The core mission of California State University Fresno is teaching and research. When cuts to the CSUF budget are necessary, every item in the budget that is not directly related to the core mission should be considered for reduction first. Arbitrary budget distinctions like Level A and Level B funds or auxiliary spending cannot be used to divert attention from the basic principle that should be guiding us: cuts to the classroom and research as a LAST RESORT. Instead, over the last few years we have seen draconian budget decisions in the area of the core mission: faculty layoffs and furloughs, student fee increases, reduction in course offerings, larger class sizes, consolidation of programs, reduction of enrollment and more. At the same time many less essential areas of the budget continue to receive full or substantial funding: administration, administrative salaries, auxiliary activities, athletics, C-SALT, TILT, Red Balloon, etc.