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THIS IS THE CLASS HOME PAGE FOR  AAS 254  SPRING 2019  CLASS



IMPORTANT LINKS
ANNOUNCEMENTS
are in reverse chronological order--You should go through all announcements since your last visit, as simple common sense would suggest! NOTE: excuses such as "I did not know this was available via the class homepage," or "I did not have time to go to the class home page," and so on, will not be tolerated. In this class, intellectual laziness has its price: a poor grade.
 
OFFICE HOURS
Make sure you read the policies on office hours before you come to see me.
[[]] Course Assignment Materials

[[]] Syllabus Packet

[[]] Office Hours

[[]] Missed Class/Test Form

[[]] Instructions for the Essay

[[]] Music--Jazz (origins/influences)

[[]] Newseum.org

[[]] UB Undergraduate Advising Services

[[]] CAS Undergraduate Advising Services

[[]] A-Z index of all UB websites

[[]] Study Guides and Strategies (effective study habits, taking notes, overcoming test anxiety, writing research papers, test-taking tips, etc.)

[[]] Khan Academy (free video tutorials on math, science, economics, finance, etc.)

[[]] Race/racism in the News

[[]] Articles on Health

[[]] Choosing safe consumer products

[[]] Sleep and Sleeplessness

[[]] WolframAlpha (fact-based knowledge engine)

[[]] Food and Nutrition Information Center

[[]] Requesting Letters of Recommendation from me.

[[]] Test/Quiz scores, plus Attendance Record 

[[]]  Occupational Outlook Handbook (critically important information compiled by the U.S. government on almost any job career you can ever think of).

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Procedural democracy-related links you must also explore:

[[]] How laws are made in the U.S. 

[[]] Path to the Supreme Court (Chart)

[[]] U.S. Supreme Court Procedures

[[]] U.S. Supreme Court: Web site

[[]] The U.S. Judicial Process: The Federal Court System.

[[]] Legislation of the U.S. Congress (The Library of Congress Thomas web site)

[[]] Justice Denied.org

[[]] Famous trials in history



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 14
Posted 5/12/2019
Folks: Please note:
1. Since almost all of you thought that the question on the film Legend was a trick question, I want you to go back and watch the end section of Part 1 of the Film Score video. (As with other sections, it features a trailer, composers, performances, etc.) There will be questions on this section in the final, part 2.
2. About 40 questions will be on the final, part 2. About two thirds will come from the two remaining videos on the film score. Make sure you watch both videos! Do not screw up on this really easy assignment (there will be no partial points). Approximately, the same number of questions will come from each video.
3. Your scores for part one of the final are now on the test score page (link in the left margin). A few of you got only one or two questions wrong, so I gave you full points. :)
4. Never send me e-mails that are not in a professional format (meaning a proper opening and closure--like the e-mails I send you). Otherwise, you won't get a response.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 13
Posted 5/8/2019
Guys: Please note:
1. As promised, new office hours have been posted. (Link above, on the left, and on the main page.)
2. If you are making up a missed attendance, you must complete the missed class/test form (link on the left).
3. Do not send me e-mails, I may not get to them on time.



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 12
Posted 5/3/2019
Folks: Please note:
1. My office hours will change, after the last day of class. (Reminder: If you were eligible to do make-ups for absences, you had ample opportunity to do so. Yes?)
2. As I had explained in class, the final exam has been divided into two sections: Section One will be on the last day of class, and Section Two will be on exam day (see your UB Hub page for your exam schedule).
4. Materials you must study for Section One of the Exam are indicated here. Download this material right away in case everyone is trying to stream the material at the last minute at the same time. (If you have problems accessing this material, read item 2, announcement 10 below.)
5. Materials
you must study for Section Two of the Exam are indicated here. Download the AV materials right away in case everyone is trying to stream the materials at the last minute at the same time. (If you have problems accessing this material, read item 2, announcement 10 below.)

ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 11
Posted 4/25/2019
People: Please note:
1. For the next two remaining classes we will be in class until 7:00pm. For those who are concerned about getting a good grade in this course: here is another break: I will double the points for bonus quizzes. (Reminder: when you registered for this class you knew that this class was scheduled to meet until 7:40pm. Yes?)
2. Homework for Wednesday, next week (May 1):

These two films: "Free State of Jones" and "Tuskegee" available via this click-path: Online Materials...--> Part A (readings) --> AA-5: AAS 254 Readings... --> Section 7.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 10
Posted 4/12/2019
Folks: Please note:
1. Your mid-term test scores are available via the link in the left margin.
2. If you are one of those few who are still having problems accessing the google sites portion of www.elegantbrain.com, then another solution could be, according to the IT people in Baldy, to remove the bloat from your browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.) by deleting the browser cookies and emptying the browser cache. How do you do this? It's pretty easy, but each browser has its own procedure. So, either go to the help desk in Lockwood Library or do a search on the internet. Something else: you can also try accessing the site via the "incognito" tab in Chrome (or its equivalent in other browsers); or use the school computers in Lockwood Library. Reminder: if even one person can access the site, then the problem is not the site but your browser. When are you going to learn how the internet works?
3. Homework for Wednesday, April 17:
(a) The same reading (item no. 6) as in the next announcement below (do not screw up on this).
(b) Item no. 26 available via the same click-path as for item 6.
(c) These two films: "Confirmation" and "Hidden Figures" available via this click-path: Online Materials...--> Part A (readings) --> AA-5: AAS 254 Readings... --> Section 7.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 9
Posted 4/4/2019
People: Please note:
Homework for Wednesday, April 10: Because of the in-class essay, I am assigning you just one item, and it is item no. 6 in Part A: AA-1 Readings (available via the online course assignment materials page--link on the left). Note: The quiz on this item will be a written one.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 8
Posted 3/28/2019
Folks: Please note:
1. Instructions for the essay (mentioned in class and due on April 10) will be available via a link on the left, shortly. Now available.

2. Homework assignment for the regular quiz for Wednesday, April 3 are these four items:
(a) The slide image number M2 available here. <--study the image really well.
(b) This video available here.
(c) Film: "Belle" available via this click-path: Online Materials...--> Part A (readings) --> AA-5: AAS 254 Readings... --> Section 7.
(d) Film: "Loving" available via this click-path: Online Materials...--> Part A (readings) --> AA-5: AAS 254 Readings... --> Section 7.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 7
Posted 3/14/2019
People: Please note:

1) Regardless of whether or not you e-mailed me or talked to me, you must complete the missed class/test form (link on the left) if you missed a class or test for legitimate reasons.
2) I have to submit mid-term grades, so those who are allowed to make up a missed quiz or the mid-term test must do so during my temporary  extended office hours available here immediately after spring break (week beginning Monday, March 25).
3) Homework assignment for the regular quiz for Wednesday, March 27 are these four items:

(a) This reading available here.
(b) Video 8 available via this click-path: Online Materials...--> Part A (readings) --> AA-5: AAS 254 Readings... --> Section 2
(c) Film: Get Out
available via this click-path: Online Materials...--> Part A (readings) --> AA-5: AAS 254 Readings... --> Section 7.
(d) Film: Lee Daniels' The Butler
available via this click-path: Online Materials...--> Part A (readings) --> AA-5: AAS 254 Readings... --> Section 7.


Always scroll down a web page to make sure you are not missing anything! Hello! (Do I really have to tell you that?)


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 6
Posted 3/8/2019
Guys: Please note:

1) There have been way too many absences in this class (and for the most part it is the same people involved). If you can prove that your absence(s) in class was legitimate through documentation, etc. then you can make up the absences. Otherwise, you will lose points at the rate of 10 points per each absence. Yes, this is in ADDITION to not earning any points for missing a quiz/test.

2) Please read the university policy on classroom behavior. I will ask you questions on it in the exam, and I will also ask you to sign a statement that you did read it. The policy is available here. (Question for you to ponder: Why did this school deem it necessary to have such a policy in the first place?)

3) From now on, legitimate absences must be made up during my office hours by signing up for an appointment on a sheet that will be circulated in class next week.

4) Do not wait until the last minute to access assigned films/videos because you are not the only one thinking along the same lines. When everyone attempts to watch material at the same time, it can create access problems.

5) For the previously announced mid-term exam, coming up next week, you can bring handwritten notes only to the exam. When taking notes on readings use any headings that may be present in the reading as a guide to organize your notes. (If you haven't figured this out yet: headings are a form of summaries.) For AV materials, use only one or two words for each scene. (You have been watching AV materials since you were a toddler; so how come you have never learned to notice scene changes.)

5) We will have a test (Mid-term exam) on March 13, Wednesday, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. What the test will cover is posted here.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 5
Posted 2/28/2019
Folks: Please note:

1. We will have a test on March 13, Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00pm. What the test will cover will be posted here.
2. If there is no improvement in (a) class behavior and (b) class performance, we will have to go back to the traditional way of doing things. So, it's up to you. Where you sit in class is the prerogative of the instructor, not yours. 
3. Please read the university policy on classroom behavior. I will ask you questions on it in class, and I will also ask you to sign a statement that you did read it. The policy is available here.
4. Homework assignment for next week Wednesday (3/6): these three items:
  • Reading 108--item no. 34, available via this click-path: Online Materials...--> Part A (readings) --> AA-1: AAS Select Readings. (You can bring handwritten notes only to class.)

  • Reading 15, available via this click-path: Online Materials...--> Part A (readings) --> AA-5: AAS Select Readings. (You can bring handwritten notes only to class.)

  • This film: https://buffalo.box.com/v/hoops <-- You will have to watch this film twice.


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 4
Posted 2/23/2019

People: Please note:

1. Please read my policy on sending me e-mails here.
2. What to do if you can't access online assignments; read note here.
3. Homework assignment for next week Wednesday (2/27): these three items:


ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 3
Posted 2/13/2019

Folks:

First, note this about the verbal quizzes: to repeat what is stated in the next announcement below, everyone either gets a point or does not get a point depending on whether a question is answered correctly or incorrectly (or not even answered). The person who screws up loses points altogether for the verbal quiz (and instead is assigned penalty points). Similarly, if you are absent without a documented excuse you do not get points; instead you will be assigned penalty points. (If you have a documented excuse you can make up the homework.)

Second, the verbal quiz on Wednesday next week (2/20) will cover these two films (take one-word notes):
https://buffalo.box.com/v/MissEversBoys
 

https://buffalo.box.com/v/HenriettaLacks



ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 2
Posted 2/7/2019

People:

Given that quite a few of you did not see La Haine (link in the next announcement below) you should see it together with these two films:

https://buffalo.box.com/v/Fruitvale (Fruitvale Station)
 
https://buffalo.box.com/v/Rosewood (Rosewood)

1. NOTE: Clicking on these links should bring up a page asking you to click on "continue." Do that and it will lead you to the log-in page where you have to enter your UB username and password before you are allowed to proceed.
2. Make sure you take one-word notes as each scene changes as you watch the films.

3. The quiz in class will cover all three films, so don't screw up.  (Remember what I told you in class; if people do not do their homework, then you won't get an early break. So, its up to you.)
4. Even though the quiz is meant to earn you bonus points, it is mandatory. Penalty points will be assigned from now on for not doing your homework or for being absent from class.
5. If others in class are able to access these films, but not you, then use the computers on campus because there must be something wrong with the browser on your machine and/or what you must be doing. Do not use your phone to access the link.

6. With rare exception, I won't be sending you e-mail reminders about announcements in the future. Instead, you should make it a habit to visit this class-home page regularly.

ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 1
Posted 1/28/2019

Guys/Folks/People:

Welcome to the class home page for AAS 254 which you are required to visit on a regular basis. This page will be redesigned and updated soon but in the mean time please check out the syllabus here.


Homework

Download to your computer two films via the links below and view them with diligence. The download link will be at the top on the right when the pages come up. You will need your UB username and password.

(a) https://buffalo.box.com/v/life (Life)

(b) https://buffalo.box.com/v/LaHaine (La Haine)

Note: if the links do not work for you, but work for others, then there is something wrong with your internet connection or your web browser (or both). Try Firefox, if Chrome or Safari doesn't work.

We will have a short quiz on Wednesday next week (Feb 6) on these films--mainly to find out if you did see the films with care. You can bring handwritten notes if you wish. Best way to take notes on this material: use one or two main words for each scene to help you jog your memory. Do NOT view this material while texting, talking to someone, etc. 

For your interest:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/meet-the-man-behind-a-third-of-whats-on-wikipedia/ 







A-Z Index of all UB websites
 

Miscellaneous Info (may or may not be relevant)


 

One of my favorite web sites (not recommended except for those with a lot of common sense): darwinawards.com Guys: If anybody knows the answer to the following question posed by the Dilbert Cartoonist, Scott Adams, let me know: "If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?"



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