Housing Renovations Planned



Housing Renovations Planned

Over the last ten years, the number of Central College students living on campus in dormitories has decreased by twenty percent. In an effort to counteract the trend, the college has announced a plan to renovate its on-campus housing. The renovations will take two years, and they will include improvements to the bathrooms, lighting, and heating in the dormitories. "A lot of people are moving off campus because the dorms aren‘t in great shape," explained the college president. "By renovating the dorms, we can make them more appealing than off-campus housing, and more students will choose to remain on campus."

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    <-NARRATOR:-> Now listen to two students discussing the college's plan.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> The college is making a mistake with this new plan.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> What do you mean? I think it'll really help accomplish the college's goals.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Don't be so sure. All that construction-for two years-it's gonna create a lot of noise.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Oh you mean in the beginning, for students still living in the dorms....
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Yeah, students who are trying to sleep or do work are constantly going to be disturbed.
    So people will try to get as far away as possible-probably by moving off campus.
    So they'll lose even more people.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Huh. I hadn't thought of that.
    But still, once all the construction's over, more people will probably want to live in the dorms, right?
    I mean, the living conditions will be so much better.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> If they can afford to....
    Do you know how the college is planning on paying for this plan?
    By raising the cost of campus housing.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Oh, I didn't realize that.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Yeah. So if it's more expensive, why would people want to move back into the dorms if they can rent an apartment for less money?


The woman expresses her opinion about the university' s plan. State her opinion and explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion.


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