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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                MIU President Has Mission of Helping Man Ity Drnn (iiibliiTt _ mcnlul "IIIIK... u fxIM'd II U'I'IK. he liiciks ......Idur Ulan "f Ihc JVMMK wmiifii who niiikit up his student Ami he nut of place m wus Ihe "ClmKl the pretentious uff- ico by Parsons I'rusldoiil Millanl I and his SIKTCSSUI-H on the second flour uf Parsons hall. "ill Wallace is ton busy tii lie eoucunied about either his iinaw. his office. Mis mind is on MIU and ils mission solving Ihe problems of mankind in this jjencration. On UK. office wall is a picture of Muliar- isln Mahcsh founder of the university, which more than anything else the vast differences between MIU and Par- sons 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 biiKule Ihe imagination. Mis 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 lalks like a philosopher, lie's also a humanist who believes that the Science of Creative IntelliKcncc (SCI) is the key with which man can free himself from suffering and ignor- ance. The Science of Creative Intelligence, de- rived from the teachings of the Maharishi, is the life blood of MIU and the entire world movement. Its practical application in Transcendental Meditation, which Wallace lerms the laboratory aspect of SCI. "Initially, I was very Wallace 'said when he spoke of his first exposure to TM as a freshman student at the University of California at Berkeley. Hut he began tu change his mind after his brother took it up. "His life underwent some remarkable Wallace recalled. "Then I realized mat I was not achieving full potential in my own life." After he started meditating, Wallace found that "1 was much happier in my per- sonal life and my grades improved marked- ly." Before the year was out, he was an honor student in physics. Widespread interest in TM led to the or- ganization of the Student International Med- itation Society In 1905 Wallace and a long-time friend, Robert Winquisl, were elected president and vice-president of the first SIMS chapter at the University of Cali- fornia at l.os Angeles. Today Ihe two men hold Ihe same titles at MIU. Credit to Trustee Wallace gives credit to Jerry .larvls. now an MIU trustee, for Ihe rapid growth uf SIMS. More than Americans have taken up TM through SIMS or Ihe closely related International Meditation Society and there are now ,'ISII centers Uiroughoul the na- tion. The MIU leader is a native of Los Angeles, lie attended an eastern boarding school and spent his first year of college at Berkeley, lie received his undergraduate degree in pliysics at UCLA in 1907 and three years later completed his Ph.D. degree in physiology also UCLA. Wallace's scientific mind demanded more knowledge about TM than his own personal experiences could provide. As a research as- sistant at Harvard medical school, he spent next two years studying and validating the positive physiol- ogical 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 Ameri- can" and other journals. Wallace, who first met the Maharishi in 1904 at Lake Arrowhead, Calif., describes him as a dynamic and inspiring personality. One of the Maharishi's greatest contribu- tions, Wallace believes, was his ability lo lake a technique learned as a Hindu monk and make it applicable to modern, Western man. Great Discovery "TM is a very great scientific Wallace says. Under the Maharishi's 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 sliiflcnls we're cvpr'fled. bill 3511 signed op and it 'soon spread lo 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 leaching tool. "II was not a new Wallace said, "but no one has made as much use of it as Shopper Hours Expanded DECORAH Shopping hours in Decorah for 1974 Christmas season will be expanded to include every Sunday afternoon in De- cember from 1 to 5 p.m. This policy was adopted at a special meeting of the De- corah 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, howevur, that merchants sterongly opposed to Sunday merchan- dising need not feel bound lo observe the new Sunday hours. Decorah's merchants expe- rimented with Sunday shop- ping during 1973 Christmas season, keeping their places open on two Sundays from 1 to 5. Sentiment was stronger for more Sunday openings this year becasuse of a shorter Christmas buying season caused by the later observ- ance of Thanksgiving on Nov. 22. Christmas lights arc scheduled lo go on for the first time during the week afler Thanksgiving. Additional night store open- ings in December, plus the customary Thursday nights and Sunday afternoon, were set at Friday, Dec. 4; Wednes- day and Friday, Dee. 11 and 13; Monday through Friday, Dec. 16-20; and Monday, Dec. 23. Santa Claus will pay two pre-Christmas visits to De- corah. He will be here Friday School Open House Features Columnist AMANA The annual open house of Amana Community schools is set for next Tues- day, beginning at p.m. Tours of elementary rooms will be followed at by a talk by Gazette Columnist Ford Clark. Visitation of jun- ior high and high school rooms will follow. Sixth graders, who have been studying Central Amer- ica, will servo refreshments to raise money for hurricane victims in Honduras. evening and Saturday after- noon, Nov. 29-30, and then will return Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, Dec. 13- 14. we have1 possibly because our facul'y was youthful and more willing to try It." Through the use of video tapes. MIU has been able ii; build an extensive library of filmed lectures at minimal cost, many of them by world renowned exports in their fields. Using portable equipment, taping has been done ill several locations bolh in Ihe U. S. and Kurope. A permanent studio has been established in New York state, but Wallace said portable facilities will also be set up on the local Use of Technology "If education is lo survive, it must make heller use of he added. The leaching of TM is bused on 33 tapes made by the Maharishi. All TM teachers art! required to spend time with the Maharishi in Switzerland su lhat teaching methods and subject matter remain consistent throughout the world. While the Maharisbi has an important role in all of MIU's educational programs, the business side of the university is left to oth- ers. "Being a monk, the Maharishi points nut that he has no Wallace said. Since the Science of Creative Intelligence has worldwide objectives, its growth in Ku- ropc has paralleled that in the United Stales., The first SCI courses in Kurope were offered in Spain and Italy. MIU now has a large branch in Switzerland and programs are of- fered in a number of other countries. International headquarters are located in Seelisberg, Switzerland. This is the home of the World Plan Executive Council which Wallace terms a kind of umbrella organiza- tion coordinating all parts of the program. The World Plan was inaugurated by the Maharishi on Jan. K, 1972, on Ihe Mediter- ranean island of Mallorca. Its seven objec- tives are: To develop the lull potential of Ihn individ- ual. To improve governmental achievements. To realize the highest Ideal of education. To eliminate, the agc-olil problems of crime and all behavior thai bring unhappi- ness lo the family of man. To maximize the inldliKcnt use (if envi- ronment. To bring Fulfillment to the economic aspi- rations of individuals and society. To achieve the spiritual goals of mankind in this generation. MIU was given the responsibility of imple- menting the World Plan and the ultimate goal is Ihe establishment of World Plan Centers one for each one million popula- tion lo leach SCI, train teachers and offer basic MIU courses at all levels of education. Reach Capacity Since the .summer of 1973 when MIU es- tablished a four-year academic program in Santa Barbara, it became evident that a larg- er campus would be necessary. The search began, culminating in an agreement to take over the facilities of bankrupt Parsons col- lege. Wallace believes the local campus will reach a capcily of students by next spring. Thai number is based on single-room occupancy of available dormitory space. How can MIU expect lo grow when other private schools are struggling through a peri- od of declining enrollment'.' The answer lies in the fact that MIU's unique program at- Iracls students from all parts of Ihe nation because of their interest in SCI and TM. Wallace smiles at the term "pipeline." but he concedes that MIU has a broad re- cruiting program without making any effort in thai direction. MIU not only attracts students, but emi- nently qualified faculty members as well who arc willing lo work for relatively low sala- ries. "We now have more Faculty applications than we can Wallace said. The MIU faculty numbers 30. including 25 with doctorates. Of the latter number, 20 are in Falrflcld. There are also 15 persons with master degrees who hold the rank of assist- ant professor or instructor. "We will always be using visiting Wallace said, lie added that MIU faculty salaries arc! improv- ing and Ihe school plans to make them com- petitive with other institutions. Generally, MIU students are slightly older than those at most other universities. Wal- lace said students are asked to maintain a dress code "both out of respect to the univer- sity and to other students." Knt'oreoinenl of the code has never been 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." lie said. Rebel Under Stress Conversely, Wallace sees 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 accre- dilalion. The move lo Iowa means Ihc proc- ess must begin again, this lime with Ihc North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools an organization lhat was one of Ihc downfalls of Parsons college. Wallace, however, sees no serious prob- lems and he hopes the schoul can guin can- didate's status within a year. The earliest that full accreditation could be attained would be in four years when the college grad- ualcs its First class. Wallace and his wife. Barbara, are the parents of two children, Teddy, 5, and Gar- eth, 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 lime on the local campus, lie will leave soon for India and upon his return he will lake part in several scientific conferences on U. S. campuses. In Wallace's view, many students at all levels are disenchanted with education be- cause they find no personal fulfillment. "One of the grealesl criticisms of science is that it impersonalizcs man." Acquiring knowledge is meaningless, he believes, unless it is accompanied by inner growth. 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