Thank you all for your generous contributions! We have exceeded our fundraising goals and should be able to provide excellent opportunities for the hard-working undergraduates of the WPDU. You should be receiving a more personalized "Thank You" message shortly, but I wanted to show our appreciation here as well!
The debate team staff has just been informed that the budget will be slightly reduced next year. This move does not effect the debate team alone, but rather is a university-wide reduction. The reduction is not large, but given the stagnation of our funding over the last twenty years, it comes on top of inflation and rising costs, and is therefore significant. Like many student-oriented activities at public schools across the country, we are relying on our friends and supporters to maintain the quality of our service to undergraduates, graduate students, the University of Pittsburgh, and the broader community in which we live. Public argument has never been more important--any help at all is both a material contribution and an important signal!
Our Fall Semester competitions are over. The first half of the year has been very successful for our students. Maddie Dennison and Carter Levinson have cleared at three tournaments and reached the quarterfinals at Liberty, a very fine performance for this team! Luisa Cusick and Rahul Ramanna along with Henry Ferolie and Lenny Brahin have also reached elimination rounds. The teams of Mu'az Abdul-Aziz and Ryan Katz and Russell Krizan and Jake Lee have also had a good showing. Everyone is excited for next semester and working hard--we have a dedicated team and the Winter Break is an important opportunity. With District Seven qualifiers coming up, we're striving for the NDT and greatly appreciative of your support so far. Hail to Pitt!
Everyone starts somewhere. $25 buys flow paper for one of our teams.
You remember the stock issues...well, most of the time. $50 pays for about one round of judging at the NDT.
You've learned all there is to learn about debate...or so you tell your coaches. $100 pays the participant fee for one student at the NDT.
Your word is final...and your friends appreciate the vote. $250 should cover a plane ticket for one student to the NDT.
You're the backbone of the debating union, whether you're preparing new arguments or fetching everything the students forgot in their last competition room. $500 covers the registration fee for one team, including a coach.
You herd the cats and put out fires, sustained by nothing but coffee and commitment to public deliberation. $1000 is the estimated total cost for one student attending the NDT.
You are what every starry-eyed novice hopes to become, the pinnacle of debate achievement. A $2,500 buys our plane tickets to the NDT and helps guarantee the future of the team. For $1,000,000, we might rename the debating union after you.