Monday, October 1

Today is Monday, and Week 6 of the class is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday/Saturday/Sunday. Week 7 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started.

Grading. Now that we have finished Week 6 of the semester, there have been 180 points of required work. You can consult this chart to get an indication of how you are doing in the class overall: if you have around 165 points (155 points if your Week 6 Storybook has not been graded yet), you are headed for an A; if you have around 145 points (135 points), you are headed for a B; if you have around 125 points (115 points), you are headed for a C; with less than 125, you are in danger of failing the class. There are still 9 weeks left in the semester (i.e. Weeks 7 through 15), which gives you plenty of time to improve your grade if you are not on track for the grade you want. Just make sure you budget time to do more of the assigned work and, if you do miss an assignment, make sure you complete some extra credit points to make up for it.

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 9AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will be reading and replying to the assignments in the order they were turned in.

Monday Events on Campus. At 8PM in Catlett Music Center there will be a flute performance by Valerie Watts - and here's a bit you can listen to online at Vimeo (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Mythology Monday. For this week, I wanted to share a video that I found at YouTube which has Sean Connery reading a poem by the modern Greek poet Cavafy - the poem is entitled "Ithaca," and it is about the Odysseus in all of us and about the journey that is life itself. You can see the text of the poem here at the Open Culture website. Here are the opening lines: As you set out for Ithaca / hope that your journey is a long one, / full of adventure, full of discovery. / Laestrygonians and Cyclops, / angry Poseidon-don’t be afraid of them: / you’ll never find things like that on your way / as long as you keep your thoughts raised high, / as long as a rare sensation / touches your spirit and your body.