vol. XXXIII, issue 2 north carolina school of science and mathematics
september 2013 firstname.lastname@example.org
SG sets plans for year
Junior senators share goals By Su Cho
The Junior Class elected six junior Senators on Sept. 12: Erick Aguilar, Guy Blanc, Ebube Chuba, Esther Lee, Peter Ojo, and Daniel Ren. All six are very excited about working with SG and have a wide variety of plans that they would like to implement for NCSSM this year. Erick Aguilar, who was born in Honduras, has experience with student government from his previous high school and middle school. Some of his goals for the year include bringing a change machine to campus, getting trays for the PFM, and improving grade transparency. Guy Blanc, a former Panther Creek High School student, is proud to be representing the class of 2015 as Junior Senator. He has many ideas that he would like to see come into effect this year. One such idea is creating a quicker and easier process to allow people who live on halls without a thermostat to change the temperature in their rooms. He also wants to make it possible to allow students who live on Beall, Bryan, and Reynolds to have universal access to each other’s halls.
A goal for Blanc is to bring food to Happy-Half, either through the pizza man or other restaurants and food trucks. Ebubue Chuba was born in Lagos, Nigeria and formerly
food on the SG website, and redesigning the SG website. “Being a Junior Senator is a new opportunity. At this school, SG actually does something to make a lasting
peers, creating a SG suggestion box where students can input their ideas, and helping students survive American Studies. “I am looking forward
attended Mallard Creek High School. His interests range from programming to wrestling. He wants the school to become more modern through mobile applications for sign-in and sign-out, putting nutrition facts for PFM
impact,” said Chuba. Esther Lee is from Monroe, North Carolina, and previously attended Central Academy of Technology and Arts. Some of her goals include organizing fun activities where students can get to know their
to this year with my new responsibility of being Junior Senator.” Lee said. “NCSSM is a place I call home, and I hope other students will feel the same way”
By Kim Ngo
Student Government has begun implementing new project ideas for the upcoming school year. One new project that has already been finalized is a new Student Government sustainability sticker. These stickers publicize and promote sustainability, recycling, and energy efficiency. This effort started from an initiative with the UNC Association of Student Governments (ASG), a consortium of student leaders from the 17 UNC-system campuses, to promote these goals on constituent campuses. NCSSM’s stickers are modeled after those currently used on Duke University’s campus and were shared by Duke’s SGA. NCSSM has a large role within ASG. Student Body President Thakker serves as chair of the Committee on Access and Affordability. Senate President David Choi was elected ASG’s speaker pro tempore. Treasurer Jssica Lee serves on the Campus Innovation and Outreach Continued on Page 2
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NCSSM students march on Washington On Aug. 24, seniors Elizabeth Hayes, Camille Johnson, Travis McKay, and Simon Wolf went to Washington D.C. and marched with tens of thousands of others to commemorate the “I Have a Dream Speech” of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made fifty years ago. This event atracted people from all over the United States. The parking lot of a professional football team’s stadium was packed with coach buses. “It was such a diverse group of people, and there were so many reasons people decided come, but across the board everyone was there for some type of equality reason. said Senior Elizabeth Hayes. “The conversations and experiences were truly incredible.” said Senior Simon Wolf. “When we arrived, a lot of our time was spent walking to the steps where all the speakers were. The sound was pretty bad once we got there, but just through the feeling of the crowd it felt like we could hear everything. That same feeling continued through the march itself in the
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By Jungsu Hong
From left to right: Simon Wolf, Elizabeth Hayes, Camille Johnson, Travis McKay form of chants and signs, with were celebrating how far Even though he wasn’t able to everyone in his or her group, we had come as a nation and make it to the commemoration all there in support of humanity recognizing that even now I know he was proud that I had and equality.” things aren’t perfect. Things this opportunity” said Johnson. Participants in the march like voting rights, LGBT The march allowed were given the opprtunity to rights and immigrant rights participants to reflect on our listen to many of high-profile are examples of things we still society today. “The event speakers including Bernice need to pay attention to.” was absolutely meaningful King, Martin Luther King’s Everyone who attended to me on two primary levels. daughter. gained a unique meaningful One, that this was a truly Senior Camille Johnson experience and the march powerful collection of people, said, “We listened to many brought back proud memories. and the fact that they had all speeches that were expressing “My grandfather marched congregated here to stand up gratitude toward Martin for my rights and others’ rights for the things they believed Luther King’s actions. We in the march 50 years ago. in was amazing. On the other
hand, though, it made me realize how far we have yet to go, and it reminded me of all the issues in today’s society that still need to be stood up for,” Wolf said. Senior Travis McKay recalls the event, “I never thought that I would have the opportunity to participate in as such a memorable occasion With that said, I had no idea of what to expect prior to going on this trip to Washington D.C. However, I was very excited.” There were different groups from everywhere, chanting and stating their purpose. This seemed to be the theme of the day. Once everyone migrated to the Lincoln Memorial, the speeches started.” After the speeches, the march started. News cameras rolled, helicopters flew, and people walked. I was not part of a particular group, but just from being in the same march as other groups, I felt like I was in every single one. At the end of the march, I gladly got ice cream. Then it was time to go. Upon my return to NCSSM, I had fun sharing this experience with my peers and even the PFM worker who saw me on TV!”
