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Dodgson College, a small private institution of higher education, received a huge bequest from one of its former students. The only stipulation on this tremendous bequest was that the money should be spent to make the college an even nicer place to study. A committee of college
administrators and faculty was formed to determine the best way to put the bequest into use.
At the first committee meeting, the committee quickly split into two factions, with one faction led by a representative of the administrators and the other faction led by the head of the faculty. After considerable wrangling, the two factions decided to go their separate ways to come up with separate plans for dealing with the bequest. The committee would meet in one week so that the factions could present their plans.
A week later, the committee came together, and the administrators’ faction began presenting its plan for the bequest. The administrators felt that there were many worthy uses for the money. First of all, they recognized that a new classroom building was necessary because the campus did not have enough space for all the classes it wanted to offer and was turning away additional students—and much-needed additional tuition money—because of a lack of classroom space. In addition to the new classroom building, the administrators also wanted to spend part of the bequest on a new gymnasium because the gymnasium they had was more than 70 years old. Finally, the administrators wanted to spend any money remaining in the bequest on pay raises for the administration, citing the fact that administrative pay at this campus was ten percent below the national average.
The author explains the ways that administrators HAVE planNed to spend the bequest which one of the former students of the college has bestowed. The speaker explains the opinions of faculty members on administrators’ suggestions.
The faculty members agree with administrators’ first preposition which is about building new classroom space. However, faculty members believe that this classroom must be built to decrease the number of students in existing classes rather than adding more students to the college.
Furthermore, faculties like administrators are of the opinion that the college should do something about the gymnasium. However, they think it is better to renovate the current gymnasium rather than building a new one.
Finally, faculties are in stiff opposition to the last measure, namely, increasing the administrators’ salaries. The reason for that is the payments that faculties are already receiving, like administrators, are less than the national average. They believe that the college should expend the remnant money to increase scholArships in order for college can absorb better students.
In conclusion, except for the last suggestion, faculties agree partly with the rest of proposal.
TOEFL listening lectures: A university lecture in the Social Sciences Department