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Prime Place

Problem Fire hazards, health concerns and shoddy construction have made the City-approved campus area apartments nearly unlivable.


— finding the building complied with state and city building codes — which allowed residents to move into its completed portions.

Investigations of a University-area

Prime Place rushed to move tenants in on

apartment show developers of the build-

Sept. 30, before the certificate of occupancy

ing repeatedly broke deadlines and forced

was officially granted.

students to keep leases for apartments that

The report showed the occupied portion

shouldn’t have been approved to take in any

of the apartment, where more than 100 stu-

residents at all.

dents are living, has a host of problems that

A report from a private inspection conducted Nov. 1 at the Prime Place Apart-

Prime Place Apartments, seen under construction on Sunday, Nov. 12.


violate city code and raise serious fire-safety concerns.

ments building in Prospect Park found con-

In addition, half of the apartment remains

struction and fire code violations through-

an unsecured construction site several

out the complex. About a month earlier

months after move-in day.

on Oct. 2, the City of Minneapolis granted a temporary certificate of occupancy

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Kaler rolls out new sex assault strategy for campus Over 300 students, staff and faculty helped to create the new program for awareness. BY NATALIE RADEMACHER

With a multi-step initiative set to roll out next year, University of Minnesota administrators hope to prevent sexual misconduct by changing campus culture. The plan — which focuses on training and sexual assault awareness — is the product of a task force University President Eric Kaler assembled last spring in response to

growing concerns about sexual misconduct. As the first step of the initiative, all faculty and staff will receive training this spring. “The goal is to promote an environment that is as safe and free from sexual misconduct as we, as a university community, can make it,” said John Finnegan, dean of the School of Public Health and head of the sexual assault task force, while presenting the plan at a University Senate meeting Thursday. More than 300 faculty, staff and students worked on developing the program, which has received funding for its first two years. The executive summary of the initiative was made public last week and is open for a


30-day comment period. “We are eager to get community input … to hear all the voices around this really critically important problem and issue in front of us,” Kaler said in an interview with the Minnesota Daily. Mandator y employee training In the spring of 2018, a sexual assault prevention online training module will become mandatory for faculty and staff. This additional training focuses on sexual harassment in the workplace and educating employees on responding to student sexual misconduct, said Tina Marisam, University Title IX director.

The online training will be provided by the company EVERFI, which also provides the Haven online training program for firstyear students. Marisam brought the new program to faculty committee meetings this semester to gather feedback on its content and implementation. To ensure compliance, the software sends users email reminders, Marisam said. If faculty and staff fail to complete the training, their supervisors, department heads or deans will be notified. Other institutions using similar u See SEX ASSAULT Page 3


Gophers burn Nebraska on the ground Minnesota rushed for 409 yards Saturday, the most the team has tallied in more than a decade. BY DREW COVE


Ginger Jentzen speaks to supporters at her Election Day party at the Ukrainian Event Center on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Jentzen seeks legacy after defeat The Ward 3 City Council hopeful outfundraised her competition, but lost the Tuesday election. BY CARTER BLOCHWITZ

Last week’s election results evoked mixed emotions from Ward 3 City Council candidate Ginger Jentzen and her campaign. Jentzen and supporters were thrilled with an initial lead on election night, but suffered defeat the next day to DFL-endorsed Steve Fletcher after the third round of ranked-choice tabulation. Despite defeat, Jentzen and members of her campaign said they feel they have gained support for their stances on housing and rent control, among several other issues.

“While the results overall are a setback, it’s only in relation to how far I think this discussion has already come,” said Jentzen, a member of Socialist Alternative. Jentzen noted she won first-choice in every precinct where students made up more than half of the voting population. Ward 3 encompasses Marcy-Holmes, North Loop and parts of downtown Minneapolis, among other neighborhoods. “The fact that a socialist like me won a majority support, especially in that first round … shows that there is enormous space for these movements to grow,” Jentzen said. Jentzen, who raised the most money ever for a Minneapolis City Council candidate, said she hopes to see the support she gained from running for the City Council culminate u See JENTZEN Page 2

Minnesota rebounded from last week’s loss to surge back in its fifth win of the season Saturday. The Gophers ran away with a victory against the Cornhuskers Saturday 54-21 in Minnesota’s second Big Ten win this year at TCF Bank Stadium. “We needed to start fast,” said head coach P.J. Fleck. “It’s a big game for both [Minnesota and Nebraska]. Whoever strikes first can take the spirit out of somebody else, and we did that.” Minnesota (5-5, 2-5 Big Ten) dominated Nebraska (4-6, 3-4 Big Ten) on the offensive side of the ball, and in the second half, the defense held the Cornhuskers’ offense to preserve Minnesota’s lead. The Gophers offense scored 30 points in the first half, and 24 in the second half, more than the Gophers scored in their last three games combined. When Minnesota’s offense has been successful, it has relied on the running game to facilitate much of the progress and points. That rang true once again against Nebraska. The Gophers had seven touchdowns, and six of them were through the running game, three each from quarterback Demry Croft and running back Kobe McCrary. Croft was 9-15 through the air, but his ability to use his feet helped the Gophers get points on the board. He broke a school record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game, with 183 yards on the ground. “It’s cool,” Croft said. “I give credit to the offensive line, they were able to make openings, [and create] a lot of green space.” McCrary was third on the Gophers in rushing yards on Saturday, though he got


Head coach P.J. Fleck celebrates a successful play with the team at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 11.

through into the end zone three times. He got the last score of the game with a 43-yard rush, and his first two scores were an 11-yard and 9-yard rush. The chilly opening kickoff ended with a bang for the Gophers. Running back Rodney Smith took the opening kickoff 100 yards for a score, just 13 seconds into the game. “My credit goes to my teammates,” Smith said. “All I had to do was run straight, they did an excellent job of blocking, and even Kobe went untouched.” Smith’s game didn’t end with that opening play touchdown, he went on to rush for 134 yards in the game, not counting the u See FOOTBALL Page 4






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Professor takes on mental health Sue Wick chose to spread awareness for mental health to campus faculty. BY NATALIE RADEMACHER

