Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Douglas College and SFU offer dual-degree program


Are you torn between starting your degree at a college or at a university? Good news! Douglas College and Simon Fraser University offer you the chance to get a bachelor of art or science degree from SFU – while taking classes at both institutions.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Douglas College Dental Assisting grad volunteers in Sierra Leone

Sonya Van Hove (middle) pictured with two of her colleagues.
Sonya Van Hove, a graduate of the Douglas College Dental Assisting program, spent a month in Sierra Leone last summer providing dental care to people in need. Sonya worked onboard the Africa Mercy, a hospital ship operated by the international charity Mercy Ships. Read more about Sonya - who also went to Africa in 2009 with the Douglas College Uganda Project - and her experiences in the Surrey Leader.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

This week at Douglas: Student Research Day, free health sciences lecture and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas March 26-April 1

Monday, March 26


Fourth Annual Student Research Day

New West Campus, concourse
10am-2pm
More than 70 student groups and individuals present their research in the areas of science and technology, health care, sport science, child and youth care and more. More info: doug: the community blog

Aboriginal Health, Research and Ethics, with Michele Sam
Coquitlam Campus, room D1024
4:30-6:30pm
The Health Sciences Speaker Series presents Sam, an Aboriginal researcher, on Rebuilding Nations: The HELP Project - Building Strong Children and Family Communities. More info: doug: the community blog


Ongoing


March yoga madness
New West Campus, room 1322
4pm, every Monday in March
Led by an experienced instructor, mats provided. Presented by The Other Press. For more info, email the OP editor.

Transmutations: Journeys Through Time and Space
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Paintings by Mary Bennet and Louise Bunn. Till April 6. More info: Arts Events.

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

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

Want more timely updates? Join Douglas College on
Facebook!


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Friday, March 23, 2012

Einstein is still right

Last fall there was a big kerfuffle when new research suggested that Einstein's theory of relativity may be wrong. To help us see through the whirlwind whipped up by the media frenzy, we asked Jennifer Kirkey, an Instructor of Physics and Astronomy at Douglas, to set us straight. She told us Einstein wasn't wrong.

Now, an article published in Nature last week admits the researchers made a mistake. So there you have it.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

English as a Second Language courses now tuition free

If you're planning on taking English as a Second Language (ESL) courses soon we have some good news! Starting this summer semester, ESL courses will be tuition-free to eligible students. This includes Canadian citizens, permanent residents, live-in caregivers and refugees.

Fees such as the student union and activity fees will continue to be charged. International students will be charged the regular international tuition fees for all ESL courses. Read more...

Student researches effectiveness of 'Scared Straight' programs

Monday, March 26, is the Fourth Annual Student Research Day, an opportunity for Douglas College students to share their research projects with their peers and the larger community. Doug caught up with a few of the participants to learn more about their projects. 

I am
Stacy Clarke, a student in the Child and Youth Care (CYC) program

My project
It’s on the effectiveness of “Scared Straight” programs. I have a background in youth justice and I'm finishing my CYC degree, so when I saw the Beyond Scared Straight TV show I was really curious about whether or not the programs actually work for keeping kids out of jail. So I thought I would conduct a survey to find out what people thought about the effectiveness of these programs.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Students invited to dinner with the President

This invitation is for all Douglas College students.

You're invited to chat with College President Scott McAlpine about what you love about Douglas, and what the College could be doing better. And while you're giving the President some ideas to chew on, you can enjoy some delicious food prepared by the College’s finest chefs.

Event details
Tuesday, March 27, 5-7pm
Coquitlam Campus
Boardroom (room 3011)

OR

Thursday, March 29, 5-7pm
New Westminster Campus
Aboriginal Gathering Place (room 4650)

RSVP
Please RSVP at Douglife to ensure food is ordered for all attending. Space is limited, so book the date now!

Event overview
The President's got a plan for Douglas College to become the largest and most progressive baccalaureate degree-granting college in B.C.

Sounds impressive, right? But what does that really mean for students, you might ask? Seriously, go ahead and ask him!

Chances are, he'll say it means you should feel engaged in every way with college life, especially academically and intellectually.

And he'll say it means you should get the highest quality teaching.

So, are you feeling engaged? And what does quality teaching mean to you?

What do you love about your experience at Douglas? What could the College do better?

Conversation and dinner with the President. Hope to see you there!

RSVP now

President Scott McAlpine's bio Read more...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Represent your fellow students on the College Board or Education Council

Douglas is in the process of nominating student representatives to the Education Council and the College Board for the 2012/13 Academic Year.

What are the Education Council and College Board?
The College Board’s work focuses on institutional policy and strategic leadership for the College. The Education Council is charged with setting the curriculum and academic standards of the institution; essentially the programs and courses we offer. They are both important governance bodies that play a key role in shaping the direction and policy of Douglas.

How many student positions are available?

There are two positions for the College Board. The term of office is one year, commencing September 1, 2012 and ending August 31, 2013. To be eligible to be nominated for either the College Board or Education Council, you must be registered in at least one credit course and be in good academic standing.

How and when do I apply?

The Registrar is accepting nominations until March 27, 4pm, so be sure to get your name in ASAP.

How are the students selected?
After we receive all the nominations, all students will be asked to vote online to elect their Board and Council representatives. For more info Get involved and stay tuned for the election! If you have any questions, contact the Registrar’s Office at 604 527 5478.

Click here for nomination forms and election information for the COLLEGE BOARD. (Scroll down to the "Student" section)

Click here for nomination forms and election information for EDUCATION COUNCIL. (Scroll down to the "Student" section)

Nomination forms are also available in the Registrar's Office or the Douglas Students' Union at each campus. For additional information please contact the Registrar at 604 527 5478, or attend an information session:


Thursday, March 22, 3-4pm
Coquitlam Campus, room B3011

Friday, March 23, 11am-noon
New Westminster Campus, room 4920

RSVP

So we can ensure sufficient space and light refreshments, please contact Board Executive Assistant Shelagh Donnelly at 604 527 5388 to register for one of these forums.


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Students say getting physical at an early age leads to success in adulthood

From left: Brett Schmidt, Mike Roselli and Derrick Hansvall
Monday, March 26, is the Fourth Annual Student Research Day, an opportunity for Douglas College students to share their research projects with their peers and the larger community. Doug caught up with a few of the participants to learn more about their projects.

We are

Derrick Hansvall, Mike Roselli and Brett Schmidt, fourth-year students in the Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching program

Our project

Mike: Our study is to prove there's a correlation between children engaging in physical activity or sport, organized or unorganized, at an early age, and achieving a high socioeconomic status. In layman's terms: If kids play sports or participate in physical activity, they have a better chance of getting a higher education and doing better in life.
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Student researches the effects of stress on informal caregivers

Monday, March 26, is the Fourth Annual Student Research Day, an opportunity for Douglas College students to share their research projects with their peers and the larger community. Doug caught up with a few of the participants to learn more about their projects. 

I am 
Chera Arthur, a Therapeutic Recreation student

My project 
It’s about informal caregivers’ stress and its impact on their social, physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual well-being. The question that guided my research is, “How does informal caregiver stress affect each domain of wellness?” I attempted to answer this question by examining the experiences of six women who were currently caring for their ill or disabled parent.
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

This week at Douglas: EVENT book sale, free film screening, eco-friendly pest control lecture and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas March 19-25


Monday, March 19


BCIT/Langara/Douglas CRAM Session
BCIT Burnaby campus Room # SW3 1750
4:30-6pm
The session will provide you with networking tips, interview tips, CACEE writing, etc. The event is for students going through Fall recruit this September. More info: Douglas College Business Association website.

Tuesday, March 20


Persian New Year
New West Campus, concourse
12:30-2:30pm
Come celebrate Narouz, Persian New Year! See the seven symbols of the Persian New Year, see a traditional dance and more.

Film screening: Rudo y Cursi ("Rude and Tacky")
New West Campus, room 1614
2:30pm
As part of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, the Douglas College Hispanic Cultures speaker series presents one of the top grossing Mexican films of all time, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. More info: doug: the community blog

Thursday, March 22


What's eating you? Biological control of insect pests in B.C. greenhouses

New West Campus, room 2201
3pm
Presented by Rob McGregor, head of the college’s Institute of Urban Ecology, who will discuss research done over the past two years at Douglas on organisms which may be effective in controlling pests in B.C. vegetable greenhouses that produce tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. More info: doug: the community blog


Ongoing


EVENT Magazine book sale
New West Campus, concourse
March 19-23, 10am-5pm
Stock up on books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and more at the annual sale to raise money for EVENT, Douglas College's award-winning literary publication.

March yoga madness
New West Campus, room 1322
4pm, every Monday in March
Led by an experienced instructor, mats provided. Presented by The Other Press. For more info, email the OP editor.
 
The Very Ecstasy of Love
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
March 16-24
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present a romantic farce, an adaptation of a lost Shakespeare play where the action takes place on the West Coast. More info: doug: the community blog 

Transmutations: Journeys Through Time and Space
New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Paintings by Mary Bennet and Louise Bunn. Till April 6. More info: Arts Events.

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

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

Want more timely updates? Join Douglas College on
Facebook!


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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Enter The Other Press's writing contest!

The Other Press, your student newspaper, wants your creative writing! Send in a 250-word piece of prose or poetry inspired by the word "siesta" for the chance to win excellent prizes.

Submit
your entries by email by March 30.

For more info visit the OP on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Help support Douglas College baseball team


Jerald Walliser photo
Want to help ensure that Douglas College will be playing baseball for years to come?

All you have to do is shop at the Pharmasave located in Columbia Square just south of the New West Campus Tuesday, March 20. On this day Pharmasave will donate a percentage of all sales to the Douglas College Royals men's baseball team.

So mark the first day of Spring on your calendars and shop at Pharmasave. Thanks for supporting Douglas College Athletics!

For more information visit the Facebook page of the Douglas College Centre for Campus Life and Athletics.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Michele Sam speaks at Douglas College March 26

The Douglas College Health Sciences Speaker Series presents:

Rebuilding Nations: The HELP Project - Building Strong Children and Family Communities

With Michele A. Sam



Monday, March 26, 4:30-6:30pm
Coquitlam Campus, room D1024

Michele Sam is Ktunaxa, a cultural and linguistic isolate group to the world. As the Senior Aboriginal Researcher for the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), Michele researches and addresses the work of building and supporting local initiatives in the First Nations communities.

The focus of HELP is research with a focus on ensuring that children and families flourish. Michele acts as a resource both nationally and internationally and is a dynamic and engaging speaker.

Please RSVP Lexie Flasch by email.

The talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Time to legalize marijuana: Douglas Instructor


By Graeme Bowbrick

Recently I and three other former British Columbia attorneys general called for marijuana to be legalized. To be clear, we are not merely advocating decriminalization; we are going further and arguing for outright legalization.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Apply now for Douglas College's field school in Belize


By Siobhan Ashe, Sociology Instructor

How would you like to discover the jewel of the Caribbean, get up close and personal with Mayan civilization, explore jungles, pyramids and coral reefs – and earn college credits at the same time?
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Monday, March 12, 2012

Get smarter at Douglas College's Student Research Day March 26

Ever wonder what your fellow students are thinking?

Next week you’ll have a unique chance to get into their heads at the Fourth Annual Student Research Day, an opportunity for students to share their research activities with their College peers and members of the community.

Student Research Day take place Monday, March 26, 10am-2pm at the New Westminster Campus (concourse).

Research presented this year will examine issues such as:

  • The effects of  youth physical activity on adulthood socioeconomic status
  • Toxic additives in personal care and food products
  • The effects of hydraulic fracturing
  • The problem of e-waste
  • The effects of large-scale meat production
  • What motivates teens and young adults to get plastic surgery
  • The effectiveness of abstinence-till-marriage sex ed programs

And many, many more!

To learn more about Student Research Day, visit the web page.

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Douglas College head coach named coach of the year

Brad Hudson, head coach at Douglas College, was named the 2012 Canadian Colleges' Athletic Association men's volleyball coach of the year last week.

Congratulations to Brad and the Royals on an outstanding season!

Read more about Brad and the Royals in the Record. Read more...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

This week at Douglas: Yoga, theatre, art and more!

Here's what's happening at Douglas March 12-18


Monday, March 12


CGA CONNECT in the Fraser Valley
Newlands Golf - 21025-48th Ave, Langley
Join the Douglas College Business Association for an evening of networking with CGAs from different industries and explore the career opportunities with various employers from our CGA Partners in Employment Program (PEP). Register on the DCBA website.

Tuesday, March 13


DodgeBall Intramurals Cup
New West Campus, Gym
4-6pm
More info and registration: douglife

Leaders of Tomorrow CA Speaker Series
UBC Robson Square
5-7pm
The Douglas College Business Association presents speakers Joanna Pearson, Audit Partner at Deloitte and Colin MacKinnon, BCACC Sr. Vice President. This event is at no cost to students and there will be refreshments provided following the speeches. Register on the DCBA website.

Wednesday, March 14


Q&A session with Andrew Solnordal, Regional Vice President at G&F Financial
New West Campus, concourse
4pm
Q&A session with Andrew Solnordal, Regional Vice President, G&F Financial. We will discuss the ins and outs of the finance industry and what it takes to succeed in it. Get more info or register.

Free Career Planning Workshop (Part Two)
Coquitlam Campus, room C1002
9-11am
Come out to this free workshop (for registered students) to discover your interests,learn how to do career research and figure out what you want to do with your life! We'll meet on March 7 (9-11am) and March 14 (9-11am) and students need to be able to attend both sessions.


Ongoing


March yoga madness
New West Campus, room 1322
4pm, every Monday in March
Led by an experienced instructor, mats provided. Presented by The Other Press. For more info, email the OP editor.

The Very Ecstasy of Love
New West Campus, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre
March 16-24
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present a romantic farce, an adaptation of a lost Shakespeare play where the action takes place on the West Coast. More info: doug: the community blog

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
New West Campus, room 4140
March 9-17
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present a comedy by Ann Marie MacDonald about Shakespeare, sword fights and searching for yourself. More info: doug: the community blog

Transmutations: Journeys Through Time and Space

New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Paintings by Mary Bennet and Louise Bunn. Till April 6. More info: Arts Events.

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

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

Want more timely updates? Join Douglas College on
Facebook!


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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Free yoga at Douglas College!

What's not to like about stretching and deep breathing, especially when it relieves stress, clears your head and makes you healthier and happier?

With that in mind, The Other Press is offering yoga every Monday this month. Classes are free, and students, staff and faculty are all welcome!

For more information, email the OP.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Douglas College presents The Very Ecstasy of Love March 16-24

Do you prefer your Shakespeare a little Left Coast, a little Lotusland?

Then you won't want to miss The Very Ecstasy of Love, the latest production (March 16-24) by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology at Douglas College. Read more...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Douglas College presents research on eco-friendly pest control March 22

Interested in learning about local agriculture's green approach to controlling pests - and what Douglas College is doing to help?

On Thursday, March 22, Douglas will present its research on non-chemical, ecologically friendly approaches to pest control in B.C. agriculture at a free public talk.

What's eating you? Biological control of insect pests in B.C. greenhouses will be presented by Rob McGregor, head of the college’s Institute of Urban Ecology, who will discuss research done over the past two years at Douglas on organisms which may be effective in controlling pests in B.C. vegetable greenhouses that produce tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.

Rob will also talk about Douglas College’s partnerships with the BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association and companies that produce biological control products for sale to greenhouse operators.

Thursday, March 22, 3pm
New West Campus, room 2201 

For more information see our press release.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Douglas College Royals roundup

RuiLin Huang was named the 2012 CCAA Women’s Badminton Player of the Year for the fourth year in a row.
By Josh Martin, Sports Editor, The Other Press


Basketball

Last week the Royals men’s basketball team took part in the PACWEST Provincial championships at Capilano University in a good old fashioned affair. However, the sixth-seeded Royals came up just shy against the number three Camosun Chargers in a 68–62 contest, finishing off their season earlier than  they had hoped.
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Sunday, March 4, 2012

This week at Douglas: Celebrate Douglas College's new look, buy shoes for a good cause, donate blood and more!


Here's what's happening at Douglas March 5-11


Monday, March 5


Career Exploration Fair
New West Campus, concourse
10am-3pm
It's your opportunity to explore your future! Meet with perspective employers, find out about potential career paths, get job search advice and more. More info: doug: the community blog.

Tuesday, March 6


Douglas brand launch
New West Campus, concourse
11:30am-1:30pm
You've seen our "DO what you love" campaign around the college and around town. Now it's time to celebrate all the good things that Douglas College stands for! Come add your comments and thoughts onto a gigantic "DO." You'll get some free goodies, and a chance to win a Douglas College hoodie, vest, water bottle or keychain, while supplies last. More info: doug: the community blog

Women's Centre Shoe Sale
10am-3pm
 Coquitlam Campus, atrium
In celebration of International Women's Day, support the Douglas College Women's Centre by buying a pair of gently used shoes, starting at $2 a pair. More info: doug: the community blog

Wednesday, March 7


Career Planning Workshop
Coquitlam Campus, room C1002
9-11am
Come out to this free workshop (for registered students) to discover your interests, learn how to do career research and figure out what you want to do with your life! We'll meet March 7 and 14 (9-11am) and you need to be able to attend both sessions.

Career Exploration Fair
Coquitlam Campus, atrium
10am-3pm
It's your opportunity to explore your future! Meet with perspective employers, find out about potential career paths, get job search advice and more. More info: doug: the community blog.

CMA Information Session
New Westminster Campus, room 2201
5-6:30pm
If you are interested in becoming an accountant or simply curious about a career in accounting, join the Douglas College Business Association (DCBA) for a Certified Management Accountants Information Session. Please register now. (it's mandatory). Free pizza and pop will be served!

Thursday, March 8


Women's Centre Shoe Sale
10am-3pm
New West Campus, concourse
In celebration of International Women's Day, support the Douglas College Women's Centre by buying a pair of gently used shoes, starting at $2 a pair. More info: doug: the community blog

Douglas brand launch
Coquitlam Campus, atrium
11:30am-1:30pm
You've seen our "DO what you love" campaign around the college and around town. Now it's time to celebrate all the good things that Douglas College stands for! Come add your comments and thoughts onto a gigantic "DO." You'll get some free goodies, and a chance to win a Douglas College hoodie, vest, water bottle or keychain, while supplies last. More info: doug: the community blog

CBS Bloodmobile on campus
New West Campus, Royal Avenue entrance
10am-4pm
Want to donate blood? Now’s your chance! Get more info on doug: the community blog.

Salsa Music: Latino identity through a musical lens
New West Campus, room 4920 (boardroom)
2:30pm
With Sal Ferreras, percussionist, producer, educator and ethnomusicologist. Presented by the Douglas College Hispanic Cultures speaker series.

Ongoing


Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
New West Campus, room 4140
March 9-17
The departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology present a comedy by Ann Marie MacDonald about Shakespeare, sword fights and searching for yourself. More info: doug: the community blog

Transmutations: Journeys Through Time and Space

New West Campus, Amelia Douglas Gallery
Paintings by Mary Bennet and Louise Bunn. Till April 6. More info: Arts Events.

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

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

Want more timely updates? Join Douglas College on
Facebook!


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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Come celebrate Douglas College's new look!

You've seen our big "DO what you love" campaign on campus and at bus and SkyTrain stations around the Lower Mainland. And now you're invited to join us in celebrating everything that Douglas College stands for!

Come to the New West Campus concourse Tuesday, March  6, 11:30am-1:30pm, or the Coquitlam Campus atrium Thursday, March 8 (same time).

Post a message on our gigantic "DO" for some free goodies, and a chance to win a Douglas College hoodie, vest, water bottle or key chain, while supplies last. The event is open to students as well as faculty and staff.


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Friday, March 2, 2012

Douglas College shapes up with the Biggest Loser and Health and Wellness challenges

Sean Kelly has traded in chips and Tim Horton's bagels for squirrel food, such as fruits and nuts.

By Toby Reeve

You may have noticed something different about Douglas College lately - a new sparkle in its windows, a spring in its steps. Douglas is shaping up. Five weeks ago, 200 students, staff and faculty signed on for the Biggest Loser and the Health and Wellness challenges, run by Douglife.
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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Douglas College presents Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) March 9-17



By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor


Good comedy can be a real shot in the arm. This month, get your dose of humour right in your own backyard with Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), the latest production by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft & Event Technology at Douglas College (March 9-17).

Goodnight Desdemona is the story of Constance, a modern-day academic who, after her professor pans her doctoral thesis on Shakespeare, finds herself transported into the Bard's world, where she inadvertently sends his stories in hilarious new directions - and finds her true self along the way.
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