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University Choir to Enter Off-Campus Singing Competitions
 

Currently, the university choir gives singing concerts only on campus. Next year, however, the choir will add competitive events at other locations to its schedule. The choir’s new director feels that entering singing competitions will make the quality of the choir’s performance even better than it is now. “Competitions will motivate students in the choir to pursue a higher standard of excellence in singing.” He said. In addition, it is hoped that getting the choir off campus and out in the public will strengthen the reputation of the university’s music program. This in turn will help the program grow. 

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Narrator: Now listen to two students discussing the article.
Woman: Jim, you're in the choir, right?
What do you think about what they're doing next year...this article?
Man: I really like it.
Woman: Yeah?
Man: Yeah. The new director's right that it will motivate us.
Woman: How's that?
Man: Well...some of the other schools are really good...
so we'll really have to work hard to go up against them.
Woman: Yeah...
Man: I mean, right now we don't rehearse more than once a week,
but if we know we'd be competing with other schools,
we'd probably rehearse more often and improve our singing a lot.
Woman: That's true.
The more you practice, the better you get.
So ... um ... What about what the article said about how this will help the program?
Man: I hope it works!
Right now, our program is pretty small,
but we have some really talented people.
And it would be great to attract even more people.
Woman: So how will this plan help?
Man: Well, if we go to these off campus events and other people hear us and think we're really good,
we might be able to get some new students interested in coming to this university ...
to be a part of our music program and perform in our choir concerts.
Woman: You're right... I hadn't really thought about that.
Question
The man expresses his opinion about the change described in this article. Briefly summarize the change. Then state his opinion of the change and explain the reasons he gives for holding that opinion.