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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1996 - Random Access Memory. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 18, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/15484/show/15380.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1996 - Random Access Memory. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/15484/show/15380

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1996 - Random Access Memory, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed December 18, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/15484/show/15380.

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Title Houstonian 1996
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