DoSDA candidate “Sir Cristian Avram” failed to send a manifesto to The Saint. Despite this, his short and convincing blurb rendered any supplementary reading entirely superfluous.
The core promise of Mr Avram’s campaign is to increase access to Yoga. Financially, Avram is pledging to increase the YOGISOC budget five-fold, providing “yoga for everyone”. This, Avram believes, is critical in achieving powerful Transcendental Meditation. Though potentially controversial to other societies, this policy demonstrates a clear plan for the distribution of resources.
Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Effect
Mr Avram strongly champions Transcendental Meditation (TM™), a highly profitable trademarked meditation technique. Avram has effectively lifted verbatim from Wikipedia details of the Maharishi Effect, where 1 per cent of locals in an unspecified given area perform TM and influence the environment. It is suggested that if the square root of 1 per cent of the population practice this, it will have “life-supporting trends”. This optimistic policy will likely appeal more to Arts students than those of the Sciences.
Final Assessment: The Cult of Avram
Though riddled with controversy and academic dishonesty, Mr Avram’s plans are particularly persuasive. The potential for a cult of personality does arise, so caution should be exercised.
Update: Due to a request for clarification, the quote about “academic dishonesty” was made due to a verbatim plagiarism from Wikipedia. The Saint was advised by the Students Association Elections Committee to reference Mr Avram’s nomination blurb in place of his missing manifesto for this analysis. The blurb was as follows:
“As Director of Student Development and Cactivities I will lineacrease the bdguget of YOGISOC to 500% the current budget and therefore there will be yoga.for everyone. stay healthy. I am currently reading abot transcendental meditation and that inspired me to support the yoga sock. In the 1960s, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi described a paranormal effect claiming a significant number of individuals (1% of the people in a given area) practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique (TM) could have an effect on the local environment. This hypothetical influence was later termed the Maharishi Effect. With the introduction of the TM-Sidhi program in 1976, the Maharishi proposed that the square root of one percent of the population practicing the TM-Sidhi program, together at the same time and in the same place, would increase “life-supporting trends”. This was referred to as the “Extended Maharishi Effect”. Evidence, which TM practitioners believe supports the existence of the effect, has been said to lack a causal basis.[ The evidence was said to result from cherry-picked data and the credulity of believers. Like me.”
The blurb has not been edited by The Saint for grammatical accuracy.