Listen to a conversation between a student and an employee at the student activities center.
This is the administrative office, right?
[confirming] Uh-huh. How can I help you?
Well... I'm stopping by to reserve a place for my school club to meet and work. Pretty much on a regular basis.
Ideally... our preference would be to have our own office.
[reviewing her list of offıces] Hmmm... well, we are out of private offices... but we do have some semiprivate options still available.
What do you mean?
Well, it's a setup where you'll have a larger work space shared by two other clubs...
In other words, each club will have its own work area within that one room.
[hesitating a little]Oh... are there any divider walls or anything?
Oh, yes, there will be a couple of dividers, so there is some privacy.
[considers and then determines that’s OK] Um... we'll work with that then. I wouldn't wanna be without an office!
OK, here are the two forms you have to fill out. Why don't you do it now while I set that up through our computer system?
So... what's your club's name and the last name of the club president?
Oh, it's the photography club. And it's Williams... That's me, John Williams.
[searching computer] Mmm... That's not pulling up anything on my screen.
Um, let me try something else. Uh, how about your faculty adviser's name?
Sarah Baker. She's in the arts department.
[searching computer with no luck] Hmm... No... strange... y'know, your club's just not showing up in my online records.
Is this an established club?
No, uh, actually, it's a brand new one.
Hmmm.... Have you completed the registration process?
Yeah, last week. That was my very first step.
Right, well, for my purposes, a club definitely has to be registered before I can proceed further.
At the moment, however, it appears that there's no record of your club's registration.
[a little perturbed] Really? I thought everything was finalized last week.
Well... it is surprising. Usually, there's a 24-hour turnaround in our computer database.
So... then... do you have the registration approval letter from the review committee?
That'll give me the verification I need.
Oh yeah, I do. I mean... well, I don't have it with me, but I-I , uh, can get it from my dorm room, bring it back with me, and submit it with those forms you need from me.
Great, that'll work. And... just so you're aware, there're lots of benefits to being registered.
Oh, yeah... I think the university will give us permission to set up a Web site, right?
I wanna get students sharing their ideas on the Web site, you know, establish a photography blog.
Yes, you'll be able to do that, and, um actually, there's more.
You'll be allowed the use of audio-visual equipment at no cost....
You'll receive a club mailbox... and a club e-mail address...
[still thinking]Uh, you'll be allowed to post your flyers and posters around the campus for publicity... and you could be eligible for funding for club events.
Well, we're definitely interested in hiring a professional speaker at one of our campus events at some point in the semester.
And speakers almost always charge a fee. So... I'll definitely follow up on that!