Title: 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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Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: January 19, 2007
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* Downtown
* Computer Accounts

The ELI Weekly

T he Weekly Newsletter of
the English Language Institute
Volume 102, Issue 2
January 19, 2007

Afternoon Downtown
Come out and see some of what Gainesville has to offer!

This Saturday, January 20th, join ELI
students and LAs for an afternoon
downtown. See a movie, chat over coffee,
play games, and explore historic
downtown Gainesville!

Our itinerary is as follows:

2:30 p.m. "Shut Up and Sing"
documentary at the Hippodrome State

The documentary shows the relationship
between media, politics, and entertainment
in the United States inspired by the
controversial Dixie Chicks. It was voted
Best Documentary by the Boston Society
of Film Critics Awards.
**To go to the movie, meet at the
Norman Garage at 1:30 p.m.,and we will
drive over. The cost is $5.00 with a UF-

3:45 p.m. Coffee, Chocolate, and
Games at Maude's

Chat about the movie and practice your
English at a Gainesville favorite, Maude's
Classic Cafe. Order a cup of coffee, enjoy
some fabulous dessert, and play some
popular games. Explore downtown
Gainesville and enjoy the unique

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, January 26th. 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
> 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.
> 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

q"Lr a This Friday
S afternoon, we will
S walk you over to
purchase your UF
Gator 1 ID and get your UF computer
accounts. You will need to bring $15for
the ID, your ELI Tuition Receipt with
your ID# on it (you may take your receipt
to Sonja in the ELI Main Office to get
your ID number), and a photo ID, such as
your passport or a driver's license. We will
meet at the Norman Hall Garage at
12:50pm and walk over.

Also at this time, we will be doing our
walkover to purchase transportation passes
for the Kenney Space Center Trip. We
will buy our van tickets for Kennedy Space
Center (January 27th). The cost to ride in
the van is 2' and there are only 13 spaces!
The van must be FULL for the trip to
happen. You must sign up for the van
before Friday at 12:00 p.m. to go. Bring
your UF-ID and proof of insurance.

* Birthdays
* Manners


The- ^^^ Next Trip I Manrsad

Next weekend, we
will be going to
Kennedy Space
Center. Details will
be on the Activities Board and in next
week's Weekly. Also, there will be a
Volunteer Seminar next week.

The following are ELI birthdays from Jan
January 22: Hani Alotaibi
January 23: Ibrahim Alamir
January 23: Yen Chieh Chu
None this week!

Happy Birthday to one and all!

The following is a list of ELI Countries
represented by our students, listed by the
country or area you put down when you
signed in:

Burkina Faso

Puerto Rico
Saudi Arabia

We could use some questions, everyone!
Teachers, it's a great idea to have students
write down a few as a small project; and
students, if you have anything that you
would like to ask about, don't be shy! Just
write down your questions and give them
to your teacher, or just walk into the ELI
Main Office, 315, and place it in my
mailbox-the teacher box marked
ALLEN. Meanwhile, recently, several
students have inquired about tipping rules.
So, we're running our traditional
beginning-of-the-semester column on

When do you tip? 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 should tip:

Hairdressers and Nail Sculptors: 15 to
2 ".. 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 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: $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 13 an hour-only about
4 ",,.. of the national minimum wage.
Taxis: $1 minimum, 15% on fares over $8.
Drivers in large cities expect 2 1" ..

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.

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
--W. Somerset Maugham

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