Monday, November 7

Today is Monday. Week 11 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 12 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started. Weeks 13, 14 and 15 are also available for those of you who can see the goal in sight and want to start working ahead now to finish up the class.

Gradebook Declarations. Some of you are under a lot of pressure at the end of the semester with projects and tests in your other classes. So please, if you do not have time to fully complete one of the assignments for this class, just skip it, and make up the points later. Read each Declaration carefully and do NOT make the Declaration if you have not completed the work. You need to check your word count and other requirements BEFORE you do the Declaration. The penalties for making false Gradebook Declarations are serious; if you are not clear about this, please check the Honor Code for this class. Your Gradebook Declarations need to be accurate and honest; the whole grading system in this class depends on it.

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. I'll update the stack on Monday morning, and you can then 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.

Overview of Week 12 and Week 13 Internet assignments. Week 12 will begin tomorrow, on Tuesday, and you will be commenting on other people's Storybooks. Then, for the Week 13 Internet assignment (available a week from Tuesday, on November 15), you will be voting on your favorite Storybooks for the semester. After you turn in your nominations, I'll set up a ballot so everybody can vote for the best Storybooks - it's not for a grade or anything; it's just for fun, and it gives the folks who have done really excellent work on their Storybooks a chance to get some well earned recognition.

Monday Events on Campus. At 8PM violinist Er-Gene Kahng (here is her website, with some audio online) will perform with Stephanie Leon Shames, pianist, in Pitman Recital Hall, Catlett Music Center (time/location/details). Find out more about this event and other events happening on Monday at the Campus Calendar online.

Eid-ul-Adha 2011. The four-day Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Adha is taking place right now; during the year 2011, the festival extends from November 6 through November 9. The Eid takes place after the annual Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, and it commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to offer up his son Isma'il as a sacrifice to God, although God intervened and a sheep was sacrificed instead (a similar story is told about Isaac in the Biblical Book of Genesis). For more about the Eid-ul-Adha, see this Wikipedia article. The image below is from a Mughal painting that depicts the celebration of the Eid by Emperor Bahadur Shah, the last of the Mughal emperors, in 1843: