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Students to stop at Northern Illinois to lend a helping hand


BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 21, 2008 – On their way to the Mid-American Greek Council Association conference in Chicago, a group of students representing Fraternity and Sorority Life at Virginia Tech will visit Northern Illinois University to deliver gifts and condolences to students in the wake of the recent tragedy on their campus.

The group plans to arrive at the university on Feb. 21. Signature boards and special gifts will be presented to the Inter-fraternity Council at Northern Illinois University.

Daniel Parmenter, a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, and four female students at Northern Illinois University lost their lives. Gifts will be given to them by members of the Virginia Tech chapters of Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Chi to show their support for their fraternity brothers.

“I am delighted that our group of students who will be attending a conference in Chicago have chosen to spend part of their time at Northern Illinois University,” said Edward Spencer, associate vice president of Virginia Tech’s Division of Student Affairs. “Certainly there is no better group who can appreciate, understand, and comfort our northern Illinois colleagues than these students from Virginia Tech.”

Hokies United will also send care packages to Northern Illinois University students. Members of the Blacksburg community are encouraged to donate letters of condolence and notes of encouragement, candy, and pre-packaged snacks and drinks to send to the students. Items will be collected from Wednesday, Feb. 20, through Friday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 314 of Squires Student Center.