Only half my students showed up to class tonight. Today was the day that midterm papers were due. I haven't got papers handed physically from the two who didn't show up, and they haven't sent them in by e-mail either.
I wonder if they'll be back. Not turning in the paper on the due date is not a good sign for that. I would have never imagined that a 1,500 word paper would have scared away graduate students. But it looks like the evidence is right there in front of me.