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Duquesne students return to dorms

Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review
Duquesne University students walk past a generator truck as they return to St. Ann Hall Sunday, February 24 2013. A power outage Thursday morning effected the housing of around 1,300 students that live in three seperate dormitories. Work is underway to replace a faulty electric cable.

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Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Students returned on Sunday afternoon to three Duquesne University dormitories affected by a power outage since late last week, although the buildings' electricity continued to come from generators while crews replaced a faulty underground cable that appeared to be the source of the outage, officials said.

St. Ann, St. Martin and Assumption halls lost power Thursday morning because of a faulty electrical cable underneath Academic Walk, according to a release from spokeswoman Bridget Fare. Work to replace the cable started on Saturday and was ongoing on Sunday.

Classes were canceled on Friday, and a little more than half of the 1,300 affected students found someplace to stay at home or off-campus, Fare said.

The rest stayed on-campus in other dorm rooms or lounges; only a few students and staff took advantage of 80 cots that were set up at the Power Center Ballroom.

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