* Volunteer Day
The FIT Weekly
Help others while helping yourself
This Saturday, May 16th, we are holding
our first Volunteer Day of the fall 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 this weekend. We will meet at different
times. Students, language assistants,
teachers, and staff will meet and head to
the different sites. Please sign up on the
Activities Board for your choice of activity
by 4pm on Thursday, May 14th. There is
no cost to volunteer. Wear comfortable
clothes and sneakers. You should bring
waterto each volunteering activity
Project Downtown Gainesville- Want
to meet new American friends and UF
students? Help serve lunch to the
homeless with a UF student organization
called Project Downtown Gainesville from
1-2:30pm. Meet at Norman Garage at
Habitat for Humanity- Help build
houses for families in need from 8:30am-
2pm. Meet at Norman Garage at 8:00am
to carpool to the construction site. Wear
outdoor clothes and close-toed shoes for
Mill Creek Horse Farm--Help groom
retired horses at the Mill Creek Horse
Farm from 9am-lpm. We will leave
Norman Garage at 8:30am. Wear work
Blue House-Do you like to garden?
Work alongside residents at the Blue
House from 1-4pm. Activities include
working in the vegetable garden,
1 i'. .. ipi'i_-, vegetable preparation for the
farmer's market, and house maintenance.
Wear close-toed shoes and outdoor
clothing, and bring a water bottle! Meet at
Norman Garage at 12:45pm.
International Gator Day--Volunteer with
UF Alumni and students from across the
nation at UF's International Gator Day
from 9am-12pm! We will be volunteering
at the Girls Place, Inc. Activities include
-- in ;in; _. I tii; 'in and small building
projects such as fixing wooden picnic
tables and bridges. Wear close-toed shoes
and outdoor clothing. Meet at Norman
Garage at 8:45am.
If you have any questions about any of the
activities, see Chanelle in the CIP Office,
Have a great day, everyone!
> Immunizations-Don't forget; we
must have proof of your
immunizations for you to be allowed
to attend classes. The deadline this
semester is Friday, May 15th. 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 them!
> 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 going to Lake
Wauburg. Details will be on the Activities
Board and in next week's Weeky.
The following are ELI birthdays from May
May 15: Madeline Traore
May 21: Carole Yehouenou
None this week!
Happy Birthday to one and all!
T he Weekly Newsletter o
the English Language Institute
Volume 109, Issue 2
May 15, 2009
The following is a list of ELI Countries
represented by our students, listed by the
country or area you put down when you
Q: I wonder about American tip culture. Who
should I ti? How much? In my country, we
Interesting you should ask; usually, we
don't have any questions yet, and I run a
tip column instead of a manners column.
So, I'm going to give you my standard
Well, most often, you tip for services
received. The origin of the word "tip" is
something that is not 1(" ", 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
Hairdressers and Nail Sculptors: 15 to
i .. 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 1 3 an hour-less than
4, ,".. of the national minimum wage.
Taxis: $1 minimum, 15% on fares over $8.
Drivers in large cities expect 2,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.
Q: Why do Americans ike beer so much?
A: It seems that way, doesn't it? You're in
a college town, and college students tend
to drink more beer than a lot of the
population at large. It's a fairly inexpensive
way to consume alcohol. The US, though,
isn't even in the top 10 when it comes to
per capital beer consumption-we rank
only 13th. The top 12, in order are: the
Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany,
Australia, Austria, the UK, Belgium,
Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Slovakia,
No grammar questions yet this week! Be
sure to send me some.
One has to get on with life and I haven't
done badly. People won't have time for
you if you are always angry or complaining.
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