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The spokesman who kept calling
by Thomas Barlett
The Chronicle of Higher Education Translate This Article
28 April 2005
On 22 April, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported: Norman Zierold has been calling journalist Thomas Barlett for more than two years. Norman works in the public relations office at Maharishi University of Management (M.U.M.) in Fairfield, IA, and in his enthusiasm to get M.U.M. featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education he has befriended the journalist who wrote an article featuring Norman's interesting life and mentioning important aspects of M.U.M.'s unique educational system.
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As to why, after so much communication with Norman Zierold, he had not yet written a single word about M.U.M., author Thomas Barlett admitted, 'That's not because there isn't plenty to write about. For instance, did you know that much of the food served in the university's cafeteria is grown by students? Did you know that students and faculty members meditate twice a day in two gold-domed buildings? Were you aware that the university has received more than $20-million from the National Institutes of Health to study the effect of meditation on reducing heart disease, hypertension, and stroke?' Barlett writes that M.U.M. is an institution dedicated to 'the full awakening of consciousness'.
The article explains that Norman Zierold has been working at M.U.M. for the past few years, but has been practising Transcendental Meditation since the early 1970s. At the age of 78, Zierold's life story is packed with stories of multiple college degrees (including a bachelor's degree from Harvard University), the publication of several books, television appearances, and Hollywood associations. But, as the article explained, Zierold tired of these things, saying he was 'looking for something new in life'. He discovered Transcendental Meditation, became a teacher of it, and the rest is history.
Barlett describes Zierold as 'genuinely excited' about TM and M.U.M. He believes that meditation can make people healthier, more focused, and can give college students a big advantage. Extensive research documenting the effects of TM verifies that it does indeed do all that.
Because of Zierold's great enthusiasm for promoting M.U.M. one writer was able not only to learn about a very special university, but also to develop an unexpected friendship. Barlett concluded his article by admitting that since he's finally written about M.U.M., he hopes this doesn't mean Zierold will stop calling him.
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