The ELI Weekly
Come out and have some fun!
This Saturday, January 19th, we are going
to play Paintball!
Paintball is a popular game in the U.S.
People are armed with "guns" and shoot
paint at their "enemies" in a wooded
When: Saturday, January 19th. Meet at the
Norman garage at 12:00 pm. We will
How: The cost is 20 for equipment and
200 paintballs. You may purchase 500
paintballs for $35.
This is a carpool trip. Please sign up on the
activities board by Thursday at 3pm. We
need 20 people to get our own field!
So come and play!
> Immunizations-Don't forget; we
must have proof of your
immunizations for you to be allowed
to attend classes. The deadline this
semester is Tuesday, January 22nd. 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.
> Martin Luther King Holiday-In
case you didn't know, this coming
Monday, January 21st, is a US Federal
Holiday. The ELI and the University
will be closed, and there will be no
mail, banking, or bus service.
> 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
Next weekend, we will be holding our first
Volunteer Day of the semester. Details
will be on the Activities Board and in next
The following are ELI birthdays from
January 13: Sung-Jin Kang
January 13: Carolina VelAsquez
January 16: Ricardo Morgado
January 22: Mariana Villasmil
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
T he Weekly Newsletter oJ
the English Language Institute
Volume 105, Issue 2
January 18, 2008
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(01",,
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
2, .. 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 this
amount or even more is already added in
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 2 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 3 an hour-less than
41," .. of the national minimum wage.
Taxis: $1 minimum, 15% on fares over $8.
Drivers in large cities expect 21 I" ..
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.
The good neighbor looks beyond the
external accidents and discerns those inner
qualities that make all men human and,
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
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UF I FLORIDA
English Language Institute
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315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744