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Term One Done!

Term One Done!

So, this term has flown in! We’ve been doing loads here in the SU and probably not telling you about half of it.

A lot of preparation work has been going in to some of our bigger projects after Christmas especially our Student Led Teaching Awards where students will have the opportunity to recognise those staff members who have been outstanding. Nominations can be for lecturers, personal tutors and even support staff such as catering, cleaning and security. It is through these awards we encourage all staff to strive to deliver the best possible experience for each individual student.

We will also be launching our Rate Your Landlord project where again, students will have the opportunity to recognise those landlords who have been delivering a good service in their off campus accommodation. Again, we hope this will encourage all landlords to deliver a great customer service and indeed a top quality property.

We’ve recently asked all students to tell us what they consider to be their three biggest issues at Edge Hill, which can be anything from their learning experience, living experience (both on and off campus) to the services offered on campus including the library, bar, buses, parking, eating, etc.

From the responses we gain, we know what areas of University life we should be focusing on trying to improve. You can have your say by checking you student email.

There’s been lots of activity in the past few weeks from raising awareness of those students with disabilities to ensuring students continue to use our Advice Centre where we offer contract checking for students moving into new accommodation next September.

We held our AGM (Annual General Meeting) recently where students asked us officers to approach the on-campus shops to request they cease to sell the s*n newspapers in their establishments, in support of campaigns around the removal of Page 3 and in support of the Hillsborough victims.

That’s just a whistle stop tour of my term so far but as always there’s so much more going on.

Keep up to date with us on the Edge Hill Students’ Union Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as my officer Facebook and Twitter accounts.

As ever, if you have anything you wish to raise with us or want us to campaign on just let us know via messaging me on social media, email me on SUpresident@edgehill.ac.uk or just come into the Hub and see me!

For now, have a lovely break and the very best of luck to you in your exams in January.

Nollaig Shona duibh (Merry Christmas all)

Gareth

IT’S NEARLY CHRISTMAS!!!

Hiya! Guess what?!  …

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There’s only 9 days till Christmas!! 🙂

Anyway I thought I’d give you an update of some of the things that have been going on over the last few weeks –

Course rep training

Over 180 course reps have now been trained which is amazing! Thank you all for attending the training sessions that I have put on, the feedback that I have been getting is amazing and I can already tell that you are all going to be great course reps this year!  If you haven’t been to a training session yet hurry! I will be putting more on in the New Year!

Children in Need

Thank you to all those who helped out this year for Children in Need and thank you for all your donations! We raised a terrific £1515.82! I have to say I loved having onesie day! Check out Vibes coverage of the day here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bikY-LsjNIg

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International day of persons with disabilities

On the 5th of December we celebrated the International Day of Persons with disabilities, it was a great day which helped to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.

We had lots going on throughout the day. One of the main things we did was to build a wall of tags with information on of what people can and cannot do, our focus being that although everyone may not be able to do something that does not mean that they do not have their own talents.

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Em-J and I also took a tour around campus on the bikes to see just how accessible the campus really is, our tour was very insightful.  Simple tasks such as getting through doors, getting in lifts, getting up a hill and even getting over a bump in the pavement can be difficult tasks.

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Check out the videos of our tour –
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=670687626295478&l=5996021650244515957

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=670687282962179&l=5200487728966541264

This day was very successful and I hope that it does help change people perceptions!

End of term Christmas special

IT’S NEARLY CHRISTMAS!  Our end of term Christmas Special will be on Wednesday the 18th! Pre-tickets £2 then £3 on the door after 10. See you all there!

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I’ve just realised how much I have actually typed so I’ll leave it there! Have a great Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year!!  xxx

 

My details:
suvpeducation@edgehill.ac.uk

https://www.facebook.com/EHSUvpeducation

https://twitter.com/EHSUvpeducation

Students with Caring Responsibilities

Hi Guys, Christian here from the SU.

I’d just like to thank everybody who has been involved with the work we are doing with the university, exploring the possibilities of establishing a policy to support Students with Caring Responsibilities.

