* Medieval Faire
* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
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the English Language Institute
Volume 105, Issue 4
February 1, 2008
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Journey back to Europe's Middle Ages!
This Saturday, February 2nd, we will
be going here in Gainesville to the
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire!
The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire is a
festival where people remember and
celebrate the medieval times. Step
back in time, cheer on royal knights
as they joust on horseback and charge
head-on at a full gallop with only a
lance and shield to defend themselves.
Watch a chess game played out with
human chess pieces on the Living
Chessboard! Laugh along with
jugglers, magicians and a colorful
cast of characters! There will be plenty
of great food and fun. This is a
wonderful place to bring your family
WHEN: Saturday, February 2nd. We
will meet at Norman Garage at 11:30
AM. We will probably return around
3:00-4:00 PM depending on what
time your car leaves. This is a carpool
trip so you must sign up on the
activities board by 4:00 PM Thursday,
COST: Admission is $12 for adults,
$6 for children ages 5-17 and free for
children 4 and younger. Bring money
for food. You should also bring some
spending money if you would like to
buy gifts and souvenirs!
*If it rains Saturday morning call 392-
3354 ext. 230 before 10:00 AM and
listen to the message to see if the trip
has been cancelled*
Have a great day, everyone!
> Did you leave the country?-
Returning ELI Students: If you
left the United States between the
semesters Fall 2007 and Spring
2008 please bring your 1-94 to
Scott or Daire in the ELI Main
Office, Room 315, Norman Hall.
> ELI T-Shirts-Don't forget, we
have the ELI T-Shirts for sale in
the ELI main office, $10 each,
sizes S, M, L, X-L, 2X, cash only,
exact change, sold from 8:30am-
Next weekend, we will be headed to
Ocala for the 1-75 Super Flea
Market. Details about the trip will be
on the Activities Board and in next
Two victims reported seeing an
unknown male exposing himself to
them while in the Education Library
in Norman Hall. He is described as
black, 24-30 years of age, having an
athletic build, goatee (small beard)
with white in the middle, short hair,
and wearing a black shirt and blue
The victims reported him immediately
to the librarian, who called the police.
They did the right thing!!
If you ever see anyone doing or saying
anything offensive or illegal, you
should report it right away!
You should talk to the closest
university or business employee
immediately. You should also report
all suspicious activity on campus to
the University of Florida Police
Department at (352)392-1111.
For emergencies, dial 911.
Remember, never hang up after you
Never leave your belongings or books
unattended, even in ELI classrooms!
Do not ask strangers to watch your
Do not walk alone at night.
Lock your doors and do not open the
door to strangers.
Talk to Barbara in the ELI office if
you have any safety concerns.
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week of February 1-7:
February 5: Ram6n Padilla
Feburary 6: Joana Urdaneta
None this week!
Q: What are the rulesfor drinking alcohol?
A: Well, in almost all places in the
US, you have to be at least 21 to do it.
And, if you do it and you drive, you
risk losing your license and paying
hefty fines and going to jail (not to
mention the possibility of killing or
injuring someone). Also, if you're
under 21and use a fake ID to do it,
you risk fines, jail, and deportation.
On that same note, it's illegal to
provide alcohol to anyone under 21.
Here in Gainesville, we also have
what's called an open-container law.
It's illegal to be outside walking
around with an open container of
alcohol. The fact that many people
actually do it during UF football game
times doesn't actually change this.
Q: Why are the teachers really strict with
A: Well, first and foremost, they are
all required by official ELI policy to
be strict with both punctuality and
attendance. Also, it's a very strong
cultural point of view for us. To
Americans, it's rude and arrogant to
be late-it indicates that you think
that your own time is more valuable
than everyone else's. In the
classroom in particular, it's difficult to
get things going for all the students if
all the students aren't there.
Q: What is the
' between - to"
A: Tense. "Have to" is for present or
future requirements and "had to" is
for past obligations that you actually
performed. For past obligations that
you didn't perform (and you regret
that you didn't), we use "should
If you want your life to be more
rewarding, you have to change the
way you think.
UF English Language Institute
UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA
English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744