Fairfield University Board of Trustees announces six new members

Fairfield University announces the election of six new members to its Board of Trustees. They are: Mark J. Beckwith '80, Christopher C. Desmarais '93, Robert J. Murphy '71, Katie Jacobs Robinson '89, Rev. Dennis M. Baker, S.J., and Rev. Terrence P. Devino, S.J. The election of new members took place at the University’s Board of Trustees meeting held October 3, 2014.

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Daniel Pearl World Music Day Concert at Quick Center

Brooklyn band Golem to perform free concert on campus, part of an international network of concerts that uses the power of music to reaffirm a commitment to tolerance. The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies is the event sponsor.

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Health Panel Presents Perspectives on Ebola on Oct. 24

Panel on Oct. 24 to explore what Fairfield needs to know about the disease

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The Connecticut Economy: IDEAS: Fairfield 2020 Lecture Series

“Connecticut’s Economy – Trends for Employment, Careers and Education”

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President von Arx Reviews "Beyond the University" in America magazine

Wesleyan President Michael Roth's new book looks at the history of liberal arts education in a uniquely American context, President von Arx, S.J. writes in his review, and is a plea to “absorb ourselves in great works of literature, art and science,” and the need for moral engagement: “a way of tuning the heart and spirit so as to hear the possibilities of various forms of life in which we might actively participate.”

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Major Award for Master in Nursing Leadership Program

It is with great pride that the School of Nursing announces it has been honored with an award for its Master’s in Nursing Leadership (LEAD) program by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

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Fairfield University's Class of 2018 Is Biggest Ever

When the Class of 2018 arrived on campus in September, they introduced a particularly impressive group of new students to the University. This new class, the largest in the history of the University, is made up of 1,056 students.

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John Thiel's "Icons of Hope" Wins Jesuit Book Prize

Dr. John Thiel, professor of religious studies, has won one of four 2014 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards.

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Fairfield Stags Volleyball Team Heats Up

Two-time defending MAAC champions, the Fairfield Volleyball team, are heating up in their bid for a third consecutive conference title. After a slow start in the conference, the Stags have broken Marist and Rider’s conference winning streaks defeating the previously first place teams in back-to-back matches.

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Theatre Fairfield Opens Season with "Dancing at Lughnasa"

Theatre Fairfield, Fairfield University’s resident production company, opens its 2014-2015 season with the award-winning play “Dancing at Lughnasa,” by Irish playwright and author Brian Friel. Performances take place at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts’ Wien Black Box Theatre, at 8 p.m. Wed. through Sat., Oct. 29-Nov. 1, and at 2 p.m. on Sat. and Sun., Nov 1 and Nov. 2. Tickets are $12 general admission, $6 for seniors and university staff, and $5 for students.

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Spotlight Shines on America's First Superstar

Fairfield professor to shine a spotlight on one of Bridgeport’s most famous sons, Tom Thumb

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Service for Justice (S4J) Residential College Actively Involved in the Community

There are currently 20 residents that participate each to set up service activities for the residents in the Service for Justice Residential College

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Study by Fairfield Students Assesses Value of "The Park City"

Attaching a dollar value to parkland is far more difficult. But that’s just what Dr. Dina Franceschi, professor of economics, and about a dozen students in her 2013 “Environmental Economics” course did for the City of Bridgeport, which boasts so much open space it’s known as “The Park City.” The city released their report during an October 6 press conference in Bridgeport’s Ellsworth Park.

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Residence Hall Named and Dedicated as Meditz Hall in Honor of Alumnus and Trustee

In recognition of the steadfast generosity and support it has received from alumnus and trustee John C. Meditz ’70, of Weehawken, N.J., Fairfield University has named a recently constructed residence hall Meditz Hall. The naming and dedication ceremonies took place October 2, 2014, in front of an audience that included Fairfield University students, faculty, staff, trustees, and invited guests. Offering remarks at the dedication were Mr. Meditz, the Rev. Jeffrey von Arx S.J., president of Fairfield University, and Alexander Cucchi ’15, president of Fairfield University Student Association.

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Fairfield University Receives $5 Million Gift

Fairfield University has received a gift of $5 million from an anonymous benefactor. University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., made the announcement October 3, at a meeting of Fairfield’s Board of Trustees. According to the donor’s wishes, the gift is unrestricted, to be used for an institutional priority at the President’s discretion. Accordingly, the funds have been designated for the modernization and expansion of the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex on campus. The Rec-Plex, located in the center of campus, serves more than 95 percent of the student body, as well as many faculty and staff. It was built in 1979 and houses the swimming pool, Birkenstock field house, and fitness and weight areas that that support general recreation, intramural, and club sports as well as the varsity swimming and diving teams.

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Prep's Rev. Hanwell to become "Socius" of the new Jesuit Northeast Province

The Northeast province will be an amalgamation of the New York and New England Provinces. The "Socius," Fr. Hanwell explained in a letter to the Prep community, is the equivalent of "the Chief Operating Officer in a business model."

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Late Night Programming by Students for Students

Fairfield at Night is a late-night programming initiative implemented by a group of students who organize late-night programs for residents on campus. The focus of this group is to create an alcohol-free environment in which students feel comfortable.

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British Actor Julian Sands Channels the Life of Harold Pinter at the Quick

British stage and film actor Julian Sands presents an extremely personal tribute to poet, playwright and Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter in the one-man performance of “A Celebration of Harold Pinter,” live, on-stage at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Tickets are $45, $40, $35, and $5 for Fairfield University students. The one-night-only performance is generously supported by corporate sponsors Sheaffer and the Westport Inn. (Note: This performance contains mature language.)

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New Humanities Institute Sponsors Panel Presentation on October 16

The Humanities Institute is a well-known name among the Fairfield University community.

Housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, it has sponsored hundreds of lectures, events, film series, workshops, and seminars, as well as curricular and engagement initiatives since its inception in 1984. It has become a cornerstone of support among the humanities departments and fundamental to the vibrant extracurricular programing available for the student population.

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Women’s Golf Captures Back-to-Back Tournament Titles

The Fairfield University women’s golf team captured the 2014 ECAC Championship title on Tuesday, September 30, and the 2014 Delaware State Invitational crown on Monday, October 6.

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Fairfield's Dolan School of Business Ranks 7th In LinkedIn College Rankings

LinkedIn has named Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business one of the country’s best schools for accounting professionals. The impressive list, in which the Dolan School of Business landed in the number seven spot out of 25 top institutions, is part of a new series of tools LinkedIn is offering to help students decide where to attend college and how to make career decisions.LinkedIn now ranks schools to help students look for colleges and plan for careers. Top-notch lists indicate which schools are launching grads into desirable jobs.

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IDEAS: The Fairfield 2020 Lecture Series, Wed., Oct. 8

Come hear Dr. Andrew Delbanco speak about "The College Mission During Turbulent Times" in the Oak Room of the Barone Campus Center on Wednesday, October 8 at 3:30 p.m. as part of IDEAS: The Fairfield 2020 Lecture Series.

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Fall Career & Internship Fair Kicks Off the New Year

One hundred twelve organizations representing non-profit, medical/health, engineering, media, public relations, insurance, accounting and many more industries were in attendance at this year’s Fall Career & Internship Fair

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Save the Date for Alumni & Family Weekend! Friday-Sunday, Oct. 24-26.

Alumni & Family Weekend is a Fairfield tradition that offers a variety of fun activities and special events for students, alumni, families, and faculty and staff!

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Two from 'The Times' Reflect on Media and Culture for OVF and C-SPAN Audiences

Two of today’s cultural tastemakers, The New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley, chief television critic, and Frank Bruni, Op-Ed columnist, share an evening of conversation at the Regina A. Quick Center at 8 p.m., Thursday, October 9, 2014. This special event, “Reflections On Media & Culture In America Today," is presented by Fairfield University’s signature lecture series, Open VISIONS Forum, and will be taped by C-SPAN for future national television broadcast.

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Student Club Raises Money for Purchase of Defibrillator

A recent event supports public safety, while remembering the late son of an alumnus.

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Dinner and...a Book!

Fairfield University Bookstore invites you to a special evening at ARTISAN restaurant, featuring a chat with cookbook collaborators Amy Kundrat and Stephanie Webster, a delicious dinner courtesy of Chef Frederick Kieffer, and a complimentary book.

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Fairfield 2020 - Building a More Sustainable Future

The 11 Fairfield 2020 Task Force Committees, comprised of nearly 200 faculty, students and administrators, have re-energized their dialogue and debate this fall on critical issues impacting the University. They are gathering weekly and bi-monthly as they work diligently toward a December 2014 deadline to submit final strategic plan reports containing recommendations and action plans to the Fairfield 2020 Steering Committee.

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Gibson, Keenan, Rafalski, DeBiase and Johnson star in "Life of Riley"

George Riley is given a life-threatening diagnosis, just before a group of his friends are about to put on an amateur play. What if George is given a part in the play to keep his spirits up? The result reveals how his imminent death affects long-hidden relationships, unmet romantic yearnings, and potential betrayals among a disparate group of couples in a quiet English suburb.

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Residential Colleges Attend Weekend Retreat

Fairfield's sophomore residential colleges further engage our students in their vocational exploration and discovery.

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Open Classroom Week — Teachers Teaching Teachers

Professors to take a sneak peek at their peers' teaching methods and classroom styles during Open Classroom Week

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National Theatre Live's Season Opener Has 'X-Files' Star Power

The Quick Center's new season for National Theatre Live in HD broadcasts begins with the critically acclaimed, sold-out production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” starring Gillian Anderson from “The X-Files." Screening takes place tonight, 7 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 25, 2014. This season, audiences will be offered the best seat in the house to shows that Londoners can’t even get a ticket to. Each broadcast is taped in front of a live theatre audience, with cameras carefully positioned throughout the auditorium, giving HD audiences a better-than-front-row seat experience to each show.

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Dr. Michelle R. Weise Explains "Disruptive Innovation"

A thought-provoking lecture series open to all in the Fairfield University community was developed to provide perspectives and discussions on topics of importance in higher education today.
The purpose is to support and advance the University’s strategic planning process.

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Sports Broadcasting Legends Honored with Leaders of the Herd Award in NYC, Oct. 22

Two iconic college basketball broadcasters - CBS Sports play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist and his longtime partner at CBS, NCAA analyst Bill Raftery, also the lead analyst for FOX Sports college basketball game coverage - will be the recipients of the second annual Fairfield University Basketball "Stags Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 22.

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Catholic Studies, Bennett Center launch Fall Seasons

The Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and the Center for Catholic Studies launch their fall seasons with prominent speakers.

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Artist Rick Shaefer "Renders Nature" in New Bellarmine Museum Exhibition

Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Museum of Art presents its newest exhibition, Rick Shaefer: Rendering Nature, on view September 18, 2014 through December 19, 2014. Shaefer’s charcoal drawings will be complemented by more than a dozen of his cloud paintings, many of which have never been exhibited publicly before, and several of which were painted specifically for the Bellarmine’s main gallery. Pictured: "Rhino", 2012 (charcoal on vellum mounted on aluminum, triptych).

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CFPL Students Put Global Citizenship Skills to Work over the Summer

This summer, JUHAN and Service Learning students continued to make an important mark on their communities – and the world. From the United Nations to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in La Plant, South Dakota, our students were putting their global citizenship skills and knowledge to work.

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Eileen Bossone Receives Employee Choice Award at Service Recognition Reception

On a beautiful late summer afternoon in August, the focus at Fairfield University was a celebration about people – in this case a very special group of individuals – the employees of the University.
Current faculty, staff and retirees gathered in the Oak Room for the 22nd annual Service Recognition reception hosted by the Office of Human Resources. The honorees were individuals who have reached milestones in their tenure at the institution – 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and even 45 years. Recipient of the 2014 Rev. W. Laurence O’Neil, S.J. Employee Choice Award was Eileen Bossone, administrative coordinator in the Office of the President, (pictured, third from right, with her student mentoring group).

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Theatre of the Oppressed presents "The Housing Circus"

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) creates theatre troupes with community members who face pressing social, economic, health, and human rights issues.

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Student Affairs Hosts First-Ever Parent Webinar

Several offices in Student Affairs recently collaborated to host an informative webinar for parents/guardians of the Class of 2018.

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Coach Jim O’Brien Breaks Woman's Soccer Program Coaching Mark in Wild Win

Head Coach Jim O’Brien is in his tenth season as the head coach of the women’s soccer program and has achieved a 97-58-30 record during that time. O’Brien is the all-time winningest coach, surpassing his predecessor, Maria Piechocki, who reached 96 in 2004 with the win over Stony Brook on Sunday. During his time, O’Brien has won two MAAC Championships, reached two NCAA Tournaments, and won MAAC Coach of the Year in 2012. Win number 97 might have been the wildest for Head Coach Jim O'Brien. Not just because it was the one to break the program’s all-time coaching wins mark, but because it was probably one of the more exciting games that he’s ever been a part of. Anna Borea scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick, and goalkeeper Kathleen Early stopped a penalty kick 20 minutes prior, to give the Stags their sixth-straight win at home. “I think it might rank up there, that’s for sure,” Coach O’Brien said. “We started off really strong, got that early goal which was nice. We got a little complacent and gave up two easy one’s that we shouldn’t have but we bounced back and got the two we needed.”

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Library Technology Specialist Roxann Riskin Beta Tests Google Glasses

We’ve all heard about Google Glasses – the wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display – but it’s still in beta-testing mode and only a few thousand people around the world have them. But, there’s a good chance the Fairfield University community will see one, as Roxann Riskin, a technology support specialist in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, is one of the beta testers.

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Fairfield Earns High Marks in U.S. News and World Report's National Rankings

For the 24th consecutive year Fairfield University has ranked in the top 2% of its peer group. The new polling done by U.S. News and World Report found Fairfield to be the third highest ranked University in the North Region. The University was also acclaimed for its “Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching,” high freshman retention rate (88%), and six-year graduation rate (82%).

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Fairfield's 2nd Annual "Fresh Check Day" Sept. 17

Next Wednesday, September 17, from noon to 3 p.m., Fairfield will host its 2nd Annual "Fresh Check Day," an event designed to bring attention to college students' crucial mental health concerns and suicide awareness in a fair-like setting. The goal of 'Fresh Check Day' is to create an approachable atmosphere where students can learn about the mental health resources and programs that exist on campus, in the community, and on a national level.

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Fairfield Welcomes the Class of 2018 at Fall Convocation

In his 2014 Convocation speech, Dr. Yohuru Williams encouraged the Class of 2018 to care for others and stand against social injustice during their "magnificent metamorphosis" to college life

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Helena Orts Brings Back Bronze from Youth Olympic Games

Fairfield women’s basketball freshman Helena Orts spent her summer enjoying the opportunity of a lifetime. While most athletes spent their offseason training for the upcoming collegiate season, the incoming Spanish forward donned her national colors for the 3x3 basketball tournament in the Youth Olympic Games held in China.

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David Gregory Goes “Inside the Beltway" at OVF Lecture

Emmy Award-winning journalist David Gregory will provide a firsthand look at the latest Washington headlines and the working press that covers them at 8 p.m., Monday, September 22, 2014, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Gregory, the former moderator of NBC News’ Meet the Press, will present the lecture “Inside the Beltway: Reflections on Politics & Media” as part of Open VISIONS Forum, Fairfield University’s signature lecture series.

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Activities Fair a One-Stop Shop for Student Involvement

With over 100 clubs and departments on display, beautiful early fall weather, and a delicious barbeque served right at the Green, close to 1,000 students from all four class years were drawn to the Fair.

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Irish Film Directors, Producers, and Writers to Screen their Work

Free Irish Filmmaker Festival kicks off October 1

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Senator Blumenthal Meets with Fairfield University Community

Senator Blumenthal applauded Fairfield University for being a leader on the important issue of campus sexual assault.

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Fairfield 2020 Lecture Series Continues this Fall

The Fairfield 2020 Lecture Series continues this Fall with four engaging speakers who will share thought-provoking perspectives on topics, challenges and opportunities facing higher education in the 21st century. All Students, Staff and Faculty are Encouraged to Attend. All lectures are free and take place on campus, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Oak Room of the Barone Campus Center.


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GSEAP Assists Cesar Batalla School with English Language Learners

Drs. David Zera and Anne Campbell of Fairfield’s Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) helped conceptualize and write the S.T.E.L.L.A.R. Partnership Project (Specialized Training for English Language Learners and Reading). The $200,000 grant will allow for 10 teachers to be trained and supported to better equip them to teach English learners at Cesar A. Batalla School in Bridgeport.

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Guerrilla Girls “Not Ready to Make Nice" at Walsh Art Gallery

Featuring rarely-shown works by the ground-breaking, feminist-activist artists collective, the Guerrilla Girls, and an appearance by one of the original members of the group (Sept. 23, Barone Campus Center), Fairfield University’s Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery presents its newest exhibition, “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond,” on view from Thursday, September 4, 2014, through Friday, November 14, 2014.

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Jennifer Anderson ’97, MBA’02 to Lead Marketing and Communications Team

Following an extensive search, Jennifer Anderson ’97, MBA’02 has been named Fairfield University’s new Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications. Ms. Anderson, a resident of Fairfield, Conn., brings more than 16 years of marketing and communications expertise, including traditional and digital marketing, marketing communications and employee communications, to her new role at Fairfield University. Most recently, she served as the Vice President, Digital & Event Marketing for Pitney Bowes, where she oversaw the company’s external and internal web properties, content marketing efforts and the global events organization.

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Two Time Olympian Named Fairfield Swim Coach

Janelle Atkinson-Wignall has been named head coach of the Stags men’s and women’s swimming & diving program. Atkinson-Wignall becomes the first female head coach in program history.

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Fairfield University Welcomes its Largest Class Ever, 2018

More than 350 staff and student volunteers, including athletes, RAs, and student government leaders greeted and helped move in more than 1,000 first-year students and 50 transfer students on Sunday, August 31.

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Attend Alumni & Family Weekend!

Alumni & Family Weekend for all faculty, staff, administrators, and their families!
Friday, October 24 – Sunday, October 26

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Enhanced Shuttles Offer Early Trips to Town & Service to Dolan Hall

Based on feedback from the Fairfield University Student Association (FUSA), the University recently announced transportation enhancements that went into effect on Monday, October 20.

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