We have had a fantastic response from carers to our survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/swcr) and had some great input to our coffee morning last Friday. The feedback we have had will go a long way in helping us to understand the barriers you face in education and the support we can put in place to help you during your studies.

Our next step is to sit down as a group, look over our feedback and discuss what should and should not make up the policy. To do this we are looking for up to 4 students to be involved in the discussion. If you are already being well supported or have an opinion on what else could be done then we need YOU and YOUR expertise!!

The working group will look to take place at the beginning of January 2014. If you would like to be involved then please get in touch via email. You can contact me directly on suvphealth@edgehill.ac.uk.

It’s great to see so many active students this year! We can really make a difference with this!!

Lest We Forget

So, as we all know, yesterday was Remembrance Sunday. I wore my poppy with pride as I watched the Queen lay a wreath at the cenotaph in London.

Remembrance Sunday is of course the day when we all remember and pay our respects to those who have fought and lost their lives in a war (of which there have unfortunately been too many.)

For as long as I can remember, my mum would call my brother and I downstairs to watch the Queen lay her wreath and to take part in the silence. Each year, we remember two very special people. The first being my Granddad, Albert, who fought in the Second World War.

Albert Dewhurst, my maternal Granddad

Albert Dewhurst, my maternal Granddad

My Mum would tell us stories that her Dad had told her, of marching through Belgium and the family he stayed with whilst he was over there, of the letters he would write home to his family and the friends he had made. He wouldn’t speak of any of the fighting, as he thought my Mum was too young to hear anything like that, but she said that it always made her very proud, when she thought of ‘her daddy, the soldier’.

A letter of thanks, given to all soldiers when the war was over, personally signed by Field Marshall Montgomery.

A letter of thanks, given to all soldiers when the war was over, personally signed by Field Marshall Montgomery.

One of my Mum’s favourite stories, was that of how Granddad Albert met Nanna Mona. Albert was in the same group as Mona’s cousin. When they all returned home, their kit bags were mixed up and so they had to be swapped back. Albert walked all the way to Mona’s house (where her cousin was listed as staying) and when she opened the door, Albert returned the kit bag and asked her out on a date, right there and then.

Medals Granddad received once the war was over.

Medals Granddad received once the war was over.

The second person that we never fail to forget, is Granddad Albert’s best friend Sid. Albert and Sid were two peas in a pod and would stick by each other through thick and thin. One day, the group was set upon by some enemy soldiers and they came under fire. Without a second thought, Sid threw himself in front of Albert. Whilst protecting him from the gunfire, Sid was shot and later died.
After Granddad returned home from the war, each Remembrance Sunday, he would call my Mum and Uncle into the lounge and tell them to ‘stand up for Sid’ and thank him. Now, each Remembrance Sunday, my Mum does the same with my brother and I.
So thank-you Sid and thank-you Granddad!

Today (Monday 11th November) we’ll have the BBC News on the big screen in the Hub and will be observing the minute silence. Feel free to come along and observe it with us – if you’re in a lecture, ask your lecturer if you can step outside to observe it if you’d like.

Don’t forget, we’ve got our message boards set up in the Hub if you’d like to write something to someone in particular, or just a general message.

Em-J

VP of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Contact Us!

E-mail

SU President (Gareth) – supresident@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of FAS (Em-J) – suvpfas@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Health (Christian) – suvphealth@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Education (Kayley) – suvpeducation@edgehill.ac.uk

Twitter

Gareth – https://twitter.com/EHSUpresident

Em-J – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpfas

Christian – https://twitter.com/EHSUvphealth

Kayley – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpeducation

Naughty boy!

Hiya!

Just in case you didn’t know Naughty Boy is here on Thursday! Fresh from winning 2 Mobo awards recently Naughty Boy will be coming to the Quad and doing a massive set!

Supported by Esco Williams, who has opened for RZA, Dead Prez and Sugababes, and has been playlisted on 1Xtra – and he was placed in the Top 20 of MTV’s Brand New for 2012.

