TEXT 2C стр. 63-65 Students Life ENG


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STUDENTS LIFE

1. What tradition is popular among the students at Cambridge?

students' life and my impressio
ns of it.

The students are mainly English, but there are many others, particularly so in the block of
rooms in which I live, for my neighbours include a Chinese studying law, an Indian studying
English, a Canadian studying history and a Frenchman studying

science.
The rooms have a
pleasant outlook over the College gardens. There is a very small gas
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stove on which we make
coffee or tea. It is a popular tradition here to invite friends in the afternoon for tea and hot
buttered toast
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and jam. To each room th
ere is a man
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servant who with a woman
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servant, known
as a "bedder"
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, keep it clean.


2. What are students "sconced"
for?

In the old day
s

when Colleges were religious instituti
ons the students were clergymen
,

a
nd
their

life was much more strict and disciplined than now.
Frie
n
dship

with young ladies

was
not allowed and the only women inside the college were washerwomen.
The legend is that these
had to be

old
and ugly

.

The students eat their meals in the College dining
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hal
l. At some Colleges there is an

interesting tradition. It is kno
wn as "sconcing"
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If a student comes late to dinner or he is not
correctly dressed, o
r if he breaks one of the laws

of behaviour, then the senior student orders him
to be "sconced".

A large silver cup, known as "sconce cup", filled with beer is br
ought and placed in front
of him and he must drink it in one attempt without taking the cup from his lips (it holds two and
a half pints, or 1.5 litres). If he can do it, then the senior student pays for it, if not, the cup is
passed round and the student
who has been "sconced" must pay for it. In general the discipline is
not strict.


3. What do the so
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called "Bulldogs" do if a student whom they come up to runs away?

The students can stay out till twelve o'clock. Each evening a Proctor
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with two assistan
ts,
called "Bulldogs", walks about the town keeping an eye on the students' behaviour. If he sees a
student breaking a rule he will come up to him and say, "Are you a member of the University,
sir?", and if a student runs away, then the "Bulldogs" run afte
r him, and if they catch him (they
are chosen, it is said, becaus
e they ar
e good runners), fine

him.

Apart from fi
nes a student may be dismissed
from the University for one term.



There are over a hundred societies and clubs. There are rel
those who don't believe, political, sporting and dramatic societies. There is even one for people
and other questions with f
amous politicians and writers.

The walks into the country, the talks, the games and the work, t
he traditions and the
customs
all are part of the students' life which would be poorer if any of them was lost.




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