Re-thinking golden showers

Golden showerI have recently learned from a program on Arirang TV that lower-class Korean women in pre-modern times (and currently in some remote areas) maintained beautiful skin by washing their faces every night with their own urine (women with money would wipe their faces with sesame oil and honey). Apparently modern dermatologists have verified the scientific validity of this seemingly disgusting practice. As it turns out, urea helps retain moisture in dry, chapped skin.

So if I happen to urinate on your face, keep in mind it’s not an act of violence but skincare. Let ‘er rip!

Fashion magazines

Why the hell do we pay for fashion magazines? Don’t advertisements make up, like, ninety-percent of the content? I know magazines are very expensive to produce and that advertisers are the only reason why these things are able to be printed in the first place, but, honestly, should we feel good about paying five bucks to look at a bunch of ads — ads that compel us to buy more stuff? That’s just weird.

In the ISU History Department newsletter

Attending the Phi Alpha Theta convention in San Antonio last December was a real highpoint during my time at ISU. It was a stimulating and informative experience for which I’ll be eternally grateful to our History Department and our faculty adviser Professor Sharon MacDonald. Naturally, I was delighted to see our trip mentioned in the June edition of Today & Yesterday, our History department newsletter. Thank you to newsletter editor Professor Mark Wyman for seeing fit to include us.

June 2002 - Today & Yesterday - Newsletter of the Department of History, Illinois State University


Students at convention

Charles Chun, a student in the master’s program, and Kelly LeJeune, a sophomore, gave papers at the biennial Phi Alpha Theta convention in San Antonio, Texas, in December. Chun spoke on “Orientalism and the Study of the far East,” and LeJeune’s title was “Rwanda: The Genocide that the West Ignored.”

Phi Alpha Theta’s president-elect, David Wrobel of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, had praise for LeJeune’s paper and called Chun’s presentation “thoughtfully constructed, historiographically challenging, and superbly delivered . . . he gave a fantastic impression of himself and served as a great ambassador for your program.” In his letter to Chun’s advisor, Mohamed Tavakoli-Targhi, Wrobel also noted that Chun “handled himself brilliantly” in the discussion after his paper.