Thursday, March 8

Today is Thursday of WEEK 8 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 7 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that on Thursday morning for partial credit. 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.

Storybook Stack. If you turned in a Week 7 assignment on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now; if you turned something in on Monday or later, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. If you want comments back on a Storybook assignment before the weekend, make sure to get that assignment turned in by Friday at 8AM. If you have something turned in when I get to work on Friday morning, I can be sure to have comments back to you by the end of the day (possibly late in the day!) on Friday.

My Thursday Schedule. I will be out of the office for a while today, so I may not be as quick to respond to email as usual. I'll definitely get caught up by the end of the day, though - so if you have a question or problem, please do send the email and I'll get back to you by the end of the day, just not as quickly as I might usually.

Fall Enrollment. (repeat announcement) Enrollment will be starting for Fall classes, and these online classes fill up really quickly. If any of you would like to enroll in MLLL-3043 Myth-Folklore or MLLL-4993 Indian Epics for Fall, please let me know by Friday at the latest so that I can save you a space in the class.

Thursday Events on Campus. At 7PM in the Journalism Foundation Auditorium of Gaylord Hall, Lilly Ledbetter will be giving a talk: "Fighting For Fairness: Lilly Ledbetter In Her Own Words." Ledbetter's struggle for equal pay at a Goodyear Tire and Rubber Plant in Alabama resulted in the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was signed into law in 2009; you can read more about her in this Wikipedia article (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 8: Purim. Today markes the Jewish festival of Purim (the festival began at sunset on Thursday evening and carries on throughout the day today). This festival celebrates events described in the Book of Esther in the Bible, which tells how Esther saved her people from the evil Haman, who was plotting to destroy them. You can read more about Purim in this Wikipedia article. The image below shows some yummy Hamantaschen - "Haman's pockets" - a special pastry baked in honor of Purim: