Tuesday, February 12

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 5 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 5 is on top. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is Rome, and in Indian Epics Rama is about to begin his exile from Ayodhya. The Week 5 Internet assignment is available starting today! If you have not turned in your Week 4 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 5 Internet assignment available NOW. For the next eight weeks (Week 5 through Week 12), your Internet assignment will consist of reading people's Storybooks and leaving comments for them. This is an assignment that you cannot do early - but on the first day of each new week in the class, that is, on Tuesday, the Internet assignment becomes available, and you have the rest of the week to complete it. So, today, Tuesday, is the first day of Week 5, and the Internet assignment for Week 5 is available through the rest of the week and weekend. I hope you will enjoy looking at other people's coverpages and giving them some feedback!

Storybook Stack. The Storybook stack is HUGE this week. If you turned in an assignment on Saturday before 6PM, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Saturday or on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. The Introduction is often the most challenging part of the Storybook for people to write, which means it is also a challenge for me to get comments back to everyone before the weekend, but I will do my best to get through the stack on or before Friday. Meanwhile, if you have not yet turned in your Storybook for Week 4, you can still do that for partial credit.

Tuesday Events on Campus. As part of Italy Week, there will be a Bocce Ball Tournament on the South Oval from 12PM-2PM plus there will be Gelato Night in Traditions West from 7PM-8PM (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 21: Mardi Gras. Today is the Catholic holiday called "Fat Tuesday," or Mardi Gras in French, a traditional time of celebration before the Lenten fast begins on Ash Wednesday. You can read about the holiday of Mardi Gras in Wikipedia and for a great mixture of Mardi Gras and mythology, I highly recommend the Brazilian film Black Orpheus - this wonderful film (very mythological!) is set in Rio during the extravagant Mardi Gras Carnival which is held there every year:

Here is a scene from the movie, courtesy of YouTube: