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Aditi Gentsch: Growing Her Business through Education

Aditi Gentsch began growing herbs and making herbal salves during her childhood in Fairfield. She first used them to treat the horses on her family’s farm. But soon friends were making requests for different ointments, and she expanded into skin care products. This year she is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Aditi Botanicals, her organic skin care line.

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Things to come in Spring 2016

Welcome back, students! Here’s a look at some exciting things coming up this semester by way of news and events.  And for those of you just now on your way to the midwest, the dates for the official start of the spring semester are listed below.

Acting Master Class with Tom Todoroff Feb 20th

Acting coach to Sasha Alexander, Liam Neeson, Samuel L. Jackson, Patricia Arquette among many others and founder of the acclaimed Tom Todoroff Two-Year Conservatory in New York City, Tom Todoroff will be giving an acting workshop here in Fairfield on Saturday, Feb...

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Music Student Releases Second Indie Dance Single

Media & Communications student Tara De Santis, who goes by the artist name VEDA, released her second single in collaboration with music producer Saxton earlier this week.  We sat down with her to get the details on her experience taking Media & Communications courses at MUM, finding artists to collaborate with, and her upcoming performances in Fairfield later this month.

VEDA, a trilingual 19-year-old from Montreal, started doing music last year, shortly after arriving in Fairfield.  She took the Digital Music Production class which is where she learned to produce.  The...

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2015: A Semester in Review

The 2015-2016 academic year is half way through, so here’s a look at what the Media and Communications department has been up to so far.

MC Students created a range of portfolio work in project-based courses

In October, Digital Music Production students produced original songs and created remixes of existing work, including:

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy by Sam Bone

Catch Him if you Can by Jaskaran Dhillon


Video Production is a first year film class where students learn the basics of all aspects of producing a...

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MC Senior Talks Working with the DLMA, The Love Doc, and Finding Your Passion

Laura Muzzarelli is a Media and Communications senior, set to graduate later this month. She’s been at MUM for two and a half years, and much of her time has been spent taking film courses and helping with the David Lynch Masters in Film students’ projects.

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Owen Blake: Teaching TM to Children and Video Gamers

Owen Blake grew up in Fairfield and attended Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment for grades 8-12. Although several universities offered him basketball scholarships, he decided to enroll at MUM and continue with Consciousness-Based education. He graduated with a BA in Media and Communications in 2012 and then stayed at MUM to work in Admissions for a year.

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Faculty Lecture: Cave Paintings and Video Games, by Cullen Thomas

“It started with nothing.  Literally nothing.”

Last week’s lecture, titled “Cave Paintings and Video Games,” featured Media and Communications instructor Cullen Thomas sharing his experience with his latest project: creating his first video game.  Known as a filmmaker and writer, Cullen has been working on this project for the last three years, during which he has learned about the art and physics needed to create a virtual world from scratch.

He explained the initial process: “We had to learn the math behind light in order to create light in...

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MUM Student Grows Her Business Through Media Classes

Aditi Gentsch is a third year student studying an individualized major in Consciousness-Based Business and Media.  She’s applying what she’s learning in Media courses to help her growing organic skincare business, Aditi Botanicals.

Born in Fairfield, she spent some time in San Diego, studying photography and graphic design, and also going to an aviation academy.  Reflecting on her return to Fairfield and enrollment at MUM, she said, “I’ve just been really, really happy since.”

Right now she is celebrating the 20 year anniversary of Aditi Botanicals, and is taking Media...

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Tara De Santis (VEDA) Hits High Note with First Release

Welcome to the MUM music blog! For my first entry I will be talking about Tara De Santis, a second year Media and Communications student at MUM.

Tara has been composing and singing since she was 15 years old, but as she explains, her passion really took off when she signed up for Digital Music Production class last year.

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Supriya Vidic Venkatesan, BA, Media and Communications, Creative Writing, 2012

Currently, Supriya lives in New Jersey and is an independent communications consultant. Some of her work includes:

  • Conducting audience research for a major Hollywood film
  • Creating non-profit strategy with New York Writers Coalition, and others
  • Consulting with startups, such as biotech and technology firms.

One recent client was Religions for Peace, the largest interfaith group in the world and a partner of the UN. Supriya tells me RFP works with religious leaders globally, such as the Pope, to help countries protect the human rights of their citizens,...

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