Friday, April 13 - Sunday, April 15

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 12! The Week 12 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and the remaining Week 12 assignments are due on Friday or on Saturday or Sunday - please make sure you get started on those assignments soon. Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Thursday.

Week 12 Responding: Check your groups. The groups for Blog Responding are basically the same as last week, but there have been some small adjustments, based on the folks who are finished with the class (the blog responding will get a bit chaotic in the last weeks of the semester as people finish up, mix-and-match their points, etc). So, before you do the blog responding assignment, double-check on your group to make sure you are responding to the right folks.

Storybook Stack. There are still some Storybook assignments in the stack (late Week 12 Storybooks plus early Week 13-14-15 Storybooks), and I am making my way through them in the order that they were turned in. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. Because of the unusually large number of people who turned in late or early Storybook assignments this week, I may not be able to get them all returned to you on Friday; if I do not get through the stack on Friday, I will do that on Saturday morning at the latest.

Gradebook Declarations. (repeat announcement) 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.

Mix and match points. (repeat announcement) Now that there are less than four weeks of the semester left (rest of Week 12, plus Weeks 13-14-15), you might want to plan to do some "mix and match" in terms of just which assignments you want to complete this semester to get the points you need for the grade you want to get (you need 410 points for an A, 360 points for a B and 320 points for a C). So, based on the assignments you enjoy most/least in the class, you can certainly skip some assignments, provided that you end up with the points you need at the end. My only recommendation is that you do this cautiously. You don't want to skip so many assignments that you end up not getting the points you need for your desired grade.

Friday Events on Campus. The annual EVE OF NATIONS will take place at the Lloyd Noble Center on Friday, 6PM-9PM with music, food, dance and more - check the Facebook page for detailed information. Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 14: Ramana Maharshi. Saturday, April 14, marks the anniversary of the death in the year 1950 of the great Indian guru, Sri Ramana Maharshi. You can read more about his life and career in Wikipedia, which also has a section of quotations from his works and teachings. There's even a Ramana Maharshi comic book in the famous Amar Chitra Katha series of comic books!