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Thats all she wrote...for now

That’s all she wrote…for now

May 11, 2016

In writing my final goodbye, I feel I should leave you with some sort of advice about making the most of your time at College of DuPage. But I won’t. I know I took advantage of the resources COD...

“Lemonade” visual element creates new standard for music

“Lemonade” visual element creates new standard for music

April 26, 2016

When I saw Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” on HBO On Demand I decided to watch it out of pure boredom. I had not yet seen the millions of tweets, or countless, bias articles consisting of little more than...

EL VY impresses past expectations of a side-project

EL VY impresses past expectations of a side-project

April 19, 2016

As an alternative music fan, there’s nothing more I love than Matt Berninger. Primarily known for his role as lead singer of indie-rock band The National, Berninger’s voice has and will echo in the...

Point Counter Point: Should all drugs be legal?

April 19, 2016

No. When talking about the legalization of all drugs it’s important to note that roughly 10 percent of American’s are in favor of the idea. I am one of the 90 percent who believes legalizing hard...

Final three presidential candidates revealed

Final three presidential candidates revealed

April 7, 2016

The presidential search committee has presented the board of trustees with three finalists in the presidential search. The final decision will be between Barbara Kavalier, David Sam and Ann Rondeau. Rondeau,...

Q&A: Student trustee’s last thoughts as term nears expiration

Q&A: Student trustee’s last thoughts as term nears expiration

April 5, 2016

Student Trustee Gloria Roark held her position through one of COD’s most hectic years. Her opinions were voiced on the dismissal of former President Robert Breuder, her say used to add a student to the...

“Mind Of Mine” contradicts and confuses as listeners try to grasp concept

“Mind Of Mine” contradicts and confuses as listeners try to grasp concept

March 31, 2016

I’ve never been a huge One Direction fan. The news that Zayn Malik left didn’t shake my world in any way. Though the music is catchy, it was never my go to. The sound I enjoy has a rough edge and a...

What to wear: Lollapalooza edition

What to wear: Lollapalooza edition

March 29, 2016

  Festivals are a place to truly express yourself in style. Many online sources may encourage you to be yourself and really let your inner spirit shine. Don’t. Festivals are hot, they’re crowded...

Lollapalooza team takes five days to organize entire festival

Lollapalooza team takes five days to organize entire festival

March 29, 2016

Lollapalooza employees call this past planning year a “chill one.” The fest is celebrating its 25th anniversary, in tune, adding a fourth day to the usual three-day fest. This year, Lollapalooza...

Exploring COD’s best kept secret: The Warhol Collection

Exploring COD’s best kept secret: The Warhol Collection

March 15, 2016

On his first day, Cleve Carney Gallery Intern Chris Chapa walked into an experience he would never forget. Chapa, who graduated from College of DuPage in 2015 with a degree in Fine Arts, was asked to take...

Art Institute partnership provides free admission for students and faculty

Art Institute partnership provides free admission for students and faculty

March 15, 2016

College of DuPage students and faculty are now promised free admission to the Art Institute of Chicago. Due to the college’s new partnership with the institute, the general admission fee of $25 will...

I stand with Kesha

I stand with Kesha

March 2, 2016

Remember when you played “Blind” on repeat when your middle school crush shattered your heart? Or When “Tik Tok” let you embrace your inner wild-child at your first school dance? In those moments,...

A change of heart

A change of heart

February 26, 2016

At first glance, The 1975 are obnoxious. They’re arrogant. They’re flamboyant. And their latest release proves that they are anything but their publically perceived image. The four-member indie-pop...

New placement tests provide fresh opportunity for returning students

New placement tests provide fresh opportunity for returning students

February 10, 2016

In the past, College of DuPage students have only been able to take the Compass placement test once. A follow-up test has also been offered, but students have been limited to the retake within a few weeks...

Student Trustee talks board, textbook affordability and making a difference

Student Trustee talks board, textbook affordability and making a difference

February 10, 2016

Gloria Roark, student trustee, has seen her fair share of board controversy throughout her term. Courier Editor-In-Chief, Kelly Wynne, sat down with her to talk about the board boycott, electing a new...

Anti showcases Rihannas grown-up side

“Anti” showcases Rihanna’s grown-up side

February 9, 2016

I can’t say I’ve always been the biggest fan of Rihanna. My middle school memories echo with “Umbrella” and “Shut Up and Drive,” but I abandoned the R&B leading lady soon after that. That’s...

The MAC hosts 20th anniversary of “Global Flicks”

February 3, 2016

This spring, the MAC is celebrating one of their long-lasting traditions: “Global Flicks.” The free screenings of select international films is honoring its 20th year at the college. The screenings...

Students fight for constitutional rights

Students fight for constitutional rights

February 3, 2016

The college’s freedom of speech codes may be changing in the foreseeable future, according to Acting Interim President Joseph Collins. Joe Enders, founder of the Campus Libertarians, has been working...

Mazzochi and Napolitano talk board boycott

Mazzochi and Napolitano talk board boycott

February 3, 2016

“Clean Slate” board members Deanne Mazzochi, chairwoman, Frank Napolitano and Charles Bernstein have been the only trustees in attendance at the last seven meetings. Courier Editor-In-Chief Kelly Wynne...

Student vote to count towards presidential election

January 27, 2016

Miguel Hernandez, student member of the presidential search committee and student body vice president, now holds a student position with a counted vote in COD politics. When appointed to his position...

A letter from your editor: “Pay attention to the news around you”

January 27, 2016

College of DuPage has become a consistent media staple over the past 2 years, most of the news revolving around the school being negative. In the past year, the college gained three new, controversial,...

What you missed: a recap in COD politics

What you missed: a recap in COD politics

January 27, 2016

The past year at College of DuPage has been a whirlwind of media attention. While students may have spent their break watching Netflix and avoiding daily responsibility, college politics refused to take...

McGuire campaigns for chairwoman

McGuire campaigns for chairwoman

January 27, 2016

Trustee Dianne McGuire may be campaigning for chairwoman, according to fellow Trustee Frank Napolitano. At the Jan. 21 board meeting, Napolitano explained a conversation, held between McGuire and himself...

Board boycotts draw state attention

Board boycotts draw state attention

January 16, 2016

The office of State Attorney Robert Berlin is considering taking legal action against College of DuPage board of trustees. The potential action comes after the third boycott by Trustees Erin Birt, Joseph...

Three trustees boycott board meeting

Three trustees boycott board meeting

December 17, 2015

Three College of DuPage board members have refused to attend the board meeting scheduled for Dec. 17, as well as any others until a new chairman is hired. Trustees Erin Birt, Joseph Wozniak and Diane...

HLC places COD on two-year probation

HLC places COD on two-year probation

December 16, 2015

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has placed College of DuPage on probation due to inability to meet the accreditation agency’s core components. This probation is effective immediately. The HLC will...

Public speaks of ideal president

Public speaks of ideal president

December 14, 2015

College of DuPage hosted a public form on Dec. 14, giving community members the opportunity to voice qualities they hope to see in a new president. Many who spoke in the public comment held similar...

Hamilton resigns

Hamilton resigns

December 13, 2015

College of DuPage Board Chairwoman Kathy Hamilton unexpectedly resigned from her position Sunday night. Hamilton held the seat for seven months. In a letter addressed to students, faculty and district...

Bad boys: Whatcha gonna do? You’re gonna date him, that’s what.

December 9, 2015

You know the saying “nice guys always finish last?” It’s not too far off. There’s nothing wrong with a nice guy; everyone wants someone who respects them, but oftentimes the thrill of conflicting...

Land of Lawsuits

Land of Lawsuits

December 9, 2015

Over the past few months, former College of DuPage employees and students have filed numerous lawsuits against the college and select employees. The Courier has put together a cheat-sheet of all of the...

Roark: “With each meeting I don’t feel as though much changes.”

December 9, 2015

Student Trustee Gloria Roark has corresponded with the Courier throughout the semester. She has talked with us about everything from Former President Breuder to student ideas and on-campus events. Roark...

“She doesn’t want to take responsibility for her actions”

December 2, 2015

“Let me start by saying this. Jaclyn Pazera is a liar and a manipulator,” said Ethan Price, classmate of Pazera, and the only person to see the full chain of events that led to Pazera’s arrest on...

Searching for common ground

Searching for common ground

December 2, 2015

If I’ve learned anything from my years as a reporter, it’s that there are three sides to every story. Sometimes there are four, five…twenty. It all depends on who you ask. As News Editor, I have...

Faculty Association speaks out

Faculty Association speaks out

November 18, 2015

The Courier sat down with Glenn Hansen, president of the faculty association, and Richard Jarman, vice president of the faculty association, to gage the faculty’s current response to college-wide issues...

Cobain commercialized

Cobain commercialized

November 18, 2015

Kurt Cobain’s first solo release, “Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings,” isn’t at all what a Nirvana fan would expect, but it is exactly what a Cobain fan would expect. The controversial release...

Collins: “There was no ill intent”

Collins: “There was no ill intent”

November 11, 2015

College of DuPage has stopped awarding credit hours to current Suburban Law Enforcement Academy (SLEA) students and future participants. This comes after another scandal pointed out at COD, this time involving...

Music therapy

November 11, 2015

Maybe I’m just a music person; maybe that’s what has created my need for continuous musical stimulation. Whatever the reason, I can say it has changed the way I walk through life. For your average...

Coffee with Collins unearths divide between faculty and administration

Coffee with Collins unearths divide between faculty and administration

November 11, 2015

College of DuPage faculty and Administration have begun to speak out about a clear divide between their sanctions. Many feel, under former President Robert Breuder’s rule, they were forced to work position-to-position...

Lawsuit filed against two campus officers

November 10, 2015

A lawsuit has been filed against College of DuPage campus officers James Tamburrino and Raul Valladares. Former COD student Jaclyn Pazera is pressing charges for an excessively forceful arrest. Pazera...

Tattoo artist furthers love of art in painting

Tattoo artist furthers love of art in painting

November 4, 2015

As Daniel Ponce, former College of DuPage student, stood atop his roof, looking down upon his 20-foot painting lying on the driveway below, he knew something else needed to be done. He moved all of the...

Welcoming Welding

November 4, 2015

The Illinois Community College Board has approved College of DuPage’s welding degree program. The program serves as a prerequisite for the American Welding Society. It extends COD’s long-standing welding...

Board defends firing president with documentation

Board defends firing president with documentation

November 4, 2015

The College of DuPage board of trustees have announced that they stand by the 4-1 vote to fire former President Robert Breuder, as a new era has begun at the college. The board released a 781-page document...

Horticulture program now accredited

November 4, 2015

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has recognized College of DuPage’s horticulture program. The national association has accredited the program, providing a peace of mind to horticulture...

Halsey embodies the millennial generation

Halsey embodies the millennial generation

November 3, 2015

Ashley Frangipane is anything but your typical 21-year old. She went from opening for the indie-pop band Imagine Dragons to headlining her own international tour, to nearly selling out Madison Square Garden...

Trick or tunes

Trick or tunes

October 27, 2015

When you really think about it, there's actually a good amount of Halloween music. You’ve all done “The Monster Mash” and heard Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller.” As much as you may love...

Roark: “I feel like the board has mixed feelings about me”

Roark: “I feel like the board has mixed feelings about me”

October 27, 2015

Student Trustee Gloria Roark prides herself on voting for the students and for herself. Roark has been living up to student expectations all semester by refusing to take a side in board feuds, speaking...

Breuder sues board for wrongful termination

Breuder sues board for wrongful termination

October 21, 2015

Less than 24 hours after his official termination, Robert Breuder, former College of DuPage president, has filed a lawsuit against a portion of the board of trustees. Breuder is suing the defendants,...

Big fish, small pool

October 20, 2015

The California Coastal Commission has declared a ban on SeaWorld breeding, trading and bringing in new orcas to the park. SeaWorld has declined to accept the decision and plans to take legal action, but...

What’s worth your time: horror movie remakes

What’s worth your time: horror movie remakes

October 20, 2015

Horror movies are one of my favorite things about the Halloween season. I love the creepy feelings they give you and that sense of “what did I just watch” at the end of something truly shocking. I...

President Robert Breuder

Bye bye Breuder

October 20, 2015

College of DuPage President Robert Breuder has officially reached the end of his COD career. On Tuesday, Oct. 20 the board of trustees held a special board meeting and voted to fire Breuder. This vote...

COD remains accredited but with major concerns

COD remains accredited but with major concerns

October 17, 2015

The Higher Learning Committee (HLC), College of DuPage’s accreditation agency, has reported its findings from its internal investigation conducted in July. COD will remain fully accredited for the time...

The convincing and the crazy

The convincing and the crazy

October 14, 2015

Here at the Courier, we love debating controversial topics. We’ve put together a list of some of the most compelling, creepy and downright crazy conspiracy theories for your enjoyment. Convincing: Kurt...

COD to introduce gender-neutral bathrooms

COD to introduce gender-neutral bathrooms

October 14, 2015

College of DuPage administrators have decided to open the college’s first gender-neutral bathrooms on campus. These bathrooms are designed to provide a level of comfort for students regardless of gender...

Buffalo Theater Ensemble fights for residency

October 14, 2015

College of DuPage students and staff, along with members of the Buffalo Theater Ensemble (BTE) have been fighting to get the independent theater group a spot on the MAC stage again. The theater group,...

Collins talks campus security

October 6, 2015

Ten community college students lost their lives at the hand of a fellow student on Thurs. Oct. 1. Community colleges all around the country have come together in order to support and mourn the loss of...

COD evacuates due to bomb threat

October 6, 2015

College of DuPage dealt with a bomb threat on Monday, Oct. 5. The threat came just hours after the school held a moment of silence and day-long banner signing for Umpqua Community College, which fell to...

Spooky suburbs

October 6, 2015

October is my favorite month of the year. Not only do I love the feeling of fall, but I love the idea of having a whole month dedicated to creepy things like hauntings and horror movies. I have put together...

Bomb threat results in campus-wide evacuation

Bomb threat results in campus-wide evacuation

October 5, 2015

College of DuPage has canceled classes for the remainder of the day after receiving a bomb threat. COD students received texts and phone calls from the COD emergency system detailing the closing. The...

Point-Counterpoint: Online classes are perfect for independent students

September 30, 2015

I love online classes. For someone like me with classroom anxiety and a general lack of focus, online classes provide a much-needed escape from day-to-day campus life. Over my four semesters at COD I have...

Hedge-fund founder manages to enrage the whole world

September 30, 2015

Martin Shkreli is a name I wish I could forget. This is the name of the man who single-handedly threw the world into a tailspin last week when he bought the rights to the medication Daraprim. Daraprim...

Rauner puts end to large severance packages

September 30, 2015

After College of DuPage’s statewide controversy, Governor Bruce Rauner has signed into law a bill prohibiting college presidents from collecting large severance packages. This comes after COD President...

Column: Amends of Ahmed

September 23, 2015

Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old high schooler from Texas, did a pretty impressive thing. He made a working alarm clock out of a pencil case. When Mohamed arrived at school with his invention, he presented...

Presidential search committee finalized

September 23, 2015

Board Chairwoman Kathy Hamilton and Secretary Frank Napolitano have declared an official presidential search committee. The committee is made up of 16 individuals, including a student member whose vote...

Board voids Breuders contract

Board voids Breuder’s contract

September 23, 2015

The College of DuPage board of trustees has voted to void President Robert Breuder’s contract. The vote passed 4-3.This leaves Breuder as an at-will employee of the college, meaning he can be fired by...

Homeland Security Training Center provides new opportunities

Homeland Security Training Center provides new opportunities

September 15, 2015

The Homeland Security Training Center (HTC) opened its doors to students and community members this semester. The $16.5 million facility was built with the mentality of creating new opportunities for criminal...

Top finance officials terminated

September 15, 2015

College of DuPage top finance officials, Tom Glaser and Lynn Sapyta have been officially fired from their positions at the college. Both have been on administrative leave since June. The termination...

Decrease in enrollment necessitates little concern

September 15, 2015

After eight consecutive semesters of increased enrollment, College of DuPage has seen a college-wide decrease in registration. This 1.4 percent decrease in enrollment for college level classes sparked...

Presidential Candidates: What you need to know about the top names

September 11, 2015

As the Presidential race begins to pick up speed, it may be time to start studying up on candidates. The race so far has been full of opposing ideas, controversial names and even candidates holding unfriendly...

Q&A: Student Trustee talks politics

Q&A: Student Trustee talks politics

September 11, 2015

Student Trustee Gloria Roark has had a busy summer, from board meetings to recruiting students for academic committees. The Courier sat down with her to talk about what happened this summer and what direction...

Hamilton speaks of calm

Hamilton speaks of calm

September 1, 2015

The Courier’s Editor-in-Chief Ashlee Berner and News Editor Kelly Wynne sat down with College of DuPage board of trustee Chairwoman Kathy Hamilton on Aug. 19. Hamilton discussed everything from her vision...

The Weeknd explores softer side

The Weeknd explores softer side

September 1, 2015

Sex, drugs, rock and roll; that’s pretty much all we’ve heard from The Weeknd. From “Trilogy” to “Kiss Land,” fans have become accustomed to raw, explicit terminology and repetitive themes....

Premiere Parking

September 1, 2015

As of fall semester, premium parking has been removed from campus parking lots. Much of this decision stems from complaints concerning the lack of parking. This has been a common criticism by both students...

Shuttle to transport students from far lot

September 1, 2015

The Chaparral Express has been resurrected and will run year-round for the next two semesters. This shuttle bus takes students from College Lot 6, the maintenance lot, to the cafeteria entrance. Acting...

What you missed: the past year in COD politics

What you missed: the past year in COD politics

September 1, 2015

The past year at College of DuPage has been a media frenzy, from the leave of President Robert Breuder to a college-wide, federal investigation. At the Courier, we have stayed on top of the changes. We...

President Robert Breuder

Trustees vote to begin Breuder’s termination process

August 20, 2015

The College of DuPage board of trustees passed the motion to begin the termination process of President Robert Breuder. This vote took place at the board meeting on Aug. 20. Breuder was placed on administrative...

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Waterleaf restaurant to close

August 13, 2015

College of DuPage Board of Trustees voted to close Waterleaf restaurant at the Aug. 13 special board meeting. After a 5-1 vote, Waterleaf will officially close on Aug. 31 and begin its transition to a...

Accreditation agency questions capability of board

Accreditation agency questions capability of board

July 21, 2015

The Higher Learning Committee met with the College of DuPage board of trustees on July 21. The special board meeting focused on the capability of the board to act as one. These concerns come following...

Lakeside Pavilion hosts free family entertainment

July 10, 2015

  The Lakeside Pavilion has opened its seats to kick off the MAC season. A variety of shows can be found, all free to the public. Here are some of the highlights the pavilion will host within the...

Finance heads placed on administrative leave

Finance heads placed on administrative leave

June 9, 2015

College of DuPage Senior Vice President Administration and Treasurer Tom Glaser and Assistant Vice President of Financial Affairs and Controller Lynn Sapyta have been placed on paid administrative leave....

President Robert Breuder

District-Wide postcards scrutinized at special board meeting

May 15, 2015

Board of trustee members were informed of the true intent of College of DuPage flyers at the May 14 special board meeting. Vice Chairman Deanne Mazzochi asked to add the discussion to the special meeting...

Accreditation agency to review college integrity

Accreditation agency to review college integrity

May 14, 2015

College of DuPage will be visited by its overseeing accreditation agency following three subpoenas from a DuPage grand jury and other controversies. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) detailed its...

Johnny Cupcakes cooks up student inspiration

Johnny Cupcakes cooks up student inspiration

May 6, 2015

On April 29,  Johnny Earle, founder and CEO of Johnny Cupcakes, visited College of DuPage to inspire student entrepreneurs. Earle’s T-shirt business has skyrocketed in popularity using unconventional...

New board requests on campus office space

New board requests on campus office space

May 6, 2015

The new board majority approved an on-campus office space for trustees during the April board meeting. The movement passed 4-3 with student trustee Gloria Roark abstaining. The full request detailed office...

President Robert Breuder

Breuder placed on administrative leave

May 6, 2015

President Robert Breuder has been placed on paid administrative leave after a 4-3 vote at the April 30 board of trustees meeting. Breuder had announced medical leave prior to the meeting and had no set...

