英会話ブログ その668     Fraternities and Sororities (3)

2015/08/07

Some members live in a large "chapter house" on campus.  Here, meetings and (most importantly) parties are held.

These parties have an image as being wild, drunken "blow outs", in whch male and female students really go "crazy".  The old movie "Animal House" shows a good illustration of this.

Unfortunately, these parties sometimes result in bad behavior such as "hazing" of new members ( they are forced to do strange stunts to prove their loyalty ) and rape of female students.  Some students even die from drinking too much.

In recent years, some fraternities have been accused of racism toward black studnets, and their houses on campus closed.  Such bad actions have cast a negative image on "brothers and sisters", but majority don't do such terrible things.

The "heyday" of the Greek System was perhaps the 1960s - 1980s.  In these more politically correct times there is doubt they can survive...                                            (G.K)


英会話表現&英単語
chapter house                     会館
blowout                           にぎやかなパーティ
go crazy                          羽目を外す
result in 〜           〜をもたらす
stunt                             芸、派手な行為
heyday                            全盛期

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