University of Pittsburgh
October 4, 2006

Pitt to Hold Debate on Smoking Ban Oct. 6

William Pitt Debating Union to debate British National Debating Team
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH--The University of Pittsburgh Department of Communication will host an international public debate between the William Pitt Debating Union (WPDU) and the British National Debating Team. The subject of the debate will be the Allegheny County smoking ban; it will take place at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Room 144, Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

Pitt debaters John Rief and Carly Woods comprise the opposition team; Gavin Illsley and Fraser Campbell, both Oxford University students, will be the proposition team.

The WPDU is a Pitt student organization involved in a wide range of debating activities, including two-person intercollegiate policy debate, international parliamentary debate, and various forms of public debate. One of the oldest organizations of its kind in the nation, WPDU is housed in Pitt's Department of Communication.

Pitt is one of the stops on the British National Debate Team's U.S. tour; the National Communication Association is sponsoring the tour.

The Pitt debate is free and open to the public; audience questions are encouraged. For more information, contact Peg Chalus at

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