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  • Popplestone, Ann
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      From: The Chronicle [mailto:daily@...]
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      Subject: 7/23/2002 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!


      UNDERCUTTING A KEY MISSION: Grim state-budget forecasts are
      forcing some community colleges to consider turning away
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v48/i46/46a02501.htm


      EMBATTLED IN BRITAIN: The closing of a university's
      cultural-studies department is a sign not of weakness in the
      discipline but of the sorry state of British higher education,
      writes Paul Gilroy, a professor of sociology and head of
      African-American studies at Yale University.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v48/i46/46b02001.htm

      --> FOR THE FULL TEXT of those and all other articles from the
      July 26 issue of The Chronicle, go to "This Week's Chronicle" at


      A glance at the July/August issue of "Clamor":
      Beauty as beheld by the Masai

      In a theme issue on fashion, beauty, and culture, Robert
      Biswas-Diener writes on how beauty is viewed by the Masai people
      of eastern Africa. They "appear to have a uniquely healthy
      outlook on physical attractiveness," and one that is very
      different from that of most Americans, writes Mr. Biswas-Diener,
      a researcher who studies the quality of life among groups with
      materially simple lifestyles.

      The Masai people's definition of beauty encompasses not only
      physical traits, the author notes, but also character traits. In
      the Masai language, "the word for physical appearance (which
      roughly translates as a person's 'goodness') can also be used to
      describe their morality," he writes. "In short, the Masai give
      more than lip service to the qualities that almost all of us
      agree 'really matter.'"

      The result of this healthy approach, according to Mr.
      Biswas-Diener, is a complete satisfaction with one's own
      appearance among all members of Masai society. Americans, in
      contrast, obsess over appearances, embracing "marvels of
      medicine, technology, and cosmetics" that promise to make us
      more attractive. Have these "marvels" offered us our own path to
      happiness? asks the author. "Indeed, they have not."

      The issue also includes articles on the commercialization of
      youth identity and American garment-producing sweatshops. Mr.
      Biswas-Diener's article is available online at

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