About Attendance


This semester, there were 27 classes, not including the first class, which I never include in the grade.

We had two snow days + one "Monday schedule" cancel + two medical cancels from me = 5 cancels total. That leaves 22 classes.
The total attendance points I gave this semester = 350 (so your total score would equal 1000); that equals 16 points per class (I rounded up).

Thus, for every unexcused absence or texting incident, you lost 16 points.

PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL ME TO ASK ME TO ADD UP YOUR ATTENDANCE SCORE! You can calculate it yourself, and you will get your total final grade when it is posted on UNH.



Essay questions for exams are always posted separately.

A - excellent detail, presentation, clarity, and conformity to assignment; shows serious thought, reflection and care with details; outstanding and perhaps close to perfection – the gold medal of writing
B - very good detail, AND VERY GOOD in every way as above: presentation, clarity, conformity to assignment, reflection and care with details - the silver medal of essays
C - average detail, presentation, clarity, and conformity to assignment, but may have general sloppiness, run short, have key errors, or appear rushed or incomplete; yet overall not bad. The plain baked potato of essays - a bronze medal
D – Similar to C level, but also falls short in some key way; does not answer question properly, leaves reader confused or needs much more time or effort; however, it's still passable work
F - Extremely incomplete, impossible to read or perhaps misses the meaning of the question/s completely - not passable work

ps - SUBJECT of email MUST HAVE ID - your name + CLASS + time/section (ex: OBAMA, COMM 1100 - 4:30 pm)

Intercultural warm-up

The Island Where People Forget to Die

People of the Greek Island Ikaria have one of the oldest -if not THE oldest- lifespans on the planet. Their diet includes tons of something surprisingly easy for everyone to eat.

Read article below:

Good site about abuse

www.helpguide.org - mental/emotional abuse

What is Emotional/Mental Abuse?
Abuse is any behavior that is designed to control, dominate or overpower someone else through the use of fear, humiliation, verbal assaults or physical assaults. 

Emotional/mental abuse can include anything from verbal abuse and destructive criticism/attacks to more subtle tactics, such as intimidation and manipulation.

Abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of size, gender, or strength, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Yet mental/emotional abuse can be just as harmful as any other kind of abuse; the only thing different is the abuser's choice of weapons.

Abuse is never the victim's fault. We all deserve to be treated with consideration, without fearing aggression or intimidation from someone else. Stand strong against abuse by refusing to accept any behavior described above.

You can also find a huge collection of resources here: Another helpful website 


Add this to your Mp3 playlist - and feel calm fast... (scroll down on linked paged to play samples):

Reiki Mountains by Sambodhi Prem

Just Breathe: Body Has A Built-In Stress Reliever

As it turns out, deep breathing is not only relaxing, it's been scientifically proven to affect the heart, the brain, digestion, the immune system — and maybe even the expression of genes.
"The relaxation response is controlled by another set of nerves — the main nerve being the Vagus nerve. Think of a car throttling down the highway at 120 miles an hour. That's the stress response, and the Vagus nerve is the brake," says Sternberg. "When you are stressed, you have your foot on the gas, pedal to the floor. When you take slow, deep breaths, that is what is engaging the brake."

nonverbal display of the month

Double-click on video to get full size on youtube, or you won't see what's so funny.

Bullies' Brains Happy When Others Are Unhappy

The brains of bullies—kids who start fights, tell lies, and break stuff with glee—may be wired to feel pleasure when watching others suffer pain, according to a new brain scanning study.

The researchers had expected that the bullies would show no response when they witnessed pain in somebody else—that they experience a sort of emotional coldness that allows them to steal milk money with no remorse, for example. Previous research had shown that when nonbullies see other people in pain, the same areas of the brain light up that do when the nonbullies themselves experience pain—a sign of empathy, Lahey said.

The new research showed these areas in the bullies' brains were even more active than in the nonbullies.

"We think it means that they like seeing people in pain," Lahey said. "If that is true," he added, "they are getting positively reinforced every time they bully and are aggressive to other people."

In the study, Lahey and his colleagues looked at brain activity of eight 16- to 18-year-old boys with histories of lying, stealing, committing vandalism, and bullying.

These eight boys, who suffer what's clinically known as aggressive conduct disorder, were compared to a group of adolescent boys with no such histories.

The finding was unexpected, noted Benjamin Lahey, a psychologist at the University of Chicago and co-author of the study, which appears in the new issue of the journal Biological Psychology. Jean Decety, a neuroscientist at the University of Chicago, is lead author of the study.


The National Day of Listening project, encourages people to sit down with a loved one on the day after Thanksgiving and record a meaningful conversation. All you need is a voice recording device or a camcorder. NPR

The National Day of Listening Web site offers guidance on recording an interview, what to ask and how to preserve and share these stories. This is a great site! National Day of Listening project

And check out the great questions list!

artificial light at night = bad

Exposure to artificial light has been strongly linked breast cancer, as well as prostate and possibly other cancers.

What does this have to do with human communication? Well, almost everything is indirectly related to human com, but I'm telling you this mostly because it's an interesting news (mass communication!) item that impacts your health. It should also help you sleep better (better sleep=less daytime fatigue= better listening skills (interpersonal com!).

Experts believe that artificial (not moonlight!) illumination during what should be the darkest hours of the night disrupts the body's production of the cancer-suppressing hormone melatonin. WHO, the World Health Organization announced in 2007 that shift work is a "probable human carcinogen."

Don't just run out and start taking melatonin supplements just yet, because:
1) these supplements are not regulated and purity greatly varies
2) we don't know yet if melatonin supplements work

It's a whole lot easier to just limit your exposure to night time.

Read articles here, on skykeepers.org:
(an organization that wants freedom from all forms of Light Pollution. They say, "The Night Sky Belongs To Us All. Don't loose sight of the night, defend our views of the Milky Way".)


And here, on USnews.com:
US News

intercultural communication?

Owl and cat video for no reason