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Graduation is just the start

Mom looks foward to new school, good job By James Rodden Ka La staff writer

Leong, mother of three with her youngest of 16 months, Tatum.

Brandie Leong just got accepted to the School of Social Work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. It has been a long and challenging road for the mother of three. Over the last six semesters, she has been steadily working towards her associate in arts at Honolulu Community College. Her dream of becoming a social worker and giving back to Hawaii just got a little bit closer.  “I’ve always stressed the importance of education to my kids,” Leong said. Her oldest daughter Ka’ohinani is a senior at

Iolani High School and is planning to attend college at Colorado State at Boulder. Her son Thomas is a freshman at St. Louis, where he plays soccer and football. And her youngest daughter Tatum is 16 months old and attends the Keiki Hauoli Children's Center at HCC.  Leong was born and raised in Waimanalo. She graduated from Kailua High School in 1991. When asked why she came back to school after all these years, she said, “I want to support myself and my family without working two or three jobs and living check to check.” This is a feeling that many college students share. 

Looking back at her time spent at Honolulu Community College, Leong remembers what she liked best about going to school here. “The instructors really care about you. Smaller class sizes make it easier to learn. And I’m paying less tuition for the same classes and credits that I would’ve had to take at Manoa.” After Leong receives her BA in Social Work from UH Manoa, the fun isn’t over yet. She’s going to pursue her master's degree in the same field. “I’ve done a lot of things in my life that I’m not proud of. Doing social work and helping others is my way of giving back,” she said. 

CA Program blazing a trail to the future By Adina Murakami

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Christopher Acacio is excited about his future as he prepares to graduate from Honolulu a College's Communication Arts program. Acacio expressed enthusiasm about the education he has received in the last two years. Originally Acacio began his journey at Kapiolani Community College, (KCC), and found the design aspect wanting, as KCC courses were “more focused on the marketing and business.” Realizing that his focus was more in alignment with the field of advertising, Acacio “looked around for what other schools had to offer” and transferred to HCC in 2010. "One of the benefits of the HCC program is the emphasis on real-world experience," Acaico said.

“Most courses give you a project a semester. Here we have projects due every two weeks, and the classes are taught by actual professionals in their field of study,” Acacio said. “It is

deadline driven. I learned how to pace myself and multi-task as if I were in a real job,” Acacio said. The communication arts program’s primary focus is to give student the skills

Christopher Acacio Honolulu Community College Communications Arts Graduate A sample of Acacio's Art to the right

necessary to enter the work force once they have completed the program. According to Acacio “by the end of my first semester, I was able to get a job with the skills I learned in the CA program and I am currently interning at Clutch Design.” Acacio is a communications arts major, who will graduate with an Associates in Science degree. Communication Arts is a

2-year program designed to assist participants in developing the skills necessary to be successful in the challenging field of graphic design. The air was thick with excitement as Acacio gave an outline of his dedication and enthusiasm to HCC, communication arts, program. Acacio beamed with pride as he revealed several of his finished works of art supporting evidence of the time and energy he spent developing his creative skills while enrolled in the CA program. The Honolulu Community College CA program has cultivated his talent and creativity laying the foundation for Acacio's ambitious goals in the field of graphic design. Keep an eye open for this up in comming talent, his dynamic work will be soon be imbeded in our local media in the near future.


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Honolulu Community College's 2011 graduates Name, degree, major Christian Ababa,AA,JPN Christian Ababa,AA,LBRT Christopher Acacio,AS,CA Jacob Acob,AA,LBRT Paulo Aga,AAS,APTR Mark Agaran,AS,AEC Imelda Agbisit,AS,CENT Kyle Agena,AAS,WELD Jesse Chris,Agonias,AAS,APTR Emerson Aguilar,AAS,WELD Jedd Aguirre,AAS,APTR Clyde Agustin,AAS,RAC Mau Ah Hee,AAS,VESL Palmer Ahakuelo,CA,EIMT Michael Ahue,AS,LBRT Brandon Akiona,AAS,APTR Kimberly Akiona,CC,LBRT Jonathan Alameda,CA,WELD Michael Alexander,AAS,WELD Brandy Allen,AS,ECED Daniel Allen,AAS,CARP Aline Almeida,AA,LBRT Casey Alop,AS,OESM Chad Alvaro,AAS,APTR Malia Amaral,AAS,COSM Mona Amisone,AAS,FIRE Bryan Ancheta,AAS,AMT2 Freddie Ancheta,AAS,APTR Chad Aoki,AAS,RAC Joshua-Paul Aoki,AAS,APTR Lahela Aoki, AA,LBRT Sharon Aotaki,AS,AEC Noah Apalla,AAS,HSER Jensen Apana,AS,AEC Steve Aplaca,AAS,APTR Gregory Aquiningoc,AAS,EIMT Alan Aquino,AAS,APTR Isaac Aquino,AAS,RAC Jose Mari,Aquino,AS,CENT Melover Arana,AS,UNCL Dmitri Arapoff,CA,APCA Brandon Armstrong,AAS,APTR Brennen Awana,AAS,APTR Joseph Ayres,AAS,AMT2 Ricky Azcueta,AAS,FIRE Krystal Baba,AAS,AJ Reginald Baker,AAS,APTR Norile Baldugo,AA,LBRT Suzette Balico,AS,CA Gary Ballesteros,AAS,AJ David Barayuga,AAS,CARP Philip Barba,AAS,APTR Darlene Barbadillo,AS,ECED Chelsey Barboza,AA,LBRT Jon Barlan,AAS,FIRE Jake Ryan Bartolome,AAS,AJ Keiko Batara,CC,ECED Jarrett Belaras,AAS,AJ Kaleio Belaski,AAS,DISL Jared Bell,AAS,EIMT Francis Benevides,AAS,AJ Frederick Bethel,AAS,APTR Andrew Billos,AAS,APTR Raymond Blouin,AAS,FIRE Vanesa Boone,AA,PPSY Gerald Boyd,AAS,APTR Kevin Bradley,AAS,APTR Teresa Brewer,AAS,APTR Kelly Bright,AA,LBRT Brandise Brockington,AAS,COSM Hillary Brown,AA,LBRT Kahealani Brown,AAS,APTR William Bryant,AAS,APTR Dejanira Bryce,AAS,AJ Francis Bugarin,AAS,APTR Jared Bugarin,AAS,AMT2 Rhea Bulaoat,AA,LBRT Shawna Bumanglag,AASCA,CA Raymond Burciaga,AAS,AJ Raymond Burciaga,AAS,PUBA Jordan Bush,AAS,AJ Anthony Butac,AA,LBRT Charlene Buted,AA,LBRT Criselda Buted,AS,AEC Crystal Butler,AA,LBRT Bayanbat Buyadaa,AAS,AMT2

KA LA PHOTO BY MATHEW URSUA Ryan Cabacungan,AAS,APTR Bryle Cabrera,AS,CENT Romeo Cadiz,AAS,AJ Kendall Calacal,AAS,RAC Bonnie Mar Callangan,AAS,WELD David Campbell,AAS,APTR Michael Candia,AAS,APTR Freddie Cantorna,AA,LBRT Bertram Carvalho,AAS,FIRE Leeanna Carvalho,AAS,LBRT Ryan Carvalho,CA,WELD Laury Cary,AS,OESM Jolynn Casem,AA,LBRT Romarson Castillo,AAS,APIE Michelle Cates,AA,LBRT Thomas Cayetano,AAS,AJ Antonio Cerezo,AAS,EIMT Francisco Cezar,AAS,APTR Nolan Chai,AAS,WELD Brandon Chang,AAS,AMT2 Brittni Chang,ASCAA,GEAS Colin Chang,CO,ECED Dustin Chang,AAS,APTR Dustin Chang,AS,CA Jeffrey Chang,AAS,APTR Ryan Chang,AAS,PUBA Chris Chantavong,AS,AEC Trinh Chau,AA,LBRT Jessie Chen,AA,LBRT Randall Ching,AAS,APTR Aaron Chock,AAS,APTR Thomas Chong,AAS,AMT2 Crystal Chong Wong,AA,LBRT Crystal Chong Wong,AA,PSW M Chowdhury,AS,APSC Devin-Anne Choy,AA,LBRT Esther Christian,AAS,HSER Collin Chun,AAS,APTR Marcus Chun,AAS,APTR So Yeun Chun,AASCA,FT Bradley Chung,AAS,RAC Travis Chung,AAS,AMT2 Antoinette Coelho,AA,LBRT Kacee Coito,CC,COSM Rexan Marc Colobong,AAS,APTR Deja Coloma,AA,LBRT Marcella Cook,AA,LBRT Michael Cooper,AAS,APTR Nathaniel Corpuz,AS,CENT Matthew Cowan,AA,LBRT Clifford Crenshaw,AA,LBRT Bernadette Cruz,AA,LBRT Joy Cuestas,CA,COSM Watson Daengpiea,AAS,EIMT Kevin Dait,AAS,APTR Kristoffer Daligcon,AS,CA Emilia Daquioag,AAS,COSM Michael Darling,AA,LBRT Michael Davis,AS,APSC Reiko Davis,AA,LBRT Savannah Day,AA,LBRT

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William Dearmore,AAS,APTR Carmelito DeCastro,AAS,APTR Brockton Deitch,AAS,APTR Percito DelCastillo,AA,LBRT Percito DelCastillo,AA,LBRT Rommel Delfino,AS,CA Glenn Domingo,AAS,APTR Joseph Doyle,AAS,WELD Jessica Dozier,AA,LBRT Gabriel Drill,AAS,FIRE Justin Dunleavy,AA,LBRT Lily Duong,AS,ECED Cheryl Dupio,AS,HSER Malery Dupont,CC,UNCL Christensen Empleo,AS,CA Oanh Enos,AA,LBRT Edgar Esmeralda,AAS,APTR Francis Estabillo,AS,CA John Estores,AAS,FIRE Nicholas Fahey,AAS,FT Teuila Failauga,AA,LBRT Melissa Fajardo,AS,CA Daniel Farias,AA,LBRT Jasmine Fe Benito,AA,LBRT Kimberlee Feliciano,CC,LBRT Justin-Albert Ferreira,AAS,APTR Christopher Flaris,AAS,APTR Dominic Flores,AAS,HSER Victor Flores,AA,LBRT Andrew Folsom,AAS,AMT2 Kory Gabriel,AAS,APTR Willie Galam,AAS,RAC Ronald Galindo,CA,FIRE Jesse Gallegos,AAS,RAC JennaBea Galton,AAS,FT Christina Galvadores,AS,CA Glenn Galvizo,AAS,APTR Arthur Ganal,AAS,APTR Christopher-Eri Ganer,AAS,RAC Edward Garcia,AAS,EIMT Louis Garcia,AAS,APTR Timothy Garrabrant,AS,AEC Ej Clarence Gasmen,AAS,RAC Justin Gideon,AAS,APTR Cobra Gnouilaphi,AS,CA Shane Gomes,AAS,APTR Keaka Gonsalves,AAS,APTR Laura Gonzales,AA,LBRT Trisha Gonzales,AS,SSCI Vincent Gonzales,AAS,AJ Ronald Gorgonio,AAS,APTR Rachelle Grainger,AA,LBRT Rachelle Grainger,AA,LBRT Tori Lee Greenwell,AAS,LBRT Chester Guevarra,AAS,EIMT Jodi-Ann Gum,AS,SSCI April Haia,AAS,APTR Lynnette Hall-Tenney,AAS,PUBA Jonathan Hamachi,AAS,APTR Devin Hamada,AAS,APTR Ryan Hamada,AAS,APTR Jennifer Hamson,AA,LBRT

Ryan Hamura,AAS,APTR Min Hee Han,AAS,COSM Todd Hanagami,AAS,APTR Bryce Harken,AAS,FIRE Kananionapuaoka Hawkins,AAS,APTR Janai Hayashida,AA,LBRT Wyatt Hayashida,AAS,EIMT Hillary Hee,CA,ENG Kaiana Heen,CA,APSM Nichola Hernandez,AA,LBRT Adrian Paul Herrera,CA,SMP Cale Higa,AAS,WELD Sterling Higa,AA,LBRT Thomas Higa,AAS,APTR Michael Higa Puaoi,AA,LBRT Rick Hiroi,AA,LBRT Quinnie Hoang,AA,LBRT Megan Honda,AA,LBRT Robin Honjo,AS,HSER Kaiwikoa Hopkins,AAS,EIMT Cheryl Horikawa,AS,ECED Dale Hoxie,AAS,APTR Shan Hu,AAS,COSM Steven Hughes,AASCA,CARP Kimberly Hui,AA,PRED Jonathan Hung,AAS,APTR Tiana Ikeda-Rego,AS,CA Dena Imamura,AAS,APTR Ryan Inouye,AAS,APTR Pamela Ishida,AS,ECED Bryan Ishii,AAS,LBRT Yoshitaka Ishiwari,CA,COSM Sheryle Isla,AS,ECED Sheryle Isla,AS,HSER Wayde Iwanaga,AAS,EIMT Ronald Iwashita,AAS,APTR Daniel Jamora,AAS,APTR Randie Megan Janicki,AS,ECED Katy Jenkins,AAS,COSM Russell Johnson,AS,OESM Jonathan Joiner,AS,CENT Norman Juan,AAS,WELD Danelle Jumalon,AA,LBRT Yvonne Kaanaana,AAS,HSER Ryan Kadota,AAS,APTR Shaz-Zerrae Kaili,AA,LBRT Sharon Kakazu,CC,FT Jarred Kakuda,AS,CA KC Kaleikini,AAS,APTR Howard Kam,AA,LBRT Tira Kamaka,AAS,COSM Steven Kanda,AAS,FIRE Lilybeth Kane,AS,CA Matthew Kaneko,AAS,APTR Samson Kaonohi,CA,WELD Fallyn Kapoi,AAS,APTR Kupono Kawaa,AAS,WELD Blaine Kawahara,AAS,APTR Shawn Kawamura,AAS,CARP Kahoalii Keahi,AA,GEAS Kahoalii Keahi,AA,LBRT Brannon Kealoha,AA,LBRT

Robert Kekoa,AAS,FIRE Sean Kelley,AA,LBRT Annette Kepa,AAS,HSER Kyrsten Kidani,AA,BOT Jacqueline Kikuchi,AA,LBRT Alice Kim,CO,ECED Do Kim,AA,LBRT Lisa Kim,AAS,HSER Sharon Kim,CC,COSM Lianne Kirk,CA,AEC Seria Kitagaki,AS,ECED Leon Edwin Kitashima,AAS,FIRE Ashley Koch,AS,ECED Reise Kochi,AAS,FT Matthew Kohon,AAS,EMT Cedric Kojima,AASCA,CARP Manaka Kojima,AAS,COSM Lauren Komatsu,AAS,APTR Dane Kua,AAS,AMT2 Carlos Kuhn,AAS,UNCL Brian Kumia,AA,SOC Quin Kutara,AA,LBRT Rance Kuwata,AAS,AMT2 Calvin Kwan,AAS,AMT2 Steven Kwon,AA,LBRT Krista Labanon,CC,HSER David Lacuata,AA,LBRT Brian Lam,AA,LBRT Maria Lamontagne-Bermudez,AAS,AJ Micah Langaman,AAS,WELD Reneann Langstaff,AA,LEGL Alisa Lau,AA,PRDE Anderson Lau,ASAPC,CENT Evan Lau,CA,SMP Jason Lau,APC,APSC Kimberly Lau,AAS,COSM Richard Lau,AAS,APTR Louis Lauriano,AAS,FIRE Johny Le,CA,CARP Sonny Le,AA,LBRT Leomar Leano,AAS,PUBA Lucas Leao,AAS,APTR Albert Lee,AA,LBRT Christopher Lee,AAS,APTR Ho Joon Lee,AAS,AMT2 Mary Lee,CO,ECED Matthew Lee,AS,AEC Patricia Lee,AAS,COSM Steele LeGros,AAS,EIMT Stephen Lei,AAS,APTR Keahi Leith-Bowden,AAS,FIRE Beyra Leon,AA,LBRT Brandie Leong,AA,HSER Kameolani Leong,AA,LBRT Selina Levi,CA,HSER Zachary Lewis,AAS,WELD Jun Jie Li,AA,LBRT Guan Hua Lin,AA,LBRT Todd Lisle,AAS,EIMT Patrick Liu-Man-Hin,AAS,APTR Deborah Loo,AS,ECED Leimakamae Lopez,AAS,APTR Marek Lopez,AA,LBRT Gregory Low,AAS,APTR Quency Lyles,AAS,AJ Heather Maae,AAS,PUBA Joel Macato,AAS,RAC Lianne Maeda,AS,CA Justin Maghamil,AAS,APTR Mahina Maii,AAS,FIRE Brian Maiwela,AAS,APTR Florence Mamuad,CAAAS,CARP Benny Manago,CA,ABRP Ryan Mark Manuel,AS,AEC Sherri Markle,AAS,HSER Sherri Markle,AAS,HSER Chad Martinez,AAS,APPL Donovan Martinez,AA,LBRT Rachel Marumoto,AAS,COSM Michael Marzo,AAS,WELD Mason Masaki,AA,LBRT Christopher Massad,AAS,APTR Ian Mather,AA,LBRT Kevin Matsumoto,AAS,APTR Robert Matsumura,CA,SMP Ryan Matsuo,AAS,APTR Kaniela Matsushima,AAS,WELD Continued on Page 5


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Honolulu Community College's 2011 graduates Name, degree, major Kalani Matsuura,AAS,APTR Keoni Mattson,AAS,APTR Sherri Mattson,AAS,AJ Celestino Matutino,AS,AEC Matthew Mau,AA,LBRT Samuel McArthur,AA,LBRT Remi Mead,AAS,FT Larry Medina,CA,HSER Anna Melhado,AA,LBRT Kristi Merry,AA,ENG Jossilyn Miller,AAS,COSM Lucas Miller,AS,ECED Sara Min,AAS,FT Kyle Mira,AAS,AMT2 Rodrigo Mirafuentes,AAS,RAC Omar Mirza,AS,AEC Bryce Miyashiro,AAS,APTR Isaac Moe,AAS,CARP Tanuvasa Moe,AAS,APTR Erina Mojica,AAS,AJ Kolden Mokiao,AAS,APTR Kamuela Mokuahi,AAS,FIRE Keeley Monroy,AS,CENT Brian Montero,CA,SMP Gino Morales,AAS,GBUS Justin Morgan,AAS,WELD Michael Morinaga,AAS,APTR Baret Morishige,CA,RAC Danielle Morris,AS,ECED Momilani Morris,AAS,APTR Aurora Muir,AAS,COSM Danielle Murakami,CA,COSM Blaine Murobayashi,AAS,APTR Clint Nestor Nabua,AAS,AJ Bradley Nakamoto,AAS,CARP Kirk Nakamura,AAS,APTR Reid Nakasone,AAS,APTR Breanne Naone,AS,AERO Robert Narruhn,AAS,PUBA Katie Neish,AAS,FT Larry Nelson,AS,AEC Nelson Ng,AAS,APTR Nicholas Ng,AAS,APTR Eric Nickelsen,AAS,WELD Jefferson Nicolas,AASCA,CARP Sheryl Nicolas,AS,CA Mark Nishida,AAS,APTR Devin Nishigaya,AAS,EIMT Kimberly Noguchi,AA,LBRT Kathyrina Nukutala,AAS,WELD Andrea Nunies,AS,ECED Nicole Nunogawa,AA,LBRT Ryan Oasay,AAS,APTR Kyle Oda,AAS,RAC Reyetta Ofilas,AAS,AJ Charles Ogawa,AAS,APTR Sterling Oili,AA,LBRT Derek Okabayashi,AAS,EIMT James Okemura,AS,CA Travis Oki,AAS,DISL Jaymie Lyn Okudara,AAS,PSW Keanu Oliva,CA,SMP Tauai Olson,CCCO,ECED Kekoa Onaga,AAS,RAC Curtis Ortiz,AAS,FIRE Bryan Osaki,AS,OESM Mark Oshiro,AAS,APTR Mitchell Otani,AAS,FIRE Hilliard Owen,AAS,AMT2 Corynn Owens,AAS,HSER Jasmine Oxentine,AAS,COSM George Oyakawa,AAS,AMT2 Rommel Pacba,AAS,APTR LeeAnn Pacleb,AA,LBRT Benmar Pacubas,AAS,APTR Lhiberty Pagaduan,AA,LBRT Stephen Paludipan,AAS,RAC Jasmine Paris,AS,ECED William Park,AAS,APTR Martin Parker,AAS,APTR Ricafort Pascua,AA,LBRT Ricafort Pascua,AA,LBRT Julius Pasion,AS,AEC Alexander Patterson,CA,SMP Michael Paudan,AAS,AMT2 Shannon Paulino,AAS,APTR Sam Pele,AA,HSER Alvin Penaflorida,AAS,CARP Amanda Peralta,AS,ECED Zeke-Shawn Perry,AAS,CARP Jamie Pila,CC,UNCL Michele Popek,AAS,COSM Christopher Prado,AAS,EIMT Elroy Quemado,AAS,WELD Christina Quemuel,AA,LBRT Joanne Quindica,AAS,HSER

KA LA PHOTO BY MATHEW URSUA Rachelle Quiocho,AAAAS,APTR Reynell Rabaino,AA,LBRT Beau Rabe,AAS,AJ Mylene Racusa,AA,PTIM Christian Ramil,AA,LBRT Samuel Ramil,AA,LBRT Trisha Ramos,AAS,CARP Aaron Ransom,AAS,APTR Fei Rao,CO,ECED Mary Jane Rasay,CC,UNCL Alicia Ratcliff,AAS,LBRT Jonathan Rausa Augustin,AAS,AMT2 Erick Recaido,AA,LBRT Mary Ann Recaido,AA,LBRT Jared Reichman,AAS,DISL Charles Reiny,AAS,APTR Jacob Reis,AAS,APTR Julius Rellin,AS,CENT Gary Remiticado,AAS,APTR Kenneth Revis,AAS,APTR Cullen Reyes,AAS,FIRE Alexander Ribao,AA,LBRT Michael Rice,AS,AEC Damian Richard,AA,LBRT Kati Riddle,AAS,COSM Mizuki Rigoni,AA,LBRT Gabby Rivera,AS,CA

Jay-R Rivera,AAAAS,CARP Jennifer Rozmeski,AS,SSCI Mark Peter Rubia,AAS,COSM Kawika Ruelas,AAS,APTR Jerry Rufo,AAS,APTR Mark Ruiz,AAS,AMT2 Ryan Rutenschroer,AAS,AEC Rodolf Sabalburo,AS,APSC Clayton Sado,AAS,FIRE Jonathan Sagadraca,AAS,APTR Lynette Sagario CC,ECED Adriane May Saguibo,AS,ECED Michael Saiki,AAS,APTR Taryn Anne Sakumoto,AAS,COSM Cindy Salcedo,AA,LBRT Jeness Salcedo,AA,LBRT Geraldine Salvador,AAS,AJ Jonathan Samante,AAS,RAC Cherylann Santiago,CC,UNCL Crystal Santiago,AA,LBRT Gilbert Santos,AAS,AMT2 Pomai Santos,AA,LBRT Blake Saranillio,AA,LBRT Jeffrey Sardinha,AAS,AMT2 Gerald Sarmiento,AS,AEC Christy Sasano,AA,LBRT Iseulaolemoana Sataua,AA,LBRT

Poima Sataua,AA,LBRT Johnny Sauter,AAS,APTR Jon Paul Sayurin,AAS,APTR John Scanlan,AAS,FIRE Willsie Scott,AS,MELE Tiara Se’e,AA,LBRT Mark Joseph Sebastian,AAS,EIMT Anthony Secrist,CA,CARP Kirby Sells,AA,LBRT Wilson Shek,CA,ABRP Olga Shevchenko,AS,CA Skye Shichida,AAS,AMT2 Brent Shigeta,AAS,APIE Mai Shigyo,AS,ECED Kendra Shim,AA,LBRT Dustin Shimatsu,AAS,FIRE Taryn Shimizu,AA,LBRT Daniel Shin,AAS,APTR Lane Shiroma,AAS,FIRE Janny-Lou Silva,AAS,HSER Cayne Simmons-Sabey,CA,ABRP Danny Sisavang,AASCA,WELD Wessten Smith,AAS,WELD Wil Snyder,AAS,AMT2 Shaunarae Soares,AAS,APTR Sung Wan Song,CA,RAC Caitlin Spracklen,CC,FT

Keith Staley,AAS,LBRT David Starling,CA,WELD Dawn Stephens,CC,HSER Austin Streadbeck,AAS,APTR Annette Strecker,AAS,APTR Ellen Sugai,CC,ECED Marjorie Sumajit,AS,AEC Deejay Sunajo,AA,LBRT Carolyn Supnet,AAS,AJ Lola Suzuki,CA,COSM Marc Tablit,AAS,WELD Joseph Tabrah,AAS,AJ Girlie Tacazon,AS,OESM Ray Tagama,AA,ART Lezter Tagata,AS,AEC Layton Takaesu,CA,ABRP Samuel Takagishi,AAS,EIMT Ann Takahashi,CO,TCH Kevin Takahashi,AAS,APTR Nicholas Takashima,AA,GEAS Travis Takehara,AAS,APTR Tracy Takiguchi,AAS,APTR Theresa Tam Sing,AA,LBRT Yula Tamashiro,AA,LBRT Janice Tampon,AA,LBRT Jason Tanaka,AAS,RAC Roy Tanaka,AS,CENT Kendria Tangjian,CC,COSM Douglas Taufua,AA,LBRT Aleki Tavake,AASCA,CARP Jeremiah Tavares,AA,LBRT Justine Tenn,AA,LBRT Tobias Tenorio,AA,HSER Herwyn Earl Terrado,AAS,AMT2 Kevin Thinom,AS,AEC Ashley Thornton,AA,PRED Steve Tiet,AA,CENT Maria Tijerina,CC,COSM Tasa Ann Tiqui-Guillermo,AAS,COSM Chasity Toledo,AA,LBRT Toby Tolentino,AAS,FIRE Kendrick Tom,AAS,APTR Dayton Tomisato,AAS,APTR Kyle Toyota,AAS,APTR Ly Tran,ASAPC,APSC Kaphen Tso,AAS,AMT2 Leia Tsubota,AAS,COSM Cody Tsukayama,AAS,APTR Miki Tucker,AAS,CARP Diedra Ulii,AAS,LBRT Desiree Uyeda,AS,CENT Laureen Uyeno,AAS,AJ Aldrin Valdez,CA,CARP Jeremy Van,AAS,ABRP Michel Vasconcelles,AAS,AJ Feliciano Vea,AAS,DISL Vanessa Verceluz,AAS,AJ Allen John Vergara,AA,LBRT Shannon Vierra,AAS,APCA Phan Vu,CA,COSM Desiree Wabinga,CC,ECED Andrew Wang,AASCA,CARP Yibo Wang,AA,LBRT Anthony Warren,AAS,APTR Malcolm Wasserman,AAS,CARP Sara Watanabe,AAS,COSM ZenaMae Welch,AS,SSCI Kamalei Wilhelm,AS,AEC Bradley Williams,AAS,APTR Itagiapili Williams,AA,LBRT Sheldon Williams,AA,LBRT John Willis,AAS,COSM Lisa Wilson,AAS,APTR Jesse Woehrle,AA,LBRT Erick Wong,AAS,APTR Fung Wong,AA,LBRT Michele Wong,AAS,APTR Rosalie Wong,AA,0 Sarah May Woodruff,AS,HSER Anson Wu,AA,LBRT Johnny Wu,AA,AJ Cheryl Yamanaka,AAS,APTR Akari Yamanokuchi,AAS,COSM Myron Yamashita,AA,LBRT Liu Yang,CO,ECED Myong Jun Yang,CA,EIMT Shih Hsuan Yang,AAS,AMT2 Max Yasukawa,AA,LBRT Alana Yee,CC,COSM Scott Yee,AAS,APTR Hyoung Chol Yim,AAS,AJ Shin Shan Yip,AA,PBUS Kelcie Yomen,AAS,EIMT Matthew Yoneda,AA,LBRT Tracey Yoo,AA,LBRT Joseph Young,AAS,APTR Kyung Yu,AA,LBRT Gernani Yutob,AAS,PUBA Jin Zeng,AS,CENT


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Is this the end of SpringFest? By Jennifer Kakio Ka La editor

The third annual Honolulu Community College SpringFest was held Saturday, April 9. The free event, which took more than five months to plan, brought together students and the members of the Kalihi community, giving everyone a chance to take a break from the daily grind of work, school, and family, and to blow off some steam. Collectively, there were about 400 attendees and over 50 volunteers, which included members of Phi Theta Kappa, Veteran’s Academic Support Club, Fashion Technology and many more groups. The biggest draw was the presence of popular local bands: Kamuela Kahoano with special guest and former HCC student JasonTom, Arkeo, Büsekrüs, PIMPBOT, and Kolohe Kai. KCCN’s Lina Girl, Student Media Board Chairperson Julia Ching, and ASUH-HCC President Howard Kam emceed. Where there is good music, good food is not too far away.  SpringFest did not disappoint in the food category with tasty food from Da Spot, Inferno Pizza, and our very own cafeteria, Creations in Catering.  To wash down the mouth-watering food, SpringFest had Jamba Juice and HCC’s The Hub in attendance. Suzume No Kai held a bake sale with a variety of desserts like lemon squares, chocolate chip cupcakes, and much more available at $5 and under.  Not only were they delicious, but also very affordable at the same time.  They raised over $600, which was all donated to the relief effort in Japan. There were a few childern games, but with the short attention span of a child, there were too few of them to keep the families at SpringFest.   Although, there weren’t a lot of children games, they were fun.  Many children were seen carrying home little goldfishes from the Fish Toss booth that was run by PTK.  If fishing wasn’t entertaining, there were

other booths like Japanese lantern making (Suzume No Kai), face painting (Fashion Society), and balloon popping (Hawaii Meth Project). At the end of the night, it was a fun event. Although some faculty, administration, and students were in attendance, but many of them were absent from the event, raising some questions about the future of the event. “I had a great time at SpringFest… best part was seeing Kolohe Kai playing,” said University of Manoa architecture student Rhealyn Dalere, 21, “A lot of people missed out.” The future of SpringFest is still up in the air. “At the current time, the ASUH staff is looking at all possible options,” said Senator-at-Large and Spring Fest committee member Ryan Adverderada. Adverderada, who will be next year’s ASUH-HCC President, wants feedback from the student body to know what they want in the future.  “A lot hinges on how much students participate in the planning.  We will continue to engage the student population as well as work with administration to make the campus vibrant and welcoming,” Adverderada said.  Only time will tell if there will be a fourth annual SpringFest.

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SpringFest brought students, faculty, family and community members together for a day and evening of fun, friendship and music.

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Look: Fashion students strutting their stuff By Ryan Adverderada Ka La staff writer

On April 23, Honolulu Community College’s Fashion Technology program held its end-of-theyear fashion extravaganza. It was an eye-opening experience and one that won’t soon be forgotten by the more than 500 people who were there. This year’s show, entitled Transitopia, and was produced by HCC’s own famous alum Andy South. The event is the culmination of the program’s year as it showcases the amazingly Transitopia featured designs from current students Katie Evans, Jennabea Galton, Karen Gay, Channelle Amberly Hillman, Kiki Leung, Randie Lunn, Remi Mead, and Caitlin Spracklen. Gay also serves at the president of the Fashion Society, the club which represents the Fashion Technology program. Evans’ collection, entitled Caged featured latticework in addition to a modern theme. Her pieces used a salmon and black scheme. Galton’s Status collection focused on swimwear. Many of the designs featured the familiar look of 50’s chic. Gay named her collection You are Beautiful and utilized a piercing blue color scheme and was also made adorable by the use of Gay’s son who presented roses to each model.’ Hillman utilized a Victorian feel with her Satire collection. Each piece seemed over the top while also practical. Leung’s Nomad collection seemed to appeal to the woman on the move while incorporating Earth tones. Kuualoha, the collection from Randie Lunn, featured an amazing Hawaiianinspired theme and was a contemporary look for

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island fashion. Perhaps the two most entertaining collections belonged to Remi Mead and Caitlin Spracklen. Mead’s Ninja Bunny collection was light and went hand in hand with her award winning paintings and drawings. Spracklen’s Love and War collection pulled themes from the world of cosplay and featured a male model with a metal claw. The sophisticated yet simple look captivated the audience. The night ended with a final look at all the pieces from the various designers. South, who returned to HCC this semester to teach a class, thanked everyone who attended and sang the praises of the entire program. On a night where so many talented designers were present, one thing is for certain: Honolulu Community College has an amazing crop of designers and will continue to pump out talent for years to come. South’s fellow designers from Bravo’s hit show “Project Runway” were in attendance and also featured a few pieces of their own. Crowd favorites Casanova and Mondo Guerra were greeted with raucous applause as well

as fellow Season 8 cast mates Christopher Collins and Michael Drummons. “It is awesome that the Project Runway people came down and supported HCC and the students here, ” said former KCC and LCC student Roxanne Rivera.


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8 APRIL/MAY 2011

Students get into action and support Hawaii Red Cross

By Adina Murakami Ka La staff writer

Be the Change! What a powerful challenge. The volunteers of Student Life and Development did just that from March 2931 when they hosted the Green Day events, encouraging students, faculty and business in our community to reuse, recycle and repurpose. This event gave weight to education and the power of action. The events were innovative and included an opportunity to donate recyclable items, a tie dye activity, a swap meet, Blue Planet collecting old light bulbs and giving away free CFL bulbs, as education on the effects of our carbon foot print. Did you know the average American uses 215 plastic water bottles a year? I was astounded by the visual of 215 bottles strung from a tree by the music room to the top of Building 2. It provided much needed room for pause. Where do all of those bottles go? Unfortunately, most of them end up in the landfill. However, this event provided several alternative options: several recycling bins were placed at regular intervals for convenience, as well as a booth giving away seedlings in a plastic sleeve. Watching the volunteers create cute flower pot container from empty bottles, you could be educated on the damage plastic does to the environment. It was also very nice to walk away with sweet pea, lavender and chamomile seedlings. They will provide much needed color to my small garden. The tie dye activity was facilitated by Michael Ferguson, an instructor of Chemistry who supplied

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Green Day events in April included a swap meet of recycled goods, tie-dying activities, and a display of 215 plastic water bottles, the amount used by a typical American each year.

some T-shirts, a handout, gloves, stylish protective eye wear, and potent red, green, blue dye for the tie dye activity. Ferguson spent a few minutes educating the participants to ensure cleanliness and overall satisfaction with the tie dye design. Several students and some faculty enjoyed this creative experience. The swap meet was held

in the cafeteria and appeared to be a huge success yielding a total of $500 which was donated to the Hawaii Red Cross to assist with the Aloha Japan Campaign. Several students and faculty donated their gently used items for resale. One of the most interesting items donated was a portable toilet. HCC students Kaiya Quevido and Lacey Ara-

gosa were browsing the swap meet hoping to find hidden treasures. Quevido said he was “just checking it out,” to see if there were any good deals. Aragosa bought several items with butterfly designs and said “my grandmother liked butterflies and they remind me of her.” Additionally, Aragosa liked the idea that the proceeds “would support the victims of the tsu-

nami that devastated Japan." The multi-day event provided an opportunity for students and faculty to have fun, share experiences, review current habits and recognize that they can “Be the Change.” One small behavioral change makes a huge impact in our attitudes, our actions and in the future of our environment.


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New leaders give voice to student concerns By James Rodden Ka La staff writer

“Ignorance of reality provides little protection from it.” Members of HCC’s newly elected student government knows this well. It is their job to be informed and face the realities that could affect students in a major way. While the rest of us are running between classes, jobs and family, these leaders take on the added responsibility of speaking for students when students can’t or won’t speak for themselves.  Ryan Adverderada is the new president of the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii

at Honolulu Community College, which serves as a link between students and the administration, as well as as the UH Board of Regents. A political science major and a former ASUH senator-at-large, Adverderada's commitment to HCC’s student government goes above and beyond what you might expect. “You need to have a real passion for the work and be willing to put yourself through a lot of stress. It becomes your life, your world,” Adverderada said.  Kaleo Gagne is the new ASUH senator-at-large. He is a self-described “37-year-old freshman and a soon-to-be retiring hair and makeup artist.”

