Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dangerous Corner offers intrigue, suspense and a healthy dose of ‘what if?’

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

When a chance remark at a high-society dinner reveals a web of dark secrets, the consequences are devastating for the guests. But what if the remark had never been made?

J.B. Priestley's Dangerous Corner, the latest production by the Douglas College Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology departments (Nov. 2-10), follows a group of wealthy connected friends who come together for a party in the early 1930s. A single remark by the hostess leads to tragedy after it sparks a revelation of painful secrets around a suicide, embezzlement and betrayal - in which all the guests are involved.

But near the end of the play, time moves back to the beginning of the evening. The remark is not made, and the "dangerous corner" is avoided.

Thrasso Petras, director, says it's this small alteration that makes Dangerous Corner - a play of intrigue and suspense - more than just a parlour-room drama or murder mystery.

"It's not just a scandalous little piece of theatre," he says. "It makes us think. We talk to people all the time, and who knows what we're not getting from them? When we talk to someone at the right time in the right place and in the right mood, we can have a completely different conversation. They might suddenly reveal something to us."

Petras says he decided to set the play in its original time period because the things the characters reveal - matters of sexuality, for instance - would not be shocking in modern society.

"Others have tried to make it contemporary, but it doesn't really work. There is something about the 1930s, where people tried to hide things about themselves much more consciously. There were very specific consequences surrounding how people chose to live their lives."

Dangerous Corner runs Nov. 2-10 at the Studio Theatre, Douglas College, 4100-700 Royal Ave., New Westminster. Tickets ($8-$12) are available through the Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Animal Health Technology grad lands job at integrated health clinic

Kate Burkmar examines a three-legged patient during her student days at Douglas. David Denofreo photo
Love animals? Thinking you might like a career working with them? Then read on: Kate Burkmar, a recent grad of the Animal Health Technology (AHT) program at Douglas, talks about her education, her new dream job and her initial qualms about working with critters.

Currently

Registered Animal Health Technologist at Mosquito Creek Veterinary Hospital, which uses an integrated approach combining western medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat patients.
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Asylum film premieres at Coquitlam Campus Nov. 15

A psychiatrist escorts a patient to Riverview's Crease Clinic in a staged photo taken in the 1950s by the hospital's photography and film department. 
If most of your knowledge about asylums comes from movies like Shutter Island and The Ward, come get the real story with Consciousness, a short film premiering at Douglas College next month.

Thursday, Nov. 15, 7pm 
Room A1470, Coquitlam Campus 
Everyone welcome 
No registration or RSVP required 

Produced by Douglas Criminology instructor Heidi Currie and Anna Tremere of the Riverview Hospital Historical Society, and directed by local filmmaker lisa g, Consciousness tells the story of Dr. Ralph Arrowsmith, a mid-20th century psychiatrist with a life-long connection to Coquitlam’s Riverview Hospital, a mental institution that opened in 1913 and closed last summer.

Heidi says that while popular impressions about asylums are overblown, asylums could be, in fact, terrifying places.

“People like it to be scary. And it is kind of scary. In this film we have this loving, wonderful, even endearing psychiatrist who tells his story, but underneath, as he describes his years at the hospital, are jolting examples of what sometimes made it a terrifying place.”

Dr. Arrowsmith, who was passionate about the psychiatric movement and deeply committed to his patients, recounts his years of practice with frank discussions of the treatment and perception of the mentally ill at the iconic mental hospital, from the peak of the institutional movement through deinstitutionalization.

“To hear from somebody who spent his professional life at Riverview and became medical director there is fascinating, because the asylum system no longer exists,” says Heidi. "This film gives us insight into the real hospital, that goes beyond stereotypes.”

Featuring archival film and photography combined with re-creation footage, Consciousness is part three of the Riverview Hospital Story Project. Watch the first part, Asylum, and the second part, Bedlam, on Vimeo.

The film runs 25 minutes. A Q+A and refreshments will follow. Heidi is hosting the event, with lisa g, Anna Tremere and Dr. Ralph Arrowsmith in attendance.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

This week at Douglas: cheer on the Lions, see Dangerous Corner, study in California and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas College Oct. 29-Nov. 4:


Wednesday, Oct. 31


Study at the University of California, Riverside - info session
Coquitlam Campus, room A1470
10:30-1:30am
Discover the secret behind the magic and success of Disney! At the same time, earn a Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism, or a Certificate in Management from the University of California, Riverside, a top-ranked U.S. university. Program dates: June 29-Dec. 6, 2013. More info: Contact Karen Ng, Douglas International

Thursday, Nov. 1


Rhythm Stories - closing reception
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
7-9pm
Paintings by Nyla Sunga. Musical guests, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar. More info on the gallery's web page.

Friday, Nov. 2


Dangerous Corner - opening night
New West Campus, Studio Theatre
7:30
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present Dangerous Corner, a play by J. B. Priestley directed by Thrasso Petras. Till Nov. 10. Admission $12, students and seniors $8. Showtimes and tickets: Massey Theatre, 604 521 5050 More info: Arts Events

Royals basketball
Location: see Doug Life
6-10pm (women: 6pm; men 8pm)
Douglas takes on Langara. More info: Doug Life

Royals volleyball
New West Campus, Gym
6-10pm (women: 6pm; men: 7:45pm)
Douglas takes on Vancouver Island U. More info: Doug Life

Saturday, Nov. 3


Royals volleyball
New West Campus, Gym
1-5pm (women: 1pm; men: 2:45pm)
The Royals take on Vancouver Island U. More info: Doug Life

BC Lions Student Night BC Place
7-10pm
Following their 2011 Grey Cup victory, the BC Lions are having another fantastic season and are a favourite to win the Grey Cup. Be there as Douglas College sends its own pride to join the Lions and cheer them on in their pursuit of greatness. Tickets: $25 for students. More info: Doug Life

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Peer tutor helps you find your feet

Negina Khalil (front) helps you hone your study skills and get through your first year of college at Douglas.                                                                                                          David Denofreo photo
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

As a peer tutor at the Douglas College Learning Centre, Negina Khalil loves helping her fellow students hone their study habits and improve their writing skills. But for Negina, tutoring goes way beyond sitting down with you and your books once a week. She knows the transition to college can be confusing – she’s been there – so she’s here to help you navigate through your first year and figure things out.

“I remember when I was new here. I didn’t know the little things that I now take for granted, like how to cite sources in an essay," she says. "We never did that in high school. Or even things like, should I be recording my class lectures? I’d always be emailing my professors, and I felt like I was bugging them.

“So it’s nice to have other students to talk to who’ve been in the same position. It’s one thing hearing it from a parent or an instructor. But if you can talk to another student who’s taken the same class – maybe even with the same instructor – they can walk you through it. I think that’s really helpful.”

Find out more about peer tutoring Douglas College by visiting the Learning Centre's web page. Read more inspiring stories about our students and instructors in our new viewbook.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Creative Writing instructor's poetry adapted to theatre

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

When the Electric Company theatre troupe approached Elizabeth Bachinsky about adapting a book of her poetry, God of Missed Connections, to a theatrical production, the Douglas College Creating Writing instructor gave them her blessing and free rein to do what they pleased.

So they did. Part installation art, part drama, Initiation Trilogy, which runs till Sunday, Oct. 28 at Granville Island, is an interactive show that adapts the work of three local poets (Marita Dachsel and Jennica Harper are the others). Audiences are split into groups and taken to different stations to experience the stories of the poems.

In The God of Missed Connections, Elizabeth, whose heritage is Ukrainian, explores the bloody history of the Ukraine and a century of cultural assimilation of its people in the West. She says she was surprised and overwhelmed with what the Electric Company did with her work.

"It's spectacular and so moving" she says. "I hadn't thought of this particular book appearing in that way, but I did think about the collection as a curated art show. I was thinking about each piece in the book as a different piece, almost like I wanted to have the reader have the experience of looking at something on a wall, and they really capture that in this trilogy."

"Some of the imagery that appears in the poetry that they've recreated is indescribably arresting," she adds. I don't want to give away too much, but you leave having had an experience. You feel stuff. And it resonates."

Initiation Trilogy runs till Sunday, Oct. 28, as part of the Vancouver International Writers Festival at Granville Island.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

The advantages of a college education

By Eric Glanville, Office for New Students

Making a decision about where to begin your post-secondary education is one of the most exciting (and nerve-wracking) decisions that most of you will ever undertake. In B.C., we're lucky to have a wide variety of colleges, institutes and universities to choose from. But the plethora of options can be overwhelming, and I'm often asked, “What’s the best school?"

This is a little like asking, “What's the best car?"  The answer depends on your specific needs, goals and values. But whether you're looking for a certificate, diploma, degree or post-degree diploma, there are some real advantages to starting your educational journey at a college. Here are three:
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

This week at Douglas: See The Nutcracker and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Oct. 22-28:


Thursday, Oct. 25


The Nutcracker
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Threatre
1pm
The Arts at One presents introduction to Goh Ballet's the Nutcracker, featuring award-winning dancers of the Goh Ballet. Free. More info: Arts Events

Friday, Oct. 26


Royals volleyball
New West Campus, Gym
6pm (women); 7:45pm (men)
Douglas takes on Columbia Bible College. More info: Doug life.

Ongoing


Rhythm Stories 
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till Nov. 2
Paintings by Nyla Sunga. More info on the gallery's web page.

Got an event you want listed? See douglascollege.ca/events.

See more upcoming Douglas College events in the Douglas College Events Calendar.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Tomson Highway performs at Douglas - for free!

One of Canada's foremost and most influential aboriginal playwrights and authors is appearing right here at Douglas next month. It's a rare chance for you to see him live - and for free.

Tomson Highway, the Cree author of award-winning plays The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing and novel Kiss of the Fur Queen, takes to the stage at the New West Campus Nov. 6, 7:30, in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre.

Highway - an accomplished pianist, songwriter and lecturer - will play piano, perform songs and talk about Canadian and aboriginal literature as well as the role of the arts in Canadian society and aboriginal communities.

The event is open the the public. To book your seat, email Nassi Soofi.

Highways's also coming to Douglas to speak to students in Music, Creative Writing and Theatre. The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology are producing Highway's most famous play, The Rez Sisters, Nov. 9-17. Visit our Arts Events page for details.


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cody's future is history

David Denofreo photo
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Wondering what it takes to be a well-rounded person? For Cody Sterzer, it means getting a liberal arts degree. “Someone once told me a liberal arts degree is designed to do one thing: make the world inside your head a better place,” he says. “I never forgot it.”

The A student is planning to become a history professor, but his path wasn’t always clear. A self-described slacker in high school, Cody had his “OMG” moment when he took a history course at Douglas. 

“Watching the instructor was fascinating. That’s when it hit me like a truck: I needed to do what he was doing. I needed to teach. Everyone else was struggling to take notes, but I just sat there looking at the board and thinking, ‘this is totally lighting up my world.’”

Find out more about studying History at Douglas College by visiting our website. Read more inspiring stories about our students and instructors in our new viewbook.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Call to artists: Get a Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree


Watch the video to discover what BPA students love about the program.

If your goal is to become a professional performing artist, arts manager, administrator or entrepreneur, or if you plan to do graduate studies in the performing arts, we've got the perfect program for you. 

Douglas College, along with Capilano University, Langara College and Vancouver Community College, offers a Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) degree – the only degree of its kind in Canada.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Douglas College holds earthquake drill Thursday


You’re working at your desk when suddenly the room begins to sway or everything begins shaking. It’s an earthquake. What do you do?

On Thursday, Oct. 18, in an effort to prepare people for a potentially damaging earthquake, Douglas students, employees and visitors, along with thousands of other British Columbians, will participate in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut.

In 1700, a 9.0 magnitude “megathrust” quake rocked the west coast of North America, from B.C. to California,. The geological record tells us that megathrust earthquakes occur in this region on average once every 500-600 years. Some have been as close together as 200 years.

“Seismic experts tell us that we can expect a major destructive earthquake in B.C.," says Nancy Constable, Director of Safety and Security and leader of the drill. “We don’t know when it might hit. This drill is about practising how to protect ourselves when it does.”
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Douglas seeks nominations for Distinguished Alumni

Chris Thornley, recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2012
Do you know a Douglas grad who has made an exceptional professional, personal, academic or public service achievement? An alumnus who would be an inspiration to students?

If so, the College wants your nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is a major step in recognizing the quality of our graduates and their contributions to the community. It also represents the calibre of the students that attend Douglas College and the education, training and inspiration they received here.

The closing date for nominations is March 1. This award will be presented during the June 2013 graduation ceremonies.

Visit our website for more information, or contact Andrew Senjack, 604 777 6171.

You can also download the nomination form.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

This week at Douglas: the Vancouver Opera, New West Doc Fest, Music Technologies concert and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Oct. 15-21:


Tuesday, Oct. 16


Ellen Silverman Farewell Concert
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
Ellen Silverman, Head of Piano Division, retires after 32 years at Douglas with a short concert with her husband, Robert Silverman, and former piano students. Free admission. Reception to follow. Open to colleagues, friends and students. More info: Arts Events

Thursday, Oct. 18


Music Technologies Concert
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
The Arts at One presents a Music Technologies Concert, directed by Blair Fisher. Free admission. More info: Arts Events

Friday, Oct. 19


Naomi's Road
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1-2pm
The Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts presents a one-act opera based on the novel by Joy Kogawa, with music by Vancouver composer Ramona Luengen and performed by Vancouver Opera in Schools. Free admission. Everyone welcome. Details: Vancouver Opera

Royals Volleyball
New West Campus, Gym
6-10pm
Douglas takes on on College of the Rockies (women's, 6pm; men's, 7:45pm). More info: Doug life

New West Doc Fest (opening night)
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
7pm
World renowned climate change expert and Mark Jaccard will be speaking and leading a discussion following the screening of Chasing Ice. Speaker's corner, exhibits, art, music and performing arts. Tickets - students/seniors $5 per doc; adults $7; free for Douglas students with ID - available online or at the door. More info: New West Doc Fest

Saturday, Oct. 20


New West Doc Fest
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1-10:30pm
Cutting edge documentaries featuring environmental and social justice issues, fresh from the Toronto International Film Festival. Speaker's corner, exhibits, art, music and performing arts. Tickets - students/seniors $5 per doc; adults $7; free for Douglas students with ID - available online or at the door. More info: New West Doc Fest

Sunday, Oct. 21


Royals Soccer
TBA
noon-4pm
Douglas takes on Langara (women's, 1pm; men's, 3pm). More info: Doug life

Ongoing


Rhythm Stories
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till Nov. 2
Paintings by Nyla Sunga. More info on the gallery's web page.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

See the Vancouver Opera for free at the New West Campus Oct. 19

Japanese-Canadians are relocated to camps in B.C.'s interior in 1942.
Source: Library and Archives Canada
The Faculty of Language, Literature and Performing Arts presents Naomi’s Road, a one-act opera based on the novel by Joy Kogawa, with music by Vancouver composer Ramona Luengen and performed by Vancouver Opera in Schools.

Friday, Oct. 19, 1-2pm 
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre 
Free Admission – everyone welcome 

In one of our country’s shameful acts, Naomi’s family is moved from Vancouver to an internment camp in the interior. She and her older brother Stephen struggle with the forces of war and racism, ultimately demonstrating a resilience of spirit that promises hope for the future.

"The experience of a Japanese-Canadian family in British Columbia during World War Two is told with sensitivity and clarity in music that speaks to the heart," says John Glofcheskie, Music instructor at Douglas.

"If you are interested in music, theatre, literature, history, or issues of cultural identity, you are sure to find Naomi’s Road a rewarding experience."

In 2006 this opera was presented to an enthusiastic full house at Douglas College. 

For more information on this production, visit the Vancouver Opera website.

Contact Nassi Soofi if you’re interested in bringing your class to this performance.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Child and Youth Care grad gives car thieves an alternative to stealing

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

The opportunity to restore a 1935 hot rod would be a dream for many car lovers. For Alex Vasiljević, a graduate of the Child and Youth Care program at Douglas College and Community Youth Worker at Ray-Cam Cooperative, it was a chance to connect with teens who loved cars a little too much.

In 2005, Alex approached the Vancouver Police Department about creating a project that would get teenage car thieves to stop stealing. The result was NASKARZ – Never Again Steal Cars – a program through Ray-Cam that connects youth from the Downtown Eastside with police officers, auto instructors from Vancouver Community College, and volunteers, to rebuild and restore cars.

“We thought that if kids enjoyed joyriding in cars, they might enjoy working on them, too,” Alex says.

Turns out he was right.

Over the last five years, more than 200 youth have participated in the program. They spent countless hours working on the latest NASKARZ project, a 1935 Ford, originally a rusted shell collected from a farmer’s field in Saskatchewan. The restored hot rod will be finished next year and will be used as a police parade car and will become a permanent display at Ray-Cam – a lasting testament to the success of the program.

As a youth worker, Alex says NASKARZ is gratifying in that it allows him to see tangible improvements in the kids he’s trying to help.

“Sometimes it’s hard to see progress,” he says. “But walking into an auto shop and seeing the sparks fly as the kids weld and cut is instant bliss for me. I can actually see human potential being realized.”

Learn more about the Child and Youth Care program on the Douglas College website or come to an info session Oct. 16, Nov. 13 or 15, or Dec. 4.



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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Economics instructor takes a hands-on approach

David Denofreo photo
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Suki Badh doesn’t just teach economics – he lives and breathes it.

The Douglas instructor has served on the premier’s task force on immigration, the Western Economic Diversification Committee, the finance committee of the CKNW Orphans’ Fund, the Richmond Hospital Foundation, on various advisory committees to Richmond City Hall, and manages 150 acres of blueberry farms in Richmond and Ladner. He’s also hosted a radio program on current political, economic and social issues.

Suki brings all this experience and knowledge into the classroom for the benefit of his students. “I can talk about some of the other things that I do and put facts and figures in front of them," he says. "Whether it’s the broadcast industry, the agriculture industry or the charity I’m involved with, I can relate theory into real life for the students. I think this gives them an advantage.”

Suki also teaches at a major university, but loves teaching at Douglas because of the smaller class sizes. “The biggest difference is at the university I walk in, put on a mic, lecture and then leave. I have very limited contact with the students. But at Douglas, I can get to know the students on a first-name basis. There’s more room for contact with them one on one.”

Find out more about studying Economics at Douglas College by visiting our website. Read more inspiring stories about our students and instructors in our new viewbook.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

This week at Douglas: Vuvuzella soccer tourney, get a head start on Xmas shopping, cheer on the Royals and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas Oct. 8-14:


Wednesday, Oct. 10


Alumni Marketplace
New West Campus, concourse
9am-7pm
Buy great gifts and support students in need at the same time. Vendors will be selling pottery, African art, jewellery, clothing, South American art and crafts and much more. Proceeds from table rentals go to support the Alumni Bursary.

Thursday, Oct. 11


Alumni Marketplace
Coquitlam Campus, atrium
9am-7pm
Buy great gifts and support students in need at the same time. Vendors will be selling pottery, African art, jewellery, clothing, South American art and crafts and much more. Proceeds from table rentals go to support the Alumni Bursary.

Dark Angels: Music for Voice and Guitar
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
1pm
The Arts at One presents a free concert. More info: Arts Events

Friday, Oct. 12


Vuvuzella Soccer Tournament
New West Campus, Gym
3:30-6pm
Kick, defend, and goal tend! Bring your footie skills out to this semester tourney. Students, alumni, faculty and staff of Douglas College are all welcome to come out and participate. Register your team by Oct. 7. More info: Doug life

Volleyball: Douglas vs. Capilano
North Vancouver (map)
6-10pm
More info: Doug life

Saturday, Oct. 13


Soccer: Douglas vs. Capilano
Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
1-5pm
More info: Doug life

Volleyball: Douglas vs. Capilano
New West Campus, Gym
6-10pm
More info: Doug life

Sunday, Oct. 14


Soccer: Douglas vs. VIU
Town Centre Park, Coquitlam
5pm
More info: Doug life

Ongoing


Rhythm Stories
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Till Nov. 2
Paintings by Nyla Sunga. More info on the gallery's web page.

Got an event you want listed? See douglascollege.ca/events.

See more upcoming Douglas College events in the Douglas College Events Calendar.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hospitality Management grads conquer Whistler


Back in 2006, Stacy Ram (pictured right) and Christine McCann were new grads of the Douglas College Hospitality Management (HOSP) program. A mere six years later, both hold management positions at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler. They chose the HOSP program at Douglas because they knew it would give them the hands-on experience and work placement opportunities they needed to move up quickly in the hospitality industry.
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Monday, October 1, 2012

Music Technology grads make beautiful music together

David Denofreo photo

By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

It didn’t take long for Omid and Erika, graduates of the Music Technology Certificate program, to discover their mutual passion. And each other! The duo – she sings and he plays guitar – has started writing their own songs, which they plan to record and perform. They took the MTC program to learn how to record their music right on their laptops – professional studio not required.
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