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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa MIU President Has    Missi of Helping Man Hy Oran Gabhrrt I’AIHMKIJ) (H)FA) - Whatever mental I !'!" have of a allege president, don’t* < MH*t t 2# year-old Dr Robert Keith Wallace of Maharihhl International university to fit it. or on **    he looks no older than many of the* well-groomed young men and women who make up his student body. And he seems out of place in what was once the “( loud Room”, the pretentious off- IT iJ M( U,,U ,,arsons President Millard Roberts and his successors on the second floor of Parsons hall Hut Wallace is too busy to be concerned about either his image or his office. His mind is on Mil and its mission of solving the problems of mankind in this generation. On the office wall is a picture of Maharishi Mahcsh Yogi, founder of the university, which more than anything else symbolizes the vast differences between MIU and Parsons college Wallace has an easy smile and a matter-of-fact way of discussing MIU programs, some of which are so broad in scope* that they almost boggle the imagination His nature is reserved and unassuming and he makes sparing use of that popular pronoun “I” in conversation Scientist, Humanist In one sense*. Wallace is a scientist who talks like a philosopher. He’s also a humanist who believes that the Science of Creative Intelligence (SCI) is the kc*y with which man can free himself from suffering and ignorance. The Science of Creative Intelligence, de-rive*d from the te*achings of the Maharishi, is the life blood of MIU and the entire world movement. Its practical application in Transcendental Meditation, which Wallace terms the laboratory aspect of SCI. "Initially, I was very skeptical,” Wallace said when he spoke of his first exposure to TM as a frc*shman student at the University of California at Berkeley. But he began to change his mind after his brother took it up. "His life underwent some remarkable change's," Wallace rc*called. "Then I realized that I was not achieving full potential in my own life.” After he started meditating, Wallace found that "I was much happier in my personal life and my grades improved markedly.” Before the year was out. he was an honor student in physics. Widespread interest in TM led to the organization of the Student International Meditation Society (SIMS). In 1965 Wallace and a long-time friend, Robert Winquist, were elected president and vice-president of the first SIMS chapter at the University of Cali fornia at bis Angeles. Today the two men hold the same titles at MIU. Credit to Trustee Wallace gives credit to Jerry Jarvis, now an MIU trustee, for the rapid growth of SIMS More than 400,000 Americans have taken up TM through SIMS or the closely related International Meditation Society and there are now 380 centers throughout the nation The MIU leader is a native of Los Angeles He attended an eastern boarding school and spent his first year of college at Berkeley He received his undergraduate degree in physics at UCLA in 1967 and three years later completed his Ph.D. degree in physiology also at UCLA Wallace’s scientific mind demanded more knowledge about TM than his own personal experiences could provide. As a research assistant at Harvard medical school, he spent the    next    two    years studying and validating the positive physiological effects of meditation. Much of his research was devoted to TM as a factor in lowering the blood pressure of hypertensive patients. His extensive findings have been published in “Scientific American” and other journals Wallace, who first met the Maharishi in 1964 at Iaike Arrowhead, Calif., describe* him as a dynamic and inspiring personality. One of the Maharishi *s greatest contributions, Wallace believes, was his ability to take a technique learned as a Hindu monk and make it applicable to modern. Western man. Great Discovery "TM is a very great scientific discovery." Wallace says. Under the Maharishis leadership. TM was formalized into a science and integrated with the traditional academic disciplines beginning in 1970. The result was the Science of Creative Intelligence, first offered as a course at Stanford university. Only a few students were expected, but 350 signed up and it soon spread to other campuses throughout the nation. MIU was born in California in 1971 to provide an institutional setting for the program. At first it was a division of the Student International Meditation Society, but in the fall of 1972 it was incorporated as a separate non-profit organization. During 1972-73, the school developed the use of video-tape lectures as a basic teaching tool. "It was not a new idea," Wallace said, "but no one has made as much use of it as we have . . . possibly because our faculty was youthful and more willing to try it.” Through the use of video tapes. MIU has been able to build an extensive library of filmed lectures at minimal cost, many of them by world renowned experts in their fields. Using portable equipment, taping has been done al several locations both in the U. S. arid Europe. A permanent studio has been established in New York state, but Wallace said isirtable facilities will also be set up on the local campus. Shopper Hours Expanded DECORAH    — Shopping hours in Decorah for 1974 Christmas season will be expanded to include every Sunday afternoon in December from I to 5 p.m. This policy was adopted at a special meeting of the Decorah Chamber of Commerce retail trade committee. Members of the committee said the new Sunday shopping plan is in line with A growing trend everywhere. They pointed out. however, that merchants sterongly opposed to Sunday merchandising need not feel bound to observe the new Sunday hours. Decorah’s merchants experimented with Sunday shop ping during 1973 Christmas season, keeping their places open on two Sundays from I to 5 Sentiment was stronger for more Sunday openings this year becasuse of a shorter Christmas buying season caused by the later observance of Thanksgiving on Nov. 22 Christmas lights are scheduled to go on for the first time during the week after Thanksgiving. Additional night store openings in December, plus the customary Thursday nights and Sunday afternoon, were set at Friday, Dec. 4; Wednesday and Friday, Dec. ll and 13; Monday through Friday, Dec. 16-20; and Monday, Dec. 23. Santa Claus will pay two pre-Christmas visits to Decorah. He will be here Friday School Open House Features Columnist AMANA — The annual open house of Amana Community schools is sot for next Tuesday, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Tours of elementary rooms will be followed at 7.30 by a talk by Gazette Columnist F'ord Clark. Visitation of junior high and high school rooms will follow. Sixth graders, who have been studying Central America, will serve refreshments to raise money for hurricane victims in Honduras. evening and Saturday afternoon. Nov. 29-30, and then will return Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, Dec. 13-14. Use of Technology "lf education is to survive, it must make iK'ttcr use of technology,” he added. The teaching of TM is based on 33 tapes made by the Maharishi. All TM teachers are required to s|K*nd time with the Maharishi in Switzerland so that teaching methods and subject matter remain consistent throughout the world. While the Maharishi has an important role in all of MIU’s educational programs, the business side of the university is left to others. “Being a monk, the Maharishi points out that he has no pocket.” Wallace said. Since the Science of Creative Intelligence has worldwide objectives, its growth in Europe has paralleled that in the United State's. The first SCI courses in Europe were offered in Spain and Italy. MIU now has a large branch in Switzerland and programs are offered in a number of other countries. International headquarters are located in Seelisberg, Switzerland This is the home of the World Flan Executive Council which Wallace terms a kind of umbrella organization coordinating all parts of the program. The World Flan was inaugurates! by the Maharishi on Jan. 8, 1972, (rn the Mediterranean island of Mallorca Its seven objectives are: To develop the full potential of the individual. To improve governmental achievements. To realize the highest ideal of education. To eliminate the age-old problems of crime and all behavior that bring unhappiness to the family of man. To maximize the intelligent use of environment. To bring fulfillment to the economic aspirations of individuals and society. To achieve the spiritual goals of mankind in this generation. MIU was given the responsibility of implementing the World Flan and the ultimate goal is the establishment of 3,600 World Flan Centers — one for each one million population — to teach SCI, train teachers and offer basic MIU courses at all levels of education. Reach Capacity Since the summer of 1973 when MIU established a four-year academic program in Santa Barbara, it became evident that a larger campus would be necessary. The search iK'gan, culminating in an agreement to take over the facilities of bankrupt Parsons college Wallace believes the local campus will reach a capcity of 1,500 students by next spring. That number is based on single-room occupancy of available dormitory space. How can MIU expect to grow when other * private schools are struggling through a period of declining enrollment? The answer lies in the fact that MIU’s unique program attracts students from all parts of the nation because of their interest in SCI and TM Wallace smiles at the term “pipeline,” but he concedes that MIU has a broad recruiting program without making any effort in that direction. MIU not only attracts students, but eminently qualified faculty members as well who are willing to work for relatively low salaries. "We now have more faculty applications than we can handle,” Wallace said The MIU faculty numbers 30, including 25 with doctorates. Of the latter number, 20 are in Fairfield There are also 15 persons with master degrees who hold the* rank of assistant professor or instructor. "We will always bo using visiting faculty,” Wallace said. He added that MIU faculty salaries art* improving and the school plans to make them competitive with other institutions Generally, MIU students are slightly older than those at most other universities. Wallace said students are asked to maintain a dress code "both out of respect to the university and to other students.” Enforcement of the code has never l>oon a problem and Wallace believes this is one of the results of meditation. "They are naturally neat and orderly and interested in achieving a meaningful life,” he said. Rebel Under Stress Conversely. Wallace set's stress as a major factor in student disorders. “When a student is under stress he rebels.” While located in California, MIU took the initial steps toward gaining regional accreditation. The move to Iowa means the process must begin again, this time with the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools — an organization that was one of the downfalls of Parsons college. Wallace, however, sees no serious problems and he hopes the school can gain candidate’s status within a year. The earliest that full accreditation could tx* attained would be in four years when the college graduates its first class. Wallace and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of two children, Teddy. 5, and Gareth, 3. His family, however, plans to remain in California for the time being. The MIU president expects to spend no more than half of his time on the local campus. He will leave soon for India and upon his return he will take part in several scientific conferences on U. S. campuses. In Wallace’s view, many students at all levels are disenchanted with education because they find no personal fulfillment. "One of the greatest criticisms of science is that it im personalizes man.” Acquiring knowledge is meaningless, he believes, unless it is accompanied by inner growth. AP Wirephoto Dr. Keith Wallace, president of the new Maharishi International university, sits beneath a picture of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, proponent of transcendental meditation (TM). The institute, which began this fall on the campus of defunct Parsons college, teaches TM and the science of creative intelligence. ' TALL MEN BIG MEN ' X-SIZE SHOES lf you wear large size shoes and want the latest styles then see our selection Sizes 10-13111 13-15 A-D BIO MEN 44 TO 62 TALL MEN IT’TO 7*2” MON-THUR 9:00-8:30 TUES. WED. FRI. SAT 9:00-5:30 OTHER LOCATIONS: SHERWOOD KNUST SHOPPING CTR. DIS MOINES, IA from 21.95 ONA’* APPAREL FOR BIG & TALL MEN 3737 1st AVE S.E. TOWN t COUNTRY SHP. 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