* Rock Climbing
* Notes from the Office
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Volume 105, Issue 8
Febrmay 29, 2008
Rock Climbing at Lake Wauburg
Enjoy an afternoon in the great Florida outdoors!
This coming weekend, Saturday, March
1st, we are going Rock Climbing at
Lake Wauburg. They have a great rock-
climbing wall that presents a wonderful
If you would like to get out and join us,
but rock climbing's not for you, that's ok!
You can play frisbee golf or soccer.
There's 1. it. in, hiking, and a large area
for having a picnic with your language
assistants and friends!
We will meet at the NRN Garage at 11:30
am and carpool to Lake Wauburg.
What to wear/bring: Wear closed-toe
water, sunblock and a picnic lunch.
Cost: FREE!! Bring your UF ID.
r Travel and I-20s-Don't forget,
everyone-if you are planning to
leave the country during the
upcoming Spring Break Holiday, you
must have your I-20 signed in the
ELI Main Office as soon as possible
so that you will be able to re-enter
r Lost and found-If you are missing
any items, or if you find anything in
the classroom that obviously belongs
to someone, we do keep a lost and
found box in the Main Office.
> 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.
Many students are already having
some issues with absence; if you're
not sure of your absences, you
should check with your teachers to
make sure you're not going over the
limits. Don't wait until the last
minute or the end of the semester
when it's already too late for you to
do anything about it!
The following are ELI Birthdays for the
week of February 29-March 6:
None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: In Gainesville, can I visit a botanical garden?
A: Oh, yes. Just southwest of town on
Archer Road, 1 mile beyond 1-75, is the
Kanapaha Botanical Garden. You can
visit their website at www.kanapaha.org.
It's a 62-acre facility with a very large
array of plant life and exhibits.
Admission to the gardens is $6, and you
can get there on the #75 bus. If you're a
real horticulture buff, they hold their
annual Spring Garden Festival on
Saturday and Sunday March 29 and 30
this year-you can get more information
on the festival on the website.
Q: Why don'tAmericans care for the elderly in
their own homes?
A: A complex question! First of all,
some people do. For many of us,
however, the answer is related to the
answer that we ran last week about us
being close to our families. Americans
are a fiercely independent group. Many
of us, once we have been out on our own
and established an identity that is separate
from that of our parents, would have a
very difficult time living with them again.
Just the same, many older parents would
have a very difficult time even admitting
that they might need that much help from
their adult children-and many just plain
can't stand the idea of losing their
independence and autonomy! Even with
all that in mind, many of us struggle with
this question-it's a difficult balance
between addressing people's needs and
protecting that independence.
Q: Why do Americans use so manyphrasal
A: Honestly, it's not just Americans...it's
the nature of the English language.
English is a Germanic language at its
heart, and the Germanic languages are
full of examples of this structure. Even
the Latin-based languages (English is also
full of expressions that came primarily
from French) use quite a few. The
upshot is, we have a lot of them, and the
preposition used can change the meaning
of the verb completely. This is one of the
things that are most difficult for grammar
teachers and students alike (the other
main one is gerunds vs. infinitives)-
there really is no logic to the system. It's
a matter mainly of vocabulary,
memorization, and practice to understand
Q: What's the
' between" "and
A: It depends on the usage. In general,
"can" refers to ability, and "might" refers
to unresolved intentions: "I can move
100 boxes," means that one has the
general strength and stamina to move 100
boxes, whereas "I might move 100
boxes," means that the speaker isn't sure
whether or not to move those boxes. On
the other hand, these two words can be
completely synonymous in a suggestion,
along with "could": '"here do you want
to eat tonight?" "We can/could/might
try that new restaurant if you want to."
Your time is limited, so don't waste it
living someone else's life. Don't be
trapped by dogma which is living with
the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions
drown out your own inner voice. And
most important, have the courage to
follow your heart and intuition. They
somehow already know what you truly
want to become. Everything else is
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