NARRATOR:Listen to a conversation between a student and an employee at the student activities center.
MALE STUDENT:This is the administrative office, right?
FEMALE EMPLOYEE:[confirming] Uh-huh. How can I help you?
MALE STUDENT:Well... I'm stopping by to reserve a place for my school club to meet and work. Pretty much on a regular basis.Ideally... our preference would be to have our own office.
FEMALE EMPLOYEE:[reviewing her list of offıces] Hmmm... well, we are out of private offices... but we do have some semiprivate options still available.
MALE STUDENT:What do you mean?
FEMALE EMPLOYEE:Well, it's a setup where you'll have a larger work space shared by two other clubs...In other words, each club will have its own work area within that one room.
MALE STUDENT:[hesitating a little]Oh... are there any divider walls or anything?
FEMALE EMPLOYEE:Oh, yes, there will be a couple of dividers, so there is some privacy.
MALE STUDENT:[considers and then determines that’s OK] Um... we'll work with that then. I wouldn't wanna be without an office!
FEMALE EMPLOYEE:OK, here are the two forms you have to fill out. Why don't you do it now while I set that up through our computer system?
FEMALE EMPLOYEE:So... what's your club's name and the last name of the club president?
MALE STUDENT:Oh, it's the photography club. And it's Williams... That's me, John Williams.
FEMALE EMPLOYEE:[searching computer] Mmm... That's not pulling up anything on my screen.Um, let me try something else. Uh, how about your faculty adviser's name?
MALE STUDENT:Sarah Baker. She's in the arts department.
FEMALE EMPLOYEE:[searching computer with no luck] Hmm... No... strange... y'know, your club's just not showing up in my online records.Is this an established club?
MALE STUDENT:No, uh, actually, it's a brand new one.
FEMALE EMPLOYEE:Hmmm.... Have you completed the registration process?
MALE STUDENT:Yeah, last week. That was my very first step.
FEMALE EMPLOYEE:Right, well, for my purposes, a club definitely has to be registered before I can proceed further.At the moment, however, it appears that there's no record of your club's registration.
MALE STUDENT:[a little perturbed] Really? I thought everything was finalized last week.
FEMALE EMPLOYEE:Well... it is surprising. Usually, there's a 24-hour turnaround in our computer database.So... then... do you have the registration approval letter from the review committee?That'll give me the verification I need.
MALE STUDENT:Oh yeah, I do. I mean... well, I don't have it with me, but I-I , uh, can get it from my dorm room, bring it back with me, and submit it with those forms you need from me.
FEMALE EMPLOYEE:Great, that'll work. And... just so you're aware, there're lots of benefits to being registered.
MALE STUDENT:Oh, yeah... I think the university will give us permission to set up a Web site, right?I wanna get students sharing their ideas on the Web site, you know, establish a photography blog.
FEMALE EMPLOYEE:Yes, you'll be able to do that, and, um actually, there's more.You'll be allowed the use of audio-visual equipment at no cost....You'll receive a club mailbox... and a club e-mail address...[still thinking]Uh, you'll be allowed to post your flyers and posters around the campus for publicity... and you could be eligible for funding for club events.
MALE STUDENT:Well, we're definitely interested in hiring a professional speaker at one of our campus events at some point in the semester.And speakers almost always charge a fee. So... I'll definitely follow up on that!