Friday, March 1 - Sunday, March 3

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 7! The Week 7 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and so is the Week 7 Internet assignment (Storybook commenting), along with the remaining Week 7 assignments that are due on Friday or on Saturday or Sunday - please make sure you get started on those assignments soon. Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Thursday.

Storybook Stack
. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. I've read and replied to all the Week 6 assignments turned in on time, but if you turned in a late Week 6 assignment, or an early assignment for Week 7 or 8, it may still be in the stack. This is another one of those VERY busy weeks with all these new stories; I will try to get comments back to everyone before the weekend, but if you turned in a late Week 6 assignment, you might not get comments until Saturday morning. Meanwhile, if you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

New Responding groups
. The blog responding groups have been shuffled around again this week so you should see one or even two new people in your group. There is also a "getting to know you" extra credit assignment where you can read additional posts from the people in your new group. Details about the extra credit assignment are included in the regular assignment instructions!

Week 7 Internet assignment
. (repeat announcement) For the Week 7 Internet assignment, which is available now, you will be reading stories at the Storybooks. That means you have more reading to do this time (stories and introductions), so you will have just THREE Storybooks that you comment on. You are welcome to do that assignment now; you don't have to wait if a person you are assigned happens not to have published a story yet if that person happens to be running late. To find out more about how the assignment works this week, see the Internet assignment page.

Friday Events on Campus
. Come see OU's own version of Dancing with the Stars on Friday, March 1, from 7PM-9PM in the Union - and you can see the list of dance partners at the Facebook page along with additional information. Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 3: Hina-matsuri. Sunday, March 3, is the Hina-matsuri holiday in Japan, the "Doll Festival," which is a festival of good luck for young girls. You can read more about the holiday in this Wikipedia article, or in this article at This image shows a Hinamatsuri doll displayed at the festival in 2005 in the city of Kounos, near Tokyo: