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Vol. 16, #9 January 31, 2001
Copyright 2001, Maharishi University of Management

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Dr. Sam James, Students Head to Philippines for Worm Research

State Approves Incorporation of Vedic City

New Edition of Maharishi at 433 Now Available

Famous Harmonica Blues Artist to Offer Valentine's Concert

80 New Students Arrive for Spring Semester

Work Continues on New Structure for Men's Dome

Construction Goes Ahead on Three New Buildings

Student Activities Adds Staff, Looks Forward to Fun Semester

First-Year Students Experience Teaching During Ed Course

University Artists Exhibit in Grinnell

Computer Renderings of New Campus Buildings


Dr. Sam James, Students Head to Philippines for Worm Research

Under the aegis of a $335,000 NSF grant, professor Sam James and his family have recently left for the Philippines for six months of biodiversity research that will primarily involve collecting and identifying earthworms, snails, and leeches.

Students Matt Levi and Jana Ffitch will join the expedition in the spring and help with the fieldwork, while faculty member Ken Daley will join the crew for a month in late February.

The research will range from locations just two hours' drive from Manila to remote locations among indigenous tribes that avoid contact with outsiders. It will entail collecting and preserving specimens (primarily earthworms), collecting data on locations and habitat, keeping records, and taking pictures According to Dr. James, the results of this research will be invaluable for the Philippines, which is a very diverse country with many natural areas that are threatened.

Speaking about the importance of knowing about biodiversity, Dr. James said, "If you don't know what you have, you don't have a basis for conservation." The creatures he's studying are the basis of the food chain and are fundamental to any conservation effort. The overall goal is to understand the historical biogeographical processes within the last 100 million years, he said.

Dr. James will also be joined in his research for a month by a snail specialist from the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Science, by a Korean earthworm specialist, and by Philippine students and scientists. He will also have two Philippine assistants, who are securing the necessary permits and taking care of other similar details.

One of the more interesting sites will be in the Central Cordillera Mountains on Luzon Island, where a tribal group in the hill country is suspicious of outsiders and tends to limit contact. A minimum crew of Dr. James and Mr. Daley will use the village as a base and then head up to a higher-altitude camp where they will join a field crew from a Chicago museum.

Dr. James said that Mr. Daley will assist with the fieldwork and will draw upon his experience with digital media to record the experience and to create a documentary that will be shown on the web site being created to present the research data.

The research will begin near Manila for a month--a "shakedown period" in an easily accessible area that will offer the opportunity to work out all bugs before heading to remote areas.

Then the next location will be Luzon Island for five weeks. In April the research will move to the Batan Islands, small, remote islands in the northernmost area of the Philippines. In May the group will spend time on the southern peninsula of Luzon, where there is a series of volcanic mountain peaks. In June, the site will be the Island of Palawan.

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State Approves Incorporation of Vedic City

In mid-January a special committee of the Iowa City Development Board approved a petition to incorporate a substantial portion of the Maharishi Center for Perfect Health and World Peace, located north of Fairfield, as Vedic City.

If the 125 residents vote for incorporation in a referendum to be held this spring, Vedic City will be the first city in Iowa since 1982 to incorporate--and the first city in the United States to be built according to principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design, creating greater health, happiness, and prosperity for its residents.

"We are very pleased that Vedic City was approved by the state of Iowa, and we look forward to joining the family of other municipalities in Iowa," said Bob Wynne, University vice president for expansion and one of the developers of the Maharishi Center.

Mr. Wynne said that the goal of Vedic City is to provide prosperity and well-being to all its citizens through the implementation of all aspects of Vedic knowledge. The approval for incorporation came almost exactly 10 years after the inauguration of the Maharishi Center for Perfect Health and World Peace.

According to Mr. Wynne, the University will have a presence in Vedic City just as it has a presence in Fairfield. Last year 58 acres in Mandala Two of the Maharishi Center were donated to the University, including all the roads and infrastructure and common areas. Currently, the new building for the College of Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care is being built on a portion of that land.

Additional lots will be dedicated to faculty and staff housing and other University functions.

"Maharishi University of Management will also have a special relationship with Vedic City because both share the goal of implementing all 40 aspects of Vedic knowledge throughout all aspects of their activities," Mr. Wynne said.

He said that credit is due to all those who helped achieve this important step. They include the petitioners' attorney, Tom Makeig, who spearheaded the application, and the members of the developers of the Maharishi Center: Rogers and Candace Badgett, Chris and Dee Johnson, Tim Fitz-Randolph, Bob and Maureen Wynne, and the Zimmerman family. Also playing a role was Bob Daniels, who, as a resident of the future city, was appointed by the Jefferson County supervisors to serve as a member of the committee reviewing the application.

Incorporation will allow financing such as general-obligation bonds and will help the new city to create necessary infrastructure and provide services such as police and fire protection.

The city is projected to grow to about 1,200 residents by the year 2010 and 3,100 by 2020.

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New Edition of Maharishi at 433 Now Available

A popular book that told the story of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's first visit to the United States in 1959 has now been released in a new edition.

Variously titled A Hermit in the House and Maharishi at 433, the original book was narrated by Mrs. Helena Olson, with whose family he stayed.

This charming story is now available for the first time in 25 years in a new edition with new material.

Titled His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: A Living Saint for the New Millennium: Stories of His First Visit to the U.S., the new edition was inspired by the 40th anniversary of his first visit and contains the original story by Mrs. Olson as well as a new preface by Theresa Olson, an introduction to Maharishi Vedic Technologies, and achievements.

Also included in the new edition are endorsements of the Transcendental Meditation® technique from leaders and practitioners of various world religions. Ms. Theresa Olson said that these endorsements reassure people that the technique does not conflict with a person's religious beliefs and practices.

Ms. Olson said that the book plays an important role because it "warms the hearts of those new to Maharishi's teachings." Part of the impetus for the new edition came from a parent who has children in Maharishi School. Ms. Olson said the book will help acquaint the schoolchildren with the Founder by relating the story of the first family with whom he stayed.

In her preface, Ms. Olson writes, "This is a tender story told simply about a great man with a superhuman goal." She believes he can serve as a role model by showing someone who has huge goals and achieves them. By incorporating the original narrative along with 40 years of achievements, the book documents the fulfillment of Maharishi's vision.

The official release date for the public is May 1, but advanced copies are now on sale in Fairfield at the University Bookstore, at 21st Century Bookstore, and from Maharishi University of Management Press. To place an order, call 888-603-9171, or purchase via the web at www.samhita.com.

All profits will be used to help purchase and restore the original Olson home where Maharishi stayed.

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Famous Harmonica Blues Artist to Offer Valentine's Concert

BY JONATHAN SINTON

This year's Valentine bash will be just a little different. No, there won't be giant hearts or delicate pink decorations. No, not this year, 'cause this year we got the blues! On Saturday, February 17, at 8:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, blues harmonica legend Carey Bell will play live in concert.

Admission, which includes dessert, will be $10 general, $7 for seniors, children, and University staff and faculty, and $4 for University students. Drinks will also be available. Tickets will be sold at Somebody Cares and the University Bookstore starting February 1.

Bell is a rare artist by today's standards. He didn't learn his craft by listening to old records, but under the tutelage of the masters such as Big Walter Horton, Little Walter Jacobs, and Sonny Boy Williamson II. And like his teachers, Bell forged his own style, his signature being a "chopped" harmonica phrasing with a deep blues vocal attack.

A veteran of both Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon's bands as well as a searing solo artist with chops to burn, Bell's classic yet contemporary, funky yet subtle and deeply soulful blues place him firmly on the short list of blues harmonica superstars.

Carey Bell Harrington was born in Macon, Mississippi, on November 14, 1936. He taught himself to play harmonica by the time he was eight and began playing professionally with his god-father, pianist Lovie Lee, when he was 13. Lee convinced Carey that Chicago was the place to be for aspiring bluesmen, and on arrival, Bell went to see Little Walter perform at the Club Zanzibar at 14th and Ashland. The two became friends and Walter delighted in showing the youngster some of his tricks.

Bell moved on to learn from Sonny Boy Williamson II, but it was Big Walter Horton who really bowled him over. "I liked that big tone he had," recalls Bell. "Didn't nobody else have that." Big Walter became Bell's close friend and musical mentor.

By the 1980s Bell was an established giant among blues harmonica players, recording albums as a leader and a sideman for a variety of labels, both in the United States and Europe, and was constantly performing live. In 1995, Bell's very first full-length solo album on Alligator Records, Deep Down, secured his reputation as a monster harpist.

Now, with Good Luck Man, Bell keeps the blues fire burning red hot. He's touring extensively with his own band and also working regularly with the Grammy-nominated Muddy Waters Tribute Band.

So come and enjoy choice desserts and drinks as you listen to what Living Blues called, "tender introspection, emotional complexity, and the kind of sensitivity and tonal control a lot of us thought had died with Big Walter Horton." Whether you take your beloved to the event of the year or prefer to go solo, we hope to see you at Bell's premiere performance in the Heartland!

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80 New Students Arrive for Spring Semester

At press time the University was expecting 80 new students to have arrived by the end of January for spring semester, including about 25 new undergraduate and graduate students and 55 students in the computer science co-op program.

The new first-year students include 20 who arrived in early January for the 33-lesson course in the Science of Creative Intelligence--a group that has already greatly impressed their teachers.

"This is a very special group of new students," said Brad Mylett, director of Admissions. "They all have a common desire for deep, profound knowledge and spiritual growth--not to mention high SAT scores."

Mr. Mylett says that new students arrive in January for a variety of reasons. Some are transfer students who have decided to switch schools, some took a semester off after high school in order to travel, and others simply have circumstances, such as coming from another country, that disallowed their arrival in the fall.

The new computer science students add to an already large number on campus and attest to the remarkable success of the co-op program.

"The arrival of 80 new students in January indicates the continuing trend of rapid growth at the University," Mr. Mylett said. He attributes this growth to the increased attunement with Natural Law that the campus is enjoying as a result of the construction of new buildings according to principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design.

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Work Continues on New Structure for Men's Dome

With much of the framing complete for the east half of the new rectangular structure that will gird the Men's Dome, work in mid-January moved to the interior, with a large plastic sheet running from the ceiling to the floor, protecting the occupants from dust as the former exterior walls begin to be removed.

According to David Todt, director of special projects, the east half is expected to be complete by graduation, including the restrooms and all other facilities.

At that time, the downstairs area and the small dome will be closed, and work will then begin on the west half of the new structure, which should be completed by early fall.

Mr. Todt said that for now only the former exterior walls behind the plastic sheet will be removed. The very last step will be to put protective plastic sheeting around the periphery and then remove the remaining exterior walls, thereby completing the east half.

The stage has been temporarily moved inside the Dome, and once the newly renovated facility is complete, it will be located on the west side.

The new structure is in accord with principles of Maharishi Sthapatya VedaSM design, resulting in greater happiness and success due to being more in accord with Natural Law.

"It is fabulous to be making these changes to the Men's Dome, which is in use 14 hours a day and which is a focal point of our community," said University official Kathy Brooks.

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Construction Goes Ahead on Three New Buildings

In addition to the new structure for the Men's Dome, construction is proceeding on three new classroom/office buildings, two on central campus and one north of town.

This month the roof was put on the new McLaughlin Building, which will house the computer science department. In addition, work began on the first floor of Maharishi Veda Bhavan, which will house the SCI department.

The building for the College of Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care was delayed due to cold weather, which disallowed pouring the concrete for the foundation. After waiting in vain for a warm spell, University officials have decided to go ahead. Large plastic tents will be used to create a warm enough environment for pouring the concrete.

All the new structures are in accord with principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design, thereby promoting greater health, prosperity, and happiness.

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Student Activities Adds Staff, Looks Forward to Fun Semester

BY ALESIA LLOYD

New staff member Merci Bandera has recently joined forces with Student Activities director Jonathan Sinton to help make this next semester's campus events the most fun ever.

Citing communication as the ultimate key to success, Ms. Bandera has already begun to put her energies in the direction of making students happy by conducting a survey to find out just what kind of activities the students really want.

"The way to get students excited about events is to find out what interests them," Ms. Bandera said "Once we know what they like and expect, we can make educated choices about where to put our energy in organizing events."

Ms. Bandera's first event with Student Activities, the "Celebrate 2001" dance in the Cosmic Café, was an overwhelming success. Ms. Bandera said that she really got a chance to interact with the students and to find out firsthand what kinds of ideas they had. "What was most impressive to me was the diversity of the community here and the feeling that we were all family--it really did feel like a Universe-city," she said.

In light of her first experiences here, Ms. Bandera says that her ultimate goal is "the expansion of happiness and well being among all here at the University by planning and organizing uplifting activities that bring us together in a healthy atmosphere."

Mr. Sinton, co-director, said, "I am so incredibly happy to have Merci here to help me. She is dynamic and creative. We are going to have a great semester of student activities ahead of us."

Currently Student Activities is putting all their energy into bringing students the Tropical Dance, February 10, which will coincide with Bob Marley's birthday, and the Valentine's Day celebration on February 17, which is scheduled to have a live blues concert by Carey Bell from Chicago. See you there!

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First-Year Students Experience Teaching During Ed Course

In early January, the 31 students in the Natural Law Seminar on education got firsthand experience of the education process by teaching students at Maharishi Lower and Middle Schools.

They divided into four groups, each group teaching either a science or language arts lesson to either a fifth- or eighth-grade class. They prepared and taught a 40-minute lesson based on the theories and associated methods of teaching that they were studying.

The eighth-grade science lesson, for example, focused on understanding the hearing process and included a range of activities for the eighth graders, such as having them stand shoulder-to-shoulder and bumping each other to understand that molecules bump each other when waves propagate. The lesson concluded with an assessment to see how well the class had learned.

According to Jamie Grant, who taught the first-year seminar along with faculty member Chris Jones, a motivation for having the students teach is to increase their understanding.

"Current learning theory says that one best demonstrates understanding by applying knowledge appropriately in real-life situations," Dr. Grant said. "It's important to have both knowledge and experience. Otherwise it's just too abstract."

Dr. Grant said that his seminar students really enjoyed teaching. "They were just glowing after the experience."

On the final exam, during which the seminar students reflected on their teaching, Deja Bernhardt wrote, "This last week I felt like I was floating on a cloud . . . . [N]ow I see why people go to all the trouble to be a teacher . . . . [I]t's because the pay is not in monetary value. It is in the achievements within your students and the teacher and the overall fulfillment. The personal connection I made with my kids was awesome and made me want to be a better person and learn more."

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University Artists Exhibit in Grinnell

Eight University artists are represented in the Central Iowa Women's Caucus for Art Group Exhibition at the Grinnell Community Art Center.

The exhibit, which is showing through February 2, includes work by faculty members Cherie Sampson, Juliette Daley, Anna Bonshek, and Patricia Innis, Maharishi School faculty Marie-Helene Tourenne, University. students Kathleen Tachet and Celia Tourenne, and University MFA graduate Anne McArthur, as well as Fairfield artists Judy Bales and Betsy Huffsmith and 12 other Iowa artists.

The opening reception included a screening of Dr. Bonshek's video "This and That." It also featured Ms. Sampson, who presented a segment of her work entitled "her blue sea fire"--a performance of the myth of origin depicted in the first rune of the Finnish epic poem The Kalevala. The work in its entirety will be presented by Ms. Sampson and her collaborator Deanne Workman at the WCA National Conference in Chicago in February and later in Iowa City, Finland, and Germany.

The Art Center is located in the Community Center on the northwest corner of 4th Ave. and Park St. As you come in off I-80 from the Grinnell exit (182), Hwy 146 becomes West St. in town. Proceed north on West to 4th Ave., turn right (east) and go 2 1/2 blocks to the alley opposite the park. Turn left and immediately right into the parking lot.

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