[00:00.00]Listen to a conversation between a student and the director of the Student Activity Center.
[00:08.00]Director:Hello, Jack. Is everything set for the trip this Saturday?
[00:12.00]Student:Everything’s ready. Ah, fifteen people have signed up. [00:14.57]Our train gets into New York City at noon which leaves plenty of time to get downtown to the art gallery for the reception.
[00:20.30]Director:It’s great. You could organize this. [00:22.10]What an honor having a painting by one of our students in that exhibit!
[00:25.40]Student:Yeah. My roommate’s so modest.[00:27.70] If we weren’t such good friends, I’d never realize that his work was being exhibited. [00:31.50]So, since I was going anyway for the opening and all, I figure that might as well make a student event out of it. [00:36.84]Working here at the Student Activity Centers made me realize how popular our activities are. [00:41.60]I figure they’ll be interested in it.
[00:43.20]Director:Well you've done a super job organizing everything. [00:45.60]This poster was great.[00:46.95] And they were up in no time.
[00:48.30]Student:Thanks. And I’m glad you could approve the funding for us.
[00:51.00]Director:My pleasure. [00:51.77]By the way, how are you getting to the gallery from the train’s station?
[00:55.40]Student:Well, there are buses that run downtown.
[00:57.85]Director:Right. You grew up in New York City, didn’t you?
[01:00.30]Student:Yeah. But, the bus, well, that’s kind of what I want to talk to you about.
[01:05.62]Student:I realized that at the last minute, but, well, the weather for Saturday is supposed to be really nice, sunny, warm. [01:11.50]It’ll be a great opportunity to walk the High Line.
[01:15.00]Student:Haven’t you?......[01:16.20]Oh, I guess not everyone has heard of it. [01:18.15]It’s this amazing……[01:20.30]it’s like this park in the sky.
[01:23.33]Director:A park in the sky?
[01:24.88]Student:Yeah. Well, see there was this old train line.[01:27.55] You know one of those elevated lines, the kind that run high above the streets?
[01:31.70]Student:Well, this one was used for freight, not passengers.
[01:35.35]Student:But when it got cheaper to move freight by trucks, they stop using it. [01:38.86]It was abandoned for a long time. [01:40.77]And then, a few years back, the city agreed to turn the tracks and the surrounding area into a park. [01:46.33]It’s not very wide but it’s over a mile long.[01:48.84] And it goes from the train station all the way downtown near the gallery.[01:52.85]I’ve walked before, it’s really cool.[01:54.70]There was grass and flowers everywhere, and since you’re high up, you get these great views of the city.
[01:59.80]Director:Sounds wonderful. But have you considered not everybody might be interested in walking that far? [02:05.00]They might prefer the bus.
[02:06.55]Student:Couldn’t we just split up?[02:07.75]You know how some of us walk and the others take the bus?
[02:10.70]Director:But remember, Jack, the poster advertises you as the tour leader, not everybody sees the adventure about getting around the city.[02:17.21]You need to find someone to accompany people on the bus, then you take the walkers.
[02:22.00]Student:Yeah. But who?[02:23.70] Um, the trip’s in two days.
[02:25.80]Director:Well, I did my graduate work in New York, of course it was a while ago, but I still know how to get around the city.
[02:32.68]Director:And I’d love to see that exhibit.
[02:34.50]Student:You’d go? [02:35.30]Ah, that’ll be great!