Chula initiation rite does not go smoothly

Chula initiation rite does not go smoothly

Chulalongkorn University lecturer chokes out a puts a chocke hold on a student and drags him away as colleagues watch, during Thursday's chaotic initiation ceremony. (Photo FB/Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal)
Chulalongkorn University lecturer chokes out a puts a chocke hold on a student and drags him away as colleagues watch, during Thursday's chaotic initiation ceremony. (Photo FB/Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal)

The freshmen initiation ceremony at Chulalongkorn University descended into chaos and controversy when a group of students staged a walk out and one of them was put in a chokehold by a lecturer.

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Chula initiation rite descends into chaos

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The freshmen initiation ceremony at Chulalongkorn University descended into chaos and controversy when a group of students staged a walkout and one of them was put in a chokehold by a lecturer.

The event has students sitting on the ground and prostrating themselves to pay respect to the monument of the university's founder, King Rama V, and take an oath before the monument.

Student activist Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, who is president of Chulalongkorn University's Student Council and has campaigned against sitting on the ground and prostrating during the ceremony, posted on his Facebook page Thursday that a deputy university rector promised that the university would provide an area for students who did not want to sit on the ground.

The deputy rector also promised that students would be allowed to stand and pay respects if there was rain, according to Mr Netiwit.

But the lecturers broke these promises as all students were ordered to sit on the ground to pay their respects despite the fact that it was raining, he claimed, adding small plastic sheets were allocated to students, while lecturers had umbrellas to protect themselves.

"I could not stand that so my colleagues and I walked out. Then a lecturer came up to my friend and put him in a chokehold to scold him. It's unbelievable," he wrote.

He said, personally, he was very grateful for King Rama V's vision for the country that brought about change and development. The King also abolished slavery.

"I'm confused why the university that was named after King Rama V has stepped backwards and adopted such outdated traditions, especially given the fact that prostration on the ground was not used at the university from the outset, but was introduced 20 years ago," he said.

However, a student who attended the ceremony said during the event it began to rain slightly, but lecturers did not use umbrellas as Mr Netiwit said.

He also said there was a TV news team standing nearby. "The protest was likely stage-managed for the TV crew," he said.

Bancha Chalapirom, the university deputy rector, insisted the university did not force students to sit while it was raining. He said there was a slight drizzle and students agreed to carry on with the ceremony and were given raincoats.

"There was no forcing people to sit or prostrate themselves either," he said.

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Vocabulary

  • abolish: to officially get rid of a law, system, practice, etc. - ยกเลิก
  • according to (prep): as stated or reported by somebody/something - ตามคำบอกเล่า, ตามรายงาน
  • activist: someone who takes part in activities that are intended to achieve political or social change, especially someone who is a member of an organisation - นักกิจกรรม
  • adopt: to accept or to start using something new - นำมาใช้
  • allocate (verb): to officially give something to someone - จัดสรร, จัดแบ่ง
  • backwards: towards a place or position that is behind; towards a worse state - ถอยหลัง, สู่อดีต,ล้าหลัง
  • campaign: to try to achieve political or social change by persuading other people or the government to do something - รณรงค์
  • ceremony (noun): a public or religious occasion that includes a series of formal or traditional actions - งานพิธี
  • chaos: a situation in which everything is confused and in a mess - ความยุ่งเหยิง, ความสับสน
  • chokehold (noun): a tight grip around a person's neck, making it difficult to breathe - การจับซึ่งทำให้หายใจไม่ออก
  • colleagues (noun): people who work in the same organisation, department or field as you do - เพื่อนร่วมงาน
  • confused: unable to understand something or think clearly about it - สับสน
  • controversy: a disagreement that a lot of people have strong feelings about - ความขัดแย้ง
  • council: a group of people chosen to give advice, make rules, do research, provide money - สภา, คณะกรรมการ
  • crew (noun): a group of people who work together to do a job - กลุ่มคนที่ทำงานร่วมกัน
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • descend: to go down, in this case, into a worse condition - ลงมา
  • development: the gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger, etc - การพัฒนา
  • drizzle (noun): very light rain - ฝนตกปรอยปราย
  • event: a planned public or social occasion - งานสังคม
  • force (verb): to make someone do something that they don't want to do - บังคับ
  • founder (noun): a person who establishes an institution, business, or organisation - ผู้ก่อตั้ง
  • grateful: a feeling that you want thank someone because they have given you something or done something for you - สำนึกบุญคุณ
  • however (conj): used to introduce a statement that contrasts with something that has just been said - อย่างไรก็ตาม
  • initiation (noun): the act of somebody becoming a member of a group, often with a special ceremony; the act of introducing somebody to an activity or skill - การทำพิธีรับเข้า
  • insist: to keep saying very firmly that something is true - ยืนกราน ยืนยัน
  • introduce (verb): to start something new, for the first time - เริ่ม, ริเริ่ม, ตั้ง
  • lecturer (noun): a teacher at a university or college - อาจารย์ผู้บรรยาย
  • monument (noun): a statue or building that is built to honour a special person or event - อนุสาวรีย์ หรืออนุสรณ์สถาน
  • oath (noun): a formal promise - การกล่าวปฏิญาณตน
  • outdated: old and no longer suitable or useful - ล้าสมัย, ที่พ้นสมัย
  • outset: beginning -
  • pay respect to: to show deep admiration for someone/something - แสดงความเคารพ
  • personally: used for saying that you talking about yourself or are giving your own opinion - โดยส่วนตัว
  • prostrate (verb): the action of lying with your face downwards, especially in worship - นอนราบกับพื้น, หมอบ, นอนคว่ำ
  • prostration: the action of lying with your face downwards, especially in worship - การนอนคว่ำ
  • protest: a strong complaint or disagreement - การประท้วง
  • provide: to give someone/ something that they want or need - จัดหาให้, จัดเตรียมไว้ให้
  • rector: the person in charge in some universities, schools, colleges and universities - อธิการบดี
  • rite: a traditional ceremony, especially a religious one - พิธีกรรม (พระราชพิธี)
  • scold: to criticise someone of whose behavior you disapprove of - ว่ากล่าว, ตำหนิ, เอ็ด
  • sheet: a thin flat piece of paper, metal, plastic, glass etc - สิ่งที่เป็นแผ่นแบน (เช่น แผ่นกระดาษ, แผ่นเหล็ก, แผ่นแก้ว)
  • slavery: the practice of owning people , of having "slaves" - ความเป็นทาส, การเป็นทาส
  • slight: small in size or amount - เล็กน้อย
  • slightly: small in size or amount - เล็กน้อย
  • stage: to organise an event or activity - จัด
  • stage-manage: to organise something in a way that it seems natural when, in fact, it is planned - จัดฉาก
  • stand (verb): to be able survive something or tolerate something without being hurt or damaged ("can't stand something" means to dislike it very much or to be unable to accept it any longer) - อดทน
  • tradition: a very old custom, belief, or story - ประเพณี, ขนบธรรมเนียม
  • umbrella: an object with a round folding frame of long straight pieces of metal covered with material, that you use to protect yourself from the rain or from hot sun - ร่ม
  • unbelievable (adj): very difficult to believe, unlikely to be true - ซึ่งไม่น่าจะเป็นไปได้, ซึ่งไม่น่าเชื่อว่าเป็นจริง
  • vision: the ability to imagine how a country, society, industry, etc. could develop in the future and to plan in a suitable way - วิสัยทัศน์
  • walkout (noun): the act of suddenly leaving a meeting as a protest against something - การเดินออกไปเพื่อแสดงความไม่เห็นด้วย
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