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Alyssa Suhm: Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant

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  • Posted Date: April 19, 2015
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To honor the University’s Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards, the Library is publishing contestants’ poems or prose excerpts on Falvey’s blog. The Library also has created posters for the contestants’ poems or prose excerpts, which will be displayed throughout the library’s first floor.

The contest includes both poetry and prose (fiction or creative non-fiction). The Department of English will announce the Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards winners at its annual awards ceremony.

“Composer’s Breath”

by Alyssa Suhm

Scattered yellowed music sheets.
Shining violin. Abandoned notebooks,
Dog-eared and worn thin.
Tiny, desperate flowers clinging
To a slender vase.
Geometric knitted blanket
Confronts the fluid space.
Tired light glances across the scene.
Composer’s breath, just out of sight.
Unfinished pages gleam.

Alyssa Suhm, a Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant, says “I wrote ‘Composer’s Breath’ as a part of Prof. Mary Catherine Staples’ poetry workshop at the Philadelphia Art Museum. For this poem we were asked to put ourselves in the moment of a painting and recreate the experience in words.

“I study environmental science and Chinese, so I think it’s important to stay well-rounded through creative outlets like poetry. I have taken classes with Prof. Staples since freshman year and see an immediate connection between poetry and my passion for the natural environment, especially through poets such as Virgil, William Wordsworth, and Seamus Heaney, all of whom wrote extensively about their connection with nature.”


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‘Caturday: Earth Week, 1970

When I read the 2015 Earth Day announcement on the University’s Media Room web page, I took note of the fact that Villanova University has participated in Earth Day events since its inception in 1970.

Even though local Earth Week events in 1970 took place primarily in Philadelphia, Villanova was one of three colleges and universities to offer to host additional Earth Week events. Villanova now proudly boasts a full week of events that include a day of service, a farmers market, a climate march, and scholarly lectures. There will also be a panel on sustainable solutions, which is being held in Falvey Memorial Library.

Below is a list of the 1970 Earth Day events, including a lecture at Villanova University on April 18, 1970, and a video of the full Walter Cronkite news report on the evening of the first Earth Day.

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Photo and video courtesy of the 1970 Earth Week Committee of Philadelphia.


LuisaCywinski_headshot thumbnail‘Caturday feature by Luisa Cywinski, writer on the Communication & Service Promotion team and team leader, Access Services.


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Foto Friday: Celebrating our Student Employees

(l. to r.) Jackie Aran, Casey Bordelon, Becky Whidden, Access Services Specialist, and Grant Hoffman.

(l. to r.) Jackie Aran, Casey Bordelon, Becky Whidden, Access Services specialist, and Grant Hoffman.

On Wednesday, April 15th, the Library hosted a pizza party in honor of our student employees. We greatly appreciate their many hours of dedication and service.

Safe travels over the summer, and we hope to see many of you again next year!

Laura Hutelmyer is the photography coordinator for the Communication and Service Promotion team and Special Acquisitions Coordinator in Resource Management


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/17)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!


SAVE THE DATE…

Outstanding Faculty Research Award Lecture featuring Giorgi Japaridze, PhD:  Tuesday, April 21, 2:00 p.m., Reading Room. Dr. Japaridze will discuss the extensive research that led him to win the coveted Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 2015. Tailored for a general audience, Dr. Japaridze’s talk “Computability, Logic, and Computability Logic” will give an overview of the new line of research introduced by the speaker several years ago, named “Computability Logic.” In the same sense that traditional logic is about providing a systematic answer to the question “What is (always) true?” Computability Logic is about providing a systematic answer to the more general question “What can (always) be computed and how?” This is a long-term program for rebuilding logic into a comprehensive formal theory of computability. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Regina Duffy.

2015 Open Mic Poetry Reading: Wednesday, April 22, 12:00 p.m., Speakers’ Corner. Class of 2015 Creative Writing Contestants, other students and members of the University community will share original work and favorite poems, ranging from the humorous to the thought-provoking to the sublime. This event will also feature the release party of Arthology, one of Villanova University’s student art-literary magazines, which will be available to students for free. Whether you have a poem you’d like to share or just want to listen, the Department of English and Falvey Memorial Library invite you to enjoy this entertaining and memorable celebration of poetry.For more information, contact Regina Duffy.

2015 Earth Day Panel Discussion: Thursday, April 23, 10:00 a.m., Speakers’ Corner. In honor of Earth Day, we will hold a panel discussion on working towards sustainable solutions. Panelists who have devoted their careers to some aspect of sustainability will discuss their work. The challenges and opportunities of working daily to address environmental issues will be discussed. Questions and discussion between panelists and the audience are encouraged. A light continental breakfast will be provided. For more information, contact Liesel Schwarz.


ACADEMIC NOTE

We are proud to announce the 2015 Falvey Scholars Award Winners!

Falvey Memorial Library, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and the Honors Program are pleased to announce the 2015 Falvey Scholars Award winners: Katie Kline, Elizabeth Long, Jessica Swoboda, Nicholas Ader, Joseph Schaadt and John Szot. Falvey Scholars is an annual program that recognizes outstanding undergraduate research at Villanova. The Villanova Community is invited to join us in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library on Friday, April 24 at 9 a.m. for the Falvey Scholars 2015 Awards Presentation and Reception Ceremony in which the award recipients will give short presentations on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or creation of their winning project report. A continental breakfast will be served. For more information, contact Regina Duffy.


 

TODAY IN THE LIBRARY

Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club Meeting: Friday, April 17, 2:30 p.m., First Floor Lounge. Join the VEEC (aka game club) most Fridays during the semester from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the first-floor lounge for some fun! The VEEC is a social club, focused on recreation and relaxation. Participants gather once a week to play video games in a safe and fun environment. The VEEC also has the pleasure of participating in video game activities, such as tournaments and expositions, and is always accepting new members! For more information, contact Regina Duffy.

Irish Studies Program Galway Summer Study Abroad Orientation Session: Friday, April 17, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Room 204. Students registered for the Galway Summer Study Abroad will learn more about the program. For more information, contact Joseph Lennon.


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creole cityTHAT NEW BOOK SMELL: NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

There’s more to New Orleans than “laissez les bon temps rouler.” During the early nineteenth century, “New Orleans came to symbolize progress, adventure, and culture.” Nathalie Dessen, the author of Creole City: a chronicle of early American New Orleans, also “reveals a vanished world of transatlantic circuits, interracial families, politics and property, even ethnic rivalries.”


QUOTE OF THE DAY
“And, above all things, never think that you’re not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you very much at your own reckoning.” – The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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‘Cat in the Stacks: Put Down the Phone!

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 I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.


It’s a hard truth to face, but maybe now’s the best time to face it: our phones waste our time. And we’ve got three weeks left; time’s a premium we can’t afford to waste! This is, in a word, “crunch time,” although people who aren’t currently enrolled in courses have an adorable habit of calling it downhill—but that’s just not true. It’s, frankly, a pretty steep climb.

(The drop off, however, is pretty rewarding—a cannonball into the cool lake of summer.)
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It’s always around this time of the semester I realize just how addicted I’ve become to media, social and otherwise. It’s never a surprise, either—for years now, my paper-writing schedule almost always devolved into one paragraph followed by ten cat videos, then one paragraph followed by fifteen minutes of Reddit. Not very productive. Sure, I’d get everything done, but at a cost—I’d pay dividends in lost sleep and overwhelming panic as the deadlines taunted me!

Perhaps this is the time to try and break the cycle. A couple little changes could produce a huge boost of productivity.

If you have no self control…
Seems counterintuitive, sure, but you can use technology to force yourself off of technology. Try apps like StayFocusd (Chrome extension), RescueTime, and Focus Time. Decide how hard you want to be on yourself based on how you see yourself wasting time.

If you have some self control and need to reward yourself…
Divide your work hours between intense focus and a few minutes of media reward. If you have the self-control to manage this sort of work habit, then you probably don’t have that bad of a productivity issue. Still, I wouldn’t go above a 50/10 minute ratio of work to fun.

If you need a drill sergeant…
Try the app Carrot. Heh, heh, heh. This might not be suitable for everyone. Carrot is “the A.I. construct with a heart of weapons-grade plutonium,” so that should give you a hint.

