Campus Life Part 2 校园生活 第二部分

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About this lesson

In this lesson you will learn:

 - How to discuss your choice to join a fraternity or sorority

 - How to offer and accept social invitations

 - How to explain lifestyle choices such as whether or not you drink

 - How to offer to be the designated driver at a party

You will also learn about controversies surrounding the American Greek system and drinking on college campuses.

I’m rushing a frat

  Where are you living next year?

  I’m thinking of rushing a fraternity.

  That way I’ll have the hook-up on all the parties.

  Are you scared of getting hazed?

Not like in the movies

  I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about Greek life.

  I’ll probably get hazed, but it’s not that bad.

You’ll frequently hear “fraternity” shortened to “frat”:

  Not all frats and sororities are like in the movies you know!

We’re having a kegger

I don’t really drink

American college students tend to drink a lot, and if you don’t you may be in the minority. If you tell people flat-out that you don’t drink, they may think you don’t like to “party,” or don’t want to be friends.

Try using one of these phrases instead. They let people know that you don’t drink, but still make you sound friendly, and like you want to be included.

  That’s no problem, I don’t really drink.

  I’m not a big drinker.

  I decided it’s better to keep a clear head and focus on my studies.

  I’ve got my whole life after college to drink.

Put me on the list

Frat parties often have a “guest list” of invitees to prevent the party from getting too large and out-of-hand. Women generally have an easier time getting into frat parties than men, but nevertheless you may want to check if there’s a list and try to get on it before you go.

  Just let me know who’s coming and I’ll put you on the list.

  If you need a place to crash you can totally stay at our house.

I’ll be the DD

Americans drive a lot, and drinking and driving is a big problem. People who throw parties will often offer their house as a “crash pad” for guests who have too much to drink. It’s important if you throw a party where alcohol is provided, that you take a little responsibility for the safety of your guests, and make sure you know how everyone’s getting home.

  I don’t know about leaving my girlfriends overnight at the frat house!

  But I’ll be the DD so no worries!


The first Greek society in North America was Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776 in Virginia, in response to the inadequacies of existing academic societies. Today, the majority of fraternities and sororities are “social” organizations, meaning they help their members embetter themselves in a social way. These can be organized to specifically focus on service to the community, professional advancement, or scholastic achievement. Other Greeks are organized by religion, emphasizing membership of Christian and Jewish students, for example. Others are based on ethnicity; especially popular are Latino fraternities.


Joining a sorority or fraternity is an involved process known as “rushing,” most of which takes place in a week at the beginning of the school year known as “rush week.” To rush a Greek usually involves getting “initiated,” meaning that the members of the house play pranks and make requests of you that are usually humiliating and at times even painful or damaging to the health. At the end of “rush week,” members extend invitations or “bids” to the students that held up best and impressed them the most during rush week. The new members, or “pledges,” then have a fixed amount of time to accept or deny the invitation.


When the initiation rituals cross over into the harmful and/or illegal realm, they’re known as “hazing.”Portrayals of Greek society hazing rituals in the media and especially in film are largely responsible for the negative image of fraternities in the public eye. Hazing is illegal in most US states, but despite the backlash against it in recent years, it’s still an integral part of the initiation ceremony in many Greeks.

good frats

Despite the reputation Greeks receive in the media of being all about parties, philanthropy is an integral part of every Greek organization, and values such as giving back to the community and being charitable are highly prized. Most Greeks are involved in various sorts of community service and fundraising activities throughout the year, and participation in these activities is required of all members.