When members of a University of Minnesota task force published recommendations for professors to support student mental health last spring, they didn’t want the document to end up gathering dust on a shelf. University professor Sue Wick has made educating faculty and staff on these recommendations her personal mission. This semester, Wick is speaking at various faculty committees in hopes of limiting faculty-induced student stress. “These are recommendations, not mandates… Instructors and faculty don’t like being told what to do. It is much more effective to just go through individual faculty members and departments,” Wick said. “My part of this deals with getting instructors on board with preventing student stress and ways to respond to it.” The report, published by the Provost Joint Task Force on Student Mental Health, details five key points involving faculty awareness of the role


Sue Wick, Director of Undergraduate Studies for CBS, speaks to the Senate Committee on Student Affairs about student mental health programs at Morrill Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

they play in student stress and fostering an environment that promotes positive mental health for students. Since then, Wick has spoken at conferences, meetings and to individual faculty in an attempt to raise awareness about the issue. This method of giving presentations and speaking with people is slow-going but effective, she said. “What I don’t think faculty often get is that they may

House GOP tax plan would cut tuition credits The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee passed the bill on Thursday. BY MICHAEL ACHTERLING

A proposed tax plan from the U.S. House Republican caucus would remove certain tax credits and deductions that aid college students. The removals are part of a nearly $1.5 trillion GOP tax cut and reform package passed by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday. The two provisions give college students the opportunity to acquire a maximum benefit of up to $2,625 per year in tax-savings. The bill nixes the StudentLoan Interest Deduction, which allowed students to deduct up to $2,500 of loan interest paid during the fiscal year, and the Lifetime Learning Credit, which lets students earning less than $65,000 recoup up to 20 percent of their tuition — up to $2,000. “It is too early to speculate on what might happen and the overall impact to students,” said Tina Falkner, director of student finance at the University of Minnesota. “If the tax benefits really were eliminated, it would have an impact on our students … as it would for many other students and families across the country.” According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, the removal of the student loan interest deduction would save the federal government $11.9 billion over the next five years. “It seems like [the provisions are] not a good idea … and why do [the two provisions] that probably aren’t that significant compared to the entire bill, need to be there in the first place?” said Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, chair of the MN House Higher Education Committee. The Lifetime Learning Credit, a benefit which can

be claimed by students every academic year for tuition payments, would be replaced in the GOP bill by an expanded American Opportunity Tax Credit. The AOTC, which limits the full $2,000 benefit to only four years of school, would only provide students $1,000 for an optional fifth year. During the University’s 2016-17 academic year, 4,362 bachelor degree recipients graduated with student loan debt — representing 57 percent of the graduating class. And a total of 27,155 undergraduate students received some form of financial aid including: gifted aid, student loans or work study programs. Sen. Rich Draheim, RMadison Lake, vice-chair of the Minnesota Senate Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee, said the removal of the provisions won’t be problematic if students keep their spending down. “Part of [student spending] is being fiscally responsible to begin with. You don’t buy a new car while you’re in college, you don’t have an expensive apartment, you don’t go on vacation, you buckle down,” Draheim said. “That would be my advice to [students] instead of worrying about a few hundred dollars in tax savings.” Graduate students, who receive tuition waivers and annual living stipends, would also be required under the new bill to report their tuition waivers and stipends as income, increasing their tax burden. “It could be a huge burden on graduate students,” said Rep. Jennifer Schultz, DFL-Duluth, a University of Minnesota-Duluth economics professor and member of the Minnesota House higher education committee. “They are taking money from the wrong places. [The GOP] are helping corporations and the very wealthy at the expense of middle and low-income families.

be the source of that stress for students,” said Wick. Faculty can alleviate this stress by taking steps like evenly distributing grades across many assignments rather than one exam, she said. The response Wick has received from faculty so far has been overwhelmingly positive, Wick said. Emily O’Hara, care manager for the Office for Student Affairs, and Matt Hanson, chair of the Provost

Committee on Student Mental Health, have teamed up with Wick to give training and presentations about student mental health. They focus on student stress and train attendees how to intervene and approach someone in a mental health crisis. “The more preventative work we can do around this issue, the better,” Hanson said. On Wednesday, the trio gave a presentation to the Senate Committee on

Student Affairs that included small-group discussions and training videos. “We are telling staff and faculty that you don’t need to be a mental health expert. If you notice something, say something,” O’Hara said during the meeting. The Academy of Distinguished Teachers, a group of University faculty members, has also taken an interest in the recommendations. The group worked with the Center for Educational Innovation and Boynton Health to shoot a video about how faculty can help ease stress and be aware of students in distress. Wick is in the video and discusses the recommendations the task force brought forward last spring. “We wanted to identify ways in which faculty can proactively reduce the stress on students without sacrificing academic rigor,” said Ken Leopold, Academy of Distinguished Teachers president. The group hopes to distribute the video as a resource for instructors. “[The Academy of Distinguished Teachers] are a good avenue for promoting this thing,” Wick said. The list of recommendations is available on the Faculty Consultative Committee website.

CSE Dean addresses possible departure in talk with students The dean, Samuel Mukasa, also talked about diversity in the school. BY KELLY BUSCHE

Samuel Mukasa, dean of the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering, led a forum Wednesday on the current state of the school. At the forum, hosted by the Science and Engineering Student Board, Mukasa addressed his consideration of another job and the diversity of the school’s student body. Mukasa is one of three finalists for the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs position at the University of Connecticut. News of Mukasa’s potential departure from CSE comes two months after his one-year anniversary as the school’s dean. Mukasa told students and faculty at the event that his interest in the Connecticut job was family-related. His family currently lives on the East

Coast, he said, and the distance has “put a huge strain” on their relationship. “[I’m] putting my family before my job,” Mukasa said. SESB Treasurer Logan Karls said he feels Mukasa is “abandoning” CSE, considering he’s only been dean for a little over a year. “If he does leave, it almost feels like… he’s kind of just using CSE to propel himself to a higher point in his career,” Karls said. Being a dean is a long-term position, Karls added, and selecting a replacement would require significant time and money. At the forum, Mukasa also addressed underrepresented multicultural students in CSE. “They have to be here, or we’re sank as an economy,” Mukasa said to a room of more than 50 students and faculty. Mukasa said he is a “strong proponent” of increasing University outreach to youth — specifically to 10- to 12-year-olds in schools with high numbers of multicultural students. Mobilizing University

students to help lead the outreach is necessary to attract young students to science and engineering fields, he said. SESB President Raeesa Kabir said more needs to be done to increase the enrollment of multicultural students in CSE. About 15 percent of CSE students identify as students of color, according to fall 2017 enrollment data. “Multicultural diversity is something that needs to be improved,” Kabir said. She said she works with several CSE student group leaders to increase diversity through the CSE Outreach Coalition. Though Karls said he supports outreach programs and efforts in CSE, he hasn’t seen sufficient results. “[Mukasa’s] main solution to a lot of the issues… was outreach. While I think that is a pretty logical solution, I don’t think that seems to be working,” Karls said. University outreach is not a “permanent solution” for attracting multicultural students to CSE, he said. “We need a new angle and new solutions,” Karls said.

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in increased support and action on issues like affordable housing. Nestor Garcia, a campaign door-knocker and volunteer, said Jentzen’s ideas of taxing big developers and implementing rent control resonated with students and residents throughout Ward 3. “They see the effects of gentrification that is spreading from downtown and pushing people out,” Garcia said. Garcia was one of many volunteers that Tyler Vasseur, a University of Minnesota student, managed as field coordinator for Jentzen’s campaign. “Rental prices are going up like crazy, and they’re building nothing [viable] for housing,” Vasseur said.

Both Vasseur and Garcia said they feel confident in Jentzen’s abilities to make serious strides with housing issues in the months to come. “Ginger has proved to be a great leader ... able to work and build a broad coalition of organizations, unions and community space-based organizations,” Garcia said, particularly noting Jentzen’s work with the successful “15 Now” movement. “I think she is capable of a powerful movement to get things done.” Jentzen said the election results emboldened her campaign members and supporters to stand up to big business and developers. “Even though we lost the election, we built a base of support for the ideas that our program really stood for,” Vasseur said. “I’m incredibly proud of how well we did.”

She added the loss will not deter her or the Socialist Alternative’s ability to grow, and has encouraged them to engage more with students on campus. “These fights aren’t going away, so I think working with students brings an extremely important voice in this part of the city,” Jentzen said. In addition to housing issues, Jentzen and several other Socialist Alternative members insisted they would stand with the Teamsters Local 320 union, comprised of hundreds of University of Minnesota workers, as they enter a contract battle with University administration. “It’s not, in some ways, just about the election, but about how we can build and deepen the movements that are going to have a huge impact over the next several years,” Jentzen said.

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At Prime Place, safety called into question


Prime Place Apartments, seen under construction on Sunday, Nov. 12.

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“You can see the complete lack of care and the lack of professionalism in every inch of that building,” said Bernard McClellan, former Prime Place construction site supervisor. Students say the living conditions have impacted their physical, mental and academic well-being. The litany of complaints against the building has attracted the attention of local officials and Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council, a construction advocacy group. The Minnesota Daily reached out to the City of Minneapolis on Nov. 7 for a statement on the inspections, but the city, citing lack of time, was unable to respond before publication. Prime Place declined multiple requests for comment.

Inspection reveals “serious” breaches of fire safety Poorly constructed fire walls, inoperable smoke detectors and a variety of safety issues were found in the Nov. 1 inspection. In addition to the fire safety violations, “the construction at 117 27th Ave. SE appears to be not very well performed or supervised,” the report said. Greg Johnson, regulatory consultant with Johnson & Associates Consulting Services and former City of St. Paul building inspector, wrote the report. Johnson was one of two private inspectors hired by the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council to investigate safety concerns. He found in the occupied portion of the building “numerous breaches of fire

partition and corridor ceiling integrity.” In the event of a fire, these features are meant to limit and slow the spread of flames and smoke. The Minnesota Building Code specifically addresses fire safety and is necessary for officials to sign off on a certificate of occupancy, Johnson said, but the building fails these fire safety codes. Johnson said he was able to freely enter the construction area after hours, which is a safety and theft concern. Additionally, an industrial space heater with open flames was left unattended in the unoccupied portion of the building after business hours. The report said this poses a fire risk and noted no fire extinguishers in the active construction site. Sources sent photos that allegedly showed black mold at the site to the Minnesota Daily last month, but an inspection by Independent Environmental Health Consultant Mac Pearce found no mold in the building. “In conclusion, these results do not point to a mold problem,” his report said. “This was only an initial screening, with few select areas tested. No method of mold testing … is perfect, and it is possible that other materials and methods might unearth a mold problem that I didn’t detect.” In other cities where Prime Place built, lists of similar issues appeared. Shoddy construction and unclear move-in procedures plagued Prime Place student residents near University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Oklahoma State University. Tenants who moved into a new Prime Place complex in Lincoln found unfinished units, clogged drains and dust and debris, according to a Lincoln Journal Star article dated Aug. 25, 2015.

Inspectors found seven minor building code violations in the complex, according to the article. Jennifer Rooney, now a University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumna, recalled moving into a recently finished Prime Place apartment to find her unit unexpectedly unkempt with evidence of recent construction. “It was honestly a mess,” she said. In 2015, The O’Colly, Oklahoma State University’s campus newspaper, reported that newly constructed Prime Place student apartments in Stillwater, Oklahoma, experienced severe basement flooding.

Residents face stress, health problems at Prime Place Some University of Minnesota students contacted University Student Legal Services with hopes to move out of the building because of medical conditions exacerbated by poor air quality, said Bill Dane, staff attorney at USLS. Dane said so far, Prime Place has denied resident requests to move out based on health concerns. “That’s completely contrary to our understanding of the law,” Dane said. “If there are physical impediments that make it impossible for you to live there, then obviously, you can’t live there.” Kathleen Crawford, former Prime Place resident and student, is planning to sue Prime Place because she said the living conditions impacted her mental and academic health. Despite making multiple maintenance requests, Crawford said she could not stop the noise from the air system in her bedroom, which reached a 66 decibel volume and equates to the noise of street traffic.

President Kaler rolls out new approach for campus sexual assault prevention Sex assault u from Page 1

programs have received high compliance rates, Marisam said. Based on feedback from University employees, officials are looking into ways to continue conversations around sexual assault after the training is completed. Phase two of the mandatory training involves face-to-face department-level training, although Marisam said officials aren’t sure what that will look like yet. Student engagement All students will also go through a mandatory online training starting next fall, part of which will focus on

bystander intervention. “If we see something, we have to say something or do something to stop it,” Kaler said at the University Senate meeting. The program will be offered through the Haven program, which the University already uses to educate firstyear students about alcohol safety and other aspects of well-being. A culture shift Starting next fall, officials will launch a campaign seeking to change campus culture around sexual misconduct. “We have a culture in our country that empowers people to act badly toward other people. We need to change that,” Kaler said in an interview with the Minnesota Daily.

“Part of this effort is to understand that the perpetrator’s action … is a consequence of the culture and structure around him or her that is causing that action. We need to get to a place where that kind of behavior is not acceptable.” The campaign may result in an increase in reported incidents of sexual misconduct, Finnegan said. Instances of sexual misconduct are often unreported, and a growing sense of safety and support may increase reporting, he said. In a letter to Kaler, Finnegan stressed the important of clear communication within the community throughout the program. “This is a journey, not a destination,” Finnegan said.

“First, I caught a cold, then the lack of sleep wore me down mentally. I ended up getting behind in school and the doctor said it has caused depression,” Crawford said. “It was a blow to see all my hard work at jeopardy.” Crawford moved out of her apartment after two weeks, sending an email to Blake Franklin, the building’s general manager, citing her doctor’s orders and the unit’s effect on her health. Prime Place denied Crawford’s request to terminate the lease. Franklin responded, saying her request was denied based on a decision from the company’s corporate office. Other residents in the private Facebook group complained over the apartment’s air quality, with some citing health concerns. Hannah McMahon, University student and Prime Place resident, noticed respiratory issues 10 days after moving in. She said a Nov. 3 doctor visit showed these could be due to her living situation.

A flawed construction process Even before construction began on Prime Place, the company faced setbacks and difficulties. Bernard McClellan worked as general superintendent for the construction site at Prime Place until Aug. 24, 2016, when he formally resigned over construction flaws and management concerns. He said the setbacks caused Prime Place to push back the move-in date and rush construction. In an email to Kyle Baker, city of Minneapolis building construction inspector for the project, McClellan announced his departure and said “[The contractor and I] have reached an agreement to part ways that I knew was

imminent. The unfortunate part is the shortcuts they are hoping you won’t catch.” The contractors lacked the experience necessary to complete the job and do not understand Minneapolis building code, McClellan said. Due to Prime Place applying late for a wrecking permit from the City, demolition of the previous site began in February 2016, almost 60 days after its Jan. 2 target, McClellan said. “That time frame, in the course of a year and a half of building the project, could have been recoverable … by making smarter decisions,” he said. Despite his insistence that builders would not meet the targeted resident occupancy date in early September, Prime Place management refused to advertise an adjusted move-in date early in the project, McClellan said.

Concerns mount at Prime Place Dan McConnell, business manager of the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council, found out about the concerns regarding the construction process and notified Patrick Higgins, building official for the City of Minneapolis and Ward 2 Minneapolis City Council Member Cam Gordon on Sept. 14. McConnell said in a statement the organization arranged for independent mold and building code inspections after receiving multiple “disturbing reports” of substandard work, complaints from former project employees and past Minnesota Daily coverage. In response to the mounting complaints from area residents, but before the Nov. 1 inspections, Gordon went on a private inspection of the building with McConnell.

“[I’ve heard] more complaints about this project than any other,” Gordon said. “And I’ve been here 12 years.” Gordon said despite seeing some finished rooms on the tour, he is still worried by the state of the construction. “It was clear that they were rushing and skimping,” he said.

Officials respond to safety concerns As a result of the report, the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council is calling for stronger vetting of developers and contractors when it comes to building inspections, fire inspections, certificates of occupancy and issuance of rental licenses. “Work at the Prime Place Apartments, LLC development is subpar and could pose a safety risk for current and future residents, many of whom are University of Minnesota students,” the Council said in its statement to the Minnesota Daily. The roughly 15,000-member council advocates for unionized construction workers in Minneapolis and surrounding areas. “How we ever got to this stage is very troubling,” McConnell said in the statement. “We were shocked when we learned that tenants were allowed to move in while the building is in its current state.” McConnell’s statement continued, stating that Prime Place follows a trend of out of state-of-state contractors performing unacceptable work, calling out processes that let them build in the state. “The safety of Minneapolis residents is in question here,” McConnell said in the statement. “There is no time to sit around and wait for health issues to arise or an accident to happen. We must act now.”








Running back Rodney Smith runs the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Minnesota turns on the scoring for win

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touchdown run. He had 279 all-purpose yards for the Gophers Saturday, and that was the most yards he had ever had in a game. His next best total was 257 against

Rutgers last season. In a game that saw costarting running back Shannon Brooks out, McCrary, Brooks and Croft combined for 409 yards rushing, the eighth most in one game for Minnesota. The last time the Gophers ran for more yards was in 2005 in a

loss to Wisconsin. “That’s a lot,” McCrary said. “We knew we could put it up, we just [had] to go out and do it.” The Gophers scored 54 points, their largest total since playing against Oregon State in the second game of the season, where they scored

48 in the nonconference matchup. The total is also the most points the Gophers have scored in a Big Ten game at TCF Bank Stadium. Minnesota’s defense was also a force on the field. After allowing two touchdowns in the first two quarters, Nebraska only scored once in

the second half, and turned over the ball on fourth down three times in the half and four times all game. The Gophers finished with six sacks in the game, and linebacker Thomas Barber was a big contributor. He made a sack and 11 tackles.


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“I’m proud of where we’re at right now,” Fleck said.


Pins and debut wins, Gophers make easy work of Falcons in opening dual All but two UMN wrestlers earned points for the team at Maturi Pavilion. BY OWEN MAGEAU

For Minnesota, a victory was never in doubt at Maturi Pavilion. In the first dual of the season, the Gophers won all but two matches and defeated Air Force 29-6 Sunday afternoon at Maturi Pavilion. “Overall, it was good,” said head coach Brandon Eggum. “Some guys could have wrestled a bit better match I think, but in general, [I’m] pretty happy with the efforts.” Mitch McKee provided six points via the pin at 133. Minnesota also benefited from a strong performance by redshirt freshman Hunter Marko at 149. Marko earned the Gophers four team points by winning a major


Junior Gannon Volk at 141 wrestles Air Force’s Alec Opsal at on Sunday, Nov. 12 at Maturi Pavillion in Minneapolis.

decision 16-2. “Today I felt like I wrestled pretty good,” Marko

said. “I was happy with the outcome today, but I still think that there are a lot of

areas I can continue to grow in and improve as well.” Sophomore Owen Web-

ster made his collegiate debut on Sunday. Webster won his match 5-0 at 184 and received a standing ovation from the crowd. “[My] hands and feet got a little tired, but it felt good,” Webster said. “[I was] trying to get to my offense and scored good in the first period, rode him out pretty good, but the other two periods I didn’t really get any offense going. Other than that, the atmosphere was great and it felt good.” Ethan Lizak, Jake Short, Nick Wanzek, Chris Pfarr and Rylee Streifel all won their matches on Sunday as well. It was a performance that could give the team confidence down the stretch, Eggum said. “Confidence obviously is the big thing,” he said. “You know momentum is important and when you get momentum rolling in the right direction, it’s hard to stop a team that’s going in that direction.”


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Though the Gophers win was never in doubt on Sunday, the team has room for improvement. Both Marko and Webster said that there were areas they wish could get better. Eggum also wants to see his team make improvements as the season progresses, especially when it comes to pace and intensity. “I think we all know that when you’re competing, a lot of the battle isn’t just physical, it’s also mental,” Eggum said. “We got guys that can do amazing things. When their mind is in the right spot, they wrestle great and they beat some of the best guys, but there’s also times that they can slow themselves down.”


Gophers rout Lehigh in first game Carlie Wagner and Gadiva Hubbard each had 22 points in the blowout win. BY ANTHONY BRYANT

The Gophers, with a blend of new and returning talent, showed off what they were capable of in their season opener. Minnesota beat Lehigh 107-73 to open the season at Williams Arena. Seven Minnesota players finished in double figures; Gadiva Hubbard and Carlie Wagner led the way with 22 points apiece. Wagner started the scoring for the Gophers with a three pointer to get the momentum moving on the team’s side. “I was excited when it went in, I was like: ‘Yes,’” Wagner said. “We struck

first which was huge, and that’s what we want to emphasize this year — that we strike first, we are not going to get in a hole and have to make a comeback.” Shots from behind the arc just kept coming for the Gophers. The team finished 52 percent from three, and shot 51.2 percent overall from the field. A big reason behind that total came because of Hubbard, who shot six for seven from three point land. “My team was just finding me,” Hubbard said. “I mean, they obviously didn’t have to pass me the ball and there was other people obviously open, but they found me and I was just comfortable with my shot. Freshmen Destiny Pitts and Paloma Gonzalez, a few of the team’s new faces on a team made up of veterans, each added 12 points in their


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collegiate debuts. Kenisha Bell finished the night with 12 points and eight assists. While the team showed off its balanced scoring, the defensive mindset it wanted to implement was on full display. The Gophers forced Lehigh to commit 23 turnovers and shoot 39.7 percent from the field. “I am very pleased with the balance of our scoring, I thought we shared the ball extremely well, and very pleased with the fact we took care of the ball — it’s a big point of emphasis for us,” said head coach Marlene Stollings. “Our defensive effort, playing


Guard Carlie Wagner dribbles the ball up the court during the Gophers’ game against Lehigh at Williams Arena on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Gophers won 107-73.

man-to-man for forty minutes was something that we will build upon, but certainly a good start for us and a good showing for us defensively.”

The Gophers will return to action Nov. 13, where they’ll face Rhode Island. Last year, the team was tested, and this year, they’re trying to put it all together.

“Our returners are playing with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder, I would say, because they were tested and they were so young,” Stollings said.





MAX OSTENSO, DAILY Viewers of Gustavo Germano’s work roam the gallery at the exhibit opening at Regis East on West Bank on Friday, Nov. 10. Germano’s exhibition entitled “Absences” showcases people detained or murdered by civic-military dictatorships in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.

Gustavo Germano’s ‘Ausencias/Absences’ brought to the Quarter Gallery at Regis The exhibit shows the effects of disappearances under dictatorships throughout Latin America. BY KATE DRAKULIC


rgentine photographer Gustavo Germano’s exhibition “Ausencias/ Absences” opened at Regis Center for Art on Friday night. Brought to the University largely on behalf of Spanish and Portuguese Studies Professor Ana

Forcinito, the photographs confront the state-enforced disappearances that took place during the 1960s to 1980s dictatorships in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Although temperatures were low, spirits were high as a diverse group of students, faculty and Spanish and Portuguese Studies affiliates welcomed each other. Conversations commenced around an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and bar tables, but those drawn in by Germano’s work were often quiet. “I wanted to bring an

exhibition about human rights and the way in which art represents an important aspect of human rights struggles,” said Forcinito. “In this case, the artist is trying to explore the empty space that forced disappearance leaves with the family … to connect with the pain and the long-lasting effect of human violation.” Displayed in pairs, the first image is a blown-up version of a family photograph. The photos are dated from the 1960s through the 1980s and were taken before the disappearance occurred.


Review: Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” On this album, Swift’s goal is to prove she doesn’t care about her bad reputation, and juvenile lyrics make her case perfectly. BY HALEY BENNETT


he album title might have made sense years ago, but today, Taylor Swift’s reputation as either celebrity or musician is painfully irrelevant. And if it’s meant to be ironic, it should at least be worth listening to. The lyrics to the songs in “Reputation” sound like something scribbled in a glitter-covered, spiral-bound journal on the bus home from seventh grade. Upon leafing through that same journal at the end of middle school, any sane person would cringe over those lyrics with embarrassment. “I don’t trust nobody and nobody trusts me,” rings during the bridge in “Look What You Made Me Do.” That statement is certainly true. But why do we continue to discuss her as though she provides any remotely original material to our cultural landscape? Ten years ago, leaning over an old acoustic guitar and warbling about the jock who mishandled her heart was a cute schtick for Taylor Swift. With “Reputation,” however, she’s back to prove… what? That she can make an attention shot by regurgitating Kanye’s arrogant persona, one no one really cares about anymore? Blame and ownership play important roles in Swift’s lyrics. They always have, since “You Belong With Me” came out on “Fearless” in 2008. In the stories her music tells, people own one another and therefore owe each other favors and attention, measured by a scale she controls. Any misfortune that befalls other girls is their own fault,


as in “Fifteen.” The trend continues in “Reputation.” On the eighth track of the album, “Gorgeous,” the chorus reminds the object of her frantic affections that her feelings are his fault — “I’m so furious / At you for making me feel this way,” she cries. And, I mean, “Look What You Made Me Do”? Really? The melody to “Delicate” edges close to catchy. But then she sings and ruins everything. If pop music is a Big Mac, in “Reputation,” Swift gives us nothing but the bun. Her decision to take comeback cues from hip-hop themes — “I’m doing better than I ever was,” according to “Call It What You Want,” saying she’d like to wear her lover’s initial on a chain around her neck — makes our skin crawl like we’re watching her dance to a Salt - N - Pepa video. The overblown egotistical Kanye mimicry might

have made for a cool artist comeback angle. But given that a 27-year-old woman relies on high school antics to sustain public attention she feels is rightfully hers, and can’t even be bothered to make up new games, it seems her reign is outplayed. Really, how many times can you declare your old self dead? Some say music’s been dead for decades. Others would argue that we’ve done new things since 1989. With “Reputation,” it appears that lyrics are out the window, too. After this latest album, the public needs a break from Swift’s music, self-absorbed drama and black lip-sticked headshot that has been travelling around the country on UPS trucks. She spoke for us on “Gorgeous” when she sang, “I can’t say anything to your face. ‘Cause look at your face.’” Grade: D (I wish I could give it an E for embarrassing.)

The second photograph, taken by Germano years later, is a recreation of the same family photo, but one, or in some cases several, characters seem to be missing. Smiles on the faces of remaining family members have long faded and an empty space weighs heavy in the frame. Germano explores themes of memory, love and loss while literally portraying the physical absence of the disappeared loved-ones. The size of the work is also significant. The photographs are printed large enough to present human

figures nearly life-size. Viewing the image requires a lifelike, face-to-face confrontation. Although the exhibit displays only 16 photographs, a video projected on the adjacent wall includes many more. Germano has been working on the series since 2006. “I think that art has a particular way of connecting with people,” Forcinito said. “For example, it expresses the fact that something took place many years ago still has an impact in the present.” In addition to teaching,

Forcinito works in societal advocacy in regard to human rights concerns. In an effort to bring “Ausencias/ Absences,” to the University, she pitched the idea Nash Gallery Director Howard Oransky. “The exhibition fits in perfectly with my goal for the gallery, which is to have exhibitions that tell people stories, so that we can make connections between art and life,” Oransky said. “Ausencias/Absences” will be on display in the Quarter Gallery of Regis through Nov. 18.




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Donate food to pay back your late fees

Voters should understand the ranked-choice voting system

“Food for Fines” emphasizes the importance of giving back while also minimizing personal debt.


hat if you could spread some holiday cheer and pay off your library fines or parking tickets at the same time? On some campuses and in cities across the country, ELLEN AILTS it’s possible to indulge columnist in the holiday spirit of giving by donating to food shelters, while also lessening your debt to the city or university through Food for Fines. Food for Fines is a program that allows people to pay off part or all of their late fees, whether they be because of a parking ticket or an overdue library book, by donating food to be distributed to local food banks. The program attaches a monetary credit, usually between $1-3, to each item of food donated, which goes toward paying off your debts. There have been many instances of successful Food for Fines programs, many of which began on university campuses. For example, at New Mexico State University, students are able to pay their way out of parking tickets by donating jars of peanut butter; if a student donates at least 80 ounces of peanut butter, around a $10 donation, they can negate their ticket (a

good deal, since the ticket usually totals around $35). Since 2009, the University of Alaska-Anchorage has had a similar program, asking for peanut butter and jelly to pay parking tickets; Grand Valley State University created four tiers of goods eligible for its Food4Fines program. Forgiving students for expensive late fees by creating a program that replenishes local food banks is an unequivocal win-win. In addition to helping those with late fees and those in need of meals, the program also helps cities or colleges in actually collecting fine money. Waiving late fees is sometimes enough motivation for people to actually pay off the rest of the fine, as some cities have seen in implementing the program. The holiday season is the perfect time to launch and publicize this program. People are already in the spirit of giving, and the program allows people to pay off fines in a way that ensures their money is going to good use. Knowing you’re helping those in need fosters community camaraderie, and provides more meals to those who need them. In the 2014 holiday season, the program in Lexington, Kentucky took in more than 6,000 cans of donated food; in 2016, Boulder, Colorado’s program brought in over 1,400 pounds of food and waived $7,205 worth of parking citations; in 2015, Albany, New York took in a ton-and-a-half of food through the program, enough for 5,000 meals. Implementing this initiative city-wide would be the ultimate goal, but by starting it on a

Food for Fines is a program that allows people to pay off part or all of their late fees, whether they be because of a parking ticket or an overdue library book . . .