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It is his first time being involved with student government, but he is no stranger to student clubs and organizations. Gagne is a provisional member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society  and is the president and founder of the Righteous Rainbow Gay Straight Alliance. “I want to be a voice for the students here at HCC. We need to have a voice in student government so that we can make any changes that need to be made,”

Gagne said. The spring elections are over, but ASUH does have it in its power to hold special elections if enough students are interested in filling vacant positions. Vice president, business manager, secretary, ambassador, senator and events coordinator are among the available ASUH positions. “You don’t have to be president or vice president to get involved,” Adverderada said. “Student volunteers are always needed to help pull off campus events.” Filling vacant positions and collecting volunteers would lighten the load of the few people who are running HCC’s student government. If you

want to get involved with ASUH in anyway, contact Adverderada at ryanta@ hawaii.edu or visit Building 2, Room 116. Julia Ching will again serve as chairperson of the Student Media Board, a position she has held since Fall 2009. “What we really need are more students who want to help. SMB needs editors, writers, photographers, or people who want to help with layout and design,“ Ching said.  SMB supports all student media activities including Ka La, the student-run newspaper and website, and a variety of of multimedia, including music, art and visual production.


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10 APRIL/MAY 2011

Trust is beautiful yet fragile By Ron Santos Ka La staff writer

Shabu shabu: It goes great with friends By Ron Santos

us that as soon as the pot starts to boil the vegetables should go in because things like the mushrooms In the Philippines shabu and Chinese cabbage take is the term used for the longer to cook nicely. You drug methamphetamine. can actually “overcook” In Japan, shabu shabu is the beef, a lesson I learned the tradition of cooking when Eiko educated me vegetables and meat in after noticing my poor a heated pot of boiling technique. water. To some people, Shabu shabu translates paying to cook your own to "swish, swish" since the food at a restaurant may be meat is so thin that it takes considered just as crazy, merely a few swishes in but if you shared an expeKA LA PHOTO BY JENNIFER KAKIO the pot to cook it. Senrience like I had with my Shabu shabu at Sushi Bistro Shun comes with fresh sushi platters. sei Eiko says, “When co-workers recently, you meat change color, good might find it easier to part enough,” in other words with your money. restaurant offers a wide another. Unfortunately, the moment the pinkness When you look at Sushi menu of Japanese dishes you can‘t bring leftovers of the meat is gone your Bistro Shun from the and expertly prepared home. The meat is thinly outside, it doesn’t look like sushi. Tonight, however, cut-fillets of rib eye steak, good to go. This a great thing to do much, but upon entering we had one thing in mind: which are gloriously with friends because there this hidden gem you find a their $25 all-you-can-eat marbled showing white portal to another country. shabu shabu special. streaks of fat that make the is a hint of team work and a greater opportunity The inside is designed to The special works like steak irresistible. When for conversation that you look like a typical izakaya this: each person at the presented with the boildon’t usually find when or a restaurant or bar and table is charged $25 and ing pot, we were a little grill. each uses the same hot intimidated as to how to go food is just presented to you. It even has a formal tea pot to boil the meat and about using it to cook. So if Sushi Bistro Shun room in the middle of the vegetables; they give you After watching us is your kind of place, set restaurant. Izakayas offer as many plates of meat and struggle for a short while, dishes that are closer to vegetables as you request, our waitress, Eiko, stopped your map to 1914 South King St. you will not be meals than the pupus you just be sure to finish the by the table and gave us disappointed. would expect at bar. This plate before you ask for a little tutorial. She told Ka La staff writer

We all know that the earth is round, the sun is hot, and bacon is delicious. These things have been proven, so I wouldn’t need your consent to say that these things are indeed fact. There are so few of these concrete truths in this world, it is actually quite scary. There are so many cracks in this fragile little system we call life. So what keeps it all together? What keeps us, as human beings, from being paralyzed by the chaos of uncertainty? The beautiful glue that holds us together and keeps the world moving forward is trust. What is trust? Trust means allowing someone to do something and having the unwavering belief that person will pull through for you. So to be trusted means that someone has enough confidence in you to do what you are supposed to do, that you are given the opportunity to show you are worthy of such a gift and deserve more of it in the future. Trust is a beautiful yet fragile thing. It frees us of the burden of not knowing. It allows a person to accept something that is completely unverifiable without needing much more than a friendly nod or a hug. The essential thing about a person’s trust is that it is very easy to damage because there is only one way to keep a person’s trust, but there are many ways to betray it. Things like lying, exposing secrets, or failure to perform an assignment all lead to bad relationships. It is our responsibility as human beings to be worthy of the gift of trust and at the same time allow ourselves to offer it.


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OPINION Ka La • Honolulu Community College, University of Hawai‘i

11 APRIL/MAY 2011

Marijuana Madness

Prohibition just doesn't make good sense

Do you think marijuana laws are effective?

By Charles Sinfuego Ka La staff writer

Hawaii’s 8,067 medical marijuana patients spend an estimated $400 each month on cannabis. In all, medical marijuana is an estimated $38 million industry in Hawaii. But none of that money goes back to the state. Although patients with medical marijuana certificates can legally use the drug for a variety of health problems, they can’t legally buy or sell it. And the state can’t take any taxes on a business that doesn’t legally exist. Beyond medical marijuana, studies show taxes from legalization of all marijuana sold in Hawaii would bring in anywhere from $4 million to $23 million annually depending on tax rates. That could help eliminate furlough Fridays, fund education programs, pay state worker salaries, improve road work, health care, public safety, transportation, parks, and more. State and county law enforcement agencies spend $4.1 million per year to enforce marijuana possession and $3 million on distribution laws. The courts spend an extra $2.1 million. All told, enforcing marijuana laws costs the state about $9 to $10 million per year. With decriminalization, the state and county government's could save at least $5 million a year, says UH-West Oahu’s Lawrence Boyd, an economist, in “The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Decriminalization and Legalization for Hawai'i.” But there’s a long history of prohibition and fears

