate professor of English and director of the UNA Honors Program. Bad email etiquette with professors or bosses can hurt a student’s professional image, said UNA Career Development Coordinator Jennifer Smith. “Some potential employers wouldn’t interview you based on bad emails,” she said. “It’s all about first impressions.” And, in an Internet-driven world, emails are often the first impression students have a chance to make. Starting any professional relationship off with bad email etiquette makes the rest of the professional relationship difficult, according to Brewton. “From that point on, it’s like sledding uphill,” he said. “And poor first impressions can affect potential job opportuni-
ties.” Having grown up with technology like email and online social media outlets readily available, some students might have trouble identifying the boundaries that define good or bad email etiquette, according to Dr. Bob Garfrerick, chair of the UNA Department of Entertainment Industry. “Students may be more inclined to send an email that will require several responses over an extended amount of time when the question could be answered with a 20-second phone call,” he said. “Sometimes the old-school way is just more efficient.” Before engaging in an email conversation with a professor or potential boss, students should already have an established relationship with that person, social or professional—a relationship that can be initiated with an introductory phone call—according to Garfrerick. Emails should be as specific as possible, Garfrerick said. “My biggest frustration with (student
emails) is a partly generational tendency to ask general, open-ended questions,” he said. “Be more specific; ask specific questions.” And if students want to be taken seriously, their emails should be professional, according to Smith. “A lot of professors want students to be professional outside of college, so they want students to be professional in their exchanges with them,” she said. “People will either think students (who send bad emails) are not intelligent or they do not care enough to proofread and use good grammar.” Using good email etiquette isn’t just the necessary way to communicate; it can give students an edge, according to Smith. “A lot of students think it’s OK to be informal, but the students with good email etiquette rise to the top,” she said. “They’re the ones employers will call first.” So, if your email to your potential boss starts out with a “Sup, bossman,” you’re doing something wrong.
What if I don’t know what title to call the recipient of the email? “Always err on the side of caution and use the highest possible title,” she said. “That way, you’ll just boost their ego if you’re wrong. Of course, UNA students can always use the directory on the website to find the correct title.”
Should I send a follow-up on time-sensitive emails? “It’s always OK to follow up,” she said. “Give them about 24 hours before you do. The fewer words, the better.”
How long is too long before I respond? “Typically, 24 hours is a good response time for emails,” she said. “Sometimes, it’s good to send a response that basically says ‘I’m working on getting the necessary information to respond to your email.’”
UNA offers student internships, professional advancement 2IKWJ?ITTIKM
Internships and other forms of experiential learning can have many benefits, said UNA economics major Whitney Nichols. “As far as experiential learning in college, I definitely think it’s an asset, whatever your major,” she said. Nichols interns at Florence Main Street. She said that the skills she has learned on the job have stuck in her mind more than the information she has received strictly in the classroom. “It takes time and effort beyond classroom studies, but I think it does more for you,” Nichols said. “I’ve learned a lot about what I’m learning in a classroom as it applies to the real world.” UNA student Claire Stewart agrees with Nichols about internships providing real-world experience. She is a professional writing major, and the work she completed through her internship helped her prepare
for her future career. “I got an internship at A. Tomlinson and Sims Advertising that owns No’Ala Magazine,” Stewart said. “It was a weekly obligation that taught me a lot about small publications. Two years later, they hired me
”Iʼve learned a lot about what
Iʼm learning in a classroom as it applies to the real world.”
-Whitney Nichols to work part time because of my previous experience with the company.” In order for a work position to be counted as an internship, it must be tied to one’s academic major and be approved, according to Heidi Grabryan, Employer Development Specialist with Career Planning and Development at UNA. “It has to be in your field of study,”
Grabryan said. Grabryan said she is willing to help any student who wishes to procure an internship and that usually the best time to do so is junior year or later. Grabryan said this is because majorspecific classes are often needed to develop the skills that internships require, and many times different majors have different requirements as to when an internship should be completed. “I got it by asking the department head and talking to Career Planning and Development,” Nichols said. “It’s definitely been a good experience.” Grabryan said that the heads of each department have their own connections in their individual fields that can help students procure the internships they are looking for. She also said large corporations provide many of the opportunities for students, along with the local employers of the Shoals. “Opportunities are out there if you are willing to go to the far places,” Grabryan
said, although most of the students coming into her office want to explore local opportunities. Regardless of what kind of internship one participates in, though, Dr. Vince Brewton, English professor and Honors Program director, said he encourages every student to have some learning experience beyond the classroom. He said interning, volunteering and studying abroad all benefit a student’s college experience and career potential. Allison Ray, a UNA student, concurs that all experiential learning is beneficial. She is a senior double majoring in sociology and international studies. “For me, practical application or experiential learning is essential for the college student to gain knowledge otherwise lost in the classroom,” said Ray, an employee for the UNA Office of International Affairs. “Additionally, innovative or ‘out of the box’ learning may enhance a college student’s resume and contribute to their overall ‘hirability’ upon graduation.”
The Kings of Men By Darrick Dawkins - Staff Photographer - firstname.lastname@example.org A person’s thought process and motives are not as complicated as we sometimes perceive them to be. The human mind is much more simple. It can easily be broken down into three basic drivers that ultimately motivate everything a person does: love, money and fear of death. These three factors bear an authority over the human mind like the monarchies of kings over their subjects. These are the kings of men. This is not to say that everyone thinks the same. Some people spend most of their time under the king of love. Bravery, compassion, love of God or love
of another person are some of the motives that drive people every day in this kingdom. Others might find their influence in the court of the king of money. This sovereign liege preaches power, greed, wealth and many times necessity, for money is as much of a need as it is a desire. Yet still, the all powerful king of death holds reign over the majority—self-preservation being the only card he needs to use. These kings whisper their commands in our ears every day, but the power is still with each individual to decide which kingdom his mind will fall into.
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Left: Rod Sheppard, principal of the Florence Freshmen Center, speaks to attendees Jan. 13 about Martin Luther King’s message during the remembrance program. Sheppard, a graduate of UNA, said he always dreamed of someday speaking at the Martin Luther King program. Right: UNA students of all races and backgrounds recite King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in the GUC Performance Center.
Campus comes together to recognize Kingʼs message for equality alumnus and principal of Florence Freshman Center. He discussed how King became a change agent at the age of 27 and how UNA students can create their own path in order to make a change in society. “We can all be a king—be like (Martin Luther King)—and can all make differences with the people we come in contact with,” Sheppard said. Sheppard said people should consider how King would feel about society’s progress toward racial equality if he were alive today—and strive to make positive contributions to their own communities and within the lives of others. “If you can’t say something nice about
*4=-*1:,;KWV\QV]MLNZWU XIOM “We’ve had really good times in Noiseblock,” Myers said. “We had a really good night, one time, putting a song together that we kind of had a feel for—our song ‘Everybody’—We got a drummer and a dobro player in there and—” “—we just felt it out,” Frankford finished. “Yeah, we just felt it out,” Myers said. “Everything came together and it ended up sounding real neat. That was a fun experience.” For the bluebirds, a lot of the creative experience that lets them cultivate their sound comes from the heart, not the head—from feeling, not thinking. “When I write, I try to kind of just try to feel it out more than thinking, ‘This is where the melody should go,’ or writing out the melody beforehand,” Myers said. “I just write some chords and some words and just feel where it should go. It’s like I put all the tools together, and it just kind of happens on its own.” Sometimes the feeling is used to understand each other’s different approaches to music. Whereas Myers cites Jeff Buckley’s free voice as an inspiration, Frankford draws inspiration from artists such as Ingrid Michaelson and Meiko. Their differences in style only deepen the harmony. “Our styles are very different, I think,”
someone, don’t say anything,” he said. “Make sure you understand what respect actually means, in terms of respect for yourself and for other people you come in contact with. Carry yourself in a way that you have character and treat other people the way you would want to be treated.” The Martin Luther King, Jr. program included a live reading of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech with a range of students from different races and backgrounds. The Chinese Student Organization also performed a Tai Chi dance routine. Ascending Voices and UNA Chamber Choir provided music at the event with soulful religious melodies and an a capella rendition of U2’s “MLK.” Ralph Akalonu, UNA senior and presi-
dent of the Student Government Association, said the event offered a new perspective about racial equality and King’s life work. He said many racial issues that King fought against during his lifetime still exist today. “I think this is the kind of program that reminds everyone of the legacy of the person we are celebrating and what he stood for in his life in terms of equality,” he said. “It is important not only for UNA students but for everyone to celebrate. If you look at the origins of what (King) was fighting for, you can still find those current in the world today.” The Martin Luther King, Jr. program ended with a march toward racial awareness and equality from the GUC atrium to
Frankford said. “Ingrid Michaelson and Meiko are two writers who, well, for one, their voices are raw and real. I really like that. Growing up, I sang in choirs, but I never felt that that was my voice. It was more of a weird sounding voice, so I can relate to them on that. Two, their lyrics are very simple and to the point. I feel like when I write, that’s what I go for.
it was.” “And Madeleine and I weren’t—” Myers added. “We weren’t tight. We weren’t buddies,” Frankford said. “No, we weren’t. We weren’t,” Myers said. “I mean we didn’t not like each other, but I just didn’t know who she was. We started becoming friends the same time we were starting to play together, so we were figuring out our own styles.” “Which is difficult when it comes to music,” Frankford said. “It’s like ‘Here, semi-stranger. Here are all my feelings,’ ” Myers said with a laugh. With the production of their four-song EP complete, Myers and Frankford will be focusing on their live shows this semester. Both prefer the stage over the studio. “When we’re playing live—at least for me—I kind of have that rush when Noah Myers and Madeleine Frankford we play the first song,” Myers said. “In play music on the steps of Rogers Hall. my head I’m thinking that I lose myself ergized and nervous. And I like how, each in the music—I don’t know if that’s too time we play a song, it can be different.” cheesy—“ “I’m just really excited about this semes“That’s so cheesy,” Frankford said, nearly ter,” Myers said. pokerfaced, but laughing. The bluebirds’ EP is scheduled to be re“—but, no. I just kind of get into it more,” leased the second week of February. Until Myers said. then, watch for live shows happening in “When we’re live, we’re just excited to downtown Florence and the Shoals Area. be playing,” Frankford agreed. “We’re en-
”When weʼre live, weʼre just excited to be playing. Weʼre energized and nervous.” -Noah Myers
“Noah is the opposite,” she explained. “So, that’s good. We can kind of meet in the middle.” Getting accustomed to each other’s styles was important in the hustle and bustle of last semester. Immediately after being signed last October, they were rushed to get songs together and begin recording. The recording was finished in December. “I don’t think people realize in how short of a time span everything happened,” Frankford said. “When we started playing together, everything happened at once. So I don’t think people realize just how rushed
Baptist Campus Ministries. Students, faculty and staff joined together to sing “We Shall Overcome” in celebration of King’s accomplishments as a Civil Rights leader. King was assassinated April 4, 1968 outside of the Lorriane Motel in Memphis after approximately 15 years of leadership in the Civil Rights Movement. Sheppard said it’s important to keep King’s message fresh in the minds of young people today. “To be able to aim to change, to make change, we have to know where we’re going, have to have a sense of direction, and have to be able to come together so we can live life and live out the creeds of Dr. King,” Sheppard said.
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Wallace looks to bring back Lion pride 5ITQ[I5K+T]ZM
Nichelle Fillmore Hometown: Birmingham Major: Biology Position: Forward Stats: Fillmore averaged 17 ppg in two come-from-behind victories to help the Lions pick up two conference wins.
