Letter in the Centerville College News



Letter in the Centerville College News

The administration has plans to acquire a new sculpture for campus. We should all oppose this plan. The university’s poor financial condition led it to increase the price for campus housing and tuition by 15% this past year. Surely then it is no financial position to purchase such an expensive sculpture. Moreover, just look at the sculpture: several 60-foot long steel plates, jutting out of the earth at odd angles! It’s so large, it’ll take up all the green space in front of the campus center! This is public space that should be reserved for students to use.

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    <-NARRATOR:-> Now listen to two students discussing the opinion expressed in the letter.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Did you see Paul's letter in the paper about the new sculpture?
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Yeah, but it was totally unconvincing.
    His reasons for opposing the plan are just totally off.
    I'm glad we'll finally have some nice art on campus.
    I'd like to shake the donor's hand and say "Thank you!"
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> What do you mean "the donor?"
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> You didn't know? An anonymous donor is paying the bill for most of the sculpture.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Not the university?
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> No-his assumptions about who's paying for it are all wrong.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Still, I wonder if he has a point about the space it'll take up.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Well, you know why Paul is upset.
    He and his friends are always out there on the lawn right where the sculpture will be, kicking around the soccer ball.
    Now they'll just have to use another part of the campus to play.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Oh, so he just doesn't want to have to move?
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Yeah! For him, it's sculpture versus convenience.


Explain why the woman disagrees with the reasons expressed in the letter.


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