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Podcast #48 features scholarship talk and February events

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News podcast is pleased to release episode #48, featuring Central Penn College Education Foundation Director of Development Sandy Box and Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman.

Also featured on the podcast are Knightly News President Brian Christiana and Knightly News Vice President Ian Kemmerer.

Box focuses her discussions on the deadline of the Education Foundation Essay Contest.  Twice a year, students can submit an essay about a specific subject in order to apply for scholarship monies from donors to the foundation.  Box plans on awarding up to $100,000 in scholarships to our students this term.

The subject of the essay that students will write about is as follows, “Describe areas in your life where you demonstrated leadership and overcame obstacles either through your school, social, or family life.”

In addition, Box discusses tips for success on the essay and important areas to focus on when writing.

Students have until Friday, Feb. 2 at 11:59 p.m. to complete and submit the essay in order to be considered.  The application can be found at http://foundation.centralpenn.edu/.

On our second segment, the show welcomes Adrienne Thoman, discussing some of the tremendous events that we have on campus during the month of February.

Being Week 4, she specifically notes the importance of meeting with advisors and attending scheduling workshops provided on campus.

The Records and Registration office will hold workshops at the following times in the 2nd Floor ATEC lobby:

  • Feb. 1. 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Feb. 6, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Professor Paul Miller will also be holding registration workshops at the following times in ATEC 300:

  • Jan. 31, 2 – 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 8, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Thoman also discussed “Adrienne’s Featured Three” events for February, including the upcoming Super Bowl party on Feb. 4 and Knights Basketball doubleheader on Feb. 9.


This episode can also be found on our SoundCloud page during the month of February:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/the-knightly-news-podcast-episode-48

 

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Rubina Azizdin: A REAL force of empowerment

By Sarayuth Pinthong

Knightly News Reporter

Rubina Azizdin, 35, founder of the Relationships, Empowerment, Authenticity, Laughter (REAL) networking group, continues to share her ethics and dealings with adversities that have made her an empowering female force in the Central Pennsylvania, and the Central Penn, community.

It doesn’t take much to find accolades recognizing Azizdin’s accomplishments throughout her life. Last year, she received the 2017 Shining Star Award from the West Shore Chamber of Commerce as part of its Luminary Awards, created by the Women in Business Roundtable Committee. She has been honored at least twice this year

Her background reveals connection with the Junior Board at the YWCA, West Shore Young Professionals, Central Pennsylvania Association of Female Executives, American Business Association, Board of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers, and finally, Women’s Capital Area Networking, and that’s not all.

But to truly understand how Azizdin’s drive, determination and will contribute to her success, despite the obstacles, you must go back to where it all began.

The beginning

Rubina Azizdin, born Rubina Keval in Central Pa., is the oldest of four children. Growing up, Azizdin and her family would visit relatives in Africa. Her parents, Akbar Keval (father), from Ethiopia, and Ruksana (mother), from Kenya, traveled to the United States for their honeymoon.

Azizdin’s father was not formally educated, but very business-oriented. He was a very good mechanic and decided that moving to America would present better opportunities for his wife and future family.

Keval relocated himself and his wife from Africa to Canada, and finally, to the United States, bringing with him only $800. Years passed as Keval worked odd jobs, receiving money under the table to support his family. Keval worked on a farm picking tomatoes, fixed cars, and finally, after receiving his green card, started building his business.

Keval did really well for himself despite not having graduated from high school.  He owned several businesses, ranging from cleaners to a car dealership.  He came to America around the age of 30 and was able to retire at the age of 60 because of the empire he created. He and Ruksana returned to Africa for retirement.

Keeping culture

Azizdin was born in Elizabethtown. Along with her siblings, she was raised embracing the cultures of India and Pakistan. Growing up as a dual-cultured individual, Azizdin witnessed division, being Indian, and not being Pakistani.

