I've noticed that small construction projects on campus—like fixing sidewalks and parking lots—often take place during the regular school year, when classes are in session. I propose that whenever possible the university should schedule such construction projects to take place during the three-month summer break. One reason is that construction projects can be so disruptive; they create inconveniences and can make it hard to get where you need to go on campus. And, second, construction projects would be more likely to be completed quickly if they were scheduled for the summer when the weather is usually good.
<-NARRATOR:-> Now listen to two students discussing the letter.
<-MALE STUDENT:-> So, Jane, what do you think of Eric's proposal?
<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> I'm all for it.
<-MALE STUDENT:-> So you think it's true, what he says about the problems with the way it's been done?
<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Well, yeah, I do.
Take his first reason.
Like, I know you don't drive...
but I do drive here...everyday...
so I need a place to park my car.
And remember last year, when they decided to repair some of the parking lots?
<-MALE STUDENT:-> Oh yeah, I remember that. There was a lot of work going on, wasn't there?
Starting in December....
<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Right, at least four lots were closed...
and that meant there weren't enough parking spots for students' and professors' cars.
I usually had to circle around looking for parking on one of the streets,
and then walk from the street all the way to my classes.
<-MALE STUDENT:-> That's annoying.
<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Yeah, and it happened to a lot of other people in my classes too...
people were always arriving late because of all the trouble they had parking.
Sometimes even my professors were late.
<-MALE STUDENT:-> Yeah.
<-FEMALE STUDENT:-> And, also, [upspeak] his second point?
That makes sense too.
I mean, for instance,
part of the reason those parking-lot repairs last year took so long was because of the big snowstorms.
They had to keep stopping...sometimes for a week or two at a time...
because of snow and ice on the ground.
<-MALE STUDENT:-> Yeah,I remember that...we had a bunch of big snowstorms right in a row last year.
so with all that starting and stopping 'cause of the weather,
the job took them a lot longer to finish.
The woman expresses her opinion about the student's proposal. Briefly summarize the proposal. Then state her opinion about the proposal and explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion.