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Vol. 17, #3, October 17, 2001
Copyright 2001, Maharishi University of Management

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Maharishi Presents Peace Proposal at International News Conference

42 Students Help Create Peace via New Course on Maharishi's Absolute Theory of Defense

University Enrolls 305 New Students

First-Year Students Score High on Standardized Assessments

Students Explore Geological Wonders of South Dakota

New Office Building Going Up on West Side of Campus

Rec Center Adds New Equipment

Student Government to Breathe New Life into University Café

University Soccer Team Anticipates Successful Season

Physicians Earn Credit in Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care


Maharishi Presents Peace Proposal at International News Conference

In his first press conference in seven years, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi recently presented a field-tested, peaceful approach based on the wisdom of the Vedic tradition to eliminate terrorism and create permanent world peace.

Maharishi spoke live via satellite from Holland to a packed audience at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., with many thousands more connected by teleconference, live webcast, and satellite television.

Maharishi proposed establishing in India a group of 40,000 experts trained in proven Vedic technologies of defense, including the Transcendental Meditation® and TM-Sidhi® program, to neutralize the tensions in the world today. These experts would generate an influence of peace and positivity in world consciousness and thereby eliminate hostility.

"We Have the Solution"

"We have the solution to the age-old problem of crime and negativity," Maharishi said. "Crime has been coming up in every generation, and every government has implemented punishments; but crime and punishment continue, generation after generation.

"Now we want to take recourse to that intelligence of Natural Law which in our scientific age is being realized as the most fundamental level of everyone's awareness. This is the time for us in this scientific age to make use of this most fundamental level of life, which is Transcendental Consciousness, and thereby all our thoughts and actions will be fully in accordance with the evolutionary direction of Natural Law."

World Peace Endowment Fund

Maharishi called for the creation of a World Peace Endowment Fund of $1 billion to sustain the 40,000 professional "peace-creators" on a permanent basis. The interest from the fund would pay for housing facilities and living costs at about $200 per expert per month. Maharishi urged government leaders and the most prominent and successful individuals of America to support the implementation of this proven, preventive approach and avert the imminent threat of war.

"The value of science and technology is to prevent all the mistakes that past generations have been committing," he said. "Prevention is the answer. Vedic performances can create a very strong level of harmony and integrity in all the countries, and that is the only way the tradition of culprits can be stopped. When these 40,000 people will generate coherence in world consciousness, then that coherent world consciousness will not allow negative tendencies to sprout. It is possible to create very strong coherence in the world, and this I am going to do."

Dr. Hagelin Cites Research

Faculty member John Hagelin, Ph.D., Harvard-trained quantum physicist, chaired the news conference and outlined the theory and rigorous scientific research supporting this peaceful approach.

Major General Kulwant Singh, a highly decorated, 35-year military veteran in India and an expert in anti-terrorism, also spoke at the news conference via telephone from India.

"Today the world is looking for a solution to violence and terrorism," he said. "But bombs will never bring peace. Violence begets violence. I can speak this with the conviction of 35 years experience of fighting terrorism. . . . If you want to bring peace, you must reduce the cause of violence, and that is stress in society."

Where Else Will Peace Come From?

Philanthropist Jeffrey Abramson urged America's business leaders to act. "The search for sustainable and lasting peace continues because, until Maharishi and these scientists offered this solution, we never addressed the roots of war-terrorism, anger, and crime. If we do not look within human consciousness and if we do not expand human experience from within, then where will peace in our world come from?"

Maharishi closed the news conference by saying, "We have the solution, and now we are determined to do all our best to really eliminate the basis of all negativity in our world, and we'll have the blossoming of a very good fortune for the people and government of every nation."

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42 Students Help Create Peace via New Course on Maharishi's Absolute Theory of Defense

BY ALESIA LLOYD

For the first time in the history of the University, a course in Maharishi's Absolute Theory of Defense is being offered. Some 42 students are currently enrolled in the course, which is designed to give University students the opportunity to create additional coherence in the U.S. by participating in the extended Super Radiance program. The students are also studying Maharishi Vedic Defense.

