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Campus Life, pg.2

November 16, 2012



is one of the many veterans on campus HONORING OUR HEROES ­­David Martinez spent 22 years serving in the United States Navy

Campus News, pg. 3

Guy Folger

Senior Staff Writer

Views, pg. 5

Alumni pg.7

Sports, pg. 8

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” - Albert Schweitzer

Eastern Oklahoma State College sophomores Kate Atchley from Brownwood, Tex. and Jake Wood from McAlester were named the 2012 Homecoming queen and king during festivities on Nov. 3. Kate represented Eastern’s softball team, while Jake represented the baseball team.

There are over 125 veterans on the campus of Eastern Oklahoma State College. This is the story of just one, David Martinez, EOSC postmaster. In 1973, Martinez received his GED from McLane High School in Fresno, Calif. Because of the growing gang population in and around Fresno, he had already decided against pursuing a law enforcement career and was now thinking of leaving the area. When his best friend visited a Navy recruiter, in 1974, he decided to enlist, as well. After recruit training (boot Camp) in San Diego, Calif., he attended the Navy’s Boiler Technician School. Since a boiler technician literally keeps the Navy moving, a lot of time is spent at sea or aboard ship. During his naval career, Martinez was stationed aboard the USS Robinson, a guided missile destroyer, the USS Fort Fisher, a dock land-

ing ship, the USS Lockwood, an anti-submarine warfare fast frigate and the USS Blue Ridge, a logistics control command ship. While on the USS Robinson, the ship was at Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of Vietnam. Among the shore duty stations of Martinez were the base police at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, as an instructor at the Engineering Systems School and as a Command Duty Officer at the Service School Command, both at the Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill. After Boiler Technician School, Martinez received additional training at Automatic Combustion Control console operator and maintenance courses, Naval Instructor School, Career Information Coordinator course, Boiler Water Test and Treatment course and Gas Free Engineers course. As a result of his training, he is a licensed First Class Stationary Engineer with the SEE


Chambers receives $1,000 community college scholarship Eastern Oklahoma State College sophomore Larriann Chambers recently received a $1,000 tuition waiver scholarship from the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC). Chambers, who is from Tushka, is currently studying agriculture communications at Eastern. She plans to graduate in May and pursue a double major in agriculture communications and agriculture business at Oklaho-

ma State University. OACC scholarship recipients are selected based on academics, leadership and service. Chambers is very active in student organizations at Eastern. She is the Eastern Student Government reporter, the Aggie Club treasurer and a member of the Ag Ambassadors. She is also a Presidential Scholar and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Eastern President Dr. Stephen Smith presents sophomore Larriann Chambers with her $1,000 scholarship award from the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges.

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Campus News PASS CLUB

November 13, 2012

Has your club elected officers? Please contact the Mass Comm Department to


set up a picture for the

11/19 Seminole State College @EOSC 6 p.m.

newspaper or

11/29 Northern-Tonkawa @EOSC 6 p.m.

for the yearbook: Kristen Turner

1/4/13 Talihina @ Wilburton - 6:30 p.m. 1/24 Connors @ EOSC 6 p.m. 1/25 Hartshorne @ Wilburton 6:30 p.m. 2/1 Heavener @ Wilburton 6:30 p.m. 2/7 Carl Albert @ EOSC 6 p.m. 2/18 Redlands @ EOSC 6 p.m.

Offices closing for winter break beginning Dec. 19 With the end of the semester coming to an end, it is important to be aware that the offices of Eastern Oklahoma State College will close for two weeks during the Christmas break. While finals week will end Dec. 14, Eastern’s offices will maintain normal hours until Dec. 18. Offices will open again Jan. 3, 2013. The spring semester will officially begin Jan. 14, 2013.

