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Townie College is proposing to reduce funding for the student newspaper. Read an administrators announcement about the proposed budget cut. You will have 45 seconds to read the response. Begin reading now.
Reading time: 45 seconds
Newspaper Cut
The college regrets that it will have to reduce funding for our school newspaper, which has served as a forum for student communication since the college was founded. The costs related to building our new football stadium are greater than we expected; therefore, some programs will have to get by with less funding. We also found that because of increasing prices for paper and ink, printing costs for the newspaper would double next year. However, even with a reduced budget, the same quality newspaper will still be available online.

Question: The man expresses his opinion of the announcement made by the college administrator. State his opinion and explain the reasons he gives for holding that opinion.

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Now listen to two students as they discuss the announcement.
W: Oh man, did you hear about how they're getting rid of the school newspaper?
M: Yeah, I heard, but I don't see what the big deal is. When I first started here, nobody read it anyway, and they still don't read it. Everybody is too busy with other stuff.
W: Yeah, I guess you're right. But still, every now and then I pick up a copy of the paper. Some of the comic strips are funny, and I really like that one guy's music column.
M: Yeah, but you can still read it online. Like I said, what's the big deal?
W: I guess it really isn't so important after all.
M: That's what I'm saying. I mean, look, we have the best football team in the state. We should show our support and build them the best stadium as well. Besides, my dad went to this school, and he says that he and other alumni are really excited about the new stadium. They might even give a big donation to help finance it. If it costs a little more money to make sure our stadium is the best, well, I think it's worth it. Who cares about a student newspaper, anyway? I think it's more important that we express our pride in our college team.
Sample Answer:
The man agrees with the college's decision. He thinks that few people read the newspaper, but those who want to continue reading it can do so online. Also, he thinks that investing in a football stadium is important for three main reasons. The college football team is the best in the state, and he thinks having the best stadium would show that the school supports them. Second, he thinks it is important for his father and other alumni. They are happy with the stadium and might make a donation to pay part of its cost. Third, he thinks having pride in the football team is more important than caring about a newspaper.

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