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Tabula RASA November 2011 Roosevelt Academy

Issue No. 27 | Roosevelt Academy’s Student Newspaper | November 2011

The Institutional Fee Page 2 > The RA Council on the Fee Page 6 > The RASA Board’s Response Pages 6 & 7 > Discussion Overview Page 7 > The Origin of the Fee Page 8 > Beyond Occupation Page 8 > A Student Perspective Page 9 > The Day After: Prof. Dr. Meijer

Also inside:

RASA

OPINIONATED

Going cRAzy “It was one of the most fantastic events of the week; I never thought pillow-fighting could be such a workout!” From pirates to pillow fights, the CRAzy Committee Week was a big success. Check out the photo spread - who knows, you mighr be in it - and focus boxes on SportsCo and TheatRA.

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The Hero of Our Time? “It seems that with the death of Steve Jobs, it becomes visible that the Western world no longer believes in ideals that can change the world, but in products that make our lives easier. The person who can operate under this logic is our new hero.”

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ARTS & CULTURE

ENTERTAINMENT

“All works from an entire exhibition sold for £111million. It made him the richest living artist over night.” Julia Knie, Arts & Culture Editor, considers the art of one of Britain’s most iconic artists, Damien Hirst, the financial crisis, and the Olympics.

“You came out of the stats exams as a new person. The flowers smell better, the water tastes crisp, the sun shines brighter... Oh, wait a minute... You need to take stats next semester for your SSC major too... My bad!” Need a little cheering up? Do not worry. Tabula RASA guru Nicolas Castellon sees nothing but good things in your future. Mostly. Kind of.

International Art

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Horoscopes

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RA & Editoral

Colophon Daily Board

Chair Dorothée Grevers Secretary Dewi Zloch Treasurer Wouter Dijkstra

Editorial Board

Editor in Chief Dorothée Grevers Arts & Culture Julia Knie Current Affairs Dorothée Grevers Entertainment Thijs Welten Feature Dorothée Grevers & Nick Hirschstein Middelburg Malou van Stuijvenberg Opinionated Nick Hirschstein RA Sam de Vlieger RASA Nicolas Castellon Student Life Zeynep Aydin

Design Team

Design Manager Remco Zwetsloot Designers Wouter Dijkstra Kirsten van der Meulen Emma de Moel Gideon Sinke Promotion Manager Dewi Zloch Photography by PhoRA Roosevelt Academy Student Association Board 2011/2012

Contact Info

Roosevelt Academy Lange Noordstraat 1 4331 CB Middelburg The Netherlands tabularasa@roac.nl facebook.com/pages/TabulaRASA/190309257678552

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Who will guard the guards? The RA council does!

By Patric Esters, Joep van den Nieuwenhoff & Thijs Welten Tabula Rasa/RA Council

This Latin phrase, taken from the Roman poet Juvenal, clearly illustrates the problem many, if not all, institutions face. All top-down organisations rely on a management team that supervises and controls the organization. Yet the ones that control also need to be controlled; in other words, the guards need to be guarded. For this reason, the Dutch government requires all educational institutions in the Netherlands to have a so called ‘medezeggenschapsraad’ (Participation Council). The Roosevelt Academy Council (RA Council) fulfills this function for Roosevelt Academy and will be briefly introduced in this ar-

Disclaimer: Tabula RASA is edited, written, and published entirely by Roosevelt Academy students. It may not reflect or express the official views and opinions of Roosevelt Academy. Any and all mistakes are the responsibility of the Editors. Complaints, comments, and other issues should be e-mailed to the Editorial Team at tabularasa@roac.nl, including your full name and link to the university college (ex: student, instructor, etc.). All reasonable e-mails will be dealt with and, so far as space allows, printed.

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ticle. The RA council consists of three Faculty & Staff Representatives and three Student Representatives. The Faculty & Staff Representatives are Dr. Ir. van den Doel, Dr. Lelieveldt, and Ms. van Gijtenbeek. The current Student Representatives of the RA Council are Thijs Welten, Patric Esters, and Joep van den Nieuwenhoff. As Chair of the Academic Affairs Council (AAC), Thijs represents the students’ academic affairs towards the Management. Patric and Joep represent students on a more general level but both have their special field of interest as Patric used to be Chair of the AAC and Joep used to be Treasurer and Interim Chair of the Housing Affairs Council in the previous academic year. Although all three Student Representatives have a background in either the AAC or the HAC, they aim to represent stu-

dents in all possible matters regarding RA’s long term plans. Together with the Faculty & Staff Representatives they advise and control the RA Management regarding a wide variety of issues. They do not only focus on the financial status of RA, but also examine the succession of faculty members, the content of Management reports, and discuss the general Management philosophy. In addition to that, they deal with concerns raised by either faculty/staff and/or students. Currently, the RA Management is writing up a strategic plan in which the long-term vision and goals of RA are lain down. The RA Council is very pleased to observe this development and to be able to contribute to this by advising the RA Management. Since we, Thijs, Patric, and Joep, have been elected to represent you towards the RA Management, it goes without saying

that we are genuinely interested in hearing your opinion on what we do. In order to make it easier for you to get involved with this, a student “think tank” will be established soon. By establishing this think tank, we will strengthen our voice towards the RA Management. Though our input is highly valued by the Management, we at times find it hard to actually accomplish our goals since we only play an advisory role with only very limited measures at hand to actually change certain matters. Examples of issues that will be discussed in the think tank are the strategic plan, the institutional fee, and the promotion of RA. Should you be interested in joining this think tank, please do not hesitate to send an email to racouncil@roac.nl. Regardless of whether you will join us or not, you may be assured that we will take care of guarding the guards.

The RA Council Speaks on the Institutional Fee By Dewi Zloch

Secretary / Tabula RASA

Kristin Zlatanova / Tabula RASA

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Before the summer break, RA students voted Patric Esters and Joep van den Nieuwenhoff to be their student representatives in the RA Council. Patric and Joep, in the name of the students, now have two RA Council meetings every semester: one at the beginning and one at the end. Thus, it is no surprise that Esters and van den Nieuwenhoff already heard about the institutional fee last September at the first RA Council meeting of the semester. Van den Nieuwenhoff states, “I remember at the meeting at the end of last semester and the meeting at the beginning of the semester, that it was said that they [RA Management] would once, in the future, implement an institutional fee.” The fee was mentioned to them as a vague idea and the few things they heard about it were communicated to the students at the General Assembly on the 20th of September. Afterwards, the institutional fee was not mentioned specifically anymore

to Esters and van den Nieuwenhoff. For them, it seemed to be off the table, and they decided to deal with other things. Around a month ago, Prof. Dr. Meijer and RA’s Managing Director Jorrit Snijder invited the RASA, AAC and HAC Chairs to a Round Table meeting. Esters and van den Nieuwenhoff were not invited. A couple of days later, right before the infamous email was sent out, Esters and van den Nieuwenhoff invited themselves to the second meeting about the institutional fee. Esters: “At that point, it was already hundred percent down to practical business. We were not going to discuss it anymore.” The Chairs, Esters and van den Nieuwenhoff worked together with Meijer and Snijder on the email. They got to proof-read it and sent their comments on it. Van den Nieuwenhoff: “I think, from a personal point of view and from a RA Council point of view, that is was a good email. Obviously it was a bit vague, but they did not want to show all their cards immediately, which makes sense to me”. At the last General Assembly, Esters and van den Nieuwenhoff invited the students to join them in an initiative called the ‘think-tank’ concerning the stra-

tegic plan they want to write for RA management. Unfortunately, only two students signed up, and therefore the think-tank was not created yet. Van den Nieuwenhoff: “Right now [at the discussion evening regarding the institutional fee], we are actually doing what we were planning to do with the think-tank.” Thus, Esters and van den Nieuwenhoff hope to continue this discussion since, in their opinion, the uncertain start and future of the institutional fee might be seen in relation to the absent strategic plan of RA. After inviting all students, the RA Council had its first Think tank to get student input on the Strategic Plan on the 16th of November with students. The outline on what the Strategic Plan should entail, also supported by the Staff and Faculty representatives, will be presented to Management. Esters and van den Nieuwenhoff want to see what comes out of the discussions regarding the institutional fee and then figure out what their task is going to be in terms of the RA Council. Esters: “We represent the students when it comes to the really important long-term issues.” As student representatives, Van Nieuwenhoff also points out the importance of not only convey-

ing messages from students to management, but also communicating messages from management to students. Joep: “As a representative, it is not only about representing, it is also about providing feedback.” Concerning the institutional fee itself, Esters and van den Nieuwenhoff both would like to state the same: “When we disregard our personal opinions, we understand the Management’s concern and we understand why this institutional fee has been proposed.” RA needs this extra money from the government in order to function. Esters and van den Nieuwenhoff received some documentation and information on RA’s finances and they realized it made sense. Lastly, they think that the students can safely rely on them. They have been chosen at the elections because of their previous experience and they are working steadily towards goals they had set at the beginning of the year. Van den Nieuwenhoff: “We are not a council that works 24/7 amongst the students, we work more on the diplomatic level.” Nevertheless, they are always approachable for questions and concerns, so students should feel free to contact them.


Middelburg

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Middelburg From an Outside Perspective By Rachel Smith RA Student

As an American student here for a year from Massachusetts, when I first arrived in Middelburg I was an awe of the amount of bicycles, the cobblestone streets, and the bells that chime throughout the day! I had basically arrived in a little town that looked nothing like any place I have ever lived in the United States. I arrived on a day full of blue skies and sunshine (something I have learned to be grateful for here in Holland) and the town seemed so welcoming as it was packed with tourists, students, and families. I have grown to love Middelburg and am a bit shocked still when second or third years complain about Middelburg and their perception of it as uneventful. For me, everything is so different that even going shopping is a different experience (such as shops closing at 5pm or everything closed on Sundays)! Even the first few weeks a trip to the Albert Hein would come as a different experience as I tried to decipher various food products.

By Martina Heinze RA Student

I have lived abroad in various countries in almost all continents ever since I left high school. On the one hand, I think I wanted to ‘explore’ the world, see what else is out there. On the other hand though, if I am honest with myself, I wanted to escape Germany and the German mentality of my fellow countrymen and -women for a little while. Living in Middelburg has made that a little difficult, as you can imagine. German tourists seem to take over the city - and they do not seem to leave. Do not get me wrong: I have nothing in particular against German travelers. After all, that is what I consider myself to be as well. Yet, as a “long-term” traveler among tourists, situations get peculiar at times. One of my favorite encounters with German tourists involves languages. Germans have, in general, a well-documented tendency of assuming that everybody is fluent in German and that thus they are not required to learn the language of the country they are visiting. Whomever they approach, they address them in

Courtesy Photo “The amount of bikes was so strange to me at first.” Although small, Middelburg is such a cozy little place to me and has so many wonderful coffee places to chat with friends. The amount of bikes was so strange to me at first, as everyone I know in the United States is able to drive a car if they are over the age of 16. I am used to

streets crowded with cars so I think this bike thing will take a little more time to get used to! One thing I couldn’t miss when I arrived in Middelburg was the Town Hall and our Franklin. All of the buildings in Middelburg seem like they have passed the test of time. All of the

architecture in Middelburg is a stark contrast to the modernized buildings I am used to. None of our buildings in the United States could be over four hundred years old, so it is still a built weird in Europe to hear some of the ages of the buildings! Another aspect of Middelburg

All Those Germans

Courtesy Photo German tourists are never hard to find when it’s tourist season. German. During the summer months, it seems as if the Dutch language almost disappears in the Albert Heijn, on the weekly market, and in all the bars and cafés. The Dutch in turn keep responding,

in their ever-friendly manner, in German. It gets funny though, when I am told at my workplace that my German is almost perfect when recommending the soup of the day. Wait a second, almost

perfect?! Seriously? Ooookay, right... While I agree that Middelburg is a very nice and cute city and the Zeeuwse Kust something very special, the general German enthusiasm for Zeeland, frankly,

that felt very unique to me was the Market Square. It is so nice to be able to grab coffee or lunch with friends between classes and it’s only a few seconds away! Overall, Middelburg is a welcoming, cozy town that is full of new things to discover every day.

seems to be a little over the top. Especially when the “paradise” I am working at (a beach restaurant in Domburg) does not resemble a paradise when there is a lack of sun. Over the summer I noticed the typical German attitude that I tried to escape in the first place: complaining about this and that and everything. I have been asked by many Dutchies which attitude I prefer: “gezelligheid” or correctness. I have to say, gezelligheid wins and that places me in a rather interesting position compared to all the German tourists around me. Crossing my way to school, slowly walking in the middle of the streets not caring that you are in a hurry, taking up the best spots on the beaches and marking them with their towels from the early morning onward, complaining that a Frikandel does not taste at all like a Bratwurst But wait, what am I doing here? Am I complaining?! Guess I have to work on my “gezelligheid-skills” a little more. That would be the best souvenir to bring back from Middelburg once I graduate. And I hope the Dutch have enough of that to hand out to all the German tourists who keep coming to Zeeland as they could use some as well.

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Tabula RASA November 2011 Roosevelt Academy

Focus on: SportsCo

Inge den Oudsten / Tabula Rasa Dr. Resovsky joins in - with the most massive pillow of the fight!

By Fenne van Loon

Writer / Tabula RASA

During the lunchbreak on Tuesday about twenty students gathered at the Helm to attend the crazy pillow-fight organized by SportsCo. And crazy it was. Soft pillows, leather pillows, jackets, screams and laughter were flowing through the air. A perfect way to release some energy and get rid of some frustrations.

I never thought pillowfighting could be such a workout!

- Klaas-Henk

As RASA CAO Emma de Moel said: ‘When Dr. Resovsky showed up, I’m pretty sure many people used that as a chance for venting frustrations, like a failed exam or a bad math assignment grade. But mostly it was just fun.’ Well, when looking at the

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enormous pillow Dr. Resovsky brought (big enough to hit several students at the same time) Dr. Resovsky might have used this as an opportunity to release some frustrations as well. According to RASA Chair KlaasHenk Binnendijk the pillow fight was a great success. “It was one of the most fantastic events of the week; I never thought pillowfighting could be such a workout!”. And a workout it definitely was. So next time you want to gain energy, release frustrations or just have an awesome time, grab your pillow and go for it!

By Gerard Coenen Gajardo Writer / Tabula RASA

This year, during the CRAzy Committee Week SportsCo’s main event was the Pillow Fight. A great activity that turned out to be, as expected, CRAZY! students brought their own pillows and started a fun fight where even teachers felt the need to join. Another event worth mentioning was the “Coordinators Day”. On the Wednesday of the CRAzy Committee Week SportsCo organised a brunch to thank the work and responsibility of the various SportsCo coordinators that work during the semester. They were invited to have a good time and eat pancakes baked by the board.

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RASA Focus on: TheatRA

PhoRA / Tabula RASA

cRAzy

By Fenne van Loon

Writer / Tabula RASA Lunch break, Monday 31st of October. Imagine a mixture of the Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean, As The World Turns and some random magic elements, and you pretty much have an idea of what the first TheatRA performance was like. The message of this play can be summarized as: always go for the bad guy, solve your conflict by fighting, and never trust innocent little islands; they can suddenly transform in evil icebergs! Oh, and then there is the mysterious Captain Jack Sparrow,

who does not only effortlessly defeat honorable men, charm the women around him, make conspiracies with innocent little islands, but also seems to have the holy ability to walk over water! Let us all read and remember his (aka Danou Duifhuizen’s) wise, wise words: “I’d say mate that there’s one important thing, mate, I’m Captain Jack Sparrow. And Captain Jack Sparrow always lives through the worst ‘cause he plans ahead. The “innocent little island” and I had a little deal going on so that’s why I was mucking about, savvy? And as I’m always heading for something new, I never stay anywhere long.”

PhoRA / Tabula RASA

And the winner is.... TheatRA! RA-Spirit day: Balloons, facepaint and red clothing showed the RA spirit on Friday. During the lunchbreak TheatRA was named the CRAziest Committee! Samantha Schäfer, proud director of TheatRA was very happy with the outcome. Samantha: “I think what makes TheatRA the craziest committee is the nature of TheatRA itself that leads to an amazing community spirit. That’s because when acting and preparing for acting, you need to open yourself up to others, acknowledge talents and feelings that you haven’t acknowledged before. We have a lot of fun, but

it tends to get very personal, too.” As for the future, a lot more TheatRA craziness seems to lie ahead of us. Samantha: “Of course we’re going to maintain this level of craziness in the future. The Christmas plays are going to be a lot of fun to perform and watch, and for spring semester... well, there is even crazier stuff coming up there, but as of now that’s still a secret.” TheatRA received a mysterious basket that will be opened the 23th of November with all TheatRA members, Middelburg; beware for some extreme craziness that might follow that evening.

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The RASA Board’s Discussion Overviews Response ROOM 7: THE BIGGER PICTURE By Koen Houweling RA Student

Inge den Oudsten / Tabula Rasa RASA Chair Klaas-Henk Binnendijk speaks to students outlining the purpose of the group discussions after the information session.

By Nick Hirschstein

Tabula RASA / Features Editor

Roosevelt Academy’s Student Association (RASA) Chair KlaasHenk Binnendijk is pleased with how the whole Open Forum & Occupation event passed, especially since it was the first time in RA history that such a topic was discussed outside of the General Assembly. The unity among the students in this pioneer event showed that when such issues arise again, this is a viable way of discussing.

communication on the matter was somewhat lacking and that is something should be taken note of for future reference. The Board hopes that the institutional fee is communicated in such a way to prospective students that they are not put off from applying to RA before they even have started their studies. However, they recognize as well that the management did everything in its power to keep the fee to a minimum, especially compared to other university colleges in the Netherlands. The fact that RA offers better education is used as an excuse by the government to let the students

It seems RA is being reprimanded for offering a high quality education.”

There is room for improvement when it comes to the interaction between the RA Management and the students. That is also why RASA decided to act as well in this particular discussion. Klaas-Henk stresses that the RASA Board is chosen to represent the students and not RA. Therefore it was the management’s responsibility to report to the students about the institutional fee and RASA could not act on behalf of the students until they were informed. The RASA Board felt that the

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pay more. This goes against the philosophy of RA to get better education for the same price. The RASA Board hoped that RA will serve as an example to other universities to show that a better education can be obtained at the same amount of money. Instead, it seems RA is being reprimanded for offering a high quality education and forced to pay more for its ideology. For now, the next issue is how to keep RA accessible to everybody, no matter what their socio-economic background is.

During the occupy Eleanor event on the 9th of November, many discussions took place. One such discussion was about the institutional fee’s place in the bigger picture. “There is something profoundly sad about this.” Anger and despair were felt among the students, but since these were educated and civilised students a productive, insightful debate took place. “Is it fair that we have to pay an extra fee?” This was by far the most asked question by the students. Why do the University Colleges have to charge extra, while the “normal” Dutch university’s do not. It is one of the basic principles of higher public education in the Netherlands that universities charge every student (except for those outside of the EU) the same tuition. This policy seems to have changed with the introduction of the institutional fee. The government claims that university colleges cost more due to them having smaller classes and therefore more professors that need to be paid. What about the “normal” Dutch technical universities? Labs, libraries, scientific equipment, and a much larger campus are all things that the Roosevelt Academy lacks. These facilities do not come cheaply. The government claims that the Roosevelt Academy costs too much, but does not a university like TU Delft cost the same, if not more, due to all their expensive facilities? Yet they pay the same tuition fee as those at university colleges, until now. Is the government critical of the Liberal Arts and Sciences educated students’ benefit to Dutch society? Indeed a more radical analysis of the institutional fee presented by the discussion, but a valid one nevertheless. The idea of the government is that the Dutch Liberal Arts and Sciences students, after completing their bachelor degree, will simply pack their bags and leave the country. They will move to England or other countries for their masters degree. They would then settle, live and work there. Therefore not contributing to Dutch society. In essence, the Dutch government is afraid of a “Brain Drain”.

Inge den Oudsten / Tabula Rasa The institutional fee would discourage potential students from applying to a university college. Therefore, are more likely to attend a regular Dutch university instead and contribute to Dutch society after and beyond graduation (since it is more likely that a student would continue life in the Netherlands that way). One “positive” aspect of the institutional fee promised is the promised scholarships for the international students. This seemed a sort of compromise for the international students, since they are hit hardest by the additional fee. Yet this point was completely shot down in the discussion. Most people voiced displeasure at the introduction of scholarships. The main thought was that scholarships are not preferable to an overall lower tuition fee. A tuition fee is more stable and safer than a scholarship. If your grades drop too low, then one can say good-bye to their education. Is it fair? Does the government have something against university colleges? Are the scholarships worth an institutional fee? These are all hard questions to answer. The simple fact of the matter is that the institutional fee is coming and it is here stay. All we can do is brace ourselves as best we can.

ROOM 8: THE MANAGEMENT By Emma de Moel RASA CAO

In classroom 8, meanwhile, a very productive discussion about communications with RA Management, solutions for the strategic plan, and how to better

involve students in decisionmaking took place. Despite the occasional passionate curseword, the atmosphere of the discussion was one of solidarity and a genuine desire to search for practical solutions and change. In the first session, it was established that with a sound financial plan, the student voice and vision of RA can be operationalised and put down on paper, and the difficulties relating to or similar to the institutional fee can be avoided in the future. Some proposed strategies for the strategic plan that RA has yet to write up were ask RA’s founder and previous Dean, Dr. Hans Adriaansens, to write part of it, involve the faculty, imitate the plan of University College Utrecht (UCU) or Utrecht University, and form focus groups or think tanks of students. In the second session, this plan was made more specific. Under leadership of the RA Council, a student thinktank will have been set up on Wednesday, November 16th where students can give practical input for what they wish to be include in the strategic plan. Since the RA Council already has an outline of the plan, this is a great chance to expand on it and show the RA Management that the students mean business. Afterwards, the draft outline will be sent to the faculty representatives of the RA Council to improve on it and it will then be sent to the RA Management, demanding action (with a deadline!). If the deadline passes and no reasonable response has been received, there are more drastic measures on the table – but, everything in its own time. It suffices to say that the sessions were very productive, and all left the room with a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction.


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ROOM 9: THE MONEY

stop the government funding as well.

By Jitse Amelink RA Student

In the management session it was stated with emphasis: the institutional fee (which will probably be a raised tuition fee) is here to stay. The key question is now: what is to be done with the extra money? A couple of student discussion sessions and a public forum followed. The financial picture: So what money is there to spend? Why is extra money needed? Prof. Dr. Henk Meijer stated at the information session, “When [Dean Prof. Dr.] Adriaansens said he believed in better education for the same price, he thought he would receive a fixed amount (€800,000 for RA), like other major universities receive as well. He never won that discussion with the Dutch government.”

Inge den Oudsten / Tabula Rasa Possibilities for spending the money that would be left over from the institutional fee were discussed in room 9. In order to receive the entire amount Adriaansens the government and RA (and the other UC’s) made an agreement. The government will fund RA with half a million if RA raises approximately half a million as well. In order to raise that amount, RA

needs to charge the institutional fee. Not all of the money is needed to cover the expenses, so one can presume that there is some €300,000 left for spending, which is about the same amount the students have to pay. However, not charging the fee would

Spending the money: The next question is: how to spend that money? Two discussion rounds were held about this in a constructive, structural, and informal atmosphere. The first round focused on very concrete ideas on what to spend the money on while the second round was more about questions such as “what is achievable?” and “what issues have the highest priority?” The main problem raised by this fee is the lack of diversity it causes in the student body because a lot of prospective students who are financially less fortunate are less likely to attend RA. So one of the main purposes of this money is to compensate this lack of diversity. Various ways of doing so were mentioned. The most obvious of these solutions is providing scholarships and financial aid. By providing scholarships or financial aid one could attract more international students and those who would otherwise not attend. However, a major problem faced with scholarships is who would be eligible. If grades and excellence are prerequisites for a scholarship, the

diversity will not be maintained. If one’s financial situation is the only prerequisite, another problem is created. Second year student and AAC Chair Thijs Welten said, “It is very difficult to determine who is eligible for a scholarship, just like the books and housing fund. It costs a lot of money simply to find out. It’s not that difficult to cheat the system either. It’s not difficult to hide money. This was a major problem with the money with book fund and the housing fund.” Other possibilities for increasing the diversity are investing in exchange programs, in international recruitment, and in public relations in general. Another way to spend the money would be by increasing the quality of RA’s education by investing in courses and facilities (particularly, in the longawaited common house). When looking into courses, the main problem is course oversubscriptions. Third year student and RA Council representative Patric Esters says, “Oversubscription should be fought. You’re here to be educated. So it’s a harsh thing not to be able to study what you want to study.”

