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Letter to the editor

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013

Updated: Thursday, February 14, 2013 00:02

In a recent Parthenon article, “The 1.7%; The Misrepresentation of the Marshall Student Body,” it is asserted by the author that the Marshall University Student Government Association failed to represent more than 1.7% of Marshall’s students when it passed a tobacco-free campus resolution earlier this year. The article claims that in order for the Assessment Day Survey data to be use, the survey would need to include at least 1,000 students to be an accurate sampling of Marshall’s 14,000-14,500 students. However, according to Penn State University, a sample size of 390 people is an accurate sample size for a body of 15,000 with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of +/-5%. Similarly, the publication Conducting Survey Research in the Social Science, by Isadore Newman and Keith A. McNeil states that 311 people would make for an accurate sample size with the same confidence interval and the same margin of error.

Student Government strives daily to serve the best interest of the students, but it becomes extremely difficult to get each opinion. The data collected on this issue, comprising an accurate sample size, gave us a clear directive, and we acted. Your Voice, Our Actions.

-Adam Fridley, SGA Chief of Staff

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