Happy Halloween!

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This week at Michigan Tech is Red Ribbon Week. This week is dedicated to raising awareness for Substance Abuse. The Interfraternity Council, Order of Omega, and Panhellenic Council will be holding events all throughout the week from October 22nd to October 27th, so keep an eye out for these events.

Following along from Innovation Week last week, there will also be an Innovation Day 2018 presentation on Tuesday, October 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These times will be split into two different presentations, and they will be held in the Library, Room 224.  The morning session will help you learn about resources to help out with your innovations, and the afternoon session will deal with patents more in detail.

If you are a student that is interested in learning more about getting accommodations for classes, make sure to check out the Diverse Dialogues presentation on Tuesday, October 23rd from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in MUB Ballroom 1. Here you can learn more information about how to get accommodations, and also what kind of situations Michigan Tech offers accommodations for.

It is now that time of year where the weather’s getting colder and more illnesses are going around. So, check out the Health Care 101 Series with Blue Cross to find out more information dealing with insurance and your many healthcare options around the area that you might find helpful if you end up getting a bug this winter. Times and locations for this event can be found here: https://events.mtu.edu/event/health_care_101_with_blue_cross#.W80CaGhKiM8

Halloween is near! That means that it is the perfect time for pumpkin carving. Luckily for you, the Memorial Union Board is holding a pumpkin carving session on Thursday, October 25th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. There will also be a Halloween movie playing and s’mores to eat! Stop on by and check out this event at the O’Connor House Backyard (OAP). Another Halloween event going on this week is the Rocky Horror Picture Show. This event will be held on Saturday, October 27th at 11:00 p.m. at the Rozsa Center. This event is free for Michigan Tech students due to your Experience Tech fee, so make sure you bring your IDs and wear your best Halloween costumes!

Finally, there are some athletic games happening this weekend that you can take a break from studying to attend. As you all know, Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan are rivals and the sports games get pretty rowdy. Luckily for you, Michigan Tech Women’s Volleyball is playing Northern Michigan at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night. So, make sure to bring your best cheering and support the Huskies. Also, the Women’s Basketball team opens their season with an exhibition game on Saturday night from 6:00-8:00 p.m. against St. Norbert college. So make sure to come on out and support the basketball team for their first home match.

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Innovation Week

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This week is known as “Innovation Week” on campus. If you are not sure what this is, there are some events going on this week that is pertaining to innovation week. On Monday, October 15th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. there will be an Idea Pitch Practice. This is a place to bring your innovative ideas and to prepare for the Idea Pitch later in the week. This is also a great networking opportunity. There will be hors d’oeuvres from 5:00-6:00 and then practice pitches will follow from 6:00-7:00. This event will be held at the ICE house (21610 Woodland Rd. Houghton, MI). The actual Idea Pitch event will be held on Wednesday, October 17th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in M&M 113. Cash prizes will also be awarded for the most innovative ideas. You can register online for this event at: bit.ly/mtuoctIDEA. The University Innovation Fellows will also be having an event “Coffee Sprints” on Thursday, October 18th from 6:30-7:50 p.m. At this event, you can enjoy some late night coffee and snacks while participating in a design sprint. Here you will learn how to quickly generate ideas and find the best solution.

There are also many other events going on this week. On Monday, October 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Quicken Loans will have information at a table in Fisher by the Aftermath Cafe. If you are interested in talking to them, make sure to stop by.

Again, there will still be some events going on pertaining to Career Fair and job searching since it is now the time when people are starting to get job offers. So, on Tuesday, October 16th from 12:15-1:00 p.m. there will be a “How to job search smarter, not harder” information session. If you are interested in looking for jobs for the summer, or even for after you graduate, make sure to check this information session out and get some beneficial information on smart job searching. This event will be held in Admin 220 (Career Services).

There are also some more information sessions going on for certain majors in the Business field this week. On Wednesday, October 17th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. there will be information sessions for both BS in Finance and BS in Management Information Systems. The finance session will be held in AOB APMP Trading Lab, and the MIS session will be held in AOB Room 101.

After a long week, take a break and spend some time with the International Club for a movie night! Here you can watch some of the best movies from around the world, or even just stop by for some snacks and socialize with friends. This event will take place on Thursday, October 18th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Location of this event is currently TBD, but you can check out this link as the day gets closer for a location: https://events.mtu.edu/event/international_movie_night#.W8SPp9NJG70

If a movie night isn’t your thing, you could also participate in Mini Golf Night. There will be door prizes and snacks throughout the night. This event is taking place on Thursday, October 18th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in MUB Ballroom. Stop by and show off your mini golf skills while taking a break from studying.

I hope you have a great week and have a chance to check out some of these events.

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Are you ready for some Huskies Hockey?

Happy Monday, Commuters!

Welcome to another edition of… The Commute.

I hope all of your midterms are going well so far. I also hope you got to check out Career Fair and hopefully have some interviews to attend.

This week we have some more events pertaining to Career Fair. This will be very beneficial to you, especially if you have an interview coming up for a full-time position. On Wednesday, October 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in 220 Career Services, there will be a “Negotiating Job Offers with Confidence” information session. There is also another session for this on Thursday, October 11th from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you have an interview coming up for a job, I would check this out to learn how to negotiate offers with ethics, strategy, and insight.

If you are a Civil or Environmental Engineer, there is also a Strand Associates Information Session on Wednesday, October 10th from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Here, Strand will talk more about opportunities for their company.

Also, on Tuesday, October 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in 200 Admin we have another Study Abroad session.,There are many options for places to Study Abroad, so if you are considering doing that, make sure to check out this information session for more insight.

If you’d like to take a break from classes and exams this week, there will be an event on Wednesday, October 10th from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This event is called “Live Through This – Dese’Rae Stage”. Dese’Rae Stage wants to show the world that suicide is not an affiliation with any certain group, it affects people of all ages, races, faiths, ethnicities, gender presentations, sexual orientations, professions, and so much more. She founded the project LiveThroughThis.org, which shares the stories of attempt survivors, and the portraits taken following their stories being told. So, come and show your support to these survivors and listen to their stories, and help create awareness about suicide. There will also be a Q&A after the keynote. This event will be held in the Rozsa Center.

Are you interested in getting involved playing sports on campus? If so, the Racquetball Club is having open play on Thursday, October 11th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This will be held at the SDC Racquetball Courts. Here, you can learn more about the Racquetball Club, and play against a variety of opponents.

And finally, what seems like every college student’s favorite winter activity… Men’s Hockey. The first series of the season starts this weekend (Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13th). Our Huskies will be playing the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. Both games will begin at 7:37 p.m. Our Men’s Football team also has a game on Saturday, October 13th at 1:00 p.m. They will be playing against  Wayne State. Make sure to come out and support our Huskies this weekend!

I hope you have a chance to take a break from studying and check out some of these events!

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Midterms & Career Fair

Hello Commuters & Welcome back to another issue of… The Commute.

Are you prepared for Career Fair? It’s this Wednesday, October 3rd from 12:00-5:00 p.m., so make sure you get out your finest professional clothes and head on up to the SDC to talk to some potential employers. There is another resume blitz today (Monday) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the MUB Commons, so be sure to head on over and put the finishing touches on your resume before Career Fair.

This week is Week Five of the semester. Week five typically means midterms, so make sure you take a lot of time to study this week. With that being said, our second commuter event for the semester will be going on on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:00-7:00 p.m. We will be having a study session to help prepare for our midterms, and hopefully you can get the chance to meet some other commuters. This event will be taking place in Study Room 234 in the Library, and snacks will be provided!

Also, if you have a long week of interviews from Career Fair, and taking your midterms, make sure to take a break to go see Comedian Magician Josh McVicar at the MUB Ballroom on Saturday, October 6th from 9:00-10:00 p.m. This event is free, so make sure to stop by and destress from this hectic week.

And finally, as promised last week, I will give you some study tips to help you get through this week:

  1. Give yourself enough time to study: Don’t cram all of your studying in the night before your exam. Pace yourself throughout the week, studying a little bit each day leading up to your exam. Are you bad with time management? Then make a studying schedule to ensure that you have enough time for everything.
  2. Organize your study space: Make sure to study in a well-lit room, and make sure you have enough space to lay out all of your books. Also, another helpful idea is to make sure that computers, video games, and cellphones are out of sight to help you focus a little better.
  3. Explain your content to others: This may seem weird to “teach” a friend or family member the stuff you are learning, but studies show that it actually helps you learn the material better! So, make sure to let out your inner professor, and teach a lesson on your midterm material.
  4. Organize Study Groups with your friends: If you have made some friends in your classes, ask them to join you to study for the exam. A group of people hold more knowledge than a single person, so your friends also might be able to help you out on concepts you are not too confident about.
  5. Take breaks: This follows along with tip #1. Make sure to take breaks from studying to eat, relax, exercise, etc. You do not want to over-work your brain, so make sure to take some much needed relax time in between study sessions.
  6. Eat healthy: This one is really important. Sure, if you stay up until midnight studying you may want some Taco Bell, but studies show that eating healthier food before a big test will help your memory and concentration. So, make sure to have a good meal the night before your exam and a healthy breakfast the morning of. Also, make sure to drink enough water. If you’re dehydrated, you won’t perform as best as you could, so make sure to drink a lot of water this week!
  7. Finally, plan out your exam day. Make sure you wake up early enough to get a good breakfast, and that you can leave on time for your exam. You don’t want to show up late to your exam, or end up having to wait for traffic because that will add to the stress in your day. This added stress could lead to bad performance on your exam, so plan accordingly!

Good luck on your exams and Career Fair this week!

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Happy Homecoming!

Hello everyone & welcome back to another edition of.. The Commute

I hope you are all doing well so far this semester, and I hope you’ve been able to take some time to yourself to relax.

As I have said before, Career Fair is coming up on Wednesday, October 3rd, so there will be a lot of events going on in the next two weeks to help you prepare for this. On Monday, September 24th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. there will be people in the MUB Ballroom helping you with everything Career Fair. Whether it being fixing up your resume, interview tips, or even coming up with a name tag, someone will be there to assist you. Make sure you attend and prepare for Career Fair because it comes up quick, especially since it is around the time of midterms this year. Additionally, there will also be a Resume & Interview Blitz on Thursday, September 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the MUB Commons. Finally, on Friday, September 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the MUB Commons there will Mock Interviews taking place so you can practice before the real thing. These are schedule 30 minute slots, so if you are interested in a spot, there will sign up times on Handshake.

Another thing that is going on is Homecoming! If you are first years, you may have not heard of the homecoming shirt swap. This event is put on to gather clothing to bring to the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter and New Beginnings Angel Mission. What you can do is bring a lightly worn piece of clothing, or a winter accessory to the MUB circle on Monday, September 24th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and the staff will trade you for a 2018 Homecoming T-Shirt. Make sure to stop on by as soon as you can because this event is only “while supplies last”!

Again, we also have more companies coming to campus and will be under the CareerFEST tent. This week we have Manufacturing Day on Tuesday, September 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If this is a future career path you are interested in, make sure to stop by. There will be many companies at this event including: AZCO Construction, Inc, Brady Corporation, Greenheck Fan, Georgia Pacific, Plexus, Kimberly-Clark, Winsert, Gentex Corporation, Neenah, Northeast (Brattleboro), Systems Control and Procter & Gamble.

If you are a General Business Major, even a First Year Marketing Major, make sure to attend the BS in Market Information Session. At this event, you can network with current Marketing students and staff, and learn about different career opportunities for this field. This event will be held in the Academic Office Building (AOB 101) on Wednesday, September 26th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

As I said before, this week is Homecoming. One of our annual events that we have as tradition here at Michigan Tech is cardboard boat races. These will be at 4:00 p.m. at the Houghton Waterfront Park (Chutes and Ladders). I would highly recommend going to this, because it is hilarious to watch students and faculty race in cardboard boats in the water. Bonnie Gorman even raced last year! There will also be a Homecoming Tailgate before the Football Game on Saturday, September 29th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be free food and fun for students before the game kicks off at 1:00, so make sure to stop by and get some lunch and cheer on our Huskies against Saginaw Valley State!

I hope you all have a great week, and keep in mind to start studying for exams and preparing for Career Fair. Next week I’ll give you some study tips to prepare for midterms!

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Welcome back Commuters to another edition of The Commute..

This week we have some more great events that you should check out! But, before I list off those, I want to remind you guys that we have so many different Learning Centers on campus that you should definitely take advantage of if you feel like you are not 100% understanding your classes. Midterms are coming up in a few weeks, so make sure you are ready for those!

Are you registered to vote? If not, the Secretary of State Mobile Office will be on campus this Monday, September 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the sidewalk outside of Hamar House. So make sure to sign up with them if you are not registered already!

I’m sure most of you have seen the CareerFEST Tents set up outside with different companies on campus lately. This is because Career Fair is coming up and these companies are here to talk to you if you are interested in going into their specific field. This Tuesday, September 18th, is Management & Financial Services Day. The companies attending are as follows: Northern Trust, Walmart, Superior National Bank, and Miners Bank. If you are interested in one of these businesses for a job in the future, or even for an internship this coming summer, make sure to check these companies out in the tent from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Walmart will also be holding its own information session on that same day from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom B2.

Again, if you are interested in studying abroad, there are more information sessions this week that you can attend. On Wednesday, September 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., there will be Study Abroad representatives under the CareerFEST tent, so make sure you talk to them if you have any questions or interest in studying abroad!

If you still haven’t found a student organization to join that really suits you, go on out and attend Outdoor Venture Crew’s meeting. This is on Wednesday, September 19th from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Fisher 130. What the Outdoor Venture Crew does is travels to a new location each week to enjoy nature and make some new friends in the process! Their trips range anywhere from a short hike, or even camping trips. So, if you are an outdoors lover, I highly recommend checking out this Student Organization.

Another event to check out to prep for Career Fair is Energy & Environment Day. The companies that you can visit during Energy & Environment Day are: DTE Energy, Wolverine Power Cooperative, Systems Control, and Hemlock Semiconductor. If you are interested in any of these companies, make sure to visit them under the CareerFEST tent on Thursday, September 20th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Another event that is coming up this weekend is the 19th Annual Michigan Tech Drag Show. Entertainers from all around the country join together to bring their Vegas style impersonation to our small community. I went to this event last year and it was very entertaining, so I highly recommend going. This event is only $3.00 for Michigan Tech students, so make sure you bring your ID and buy your ticket quick, because this is a very popular event. Tickets can be purchased at the SDC ticket office, or the Rozsa Box office will be open 2 hours prior to the show if you would like to wait until then.

Another event that one of our Student Organizations is hosting is an annual Pi Mile 5k for Charity. This event always takes place during Homecoming. This event will be hosted by the Triangle Fraternity and homemade pies will also be available for purchase by the sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta. If you’re not a runner? That’s okay! You are also able to purchase pies to pie one of the brothers of the Triangle Fraternity, so there’s more than one way to enjoy this event. This event is going on Sunday, September 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration is $10 online or $15 at the event. See mtutriangle.org/pi-mile for more information and to register.

Also, another reminder that on Saturday, September 22nd, I will be attending the Film Board movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at 5:30 p.m. You are all welcome to attend this movie with me and support our very own Film Board! I will be waiting by the old Aftermath Cafe in Fisher until 5:15 p.m. so please try to show up by then if you would like to join myself and other commuter students!

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Career Fair Prep & More!

Hello everyone and welcome back to another edition of The Commute! I hope you all had a great first week and aren’t too overwhelmed with homework yet. I also hope you had some time to check out some of the great events that were going on last week. We also have some great events coming up for this week.

Are you a business major? If you are, make sure to check out the Business 1100 Mixer on Monday, September 10th at 7:30 p.m. in MUB Ballroom A. This event is put on for the first year business majors to meet some faculty and create bonds with returning SBE students, so I highly recommend that you attend no matter what year you are! It is a great networking opportunity, also.

Are you interested in studying abroad? If you are, there are going to be two Study Abroad 101 sessions that will be held this week to help give you some more information on what you need to do for the process. These sessions will be held on Tuesday, September 11th at 11:00 a.m. and Thursday, September 13th at 2:00 p.m. Both of these sessions will be held in the Administrative Building, Room 200.

Another very beneficial session that will be held this week is a “How to Start Your resume” session on Wednesday, September 11th. It will be very helpful for you to go to if you plan on going to Career Fair this year. Career Fair is Wednesday, October 3rd, so get a start on your resume by going to this workshop.  This session will be at 5:00 p.m. in Admin 220 (Career Services).

There will also be a very important speaker coming onto campus on Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Rozsa. Heather Abbott is coming to campus to speak to everyone about her tragic incident at the Boston Marathon bombing and how that has affected her time in the workforce. This will be a very empowering story, and it will give some insight on what it was like for her to conquer disability in the workplace. I highly recommend going to this event and giving Heather some support for telling her story!

Get on the right track early in the semester and set your health as a priority!  Stop on by the Health Fair, Thursday, September 13 from 4:00-6:00 p.m., for access to complimentary snacks, screenings, campus and local resources, prizes and giveaways, Animal Assisted Therapy Dogs,  and much much more!

If you had a stressful first and second week, make sure to take advantage of Yoga Night on Thursday, September 13th. This will be held at 7:00 p.m. on the lawn between Rekhi and Dow.

If you are a sports fan, we also have some sporting events that are coming up this weekend! If you haven’t heard, our Michigan Tech Football team won an exciting game in overtime this past Saturday! It was a great game to cheer on our Huskies. Make sure to come to their next home game on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against Davenport. Our Women’s Volleyball team also has two matches this weekend. On Friday, they play Northwoods at 7:00 p.m. up at the Wood Gym. Saturday, they play against Ferris State at 4:00 p.m. Ferris State ended up placing number one in the conference last season, so this should be a great game to attend!

Finally, if you haven’t heard of the MUB Film Board yet, you have to make sure to check them out. This student organization streams movies each weekend in Fisher 135. Admission to the movies are only $3.00. Can you believe it? Newer movies only $3.00, what a deal! Concessions are also only $1.00. For all of you commuters out there, I plan on scheduling a commuter event for Saturday, September 22nd at 5:30 p.m. The movie for this day is “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”. I would like to invite all of you commuters to join me at the movies this day and hopefully we can get to know each other while enjoying a movie from our very own Film Board! The movie starts at 5:30, so I plan on meeting by Aftermath Cafe in Fisher Hall at 5:00 p.m. I will also send out an email next week for all of those that may be interested in joining me.

I hope you have some time to check out some of these events and I look forward to hopefully meeting some of you at Jurassic World!

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Welcome Back Commuters!

Hello Commuters!

Welcome back to all of our returning commuter students, welcome to campus for our first year commuters and welcome to my first blog post as your commuter assistant! My name is Jamie Sertich, and like all of you, I am also a commuter. I graduated from Dollar Bay High School in 2015. I am now a 4th year Accounting major. I can’t wait to meet a lot of you within the next year and a half!

This week, there is a very important event going on that’ll help you find your place on campus. That’s K-Day! For those of you that don’t know what this is, it is a yearly event where a majority of the student organizations reserve a booth and have more information on their organizations. There will be games, candy and goodies at the tables, and also free food. So make sure to stop on by and get some lunch and meet some of our amazing organizations on campus! This year K-Day will be at Chassell Centennial Park!

Another cool event, that will be taking place on Thursday, September 6, is 906 Night featuring Bob Hiltunen. Since many of you are locals, you may have heard of Bob as he is a local musician (from my hometown of Dollar Bay) and is also known for giving guitar lessons at Good Times Music. Bob will be playing Live Music in the MUB Ballroom on Thursday at 9:06pm. So come on out and show your support for Bob while taking a break from your hectic first week!

A great thing about Michigan Tech is that we have so many creative events going on that most people from other universities don’t really hear about. Did you spend your childhood playing Rock Paper Scissors with your classmates? If you think you are a master Rock Paper Scissors competitor, then head on over to MUB Ballroom B on Saturday, September 8 from 7-8 p.m. and put your skills to the test! You can win some awesome prizes at this event!

Enjoy your first week of classes and make sure to take a study break and check out some of these fun events!


Good luck this semester!



Hello Commuters!

This week is a shorter version of the commute as it seems everyone on campus is starting to get focused and finish up the semester. I hope you all are doing well in your classes, and not letting yourselves get overloaded by the end of the semester. In case you are, here are a few options this coming weekend for things to do on campus as a break.

If you’re interested in theater, then be sure to see the Visual and Performing Arts Department’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Here is a brief description of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays:

Lysander loves Hermia, but Hermia loves Demetrius. The trouble is Demetrius loves Helena who believes she loves Lysander. This is what happens when a love potion gets into the wrong hands. How does it end? Happily, of course. But the mad romantic romp won’t end until magic restores the lovers’ senses.

The show will run April 12-14th at 7:30pm each night in the Rozsa Center. As with all VPA productions, tickets are free to all current students.

If you’re looking for a much more contemporary type of comedy, consider coming to see stand up comedian Brandon Vestal. Sponsored by MUB Board, this event will be taking place in the MUB commons this coming Friday at 9pm. Vestal has been featured in the show Last Comic Standing and the Hollywood Comedy Festival so it’s sure to be a good time.

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Music, and Theater

Hello Commuters!

There’s plenty going on around campus this week, so instead of a long introduction let’s dive into things.

This Wednesday in the Rozsa theater you can come see the high energy show Children of Metropolis. This is a traveling show, originating from Canada, that features a large group of performers all playing different percussion instruments. Many of the instruments featured are being made from different pieces of scrap and metal which is sure to create and interesting show. The show is this Wednesday in the Rozsa starting at 7:30pm.

If you’re looking to hear a very different kind of music consider checking out Keweenaw Awesome Fest or Kfest. Kfest is a two day music festival that takes place in the McArdle Theater (Second Floor Walker) and is entirely run by our campus radio station WMTU and students of the Visual and Performing Arts Department. Music starts at 6pm on Friday and will run until midnight, with the same being true for the Saturday shows. Music style ranges from alternative to hard rock to some stuff that’s just hard to describe, but there’s definitely something for everyone at Kfest. If you’re interested in attending tickets will be sold at the door and can be purchased for one or both nights. For more information visit the official Kfest website. https://kfest.mtu.edu/

That’s all I have for this week, but be sure to come back next time for another issue of…

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