Roark: Board meeting was totally hectic

Roark: Board meeting was ‘totally hectic’

May 6, 2015

Gloria Roark, began her tenure as the first African-American woman to serve as student trustee on April 30. The Courier’s Kelly Wynne sat down with Roark to get her thoughts on her first of many board...

Fighting fire with fire: Baltimore riots

April 29, 2015

Throughout the day and night of April 27, Baltimore rioters and protesters took to the streets in response to the death of Freddie Gray, a Baltimore man who died of a spinal injury while in police custody. Over...

Mourn-In earns positive reaction

‘Mourn-In’ earns positive reaction

April 29, 2015

When third-year College of DuPage fine arts student Miranda Gentile stumbled upon a Facebook post detailing the Kenyan massacre, she knew she had to take a stand. Gentile’s strong gut feeling to make...

Battle of the Band winners take MAC pavillion

Battle of the Band winners take MAC pavillion

April 29, 2015

On April 24, Photoelectric Effect took to the MAC Pavillion to showcase their unique sound. The jazz fusion band, made up of four College of DuPage students, was given the opportunity after winning the...

Jazz group wins Battle of the Bands, performs at MAC

April 28, 2015

On April 24, Photoelectric Effect took to the MAC Pavillon to showcase their unique sound. The jazz fusion band, made up of four College of DuPage students, was given the opportunity after winning the...

Music and management

April 22, 2015

Neuroscientist, music enthusiast and renowned author Daniel Levitin visited the MAC on April 14 to talk with attendees about how music affects the brain. Levitin’s four books cover everything from basic...

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Awareness event singles out disability services

April 22, 2015

As professor David Allen’s human services class listened to their blind classmate explain his disability, they knew they had pinpointed the perfect advocacy project. After multiple topics and debates,...

Student entrepreneur creates online readers community

Student entrepreneur creates online reader’s community

April 14, 2015

Second-year College of DuPage student Jacob Wisniewski has begun to create a website, and future app, designed to bring users together based on books they have read. The website, titled Bookcase, is designed...

Death Cab breathes life into old sound

Death Cab breathes life into old sound

April 8, 2015

Waking up on March 31 was like Christmas morning. This was the day I could finally get my hands on a full copy of “Kintsugi,” Death Cab For Cutie’s long awaited ninth studio album. After the release...

New opportunities find AIGA

New opportunities find AIGA

April 8, 2015

The College of DuPage branch of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA, has been growing in size ever since it began 7 years ago. This school year has offered a wide variety of new opportunities...

Turn it up

Turn it up

March 24, 2015

There is one thing every College of DuPage student can relate to: the feeling of falling in love with a song. Music listeners of every kind have been gifted with the recent releases of some great new albums,...

The Media Lab, located at College of DuPage’s library on March 19.

Media Lab gives room for creativity

March 24, 2015

  The new Media Lab, located on the College of DuPage library’s lower level, has opened its doors, ready for students to open their minds creatively in design, art, coding, audio and video....

Humanities professor awarded part-time faculty award

Humanities professor awarded part-time faculty award

March 24, 2015

Part-time humanities Professor Caitlin Luetger has gained a reputation as one of College of DuPage’s best teachers. This reputation has come to fruition as Luetger was named the recipient of this year’s...

“Defying Gravity” keeps main points grounded

March 18, 2015

The dramatic comedy “Defying Gravity” has made its way to the MAC Studio Theater as one of this year’s student productions. The play, written by Jane Anderson, explores the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger...

The piece “riverside” at the Pandemonium exhibit at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery on the College of DuPage on March 11.

Pandemonium strikes in Cleve Carney

March 18, 2015

On March 5, Cleve Carney Art Gallery unveiled the five-week-long showcase of “Carol Jackson: Pandemonium.” Each piece of the collection pushes the boundaries of modern thinking, prompting gallery visitors...

Chapie cutting the ribbon for the grand reopening of the College of DuPage Bookstore on March 10.

Bookstore re-opens to students and faculty

March 10, 2015

The Folletts College of DuPage Bookstore hosted a grand re-opening March 4 after undergoing a renovation. The event included remarks by Follett President Don Germano and guest of honor, college President...

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