* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 103, Issue 5
June 8, 2007
Tubing and Snorkeling on the Ichetucknee
Join us for a great day of sun andfun
This weekend, on Saturday, June 9,
we will be headed to beautiful
Ichetucknee Springs for Tubing
and Snorkeling. This is a great
chance to spend some time in the
wonderful Florida outdoors, floating
down the river while you relax in an
inner tube. Enjoy the beautiful
sunshine and the cool water. You can
also rent a mask and snorkel set to
snorkel in the crystal clear spring
We will meet at the Norman Hall
Garage at 9:30am. Each car will
decide its own return time, probably
around 4pm. You need to sign up on
the Activities Board by 4pm on
Thursday, June 7h. If it is raining, call
392-3354, extension 230 after 8am to
find out if the trip has been cancelled.
The cost is $5 per person. Also bring
about $5 to rent an inner tube. You
MUST bring your own lunch, a
bathing suit, and sunscreen as
Snorkeling Equipment: Snorkel
sets are very popular in the summer,
so if you want to use one, you should
reserve it as soon as possible. There
is no snorkel set rental available at
Ichetucknee Springs. If you want to
snorkel, you can rent snorkel
equipment from 2 places:
1. The Outfitters at the Reitz Union
have 9 snorkel sets that cost 4 each.
You can reserve one by going to the
Reitz Union Outfitters and paying for
it. Bring your Gator One card.
2. The Aquatic Center in Butler Plaza
on Archer Road has 6 sets that cost
$7.50 each. You can reserve one by
calling the Aquatic Center at 377-
3483, but you must also be able to go
and pick it up.
Join us for this great day of fun in the
In order to address the need of the
number of low level students who
have been asking to take Grammar
for Writing class (despite being far too
low for the class), Noreen has offered
to lead a "Grammar Lab" for any
interested students, from 4:30 5:30
starting this week (Tuesday, June 5)
on Tuesday and Thursdays. We
won't charge for this lab, as this is our
first attempt at offering something
like this (Thank you, Noreen!). We'll
tentatively schedule the lab in 313, but
it may change, depending upon the
number of students interested.
Check it out!
> Summer Break and I-20s
Summer break is only two and a half
weeks away! If you plan to leave the
US at allduring the break-even on
a cruise or a day trip to Canada or
Mexico-please remember to come
to the office to have your 1-20 signed
so that you won't have trouble
getting back into the country!
> 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 already.
It's going to be quite a while, folks,
until we have another weekend trip.
Next weekend, since it's right before
ELI Midterms, there will be no trip,
and then we have summer break!
Our next scheduled activity after that
is Fanfares and Fireworks,
Gainesville's Independence Day
celebration. Details about the activity
will be on the Activities Board and in
next week's Weekly. Also, we will be
holding our Midterm Picnic (which
is also our Welcome Picnic for the B-
Term students) on Saturday, July 7th.
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week ofJune 8-14:
None this week!
June 8: Forrest Myers
Yay! Real student questions from this
semester! Thanks, Melina!
Q: Why is the campus so quiet in the
summertime? Where do the students go?
What do they do?
A: Interesting question. Traditionally,
we have our main school year in the
Fall and Spring Semesters. Summer is
a time in the US that many families
take their vacations. While we do
have Summer Semesters here at UF,
we only have about half of the
student population that we do in the
others. Many students go home for
the summer to spend time with their
families. Many students take
extended trips to other countries or
do volunteer work. Many students
also work and save their money
during the summer.
Q: What is the between Miss,
Mrs., and Ms.? Are there also
titles for men other than Mr. ?
A: No, there aren't. Miss and Mrs.
are leftovers from a time when
socially and even in business, it
mattered more to people for women
whether or not they were married.
Miss is for unmarried women, and
Mrs. is for married women. In the
1970s, when we started moving
toward more equal treatment of the
sexes, especially in business, the term
Ms. (pronounced "Mizz") was
invented as a substitute for .. n
to use to show that it doesn't matter
for them anymore than it does for
men whether or not they are married.
I'd rather be a failure at something I
love than a success at something I
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