* Volunteer Day
* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
Help others while helping yourself
This Saturday, September 22nd, 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 and head to the
Please sign up on the Activities Board
for your choice of activity by 4pm on
Thursday, September 20th.
There is no cost to volunteer. Wear
comfortable clothes and sneakers.
You should bring waterto each
Family Fishing Day at UF
Ponds- Come help families enjoy
catch-and-release fishing at the UF
ponds! This event is free and open to
fishermen and non-fishermen alike!
There will be a hot dog lunch and a
free raffle for kids for some fishing
prizes. There will also be a casting
competition in which every
participant gets a prize. There are
seven stocked ponds with channel
catfish, bream, and largemouth bass!
Meet at Norman Hall at 9:00am and
we will drive together. We will return
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 1:45pm and return
Gator Plunge-- Gator Plunge is a
community-wide service event in
which over 500 UF students, faculty
and staff volunteer with over 20
different community agencies to make
a difference. You will arrive at the
Plaza of the Americas at 8am for a
FREE breakfast. From breakfast you
will go to your preferred service
project and then return to the Plaza of
the Americas for a FREE lunch
during the afternoon.
Meet at the Century Tower at 7:45am.
We will be done around 12noon.
If you have any questions about any
of the activities, see Chanelle in the
CIP Office, Room 318.
Have a great day, everyone!
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
> 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.
Next weekend, we will headed to
beautiful Cedar Key, an island on the
Gulf Coast. Details about the trip will
be on the Activities Board and in next
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of September 21-27:
September 23: Ruslan Petrukhin
September 24: Su-Ran Lee
None this week!
I he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 104, Issue 4
September 21, 2007
Folks, this is all I've currently got
from students, and then we're out of
Q: Why can'tyou drink at 18 butyou can
buy a gun or serve in the miitay at that age?
A: Have you thought of going into
politics? That's a really good
question. The answers are probably
more political than anything else. We
raised the drinking age all across the
US when we raised the speed limit
back up from 55 a number of years
ago. It was a political compromise
that was supposed to reduce the
number of drinking and driving
accidents. On the other hand, it's
very difficult in the US to make gun
sales more restrictive. The mood
among the US population is usually
Q: Why do nightclubs close so early?
A: In Florida, local govemments can
set the time for closing of
establishments that serve alcohol.
The Gainesville city govemment
decided that it was safer to try to get
drinkers off the road earlier. Whether
or not this is actually effective is still a
subject for debate.
Q: I'm confused. I thought that the past
partiiple of 'get" was gotten", yet I hear
people say, 'got".
A: You're right. The use of "have
got" is different from "have gotten".
"Have got" is the standard present
tense form (there is no "had got") in
British English for possession. In
American English, it's optional,
though we do tend to use it quite a bit
in conversation and in informal use.
Notice, coincidentally, over on the
other side of this page that I used it in
the first sentence!
You're only given a little spark of
madness. You mustn't lose it.
IF English Language Institute
UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
English Language Institute
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Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
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