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The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute
Spend the day in true summer bliss: floating down crystal-clear
water, relaxing on an inner tube, and getting warm in the sun.
This Saturday, May 20, the Cultural Immersion Program (CIP)
will sponsor a trip to the Ichetucknee River.
Meet at 9:30am in the Norman Hall Garage. Each car will
decide when to return, though most will return around 3pm. To
participate, sign up on the activities board by 4pm on
Thursday, May 18th. In case of rain, call 392-3354, extension
230, after 8am, to find out if our plans are still the same.
Entrance to the park is $5 per person, and you must bring
another $5-$10 for inner tube rental. Also, you should bring
your bathing suit, sunscreen, and a lunch. And you may want
to bring goggles or snorkeling equipment, which can be rented
from several places in town. See the activities board for details.
Every Wednesday, beginning this week, the CIP will host
Coffee Talk -- a time to socialize with other students and browse
one of Gainesville's Farmers' Markets -- at the downtown
Starbucks in front of the Hippodrome Theater. Meet at the bus
stop outside the Norman Hall Parking Garage at either 3 or
4:45pm, depending on when you finish classes. Make sure to
bring your Gator ID so you can ride the bus for free.
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May 19, 2006
This semester, the ELI has students
from the following countries:
This Friday, May 19th, we will walk
you over to purchase your UF Gator 1
ID and get your UF computer accounts.
You will need to bring $15 for the ID,
your ELI Tuition Receipt with your ID
number on it, and a photo ID, such as
your passport or a driver's license. We
will meet at the Norman Hall Garage at
12:45pm and walk over together.
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Inside this issue:
Ichetucknee River I Notes from the Office
ID Cards and Gatorlink Accounts | Tips
Q: When do you tip?
A: Well, most often, you tip for services received. There are many
situations where tipping is expected, but there are some that you might
think require tipping that don't. Here are some general guidelines:
Hairdressers and Nail Sculptors: 15% to 20% of the total bill
Hotels: Bellhops, $1 per bag; $5 minimum total; Concierge, $5 to
$10 for special services; Maids, for long stays, $1 per person per
night, at the end of stay; Room Service, 15% of total-sometimes
already added in bill (check!)
Parking: Valet parking at a hotel or restaurant, $2. Note that
many people now tip both dropping off and picking up.
Pizza Delivery: $1 per pizza
Restaurants: 15% to 20% of the total bill; more if the service was
particularly memorable or if you have many special requests
which are promptly and cheerfully honored. Tipping in
restaurants is particularly important here in the US; servers in
restaurants have a minimum wage of only $2.13 an hour-only
about 40% of the national minimum wage.
Taxis: $1 minimum, 15% on fares over $8. Drivers in large cities
Additionally, in some places, there will be people who help you outside
with your purchases (as in the grocery store). With a particularly helpful
person or a particularly large order, you may offer a tip of a dollar or two
-- but if you see a sign inside the store that employees are not allowed to
accept tips, don't offer. Another note to remember about tipping is that
when you are part of a large party in a restaurant and you are splitting the
bill, make sure that you calculate and include the tip in the amount you
contribute to the total amount paid; this is a common error which often
shortchanges the service person. Some restaurants nowadays
automatically include a 15% gratuity in the bill for large groups.
If you have a question about U.S. manners and culture, please email our ELI Weekly editor,
Nora Spencer, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or put questions in her mailbox (marked Spencer
in the ELI Main Office).
Immunization Deadline -- Proof
of immunizations must be received
by Friday, June 2, or you will not
be allowed to continue to attend
classes. No exceptions.
Student Mailbox -- Please come to
the office from time to time and
check the mailbox for any mail that
you may have received over the last
few weeks. If you are waiting for
something and do not see it,
however, you may assume that it
has not come yet, and you will not
need to ask the office staff
Class Attendance -- Remember,
your attendance is very, very
important. Your teachers are
taking note of both your absences
and your tardies in every class,
every day. If students miss more
than 15% of classes during the
semester, they will not receive a
Happy Birthday wishes to:
May 19: Misfer Al Ghamdi
May 19: Jill Blythe (LA)
May 23: Sattam Almadani
May 24: Adel Hadal
May 26: Ali Al-Deshan
English Language Institute
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315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744