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  • 11:50 pm on April 28, 2002 Permalink | Reply  

    Dingen for 2001-2002 

    I posted a short quotes list in my room, I got excited about em, and decided to post an expanded list of the memorable things during my stay of Mac during 01-02.

    Following the greek tradition, I shall separate them in academic disciplines: (don’t quote me on this Kat, I really didn’t know what to put between “the” and “tradition”)
    Geography. During second week of april (PFs visit weekend) I met a little kid, three years old, riding a tricicle. He was boom=booing aroud her mom between DeWitt and Old Main. All of the sudden though, he stopped in cold and shouted her: “Mommy, can we go to some mountain? I wanna ride in inclined floor”
    African American Studies. I was commenting a guy I just got to know (somewhere in September) that I found it interesting that he had non-black hands (he was black). I explained him that I had never seen a black guy before. He became extremely alarmed and told me to shut down and watch for my mouth.
    Cultural Studies. my roommate insists that american middle class people don’t have culture. Back at high school in Chile my high school teacher would insist that the chilean society doesn’t have culture.
    Math. (1) Mike was studying calc in the campus center… he saw me and shouted “Hey! Aren’t you korean? Oh, can you help me?”. Yeah right. I faild Calc1. (2) I asked Will what he thought of stats. He made a face and spit, “Oh, stats is not math… it’s.. it’s… you don’t learn anything there. It’s a crappy class filled with econ majors”
    Communication Studies:
    [PF1] So you like Mac?
    [Yong_Ho_Kim] Yeah, it’s a good place.
    [PF2] Would you get shot if you said anything other than yes?
    [Yong_Ho_Kim] You never know with the admissions folks.
    [PF2] you really don’t like them… they seem funny, at least.

    Walker said “immediate retaliation shall follow” if St. Thomas doesn’t stop “manipulating data to make themselves more appealing to prospective freshmen”.

    However, inside sources reveal an even more cunning logic behind this decision. A MPIRG representative, who preferred to remain anonymous, said that the rage expressed by Walker is “a sign that Mac doesn’t care about environmental awareness issues anymore”
    USTSG of course boasts of this as results of their efforts promoting environmental responsibility. However, most neighbors feel suspicious towards such a claim and keep using oxygen masks up to this day.

    [UST picture here] Provided by St. Thomas Admissions Website
    Will USTSG choose to hit numerical advantage?
    Meanwhile, tension between rival schools keeps on rising. Last night, hundreds of St. Thomas students marched eastward in Sumeet Avenue burning tiny trees and hammering bikes down. “If MCSG keeps insisting that the student’s t test certainty levels should be 95% and not 90%”, said Jake, “we’ll fight ’till death. If for every St. Thomas student a Macalester student dies, and our quarrel goes to conclusion, there shall be no Mac in three months.”

    [Mac picture here] Provided by Macalester Admissions Website
    Will Macalester succumb against hordes of Thomasites invading the campus?

    “Don’t even bother,” assures Kim “KUST*KMac is smaller than KACTC;” James is optimistic: “we will never reach conclusion.”.
    (extract of an article written for analytic chem)

    Asian Studies. I emailed a korean guy about immunization records during summer. He gave a helpful response, and appended: “Hey man, don’t go to the econ dept, they’re not worth it. Come to CS”
    German. Huener: “For those feeling a little midterm frustration with German (is this possible??), you might enjoy a few of Mark Twain’s …. essay “The Awful German Language,” at this address: cs.utah.edu/~gback/awfgrmlg.html. They make suitable, if slightly pretentious, beach reading!”
    : [PF2] I am thinking of English. Do you know anything about the dept? [Yong_Ho_Kim] They have a very handsome renaissance english professor. [PF2] Well that’s good to know.
    Education: the library closes at 10:00pm in fridays.
    Psychology: why should you major in psychology? “…the rule of abstinence primarily concerned the analysand’s abstinence from sexual activity; if a patient implores the analyst to make love to her, the anlyst must frustrate her by refusing to do so.” – Evans, Dylan. “frustration” Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis
    Econ: I learned that econ majors are people too.
    Art: I met an international student majoring in art.
    Spanish: Go see my “picture” in the spanish dept tutors room :D
    Music: I heard a guy sing the arirang last night. That’s pretty good for diversity I guess.
    Domestic diversity.
    [PF1] So, what about the carrots?
    [PF3] carrots? ehh?
    [Yong_Ho_Kim] Carrots.. hmm.. I see them in salads often, but is that much? I don’t know. What’s wrong with carrots? They taste great!
    [PF1] Okay, never mind. i just got it into my head that Minnesotans put carrots in everything.
    [Yong_Ho_Kim] What do you think, Jake? Do Minns have a fixation for carrots?
    [PF3] not that i am aware of
    [Yong_Ho_Kim] Hehe.
    [PF3] i can’t even eat cooked carrots…soo
    [PF1] Okay. Well this will save me from much unneccessary embarrassment next year. i know what not to bring up!
    Philosophy. Gunderson: So Hume is the heavy metal of philosophy!
    Physics. A cloudy memoir of an evening class with long-bearded people talking about supersymmetry theory and breaks in uniformity of singularities in far infrared distances.
    Biology. A 25 year-old-looking prof steps into the classroom and shows a creamy pregnancy detector that works by changing its color when applied in the fingertips. She opens the tube, smells it and exclaims “Oh, it smells like pennis!”
    Sociology: [PF3] i’m curious. what attracts students from other states to macalester [PF4] snow

    I think that’s it for the moment.

  • 11:24 am on April 25, 2002 Permalink | Reply  

    Alsino and the Condor: The Choice of Identity Over the Law 

    Yong Ho Kim
    Professor Kiarina Kordela
    HCST 10 : Introduction to Humanities and Cultural Studies
    25 April 2002

    Alsino and the Condor is a movie filmed by the Nicaraguan Film Institute and co-produced by Mexico, Cuba and Costa Rica. According to The New York Times, it “is a film about injustice and revolution, not looked at directly but seen, as if passing, by Alsino, a solemn little peasant who, more than anything else, wants to fly.” . The description is more or less appropriate; the movie is the story of a kid named Alsino, who dreams of flying and jumps from a tall tree. This storyline is filled with a somber account of the Sandinista revolution in its effort to undermine the Somoza dictatorship, which presents a sharp contrast (seemingly) to the dreamlike pursuits of Alsino.

    Having been produced during the height of the “democratization of the arts” policy of the Sandinista government , the movie occasionally contains typically propagandistic elements. However, close examination of its dialectic structure reveals methods that sweep the audience away with the political message.

    The movie’s plot is based on Alsino: Novela , a novel by Pedro Prado, a modernist Chilean writer. Both stories share the same initial settings and similar proceeding. But halfway through the story, the movie takes a detour towards the negation of flight and justification of a new regime (Sandinista Government). The extreme polarity of the two stories will ease the observation of relevant elements for analysis. This paper will utilize Lacanian psycho-analytic theories to decipher the foundations laid in the movie to make the Sandinista discourse possible, and social theories from Guy Debord and application of Lacanian theories by Žižek Slavoj to discuss the discourse’s actual body.

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  • 8:59 am on April 21, 2002 Permalink | Reply  


    Viva el calor y la nieve!

    Don’t you love Minnesota? I wish those 95 degrees were accompanied by a snowstorm. That way, we’d appreciate the wonders of mother nature in an even more dramatic way.

  • 11:02 am on April 12, 2002 Permalink | Reply  

    Lead emission decreasing around University of St. Thomas 

    APRIL 12, 2002
    50¢ Star Tribune
    / .

    Lead emission decreasing around University of St. Thomas

    By Yong Ho Kim
    anonymous submission

    SAINT PAUL, MN.―― Are students at University of St. Thomas (UST) more environmentally conscious than the mean of the population?

    The riverbank area of St. Thomas is well-known for its natural beauty and is a favorite track for many morning runners. Thomasites enjoy of the sight in their particular way – driving BMWs down the river, and stopping at every turn.
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  • 8:24 am on April 11, 2002 Permalink | Reply  

    I need to see tv more often (from http://www.claancy.net/index.php?area=lunacy)

  • 5:19 pm on April 8, 2002 Permalink | Reply  

    This is absolutely necessary 

    I need to bitch about how little sleep I get. And how much work I gotta do. And the expectancy level. And how I still can’t break the B+ limit. And how I get to register for classes the very last week of registration (yeah, yeah, we’re barely sophomores)

    But cheer up, summer is coming up! The minnesotan grey sun will rise tomorrow again! And the Mac Weekly will keep up with their assumedly “liberal”-ish news, with censorship and all that shit! Hooray! A yeeha for the plaid side of the snow.

    Phew. That was refreshing. :>

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