Energy costs reach sky-high levels



Energy costs reach sky-high levels

Heating prices, and the university's heating bills, reached record-high levels this year. In an effort to reduce heating costs, the university plans to lower the temperature in all classroom buildings on weekends and on weekdays after five P.M., when the day's classes have officially ended. Because classes will not be in session at these times, the reduced heat should have no negative impact on students and their studies. The university considers it essential that the cost-saving measures not interfere with student activities.

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    <-NARRATOR:-> Now listen to two students discussing the article.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> What on Earth is the university thinking?
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Huh? What do you mean?
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Well...those buildings aren't just used for classes...
    that's where my evening study group usually meets.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> [realizing] Oh, oh of course...that's true...
    but you could go to the library instead.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Yeah ... but the library only has a few rooms that people can use for group meetings,
    which is why classrooms have been so convenient.
    But now, if it's winter and cold, where can we go?
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Right the middle of winter,
    forget it ... or even if it's just kinda cold out...
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:->'d be pretty unpleasant.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Oh but still, they obviously have to do something about the situation.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Oh, I agree they have to do something,
    but they should find a solution that isn't so academics no less.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Such as...?
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Well, for one, if they replaced all those old windows ...
    they're so drafty...
    they let the cold in...
    And if they insulated the buildings better...
    These are really old buildings...charming, but...
    <-MALE STUDENT:->...but not at all energy efficient.
    Yeah, you're probably right.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> There are some really basic improvements they could make that'd make a huge difference in the long term...
    that could solve the problem and still leave us somewhere to study.


The woman expresses her opinion about the plan described in the article. State her opinion and explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion.


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