Monthly Archives: October 2012

FRIDAY 11/2/12

According to the latest CUNY Alert update (SEE BELOW), classes at CUNY are canceled for Thursday (tomorrow), but will resume on Friday. Tomorrow mass transit will be partially restored, but river crossings will still be a little tricky. You can check the latest at www.mta.info. I hope that subways will be running more smoothly by Friday, but you should give yourselves twice as much time to get to school. Please keep checking the blog as well as www.cuny.edu for updates. Some parts of BMCC are still without power.  As of now, however, and unless something changes, THERE WILL BE CLASS ON FRIDAY. Again, you will absolutely have to give yourself TWICE AS MUCH TIME to get to school.

ALL scheduled Day and Evening classes at ALL CUNY campuses have been canceled for Thursday, November 1, 2012. Classes will resume on Friday, November 2, 2012.

 ALL CUNY employees with the exception of teaching faculty, ARE required to report to work on Thursday, November 1, 2012 except at locations with no power identified below. For those campuses and offices listed below that DO NOT HAVE power, ALL essential and emergency personnel are expected to continue to report to work on Thursday, November 1, 2012.  They should contact their immediate supervisor for instructions on work assignments and hours to report to work.

 Locations with no power: Borough of Manhattan Community College; New Community College; Baruch College; Kingsborough Community College; Hunter’s Brookdale Residence Hall and Health Science Campus ONLY; and University Offices located at 395 Hudson Street.
 For more information visit www.cuny.edu or your campus website.

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CLASSES CANCELED WEDNESDAY, 10/31/12

FYI

This is a message from the CUNY Alert System to advise you that due to the severe weather associated with Hurricane Sandy and the current shut down of the New York and New Jersey public transit systems:

ALL scheduled Day and Evening classes and all other functions/activities at ALL CUNY campuses have been canceled for Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

ALL shelters located on CUNY Campuses will remain open and operating to support the City’s Coastal Storm Plan and evacuation orders.

ALL CUNY non-essential employees are not required to report to work on Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

ALL essential and emergency personnel are expected to report to work on Wednesday, October 31, 2012.  They should contact their immediate supervisor for instructions on work assignments and hours to report to work.

My Wednesday people – we will resume normal activities on Friday, provided all goes well…Adjustments to the syllabus and the deadline for the third essay to come.

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Grading Rubric for Short Essay 2

Please find the grading rubric and criteria for your second short essay here:Rubric for Essay 2 Define Describe

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CLASSES CANCELED ON TUESDAY, 10/30/12 DUE TO THE STORM

FYI

Due to the storm, classes have been canceled tomorrow (TUESDAY), as well. This means that the Tuesday section will not meet. Those of you in my Tuesday/Friday class, make sure to bring your summaries of Orwell’s “Why I Write” (including the four motivations) with you on Friday. Changes to the syllabus will be made accordingly.

Students in my Wednesday/Friday class, stay tuned for updates. I hope everything gets back to normal by Wednesday.

Please be safe.

Headline:  CUNY Alert #3  – Hurricane Sandy Update – Campus Closings for Tuesday October 30, 2012

This is a message from the CUNY Alert System to advise you that due to the severe weather associated with Hurricane Sandy and the current shut down of the New York and New Jersey public transit systems:

ALL scheduled Day and Evening classes and all other functions/activities at ALL CUNY campuses have been canceled for Tuesday,October 30, 2012.

ALL shelters located on CUNY Campuses will remain open and operating to support the City’s Coastal Storm Plan and evacuation orders.

ALL CUNY non-essential employees are not required to report to work on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

 ALL essential and emergency personnel are expected to report to work on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.  They should contact their immediate supervisor for instructions on work assignments and hours to report to work.

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Re: Hurricane Sandy

FYI

Headline:  CUNY NY-Alert  – Hurricane Sandy Update – Campus Closings for Monday October 29, 2012

 This is a message from the CUNY Alert System to advise you that due to severe wind, rain, and flooding conditions expected from Hurricane Sandy – ALL scheduled Day and Evening classes and all other functions/activities at ALL CUNY campuses have been canceled for Monday October 29, 2012.  A decision to close for Tuesday October 30, 2012 will be made based on storm conditions.

 All emergency personnel are expected to contact their immediate supervisor for instructions on work assignments and hours to report.

All Shelters located on CUNY Campuses will remain open and operating to support the City’s Coastal Storm Plan and evacuation orders.

Please check back with the blog and www.cuny.edu for updates regarding Tuesday’s class.

In the meantime, please be safe.

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Orwell’s “Why I Write”

Here’s an interesting (though somewhat belligerent) exchange of letters about the poem Orwell includes in “Why I Write”: http://www.orwelltoday.com/readerorwellwhypoem2.shtml

Also, here’s a YouTube link to a curious compilation. BBC put together a series of invented films with Orwell as a character; all of the words used in this video are said to belong to Orwell. This clip is about 6 minutes, and you may have to watch it on YouTube if the embedded video doesn’t work properly. http://youtu.be/V4s9pdL7tpA

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