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Inauguration of the Argiro Student Centre on Maharishi University of Management campus
by Global Good News staff writer

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2 February 2008

Dr Bevan Morris, Prime Minister of the Global Country of World Peace, and President of Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, addressed the inauguration of the Argiro Student Centre on 1st February.

Dr Morris began by relating how years ago Maharishi had advised the University to rebuild the campus using the principles of Sthapatya Veda—Vedic Architecture in harmony with Natural Law. Maharishi had explained this would produce greater good fortune for everyone in the University, as well as better health, greater peace, and in every way, enhancement of their evolution to higher states of consciousness.

The Board of Trustees, therefore, resolved to tear down all buildings that were not built to these principles of architecture; and 45 buildings have now been demolished and new ones built. But several of the largest buildings that had been removed, such as the chapel, the dining hall, and the largest lecture hall on campus, had not been replaced. So about two years ago the resolution was made to replace all these, as well as the existing Student Union and other areas, in a single stroke, in one grand building that opened 1 February.

The 50,000 square foot building is called the Argiro Student Centre in honour of its benefactors, Drs Vincent and Maggie Argiro. Former MUM professor in developmental cell biology and current MUM Trustee, Dr Vincent Argiro developed an imaging system that caused him to form Vital Images, a company that became very successful in producing visualization and analysis software. Dr Maggie Argiro, an Enlightenment Conference Graduate, has served the university as a professor of professional writing.

Dr Jonathan Lipman, AIA., Past President of the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy, Director of the Institute of Maharishi Vedic Architecture, Chief Architect for
Maharishi Vedic City, USA, and Minister of Architecture for the Global Country of World Peace, and Vedic Central America, is the architect of the building, which was designed to use many up-to-date techniques for energy efficiency. The building will be receiving LEED certification as a 'green building'—one that is very pure, energy conserving, and efficient, with an excellent heating system, natural wood, natural lighting to minimize electricity use, insulation that is 80% more efficient than regular buildings, and non-toxic building materials such as green-certified carpeting, marmoleum, and 13,000 square feet of bamboo flooring throughout.

The building boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen and dining areas designed by Dr. David Streid to feed up to 1,000 people three times a day. Soft flooring, lots of light, and the most modern equipment available will aid those who work in the well-organized, completely organic kitchen that will produce wide-ranging types of very pure food for students from many countries. The main dining hall has large triangular windows with cloth hangings for shade in summer, cathedral ceilings over 20 feet high, bamboo floors, and large verandas where students can eat outside.

Dr Morris presented slides of the two-storey-high grand lobby featuring honey-coloured marble (a marble lotus design will be added soon) in the central Brahmasthan area, the university store, stairways up to a festival hall for cultural and religious meetings, banquet and dining halls, and serving areas. A cafe is available for special items not available in the dining hall; and there are many comfortable seating/study/meeting areas.

A 300-400 seat lecture hall for all major lectures features golden, east-facing chairs with little tables for taking notes, a massive screen, a large stage, and a video booth with high-quality audio and video equipment. A Board Meeting room will feature an 18-feet-long, grand, light wooden table and video conferencing capabilities. Dr Morris added that beautiful gardens and a parking lot to the west will be installed in the spring.

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