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SIU board OKs fees for sports, newspaper

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Associated Press

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois University system's governing board has signed off on two fee proposals meant to help the Carbondale campus' sports programs and student newspaper.

WSIU radio reported the SIU trustees agreed Tuesday to increase the student intercollegiate athletic fee by $9. The board also OK'd a new $9-per-semester student fee expected to raise more than $260,000 during fiscal year 2015 for the financially struggling Daily Egyptian newspaper.

The newspaper's future turned cloudy in May when the board tabled the proposed fee.

The board during its special meeting Tuesday in Edwardsville also approved interim deans.

Unclear is what action, If any, the board took to begin mapping out how to replace Carbondale Chancellor Rita Cheng, Northern Arizona University's new president.

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