Author: Chris Richards

UVU Aviation Program experiences turbulence

Due to possible closure of an air traffic control tower at the Provo Municipal Airport, 1,500 UVU aviation students will have to change how they fly. FAA cutbacks from government sequestration could place as early as April 7, leaving just weeks for pilots to scramble and make adjustments as needed. There are only three control towers in Utah, and cutting one-third of them could cause a significant headache for aviation students and professional pilots. “[Flying without a traffic control tower] is like a symphony without a conductor,” said Dr. Wayne Dornan, dean of UVU aviation and public services. “We are going to do whatever we can to avoid this closure.” The Aviation Department has been working relentlessly with a team of specialists, contacting Congressman Jason Chaffetz and the FAA while looking at practical solutions. “We have been working almost a month on developing a whole new procedure to implement if this happens,” Dr. Dornan said. Dornan also talked about a possibility of integrated control tower courses that would help keep the Provo tower up and running. “We don’t want it to close, but if it does were ready,” Dornan said. However, Dornan said that until plans have been finalized, classes will continue on as normal despite that as parts of their curriculum, students have to complete three specific takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with...

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Inter-faith conference bridges religious and non-religious gap

A Mormon, an Atheist, a Jew and an Evangelical walked into the UVU Library and had a civil dialogue. Intersecting Convictions was an interreligious conference held Friday, March 1 in the Lakeview room of the UVU Library. The conference shed light on the belief similarities and differences shared by the dynamic panel itself. “If we pursue truth together we can pursue justice now,” said Chris Stedman, humanist chaplain at Harvard University. Panelists approached each other’s faith with civility, transparency and understanding the bilingual nature of belief, which created clarity from contrast allowing for an atmosphere that was both interesting and devoid of argument. Looking at the core beliefs opened a Jewish/Mormon dialogue that covered serious topics such as LDS genealogy and the practice of baptisms for the dead of Jewish Holocaust victims. Josh Stanton, associate director, Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College, focused on the polythetic traditions of Judaism and opened the door for conversation between different belief patterns. “If we have the bravery to engage in conversation, a lot is possible,” Stanton said. LDS author and self-described Mormon feminist Joanna Brooks talked about her experience in an interfaith marriage and the strength that comes from being knowledgeable about others’ beliefs. “We can learn a lot from other faith traditions and beliefs,” Brooks said. “It helps us better understand ourselves.” After reading a verse in the Bible, Deut....

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