Volume 115 | Issue 38 | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tips and tricks to make your life easier.
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CAMPUS Volume 115 | Issue 38 | April 15, 2014
April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. Find out the safety information you should know.
Administration Executive Director Alexandra Von Wolff
Director of Finance Michelle Tejeda
Administrative Assistants Tatiana Miyazaki William Peck
Editorial Managing Editor Jesca Cervantes
Getting through college successfully is tough, but we have some tips that might make it a little easier for you.
Sports Editor Lewis Harry
Anthony Albidrez Liz Baker Chris Brilliante Kyla Hollister David De Alejandro S.O Nicli Filiberto Perez
Maria Harris Brynn Herndon Ty Stevers Robin Howzell Christina Solis Skyler Wilson Jarrett Trantham
Design Specialists Ana Ayon Fernanda Teixeira
Graphic Designers Heather Miller
Web Editor Nate Turner
Get ready for the biggest party of the year. Details inside.
Photographers Kyle Chancellor Jenny Marin
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Letter to the Editor: Hello, My name is David Ettinger and I am a two-time graduate of NMSU who now lives in Florida. On a recent slow night, I was browsing the Web when I found that past issues of the Round Up going back to at least 1949 have been archived. I was thrilled to look up the year 1981 and find my old stories there. Though I only wrote four stories for the Roundup (all in Sports), it was enough to lead me into a 20-year journalism career at the Las Cruces Sun-News, El Paso Herald-Post (closed in 1997), and El Paso Times until moving to Florida in 2001. Much thanks and appreciation to those who have made this wonderful archive possible and available. Talk about a blast from the past!
- David Ettinger
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Many sexual assault cases occur on or near college campuses. photo by Ana Ayon
The month of April brings attention to sexual assault
by Brynn Herndon Staff Writer In October of 2013, three residents of Las Cruces apartment complex The Grove were charged with the sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman, according to KVIA. Despite this particular attack gaining decent media attention, it was only one of many more that had happened earlier and would happen again. On or near a college campus is one of the most likely places for a sexual assault to occur. According to statistics found on the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website, a college campus of 10,000 could have an average of 350 rapes per year, and the number of students at New Mexico State University is close to double that amount. According to RAINN, two-thirds of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. “I’m always cautious with keys in hand when walking at night and walking alone, and of course being aware of surroundings,” said NMSU student Linday Selters. “But it’s not a super big fear, I just do that anywhere I go.” Tuesday, April 15, 2014
According to KVIA, the three men responsible for the 2013 rape were charged with second-degree felony counts, but this case is uncommon. According to RAINN, 60 percent of sexual assaults go unreported and 97 percent of rapists will never spend a day in jail. The role of alcohol in sexual assault is very significant, as many people are unaware that intoxicated women and men are unable to consent to sex. According to KVIA, in The Grove case, the woman was intoxicated and taken advantage of, and residents there have also stated that the complex is poorly lit and feels unsafe. Former NMSU student Ashley Valdivia said one of the reasons she left the university was because she felt unsafe. “I worked all day so I could only take later classes,” said Valdivia. “Sometimes I wouldn’t get out until after dark and the walk to my car was terrifying.” Valdivia now attends the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. In Las Cruces, the most accessible sexual assault response agency is La Piñon, which offers educational presentations and training seminars. They offer both a crisis hotline and a chat service for victims. Is school over yet?
