* Skate Station
* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
T he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 102, Issue 5
February 9, 2007
Skate Station Funworks and Sonic
WHAT: Skate Station Funworks is a
new attraction in Gainesville!! We will go
and play miniature golf, roller-skate, play
arcade games, rock climb and play roller
hockey. Everything is located inside the
building, so you won't be too hot or too
cold. Afterward, we will eat dinner at
If you are interested in going with us,
please sign up on the Activities Board by
4pm on Thursday, February 8th.
WHEN: Saturday, February 10th. Meet
at the Norman Hall garage at 2:00PM.
We will probably return around 5:30pm,
or whenever you want.
COST: One attraction: $6.50
Two attractions: $9.50
Bring about $5+ for food/drinks.
TRANSPORTATION: This is a car
pool trip. You can drive your own car and
bring family and friends (make sure you
sign up your family and friends on the
WHAT TO BRING:
-Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
-Have a great time!
Everyone, we have been asked to make
an announcement about high noise levels
in front of the Education Library (2nd
floor, facing the courtyard). The
Librarians are asking for us to try to keep
it down. The windows in the front of the
library don't provide a lot of protection
from really loud voices and laughter.
This area is somewhat of a quiet zone
because so many people come here to
work in relative quiet. Many cannot find
quiet in their dorms or sorority houses,
etc., so they need a quiet place to study.
So, please, just try to keep it down a bit.
It has come to our attention lately that a
lot of students aren't aware that the use of
English in and around the ELI is
something that is required, not just
Here is the exact text from the
application to the ELI that appears right
above the signature:
"I am aware of the importance of using
English in all ELI-related activities. I
pledge that I will use English exclusively
in all activities involving the ELI."
And, here is the text from the ELI
"ELI Students are expected to speak only
English in the ELI and at ELI Activities."
Of course, since we have many students
who have shared native languages, we
know it's a real temptation to use them.
However, it's not much help to you in
learning English, and it will actually slow
down your progress! So, we'd just like to
make an extra reminder to everyone that
when you're at the ELI, you mustn't use
anything but English.
> Student Mail-There is quite a bit
of mail in the student mailbox. It's
the black tray immediately to the
right of the door to the ELI Main
Office, Room 315. Be sure to check
from time to time to see if you have
> Lost and found-If you are missing
any items, or if you find anything in
the classroom that obviously belongs
to someone, we do keep a lost and
found box in the Main Office.
> 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.
Next weekend, we will be playing
Paintball! Details on the trip will be on
the Activities Board and in next week's
The following are ELI Birthdays for the
week of February 9-15:
February 13: Shiori Yamazaki
None this week!
Well, we STILL don't have any questions
from you guys! So, here are some from last
Q: Why isn't there a big Arabic restaurant in
A: Interesting question. Mostly, it's
simple economics once again. We don't
have a large Arab population in
Gainesville, and Middle-Easter food
isn't one of the more popular types of
food all across the US. So, for now, it's
difficult to keep an Arab restaurant going
in a town this size. Maybe someday one
of our students can be really enterprising
and start a good one up!
Q: Why can't get good at the ELI? The
. -in the Florida room is terible.
A: Honestly, I wish I had a good answer
for this one. Your manners columnist
very sincerely wishes he could get better
coffee here, too!
Q: Why are there not more taxis in Gainesville?
A: Low demand. Most people in
Gainesville have their own cars.
Q: Why can'tyou drink at 18 butyou can buy
agun at that age?
A: Have you thought of going into
politics? That's a really good question.
The answers are probably more political
than anything else. We raised the
drinking age all across the US when we
raised the speed limit back up from 55 a
number of years ago. It was a political
compromise that was supposed to reduce
the number of drinking and driving
accidents. On the other hand, it's very
difficult in the US to make gun sales more
restrictive. The mood among the US
population is usually against it.
I believe the choice to be excellent begins
with aligning your thoughts and words
with the intention to require more from
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