If you want to go cold turkey, because you’re crazy…
Turn your phone off. Don’t click on your internet browser. Good luck.

If you need to go old school, because there’s no way you can avoid clicking on your internet browser…
Write half of your paper by hand, print articles, or only study from textbooks for a huge chunk of time. Work in the library and don’t bring your devices.

You got this. Godspeed.


Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.


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Nomnomnomatology: And the winner is….

Team Brownies is the 2015 Nomnomnomatology winner! And the crowd goes wild!

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Mmm… I can smell it from here. The smell of a winner.

What a surprise win. If you’ve been following my predictions, you’ll know I pegged French Fries to go all the way. Had shirts and hats made and everything!

You were the chosen one! You were to bring balance to the Force, not leave it in chocolate!

But no hard feelings to Brownies, our ultimate chompion. Guess the library attracts some sweet tooths, eh? Or perhaps the desire for a little sugar is strong here at the end of the year.

As for the contest for a private study suite for late night hours finals week, Mihir Shah is the lucky winner! Mr. Shah and six of his lucky friends will be served a yummy feast of the final four winning foods (brownies, fries, ice cream, and Reese’s Cups) and have private access to a suite in the library for the week, just in time for finals. Mr. Shah has been contacted and graciously accepts his delicious prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Nomnomnomatology and our private study suite drawing. Remember to check back throughout the year for more fun promotional events!

 


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The 8:30 | Things to Know Before You Go (4/16)

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Here’s your daily dose of library-oriented speed-reads to start your day!

 


TODAY IN THE LIBRARY…

 VSB Peer Tutor Office Hours: Thursday, April 16, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Room 205. 5-6 VSB Peer Tutors will be available for walk in help. VSB Peer Tutors is a volunteer organization of VSB juniors and seniors dedicated to supporting the academic success of fellow VSB students. Tutors provide both individual tutoring as well as ongoing walk-in study sessions throughout the semester for all VSB core business classes. For more information, contact: Julie Freedman.

Irish Studies Conversation Circle: Thursday, April 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Room 204. The Irish Studies Program hosts a conversation circle about topics concerning Irish history and culture on behalf of the program. Open to all! For more information, contact: Jerry Sweeney.


SAVE THE DATE…

Outstanding Faculty Research Award Lecture featuring Giorgi Japaridze, PhD. Tuesday, April 21, 2:00 p.m.,  Reading Room. Dr. Japaridze will discuss the extensive research that led him to win the coveted Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 2015. Tailored for a general audience, Dr. Japaridze’s talk “Computability, Logic, and Computability Logic” will give an overview of the new line of research introduced by the speaker several years ago, named “Computability Logic.” In the same sense that traditional logic is about providing a systematic answer to the question “What is (always) true?” Computability Logic is about providing a systematic answer to the more general question “What can (always) be computed and how?” This is a long-term program for rebuilding logic into a comprehensive formal theory of computability. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Regina Duffy.

APA Workshop: Tuesday, April 21, 4:00 p.m., Room 207.Come learn the basics of citing all types of documents: books, journal articles, and websites. Bring your laptop or Mac and get ready to show APA who’s boss!  This workshop is open to students, faculty, and staff.
Register by contacting Barbara Quintiliano  (or just drop in) If you can’t make this session, book an individual session with Barbara. Click and reserve a time slot:https://barbquin.youcanbook.me/

2015 Open Mic Poetry Reading: Wednesday, April 22, 12:00 p.m., Speakers’ Corner. Class of 2015 Creative Writing Contestants, other students and members of the University community will share original work and favorite poems, ranging from the humorous to the thought-provoking to the sublime. This event will also feature the release party of Arthology, one of Villanova University’s student art-literary magazines, which will be available to students for free. Whether you have a poem you’d like to share or just want to listen, the Department of English and Falvey Memorial Library invite you to enjoy this entertaining and memorable celebration of poetry.For more information, contact Regina Duffy.

Workshop for Chicago Style Footnotes and Bibliographies: Wednesday, April 22, 4:00 p.m., Room 207. Are you confused by the different formats required by Chicago-Style for footnotes and bibliographies? Are you unsure about how and when to use “ibid.”? Answers to your questions are just around the corner. Come to Falvey Memorial Library for a quick introduction to Chicago-Style rules for footnotes and bibliographies. For more information, contact history liaison librarian Jutta Seibert.


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controversial new religionsTHAT NEW BOOK SMELL: NEW HOLDINGS AT FALVEY

The back panel of Controversial new religions qualifies new religious movements as “social organizations” that run counter to “popular expectations by experimenting with communal living, alternative leadership roles, unusual economic dispositions, and new political and ethical values” that are often viewed with a “mixture of curiosity, amusement, and anxiety.”


QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.” – Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne


HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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The Curious ‘Cat: When the weather’s this nice, how do you get your studying done?

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This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “When the weather’s this nice, how do you get your studying done?

RS8790_DSC_3074-scrJulia Rose Clarke —“I like to do it outside, like on the bench here … I was outside of Café Nova yesterday because it was really nice. … I would just do readings outside. If I had to write an essay I might do that inside, but readings I can get done outside.”

 

 

 

 

RS8794_DSC_3078-scrJane Richter—“Oh, it’s really difficult. I try to do my more difficult things inside and focus on doing all my readings outside so I can actually focus. It’s more free thinking that I like to do outside whereas structured thinking I’ll make myself go inside.”

 

 

 

 

Julian ChavezJulian Chavez—‘I think it’s important to first see what the weather has to offer and enjoy it, indulge in it for a while. … I find it most effective, before your day even starts, to write down some of the things you need to get done and to put a realistic time for anything … even though lunch may go an extra hour than you expected, at least you know you can go back to the list you created in the morning  … “I need to get this done sooner rather than later” I think, planning your day before it’s even a nice day is a good start.’

TrainerThomas Trainer—“not very well … I’m on the track team, so I do get to be outside everyday … not that I wouldn’t want to be outside anyway. This weekend was especially difficult … I took a few quick study breaks … with friends. … It’s been tough especially since I’m working on senior thesis, so it’s nose to the grindstone. I just have to force myself to make a goal for each day.”

 

 

161-1113tm-vector2-2991Yi Zhou—“There are works that you have to get done.  Once I’m done with the work, then I can do whatever I want. Before that, I need to study.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RS8801_DSC_3085-scrRachel Malloy—“I tend to take a break and go outside for a little bit and then come back inside. I alternate so that I get a taste of the nice weather but also get something done ‘cause I can’t actually do work when I’m outside.”


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Digital Library houses unique Lincoln assassination manhunt materials

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Falvey Memorial Library’s Digital Library and Special Collections hold a special and fascinating repository of materials pertaining to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, which commemorates its 150th anniversary today. The materials show a rare glimpse of the fervor and technology utilized in the manhunt to locate Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, in the days and weeks following the fatal shooting.

The following four features include links to digitized content about the assassination and hunt for the assassins, provided by Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator. Click on the blue hyperlinks to go directly to the materials’ digital holdings and data.

Visit the Digital Library anytime to view our comprehensive and diverse collection of rare books, manuscripts, realia and other digital content.

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Special Order No. 61, April 16, 1865

Special Order No. 61, April 16, 1865

http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:95870


Special Order, No. 66, April 21, 1865

Special Order, No. 66, April 21, 1865

 

Special Order, No. 66, April 21, 1865

http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:95874


New York Tablet : A Family Journal, v. VIII, no. 47, April 22, 1865 (see pages 8+)

New York Tablet : A Family Journal, v. VIII, no. 47, April 22, 1865 (see pages 8+)

 

New York Tablet : A Family Journal, v. VIII, no. 47, April 22, 1865 (see pages 8+)
http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:292524


 

Letter, To: "My gentle unknown friend" From: Henry O. Nightingale, April 30, 1865

Letter, To: “My gentle unknown friend” From: Henry O. Nightingale, April 30, 1865

Letter, To: “My gentle unknown friend” From: Henry O. Nightingale, April 30, 1865
http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:23485


Resources and links provided by Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator.


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President Lincoln Assassinated 150 Years Ago

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On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, the first American president to suffer this fate. Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, had met with General Ulysses S. Grant and the Cabinet that morning and planned to attend with his wife and others a comedy, “Our American Cousin,” at Ford’s Theater that evening. In the afternoon he and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, took a carriage ride followed by dinner. Mrs. Lincoln complained that she had a headache and wished to stay home; President Lincoln said he was tired, but needed entertainment and planned to go to the theater with or without his wife. After a brief visit to the War Department, the president returned to the White House for Mrs. Lincoln. Accompanied by Major Henry R. Rathbone and Clara Harris, Rathbone’s fiancée, the group arrived at the theater after the play had started.

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President and Mrs. Lincoln and their guests were seated in a decorated box at Ford’s Theater and John Parker, a guard, was stationed outside the box. Unfortunately Parker left his post and, during the third act of the play shortly after 10 pm, John Wilkes Booth, a famous American actor, entered the box and shot the president in the back of his head. The gunshot rang out; Booth climbed over the balustrade of the president’s box and jumped onto the stage where he brandished a dagger and shouted, “Sic semper tyrannis! (Thus always to tyrants!)” Although he had caught a spur in the draperies decorating the box and landed so awkwardly that he broke a leg, Booth was able to escape from the theater, setting off a massive manhunt that lasted until April 26. On that date John Wilkes Booth and an accomplice, David Herold, were captured in a tobacco barn near Bowling Green, Virginia. Herold surrendered; Booth was killed.

A young doctor in the theater audience, Dr. Charles Leale, examined the president shortly after Booth shot him, and it was decided that Lincoln be carried across the street to William H. Petersen’s boarding house rather than be transported the greater distance to the White House. Over six feet tall, Lincoln was laid diagonally across the bed in the small first floor bedroom of a government employee. Lincoln’s personal physician, Dr. Robert King Stone, was summoned although three doctors had accompanied Lincoln to the Petersen House. In the hours before Abraham Lincoln died over 90 people visited the Petersen House. Lincoln’s son, Robert, was brought to the house and remained there until his father died. Mrs. Lincoln was there, periodically visiting her husband, then retreating to a nearby room.

Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln

At 7:22 a.m. on April 15, President Lincoln died, having never regained consciousness. When informed of his death, Mrs. Lincoln said, “Oh, my God, and have I given my husband to die?” Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton said, “Now he belongs to the ages.” Lincoln’s body was placed in a temporary casket and transferred to the White House. Andrew Johnson was sworn in as president. On April 18 Lincoln’s body lay in state in the East Room of the White House. After a funeral the following day, he was laid in state in the Capitol Rotunda. On April 21 his body was taken to the railroad station in Washington to begin the long journey – 1,654 miles – to Springfield, Ill. At various locations along the route to Springfield, the train’s scheduled stops were published in the local newspapers. At those stops, the coffin was placed on a hearse and taken to an appropriate public building for viewing by the public. Finally, on May 4 he was buried in Springfield.

The final military engagement of the Civil War occurred on May 12, a skirmish at Palmito Ranch, Texas, although Robert E. Lee had surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865, effectively ending the war.

On June 30, 1865, eight assassination conspirators were convicted and on July 7 they were executed. John Wilkes Booth, who had actually fired the bullet which killed Lincoln, had been dead since April 26.


Dig Deeper:

“A Doctor’s View of the Lincoln Assassination.” Interview with Blaine Houmes, M.D.

Timeline by Clark Evans, Library of Congress historian.

Eyewitness from the National Archives

Lincoln’s Assassination (2014). Edward Steers, Jr.

The Lincoln Assassination: Crime and Punishment, Myth and Memory (2010). Harold Holzer, Craig L. Symonds and Frank J. Williams.

The Lincoln Assassination: The Evidence (2009). William C. Edwards and Edward Steers.

When the Bells Tolled for Lincoln: Southern Reaction to the Assassination (1997). Carolyn L. Jarrell.

The Assassination and Death of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, at Washington, on the 14th of April, 1865 (1865). Abott A. Abott.

The Conspirators:
American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies (2004). Michael W. Kauffman.

The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln (2008). Kate Clifford Larson.

The Riddle of Dr. Mudd (1974). Samuel Carter.



imagesArticle by Alice Bampton, digital image specialist and senior writer on the Communication and Service Promotion team. 


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