She said many Muslims in Central Pennsylvania are Pakistani. Growing up, Azizdin didn’t have the day-to-day exposure to diversity.

“I’ve always been attracted to diversity,” Azizdin said.

The small community of Elizabethtown didn’t allow for exposure to the culture and diversity she longed for. As a child, Azizdin loved the frequent visits back to Kenya. She wasn’t seeing only friends and family, but was also finally exposed to the people who were missing in her daily life back in Elizabethtown.

“People usually gravitate to what they’re used to,” Azizdin said. “With me, it was with what I couldn’t have. I craved it and I still do.”

Azizdin loves her culture.

“My culture is my world, consisting of a blend of everything: African, Pakistani, Indian, and Ethiopian.”

Growing up, Azizdin wasn’t permitted to speak English at home. Her father didn’t want his children to lose the language and culture that comes with being who they were as people. Their language of Kutchi is rare and the one thing Keval wanted to maintain for his family.

Azizdin didn’t understand what her dad was trying to instill in the children. Now, with three children of her own, she understands completely. She teaches her children that they will speak their language because “it’s your language.”

Azizdin believes the challenges she has faced growing up allowed her to love diversity. It gave her the ability to relate to different people while embracing the culture they, as individuals, bring.

“I feel when you have cultural diversity, you tend to be a more open-minded person,” Azizdin said. ­­

Her career dreams always consisted of working in higher education, but her road to a career in that field was full of turns.

Azizdin grew up in a strict home. When she went to college, she derailed and started down a different path. Fortunately, she had people who pushed her back on track. She appreciated the people who assisted her and saw the benefits of wanting to help other people the same way.

Unfortunately, Azizdin said, her father didn’t have the same vision. He envisioned a career in medicine or science for his daughter. Azizdin explained that from her father’s perspective and her culture, success wasn’t reached by being a counselor. It was going into a program like science, engineering or medicine that would bring in the money. That was success.

So began her travels down Academic Lane toward success. She explored being a pharmacist because that’s what her father wanted, but didn’t like it. While figuring out her career path, Azizdin got engaged to her now-husband, Arfaat.

Building another dream

Arfaat left Kenya to attend Harrisburg Area Community College with Rubina.  She later decided to apply to the occupation therapy program at Elizabethtown College and Arfaat applied to the physical therapy assistant program at Central Penn College.  But, during her last two years in the program, Azizdin discovered she didn’t want to be an occupational therapist. Her true calling was working in mental health.

She graduated from Elizabethtown College with a bachelor’s degree in health, and started her master’s degree in counseling and human services. Later, she accepted a family counselor job at WellSpan Philhaven, where she still works after 10 years.

While working with WellSpan Philhaven, Azizdin was able to network with different people and organizations. She was able to meet with families during crisis intervention, and people in homeless shelters, churches, schools and other places where caregivers were needed.

“It was a blessing,” Azizdin said. “It was everything that I loved.”

Azizdin’s career led her to a part-time position at Penn State Harrisburg in career counseling, later to a career services position at Harrisburg Area Community College and then to her current position as a career counselor with Central Penn.

Azizdin wants to prove to women, reflecting on her culture, that they come from the same background, that a woman can be an educated, powerful and respected force in society.

“Just because your husband or your father has a view of you being unequal, that doesn’t mean that you can’t break out,” Azizdin said.

Azizdin witnessed many people being treated in a way she believed was unfair — even her friends. They had their freedom, she said, but at the same time, they didn’t. Some female students of Central Penn, for instance, may not yet understand how to be a powerful woman. Azizdin’s passion for informing other women comes from her experience as a young minority woman.

Getting REAL

This passion of Azizdin’s led her to create the REAL networking group. She decided to make the group women-centered because of conversations among women she heard in the Harrisburg area.

What came out of the conversations was the lack of connections being created. Relationships were superficial. After being approached by many women regarding similar concerns, Azizdin developed the REAL networking group.

The group is a nonbusiness-based one in which everyone is neutral. Members are able to discuss topics, build one another up and support one another, creating the sense of community that goes back to traditional values that are being lost, Azizdin explained.

The group has a Facebook presence of about 300 members and around 20 people attend a monthly Monday meeting, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., to have lunch, hear guest speakers and participate in empowerment activities.

Azizdin imagines the groups she’s involved with, like REAL, sustaining themselves within the community. Developing a strong local community is the goal, she said.

“I think charity starts at home.”

Azizdin believes groups should start out small, and build. Help the local people first and see where and how the groups develop.

Despite being a group primarily for women, REAL is open to anyone.

“I’ve never said that men aren’t welcome,” Azizdin said. “It’s just that women gravitate more toward the group.”

Good and bad experiences happen to everyone. Azizdin believes the experiences shape people. It’s just a matter of how people apply the experiences, she said.

“I say grow with your experiences. Without experiences, we can’t be who we are.”

Always look forward to a pleasant and bright future, Azizdin said. How does she do it? It’s a two-part process.

“Surround yourself with supportive people,” she advised. “The other part is self-discipline. You just have to prioritize. If you want to get something done, there’s nothing stopping you.”


To comment on this story, or to suggest one, contact TheKnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.edu.

Edited by media club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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Humanities Film Series and Alumni Events Among Topics on Podcast Episode #46

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

In this week’s edition of the Knightly News Podcast, we welcome Assistant Professor of Humanities Jared Rife and Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Blumenschein.

In our conversations with Rife, the main focus is the upcoming Humanities Film Series, in which he will present Jaws.  This event takes place on Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre on the Summerdale campus of Central Penn College.

The Humanities Film Series is a collaborative effort between Rife, Brant Ellsworth, and other members of the department.  The goal is to have an open discourse about films that were important in the lives of the individual faculty members.

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During the show, Rife discusses his own journey with film in his life.  He specifically discusses influences from his mother, a short film that moved him called The Red Balloon, and his affinity for Steven Spielberg and his films.

Rife goes on to discuss how film can be used as a teaching tool, and how he implements using film in his classes at the college.

In our second segment of the podcast, we are joined by Sarah Blumenschein to discuss alumni events for the winter term.  The podcast is also joined by former Knightly News President Sherri Long in her last episode as a student at Central Penn.

Blumenschein features two major events, the CPEC Job Fair on Feb. 20 and the Easter Bunny Breakfast on March 24.

According to the CPEC website, “The CPEC Board is comprised of representatives from sixteen south central Pennsylvania colleges and universities and nine business/corporate members.”

The job fair is one of the largest in the central Pennsylvania area and is the largest job fair affiliated with the college.  For more information on this event, please contact Career Services at (800) 759-2727 or email Career Services Director Steve Hassinger at stevehassinger@centralpenn.edu.

Blumenschein also takes time to discuss the Easter Bunny Breakfast, held at the Knight and Day Cafe.  This annual event also occurs on the same day as East Pennsboro Township egg hunt, so attendees could make a day out of the events if they choose.

For more information about these events, continue to the web links below:

CPEC Job Fair:  http://www.cpec.info

Easter Bunny Breakfast: http://www.centralpenn.edu/about-central-penn/news-events-community/easter/


This episode can also be found on our SoundCloud page throughout the month on January:  https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/knightly-news-podcast-episode-46

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Brian Christiana Elected Knightly News President for 2018

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

Congratulations are in order to Knightly News Reporter Brian Christiana, as he was elected the Knightly News president in a vote at a recent club meeting, held on Dec. 7.  Ian Kemmerer was elected vice president in the same election.

Christiana, a Shamokin native and graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Coal Township, is a residential student in his sophomore year.

The positions became available due to the graduation of current Knightly News Club President Sherri Long, and the impending graduation of Knightly News Vice President Yuliani Sutedjo.  Sutedjo will continue to serve in a mentor role to the new club officers until her graduation in March.

