ByLion--October 20


Homecoming 2014 highlights

Faculty Chamber recital tonight

Fanfare's final two weeks

Southeast Louisiana Review

Guitar Quartet to perform Oct. 21

Let's Talk Art Oct. 22

Common Read set Oct. 23

Rec Sports and Wellness news

Delta Tau Delta to host program

Riders on the Orphan Train Oct. 28

Fall Carnival set Oct. 31

Wine tasting to benefit library

Ceramics Club schedules sale

Southeastern in the news

This Week in Athletics

Southeastern celebrates Homecoming 2014
Southeastern celebrated Homecoming 2014, "Step Right Up to Roomie under the Big Top," with a week-long series of activities that were topped off with the Alumni Awards Evening, crowning of the king and queen, and football.
     Craig Huss, retired vice president with the agricultural firm Archer Daniels Midland, was honored with the Alumnus of the Year Award. The Decatur, Ill., native was recruited to attend Southeastern on a basketball scholarship, earning his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1974 and an MBA two years later. While at Southeastern he earned four-year letterman status as a forward and center and served as a graduate assistant basketball coach while in graduate school.
     Huss worked 37 years with ADM, starting as a grain elevator manager before being named to his first vice presidential position in 1997. In 2011 until his retirement in January, he was senior vice president, chief risk officer and a member of ADM's Executive Committee.
     While here, Huss met with students and faculty in the College of Business and served as Grand Marshal of the Homecoming parade.
     Also recognized at the event was James "Jay" Prather III of Ponchatoula, a 2005 graduate with a degree in biology. He was a founding partner of an environmental consulting firm, now called ELOS Environmental in Hammond. The company provides consulting services covering numerous sectors of the environmental industry.
     Other awards presented included:
     President's Loyal Lion Award – Mayson Foster, outgoing mayor of the city of Hammond;
     Director's Diamond Award – David Danel of Hammond, former Alumni Association president and board member, who helped build the Alumni Center;
     L.E. Chandler Award – Brendan Daigle, Multicultural and International Affairs and the Student Food Pantry;
     Distinguished Service Award – Sigma Tau Gama Fraternity, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and the New Orleans Alumni Chapter, celebrating its 50th anniversary. The fraternity served as sponsor of Homecoming 2014.
     Friendship Oak Awards – Delta Tau Delta on the occasion of the 45th anniversary; Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity on their 75th anniversary; Sigma Tau Gamma, New Orleans Chapter, on their 50th anniversary; the School of Nursing on its 50th anniversary; and the Yellow Jackets on its 85th anniversary.
     During the game against the University of Central Arkansas, the Lions, now the Southland Conference leading team, won by a score of 42-24, marking its 14th straight win over conference opponents.


1)Alumni Awards Evening2)Roomie Book Signing


1) ALUMNI AWARDS - At the Alumni Awards Evening, Craig Huss, far right, retired vice president with the agricultural firm Archer Daniels Midland, was honored with the Alumnus of the Year Award. Also recognized at the event as the Young Alumnus of the Year was James "Jay" Prather III of Ponchatoula, second from left, a 2005 graduate with a degree in biology. Congratulating them are President John L. Crain and Alumni Association Director Kathy Pittman.


2) LETS LION UP WITH ROOMIE - Eliza Kate Cowser, daughter of Erin Cowser, reads her mother's book Let's Lion Up with Roomie to Roomie and Miss Southeastern Crystal Gonzales during the book signing at the Southeastern Bookstore on Homecoming Day.


3)Homecoming Parade4)Homecoming Queen and King


3) LET'S HAVE A PARADE - Southeastern fans gather for the Homecoming Parade as it rolls through Friendship Circle Saturday afternoon.


4) HOMECOMING ROYALTY - Katherine Weimer, a biology major from Thibodaux, was crowned Southeastern's Homecoming Queen, while Donovan Thierry, a psychology major from Lake Charles, was crowned Homecoming King during halftime of the Southeastern versus Central Arkansas football game. The Lions went on to beat Central Arkansas 42 to 24.



Faculty Quiz Bowl winnersFACULTY TEAM WINS QUIZ BOWL -- The faculty team Mens Sana in Corpe Sano defeated the student team in the annual Faculty-Student Quiz Bowl held during homecoming week. Accepting their awards from Alumni Association President Daryl Ferrara, right, are, from left, Dane Bounds, Center for Faculty Excellence; Greg Reeves, Buddy Sirikul, Eddie Hebert and Charlotte Humphries, all of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies. The student team, Fiasco, included Rachel Mensing, business; Christine Tarride, history; Terri Crutcher, biology; and Marie Lambert, English. All are freshmen.


Southeastern presents Faculty Chamber Recital Oct. 20
Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts will present "Musical Treasures for Winds and More," on Oct. 20. Scheduled in Pottle Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., the free concert is part of the Southeastern Faculty Chamber Series.
     The concert will feature the Southeastern woodwind faculty. A quartet of Suzanne Buerkle (flute), Everette Smith (oboe), Victor Drescher (clarinet), and Jerry Voorhees (bassoon) will perform several selections of rarely performed woodwind quartet music. Selections include an arrangement of Mozart's "Divertimento, K251," Cavalev's "Suite," Prokofiev's "Fleeting Moments," and Karl Goepfart's "Quartet, Op. 93."
     "The woodwind faculty is excited to share these rarely heard pieces of chamber music with the Southeastern community in a free concert," Drescher said.
     In addition to the faculty woodwind quartet, Saxophone Professor Kimberly Gedde will perform an arrangement of Astor Piazolla's "Four Seasons" with friends Susannah Montandon (cello) and Mary Bresowar (piano).
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, 549-2184.


Music concerts, lectures highlight Fanfare's final two weeks
Yakov Voldman, Kenneth BoultonMusic concerts and lectures highlight the final two weeks of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University's annual October-long arts festival.
     Fanfare's third week begins on Tuesday, Oct. 21, with a performance by the Southeastern Guitar Quartet at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. The free concert will include a diverse program of music ranging from the Italian Baroque to 20th Century Cuban repertoire.
     Next up is Communication Professor Joe Burns with his Then and Now Lecture presentation "Do You Hear What I Hear? Facts and History of Christmas Carols" Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. From "Silent Night" to "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer," Burns will discuss the history of the songs we know so well.
     Oct. 27 will see the grand openings of Lekotek and Snoezelen, sensory demonstration projects. Southeastern is the first and only university in the nation to host these projects that are designed to make the world of play accessible to all children.    Sponsored by the College of Education and the Department of Teaching and Learning, the projects will be officially opened in the Cate Teacher Education Center.
     Also during Fanfare's final two weeks:
      On Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre, the English Department and the Southeastern Writing Center will present Terrance Hayes, author of several award-winning volumes of poetry, as part of the Common Read program.

      Also on Oct. 23, the Southeastern Wind Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond. Adult tickets are $14, faculty/staff/seniors/alumni tickets are $5, and students are free with I.D.
      On Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. in the Teacher Education Center, KIVA, the College of Education and the Department of Teaching and Learning in collaboration with The Library of Congress – Teaching with Primary Sources present "Riders of the Ophan Train." The free multi-media presentation tells the story of the 250,000 orphans who were put on trains between 1854 and 1929 and sent all over the U.S. to be given away. Seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.
      The free lecture "Mamma's Brown Sugar" will be presented on Oct. 29 from 12-2 p.m. in the Teacher Education Center, room 1022, by Celina Echols, professor of Teaching and Learning and author of the book "Mamma's Brown Sugar." Echols shares her own experiences of foster care and adoption.
      Also on Oct. 29, the final Then and Now Lecture at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium features History and Political Science Department Head William Robison, discussing "Doctor WhoDat Hatches a Halloween 'Doctor Who' Hapless Hortonless History Lesson." The more-or-less annual Halloween lecture returns as Robison takes a further look at the Doctor's "historical" excursions. The lecture is free and candy will be thrown.
      On Oct. 30 from 6-8 p.m., the Student Council for Exceptional Children Chapter and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society will present the fall dinner and dance for OPTIONS and area group homes for adults with disabilities. The event takes place in the Southeastern Lab School Gym.
      On Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m., the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra will present its Spooktacular 4 concert at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. General admission tickets are $10; faculty, staff, seniors are $5, and patrons under 18 and college students are admitted free with I.D.
      On Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m., Missoula Children's Theatre will present "The Pied Piper" at 5:30 p.m. in the Amite High Theatre, located at 406 S. Laurel St. in Amite.
     Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. Some tickets may be purchased online at The box office is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances. For a complete schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 543-4366 or visit


HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR – Head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts Kenneth Boulton, right, and Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra Yakov Voldman, take a moment to show off their cowboy costumes after a previous year's Halloween Spooktacular concert.


Southeast Louisiana Review issue features range of topics, short story
Faith AllenThe newest issue of the Southeast Louisiana Review has been released featuring studies on antebellum education in the Florida parishes, the working lives of the Washington Parish African American community members from 1920-1940, and the presence of Native Americans in the Florida Parishes.
     The Review, a cultural and historically oriented publication by the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern, also contains a short story by novelist Dayne Sherman.
     "This particular issue celebrates specific aspects of the rich cultural diversity that characterizes our region," said Samuel C. Hyde Jr., managing editor and director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies.
     The publication costs $10 and can be ordered by calling the Center at 549-2151 or by email to
     In an article titled "Antebellum Education in Louisiana's Florida Parishes," Sarah Hyde, assistant professor at River Parishes Community College, counters a long-held contention that formal education in the South received little emphasis in the pre-Civil War era. Her research reveals that in the antebellum Florida Parishes, the education of children was a foremost consideration for parents and policy makers, whether it was home-based or in more traditional school settings.
     In the article, "Prosperity and Peril in the Piney Woods: An Analysis of Washington Parish's African American Community, 1920-1940, historian Reginald Spann notes that black residents of the region did not enjoy opportunities for an education – even into the 20th Century. Even so, Spann's research in Washington Parish indicates black residents learned to advance themselves both socially and economically. While relying on census data and other primary sources, the study suggests that, with the exception of voting, black residents advanced their condition in every sense.
     Also in the publication, teacher and amateur archaeologist Jason Glenn Thompson presents a hands-on explanation of the Florida Parishes' first inhabitation by various tribes of Native Americans that lived in the area for thousands of years. Thompson documents the sites he personally visited and includes maps and photographs of his findings.
     The Review also includes the short story "Witness: A Louisiana Short Story" by Sherman, placed in the author's imaginary Louisiana locale, Baxter Parish. Sherman is a reference librarian at Southeastern and has recently published his second novel, "Zion."

Above: Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies student worker Faith Allen displays an issue of the latest Southeast Louisiana Review.


Southeastern Guitar Quartet to perform October 21
The Southeastern Guitar Quartet will perform a diverse program of music ranging from the Italian Baroque to 20th Century Cuban repertoire. Scheduled on Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium, the free concert is part of Fanfare, the university's annual fall celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences.
     The music will include pieces written specifically for guitar quartet and arrangements produced by Southeastern students and faculty. Traditional Italian Baroque, passionate Spanish Romantic, evocative French Impressionistic, and New Age-tinged Cuban masterpieces will be performed by Southeastern music students Dustin Dawson of Robert, Blake Guidry and West Lentz of Denham Springs, and Amon Straughter of Laplace.
     "This is the fourth incarnation of the Southeastern Guitar Quartet – we also presented the Southeastern Guitar Trio a few years back. It takes the rare combination of talent, ensemble skills, desire, and the all-important chemistry between the players for such a group to successfully present a full concert at such a high level of performance," said Patrick Kerber, instructor of guitar and coordinator of guitar activities who has prepared the group. "This group, which has represented Southeastern at the 2013 and 2014 ULS Academic Summit Performance Showcases, has those qualities. I am certain the audience will enjoy hearing Southeastern's latest contributions to the unique and increasingly popular guitar quartet concert format."
     From the Italian Baroque, the concert will begin with Kerber's arrangement of Vivaldi's "Concerto in D, RV93." Faure's "Berceuse & Pas Espagnol," and Debussy's "La Soiree danse Grenade" all arranged by former Southeastern graduate student, Thomas Holley, will be presented, as Kerber says, as "the real thing – Spanish music written by Frenchmen!"
     Also on the program the eclectic, Paisaje Cubano con Rumba by contemporary Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, the only work on the program written specifically for guitar quartet, will feature "prepared" guitars. Rounding out the evening will be Granados' romantic Tres Danzas Espanolas arranged by Southeastern alum, Shane Zeringue, and two works by Manuel de Falla arranged by Kerber, Pantomime and the fiery Danza de La Molinera.
     For more information, call 549-2886, or email Kerber at


'Let's Talk: Art' series continues October 22
The fall series of "Let's Talk: Art," sponsored jointly by Southeastern's Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Hammond Regional Arts Center (HRAC), and the Friends of Sims Memorial Library, will continue on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 5 p.m. at the Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery.
     Dillon Rayborn, a senior student in art history, will speak on "Richard Serra: The Semiotics of Space and Spirituality." This talk is a discussion of the development, theory, and art-historical consequences of art work produced around the turn of the 21st century by New York based artist/sculptor Richard Serra.
     All lectures are free and open to the public. Future talks are scheduled as follows:
      Wednesday, Nov. 12: "Accalia and the Swamp Monster" by Kelli Scott Kelley, professor in the LSU School of Art; 5 p.m., in the Hammond Regional Arts Center.
      Wednesday, Nov. 19: "An Infinity of Issues: Navigating the Changing Discipline of Art Conservation in a Global Society" by Maude Cusimano, senior student in art history; 5 p.m., Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery.
     For more information, call the library at 549-3962.


Award winning poet Hayes featured in 'Common Read' program
Terrance HayesTerrance Hayes, author of several award-winning volumes of poetry, will visit Southeastern Oct. 23 as part of the institution's fall Common Read program. Hayes was recently honored with a 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship – the so-called "genius" awards.
     Sponsored by the Department of English and the Southeastern Writing Center, Common Read provides students and community members the opportunity to read the works and then meet a contemporary author.
     Events that day include student presentations on the author's work at 9:30 a.m., an 11 a.m. question and answer session with the author, and a 6:30 p.m. public reading by Hayes followed by a book signing and reception. All events are open to the public and will be held in the Student Union Theatre.
     In a series of "blue" poems for his collection Wind in a Box, Hayes references the standard tropes and forms of blues poetry by speaking in the persona of such figures as Jorge Luis Borges, David Bowie and Strom Thurmond. The Blue Seuss is both a satiric embodiment of Seussian rhymes and styles and a condensed, heart-wrenching history of the African American experience, from the Middle Passage to contemporary urban decay.
     "For several years now, we've sponsored a Common Read program, featuring a prominent, contemporary author, and it always serves as an exciting experience for our students," said Department of English Head David Hanson. "By meeting and talking with an author who they're studying in class, students gain a rare opportunity to see deeply into an author's life of writing."
     Hayes is the author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award for poetry and several other honors. He received a bachelor's degree from Coker College in 1994 and an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997.
     Currently a professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh, Hayes was affiliated with Xavier University of Louisiana and Carnegie Mellon early in his career. His additional publications include "Muscular Music," "Hip Logic," and the forthcoming "How to Be Drawn."


Rec Sports and Wellness news
Recreational Sports and Wellness continues its youth wellness series with "Spooktacular" on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 12-7 p.m. in the Pennington Student Activity Center.
     Open to ages 5-12, "Spooktackular" will feature a costume party, movie, arts and crafts, physical activities, lunch, snack and dinner. The all-inclusive fee for the event is $35 per child with $10 each for additional children.
     Spaces are limited. To register your child(ren), visit the Membership Desk or call 549-5591 for more information. Look for upcoming holiday Camp Rec dates as well as future Parents' Night Out programs from Recreational Sports and Wellness.


Delta Tau Delta to host good citizenship program
The brothers of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity invite the campus community to join them for a program dedicated to good citizenship.
     The program will feature Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, who will discuss the importance of voting, the Geaux.Vote mobile app, and the Honor a Veteran with your vote initiative. The program will begin at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 26.
     For more information contact Delta Tau Delta Chapter Advisor Gene Pregeant at


'Riders on the Orphan Train' to be presented as part of Fanfare Oct. 28
Orphan TrainThe highly acclaimed multi-media presentation "Riders on the Orphan Train," will be presented at Southeastern in a free public showing on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. in the Teacher Education Center KIVA auditorium.
     An earlier showing will be held that day for Southeastern Lab School students and university students. The 5 p.m. public showing is limited to 300 people on a first come, first serve basis.
     The program chronicles the story between 1854 and 1929 when more than a quarter-million orphans and unwanted children were taken from New York City and given away at train stations across America. It is considered the beginning of the foster care system in the United States.
     The presentation is a part of the university's annual Fanfare celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences. It is being sponsored by the Library of Congress, which funds the Teaching with Primary Sources Program at Southeastern, the university's Department of Teaching and Learning, and the National Orphan Train Complex Museum and Research Center in Concordia, Kan.
     "Orphan Train" is presented by novelist and scholar Alison Moore, author of the book "Riders on the Orphan Train." She collaborates with singer/songwriter Phil Lancaster in the production which combines audiovisual elements, historical fiction and musical ballads into a performance that helps bring the movement into public awareness.
     "The 'Orphan Train' is a little known period of American history when the idea was conceived to rid New York of thousands of homeless street children and provide them with an opportunity to find new homes in the developing Midwest," explained Cindy Elliott, head of the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education. "This story about child migration is filled with horror stories and some happy endings."
     Elliott said that more than 1,900 children from the New York Foundling Hospital were sent to Opelousas in south central Louisiana to meet new families and begin their new lives. Members of the Louisiana Orphan Train Society are expected to be present.
     For more information, contact the Department of Teaching and Learning at 549-2221.


RIDERS OF THE ORPHAN TRAIN – Homeless children from the Northeast line up in front of a railcar as they wait to be transported to find new homes in other parts of the United States. From 1854 to 1929, the so-called Orphan Train transported approximately 250,000 children from the New York to provide them new opportunities.


Southeastern Fall Carnival to include Trick or Treat with the Greeks
Area children are invited to participate in Southeastern's 10th annual Fall Carnival Friday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m.
     The university's Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs, the Black Student Union, and Recreational Sports and Wellness are sponsoring the event in conjunction with Trick or Treat with the Greeks, which is coordinated by the Office of Student Engagement.
     Both events are scheduled at Southeastern's North Oak Park, located at 2699 North Oak Street and are free of charge.
     "This is our annual service effort," said Eric Summers, assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs. "Our goal is to provide all of the typical traditions of Halloween in a safe, carnival atmosphere."
     Summers said both events provide safe alternatives to traditional neighborhood door-to-door trick-or-treating and are free for the general public. Although children of all ages are invited to the festivities, the event targets children in kindergarten through fourth grade and will include games with prizes, candy, spacewalks, face painting, and much more.
     Parents and guardians are asked to accompany their children throughout the evening. For more information, call 549-3850 or email


Wine Tasting to benefit Southeastern's Library
The group Friends of Sims Library (FoSL) is hosting its sixth annual "Wine with Friends," a fundraiser for Southeastern's Linus A. Sims Memorial Library, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1.
     Held at the library, the popular event will feature six wines paired with samplings of food, live music, a silent auction and door prizes, said Library Director Eric Johnson. Wines will be introduced by Todd Delaune from The Red, White & Brew.
     FoSL is an organization that supports the activities and collections of the library. Funds generated by FoSL are used to supplement the library's annual budget, purchase needed equipment and resources, and provide programs, lectures, author readings and signings, and other special events.
     Johnson said all funds raised go directly to the library, thanks to donations from area businesses.
     Tickets are $35 each. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the tasting beginning at 7 p.m. Space is limited, so early reservations are requested. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
     Order tickets online at or via check payable to Southeastern Foundation, SLU 10896, Hammond, La. 70402. For more information about the wine tasting or the Friends of Sims Library, contact Janie Branham at 549-2186 or


Ceramic Club schedules pottery sale Dec. 1
The Southeastern Ceramic Club will have the Christmas pottery sale on Monday, Dec. 1, at the student union from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mark your calendar and get a jump on your holiday shopping.


Southeastern in the news
Action News
Southeastern to present public health specialist to discuss Ebola crisis Oct. 17


BR Advocate
14 students reign over SLU Homecoming

Southeastern students win journalism awards


Hammond Daily Star
Southeastern names alumnus of the year

Smoke free SLU going well, chief says

Ebola lecture held at SLU


Insurance News Net
Southeastern to present public health specialist to discuss Ebola crisis


This Week in Athletics
The No. 8 Southeastern football team will look to remain alone atop the Southland Conference standings, while the soccer and volleyball teams will celebrate Senior Day during this week in Southeastern Athletics.
     The Lions (6-2, 4-0 Southland) will head to Nacogdoches, Texas to face league foe Stephen F. Austin (5-2, 2-1 Southland) on Saturday at 3 p.m. The contest will televised on the Southland Television Network (Charter Channel 16 in the Hammond area), as well as online at and ESPN3. The contest will also be broadcast live in the Hammond area on the flagship station of Southeastern Football, KSLU-FM (90.9), as well as affiliates and Northshore Broadcasting stations Kajun 107.1 FM (WHMD) and The Highway 104.7 FM (WJSH).
     The volleyball team (7-13, 4-4 Southland) will host a pair of Southland Conference matches this week. On Thursday, Incarnate Word will visit the University Center for a 7 p.m. match. Abilene Christian comes to town on Saturday for a 2 p.m. match. Prior to the match, Elizabeth Ramee will be honored for Senior Day ceremonies. LionVision subscribers will be able to access a live video stream of both matches at
     The SLU soccer team (12-4, 5-3 Southland) will return home to host Sam Houston State on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Southeastern Soccer Complex. Seniors Jen Babcock and Chelsea Villaescusa will be honored prior to Sunday's match for Senior Day.
     The Lion tennis team will close out the fall portion of its schedule this week. SLU will be in New Orleans on Friday and Saturday to compete in the Big Easy Tennis Classic.


Thursday, October 23
Volleyball, vs. Incarnate Word, University Center, 7 p.m. (LionVision)*


Friday, October 24
Tennis, at Big Easy Tennis Classic, New Orleans, All Day


Saturday, October 25
Football, at Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, Texas, 3 p.m. (SLC TV) (ESPN3) (KSLU) (WHMD) (WJSH)*
Volleyball, vs. Abilene Christian, University Center, 2 p.m. (LionVision)*
     - Senior Day
Tennis, at Big Easy Tennis Classic, New Orleans, All Day


Sunday, October 26
Soccer, vs. Sam Houston State, Southeastern Soccer Complex, 1 p.m.*
     - Senior Day


Southeastern home events in bold
* - Southland Conference contest


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