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Campus marrow registration seeks to save lives by David De Alejandro Staff Writer For Michelle Sterling-Rodriguez, a member of the Las Cruces community, blood cancer has impacted her life in numerous ways. Her journey with the disease began when her sister, Melissa Sterling, was diagnosed with leukemia and mastocytosis, which combined to cause major complications. Melissa underwent several chemotherapy treatments, and doctors eventually determined she needed a bone marrow transplant. Sterling-Rodriguez and her younger sister were both willing to donate bone marrow to help Melissa, but unfortunately, the tissue type in their marrow did not match Melissa’s. In order for a bone marrow transplant to be effective, the donor’s tissue type must match a patient’s cells or else the body will reject it. About 70 percent of patients who need bone marrow transplants don’t have a matching donor in their family. A person’s tissue type comes from his or her parents, but the way these two tissue types combine does not always match for children, even from the same parents. Because of this, there are more tissue types in the world than there are people. When patients don’t have a matching donor in their family, it is extremely difficult for them to find the lifesaving marrow donor they need. For Sterling-Rodriguez and her sister, finding a matching bone marrow donor proved to be a difficult task. For a year and a half, she waited for a match. By the time a match was found, it was too late. At the age of 31, Melissa died from her cancer. Because of this, Sterling-Rodriguez was motivated to become involved with bone marrow donations to help people who are in the same situation that her sister was in. Sterling-Rodriguez is now an ambassador for the organization “Be The Match,” and she is involved with finding bone marrow transplants for people who have very limited options. Be The Match is the national registry thatcompiles the tissue types of willing participants who stand ready to save a life. When a patient needs a bone marrow transplant, the registry is searched in hopes of finding a matching donor that is willing to help. Being on the registry is not a bone mar-
row donation—it just means if the registrant’s DNA matches the DNA of a patient who needs a bone marrow transplant, he or she has the opportunity to save a life. “Matches have come from the work that we’ve done,” Sterling-Rodriguez said. “I know that Melissa has saved a lot of lives because of what she has sacrificed.” Aubrie Vargas, community engagement representative for Be the Match, works closely with event planners to spread the word about bone marrow transplants and encourages people to get involved with the organization. Vargas, a cancer survivor herself, believes it is important for people to become educated about the organization and bone marrow transplants before they decide that registering is not for them. “We’re trying to re-educate everybody, because the Hollywood version of what happens is not accurate,” Vargas said. “We want to make sure that people know what’s happening.” The registration process is free and takes about 10 minutes. Registrants are asked to fill out a consent form with contact information. Then, a simple cheek swab is taken to determine one’s tissue type. That tissue type gets listed in the registry. If their tissue type matches that of someone in need, they will be contacted for donation and will be given the chance to help someone who really needs it. Today, the most common form of marrow donation is done through a non-surgical process similar to platelet or plasma donation. The process is a relatively simple outpatient procedure, and marrow in the body replenishes itself within four to six weeks. On April 16, Be The Match will hold a marrow registry drive on the New Mexico State University campus, outside of Branson Library and Corbett Center Student Union. From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., they will be adding names and tissue types to their registry of bone marrow donors. People can also register online for free with the promo code “marrow” at www. BeTheMatch.org. For more information about the on-campus event or about the organization’s efforts, contact Aubrie Vargas (email@example.com) or Michelle Sterling-Rodriguez (misterli@ nmsu.edu).
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” –Buddha
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by Liz Baker Staff Writer he stresses of daily life are hard to bear sometimes, particularly if you have an assignment coming up. Here are some life hacks that can make college easier. When it comes to studying, the average student feels more like they are dying of boredom rather than retaining the knowledge needed to pass. One popular method to get work done is using food as an incentive. Students can try reading for 10 minutes then having their favorite snack as a reward. This process is repeated until the assignment is done. According to a study done by Psychology Today, “the basic law of behavior is that higher incentives will lead to more effort and higher behavior.” Students are more likely to retain the information they are studying when they get something enjoyable out of it. Another study hack is to use different colored pens while taking notes. According to helpguide.org, doing this will stimulate visual memory, allowing the brain to remember the information faster. It also makes taking notes more pleasant. Making college easier isn’t just about the academics. Having a balanced diet that includes breakfast is also important. For an easy breakfast make scrambled eggs in the microwave using a coffee mug. “It only takes a minute and a half on a busy morning,” said senior engineering major Marcus Goodman. “I like to spray the mug with nonstick cooking spray, crack two eggs into the mug and add some shredded cheese and a splash of milk.” Another popular food trick is to pour pancake batter on the cooker and place bacon strips on top for a
fast and easy breakfast. To keep toppings from going dry when reheating pizza, put a cup of water in the microwave. Lastly, spices, vegetables and real meat added to Ramen make a more filling meal. When the microwave becomes spotted with old, crusty food, stick a bowl of water in the dirty microwave for 3 minutes. According to helpguide.org, this will cause steam to loosen the particles and make cleaning much easier. New Mexico in the spring is famously hot. To keep a stuffy dorm room cool, ABC News suggests hanging a damp towel in front of an open window. For heavy sleepers trying to wake up on time, try putting your phone into a glass to amplify the sound. “You can do your homework anywhere when you know the Wi-Fi passwords,” said junior Alexis Watson. “You can find the passwords to most places by checking the comments on Foursquare.” A hot laptop can be a pain, especially when moving during a Netflix marathon is not an option. Cooling units that strap to the bottom of your laptop are relatively cheap, but if shelling out the money for one isn’t in your budget, there is a cheaper solution. On the next Walmart visit pick up a 24-pack of eggs. Spend the day making pancakes, omelets or eating the yolks Rocky-style and then place the empty egg pack under your laptop for a makeshift cooler. No one likes taking out the trash, especially when it smells or leaks. A great way to absorb food juices is to stick an old newspaper at the bottom of a new bag before any roommates have a chance to throw things away. For the best college life hacks, talk to upperclassmen. With the experience they have accumulated over the years, they have the best tricks to getting through the college.
“The basic law of behavior is that higher incentives will lead to more effort and higher behavior.” - Psychology Today
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Stephen Taylor, Ph.D. Kyla Hollister Staff Writer
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Steven Taylor, Ph.D., is notoriously known as “the brewing class instructor” for the College of Chemical Engineering. The class, offered as a viewing a wider world course, is fun but challenging, much like the professor. Taylor is originally from Garland, Texas, which isn’t hard to tell by his accent. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Houston and then went on to earn his doctorate from Clemson University in South Carolina. Taylor said what interested him to teach was money. “That sounds crass, but it’s true,” he said.
Professor on Review He’s only a part-time teacher between jobs from NASA and White Sands Test Facility and also teaches at the University of Texas-El Paso. He said he wanted a paycheck to keep his family afloat until a full-time job comes around. The brewing course, ChE395V, is the only course Taylor teaches at New Mexico State University. Taylor enjoys learning new things and trying to communicate with students. Taylor also likes attempting to inspire people to learn and experience things that they’ve not give much thought to before. Taylor’s hobbies include, reading, hiking, camping and brewing beer, because of the class.
ARIES (Mar 21 - Apr 19) Tuesday's lunar eclipse zaps your love
LEO (Jul 23 - Aug 22)Inspiration has hit you in the middle of the
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21) Isn't it marvellous to feel talented, gifted and naturally brilliant? So much so that it seems hardly worth making any effort? After all, no one will know that you're capable of much more - so what the heck if you put your feet up. Wrong! Eventually (quite soon, actually) you'll need all the resources at your disposal - and you'll have forgotten how to use them. So get off your rear end. Challenge yourself for a change.
TAURUS (Apr 20 - May 20) The lunar eclipse zones in on your
VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sep 22) Getting a little compulsive, are we? Compelled to organise the planet? Try for a time-management plan - or even a cancellation of all unmanageable problems. Since your supporters are suddenly abandoning you, it's time to admit that not even you can handle everything at once. For light relief, look to your love life. It's going smoothly just now. Let the powers of Tuesday's lunar eclipse show you where to go.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22 - Jan 19) Obviously, you know almost
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) It's a strange week, with tempers frayed and the heavens playing games with your head. Nothing to be done, except perhaps to master the art of throwing pillows against the wall (instead of fists against cheeks). Rage is tempting. But the long-term plan is to stand back, watch the changes (they'll be impressive) and figure out what to do when the madness ends. Meanwhile, amuse yourself as best you can.
LIBRA (Sep 23 - Oct 22) This month's emotional nightmares
AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Family tensions are still bubbling
CANCER (June 21 - Jul 22) Unexpected goodies - gifts, money, a new friend - come along. Accept with thanks, no matter what. Think of everything as a gift from the universe. It's a great way to avoid guilt. That aside, your lunar eclipse beams down on your career, bringing questions and opportunities you didn't know you wanted. There's drama at home, too. Don't make any decisions this week. Relax. Next week will be clearer.
SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 21) So you thought you were rich then discovered an error at the bank? Or have you simply spent every last penny on vital necessities, such as art? No need for panic. Investments, inheritances and taxes need your attention now. And with a little extra work to ensure you get what you deserve, you'll easily drag yourself out of the dwang by next week. The lesson is about humility, generosity and money management.
PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20) Those spontaneous decisions you're
life and business partnerships. Anything dodgy or unhealthy will be exposed. The time for making choices has passed. Now your personal business is in the hands of the universe. Not a bad thing, but scary for someone who likes control as much as you do. Either way, this week will show you something new about your life. Accept it as a gift - even if it doesn't feel that way. health - testing your strengths and unearthing your weaknesses. No need for fear though; it's an early warning system to help you put safeguards in place. The career takes a small knock, as it settles itself into a slightly different position. Not that you'll mind. You need a little extra time for yourself now. You'll figure out what to do about all the changes.
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night, and you're bubbling over with ideas. If you're not sure what they all mean, write them down and the significance will emerge when the time is right - probably after Tuesday's lunar eclipse. While you're waiting, read up on the latest news and master the names of current politicians. A move into the big leagues seems likely. Either way, a big adventure is on its way.
will become more conscious with Tuesday's lunar eclipse. So even if you don't resolve the problem, at least you'll have a better idea of what you're dealing with. Meanwhile, try something that's difficult for you - trust. Choose someone who seems more deserving than the rest and resolve to trust them, no matter what. An interesting experiment. Open yourself to love.
everything - but even you could cram in a few extra milligrams of knowledge. The planets are asking you to sharpen your skills. Take a class or find a mentor. This is your week to rise above the rest and astound your friends with those exceptional gifts. And while you're at it, give some thought to your poor neglected body, which is leaning towards the mildly flabby side. Well, just a bit. beneath the surface. Watch that tendency to sit on the fence until you're sure which way the wind's blowing. Lack of commitment can be just as harmful as a bad decision. Weigh up your options and do something. And yes, your work is taking more time than you'd like, but if you want, you'll make a plan. If not, Tuesday's eclipse will make one for you.
so famous for will work against you this week - especially in the love department. If you're uncertain about your feelings, pull away for a while. If you're still unsure, spend some time with a counsellor or holistic healer - especially on Tuesday. If, on the other hand, you're (for once) comfortable with your love life, try working towards new levels of intimacy. What do you call a big pile of kittens? A meowntain.
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Anthony Says It All Anthony Albidrez Staff Writer The only thing you take out with you on a Friday night is a loaded wallet and your friends. We do not take any expectations to be hit on by a guy with eyebrows that look like they were sculpted on by the ancient Egyptians, the balding old drunk or the neighborhood tramp.You usually go out with the expectation to be hit on by someone who has blue eyes, blonde hair and someone you can have a great conversation with: specifics. Your type is generally what you want in a person, but sometimes you just leave the night with a fat bar tab. We all have a preference to people who we think are attractive. People base their types on external characteristics, internal or both. It’s going to be difficult to get both. No one is perfect. Why do we have types? Aren’t we all human? Does having a type work? And sometimes, we find ourselves not following our own attraction guidelines. It happens. Then there is the whole “finding your soul mate in a crowd of seven billion people with seven billion types.” You’re going to have to break some type guidelines. Date your opposites, someone who is entirely wrong for you. “Opposites attract, but it is limited. You have to have differences to challenge one another, but at the same time you have to have similarities to have connections upon,” Penny Lane said. Friends are always our type. That is why that specific relationship is intact, right? Something is working. “I feel like a majority of the time people who date their friends end up ruining friendships,” Lane said. “But, then again some of the best relationships are built on friendships.” As far as personalities go, they are the skeleton of a type. Without a personality the person would be empty, but sometimes internal and external types must match. Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Autism Speaks does not speak for autistics by Brynn Herndon Staff Writer
Somewhere in New York City, in a Park Avenue high rise, Autism Speaks touts itself as an autistic advocacy organization. Looking at the website will bring up a large number of highly qualified, educated individuals running the organization, which takes in millions of dollars a year in donations. Perusing deeper will reveal that no one on the Autism Speaks Board of Directors is autistic, and only about 4 percent of those millions of dollars go to bettering the lives of people with autism. Autism Speaks’ mission statement describes the organization as “dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a
possible cure for autism.” There is no mention on their website about advocating for adults who live with autism and improving their lives except as a passing blurb, and even then actions speak louder than words. To Autism Speaks, people with autism are diseased and a drain on society, and the condition needs to be cured so no more people with autism are born. The problem with this is that people with autism simply have their brains wired a little differently, they aren’t diseased and this train of thought is what is damaging not only autistic people, but people with all kinds of different mental states. Many autistic people are on the “high-functioning” end the spectrum, meaning they can lead perfectly productive lives despite some difficulties.
New Mexico State University student Sarah Green was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when she was 11 years old, which is an autism spectrum disorder that inhibits socialization. “It wasn’t a tragedy to discover; it’s just part of who I am,” Green said. Green worked with a therapist to learn the essential social skills that people with autism find difficult. She does not see her Asperger’s as the curse Autism Speaks would see it as. “People like me, who see the world differently, have been led to do great things,” she said. “Unfortunately, there are people who believe that anyone on the autism spectrum is something to be cured.” A Las Cruces mother of two autistic children, who chooses to
identify herself only as Maureen for the sake of their identities, said while she criticizes Autism Speaks’ lack of financial responsibility she doesn’t completely disagree with their mission. “My kids have struggled more than should have had to because of it,” Maureen said. “They’re so smart but they haven’t been given the same opportunities because of their disabilities. I don’t want any other child’s life to be so difficult because of something that isn’t their fault.” While perspectives of Autism Speaks vary, one thing that is agreed on is that if they really are trying to help people, they aren’t doing it right. Until they improve their view of autistic people they will always be looked down upon by the people whom they claim to represent.
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Las Cruces gets a taste of Las Vegas by Kyla Hollister Staff Writer Get ready to “day rage” at the end of this month because April 27 will be the first “rehab pool party” at the Hilton Garden Inn Las Cruces. Partytenders Inc., New Mexico State University’s premiere event and nightlife marketing group, will bring in new pool parties to begin summer. Justin Hodge, NMSU student and president of Partytenders Inc., said the party will happen biweekly through August and will be called “Adult Swim Sundays.” If you’re familiar with Las Vegas on a Sunday, you’ve probably heard of the popular party called “Rehab” at the Hard Rock Hotel pool. It’s an outrageous party that happens during the summer months in Vegas. It’s hard to get in and hard to leave. Hodges said there is no cover and everyone 21 years of age and older are all welcome to join the party. DJs Espy, DJ Eugene “Gene-E-Ous” and a special surprise guest DJ are scheduled to perform. Regarding the special
guest, Hodges’ only clue is that, “he will be returning from studying abroad mid-summer.” During the party, the Hilton Garden Inn will offer a full bar and food menu to guests of the hotel and pool. Discounted room rates for pool party attendees will be available depending on availability provided by the front desk. The pool party will be held from 2-8 p.m. at the hotel. There will also be alcohol and Monster energy drink specials. Las Cruces hasn’t seen pool parties like this since 2011 at Hotel Encanto’s weekly “rehab” pool parties. “I can’t wait to have parties like this back in Las Cruces,” said NMSU student, Alexandria Lynch. “It gives us things to do and look forward to in the summer. Those of us who stay in town for the break.” Hodges said he expects “a bigger and better crowd than the Hotel E parties. There will be better DJs and a different venue for summer partying.” The Hilton Garden Inn is located off of Don Roser and University overlooking I-25.
Rehab pool parties will be held throughout the summer at the Hilton Garden Inn Las Cruces. photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel
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Matt Johnson brings his music to Las Cruces by Maria Harris Staff Writer For Matt Johnson, music is a way of life and always has been. Born and raised in Staten Island, N.Y., Johnson grew up in an artistic and musical melting pot. Because of the variety of music styles in New York, Johnson was introduced to a widely diverse expanse of music at a young age. “When I was a young kid my parents really exposed me to a lot of different concerts,” Johnson said. “We saw all kinds of music. We saw reggae, rock, jazz and R&B. I was also able to grow up in that New York City MTV culture.” Although music was a big part of Johnson’s life from a very young age, he didn’t begin to seriously consider music as a career until he was a freshman in high school. It was at this time music manager Bea Montgomery was mentoring him and he thought about pursuing music more. Johnson was a music major at Long Island University and then studied in London for three years. Johnson has been in the music business for 10 years. He has played at many different festivals and has opened for well-known reggae artists such as Buju Banton and I Wayne.
His music is inspired in part by his Caribbean and Jamaican roots. He plays up-beat music with elements of pop, R&B, reggae and hip-hop. As well as musical performances, Johnson does modeling in both the United States and Europe. He was also been a featured actor in TV shows such as “Gossip Girl” and “Law and Order.” Johnson is currently living in El Paso and traveling around the Southwest area playing at clubs and some festivals and doing private shows. He is preparing to drop his new EP “Never Give Up” sometime this year. There are songs from his EP already on Spotify, iTunes and his website mattujohnsonlive.com. Living in El Paso gave him the chance to play at events like the University of Texas-El Paso Summer Slam Jam and the Club Ambrosia Cash Out concert. On April 5 and 6, he had the opportunity to play at UTEP’s clear channel radio event “Generation 2000.” Generation 2000 is a two-day children’s event with educational family activities. The proceeds from this event went towards the Child Crisis Center of El Paso. Johnson enjoys working in the Southwest area because of the different cultures he has had the opportunity to encounter.
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Spring Style by Kayla Hollister Staff Writer As the weather warms and skies clear, New Mexico State University students get their style ready for the change. There’s no denying some of us can’t wait to live in bikinis and trunks and have been day dreaming of spending entire weeks in a pool. I found this student on a sunny day at the NMSU Aquatic Center, ready to get his tan on. Student: Niko Pacheco Major: Kinesiology Year: Senior Q: What are you wearing today? A: A floral tank, Michell and Ness snapback, skinny jorts (jean shorts) and old school Reebok Pumps Q: Where do you find fashion inspiration? A: From the 80’s and 90’s usually. Q: How would you describe your personal style? A: Like a throwback athletic look. Also, beach-y; I like lots of tank tops and hats. Q: Are there any trends you want to try this season? A: I try to stay away from trends to be honest. If I do get into a trend I try to make my own niche to it. I just try to find hats and shoes that no one else has. Q: Where are your favorite places to shop? A: Online mostly and Pac Sun is one of my favorite stores to shop at. Q: If you had to wear one brand or designer for the rest of your life, who would you wear and why? A: Nike because they make all my favorite stuff. Q: If you could trade closets with anyone, who would it be and why? A: Will Smith from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air because I like the styles and all of the bright colors and stuff.
How-To: Let all your troubles escape you and get in beach and pool mind set. Dress for warm weather. Pull out your best bikinis and bro-tanks with the brightest colors and trendiest patterns. Floral items get you in the spring mode as well. Try them as a pattern on a shirt or on an accessory like a clutch.
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Why did the capacitor kiss the diode? He just couldn’t resistor.