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【英语畅谈世界文化】lesson095 The Ivy League 常青藤联盟  

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 Lesson95 The Ivy League   常青藤联盟(美国)

原文:

Z: Zheng Hao     L: Luck

 

Z: I'm going to America in the summer and need some info.

L: Well, being an American myself I'd be happy to help.

Z: What can you tell me about the Ivy League? I know its about football, but doesnt it include other sports too?

L: Yes, not only football, today it's known for its level of success of athletic scholarships while keeping high academic standards. The Ivy League crowns champions in more than 35 sports for men and women.

Z: I see, so for example, lacrosse, ice hockey, fencing, soccer, rowing, squash and many others.

L: Thar's right. The name Ivy League came from a journalist, Caswell Adams of the New York Tribune in 1937. It consists of eight top American universities, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale.

Z: It's located on the campus of Princeton University, and is still known officially as the Council of Ivy Group Presidents, right?

L: Yes, and it continues to grow because of the great Executive Director, Jefferey H. Orleans, who took the post in 1984.

Z: What about before that? How did it become so famous throughout the world?

L: In February 1954, what is more commonly accepted as the founding date for the Ivy League, the Ivy Group Agreement was changed and extended into all sports and to help intra-group competition.

Z: OK, so the basic intent of che original Ivy agreement was to improve and help college athletics, but not interfering with the real purpose of universities, which of course is education.

L: You've got it! To be honest, it comes from the American obsession with competition in both sports and learning.

ZIvy League members must be exceptional people, they have a rare spirit of competition and excellence. Ivy League teams have won many competitions over the years.

L: And the spectators love them, too. Watching an Ivy League game is wonderful, whether it's fencing, cross-country running, American football, basketball or lacrosse. They even have a golf team, at Yale University.

Z: What's that shield on your shirt? It looks familiar

L: Just one of the many Ivy League shields. I went to Columbia University, so I'm a real Ivy-Leaguer.



译文:

Z:郑昊                  L:鲁克

 

Z:我这个暑假打算去美国,想多了解些有关情况。

L:好的,作为美国人,我很乐意帮你的忙。

Z:你给我讲讲常青藤联盟的情况,好吗?我知道它与足球有关,难道不包括其它运动吗?

L:不是的,不仅仅包括足球。如今众所周知的是它在保持较高学术水平的同时,还成功保持相当高的体育运动成绩。常青藤联盟在不下35项男女运动项目上夺得冠军。

Z:我知道,比如,长曲棍球、冰球、剑术、英式足殊、划船、壁球和其它许多运动项目。

L:是这样。常青藤联盟是1937年由《纽约先驱论坛报》的者卡斯威尔·亚当斯发起的。它由美国8所高水平大学组成,分别是布朗大学、哥伦比亚大学、康奈尔大学、达特茅斯大学、哈佛大学、宾夕法尼亚大学、普林斯顿大学和耶鲁大学。

Z:它设在普林斯顿大学的校园内,这里至今仍被认为是常青藤联盟常委会的正式办公地,是这样吗?

L:是的。1984年伟大的执行董事杰弗里·奥尔良上任,由于他的努力,该联盟还在继续发展壮大。

Z:在这之前的情况呢?它是怎么闻名全世界的?

L:人们普遍认为19542月是常青藤联盟的成立日,此后更改了常青藤联盟协议,并把范围扩大到包括所有运动项目,以促进会内竞争。

Z:好了,所以常青藤联合会最初的目标是提高和辅助大学体育运动,并不干涉大学的根本目的——当然就是教育。

L:确实是这样。说实话,美国入迷恋体育和学习竞赛是成立该联盟的主要原因。

Z:常青藤联盟的成员必须是与众不同的人,他们都有着罕见的竞争精神,都非常优秀。这几年来,常青藤联盟队在不少比赛中获胜。

L:观众也很喜欢他们。观看他们的比赛感觉棒极了,无论是击剑还是越野赛跑,美式足球还是篮球,或是曲棍球。在耶鲁大学他们甚至还有一支高尔夫球队。

Z:你衬衫上印的徽章是什么?看起来很眼熟…

L:只是众多常青藤联盟徽章中的一种。我在哥伦比亚大学读过书,所以我算是个真正的常 青藤联盟会员吧。


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