The ELI Weekly
T he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 104, Issue 2
September 7, 2007
, Canoeing on the Santa Fe River
Come out and see some of what Gainesville has to offer outdoors!
This Saturday, September 8th, join ELI
students and LAs for a day outdoors
canoeing on the Santa Fe River. We will
rent canoes and float down the river for
approximately 2 hours. Along the way, we
can see several of Florida's famous springs,
as well as lots of birds and wildlife!
We will meet at the Norman Hall Garage
at 9:30am and likely return to Gainesville
The cost for renting a canoe is $16-18 per
person. Be sure to wear a bathing suit and
shoes that can get wet. Also, bring water
and a picnic lunch (you will not be able to
take these on the river, but you can leave
them in the car). Don't bring any
valuables that could get lost on the river.
If you bring a camera, be sure to put it in a
sealed plastic bag so it won't get wet. Also,
bring sunscreen and a towel.
Join us! It'll be a great day!
> 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, September 14th. 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
> 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.
> 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
This Friday afternoon, we will 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 12:45pm and walk
over. Also, at this time, we will go to the
TRiP Office to purchase transportation
passes for next week's trip.
Next weekend, we will be holding our first
van trip of the semester to Universal
Studios Islands of Adventure Orlando.
Details will be on the Activities Board and
in next week's Weekly.
The following are ELI birthdays from
September 5: Abdulla Alghunaim
September 6: Hyunmi Ahn
September 7: Abeer Alzahrani
September 9: Sara Ahmad
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
Costa Rica Panama
Cote d'Ivoire Peru
Ecuador Saudi Arabia
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 101",,
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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English Language Institute
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315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
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