* St. Augustine
* Class Picture
* Manners and Culture
T he Weekly Newsletter of
the English Language Institute
Volume 102, Issue 12
Historic St. Augustine
Join us for a day offun and history!
This Saturday, April 7th, we will be
headed to Historic St. Augustine.
Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is the
oldest European city in the United
States. There's a great deal to see and
do while you're there. You can spend
all day in the Old City and walk
through the Spanish Quarter, with
some great restaurants and shopping.
See the Castillo de San Marcos,
which is the most well-preserved
example of a Spanish fort in the US;
there, they have historical reenactments
and authentic armaments from the
early period. You can see several
interesting tourist attractions, including
the Fountain of Youth, Ripley's
Believe it or Not Museum, the
Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse,
Oldest Store, and Oldest House in
the US. And you can also visit St.
Augustine's lovely Cathedral.
There is no cost to enter the city itself,
but you should bring money for lunch
and dinner and shopping (there is some
great souvenir shopping here!), and
$15-$30 for admissions if you want to
tour the museums and some of the
This is a van trip, so you should have
already purchased your transportation
pass to have a guaranteed spot.
On Saturday, we will meet at The
Outfitter at 9am. We will return to
Gainesville at around 7pm. We will go,
rain or shine. This trip will not be
Join us for a great day of fun, with a
little history thrown in on the side!
2007 will be
taken on ?
April 10th, at
10:30am. Students in morning
Reading/Writing classes will leave and
walk over together with their teachers
at 10:20am. For any and all students
not taking morning Reading/Writing
classes, as well as all other teachers, Las,
and any other ELI personnel who
wants to participate, we very much
would like to encourage you to come
and join us for the picture.
> Library Fines and Infirmary
Fees-Since we're coming closer
to the end of the semester, we just
want to remind you that now is a
good time to think about clearing
up any fees and fines that you
might have with the university. If
there are any outstanding balances
owed, we won't be able to release
any of your academic information
or certificates to you.
> Part-time students and TOEFL:
Part time students, don't forget-if
you wish to take the ELI TOEFL
with the other students, you must
actually sign up for it in the ELI
Main Office, Room 315. If you
have not already done so, please go
and sign up as soon as possible.
> Travel and I-20s--Don't forget, if
you are planning to leave the
country during the break between
semesters and then return to the
US, you must have your I-20
signed in the ELI Main Office
(Room 315) in order to be allowed
back into the country!
The EI Weekly
It's ELI Student Voices time, everyone!
Steve wants us to let you know that the
deadline for submissions for this
semester will be on Friday, April 13th.
You can give your submissions to your
teacher, to Steve directly, or you may
place them in Steve's mailbox (marked
Flocks) in the ELI Main Office, Room
315. Let's see what you can come up
The following are ELI birthdays from
April 6: Jorge Loutfi
April 7: Abdullah Bokhari
April 9: Sung-Min Cho
None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Folks, as the temperature rises, we will
re-visit an issue that we have had to
deal with before-that of deodorant
use. As summer approaches and the
temperature climbs, and people
naturally sweat more, it becomes more
and more noticeable when we have this
particular cultural difference. Here is
the question and answer as we have
printed it originally:
'Q: How can I tell a classmate that they don't
smell vegy good?
A: The unfortunate answer is, you
can't. There's not any way to do it in
which isn't insulting-and this seems to
be true of most cultures. But we here
at the Manners Column can address it
for you-sort of. The fact of the
matter is, in some cultures, the use of
anti-perspirants, or even deodorants,
isn't common or even particularly
thought about. Here in the United
States, as in many other cultures, it is
not only common, but actually almost
universal. Those who don't use such
products do stand out. This is not a
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judgment call-and we are not
SU.L, rin rli ir anyone must use
deodorant. But everyone should be
aware that not using it will get one
noticed. And possibly talked about."
The answer really hasn't changed. But
as I noted above, the fact is, it's
definitely going to be something that's
more noticeable and possibly more
divisive. It's still not correct to tell
someone that they don't smell good or
that they need to use deodorant or anti-
perspirant. On the other hand, if you
do come from a culture that doesn't
use them or if your own personal
values don't include their use, well,
remember that you are surrounded by
people who do use them and are not
used to natural body odors. Don't be
too surprised if you find people trying
not to sit next to you.
A mind that is stretched by a new
experience can never go back to its old
Oliver Wendell Holmes