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BBR: to unify or not to unify? By Adam Beyer & Su Cho
Government dorm senators gathered data from their dorms and compiled data to present to the administration. According to the data, last year 81% of Beall residents, 87% of Bryan residents and 75% of Reynolds residents supported complete BBR unification. However, this effort was
This was the similar sentiment found last year, as the administration alluded that 100% approval of BBR unification would have given the data needed to connect the three girls’ dorms. According to Rick Hess, Director of Campus Resources and Security, most halls have
years however, Beall and Bryan residents have had interchangeable access to each other’s halls. “This year I was very surprised to find out that i could no longer get on to Beall halls” said 2nd Bryan resident Senior Elisabeth Parker. Student government is planning on pursuing this project this year to allow Do you support BBR uniﬁca8on? (2012-‐2013 responses) girls from the Beall, Bryan, and Reynolds to access 90 pass into each others’ dorms. 80 “There has has been a 70 proposed plan to reunify Beall and Bryan after they 60 were separated after last 50 year because they are so 40 Yes close to each other, it seems useful to have them united 30 No and for safety issues etc.” said Student Government 20 Senior Senator Sahana 10 Raghunathan. 0 Many believe that the unification of BBR halls Beall Bryan Reynolds would provide for a more Hall collaborative community. Courtesy of Jungsu Hong “BBR unification means that we are a cohesive not successful, as the data only recently been granted “I definitely feel BBR was presented when various access to the entire building. community because we would access passes should be incidents of theft occurred on For example, a 1C2C1D all have access to the same unified because all of the girl campus. Administrators raised resident would only have resources (lounges, kitchens) halls in the main buildings the concern of theft as a reason access to the three Reynolds and would be able to connect are extremely similar. The Beall, Bryan, and Reynolds subhalls. Hunt was divided with one another in a wider only difference is the way the should not be unified. into East and West sides for variety of locations (not just halls are oriented,” said Senior “We want to be a trusted access purposes and was only neutral areas like Blobby),” Anushri Adhia who has lived environment,” said Director unified two years ago after a said Parker. on both Bryan and Reynolds. of Student Services Kevin long push by students. Last year, Student Cromwell. For the past several
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Beall and Bryan residents may have noticed that this year their access passes do not work on each other’s halls as they did last year. This change may also be surprising considering Student Government’s efforts last year to unify Beall, Bryan and Reynolds.
SG continued from Page 1 committee and Director of State Relations Madeline Finnegan is chair of the committee on Access and Affordability. In addition, Allan Jiang, CoDirector of NCSSM’s SG IT, became the new Director of IT for ASG. This position allows Jiang to work with ASG’s Director of Communications to create a website so people can view ASG legislation, news, and members. Furthermore, Jiang is working on creating an electronic sign-out system that will be easier and utilized than the current method. Student Government is also planning to have a Lock-In once each trimester. For those who are unfamiliar with what they are, Lock-Ins provide a time where the entire Student Body is invited to come together and participate in various activities ranging from volleyball tournaments to card games and movie screenings after check. These Lock-Ins are designed to promote Student Government’s H.E.A.R.T. initiative. H.E.A.R.T stands for Honesty, Empathy, Accountability, Respect and Responsibility, and Tolerance. With newly elected Junior Senators and upcoming Dorm Senator Elections, Student Government plans to advocate for the Student Body in an efficient and effective manner.
SLI helps Staff members share the homeless memories of 9/11/2001 through picnic By Sarah Colbert
On Sept. 11, 2001, over 3,000 people died in the terror attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The tragedy is only vaguely remembered by current students’ generation because most were in kindergarten, but for those who witnessed it and experienced the nationwide shock and devastation, the day marks a significant change in the U.S.. Science Lab Manager Sandi Payne remembers watching the news the day of the attacks with her son. “We were just watching TV and my husband called and said something had happened in New York. I saw the two towers up…then I only noticed one. I thought it was just the camera angle. I kept looking for it. Then I realized it was gone. Then I saw the second building fall and an explosion,” Payne recalled. Yet, the experience had an even more profound impact on her son. “He said, ‘I have to do something about this.’ I saw him grow up—I had never seen someone just grow up in front of me. It was so surreal, so life-changing. My son decided to join the army that day.” Her son served for eight
years, including some time in Korea, a year in Iraq, and a year in Afghanistan. “I remember going back to work and how upset people were. We had never witnessed anything like that on American soil,” Payne said. Kim Monahan, Instructor of Biology, remembers the day well because of her personal ties to New York. At the time, her father worked only five blocks from the World Trade Center. Monahan was 19 years old, a sophomore in college. “I was on my way to an
“He said,‘I have to do something about this.’” - Sandi Payne advisee meeting for my second semester when I saw the plane crash story on TV. I called my dad before I left, but he didn’t answer so I left a message. My dad, brother, and I didn’t have cell phones at the time,” Monahan explained. “I didn’t really know what was going on until I got to my advisee meeting, where I was told about the second crash.” Her brother was a junior in high school in New Jersey
at the time. She did not hear from him until late morning. He had also been unable to reach her father. “I was just focused on getting in contact with my dad. I kept thinking, ‘Is this real? Did I just lose my dad?’” Monahan recalled. “I didn’t hear from him until 10:00 that night. He had spent over 12 hours detained in the Port Authority because Manhattan was on lockdown.” When he heard the first plane crash, his initial reaction was, “What was that?” It wasn’t until the second plane crashed that he became aware that something was very wrong. His building was evacuated. “He started walking uptown. Everything was covered in debris. As he was walking, he saw people jumping.” In the summer of 2002, Monahan and her father went to the sight of the 9/11 memorial. It was unfinished at the time, and the debris was still being cleaned up. “Have you seen this person?” signs were plastered everywhere. Within a year of the attacks, Payne too traveled with her family to the sight. She compared it to a hole. Sept. 11, 2001 marked the day that, according to Monahan, “Everything changed.”
By Hannah Walrath
As the faculty sponsor for the UNI’s Fighting Hunger Club, SLI Sue Anne Lewis keeps up with the work of others who are fighting hunger in the community. Several weeks ago, she stumbled upon a blog post from Love Wins that described an unusual Saturday in Moore Square in Raleigh. This particular morning, three officers from the Raleigh Police Department approached the ministry to inform them that they were not allowed to distribute food without a hardto-get permit or they would be arrested. For the past six years, Love Wins Ministries has spent every Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. along the sidewalk surrounding Moore Square in Raleigh providing coffee and other breakfast items to anyone that wants some. This was done without obligation and without charge for those that chose to take part. A police officer present said, “[the city] probably wouldn’t approve anyways”. Love Wins Ministries believed that serving on the sidewalk was not a problem. They were not allowed to serve any more food that day or at any time in the future without a permit.
Moore Square, established in 1792, is the last of the four squares of Raleigh to retain its purpose of being a large communal green space. The city of Raleigh has begun to initiate a revitalization project for this area. “Over the past few months, the city of Raleigh has started to do things to “reclaim” Moore Square, including to push out the homeless.” said Lewis. She and a few friends decided that they wanted to take action by hosting what Lewis calls a Picnic in the Park. “We want the folks in Moore Square to know that we value them and that we want to create a community in the park where all walks of life can sit down and share a meal together.” said Lewis. The first Picnic in the Park was held Aug. 31. Those who participated brought food, not only for themselves, but, for anyone that wanted to join us. “Yes, there were some who asked for water or fruit and left, but many said, ‘I haven’t been to a picnic in years,’ and joined us for a few minutes to an hour sharing stories about life,” said Lewis. Another Picnic in the Park is scheduled for Sept. 21, from 12:00-2:00 in Moore Square.
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Right: From left to right, The Scooby Gang, or Dallas Warren, Sam Dehority, Isaiah Bryant, Chase Hicks, and Rachel Dango solving mysteries on Character Day. Bottom: From left to right, Chase Mansell, Chase Hayhurst, Chase Hicks, and Chase Yuan on Multiplicity Day.
Bollywood Review By Kanan Shah
Bollywood, or Indian cinema, is gaining influence in America. A typical Bollywood movie is 2.5 to 3 hours long, and consists of many songs with dancing, cheesy, clichéd love stories, and lots of action. On a deeper level, however, Bollywood stories often reflect societal issues and Indian thought. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, or “This youth is crazy” released last May, is one such movie, both a typical film but also one with deeper implications. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani tells the story of a bad boy who meets a good girl who falls in love with him. The boy does not love her, so the boy and girl separate for eight years, and after meeting again, fall in love, living happily ever after. Although I had heard this story so many times and knew it was marketed towards people like me who eat this stuff up, I could not help but fall in love with the movie. All of the songs, including Dilliwali
Girlfriend and Badtameez Dil were catchy, and the movie was well produced. The main actress evolves from a studious student to a student who balances fun with school. Going along with most Indian parents’ dream, she still becomes a doctor. Her character reflects how many students feel in Indiawanting to study and get good grades, but trying not to let it become their life. Rebellion or conformity is a big issue. The story also addresses societal issues through a French actress having an Indian name and wedding. Bollywood movies encourage diversity by showing different races or different religions. This particular mash-up was really interesting. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is definitely worth the 2.5 hours. It is a great introduction to Indian culture, but is also filled with a bunch of dancing and upbeat music and addresses many important issues in Indian society.
In the world of professional sports, it is rare to see an athlete or team without some kind of pre-game tradition or superstition. Several are well-known. LeBron James throws chalk powder in the air before his games. Clemson University’s football team touches Howard’s rock prior to each game. Michael Jordan wore his college shorts under his NBA shorts in games. So what about our very own NCSSM fall sports teams? What adrenaline-pumping, blood-flowing rituals do they perform prior to each match? According to NCSSM Men’s Soccer team Captain Matt Nichols, the soccer team ritual is listening to hype music in the locker room and finishing with “Heart of a Champion” by Nelly. “The pregame ritual relieves tension and invokes the mindset we need on the field into our players,” said Matt. The women’s golf team is deciding on a team song, but also has a unique in-game superstition after every poor shot. Women’s Golf Captain Kara Wheeler describes, “We have a ritual that after you have a bad shot you have to touch the other team’s bag and you pass the sync away.” The Women’s volleyball squad has a ritual that involves touching both coaches’ hands, forming a big circle, screaming, and kicking each other’s butts.
Chaotic-sounding? Perhaps. But the purpose, according to volleyball captain Nicole Ward, is to bring the team together. “You get pretty hyped when you’re screaming in a big circle and everyone’s leaning together, so I guess it just brings you together as a team.” While several of the aforementioned rituals are traditions passed on over the years, NCSSM’s Cross Country squad is starting their own tradition of sorts: a premeet dance called the Haka. If it sounds familiar, you may have seen the All Blacks, New Zealand’s national rugby union team, perform the dance before matches. The University of Hawaii football team has adopted it as a pre-game ritual as well. Senior captain Josh ReesJones explains, “In New Zealand, there are these people called the Maori people, and a long time ago, they would perform this war dance and scare their enemies.” According to Rees-Jones, the Haka dance consists of loud chants and shouts, bending knees and slapping thighs, and making intimidating arm movements and “very fierce facial expressions” to “intimidate the enemies.” At the next athletic event, keep an eye out for these rituals and superstitions. And after soaking it all in, fans can return the favor by taking part in the one ritual that transcends them all: sending off the unicorn athletes through a roaring victory tunnel.
Catching Fire: fall blockbuster By Ava Gruchacz
I think it’s a universal truth that Hollywood did a superb job converting Suzanne Collins novel The Hunger Games into a major motion picture. As a Hunger Games fan myself, I was very pleased with the film and was one of those crazy fan girls who saw it three times in theaters. Hopefully the sequel, Catching Fire, will have a similar effect. They began shooting the film over a year ago and it will be released Nov. 22 2013. I recently watched the trailer and was thrilled with the outcome. It showed the tension between the people of Panem and the terroristic government. However, the only thing more exciting than taking over a government would be the intense love triangle between Peeta, Katniss, and Gale (played by the swoon worthy Liam Hemsworth). Though this is very Twilight-y, I believe it gives the film a nice romantic touch
Teams reveal pregame traditions, superstitions By Steven Liao
Top: From left to right, Parth Patel, Michael Li, Sahana Raghunathan, Anshul Subramanya, and Pranav Kemburu pose for Switch It Up Day.
along side the brutal killings during the Games. The blockbuster fantasy film will introduce several new characters into the plot. Sam Claflin will be portraying
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Finnick Odair, a member of the alliance. Claflin was in the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean
film but his presence was mundane and rather forgettable. His looks are perfect for the role and I hope his acting skills are up to par. Another anticipated character is Johanna Mason played by Jena Malone. Malone is not well known but she was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1997 so I assume she’s pretty talented. The movie has very high expectations and I truly hope the filmmakers are able to meet them. Collins wrote an epic story and it will be interesting to see it on the silver screen. Fandango reports Catching Fire is the most anticipated fall movie releasing and viewers are anxious to see performances by Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth. I highly recommend seeing this film over break, especially if you were a fan of The Hunger Games and/or enjoyed the novel.
Free Movie! for
NCSSM community members Wednesday, September 25 Stadium 10 Theaters at Northgate Mall Bring student ID Limit one for customer
Senators’ goals continued from page 1 Peter Ojo, from Fayetteville, North Carolina, has had much experience with student government. He was Vice President of his class both freshman and sophomore year. Ojo also was a student ambassador and class representative. Ojo enjoys playing soccer, both for fun and for the NCSSM soccer team. He likes hanging out with friends and making people laugh. This year, Ojo wants to try and add more hours to the school store and library, as well as adding a wider more food to the sold to the school
store. Daniel Ren has many interests such as playing tennis, trombone, and sleeping past noon on the weekends. Ren’s main goals for the year are to improve PFM food, get food trucks and catering from restaurants, improve grade transparency, and organize more student activities on campus. He is also going to try and help out with the current SG initiative of creating an electronic sign out system. “I’m looking forward to the new legislation that our junior senators introduce this
year; they all seem to be very dedicated to their positions and have already come up with some promising ideas.” said SG President, Parth Thakker. Senate President, David Choi, is also impressed with the newly elected senators. He added, “The Junior Senators all seem very eager to participate in different parts of SG, including state relations through ASG, IT, and different aspects of student affairs. Once the dorm senators are elected, I’ll be assigning all the senators to committees and they’ll be able to make lots of progress on their initiatives.”
Need Advice? Ask Tori
Q: My house is five hours away from NCSSM; how do I deal with homesickness? Homely Hermine
clubs, sports, and getting some sleep and I don’t know what to do to get rid of my stress. What should I do? -Stressed Sally
A: I think everybody at NCSSM has dealt with or deals with homesickness every once in a while. Instead of crying in your room or being tied to the phone talking to your parents, keep yourself busy and explore all that NCSSM has to offer! NCSSM is the best high school in North Carolina and it is an extreme honor to be accepted and attend. You should take advantage of the opportunities available here; clubs, friends, the Durham area, and loops. Also, do not be afraid to discuss it with someone else; everyone has probably dealt with it at least once while at NCSSM. Your RLAs are some of the best people to go to who are there on hall to help you with whatever needs you may have; don’t be intimidated to approach them, they will be happy to help. NCSSM is a great place, you just have to get adjusted and find your niche; once that happens, you’ll forget all about your homesickness. Good luck! -Tori
A: The adjustment period at NCSSM is always difficult and it’s hard to not get stressed. Even though stress is inevitable at times, make sure you find ways to decrease stress in your life. Such ways include exercising, hanging out and talking with your friends, and sleeping. Exercising releases endorphins which help decrease stress and make you feel energized and happy. It can even help you focus. Talk to you friends to rant. If you feel like talking about it would help, RLAs and other seniors are always there to listen and help you with whatever you may need. Going out and getting off campus for a little bit also helps to get your mind off of things and help you calm down so you can focus when you come back to do work after. Make sure to communicate with your teachers if you are having trouble in your classes or if you are overloaded with work and need extensions. It is important to be balanced in your life, as if you don’t get sleep it is harder for you to focus in classes and harder to understand course material; it also makes you
Q: I am feeling really stressed out because of my increased work load at NCSSM; I feel overwhelmed balancing school, friends,
feel tired and can make you feel even more stressed. Short naps throughout the day are nice sometimes, as long you wake up and get do work after. Spend your free blocks during the day productively, so you can have less homework after school and more time for extracurricular activities, friends, and sleep. Try not to get caught up in the social scene, even if it is super exciting to be with people who you feel truly connected and enjoy being around; you will thank yourself later when you won’t be rushing to finish all your homework before the internet cutoff. Go to tutorial sessions to do homework if you feel like you don’t understand or you can’t focus in your dorm or library; teachers and TAs are always there to help and you can get your work done more quickly and efficiently. Stress is a major part of your life at NCSSM, but there are a myriad of ways and people here to help you cope! Take each assignment and task one thing at a time, and take care of yourself and you will be on your way to a successful year at NCSSM. Good luck! -Tori If you have a question that you think Tori could help you with, please submit it by email to email@example.com. It may appear in a future issue.
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Opinion: The true cost of an education By Richard Ong With the cost of college going up astronomically, experts have questioned the value of education, particularly in the monetary sense. However, education offers something that cannot be measure in money, only in experience and opportunity. In 1981, the cost of attending one year of college at a four year institution was around $3,500. In 2011, it was $22,000. There are many reasons for this, such as the increased quality of student life, the increased cost of materials and also because people value college more. We all recognize that an education is valuable, but is it really worth half a million dollars. Derek Bok, former President of Harvard once said, “If you think the cost of education is expensive, try the cost of ignorance.” This is something that must also be evaluated. Education is not merely for career and monetary opportunities, but it also enables smarter decisions, more insightful opinions and generally makes people less vapid. Learning is not merely for resumes but to enhance the human condition. To make someone smarter is to make them a more engaged and productive citizen and that is worth paying $500,000 for. But just because education
is still worth its higher costs does not mean it should be so expensive. A tuition cap or even government subsidies would help reduce the cost of higher education. Otherwise, student loan debt will render an entire generation economically inert for decades of their lives. Higher education should not cost this much, there is no good reason for it to cost this much and if it is not fixed, then everyone will be maligned by it. So, if colleges are charging so much for tuition, then what are they spending this money on? In 48 of the 50 states, the highest paid public employees are coaches in college sports. Perhaps our populace would be more economically competitive if we did not spend exorbitant amounts of money on cheap entertainment instead of investing in citizens. I am not going so far as to say colleges should have no sports and cost no money but if we are going to suffer through ludicrous tuition fees, we should be receiving a proportionally better education. Anything less is highway robbery. Education is the most valuable thing we humans can purchase and everyone should strive towards it but to charge so much money for it is to unequally deny a public service to millions and that is incorrigible and unjust.
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” --Marie Curie
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