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# Struthers College has built its reputation for academic

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Struthers College has built its reputation for academic excellence largely on significant contributions from wealthy alumni who are avid fans of the school’s football team. Although the team has won more national championships over the years than any other team in its division, this year it did not even win the division title, and so Struthers College can expect to see a decline in alumni contributions next year.

The above argument relies on which of the following assumptions about Struthers College?

(A) The college’s reputation for academic excellence depends on the performance of its football team.
(B) Contributions from alumni are needed for the college to produce a winning football team.
(C) Some Struthers alumni contribute to the college because they enjoy seeing its football team win.
(D) The college’s football team will continue its losing streak next year.
(E) As a group, the college’s alumni will have at least as much discretionary money to give away next year as this year.
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01 Oct 2012, 10:24
Clear C.

Given, College gets significant contribution from rich Alumni, who are fans of foot ball team.
The team had done very good before, but did not win last year.
Conclusion : this year college may see decline in contribution.

The missing link is, rich alumni contribute to college funs because they like watching the football team win.
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26 Nov 2013, 19:59
Lets Negate Option C

No Alumni contribute because the team wins.

this means that Alumni always contribute whether team wins or loses. This directly contradicts the conclusion. Therefore C is is the answer.
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03 Oct 2014, 02:26
piyatiwari wrote:
Clear C.

Given, College gets significant contribution from rich Alumni, who are fans of foot ball team.
The team had done very good before, but did not win last year.
Conclusion : this year college may see decline in contribution.

The missing link is, rich alumni contribute to college funs because they like watching the football team win.

Why is D incorrect ? If we negate option D i think then the conclusion breaks down .
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04 Oct 2014, 12:12
The conclusion is about a expected decline in the contributions next year since the football team is losing this year.
If we negate option D, we get that the team will not continue its losing streak next year meaning that it will win next year. Hence this destroys the conclusion about the expected decline.

Where am i going wrong in this explanation ?
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13 Feb 2016, 19:59
vmdce129907 wrote:
Struthers College has built its reputation for academic excellence largely on significant contributions from wealthy alumni who are avid fans of the school’s football team. Although the team has won more national championships over the years than any other team in its division, this year it did not even win the division title, and so Struthers College can expect to see a decline in alumni contributions next year.

The above argument relies on which of the following assumptions about Struthers College?

(A) The college’s reputation for academic excellence depends on the performance of its football team.
(B) Contributions from alumni are needed for the college to produce a winning football team.
(C) Some Struthers alumni contribute to the college because they enjoy seeing its football team win.
(D) The college’s football team will continue its losing streak next year.
(E) As a group, the college’s alumni will have at least as much discretionary money to give away next year as this year.

I have wrongly chosen 'E'...Experts pls explain how C is a correct and E is wrong...

Thanks,
A
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14 Feb 2016, 08:33
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ArunpriyanJ wrote:

I have wrongly chosen 'E'...Experts pls explain how C is a correct and E is wrong...

Thanks,
A

Lets highlight the conclusion in the stem:
Struthers College has built its reputation for academic excellence largely on significant contributions from wealthy alumni who are avid fans of the school’s football team. Although the team has won more national championships over the years than any other team in its division, this year it did not even win the division title, and

so

Struthers College can expect to see a decline in alumni contributions next year.

Since we need find assumption, we need to find an missing link that would solidify the conclusion and say YES ! The alumni contribution is going to be less next year.
How can confirm that ?Lets first analyze the data
What is the data in hand about the team ? The team has done poorly this year. but earlier ? It has always been the top team pulling out great performance
What is the data in hand about alumni ? They are fan of the team so far. That means they were fans when the team was continuously winning .
This year the team fumbled. If the a large proportion alumni loose interest in the team now , then those dishearten fans from alumni will not contribute to college
And hence we can confirm that alumni contribution is going to tumble

Now lets look at C
Some Struthers alumni contribute to the college because they enjoy seeing its football team win.
-If they only contribute because they enjoy seeing their college team winning , then dishearten by its poor performance this year they will be reluctant to contribute
Therefore it confirms our little analysis before

(E) As a group, the college’s alumni will have at least as much discretionary money to give away next year as this year.
If this is true ? they will contribute
If this is false ? they will not contribute.
Fine ! but does it touch the conclusion any way ? is it confirming - Because the team did not perform well , alumni will not contribute ?
Nooo. Had it been false,It would say- Because they do not have money they will not contribute.
Since it is not touching the conclusion , it is not the answer.
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03 Jun 2018, 05:51
The college’s football team lost this year.
Therefore, alumni contributions are about to decrease.
But this argument depends on a cause-and-effect link between the football team’s performance and the level of alumni contributions, doesn’t it? In other words, it assumes that the alumni who contribute to the college are motivated to do so (at least to some extent) by their interest in the football team and its success. The correct response is (C).
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04 Sep 2018, 20:12
vmdce129907 wrote:
Struthers College has built its reputation for academic excellence largely on significant contributions from wealthy alumni who are avid fans of the school’s football team. Although the team has won more national championships over the years than any other team in its division, this year it did not even win the division title, and so Struthers College can expect to see a decline in alumni contributions next year.

The above argument relies on which of the following assumptions about Struthers College?

(A) The college’s reputation for academic excellence depends on the performance of its football team.
(B) Contributions from alumni are needed for the college to produce a winning football team.
(C) Some Struthers alumni contribute to the college because they enjoy seeing its football team win.
(D) The college’s football team will continue its losing streak next year.
(E) As a group, the college’s alumni will have at least as much discretionary money to give away next year as this year.

Why is A wrong? when it says reputation ..... largely on significant contributions from wealthy alum....who are avid fans of the football team....
Re: Struthers College has built its reputation for academic   [#permalink] 04 Sep 2018, 20:12
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