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New Study Finds Reduced Stress and Trauma in Prisoners

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New Study Finds Reduced Stress and Trauma in Prisoners

(see full size image)   A new randomized controlled study by MUM researchers on 22 female prisoners, published in The Permanente Journal, found that those practicing the Transcendental Meditation® technique for four months had significant reductions in total trauma symptoms compared with a control group. This is the first stress study focused specifically on female prison inmates with high levels of trauma symptoms. A similar study in the same journal last October involving 181 male prisoners found a 47 percent reduction in total trauma...

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Hilary Nelson — Art in Motion

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Hilary Nelson — Art in Motion

MUM alumna Hilary Nelson is about to graduate from the University of Iowa with an MFA degree; however, her path to becoming an artist wasn’t always straightforward. Hilary has always been making art, but after graduating from Maharishi School she was one of the first students to enroll in the Sustainable Living Program at MUM. Hilary was excited to be involved with the emerging new department, and the ideas of sustainability have influenced her lifestyle ever since. After getting her BS degree in 2007, Hilary decided to pursue art and...

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Sara Kille — Environmental Activism and Social Change

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Sara Kille — Environmental Activism and Social Change

  Sara Kille worked as a preschool teacher in her hometown of Tracy, California, when she discovered actor Jim Carrey’s MUM commencement speech on Facebook. Sara was planning to study environmentalism and sustainability, and Carrey’s speech deeply resonated with her. She became curious about MUM, and a few months later she attended a Visitors Weekend. She was delighted by the students and visitors she met, and she made up her mind. Sara enrolled as a sustainable living major in 2015. Her passion lies in environmental activism and social...

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Sophia Woodward — Actor, Writer, Producer

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Sophia Woodward — Actor, Writer, Producer

MUM student Sophia Woodward had wanted to become an actress since she was nine, but she never thought she would get some of her best acting opportunities in Fairfield, Iowa. Sophia moved to Fairfield from Massachusetts at age seven and attended Maharishi School. At age 18 she moved to British Columbia, where she finished high school. She decided to pursue acting professionally, and soon enrolled in a six-month certificate program at the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts. During the next 5 years, Sophia auditioned for television, indie...

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Latha Lakshmanan – Balancing Ambition With a Healthy Lifestyle

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Latha Lakshmanan – Balancing Ambition With a Healthy Lifestyle

Latha Lakshmanan enjoys the challenge of a fast-paced work environment and handling high-profile clients, but she found it difficult to balance her personal life with the demands of her job. “One of my main intentions coming to MUM was to have a routine and the discipline to take care of myself,” she said, “so when I go back into the work force, I will have those skills.” A native of Minneapolis, Latha earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Minnesota, and another in accounting from Augsburg College in...

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Hannah Foster — Exploring Self-Development Through Art

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Hannah Foster — Exploring Self-Development Through Art

When she was little, Hannah Foster wanted to become a veterinarian, a singer, and an artist. She worked for a vet for a few years, took college classes in zoology and wildlife studies, and dabbled in the performing arts. But ultimately she chose art over science and enrolled at MUM to pursue a BFA, a career she hopes can give her the most independence. Hannah grew up outside St. Louis, Missouri, and learned about MUM from her sister Jada, who is an MUM alumna. At MUM Hannah discovered that creating art is part of her personal development...

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Kenny Januar — Staying Balanced While Succeeding

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Kenny Januar — Staying Balanced While Succeeding

Indonesian student Kenny Januar grew up helping his father in his beverage manufacturing business. He never had a doubt that one day he too, would become a business owner, in spite of his high school counselors’ efforts to steer him towards the medical sciences. Kenny attended Parahyangan Catholic University in Bandung, Indonesia, and graduated six months early with a bachelor’s degree in human resource management. During his senior year he attended a talk about MUM by alumnus Gde Brawishwara Putra, who talked about MUM. Kenny had aspirations...

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Monica Demes Wins Awards at Major Film Festivals

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Monica Demes Wins Awards at Major Film Festivals

  Brazilian filmmaker Monica Demes, who graduated from the David Lynch MFA in 2016, has been winning awards and gaining attention at international film festivals for the film she created while a student at MUM. Her film, Lilith’s Awakening, won best director from the Iowa Motion Picture Association, best director from the Optical Theatre Festival in Rome, and best film and best director from Festival Boca do Inferno in São Paulo, Brazil. Lilith’s Awakening is a modern-day vampire story where the vampire is a symbol for women’s...

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