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COLLEGE STUDENTS DROP OUT

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FOR MULTIPLE REASONS The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded a study regarding college dropouts. The study found that time management, lack of funds and no family support are big factors in many students’ decision to drop out of college. Trends show that for every two million students that enroll in college every year, 800,000 will never graduate. Students have many more responsibilities today in addition to attending college. Junior social work major Randy Walker said, “I was the Sophomore King, Mr. Gamma Nu and a member of the National Society of Pershing Rifles Fraternity, Inc. and I still managed to work two jobs. It

is hard, but I have good time management skills.” According to insidetrack. com, almost three-quarters of college dropouts said their decision was based on the fact that they could not juggle school and work. Tuition and fees are becoming too expensive for some students to complete their studies. The site reported that nearly 60 percent of college dropouts said they had no help from their parents and 69 percent said they had never had a scholarship or a loan. Money is not the only support system students need in college. Lack of support

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A study reported that lack of funds and family support were big factors of student dropouts.

The state of Virginia does not agree with new ultrasound ratification.

VIRGINIA IN UPROAR AFTER ULTRASOUND MANDATE

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procedure.” This is correct yet misleading because it implies that this law is widespread, but Virginia has joined the ranks of only seven other states that require the doctor to offer the woman an image of the fetus. Virginia’s law is not nearly as harsh as Texas’s law which requires the ultrasound image to be in the woman’s line of sight as the doctor describes the fetus and the procedure to her. State Senator Janet Howell noted in an interview with The Huffington Post that the amendment to the bill is not enough. “We have taken out the state-required rape from

Ever wondered where the NCAA gets all the money it distributes to NCAA tournament selects and the teams that advance? Athletic Director Marty Miller mentioned that the NSU men’s basketball team earned a staggering $300,000 just for making it to the first round of the tournament in a press conference held on NSU’s campus. According to ESPN.com, an NCAA budget released in February reported that the Indianapolis-based group expected to rake in $757 million through TV and marketing rights fees, championship revenue and other services. This seemingly large amount of money is distributed through academic enhancement, basketball funds, conference grants, grants-inaids, sports sponsorships, and student assistance. It is all big game of numbers

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Virginia became the eighth state to require women to have an ultrasound in order to have an abortion after Governor Bob McDonnell signed the bill into law on March 7. The bill no longer requires the uncomfortable invasive transvaginal ultrasound procedure which involves a probe covered with a condom and a gel. On February 22, the Virginia House of Delegates removed that section of the bill after public outcry across the state opting for the transabdominal procedure which is less invasive. The bill states that it “allows Virginia to join about 23 other states that have an ultrasound

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EXAMINE YOUR TIPPING POINT By Brittany Elmore I am not one to agree with stereotypes; however, there is one in particular I am starting to find some truth in. People in their teens and twenties are service industry employees’ worst nightmare. Why? Generally speaking, they are atrocious tippers. Like any rule, there are a few exceptions. Mainly those exceptions are someone like myself, a member of the service industry who understands that tips are the main source of income for servers. My hourly wage is $2.13, but after taxes, I do not see most of that money. Tips are the only way I have an in-

come. On top of that, at the end of the night, I have to tip out a bartender, so even the money I make in tips, I do not always leave with. This is why tipping correctly is so important. I am going to give people the benefit of the doubt and assume that they simply do not know the proper way to tip. So I am going to help you out. If your check is under $25.00, you should leave a $5.00 tip. This should not be too much to ask and, honestly, if it is, we would prefer you stay home or go somewhere that is more fitting for your price range. If you receive a

discount or you are using a coupon, you should tip according to the original price. With all of that cleared up, what is the correct percentage? If you receive bad service, you should still leave a 10 percent tip. If you receive mediocre service, you should leave a 15 percent tip. If you receive quality service, you should leave a 20 percent tip. If you are like me and math is not your best subject, there is an easy way to figure out percentages. Take the total, for example $30.00, and move the decimal to the left once, this will give you 10 percent, $3.00. For 15 percent, cut that

number in half, and add it to 10 percent, $4.50. To get 20 percent, double 10 percent, $6.00. Anything above 20 percent is very much appreciated, especially when it is deserved. And if you really want to get on the server’s good side, use cash to pay for your bill and to tip. It allows the establishment to avoid credit card fees. Hopefully, with this information, our age group can break this stereotype, prove me wrong and be seen as good tippers by service industry employees. Please, wake us up from this nightmare.

NEW LIBRARY…SO WHAT? By: Ashley Clarke

Marian Brooks Student Life Editor

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Our new library is my favorite place to be at NSU, hands down. Glorious spiral staircases, a computer lab with printers – which actually print, might I add, sectioned off study areas, even a historical art display. But walking from the library to the neighboring building, Brown Memorial Hall, I seem to suffer a bit of culture shock. I’m sure I’m not the only wonder. student who is wondering when our academic buildings and our housing will be as comfortable, practical, and aesthetically pleasing as our library. The construction of the Lyman Beech Library was impressive to say the least. But what will be more impressive is if the construction of our new library is followed by the reconstruction of Brown Memorial

Hall, the dormitories and other worn out buildings on our campus. President Atwater’s inauguration speech provided hope in regards to the physical aspect of NSU. “We have work to do in upgrading and increasing student residential housing at NSU, and we will do so. Yes, the earth shook … and it will shake some more … as we improve and renew our physical plant,” Dr. Atwater said. Much thanks to Dr. Atwater for addressing this fact, and I’m sure we will all be holding him to his promises. I commend the leaders of our university for making steps towards a more successful and enjoyable university. The Lyman Beech University Library was a hit out of the ballpark. But please, let’s not be a one-hit-


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ULTRASOUND MANDATE Continued from p. 1 the bill, but the way it is now is still an assault because it’s an unwanted touching,” she said. NSU students weighed in on the bill and its invasive components. Junior political science major Ryan Johnson said, “It is trying to force someone to get attached to something. I think that is an invasion of privacy. If you preach freedom, you should have the freedom to choose.” Americans United for Life CEO, Dr. Charmaine Yoest disagrees. She believes the mandate will save lives and the opponents are misinformed. “Ultrasounds are the gold standard of medical care, and women deserve to have such testing,” she told The Huffington Post. Junior nursing major Chelayne Hendricks’ viewpoint is even more stern than Yoest’s. “You have to categorize it. Let them see what they are doing to an unborn child because they want to be stupid, not use protection or not get on the pill.” The ultrasound bill is slated to be effective July 1, 2012.

NSU students join others across the coast to participate in the Day of Silence in support of those in the LGBT community.

SILENCE SWEEPS ACROSS AMERICA By: Brittany Elmore The Day of Silence is an annual, national event that peacefully and powerfully conveys a message against name calling, bullying and harassment against the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgendered and Questioning Community. The Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has been the sponsor of the national Day of Silence since 2001, and this year’s Day of Silence falls on April 20. By taking a vow of silence, allies and members of

the LGBTQ community speak out against the mistreatment of this group of people. NSU students are joining people across the country to participate in the event. “It has been important in the past because being overtly silent has been a method of making a statement. For me, being silent is what society wants from any oppressed group. LEGASI will never be silent,” said Antonio Williams, the president of LEGASI, the NSU Gay Straight Alliance.

The Day of Silence Facebook page features comments by the over 250,000 supporters. “This is going to be my second year. I’m excited for it,” said Katie Morris, a Facebook supporter. Lynn Johnson, another Facebook supporter, said, “The Day of Silence is more to show support for those that feel they cannot come out of the closet, are not ready to yet and have been silent.” The Facebook page also features some negative remarks by less hopeful commenters.

“Being silent for a day does not change anything,” said Amy Motsenbocker, in a post of the Day of Silence’s Facebook page. One woman in particular is hopeful that her silence will not be in vain. “This year I am doing it in memory of Jamey Rodemeyer; rest in peace Jamey,” said Ali Hayman on the Day’s Facebook page. For more information about getting involved in the Day of Silence visit www.dayofsilence.org.

HIGH GAS PRICES EQUAL A THRIVING ECONOMY By: Ashley Clarke

As gas prices continue to climb to $4, consumers are desperately searching for ways to adapt.

Gas prices are creeping towards the dreaded $4 mark, leaving gasoline consumers in a losing battle at the pump. “Gas prices are only going to go up,” said petroleum analyst Patrick Dehaan in an interview with CNN. He said the cause of the price spike is strongly related to the change in season. Summer is typically a higher season for driving than the cooler months. With the higher demand for gasoline, prices increase accordingly. Tension overseas is the lesser factor affecting prices. Freshman, mass communications major Nicholas McDon-

ald assumes people may have to find more practical ways to travel. “If it goes beyond around $4.50, people will start economizing,” he said. For other students, the highest price at which they will continue to fill up is even lower. Junior nursing major Robin Taylor said that she will have to find other ways to travel if the price per gallon reaches $4. She said that she has already tried both the bus and carpooling, but neither method is very reliable. Though public transportation is the least favorable mode of transportation for some NSU

students, it may soon be the only way. “I will probably be taking the bus more,” said freshman, social work major Breanna Schumpert. Unfortunately for drivers, the fact that the U.S. economy is on an upswing is bad for gas prices. The better off the country is economically equals the more driving Americans will do. “The only thing that could slow down an upward trend in gas prices is a slowdown of the economy,” said petroleum analyst Dehaan.


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SPARING NONE OF THE COMPETITION By: Marian Brooks

Pendarvis Williams (left), Quasim Pugh (middle), and Rob Johnson (right) are said to be some leading contributors coming up next season.

WHO’S UP NEXT?

“I really can’t remember those last couple of moments, but I knew when we won many emotions overcame us,” said senior Co-Captain, Chelsea Krall. Krall is referring to the moment just after Bethune Cookman’s player was unable to close her frame and sophomore, fine arts major Thea Aspiras sealed the deal. Outstanding performer and coach went to Aspiras and Coach Wilhelmenia Harrison. Both Aspiras and junior, Lauren Graupmann were named to the 2011-2012 MEAC AllTournament Team as well. “Once we realized we had won, we kept our composure out of respect for the other team,” said Co-Captain, Jessica Overton. Once the official announcement was made laughter, smiles and tears overwhelmed the lady Spartans. They were jumping for joy and the level of excitement was

off the charts, especially when they thought about what was in store for them in the near future. Clenching the first ever MEAC title was the next stepping stone after finishing three out of four seasons as the Southern Division MEAC champs. The bowling team makes NSU’s fifth MEAC title for this 2011-2012 school year. “Our next step is to compete in the NCAA tournament,” said freshman, Carrie Hickey. Hickey was able to contribute to the win by bowling an average score of 179 in two games. NSU is dominating in the MEAC and the bulls-eye target is only increasing with each win and title seized. A mere eight teams get to compete in the NCAA tournament, whether or not the lady Spartan’s will be a participant will be announced in the coming weeks.

By: Krysta Ricks

After their most successful season in history, the NSU men’s basketball team is preparing for next season. Becoming the 2012 MEAC champions and busting brackets nationwide by beating Missouri in the first round put the Spartans further in the competition than anyone had them pegged. This year’s success was due to the joint effort of the whole team, five of whom will be graduating this year. Only one, guard Pendarvis Williams, is not a graduating senior. This means that the majority of the starting lineup will be new faces for the 2012-2013 basketball season. Guard Kris Brown, guard

Jamel Fuentes, forward Rob Johnson, point guard Quasim Pugh and forward A.J. Rogers were all key players in the 2011-2012 season who will be returning next season. Can the team duplicate or even surpass this season’s success without McCauley, McEachin, O’Quinn and Tamares? According to sophomore and junior players, a completely new starting lineup is no problem for the remaining teammates. “The graduating players are leaving some big shoes to fill. They were all key to this historical season, but I know there are guys on this team willing to step up to the challenge,” said sopho-

more guard Pendarvis Williams. The team has become a group of local celebrities after putting NSU on the map in athletics. As far as reaching new levels of success while remaining humble, the team credits Coach Evans. Junior Quasim Pugh said, “The coach keeps us leveled. We are not celebrities; we are just like everybody else.” Junior Rob Johnson looks forward to replicating this year’s success next season. “There is pressure, but it is good pressure. You always want to meet the bar that the ones before you set,” said Johnson.

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NORFOLK STATE FOOTBALL RECRUITS THREE LOCALS By: Brittany Elmore

NCAA ensures that all the money from NCAA sporting events are being distributed wisely.

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divided amongst schools, number of sports, number of scholarships and the publicity that follows. According NCAA. org, the largest NCAA distribution, which was $36.7million, for 2009-10 went to the Big Ten Conference. This was based on its strong performance throughout history in the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, its commitment to athletic-related financial aid and its broad sports sponsorship. Depending upon the institution’s contract and agreements within the conference combined with their budget as a school and athletic department

determines how those funds are distributed. That $300,000 check referred to earlier appears like a small piece of change now, but any amount of money is bound to positively contribute to the program and school, while helping a fellow athlete along the way. The NCAA recognizes institutions with “long-term competitive success” with more funds. With that in mind, if NSU athletics continues this streak of winning MEAC championships and making historical change impacting NCAA competition, a hefty paper trail will surely follow.

Norfolk State Football had an incredible 2011 season, with a record of 9-3 for the season, and winning the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship 7-1. The team is looking forward to an equally incredible 2012 season, and a few newcomers are hoping to be a part of that success. Upcoming freshmen Mike Phillips, Conley Smith and Kimdrick Feaster are some local talent that will be joining the MEAC’s reigning champions in the fall with the hopes of recreating the success the team had last season. Mike Phillips, a senior at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach, will be joining the Spartans offensive line in the fall. Although he was recruited by a few other schools, including UVA and NC State, he has decided to attend Norfolk State as a computer science major and will be receiving a full scholarship to be a member of the football team. “I was considering other schools, but I chose Norfolk

State because of the coaching staff and the direction they are headed. I’m attending college to get a degree and sports are helping me get a degree. I would like to play in the NFL, but if I don’t make it I want to be a computer analyst,” said Phillips. Conley Smith, a senior at Hickory High School in Chesapeake, is very excited to join the team as a fullback next season. He also had other schools to choose from, including Liberty, Townsend and West Virginia Wesleyan. However, he did not want to leave the area and his coach told him to “go where you want to go.” “I wanted to stay local, and Norfolk State wanted me from the beginning. The coaches and players were very nice to me. They just had a winning season, and it’s always good to go into a winning program,” said Smith. “I want to get an education and football is helping me do that.” Kimdrick Feaster, a senior

at Salem High School in Virginia Beach, is another local athlete joining the Spartans in the fall. He hopes to play as a cornerback or a kick returner. He was recruited by multiple schools for athletics: Richmond, Hampton, East Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Liberty, James Madison, Old Dominion, VMI, UMASS as well as Norfolk State; however, staying local was very important to him. “I chose to stay close enough so my mom and family could see me play every home game and not have to watch on TV. My mom enjoys watching me play, so I enjoy making her proud. My dad is also a big role or inspiration, because he loves football,” said Feaster. The Spartans kickoff the 2012 season on Sept. 1 against Virginia State in the Virginia Lottery Labor Day Classic. Hopefully, this season is just as successful as the last.

SPORTS PERSONALITY JIM ROME TAKES GAME TO CBS NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jim Rome is still burning, it’s just that the passion has moved to a different place. The successful sports television personality has taken his game to CBS, where his new daily sports show, “Rome,” debuts on the CBS Sports Network on Tuesday evening, April 10.

“The show just feels leaner and meaner, a little slicker,” Rome said during an interview at the Final Four, where he’s contributing to CBS’ coverage. “We’re going to try to keep the show moving a little faster, do things that we haven’t done before.” Rome got his start in radio, and still has a syndicated

show. But he rose to prominence on television, where a series of offerings on Fox and ESPN platforms — including his well-known show “Jim Rome is Burning” — made him a controversial, love him-or-hate him figure. His new program will incorporate elements of his older shows, with guests from

the worlds of sports and entertainment. There will also be panel elements and “devices I’ve never used,” he said, refusing to give away what they might be until the debut of “Rome” airs. Rome will also be involved in coverage of special events, such as the Final Four and the NFL, along with a show on

cable network Showtime that is scheduled for the fall. “I had an offer to keep what I was doing. It was a very generous offer, and I liked doing it,” he said. “But you wake up, I’m 25 years into it, and I’m not the young guy anymore. I felt like I’ve got to stretch. I have to get out there and do something.”


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“ARMY STRONG” THROUGH BUDGET CUTS By: Ashley Clarke

Sanyika Botts sits on his fraternity’s bench on the campus Greek Walk as he waits for some of his fraternity brothers.

The Army ROTC at Norfolk State is faced with new financial challenges following the Department of Defense’s budget cuts. The DoD plans to reduce the U.S. Army from 570,000 troops to 490,000, forcing AROTC programs to lower their officer output. Lieutenant Colonel Daryl L. Collins, Professor of Military Science at NSU, said the AROTC has been affected by the downsize. Changes take effect as the DoD emphasizes quality over quantity in the U.S. Armed Forces. “Now the rule is that we must stick to our commission mission. If my commission mission is 14, then that is the number that I’m supposed to commission,” said Collins. The AROTC junior class now struggles with more cadets than available officer positions. Non-contracted juniors are on a waiting list

based on their physical fitness, GPA and personal assessment by Collins. Budget cuts may also reduce the approximately $1 million in scholarships which AROTC provides students each year. “As an HBCU, we are tasked with providing the Army with the diversity that it needs in its officer ranks,” said Collins. At NSU, the AROTC program boasts approximately 130 cadets, half male and half female. The significantly large proportion of female and AfricanAmerican students provides essential diversity to the Army. Collins believes the program will retain its strength through its output of quality and diversity. He hopes that the program will continue to grow, despite budget cuts. Collins said, “I have a feeling that because we produce diversity, we may be able to go over any caps in the future, if we produce quality soldiers.”

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Sanyika Botts, a kinesiotherapy major from Richmond, VA., crossed Phi Beta Sigma on Feb. 24, 2012, making him the first member of an NSU Greek organization who is blind. Sanyika developed retinitis pigmentosa, a rare eye disease in which there is damage to the retina, at the age of ten. He welcomes questions about his blindness, noting that he does not get offended. “I am just a normal person. How else will they learn?” he shrugs. Chanel Campbell, his older sister and best friend, is a mem-

ber of Zeta Phi Beta, the Sigmas’ sister organization. Sanyika credits his interest in the Sigmas to her introducing him to a few of the brothers. He considers himself a role model for other students with disabilities. “I have laid down the blue print for others so they will not be afraid to follow my example,” said Botts. Sanyika is able to participate in most activities with the fraternity. He is learning to hop and will be on the yard soon, he jokingly said, “You just have to have a sense of rhythm and stay on the beat.” He also says that

yelling at his probate was a good “out-of-character” experience. There are some activities in which Sanyika cannot participate. “There were certain things during the intake process that I could not do for medical reasons,” he said. His busy schedule does not hold him back. Sanyika is the president of the NSU Lions Club and maintains a 3.2 GPA with a full-time course schedule that is partially paid for with a scholarship from the Department for the Blind. He lives by the Phi Beta Sigma motto, “Culture for Service

and Service for Humanity.” Sanyika’s face shines with pride as he discusses his fraternity which participates in events such as Relay for Life, food drives, March of Dimes and Sleep Out for Homeless. “We do not discriminate. We do not care where you are from. We all come together for one common cause,” he said. Sanyika beams while clutching his walking cane, which is newly decorated with blue and white stripes, the fraternity’s colors. “Phi Beta Sigma is known as ‘the people’s fraternity’ and I am living proof of it.”

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A STUDENT ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE BEYOND MEASURE By: Krysta Ricks

NSU is home to some of the most talented scholars in the country and Te’Airra Brown is definitely one of those scholars. Te’Airra Brown is a computer engineering major with a 3.9 GPA. She entered NSU with 30 credits making her a sophomore her first year and received a full ride scholarship with the DNIMAS program. Not only that, she also has the Bill Gates Millennium scholarship which is a ten-year full ride to earn her bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. Te’Airra chose NSU despite the fact that some friends and family questioned her deci-

sion. “I chose NSU because I wanted to change the stereotype of the university and prove to people that you can get a good, quality education from an HBCU.” Te’Airra has interned at Elizabeth City State University and Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California. She attended the Focus program at Georgia Tech and a robotics competition at FAMU, and met Bill Gates at the National Urban League Conference in Boston, Ma. As vice president of the National Society of Black Engineers and a member of Delta

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Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Te’Airra still makes time to give back to her community. She is a volunteer at the Oasis Food Bank and she is a mentor at I.C. Norcom High School. “I want the kids to have a positive role model. They need to know that you can still be successful if you come from an underprivileged area,” said Brown. Te’Airra believes that everything she does now is in preparation for the future. She lives by Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote, “The future belongs to those that believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

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‘THE HUNGER GAMES’ By: Quamé A. Hamlin

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“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds ever be in your favor.” That is the slogan for the Hunger Games, a fight to the death between 24 teenage contestants (know as tributes in the film), held each year. Set in the future, where the United States is divided up into 12 impoverished districts and controlled by a totalitarian government (led by Donald Sutherland as “President Snow”), the Hunger Games are used as a scare tactic to maintain order. Two tributes are selected from each district to compete, with one ultimate winner who receives fame and riches. The film, based on the first of a three-book series by Suzanne Collins, centers around Katniss Everdeen (played by Oscar nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence), who volunteers as a tribute to take the place of her younger sister and fellow District 12 citizen, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Katniss, a part-time archer who hunts animals and barters her kills to help make ends meet, begins the film in the midst of a budding romance with Gale Hawthorne, played by Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song), but that all changes once the ‘Games’ begin. T H E

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The Hunger Games is like one huge collaboration of great pieces of fiction, science fiction, action and adventure art. Reminiscent of the short story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, The Hunger Games can be compared to other notable film series like Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Twilight, Narnia and the film series that almost was, The Golden Compass. The story line, the cinematography, lighting and pace of the film are all great. With wins in each of those areas, combined with parallels to proven, multiple Academy Award-winning and nominated films, The Hunger Games is definitely a film that is worth seeing. With that said, because there are more films in the works and there is always room for growth, I rate this film 4.5 stars out of 5.

In 2011, the #NSU football team only lost one conference game. #weruntheMEAC #NSU men’s track team won its seventh consecutive indoor title. #weruntheMEAC NSU Volleyball > @LILBTHEBASEDGOD #weruntheMEAC The men’s cross country team won its 11th conference title in 12 years. #weruntheMEAC The success of #NSU athletics has school spirit at an all-time high. #weruntheMEAC


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