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Andrew Schlachter

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Discounted Lagoon Tickets from UVU!

Lagoon Day 2018

School gets out on May 24, and that means summer break is upon us! But don’t worry – you won’t have to miss your UCASian friends.

UVU Alumni Relations is offering discounted Lagoon tickets for all UVU alumni, staff, faculty, and current students (including UCASians) for Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Tickets include admittance to the Lagoon amusement park in Farmington, UT from 10am to 11pm on June 2, as well as free ice cream, soda, and a raffle entry for a prize drawing at the Juniper Terrace from 2-3pm. read more

UCAS news World News

Free Pancakes at IHOP for National Pancake Day

IHOP at 850 W 1250 S, as seen from the parking lot.

February 27th is National Pancake Day at IHOP, and they’re continuing a favorite tradition: free pancakes!

The promotion runs from 7am to 7pm around the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Mexico. Each customer may order a stack of three buttermilk pancakes (normally $3.99), entirely for free. One per customer and dine-in only.

Although they aren’t required to pay, IHOP is encouraging customers to make a donation to one or more of their charity partners: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Since 2006, IHOP customers have raised over $30 million on National Pancake Day, and IHOP’s goal for this year is $6 million. read more

Editorials History Politics and Polls

What Exactly Is Presidents’s’s Day?

On this coming Monday, car dealerships will run cringe-worthy TV ads, post offices will close, department stores will advertise blowout sales, and overworked high school students everywhere will get to sleep in. But why?

Depending on where you look, you’ll get a different answer. Many would say it’s thanks to Presidents Day, while others would refer to President’s Day or Presidents’ Day. A Google search will reveal significant debate; however, the truth is that each spelling holds its own connotative advantages and disadvantages. read more

Editorials UCAS news

Bodies of Ogden men recovered from airplane wreckage

Denny Mansell and Peter Ellis with the lost Cessna 172M, N4395R

The conclusion to an exhaustive two-week search for a missing Cessna 172M came Saturday, Jan. 13, when scuba divers recovered the bodies of two Ogden residents from under twenty feet of water in the Great Salt Lake.

Private pilot Denny Mansell, 71, and his passenger Peter Ellis, 74, flew out of the Ogden-Hinckley Airport on Dec. 29 in a small red and white Cessna 172, N4395R. They had planned to fly to the Promontory Point area to take photos of trains at the Winter Steam Festival at the Golden Spike National Historic Site. However, when they failed to return as scheduled and no airport reported sighting them, a search and rescue operation was launched. read more

Editorials History

Amateurs Unearth Unique Roman Mosaic in UK

Three weeks ago in Boxford, England, a group of 55 volunteer hobbyist archaeologists unearthed what has been described as “without question the most exciting mosaic discovery made in Britain in the last fifty years” (Beeson).

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, amateurs working alongside several historians spent three summers to locate and excavate the remains of a large Roman villa, including this magnificent mosaic that dates to AD 380.

Roman villas of this timeframe usually consisted of several buildings: one for the owner and his family, another for the slaves, servants, and chef, and a third to store produce until it could be transported for sale. These buildings were arranged in a square or rectangle to create an isolated courtyard in the middle. read more

Entertainment UCAS news

UCAS makes appearance on Studio C

“Wait… Wait… Wait… Wait… 800 South; walk sign is on to cross 800 South.”

Every UCAS student knows the famed (or infamous) crosswalk that gets us safely to and from our UVU classes. However, BYU sketch comedy group Studio C has given this crosswalk an entirely new persona in its newest episode, published at 4pm on Tuesday, October 3.

The episode, titled “A Lonely Crosswalk,” opens with cast member Matthew Meese approaching the 800 S crosswalk from the UVU classroom building. He pushes the crosswalk button, which is voiced by James Perry, waits for the sign to change, and begins to cross. To his surprise, as he takes his first step, the button calls out and urges him to stay and keep it company. As the episode continues, the button is reduced to begging as Matt becomes increasingly frustrated. In the end, Matt ignores the crosswalk and storms into the street, only to be struck by an eastbound car. read more

Featured Technology

The Infinite Soaring Machine

The Infinite Soaring Machine: AI Piloted Glider

Andrew Schlachter

Over the desert sands of Hawthorne, Nevada, the Microsoft glider dubbed “the infinite soaring machine” sails gracefully through the air without aid of engine, propeller, or even a human pilot.

Instead, this advanced AI-piloted craft stays aloft by actively predicting and seeking out pockets of rising air known as thermals, just as a birds of prey do.

“Birds do this seamlessly, and all they’re doing is harnessing nature,” said Ashish Kapoor, one of the principal researchers of the project. “And they do it with a peanut-sized brain.” read more