Thursday, October 25

Today is Thursday of WEEK 10 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 9 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that UNTIL NOON today 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
. There are still quite a few items in the Storybook stack. If you turned something in by 10PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me; if you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, it is probably still in the stack. You can check to make sure your assignment is in the stack here. If you want comments back from me by the weekend, please get your Storybook assignment turned in by Friday at 8AM so that I can get comments back to you during the day on Friday.

Friday drop deadline.
(repeat announcement) This Friday, October 26, is the last day to drop the class with an automatic grade of W on your transcript. If you drop after Friday, you will end up with an F on your transcript (the only way to drop with a W after Friday is if you are passing the class when you drop, but if you were passing the class, you probably would not be dropping it, right?). So, for any of you in the class who are really having trouble keeping up, please take note of this deadline. If you have any questions about this, make sure you contact me about this today, Thursday, so I'll have time to answer your questions before the Friday deadline.

Thursday Events on Campus
. There will be a public reception for Fish 2012: An International Art Competition from 6PM - 8PM in the Lightwell Gallery (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Eid-al-Adha: October 25-26 2012. The Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha begins on Thursday evening this year and ends in the evening on Friday. The holiday is celebrated after the annual Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, and it commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to offer up his son Isma'il as a sacrifice to God, although God intervened and a sheep was sacrificed instead (a similar story is told about Isaac in the Biblical Book of Genesis). For more about the Eid-al-Adha, see this Wikipedia article and this article at the BBC. The image below is from a Mughal painting that depicts the celebration of the holiday by Emperor Bahadur Shah, the last of the Mughal emperors, in 1843: