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ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Title: ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Language: English
Creator: English Language Institute, University of Florida
Publisher: English Language Institute
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: January 18, 2012
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Highlights Skate Station UF Services Birthdays Manners T h e ELI Weekly Skate Station Funworks Come out and have some fun! Join us for a fun day! You can roller skate, play mini golf, go rock climbing, use the batting cages, ride go karts, and play arcade games. great opportunity to make new friends practice your English, and try new activities Where: Skate Station Funworks We will be meeting at Norman Garage at 12:30 p.m. and carpooling to the Skate Station. We will be at the Skate Station from around 1 5 p.m. R emember to sign up on the activities board! When: Saturday, January 21 st 1 5 p.m. Cost: Prices range from $8.50 for one attraction up to $25.50 if you want to do everything. What to Bring: Bring socks (for rollerskating purposes) and comfortable shoes and clothes. You should also bring your Gator 1 ID for $1 off the price! Have a great day, everyone! The Next Trip Next weekend, we will be holding our first Volunteer Day of the semester. Details will be presented in the Volunteer Seminar, and also will be on the Activities Board and in the next Weekly. Notes from the Office Turns: When the office is crowded, please try to wait your turn. If everyone is patient, things move in a swifter and more orderly manner. Everyone will be served eventually. Fire Drills/Alarms : W henever you hear a fire alarm, whether in Norman Hall or in any other building, you need to leave the building quickly and quietly. Getting out in an orderly and expedient fashion may well save your life. Also, please note that the fire alarms must never, ever be pulled by anyone other than building management unles s there is an actual emergency. Falsely pulling a fire alarm is against the law. Afternoon Activities Join us for the following activities this week. Wednesday : Coffee Talk at Starbucks on Archer road, 7 10pm, Bring m oney for drinks. Thursday : Volley ball at Lexington Crossing, 6 9pm. Free! Friday : Krishna Lunch in the Plaza of the Americas, 12 2pm, Bring $4 cash for lunch or your own lunch UF Services Recreational Facilities : As ELI students you are able to use the pools, Lake Wauburg Florida Gym, O'Connell Center weight rooms, and other outdoor fields and courts by showing your Gator 1 card. On the other hand, ELI students do not have access to the Student Recreation & Fitness Center, Southwest Recreation Center and the Broward Outd oor Recreation Center because these facilities are funded by UF degree seeking student activity fees. If you pay a membership fee. Libraries : UF has great libraries and you have full access to them, if you need to study. If you want to check out books, 1 ID, get it activated at the Education Library in Norman Hall. You can check out a maximum of 5 boo ks for a week. Parking : If you drive to the ELI, this is very important! You need to purchase a parking decal to park on the UF campus. Judith in 315 Norman. Be sure to park in the k in other places, including the Norman garage or the street close to Norman Hall, you will get an expensive ticket! Bicycling : Bicycle safety is very, very important and it is taken very seriously here in Gainesville and on the UF campus. If you bike, be sure that you familiarize yourself with the rules of the road. If you're caught breaking them, in addition to possible injuries you might suffer, it can result in tickets and fines. Traffic violators on bicycles are subject The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute Volume 117, Issue 1 January 1 8 2012

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to the same fines as violato rs in automobiles, $154 for a moving violation, $104 for a non moving violation, and $52.50 for a violation specific to bicycle operation. You should park your bike in well lighted areas and lock it up when you park it. The best lock is a U lock. This ki nd of lock looks like a U and is very difficult to cut or break. Be sure to put the lock through the bike's frame and wheel as well as the bike rack. Also, register your bike with the University Police Department. If your bike is stolen, this will help t he police find it. Registering is a very quick and simple process. Just go to the UPD building on Museum Road and ask the officer at the front desk to help you register. If your bike is stolen, call the UPD immediately. The faster you call them, the better the chance of them finding your bike. Birthdays The following are ELI Birthdays for the week of January 16 to January 22: Students: January 16: Carla Novara Tropea January 17: Eric Decan Bermudez January 19: Manal Alghamdi January 19: Lenin Berrueta Navas January 21: Yahya Bashumayl January 22: Khaled Alosaimi Staff: January 17: Sandy Lu January 18: Wesley Cambell January 20: Danielle Berkow Happy Birthday, one and all! classmates Manners and Culture Q: I wonder about American tip culture. Who tip. Well, most often, you tip for services received. The origin of the word "tip" is something that is not 100% 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 whe n and where and how much you should tip: Hairdressers and Nail Sculptors : 15 to 20% 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 bill (check!) Parking : Valet parking at a hotel or restaurant, $2. Note that many people now tip both dropping off and picking up. Pizza Delivery : $ 2 per pizza Restaurants : 15 to 20% of the total bill; more if the service was particularly memorable or if you have many specia l requests which are promptly and cheerfully honored. Tipping in restaurants is particularly important here in the US; servers in restaurants in Florida have a minimum wage of only $ 4.65 an hour, which is much less than the regular minimum wage of $7.67. Some restaurants nowadays automatically include a 18% gratuity in the bill for large you calculate it and add it. Taxis : $1 minimum, 15% on fares over $8. Drivers in large cities expect 20%. Some places, like grocery stores, have people that help you outside with your purchases. 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 ar e not allowed to accept tips, don't offer. Grammar No grammar questions yet this week. Please W eekly Quote of the Week Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself. Chinese Proverb English Language Institute PO Box 117051 315 Norman Hall Gainesville, FL 32611 7051, USA Phone: (352) 392 2070 Fax: (352) 392 3744 Email: StudyEnglish@eli.ufl.edu Webpage: ww w.eli.ufl.edu