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Brian Christiana is honored to be the fourth President of the Knightly News Media Club.

Christiana discussed several initiatives that he hopes to achieve in 2018 during a speech given to club members prior to the vote, including an increased emphasis on breaking news and the future for sports commentary for our basketball and baseball teams.

During his time with the Knightly News, Christiana has shown a tremendous dedication to club functions and activities, especially taking the initiative to encourage involvement in the club from peers and starting his own fantasy football podcast with Kemmerer.

While it is bittersweet to see our current club officers turning to the next stage of their lives, the club believes they are in good hands for 2018 and beyond.

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Media Club donates journalism resources for Central Penn students

Knightly News gives Learning Center and Library Associated Press stylebooks

By Michael Lear-Olimpi

Knightly News Co-Adviser

The Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College, publisher of The Knightly News and its podcasts, earlier this month donated copies of the 2017 edition of The Associated Press Stylebook and Guide to Media Law to the two out-of-classroom anchor writing-support facilities at Central Penn.

Club members presented one copy of the book to each the Charles “T” Jones Leadership Library and to the Learning Center.

Media Club Vice President, reporter and videographer/photographer Sarayuth Pinthong presents Lilbrary Director Diane Porterfield with a copy of the AP stylebook. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

Media Club Vice President, reporter and videographer/photographer Sarayuth Pinthong presents Library Director Diane Porterfield with a copy of the AP stylebook. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

“The library has at least one copy of the manual, but we had a couple of extra copies of the stylebook, and I thought the library could use an additional stylebook as a resource for COM and students in other majors who may need it for projects,” club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi said.

The Learning Center had no copy of the stylebook, and staff were unfamiliar with the book.

“I figured the Learning Center should have one,” Lear-Olimpi said. “COM majors are familiar with the book, which they use in at least 60 percent of their COM classes — those in which they primarily produce writing projects, and many in which they must write in AP/journalism style, but the Learning Center didn’t have a copy. I believed it was important for the Learning Center to have a stylebook for COM and students in other majors who may be producing assignments that include journalistic or public-relations-style writing, and who may want support for writing in the somewhat different style those genres demand apart from Standard Written English.”

Media Club member Darren Greene helps Learning Center Director Megan Rehm display the AP stylebook the Media Club donated to the center. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

Media Club member Darren Greene helps Learning Center Director Megan Rehm display the AP stylebook the Media Club donated to the center. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi

The 613-volume reference is a compact dictionary of words and phrases, punctuation and diction, along with scores of other usages standardized for use in journalistic writing, which is typically more economical than other forms of writing, such as essays or research papers.

The stylebook is divided into a lengthy section of alphabetically ordered word listings, and separate sections for specialty usages, such as in religion, fashion, business, sports, food and business writing and reporting.

Punctuation and a section on media-law considerations are included in sections in the second half of the book.

For consistency, to promote and maintain accuracy and, in doing so, trustworthiness in its product, The Associated Press employs some spellings and other usages, including punctuation, in ways different from usages in Standard Written English. Some of these differences have historical bases, but most of them are purely practical for stories produced locally or nationally and shared with scores of thousands of members of The Associated Press cooperative, which includes media outlets and public-relations departments, divisions and agencies around the world.

“Thank you, very much,” Learning Center Director Megan Rehm said. “I welcome this donation. I’m sure it will be a valuable resource for Learning Center clients.”

The Learning Center had no copy of the stylebook. Prof. Lear-Olimpi had provided a copy to The Writing Center, on which he was an informal adviser when it was being created in 2013.

The copy in the library is a reserve book and can used in the library for a set number of hours, but does not circulate outside the building.


To comment on this story or to suggest one, contact TheKnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.Edu.

Prof. Lear-Olimpi is co-adviser of the Knightly News Media Club and editor of the Knightly News blog.