"I don’t do marijuana and could care less about it." Charlene Buted

"The laws are effective because if it were legal there would be many people on marijuana." Alex Ribao

that has kept marijuana illegal in Hawaii and the rest of the country for almost 100 years. Prohibition dates back to the 1900’s when Americans disliked how the minorities and immigrants used cannabis as a part of their lifestyle. America demonized cannabis by renaming it marijuana. In the 1930’s, Harry Anslinger, director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and newspaper owner William Randolph Hearst teamed up to spread the false message that marijuana led to violence. Industrial corporations joined in the prohibition efforts, not concerned about its effects, but to eliminate cannabis as an industrial competitor. By 1937, corruption and yellow journalism triumphed over science, and marijuana became illegal on the federal level. In the past three decades, according to the documen-

tary “Grass: The History of Marijuana,” Americans spent over $200 billion on prohibition efforts. As just about anyone knows, prohibition hasn’t gotten rid of marijuana, whose distribution is mostly controlled by gangs and foreign cartels. An American is arrested every 37 seconds for violating marijuana laws, and it’s mostly for possession. Instead of going after robbers, murderers, or sex offenders, money and law enforcement time is wasted incarcerating the non-violent marijuana law violators. HCC student Tim Lapitan says, "Guys are just going in jail and coming out of jail, but buds is still there." HCC student Timothy Adora says, "This what you call a messed up society where people are being heard and the system is just doing what they want to do." Today, a number of states

are increasingly allowing open sales and distribution of marijuana to medical patients, and legal dispensaries are popping up in many areas. In Hawaii, there’s little effort to change the laws. Will legalization increase use? There's no evidence that marijuana leads to increased violence or other problems. “If marijuana wasn’t in this world, I think there would be more violence in the streets,” says HCC student Kameron Watson. “Especially when people like go to the hardcore drugs like coke, batu, and all that, you know herb is like the best thing. Not saying that you should do it, but it’s good for people to smoke it, and they have their right.” HCC student Matt Lodge, “People do it all the time, but should you treat it as a Schedule 1 narcotic? No, I just don’t think it’s that dangerous.”

"No. People are still smoking just as much as they want, they probably always will, regardless of what the law says." Matt Lodge

"I think it's overrated because no one follows it, and laws just make everybody rebel against it." Jason Manzano

"We putting people in jail for nothing. They didn’t kill anybody. It’s just a plant, a tree you know. Herb will be here forever, yup, and all I gotta say is that, nope, the laws is not helping at all, waste money. Kameron Watson


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NEWS KaLa • Honolulu Community College, University of Hawai‘i

12 APRIL/MAY 2011

New mural livens up old building By Matthew Ursua

Ka La staff writer

A new mural is greeting students walking into the Essentials Curriculum Computer Lab. Aerosol artist John “Prime” Hina painted the mural in late March. Hina’s organization, 808 Urban, specializes in painting grafitti art murals. 808 Urban is responsible for the graffiti art displayed on the lawn of nearby Palama Settlement, which can be seen from the town-bound lanes of H1. The idea to decorate the wall was Jerry Saviano’s, who has spearheaded the the English Essentials program. Why a grafitti mural? The Essential Curriculum Complex and its students mean a lot to Saviano. “[They] have been told they can’t make it, they can’t write well enough, can’t read well enough, can only do these certain types of jobs,” Saviano told Ka La in February, “We want to have a space that tells them otherwise.” In Hawaiian, the mural reads: “Lawe i ka ma’alea

Artist John "Prime" Hina created a mural to help inspire students in the English Essentials program.

a ku’ono’ono.” In English, it's “acquire skill and make it deep.” Saviano, an English professor, returns to teaching next semester, but the mural will make it hard to forget what he did during his time off, getting the

Essentials program off to a great start. As part of a long-term plan, HCC could demolish the modular buildings housing the mural in a matter of years. But even if time may be running out for the mural, the center

will perpetuate its message much longer. Language Arts faculty took up a collection to pay for the mural, Saviano said. Saviano is no stranger to thinking outside the box. In the past, he has

KA LA PHOTO BY MATTHEW URSUA

employed a number of innovative teaching tools, and, once, when students failed to rate him a hot professor on Rate My Professor.com, Saviano dawned a pink bunny suit in an online rebuttal to his critics.

Poker players help out local schools By Ryan Adverderada Ka La staff writer

As quickly as the final two players took their seats, it was all over. With a single hand, carpentry student Wincent De Guzman became the winner of the Spring 2011 Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament. De Guzman beat out more than 25 fellow Honolulu CC students to take home the grand prize of an iPad 2. Organized by ASUHHCC, the tournament benefitted the organization Community Help-

ing Schools, a non-profit group that gathers wish lists from various Oahu public schools. Each list features items that are desperately needed in classrooms to assist in the learning process. Sometimes these lists include pencil sharpeners and markers. Other times these lists ask for paper and folders. The continued dismal economy has also kept many parents from being able to afford the basic supplies for their children. The grim reality is a classroom with more

students than pencils and not enough pairs of scissors to go around. CHS agreed to team up with ASUH-HCC to knock out as many items on the list as possible. The organization’s founder, Kathie Wells, called it an event of “students helping students.” Each entry into the poker tournament included school supply donations. Honolulu CC students were able to choose three items from a total list of 10 to donate. As is the case with the giving spirit on campus, event organizers

reported that there were multiple instances where students chose to donate more than the minimum three items and expressed no desire to play. ASUH-HCC President Howard Kam noted the “amazing aloha spirit exhibited by the student body when it comes to helping others.” Participants were greeted with goodie bags provided by CHS, which included various snacks as well as a photo key chain. ASUH-HCC provided an additional gift of a reusable water bottle. Kam

pointed to “numerous survey responses from the last tournament, which asked for an iPad or laptop. Since we were looking for donations of school supplies, why not get something the Honolulu Community College students can use for school?” “The ultimate goal is to create a relationship with the community by holding these events to benefit various charities. If there is one thing to take away, it is that the students here are willing to lend a hand and help out," he said.

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