The Origin of the Institutional Fee By Muck van Empel RA Student

During its first five years, Roosevelt Academy received funding from local authorities, the province, and other sponsors. Now it needs to find different ways to finance its existence. Hence, the management is considering to install the institutional fee of 250 to 375 euro per semester. However, this will set RA apart from other Dutch universities that only request the fixed tuition fee of 1.713 euros per year (Rijksoverheid). Because of this, students are wondering what the deeper reason behind why RA needs to install this institutional fee is. As explained by Prof. Dr. Henk Meijer, “up till now RA received a lower funding from the Dutch government than what is common at other universities in the Netherlands” (2011). RA does get the same amount of money per student, but it does not get a compensation for overhead costs, in contrast to other universities. The government thus seems to have made a distinction between

university colleges (UC) and universities, yet so far no one seems to be able to explain on what grounds this distinction is made. In 2004, a committee advising the federal government delivered a report on proposed experiments concerning selection procedure, tuition fee differentiation, and flexible admission, under the name “Ruimbaan voor talent” (Advies Commissie).

this “Erkende evidente meerwaarde” (Advies Commissie) and thus received the predicament “Excellent from the NVAO for its education, teachers, and staff” (RASA Board). Turning this around; having such excellent education allows RA to raise its tuition fee. But why then is this expression of ‘to be allowed’ replaced by ‘to be forced’? As for 2012, the government

the excellent label in the future” (Meijer), RA is now forced to ask money from its students. However, nowhere it is stated that this excellent label, the label that permits tuition fee differentiation, allows the government to force RA to raise its tuition, and, moreover, to hold back on RA’s funding compared to other universities. An article in the Dutch news-

When Dean Adriaansens founded RA he ‘believed in offering better education for the same price.’ ... Now, RA’s excellent education will not be for everyone anymore. ” - Muck van Empel

What this article makes clear is that it is a privilege to be designated as a college to select students and to be allowed to differentiate tuition fee (Advies Commissie). When this is the case, the college may expect to “receive a special qualification from the government,” the RASA Board states. RA proved to qualify for

has decided to give RA half of the missing funding, with the agreement that RA raises an institutional fee that matches this amount of money. This seems possible for RA as it has the allowance to raise its tuition fee, in contrast to other universities that are by law not allowed to do this. Yet, in other words, in order to “maintain

paper Vrij Nederland (published in 2007), states that everyone, from a CEO to a Spinozaprijslaureaat, agrees that the Netherlands will only be able to survive the current global economic battle if it manages to foster and attract knowledge by improving its current educational system. When Dean Prof. Dr. Hans Adriaansens founded RA he

“believed in offering better education for the same price”. (Vanheste) RA proved that this philosophy can successfully be achieved. Yet, when raising the institutional fee, RA’s excellent education will not be for everyone with enough excitement and ambition anymore, but will rather depend on whether one is ready or able to pay more. In conclusion, RA has been qualified for giving excellent education, meaning that it is allowed to follow a selection procedure, flexible admission, and differentiate its tuition fee. The government seems to abuse this distinction in order to fund RA with less money than other universities. Moreover, RA is forced to implement an institutional fee in fear of the government not giving the remaining half of the missing funding. The only reason that can be found for this discrimination is the excellent education that RA provides. But should this not rather be a reason for the government to support RA for it appears to be of great interest for society to improve the level of education as much as possible? Therefore, being excellent should be supported and promoted by the government rather than punished.

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Beyond Occupation By Limo Baroud

Circles, Cash Machines & A Communication Breakdown

RA Student

A STUDENT PERSPECTIVE It is the usual night out at barrel; you are with friends and beer, but on this particular occasion, you are also upset about the announcement of a possible institutional fee. The occupy movements around the world seemed to have gained much attention, so why not “occupy” Eleanor? This is roughly how the idea of the Open Forum & Eleanor Occupation started. However, the fire that was initially lit by a Facebook event was quickly walked away from. A group of students concerned and interested in discussing and investigating the issue gathered after a RASA meeting and agreed that a change in approach was needed to make the Eleanor occupation an effective statement. The first change implemented was a change of the name ‘‘Occupy Eleanor’’, second year student Nicolas Castellon clarifies, “We didn’t want to align ourselves with the occupy movements going on around the world. There are people here tonight who don’t mind the idea of an institutional fee and of course people who do. We came together because we all believe that something is fundamentally wrong, whether that may be the amount of the institutional fee or the way the possible implementation of it has been communicated with us.’’ It seemed as though the original students who set-up the event initially wanted to specifically

By Eva Jousset RA Student

Inge den Oudsten / Tabula Rasa Roland Bolz and Andrea Fritsvold at the Occupation event. that this ‘’occupation’’ is more than just a collection of discontent students. The issue of the institutional fee has also put RA’s student representative system in the spotlight and the way in which other students can make a difference. Bolz describes how “GA’s are fairly ineffective in a sense that there is quickly what I call the politics of boredom: you get bored and then you leave. The social forum format is in that way a change from this and is proving to be a success.’’ However, problems still exist and according to Roland these include “the attitude of the Dutch government, the non-transparent management of RA, and the

The goal was not to try and get a consensus but rather feel the solidarity of RA students.” - Andrea Fritsvold

