* Notes from the Office
The ELI Weekly
T he Weekly Newsletter of
the English Language Institute
Volume 111, Issue 10
on the Santa Fe River
This Saturday, April 3rd, The ELI is
going canoeing on the Santa Fe River!
We will rent canoes and float down the
river for approximately 2.5 hours. Along
the way we can see several of Florida's
famous springs, as well as lots of birds
WHEN: Saturday, April 3rd. Meet at
Norman Hall Garage at 10am. We will
likely return to Gainesville around 4pm.
COST: The cost for renting a canoe
for the trip will be $17 per person.
WHAT TO BRING: You should wear
a bathing suit and shoes that can get wet.
Bring a picnic lunch and water!!! We
will eat lunch at some point on the
water. Do not bring any valuables that
could get lost in the river. If you bring a
camera, be sure to put it in a sealed
plastic bag so it won't get wet. Also,
bring sunscreen and a towel!
> Library Fines and Infirmary
Fees-Since we're coming closer to
the end of the semester, we just
want to remind you that now is a
good time to think about clearing
up any fees and fines that you might
have with the university. If there
are any outstanding balances
owed, we won't be able to release
any of your academic information
or certificates to you.
Next weekend, on Saturday, April 10th,
we will be going to The Downtown
Spring Arts Festival. Details about the
trip will be on the Activities Board and
in next week's Weekly.
Manners and Culture
Q: What's the
' between a ,<,, 1;, and
A: Not as much as there used to be;
colleges lately seem to be taking the
name university even though they aren't
big enough. Traditionally, the main
difference is that a university is a larger
institution made up of many colleges.
Also, even though some older colleges
(such as a place like Boston College)
retain the name for tradition purposes,
they really are universities by this
One major thing that differentiates the
whole list is the types of degrees offered.
Pretty much you can say that a
Community College offers Associate's
Degrees (AA, AS), a college offers
Bachelor's Degrees (BA, BS), and a
university offers the Bachelor's Degrees
plus graduate degrees (MA, MS, and up).
Many Community Colleges, such as
Santa Fe here in Gainesville, are starting
to offer the BA and BS degrees, so
they're dropping the word
"Community" from their names.
Q: Is the word 'edneck" discriminating?
A: Like so many words in this category,
it depends on who's using it and how it's
used. The term traditionally refers to
less-educated, rural southerners
(working out in the sun tends to
produce a "red neck"). It can be used
by such people in a gentle, fun way, but
it also can be directed at people to say
that you think they are ignorant or
backward. In general, unless you're sure,
it's best to avoid using such terms.
Q: Why are women so hard to understand?
A: Well, I'd tell you to ask one, but you
might not understand the answer.
Q: Why do some students arrive late for class
all the time? Is this poite in their own country?
A: Well, I don't know for sure; you'd
have to ask them that. However, I can
certainly tell you that, unless it's an
extreme emergency, it's considered
terribly selfish and rude here!
The following are ELI birthdays from
April 2: Sun Young Yoon
April 3: Adriana Tascon Lopez
April 7: Abdulrahman Alnasser
None this week!
Happy Birthday, one and all!
Q: What's the
' between "lke" and
A: Depending on which grammar book
you're reading, when we use "'ike"to
mean "such as" (in other words, to
introduce an example or series of
examples), it's either slang,
conversational, or informal. In other
words, it's incorrect grammar that a lot
of people use anyway. '7 enjoy many
American foods, lkepizza and hamburgers,"
is the way many of us would express
such an idea, but the correct way to say
it is 'I enjoy many American foods, such as
piza and hamburgers."
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315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744
One more week, everyone! Steve wants
to let you know that the deadline for
Student Voices submissions is fast
approaching. We would like to have
everything in by Friday, April 9th.
Submissions can include any student
work that you might like to see in print.
You can submit your entries for the
Voices to your teacher or you may put
them directly in Steve's mailbox in the
ELI Main Office (Room 315) marked
Flocks. Let's see what you can come up
You may delay, but time will not.