Check out his video –  New Challenger-

You can buy tickets from here: http://bit.ly/1bvaSKP! GO GO GO!

Don’t miss out on what could be the biggest ever night at Edge Hill!

🙂

 

Same Time Next Year?

So, Fresher’s Week is well and truly finished! I hope you’ve all had an amazing time – I know I have! I think it’s safe to say, my first Fresher’s Week as a non-student has been a great success.

So what events did we have on? (Hopefully you’ll be able to remember, I know a lot of drink was consumed this week but try and think back over the last few days!) Well let’s have a bit of a rundown shall we?

Sunday – Quiz 

So we kicked off our week with a quiz (expertly read out by yours truly) in which the Student Assistants were triumphant with their overall knowledge of Music, Art and Literature, Sport, Disney and your Sabbatical Officers (aka President Gareth, VP Health Christian, VP Education Kayley and VP FAS me!) This was also the first chance that on-campus students had to use our new bar facilities. We’ve had a massive amount of positive feedback about it which we’re super happy about!

Monday – The Luminites 

“Tonight we kick off the week in style!” – Well, we kicked off the week as geeks. The Quad was packed with big glasses, school ties and painted on freckles in preparation for The Luminites paying a visit to Edge Hill. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see them myself as I was helping the door staff to let you lovely people in to see them instead! Don’t forget to put your pictures online (especially if you were lucky enough to get one with the group!)

Tuesday – Aura/Strangled Cats 

From my perspective this night was incredibly successful – I stayed behind at uni with Gareth to cover the Strangled Cats Karaoke and heard a medley of powerful renditions including: Adele, Shania Twain, Nicki Minaj, Aerosmith (from the Student Assistants and yours truly) and an incredibly impressive performance of Vanilla Ice! Strangled Cats Karaoke will be in the SU Bar every Tuesday so come on down and belt out a song that would make Simon Cowell cry!

Wednesday – Fresher’s Fair 

Fresher’s Fair is always my favourite event as I get to see just how far we’ve come in terms of societies and sports teams. I think this year was one of our most successful fairs as the Hub was absolutely packed from the word ‘Go!’ I managed to sign up to a few societies and the Badminton team so I look forward to seeing how that turns out throughout the year. If you signed up to a society or a sports team, let me know on Facebook, Twitter, in the comment section below or come and tell me in  person 😀

Thursday – Esco Williams 

So Thursday brought about a bit of bad news – unfortunately, Naughty Boy wasn’t able to attend our event (it turns out he really is a naughty boy! *ba dum dum tish*). But don’t worry, we’re working with his management to make sure that he comes back soon so you’ll get to see him perform at a later date! Despite this minor setback, you guys didn’t let it stop you from having an amazing night! Esco Williams was brilliant and everyone came out in full force to help keep the flow of Fresher’s Week going!

Friday – Roller Disco 

After seeing you all flying around on your skates, I’m completely convinced that you’re a hell of a lot braver than I am! Although we had a few bumps and bruises (nothing broken though!), everyone had a great night and looked fantastic! I was super impressed by the effort that people had put into their 60’s/70’s/80’s costumes, although I think I might have blinded by all the neon! Hopefully you all enjoyed the disco – I know VP Education Kayley did as she was twirling around the room with you all!

Sunday – DJ Danny Howard 

What a way to end Fresher’s Week! Edge Hill’s very own DJ Danny Howard returned to The Quad to blow us all away with an awesome set – the atmosphere was brilliant and he really knew how to get the crowd going! He was an absolutely lovely guy, stopping to take pictures with the crowd, the Fresher’s Team and myself after his set even though he was exhausted! It’s strange to think how things might have been different for him – Danny ran in the SU elections but unfortunately didn’t win a position. But everything worked out for the best as he’s now a DJ for Radio 1 and you can listen to him every Saturday from 4-7pm.

So that’s it! The events are over, the hangovers have set in and the lectures are starting. I hope you’ve all had an amazing week, there’s been so much effort put into these events and I’m super proud to be a part of the team who’s put them together.

Time to end this post with a shout out of thanks to all the staff who’ve worked their fingers to the bone this week including: Becs in SU Marketing, Ian, Mark and Graeme (the bar manager and assistant bar managers), the Fresher’s Team who’ve volunteered all this week, the bar staff who’ve kept those drinks coming, the diner staff who’ve provided you all with pizza at 2am, the security team (who are absolutely lovely and have made sure you’ve had fun in a safe environment), Vibe Media for documenting this week’s antics and of course, you guys for making this Fresher’s Week one of the best we’ve had!

Let me know what your favourite event was, what your least favourite event was and any suggestions you may have for next year by dropping me a comment on Facebook, a tweet on Twitter, a comment in the box below or come along to the SU in the Hub and tell me in person!

Time to crack on with answering e-mails and organising meetings – the academic year starts now people! This is not a drill, I repeat, THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!!
Em-J

VP of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Contact Us!

E-mail

SU President (Gareth) – supresident@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of FAS (Em-J) – suvpfas@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Health (Christian) – suvphealth@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Education (Kayley) – suvpeducation@edgehill.ac.uk

Twitter

Gareth – https://twitter.com/EHSUpresident

Em-J – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpfas

Christian – https://twitter.com/EHSUvphealth

Kayley – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpeducation

2 Days and Counting!

That’s right Edge Hill students – your Fresher’s Week is nearly upon us! From my point of view, it’s come along surprisingly quickly. It feels like only yesterday that I was stood in the Hub thanking my campaign team for helping me to win the election and become the Vice President of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and now here I am, all ready to represent you lovely people in your 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of uni.

I’ve been keeping a close eye on all the different Facebook groups relating to EH Fresher’s Week and I’m really happy that you’re all so excited – I’m excited for you! There’s been loads of things going on behind the scenes to make this an awesome week for you all, with staff organizing Fresher’s events, booking guests, working with staff on resolving issues with courses, redesigning and tidying up the SU Bar and making sure that everything is in place for your arrival.

This week’s been relatively busier than previous weeks, not just in terms of preparing for your arrival, but in terms of meeting staff and greeting students who have arrived early.

Yesterday was quite hectic, as there was the ‘soft opening’ of the SU Bar for Edge Hill staff and I think it was a great success. The new bar has a great atmosphere, lovely staff and I can see it being a popular spot for students to visit between lectures or chill out in at the end of the day.

We also saw the arrival of the international students and enrollment for non-residential students on undergraduate courses. The sabbs (myself included) and the SU staff were rushed off our feet providing students with their Fresher’s wristbands, selling NUS cards and SU clothing and directing the students to their personal tutors. The international students were given a tour of the campus and a tour of Ormskirk, so hopefully they’ll be settling in nicely!

I managed to squeeze in a meeting with George Talbot (the Dean of FAS) and Phil Drake (the new head of Media) to talk about Vibe Media. Having been a part of Vibe Radio for 2 years, I’m looking forward to what the SU has planned for our media outlets and with George and Phil’s support, I think we’re gonna achieve some great things this year!

Today’s going to go back to being relatively quiet for us – we’ve got some more international students arriving, so we’ll be helping to move them in to halls and to settle into uni life. Hopefully you’ll be able to meet some of them when you arrive and attend the Fresher’s Week events.

Speaking of the events, have you got your Aura wristband yet? On Tuesday of Fresher’s Week, we’re be storming a new club in Liverpool called Aura. If you want to come with us, purchase your wristband here -> http://www.edgehillsu.org.uk/aura

If you’re a Fresher and want to attend any of the other events during the week, you’ll be given a material wristband which gives you priority entry over 2nd and 3rd year students!

The first event we’ve got going on is a quiz for students living off-campus – that’s tomorrow night (Saturday 23rd) in the SU Bar. If you’re living in Unite Halls, transport has been arranged for you, and will pick you up out Cambridge Court at 5:15pm.

