Wednesday, April 18

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 13 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 12 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Storybook stack. There are still quite a few assignments in the Storybook stack. If you turned in your assignment by 10PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. Assignments turned in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday are probably still in the stack. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment. If the points for your Storybook assignment are all you need to finish up the class, send me a separate email to let me know and I will move your assignment to the top of the stack.

Mix and match points. (repeat announcement) Now that there are less than three weeks of the semester left (rest of Week 13, plus Weeks 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. When you read the points you need for your final grade, send me a note to let me know and I will record the final grade in the Gradebook for you.

Wednesday Events on Campus. From 11AM to 1PM on the South Oval you can enjoy chips and guacamole from Chipotle and pot your own cilantro plant (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 18: Lucrezia Borgia. Today, April 18, marks the birthday of Lucrezia Borgia in the year 1480. The illegitimate daughter of Rodrigo Borgia, a.k.a. Pope Alexander VI, she lived a life full of scandal and intrigue. By her various marriages, she is related to many of the royal families of Europe. She is, for example, an ancestress of King Juan Carlos of Spain - and she is even related to the late Lady Di. For those of you who like historical drama, I highly recommend the television series The Borgias, starring Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia and Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia. It's sinfully fun! The portrait below, by Bartolomeo Veneto, is widely assumed to be that of Lucrezia Borgia: