Should we let Xu girls speak?作者：21ST 时间：2008-04-02 期号：748
Should universities invite entertainers to their campuses?
TAIWANESE sisters Xu Xiyuan (Big S) and Xu Xidi (Little S) descended on Beida's campus last Sunday, causing quite a stir.
The duo were promoting a fashion brand and attracted hundreds of screaming fans to Beida's Centenary Hall. The gig was a great success, with the sisters telling students how to keep fit and dress stylishly. On
The sisters' opponents' argument was simple: They said the sisters are not academically qualified to give a speech at a world-renowned university. The sisters finished their education in senior high school. In the view of the Beida students, the sacred podium in Centenary Hall should be reserved for masters and great minds.
However, others argued that the naysayers were being arrogant. After all, thousands of Beida students enjoy the sisters' shows and claim to be their fans. Also, college students need to know about fashion. Inviting the sisters to talk about what they excel at doesn't necessarily mean Beida is lowering its standard.
What do you think? Was it appropriate for Beida to allow the entertainers to speak to students?
The event made campus life more colorful and helped diversify
1. The spirit of university education should be liberal. Universities shouldn't be afraid to embrace all kinds of ideas. The Xu sisters are pop culture icons admired by millions of young people nationwide. Beida students shouldn't be so snobbish and look down on people like the sisters.
2. The Sunday event was no more than a commercial activity. Beida's Centenary Hall needs to make money in order to provide its services to students. If it can be rented out to performance companies to hold concerts and plays, surely it can be used commercially in other ways.
The primary purpose of a university is academic training. Beida should maintain its standards and resist commercialism.
1. Such commercial events could easily distract students from their studies and disrupt the academic atmosphere on campus. Keeping fit and dressing in style should hardly be college students' chief concern. A university should not receive money from businesses while hosting an event that has little educational use.
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That guy is a real snob. He looks down on people without a college degree.
He is such a naysayer. Whenever we have an idea, he will come up with a thousand reasons why it won't work.