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In its 22nd year, the annual symposium on environmental ethics will take place April 1-2 in LI 120. This event is free and open to the public.

April 1 will feature the topic “The Future of Non-conventional (wind, solar and geothermal) Energy Sources” organized by Phil Matheson, Chair of the UVU Physics Department. The first session at 9 a.m. is on “Building Solar Energy in Utah,” presented by Orrin Farnsworth, President, Utah Solar Energy Association.

The next session at 10 a.m.,”Building Wind Energy in Utah” will be presented by Sara Baldwin, Community Programs & Policy Associate, Utah Clean Energy. The third session at 11 a.m. is on “Innovative Geothermal Energy” by Richard Putnam, Raser Technologies. Session four at noon is on “Renewable Energy Initiatives by the State of Utah” by Dianne Nielson, Energy Adviser to Governor Huntsman for the State of Utah.
April 2 will feature the topic “The Future of Fossil Fuel and Nuclear Energy Sources: Industry Perspectives,” organized by Dave Winder, Chair, Center for the Study of Ethics Community Advisory Board. The first session at 10 a.m. is on “America’s Energy Future — Myth Versus Reality” by Keith Rattie, Chairman, President & CEO, Questar Corporation. Session two at 11:30 a.m. is on “The Ethics of Energy and the Environment” by Steve Creamer, CEO and Chairman of the Board, EnergySolutions. Session three at 1 p.m. is on “A Regulated Utilities View of Resource Options” by Carol Hunter, Vice President for Communications and Division Services, Rocky Mountain Power (a division of PacifiCorp).

This symposium is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics, Environmental Studies Program and Department of Physics.


In association with Downtown Provo Gallery Stroll, some of the UVU School of the Arts’ finest artists will be displaying their artwork in “Event Identity: Heck Yes Our Heads Are In The Clouds!” at the Utah County Health and Justice Building (151 S. University Ave. in Provo) commencing April 3 from 6-9 p.m.

“Before they graduate, these senior students have been given the problem of becoming visible, introducing themselves into the world,” said UVU adjunct professor of art Alex Bigney. “Event Identity is all theirs as they become their own clients — planning, designing and carrying out every aspect of the exhibit.”

Patrick Stauffer, who will graduate from the art program this spring, is looking forward to the event, not only for what it could mean to him, but also the university.

“For me, it is actually a big deal. I am excited about putting up some of my art and letting people see what I have been doing for the last four or five years,” he said. “I think it will draw people to UVU as well, because people don’t know a lot about the art department here.”

Stauffer, who is one of nearly two-dozen UVU students participating in the event, will have three pieces of work on display — one in graphite, one in acrylic and one mixed media piece. Each display will have something to do with the human figure.

“This is probably one of the more relevant and significant learning experiences that students can have or have had,” said Steven Bule, chair of Department of Art & Visual Communication. “Last fall was the first attempt and it was a huge success; the students learned a lot from it in what to do and what not to do.”

The artwork, which includes pieces of photography, graphic design, illustration and fine art, will remain on display for the entire month of April.


Nintendo Wii sales are now the most popular game console, surpassing the Playstation 2, and reaching 50 million in sales. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata added that the company’s handheld DS console had also shipped 100 million units around the world. Iwata also announced that three new games will be added to the lineup and revealed that a new storage infrastructure will be added to the Wii virtual console. The new games include Rhythm Heaven, which is an American version of a game previously released in Japan, a new war game called Rock N’ Roll Climber, and the last game to be revealed was a new Zelda game for the DS called The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.


The West Michigan Whitecaps minor league baseball team will add a 4,800 calorie burger to their menu this season. The twenty-dollar burger will contain five beef patties, five cheese slices, almost a cup of chili, be smothered in salsa and corn chips and served on a sesame seed bun. The weight of the meat patties alone reaches four pounds. Anyone who accepts a challenge to eat the entire 4,800-calorie burger will win a special t-shirt. The Whitecaps are a Class-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

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