A套：Do you agree or disagree: the universities should spend more money in improving facilities (libraries, computer labs) than hiring famous teachers. 重复2011.04.15NA
B套：The opinions of celebrities, such as entertainers and athletes, are more important to the younger people than they are to the older people. 重复2012年1月21日北美/2012年8月25日大陆
In this age of rapid technological development, in order to be the most advanced and successful, universities must keep their facilities and resources to date. This not only attracts more students, but also attracts renowned professors to the university.
Students now more than ever are demanding that universities provide the very latest in academics. To receive the most advanced education, advanced facilities are required. A student majoring in science cannot obtain an accredited level of experience if his university does not have the proper laboratory facilities. Likewise, a liberal arts student is equally as dependent on a current library. Progress is the main purpose of institutions of higher education. A university that does not seek to improve its facilities will fail in improving its students.
A university that does not invest in its facilities will not only fail to produce good students, but will also fail to attract famous professors. Universities are able to attract professors because they can offer them good facilities with state-of-the-art technology so that these professors can conduct successful research and remain at the top of their respective fields. For example, a famous biology professor would think it a waste of time to teach at a university that does not at least have an electron microscope. With the proper facilities, universities can easily attract the best teachers in the world.
There may be some university facilities, like gymnasiums, that on the outside do not have any direct connection to the success of the university’s academics. However athletics is great way to draw attention to a university. When universities get attention, they also get funding. Private donors are the main way that universities can afford to upgrade their facilities. Therefore, the more attention a university gives to its facilities, the more potential donors it will attract. This is why so many universities in American lay such great importance on their sports teams and their sports facilities.
Universities should make updating their facilities a top priority. Having world-renown professors is important for the success and prestige of a university; however without advanced facilities, a university will not be able to attract these professors. Without advanced facilities a university will also not be able to attract many good students or even donors to help further improve the university.
Opinions of young celebrities are more attentively heard, even believed, by the younger people than by the older people, who often have their own role models apart. On occasions, it is amusing for the general public to listen to what famous stars have to say, but what is said could sometimes turn out to be particularly not in favor of the more naive people. Too often, opinions from celebrities could be harmful to young people's mental and financial health, to say the least.
Unlike the older people, the younger people admire and want to imitate 'notorious' celebrities whose remarks, however out of the common, are readily taken for granted. This could affect them negatively due to their lack of mental maturity to follow bad rather than good examples. Apparently, it is not only the words but also the deeds of those 'role models' that are not doing any good for the mentality of the younger people. Today, television and the Internet have generated tremendous exposure for a number of elite stars who stand for partying, drug abuse, drunk driving, rapid marriage and rapid divorce, and on and on. Most teenagers and young adults, who tend to attach importance to celebrities' opinions, actually become other people since their thoughts are celebrities' thoughts spoken in the spotlight. Fortunately, it seems that the older people are easily getting tired of celebrity overload and do not pay so much attention to scandals.
Young celebrities' opinions could become a persuasion in advertising, thereby affecting young consumers' pockets. Very famous personalities in the fields of pop music, cinema and sports, are being hired to give positive comments about products and services that have little or nothing to do with their professions. Nowadays, companies all over the world are using celebrities to orally promote sales of anything from fast food to young fashion to fancy car. Under the influence of what is called 'celebrity testimonials', the younger population, rather than the older population, are encouraged to buy things they really do not need and spend money they actually do not have. That is, a celebrity works as a convincing sales-speaker through the image of strong role model among the younger generation. Usually, the older generation would not entirely trust products and services endorsed by celebrities.
To do justice to all shining stars in the galaxy of fame, probably they have the freedom to voice their opinions of whatever kind, so it is up to people both young and old to evaluate what is said and done. However, it is always advisable for the younger people not to follow celebrities' opinions blindly. It is one thing to hear celebrities breaking the mold; but it is quite another to know if they are degrading good social and family values.