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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 28 May 2009, 21:32
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C

This could mean that all the donations came from unsolicited offers, and every single person they contacted declined (goes against insufficient harvesting efforts).

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but we are concerned with the FUNDRAISERS success rate. In C the donations had nothing to do with the fundraisers
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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 28 May 2009, 22:08
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C

This could mean that all the donations came from unsolicited offers, and every single person they contacted declined (goes against insufficient harvesting efforts).

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but we are concerned with the FUNDRAISERS success rate. In C the donations had nothing to do with the fundraisers


Yes and the fundraisers success correlates directly to what proportion the fresh donors comprise of.

And keep in mind I negated C-- I took the opposite to see if it could weaken it. (Remember Strengthen & Weaken are very close).

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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 28 May 2009, 23:04
whats the OA?
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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 30 May 2009, 07:13
IMO C is the best choice..
reason same as that explained by Hades
Pls post the OA
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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 30 May 2009, 09:22
The answer is C. - "This year most of the donations that came to Smithtown University from people who had previously donated to it were made without the university’s fund-raisers having made any contact with the donors."

The bold portion clearly conveys that fund-raisers did poor canvassing. A, B, D & E weaken the conclusion in the argument.
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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 31 May 2009, 22:48
OA plz
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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2009, 00:54
IMO C. What is the OA?
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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2009, 08:33
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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2009, 09:10
I thought A was out of scope, but felt that the answer couldnt have been C. Tough one
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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2010, 06:14
I pick C, not great and slightly out of scope. However, it's the only answer that actually provides support or (strengthens) the author's point of view.

A doesn't seem to have any relevant information to stengthen the argument.

(A) Smithtown University’s fund-raisers were successful in their contacts with potential donors who had never given before about as frequently as were fund-raisers for other universities in their contacts with such people. ~ basically, it's saying that the efforts to contact potential donors was about equal to that of other universities. Who cares if the effort is equal to another university/ What we would need to know to make this relevant is the actual effect of the other University so we have something to compare.

Maybe this is an experimental question?
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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2010, 06:17
no, i really dont think its A

(A) it says that S Uni's fund-raisers were successful in their contacts with donars who had never given before while those potential doners were also in contact with fund-raisers for other universities. so isnt it clear that fund raisers for Smithtown were more successful than those for other universities in persuading potential donars to donate for them??????? that means fund-raisers for Smithtown did put their effort into the action.. and this would weaken the original assumption that fund-raisers for S failed to canvass.

(C) I think C is correct bcuz it says that most donations came from people who had previously donated..and fund-raisers didnt really get in touch with them this time...so means donars' actions were not from the fund-raisers...and this would support the assumption above.

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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2010, 07:51
IMO C

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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2010, 09:13
How in the hell is it A and not C? I'm grossly confused on this one.
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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2010, 11:59
Is this an OG question? I am hard prressed to believe A is the answer. C seems to be the best choice.

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Re: CR - Smithtown (2 OAs, which one is correct?) [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2010, 12:31
Ian Stewart and tenamin,

Great explaination!

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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2010, 11:39
IMO A

Explanation -
Question asks for the option which strengthen the conclusion that fund raisers were not good at work

B, C, D, E actually weakens it by saying that fund raisers did a good job. Read them carefully
So A is the only option left

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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2010, 21:32
I will also go with C only.

Can someone explain here why the OA has to be A?
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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2010, 07:24
A, it was not easy though. It took me long time. Since I was not very happy with C I read all the options again.

Not C, because it is talking about some people (a very few perhaps) who donated without any canvassing efforts. 'Most' has been used to classify a group who donated last year--among those who donated the last and this year as well. This group could be big/small.

Why A even though it looks unlikely? Because of the argument: donation seekers have not canvassed enough. This would translate into them being average--at par with other universities.

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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2010, 09:57
HOW THE HECK CAN A BE THE OA? I TOTALLY DISAGREE
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Re: Smithtown University’s fund-raisers [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2010, 14:47
I got A.

The initial statement states that “the people most likely to donate are those who have donated in the past.” If we take that as true, then it is true for most universities. The argument is that in order for Smithtown to have done a good job, they would have had to increase their success rate with the people that have never donated before. Since they were only as “successful in their contacts with potential donors who had never given before” as other universities, they must have concentrated on the people that have donated before in order to do better than other universities.
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