‘’occupy’’ while the group who took on the event after the previous group left is aiming towards a public forum, not an occupation. Third year student Andrea Fritsvold explains how ‘‘the goal was not to try and get a consensus but rather feel the solidarity of RA students caring for this cause and explore the different possibilities and opinions.’’ According to third year student Roland Bolz, “the most important result is the format of the social forum which is, in my opinion, a good answer to the discontents about traditional GA’s.’’ In this latter case, one notices

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relatively helpless position of the representative student boards.’’ The eventual setting up of the event required a group of students to be responsible for the building and prepare for students to stay overnight. Although one of the discussions during the Eleanor occupation was also on how RA should communicate issues like the institutional fee with their students, Roland states how RA did not protest and “simply said; ‘yes, you can do it.’’’ As stated before, the goal of the Eleanor occupation was to collect a multiplicity of opinions, however, allegations that the at-

tending students are “just the RA-socialists’’ had grown but also quickly been gunned down by the organisational team as Fritsvold states that the forums are “discussions where every voice is heard and important.’’ Bolz responded to the allegations by reflecting how “the world is more complex than a binary between socialism and capitalism. Presently the Dutch education system is a wellfare state type of set up, it’s very accessible, and there are no real skyrocketing fees, but the only exception are the university colleges and this is what we want to ask questions about.’’ Many questions have therefore also been raised during the occupation with a seemingly underlying message that although the quality of education is not directly reflected in the cost of it as can be seen in the Netherlands, the fact that it is changing is a cause for concern. Bolz controversially states how “the most crude argument [he’s] heard in favor of the institutional fee is that your diploma will have more worth once RA has become an elitist place; [he] believe[s] these are the scum of the earth.’’ The process of setting up the Eleanor occupation has been a fairly surprising one with intentions and ideas changing overnight. However, the main goal of people talking about an issue in a sensible way, with creativity being channeled to create innovative possible solutions, seems to be the center of this event. Whether it actually has had any effect is still an open question.

I went to the info session with the hope of leaving the room with a greater understanding of the situation. I left the room about as informed as I was when I walked in. The best way for me to describe the session is a circle, a dog chasing its own tail. A cloud of gloom and confusion reigned over the Burgerzaal that evening. It was not as crowded as I expected and what was left of people’s brains after the Halloween party did not leave much room for inspiration. We have all been told the gov-

Students wanted to know why it is that even students who have already enrolled have to pay. We don’t have the choice. Same education means same price for everyone. We were also informed of the effort being made to turn the institutional fee into a tuition fee in order to give way to government help. This time size matters. After being told what we could not do, a spark on rebellion ignited in the hearts of the concerned few. Anger is energy but we have lost the touch. Who should we direct it at? Who should we be fighting? Who should we protest against? The Hague. A shot at the core of the Machine. “You’ll be the only UC who does this,” said Prof. Dr. Henk Meijer.

I left the room about as informed as when I walked in.” - Eva Jousset

ernment wants more money from us. We have been told it is for our own good and that we do not have the choice but to reach into our pockets, however deep they may be, and surrender yet another cent to the Man. They told us that if we want more money from the government, we need to pay up that exact amount. They told us we didn’t have a choice. There is no guarantee that this fee will be stable and a dark future looms for those whose pockets that have a bottom. Imagine the fee going up and up. Do we really want to find ourselves in the shoes of the American and British college students? This may sound a bit paranoid but I was taught no to trust the system. “Naah, I don’t think that’ll happen” was the general answer. This is a far cry from what some of us expected when signing up at RA. The question “what about those of us who can’t afford to pay more than the current price?” was met with some answer about a waver fund. Circles. As comic relief we were given a list of potential fields the money could be spent in. Namely scholarship funds, a new Barrel location, and an International Student Recruitment system.

When asked about the figures our wallets will be up against we were told that only a certain “Jorit Snijder” had the numbers and that he was the only one who could share them. The problem was, the man in question was nowhere to be seen. Recurrent questions and circular reasoning were the essential characteristics of the session. Ask a question they couldn’t answer and ask it again five minutes later to see if the steam had turned to ice. Someone asked if there was any form of strategy in sight. “I’m trying to avoid that question,” Meijer replied. The general feeling was one of hopelessness and left me feeling sorry for the school. We cannot say no and we do not have any choice but to pay up. On a lighter note, we are not alone. It is nice to know other people care as well. The fear is now amongst us. If the prices rise, the number of student may drop. In the words of John Forgerty, “When you ask them: How much should we give? They only ask for more.” What we have here is a run of the mill communication breakdown. We want to know more and they cannot give us the information we need. Is this the Tipping Point of an accessible education for the rest of us?


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Tabula RASA November 2011 Roosevelt Academy

The Day After: Prof. Dr. Meijer HIS PERSPECTIVE By Dewi Zloch

Tabula RASA / Secretary

On the 3rd of the November, an e-mail was sent out to all students. It introduced the already controversial institutional fee and was sent by Prof. Dr. Henk Meijer, known to most of the students as the Head of the Science Department or as the Computor Science and Mathematics professor. Meijer was also the one who attended the information session on Wednesday together with Dr. Diederik van Werven, providing students with information and, patiently, answering all questions. What immediately became clear, was that the meeting was not only frustrating for all students, but also frustrating for Meijer himself. Not only did he not seem to be aware of all the necessary facts, he also did not seem allowed to share those facts. Together with Van Werven he tried to give as much information as possible, but amongst the students, the one main question remained: where was Jorrit Snijder and why were Meijer and Van Werven the ones that had to take responsibility? The day after the information session, in an interview held by Tabula RASA, Meijer explained that as soon as Dean Adriaansens resigned from office on October 1st, several professors had to handle the Dean’s tasks as there was no Interim Dean yet. Meijer shared these tasks with Prof. Dr. Clement, Dr. Burke, and Dr. Lelieveldt. The issue of the institutional fee happened to fall upon Meijer. “But,” he said, “I was not about to say that I was acting for the Dean, [as] that would make [the situation] even more confusing, since the next e-mail [coming from RA management] would announce the Interim Dean.” Thus, Meijer, unexpectedly enhancing the students’ confusion, signed the e-mail as a Head of Department and decided to let the students wonder about that. Looking back on the information session, Meijer explained that he found it very tough. According to him, RASA had asked him to explain the institutional fee to the students and to answer a couple of questions. “I did not think it would last for an hour. Maybe I came in with the wrong expectations,” he states. Meijer actually had an appointment at 19:30, but realised

Inge den Oudsten / Tabula Rasa Meijer listening to one of the many questions that were asked at the information session. He said he was surprised by the distrust among some students. “Maybe they thought that we were going to make extra money and put it in a nice golden flag on top of the roof.” that it would not be smart to leave half way through the wave of questions students had. If he had, “[the students] would say that I did not even want to stay and that it was not important to me. I thought, ‘there is no way I can leave because then I will have a hundred angry people here. And they are rightfully angry, too.’” Meijer also seemed to be somewhat surprised about the mistrust of several students. At the information session he explained that RA tries to spend its money as carefully as possible. Meijer had the feeling the students did not believe him. “Maybe they thought that we were going to make extra money and put it in a nice golden flag on top of the roof.” It appears to frustrate Meijer as he is convinced that RA is most financially efficient university college in the Netherlands. According to him, all faculty members have been very cooperative. If an instructor falls ill, other instructors help them out despite the fact that they are already very busy themselves. “Everybody is cooperating, everybody is doing it,” Meijer

states following with the explanation that he only teaches the Mathematics course because RA needs him to, not because he himself needs to do it. On top of their jobs as instructors many faculty members have more tutees than they actually have time for. “...everybody has been very cooperative. But on the long run, you cannot keep that up. The fees will have to go up”. Nevertheless, he understands that students are frustrated and he also anticipated it. “Of course I expect people to be upset. Who wants to pay more tuition fees? I still remember in my time, when they raised the fees to a thousand guilders, we were all on the streets! Of course we were...Who likes to pay more?” He also said that that was why the RA Management and faculty decided to announce the institutional fee as soon as possible and to be open and honest. There was also another reason why the institutional fee was shared with the RA students only a short period after its conformation: the Open Day was coming up. In fact, it was only six days after the e-mail that was sent. “If we had to tell the Open Day

students”, Meijer explained, “of course we had to tell [the current RA students] first”. Meijer adds that RA, in this part of the process, clearly made a different choice than for instance UCU did. At UCU, the management announced on the 1st of April that the tuition fees would go up the following academic year, no matter what. “[It was done] without any pre-warning,” Meijer says. “Now, that is not how we operate at RA.” Still, some students at RA question the way they were informed. They do not consider the e-mail a reasonable way to communicate the implementation of the institutional fee. Meijer does not agree with this since he wanted to inform the students as soon as possible and sending an e-mail was the quickest way to do so. He did not think a piece of paper would have made any difference in this and says that the e-mail’s content was decided upon and orchestrated by several student representatives. Looking back, Meijer would have done one thing differently regarding the e-mail: he would have asked RASA to send out the email about the discussion meet-

ing right after his e-mail about the institutional fee. It could have been stated that the student representatives were aware of this implementation and that they would organise a discussion evening. According to Meijer, that might have created less confusion and frustration. In the end, Meijer does agree that it is a pity that RA has to become more expensive but he also thinks it is worth it since it as a necessity for RA exist and improve the quality. At the discussion evening, one student asked Meijer why sponsorships had not been acquired for RA. Even the day after the question still seems to bother Meijer, “What do you think [Dean] Hans [Adriaansens] has been doing for seven years? Every company, every possible source of money has been used.” According to him, Adriaansens had tried everything possible and this was the best deal he was able to make with the Dutch government. Thus, students have no choice but to accept the institutional fee. RA needs a greater financial inflow. As Meijers states, “in the end, the books have to close.”

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Opinionated

Tabula RASA November 2011 Roosevelt Academy

The Hero of Our Time?

By Sam de Vlieger

Tabula Rasa / RA editor

It is nine in the morning October 6th and I am drinking my coffee before the first speaker of the day kicks off. The conference I am attending is about the role of economics in our society and this morning everyone is talking about the death of Steve Jobs. I do not have an iPhone, Macbook, or anything else with the famous Apple logo on its surface and thus I am relatively untouched by the news of this morning. However, it appears that I am one of the few. Steve Jobs is mentioned in almost every talk that day. As the day advances, many people post their reactions to the news on Facebook, Twitter, and other media to express their feelings of grief and admiration. What does this say us about us? What does it say about the people that turn their Facebook page into a memorial for the CEO of Apple Inc.? On the website of the White House, President Obama released a statement saying that “Steve was among the greatest of American innovators -- brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.” Other notable figures praised him for making our lives better, inspiring all of us, and changing the whole world. If a person, not knowing Apple and Mr. Jobs,

Of course mass reactions to the death of a celebrity happen more often (for example, after the death of Michael Jackson or Princess Diana). Literature on this phenomenon called public mourning explains that celebrities function as an example of how we should live. People form an imaginary relationship with such a personality, someone they have never met. If such a person passes away people look at others for instructions on what to do. This explains the rush of statements on Facebook and the flowers in front of the Apple stores. However, there are differences between these types of mourning and the type of reaction the death of the founding father of Apple elicits. Steve Jobs is quite different compared to a superstar like Michael Jackson, or the embodied archetype of the princess myth – Princess Diana. Whereas with both the death of Michael Jackson and of Princess Diana people were crying on streets, the reaction to the death of Steve Jobs is quite calm. It seems that people connected to Steve Jobs, through his products instead forming of an imaginary relationship with the celebrity itself. Moreover he did not have the superstar-like qualities, but he was described as someone who changed the world, someone who inspires. Yet, he did not change the world with his ideals, like Martin Luther King or Gandhi, but by making people buy his products.

Lamutamu.com smart, innovative, talented, courageous, and focused on reaching his goal. It is the person that

sign an ‘I will not commit suicide because of the terrible working conditions’ pledge is convenient-

It seems that with the death of Steve Jobs, it becomes visible that the Western world no longer believes in ideals that can change the world, but in product that can make our lives easier.”

would read these quotes, (s)he would be made to believe that this must be a heroic figure, a prime example for all.

- Sam de Vlieger It appears that Steve Jobs is the embodied archetype of another myth, namely of the Homo Economicus: a person who is

behaves exactly like how economists want us to behave. The fact that the Apple factories in China make their workers

ly forgotten. Lastly it seems that he is especially a hero in the male world, since almost all of people that

are quoted on the internet in response to the passing of Steve Jobs are male, except for Lady Gaga who told everyone that she would eat apples the entire day. Later on that day on the conference Steve Jobs was mentioned again, now as the person who showed us how we should lead our lives and see everything in an economic perspective. It seems that with the death of Steve Jobs, it becomes visible that the Western world no longer believes in ideals that can change the world, but in products that make our lives easier. The person who can operate under this logic is our new hero.

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Tabula RASA November 2011 Roosevelt Academy

Our Holiday in Vlissingen

our so-called vacation looked like. There we were, part of the junior jury: 25 students from all over The Netherlands and Belgium, with a clear majority of nineteen women to the personal despair of Maurice. We were divided in groups of five each led by one supervisor: our task? To judge twelve movies and choose a winner. Easy? We didn’t think

By Maurice Blokhuis & Elise te Kaat Writers / Tabula RASA

Maurice and Elise were given the opportunity to partake in this years’ Film by the Sea Festival in Vlissingen. The international film and litera-

Our first film started at 10:00 and the last one was to finish at 23:00. - Maurice & Elise

ture festival attracts more than 10.000 visitors each year and has grown to a major attraction in Zeeland throughout its thirteen years of existence. It always is an occasion for students to find temporary jobs and to engage with the local community. In addition to that, it offers the opportunity to get to see an exquisite selection of newly released movies for free. What a great thing to do when not wanting to stress the already spare student budget, you might think! But dare you to believe this is a vacation. Maurice and Elise had to learn the hard way. Read their story below… “I’m sorry professor Vazquéz, I cannot come to class next week because I’m going to judge over the Film by the Sea Festival in Vlissingen. I am part of the jury this year” This remark earned me “Oh, poor you, that sounds terrible!” while it was difficult not to notice the underlying sarcasm in his voice when I told him about this project we were going to be part of. However, even though Prof. Vazquéz (and probably you as well!) assumed that this week would be one great holiday watching movies, it turned out quite differently. Here is what

so. First of all, we were placed in the marine barracks with two bunk beds per room, private shower and toilet included. In the morning at 6:30 our supervisors would come to wake us up. Breakfast was served from 7:00 to 7:45, subsequently our morning meetings took place where we got some advisory how the day should look like. Our first film started at 10:00 and the last one was to finish at 23:00. On average, we watched four to five movies a day followed by intensive discussions regarding the particular criteria of the movies: acting, mise-en-scène, camera work, lighting, editing, sound, screenplay, plot, story, etc. After those, sometimes exhaustive, discussions we would reach back to the barracks at around 00:30 where we had the choice between partying with marines or having a good night sleep of four to five hours. Was this week a holiday? Not exactly. Was it a great experience? It was outstanding. By the way, the winner of the Moviesquad junior jury 2011 Film by the Sea Festival was La piel que habito directed by Pedro Almodóvar. A must-watch.

Arts & Culture

International Art Damien Hirst – The Artifical and the Expensive

Penny Quinn / Sonic 102.9

By: Julia Knie

Arts & Culture Editor / Tabula RASA

Arguably, Damien Hirst was the pop star of the art scene in the 1990 as part of Saatchi´s Young British Artists. Perhaps the formaldehyde preserved shark comes to mind or the diamond skull that inspired fashion collections shown on the catwalks around the world. Definitely, he is said to smoothly have shifted from the Avant Garde to the Postvant Garde when the 21st century approached and urged the art world to give it its own new vision. But unfortunately the century has not started off as blank and innocent as some might have wanted it to be. The financial crisis haunts the markets and has let to maintained human desire to escape real world uncertainty. The reliance on clichés such as money and champagne parties and a life in leisure remain the means to do so. Thus it makes perfect sense that Damien Hirst sticks around for another rebound. That his art is in fact not outdated, is up to be proven by Tate Modern in London. Readily prepared for the Olympics in 2012 the Tate Modern is

going to present Hirst´s shark from April 5 to September 9. The work initially titled The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living will be part of a greater show, dedicated to Hirst´s coup at Sotheby´s 2008 where all works from an entire exhibition sold for £111million. It made him the richest living artist over night. Luckily enough for Damien Hirst- his fate struck him one day before Lehman brothers collapsed and set in motion the international financial crisis.

has a high entertainment factor (with exception for animal rightists) the show may have the potential to attract plenty of new visitors to flock to the Tate. The shark as an icon for Britart, might also be a symbol for British patriotism and yields anticipatory potential for the success of British athletes at the Olympics. Football is coming home and so is Damien Hirst? However, the message under ruling his art stresses the ubiquitous notion of escapism that silently accompa-

All works from an entire exhibition sold for £111million. It made him the richest living artist over night. - Julia Knie

But what agenda is the Tate pushing with this exhibition? Has Hirst been selected to appropriate London’s cultural landscape for the Olympic games audience? Since he still yields broad international recognition and is one of London’s representative faces with an art that is self-explanatory and

nies the man made artificial and materialistic world. Isn´t this exhibition the museums thatcherian way of saying, that the city´s expenses on the Olympics are not sustainable? Find out yourself and do not forget to count how many diamonds adorn For the Love of God.

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Entertainment

Tabula RASA November 2011 Roosevelt Academy

By Nicolas Castellon Tabula RASA / Guru

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(June 22 - July 22) Putting your money under your mattress is not a good investment plan. The stars suggest you to convert your Euros into a future power currency: the Chinese Yuan.

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(July 23 - Aug. 23) You will make a fortune this month. You will find an extremely lucrative opportunity in the business market. You will keep investing, eventually losing all your assets in this volatile market, and finally be very much in the same financial situation that you are at now. Kudos.

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