Honorary Organizations

Alpha Lambda Delta

Alpha Lambda Delta* encourages superior academic achievement among students in their first year, promotes intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning. It assists women and men in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society. Alpha Lambda Delta provides a unique opportunity to take initiative and show leadership among some of the brightest students on campus.

Beta Beta Beta

The purpose of Beta Beta Beta is to function as an honor and professional society for students in the biological sciences. Its activities shall be designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in the biological sciences, and to promote the dissemination of information and new interpretations among students of the life sciences.

Gamma Sigma Alpha

Gamma Sigma Alpha is a national academic Greek honor society that recognizes social fraternity and sorority Juniors and Seniors whom have a 3.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average or higher.

Josephy J. Irwin Society

The Joseph J. Irwin Society is an English Department honor society. 

Kappa Kappa Psi

Kappa Kappa Psi is a National Band Honorary Fraternity that operates primarily as a student service and leadership recognition society. Its chief aim is to assist the Director of Bands in developing the leadership and enthusiasm that is required of his/her band. The goal of the fraternity is to provide the band not only with organized and concentrated service activities, but to advance the lives of its members socially and academically through the skills they develop. The honorary nature of membership is based on the premise that "it is an honor to be selected to serve" this band, its department of music, its sponsoring institution, and the cause of band music in the nation's colleges and universities. The Kappa Chi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was founded at Albion College in 2002 by ten members of the Albion College Bands.

Kappa Mu Epsilon

Kappa Mu Epsilon* is a specialized honor society in Mathematics. KME was founded in 1931 to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students. Its chapters are located in colleges and universities of recognized standing which offer a strong mathematics major. The chapters' members are selected from students of mathematics and other closely related fields who have maintained standards of scholarship, have professional merit, and have attained academic distinction. Both men and women are eligible for membership.

Mortar Board

Mortar Board is a national honor society of college seniors recognized for their superior scholarship, outstanding and continual leadership, and dedicated service to the college community, most specifically, in the area of literacy promotion. Membership promotes and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Prospective members identified as exemplifying the motto "Scholars...Chosen for Leadership...United to Serve" are invited to apply during the spring semester of their junior year.

Omicron Delta Epsilon

The purpose of Omicron Delta Epsilon shall be to recognize scholastic attainment, honor outstanding achievements in economics, and to promote scholarly research and interaction among students and faculty working in the field of economics.

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK)

Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society that was established at Albion College in 1942. Its purpose is to bring together student leaders in order to create an atmosphere for fostering mutual interest and understanding between students and faculty members. ODK recognizes the achievements of juniors and seniors in the following five areas: scholarship; athletics; campus/community service, social/religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech, and the mass media; and creative and performing arts. There is an emphasis placed on helping members develop as members of the college community and as contributors to a better society.

Order of Omega

Order of Omega is a national leadership honorary for sorority and fraternity members who have made significant contributions to the Greek community, Albion College, and to the greater Albion community. It's mission is to unite leaders within the Greek system for a common good. Order of Omega promotes continuing leadership and responsibility for those Greeks involved.

Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta* is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Phi Alpha Theta seeks to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.

Phi Beta Kappa

Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa* is the nation's oldest honor society, with chapters at 249 of the foremost institutions of higher education across the country. One cannot "apply" for membership. Almost all members are elected by the chapters from candidates for degrees in liberal arts and sciences, usually from the top 10% of the graduating class.

Phi Epsilon Kappa

Phi Epsilon Kappa is dedicated to advancing the interests in Physical Education, Health, Recreation and Dance and related fields.

Pi Kappa Lambda

Pi Kappa Lambda* is a national music honor society. Pi Kappa Lambda members have been indicative of superior attainment in music, together with the personal qualifications pertaining to an outstanding exponent of the art.

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha* is the political science honor society that promotes scholarship in political science. The goal of the Albion College chapter is to provide the entire campus community with a framework within which to study government and public policy issues. This goal is achieved by hosting speakers, scholarly interaction between faculty and students, student projects, and community service.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology with the purpose of encouraging, stimulating and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Members of Psi Chi must declare a major or minor in psychology, have completed two psychology courses in addition to Research Methods, rank in the top 35% of their class, and maintain at least a 'B' average in psychology. The organization promotes interest in psychology by providing speakers, information about graduate schools, and a forum for students to discuss research projects for directed studies or senior theses.

Sigma Gamma Epsilon

Sigma Gamma Epsilon* is a national geology honor society for geology majors and minors who meet the academic criteria for membership. Activities include field trips, tutoring, initiation, and a banquet.

Sigma Tau Delta

The purpose of Sigma Tau Delta is literary and educational. The chapter strives to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature at Albion; provides cultural stimulation on Albion College's campus and promotes interest in literature and the English language; promotes exemplary character and good fellowship among its members; and exhibits high standards of academic excellence.

Sigma Xi

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, was founded in 1866 as an honor society for scientists and engineers.  The Albion chapter, started in 1959, includes faculty and students who are involved in scientific research.  Students who have done research at Albion or in an approved off-campus program who anticipate a career in science are eligible for nomination as associate members. 

Theta Alpha Phi

Theta Alpha Phi is the National Theater Honorary. At Albion College, 400 hours of work in the theatre department are required for this honor. Each year, Theta Alpha Phi helps put on Spotlights, a student-run production, with the Albion College Players.

*Denotes Academic Affairs or Academic Department Honorary

Diversity Awareness Clubs and Organizations

Celebrate multiplicity. For a better world.

African-Caribbean Student Union

Relationships. Understanding. Awareness. We work to unite the sons and daughters of Africa and the Caribbean with those who are concerned and interested in the welfare of these regions. As a member, you’ll participate in constructive activities as you share the richness of these cultures. We also emphasize the major issues affecting Africa and the different islands of the Caribbean.

Asian Awareness Group

Our purpose is to celebrate and educate on Asian and Asian American culture. Join us for dinners in celebration of Diwali—the Indian Festival of Lights—and the Chinese Lunar New Year. Or for other cultural activities, like yoga, martial arts, and Asian films. Visit our website

Black Student Alliance (BSA)

Provide support. Eliminate racism, discrimination, and prejudice. That’s what we do. We’re here for the African American community of Albion College. Not only do we create educational programming to raise awareness and sensitivity, but we also sponsor Kwanzaa and the Taste of Blackness annually. You can find us in the James Welton House.

International Student Union

The International Student Union intendes to "bring the world together in Albion" through programs and meetings designed to show the international flavor of Albion's campus.   The group brings together Albion's international students and encourages an appreciation of international relations among Albion's American students.  


Enjoy the international flavor of Albion’s campus at dinners, dances, movies, even meetings. We work to bring together Albion's international students and encourage an appreciation of international relations among all Albion students.


LGBriTs work on campus to raise awareness and recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. Yes, we’re political: we sponsor films, speakers, hall programs, panels, and other campaigns. But we’re also social, with outings to concerts, bookstores, speakers, and restaurants.

Organization for Latino/a Awareness (OLA)

Explore, experience, and absorb culture through language, traditions, values, and music. Our educational, cultural, and social programs are focused on building understanding of both local and global Latin American communities. We’re here to preserve Latino/a history and culture, and to share the significance of this heritage along with current issues.


We're here to rally around women and women's issues on campus, both as a support network and a resource. Our main event is The Vagina Monologues, and it’s performed every other February. Other events include, but are not limited to: V-Week, a week of events leading up to The Vagina Monologues; women's shelter visits; self-defense seminars; women's outings; open panel discussions; female speakers; and women's sports attendance.

Secular Humanist Group

If you're nonreligious, we can help you develop ideas and skills for living in a religious society. We're an open forum and a support group for nonreligious students. Make life meaningful by helping others and building long-lasting friendships.


Umbrella is the governing body for all multicultural student organizations. Our purpose is to create a "safe space" where each underrepresented student population is supported. We also provide an environment where students can voice concerns, struggles, and accomplishments, and we educate the Albion community about the diversity of cultures and customs.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

For good times with a smart purpose.

Accounting Society

Prepare for a career in accounting, and then network with reps from firms all over Michigan at our annual Spring Banquet. We meet regularly for discussions relevant to our field, so you’ll be ready to make intelligent, meaningful contributions. Learn more

Art Club

We’re devoted to the visual arts. Actively. We get together regularly to make art and to learn from visiting artists—we often bring them in for lectures. And each semester, you can join us for off-campus trips to art galleries, museums, and more.

Astronomy Club

Sure, we look at the skies a lot. But it’s not all star parties and dome events (that’s where we use the telescope in the Observatory). You can also join us for movie nights, guest speakers, and trips to planetariums and other observatories. And you don’t have to know anything about stars to sign up.

Athletic Training Club

Our mission is to further the educational experience of members who are interested in the field of Athletic Training.  We support members by providing opportunities for out of the classroom experiences that further their education in the discipline of Athletic Training. We also seek to educate the general public on the purpose of a Certified Athletic Trainer and promote possible career opportunities that exist for individuals in the field of study.  We also seek to utilize the skills and knowledge of our membership to promote wellness in the Albion College and city communities.   

Delta Sigma Pi

Be a part of a professional fraternity known nationwide for how it enhances the college experience. You’ll benefit from scholarship, socializing, and links to the commercial world. We also emphasize research and practice, because we’re always working toward a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture, and the civic and commercial welfare of the community.

Ethnic Studies Scholars

If you’re passionate about ethnic studies, we’d love to have you check us out. We’re an intellectual group, dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge in our field. You’ll enjoy smart conversations with like-minded individuals, along with support for your academic achievement, research, and productivity. 

Geology Club

We bring together students who are interested in geology for field trips (we like to learn in the field) and social events (we also like to socialize). You’ll also have a chance to give back to our community and spread the word about geology by visiting local elementary schools for educational outreach.

Investment Club

Learning about stock selection methods can be fun. And profitable. In 2012, we managed around $20,000. All of our profits are "rolled over" to establish a scholarship fund for economics and management majors. Besides meetings, we also take an annual trip to Chicago to visit investment firms and exchanges. All majors are welcome.

Macroeconomics Club

We like to take it further. So we practice macroeconomics outside the classroom, participating in things like group research on monetary policy. (Wow.) Academic readings and professional guidance are also part of our program, so if you’re driven and ready to learn, we’re for you.

Marketing Association

We’re a chapter of the American Marketing Association—and we’re your link to faculty and business people who can help you prepare for a career in marketing. You’ll build valuable relationships and deepen your understanding of the field.  

Model United Nations

We’re open to all students, and we like to travel. (Recently, it’s been to Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Philadelphia, and Athens.) There is no better way to learn about issues in international affairs than through UN simulations with other colleges and universities. That’s what we’re all about.

Pre-Dental Club

The club’s purpose is to provide programs that educate members about the field of dentistry and to allow members to network with each other regarding the dental school application process.

Pre-Vet Club

The purpose of the Albion College Pre-Veterinary Club is to provide programs that educate members about the field of veterinary medicine and to allow members to network with each other regarding the school of veterinary medicine application process.


If your organization is in need of a little cash, there are several methods of obtaining funds at Albion College. Typically, groups receive money through fundraising efforts, dues and/or Student Senate allocations.

Student Senate Funding

Jumpin Jellybeans…they really are giving out money. Each semester Student Senate receives funding from the student activity fee assessed to all students, valued at approximately $400,000 per year. This money is then allocated to student organizations, with a large portion of the funds being committed to programs such as Union Board and other campus-wide programming initiatives. The rest of the money is for individual student group activities. If you are interested in receiving a portion of the funds for your organization, requesting money is relatively easy, just follow EACH of the steps below.

  1. The funding application process takes place at the beginning of each semester before allocations are distributed. (Watch for notifications in your student organization mailbox.)

  2. Before an organization may apply for funding, a student representative from the organization MUST attend a funding workshop These workshops provide organizations with funding guidelines, new updates on procedures, and important deadlines. There are several workshops offered at the start of each semester. If any group fails to attend workshop it will be ineligible for Senate funding for the current semester.

  3. The organization’s representative attending the funding workshop will receive all the information necessary for submitting a Senate grant proposal. When writing a grant proposal, S.A.F. Senate guidelines should be followed as to what is fundable and what is not fundable. (Available on Senate website) It is strongly encouraged that the student who will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s money put the proposal together.

  4. After submitting a complete Senate grant proposal, the group may be asked to attend a short hearing on its proposal. At this time the Senate Appropriations Committee will ask any clarifying questions they have about the group’s budget.

  5. Once an organization receives funding, it is responsible for keeping track of all expenditures and submitting all receipts for the entire funding amount at the time the request is made, or within one week after the organization receives the money.

  6. The Student Senate holds all allocated funds until the organization requests the use of those funds. To receive allocated funds, an organization must fill out a short request form and return it to the Student Senate mailbox, which is located outside of the Student Senate office. The Student Appropriations Committee will issue a check for the amount requested.

  7. Any organization with Student Senate funding allocated for one particular item or event may request to use those monies for another item or event by filling out a line item change form, which is located outside of the Student Senate office. The Appropriations Committee will review the request and either grant or deny the change. Please allow two weeks for the change.


"Show me the money!" There have been many successful fundraising activities on Albion’s campus and the key to their success is always creativity. If interested in organizing an event, here are some fun ideas:


Haunted House

Halloween Pumpkin Sale

Service Auctions

Ice Cream Social

Pizza Sales

Garage Sale

Used Book Sale

Finals Care Packages


Art/Poster Sale

Benefit Dance

Car Wash

Popcorn Sales

Singing Telegrams

Plant Sale

T-shirt Sale

Candy Grams

Craft Sales

Discount Cards

Spirit Wear

Fundraising efforts are coordinated through the Office of Institutional Advancement.  Any group planning to  do a fundraising project must submit a Request of Fundraising Activity Form to Institutional Advancement.   For more information and exceptions to this rule please visit the Organizational and Departmental Fundraising Website.  

Note on Solicitation:

Limited sales and soliciting by College-recognized organizations for the purpose of fundraising and/or contributing to a group’s community service project is allowed. All sales and solicitation must be sponsored by a recognized student organization or department. In order to obtain the privilege of on-campus sales, the organization should contact Karen Hiatt in the Kellogg Center at . Reservation requests must be submitted at least 5 days before the event. Door to door solicitation is prohibited. Solicitation done at athletic events cannot conflict with College-sponsored vendors and activities and must be approved by the Athletic Director. Food cannot be sold in Baldwin Hall except by Dining Services. Credit Card solicitation is also not permitted on campus. Violation of these policies will result in denial of this privilege for future events.

Dues and Fees

Dues or fees charged to members should be set fairly and must not be used to discriminate against students in any manner that would violate the College’s non-discrimination policy.

Admission Fees

Admission charged at events is an excellent way to cover event expenses. However, events designed to raise funds are often financially risky. It is recommended that you discuss plans for such events with your organization’s advisor or a staff member in CPO before you begin planning such an event.

Checking Accounts

Checking accounts are a good method of accounting for student organization funds because they create records of all transactions. It is recommended that organizations obtain an independent checking account for all monies collected for the organization outside of Student Senate funding. All accounts must be placed in the organizations name, which can be done with a tax identification number, and should require two signatures (officer and advisor) on each check. It is not recommended that an organization get an ATM card because there is no way of knowing who obtained the cash and how it was spent.

Tax Identification Number

All student organizations should obtain a tax identification number (TIN) for banking purposes. If the group is not sure if they have a TIN, call the bank and ask if they have one registered. The only other way to have a bank account opened without a TIN is if the organization is using a member of the organization’s social security number. The last option is not advisable because the member can be taxed for the interest obtained on the account. The form (SS-4) and instructions to fill it out may be picked up at the CPO Office. Once the form is filled out the TIN can be given over the phone. If assistance is needed with the TIN, please contact the CPO Office.

