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2019

Clark University joins the rest of the world to express our sorrow and outrage at the terrorist bombings that killed nearly 300 people in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

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This summer, work will begin on a series of important streetscape improvements to our Main Street frontage.

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I am pleased to announce that Pete Mackey has joined Clark University on a consulting basis as a special adviser in the department of Marketing and Communications…

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Clark University’s 115th Commencement will begin on the campus green at noon on Sunday, May 19. I am pleased to announce that our Commencement speaker this year…

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Our thoughts go out to all those who are affected by the senseless shootings targeting those of Islamic faith in New Zealand.

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Clark University’s Board of Trustees recently approved the tuition, room, and board rates for the 2019–2020 academic year…

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In the fall of 2017 Clark University established a Commission on Speech Rights and Community Values. I am very grateful to the students, staff, and faculty who served on the Commission. The Commission was charged with recommending policies and practices to be adopted by the University with respect to freedom of speech and related issues. Please review these new policies and procedures…

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Campaign Clark is the most ambitious fundraising campaign in our University’s history. We sought to raise $125 million to invest in students, faculty, facilities, and programs…

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I write to share the news that, after much reflection and discussion with my wife, Jocelyne, I have decided that I will be retiring as president of Clark University at the end of June 2020. It has been an extraordinary privilege to serve this University for more than 30 years, but I have concluded that this is the right time for us to seek out a new adventure and build another chapter in our lives…..

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2018

Clark University’s partnership with the Worcester community manifests itself in many ways, perhaps none greater than our shared commitment to the city’s schools.…

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In the November 2018 mid-term elections, Massachusetts voted to uphold a 2016 state law that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in public places….

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Our respect and compassion for one another are the source of our greatest strength — they bind us as a community and empower us….

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I write to update you on the work of the Clark University Commission on Speech Rights and Community Values. Importantly, today I am announcing the adoption of an interim Protests and Demonstrations Policy…

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In the month of April, our campus is busy with prospective undergraduate students who are making final decisions on which college or university they will attend.…

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As this year draws to a close, I write to you to announce the publishing of the findings from the inaugural Clark University Survey on Campus Culture and Community (SCCC). As you may know, we launched the SCCC in October of 2017 in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of our community …

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With this email, I am offering an update on mental health resources and support at Clark University. Like most institutions of higher education across the nation, Clark has witnessed an unprecedented growth in student use and need for mental health services….

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Clark University’s 114th Commencement will begin on the campus green at noon on Sunday, May 20. I am pleased to announce that our Commencement speaker this year is Hauwa Ibrahim, an international human rights and Shariah law attorney…

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The administration, faculty, and staff at Clark are committed to providing an excellent liberal arts education that offers challenging academic and co-curricular experiences for our students to achieve success in their lives and careers….

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Over the past year, Clark University has been considering a proposal that the University divest from its endowment all investments in fossil fuel companies. The proposal from the student organization Divest Clark has generated across the Clark community a rigorous, evidence-based analysis and discussion…

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2017

Today, I am pleased to share that Clark is officially launching the digital platform for ClarkCONNECT, which provides our students access to mentorship, internships…

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We write to update you on Clark’s commitment to preventing and responding to sexual and relationship violence. Since August, all new incoming students—both undergraduate and graduate—took an online course on sexual violence prevention…

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In recent days an outside group, Vanguard America, has posted racist and antisemitic stickers on buildings around campus. Early yesterday morning, I instructed campus staff to take down these stickers…

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I am delighted to announce the upcoming launch of the inaugural Clark University Survey on Campus Culture and Community for all members of our University — undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, faculty, and administrators. Your responses…

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Like many of you, I am dismayed at President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We are reaching out to our Congressional delegation to add Clark’s voice…

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We begin this new academic year in the shadow of violence, racism, and intolerance witnessed in Charlottesville. The Clark community stands together in rejecting hate and in re-affirming our shared commitment to justice, diversity, and inclusion…

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Our May 2017 commencement speaker, Dr. Earl Lewis, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, asked our graduates to stand and make the following pledge…

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The Board of Trustees held its spring meeting over the course of two days on May 5 and 6, 2017. The centerpiece of this meeting was the formal public launch of Clark University’s comprehensive fundraising campaign…

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Earlier this year, we established a Staff Assembly Coordinating Committee (SACC) as a platform for enhancing communication concerning the staff experience at Clark University. The members of…

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The Networked Communities initiative connects Clark University students with alumni, parents, faculty and friends for mentorship, college-to-career exploration, and world and workplace opportunities…

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Clark University’s 113th Commencement will begin on the campus green at noon on Sunday, May 21.

We are pleased to announce that our Commencement speaker this year is Dr. Earl Lewis, president of…

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Clark University’s Board of Trustees recently approved tuition, room, and board rates for 2017–18. The undergraduate tuition for 2017–18 will be $44,050…

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You may be aware that a Clark student has received a denial of a Stay of Deportation from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This situation is evolving and the student’s legal counsel…

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Clark University has reiterated and broadened its message of support and welcome for members of its community left vulnerable by a recent executive order that forbids immigration…

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As you may have seen in the news media, President Trump signed an executive order Friday, January 27, 2017, impacting immigration….

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2016

Last month I joined with other university presidents in signing a letter of support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). DACA is an administrative order…

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We are pleased to announce the launch of Clark University’s Networked Communities, a new initiative that connects students with alumni, faculty, parents and outside partners for career mentorship and professional networking…

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The past two days, and indeed the whole election cycle, have been demanding on our community. Whatever your views on the best way forward for our country, it is important to acknowledge that members of the Clark community are hurting…

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I am pleased to announce the completion of Clark University’s new athletics field and track on Tainter Street…

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We hope your fall semester is going well. As indicated in Chief Officer of Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) Marlowe’s greetings message on September 1, 2016, we plan to keep the community informed of our ongoing diversity and inclusion initiatives…

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My reading list this past summer included Jeffrey Selingo’s new book There is Life after College…

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With the New England fall season now officially upon us, I write with a periodic update on the University. It is hard to believe that we are already in week five of the semester and that fall break is just two weeks away…

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Clark University was highlighted in the Sept. 6, 2016, New York Times article about diversity and inclusion efforts on college campuses…

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Welcome! With the beginning of classes today, I hope you are refreshed and energized for an exciting semester and new academic year. I’m pleased to recognize all of the undergraduate and graduate students…

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It is with consternation and sadness that I write to you about current events in our nation. The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile tragically illuminate once again the daily dangers and inequities faced by black communities living in our country…

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I am writing to acknowledge the deep sadness I know we are experiencing in the Clark community at the senseless deaths in Orlando, Florida, this past weekend…

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Earlier this year, Undergraduate Student Council asked that we take a fresh look at student employment. Students have called for an increase in the number of jobs available, especially non-work study positions…

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As the end of the semester approaches, we take this final update of the year to provide a progress report on where we began and where we are headed in our diversity and inclusion work…

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College campuses this past year have been witness to demanding conversations, protests and dialogue about race, diversity and inclusion….

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Clark University’s 112th Commencement will begin on the campus green at noon on Sunday, May 22. We are pleased to announce that our Commencement speaker this year is Catalina Escobar ’93…

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Last Wednesday the University held a second Forum on Race focusing on the experiences of graduate students. This graduate student forum was organized by a graduate student planning team of the student coalition Clark Diversity Committee for Active Change…

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The University’s Board of Trustees recently approved tuition, room and board rates for 2016–17…

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In an effort to continue the important work being done around diversity and inclusion on campus, the Graduate Student Planning Team of the Clark University Diversity Committee for Active Change…

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On January 27th, the President’s Office and Undergraduate Student Council co-hosted a forum on affordability. I write now to follow up on the forum…

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We write to announce a series of initiatives that will strengthen support for health and wellness on our campus. Over the past six months, Clark NARAL, along with other student groups such as OPEN and CHOICE…

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As we indicated in the Diversity and Inclusion Campus Update shared on December 11, 2015, the University will apprise the community of our diversity and inclusion initiatives on a regular basis…

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2015

The search for a full-time Chief Officer of Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) to succeed current CODI Betsy Huang is underway. A search committee is being formed that includes members of the faculty and administration…

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Students at the Forum identified a variety of actions we can take now and over coming weeks and months to strengthen our community and ensure students of color at Clark University feel welcomed, and can flourish and succeed…

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This year, Clark University will participate in its ten-year accreditation review. Clark is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges…

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The earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday has impacted people across the region and around the world. The loss of life, the damage to property, and the destruction of UNESCO World Heritage sites…

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When Clark University was founded in 1887, it was the first all-graduate institution in the country. The University opened with students studying psychology and the sciences…

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Last November I wrote to ask for your assistance in strengthening efforts to prevent sexual assault on our campus and to better support members of our community who are victims of such crime…

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Clark University’s 111th Commencement will begin on the campus green at noon on Sunday, May 17. We are pleased to announce that our Commencement speaker this year is Matt Goldman…

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The University’s Board of Trustees recently approved tuition, room and board rates for 2015–16…

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I am pleased to announce that work on the new Alumni and Student Engagement Center on Main Street is scheduled to begin Feb. 23…

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2014

How will you connect to Clark University in the years ahead? And how, in turn, will Clark support your highest aspirations for career, life and citizenship? The answers to these questions…

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Trish Cronin has been appointed the new Director of Athletics and Recreation at Clark University.

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Clark University’s 110th Commencement will begin on the campus green at noon on Sunday, May 18. We are pleased to announce that our Commencement speaker this year is Ron Shaich ’76…

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President Barack Obama recently issued a call to action challenging colleges and universities to eliminate sexual assaults on their campuses. Prompted by the sobering number of such assaults chronicled in a newly released federal report, President Obama has created a task force of senior officials to recommend best practices for prevention, response and reporting, and to make certain that institutions of higher learning comply with the law.

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At Clark University, we are committed to providing our students with an excellent liberal education that serves as the foundation for a successful life, rewarding career, and effective citizenship. Our LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) initiative provides a bold new approach to liberal education with lifelong and wide-ranging returns.

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Research and creative work are central to Clark’s mission and identity as a research university. Most of you are familiar with our distinguished history in these areas, from Albert Michelson…

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Clark University’s policies and practices for undergraduate admissions around tuition costs, and financial aid requires us to balance cost, accessibility, financial aid, and student debt, with the depth and quality of academic and co-curricular experiences available to students…

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2013

As we work our way through the cold days of winter, I appreciate everyone’s commitment to Clark and thank you for your efforts to enhance the reputation and strengthen the resource base of the University…

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Clark University rejects the call for an academic boycott of Israel made by the American Studies Association. Academic boycotts, whether of Israel or any other country, undermine the free exchange of thoughts and ideas that are central to academic freedom. Clark University fully supports the statement of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) against academic boycotts.

Final report of the Task Force on Online Education in now ready for review. In May, we implemented a group to review current developments in online learning in order to identify opportunities and areas of focus for the University, to compile resource materials, and to offer recommendations to engage faculty governance and senior leadership in considering strategic directions during this academic year…

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I am often asked as to my thinking on the issue of guides and rankings of colleges and universities. Generally my answer over the years has been that we welcome such external assessments…

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Have you heard of massive open online courses (MOOCs)? MOOCs offer anyone around the world the opportunity to take, for free, an online version of a traditional course…

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We have spoken on a number of occasions about the importance of Clark University becoming a higher performing organization and most especially about the values and norms that are the cornerstone of such success…

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Clark University’s 109th Commencement will be held Sunday, May 19, on the campus green, starting at 1:30 p.m. We are pleased to announce that our Commencement speaker this year is Carolyn Mugar…

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Clark University’s Board of Trustees recently approved the tuition, room, and board rates for the 2013-2014 academic year…

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I write to update you on recent developments at the University. I appreciate everyone’s commitment to Clark and thank you for your efforts to enhance the reputation and strengthen the resource base of the University…

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2012

What a busy summer! With most students away, we used the summer to complete a series of terrific enhancements to the Clark campus. The most significant change is the closing of a section of…

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Welcome to the 2012–13 academic year! Jocelyne and I are excited to see so many new and returning undergraduate and graduate students on campus and wish you the very best for the fall semester…

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I am writing to remind all of us about our responsibilities regarding program accessibility for visitors, students, prospective students, faculty, and staff who are unable to climb stairs or have other mobility restrictions…

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This theme reverberated at Clark throughout the fall as part of the Higgins School of Humanities’ Difficult Dialogues symposium. How do we at Clark University answer the question “Educating for what?”…

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My purpose in writing to you today is to describe actions underway that will enhance campus safety, and more broadly, strengthen the campus life experience for all…

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This year marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of Clark University. Throughout this long history, Clark has delivered on its mission as one of this country’s leading liberal arts-based research universities…

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At Clark University, we are committed to providing our students with an excellent liberal education that serves as the foundation for a successful life, career, and citizenship…

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Today, we officially launch LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice), Clark’s pioneering model for higher education. With LEEP, we commit to developing new opportunities for our students to build…

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As we move into the second semester of the academic year, I would like to provide an update for you on the recent closing of Downing Street and a number of physical plant and community projects…

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2011

This coming Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. On this day, we will remember and honor all those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks that took place ten years ago…

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I hope that you have enjoyed the summer and are transitioning smoothly to the rhythm of the new fall semester. As we look around campus, it is energizing to see all of you back…

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The cornerstone of our plan is Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP™), a set of initiatives that will establish Clark as the destination of choice for many highly talented and engaged undergraduate…

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At Clark University we are passionate advocates for liberal education. By liberal education we mean a transformative educational experience marked by broad knowledge, rigor of analysis, critical thinking…

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Clark University’s 106th Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 22, on the campus green. The procession from the Kneller Athletic Center begins at 1:15 p.m., and ceremonies start at 1:30 p.m…

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I am writing to share with you details on tuition, room and board costs for 2011–12…

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2010

I am pleased to inform you that over the past weekend the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to launch Clark University’s next comprehensive campaign to raise $125 million…

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It is appropriate that I provide you with information concerning the unionization drive currently underway on our campus. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU)…

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I am writing regarding the development of the next Academic and Financial Plan for Clark University. The Plan is a formal document that identifies the goals and priorities that we will commit to…

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It is with great delight that I write to you as Clark University’s ninth president. Thank you for this opportunity to serve, lead and steward this great university. The formal presidential inauguration…

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I am pleased to announce that Clark has reached an agreement with the City of Worcester under which we will pursue the closing of a short section of Downing Street, from Florence Street to Woodland…

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I hope that you have been enjoying the different rhythm of the summer and have had the opportunity to relax with family and friends. The first students of the incoming undergraduate class for fall 2010…

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