Meet Arts Alum Stephen Zubricki III ’89 at Career Night for the Arts 2016

Meet Stephen Zubricki III! Zubricki is the Principal Designer at Mystic View Design Inc., a company specializing  in graphic design and photography. Zubricki is one of our incredible BC arts alumni guests attending….

Career Night for the Arts 2016! Come join us on Thursday, November 16th between 7:00pm – 8:30pm in the Heights Room to meet tons of BC alumni working in the arts to network, ask questions, and get advice about developing your own creative career! Check out the Arts Council Career Night for the Arts website for more info, or look at the Facebook event page! This event is a collaborative endeavor between the Arts Council, the Career Center, and the Alumni Association, bringing together all of BC’s best resources to help BC students turn their creativity into a career.



Interview by Rachel Lee

Stephen Zubricki III earned a Marketing Degree from Boston College, CSOM. Since 1994, he has worked at Mystic View Design, a family owned graphic design and photography firm that produces corporate collateral and websites for public and private clients. He runs the day to day operations of the business, is a photographer and also a web developer. He has enjoyed meeting people from many industries and traveling to shoot photography for his clients.stevezubricki

  1. Could you tell us a little bit about your time at BC? What was the most helpful experience here that led to your career path?

I am actually a graduate of the Carroll School of Management and majored in marketing. I had focused on a business track and covered the range of subjects I was exposed to at BC. The overall experience prepared me well for the business world and I had been learning at my first job at a jewelry manufacturing company where I had positions in production, marketing and product engineering. My father who was an artist founded Mystic View Design in 1986 and had asked if I was interested in joining him as the company was growing. I was willing to give it a try and told him I’d give it a year. Now, 22 years later I am running the business. I realize this is not a direct answer, but it provides the proper background. Our firm specialized in annual reports, so my business experience was invaluable working with large publicly traded companies to tell their stories with visual design and communication, often working with the top management directly. Having a strong understanding of business enabled me to understand the stories we were telling and relate to how business in the real world was unfolding.


  1. As a web developer and photographer, where do you get most inspired from or how do you manage to stay creative?

As a photographer, it is engaging to be able to capture the subjects for our clients and provide them images they can get excited about. Many of the clients rely on our creativity as they do not feel they are creative themselves, so for me personally, it is fun to offer creative solutions that are appreciated. We also have a team of designers, who are much more creative than I am, and working closely as a team, we pride ourselves on being able to provide creative options, often making it a difficult choice for the client to choose just one to go with. The web development is a much more technical skill set, and I would not call it creative. I went back to school to master the behind-the-scenes code so we could offer more web solutions in-house. It was a challenge to learn, but was well worth it as I now put it into practice. One thing I always liked about the business is that we have to come up with new designs and creative for each project, so things don’t get stale. We are always challenged to offer fresh thinking and design and that is inspirational as you can’t get stuck in a monotonous loop, you have to keep moving things forward.

  1. For BC students seeking career opportunities in a design firm, or a creative industry in general, what do you think are the top 3 qualities or skills?

I think that firstly, being creative and having talent carries the farthest. Unlike in business, a resume of words on paper alone cannot tell the story and convey talent. Putting together a portfolio of work showcases how a designer solves the creative process of visual design and communication. As they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words, so having one speaks volumes and can be the ticket to open doors. Next, developing the technical skills is important. Knowledge of computer design software, how to use it and how it acts as your tools to be creative prop up the portfolio. In our case, it is not fine art like painting or pottery, so computer skills are important. Finally, being a good listener and communicator are key to being able to craft a client’s words into a great visual that everyone can be proud of in the end.

Thank you, Stephen!

BC Students: Don’t forget to check out all of the amazing artistic alumni attending Career Night for the Arts 2016, and make sure to read our interviews with Maureen Donovan, the Deputy Director of Harvard Art Museums; Eric Butler, Theatre Producer; Erin Dionne, Author; Karen Stein, Art Director and Principal Designer at goodgood; and Daron Manoogian, the Communications Director of Harvard Art Museums. Meet these alumni and more at Career Night for the Arts, Thursday November 17th, 2016 at 7-8:30pm in the Heights Room!

Meet the Dancers of Week of Dance: Emily Durkin, Dance Ensemble

What happens when you put together about 30 amazing dancers who also choreograph their own dances? You get Boston College’s Dance Ensemble. According to BCDE’s own website, “All the proceeds that BCDE generates from performances benefit the Boston College Campus School, a non-profit special education day school for students ages 3-21 with multiple disabilities.”

In order to kick off Week of Dance, we have begun to explore the stories of the students that form Boston College’s various dance groups, starting with BCDE’s Director Emily Durkin.

Emily is currently a senior at Boston College pursuing a major in Economics and Philosophy. Not only is Durkin the current director of BCDE, but she was also formerly the Vice Chair of the Student Organization Funding Committee at BC.


We had a chance to sit down to ask her a few questions about her dance experience:

What inspires you to dance? How has it impacted your life? 

Dance Ensemble at BC has given me my best friends and most special memories. I auditioned for the team at the last minute my freshman year, and I am so glad I did. We feel so lucky that we get to spend time in our beautiful rehearsal space sharing our passion with one another through our choreography each semester. I am consistently blown away by the creativity of my peers.

What is your favorite dance memory at BC? 

I love the entire week leading up to our Week of Dance show in Robsham. It’s hard work – we are at the theater for upwards of 6 hours a day for the entire week – but it is also rewarding as we finally get to perform for an audience at the end of the week.

What makes Dance Ensemble “Dance Ensemble”? 

Everyone on DE truly is the luckiest. We get to learn about ourselves and each other throughout our four years together. DE’s emphasis on technique with weekly ballet classes makes it truly unique.

What are you looking forward to at Boston College with dance?

Our show is always the highlight of the year, it is the culmination of hundreds (maybe even thousands) of hours of hard work, but the opportunity to share our dance with the BC community on the Robsham Theater Arts Center stage is truly special and one that we do not take for granted.

Come out to support Boston College Dance Ensemble during the 2016 Week of Dance hosted by the Boston College Arts Council and the Robsham Theater Arts Center!

Check out the BCDE Facebook Page! BCDE will be teaching a FREE workshop on Tuesday November 29th at 7:30pm in Brighton Dance Studio! And be sure to pick up tickets through the Robsham Theater Arts Center for Week of Dance performance tickets!


Career Night for the Arts 2016: Meet Theatre Producer Eric Butler from CSOM ’12

Meet Eric Butler! Eric is a theatre enthusiast and business aficionado, proving you can combine your interests in both management and the arts in building your very own career! Eric is one of our incredible BC arts alumni guests attending….

Career Night for the Arts 2016! Come join us on Thursday, November 16th between 7:00pm – 8:30pm in the Heightscareer-night-final-1 Room to meet tons of BC alumni working in the arts to network, ask questions, and get advice about developing your own creative career! Check out the Arts Council Career Night for the Arts website for more info, or look at the Facebook event page! This event is a collaborative endeavor between the Arts Council, the Career Center, and the Alumni Association.



Eric Butler is the founder of Final Bow Productions, a commercial production company that invests in live entertainment, specifically Broadway and touring theatrical productions. He has served as a professional fundraiser in the not-for-profit sector since 2006, and his passion for education and the arts has helped him raise several millions of dollars for private institutions in his home state of Massachusetts. With substantial professional experience in fundraising and investor/donor relations, and an educational background in business and theatre arts, Eric is able to utilize these skill sets as he explores opportunities to produce and invest in works for the commercial stage. In the corporate sector, he has served as a consultant for Brown Brothers Harriman and an MBA Associate/Project Manager at Liberty Mutual, both with headquarters in Boston, MA.ericbutler.jpg

Eric is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where he received degrees in Psychology and Theater. Following his graduation from Holy Cross, Eric served as a production assistant on the Broadway musical High Fidelity. In 2012, he received his M.B.A. (specializations in Marketing Informatics and Brand & Product Management) from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. Eric is also an alumnus of the Commercial Theater Institute in New York City, NY.



  1. You have worked extensively in the art world, specifically in the theater arts, and your career has progressed along. How would you describe this journey? 

My career in the arts, like everything else, is a work in progress. The learning never ends. I’m blessed to be able to balance my work in commercial theater investing/producing with a more than full-time career in educational management. I do have to say that I have been overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness shown to me by the Broadway community. I have been very fortunate to have received advice and mentoring from some of Broadway’s most successful producers. There is a tremendous level of support and opportunity out there for those who seek to network with and learn from the best.

  1. What made you decide to start your own company and what was the most fun part and the most frustrating part about starting your own company?

At Boston College, mostly through Professor Gallaugher’s Graduate Tech Trek, I developed a love of entrepreneurship. Starting Final Bow Productions was a way for me to begin to apply the skills developed in graduate school on a very practical level. It has been a blast for me to combine my love of theater with my interest in business. In my life, I always strive for balance. Investing and producing allows me to think analytically, yet be surrounded by great creativity.

In this industry, you need patience. It can take a very long time for a project to come your way that you think has strong commercial viability, but still possesses artistic integrity. The good ones are worth the wait.

  1. Your past/current work experiences involve being a fundraiser in the non-profit sector and also a consultant and an MBA Associate/Project Manager in the corporate sector. Could you describe and talk about your involvement in both non-profit sector and corporate sector and how it impacted your career? 

In many ways, my past and current experiences have served as a ‘perfect storm’ for producing. As an undergraduate psychology and theater double major at the College of the Holy Cross (the other Massachusetts Jesuit school!), I was exposed to many of the Western world’s best classic and contemporary dramatic works through theater history, dramatic literature, acting, and production courses. These classes gave me the ability to think critically about dramatic structure and recognize and appreciate strong, quality work.

My experiences in business school and in the corporate sector have given me the skill set to recognize investment potential in the arts. Broadway is a business and when evaluating investment opportunities you need to be comfortable dissecting contracts, capitalization and operating budgets, and recoupment schedules. There isn’t a project that crosses my desk where I don’t apply Porter’s Five Forces as part of my analysis!

And the last piece is the ability to raise funds. Obviously, theatre can’t be produced without the necessary resources. There are certainly many similarities between fundraising for a non-profit and raising capital for commercial theatre. Both philanthropists and investors want to see their funds treated with the utmost fiscal responsibility and to hopefully see an impactful return from their support.

  1. What during your time at BC do you feel was the most helpful advice or experience on your path to your career?

The best piece of advice I received in grad school might have come from Professor Bob Radin during the first week of class in his Managing People and Organizations course. He told a group of wide-eyed MBA candidates, “If you’re not good at something at this point in your life, you’ll probably never be good at it. Find something you’re good at and be the best you can be at that.” In a society that hands out ‘participation’ trophies left and right – this type of direct advice really brought focus and direction to the type of discernment that should be a part of your graduate school experience.

Given my unconventional background, the Boston College MBA program also put me out of my comfort zone. Having never taken a business course previously, I was forced into intense, academically rigorous accounting, finance, marketing, and management courses during our first semester. This fish-out-of-water/underdog experience (genres that almost always work) proved to me that natural competence combined with hard work can lead to unbridled satisfaction amid risk.

Also check out our interview with the Deputy Director of the Harvard Art Museums, Maureen Donovan!

Career Night for the Arts 2016: Meet Maureen Donovan ’78, Deputy Director of the Harvard Art Museums


Maureen Donovan graduated from Boston College in 1978 with Bachelor’s degrees in English and Art History. She began working at the Harvard Art Museums as soon as she graduated from Boston College, and hharvard-art-museuns-logoas since worked her way up to the position of Deputy Director of the Harvard Art Museums, consisting of the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum. Maureen Donovan is one of the many alumni visiting BC campus to network with current students and lend them career advice on Thursday, November 17th in the Heights Room at Lower (Corcoran Commons) for Career Night for the Arts 2016. Read some of her pre-Career Night for the Arts advice below to get to know Ms. Donovan, then be sure to come ask her your personal questions on November 17th!


Did you always want to study art and pursue a career in the arts?

No, actually. I wanted to major in English when I first started in Boston College. But after taking an Art History course, which was part of the core curriculum, I immediately fell in love and knew that I needed to learn more, so I ended up getting degrees in both disciplines.

How did you end up at the Harvard Art Museums?maureendonovan

During my senior year at BC, I volunteered at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and worked with the Conservation/Curatorial team. This experience provided me a direction in terms of my future career path.

When I graduated, I decided to take a year off to work before getting a graduate degree in Art History. I worked in Collection Management (then called Registry) at Harvard Art Museums. And I never left!

Art is a field where it can appear difficult to “get started” or “get your foot in the door.” Do you have any advice for students who are interested in building a career in the arts?

BC students and young professionals in general today have all kinds of resources that were unavailable back then. When I studied here, I used to have to take the bus down to Wellesley to find art books, and now we such a well-funded, expansive department. Back then, there were no Museum Studies programs at the graduate level. Now there are three just in the Boston area: at Harvard, Tufts, and BU. What’s great about these programs is that they usually require you to spend 200 hours working in an institution in order to get the degree. It allows you to have actual experiences. I myself hire regularly from these programs.

Reaching outside of your classes and finding volunteer and internship opportunities are also a good place to begin. My experience at the MFA definitely made me more certain that this is a profession I enjoy and want to pursue further in the future. Moreover, it’s important to not only look at the big names, such as the MFA, or the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum. There are so many small, fantastic collecting agencies in this area that can provide great learning experiences.

Besides, when I majored in art history, I used to think that the two prospective careers in this major were to curate and to teach, but there are so many more aspects to this line of work. There is communication, technology, data visions, and conservation… This is why it’s important to reach out and speak to people from different positions in this profession. This is a multi-dimensional industry, and there are so many different things to do.

Lastly, I believe that it’s always helpful to just sit down with someone in the profession and talk to them. Find me at Career Night for the Arts 2016 on November 17th in the Heights Room and ask me questions! I’d be more than happy to answer them.

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Theatre Review: Waiting for Lefty & Still Waiting

The Boston College Theatre Department’s 2017-2017 season is off to a dynamic start! Check out the glowing reviews below for the dual production Waiting for Lefty & Still Waiting, directed by Patricia Riggin.

And be sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming BC Theatre Department shows, The Misanthrope  November 16th-20th! Click here for the Facebook event details or here for the Theatre Department website for more information about this scathing comedic satire written by Molière! Boston College’s performance, directed by Dr. Theresa Lang ,shouldn’t be missed, especially with the BC Theatre Department in such fine form (read the theatre review below to see what we’re talking about).

Review By Alexa Villareal


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BC Theatre Department‘s dual production of Waiting for Lefty & Still Waiting is a unique take on Clifford Odets original play, Waiting for Lefty, that brings workers’ struggles to the modern day. Code Blue by Kade Snodgrass, Labrats by Melinda Lopez, and Pipe Dreams by Sheri Wilner make up & Still Waiting, the second portion of the performance. The four individual plays convey a powerful message that reminds us that unions and workers’ struggles are not merely problems of the past, but are painfully present today.

The intricate set does a spectacular job of representing both the past and the present. Large suspended steel beams take up the center stage, contrasted by the digital images that were on the sides of the stage. During the Waiting for Lefty portion of the play, the digital images portrayed images from the early twentieth century of people picketing and on strike for workers rights. For the second half of the performance, the digital images changed to match the appropriate theme for the other three plays and the focal point on stage shifted from the old steel beams to more modern features.

The actors did a spectacular job at portraying the various problems individuals and families face when they are not being treated fairly by the workplace. Waiting For Lefty told the stories of raw, emotional fights, like the fight between the broke taxi driver, Joe (Michael Pisaturo), and his wife, Edna (Michaela Dolishny), to Dr. Barnes (Christine Schmitt) and Dr. Benjamin (Stephen Kiely). The desperation and conflict felt in the individual characters stories was contrasted with the spine-chilling scenes of unity, where the entire cast presented a united front, accompanied by guitars and fiddles, to protest the treatment of workers.

In an impassioned performance of Code Blue by Cassie Chapados, Michaela Dolishny, Clare Zhou and Lexi Auth, the actresses embodied the modern day struggle of nurses, and the inner conflicts they faced: having to chose between demanding their profession allow them to care for themselves, or caring for their patients. Labrats shows the discrimination that still exists within governments and organizations today through a moving testimony of the character Omar (Raymond Norville) who has to choose between providing opportunities for his wife and children and doing the research he believes is important. Cassie Chapados and Michael Pisaturo and their portrayal of Florrie and Joe, two plumbers both awaiting a life-changing opportunity to become a plumbers apprentice, showcase the conflicts between two equally desperate people, both fighting the injustices of the work world.


Student Artist Feature: Meghan and Katie Kelleher!


Meet Meghan and Katie Kelleher! This singing sister-duo shares their art story with the BC Arts Insider: fond memories of their experiences with the BC Music Guild, their collaborative creative process, and their performances here at BC! Megan and Katie will hit the stage as a Singer/Songwriter duo during the 2016 Arts Festival‘s BC’s Best!

Don’t miss BC’s Best, a loved Arts Festival event, this Thursday, April 28th from 8-10pm in the O’Neill Plaza Tent. Meghan, Katie, and other talented BC student musicians will perform their original work in a variety of genres and compete in a Singer/Songwriter Competition and Battle of the Bands!


In what ways have you been involved in the arts at Boston College?

We have been pretty much just involved in The BC Music Guild. Katie is the Treasurer and I am the Vice President. As E-Board members of the Guild we put on open mic nights every other week and we help put on a bunch of other events throughout the year, like band showcases, the Singer/Songwriter competition, Battle of the Bands, and Break The Bubble, which is a showcase we put on in Faneuil Hall. The Guild also runs an awesome volunteering program. We help promote and run all these events and love performing at all them too. The Guild has been our connection to performing on campus, to music on campus, and to other BC musicians. On top of that, we have made some really close friends by being on the E-Board and by participating in these events.

What has participating in the arts meant to you during your time at BC?

The Music Guild is a really close-knit group of musicians, so being a part of The Guild has really helped us to grow into ourselves. Before I knew about The Music Guild, I really had no idea how to perform or continue playing music, which is something that Katie and I were always so passionate about before I left for BC. When Katie got to BC, we started to participate together in Open Mic Nights and immediately had that outlet again. Since participating in Music Guild events, we have grown so much as musicians and as performers in general. It’s been awesome to have such a cool community of performers to hang out with and learn a lot from. We don’t do too much creatively at BC outside of music, so The Music Guild events have been a huge outlet for us. I think we’ve both become a lot more confident as performers and people in general through these events.

Who or what inspires you and why? 

Lots of people. The whole Music Guild E-Board is loaded with some really talented musicians who have inspired us a lot and who we admire a lot. We grew up on a lot of bands and musicians that had a role in shaping our music taste but more so just us as people. Some of these are Fleetwood Mac, Van Morrison, Pete Yorn, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, David Bowie, The Talking Heads, and The Strokes. Mostly Dad music. Some other musicians and bands that we admire are Lady Lamb The Bee Keeper, Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, alt-J, Vampire Weekend, and Gregory Alan Isakov.

What does your writing process look like?

We write all our songs together, but usually what happens is that one of us will write a song and then we will change it a bunch together. We usually have a pretty basic version of a song or an idea for a song and then we’ll edit it together and add different parts and instruments and things as we go. It’s cool having each other to bounce ideas off of and also to tell the other when something is stupid or needs work.

What is your most memorable arts experience and what did you learn from it?

I think being in The Music Guild in general has really shaped both of our college experiences on a lot of levels musically and socially. But, if we had to pick one experience it would probably be the Singer Songwriter competition last year. Not specifically the final competition night, but the experience as a whole. We both wrote a lot of songs or parts of songs, but never did anything with them or worked on them or performed them. Really working on our songs together for weeks, playing them live, and then moving on to the next round was such a new and cool and fulfilling experience. We’re excited to be a part of the Singer/Songwriter competition again and to be able to play in Battle of the Bands as well!



Student Artist Features: Dance Edition! Meet Aashini Shrivastav and Elisa Bushee

Meet two talented BC Dancers: Aashini Shrivastav, of Boston College Masti, and Elisa Bushee, of Dance Organization of Boston College & Synergy Hip Hop Dance Company, as they share their dance Art {Hi}Stories with the BC Arts Insider. Don’t miss Aashini Shrivastav and Elisa Bushee as they perform in the 2016 Arts Festival !

Check out all of the Arts Fest’s dance programs:

Thursday April 28 @ 3:15pm- Dance Showcase! (free)

Friday April 29 @ 1:15pm-Dance Showcase-Critics’ Choice! (free)

Saturday April 30 @ 12:00pm- Dance Showcase! (free)

Saturday April 30 @ 8:00pm- Dancing with bOp! (free with Eagle ID, all others, $15 at the door, $10 for senior citizens)

(all in that giant, hard-to-miss tent in the O’Neill Plaza!)

Read on for a BC Arts Insider exclusive as both dancers share their stories and reflect on their experiences with performance art at Boston College…

Student Artist Feature: Meet Aashini Shrivastav!


In what ways have you been involved in the arts at Boston College?

I’ve been a part of BC Masti since my freshman year, and have been Captain of the team for 3 years now. It has truly been an amazing journey, as I’ve gotten to be a part of 4 amazing families filled with talented dancers. We have performed at many events, big or small, and each performance has come with hundreds of irreplaceable memories.

What has participating in the arts meant to you during your time at BC?

In addition to the stress-buster factor, Masti has truly provided an outlet for me to share my love for dance and Indian culture on campus. When I came to BC, I knew I wanted to try out for the team and spread the beauty of Bollywood fusion wherever I could. I love it when people ask me more about Masti’s dance styles, because it gives me the opportunity to educate people about this comprehensive art form. Furthermore, Masti literally means ‘fun’ and so needless to say, I have had a LOT of fun with the team over the last 4 years.

What is your most memorable arts experience and what did you learn from it?

I think my favorite experience so far, is winning in the Cultural category 2 years in a row at Showdown. When our name was announced last year, I was in sheer disbelief for several minutes. Winning consecutive years meant that Masti had come a long way from its founding in 2003, and that we were truly leaving our mark upon Boston College. It felt unreal.

What is your favorite Arts Festival memory?

I think my favorite Arts Festival memory is Dancing with bOp! last year. One of our team members had missed the tech time, and so was completely unaware of stage dimensions. Long story short, during a stunt he accidentally fell back into the singers and it was perhaps the team’s favorite stage moment of the year! His expression was absolutely priceless and we could not stop laughing as we continued to perform. It somehow made our performance better!

Student Artist Feature: Meet Elisa Bushee!


In what ways have you been involved in the arts at Boston College?

During my past four years at Boston College, I’ve danced and choreographed for Synergy Hip Hop Dance Company and the Dance Organization of Boston College. Each group showcases different styles of dance, but both are entirely student run.

What has participating in the arts meant to you during your time at BC?

Participating in the arts has contributed to my education as a whole person. Participating in Synergy and DOBC has kept me physically and mentally healthy. Getting involved the arts has allowed me to express knowledge and creativity in an outlet other than academics. I’ve been privileged to develop my teamwork and leadership skills through both groups. My dance groups have become my family. They have instilled confidence in me, and have supported me through my endeavors as a young adult. Participating in the arts at Boston College has made me feel like I have a purpose and that I belong.

Who or what inspires you and why?

The dance community of the world inspires me. I have learned tremendous amounts from each individual I’ve danced with. Whether it’s during rehearsals, or on stage during a performance, seeing my friends put all their energy and passion into the choreography motivates me! I’m also inspired by dancers and dance groups I’ve never met, but have seen their works on Youtube or on stage. Seeing other dancers put their whole heart into something they love ignites me and my soul to do the same! The ability to convey a message through movement is something that will forever leave me in awe about the concept of dance, and will forever inspire me to keep pursuing my passion for it.

What is your most memorable arts experience and what did you learn from it?

ALC Showdown 2016 was my most memorable arts experience. Showdown is always my favorite event of the year because it gives each dance group exposure to show the greater BC community what we love and what we work hard doing with the goal of promoting inclusivity and diversity. My last Showdown was bittersweet because I was sad it was my last one, but extremely proud of the works both Synergy and DOBC showcased. At the end of my final performance, the tremendous amount of love and support I could feel from my teammates left me in tears on stage. Even though I was in front of a crowd of 4,000, I truly realized that I dance–in the words of a former Synergy director–because I love it, not because I want the love.

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