Week At A Glance Women’s Basketball When: Thursday, 5 p.m. Away Saturd day ay, 1 p.m. Flowers Hall Saturday,
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Bobby Wallace remembers a time when the hallways of local high schools were filled with more students donning Lion purple and gold rather than crimson and white or orange and blue. “When you’d go into a high school, you’d see more UNA Tshirts, sweatshirts and hats on kids than you did Alabama and Auburn,” he said. “There was a real pride in the program that I think people are looking forward to having again.” That kind of Lion pride is what Wallace hopes to bring back to the university in its transition to Division I. During his time as head football coach from 1988-97, Wallace led UNA to six NCAA Division II playoff appearances and three Division II National Championships (1993 to 1995). “I think that Bobby Wallace is one of the only guys that can just walk in and (immediately) bring back the Lion pride,” said Robbie Burdine, a senior business management major who plans to graduate in May.
“He’s just got a passion for this community, for the school, for the fans and for the students,” Burdine said. Burdine, who was redshirted in 2007 and has played as a wide receiver since 2008, said he would give anything for one more year to play now that Wallace is back. Wallace hopes the move to Division I will bring a similar excitement to all UNA students — even those who are opposed to the move. “When you can identify with the schools that you’re photo by MALISA MCCLURE I Chief Photographer playing (and) when you get the national exposure that Head Coach Bobby Wallace gives a speech during the football you’re gonna get from going team’s first team meeting of the 2012 year. Wallace hopes to Division I, then I think that bring back Lion pride to the community. will create more of an interey needed to go Division I. high character (and) integrity,” est for the students,” he said. “I think my contacts and the Wallace said. Wallace will have many stu- fact that I lived here for 10 years Burdine hopes UNA students dents to convince. In a survey and have a lot of people that I’m will be understanding during the conducted by SGA last spring, 58 close to will help in the cause. move to Division I. percent of students voted against “Most of the people that are “I just think all the students the move to Division I. Students capable of helping financially should be positive and openwere especially opposed to an in- with this move were around in minded about the D-1 move and crease in the athletic fee. the ‘90s and remember the pro- just help make the transition as Wallace plans to do whatever gram as it was then, and I think smooth as possible and support he can to help the UNA Depart- they feel comfortable that this the school in whatever direction ment of Athletics raise the mon- program is going to be one of (it goes) in,” he said.
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Who: 1. C Christian Bro. TM[\M[(]VIML] Those who know Head Women’s Basketball Coach Terry Fowler know he is a calm person who is full of smiles when you When: Thursday, 7 p.m. Away start a conversation with him. He answered some questions Saturday, Flowers Hall to help the UNA community get y, 3 p.m. p to know him off the court.
2. Delta State
Who: 1. C Christian Bro.
Q. How long have you A. “I have been coaching for 19 years.”
2. Delta State been coaching?
What first instigated your desire to be a coach?
A. “A love for the game of basketball and
I wanted to give back to young people like my coaches did for me. I just wanted to teach the game of life, and I happened to choose basketball as my platform.”
What is your involvement with the “Talkin’ basketball” show?
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“Good question; I’m not sure what my role is! I just enjoy talking with Coach Champagne and JD, and really enjoy showing people that we’re more than just basketball coaches, and we have fun!”
Who is your role model in coaching, or maybe a coach you go to for advice or even look up to?
What are your plans for the future teams in relation to recruiting? Who are we looking to add to our team, and how do you decide to recruit these “Legendary coach players? Don Meyer is who a lot of my philosophy is from, “We are going to and I call him from time be young next year with to time. I lean on Tony four freshman, six sophoCross, former head coach mores, two juniors and at Belmont, now assistant three seniors. We signed at Murray State and Rick four guards during the earPietri, who is my former ly signing period. Joidon boss at South Alabama.” Jennings from Bob Jones High School in Madison, What has been Dakota Doss from Briyour best UNA memory as arcrest High School in the head women’s basket- Memphis, Tenn.,., Rabun Wright from Rabun ball coach? abun Co. High School, JJennifer “Winning the Towne from Nettleton GSC East and when our High School in Jonesboro, onesboro, name was called during Ark.” the NCAA Selection Show for the NCAA TournaDo you have a ment last year.” favorite quotation n you y u like to use or referr to? What are your goals for this 2011 to “‘Great Great 2012 team as a whole, as preparation prevents vents well as individual goals poor performance. ance.’ for players and coaches? I don’t know who ho said it, but it’s a “Win The GSC, great quote for qualify for the NCAA life. An example tournament and have a would be: You u team GPA of 3.0 or bet- are running late for ter. Individual goals are something because cause to build lifetime relation- you needed to o iron irron ships and help our young your clothes. Well, ll, iff you y ladies succeed on and off had prepared byy doingg it the night before or wakingg the court.” up sooner, you wouldn’tt be late.”
Who did you look up to growing up? Also, did you have a basketball player, coach or team that you loved watching and also looked up to (if it were an individual) that sticks out in your mind?
“My parents and my entire family have been my role models; they have been very supportive of me my whole life and set great examples. Isaiah Thomas was my favorite basketball player, but I love the Boston Celtics.”
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Every Tuesday morning, the voice of the UNA Lions, JD Byars, hosts a sports talk show, alongside the head coaches of the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Men’s Coach Bobby Champagne and women’s Coach Terry Fowler join Byars as they not only discuss UNA basketball and other campus sports, but also hit on college and professional basketball. “My mission is to provide a large FM radio stage for our student athletes while crafting an exciting and top-quality broadcast that equals the efforts of the players,” Byars said. “They work hard and deserve the best, and our fans and community deserve a broadcast product they can be proud of ... one that reflects professionalism and excitement.” Byars said the goal of “Talkin’ Basket-
ball” is to introduce coaches Fowler and Champagne to the students, faculty and fans. “These two guys have tremendous personalities, and anyone who meets them falls in love with them,” Byars said. “We just want to give the community an opportunity to learn more about these guys, know more about them and hopefully it will spill over into an increase in basketball attendance and participation. We want our fans to feel connected to the coaches and players and take pride in defending Flowers Hall by getting rowdy and loud every time the Lions take the court.” The show has recently added a segment they call “What in the World?” which gives a look at news that might be considered wacky or out of the ordinary and usually deals with some form of athletics. “Everyone sees or hears stuff every day that makes them think to themselves: ‘What
Athletic scholarship distribution varies by sport 2IKWJ?ITTIKM
UNA provides an estimated 112 athletic scholarships through the Department of Athletics, according to officials. “We have around 112 equivalencies for the entire department,” said Mark Linder, UNA athletic director. “NCAA sets the maximum number of equivalencies/scholarships each sport can receive.” Linder and Shoals Sports Talk Host and Student Worker for the Department of Athletics Parker Hendricks explained the mechanics of scholarship distribution. Both sources confirm that the way
scholarships are distributed and divided may change in the foreseeable future, due to the move to Division I. “Since football is a male sport and is the biggest, it requires the most (scholarships),” Hendricks said. “Football has 36 equivalencies—the NCAA Division II maximum for football,” Linder said. According to Hendricks, many factors go into what determines how many scholarships a sport can get. These factors can range from the size of the sport, how much money the team brings in and gender of the team, Hendricks said. “A lot goes in to how many scholarships
in the world?’” Byars said. “Just today, I saw a television story about a woman who fell 300 feet when her bungee cord snapped. She splashed into crocodile infested waters. She survived and swam to shore with her feet still tied together. That makes you say, ‘What in the world?’” The show’s primary goal is to get the students to interact with the coaches. The students get chances to win prizes that college students usually enjoy, photo by MALISA MCCLURE I Chief Photographer like free frozen yogurt from Student Zach Conlon competes against BasketFrostbite and rally towels ball Coach Terry Fowler for Frostbite coupons. courtesy of Coca-Cola. As far talk about all kinds of stuff, even the funny as guests who might be interviewed on the stuff that happens to us on the road.” show, they look for those who have someIf you are interested in tuning in to the thing relevant to discuss or can bring someshow or calling in to ask questions, you thing that appeals to a large cross-section of can on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon dursports fans. ing basketball season on WYTK 93.9 FM. “Topics don’t have to specifically be Callers are also welcome at 256-764-9390. about UNA basketball,” Byars said. “We a sport can get.” Hendricks said. Ultimately, though, the decision reverts back to the NCAA and its regulations, according to Linder. Golf is the sport that ranks the lowest number of equivalencies or scholarships, Linder said. The importance of the money used in athletic negotiations may change as the move to D-I occurs. “I think scholarships are very important when it comes to recruiting because students want as much as they can get, especially when it comes to Division II where scholarships are limited,” Hendricks said. According to Linder, the number of scholarships will increase in D-I from 112 to approximately 180. Hendricks believes that this could place an emphasis on the dollar amount of scholarships UNA gives.
Radio show ʻtalksʼ Lion sports
“Maximum scholarships in D-II are different than D-I FCS,” Parker said. “So, we would have to raise more money to be competitive. It helps when you can offer more than others.” The move to D-I will be beneficial in the fact that it will assist in recruiting more in-state student athletes, Linder said. According to Linder, UNA demographics in recruiting show the majority of UNA’s scholarships go to U.S. citizens. Soccer, men’s tennis and women’s tennis are the sports that recruit internationally. Linder also said the move to D-I could change the number of sports offered at UNA. Linder said the women’s sports of golf, indoor and outdoor track, sand volleyball and bowling are being considered as additions.
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Office of Student Media makes move The Flor-Ala, Diorama staffs change location *Ta\PM;\MMTUIV
Following the 2007 relocation from Keller Hall to Irvine Street, the Office of Student Media, formerly known as Student Publications, has again relocated. The office recently moved to the former forensic science building on Wood Avenue. The Flor-Ala and The Diorama staffs were notified early last October that their building, in addition to two other UNA properties, would be torn down to make way for a new parking lot to ease parking issues on campus. Upon returning to UNA for the spring semester, the staffs have since moved into their new office on Wood Avenue. Lucy Berry, executive editor of The Flor-Ala, feels the move will be beneficial. “The new office is much more organized,” Berry said. “Also, since we’re moving at the beginning of the year, this is sort of a fresh start for us. We’re starting the new year in a new space.” The new office also allows for easier student access and more space for the staffs to grow and thrive, according to Rebecca Walker, coordinator of student media. “As our staff grows, we have room for more work stations and room to house our
staff meetings with volunteer staff writers and photographers as well,” Walker said. “We’ve already seen an increased work flow in the office because it looks and feels like a professional office,” Walker said. “The old office was in an old house and people were literally working in former bedrooms.”
”Weʼve already seen an
increased work flow in the office because it looks and feels like a professional office.”
-Rebecca Walker Students working for the office feel the same as Walker about the new location. “I feel like the office is more professional and official now,” said Amber Waldrep, executive editor of The Diorama. “It feels more like a publications office.” The old office, located on Irvine Street, was off-campus, the new office on Wood Avenue is in a more central location, according to Walker. “I feel like our new location is more identifiable to more students on campus, and those that live and park at Appleby will
UNA Police’s number on speed dial. There have been six thefts and three burglaries on campus in the last two months. Collectively, there has been $8,552 stolen
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From left to right: Online Editor Jordan Bradley, Sports Editor Tommy Bolton, Life Editor Andy Thigpen and Staff Photographer Kayla Sloan make adjustments to their new office area.
now have more facetime with our office,” Walker said. The Office of Student Media changed its name recently after the Student Publications Board approved a motion to alter the organization’s title. The Office of Student Media will hold an Open House sometime in late January or early February. All students, faculty and staff at UNA are invited to attend. For more information, contact the Office of Student Media at 256-765-4426. from UNA community members in the last two months. To report any information regarding this case, or for more information, contact UNA Police at (256)765-4357.
