N: Hi. Sam. How are you doing? Are you accustomed to the brand new university life?
S: Pretty good. Everything is wonderful. I joined the Student Union of our college and made many new friends. Last Sunday, my classmates and I went for a picnic.
N: I envy you. I have been longing for a picnic.
S: You are the envy of me! I have been dreaming of going abroad. By the way, how are you getting on with your work at Yale University?
N: Not too bad.
S: Anything interesting? Tell your dear sister. She has always been your loyal listener.
N: Well, at the very beginning, the situation was terrible. You know, as the best law school all around the world, everyone here is something great.
S: You are something, too.
N: Yeah. I used to think so, but now I don’t. Compared with my classmates, I am backward in many aspects, so in the past four months, I have been reading day and night, and have attended many lectures. Anyway, it’s good to see that I am catching up with them, but I am really tired.
S: Don’t bum your candle at both ends. You need to relax yourself from time to time. I heard that there are many recreational activities such as Master’s Tea.
N: That J for college students. For postgraduate',event)">graduates, there is a weekly gathering at the weekend. We also have many birthday parties. In addition, “happy hour” is Law School’sspecialty.
S: What does “happy hour” mean?
N: Every Friday, the dinning hall will be open to teachers and students at 5 p.m. During this time, drinks and foods are all offered for free.
S: You mean people can drink and eat without paying?
N: That’s right. It’s the liveliest time of Law School, with so many people chatting and laughing. Sometimes, the dean and some famous professors may also show up. This is a great opportunity to network, catch up with long-time friends, and make new friends.
N:对。那是一固最热闹的时刻，整个法学院人声鼎沸，说说笑笑。院长和一些 的教授有时也会出现。这为拓展人际关系、与老朋友联络感情，以及结识新朋友 都提供了绝好机会。
S: It must be great fun to join such parties every week.
N: Life is not all beer and skittles. Except for the leisure time, we have to study with diligence. It’s a matter of daily occurrence to stay up reading.
S: Perhaps this is what “happy hour” really means: throw yourself into work, and enjoy yourself to the utmost.
N: All work, no play, makes Jack a dull boy.
S: That’s quite right. Are there any other interesting things?
N: Let me see. Last Sunday，we were invited to a Tort Law professor’s home. I was really shocked that the 70-year old professor lives with his wife in a farm which is inside a forest, with surrounding hills and a small lake. It’s so beautiful that I tended to linger on there.
N:让我想想。上周日，教《侵权法》的老教授邀请我们去他家里做客了。当我看到 70岁的老教授和他的夫人住在森林中的时候，简直惊呆了一那是一个农场，群 山环绕，还有一个小小的湖。美得令我流连忘返。
S: Maybe the professor will invite you once more.
N: Well, he said that the farm is open to everyone, we can go anytime.
S: It seems that you keep good relationship with your teachers.
N: Yeah. At Yale, it’s very common for professors to invite students to their houses. You know, Yale is a university caring much of interpersonal relationships.
S: I also want to apply to Yale after graduation.
N: Well, then you should work hard to lay a good foundation .
S： I will.
N: The semester is ending. What’s your plan for summer vacation?
S: Well, I haven’t thought about it yet. I'm busy preparing for final exams. What about you?
N: I’m also busy preparing for term papers. I planned to travel around USA, but haven’t decided where to go. By the way, it would be the Spring Fling in two weeks.
S: What’s that?
N: It is an annual festival for the students to have fun at the end of each spring semester. Usually it begins on the Friday of the second to last week of the semester and continues until Saturday night. Beginning in 1973，Fling is dubbed the largest college party on the East Coast. There may also be a range of Happy Hours.
N:就是每年的春季学期末尾举办的一种校园狂欢活动;通常是在本学期倒数第二固 的周五开始，一直持续到周六晚上。春季狂欢节开始于1973年，被称为美国东 海岸最盛大的校园狂欢活动。可能会有各种形式的"幸福时光"哦。
S: I really envy you!
N: Ok. Now please go to the library and work hard just as what I did.
S: Ok. Bye.
N: Have fun.
S: Tom, look at this picture, how crowded the scene is!
T: Yeah, a very joyful occasion. I guess it was taken on the day of the official opening of ananniversary.
S: That day was Saturday, October 21，2000 when Yale opened its door to the public.
T: Oh, yeah! I still remember the kick-off celebration on that day, behind-the-scenes tours, art and musical performances, games and even appearances by bulldogs. Thousands enjoyed the daylongcelebration.
S: Yup. The scenes of that day are clearly appearing in my mind as if it just happened yesterday. Banners were strung across the busy New Haven streets with people everywhere.
T: I read the newspapers the other day. To my surprise, the opening weekend of Yale tercentennialcelebrations drew a crowd of over 35,000.
T:我看过报纸，耶鲁大学300周年庆典开幕的那个周末，聚集了 35000人，让人很 是震惊。
S: Oh, my! I only remember that there were many people moving around me on that day, but it was unimaginable to have so many people gather together.
T: Yes. Sally，do you remember the special cake on the opening ceremony?
S: The cake? Oh, yeah, the cake which was shaped like a part of the campus where the first-year students used to live.
T: Right! You have a terrific memory.
S: Thank you.
T: Do you know the size of that cake?
S: I don’t know the size, but I heard that the cake weighed about 300 pounds. How big it was!
T: On the opening ceremony, many students joined President Levin to slice the large cake. I have been wondering who had eaten that cake finally.
S: Maybe by the president. Just leave it at that.
T: OK. What’s more, there were a range of amazing events throughout the year: special lectures, publications, concerts and exhibits. Your alma mater had a wonderful birthday.
S: Yeah, exactly. Someone told me that at that time virtually every school, academic center, all museums, and collections sponsored special events to mark the occasion.(8)
T: So the celebration was a splendid and perfect feast for us to enjoy.
S: Right now, I am feeling very proud of being a member of Yale University.
T: Here, these pictures show the last several days of the yearlong anniversary. This one is about theTercentennial Convocation held on 5 October, 2001. Do you remember that day?
S: Of course, that is a formal ceremony. Members of the Yale Community, returning alumni, and representatives from sister institutions processed to Yale’s Cross Campus for a convocation commemorating the University’s founding.
T: You know that on that day, I failed to get a ticket for entering the Yale Bowl where the events took place. So I just watched the ceremony broadcast live on Yale cable.
S: Oh, poor boy. Anyway, you have joined many other activities.
T: Yeah, I'm working hard to be a Yalie as you are.
P: What do you think of the lecture?
B: I think it was very interesting and helpful.
P: Do you really think so?
B： Yes. Don’t you?
P: Of course not. I think he talked a lot of rubbish.
B: Really? So you think you know more or you have better ideas than he does?
P: It doesn’t necessarily mean that. But at least some of his view points are not correct. Generally, I don’t think a lecturer can tell any deep things in one or two hours.
P: Just imagine. The speaker speaks unceasingly on the platform, the audiences listening silently to him. Things he talked about are what he thought he should tell, but not exactly what the audiences want to know.
B: You have something there. But that’s a universal phenomenon. Do you have any good ideas?
P: I prefer Master's tea. In Master’s tea, students and guests can talk freely.
B: Master’s tea?
P: Yeah. Don’t you know that? It is very common in Yale’s residential colleges.
B: I’d heard of that but haven’t had time to go. It’s an awesome event that you plan to go to, but don't actually have time for because they’re always scheduled during times you have other commitments.Is it interesting?
P: Of course. A Master’s tea is something like this: afternoon tea, coffee, soft drinks, and a nice spread of fingerfoods and desserts; All free! A cozy, paneled room with chairs; your college Master, about 10-20 people from your residential college, plus...one outrageous famous person sitting there talking with you all like you were all friends.
P：当然了。院长茶会是这么一回事：有下午茶、咖啡、软饮料.还会分发小点心; 都是免费的哦!通常在一间惬意的、像座谈会一样的房间里;在场的有住宿学院 的院长、一二十个该学院的学生，还有……一位大腕儿坐在那儿和学生们交谈， 就像朋友一样。
B: I see. But a Master’s tea only seats around 20 students while a lecture may accommodate up to several hundreds of people.
P: That’s true. Perhaps we can use lectures and Master’s teas side by side. Still I prefer Master’s tea.
P: Do you often join in it?
B: Yes. It’s wonderful to talk with those great figures on how they think, how to make choices, and how to face troubles. For example, recent guests have been: Jodie Foster, Jodi Picoult, Matt Matros. There have also been other people who are prominent in their fields but of whom I have no knowledge.
B:对。与伟大的人物谈论他们的想法、如何做选择，以及如何面对困难，感觉棒极了。比如，近期的嘉 宾有：朱迪福斯特、朱迪皮考特、马特马特罗 斯。还有其他一些在他们的领域很但是我不知 道的人。
P: Jodie Foster? You’d talked with Jodie Foster? She is my favorite star.
B: Really? She is my idol, too. It's a pity you didn’t come. She'd come to Calhoun for a Master’s tea last year on April 19，2009. I remember it clearly because that day was my birthday. It was a truly memorable birthday. By the way, which one of her movies do you like best?
B:真的吗?她也是我的偶像。你没来真是可惜。她是2009年4月19日来卡尔霍恩 学院的。那天是我的生日，所以我记得很清楚。真是一次难忘的生日啊。对了， 你最喜欢她的哪部电影?
P: I'm quite familiar with all her movies. For the favorite one, I choose Taxi Driver. She is good at shaping such lower-class people whose life is full of frustrations and who has complicated psychology.
B: She was born in a single-parent family and had to make commercials at the age of 4 to support her family. Anyway, the hard life didn’t demoralize her, but made her a person of strong character.
P: She also has two children as a single mother.
B: Well, she has the ability to bring them up on her own. In addition, she is a successful producer and director.
P: I know. But I’m terribly sad for missing that Master’s tea.
B: Come on. Maybe she will come back in the near future.
P: Hopefully, are there any Master’s tea this week?
B: There are no upcoming Master’s teas at this time. But I heard that Whoopi Goldberg is coming to Calhoun for a Master’s tea this semester. The time is not fixed yet.
P: Who is Whoopi Goldberg?
B: You really should have known her since she is one of the few famous black stars in Hollywood. Go and google for her through the internet.
P: Ok. Maybe in future I shall spare some time to go to Master’s teas. It would be nice meeting half a dozen famous people every month. And maybe I would come across Jodie Foster someday.
B: Well. Not all the Master’s teas are open to everyone. You can only go to another college’s Master’s tea if the college allows it and if there’s space. People in that college get preferentialchoice. Anyway, Jodie Foster is a Calhoun alumna and each Calhoun Master’s tea is generally open to all Yale students.
B:哦，不是所有的院长茶会都对外开放的。如果举办的学院准许，并且有空位的话， 外院的学生才可以去。本学院的学生享有优先权利。不过，朱迪福斯特是卡尔 霍恩学院的校友，卡尔霍恩的院长茶会是向所有耶鲁学生开放的。
P: That’s good news.