Official 50 Task 2

Response to the Plan for an Additional Lighting System

I oppose the university’s plan to purchase an additional outdoor lighting system. The university says it would make our historic campus more attractive by illuminating our buildings at night. However, the university would spend an extra $1,000 per month for electricity. Instead, I recommend the money be used to complete the library renovation project as quickly as possible. That’s not the only reason we shouldn’t get the new system. These powerful lights would brighten the sky as well as the buildings and seriously interfere with the use of our astronomy equipment. Our academic mission must come first—and the practice of astronomy is done best when the sky is darkest.

—R. N Heinrich, Professor of Astronomy

Narrator: Now listen to two students discussing the opinion expressed in the letter.
Man: I totally agree with the letter.
Woman: How come? Don't you think the campus look prettier at night?
Man: Well, it might make the buildings look nice at night,
but why should we waste so much money on something we really don't need?
Just for looks, there are more important things than that.
Woman: I can see your point.
Man: I mean, how long is that library project been going on?
Woman: Yeah, the whole third floor has been closed for the last few months.
Man: Exactly. And just last night, I had my Astronomy class with Professor Heinrik.
He told us something that was totally disappointing.
We've been tracking a comet all semester long,
and he says that if the university's plan goes through,
we won't be able to see the comet through the telescopes any more.
Woman: That's so sad.
You chose this school just because the astronomy program, didn't you?
Man: Yeah, it's such a good program.
But if it's too bright or out here at night,
we'll have to go back to looking at pictures of comets in the text book.
You can tell Professor Heinrik is disappointed too.
It's the hands-on experience that gets everyone all excited.
Explain why the man agrees with the professor’s opinion.