Wednesday, December 5

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 15 of the class. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Storybook stack. So far I'm keeping up with the Storybooks as people turn them in, since I know it helps to get those points recorded so you can see where you stand in terms of finishing up the class. As always, you can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment!

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT WEEK 15: (repeat announcement) Week 15 is different from other weeks, because it ENDS ON FRIDAY, December 7, AT NOON. So, if you will be doing some Week 15 assignments to finish up the class, please be aware of this special schedule: all the final Week 15 assignments are due by NOON ON FRIDAY at the latest. No late Week 15 Storybook assignment can be turned in for partial credit. All Week 15 assignments - including the Storybook assignment, Internet assignment, blog responding assignment, along with any extra credit you want to complete - must be completed by Friday, December 7, at noon. All the assignments are available now with the exception of the blog responding assignment (available on Thursday).

Grading and points. (repeat announcement) As you now know from previous announcements, you need 410 points to get an A, 360 points to get a B, and 320 points to get a C. When you get the number of points you need, you are done! If you can let me know when you are done with the class, I will record the letter grade for you in the Gradebook so that you can be sure you are finished with everything for the class. 

Wednesday Events on Campus. Enjoy FREE HOT CHOCOLATE in the Union Lobby from 11:30AM-12:30PM (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

December 5: Krampus. In our "Santa Claus" tradition, there is the vague sense that naughty children might get punished, but in other countries, that part of the Christmas tradition is much more specific: Santa Claus may have a sinister companion whose job is to punish bad children. In Austria and other Alpine regions, that dark companion of Saint Nicholas is called Krampus, and he spends the first two weeks of December going around at night, rattling chains and ringing a bell to warn the naughty children of his presence. On December 5, it is traditional for people to dress up as the Krampus! You can see pictures of people dressed as the Krampus in this Wikipedia article, and below is a Krampus holiday postcard: