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Vol. 12, #5, Dec. 18, 1996
Copyright 1996, Maharishi University of Management

New Nationwide Publicity Campaign Launched
Psychophysiologists Amazed by University Research
Fairfield High School Students Tour Human Performance Lab
Record Number of New Yogic Flyers from Maharishi School
Dining Hall Staff Addresses Genetic Engineering
University Grad Produces Movie and TV Show
Maharishi School Receives $10,000 Grant
Faculty To Publish Special Silver Jubilee Journal
Maharishi School Seniors Prepare for Holland
Pioneers Ready for Best Basketball Season


New Nationwide Publicity Campaign Launched


As Maharishi's Year of Awakening draws to a close, a nationwide campaign has been launched to increase the public's knowledge and enjoyment of the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation® technique.

The three-month campaign, titled "Awaken Your Total Potential," is being led by Maharishi Thousand-Headed Purusha, who have created six departments to support the production of new publicity and marketing materials for the campaign.

Full media coverage, new books, brochures, Web sites, and audio and video materials are being developed, and Maharishi Vedic Universities and Maharishi Vedic Schools all around the country are now actively involved in the campaign.

Instruction fees have been temporarily reduced everywhere to attract as many people as possible.

In response to an open invitation for everyone to participate in the campaign, many Fairfielders involved in the communication field have come forward to help.

"It's really inspiring to see the increasing creativity coming from the community, offering different ways to increase the numbers practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique," said Brad Mylett, director of admissions and local co-ordinator of the campaign. "Purusha have expressed their deep gratitude."


Psychophysiologists Amazed by University Research


A display by Psychology Professor Fred Travis at a conference on psychophysiology in Vancouver amazed the participants because of the unique style of brain functioning it showed.

The display showed that long-term practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation technique have greatly reduced "Contingent Negative Variation" or CNV. This refers to the electrical activity of the brain which usually becomes more negative as someone prepares to respond to a further stimulus. A high CNV is usually seen just before the response.

Dr. Travis's research compared the CNVs of freshman students who had been meditating less than one year with those who had been meditating eight years or longer. The new meditators showed typical CNVs, indicating they were preparing to respond to the stimulus. Long-term meditators had reduced CNV. The conference participants expected to see high CNV in long-term meditators to indicate improved mental functioning.

Dr. Travis explained it as a different style of mental processing. Although long-term meditators' task performance was normal, "They remain relaxed and from that settled state respond to environmental demands," Dr. Travis said.

The annual international conference, organized by the Society for Psychophysiological Research, examines the relationship between mind and body and how physiological measures give insight into the functioning of consciousness.

A number of prominent re-searchers are now corresponding with Dr. Travis on the effects of transcending on mental processing.


Fairfield High School Students Tour Human Performance Lab


Nearly 300 Fairfield High School students were recently given a tour of the Human Performance Lab and the recreation facilities here at the University. The students came in groups of 20 over a two-day period, December 3-4.

The students were bussed to the Lab during their class on lifetime fitness. According to Physical Education teacher Carolyn Louden, one of the primary organizers of the tour, "It's great to have access to a facility of this caliber in a town of our size."

"It is also nice to have someone as as knowledgeable as Ken Daley available as a resource," Ms. Louden said.

According to Mr. Daley, associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Sports Sciences, the students were given demonstrations of the capabilities of the lab. The Human Performance Lab has state-of-the-art equipment for measuring all components of fitness: aerobic fitness, strength, flexibility, and body composition. "The students were particularly fascinated by the idea of using the underwater weighing tank to determine body fat," Mr. Daley said.

Mr. Daley was impressed with the attentiveness of the students. He commended their teachers for changing the emphasis of their physical education courses. "I really congratulate the high school teachers who have broken out of the sports mentality and are exposing kids to lifetime physical fitness activities--and showing kids there are enjoyable alternatives to competitive sports."

Mr. Daley feels the tour is a continuation of a very good relationship his department has with Fairfield High School. It began when Ms. Louden met him through the Iowa Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

A year ago, P.E. teachers from all over the Fairfield school district met at the Human Performance Lab and discussed fitness.


Record Number of New Yogic Flyers from Maharishi School


This winter's Center Invincibility Course includes a record number of 40 new Yogic flyers from Maharishi School out of a total number of about 65 course participants.

"It's spectacular to have that many new flyers in one course, and it will bring wonderful transformations to our School," said Maharishi School Director Ashley Deans.

Last year the number of flyers at the school went from 15 to 28. With 40 new Sidhas, more than half the students in the Upper School will be in the Domes. The number starting last year was higher than usual, partly because new program times were scheduled and it was more convenient for the students to fly.

"The School has done every thing in its power so that the students can maintain their schedules in sports, drama, or other recreational activities," said Kent Sugg, dean of students in the Upper School.

According to Mr. Deans, the good experiences from last year's new Sidhas, as well as their increased effectiveness and maturity, have inspired others to take the course. "Our students have a very deep understanding of the knowledge," Mr. Deans said. "They understand the importance of creating world peace. To become Yogic Flyers around the age of 16 seems the natural rite of passage in this environment. After all, their parents moved into town to fly in the Domes."

During the last years the School has arranged Yogic Flying demonstrations around the nation: in Minneapolis, Missouri, and other places in Iowa.

"What's happening is wonderful for the whole community," Mr. Sugg said. "These students are all very powerful souls, and it will create even more orderliness and progress for all of us."

Over the holiday break there will be about 68 students in the Domes from Maharishi School.


Dining Hall Staff Addresses Genetic Engineering


"At this time there is 100 percent certainty that there are no genetically engineered foods in Annapurna," said purchaser and chef Ed Bettis. University dining is committed to holistic health, and Food Service is working closely with genetic engineering expert Dr. John Fagan to determine what products have been compromised.

Chef Bettis said, "Everyone's cooperation will be needed and appreciated in order to fulfill the commitment for safe food while not overburdening our resources."

There will be product changes in the coming months as present safe stocks are depleted, but Food Service hopes the changes will all be as positive as the recent introduction of Radiance Dairy milk.

The biggest problem facing Food Service purchasers and health conscious individuals everywhere is the pervasiveness of genetically engineered corn and soy products. Corn oil sweeteners such as fructose are in wider use than sugar. Items using soy and corn oils and sweeteners are suspect and the University plans to use more in-house desserts.

Chef Bettis says products such as vegetables, grains, butter, tofu, and apple and orange juices pose no problem, but drinks containing corn syrup will have to be changed. Pineapple and tomato juices may be substituted.

Diners can help conserve resources by using take-out containers only as intended and bussing dishes as soon as finished. The dishwashing machines are not designed to remove dried foods or yogurt or dal from glasses. Heat from the machines will bake yogurt and dal to the glasses. Please separate these baked-on glasses when found so they can be specially treated.


University Grad Produces Movie and TV Show


James Claitor, a University graduate in business administration, is one of the producers of Cold Night into Dawn, a feature film which began filming December 4 in Chicago and southern California.

The action thriller, which was written and will be directed by Serge Rodnunsky, stars Michael Ironside, Anthony Michael Hall, Tony Lo Bianco, Kavena Charlot, David Chung, and Bok Yun Chun. The other producers are Fred Kuehnert, Jack Fugett, and Serge Rodnunsky.

"It's my first time as a producer of a movie," said Mr. Claitor. "It's a lot of fun."

Mr. Claitor has also produced a television pilot, "The Future," a new half-hour television program for teenagers. The show stars University student Noah Siemsen along with top teen talent from Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.

Greg Wadsworth, another University graduate, and Mr. Claitor produced the cutting-edge educational program with the aid of Tim Hawthorne of Hawthorne Communications and John Huff, a local entrepreneur.

According to Mr. Claitor, a new Federal Communications Commission law requires all television stations to have three hours a week of educational programming, and he expects the market demand for the program may be considerable. Students seeking internships on the show should contact Lusha Entertainment at 469-3300.


Maharishi School Receives $10,000 Grant


Maharishi School was one of 150 schools recently awarded $10,000 Cisco Systems 1996 Virtual Schoolhouse Grants at the National Education Computing Conference in Minneapolis.

In a press release, Terry Allen of the Maharishi School Grants Office said that the grant award included $1,000 in cash, Cisco networking hardware and software service, customer support, and product training, with an estimated value of $10,000. This grant will help facilitate the establishment of the infrastructure necessary to bring students the benefits of Internet-based communications and resources such as the World Wide Web.

The award recognizes Maharishi School's efforts and vision to innovate its core curriculum by using the Internet in its classrooms and as a pilot school in Iowa for the Instructional Gaming Program's "Network EQUATIONS," developed by the University of Michigan Instructional Gaming group. Other classroom Internet uses include accessing images and data for astronomy experiments, tracking wildlife patterns, communication, and research.

"We were impressed by the desire and commitment demonstrated by each of the applicant schools to give the students access to the new world of learning on the Internet," said John Morgridge, chairman of Cisco systems. "Cisco hopes to provide these schools with more opportunities to leverage the benefits of an online medium in their curriculum"

Ms. Allen says that the School has been using a manual form of the Network Equation System in conjunction with the University of Michigan for about four years and the fact that astronomy is taught at the Maharishi School was a factor in the receipt of the grant award.


Faculty To Publish Special Silver Jubilee Journal


As part of the Silver Jubilee celebration, the faculty are putting together a special 15-article issue of Modern Science and Vedic Science, explaining the impact Maharishi's Vedic Science has on various disciplines.

In the articles, the faculty explain their research on the relationship between Vedic science and modern science. They also expand on how the knowledge and experience of pure consciousness helps us understand the relevance of various disciplines in contemporary life.

According to Sam Boothby, dean of the College of Science of Creative Intelligence and an editor of the issue, this volume will serve as the faculty's present to Maharishi on his birthday, which will be celebrated worldwide on January 12.

An introduction to the issue has been written by Michael and Susan Dillbeck, International Vice Presidents, who are both presently in Vlodrop.

"Our hope is that this will be a historical issue that will be used worldwide and introduce our faculty to those who do not already know the various research programs they have been involved in," Dr. Boothby said.

James D. Grant, assistant professor of education, agreed. He said the articles will be "a great resource for all people who are interested in Maharishi's knowledge."


Maharishi School Seniors Prepare for Holland


Following a three-year tradition, Maharishi School seniors have been invited to visit Maharishi Vedic University in Holland and are busy raising the necessary funds.

According to Class President Noah Schechtman, money needs to be raised to send the 34 students, the largest graduating class in the history of the School, and their chaperones.

So far, about $20,000 of the estimated $40-45,000 has been raised and the students have designed and produced 1,000 calendars for sale. Calendars can be obtained from any senior.

A sock hop is also planned for early next year, and the students hope to attract many costumed families and supporters to the '60s-style event.

Attempts are also being made to organize a celebrity benefit concert.

"We'd like to thank everybody who's helped us in any way with any of our fund-raisers," Mr. Schechtman said.


Pioneers Ready for Best Basketball Season


The Maharishi School boys basketball team has a good chance of winning this season, according to one of the Pioneers' two head coaches, John Schutt.

"We think this team has the potential to be the best one we've had here, because we have players with athletic ability, basketball knowledge, and height," Mr. Schutt said. A year ago the team finished 3-15 overall and 3-9 in the Southeast Iowa Superconference West Division.

In their opening game at home on December 6, the Pioneers showed that they're playing at a higher level this year. Against Van Buren, a traditionally tough team that qualified for the sub-state tournament last year, the Pioneers played a solid game, leading 41-38 at the half, but losing 77-71.

The Pioneers are led by state tennis champ and senior Tyler Cleveland, who last year averaged over 18 points a game.


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