* Volunteer Day
* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
Help others while helping yourself
This Saturday, January 27th, we are
holding our first Volunteer Day of
the spring term. This is your chance
to help out the community while
practicing your English in a real-life
environment. Below is a description
of the volunteer activities going on
We will meet at different times.
Students, language assistants, teachers,
and staff will meet at the NRN
Garage and carpool to the different
Please sign up on the Activities Board
for your choice of activity by 4pm on
Thursday, January 25th.
There is no cost to volunteer. Wear
comfortable clothes and sneakers.
You should bring waterto each
University of Florida Performing
Arts Come and receive interactive
training to be an usher for the many
plays, speakers, and concerts
sponsored by the University of
Florida Performing Arts! We will
meet at the NRN Garage at 9:45am
and return around 12noon.
Haven Hospice Attic- Help
organize and sell merchandise. The
Hospice Attic is a charity organization
that benefits terminally ill patients. We
will meet at the NRN Garage at
12:30pm and return around 4pm.
North Florida Rehab Center-
Come and play Bingo and talk with
senior citizens. This is a great way to
practice your English and have a
wonderful time!! We will meet at the
NRN Garage at 12:15pm and return
St. Francis House Homeless
Shelter-- Help prepare and serve
meals for homeless people: bake
bread, make salads, cook rice, meat,
potatoes, and make gallons of juice!
Help set up tables, clean up and wash
dishes. Great way to practice English
and meet people! Wear clothes that
can get dirty. We will meet at the
Norman Hall Garage at 9am and
return around 1pm.
Have a great day, everyone!
r Smoking: We have noticed that
some folks are smoking right
under the "No Smoking" signs
outside the Florida Room.
Remember, students, that it is
state law now
that not only is
you must be at least 50 feet from
the building to smoke at all.
Please do not smoke in this area,
even if you see other people
doing so. Remember, you are
representing not only the ELI
when you're here, but you are
also representing your country
and affecting people's opinions of
you. Smoking is permitted at the
picnic tables adjacent to the small
parking lot on the northeast side
of Norman Hall (right across
from the Credit Union).
Monday pool and bowling night with
Carmen will now be at 5:15 instead of
Next weekend, we will be going to the
neighboring town of Palatka for the
Palatka Bluegrass Festival. Details will
be on the Activities Board and in next
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 102, Issue 4
January 26, 2007
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of February 2-8:
Carmen Col6n Rivera
Miryam Cuenca Sanchez
Folks, once again, we have no
HELLLLP!!!) Here are questions
from last semester at this time.
Q: I want to take the short term next
semester and I want to stay in the US. Is
Q: How can ELI students work and still
maintain their visas?
A: Both of these are the kinds of
questions that you should ask of
Barbara or Illy. Unfortunately, while
they are excellent questions, your
manners columnist isn't really
qualified to answer them. We'll leave
them to the experts!
Q: I was in apubic restroom recently. At
that time, I could see others'feet beside me. I
was a little nervous in a public restroom
because I thought a restroom is the most
private space. I hadn't recognized it until
then, but Ifound the partitions didn't block
the lowerparts. I think Americans regard
privag as important, but why do they allow
this kind ofpatition? I know restrooms are
total protected and blocked rom others in
Korea and Japan. Is there any special reason
or don'tAmericans care about physiological
A: This is an interesting point. I
guess the simplest answer is that it's
just easier to construct the stalls in this
way. Culturally .f., il:,-;, men in the
US, at least, do regard this kind of
privacy as important; we simply don't
notice the feet of the other people. If
we did, it would be totally out of the
question to indicate in any way that
we knew who else was there; it's not
like we would strike up a
conversation, for example. A female
colleague of mine tells me that this is
somewhat different for women. She
says that it is more common for
women in this particular situation
(especially if they do recognize the
feet next to them) to speak up.
Q: Why do all the clubs close at 2am?
A: Well, the official reason is that it's
supposed to get people off the streets
earlier. In practice, there's a lot of
debate as to just how effective this is.
Some people feel that it really doesn't
matter what time the bars close-
you're just as likely to have drunk
people on the road no matter what.
Gainesville is not the only place in
Florida with 2am closing times; even
places as large as Orlando also do this!
Q: Why do Americans smile and say 'Hi"
to people they have never met and nod at each
other on the road?
A: It's not all Americans. Someone
from New York might ask the same
question. It's really a Southern and
rural thing. The culture in this part of
the US dictates that we should be
friendly to strangers as much as
If you don't like something, change it.
If you can't change it, change your
attitude. Don't complain.
English Language Institute
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315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744