smaller scale here on campus, we could prove its viability and its potential to help those in need. By rousing this spirit of giving in people, we could see an increase in charitable giving throughout the holiday season, even by reminding people that food banks are always in need of donations, whether that be food or monetary donations. It’s important to keep in mind that monetary donations feed more hungry people than individual food donations do because charities that fight hunger are able to buy wholesale or in bulk. Simply getting people in the spirit of giving could be substantial and self-perpetuating — but we have to start by making people feel good about helping their neighbors in a meaningful way by bringing more attention to the issue of food insecurity in our community. Ellen Ailts welcomes comments at


anked-choice voting (RCV) was amended into the Minneapolis city charter in 2006, and it was first used in the 2009 municipal election. This voting system was on full display during the 2017 municipal election this past week, as Minneapolis saw the highest voter turnout in over 20 years. Despite the high turnout, RCV seems to be a very confusing process for many voters, which may deter potential voters from turning out in elections where this voting system is utilized. Municipal election turnout, in particular, is one of the lowest rates throughout the country, and steps need to be taken to combat this. The main purpose of using rankedchoice voting is clear: to elect the candidate with the most overall support. This voting system is utilized in elections where there are often multiple serious candidates and if straight voting were to be used, a candidate with less than 50 percent of the total vote could, and often does, win. However, the system is not as simple as it seems to be. RCV is not a points system where first-choice votes would receive three points, second-choice would receive two points, etc. RCV aims to elect the candidate who receives over 50 percent of the votes. If no candidate receives over 50 percent voting on the first round, the bottom candidates are removed, with the ballots vote moving to the secondchoice candidate and so on until two candidates stand. Ranking another candidate for second and third choice is not detrimental to a voter’s first choice, which is a common misconception of the system. Simply put, ranked-choice voting is complicated, even to voters who turnout in the election. However, do the concerns with the system fall on the system or the people? At the end of the day, just as it is up to the voter to know the candidates and then vote, it should be up to the voters to know the system. There are ways to help people understand the system better. Advertising websites with easy to understand information about RCV, as well as encouraging others to vote and research can help combat this. It is clear that RCV accomplishes many things that a binary voting system would not, allowing for a consensus candidate to be elected, campaigns to be more civil and creating a greater swath of candidates for voters to choose from. Municipal elections, though small, are extremely important. City council representatives, mayors and other candidates often have a profound effect on policy that is the closest to their constituents. Many citizens may underestimate this impact, and creating a knowledgeable and passionate voter base will lead to a more diverse and better country. The qualms about RCV should be met with a call for voters to become more knowledgeable. Voters who understand the election process and the candidates should spend their time engaging with people who do not. Holding other voters accountable is how we create a better country and a better Minneapolis.


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It’s time to talk about female sexuality Women experience pleasure, and failing to talk about it reinforces the notion that they don’t.


week ago, I went to see the University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance department’s production of In the Next Room, or PALMER HAASCH The Vibrator Play. columnist The show certainly lived up to it’s name: I can confirm that, in fact, there were vibrators involved. Or rather, the early vibrator, which came into being following the advent of electricity. The play is centered about a doctor who treats women for hysteria by inducing “paroxysms” — what we’d today call an orgasm — with a vibrator. As it progresses, the play stages themes of female sexuality, marital satisfaction, effective communication, race, maternity and queerness. One scene in particular stuck with me after the curtains had closed. After both using the vibrator on themselves without the doctor present, two women try to

describe their different experiences of orgasm while almost completely lacking the language to do so. Instead, they speak in broad, figurative terms until one reluctantly admits that many of the sensations in question are “down below.” Finally, a third woman states that the sensations they’re describing are reminiscent of sensations women may experience when they are having “relations with their husbands.” The two women are stunned, having never associated pleasure with sex. The element of this scene that was most impactful for me was the characters’ lack of language to describe their own sexual experiences, and furthermore, the fact that they weren’t able to identify the pleasurable sensations that they experienced as sexual in nature. This play takes place in 1880, but, unfortunately, these problems still exist today. Female pleasure is a topic that’s pretty thoroughly dodged in conversation and general social dialogue. Many sexual education classes fail to discuss pleasure in any meaningful capacity. One salient example of this is a general ignorance about what the clitoris is, what it does and where it is located. The clitoris is crucial to generating pleasure for those who possess it (and those who do are not necessarily female). Furthermore,

there’s a societal focus on penetrative sex that leads to a phenomenon that sexologist Ian Kerner dubbed, “The Intercourse Discourse,” which, in his words, “promotes the hegemony of the penis over the clitoris… and relegates the female orgasm to the outskirts of sexual pleasure.” The implications of this are critical to our understanding and discussion of women’s pleasure. At an extreme, it discredits the notion that women are meant to experience sexual pleasure at all in the context of sex or on their own. I didn’t know that people without a penis could orgasm until I was at least 18, much less experience any kind of sexual pleasure. This was in large part due to general avoidance of the topic itself. In order to bring women’s pleasure to the forefront, we need to stop beating around the bush and address female sexuality when relevant. This includes using proper terminology rather than euphemisms, having frank discussions about sexuality and educating ourselves about how women have sex and experience pleasure. Sexuality is important in any time period, vibrator or no vibrator. Palmer Haasch welcomes comments at


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HOROSCOPES Today’s Birthday (11/13): Follow your personal passions for the next two years. Monitor finances carefully for a positive balance. Communication gets you through a tricky professional challenge this winter, before a domestic growth phase.

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Aries (3/21 - 4/19): Today is a 9 — Partnership flowers today and tomorrow. Inhibit fantasies and soothe doubts with facts. The rewards may be less than hoped.

Libra (9/23 - 10/22): Today is a 9 — Release a limiting story about yourself. You are beloved. It’s OK to feel good. Listen to outside perspectives. Truth is stranger than fiction.

Taurus (4/20 - 5/20): Today is an 8 — Your routine is getting more fun (and profitable). Keep practicing your chops. Get feedback from a trusted coach.

Scorpio (10/23 - 11/21): Today is an 8 — Don’t believe everything you hear; there’s more here than meets the eye (or ear). Stifle rebellious tendencies, and listen to multiple perspectives.

Gemini (5/21 - 6/21): Today is a 7 — Don’t get distracted by ephemeral fantasies. Stick to basics, especially with matters of the heart. Practical options satisfy.

Sagittarius (11/22 - 12/21): Today is a 7 — You’re especially popular. Participation in group efforts provides satisfying results if you keep focused. Distractions abound.

Cancer (6/22 - 7/22): Today is an 8 — Savor tender moments at home with family over the next few days. Keep it simple; overly-elaborate plans could be stressful. Enjoy the company.

Capricorn (12/22 - 1/19): Today is an 8 — Professional demands require your attention. Find efficiencies to shave time and effort and conserve resources. Keep things simple.

Leo (7/23 - 8/22): Today is an 8 — Make sure that the structure of what you’re creating is solid. Handle foundational aspects before considering details. Stick to facts.

Aquarius (1/20 - 2/18): Today is a 7 — Avoid confrontations with authorities along your travels. Things could get awkward. Misunderstandings spark without warning.

Virgo (8/23 - 9/22): Today is an 8 — Don’t rush into anything. Factor in hidden elements for the true cost before buying. Ensure structural strength. Only get what you need.

Pisces (2/19 - 3/20): Today is an 8 — Focus on the bottom line, and invest in your family business. Pull together for mutual benefit. Avoid distractions and silly arguments.


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DR. DATE Dr. Date,

As winter approaches, we all know what time it is: cuffing season. For all of your readers who don’t know, cuffing season is when you try to lock up that relationship with your on-and-off bae for the winter season. Cuddling under blankets with a cup of eggnog is surprisingly depressing by yourself. Most of these relationships don’t last beyond the winter because you have to be single for the summer, but that doesn’t matter. As long as I have someone to light my yule log for the cold months, I’ll be happy. Still, I’m having troubles converting my friend with benefits into a boy-toy.

—The Cold Weather Struggle

Cold Weather,

It sounds like you might be forcing it a bit here. There is no reason why you need someone to deal with the winter blues. We have so many holidays during that time of the year so that we can get together with friends and family for winter activities. Besides, there is no better way to take your mind off of the bitter cold than to participate in the beautifully consumer-driven holiday that is Christmas. I used to measure my friends and family’s worth by the ways that they morally supported me, but now I can choose my favorite acquaintance by the price of the gift they buy me. Isn’t that the true Christmas spirit?

—Dr. Date

Dr. Date,

We talked a while ago about the consequences of eating a watermelon seed. I followed all of your directions to fulfill my life before my insides exploded from the watermelon growing inside of me. In Bangor, Maine, which is a beautiful city,

I was able to make peace with my family and close friends and was ready to move onto the afterlife, but it never came. At first, I was angry at you. I went on a spiritual journey across the country and felt that my time on the earth was finished. But I found myself on some kind of spiritual journey in Maine after I had tea with a nice man who had a lot of skull tattoos and called himself Rollin’ Dave. Dave and I found ourselves driving along the beautiful shoreline, watching the leaves change colors. I lost Dave a few days later after he was arrested for grand theft auto, arson and impersonating a peace officer. The loss of my friend stung hard, but I soldiered on. Life was returning to normal and I was ready to head home — until I felt a rumble in my stomach. The end is near now. I can feel the melon growing inside of me like some mutant fruit, taking over my essence. It spoke to me the other day and told me that it was the grim reaper, here to take my soul to the other side. Somehow, throughout history, the description of his true form has been changed into a hooded demon. Who would have ever thought that the angel of death would come in the form of a watermelon in my stomach? The end is near now. Thank you for your advice, Dr. Date — it has helped me through the biggest obstacle of my life.

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—Watermelon Wanderer


I made up that thing about a watermelon seed killing you when you eat it. It was a really rough patch for me when I was dealing with some tough stuff. I apologize for that. Bangor, Maine really is a wonderful city, though.

—Dr. Date

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Senate meetings address sex assault


Interim Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Bill Paulus discusses the renewal projects on various UMN campuses during the student senate meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9 at Coffman Memorial Union. Senate members from all five University of Minnesota campuses were in attendance via video.

Thursday’s meeting passed a resolution for student-parent funding policies. BY MAX CHAO

Two University of Minnesota senate meetings for students and faculty on Thursday highlighted sexual assault prevention tactics and a resolution regarding student parenting issues. The strategies are part of University President Eric

Kaler’s sexual misconduct prevention campaign, developed in May, and specific plans were first announced last week. The strategies include expanded training for faculty and staff, a new public health campaign, an assessment of existing educational programs and additional online education for the undergraduate, graduate and professional student bodies. The added online education isn’t a perfect method, Kaler said, but can help give the student body a firm understanding of sexual

misconduct prevention and bystander intervention, he said. Other training modules for faculty and staff will also highlight bystander intervention, he said. “I really cannot emphasize to you enough how important this is to me, how important this is to our senior leadership team and how important it is to… our community. We have to do this,” Kaler said. One of these recommendations would require all students to complete online sexual assault prevention training, “and a disincentive

should be instituted for noncompletion,” said a report on the campaign. Currently, all incoming freshman and transfer students are only strongly encouraged to take online training modules. The University reports an 86 percent completion rate, said Maggie Towle, interim vice president for student affairs. The proposals will undergo a 30-day comment period to receive public feedback, Kaler said. Student senate At the student senate’s

first meeting of the year on Thursday, student-parent issues were the main topic. A resolution was passed to secure funding for campus childcare grants and to help members of the student senate collect data on local student-parents. “At the University of Minnesota, we’re facing a funding problem with our current student-parent help center and just overall getting money towards studentparents or childcare [resources],” said George Abdallah, student senator and sponsor of the bill.

Childcare spots at the University of Minnesota are low compared to other Big Ten schools, the resolution said. The University offers 140 spots for childcare while the University of WisconsinMadison offers 443 spots, it said. “This is going to be an uphill battle… Now it’s up to us, the student body, to really pressure the administration and pressure the state legislature to allocate more funding for [childcare],” Abdallah said. The resolution is pending review by Kaler.

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