Leap Day, 2000

Every bachelor knows that, thanks to Julius Caesar, an extra day is added to February every four years. Fewer people realize that, thanks to Pope Gregory XIII, century years (like 1800 and 1900) are not leap years. Even fewer people know that Pope Gregory made century years divisible by four (like 1600 and 2000), exceptions to that rule. So Feb. 29, 2000 will be the first leap year in a century year since 1600. A group of Honors students at Monmouth College are so conscious of the special nature of this Feb. 29th that they are brainstorming about ways to make the rest of the campus more conscious of this special day. These honors students are enrolled in a course entitled Tom Sienkewicz` course entitled "Reading Through the Millennia" in which they are examining four millennial transitions (1000 B.C., 1 B.C., 1000 A.D., and 2000 A.D. and reading texts like Vergil`s Aeneid, Dante`s Inferno, and Arthur C. Clark`s 2001: A Space Odyssey. On Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000 they are going to do a show on WMCR, the college radio station, from 3:30-4:45. Members of this class are : T. J. Boynton, Rebecca Disrud, Emily Fulton, Keegan Lannon, Abigail Mahrt, Joana Matesan, Brandi McCoy, Marty Pickens, Stephanie Reed, Catherine Reed, Fraz Shafique, Jennifer Swan, Patricia Vasquez, Stacia Wright.

This material has been published on the web by Prof. Tom Sienkewicz for his students at Monmouth College. If you have any questions, you can contact him at toms@monm.edu.

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