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!