Festival transcends into expectations

With free East Indian vegetarian cuisine, live music, mantra-chanting and information on spirituality, the 2006 Festival of Transcendence attempted to fine-tune students' minds on the South Oval Wednesday and Thursday.

Carl Clemens, a member of Yoga Circle, the student group that hosted the festival, said they organized the event in order to inform students on the different philosophies of the Hare Krishna religion and the benefits of creating harmony between one's mind, body and soul.

"What most Americans don't realize is yoga means 'religion' in Sanskrit," Clemens, a graduate student in public administration, said. "And religion is another way of saying 'to connect.'"