Thursday, April 30

Today is Thursday of WEEK 15. Thursday morning until noon is the grace period if you did not finish the blog post that was due on Wednesday — and if you missed them, here's a link to Wednesday's announcements. This is the last full day of class, so I hope everybody can finish up today!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Class ends on Friday. The class ends tomorrow, Friday, at noon, so please try to finish today, Thursday, instead of waiting until the last minute on Friday morning. As you reach the points you need for your final grade — 410 points for an A, 360 points for a B, 320 points for a C — let me know, and I'll record the letter grade for you in the D2L Gradebook.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Caffeine Causality Loop. As you face a time crunch at the end of the semester, beware the Caffeine Causality Loop!

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is ASHRAM. The image below shows the Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Towers that Be. Towers have a good view of any given situation, and in this Storybook the towers themselves are the storytellers, sharing the adventures of princes and princesses — Rapunzel is the most famous one of all — from the tower's point of view.

FREE eBook: The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright. This blog post provides additional information about this lovely collection of nursery rhymes.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Different strokes for different folks (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. As you can guess from the emphasis on making choices in these classes, I am a believer in this proverb: people need to be able to go their own way!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Ganesha. You can also see his vahana (vehicle), a mouse, at his feet.

Thursday Event on Campus: There will be a New Horizons Chamber Recital at 8PM in Pitman Recital Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 30: Walpurgis Night. The night of April 30 is celebrated as Walpurgis Night in many countries of northern and central Europe, often with bonfires late into the night. Also known as "May Day's Eve," the holiday has many carnival-like aspects, and it is associated with magic and witchcraft (it even shows up in the Harry Potter books, where the Death-Eaters are referred to as the "Knights of Walpurgis," which is a play on words with "Walpurgis Night"). You can read about the ways in which Walpurgis Night is celebrated in Germany, Finland, and other countries in this Wikipedia article, which is also the source for this image of a Walpurgis Night bonfire in Sweden:

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.