Monday, April 19

Today is Monday. Week 12 of the class is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday/Saturday/Sunday. Week 13 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started. The Week 14 and Week 15 assignments are also available now, too!

NOTE: For the availability of the upcoming Internet assignments in Week 13 and Week 14, please read the notes below.

Week 13 Internet assignment: Storybook nominations. The Week 13 Internet assignment will be available starting tomorrow, Tuesday, when Week 13 begins. I hope you will find this a fun assignment: you will be nominating your favorite Storybooks from the semester. After everyone has turned in their nominations (the assignment is due by the end of Week 13), I'll prepare a ballot with the Storybooks that get the most nominations, and you'll be able to vote on the best ones - the voting is not for a grade, but just for fun, as a way to give the people who worked really hard on their Storybooks some well-deserved recognition.

Week 14 Internet assignment: Course evaluation. For the Week 14 Internet assignment, you will be completing a course evaluation online, much like the evaluation you fill out in the classroom for your regular classroom-based courses. As soon as the online course evaluation form is made available by the College of Arts & Sciences, I will let you know. The Week 14 Internet assignment will not be something you can do until that online course evaluation becomes available; I'll keep you posted based on what I learn about when that will be.

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will be reading and replying to the assignments in the order they were turned in.

April 19: Mae West. On this day in in 1927, the American actress Mae West was sentenced to ten days in jail on obscenity charges - "corrupting the morals of youth" - for her play Sex, which was a big hit on Broadway for a year until New York City officials raided the theater. She served eight days and got two days off for good behavior. You can read more about Mae West's successful and scandalous career in this Wikipedia article. The image below shows Mae West on her "Ev'rybody Shimmies Now" sheet music publication in 1918.