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Illinois State

Final exams mean doughnuts, coffee

NORMAL - All-nighters will be a little more palatable at Illinois State University, where doughnuts and coffee will be provided in the school library as students prepare for final exams.

The food-fed study breaks will on the library's main floor beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and again Dec. 12.

The doughnuts and coffee are provided by the ISU Student Foundation and Parent Services.

southern Illinois

Board waiting to see about Walker's health

CARBONDALE - New SIU President Glenn Poshard is scheduled to take office Jan. 1, but the board of trustees has yet to say what will become of current president James Walker's duties in the system.

Walker was originally scheduled to retire June 30, 2006, but health problems have forced the six-year president into medical leave this semester, while an interim takes control.

SIU spokesman David Gross said the board still hopes Walker can advise Poshard during the early months of his tenure but noted all definite plans are currently on hold while officials wait to see how Walker's health turns out.

AIDS awareness focus of week of events

CARBONDALE - SIU-Carbondale recognized World AIDS Day with a week of activities focusing on awareness of the virus.

SIU-Carbondale is home to the nation's second largest AIDS Memorial Quilt. The 12-panel quilt is one panel short of matching San Francisco's 13-panel quilt. Organizers of the events say the activities have become a passion of theirs each year.

Officials set up 3,700 tiny flags near the entrance of campus last week, each representing 320 HIV/AIDS victims.

NORTHERn ILLINOIS

Fellowship created for displaced librarian

DeKALB - Northern Illinois University Libraries gained more than they gave in creating a fellowship for a New Orleans librarian displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Mary Munroe, an associate dean for the libraries, said she's been "thrilled" with the work of Daisy Porter, who started a six-month fellowship with the library Oct. 10.

"We wanted to do something nice, but we got so much more than expected," Munroe said. We're getting more than we're giving." Porter, who grew up in Chicago, received a master's in library science from the University of Illinois and has special training in children's literature. She's worked for two years as assistant manager at East New Orleans Regional Branch Library. The library and most others in the city have been destroyed. "I'm delighted to be here," she said of her new position in DeKalb. She works two days a week on the reference desk and other days putting rare and old books into a special collection.

- Julie Gerke of The Pantagraph, Caleb Hale of The Southern Illinoisan and Renee Messacar of the Daily Chronicle contributed to this report.

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