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Downtown goes dark for one hour on Saturday
Photo courtesy of Kadence Clark
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT: The downtown Phoenix skyline goes dark Saturday night at 8 p.m. for Earth Hour, to raise awareness for global warming. Exterior signs at many buildings on campus were turned off at 6 p.m. and remained dark until the next morning. For one hour Saturday night, Downtown went dark.

Domestic-partner benefits approved for state workers
A panel voted Tuesday to extend health benefits to the unmarried partners of state and university employees, marking a significant step for gay rights advocates in Arizona.

Dorm leaders will soon attend training on gay sensitivity
Deanna Dent / THE STATE PRESS
PLAY IT SAFE: Journalism senior Jane Christie displays a safe zone sign which promotes an area of respect and tolerance of sexual preference, ethnicity and gender. Starting this fall, leaders of the governing body for students living on-campus will be required to attend training on making dorms welcoming to gay and lesbian students.

Tempe may modify call system to cut costs
As cities look to tighten their purse strings in an uncertain economy, Tempe Police may soon redirect non-emergency calls to help save money.

Public art on West campus for more than 15 years
Cristina Boccio / THE STATE PRESS
STEELY, NOT PEARLY: “The Paley Gates” by Albert Paley in 1991 is located at the main entry into ASU west campus. A walk through the West campus can be like taking a walk through an art museum ­­— if one looks closely.

Health-studies program cut after leading professor dies
Katherine Bielski / THE STATE PRESS
WHAT NOW?: School of Applied Arts and Sciences dean David Schwalm, above, said multiple unsuccessful attempts have been made to replace Professor William Mermis. Mermis, who led the former human health studies program, passed away in 2006, and “is irreplaceable.” Imagine that your favorite professor suddenly passes away, and without his guidance, ASU decides to eliminate your entire department.


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