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The Thunderbird Monday, January 23, 1984 Page 3 Sunshine heats business building by Tracy Hopkins The next time you walk into the warmth of the Business Building from the freezing cold, thank those black panels and all those wonderful rays from the sun. The solar panels that have been on the Business Building since early fall are now in operation. According to Dale Brinkerhoff, supervisor of alterations and repairs for the operations plant, the solar heating system has been under a six month contract that is now complete, making the system ready for formal operation. Brinkerhoff said the final inspection held Friday went very well. For all intents and purposes the system is approved. Brinkerhoff said the decision to have a solar heated building was made long before the actual construction took place. The building design came but at the with the solar panel area ready-madtime of construction funds were not available for the system. When funds were found, a six month contract was made with the lowest bidder from St. George, Larken Plumbing, and the project was put into motion. The system was completed about three weeks ago and has been running well, says Brinkerhoff. Its a good clean system, much simpler than the old one and much more effective, and the cost is much less then expected. This system, which came from California, has an estimated cost of $139,000. Each of the 57 solar panels have a price tag of $600 alone, making up the majority of the high price. Brinkerhoff said that this figure has certain variables but is a close estimate. The money came from two main sources, says dollars came from Brinkerhoff. Eigthty-thousan- d the state building board with money appropriated from the legislature and $59,000 from other sources. Brinkerhoff explained that on partially cloudy e, Solar panels on the south side of the business building, erected at a cost of $139,000, will pay for themselves within 20 years by providing much of the buildings heating needs. days the solar heating system can produce enough energy to cover the majority of the buldings heating needs. When there is plenty of sunshine the system can cover 100 percent of the buildings needs, even on extremely cold days. Brinkerhoff pointed out that although the temperature outside was only around 10 degrees, the system was producing steam at 158 degrees Fahrenheit. The system works like most basic solar heating systems, said Brinkerhoff. Water with a glycol base to prevent freezing is circulated up through the solar panels or collectors where it is heated to extreme temperatures and is pumped down to a heating converter. The converter heats regular water by transferring heat from the glycol through thin plates which seperate the two. This newly healed water is then pumped through a heating coil which surrounds a fan that forces air throughout the building. The old heating system which brought steam over from the main plant is still in place and is used as a backup when the new system cant produce enough steam or if there ever is a problem with the main system, said Brinkerhoff. The system will eventually save the school money, but it will be some time yet. "Our figures indicate that it will probably be a said Brinkerhoff. The main reason it will take so long is that this building is so well built, its very cheap to heat so we havent spent a lot on it. Brinkerhoff hopes that some day the solar heating system will be used not only for heating the Buisness Building but also the school swimming pool in the summer. He says this would save about $2,700 every summer since the solar heating system is so much cheaper than the old existing system. Solar power is considered by many to be the power source of the future. This new solar heating system goes to show that SUSC is keeping up with the times. Maestro to share his views Career women discussed Winter quarter Convocations continue Abravanel, former conductor of the Utah Symphony, speaks in the fourth presentation Thursday at 11 a.m. Convocation coordinator Lana Johnson said, Abravanel is a marvelous speaker. He is humorous, and relates to entertaining, quick-witte- d the audience very well. He is a rare human being and such an integral part of the arts and whats happening in Utah and the Intermountain West. Equally well known on the West Coast, Abravanel directed Santa Barbaras Music Academy of the West. In tribute, Abravanel Hall was built on the Academys campus as its concert hall as Maurice in 1972. In 1981, Abravanel was the recipient of the American Symphony Orchestra Leagues Gold Baton Award, which in previous years had gone to Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Arthur Fiedler, Beverly Sills and others. Utahn visited The SUSC last spring to receive a Utah Lifetime Achievement Award. He was honored in 1974 as SUSCs commencement speaker and as the recipient of an honorary doctoral degree. Abravanels music studies began at age nine. He said, I would go to all the concerts I could as a teenager. I knew that music was my life. I had to be a musician or nothing. Abravanel thus far has had a total of three careers. Starting out as an opera conductor, he switched at age 35 to world-renowne- d Broadway and after spending 10 years there, went back to classical music as the conductor of his own symphony. I decided I wanted to settle down with an orchestra away from all that, says Abravanel. The Utah Symphony provided just that opportunity. Abravanels 29 years as music director in Utah is a tenure among major orchestras second only to Eugene Ormandys 40 years in Philadelphia. Over the years, Abravanel has built the Utah Symphony into an internationally respected ensemble. The symphonys yearly travels sometimes in excess of 15,000 miles earned it the title of Americas most mobile orchestra. Abravanel feels strongly that the potential audience for good music in America has only just begun to be tapped. During his years touring with the Utah Symphony he said, Our next frontier must be to give every citizen a chance to hear good music live. Thats why I love touring with the Utah to all kinds of towns that Symphony most people have never heard of. The response we get is wonderful. Taking music to the people, thats what its all about. Abravanels contributions to the state, in the arts and as a humanitarian, were summed up by former Governor Calvin Rampton when he said: Maestro Abravanel would be an asset even if hed never raised a baton. Dawn DeBusk Achievement by the Cedar City Business and Professional Womans Club in 1983, Sandra Maxwell, a Cedar City native, Maxwell was asked, Will children see was the guest speaker Wednesday for the mother as a failure because she isnt a Taking Charge of Your Life series supermom who hashot cookies and milk sponsored by the Womans Resource ready when they walk in the door? Her Committee. answer was, My family gets hot cookies Maxwell, who chose to discuss the on Saturday and cold cookies on issue of the mother Tuesdays. If they w4nt hot cookies on holding down a job outside the home, Tuesday, they are enough entitled her speech Mixing and to make their own. She shared her personal recipe for a Matching Roles and stated that her goal for the afternoon was to explain happy family existence. When she how to combine the many facets of a experienced feelings of guilt about womans life into a harmonious existence. If its something you want, After her introduction, Maxwell briefly outlined her life, crediting being the make the first move. eldest of five children to her ambitious outlook. She attended SUSC for a year, but shrugging responsibilities, she would her campus life ended in marriage to initiate a family conference. In this way, she found how much her husband and Douglas Maxwell. She worked at First children supported her. Security Bank until her first pregnancy, and then took a two year leave. After Maxwell stated that the quality of time returning, she remained an employee for spent with children is much more 8 years. Her eldest son, Jeff, is SUSCs important than the quantity. An hour srudent body vice president. Her spent playing care bears with her daughter is married. At daughter is more important than doing home, she has a son, 15, and a daughter, the dishes because housework isnt a 7. justifiable excuse to ignore chilrens Her lecture was divided into three needs, she said. Maxwell appoints a chore for each of categories: 1) Working wife; working mother 2) changing jobs outside the her children, which not only relieves her organization 3) changing jobs within the of the burden of a clean house, but organization. A When nominated (continued on page 8) by nt '