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Student quoted in nationwide article on Invincible America
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13 December 2006
An article put out by the Associated Press late last month about the Invincible America Assembly was picked up by major newspapers around the country and began with Global Student Council President Stephen Cardinal.
'Iowa meditator Stephen Cardinal believes this blip of a city in southeast Iowa could soon alleviate world strife,' reads the beginning of the article, referring to Maharishi Vedic City. Then two paragraphs later the article quotes Mr. Cardinal as saying, 'The solutions of our forefathers haven't worked,' referring to the inability of their solutions to prevent strife and create peace.
The article was published by the Washington Post, the L.A. Times, Newsday, the Houston Chronicle, and many more. It was also picked up internationally by publications such as the International Herald Tribune.
The article was written by AP writer Dave Pitt, who spent a day in the community meeting with leaders and visiting Maharishi Vedic City and other locations. It covered the Invincible America Assembly and the results seen so far, Dr. John Hagelin's predictions for what will result as the numbers participating rise toward 2,000, the arrival of the Vedic Pandits and the new village being created for them in Maharishi Vedic City, and the generosity of the Howard and Alice Settle Foundation for an Invincible America, which has provided $12 million in support of the Assembly.
The article was headlined, 'Organizers Say Meditation Brings Peace.'
In addition to the AP article, the Washington Post earlier ran a major feature about the Assembly that was also picked up by a number of large newspapers. The article covers the University, Maharishi Vedic City, the Transcendental Meditation technique, the organic farms, Maharishi Vedic(SM) architecture, the many art galleries and restaurants in Fairfield, and a performance of The Musical of Musicals. 'Between the paintings and the show, the artistic talent here was impressive, high-spirited—and a happy surprise,' wrote Post journalist Gary Lee in the article.
He describes a visit to the organic farm and then his day-ending meeting with Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy, who he quotes as saying, 'If small-town America has a future, it's going to look something like this.'
The article closes with the observation that 'It sounded like the kind of thing a mayor would say. But as the day wound down, I paused to look at the town square with its gazebo, at a nearby row of ethnic restaurants, at a woman dressed in a bright blue sari walking past. Perhaps there was something in the mayor's words, I thought. And then, suddenly, a parade of cars started moving past in the direction of the golden domes. It was meditation time again.'
Copyright 2006, Maharishi University of Management
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