Vol. 16, No. 5 - Sept. 27, 2011


  • PSAC Promotes Campus Sustainability Efforts

    The Presidential Sustainability Action Committee (PSAC) would like to recognize sustainability awareness and efforts coming to Truman in the upcoming week.

    Local Foods Week will be Sept. 24-Oct. 1. On-campus activities include the Local Foods Dinner, sponsored by the Environmental Campus Organization. The dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room A. “Market on the Mall,” hosted by the University Farm, will take place from 2-6 p.m. Sept. 28 on the Student Union Building Mall and a free vegetable production tour and grill will be given at the University Farm at 5 p.m. Sept. 29.  

    Beginning Sept. 26-30, the Bike Co-op will host Bike Awareness Week to raise money for their services. They will provide free bicycle tune-ups on the Student Union Building Mall.

    ECO will also host “The Beehive Design Collective: The True Cost of Coal,” a presentation about the costs of mountaintop coal removal in Appalachia, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in Ryle Hall Main Lounge.

    The “Renewable Energy Summit,” hosted by Representative Zachary Wyatt, will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Student Union Building. The morning session will feature a discussion about the future of Missouri’s energy, led by Wyatt, in the Alumni Room. The afternoon session will include information tables by representatives from energy companies and information about PSAC. This will take place in the Activities Room.

    PSAC was established by former President Darrell Krueger in 2009 after signing Truman’s “Sustainability Initiative.” The vision of this initiative was to ensure Truman would create a more ecologically sound, socially just and economically aware environment. PSAC was designed to identify and evaluate ways to modify University practices and ensure that Truman upholds the principles of the initiative.

    Local Foods Week (Sept. 24-Oct. 1)
    Local Foods Dinner Sponsored by ECO
    6:30 p.m. • Student Union Building Georgian Room A
    Market on the Mall
    2-6p.m. • Sept. 28
    Free Vegetable Production Tour and Grill
    at the University Farm
    5p.m. • Sept. 29

    Bike Awareness Week (Sept. 26-30)
    Sponsored by the Bike Co-Op
    Free bicycle tune-ups on the quad through out the week.

    The Beehive Design Collective:
    The True Cost of Coal
    Sponsored by ECO
    6:30 p.m. • Sept. 28
    Ryle Hall Lounge

  • ECO to Bring Educational Artists to Campus

    The Environmental Campus Organization (ECO) will host an artistic and educational presentation,“The Beehive Design Collective: The True Cost of Coal,” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in Ryle Hall Lounge.

    The Beehive Design Collective is a non-for-profit, all-volunteer artist group that travels using narratives to teach about social and environmental issues. Fourteen Truman students attended a conference in Washington D.C., where they met The Beehive Design Collective and saw a portion of their performance. After learning about their work, ECO decided to invite them to Truman.

    Three members of The Beehive Design Collective will present a recreation of the illustration, “The True Cost of Coal,” and will pose questions regarding energy creation and consumption.

    The illustration is a narrative graphic demonstrating the history of the Appalachian Mountains and the threats that mountaintop coal removal poses to the environment and society. The graphics feature plant and animal species from Appalachia.

    For more information, contact erc7314@truman.edu.
  • Now Accepting Who's Who Nominations

    The Dean of Student Affairs Office is now accepting Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges award nominations.

    The award is available to seniors eligible to graduate in the 2011-2012 academic year (December, May or August) who have at least a 2.75 accumulative grade point average and have demonstrated leadership with campus or community involvement. Applications are evaluated based on the excellence of the student’s academic record; character; breadth and depth of leadership and service to the community; and representation of/impact on Truman.

    Recipients will be announced at the end of the fall 2011 semester. A luncheon will take place during the spring semester in honor of the recipients and their families.

    Staff, faculty and administration may nominate one or more students by submitting the names electronically to saffairs.truman.edu/WhosWho/whos_who_main.asp by Oct. 10. Students perceive a nomination for Who’s Who from a faculty or staff member as an honor in itself, and it is greatly appreciated by the nominated student. Student ID numbers are appreciated.

    Students will be informed of their nomination and will be sent an application inviting them to apply for selection into Who’s Who. Students must either submit electronically or return the completed application, including a letter of recommendation, to the Dean of Student Affairs Office in the Student Union Building 1110 by Oct. 31. 

    For more information about nominations, contact Brandi Wriedt (bkeller@truman.edu) at 785.5404 or Beth Tuttle-Kral (bkral@truman.edu) at 785 4111.

  • Truman Represented in “5 Under 40” Award

    The nominees for Kirksville’s first-ever “5 Under 40” Award included three Truman State University employees and one recent graduate.

    Faculty member Teak Nelson, staff members John Gardner and Erin Shaw, and recent graduate John F. Nolan were nominated for the award. Sponsored by Kirksville Young Professionals (KVYP) and KTVO, this award recognizes professionals under 40 who have demonstrated dedication, excellence and professional development in his or her career as well as a commitment to the Kirksville community.

    The recipients will be honored at the KVYP Fall Banquet at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Baptist Student Union. Ralph Cupelli will be the keynote speaker for the evening. Tickets are $20 per person. To RSVP, contact Amanda Powell at the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce at 665.3766.

  • NSCS Awarded at National Convention

    Truman’s chapter of National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) was awarded the Gold STAR Award given to the most active and engaged chapter in NSCS at the 2011 NSCS Convention held in San Jan, Puerto Rico.

    NSCS is an honors organization for high-achieving first and second year students with more than 300 student-run chapters at universities across the nation. Truman’s chapter was founded in 2000.

    The award comes as no surprise to Rachel Thornton, the NSCS national staff representative who works with Truman’s chapter officers.

    “The members of [Truman’s] chapter are amazing,” said Thornton. “They have gone above and beyond creating innovative programs and expanding and improving existing programs and have provided an exceptional experience for their members. They have truly embraced the ideals of NSCS.”

    Along with the award, the chapter will receive a $250 Chapter Scholarship and a letter to University President Troy D. Paino to commemorate attaining Gold STAR status.

  • Apply Now For the Spring 2012 Missouri Government Internship

    The Missouri Government Internship Program offers a unique opportunity for students to intern at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., with a public official, legislator or state agency during the Spring 2012 semester. The program provides students an inside look at state government and the political process.
    Interns receive a stipend of $2,500 and up to 15 hours of credit. Duties may vary based on each individual public official, however, typical duties include attending meetings and making reports, communicating with constituents, doing office and computer work, conducting research, assisting with committee hearings, writing speeches, editing printed materials, tracking and summarizing legislation and being on call to help with projects.

    Students wishing to participate in the program are required to have a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit, a minimum of two semesters of residence at Truman, a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and divisional approval.

    No special coursework is required prior to the internship. Successful applicants will be of sound character and possess qualities that reflect positively upon themselves and the University.

    Students interested in learning more about the internship should attend the informational meeting scheduled 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 26 in Student Union Building Georgian Room C.  

    Applications are available online at career.truman.edu/Internships/mogovBrochure.asp.

    For more information, contact Heidi Templeton at 785.4016 or heidi@truman.edu, or Candy Young at 785.4650 or cyoung@truman.edu.
  • Applications Available for Conduct Board

    The Office of Citizenship and Community Standards (OCCS) is seeking motivated students to serve as student affiliates on the University Conduct Board.

    The University Conduct Board hears cases of alleged misconduct to determine whether a student or student organization’s behavior violates the Student Conduct Code, and if a violation is found, the impositions of sanctions. The board is made up of faculty, staff and student members.

    Student members would be expected to serve on the board for various hearings each semester as well as participating in various social justice and civic projects on campus.

    Applications may be found at conduct.truman.edu and are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Student Affairs Office located in the Student Union Building 1110.
  • Professors Perform with Kansas City Symphony

    Gregory Jones, professor of music and Steven Seward, lecturer in music, performed with the Kansas City Symphony for the grand opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo.

    The event featured jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall, operatic tenor Placido Domingo and violinist Itzhak Perlman among many artists who joined the symphonic performance.

    Seward is the principal tubist for the Kansas City Symphony and Jones regularly joins as an extra trumpet player. 

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    Steven Seward (left) and Greg Jones pose for a picture at the opening of the Kauffman Center.

  • Mielke to Present about Musician Sun Ra

    Bob Mielke, professor of English will present, “I’m Going to Outer Space As Fast As I Can: Sun Ra, Afro-Futurism and Motivated Signifying,” at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in Barnett Hall 2226. 

    Mielke will discuss Sun Ra, the late musician known for his cosmic philosophies and Arkestra (orchestra) concerts, and his demonstration of “motivated signifying.” Audio clips of Sun Ra’s concert will play to convey the visual aspects of his art.

    The presentation will also focus on Sun Ra’s activism and conversation through his music that occurred in the south side of Chicago, Ill., during the 1950s that scholar John Corbett labels “Afro-Futurism.”

    This event is sponsored by the Department of Society and Environment.

  • Students to Showcase Musical Talents

    The Department of Music and the Mostly Live Composers Society is sponsoring the Fall 2011 Student Composers Showcase at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    The concert will feature premiere performances of original compositions by Truman students. Music will range in a variety of moods and styles.

    Admission is free and open to all.


  • SAB Speaker and Comedian: Aasif Mandvi

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    Speaker and Comedian:

    Aasif Mandvi
    from the daily show with Jon Stewart

    “Behind the Scenes of the Real Fake News”

    7 p.m.
    Oct. 1
    Baldwin Hall Auditorium
    Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    Tickets are free for Truman students, staff and faculty and $5 for general admission. They may be picked up at the SAB Office in the lower level of the Student Union Building.
  • Celebrate National Truman Spirit Day

    Oct. 7
    Wear Bulldog Purple or
     Truman Apparel

    The Truman Alumni Association Board of Directors designated the first Friday of the month in April and October as Truman’s National Spirit Days. The purpose is to promote the University to prospective students, to give alumni and friends an opportunity to display their pride in their alma mater and to create awareness of the University locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Career Center Mock Interviews

    The Career Center is hosting mock interviews with employers from all majors on Sept. 29. Sign up by Sept. 28 on truman.experience.com. Students should dress business casual and are welcome to stop by the Career Center for a resume critique.

    The list of employers and majors they will be interviewing include:  

    Butler and Associates
    Pre-Law, Political Science, History, Justice Systems, Foreign Languages, Classics, Linguistics

    Majors Brands
    Business, English, Philosophy & Religion, Sociology, Anthropology

    A.T. Still University
    Pre-Med, Health Science, Exercise Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

    Swank Motion Pictures
    Business, Accounting

    Non-Profit, Education, Music, Health Science, Exercise Science, Athletic Training

    Kemin Industries
    Communication, Business, Economics, Psychology

    Missouri Healthcare for All  
    Government, Political Science, Nursing

    Sigma Aldrich  
    Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Math, Agricultural Science

    J.C. Penney

    Truman State University
    Visual Communication, Art, Music, Theatre

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  • Grad School Prep: Personal Statement Workshops

    The Career Center is hosting nationally known author and lecturer Donald Asher to conduct a personal statement workshop. Students will have the opportunity to complete writing exercises and leave with a rough draft of their statement. Sessions will take place on:

    3–6 p.m.
    Sept. 27

    2:30–5:30 p.m.
    Sept. 28

    To attend, a student must be nominated by a faculty or staff member. To nominate a student, submit the following information to ucc4@truman.edu: student name, student email and which workshop they can attend.

    Asher will also conduct the following workshops:

    How to Attend Graduate School for Free or Minimum Cost
    6:30-7:30 p.m.
    Sept. 27
    Student Union Building
    Activities Room

    The Hidden Job Market
    6–7:30 p.m.
    Sept. 28
    Student Union Building
    Activities Room

    For Donald Asher’s biography and credentials visit

    Additional questions can be directed to ucc4@truman.edu.

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  • Melancholy Play

    8 p.m.
    Oct. 5-8
    Ophelia Parish
    Severns Theatre

    The Truman Theatre Department will show its first production of the 2011-2012 season,
    “Melancholy Play,” a surreal farce by playwright
    Sarah Ruhl.

    Admission is free.
    Reserve tickets by calling 785. 4514 or emailing

  • Critical Language Scholarship Program

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program provides U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to go overseas for an intensive summer language institute in 13 critical need foreign languages for seven to ten weeks.

    Interested applicants may visit clscholarship.org.
    Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.
    Applications are due Nov. 15.

  • Alumni Speaker: Anthony I. Butler

    “Charting Your Future in Business or Law”
    6:30 p.m.
    Sept. 29
    Violette Hall 1408

    The Multicultural Affairs Center and University Career Center will be hosting alumnus Anthony I. Butler. Butler received his B.A. in political science from Truman and his juris doctor from the St. Louis University School of Law, where he earned an Employment Law Certificate, was on the Mock Trial team, and received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award. Currently Butler is the managing principal of Butler & Associates, a law and consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Md. As a trial attorney, he assists families and businesses with a variety of legal issues. Butler advises his clients on business organization, criminal defense, contracts, employment law, family law, personal injury and trusts & estate matters. In addition to his law practice Butler serves as a regional managing director with Vantage Solutions, LLC. As a consultant he advises clients on a variety of human resources and employment law matters including the development of corporate diversity strategies, the development and implementation of anti-harassment and discrimination policies, executive coaching and training, and the development of strategic recruiting initiatives. At this event Butler will talk about his academic and pre-professional preparation at Truman, his law school experiences, beginning and sustaining a successful law and consulting firm and what it’s like to be a practicing attorney.
  • Student Senate Open Forum Roundtable

    Student Senate will host an open forum roundtable at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28
    in the Student Union Building Georgian Room C.
    All students are welcome to come share their thoughts on campus issues and future goals.
  • Truman Spirit Shirts

    A limited number of small and medium spirit shirts are available for $5 in the Public Relations Office at 202 McClain Hall.

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  • Renewable Energy Summit

    Sept. 30

    Morning Session
    Discussion About the Future of Missouri’s Energy Led by Representative Zach Wyatt
    9-11:30 a.m.
    Student Union Building
    Alumni Room

    Afternoon Session
    Information tables provided by representatives from a variety of energy companies, including  information on the Truman Sustainability committee.
    1-3 p.m.
    Student Union Building
    Activities Room

    All are invited to attend the summit, but reservations are requested by calling 785.4016.
  • Pickler Memorial Library Book Sale

    Pickler Memorial Library’s annual book sale will open with a Truman night from
    5-8 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.
    (Show Truman ID to enter)

    Come join the fun with live music by the Truman Jazz combo, refreshments and lots of good books at bargain prices.  
    Sale is open to the public from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room.
    For more information, visit


  • Detours Photo Contest

    Detours Magazine is accepting entries for their biannual photo competition themed “Energy and Motion”
    that is open to all amateur photographers.

    Students can submit their photos along with their name and contact information,
    location of the photo and a short caption.

    Submissions may be sent to
    photos@detoursmagazine.com by Sept. 30.

    Two winners will be featured in the Winter 2011 issue and will be notified in October.

  • Faculty Research Conference

    Oct. 1
    Student Union Building Alumni Room.

    9:30 a.m. • Registration

    9:55 a.m. • Welcome

     10 a.m. • Marc Becker
    “Empowered Woman of Latin America”

    10:30 a.m. • Julie Flowerday
    “Sentiments of Deception:
    Hunza and Kashmir “

    11 a.m. • Break

    11:15 a.m. • Mary Shapiro
    “Norming Sociolinguistic Perceptions”

    11:45 a.m. • Jerrold Hirsch
    “‘Lay My Burden Down:
    A Folk History’ and ‘Our National Literature‘“

    12:15 p.m. • Lunch

    1p.m. • Stephen Hadwiger
    “Newborn Care: Evidence Based Practice”

    1:30 p.m. • Robert Bates Graber and Dean R. De Cock
    “Is Chimpanzee Cultural Cumulative?
    How Using More Culture Traits Alters the Picture”

    2 p.m. • Break

    2:15 p.m. • Peter Ramberg
    “What Can We Learn From Writing Biographies of Scientists?”

    2:45 p.m. • Taner Edis
    “The Limits of Physics?  
    Looking for Oracles”

  • Beta Week

    Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc. will host “Beta Week” Sept. 26-Oct. 2

    Serving the Needs and Wants of Our People
    1-3 p.m. • Student Union Building Main Floor

    So You Think You’re Cultured?
    6:30 p.m. • Sept. 27
     Student Union Building Georgian Room B

    Genes of Excellence
    6 p.m. • Sept. 28
     Student Union Building 3203

    Blazing Balls of Fury
    5 p.m. • Sept. 30 • Kirk Gym

  • Truman Goes Hollywood

    The Homecoming 2011 Committee will kick off events with a Red Carpet Affair from 12-3 p.m. Oct. 3 on the Mall. There will be free popcorn, hot dogs, surprise giveaways and live entertainment, as well as guest appearances by the Homecoming Court Candidates. There will also be more information available on the following events of the week.

  • Truman Intramural Recreational Sports Planner

    Activity: Baggo
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Sept. 28
    Captains’ Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Oct. 3

    Activity: MLB Playoff Pickems
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Oct. 5
    Captains’ Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Oct. 6

    Activity: Bulldog 5K Run*
    Division: Greek/Org/Open
    Deadline: Sept. 30
    Captains’ Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Oct. 8

    Activity: Kickball
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Oct. 3
    Captains’ Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Oct. 10

    Activity: Indoor Soccer
    Division: Greek/Org/Open
    Deadline: Oct. 10
    Captains’ Meeting: Oct. 6
    Play Begins: Oct. 17

    Activity: Co-Rec Indoor Soccer
    Division: Greek/Org/Open
    Deadline: Oct. 10
    Captains’ Meeting: Oct. 6
    Play Begins: Oct. 17

    Activity: Pickleball-Singles
    Division: Greek/Org/Open
    Deadline: Oct. 10
    Captains’ Meeting: Oct. 6
    Play Begins: Oct. 17

    Activity: Pickleball-Doubles
    Division: Greek/Org/Open
    Deadline: Oct. 10
    Captains’ Meeting: Oct. 6
    Play Begins: Oct. 17

    Activity: 3v3 Basketball
    Division: Greek/Org/Open
    Deadline: Oct. 17
    Captains’ Meeting: Oct. 6
    Play Begins: Oct. 24

    Activity: Basketball Pentathlon
    Division: Greek/Org/Open
    Deadline: Nov. 7
    Captains’ Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Nov. 14

    Activity: Co-Rec Floor Hockey
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Nov. 14
    Captains’ Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Nov. 14

    Activity: Bench Press
    Division: Greek/Org/Open
    Deadline: Nov. 9
    Captains’ Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Nov. 16

    Activity: Table Tennis (singles/doubles)
    Division: Greek/Org/Open
    Deadline: Nov. 21
    Captains’ Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Nov. 28

    Activity: College Bowl Mania
    Division: Open
    Deadline: Finals Week
    Captains’ Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: Finals Week

    Activity: Texas Hold’em Poker
    Division: Open
    Deadline: TBD
    Captains’ Meeting: NA
    Play Begins: TBD

    All information, rules and registration requirements are online at recreation.truman.edu/intramuralrec.asp, or contact the Intramural Office at 785.4467. Captains’ Meetings will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the SRC Conference Room.
    *Must register through the Advancement Office, McClain Hall 205.


  • Notables

    Recent graduates Phillip Hawley, Nicholas Jacobson, Sam Kramer and Amanda Tharp, along with assistant professor of psychology, Salvatore Costa, were published in the April 2011 issue of “American Society of Clinical Hypnosis” for their study, “The Effects of Encoding in Hypnosis and Post-Hypnotic Suggestion on Academic Performance.”

    Huping Ling, professor of history, will have her book, “Chinese Chicago: Race, Transnational Migration, and Community Since 1870,” published by Stanford University Press in January 2012. Pre-orders are available at www.sup.org.

    Mark Smith, associate professor of communication, will present a paper at the Midwest Radio History Symposium in October at Kansas State University. Smith’s critical historical paper investigates the degree and significance of live entertainment broadcast on a Nebraska radio station in the 1920s and 1930s. This is Smith’s fourth paper accepted at the Midwest Radio History Symposium.


  • Notes

    The McNair Program will host an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Student Union Building 3200. Students are also invited to visit mcnair.truman.edu or contact Sarah Hass, program coordinator, at 785.5393 for additional information. The deadline to submit McNair applications is Nov. 1.

    The University Orchestra Concert will take place at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

    Eight senior nursing students will present “Transcultural Nursing in the Philippines” at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Student Union Building Alumni Room. The public is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.

    Anthony Blades, blindness skills specialist, will conduct a workshop, “The Expanded Core Curriculum for Students With Visual Impairments,” from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 6 in Violette Hall 1312. This workshop is free of cost. Blades will host another free workshop, “An Introduction to the Nemeth Code,” from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 13 in Violette Hall 1312. For more information, contact Blades at ablades@truman.edu.

    José Fabres, a Truman alumnus, will give a presentation on the “Pilgrim Way of St. James” at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in Baldwin Hall 314. The presentation will be a part of Classic and Modern Languages’ Homecoming Open House. Fabres is a professor of Spanish at College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.

    Communication Disorders Association (CoDA) will sponsor “Communication Disorders Alumni Panel and Reception” from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Health and Science Building 2203. Truman alumni, Megan (Knoche) Wardlow and Liz Elkan will be speaking about life after graduation. For more information, contact Lauren Dowdy at lmd8554@truman.edu.

    The Quincy Symphony Orchestra’s “Natural Wonders” concert will take place at 3 p.m. Oct. 9 at Quincy Jr. High School Morrison Theater. The concert will feature the premier of a historical composition by Hannibal native Carolyn Birney to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain’s birth. Tickets are free to all Truman faculty, staff and students with a Truman ID.

    The Center for International Study Abroad will host speaker, Phoebe Mayer, to talk about studying abroad in Austria from 4-5 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Student Union Building 3204.  

    The third Annual Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium will take place at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Connell Information Technologies Center at A.T. Still University. The event is focused on faculty-mentored student research in biomedical science. Students are encouraged to register and submit an abstract. Visit www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22CV64NP3DT/ for registration and submissions. The deadline for registration is Sept. 30 and for submission, Oct. 7.