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Financial Aid and Counseling Services Discussed on Podcast Episode #42

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

In our latest edition of the Knightly News Podcast, we are joined by Financial Aid Director Kathy Shepard and College Counselor Megan Cline.

The podcast is also joined by Knightly News Correspondent Michael Ademola.

In our time with Shepard, we discussed all things financial aid.  Specifically of importance to our students is the scholarship opportunity that comes from simply scheduling a full class load by the end of the online registration period, taking place until the end of Week 6, Nov. 19.

Students that register during this time will have the chance to win one of two $500 scholarships from the Education Foundation.

Shepard also discusses the FAFSA deadlines and promotes the upcoming FAFSA workshops, taking place the first Wednesday of each month in Summerdale and the first Thursday of each month in Lancaster.

More information can be found at their website, or by emailing financialaid@centralpenn.edu.

In the second part of the show, we welcome College Counselor Megan Cline to the program.

During the segment, we discuss the increase in mental health issues for college students, mainly dealing with the pressure to succeed in college due to financial burden.

Cline also discusses some future initiatives for the office, including KPETS Services Dogs visiting the Lancaster Center on Nov. 14 and Caring Hearts Therapy Dogs visiting the Summerdale campus on Nov. 15

More information about the Counseling Center’s services can be found here, and students seeking assistance can email Megan Cline at megancline@centralpenn.edu.


 

This episode can also be found at our Soundcloud Page at https://soundcloud.com/user-511685837/episode-42-kathy-shepard-and-megan-cline

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Upcoming SGA Election Main Focus of Podcast Episode #41

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

On episode #41 of the Knightly News Podcast, we are pleased to welcome Student Activities Director Adrienne Thoman and the Student Government Association Officers to the show, discussing several upcoming events in November, especially the SGA election.

During Thoman’s segment, we discuss the successes of fall harvest, the college’s largest event related to community outreach and alumni relations.

Thoman also takes time to discuss the upcoming SGA election kickoff on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 12:10 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre, featuring the nominees discussing their plans for the office should they be elected.

The show is also joined by Darren Greene of the Knightly News.  Greene provides a student perspective to the events on campus and also has started his own podcast, the Greene Room, which can be found at the link below as part of the Knightly News Presents.

https://soundcloud.com/thegreeneroom

On our second segment of the show, we welcome SGA President Yuli Sutedjo, SGA Vice President Morgan Littleford, and SGA Secretary Isaiah Scott to talk about what the 2017 SGA officers have accomplished during their time in the positions.

Sutedjo noted that the main initiatives for the year have been a better line of communication with the management of the Knight and Day Cafe and trying new ways to engage with current students to promote involvement in campus activities and clubs.

The group noted that they were pleased with their efforts, but also noted that there was still work to be done.

The SGA election will take place each day in the ATEC Lobby Nov. 7 – 9 between noon and 6 p.m.  Students will also receive a web link to a survey that can be accessed at any time during those three days to vote.

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Fall Job Fair and Student Accommodations Discussed on Latest Podcast

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-adviser

On the latest edition of the Knightly News Podcast, we are excited to welcome Career Counselor Rubina Azizdin to discuss the upcoming Fall Job Fair and Title IX Officer Megan Peterson to discuss student accommodations.

During our discussions with Azizdin, we discuss the importance of preparation for a job fair, including having the list of employers ahead of time and coming into the fair with a plan of attack.

We also examine the importance of professional dress and how the free professional clothing that the Career Services Department offers our students came to be and how students can take advantage of this resource.

Also, Azizdin recently won the Shining Star Award as part of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce’s Luminary Awards.   During our conversation, Azizdin believed this was directly related to her efforts with the Women’s Leadership Conference held at Central Penn College in April.