"Maharishi teaches that an enemy is a lively embodiment of our own weakness," said Tom Egenes, one of the teachers of the course."As we create more coherence in our own selves, we radiate more peace and love to others. And we then find that we no longer have an enemy."

Dr. Egenes adds, "Essentially, we are attacking enmity within our own selves in order to remove the birth of an enemy on the outside. This ultimately shifts the responsibility of creating world peace directly to ourselves."

According to Dr. Egenes, Maharishi has said that during this time when our nation's leaders are formulating their reaction to the tragic attacks, coherence is most effectively created through the extended group practice of Yogic Flying. Reinforcing this, Dr. Egenes said that more than 50 scientific studies exist demonstrating the benefits of the group practice of Yogic Flying.

In addition to practicing extended Super Radiance every morning, in the afternoons the students watch videotapes of either University President Dr. Bevan Morris or Maharishi himself speaking on Vedic Defense. Homework consists of reading Maharishi's Absolute Theory of Defense.

A series of guest lectures are also an integral part of the course. Speakers include Dr. Douglas Birx, H.E. Dr. Robert Keith Wallace, Bob Oates, and Dean of Men Richard Neate, a former Air Force colonel who has trained jet pilots and is now extensively involved in promoting Vedic Defense.

"It is rewarding seeing the students getting brighter and brighter," Dr. Egenes said. "They are truly creating something great for themselves and at the same time creating something great for the whole world."

"Everybody is enjoying the class," said student Bill Jaxtheimer. "It provides a great opportunity to get deeper rest as well as to help create more coherence through the Maharishi Effect."

Maharishi Vedic Science faculty member Tina McQuiston is co-teaching the course with Dr. Egenes.

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University Enrolls 305 New Students

As of early October the University had enrolled 305 new students for fall semester, including distance-education students in India.

According to Brad Mylett, director of Admissions, 76 new first-year students enrolled this fall, just two fewer than last year, which was the highest enrollment in five years.

Among the new students this year are 14 students enrolled in computer science in a new distance-education program in India.

The University accepted only 16 students in the master's level Computer Professionals co-op program compared to about 75 last year. The weakened economy in the U.S. has made it more difficult to place students in internships-a key component of the program-so University officials have temporarily slowed enrollment in this program. A sizable number of currently enrolled students are still waiting to be hired. (See ads on pages 5 and 6.)

Mr. Mylett said he is pleased with the new first-year students. "This is a very high quality group of students," he said. "Many are eager to learn the TM-Sidhi program and contribute to World Peace. They take their global role as peacemakers very seriously. This reflects the high level of maturity in our students."

He also noted that the new students this year again scored exceptionally high on a standardized test administered after the students arrived.

Again this year the student body is diverse, coming from about 50 different countries.

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First-Year Students Score High on Standardized Assessments

In early September the new first-year students took a series of assessments as part of a program to measure intellectual and psychological growth over their four years, and results showed, like last year, that they are already at a high level.

On a test of critical reasoning prepared by the College Entrance Examination Board, the students had an average score of 25 out of a possible 30, compared to a norm of 20 for freshmen at other colleges and universities.

Four students received perfect scores, one completing the test in 12 minutes (45 minutes are allowed). The test measured the students' ability to interpret data, use information appropriately, and evaluate information.

The students also took the Constructive Thinking Inventory, which includes four components, and scored well above national norms on all four. The components measured global constructive thinking, emotional coping, behavioral coping, and categorical thinking.

High scores on these measures suggest that the individual is flexible in thinking, has the ability to cope with distressing situations, has attributes that promote success such as optimism, enthusiasm, energy, and conscientiousness, and is able to avoid viewing the world in terms of black and white.

According to faculty member Joel Wysong, who administered the measures and who is codirector of evaluation, the students' achievement was also notable because, like last year, they performed well in two disparate areas.

They did well on the critical reasoning test, which measures analytical thinking and correlates highly with success in school-but not necessarily with success in the world. And they did well on the Constructive Thinking Inventory, which is designed to measure practical thinking or common sense and correlates highly with success in the world-but not necessarily with success in school.

Dr. Wysong said that the purpose of the testing is to provide a baseline against which to measure the University's unique ability to foster students' holistic development.

The students will take the tests again in their fourth year during the capstone Forest Academy to measure their growth while at the University.

"It's always inspiring to administer these measures to Maharishi University of Management students," Dr. Wysong said. "These results clearly show that they are exceptional, even as freshmen. But best of all-as our senior testing verifies-the education here enables students to continue developing toward their full potential as enlightened human beings."

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Students Explore Geological Wonders of South Dakota

BY ALESIA LLOYD

Two-billion-year-old pink quartzite cliffs, mica flakes big enough to make windows out of, and old pegmatite rock mines hosting flakes the size of baseballs were just a few of the geological marvels that greeted five University students who recently trekked to South Dakota with science faculty Sam James on a geological survey.

The students ventured to, among other locales, the Badlands and Black Hills national parks of South Dakota. They went for a week in mid-September in order to experience a diversity of geological rock and rock formations that range in age from 10 million to 2.5 billion years old.

An integral part of Dr. James's Earth science course, the field trip enabled the students to see firsthand what they had been studying in class, offering them a prime location to study a broad range of geological formations.

The students explored terrain that included spires, knobs, and bulbs of granite and other rock sediment. Often these formations protruded high into the air creating a series of steep rock pinnacles.

The students also got to see the famous national monument Mt. Rushmore, although as Dr. James explained, it was only by coincidence. "We were out in a field conducting a study when we looked up and realized that the mountain we saw in the distance was indeed Mt. Rushmore."

Dr. James added, "Perhaps even more interesting than seeing Mt. Rushmore was witnessing a giant sculpture of Crazy Horse, one of the last great war leaders of the Lakota tribe, being carved into a fairly sizable granite mountain akin to the Mt. Rushmore monument."

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New Office Building Going Up on West Side of Campus

BY GLORIA FOSTER

A new office building constructed according to principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design is currently being built near the hiking trail that borders the west side of campus.

Doug Greenfield, president of Maharishi Global Construction, Ed Malloy, and Jim Danaher, all partners in the Danaher Oil Company, are joining forces to provide this new resource for the business community. "This building will be an incubator for startup businesses," Mr. Greenfield said. "It will feature many one-room office suites, all viewing a carefully designed, wooded area surrounding the building or a beautifully landscaped open courtyard that resembles a café setting at a resort."

Its two stories will provide various possibilities, from one-room offices to four-room suites, including a reception room. To keep coworkers together, a business can rent as much as half of a floor or even an entire floor.

Jon Lipman, chief architect for Maharishi Global Construction and architect for the current campus reconstruction, is also this building's architect. "Because the walls will be fabricated as panels off-site, the construction is unusually precise, even by Vedic standards," Mr. Lipman said. "There is something else about this structure that is unusual and auspicious in comparison with most large office buildings-every private office contains an operable window. Every worker in each room will be within a few feet of fresh air, with natural light permeating every room."

Circle B Construction Company and Badger Construction are building the 23,000-square-foot structure with an imposing two-story entry lobby that will include a grand stairway. It will be architecturally enriched with Vedic ornament that will integrate it with the other new buildings on campus.

Another advantage of this office building is its location. Immediately adjacent to the campus, it will have its own Highway 1 street address and will be just a few seconds from the Golden Domes by car. Yet it looks out on a view of forest, the Jefferson County trail, and a prairie remnant and farmland beyond.

Mr. Greenfield says, "One of the main attractions and benefits of the building is its location directly across from our precious Golden Domes. The theme of the building will be 'Consciousness-the prime mover of life.' Those who establish a business in this home near the Golden Domes will enjoy the profound coherence radiating around them from the fountainhead of Maharishi's knowledge on his campus."

For further information call Cheryl Rogers of Danaher Oil Company: (641) 472-8421.

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Rec Center Adds New Equipment

BY SRIPRIYAA CHANDRASEKHAR

The Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences has purchased new equipment, including fitness machines for the Recreation Center, canoes, and a van.

The two new top-of-the-line Nordic Tracks are cross-country ski simulators, said Ken Daley, head of the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences. "Cross-country skiing is the premier aerobic fitness training regime," he said.

The new inversion machine gives users the opportunity to rotate to an upside down position and is useful for improving posture and for improving spatial awareness for any activity that requires inversion, such as diving and gymnastics, Mr. Daley said.

The purchases also include four 17-foot aluminum canoes, primarily for the annual Base Camp.

The Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences has also purchased an additional 15-seat Ford van for transportating the University teams and for activities such as Base Camp and weekend trips.

Mr. Daley said that facilities are gradually expanding and that he is interested in meeting the needs of the students. Students who have ideas and suggestions can contact Mr. Daley at kdaley@mum.edu

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Student Government to Breathe New Life into University Café

BY ALESIA LLOYD

If you've gone by the Cosmic Café recently, you've probably noticed that it has been shut down. But don't panic yet, for this is not the end but yet another new beginning for the faithful student hangout.

Ahmed Al-hafedh, Student Body president, is spearheading the effort along with the Student Government and former café manager Sarah Carter to revitalize the café.

With the addition of a new sound system, including a karaoke machine, CD player, and amplifier, which were installed this past summer, the Student Government feels that the café needs a new look.

"There is a wave of enthusiasm within the Student Government to take the café to a whole new level," Mr. Al-hafedh said. "We want to give it a new look and make it the number one hangout for the students."

That new look includes completely revamping the outdated decor. "We want to get rid of the old furniture and replace it with some that is far more comfortable," Mr. Al-hafedh said. "We also want to paint the walls and put up shelves and buy some new lamps."

Aiding the Student Government in their efforts is University student Peter DeRuiter, an experienced interior designer. "Peter had designed interiors for million-dollar homes in Florida," Mr. Al-hafedh says. "He is going to help us redesign a whole new environment for the interior of the café."

According to Mr. Al-hafedh, shutting down the café temporarily made more sense than trying to keep it open. "We wanted to just shut it down so that we could really focus on getting it revamped. After we get it fixed up, we are planning on having a big grand opening, possibly with a new name."

Proposed features of the new café are going to be the addition of four computers with ethernet access for students to use for surfing the net or e-mailing. Also, Student Government wants to create a "real café environment," including having waitpersons serving beverages and food.

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University Soccer Team Anticipates Successful Season

BY ALESIA LLOYD

The University's soccer team is off to a good start this year, winning two out of the first three games of the season, according to University Student Body President and soccer team player Ahmed Al-hafedh.

"Our team is earning respect in Iowa," Mr. Al-hafedh said. "Other teams are bringing in their best players to go up against us and are playing very aggressive games."

Mr. Al-hafedh gives credit to a few key players this fall, including player/coach Carlo Castillo, newcomer freshman Nicholas Paulsen, and female player Carrie Fritsch.

The soccer team plays every Sunday on their home field in Iowa City. Contact Mr. Al-hafedh for more information at hammoudi10@hotmail.com.

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Physicians Earn Credit in Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care

Physicians affiliated with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Martinsburg, West Virginia, recently received credit toward their continuing medical education (CME) requirement by taking a course about the Transcendental Meditation technique.

This step follows last year's decision by the U.S. Veterans Administration to reimburse patients who learn the Transcendental Meditation technique if prescribed by a doctor.

In addition, Sarina J. Grosswald, Ed.D., who played an instrumental role in the VA course, has successfully obtained national accreditation and developed a CME course on cardiovascular disease and the Transcendental Meditation technique. That course has now been reviewed by the Continuing Medical Education director at the Martinsburg VA facility.

The Martinsburg course is being taught by Jim Krag, who is both an M.D. and a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique.

According to the organizers, this course is important in part because it establishes a precedent that can be replicated around the country. A short manual or checklist is being developed that teachers of the Transcendental Meditation technique can follow to successfully set up similar courses in their own regional and urban VA centers and medical facilities.

For more information on this CME course, see www.tm.cme.edu.

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