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Miller Named Faculty Member of the Quarter

Media club co-adviser calls honor the ‘finest moment’ of his career

By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

Prof. Paul Miller, co-adviser of the Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College, received the college’s Faculty Member of the Quarter Award for the spring term (second quarter) last month.

The award recognizes “positive attitude toward work responsibilities, co-workers, students, and customers, and your willingness to take initiative for the good of the campus community,” according to the college’s description.

The award was Miller’s first at Central Penn.

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Professor Paul Miller with his Faculty Member of the Quarter Award certificate.  Photo by Sy Pinthong

“I had no idea that I’d even been nominated and found out in a Humanities and Sciences department meeting that I had won,” Miller said. “It is one of the highest honors a Central Penn College faculty (member) can achieve. I am truly honored that my department values me and my efforts.”

Candidates for the award are nominated by peers.

An excerpt of Miller’s nomination said, “Paul works tirelessly to help and aid students, advise the Knightly News Media Club, and build up the reputation and resources of the College. He bleeds Central Penn maroon and orange. I can think of no one more deserving of this award.”

Miller said receiving the award means a lot to him, professionally and personally.

“This, without a doubt, is the finest moment of my career,” he said. “Personally, the fact that I have the opportunity to spend my career with Central Penn College is amazing. It really means the world to me to have such supportive and caring colleagues that I get to work with every day.”


To comment on this story, or to suggest a story idea, contact the KnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

Edited by Knightly News co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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The Central Penn College #IAM Campaign

Knightly News Secretary spearheads PSA Campaign for Initiative

By Paul Miller and Sarayuth Pinthong

Knightly News Secretary Sarayuth Pinthong offers a fantastic look at the #IAM campaign from The Office of Diversity and Global Education at Central Penn College as part of a project in his COM225:  Writing for Public Relations course.

The #IAM campaign is in support of their “Our Diversity” messaging in the fall term of 2016.

The campaign informed students and staff members about “going beyond the optics” and understanding our similarities and commonalities. Everyone’s responsible for diversity on campus.

For more information contact: Office of Diversity and Global Education at Central Penn College

Romeo Azondekon: 717-728-2437

romeoazondekon@centralpenn.edu

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A Sit Down with Jasmine Harvey, New SGA President

A New Year Presents New Adventures as Students Select New Class President to Lead the Way Forward

By Sarayuth Pinthong

Knightly News Reporter

Nov. 8, 2016, marked another change in our nation. That was the day Donald J. Trump was elected the new President of the United States.

Central Penn College also elected a new representative of the student body. That person was Jasmine Harvey. Knightly News reporter Sarayuth Pinthong had the opportunity to sit down with Harvey as she shared some details about herself and her new position as Student Government Association (SGA) president.

KN: Central Penn College is a very diverse institution. Where are you from and how did you become a student of Central Penn?

JH: I’m from Philadelphia. I became a student because I received a letter in the mail about the school. I just took a chance and got accepted. I decided to come here to see how the campus was. I didn’t know that my cousin was attending (at) the time.  We did a tour and I liked it. I enjoyed that it was a small campus and everything was so close.

KN: How long have you been a student at Central Penn and what do you enjoy about the college?

JH: This is my sixth term here. What I like most about this school is that they give their students opportunities to do what they like to do. If you really want something to be done on campus all you have to do is email somebody and they’ll get right back to you. For example, we have a cheerleading club on campus. We didn’t have that before. That was something (students) really wanted to happen and they did their best to do it.

Jasmine Harvey, student government association president at Central Penn College, poses for a photo in the ATEC building, February 8, 2017. Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

Jasmine Harvey, student government association president at Central Penn College, poses for a photo in the ATEC building, Feb. 8.  Photo by Sarayuth Pinthong

KN: Central Penn College offers a variety of academic programs. What is your major and why?

JH: I’m a corporate communications major. I selected it as my major because I love writing. I know that in the communications field there’s a lot to do. There’s always an opportunity for you in any field with the major and that’s what I love the most. I like doing and trying new things. I didn’t want to be stuck doing one specific thing for the rest of my life. I want to branch out and learn.

KN: What would be your dream job?

JH: I probably would go more to the public relations side, like marketing. Recently, I’ve found that it’s interesting to me once I took my advertising class. Afterwards, I’ve learned to enjoy the process on marketing a product, how to get it out there and how to sell it.

KN: What does “SGA” stand for and how long have you been affiliated with SGA? What roles did you hold prior to being elected as the new SGA president?

JH: SGA stands for the Student Government Association. I’ve been a part of it for about a year now. Before I became president, I was the vice president.

KN: Individuals in positions such as yours research the actions and qualities of past members so they can develop a plan of action of what works and doesn’t work toward the future. With that in mind, who was your predecessor and any reason why he/she is no longer the SGA president?

JH: Sebastine (Virella) was our SGA president of 2016 and was supposed to be for 2017. Unfortunately, he had to take some time off from school to deal with some other matters in his life. Before I stepped up to the role to take this position, we were very good friends. We had a conversation about how to move forward with SGA, like the plans he wanted to fulfill before he left the school. He has my back 100 percent and I have his. He still helps me out with meetings and event planning. I always go to him to ask questions.

KN: How were you selected as the SGA president? Was there an election of some type held for the student body?

JH: We had Morgan Littleford, our secretary, and Yuli (Sutedjo), our treasurer. Our bylaws state that if our president, or anybody, resigns, the next person up will take control. Since I was vice president, the control was assigned to me. In the fall term we had an election where the students decided who they wanted as class president.

KN: What experiences do have that can help you as the next SGA president?

JH: Being around Sebastine provided the opportunity for him to take me under his wing. I feel like just being around him and seeing how he does everything, from planning to budgeting, gave me the chance to learn how to take on the role.

KN: Can you explain the roles and responsibilities of the SGA president?

JH: If the student body has any concerns, they can come to us with the problem. During our meetings we talk about issues that were brought up to us to find solutions on how to fix them for our students as fast as possible. Recently, we had an issue about the cafeteria. We decided to go and give out comment sheets for the students to fill out which provided us with suggestions on what food and style they wanted the cafeteria to have. We took that and went to the president of Central Penn for a meeting just to discuss issues about the cafeteria and what the students wanted to see. Just from that meeting the cafeteria did change.

KN: What is your view of the Central Penn student body and are their voices being heard?

JH: I would say that the voices of our students are being heard. I feel like the staff here does care about the students. They want things to change for the better. The staff is willing to help out any way they can, as long as you bring the problem to them by stating the problem and what you want to see changed. We have comment boxes that we put out during our events. During that time, we communicate with students by asking if they have any suggestions or comments they want us to present. We have an email address on our Blackboard page as well.  You can even come directly to me if anything is bothering you.

KN: Last term involved some negative incidents that attracted the attention of the staff of Central Penn along with the student body. Would you comment on that?

JH: As far as the past incidents, it just seemed like a bunch of miscommunication and not stating the problems or exactly what you wanted to see changed. It was a lot of stating opinions. When you want to see something changed, instead of opinions, state the facts … and have a plan to implement campus procedures accordingly, and in a better way.

KN: The whole picture of what’s going on isn’t always visible during certain situations. When negative situations develop, how can the SGA positively assist both the students and the staff of Central Penn?

JH: For SGA, we just take action as soon as we can. We go directly to students and staff to see what they want, and talk with both sides to come together to see what we feel needs to be brought up to the president during a meeting. If we handle the situation as soon as it happens, rather than waiting, the outcome could be better.

KN: What are your goals toward the future as SGA president and how can students get involved?

JH: My goals are for SGA to get more involved with all the clubs on campus. We do have a few plans to attend more club meetings to see how we can help other clubs, like trying to get them a budget, help with fundraisers or just be more successful. When it comes to students being involved with us, hopefully, when we go to other clubs they would see that we’re trying to help them out. Other than being the voice of the students, we also help out with community service hours. We do fundraisers to help out with the Education Foundation that gives scholarships to students.

KN: What would you like to say directly to the students of Central Penn College to help them better understand the roles of their SGA?

JH: SGA is here to help you guys out. If you don’t want to address a problem yourself, you can come to us so we can help. If you just want to start a club on campus and you need help, you can come to us. Whatever you need help with, we can help you out with it. That’s what we’re mainly here for – to help the students out in any way possible. We’re here to make your college experience the best one you have. I know that a lot of students want to do similar things that other colleges do. That’s what we’re here for. We’re here to make sure that whatever you want done on this campus, if possible, can be done so you can have that great college experience to share with your kids later in life – making good memories.

More information, inquiries or concerns can be submitted to SGA at sga@centralpenn.edu

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To comment on this story or to suggest a story, contact KnghtlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

Edited by Media Club President Sherri Long and club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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The Knightly News Media Club Releases Podcast Episode 19

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

The Knightly News Media Club is excited to release our newest podcast, as we had the opportunity to welcome several members of the Central Penn College family into our new podcast studio.

In the first segment, we are joined by Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman for her monthly appearance to discuss important events on campus in March.

In “Adrienne’s Featured Three”, Thoman discusses Resources, Education, and Comprehensive Care for HIV (REACCH) coming to campus on March 1, the Central Penn Knights Men’s Basketball team and their trip to the USCAA National Tournament, and the Student Ambassadors’ Big Man on Campus event on March 15.

Thoman also previews the Cram Jam during Finals Week as well as gives students some excellent tips on preparing for their final exams coming up in March.

In the second segment of the show, Knightly News Reporters Darren Greene and Destani Matthews welcome Siani Hunter, coordinator of the recent Central Penn College Fashion Show, held in the Capital BlueCross Theatre on the Summerdale campus at the end of January.

The discussions were focused on the vast success of the show, with Hunter giving us a behind-the-scenes look at some of the trials and tribulations that occurred in putting together her first fashion show.

Hunter went on to discuss future fashion shows on campus and hopes to have another such event in the summer term.

The Knightly News Media Club is proud of Hunter and everyone affiliated with the event for a job well done.


Background Music:  (Podington Bear) / CC BY-NC 3.0

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Registration for The Alumni Mentor Program Winds Down

Friday is the last day to sign up.

By Tiyana Butler

Alumni Engagement Correspondent

The 2017 registration for the Alumni Mentor Program is now open until Friday, Jan. 27 for Central Penn College students and alumni. This program provides students and alumni the opportunity to connect with each other one-on-one in a mentoring relationship. The mentor and mentee will both be paired together based on their career field and/or a common interest they share. They will also have the opportunity to structure the relationship how they would like, including how and when to communicate.

In a one-time mentoring session, students will gain knowledge and perspective of an industry, organization or culture, while getting feedback on personal and professional development. At the same time, mentors will serve as a role model and coach for their mentee by sharing their experience and knowledge on the future workforce.

This program does offer e-mentors for students and alumni outside of the Central Pennsylvania area. Students and their mentors can connect with one another via email, phone call, Skype, etc. Based on the interest, schedules and availability of both mentee and mentor, both are welcome to continue a mentoring relationship.

The main goal for the Alumni Mentor Program is to get students to sign up for a personal alumni mentor to expand their business network and to make career connections. The program provides the opportunity for students to gather career and professional advice for future references. “Students should absolutely take advantage of this opportunity”, says Sarah Blumenschein, director of alumni engagement. “You’ll be surprised by how much knowledge you gain from conversations with successful alumni. They have fantastic experience, and want to help in any way they can.”

If students are interested in connecting with a personal Alumni Mentor in their field of study or who shares a common interest go to www.centralpenn.edu/alumnimentor.

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Homecoming, Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews And Public Relations: A Winning Mix

Central Penn Alumni Engagement Director Has It All in Hand!

Sarah Blumenschein, director of alumni engagement in her office, in ATEC. Photo by Sherri Long

Sarah Blumenschein, director of alumni engagement, in her office in ATEC.
Photo by Sherri Long

 By Sherri Long

Media Club Reporter

Planning, budgeting and promoting are a few of the public relations skills necessary for a successful Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews Tent Homecoming event and increased alumni engagement.

And no one at Central Penn knows that better than Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Blumenschein.

Blumenschein reflected recently on the success of the Second Annual Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews held Oct. 22 during Fall Harvest, and the skills she uses for her role as director of alumni engagement at Central Penn.

Blumenschein stated she enjoys her work because she uses “all the aspects of PR that I love doing.”

Blumenschein thoroughly enjoys highlighting the activities and successes of the more than 11,000 Central Penn alumni. Part of the planning for Feast ‘n’ Brews is the music entertainment that features alumni performers.

Also highlighted as part of Homecoming was the Golden Graduate 50th Reunion. Some of the attendees hadn’t seen each other since graduating and enjoyed reconnecting.

Alumni at the Feast ‘n’ Brews of Homecoming 2016. Photo courtesy of Central Penn Alumni Association.

Alumni at the Feast ‘n’ Brews of Homecoming 2016. Photo courtesy of Central Penn Alumni Association.

“The most surprising part of Homecoming 2016 was that we had the most graduates from the 1980s. I was thinking we would have more from the 2000s,” said Blumenschein.

Alumni engagement and PR

One of Blumenschein’s jobs is to keep track of alumni activities and successes. She also keeps track of alumni involvement in Central Penn activities and events, and of donations. Similar to a public relations professional tracking a client’s press mentions, tracking alumni involvement helps to show the success of the Office of Alumni Engagement.

“Yes, I am an ‘office of one,’” Blumenschein joked.

If she were to hire an assistant, the top three skill sets Blumenschein would look for are responsibility, driven, gets the job done; not afraid to talk to people and be interested in what the person is saying; and HUGE (Blumenschein’s emphasis) – attention to detail.

Keeping focused

Blumenschein spoke about keeping a focus on the mission of the Alumni Engagement Office. The mission statement drives the types of events and opportunities she plans for and implements.

The Alumni Engagement office’s mission statement is:

The alumni office exclusively dedicates itself to provide alumni with opportunities to:

  • Enhance career opportunities for current students and fellow graduates,
  • Evoke fond memories of their Central Penn experience and unite with the campus community and fellow graduates, and
  • Engage with opportunities that positively impact the College’s strategic plan.

2016 also marked the first Alumni Leadership Conference, featuring several alumni speakers and a networking time at the end of the conference. Blumenschein believes the event was very successful and will implement several ideas and lessons learned from this first conference into the planning of the next leadership conference.

“I use the same skills as I did in PR for Central Penn as I do in my role for alumni engagement. Instead of focusing on future and present students, I focus on the alumni,” stated Blumenschein.

Blumenschein was the communications director (now called the public relations director) of Central Penn for six years prior to taking her current position in 2015. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2004 in mass communications, public relations.

Alumni at the Feast ‘n’ Brews of Homecoming 2016. Photo courtesy of Central Penn Alumni Association.

Alumni at the Feast ‘n’ Brews of Homecoming 2016. Photo courtesy of Central Penn Alumni Association.

Next year, Blumenschein plans to have an alumni recognition program as part of Homecoming to highlight alumni activities such as successful career, service or volunteer of the year.

“That is all part of the planning for Homecoming 2017, which has already begun,” Blumenschein said.


 

Edited by Media Club Co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi

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Knightly News Releases Podcast Episode #15

By Paul Miller

Media Club Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Media Club is proud to release our newest podcast, featuring Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman discussing some of the premier events on the November activities and a special bonus newscast featuring News Correspondent Norman Geary.

In Thoman’s segment, she highlights her “Featured Three” events of November, including the ATEC Dance on Nov. 4, the SGA Election on Nov. 16, and the holiday play “Christmas Shorts” at the Capital BlueCross Theatre with several dates in November.

In Geary’s segment, he reviews some of the recent Knightly News stories including the recent Bill Gladstone video project presentation, the Alumni Feast ‘n’ Brews tent at Fall Harvest, and what Dillon Epler and the Residence Life office is doing to promote students voting in the upcoming election.

In addition, Geary continues his look at open education resources that have the potential to impact the costs of student textbooks for the positive.

The Knightly News thanks you for your continued support.

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October is Full of Fun Activities at Central Penn College

Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman discusses many of these events on the Knightly News Podcast

By Paul Miller, co-adviser to the Knightly News

The Knightly News was proud to welcome Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman to the most recent podcast, in which she discusses some fantastic events taking place on the Central Penn College Summerdale Campus in the month of October.

Discussion also centered around helping our new students be successful from the very beginning of the term, with commentary from Knightly News President Christine Hoon.

Hoon was able to give some tips for the new students, focusing on the importance of a study schedule, positive communication with professors and much more.

Thoman also presented her monthly segment, the “Featured Three” events for the month, outlining national touring comedian Omid Singh, the always popular Fall Harvest, and Bras Across Campus.

For more information about these events, be sure to follow Student Activities at Central Penn College Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CentralPennActivities/, email Adrienne at adriennethoman@centralpenn.edu or visit her office in the Underground.

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The Knightly News Releases Special Podcast

By Paul Miller

Co-Adviser to the Knightly News

In our most recent podcast, the Knightly News podcast is joined by Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman to discuss her “Featured Three” events of September.

In addition to Thoman joining the podcast, Professor Paul Miller steps back from the host role and becomes the guest, as Nasir Harris interviews Miller about his upcoming LinkedIn:  The Time is Now workshop.

In Thoman’s segment, she discussed some fantastic events on campus for the month of September, including the upcoming Knight Writers Poetry Slam, Late Knight Breakfast, and Cram Jam.

Knight Writers Poetry Slam – Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre.  Admission is free.

Late Knight Breakfast – Thursday, Sept. 8 from 10 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. in the Knight and Day Cafe.  No cost to students.

Cram Jam – Begins Sunday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. – Monday, Sept. 12 at 5 a.m.  No cost to students.

In Miller’s segment, the importance of having a LinkedIn profile for college students was discussed.

“Having an excellent LinkedIn profile is the single most important thing a student can do while in college to promote their talents and find opportunity in the job market.” Miller said.

He provided a preview to his workshop that will take place Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 4:00 p.m. in Milano Hall, Room 13.  All are welcome.

In addition, Dr. Karen Scolforo stopped by the give our campus a wonderful leadership tip that can be used by all.  The Media Club thanks Dr. Scolforo for her continued support.

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Campus Forum: State of the Nation

Central Penn community discusses racial tension in America

 By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

Last month, Central Penn College held a campus forum in the Capital BlueCross Theatre to discuss student feelings on race relations in the nation, and recent conflicts between police and citizens, particularly between police and African-Americans.

The forum, State of the Nation, was an open discussion facilitated by Chief Diversity Officer Romeo Azondekon and Dean of Students Dave Baker.

The forum was suggested by a student.

Input from the campus community came from students, faculty, staff and administration on a range of social issues, including the Black Lives Matter movement.

About 50 people attended through the two-hour session, with some coming and going as class and work schedules required. President Scolforo also attended.

“With the whole ‘Black Lives Matter’ theme, it is a very positive and touchy subject,” communications student Keith Nixon said. “We are looking to make a change in the African-American world. As we have seen around the world, innocent black people are getting killed for no reason. (People are) being asked by police officers to follow the rules and do what you’re told, and people are following the rules, and still getting shot and killed in front of their families and on tape, for no reason.”

Some history

“Ever since the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin incident, there has been no justice for the black community,” Nixon added. “I do not know why. We did not ask to be here, if you get my drift. (It’s) not just that ‘Black Lives Matter’ – all lives matter. But mainly it’s been the black lives … that have been attacked, punished and killed. For what reasons, we cannot even explain. They are on videotape and yet our lovely justice system has seemed to look the other way. I just do not understand. What more has to take place to be equal? We are all equal; no one is above anyone.”

Gina Bianchini, an entrepreneur and investor who co-founded the social-network-building firm Ning and founded the similar company Mightybell, recently wrote an article on the topic of social movements. She posted the article on LinkedIn. Her remarks fit the mood and comments expressed at the Central Penn forum.

In her article, Bianchini said: “A movement requires members to take action – showing up for hearings, calling officials or writing op-eds. When you combine these actions in a community where people are building relationships with each other in chapters, teams or classes, the power gets obvious.”

“A hashtag does not create a movement — it simply raises awareness to attract followers,” she continued. “Over the long run, follows and shares do little to produce lasting loyalty or sustain change in politics, society or business. In practice, change only happens when followers are organized, such that the most passionate among them can meet each other and coordinate action.”

IT major Darryl Morgan offered perspective.

“Black Lives Matter is a much needed movement in this country today,” Morgan said. “Reading over the foundations of the movement online, there is a good focus and a good basis with the people that created the movement. The thing they need to work on is communication and organization. There are too many outside people that are using the name of the movement and causing more derogatory actions, violent actions and taking away other people’s rights in an effort to bring this subject to light.”

Blacklivesmatter.com lists 38 chapters nationally.

Dean Baker also offered perspective during the forum.

“I thought the event was great,” Baker said afterward. “I thought students showed a lot of courage. And staff shared their point of view, so I thought it was good. I think we should do a follow-up and continue the conversations.”

What needs to be done?

Business administration major Tyree Tucker provided his take on the forum.

“It’s time to stop talking about what we are going to do and (start) talking about ways to resolve the problem,” Tucker said “It’s simply getting up and resolving the problem. It starts from within, it starts from us. We say ‘Black Lives Matter’ – it starts with us, black people. Before you try to love everybody else, we first must love ourselves in order to make a change. If not, it’s useless, so for us to do that, we must first love ourselves, which means after we love ourselves, we can love everybody else.”

Tucker offered an example of how to model meaningful behavior.

“I believe with my actions, I can be a positive impact to my surroundings. So the people that I positively influenced, they can also have a positive influence on their surroundings. We are not going to be at the same place at the same time. So by me ‘showing that love’ on that brotherhood or sisterhood, it’s going to bring everybody together and, eventually, in my surroundings. We have to start from some point. You can’t do everything at once. Start out with something small and eventually the small things lead to bigger things.”

Romeo Azondekon, Central Penn’s chief diversity officer, provided some concluding comments.

“I think the purpose of the forum allows us to move past rhetoric and agendas and move toward solution oriented approaches. I think the theme behind it was ‘unity of the campus environment,’ but also something that can transition into what is happening outside of our campus.

“One of the things that I loved was everyone was not afraid or was open to sharing perspectives and actually hearing each other out. I think with what is going on in our society right now, not enough of us are being heard, or that we are being heard with the ear of resentment and disagreement. There is not a lot of love and embracing.”

Must we all agree?

“To embrace someone does not mean you have to agree with them, but you have to take their plight or their position as valid,” Azondekon said. “And I think that is what people are looking for. Yes, it was a good event, in my eyes.

“I was looking for a little more dialogue, but really feel, in summation, it exemplifies, again, keeping our campus intact, and not being afraid to have the conversation. Because a lot of college and universities would have avoided that kind of forum pretty quickly. But it shows where we are at as a college, which values diversity and inclusion at Central Penn College. We know a lot of these issues circle around that, one way or another.”

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