Narnia: The Exhibition

Starting Nov. 28 through Apr. 19 capture the essence of Narnia. The Franklin Institute opens its doors for the East Coast debut to “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition.”

The Chronicles of Narnia is created to recapture your imagination, President of Walden Media Michael Flaherty said.

On this 10,000-square-foot journey expect to reach limits of Narnia. The exhibit offers a variety of scenes and props that come to life for kids of all ages.

If you read the book you will adore it. If you seen the movies you are going to go crazy, President of Creative Studios Eddie Newquist said.

Even if you are not familiar with the magic of Narnia, there is something appealing and pleasing to all. The exhibit starts off with set in 1940s England in C.S. Lewis’s study filled with a variety of war artifacts and collectables. Enter into the next room and you will find yourself in the attic with a bare wooden wall and floor facing nothing but large double doors. These doors are the magically opening to the world that awaits—Narnia.

After a few moments, the double doors open captivating every kid at heart to winter. As snow falls from the skies, it’s hard for any person young or old to become enthralled with the fantasy of Narnia.

As you delve deeper into Narnia, you will only become more thrilled with the experience. With props scenery and the senses of each aspect, this exhibit is made for all. Shoot a catapult, lift real medieval armor and finish off the adventure knowing what it would be like first hand to walk through a knighted aisle at the Great Hall viewing King Casipian’s crown among all the Narnia sets kings, queens, prince and princess crowns.

Explore Narnia in your own way, President of Creative Studio Eddie Newquist said.

The Narnia Exhibition offers student discounts and special rates. Daytime tickets are $22.25 adults $18.50 for students. Evening entrances are $10.50 for adults and students. Evening rates do not cover museum admittance, only the Narnia Exhibition.

We are all little people at hearts, Franklin Institute President and CEO, Dennis Wint said.

Experience the world and life of Narnia today!

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Holiday Foods for the Vegetarian

Vegitarians, It’s that time again! Your whole family is sitting around the table chowing down on Grandma’s famous twenty-pound roasted turkey with stuffing and there you are digging into the salad praying that your aunt didn’t include any chicken in it like she did last year. I know that it is hard to be a Vegetarian when everyone else around you is not, but it doesn’t have to. Do not be the only person this holiday season that is left out of family dinners. This year, you can make a few holiday dishes of your own that not only you, but that the entire family can enjoy!

While searching the internet, I found tons of recipes that can be used perfectly to help you prepare the most delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes for the holidays. The web site that I found with all of these recipes has almost every recipe to create vegetarian side dish and dessert that you could imagine. Allrecipes.comis not just a best kept secret because it can help save vegetarians during the holiday season, but it can also help non-vegetarians as well.

Set in Seattle, WA, is the world’s largest social network for enthusiasts of food and entertainment. Over 175 million visitors come to the site annually to use, post and critique recipes. Visitors are also aloud to view different members’ photos, personal profiles, meal ideas, advice and even videos! For more than 10 years, Allrecipes.comhas provided its members with all of the decadent dishes and delectable desserts that any food connoisseur would die for. The site provides more than 52,000 recipes and still is growing.

I have included a few of the vegetarian meals that caught my eye on One is the scrumptious easy-to-make Vegetarian Four Cheese Lasagna. This dish can most definitely be enjoyed by all and is best when made with one eggplant, peeled and diced pumpkin, tomato sauce, chopped onions and peppers and mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan and feta cheeses. For those who like their meals with an extra kick of spice, you can change your lasagna from nice to naughty by adding two small ingredients: crushed red pepper flakes and fresh black pepper.

Making a tofu turkey is not as easy as it looks, especially since tofu doesn’t naturally have the shape of a real turkey. A lot of work goes into making this tofu turkey, but its’ delicious taste is worth the hard labor. The amount of tofu needed depends on the number of people you plan on feeding. Say if you were feeding a family of ten, you would need about five packages of firm tofu, chopped mushrooms, celery minced garlic, fresh rosemary, tamari, teaspoons of orange juice and zest, miso paste, honey mustard, chopped potatoes and carrots.

Love your mashed potatoes, but hate that you can’t enjoy it with gravy? Now you can, Vegan Gravy is not that hard to create just use vegetable broth, vegetable bouillon cubes, tamari, black pepper and viola! You have tasty meatless gravy to pour over your favorite meal.

And for those vegetarians who rather purchase your holiday dish instead of cook it, Miss Rachel’s Pantry is the place for you! At Miss Rachel’s Pantry, customers can order what they want by phone (215) 285-7622 or via e-mail There are loads of vegetarian meals that are made here including homemade cranberry sauce, rosemary stuffing, candied carrots and iced pumpkin bread.

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Legally Blonde: The Musical

Guess who’s coming to Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center on Tuesday, Dec. 2? Elle and she has brought an entire cast of friends with her. It is Broadway’s new, fabulous and most talked about musical ever, Legally Blonde: The Musical!

Legally Blonde: The Musical will have you cracking up so hard with laughter that it will bring you tears. There isn’t another play out there that could move as much as Legally Blonde: The Musical will! With its doors closing on Dec. 7, you must purchase your tickets now!

If you have not yet heard about the story here is the plot. Elle, the lead character is portrayed as the typical pampered rich girl, growing up in Bel Air. She is undoubtedly amongst the more popular crowd at her school, CULA and she is also the president of her sorority, Delta Nu.

As graduation approaches, Elle is expecting her Harvard Law School bound to propose, but he breaks up with her instead insisting that she is not “serious” about her future let alone theirs. To prove him wrong and to also get him back, Elle decides that only way to do this is to attend Harvard Law School herself.

Elle initially applied to Harvard to get her boyfriend back but she soon finds that her boyfriend has gotten engaged to someone else. Full of rage and avengence, Elle immerses herself into her studies and becomes a top student in her class. Although she does this, she still is not being taken seriously.

Elle takes a chance to help a friend and takes on the big case. By using her incredulous fashion sense and her knowledge of the law, Elle finds a way to prove to her peers and teachers that she is not just a fashionable blonde bimbo, but that she has brains and can also earn a Harvard Law degree to prove it!

TIME Magazine calls Legally Blonde: The Musical “An Elle of a show!” Tickets can be purchased now with price ranging from as high as $100 to as low as $25. You do not want to miss this fantastic fashion fiesta!! Come celebrate the holiday season with Legally Blonde: The Musical!

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Twilight Proves a Bit Dim

The wait has ended for all the fanpires out there!

Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight franchise finally hit the big screen, opening across the country on Nov. 21 with hundreds of midnight screenings sold out.

I have always had a weakness for movies adapted from things such as books, television shows, or comic books—I just have to see them, even if I’m not entirely interested. I won’t lump myself in with the diehard Twilight fans, as I only heard about the books this past summer. But as a fan of the entire vampire genre in general, I couldn’t resist reading them.

In a nutshell, Twilight is a teenage love saga with an out-of-this-world complication: new girl in town meets brooding heartthrob of the high school who happens to be a vampire and the expected drama ensues.

I didn’t go into Twilight with high expectations. In fact, I was prepared for the film to be horrendous. In the end, it wasn’t as awful as it could have been, but in comparison to the book it was based from, there’s just no contest.

Unlike many Twilight fans, I was never terribly concerned about the casting.

While Robert Pattinson will never be MY Edward Cullen, for all intents and purposes, I think he fits the part. He’s unusual and not beautiful in the tradition sense, but it is his imperfections that make him perfect.

It’s very interesting that Pattinson can be so animated and goofy in interviews (despite the fact that he looks like he’d rather be in bed most of the time) and yet manage to pull of the stoic, sometimes smirking Edward. We may have a real actor on our hands, ladies and gents.

That being said, while Pattinson was spot on the majority of the time, at other times I couldn’t help but feel like he was more concerned about hiding his accent than delivering the line.

Kristen Stewart as Bella physically makes the grade, but acting wise leaves something to be desired. As far as I know, using the same face for every emotion isn’t in vogue and the true intelligence that the character of Bella should have was lost. I would have personally liked to see Jena Malone of Donnie Darko and Saved fame take a stab at the role.

I didn’t have much of a problem with the casting of the rest of the Cullen clan; then again, none of their performances were particularly stirring or memorable.

However, I was impressed by Taylor Lautner’s performance as Jacob Black. He showed real potential and I’m really looking forward to seeing how he ups the ante in the subsequent movies.

Another performance that I’m looking forward to seeing more of was Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria. Even though I thought her hair wasn’t the fire red it could have been, she gave her character the suave intelligence to be dangerous and just enough intensity to be terrifying.

On the whole, I was disappointed by the work of screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and director Catherine Hardwicke.

The film seemed rushed and choppy, leaving out key elements that create the atmosphere of Forks and adding in things—like the attacks on the towns folk—that were obvious cinematic ploys to create a mood of fear. Rosenberg also seemed to think that not showing Bella’s intense love and need for Edward until a final scene in a hospital bed was a good idea.

Hardwicke’s decision to rely on sweeping crane shots of Edward and Bella, sitting and staring at each other in silence was not epic or emotional, but irritating and unnecessary. Instead of the expected voiceover work by Bella, which was present but scarce, Hardwicke opted for weird memory flashbacks that were ill placed.

It sounds funny, but the inconsistency of the paleness of Edward was also unsettling. On certain shots, Edward would look as pale as Bella and other human characters and in other scenes, it would look like there was no indication that he was dead at all. And as for the rest of the vampires, they all looked like they put on white theatrical makeup in the dark; it looked like it would melt off at any second.

There was also a significant lack of soundtrack. There were a few songs like Paramore’s “Decode” and even a couple of Pattinson’s own contributions (yep, he’s a musician too); but on the whole, the film to me was silent, save for an instrumental piece that popped up here and there, what I assumed was some version of “Bella’s Lullaby.”

I was just so surprised and sad that the exact songs that Meyer has said so many times influenced her writing and were specific to every chapter or scene (songs from Muse, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, and others) were absent in the film but billed on the soundtrack. The theme of the importance of music was briefly touched on, but I felt it could have been better treated.

One positive note that I will applaud Rosenberg and Hardwicke for was their treatment of the diamond-like sparkle and red-to-black-to-gold eyes of the vampire. Those are probably the two most important aspects of the novel and I thought they did them both beautifully; subtle and not too Hollywood.

In the end, the film overall just felt unfinished. It was too short and I felt like I was watching it when I shouldn’t have been, like a pre-pre advanced screening.

Rumor has it that there is currently a green light for the rest of the movies to be made with Pattinson and Stewart on board. However, there is no word on the director and I hope for all fans of the books, Meyer makes a better choice this time around.

If you never read the books, you’ll enjoy this movie for the feel-good fluff piece that it is. If you have read (and adore) the books, you may feel a tad bit cheated.

So I give Twilight two out of four stars. One goes to Summit Entertainment for opting to make the movie. The other goes to Robert Pattinson, because it truly was his ability to be terrifying and lovely all at once that made the movie special.

You can contact Cara Donaldson at

Firing on all Cylinders

After closing out an impressive week with a win Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens, the Flyers had five days off before a couple of back-to-back games on the weekend.

Before Friday’s game, Danny Briere was declared out of action for the weekend as he is still recovering from a groin pull. The Flyers played Briere’s former team, the Buffalo Sabres on Friday in a road matchup. It was a tight contest with goals not coming very often. Scott Hartnell was able to help the Flyers to a 1-0 lead with his fifth goal of the season in the last minute of play in the opening stanza.

Jeff Carter ended the game himself when he scored his 12th goal of the season in the third period to give the Flyers a little breathing room. Carter later sealed the win with an empty-netter to give the Flyers a 3-0 victory. Marty Biron picked up his first shutout of the season as he made 40 saves.

The Flyers returned home on Saturday to face the Phoenix Coyotes. The two teams met last year in Philadelphia with Phoenix escaping with a win. Biron returned to the net hoping to help the Flyers stay hot. For the second straight game, Hartnell kicked off the scoring for the early lead. The Coyotes responded with two goals: one late in the first period and one late in the second.

Mike Knuble tied the game about five minutes into the third period. Then a former Flyer, Todd Fedoruk, gave Phoenix the lead late in the third. With about a minute to go, Carter tied the game to force it into overtime. Richards then ended the game with his sixth goal of the season for the 4-3 win.

The Flyers looked for their fifth straight win Monday against the Dallas Stars. The game was back-and-forth all the way up to the end. Scottie Upshall scored first by sneaking in and tapping home a pass from Joffrey Lupul.

After Dallas tied the game, Knuble was able to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead after the opening period. After Dallas tied it again, the red-hot Jeff Carter gave the Flyers the lead with a beautiful wrist shot. The Flyers blew another lead before Knuble put home the game winning shot.

The Flyers held on after taking a late penalty and essentially giving Dallas a two-man advantage for 1:16 after they pulled their goalie. Their fifth straight win is the longest win streak since October of the 2007-08 season.

On a side note, the Flyers debuted their new third jersey on Tuesday. It has a retro look from the ‘60s and ‘70s. They will wear the new uniforms for the first time on Black Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Jon Kalinski became the sixth Flyer to make his debut on Friday night after being called up from the Phantoms, and Monday’s game marked the beginning of a stretch of six games in nine days for the Flyers. They will begin a home-and-home on Wednesday night in Carolina.

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The Philadelphia Marathon

The City of Brotherly Love will host its 15th annual running of the Philadelphia Marathon this Sunday.

Established in 1994 with a modest 1,500 participants, the popularity of the marathon has swelled in recent years with this Sunday’s event featuring 18,000 runners: an increase of 30 percent from last year.

The Philadelphia Marathon was named “The best place to run a Boston Qualifier” in the January 2007 issue of Runner’s World magazine and attracts athletes from all corners of the globe.

“We get runners from all 50 states and 30 countries,” said Melanie Johnson, city representative and executive race director.

“Canadians really love to run Philadelphia. We have a few Kenyans who are running this year.”

The marathon includes three overlapping events, including a full marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles) and the Rothman Institute 8K (4.97 miles). All races will begin and end near the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the intersection of 22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The full and half marathons will begin promptly at 7 a.m. while the Rothman Institute 8K kicks off shortly afterwards at 7:15 a.m.

This year’s event will feature 26 Cheer Zones along the course: a hefty increase from 10 in 2007. These Cheer Zones are created specifically for fans to vocalize their support for the runners as the race passes through Center City, past the Liberty Bell, then through University City and Fairmount Park before returning to the Museum of Art.

The marathon will also bring some much-needed revenue into the city, as Mayor Nutter has been forced to cut funding to some local libraries and fire stations in wake of recent budget problems.

“The economic impact will probably be about $10 million and every hotel [along the course route] is sold out.

“The marathon is growing, as is the industry. Philadelphia is a destination place to run marathons,” said Johnson.

The city has an engagement with roughly 100 stores in the business community that will participate in a discount program for the athletes this year. Each runner will receive a fan pass that will grant as much as a 15% discount in participating stores throughout the weekend.

Hotels along the course route will feature Philadelphia Marathon-themed keycards to encourage each guest to watch the race from the Cheer Zones while employees will be decked out in marathon gear.

Marathon weekend will also feature the Health & Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday and Saturday where over 100 exhibitions will showcase running apparel and other sports-related merchandise.

Despite being forced to close registration for this year’s race in mid-October, event directors hope to see the number of runners increase by 2,000 each year.

“Philadelphia is a city where people are born to run, and we are trying to get more people to do that,” said Johnson.

You can contact Zach Patten at

Unusual Acts of Devotion: The Play

The Suzanne Roberts Theatre has opened its doors and the Philadelphia Theatre Company has opened its second season with the first time production of Unusual Acts of Devotion written by playwright Terrence McNally. Since the moment this play made its world premiere on Oct. 22, it has been a complete hit in the City of Brotherly Love! Closing on Nov. 23 there are only a few days left to enjoy this great production.

The Philadelphia Theatre Company is well recognized for putting on the most exquisite productions since 1995. To prove it, The Philadelphia Theatre Company has been the recipient of a myriad of “Best Theater Company” certifications from relevant media sources of the city such as Philadelphia Style Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Weekly. From Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards, the Philadelphia Theatre Company has received over 130 nominations as well as 36 awards. Now opening its second season in the Suzanne Roberts Theatre located at Broad and Lombard Sts., the company is continuing to develop and put out incredible programs starting with Unusual Acts of Devotion.

Unusual Acts of Devotion is a fantastic play written by successful American playwright, Terrence McNally and director Leonard Foglia. Foglia has also directed McNally’s other plays such as By the Sea, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Master Class, Dead Man Walking and The Stendhal Syndrome. With Unusual Acts of Devotion’s well written script and all-star cast, this production is definitely one that will have you screaming for more. Unusual Acts of Devotion is undoubtedly the most fascinating play of the year and is as entertaining as it is moving.

Unusual Acts of Devotion centers on the residents of a small Greenwich Village who all gather on top of a roof to commemorate a friend’s special wedding anniversary. As they use the evening to engross in friendly conversations, they uncover uncomfortable truths about their relationships and personal lives. The play is a lovely showcase of the true values of devotion, love, and relationships.

Unusual Acts of Devotion will only be in the area until Sunday, Nov. 23, so do not forget to purchase your tickets now. Tickets for Unusual Acts of Devotion are priced at $48 to $59. Don’t let the price scare you there are special student discount tickets available as well as group rates.

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Eagles Plagued with Problems

It has been said that there is more to learn from failure than from success—and this is definitely a mantra adopted by sports commentators. The Eagles’ loss to the New York Giants on Sunday was certainly an opportunity to gain knowledge and put a positive spin on a frustrating game.

However, we the fans have a different way of looking at things. We have anger that is pointed at whoever is most to blame: the coach, the offense or defense, a certain player or quite often the referees. While browsing the Internet for game reactions, I was surprised to find just how knowledgeable some viewers really are. We have our own ideas of what needs to be done, and there’s a lot to be learned from us. Here’s what I gathered was missing from Sunday night’s game:

Yardage. In case you didn’t see the game, here’s the breakdown: Giants, 219 yards; Eagles, 106 yards. Ouch! And unfortunately, this is not the first time we lost a close game due to short yardage. Brian Westbrook could be blamed for this, but the truth of the matter is that the offense cannot rely on his super-star status alone. Which brings me to my next point…

More Buckhalter. The Eagles have a number of good players; Westbrook, Donovan McNabb, and DeSean Jackson, to name a few. All have established a strong reputation and get maximum time on the field. However, many fans complained about a lack of Correll Buckhalter in this last game. He rushed for 20 yards on a play in the third quarter, and that was it. Maybe it’s been forgotten that while Westbrook was out due to injury, Buckhalter held his own and made some excellent plays. Simply put, he needs to be in more. Overall though, it seems as though the biggest complaints are not about the players, but one very well known head coach…

Less Reid. When it came down to it, the decisions made off the field were the real reason the Eagles lost. From the choice of players to the plays that were executed, not many good things are being said about Andy Reid. He’s been coaching the team for almost a decade now, and has led the Eagles to the conference championship quite a few times. So what’s wrong now? Some say that he’s playing too many roles right now, serving as general manager and executive VP of football operations in addition to his head coach position. Perhaps there are still family issues, though fortunately, his sons haven’t made the news recently. Obviously, none of us truly know what’s going on in his head, but the fans have a lot to say about what they think he should be doing. So if you happen to be one of those people, and you think you really know how we can win, shoot me an e-mail: I happen to know where Reid lives…

You can contact Becca Bleznak at

Cover Letter Tips

Whether you are a college student applying for an internship or a recent graduate applying for a first job, it is important to realize the importance of a well-written cover letter.

Many employers request a cover letter and résumé for starters, with some also requesting portfolios of completed work. The cover letter is a crucial bridge between your potential employer going from opening your envelope to reading your résumé. Employers will usually reach for the cover letter first to gain a better understanding of the applicant. You want your cover letter to excite the employer and give them a reason to read your résumé.

With that in mind, here are a few tips to get your cover letter in pristine shape:

Be yourself.Don’t feel that you have to follow any kind of strict template. Give your letter some personality. Don’t make yourself sound like a robot by using short, cold sentences when outlining your best qualities. Using long-winded synonyms for simple words and concepts is unnecessary. You could go as far as to include a brief story or memory of a significant moment in your life that relates to the career choices and passion that you have for your craft.

Highlight your best qualities but don’t go into too much detail.Let the employer know that you are motivated and involved in the field but don’t explain every little detail that you wrote on your résumé. You just want to give a brief overview of yourself in your cover letter while allowing the résumé to elaborate on your points. If you include too much in your cover letter, you will be left with nothing to talk about during the interview!

Show that you know the mission of the organization.Let the employer know that you are familiar with the organization’s goals. Do some background research on the company to show that you care. Make sure that you understand and agree with exactly what the organization looks to accomplish so that the employer might see you as a better fit than the other candidates. Briefly mention any past events you attended or related experience with the organization.

Tell how your experience can make a positive contribution.The employer wants to know that you have worked hard and achieved the goals you set for yourself. Briefly explain how any past jobs or internships have taught you a skill that will be beneficial to the organization. Can you do something that most people cannot do? What makes you unique? The employer wants a reason to set you apart from the other applicants, so give it to them!

Proofread, proofread, proofread.Check for misspellings, sentence structure problems, grammatical errors, capitalization, punctuation and everything else in-between. Employers will not hesitate to toss a cover letter filled with errors right into the garbage. Get a few reliable outside sources to edit your letter before sending it out. It never hurts to write a few drafts before getting it right.

Finally, make sure to do the little things that some applicants might neglect. Make address labels instead of writing directly on the envelope. Spend a few extra dollars on professional résumé paper for your documents. Set your printer to the highest quality for print jobs so nothing will look streaky. And always remember to check that you spelled names and addresses correctly.

Following these steps should help bring you one step closer to reaching your next goal. Good luck!

You can contact Zach Patten at

Open Screen Mondays in Bryn Mawr

Hey young film makers! Would you like to be given the chance to show a clip of a special piece that you have been working on? Or even better, show a movie that you have completed to an interested audience and receive credible feedback? If so, Open Screen Mondays at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute is an event made for you.

For those who are unfamiliar with the theater, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute is a non-profit community theater that was founded in 2002 by a few of Bryn Mawr’s civil, academic and business leaders. It was not until a couple of years after, in Dec. 2004, that the dream of Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s founders came true. It was the day that the theater building at 822 West Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. was purchased. The historical theater is known for having unique and exciting programs that are so entertaining that the whole family can enjoy them. It was not until recently that the theater develop their newest attraction known as Open Screen Mondays.

Open Screen Mondays (OSM) is an event that has been a big attraction for the Bryn Mawr Film Institute for quite some time now. OSM occurs once every first Monday of each month and goes on from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. OSM is an awesome event to be a part of because it is innovative and an incredibly entertaining experience.

Open Screen Mondays represents a new and exciting way to provide aspiring film makers with the chance to showcase their work on the big screen. At the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, new and talented film makers are given the opportunity to screen their movies and clips in a real theater and receive real commentary from real critics, the public, as well as fellow film makers.

Film makers who are interested in participating in Open Screen Mondays may choose any day that the Bryn Mawr Film Institute is open to turn in their work. All films must be submitted in DVD or VHS format and also must be only ten minutes of less in length. Any other questions or concerns regarding Open Screen Mondays, contact Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s events coordinator Alice Bullitt at 610.527.4008 or email at

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To learn more about Open Screen Mondays visit its website at

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