Check out all the events we’ve got going on during the week on the poster below!

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That’s all from me for now, I’m looking forward to seeing all of your lovely faces tomorrow and Sunday – bye!

Em-J

VP of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Contact Us!

E-mail

SU President (Gareth) – supresident@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of FAS (Em-J) – suvpfas@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Health (Christian) – suvphealth@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Education (Kayley) – suvpeducation@edgehill.ac.uk

Twitter

Gareth – https://twitter.com/EHSUpresident

Em-J – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpfas

Christian – https://twitter.com/EHSUvphealth

Kayley – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpeducation

Prepare Yourselves….The Fresher’s Are Coming….

So, Fresher’s Week is hurtling towards us at a tremendous speed – this will be my first Fresher’s Week at Edge Hill where I’m not a student! Uni can be a bit of a scary place for some people – you may be living away from home for the first time, you may be moving miles away from your family and friends and it’s a big step in your educational life. So, I thought I’d share a few of my own uni experiences, to give you all a bit of insight into what my time as a student was like:

Living in Halls

In my first year, I lived on campus in Margaret Bain (Back Halls). This was my first choice of halls – I didn’t want to live in the more expensive accommodation, which at the time was Founders and Graduates as Chancellors hadn’t been built then, because I’m extremely careful with my money. I went for the cheaper halls because I wanted to save money and also, the fact that Back Halls have a common room really appealed to me. I was really shy when I first came to uni, so having a space to socialize with my hall-mates really helped me to come out of my shell. If I’d lived in halls that didn’t have a common room, I know I’d have stayed in my room and not talked to anyone.

My hall-mate Vicky and I - Halloween 2010

My hall-mate Vicky and I – Halloween 2010

My Hopes/Fears of Uni Life

Uni was a big step and a big challenge for me – at the time, I wanted to study on a PGCE course, after doing 3 years of Drama and English, therefore uni was a necessity. I was also under a bit of pressure, as my Mum, Dad and brother hadn’t been to uni, whereas my Auntie and my 3 cousins all had, so I was the one that had to challenge them (a bit of family competition really.) I was stupidly excited to be going to uni, but extremely sad at the same time as I had made some amazing friends at my college over the 3 years I’d been there (at the end of my 1st year, I dropped some classes and chose to do a BTEC in Performing Arts, which meant I stayed on for another year.) I was the only one out of my friendship group coming to Edge Hill, with my best friend heading off to Derby, a number of friends going to Manchester and Leeds and some others staying local by going to UCLAN. As scary as it was to move to Ormskirk (even though it’s not that far from my home town of Burnley), it’s definitely been a enlightening experience that’s helped me become the person I am today.

 

My best friend Abbie and I. Abbie has now graduated from Derby University. I reyt miss her!

My best friend Abbie and I. Abbie has now graduated from Derby University. I reyt miss her!

My First Year as an Edge Hill Student

Looking back on my time as a Fresher, I can only laugh at some of the stupid things I got up to with my friends. The first time I met my best friend Joe Thomas (former SA within Forest Court), was under a duvet on the floor of the Performing Arts foyer (because Drama students never meet in a normal setting!) Together with friends from my course and my halls, we got up to some crazy antics, such as sitting on the main corridor with my Drama class singing songs about peace and meditation, attending the demo in London to protest the rise in tuition fees (No if’s, no buts, save the Edge Hill ducks!), missing my fire safety talk in halls as I was too busy putting out a fire, having a barbecue in the Back Halls car park with security and dressing like a man and almost losing a finger in a performance.

 

Valentine's Day Murder Mystery - yes that is yours truly on the far right with a beard!

Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery – yes that is yours truly on the far right with a beard!

R Themed birthday party for my friend Rosita - I chose to go as The Riddler.

R Themed birthday party for my friend Rosita – I chose to go as The Riddler.