Guidelines for Writing a Constitution

Guidelines for Writing a Constitution
The constitution of an organization contains the fundamental principles that govern its operation. At minimum, the constitution for an organization should include the organization’s purpose, membership & leadership selection process, and the provision for at least one faculty or administration advisor. Some organizations also create by-laws to outline specific rules of governance by which the group is to function.

The constitution should be written in a language that is easy to interpret by all members of the organization and should be consistent with the needs of the group. If writing by-laws, make sure that they are carefully formulated, clearly worded, and contain a process by which they can be easily amended.

The following outline should be of great help when preparing a constitution and, if needed, by-laws.

ConstitutionArticle I
Name of organization and any affiliations.

Article II
Purpose of the organization. Organizations should take care to include a complete statement of purpose. Programs sponsored by the organization will be expected to be consistent with the organization’s stated objective.

Article III
Membership (qualifications, types). Voting membership should be defined as limited to currently enrolled Albion College students. No student organization which categorically denies membership because of sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability will be registered. (Exemption: social fraternities and sororities are exempt by law from the discrimination based gender requirement.)

Article IV
Officers (titles of officers, terms of office, how officers are selected, and duties). Organizations should have necessary officers to conduct their activities. Be cautious not to create unnecessary officers.

Article V
Meetings (regular, special, quorum). It is best to establish only the minimum number required and the approximate time of year in order to avoid creating requirements impossible tofulfill. Additional meetings can always be held. The quorum necessary to conduct official business should be defined.

Article VI
Advisor (term of service/selection). Each organization must have an advisor from the College faculty or administration/professional staff.

Article VII
Standing committees (if needed). List names and general duties of standing committees.

Article VIII
Executive Board (if needed). Provide for such a board, how it is selected, and its responsibilities.

Article IX
Parliamentary authority. The usual statement reads: “The rules contained in Roberts’ Rules of Order revised shall govern this organization in all cases to which they are applicable unless they are inconsistent with the constitution, by-laws and special rules of the organization.

Article X
Method of amending constitution (methods of proposal, notice, voting requirements. Generally, proposed amendments are not acted upon immediately and require a majority of 2/3 or 3/4 of those voting or of total membership to be adopted.

An organization need not have by-laws separate from the constitution. Items covered in by-laws by the organization might be covered in the constitution of the organization. On the other hand, by-laws are sometimes desirable since by-laws usually contain more details and are more easily amended than the constitution. They are, however, more permanent than passing a motion at a meeting.

By-laws cannot run contrary to the constitution. Possible topics for by-laws include:

  • Membership (selection requirements, resignation, replacement,dropping members)
  • Dues (amount and collection procedures, special fees, when payable)
  • Duties of officers (power, responsibilities, rules for election, procedures for filling un-expired terms, removal from office)
  • Election rules and procedures
  • Duties of advisor
  • Executive Board (composition, powers)
  • Committees (standing, special, formation, chairpersons, meetings, function)
  • Order of business and rules about conducting business
  • Amendment (means of proposals, notice required, voting requirements)

Albion College Statement of Non-Discrimination
Albion College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age or disability, as protected by law, in all educational programs and activities, admission of students, and conditions of employment.

Organizational & Personal Liability
Advisors and organizational officers occasionally express concern about personal liability for organization related activities. There are few hard and fast rules concerning liability, but the following may be helpful as a general guideline.

Organization members, officers and advisors are subject to the same criminal statutes that govern behavior generally in society. Violation of these laws may result in criminal liability.

Organizational officers, members, and advisors may be civilly liable for harm resulting from either dangerous organizational activities or those that create an unreasonable risk of injury. All persons involved in organizations are advised to plan activities carefully, comply with all laws (including those related to the sale or consumption of alcohol and the use of vehicles and other equipment) and to neither endorse nor participate in activities that could result in injury to participants, bystanders, or property. Participants safety is the number one concern when planning activities.

Organization officers and advisors may to some degree limit their liability and protect themselves by the use of “Waiver of Liability” statements signed by activity participants. (forms are available in CPO)

Additional information is available in the student handbook and the Office of Campus Programs and Organizations.

Conflict of Interest
If you are the treasurer of a group that reports to a second organization/group that oversees the financial operations of the initial group, you may not simultaneously hold the position of President, Treasurer, or Chief Financial Officer in the second monitoring group.

What NOT to Do
Okay, so you have recruited some new members into your organization, now the task is to make them want to stay. Having new members do meaningless, and sometimes humiliating stunts or projects does nothing to build the ties of friendship and commitment. Acts such as these are considered hazing and can lead to a lot of trouble for your organization. Albion College explicitly prohibits hazing of any form and outlines specific guidelines about hazing in the student handbook.

Overnight Travel Policy
All organizations planning overnight off-campus trips are required to provide the information listed below to the Campus Safety Office before leaving campus.

  1. A detailed travel itinerary.
  2. Travel roster with emergency contacts.
  3. Signed activity statement of responsibility and release form for each person traveling.

The necessary forms are available in the Office of Campus Programs and Organizations and here.

All individual participants must travel with proof of personal health insurance.

At least one person on the trip must have a cell phone available in the event of an emergency.

Note: Non-College sanctioned trips for extra-curricular activities should be planned on weekends instead of class days. Students traveling with groups in organizations that schedule trips while classes are in session are not automatically excused from classes. Each student on a trip may request prior approval from his/her faculty members to be excused from class and to be allowed to make up any missed assignments or work. This approval may or may not be granted.

International Travel
The Student Affairs staff member, office, or student organization advisor must check with the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory prior to organizing or scheduling student group international travel. If travel is restricted by the State Department, the Student Affairs staff member, office, or student organization advisor must check other appropriate country travel advisories, check "on-the-ground" contacts, and then consult with the vice president for student affairs for approval. Approval is subject to cancellation at a later date if travel is deemed inadvisable.

All Albion students traveling outside of the United States on an overnight trip must purchase Study Abroad Medical Insurance through Albion College. To purchase this insurance, contact the Business Office.

Negotiating Contracts
A contract in its simplest form is a promise. The legal requirements of a valid contract include the offer, the acceptance, and the money or mutual promises between the parties.

Recognized student organizations are encouraged to use contracts when purchasing goods and services. A contract is a legally binding document, therefore, you should use extreme care in negotiating. Always review carefully the entire written document prior to signing to ensure that the terms are what you agreed upon. Until a contract is signed, all items remain negotiable. The contract should be in the organization’s name and a signature should be required from a representative of the organization. As a general rule, student organizations are not authorized to enter contracts in the name of or on behalf of Albion College; it’s faculty, staff, or employees. Exceptions to that rule exist for organizations that receive direct advisement from the Campus Programs and Organizations office (i.e. Union Board, IFC, SVB) and some Liberal Arts at Play Programs. If you are unsure if your organization is included in this category, contact the Campus Programs and Organizations Office. Regardless, members of the Campus Programs and Organizations staff are available to help provide advice and assistance to all registered student groups. Contracts entered into in the name of Albion College and that also involve excessively large financial commitments may require the signature of the Vice President for Finance and Management.

Contracts should be utilized for:

  • Speakers, entertainment and movies.
  • Purchase of goods and services.
  • Exchange of services for goods (i.e., advertising by organization in exchange for a prize to give away).
  • Purchases for resale (i.e., buying plants to sell during a campus plant sale).

A basic contract should include:

  • Names of both parties involved.
  • Place where contract is made (usually Albion).
  • Specific statement of agreements of both parties involved.
  • Agreed upon exchange or consideration (usually the purchase price) and when payable.
  • Statement indicating what will happen should either party fail to do as agreed.
  • Statement explaining how the contract may be modified or cancelled.
  • Signature of both parties and date.

Contracts do not have to be notarized to be valid.

Non-legal assistance in creating contracts, or in reviewing contacts which your organization is asked to sign, may be obtained in the Office of Campus Programs and Organizations.

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