Tuesday, February 14

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 5 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 5 is on top. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is Rome, and in Indian Epics Rama is about to begin his exile from Ayodhya. The Week 5 Internet assignment is available starting today! If you have not turned in your Week 4 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 5 Internet assignment available NOW. For the next eight weeks (Week 5 through Week 12), your Internet assignment will consist of reading people's Storybooks and leaving comments for them. This is an assignment that you cannot do early - but on the first day of each new week in the class, that is, on Tuesday, the Internet assignment becomes available, and you have the rest of the week to complete it. So, today, Tuesday, is the first day of Week 5, and the Internet assignment for Week 5 is available through the rest of the week and weekend. I hope you will enjoy looking at other people's coverpages and giving them some feedback!

The Ning Comment Wall. People will be leaving comments about your Storybook at the Ning Comment Wall which is part of your Profile page. In order to get your Profile page ready, I would strongly suggest that you make the latest activity and blog activity invisible so that there will be more room on your Profile page for the Comment Wall. There is a Technology Tip for cleaning up your Ning Profile in order to make room for all the activity that will now start happening at your Comment Wall.

Storybook Stack. The Storybook stack is HUGE this week. If you turned in an assignment on Saturday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. The Introduction is often the most challenging part of the Storybook for people to write, which means it is also a challenge for me to get comments back to everyone before the weekend. Meanwhile, if you have not yet turned in your Storybook for Week 4, you can still do that for partial credit.

Tuesday Events on Campus. Paula Conlon will be giving a Native American Flute concert at noon in the Sandy Bell Gallery of the Museum of Art as part of the Noon Concert Series (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Valentine's Day: Green M&M Legend. In honor of Valentine's Day, I decided to look for a Valentine's Day Legend from Snopes.com. Here is what I found: in 2008, the Mars Candy Company promoted the distribution of packages of all-green M&M candies because the green candies are supposedly an aphrodisiac - true or false??? Well, it is true that Mars promoted the green candies for Valentine's Day that year, but as to whether the green M&Ms really are an aphrodisiac, Snopes.com is not saying! Other legends about the candy colors are as follows: orange M&Ms are good luck, brown ones are bad luck, and if you get a red one last out of the bag, you should make a wish and it will come true. As for the green M&Ms being an aphrodisiac, no one is quite sure how this rumor got started - but it has been circulating since the 1970s! Happy Valentine's Day!