* Volunteer Day
* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
Help others while helping yourself
This Saturday, May 26th, we are
holding our first Volunteer Day of
the summer 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, May 24th.
There is no cost to volunteer. Wear
comfortable clothes and sneakers.
You should bring waterto each
Jungle Friends- Rescued monkeys
which used to be pets or were used in
animal testing live here. We will help
clean up and build their homes.
We will meet at the NRN Garage at
9:15am and return around 2pm.
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 2:45pm 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 9:15am and
return around 2pm.
Have a great day, everyone!
A note from our Recruiter, Lia
Free English Lessons! Get online at
/alumni/index.php for English
lessons in American slang idioms and
music. These cool lessons have
pictures, sound files, reading passages
and multiple-choice tests for students
to practice comprehension.
Also on that site, make sure to sign up
as Alumni so your friends from all
over the world can see your profile.
You may also want to become an
Ambassador, so future students from
your country can contact you.
And finally, while you are on that site,
look at the great ELI photos on the
Photo Gallery. You may see yourself
there! If you have good photos you'd
like to share, please email them to
Check it out!
> Smoking: We
have noticed that
some folks are
under the "No
Smoking" signs outside the
Florida Room. Remember,
students, that it is state law now
that not only is there no smoking
inside state buildings, 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
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May 25, 2007
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).
r Memorial Day Holiday: Next
Monday, May 28th is a US
Holiday! There will be no classes
here at the ELI and the office will
be closed. Also, there will be no
RTS bus service.
Th Nex Tri
we will be
going to Tampa to Busch Gardens.
Since the is a van trip, you must
purchase your transportation pass at
The Outfitter at the Reitz Union by
this Friday, May 25th. We will only be
able to go if we have a full van.
Details about the trip will be on the
Activities Board and in next week's
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of May 25-31:
May 28: DongJin Choi
May 29: Turki Bauazeed
May 31: Turki Al Beqami
May 31: Billy Welch
Folks, once again, we have no
HELLLLP!!!) Here are questions
from last semester at this time.
Q: Why don't thepeople work in gas
A: I'm guessing that you are
wondering why almost all of our
gasoline is self-serve these days. It's
cheaper. If we don't have to pay extra
people to pump the gas, then the gas
can be sold for less. Most people in
the US seemed, when the concept
was first introduced, to prefer to
pump their own gas rather than to
pay more for the gas.
Q: Why do American people talk so loud
on their cellphones in public?
A: Mercifully, it's not all of us. Those
that do are rude, plain and simple.
Unfortunately, we have a lot of really
rude and thoughtless people roaming
around these days.
Q: Why dopeople in the US ike to
A: Because there are a lot of idiots
who are slaves to fashion over health,
and it's still considered by some
people to be fashionable. Experts
warn that there is no such thing as
"safe" tanning period. Tanning itself
is actually a representation of damage
to the skin. People hate listening to
Q: Why do Americans use so many plastic
bags in the supermarket?
A: They're more convenient and easy
to carry. Thankfully, we do have a
choice; we can request paper bags.
Also, many supermarkets have
recycling bins for used plastic bags.
Personally, I do use the plastic ones (I
live in a 2nd floor apartment-it's
MUCH easier to carry them up the
stairs!), but I always take them back to
the store on my next visit and put
them in the recycling bin.
If you don't like something, change it.
If you can't change it, change your
attitude. Don't complain.
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UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
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315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744