Members of the Psychology and Social Sciences (P.A.S.S.) Club take time for a picture during a regularly scheduled meeting. Pictured front row, from left, Cheryl Wood-Myers (faculty sponsor), Hailey Luker, Morgan Merrifield, Virginia Rivera, Haley Cadle, Taylor Burch, Rebekah Ingle, Payton Hokit and Angelica Macias. Middle row, Brittany Martin, Kelsey Eller, Carlynn Wren, Mary-Iris Green and Nichole Stuart. Back row, Teaquah Robinson, George Green, J. Dante Wortham and Sam Harley. For information concerning the PASS Club contact Wood-Myers at 918.465.1757. Photo by Mark Stephens


Phi Theta Kappa claims victory in statewide voter registration contest EOSC PRESS RELEASE Eastern Oklahoma State College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society recently received first-place honors from Oklahoma Campus Compact for winning a statewide voter registration competition. Student PTK members registered an additional 8.1 percent of Eastern’s student population to win. During the five-day competition, 24 participating colleges and universities registered a total of 3,880 new voters. The winning institutions will be recognized during a Dec. 6 meeting of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Established in 2000 as part of the Oklahoma Campus Compact, the object is to increase student civic engagement on Oklahoma college campuses. The competition is comprised of three categories based on full-time student populations. Eastern is in the RED category with state universities and colleges with 1-3,000 FTE (full-timeequivalent students). The runner-up for the RED category was Seminole State College with 4.6 percent of its student population.

Eastern’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society recently led a winning effort to register students to vote during a statewide competition. Officers include (l to r) Whitney Noel of Rattan, Haley Cadle of Haileyville, Taylor Glasco of Kinta, Brittan Raines of Red Oak, Allison Burns of Broken Bow, Khyria Vires of Haileyville, and Bradley Battershell of Calvin.


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Music Department schedules 86th annual Candlelighting program The Eastern Oklahoma State College Music Department will present its 86th Annual Candlelighting program at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 in Mitchell Auditorium. The program will feature performances by the Eastern Concert Choir and Mountaineer Band. The concert is free and open to the public. The Mountaineer Band will begin the evening with songs from “The Nutcracker,” “A Peaceful Christmas,” Jingle Bell Gallop,” “A Christmas Cannon,” “The First Noel/Pachelbel’s Canon” and the “Twelve Songs of Christmas.” Eastern’s Concert Choir will perform a variety of holiday selections and melodies. Patrick Moore, Eastern’s director of instrumental and choral ensembles and head of the Music Department, will direct the performance, while Mary E. Ford will serve as the accompanist. Eastern students Hailie Dust of McAlester, Sam Harley of Idabel, Rodney Morris of Forney, Tex. and Alison Burns of Broken Bow will give solo performances. EOSC performers include Pat-

ty Craig, Cheyenne Crosby, Patrick O’Hara, Laren Cox, Nicholas Santine, Nicholas Wingo, Adam Butler-Jones, John Fryer, Miranda Isbell and Trisha Sykes, all of McAlester; Dayna Bills, Ashton Forwoodson, Trevor Vasquez, Nicole Grimsley, Hailey Ketchum, Lacy Dunlap and Melissa Morrison, all of Wilburton; Brittany Cooper, Tyler Mottioda, Kylie Holman, Shirlene Green, Caleb McCoy, Olivia Green and Jo Stewart, all of Hartshorne; Josh James and Dottie Minshall of Clayton; Sarah Stockton of Quinton; and Jordan Franks of Norman.

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EASTERN safety

McAlester campus gets new police officer Guy Folger

Senior Staff Writer

The McAlester campus of Eastern Oklahoma State College (EOSC) now has a new police officer. Alton Jones comes to EOSC from the Latimer County Sheriff’s Department where he is still a reserve officer. Before Latimer County, Jones served 14 years in the U.S. Army including two tours

of duty in Iraq. He is still in the Army Reserve as a Staff Sergeant in the Information Technology System Analyst field. Jones, in addition to being the McAlester campus police officer, is a full-time student at Eastern. He is in the Collegiate Officer Program (COP) and plans to graduate, in December, with an associate degree in Criminal Justice. “I really like it at Eastern,

both as a student and an employee,” he said, “I can see the potential growth that Eastern has and I am hopeful to be a part of that growth.” His eventual goal is to obtain his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and hopefully someday become a Game Warden with either a state or federal department of wildlife. Jones is married and has three sons.

Military veterans honored at annual recognition ceremony CARTER haskins Staff Writer

Eastern held a Veterans Day celebration honoring America’s heroes Nov. 12 in the Student Center.

Veterans Day has come and gone, but the appreciation felt for our nation’s heroes can still be felt here on Eastern Oklahoma State College campus in Wilburton. The community college held a celebration of military veterans Monday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. in the Student Center. Before the actual ceremony, veterans were treated to lunch by the Honors Program, who host the annual event. Every veteran in the room was individually introduced and honored in front of a nearpacked room of appreciative

students, staff, faculty and guests. Punch was served and two video presentations produced by the Mass Communication Department were presented to the room. What originally started out as Armistice Day in 1919 by then president Woodrow Wilson, has changed its name in recent years to Veterans Day. For over 200 years now men and women have sacrificed their every day lives to insure the safety and protection of American ideas. Not all of these heroes were granted the choice of war or no war that any former com-

bat soldier will tell you is a life changing experience. In a day when it is popular in certain circles to celebrate the death of men and women who made the choice to go to war, it is comforting to know that there are still patriots present in today’s society. “It makes me proud to see the students of EOSC showing support for our country’s veterans,” commented Guy Folger, retired Navy Petty Officer First Class (1956-76). “After all, we are your brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, neighbors, and friends. Thank you to our veterans and those who support us.”

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Homecoming 2012

Eastern has a major hangover after the festivities of homecoming week. Monday our campus played host to illusionist Craig Carge. Sam Harley won the always coveted Miss-ter Eastern pageant on Tuesday, or as most of Sam's friends now know him Ima Dreamcatcher. Wednesday the campus found itself over run with ghost and ghouls as the Halloween carnival was a hit as clubs and students lined the streets for Trunk-orTreat. The week was capped off with a flame, literally, the bonfire was a hit once again, followed by a concert by the always entertaining and Eastern Alum Bo Phillips. The award that all the clubs of Eastern were vying for was the ever elusive Spirit stick, which was won by the Lady Mountaineers basketball team. The Math and Science Club also won for Best Float in two different categories.

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Views & Reviews

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Freedom Of Speech: What has become of the First Amendment? Editorial

Jayson Knight Staff Writer I believe the best idea our founding fathers had was making the freedom of speech the very First Amendment. I appreciate the exchange of ideas. I’m happy that the world’s politics were fairly popular over the last few weeks. Despite agreements, the communication between different viewpoints is what creates America’s melting pot. Cultures coming together and finding common ground is a beautiful thing. That’s why it has upset me to hear so many things said to silence or discard someone’s opinion during recent political discussions. My three least favorite ideas that were so popular in dayto-day conversation, Facebook posts and YouTube comments all sought to suppress free speech lately: “If you don’t vote, then you don’t get to complain about the president”, “I see a lot of biting the hand that feeds” and “If you don’t like it the way it is here, then why don’t you just leave?” I didn’t vote because lobbyists and unions that support the campaigns of politicians are only concerned with the bottom line. Until a presidential candidate speaks out against the military industrial complex that I feel is obvious, I will not support any of them. I would have voted for Ron

Paul because of his consistent voting record on all topics and because of his non-interventionist foreign policy. Please pardon the ramble, but it’s important to note that my decision was an educated one. As long as people are reading up on policy and issues with a non-bias approach and picking a candidate to steer America in one direction or another, then I not only respect that, I admire it. I believe if you treat the privilege with the respect it deserves, it doesn’t matter whether or not you voted. What matters to me is doing the right thing, which for me not supporting the political system. While it isn’t a popular opinion, I support your belief in voting, and I believe mine warrants discussion. In my opinion, elected positions should be family businesses far more rarely. My point is there is no melting pot if you don’t allow yourself to take in some new ideas. Conversation builds community. If we could replace the greed of the wealthy with an equal amount of community, I believe the world would view us as a fine example. There’s nothing wrong with nationalism by itself if that’s what you’re into, but we can’t ignore the effects we have on the world. The first amendment was, in my opinion, designed and implemented for the distinct purpose

of biting the hand that feeds. You can’t just be a good dog and obey your owners in this era of available knowledge that proves obvious misgivings and wrongdoings from our politicians. These highly respected, and respectable, positions are occupied by leaders that owe every taxpayer their best efforts at a better community. As a member of the world community, I would love to visit every country, but I love being an American. I love our people, our strength and what the concept of America (Latin for freedom) really means. That doesn’t mean that I have to accept being part of war profiteering. I don’t understand why it’s celebrated. When I served in the military, I truly believed that I was a link in a chain that was keeping my family safe. I see now the connections between the politicians in power, who they’ve been supported by and how the policies they go after benefit those interested in only profit. When did the pursuit of happiness become just a strong sense of greed and hateful sensationalism? I want the precedent for America to be the people’s devotion to their goals; I want to see them chase their dreams. But I’m utopian in nature, I wouldn’t be happy until I found out what dreams chased.

Theatre Eastern's Childrens Theatre is currently in production of The Jungle Book. Look to the next issue of the Statesman for more pictures from the performances.

Save The Clock Tower? Clubs confuse onlookers with Homecoming shirts Guy Folger Senior Staff Writer Over the Eastern Oklahoma State College homecoming weekend, alumni and students alike were heard to ask, “What’s wrong with the clock tower?” or “What’s going on with the clock tower?” During the homecoming parade and weekend, it was noted that some EOSC Photo Club, Criminal Joes, and Native American Student Association (NASA) members were wearing t-shirts emblazoned with “Save the Clock Tower”. Actually though, instead of EOSC clock tower doom it was merely a homecoming float idea gone awry. Originally, the Photo Club, Criminal Joes and NASA had combined their manpower and efforts to enter a float in the homecoming parade. Their idea was taken from the blockbuster movie “Back to the Future” (1985). In the movie, set in 1985, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is accidentally sent back in time to 1955 in Doc Emmett Brown’s (Christopher Lloyd) DeLorean time machine. At 10:04 p.m. on November 12, 1955, the town’s clock tower is struck by lightning rendering it stuck in time. Back

in 1985, the movie depicts citizens passing out flyers proclaiming, “Save the clock tower.” Fast forward to 2012 and a McAlester auto dealership has Guy Folger promised the Senior Staff clubs the loan Writer of their DeLorean automobile, so all that is left to do is build a clock tower out of cardboard, get more candy and maybe some t-shirts. An award-winning float was definitely in their future. However, with only two days left before parade day, the dealership backs out of their promise; there is no clock tower; there isn’t even a lab coat for Doc Brown. There is a truck, though, and candy and t-shirts, so the show must go on. “Save the Clock Tower” may still be seen on campus. By the way, there are some who believe that the “Back to the Future” clock tower scenario is the reason for the clock tower part of the Eastern Statesman logo, but that’s another story.


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Area college students join PTK national honor society A group of 25 high-achieving Eastern Oklahoma State College students were recently inducted into the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa during a campus ceremony in Wilburton. Founded in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges. The organization seeks to foster scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship among its members. Membership is based on academic achievement and is granted by invitation only. To qualify for membership, students must have completed at least 12 hours of associate degree course work with a cumulative 3.5 grade point average. Pictured at the event were (left to right) Callie Morris, Wilburton; Katelyn Coe, Fay-

etteville, Ark.; Rebecca Stewart, Stafford, Tex.; Caitlin Busby, Wilburton; Dan Wong, Wilburton; Lesa Curry, McAlester; Amber Jones, Stuart; Michael Staggs, McAlester; Chassidy Ward, Wilburton; Nichole Stuart, Talihina; Amanda Rhine, Lincoln, Ark.; Joseph Nelson, Talihina; Sarah Davidson, Haileyville; Larriann Chambers, Tushka; and Kyle

Buck, Broken Bow. Also inducted, but not in attendance were Misti Buckely, McAlester; Dianna Gage, Idabel; Set Hix, Mannford; Chelsea Hofegartner, Canadian; Larry James, Millerton; Catherine Lively, Broken Bow; Sandra McCabe, Wilburton; John Troussel, McAlester; Chris Turner, Tulsa; and Larry Whitney, Talihina.


Eastern postmaster, David Martinez, speaks during the Veterans Day assembly in 2011. Martinez served 22 years and 4 months in the United States Navy.



American Society of Power Engineers (ASOPE). Awards earned by Martinez include the Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze star devices, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with four bronze star devices, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation with one bronze star device, Navy “E” Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal with four bronze star devices, Kuwait Liberation of

Kuwait Medal, Navy Expert Pistol Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star device and the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist breast insignia. Additional training completed by Martinez was at the Senior Enlisted Propulsion Engineers Course, Shipboard Engineering Plant Program Manager Course and the Senior Enlisted Academy. After 22 years and 4 months service , he retired as a Boiler Technician Master Chief Petty Officer (Surface Warfare). Martinez became the EOSC postmaster in Nov. 2010.

Statesman Senior Staff Writer Guy Folger caught this great photo of the Mountaineer’s shadow outside of Johnston Hall.


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Eastern Alumni making an impact on the world

By Mike Cathey EOSC 1983 of Indianola

Daniel & Leslie (Nichols) Sandefur

EOSC Alumni are not just some “old fogies” with gray hair who walked the halls of EOSC during the Stone Age. On the contrary, EOSC alumni even include those like the Sandefur siblings who just graduated during 2010 and 2011 and who both are just now finding their way in the world. Daniel Sandefur (EOSC 2010 of Hartshorne) earned his associate’s in Business Management in 2010 before earning a 2012 bachelor’s in Business Management from Oklahoma State University (where he graduated Magna Cum Laude). During Daniel’s time in Stillwater he was employed as a Merchandiser/ Cashier at Twenty Something. Daniel currently resides in Oklahoma City and since October is an Equipment Operator for Archer Pressure Pumping, an oil and gas company of Union City. “I am responsible for the safe operation of fracking equipment and the support of well site activity,” Daniel shared about his new position. “I am called upon to verbally communicate and understand certain details and directions and I also am charged with operating certain company vehicles and to accurately maintain Department of Transportation logs.” Leslie (Sandefur) Nichols (EOSC 2011 of Hartshorne), earned her EOSC associate’s in Criminal Justice in 2011. Since Leslie’s graduation she has gotten married and is currently employed as a teacher’s assistant at the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s Jones Academy Elementary School near Hartshorne. Leslie and her husband, Laramie, are currently in the process of buying their first home. While at EOSC Daniel was active in Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) the

business fraternity and was the PBL Club representative for the Eastern Student Government Association. He also volunteered in the annual holiday Toys for Tots charity program at the PBL State Conference. He was also a participant in the EOSC Honors Club, where he was also involved with a holiday program for the disadvantaged families of the community and was the male attendant for the Honors Club during EOSC Homecoming. Daniel was also a two-time participant in the very popular Mr. Eastern Pageant. Though not too far in the past Daniel remembers about his time at EOSC, “Some of my favorite memories came from hanging out with members of the Honors Club. We spent numerous hours with research projects and community service activities around Wilburton. “I also enjoyed Homecoming week, where there were different activities that the student body would participate during the week, from shopping cart races to the trivia game to the Mr. Eastern Contest. “I would encourage any EOSC student to participate in as many clubs and activities on campus as possible. This gives you the opportunity to network with other people and institutions. This could help someone land a job after you graduate and also a great way to make lifelong friends.” Leslie was named the 2011 Outstanding Divisional Graduate in the EOSC Social Sciences Division. While at EOSC, Leslie was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, was listed on both the Dean’s and President’s Honor rolls and was selected to Who’s Who Among American Ju-

Daniel (left) and Leslie (Nichols) Sandefur are third-generation Eastern graduates. Top right, Leslie was named the 2011 Outstanding Graduate of the Behavioral and Social Sciences division. Below right, Daniel as a contestant in the Mr. Eastern pageant. Submitted photos

nior Colleges. She was also a member and secretary of the Criminal Justice Club and represented the club during Homecoming as their queen candidate. “My most memorable moments at EOSC were in the Criminal Justice Club and all of the adventures we took,” shared Leslie. “I learned a whole lot and made a lot of memories with the club activities. I also have very

fond memories with all of the activities that occurred at the beginning of each school year.” Daniel Sandefur and Leslie Nichols are third generation EOSC Alumni. Their mother, Melinda (Sherrill) Sandefur (2006 of Hartshorne), and their grandfather Charles “Buddy” Sherrill (EOSC 1959 of Hartshorne) are also EOSC Alums. Daniel and Leslie’s father Buddy Sandefur is a member of the EOSC faculty teaching both Spanish

and English. Though their journeys are just now beginning, Daniel and Leslie are sure to get out there and make an impact on the world. Mike Cathey is a lifetime member of the EOSC alumni association. While at Eastern, Cathey was also a staff writer for The Statesman and the Vice President of the Student Senate. Cathey is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and resides in Chicago, Ill.

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Eastern men soar high in opening game; Lewis leads team in scoring Dalton Shumate Staff Writer

The Mountaineers open the basketball season with a convincing Homecoming win over Rhema Bible College. The Mountaineers started off strong and finished strong with a 126-99 win in a high scoring season opener against the Eagles. Sophomore Rod Lewis of Memphis, Tennessee led the Mountaineers in scoring with 21 points. Lewis is a returning sophomore from last year’s 32-5 team that finished fourth in the NJCAA National Tournament. Freshmen DeVaughn Purcell of Orlando, Florida and Alfonzie Wilson of Memphis, Tennessee both added 17 points in the victory over the Eagles. Ryan Devers and Kymer Levy added 13 points each in the victory over the Eagles. Eastern defeated the semipro team Dallas Diesel in overtime on November 10. The team will open up conference play with a home game against Seminole State College on Nov. 19.

Left, sophomore Rod Lewis goes up for two of his 21 points in the home opener.

Lady Mountaineers pick up Homecoming victory Dalton Shumate Staff Writer

Members of last year’s men’s basketball team helped unveil the new National Tournament banner before the Homecoming game took place. The 2011-12 Mountaineer team finished fourth in the nation with a 32-5 record.

Eastern opened basketball season with convincing Homecoming wins over Rhema Bible College Eastern Oklahoma State College opened the basketball season with two convincing wins over Rhema Bible College during Homecoming festivities on November 3. The Lady Mountaineers finished with an 87-50 victory over the Lady Eagles. The Lady Mountaineers had two freshmen in double figures. Jordan Franks of Norman led

the Lady Mountaineers with 21 points and 18 rebounds, while Octavia Allen of Brenham, Texas added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Olivia Brown of Pearland, Texas finished with 14 points and 5 assists; sophomore Taylor Jones of Austin, Texas and Jasmine Perkins of Little Rock, Arkansas both added 12 points. “The freshmen stepped up and did a great job,” said head coach Amber Taylor “Their team defense was great.” The women will open up conference play at home Nov. 19.

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