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Ryan Hardison, Arts & Culture Editor

Ryan Hardison is a senior studying journalism, sociology and history.

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Following the musicals in-person premiere, Irwin held a brief Q&A with the cast, where he showed some concept art based on the story.

Student musical ‘Extrastellar’ creates immersive audial spectacle

December 19, 2021

For six years, San Diego State mathematics junior Alec Irwin had an idea for a musical rattling around his head. He knew the setting would be outer space...

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Review: An Evening with Silk Sonic bridges old and new school

Review: ‘An Evening with Silk Sonic’ bridges old and new school

November 18, 2021

Nearly nine months after releasing their show-stopping debut single “Leave The Door Open,” Silk Sonic, a kinetic duo consisting of R&B superstars...

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Lord Huron lead singer Ben Schneider serenading the crowd with a performance of Mine Forever.

Concert Roundup: Lord Huron prove they are no ordinary cowboys

November 3, 2021

How do you know you’ve really lived until you die?  To Lord Huron, there’s only one way to truly solve this ideological riddle: feel as much as...

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For scaredy-cats who cant handle the blood and gore of horror films still have lots of classic Halloween films to choose from.

[Photo] Classic Halloween movies for the tamest scaredy-cats to enjoy

October 28, 2021

For scaredy-cats who can't handle the blood and gore of horror films still have lots of classic Halloween films to choose from.

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‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’ is both chilling and fun

October 21, 2021

When entering the yearly traditions of spooky season, everyone needs a scary movie to pair with their bowls of candy and pumpkin-spiced goods to fully...

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No Time to Die poster displaying outside of Reading Cinemas in La Mesa, CA.

[Photo] Review: Daniel Craig Clears Final Mission as 007 in ‘No Time to Die’

October 19, 2021

"No Time to Die" poster displaying outside of Reading Cinemas in La Mesa, CA.

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Modest Mouse lead singer Isaac Brock performing The World At Large to open their set.

Modest Mouse throws it back with nostalgic oldies at Open Air Theatre

September 30, 2021

Veteran rock band Modest Mouse showed their lasting power as one of the genre’s most enjoyable bands when they performed at the Cal Coast Credit Union...

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CANDLE$ performing at the Black Cat Bar in City Heights in front of a lively crowd of metal fans on Sept. 18.

Professors put the pedal to the metal

September 23, 2021

Students may think their professors lead boring, clean-cut lives without much substance other than grading papers and giving long-winded lectures. However,...

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Best Buddies welcomed prospective members with ice cream and cookies during their first meeting of the fall semester on Wednesday Sept. 8.

Best Buddies welcomes inclusive and lifelong friendships for all students

September 16, 2021

College can be an isolating experience at times, and with so many tasks and obligations, it’s hard to find the time to make new friends. SDSU Best Buddies...

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(L to R) Addison Rae as Padgett Sawyer and Tanner Buchanan as Cameron Kweller in “He’s All That.

‘He’s All That’ ushers ‘Pygmalion’ into the digital age

September 1, 2021

“He’s All That” is a 2021 teenage romantic comedy all about turning one outcast high schooler from a nottie into a hottie. Sounds familiar right?  Based...

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(L to R) Evan Gordon, Geordie Gordon, Nick Thorburn, Adam Halferty.

Islands’ frontman Nick Thorburn is back on track with no end in sight

September 1, 2021

The last thing you would expect from an artist with such a versatile, ever-burning passion for music is for their flame to die out … temporarily, at...

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[Video] Aztec Nights are back and in-person

August 25, 2021

Aztec Nights are officially back! Yes, you read that correctly.  Event policies for Aztec Nights required attendees to mask up. However, students enjoyed...

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Screenshot from Ludacriss Instagram commemorating the release of F9: The Fast Saga and honoring Paul Walkers memory.

Review: ‘F9: The Fast Saga’ takes Fast and Furious to new heights

July 16, 2021

If there was ever a movie to watch on an enormous movie screen, it’s “F9: The Fast Saga,” the latest, most over-the-top adventure yet for Dominic...

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Naomi Osakas decision to protect mental health should be applauded, not condemned

Naomi Osaka’s decision to protect mental health should be applauded, not condemned

July 1, 2021

"The French Open's decision to antagonize Osaka and double down on their decision-making goes to show how little these establishments care about their...

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A screenshot of J.Balvins new documentary, The Boy From Medellín.

Review: J Balvin’s ‘The Boy from Medellin’ documentary explores his rise to music prominence

May 5, 2021

There are more than a handful of monotonous music documentaries. “The Boy From Medellín” is not one of them.   With a protagonist that has doubts...

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Why you should care about sampling

Why you should care about sampling

May 4, 2021

Without knowing it, millions of listeners have been exposed time and time again to the ear-catching strings of “Tere Mere Beech Mein,” a Hindi love...

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Some of the featured artists include Hayley Kiyoko, Lady Gaga, Little Richard, Freddie Mercury and Janelle Monaé

A timeline of LGBTQ+ influence in music

April 27, 2021

There’s a long-standing saying that goes “history is told by the victors.” Usually, it’s applied to entire nations and the regrettable atrocities...

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Marvin Gayes revolutionary impact on music can easily be heard today

Marvin Gaye’s revolutionary impact on music can easily be heard today

April 21, 2021

If called upon, an overwhelming majority of Americans would likely recognize their country’s national anthem.  Not really by choice as the sluggish...

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BROCKHAMPTON member Kevin Abstract

Quick Take: New albums by BROCKHAMPTON and Lana Del Rey showcase duality of music styles

April 21, 2021

There are two contrasting varieties of sound in music, and many far in between. Like yin and yang, the healing power of loud and quiet music represents...

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The 20th anniversary of the original Shrek movie is on May 18.

Celebrating 20 years of “Shrek” and its influence on pop culture

April 14, 2021

We all know the classic fairy tales. Centuries-old stories where the heroes always prevail and the cruel villains meet their rightful end. Rapunzel cascading...

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Nursing junior Gillian Werolin, along with classmates Jenny Yuan and Lisa Phan, are one of nearly 300 SDSU nursing students partnering with local health nonprofits to help vaccinate San Diegans against COVID-19.

SDSU Nursing Students partner with San Diego County to assist in local COVID-19 vaccination effort

March 30, 2021

Currently, there are over 25 vaccination sites throughout San Diego County and with more locations opening soon, the county is looking for qualified volunteers...

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Minnie Riperton gave us flowers, its time we give her flowers too

Minnie Riperton gave us flowers, it’s time we give her flowers too

March 30, 2021

The abundance of music laced with resilient, socially-conscious themes canvassing the mid-1960s through the early 1970s will likely never be matched again.  Even...

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More films should be made about the NFL’s weaknesses

More films should be made about the NFL’s weaknesses

March 17, 2021

Last Sunday I was watching Oliver Stone’s lengthy, adrenaline-fueled caricature of the National Football League, “Any Given Sunday,” when it dawned...

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Quick Take: What makes Silk Sonic’s “Leave the door open” so nostalgic?

Quick Take: What makes Silk Sonic’s “Leave the door open” so nostalgic?

March 17, 2021

What happens when you combine two of the best R&B singers, live performers, and soulful beings that music has ever seen? Let’s dive in.  Begun...

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Eddie Murphy stars in COMING 2 AMERICA 
© (Photo Courtesy of Amazon Studios)

Review: “Coming 2 America” doesn’t live up to hype of 1988 predecessor

March 17, 2021

“Coming 2 America” perfectly illustrates the fundamental problem with any and every sequel: having to live up to the film before it.   Since “Coming...

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Fans deserve satisfying season finales

Fans deserve satisfying season finales

March 10, 2021

There are few things on this earth I despise more than disappointing television show finales.  To me, a satisfying television show finale is one that...

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Rapper Kalan.FrFr was a defensive back for San Diego State football from 2013-2016.

SDSU football alum and rapper Kalan.FrFr signs with music label Roc Nation

March 10, 2021

It’s time to add another name to the list of famous former students at San Diego State University. The alumni most recognized at SDSU include sports...

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Quick Take: Best recent R&B releases to revive your playlist

Quick Take: Best recent R&B releases to revive your playlist

March 3, 2021

So far in 2021, music releases have been slow and steady.  Electronic, rap and alternative artists have had a few worthwhile showings, but many of...

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Opinion: Lumets The Wiz is still a trailblazing film in Black culture

Opinion: Lumet’s ‘The Wiz’ is still a trailblazing film in Black culture

February 25, 2021

Decades after its original release on Oct. 24, 1978, no film has distinctly defined Black culture and shaped the structure of a musical genre quite like...

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Despite most classes being virtual because of COVID-19, campus custodians still have to continue the cleanup.

Despite COVID-19, campus custodians still continue the cleanup

February 24, 2021

As a student who lived on San Diego State’s campus for the bulk of two years, and attended class in a majority of buildings on campus, I’ll admit that...

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The Daily Aztec Music podcast is where DA arts & culture lives. Its a working title, but it tells you all you need to know. Every week well be talking tunes.

Daily Aztec Music!: Meet the hosts

February 19, 2021

On this week's episode of The Daily Aztec Music (DAM!) podcast, hosts Jason Freund and Ryan Hardison formally introduce themselves, and what better way...

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Hank Aarons impact on baseball changed the world

Hank Aaron’s impact on baseball changed the world

February 10, 2021

In his 1992 film, “A League of Their Own,” Tom Hanks famously said, “there is no crying in baseball,” but nearly 30 years later, he was proven...

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Artists such as H.E.R., Beyonce, Lil Baby and Leon Bridges used social justice movements as inspiration for their latest music.

Quick Take: Artists draw inspiration from social justice movements of 2020

February 9, 2021

Protesting and music have long overlapped in the United States, dating back to the days of 20th-century union strikes and Billie Holliday’s poetic rendition...

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Lana Del Rey, Drake and Weezer are a few artists who could be releasing albums in 2021.

Quick Take: Here’s some albums to expect in the new year

February 9, 2021

One of the countless lessons to be learned from COVD-19 is that the future can’t be perfectly predicted, and it’s clear this same ideal applies to...

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Screenshot from Olivia Rodrigos Instagram showing her celebrating the release of Drivers License.

Quick Take: Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Driver’s License’ showcases TikTok’s explosive influence in music industry

January 26, 2021

Amassing a loyal fanbase is one of the biggest hurdles standing between musicians and achieving commercial success, but at least it's getting easier. Contemporary...

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File:Kalani Pea Grammy Award Statue 2017.jpg by Allanbcool is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Column: Grammy nominations are not always reflective of music’s best

December 11, 2020

To keep your sanity during the Grammy award season, heed one crucial piece of advice: take the nominations and results with a grain of salt. Every year...

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Music artists Chloe x Halle, Alicia Keys, Giveon, Rina Sawayama and UMI highlight part one of The Daily Aztecs Albums of The Year.

DA Staff Picks: The Best Albums of 2020, Part One

December 9, 2020

After a stressful year exacerbated by a devastating pandemic, a tense presidential election, and the increasing effects of climate change, the year 2020...

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A set of instructions for how to make Native Frybread.

Cooking with Chefs experiments with Native Frybread

December 7, 2020

Looking for a tasty traditional meal? Or a savory dessert to warm you up as the days get colder? Well, look no further than to Native frybread. For...

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U.S. territories deserve more political representation

U.S. territories deserve more political representation

November 19, 2020

In the United States, Election Day is seen as the peak of democracy, as citizens far and wide 18 years and older cast their vote for president and other...

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File:21 Savage 2018.jpg by Ralph Arvesen from Round Mountain, Texas is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Quick Take: Music to Ease Your Mind During Exams

November 12, 2020

Midterm season is upon us, and though many students have already braved through the storm of exams, essays and Zoom lectures, there’s a lot of work left...

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SDSU Bookstore makes changes to accommodate for COVID-19

SDSU Bookstore makes changes to accommodate for COVID-19

October 26, 2020

You never truly appreciate things until they’re gone. Before the anxiety and restriction of in-person activities at the beginning of the COVID-19...

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Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett, younger brother of Chance The Rapper, performed virtually for students during Music Appreciation Night.

Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett puts on a show in Music Appreciation Night

October 21, 2020

What does self-acceptance mean to you?  The answer is probably different for a lot of people, but for Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett – it means making...

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The Indigenous Peoples Day Kickoff Celebration was held as part of the Native Resource Centers Week of Action from Oct. 12-16.

Native Resource Center hosts celebration for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 15, 2020

To commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, San Diego State’s Native Resource Center hosted Indigenous Peoples’ Day Kickoff Celebration on Monday, Oct....

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JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON stars in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action epic TENET, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Warner Brothers Studios hosts college roundtable for Christopher Nolan’s new movie “Tenet”

September 25, 2020

“What the hell are we doing, what did I just read?” This was John David Washington’s first impression when he read for the role of “The Protagonist,”...

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Tiffany Haddish gets candid about her upbringings and dealing with COVID-19.

Tiffany Haddish and Joesph Tran bring the fun at ‘A Night of Laughter’

September 11, 2020

While students continue adjusting to online classes and searching for safe entertainment, Aztec Nights presented Aztec Comedy Night, promoted as “A Night...

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Lianne La Havas released her own self-titled album, which explores romance and relationships.

Quick Take: The best albums of July 2020

August 19, 2020
From surprise mainstream projects (Taylor Swift’s “Folklore”) to under-the-radar successes (Flo Milli’s “Ho, Why is You Here”) to emotional swan songs (Logic’s “No Pressure”), this past month has delivered an abundance of great albums to indulge in. 
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Freddie Gibbs performs at the Adult Swim festival on November 16, 2019

Quick Take: best new albums worth listening to this summer

June 25, 2020

Music can be a helpful distraction from everything going on outside, but musicians are finding stunning and creative ways to integrate real-world issues...

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Fiona Apple released her latest album Fetch the Bolt Cutters following an eight-year hiatus.

Quarantine’s best albums, chosen by The Daily Aztec’s Instagram followers

May 15, 2020

The extent of the COVID-19 virus in the music industry is still uncertain because concerts and festivals have been postponed, canceled or switched to virtual...

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Beabadoobee sung You Lie all the time live to Youtube views during the concert stream.

Asian American music collective hosts uplifting Youtube concert

May 9, 2020

In celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage month, a YouTube live stream was held Wednesday night to showcase the most exciting Asian...

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Reality TV gets a little hotter with the new Netflix reality drama Too Hot to Handle, now streaming.

Reality TV gets “Too Hot to Handle”

April 30, 2020

What happens when a group of gorgeous and irresponsible adults ends up on a luxurious island resort with a chance to win $100,000? A month full of drama,...

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Grammy winning singer-songwriter Ambré was in a Zoom meeting with SDSU students.

Grammy winner singer-songwriter spoke with SDSU music students over Zoom

April 29, 2020

Students may be going a little stir crazy, but San Diego State is offering interactive virtual events to help students stay sane. On Monday evening,...

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Couchella holds music fans over until the rescheduled festival in October

‘Couchella’ holds music fans over until the rescheduled festival in October

April 17, 2020

This past weekend was a sad time for many music fans because the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was supposed to commence on Friday April...

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These two music legends, T-Pain and Lil Jon, busted out their top hits in their live battle.

Iconic musicians compete in live Instagram battles

April 10, 2020

While music fans worldwide struggle to cope with canceled concerts and an abundance of free time, renowned record producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz are...

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Review: Tiger King takes quarantined public on insane journey into the exotic animal trade

Review: ‘Tiger King’ takes quarantined public on insane journey into the exotic animal trade

April 8, 2020

Hey, all you cool cats and kittens! Need something to watch while you’re social distancing? Well, look no further than Netflix’s new true-crime series...

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Music can be a helpful tool for studying

Music can be a helpful tool for studying

March 22, 2020

The impact of music in our daily lives is well known, but many people don’t realize the educational benefits of music. A 2010 study done by the University...

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Soundwave won the ICCA quarterfinals, including three personal awards.

SDSU a cappella group advances to semifinals

March 11, 2020

Following an impressive victory at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Southwest Quarterfinals, San Diego State’s a cappella...

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Reporters got to interview directors and filmmakers at the kick off event.

A look into the upcoming San Diego Latino Film Festival

March 3, 2020

Less than 20 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border in Barrio Logan, the San Diego Latino Film Festival kicked off with a celebration of filmmaking at Border...

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Gil Scott Heron by Roger Woolman

Legendary musician’s album gets remixed

February 19, 2020

Nine years after his death, Gil Scott-Heron is still an inspiration to many black musicians. Chicago-based jazz drummer Makaya McCraven was given the...

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The rugby club team practices Tuesdays and Thursdays at night.

Rugby team strives for national championship

February 5, 2020

San Diego State’s club rugby team is on a mission to earn their first national championship since 1987.  The club was founded in 1958, and the team...

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One of the Twitter polls revealed Kendrick Lamar as a winner.

Wrapping up the last decade with second half of our “Best Albums” poll

January 22, 2020

Since our first installment of the decade’s best albums poll in December, followers of the The Daily Aztec Twitter page have continued to vote on their...

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The Daily Aztec twitter posted polls to see what their followers thought about select albums.

Twitter polls rank decades’ favorite albums

November 25, 2019

To commemorate the end of the decade, The Daily Aztec’s Twitter page has been asking its followers to vote on the best albums of the decade, beginning...

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Herrera reciting his poem “How To Make World Unity Salsa.”

Renowned Chicano poet inspires students with poetry reading

November 12, 2019

Students, faculty and artists alike gathered to hear renowned Chicano poet Juan Felipe Herrera recite his poetry. San Diego State’s Department of...

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Stevie Lacy with one of his many guitars.

Steve Lacy is a rising talent who performed at the Observatory

November 9, 2019

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, R&B artist Steve Lacy performed at the San Diego Observatory in North Park for his Apollo XXI world tour.  In March, he released...

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Students get spooky at halloween cookie decorating

November 6, 2019

In the Commuter Resource Center, on the second floor of the Aztec Student Union, Commuter Life held a cookie decorating event for students on Halloween....

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Stevie Lacy with one of his many guitars.

[Photo] SDSU football alum honors former campus with rap performance

October 31, 2019

Stevie Lacy with one of his many guitars.

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