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Workin’ for the
Weekend Check out what’s coming up this weekend in the Shoals Thursday, Jan. 19th Mitch Mann and Russell Mefford The Decoys
On the Rocks 9:30 p.m.
DP’s 8:00 p.m.
JD’s 9 p.m.
Swampers Bar & Grill 5 - 7 p.m.
Swampers Bar & Grill 8 - 11 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 20th Gabe Allen and Friends
On the Rocks 9:30 p.m.
Swampers Bar & Grill 5 - 7 p.m.
Billy Smart and Mary Katherine Rowe
Shane Wilson Swampers Bar & Grill 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.
DP’s 6 - 8:30 p.m.
John Stokes and the Country Fever Band JD’s 6 - 10 p.m.
Shoals Blues Band DP’s 9:00 p.m. - until
Saturday, Jan. 21st Belle Adair and The Bear GAS Studio 8 p.m.
Dave Gallagher Swampers Bar & Grill 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Rob Aldridge On the Rocks 9:30
The Flannels DP’s 8 p.m.
Coon Dog Funeral JD’s 9 p.m. $5 cover
Review: ʻEl Caminoʼ by The Black Keys opens musical eyes of student
to music, but when I sing the song just walking around Target, I know I am smitten. What really just puts a smile on my face is The Black Keys recently released its sev- how Dan Auerbach, the singer and guitarist, can enth studio album, titled “El Camino,” which bring those lyrics to life in my head. His voice has become its best selling album to date. The is unique to say the least—high-pitched and rock duo paired with producer Danger Mouse smooth. Everything is brought together with for this album, who has produced several al- awesome drum beats by Patrick Carney, which bums for big stars like the Gorillaz, Beck and sounded pretty badass with my car’s sound system. Mix in some keyboard, and you got the U2. idea of the band’s uncomplicated The Black Keys have been but satisfying brand of American around for about 10 years, but rock. I only recently jumped on the One of the big problems I wagon for their previous alhave with buying albums is that bum, “Brothers,” which conevery song either sounds the extained the hit “Howlin’ for act same, or they all sound so difYou.” ferent that it is confusing. This When it comes to music, album includes mostly fast-paced I am a super picky. I tend to songs, but a few slower, sadder gravitate towards the female songs are mixed in. The transition side of the spectrum, includphoto courtesy of Nonesuch Records from song to song is well thought ing Florence and the Machine, out, and is something I can appreciate. It has a Imogen Heap, Kerli and even a little bit of Lady different mood than “Brothers,” but I like it. Gaga. The Black Keys, however, have really I would recommend this album to anyone caught my attention, like some sort of shiny jewel in the bucket of crap that is current radio because it certainly has mass appeal. It would resonate more with fans of music such as Cage music. “El Camino” is the first physical album I the Elephant or the Raconteurs. It has given me faith about the possibilities have bought since Drake released his first alof good things to come with music. I feel like I bum. My music exposure usually occurs via have gotten stuck in a rut with music that is fun YouTube, but after hearing just a few songs for a week, but soon crawls under your skin and from this album, I decided to lay down the 13 irritates you like some sort of musical rash (I’m bucks to stick “El Camino” in my Honda Civic. talking to you, Selena Gomez). Money well spent. Whenever I pop this album in, I feel like it This album combines everything I love is the perfect soundtrack to my life right now about music right into one package. The lyrics are catchy and well-written. I always sing along and hope it does the same for everyone else. ;\INN?ZQ\MZ IPIZSMa(]VIML]
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