* Computer Accounts
The ELI Weekly
The Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 103, Issue 2
May 18, 2007
Climbing at Lake Wauburg
Come out and see some of what Gainesville has to offer outdoors!
This Saturday, May 19th, join ELI students
and LAs for a day outdoors climbing at
We will meet at the Norman Hall Garage
Don't want to climb? That's okay! There
are many other activities for you to enjoy.
You can play Frisbee, golf or soccer.
There's canoeing, hiking, and a large area
for having a picnic with your language
assistants and friends!
Be sure to wear closed-toed shoes. Also,
bring water, a picnic lunch, and sunblock.
There is no cost for admission, but be sure
to bring your UFID to get into the park.
Join us! It'll be a great day!
r Immunizations-Don't forget; we
must have proof of your
immunizations for you to be allowed
to attend classes. The deadline this
semester is Friday, May 25th. We often
have quite a few students who are very
surprised to be pulled out of classes at
this particular time for this particular
reason. Don't be one of them!
r 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.
r Student Mailbox-Don't forget to
check the student mailbox in the main
office from time to time. There is
mail for some returning students
S-j This Friday
SL afternoon, we will
SI p walk you over to
purchase your UF
Gator 1 ID and get your UF computer
accounts. You will need to bring $15for
the ID, your ELI Tuition Receipt with
your ID# on it (you may take your receipt
to Sonja in the ELI Main Office to get
your ID number), and a photo ID, such as
your passport or a driver's license. We will
meet at the Norman Hall Garage at
1:15pm and walk over.
Next weekend, we will be holding our first
Volunteer Day of the semester. Details
will be on the Activities Board and in next
week's Weekly. Also, there will be a
Volunteer Seminar next week.
The following are ELI birthdays from May
May 16: Moshan Alotaibi
May 19: Misfer Alghamdi
May 21: Maha Hetaimish
None this week!
Happy Birthday to one and all!
The following is a list of ELI Countries
represented by our students, listed by the
country or area you put down when you
We could use some questions, everyone!
Teachers, it's a great idea to have students
write down a few as a small project; and
students, if you have anything that you
would like to ask about, don't be shy! Just
write down your questions and give them
to your teacher, or just walk into the ELI
Main Office, 315, and place it in my
mailbox-the teacher box marked
ALLEN. Meanwhile, recently, several
students have inquired about tipping rules.
So, we're running our traditional
beginning-of-the-semester column on
When do you tip? Well, most often, you
tip for services received. The origin of the
word "tip" is something that is not 1(".1,,
certain, but the most common story is that
it comes from the acronym To Insure
Prompt Service. There are many situations
where tipping is expected, but there are
some that you might think require tipping
that don't. The following is a pretty good
indicator--though not a totally exhaustive
list--of when and where and how much
you should tip:
Hairdressers and Nail Sculptors: 15 to
i I" ., 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 2I I".. 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 1 3 an hour-only about
4, .. of the national minimum wage.
Taxis: $1 minimum, 15% on fares over $8.
Drivers in large cities expect 2I ..
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 (once again, as in many grocery
stores), 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.
Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
--W. Somerset Maugham
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Phone: (352) 392-2070
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