Poetry Reading Change


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    <-NARRATOR:-> Now listen to a conversation between a student and a professor.
    <-MALE PROFESSOR:-> Hi, Jane. I’ve been meaning to talk to you.
    I’m afraid I have some bad news.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> What’s wrong, Professor Barry?
    <-MALE PROFESSOR:-> Well, it’s the poetry reading we’ve been organizing.
    Turns out that the new arts center isn’t going to be ready on time.
    So we won’t be able to hold the reading there.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> But it’s scheduled for next week, and it was supposed to be the opening event.
    I mean, we’ve got a lot of local poets coming--and a lot of student poets too.
    <-MALE PROFESSOR:-> So it looks like we may have to come up with a different plan.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Hmmmm… I wonder if we could postpone the reading and then reschedule it once the center is finished.
    <-MALE PROFESSOR:-> That’s possible. And then the reading would still be the first event there… which would be nice.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Right. It’s just that we may not be able to get as many poets if we change the date.
    Several of them might have other plans.
    <-MALE PROFESSOR:-> Oh, that’s a good point.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Well, instead of postponing it, we could try having the reading at the auditorium in the library.
    It’s quite small so it might actually be better for a reading--you know, cozier, less formal.
    <-MALE PROFESSOR:-> True. Of course, then fewer people can attend because the space is smaller.
    And I bet a lot of people will want to come.


The student and the professor discuss two possible solutions to the student’s problem. Briefly summarize the problem. Then state which solution you recommend and why.


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