Thursday, February 23

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

Commenting on Storybooks. Every week from now through Week 12 of the semester, you will be commenting on people's writing at their Storybooks. During these weeks as you comment on people's Storybooks, please provide as much detailed, specific feedback as possible! It's nice to get compliments, but it is also really good to get feedback about what things could be improved, especially now, early in the semester. So, do not hesitate to say when something is confusing, or when something seems repetitious, or if you think something is important is missing. Every semester, students tell me that they wish they had received more detailed feedback on their Storybooks, rather than just generic compliments. So, try to be a really careful and attentive reader of each Storybook you visit, providing detailed, useful feedback in your comments, describing your own specific, personal experience as you read the Storybook.

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 on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned an assignment in on Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday, your assignment is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. Friday at 8AM is the deadline if you want to get comments back from me about your Storybook before the weekend.

Thursday Events on Campus. The World Literature Today Book Club will meet at noon in the 105 Monnet Hall to discuss The Bog of Cats, a play by Marina Carr. Lunch will be provided. Copies of the play are available in the WLT office at 110 Monnet Hall. Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 23: Majel Barrett Roddenberry. As a lifelong fan of Star Trek in all its incarnations, I am also a fan of Majel Barrett in all her Star Trek roles - and today, February 23, is Majel Barrett's birthday. She was born in 1932 and died in 2008; her husband, Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, died in 1991 - and sometime this year, in 2012, their ashes are scheduled to be launched into deep space. Majel Barrett provided the voice of the computer for Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, and she also played Nurse Chapel in the original series and Lwaxana Troi in Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. Here's a picture of her from back in the Nurse Chapel days, along with the rest of the cast of the original series: