* Medieval Faire
* Notes from the Office
The EI Weekly
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the English Language Institute
Volume 108, Issue 3
January 23, 2009
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Journey back to Europe's Middle Ages!
This Saturday, January 24th, 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, January 24th. 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
(Noreen has a $1 off coupon in the
office), $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!
E 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-1:30pm.
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.
Folks, the university has become very,
very serious about smoking areas and
litter. They are targeting smoking
areas in a new campaign to enforce
them in general and to reduce the
amount of litter thrown on the
ground around them.
Here at Norman Hall, the only
officially sanctioned smoking area is at
the two tables right under the tree at
the edge of the small parking lot on
the north side of the building, directly
across from the Credit Union. The
two tables in the middle of the
parking lot are NOT a smoking area.
University Police will be watching to
make sure that people do not throw
their cigarette butts on the ground any
longer. This is considered litter.
People caught throwing their litter on
the ground will be issued citations to
appear in court, and the fine for
littering is $500. Don't risk it, please.
Be sure to carefully put out your
cigarettes and throw the butts in the
Next weekend, we will be here in
Gainesville for our first Volunteer
Day of the semester. Details about
the trip will be on the Activities Board
and in next week's Weekly.
All international students are
required to file a tax form in the
United States. You are required to
file this form, even if you have no
income. The deadline to file if you
have no income is June 15. The
deadline to file if you have income
from any source other than bank
interest (like an on-campus job), is
You can find the form you need to
complete and the directions on how
to complete it at:
You can also find many answers to
you questions on the UF
International Center tax page:
You can also always make an
appointment to speak with Barbara
if you have questions.
There has been some confusion about
ELI students concerning the UF
Student ID and Grad School
Application. The UF Student ID
assigned to you when you arrived at
the ELI (the number on your Gatorl
Card) is your official UF ID number
forever. This is the only number you
will be assigned during your studies at
UF. When you apply on-line for
graduate school at the University of
Florida it is very important for you to
check "Yes, I already have a UF ID"
and for you provide the number. If
you check "No, I do not have a UF
ID number" a duplicate record will be
created for you, which will delay your
application process. If you have any
questions about applying to UF, you
can make an appointment to speak
with Barbara in 315.
The following are ELI Birthdays for
the week ofJanuary 23-29:
January 25: Wagner Guzman
January 26: Dongwook Kim
January 26: Joel Deacon
Q: What are the rules for 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
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