Thursday, September 25

Today is Thursday of WEEK 5 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 4 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. For those of you in Myth-Folklore or World Lit, Thursday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Wednesday. (Indian Epics has no Wednesday assignments, so there is no Thursday morning grace period.)

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in - of all the weeks in the semester, this is the slowest week for me because the Introduction is usually the hardest part of the Storybook for people to write, and it takes me a lot more time to send back comments. But don't worry: I'll get through the stack before the weekend, I promise. If you turned in an assignment before 10PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in after 10PM on Sunday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it - you can check and make sure I have your assignment by looking at the contents of the stack here.

Week 5 Internet assignment. If you did not read the previous announcement about the Week 5 Internet assignment and the Ning Comment Walls, make sure you take a look at those announcements now - you can even get extra credit for making your Comment Wall ready for visitors, both by making some more room on your Ning page, and also by adding a YouTube video to your page if you want!

John Best's OU Daily editorial. One of the students in the Indian Epics class, John Best, had an editorial published in the OU Daily - for those of you who did not see the print edition of the paper yesterday, here is a link to his letter online: Death penalty case shows failure in justice system. If any of you have something published in the Daily you want to share with the class, just let me know and I'll be glad to share it here in the class announcements. I think it's wonderful when people use the power of writing to share their ideas in a public forum like the Daily. Well done!

THIS SUNDAY: Hispanic Festival. Thanks to Amanda Theather in the World Literature class for this event announcement (if any of you have local event announcements you want to share, just let me know!): The Norman Public Library will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with the 6th annual Hispanic Festival. Come out to the Library on September 28 from 2-7 pm. to help celebrate. There will be something for the entire family with dancing, food, games, art, presentations, and fun. There is detailed event information at the Norman Public Library website. So, if you have some time on Sunday, there will be a lot of fun going on there at the Library. You can get some salsa dancing lessons and there will even be piñatas! Since many of you read the story of the Trojan Horse this week in the Myth-Folklore class, I offer this cartoon piñata as the image for today (you can click on the image for a larger view):