Whilst I remember having some cracking nights out during my time as a Fresher, I’m super excited for the events coming up in this year’s Fresher’s Week, including the Liverpool Takeover, in which we’ll be storming a new club called Aura. You can buy your tickets for this night here: http://www.edgehillsu.org.uk/aura

I really hope you all have a great Fresher’s Week and an amazing time at uni – being an Edge Hill student has been one of the best experiences of my life and even though there were a couple of bumps in the road, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Let me know what events you’re looking forward to by commenting below, telling me on Facebook or Twitter, or if you’re already on campus then feel free to come and tell me in person!

Looking forward to meeting you all soon, that’s it from me – bye!

Em-J
VP of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Contact Us!

E-mail

SU President (Gareth) – supresident@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of FAS (Em-J) – suvpfas@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Health (Christian) – suvphealth@edgehill.ac.uk

Vice President of Education (Kayley) – suvpeducation@edgehill.ac.uk

Twitter

Gareth – https://twitter.com/EHSUpresident

Em-J – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpfas

Christian – https://twitter.com/EHSUvphealth

Kayley – https://twitter.com/EHSUvpeducation

STUDENTS ARE BACK!!

Well… PGCE students are!

The campus actually looks like it has life after a very quiet summer, which makes me even more excited for fresher’s week! Which reminds me … don’t forget you can now buy tickets for our Liverpool takeover online  –

http://www.edgehillsu.org.uk/aura

But seriously make the most of your experience and make the most of Fresher’s week, as it is still by far one of my best memories!

33954_10150105871672667_1825781_n     72475_10150313610020327_77493_n (My freshers 2010)                                                   (My first ever social!)

PGCE students have arrived and my welcome talks have well and truly begun, so hopefully a lot more of you know who I am and what the student union has to offer this year, and like I said in my talks please get involved! Check out our website for information about what sports teams and societies we have to offer here at Edge Hill.

http://www.edgehillsu.org.uk/main-menu/activities/societies

As well as my welcome talks I have been meeting with lots of other people across the university planning for the year ahead.

Last week I met with Robert the Dean of the Faculty of Education who I will be working with this year to ensure that you have the best student experience.

I also met with the Foundation subject leader (Primary and Early years) who has advised me that there will be more assignment guidance available this year mixed with practical ideas that can be taken into the classroom. I know from experience that these practical lessons can seem somewhat ‘pointless’ but these lessons will be the most valuable when you have your own class!  So try and enjoy the lessons and think of how you can use the ideas when you have your own class!

Anyway there’s so much going on at the minute and only so much space haha so I’ll stop here so I don’t bore you too much! But keep checking because I’ll be writing another blog very soon to keep you up to date!

🙂

 

We are campaigning for YOU, want to be involved?

We are campaigning for YOU, want to be involved?

So, didn’t blog enough in August so they’re coming thick and fast now.

We spent August on various training sessions with NUS, four days in Lancaster at Lead and Change and down in Birmingham at Skills for Change.

All this change training coupled with our new EHSU Campaigns Committee means we are going to bring more change this year than ever before!

And by change, I mean for the better. Our strategic aim as an organisation is “Ensuring The Best Student Life” and that’s what we’re trying to do.

This year, alongside course rep training and assistance, provision of societies, sports teams, student media, volunteering, bar, club, catering and our amazing Advice Centre, we have even more plans, but we want you to be involved!

The four officers have identified a number of campaigns we wish to run which we feel will enhance your time at University.
Some of the current plans include creating a RateYourLandlord scheme, running a major Mental Health and Wellbeing awareness and action campaign and carrying on our work on increasing your employability prospects through recognition of your voluntary work.

But we want two things: the first is for YOU to get involved in these projects to make them an even bigger success, but the second is for YOU to tell us about other projects that you either want us to lead on, or indeed ones that you want to lead on and us to assist you with!

These projects and campaigns can be anything that is close to your heart or you’re passionate about and can include holding an event, lobbying the University or local persons or public bodies, or just raising awareness across campus and the student body.

Speak to us if any of this is setting an idea off in your head and let’s see where things go.

Slán (goodbye)

Gareth

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