Wednesday, April 3

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 11 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 10 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

. If you did not read the information about finishing up the class and final grades in the Monday announcements, please take a minute to do that now. Two people have finished the class already, reaching 410 points for an A. Very exciting! Even if you have not been working ahead up until now, you can still manage to finish early by getting ahead and doing the extra credit assignments. As soon as you reach the points you need for your final grade, just let me know and I'll mark the grade for you in the D2L Gradebook.

Storybook Stack
. There are still a lot of Storybook assignments in the stack and I am making my way through them in the order that they were turned in. If you turned something in on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Saving Your Ning Blog.
The class Ning will not be available after the end of the semester. That is because I have to pay for the Ning out of pocket and it has a maximum of appx. 100 students, which means I have to clear it out at the end of every semester.  If, however, you create your own writing portfolio, you can copy your best Ning blog posts in your portfolio. You can use Google's Blogger to create your own writing portfolio online, or you can create a new GoogleSite and/or you can use GoogleDocs to publish research papers and other long writing samples online. Having your own writing portfolio is a great way to document your best work in college! A portfolio can provide something both more personal and more tangible to go along with your resume, GPA, and transcript, showcasing your work in a more memorable way. 

Wednesday Events on Campus. As Part of the Activism in Latin America Symposium, there will be a Round Table with all the activists from 4:30PM-5:30PM in the Rhyne Room of Zarrow Hall (time-location-details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 3: Bud Fisher.
Today, April 3, marks the birthday of Bud Fisher in 1885, the creator of the cartoon strip "Mutt and Jeff," which was the first daily comic strip to appear in an American newspaper (the San Francisco Chronicle). Fisher went on to publish Mutt and Jeff comic books and to create Mutt and Jeff films as well. You can read more about Bud Fisher and his career as a cartoonist in this Wikipedia article. There is also a long article about the Mutt and Jeff series itself. Below is a self-portrait by Fisher - you can see he is carrying his two famous characters, Mutt and Jeff, one in each hand!