To read more about the Nov. 1 Job Fair – http://www.centralpenn.edu/about-central-penn/news-events-community/fall-job-and-internship-fair/

To learn more about Azizdin’s Shining Star Award – http://blogs.centralpenn.edu/knightlynews/2017/09/14/no-one-outshines-rubina-azizdin-2017-luminary-award-winner/

In the second segment of our podcast, we welcome Title IX Officer Megan Peterson to discuss the process of student accommodations.

During the show, Peterson discusses the services that her office can assist students with, and even went as far as being able to put students in touch with local organizations to further assist students who aren’t sure if they need these accommodations.

Peterson also mentions that accommodations at the college level are student-driven and initiated, a major change for many from public high schools.

While Peterson has now taken maternity leave, she explains that any questions or concerns regarding student accommodations can be handled by the Institutional Effectiveness Director Shawn Humphrey in the Title IX Office in ATEC 305.

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Central Penn College’s Homecoming the Subject of Episode #38

By Paul Miller

Knightly News Co-Adviser

On the latest episode of the Knightly News Podcast, the show centers around our upcoming Homecoming event, taking place on the Central Penn College Summerdale campus from Oct. 20 – 22.

In our first segment of the podcast, we are joined by Alumni Engagement Director Sarah Bluemenschein and Knightly News Media Club President Sherri Long.

During the show, Blumenshein discusses several elements of the celebration, including the Alumni Feast N Brews Reunion Tent and the Standing Ovation Alumni Awards Night.

The Standing Ovation Alumni Awards Night is the first of its kind at the college and gives the opportunity to recognize many of our accomplished alumni.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.centralpenn.edu/homecoming

In our second segment of the show, we are joined by the Alumni Engagement Director Adrienne Thoman to discuss October events.

During the discussions with Thoman, she chronicles the upcoming Club Fair on Oct. 11 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., events for students during our Homecoming Weekend, and an upcoming opportunity for students to go to Field of Screams for only $14.

Thoman also discusses the importance for our students to get involved on campus, especially for our new students to campus.

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The Knightly News Presents Offers College Success Podcast

Can I be a college student? Yes! You can.

By Sherri Long

Knightly News Reporter

Our podcast features current college students Sherri Long, Yuli Sutedjo, Sy Pinthong and Carl Morrow sharing their experiences on what it takes to go to college in different stages of life’s journeys. They talk about some of their personal concerns, challenges and issues, and how they overcame them.

The first segment features discussion of how finances and affordability can be a roadblock for students and potential students. Despite the high cost of most colleges, they share avenues and options that make attending college possible. The segment also includes conversations regarding managing school, family life and the challenges of working while getting a degree.

The second part of the podcast takes a closer look at the internship and capstone requirements for degrees. Long shares her experience as an intern at RG Group while being a single mom, full-time student and working adult. Morrow discusses the capstone option he is completing this term, while working and attending classes full-time. Pinthong shares his thought process as he weighs options and the importance of understanding one option versus the other.

The final segment focuses on motivation. Sutedjo shares several tips on being successful and staying motivated throughout college. Pinthong shares some interesting statistics on the benefits of a college degree. The show wraps up with Long, Morrow, Pinthong and Sutedjo talking about the benefits of being involved in more than just classes, asking questions and — having fun!

Information about topics discussed in “Can I be a College Student? Yes! You can.”

Kelly Fox, Financial Aid Planning Coordinator

Central Penn Financial Aid

Curtis Voelker, Admissions Counselor/ High School Presenter

Central Penn Admissions

Central Penn Career Services

Steve Hassinger, Director of Career Services

RubinaAzizdin@centralpenn.edu, Career Services

Kristin Fike, Internship Coordinator

Central Penn Fall Job & Internship Fair, Nov. 1, 2017

Long’s story about collaborative robot, Sawyer, during her internship with RG Group.

“Dispelling Misconceptions of Collaborative Robots”


 

Sherri Long is president of the Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College.

Edited by Knightly News co-advisers Prof. Paul Miller and Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.

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