Thursday, January 26

Today is Thursday of WEEK 2 of the class. For those of you in Myth-Folklore, Thursday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Wednesday.

Week 2 Read and Respond assignment. The Week 2 blog commenting assignment is NOT available yet; it will be available starting on Friday. The blog commenting assignment is the only assignment you cannot complete early, and that is because people will still be adding posts to their blog today, Thursday. So, after midnight tonight, that is, at 12:01AM on FRIDAY, you can do that Read and Respond assignment; you have Friday, Saturday and Sunday to finish the blog responding since it is one of those Friday/weekend assignments.

Storybook Stack. If you turned in a Storybook assignment before 5PM on Wednesday, you should have comments back from me; if you turned something in later on Wednesday, it is probably still be in the stack (you can check the contents of the stack here). Meanwhile, if you want Storybook comments from me this week, make sure you get your assignment turned in today. I do my very best every week to read and reply to every assignment that is turned in before noon on Friday but to be 100% sure you get comments before the weekend, turn in your assignment on Thursday.

Tech Tip emails. I have also read and replied to all the Tech Tip emails; sometimes it takes me a week or to to reply to those. Each week I do the Storybook assignments first, which sometimes takes all week long! Remember: you don't need to wait on my reply to your latest Tech Tip email - just go ahead and keep sending me the emails for each Tech Tip that you complete; I'll get back to you, but it might not be for a week or even longer.

Google Site websites. Thanks to those of you who are working ahead and have done your Google Site website. I will start looking at those and replying to your emails on Thursday!

Monday, January 30: Final day to drop with refund. Monday will be the final day to drop a class and get a full refund. So, if you are finding out that this class does not fit into your schedule after all, or that the workload is too demanding, you can still drop the class and get a full refund. The Week 2 assignments should be giving you a sense of what the regular weekly assignments will be like for the rest of the semester, which means you now have a good basis on which to make your decision. If you have any questions about the class you'd like to ask before you make your decision, let me know!

Thursday Events on Campus. The World Literature Today Book Club meets at noon in 105 Monnet Hall; lunch will be provided. The book under discussion will be the graphic novel, Daytripper, by Brazilian twins Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

January 26: Republic Day honors Sundarlal Bahuguna. On this day in 1950, the Indian Constitution came into force, making India officially a "Republic," and so January 26 is celebrated as "Republic Day" in India. You can read more about the holiday at Wikipedia. Each year on Indian Republic Day, heroes of the nation are celebrated. One of the heroes who has been honored as a hero of the nation on this day is the environmental activist, Sundarlal Bahuguna, a member of the Chipko movement which is fighting to preserve the forests in the Himalayas. The image shows Sundarlal Bahuguna standing in front of a painting that depicts his meeting with the Dalai Lama (source):