Info to Know Fall 2016


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Here is a collection of information about things on the Kirkwood Community College Campuses that you should know about!

Kirkwood Fall


Learn more about it here: To add a course, if the class has not met yet students can call One Stop.  For any class that has met, students will need to fill out a form. Get the form from the department’s office and ask them about the particular class. For the first week you just need the instructor’s signature. The following week you also need the Dean’s. For Distance Learning classes in general check this page.

Students may drop classes through Eaglenet until the last day set on the academic calendar each semester.

Add-Drop Tuition Swap

Kirkwood no longer gives a full refund to students who both drop a class and add a class in the second week of classes. This is sometimes called the second week “wash” or “tuition swap” – Kirkwood refunds is 50% for all drops in the second week for 16-week classes. Find Full Refund Policy:


Don’t know who your advisor is? Log in to EagleNet and view “My Profile” to see your advisor’s name. Set up an appointment to talk to them about your schedule and your overall path through your program. Contact the Advising and Transfer Center at 319-398-5540. Find answers to basic questions about class scheduling type issues here and here.

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol is never allowed on campus without special written permission.


There is only one ATM available on the Cedar Rapids campus. It’s located near the cafeteria by Student Life and the US Bank campus branch. On the Iowa City campus there is one available next to the One Stop Office.

Book List

To find your list of textbooks
1. Log into Eaglenet
2. Click on “My Class Schedule” under Academic Profile
3. Select term from Drop Down menu and click on Submit
4. Click on “Click here to access Booklist”
5. A second tab will pop up and ask you to log in with your k-number and password
6. This will generate a list for all your classes. They are very brief entries but will give you an abbreviated title, ISBN, and which class it’s for.

Books The Library Doesn’t Own

The library doesn’t collect textbooks (scroll to textbooks below), but for any other type of book we’ll be glad to try to help you get a copy. This is also true for articles we don’t have in full text.

Book Return – Library

On the Cedar Rapids campus you can return books in the drop at the circulation desk, the slot right outside the library doors, and the outside bookdrop. You can find the outside bookdrop right here:

At the Iowa City branch currently take books to the desk, but a slot by the doors will be available soon. There is also a book return box available in the parking lot.

You can return books at the office at any of the centers.

Bus Passes for Free

The EagleCard Office at the help desk in the Allsop lab in Neilsen Hall and Rec Center can attach free bus stickers to the EagleCards that will allow students to ride Cedar Rapids bus routes 7 and 11 for free. You MUST have the sticker attached to your EagleCard each year before you can ride free. The year runs from August to August. The stickers do not cost anything, you must simply be an enrolled Kirkwood student. Students must get an EagleCard from the Eaglecard office listed above for use at the bookstore to verify attendance and k number.

If you’re waiting for a Cedar Rapids bus and wonder where it’s at, simply go to Through an interactive map, click on the route number and an arrow will show exactly which street or intersection your bus is at and watch an arrow representing the bus as it moves along down the street. Remember the routes that come to Kirkwood are 7 and 11.


Find the calendars with important dates, which days school will be closed, and final exam schedule here:

Car Troubles

For some car troubles you can ask security for help, for others they can loan you equipment and give advice. Learn more here:
Contact security by calling (319) 398-5561 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or calling (319) 389-1774 after hours and on weekends.

Class Schedule Problems – Scroll to Advisor above

Coloring Printing

Find out about color printing on all campuses in this blog post:

Scroll down to Printing and Print Quota for more printing information.

Computer Lab in Cedar Rapids— 131 Nielsen Hall

The Allsop Computer lab in 131 Nielsen Hall is the main lab on the Cedar Rapids campus. It houses 106 PCs and 2 iMacs, two copier/printers plus two scanners, and a color printer. All programs needed for classes are offered on these computers, but not every computer has every program, ask at the help desk if you need a specific program so they can direct you to the right computers. No classes or labs are scheduled in the quiet study areas. The walk-in lab is used for student public usage for research and homework. Students may reserve a computer at least one day ahead by calling 398-5606 or coming to the front counter. Students are required to swipe their Eagle card upon entering/exiting the computer labs. No food or drinks are allowed in the computer labs. Computer lab hours are subject to change during inclement weather. The same policies and guidelines apply as in the computer classrooms.

Computer Lab in Iowa City

The Iowa City computer lab is now part of the library.

Cost Per Class

The cost per class is actually figured out by credit hour. Find more information:


Your permanent EagleCard is your official Kirkwood identification. Get it after you register for credit classes. Your Eaglecard is also your LIBRARY CARD. Carry it with you at all times while you are on campus and you’ll avoid a lot of headaches with different departments and you’ll get all of your student benefits. (Library Note: We have some items, such as the laptops, that we only check out if you have your physical card in hand.)

Present a government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc) at one of these locations:

  • EagleCard office (Nielsen Hall – Room 131 which is within the Allsop Computer Lab) Phone 319-398-5411, ext. 5680
  • Kirkwood Rec Center (main campus)
  • Iowa City Campus Bookstore
  • Any county center office

The EagleCard Office is open the same hours as the Allsop Computer Lab. EagleCards can also be printed at the Rec Center on the Main Campus and at the Iowa City Bookstore.


EagleCash is money that you put on your EagleCard that you can use in various places around campus rather than carry cash.


EagleNet is Kirkwood’s student information services portal. Access a variety of info including class schedules, degree audits, and more.


Students can fax for free at the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library. Ask at the Circulation desk.

Full Time Student Load

You must take 12 or more credits each semester to be considered a full-time student. Anything less than 12 credit hours is considered part-time, except during the summer semester when nine credit hours is full-time.

General Student FAQs

Find some questions the college office gets a lot here:

Internet Guidelines

Taken from The Policy for Responsible Use of Information Technology, Kirkwood Community College

  • Accessing Internet is a privilege granted for the primary purpose of conducting research, completing class assignments, and gaining familiarity with evolving electronic communications.
  • Users shall not send offensive, threatening, abusive, obscene, or other such messages to anyone who may be using the system.
  • Users shall not use Kirkwood’s computing resources to copy, generate, or transmit obscene files publicly accessible.
  • Each user will be financially responsible for any unauthorized commitments made through Internet.
  • Users must follow the guidelines as outlined in the AA/EEO policy on Hostile Environments including the viewing and/or printing of any material considered to be offensive or obscene.
  • Users shall not engage in invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, violation of copyright laws or any other activity prohibited by these guidelines or by law.
  • Access to the Internet may be denied or revoked at any time.

Lactation Room

Kirkwood supports new mothers with designated lactation rooms. The ones in Cedar Rapids are in Cedar Hall Room 226 and Linn Hall Room 2104. Sign-up sheets are available in the room. Campus Health is to be used as a backup location only. If you have questions, please contact Human Resources.

The lactation room in Iowa City is located by the One Stop Office.

Late Registration Policy

The last day to register on EagleNet for a class is the day before it starts. Once a class starts, you’ll need faculty and possibly dean signatures to add it. If you have any doubts or questions about your schedule, don’t wait to talk to your advisor – make an appointment today! Scroll up to Add-Drop for more information.

Don’t know who your advisor is? Log in to EagleNet and view “My Profile” to see your advisor’s name.

Library Textbook Policy

The library policy is to NOT purchase textbooks. This is because given the wide range of titles used by different instructors even within a single class, the cost would be prohibitive to provide them all. If any instructor or the department wants to loan us a copy of the textbook they use, we will be glad to put it on reserve. Feel free to ask your instructor if they haven’t yet put a copy on reserve.

Notebook and Graph Paper

Sometimes classes will require special paper (printed with a particular design) for assignments. Notebook paper and regular graph paper are the most common of these. You can buy a package at the Bookstore or other retailer, but if you just need a page or two or something really custom you can print your own.

Old Class Descriptions

If you need an old class description to show someone whether they would be willing to accept a class or not for some purpose, find it here:

Parking Permits and Parking and Traffic Tickets

Students are NOT required to get parking permits to park on Kirkwood lots, but are required to follow basic parking rules such as parking in designated areas only. If you get a Kirkwood parking ticket, pay at the Cashier’s Office in One Stop.

Breaking city laws, for example parking in handicap spots without a handicap permit, can get you a regular parking ticket from the city where regular fines apply.

Password Reset

Access this self-service web page to establish or change your K-number password. For more information. You can log on to change your password from any machine that you don’t have to use your Kirkwood ID to log into.

Prayer Room

There will be a prayer room available for the fall semester on Fridays in Benton Hall 302, from noon-2:00.  You may visit the International Programs office 1154 Linn Hall on the Cedar Rapids Main campus if you have any questions. This service is available to all students.

Printing and Student Print Quota

There are various places around campus where students can print. The two main ones are the library and the computer lab at both campuses. Both have black and white plus color printers. Scroll up to Color Printing.

Registered students will be given a $36 print/copy ration of play money per semester.  This is merely a form to ration printing and is NOT real money either from the college or from any fee students pay. It could as easily be known as points or coupons, etc. As students print or copy, 5 cents will be deducted for each black and white page, and 10 cents will be deducted for each color page. Access this page to check your current balance. This is NOT from any real money fee or any money payment made by the college. NO charge for $36 was added to your tuition bill. NO unused portion of the ration will be given to you as cash. You can NOT spend it anywhere on campus for anything other than copies or prints.

The balance means balance like a checkbook or savings account, not balance like a credit card. Meaning it isn’t saying that you owe money when it shows a balance, it’s what you have to use yet.

Most students don’t use their entire ration during a semester. If you haven’t used all of yours it will be carried forward to the next semester. At the end of the summer everyone’s balance is wiped out and you start again with $36, but don’t worry about that remember that it isn’t real money.

If you would use all $36 and need more, you CAN put real money on the card and that won’t disappear at the reset. However, it is not refundable.

As a student when you print documents, you will see a pop-up that will inform you of the cost of that print job and the remaining balance. Click to confirm that you want to print it. If a student sends a job to the printer that is more than 24 pages,  an additional dialogue box  pops up asking them to confirm that they want to print that much.

When the students use their k# to login to the copier, they will see their name and their current balance on the display pad.

Check out this site find out your current balance, add real money to your account (which will never vanish, like the play money ration does), or to dispute a print charge. It’s easy to remember the website it’s the Kirkwood address plus print, so


Contact security by calling (319) 398-5561 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or calling (319) 389-1774 after hours and on weekends. Get more information on the array of services they offer.

Student Email

The Kirkwood student email system is the primary tool for official communication from the college. All current Kirkwood students are expected to have a k# (college id) and a student email account. Important information from your department, as well as notifications from advising, enrollment and financial aid, will NOT be sent via postal mail or to a personal e-mail address, but will be sent to your student e-mail.

The format of your Kirkwood student email address is: (Example: If your first and last name are being used already, a number will be added to your email address to make it unique. Upon graduation or transfer to another institution, student email accounts are deactivated (the following August 31st). Any saved documents and/or emails will not be accessible after that date.

Upon registration for at least one credit class, students will be provided a student email account. (Library Note: Although we haven’t seen this too much lately, sometimes students have have issues with attachments from the various free e-mail sites – Yahoo, G-Mail, Hotmail, etc. – if an attachment absolutely, positively has to get there we recommend using your Kirkwood e-mail to send it or copy it to your Kirkwood e-mail.) Find the IT FAQs for Student e-mail:

Student Help Desk (for computer questions)

The Student Help Desk is ready to help you with your login questions. Conveniently located in the Allsop Computer Lab – 131 Nielsen Hall. Call them at 319-398-7624 or 1-800-634-6581. Among the IT services are: Campus Wireless, EagleCash, EagleNet, Talon, Passwords, Print Quota, and Student e-mail. Contact them directly for questions about any of these and start with them for other basic computer issues. Find their FAQ sheet linked here:

If it’s a Talon question that isn’t related to individual page set up, they will likely refer you to the general Talon help service. Scroll to Talon information below.

Student Print Quota – Scroll up to Printing and Print Quota


Talon is a suite of online tools that facilitate online classes. Instructors in face-to-face courses often deliver materials and extend your learning with Talon. Most online courses operate fully within Talon or at least use it as a frame or portal to get you to the materials you need and to turn in assignments.

If your instructor told you to use or find something and you don’t know where it is (a handout, an article, a place to turn something in), check your Talon page for that class.

Often the first thing we suggest for people having Talon problems is to try a different browser, like Firefox or Chrome. Try that first. You can check with the student helpdesk, but you may be directed to the help line through Talon which is available 24/7 at 1-877-478-7074. If you have questions about coursework, contact your instructor.

Tutoring – It’s FREE!
Free tutoring is available to every student taking a class for credit. Stop by 2071 Cedar Hall or call 319-398-5425 to speak to someone in Learning Services.

Vending Machine Issues

If a vending machine takes your money or if you have another vending machine issue, in Cedar Rapids report to Student Life on the 2nd floor of Iowa Hall across from the bank by the cafeteria. In Iowa City report it at the One Stop office. Find out more about the vending machines by the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library here and the rest of them on campus by checking with student life.


Be sure to check out all the resources on campus including the Veterans Lounge.

Veterans in Iowa City are eligible for all benefits but they do not have a lounge.


Free WiFi is available inside of every Kirkwood building.

Work Study

To get work study position around campus, start at One Stop and make sure you qualify for Work Study. Then you can apply for specific jobs currently open around campus.

New Books: Self-Improvement


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Are you interested in Self-Improvement? Looking for self-help books? How people relate to each other? Then whether it’s an assignment or you just want to better yourself. Take a look at these books.

These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

One Little Spark book coverCall Number: 131.337 C289h Title: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living: Time-Tested Methods for Conquering Worry Author: Dale Carnegie

Call Number: 158 M465f Title: The 15th Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Full Potential Author: John C. Maxwell

Call Number: 158 W814f Title: 59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute Author: Richard Wiseman

Call Number: 158.1 O524w Title: What Is Your What?: Discover the ONE Amazing Thing You Were Born to Do Author: Steve Olsher

Call Number: 158.1 S896w Title: Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life Author: Michael Strahan

Call Number: 158.1 S982b Title: Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn From Their Mistakes – But Some Do Author: Matthew Syed

Call Number: 158.2 C112c Title: The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Mast the ARt and Science of Personal Magnetism Author: Olivia Fox Cabane

Call Number: 158.5 V969n Title: Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It Authors: Chris Voss with Tahl Raz

Call Number: 306.85 F298s Title: The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, And Much More! Author: Bruce Feiler

Call Number: 363.25 N771s Title: Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator Author: Gary Noesner

Call Number: 363.4 M145w Title: The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State Author: Lisa McGirr

Call Number: 610.28 G284c Title: The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right Author: Atul Gawande

Call Number: 612.8 D747v Title: Vision: How It Works and What Can Go Wrong Authors: John E. Dowling and Joseph L. Dowling

Call Number: 650.1 G663t Title: Training Camp: A Fable About Excellence – What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else Author: Jon Gordon

Call Number: 650.1 K921r Title: Risk/Reward: Why Intelligent Leaps and Daring Choices Are the Best Career Moves You Can Make Author: Anne Kreamer

Call Number: 650.1 P524p Title: Power: Why Some People Have It – And Others Don’t Author: Jeffrey Pfeffer

Call Number: 658.314 G663s Title: Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Your Culture Author: Jon Gordon

Call Number: 658.4 B639o 2009 Title: The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams: Excellence Through Team Building Author: Ken Blanchard

Call Number: 658.4 G663y Title: You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 Cs to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life Authors: Jon Gordon and Mike Smith

Call Number: 658.4 M346c Title: Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking With People Who Think Differently Authors: Dawna Markova and Angie McArthur

Call Number: 791.06 S628o Title: One Little Spark! Mickey’s Ten Commandments and The Road to Imagineering Author: Marty Sklar

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Library Hours in August 2016


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Between semesters there are going to be different library open hours during August.

The hours as listed in the chart below are for the Cedar Rapids campus.

Due to moving the library following construction the Iowa City campus library may not have some services available this week. They will continue with their regular 8 am – 8 pm hours Monday through Thursday, and will be open 8 am – 5 pm on Friday. Iowa City will be also be closed Saturday, August 20th.

Both locations will resume normal fall hours on Monday, August 22nd.

Mon., Aug. 15th

 –  Fri., Aug. 19th

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat., Aug. 20th (special hours) 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sun., Aug. 21st Closed
Mon., Aug. 22nd Library Resumes

Normal Fall Hours

Normal Fall Hours for Cedar Rapids:
Mon. – Thurs. 7:30 am – 11:00 pm
Fri. 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sat. 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Sun. 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Normal Fall Hours for Iowa City:
Mon. – Thurs. 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

I can’t use the internet for my assignment



A frequent student question is: “My instructor says I can’t use the internet for my assignment. Does that mean I can’t use the library’s online databases?

All DatabasesGenerally, by the “internet” instructors mean websites that you can access for free on the open web. For your research projects, your instructor may not want you to search for information on the web using search engines like Google or Yahoo. This is very different from using your computer to access the many databases that the library provides for your research which have already been checked over by the publishers before publication. However, some instructors have specific projects where they don’t want you to use databases, or specifically that you should use paper books or journals, so you should double check this with your instructors.

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Country Information



Are you looking for information on a country? Although we still have a few reference sets that deal with particular topics (food around the world, music around the world) that might prove useful, the place to find information on individual countries is in the circulating collection in the 900s at the particular number for your country. We have streamlined this section so everything about a country from travel and culture to history are all in one spot. For example, all the books about France can be found at 944.

If you are having trouble locating a country double check its spelling. For example, Colombia the country is spelled differently from cities named after Columbus in the United States – Columbia.

Be sure to do a standard research search as well, but particularly check out these websites.

CIA Factbook

It provides breakdowns for each country. Originally designed to give government employees and officials a quick rundown, it’s now available for everybody.

It covers:

  • Overall Summary
  • Geography
  • People and Society
  • Government
  • Economy
  • Energy
  • Communications
  • Transportation
  • Military and Security
  • Transnational Issues

BBC Country Profiles

  • Get a non-US view on the countries.

Country Reports from the Economist

Encyclopaedia Britannica

World Bank

State Department

  • Are there any issues, like are blackouts common? Especially check out “Description of Destination” for information on US relations and “Embassies and Consulates” for contact information of embassies that can often answer difficult questions. Note these are under the headings on the left. The box in the upper right is the contact for the US Embassy in that country. That isn’t the one you want.

Centers for Disease Control 

  • Are there any current medical issues? Do they have issues with drinking water, etc.?

I’d like to thank the Marymount University Library for letting me use their descriptions on a couple of these links. Find their entire LibGuide at:

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Google Tips and Tricks



Feeling your research and search skills getting rusty over the summer? Take a little time off and play around with these suggestions. Bet you can’t do a barrel roll!

GoogleLogoHow To Be A Power User is from about two years ago and I think is the clearer how to of these two.

Get More Out of Google is a little more academic focused but covers much of the same material.

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Follow Us on Twitter as Kirkwood Smart


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We’re On Twitter

Kirkwood Community College Library Services is on Twitter as Kirkwood CC Library under the handle @kirkwoodsmart. Follow us!



We don’t have a very active feed, but we send out announcements about our blog posts and events. Plus we RT things like news or fun things about books, citation, and word definitions and games. Also look out for our trivia questions.

Suggestions or Questions?

We’re always glad to take suggestions for our feed and we’re glad to interact with you there. Tag us in!

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Robert Sedlacek Family Donations


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Looking back over lists of books that you might be interested to read over the summer, this collection of books was donated to the library in 2014. Maybe you would find something to interest you, especially if you enjoy history, especially Iowa history. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Thank you to the Robert Sedlacek Family for the following donations:

Call Number: 277.3 D916d Title: Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life Author: Tony Dungy

Call Number: 386.12 M821h Title: History of the Crescent Lodge No. 25: Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Volume 2 Author: Ernest R. Moore

Call Number: 610.92 L881d Title: Doc: Then and Now With a Montana Physician Author: R.E. Losee, MD

Call Number: 796.352 R888m Title: A Wee Nip at the 19th Hole Author: Richard MacKenzie

Call Number: 977.7 A188bTitle: A Brit Among the Hawkeyes Author: Richard Lord Acton

Call Number: 977.7 P484s Title: The Story of Iowa (4 volume set) Author: William J. Petersen

Call Number: 977.737 M982c Title: The Story of Cedar Rapids Authors: Janette Stevenson Murray and Frederick Gray Murray

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Disappearing Mozilla Toolbar


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One of the all time most popular posts on this blog has been the directions on how to stop the toolbar from disappearing on PowerPoint, Word and Excel. I hope everyone will find this post about how to find the disappearing menu bar in Mozilla equally useful.


  1. Open a window of the Mozilla browser
  2. Click on 3 parallel lines in the top right hand corner near the red x that would shut the program. This is apparently known as a hamburger (top bun – meat patty – bottom bun).
  3. A box will appear. Click on Customize at the very bottom of the box. Show Hide Toolbars
  4. Click on Show/Hide Toolbars and Click on Menubar to make it appear. There should be a check in front of it.
  5. Click on Exit Customization (a green box in the bottom right hand corner)
  6. Exit Customize
  7. The menu commands (File, Edit, View, etc.) should now show at the top of the screen of your Mozilla browser.
  8. The menu gives you lots more control over the browser including the ability to open private windows.

Find more detailed instructions including more screenshots, here:

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Out Loud! Author Series 2016


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Just wanted to take the opportunity to remind you that the annual authors lecture series, sponsored by the Metro Libraries, will have two more events this year taking place here on the Kirkwood Campus. These events are free and will take place at Hotel Kirkwood.


  • Young adult author Matt de la Peña will speak on Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m.
  • #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson, best known as “The Bloggess,” on Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m.

To register for the event or learn more, check out Out Loud! Author website.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.



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