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FAULKNER GETS A FEW MORE HOURS IN INFIRMARY

A doctor examined Shannon Faulkner Wednesday and recommended at least a few more hours in the infirmary for The Citadel's first female cadet, felled by heat on her first day of training.

A decision was expected late Wednesday afternoon on whether to return Faulkner to her barracks or keep her in the infirmary for a third night, college spokesman Terry Leedom said. She fell ill in 100-degree weather Monday."Anyone seriously ill would not be kept in the infirmary," Leedom said, when questioned about the extent of her illness. He said the doctor, brought in from outside because the school infirmary has no doctor on staff, examined the 20-year-old junior Wednesday morning.

Faulkner, who fought for 21/2 years to join the school's previously all-male corps, was staying in the same infirmary room where the college once proposed housing her. A federal judge ordered she be housed in the barracks with male cadets.

Training continued without Faulkner. It was somewhat cooler Tuesday - highs only in the 90s - although the 60 percent humidity made it feel like 113.

Four male cadets also fell ill Monday, and one of them stayed a second night in the infirmary. The heat struck the new cadets while they were learning to march, salute and follow orders. The school calls the regiment training by stress; the students call it "Hell Week."

Faulkner missed a preliminary physical fitness test today. She will be required to meet U.S. Army physical requirements for women; students who fail the test are put on remedial training.

Earlier, she missed taking the cadet oath and "Hell Night," when new cadets are rousted out of bed and into a courtyard. There they stand in silence in the dark for 15 minutes with their new classmates.

She also missed welcoming remarks Tuesday by Citadel President Claudius Watts. He did not mention her as he spoke to rows of cadets sitting ramrod straight in gray uniforms.

"If you are willing to pay the price, if you are willing to invest your time, you will succeed," Watts said.

Meanwhile, The Citadel is pressing ahead with its appeals in the court fight, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the judge's ruling that the school's all-male policy is unconstitutional.