Archive for November, 2014

November 24 Local Event: Film (Il Rosa Nudo)

In 5440,  I speak of Rudolf Brazda… the “Last Pink Triangle” and we often hear – in a short clip filmed a few years before his death – about his personal story of internment under the Nazi Rule. What follows is information about a documentary about another pink triangle… this is also on my REFLECTIONS page and IS an extra credit opportunity for those in my 5440 class.


Dates: November 24, 2014
Location: Drexel Theatre
Hours: Monday 7-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address:2254 E. Main St.Columbus, 43209

Il Rosa Nudo (Naked Rose) is an experimental film inspired by the life of the French ‘Pink Triangle’ deported Pierre Seel. At the very young age of seventeen, Sell was arrested by the Nazis during the war on charges of homosexuality and sent to a concentration camp. In 1982 he was the first homocaust survivor to denounce the atrocities he witnessed.


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November 21st, 2014 Local Activity: Film

This does appear on my extra credit page (reflections for students) for 5440 students, but since I just learned of it and it is tomorrow, I wanted to share it here


Dates: November 21, 2014
Location: CCAD Canzani Center Auditorium
Hours: Friday 6-9:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address:60 Cleveland Ave.Columbus, 43215

City of the Damned focuses on LGBT rights in the face of the brutal anti-homosexuality bill before the Ugandan Parliament. Although the death penalty has been withdrawn from the bill due heavily to international pressure, punishments are harsh and public opinion remains the biggest threat to the Ugandan LGBT community. The daring non-governmental organization Youth on Rock Foundation is fighting against this stigma by promoting economic empowerment among its members.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 (MESSAGES for ALL STUDENTS)


Yes, Carmen is still DOA.

Until we can utilize our online system, this will have to suffice. If you are stressed out about the Carmen crash, just remember… it’s not your fault or responsibility. We – as instructors – are stressed too, but we will certainly not penalize you for the system’s failure. All work will be made up… continue to read and prepare for class, do the work you can, and we’ll figure out the rest – I promise.

Check HERE on this blog for any/all updates. That is your responsibility. Do what you can. That is my expectation of you at this point in time.

Worried about the schedule? Check out yesterday’s post that included the remaining schedules for all of my classes… along with the question prompts for extra credit in case you wish to work on that.

With any luck, Carmen will be up and running before day’s end. This was the message this morning. You can visit OIT at their status page to keep tabs, OR simply click on the NOTIFY tab that appears on that page in blue (see below) so they can include you on the “all’s well” email when they are finished.

carmen message 11 13 2014What follows is information for specific courses:

MON/WED 2367

Read as scheduled and I will see you on Monday.

TUE/THU 2367

Read as scheduled. We’ll have lecture and discussion today and you will have some time to work in groups as well.

TUE/THU 5440

In today’s class, we will be visited by the PolyColumbus Panel

They’ll talk about their organization and their individual experiences, which include blogging.

We will also be joined by a reporter from 614 Magazine who has been following the PolyColumbus folks around this past week as they hosted their annual event and monthly meeting.

We will alter our expectations for the final papers/projects as we’ve lost nearly a week of Carmen and the discussion/collaboration opportunities it provides. I will give this serious thought this weekend and we’ll pick this up on Tuesday. I’ll give thought to your abilities with other work you’ll be making up, and come up with something that allows you to enjoy the experience (and learn from it) without driving you into madness. Stay tuned.

That’s all for now… well, except for this…


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Schedules and Student Info (Since Carmen is unavailable)

Students… Carmen is still down. Please see previous post about this which includes a link to the OIT page where you can check on progress.

Since many of you – like your instructor – embrace the paperless way, many of you are without the schedule.

I am attaching those schedules below so you can keep track of readings/schedule/work.

I am also attaching a few documents that may be of assistance (such as the Extra Credit Prompt Sheets)

Understand that work – generally turned in on Carmen – will need to be held by students until the system is up and running.

*This intellectual property is being shared with my students alone and is not for dissemination outside of our course.

MON/WED 2367 Schedule

schedule au14 mon wed 2367 updated 10_22_2014

TUE/THU 2367 Schedule

tue thu 2367 au 14 schedule

TUE/THU 5440 Schedule

au 5440 remaining schedule

EXTRA CREDIT PROMPTS (This applies to all students – all classes)

Assignment_Music Integration Guidelines all classes Assignment_reflection guidelines all

Assignment_reflection guidelines all

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Carmen Down – System Issues

As of this morning, the ENTIRE D2L (Carmen) system was STILL down for students, staff, and faculty.

Please read the Carmen front page or follow the link to the OSU IT’s update page for more complete information.

How does this affect us in the SHORT TERM?

Well, we’re screwed in terms of using any Carmen features. We have no control over that.

I will – as I mentioned at the beginning of the semester – use THIS blog to convey critical info if I have any.

Classes meet as scheduled. Luckily, tomorrow is a holiday and all of us are off… giving a bit of breather while they work to fix the issues.

What are the LONG TERM ramifications?

We don’t know what data loss – if any – has been experienced. We’ll know more when the system is operational.

So, we wait and we continue to do our work as best we can. That’s all we can do. Oh, and we TRY to be patient with the folks who are working – likely ’round the clock at this point – to fix the issues. They are stressed enough without us piling more upon them.





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