Write a passage in response to the text below. You should state clearly your attitude towards charity campaigns like the ALS ice bucket challenge and explain your reasons for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the author’s opinion might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. You should write about 500 words.
This summer, the ALS (肌萎缩侧索硬化症，又称渐冻人症) ice bucket challenge (冰桶挑战) swept the world. Many ordinary people as well as famous business executives, pop singers, film stars, sports giants and political leaders all around the world have become involved. This campaign, which asked people to pour a bucket of ice cold water over themselves or donate to the ALS foundation, or both, has brought unprecedented (前所未有的) attention to the disease, ALS.
The response has been amazing and many charity organizations have benefited from increased public awareness and massive donations. Hits to the English Wikipedia's article on ALS grew from an average of 163,300 a month to 2.89 million in August alone. The ALS Association received $41.8 million in donations in less than a month. In China, the campaign raised more than 8.5 million yuan for the China-Dolls Center for Rare Disorders (CCRD) (瓷娃娃罕见病关爱中心) up to August 22nd, and the followers of CCRD on Sina Weibo increased more than 100 fold. The dynamic embodied in social network effected as the driving force in promoting the campaign and raising public awareness and donations to it.
Meanwhile, a number of criticisms have arisen accusing the campaign more of a worldwide internet carnival (狂欢) than genuine involvement in charitable activities. What attracted the public was the fun in viewing celebrities drenched and shivering in icy water rather than care for ALS patients. As the American TV personality Steve-O suggested, only Charlie Sheen and Bill Gates mentioned that the point is to donate money; others generally forgot to share donation information in their ice bucket challenge videos. On the Vice Media website, Arielle Pardes predicted “by the time the summer heat cools off and ice water no longer feels refreshing, people will have completely forgotten about ALS.”
A group of exchange students from the University of Melbourne are about to pay a four-week visit to your university/college. In order to gain first-hand experience of campus life in China, these Australian students will stay in the students’ dormitories, eat at the students’ canteens and attend some classes. As a student volunteer in the exchange project, write an expository essay of about 500 words so that the Australian students will be able to develop a plan in order to make their visit productive. You should cover the following topics. (You MUST NOT mention the name of your university/college. You may use an assumed name if necessary.)
l A typical weekly class schedule
l Teaching styles, assignments and exams
Board and lodging
l Dormitory regulations
l Laundry service
l Sports venues
l Medical care on campus