Wednesday, September 29

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 6 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 5 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment before 10PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, your assignment is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. You can check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Week 6 Internet assignment. If you did not read yesterday's announcement about the Week 6 Internet assignment (reading and commenting on Storybook Introductions), please make sure to take a look at that.

Automatic W for class drops. (repeat announcement) This week, if you drop a class, it shows up automatically as a W on your transcript. After this week, you cannot drop a class with an automatic W. Instead, you can only receive a W if you are passing the class at the time of the drop (and if you are passing a class, you probably would not need to drop the class, right?). So, if you are finding the semester to be overwhelming, this is the week when you can make adjustments to your schedule that will not have an adverse effect on your transcript.

September 29: Michaelmas. Today is the holiday of Saint Michael the Archangel. The holiday is known as "Michaelmas" in England. This will be familiar to those of you who may have studied abroad at a British university, where they call their fall school session by the name of this fall holiday: Michaelmas Term. Below you can see Saint Michael battling the demon, a famous story in the Christian tradition. The city of Arkhangelsk (Archangel) in Russia is named after Michael the Archangel, and you can see the angel and the demon represented in the coat of arms of that city: