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The 2014-2015 S.O. Board

By Seyed Fardin Nezami

“Being a budget delegate is hard work, but I’ve learned so much from being an active member in my community; I’ve learned about how to become a better advocate, I’ve learned more about how the system [local government] works, I’ve learned how to cooperate better with others, to deal with differences in opinions and ideas, I’ve achieved a better sense of community, and I’ve seen that I can do more than what I ever imagined,” said Malik Jackson, a senior at Cardozo, and a budget delegate for PBNYC representing Cardozo. “Being a budget delegate means to be a representative of who you're representing [Cardozo]; it means that you’re taking action, and you're advocating for

of March, voters ages 16 and older, who live in the community, can vote on how $1 million in public funds requested gets spent in the community. District 23 Councilman Mark Weprin is one of many in New York City and one of thousands around the world that have followed this new trend of more democracy, more accountability, and of better, more public decision making on how our tax dollars are spent. As a budget delegate, you have the decision making power of discussing and helping to propose project ideas that will help better the community, and you will be active in promoting next year’s participatory budget vote both in person and online. If you attend Cardozo, you and your parents are encouraged to be budget delegates, as long as you are 14 years of age or older and meet the qualifications. There are no prerequisites, other than your motivation, spirit, and time.

the interests of those who you represent [Cardozo], and that you are also encouraging active citizen participation in the decision of how they spend their hard earned tax dollars.” There will be an interest meeting in late September/ early October for those who are interested in becoming a budget delegate, however, details are up and coming and meetings and events are subject to change. A bit of advice to all who decide to join is to make sure you advocate, passionately and clearly; get the voters out, it matters! You are contributing to a decision that will impact the entire community, it’s a vote that’s worth more than $1 million dollars, talk to the leaders, talk to the decision makers, talk to the students, see what they need, and look deep into how we can improve Cardozo and elsewhere in the community with that kind of cash!

The 2014-2015 S.O. Board (from left to right): Vice President Mariana Clavijo, President Valentina Acquista, Vice President Sara Levine, Secretary Grace Russell, and Treasurer Diana Karapetian.

Students Making a Stink About the Bathroom Policy

By Franchesca Sampeur

When you gotta go, you gotta go; Right? This tends to be the general understanding when one must relieve oneself. However, the recent reimplementation of Cardozo’s bathroom policy has some restraints that students are not comfortable with. The rules consist of three important points; using the bathroom is not permitted during the first or last ten minutes of the period, students must present their I.D. card to restroom supervisor Victoria Lee or the school monitor on duty, and they must carry a pass from their classroom teacher. Principal Gerald Martori and Dean Monica Braunfeld explained the reason behind the reinforcement of these rules by stating that there were numerous problems occurring in the restrooms. Braunfeld pointed out graffiti as a lesser infraction among other explicit activity. Martori explained that there have been incidents involving smoking, fighting, and

improper use of time. He said that “during class we do have rules… we want our students to be in class.” By requiring proper identification and corresponding passes to confirm students whereabouts, it allows the staff to have a better understanding of who is utilizing the facilities. Although it has always existed, the policy was not strictly enforced until this past April. Being that the faculty’s stance on bathroom use was not stringent from the beginning of the year, Lee said that adjusting to this change was a “trying, hostile, angry time” among Cardozo students. The third floor bathrooms were available throughout the day before, whereas now only the first floor bathrooms are open to students. Martori went on to say that the third floor bathrooms were closed because they were less utilized than those on the main floor. He made the executive decision to have monitors in front of just the first floor

bathrooms in an effort to use resources more efficiently. Although some time has passed since the initial reinforcement, there is still a wide range of emotions from students. Some are strongly disconcerted such as one freshman who said, “I haven’t used the bathroom since the policy changed.” Senior, Monica Barclift, said, “It is very annoying and very tedious and just makes me not want to use the bathroom anymore.” She added, “I feel like they are trying to deprive us.” The policy doesn’t take certain circumstances into account. Some students complain that when they have gym class, they are not permitted to use the bathroom after class has started. Also, students who were taking the AP exams explained that when they when they were given a ten minute break and tried to use the restroom they were not allowed Continued on page 2... Photo by Jihan Ramroop

Would you like to make a difference in your community? If you answered yes, you might want to read ahead. Participatory Budgeting NYC, or simply PBNYC, is looking for young and active members of Cardozo to promote participatory budgeting in City Council District 23. Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. Over the past two years PBNYC has advocated and campaigned in District 23 to convince members of the community to vote on how their hard earned tax dollars are spent in bettering the community. Every year in the last week

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Volume 46 Issue 7



May 2014

The first floor bathroom during period 7.



Students Making a Stink About the Bathroom Policy By Franchesca Sampeur

Photo by Jihan Ramroop

The girls and boys bathroom on the first floor, open during 7th period.

Silence Speaks Volumes By Franchesca Sampeur

It has been said that silence is a person’s loudest cry. This paradoxical theory was used as a catalyst for the Day of Silence, “the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression,” explained A.P. of English Bonnie Messina. The National Day of Silence was created in 1966 and strives to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-gender (LGBT) bullying and harassment in schools. As a result of the tireless efforts of Cardozo’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), on April 11th Cardozo took part in the event. When it was brought to the attention of GSA President, Geornise White and Vice President, Thais Telesford, the best friends discussed the possibility of their club’s involvement. Previously, GSA was aware of the Day of Silence but did not publicize it; but this year, however, approximately 10% of the student body participated and these efforts have raised awareness for GSA and have contributed to its recent prosperity. Passionate supporter of GSA, Monica Barclift, said, “GSA did a fantastic job organizing the whole thing…

seeing so many people participate brought joy to my heart and made the whole process worthwhile.” In the days leading up to the event, Ms. Messina, advisor to GSA, composed an informative letter that disclosed the reasoning behind the initiative and encouraged students to participate. Telesford stated that the information on the event’s website,, “touched a lot of our hearts.” And when April 11 arrived,

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in because they did not have a pass or ID card. Lee was only trying to enforce the police, when a large group of students appeared to use the restrooms at the end of the period. When she realized where they were coming from, she “immediately opened the restrooms for them.” However there are also students that aren’t bothered by these changes. Mafanta Kheita said, “It doesn’t really matter.” She goes on to say that “People complain about it because of the fact that they need their IDs and a pass, but the only people who are really complaining are the ones who are too lazy to buy an ID.” Braunfeld said that the goals of the reestablished bathroom rules are to “adhere to proper school policy, whether administrative or Department of Education, and to maintain a certain degree of order in a crowded school.” Lee expounded upon this statement by adding that the bottom line is that it is a control issue; no one is supposed to be in the hall for extended periods of time without a specific destination,

hall pass, or proper identification. Lee has kept a keen eye on the bathroom activity as she spends five hours a day monitoring the lavatories. She is very adamant about the fact that students must have a pass and ID to utilize the facilities and Martori says that he has been working with Lee to ensure that the policy is still being followed. Despite the students’ initial discontent, Lee says that she has seen a great improvement in their compliance as well as the overall cleanliness of the bathrooms. Dean Braunfeld has also noticed some improvements. According to her observations, students now understand time restraints, the importance of using IDs and having a pass. Ultimately Braunfeld wanted students to understand that, with the exception of extenuating circumstances, use of “the bathroom is a privilege and not a right.” Rather, Martori articulated that students” have an opportunity to go when they need to.” He said that “we tell teachers to use their discretion” when permitting their students to use the restroom.

Cardozo students also felt the impact and challenges of the Day of Silence. Senior, Fareesha Ali said, “…Words are so powerful, and the fact that there are those that can’t express themselves in a country like America is a tragedy. Participating in the GSA’s national day of silence allowed me to experience what it’s like to not be able to be yourself.” On the morning of, members of the Gay-Straight Alliance presented participants with yellow slips of paper

explaining why they refrained from speaking. Not only did the slips help others to understand why their peers and friends did not engage in conversations with them, it also helped the participants to realize that their silence spoke volumes for those who are forced to conceal who they are on a daily basis. For garrulous students the experience proved to be quite challenging. GSA member, Nia Hilton admitted that it was very hard not to talk. Senior, David Grodenchik agreed, “I was physically pained by it because...I love to talk, but I did it anyway.” Despite student’s difficulties, there was a sense of camaraderie among those who chose to take a stand against the disenfranchisement of members of the LGBT community. According to, about 9 out of 10 LGBT students have reported being bullied in school as a result of their sexual orientation within the past year. However, Cardozo’s GSA is a family and its members are very protective of each other. Overall the event was a success among students and faculty. Messina said that teachers were so pleased with the diminished noise levels in their classes that they told her “you should do this every week!”

By Shannon Grey

Rigid guitar, projecting vocals and a room filled with energetic listeners, is what you could expect at Cardozo’s annual rock show, Dozopalooza. On Friday, April 4th the music room overflowed with anticipation and anxious performers, squeezing in any last minute critiques to guarantee an awesome show. After weeks of endless rehearsal and seaming together details, finally, the show was scheduled to begin at around 6:30p.m. 4 Second Attention Span gathered on stage all taking a place at their instruments with Mr. Goldman starring as the front man. They offered a twist of modern tunes and old classics that successfully show-cased the moving talents of Mr. Goldman and the rest of the band.

The most unforgettable act of the night would have to be Classy San Diego, who played a variety of classical Green Day that was nothing short from alive and radiant. They played so well, the audience sprung to their feet and roared in approval. The crowd was diverse with an abundance of proud parents and supporting fans. After, hours of continuous excitement and tunes, Your House closed the show with an upbeat and catchy performance. As the last couple of students and parents straggled behind, the silence of the auditorium resurfaced and carried a lingering ringing in your ear drum, leaving you with a bittersweet reminder of the madness and creativity that is, Dozopalooza.

Photo by Shannon Grey

Dozopalooza Doesn’t Disappoint

Vincent Cabreros warms up before the show, Dozopalooza, on Friday, April 4th.



Write On! at Salmagundi


By Fang Yi Shi

speaks out Hey Cardozo! I’m sorry to say that this, unfortunately, will be my last ever Verdict entry. To top off this wonderful school year we have had some awesome events. The second annual silent auction was a big hit, along with the fashion show that took place the same week. Our Spring Musical, “Young Frankenstein”, with talented students from chorus, play production, dance, and band was an awesome show. The Dance Concert on May 23rd was a full house and a definite crowd pleaser. Still to come, we have the Spring Music Concert on Friday, May 30. I hope to see all you guys at these events still to come. Thanks for making my senior year unforgettable, Cardozo! Good luck next year, and I’ll see you around in the years to come! -Annie Reeves

It has been said that writers are lonely angels that have fallen from the heavens of another realm. Writers are magicians, they create an imaginary world with their hands. They portray and illustrate vivid characters through flowery language. The destiny and fate of the people and the world are under the writers’ Salmagundi Fall 2013 issue in print and online. domination and manipulation. This constant shift thoughts and are willing to lisbetween dreamland and reality ten to their creative ideas about provoke the many feelings that the imaginary worlds they create. Therefore, budding young writers evoke in their readers. Writers need to find their writers at Cardozo join Salmapeers and collaborate with gundi, the creative writing club! Want to publish your poetthem in order to improve their ry? Want to find a peer to edit skills. Sometimes they seek colyour story? Want to hear more leagues who understand their

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creative stories from others? Salmagundi is the haven for the lost angels seeking a home. “The purpose of the club is to allow students to open up their creative side through writing and listening to the literary work of their peers. This club helps the students of Cardozo through sharing their personal work and receiving and giving constructive criticism amongst each other, ” president, Jill Diwankatera, proudly proclaimed. At every meeting, the members pick distinct and interesting topics to write about. After twenty minutes or so of writing time, members share their work. They each read their piece aloud, and other members give constructive advice and comments about the piece. As of now, Salmagundi has only published one issue. Diwankatera would expect to see her successors to do more to reform Salmagundi. Not many students are aware of the club. Unlike other volunteer clubs like Red Cross and Key Club, Salmagundi is more of a peaceful land for writers to gather together to weave a beautiful dream. Join Salmagundi if you like to write. It is a place to release your imagination, a place to escape reality for a brief moment and enjoy the realm removed from reality you establish yourself. Salmagundi meets Monday’s period 9 and 10 in B37. Check out salmagundi-dozo.webs. com for more information.

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I O H N S A O F F G 2 N 014 I R SP By Joanie Thompson and Kayla Sotomayor


ays are going by faster and the temperature is rising. Spring is here and you can see it flowing through the halls. As the summer months approach us, we notice all the traditional changes. Such as the returning leaves, the rainy days and the blooming flowers, but one change that is far from traditional is spring fashion. Surprisingly black and white is the new orange. These colors are appearing in all the 2014 spring fashion shows, including BCBG, Max Azraia, Rebecca Minkoff, and Imaxtree & Alessandro Lucioni spring collections. This trend was also featured in InStyle’s April issue. And the fashionable trend this spring/summer season is being overrun with pastel crop tops and solid color teaskirts. Teaskirts are A-line skirts that are midcalf length with several layers and heavy on the ruffles. Marc by Marc Jacobs 2014 Spring Collection includes black and white, accented with pastel accessories. He also incorporates two-piece pencil dresses and teaskirts in his sexy sporty spring theme. While all these items are on the high-fashion runways, you can purchase them at local retailers such as T.J. Maxx, Forever21, and H&M for less. You don’t have to spend a bag full of money to get the 2014 Spring look.


en’s Spring/Summer Fashion 2014 is filled with a lot of unique styles and colors that are bold and vibrant. Blazers are the in thing now whether they’re double breasted or with patch pockets. Pastel summer scarves and neon boat shoes co-exist in harmony. London’s Fashion Week Spring 2014 showcased nude toned trousers and shorts. Milan’s Fashion Week for spring showcased Chambray vests and bright colors underneath. All the vibrant colors together create an equal balance of this year’s fashion shows. Though these fashion shows display the expensive styles of international runways, you can still find them affordably in local stores. American Apparel has a great line that brings out the vibrant colors. H&M has affordable shorts/trousers for men in all the nude toned shades. Express has affordable blazers in plenty of different styles and don’t forget your local thrift stores where you can find unique items here. Spring is here, is your style in bloom?

So You Think You Can Dress? Cardozo’s Fabulous Fashion Show By Joanie Thompson


ights! Music! Werk it! The 2014 Cardozo Fashion Show, “So You Think You Can Dress?”, was held on Friday, May 2. The Fashion Show consisted of two acts and that included 10 scenes. They brought together all spectrums of the fashion world, from pastels and floral to fur and leather. ..While A.P. Guidance Sheila Clark was in charge of running the event; there were a total of 11 student directors. Thahley Ulysse, Raquel Rivera, Joslin Wang, Bianca Bathea, Alexandra Calderon, Joy Kim, Anduar Banegas, Melany Leon, Delroy Facey, Idris Lawal, and Joanie Thompson, who all came up with their own ideas for a featured scene at the event. With less than two weeks time (not including spring break), an open mind, a very assertive advisor, and about forty-five student models, they were able to bring their ideas to life. ..The fashion show opened with an accessory scene, which was directed by Ulysse. This specific

scene described how an outfit could come alive with the perfect accessory. There were also several other scenes that focused on ideas such as “Sweet Summer” directed by Thompson, which displayed summer attire, and “A Night In Paris” by Banegas that had a very sexy and expensive theme. There were several other scenes such as the “Circus de Soleil” by Rivera, “Pin-Up Girls” by Joslin W., “Dance Wars” by Calderon, and “BOHO Chic” by Kim, which presented the unique looks drawn from the bohemian and hippie style. Some of the more anticipated scenes were the “Black and White” and the “Hip Hop Past and Present”. The trends displayed were some of the same styles that are seen in today’s fashion. Another style seen on today’s national runway was shown in the “British Tea Party Meets Rock and Roll” directed by Leon and Banegas. The trends for the spring of 2014 are the pastel color and floral prints. They were not only showcased in our fashion show but fashion shows worldwide.

The trends for the spring of 2014 are pastel colors and floral prints.

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By Nia Canady

Everyone knows they’re man’s best friend, but there is more than meets the eye when it comes to owning a dog. In fact, studies show that taking ownership of a pet, such as a cat or a dog, actually helps teach owners responsibility, among other things. Mutt-i-grees, a non-profit organization that works with the North Shore Animal League was invited to Cardozo by pet enthusiast, English teacher Wendy Weiss. They brought their therapy dog Blue, a black Labrador, to promote the “social and emotional learning skills in students, with awareness of shelter animals.” “I noticed every face smiling with glee to see a dog in their school,” said Weiss. The goals of

the group include; finding homes for shelter animals, helping to care for abandoned animals and educating people about the process. Lauraine Merlini, a volunteer, said, “I adopted Blue when he was five years old, he wasn’t socially comfortable and didn’t even know how to play catch. However, through love and care, we were able to change his life, while he changed ours. Today, we take Blue to schools for demonstrations, she’s a therapy dog now.” While the main goal of the group is to promote the adoption of animals, there are other ways to help out if you cannot adopt. Alternatives include; helping walk dogs,

Photo submitted by Wendy Weiss

Who Let the Dog In?


Muttigree speaker adopted shelter dog, Blue, and Ms. Wendy Weiss.

participating in internships, and lending a hand at shelters. “It was fun, and informative. I got to learn things about

adopting dogs as well as, caring for dogs that I didn’t already know,” said senior Seth MacDonald.

Don’t Fret, Adopt a Pet

Photo submitted by Gina Dunay

By Melissa Schneider

Pets are perfect for any person who is willing to care for an animal and provide a happy and safe environment for the pet to feel comfortable and loved. Whether someone is two years old or eighty two years old, they will form a bond with their pet if they treat that animal with the kindness that it deserves. No matter what size, color, or breed the animal may be, they should all be treated with the same amount of respect. Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is one of the most rewarding experiences, and it is much cheaper than buying your pet from a store or a breeder. Even though a pet will give you joy and a lot of attention, you have to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages that come along with bringing a pet into your life. A pet is almost like having your own child because you have to feed, clean, and play with them to make sure they are healthy and happy in your home. Your parents might be able to walk your dog or clean the litter box for the cat, but it is truly up to you if you’re willing to put your all into caring for an animal. Gina Dunay has a dog, yet she is not the only one that takes care of her pet and she said, “I am the one that walks my dog and feeds her, but there are times when I am too lazy to get up and walk her so I tell my mom to do it instead.” She explains that, more often than not, teenagers are lazy, and they don’t take responsibility for their actions which leads the parents to take over the job. Some parents might not mind whether or not they walk or feed the animal, but a pet is a good way to become more mature and take care of a living animal without any help from your parents. Pets are also great for senior citizens because those that aren’t working might be bored at home without any children to take care of. Animals are very caring and can be helpful to elderly people that need companionship. Even though it is difficult to take care of a pet from grooming them, walking them, and paying attention to all of their wants and needs, it is a rewarding experience to know that you saved an animal from being alone. Isabel Obrusnik, who saved her dog from a shelter, said, “I knew that it would be difficult to take care of a puppy, but she was so cute and I knew that I had to give her a home and I haven’t regret the decision for three years.” Saving an animal from the shelter or even buying the animal from a pet store can be a life changing experience for not only that pet, but also for the owner and the rest of the household. The rewards of owning an animal will outweigh the responsibility that you must have to make sure the pet is happy and safe. Gina Dunay and her dog Cindy.

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Strange Fruits - we’re not talking about apples and oranges By Fang Yi Shi and Ishani Patel Rambutan:

An interesting looking fruit that looks like a furry strawberry from the outside and a lychee on the inside. It is native to South East Asia. The skin might be slightly hard, but it is easy to peel. Inside the fruit itself has a soft texture. It tastes slightly sweet, with a possible sour taste. It is soft, tender, and fleshy, and often compared to grapes. This fruit can be found in Asian supermarkets.

Dragon Fruit:

The fruit received its name from its appearance. The skin of this fruit is bright red, and is very similar to that of a dragon's skin. It can be cut open with a knife, and when it is peeled, the fruit inside is white with edible seeds. like those of a kiwi It is a cactus fruit that can be found throughout Asia. Dragon fruit has a slightly sweet taste containg large amounts of vitamins. It is crowned the Fruit King.


Melon: The melon has a thick, spiky yellow outer skin, with bright, green jelly-like flesh. The flesh is often compared with a banana, with the texture of the seedy part of a cucumber. It is native to Africa, but can be found now in Whole Food Market as well. Although it is expensive, it contains a lot of nutrients. The outer skin can be eaten as well; it is a good source of Vitamin C and fiber.

Tempt your pallet at Rolly Kimbab a deep green paint with lustrous stones, the earthy brown accents and wood tables give the overall experience a fresh feeling. Although the environment creates an artistic decor, the table layout lacks in actual tables. With only six tables that seat about four people, it’s a little The special set.

This fruit is encased in a lantern-like husk. The outside color is greenish crystal. It has a mild, refreshing acidy taste that is usually compared to a tomato. Native to America it is typically imported from South America. It can be found in many supermarkets, even online.


The large amounts of vitamins that Durian contains is similar to those of the Dragon Fruit. It hares the title king of fruits. Native to southeast Asia, this large fruit can be recognized by its thorn-covered husk and pungent odor, similar to the smell of gym socks or rotten onions. That may not sound appetizing, but for those who enjoy it, it's a thick slice of heaven. When refridgeerated, it tastes like ice cream.

By Dylan Wong bit of a squeeze if you find yourself in the middle of rush hour (i.e. ending of 9th or 10th period). The food is definitely worth a second, third, or fourth trip. Take out is convenient and filling, while sit down service may prove significantly slower. It may take some time to get a table and place an order and on top of that wait for the food to be prepared.

By Lauren Poon

Rolly Kimbab, one of the newer restaurants on Springfield Blvd, is definitely the place to satisfy your Korean cravings. Located near the Rite Aid, and next to the Laundromat, Rolly Kimbab pops out with its bright green awning and urban atmosphere. Rolly’s menu ranges from classic Korean dishes to new and unique combinations. Kimbab which is a popular Korean dish consisting of rice and other ingredients rolled in seaweed, is featured in many of the dishes. The comfortable and trendy environment of Rolly Kimbapb gives it an urban and young aura. While the walls give off


Rolly Kimbab is open from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m for you early birds. Aimed more towards the breakfast crowd, bagels and croissants with eggs, meats, and cheese are sold throughout the day. Don’t expect to have a full course meal at 9:30, the employees start to close up around then. Overall, Rolly Kimbab is a great place to get a good bang for your buck. The rice balls are definitely worth a try while the “Special/Couple Set” will easily fill you up. The wide variety of menu items encourages you to come back and try something different.

Past and Future Plans for New York Pavilion By William Lombardi ple movies like “Men in Black”, “Iron Man 2 “and “Flight of the Conchords”. The fair ran for three seasons, Spring, Summer and Fall. (April 22- October 18, 1964). In October 1965, many of the structures that were built for the fair were demolished, but the Unisphere still stands. Some of the iconic towers like the New York Pavilion may be in ruins now, but they were eye-popping structures when the fair opened. The New York State Pavilion was designed by architect Philip Johnson. It used to have a brightly colored fiberglass roof and an enormous map of New York State, made from more than 500 mosaic panels on the floor, called the “Tent of Tomorrow” back in 1964. The three tall towers at the pavilion measured 60 feet, 150 feet, and 226 feet. The tallest tower which was the highest point of the fair, was held as an observation deck. The two shorter towers were cafeterias. Visitors accessed this towers with a capsule elevator which is no longer working. When the Parks Department opened the Pavilion to the public on April 22, people had to wait on line for 3 to 5 hours to get in. They entered the

site through the east entrance where some background music like "It’s a Small World After All” and some songs by the Beatles playing. All visitors were required to wear a hard hat for protection, just in case any of the rusty structure fell apart. The whole space is empty now, there are no more mosaic panels left on the floor, due to mold. Only very few panels of Long Island were encapsulated in a wooden box for people to observe. It is like a modern ruin. The Pavilion is 50 years old, it was used only once for the World’s Fair and is not in use anymore. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation was considering tearing it down. It will cost around $14 million to demolish it. If they decide to keep the structure as a landmark, in otherwords ,do nothing to it, it can crumble any day due to the rusty condition. However, there is so talk of refurbishing it, which will cost around $43 million. "It costs $14 million dollars to tear it down, that $14 million dollars can go towards restoring instead,” said Paul Goldberger, Contributing Editor for Vanity Fair maga-

zine, who was at the front of the line. In a Facebook Event page he points out "If they repair it, it will definitely attract more people into our borough,” said an 81-year-old World's Fair attendee.

If you want to save the New York State Pavilion and help raising money towards refurbishing the pavilion, go to nyspproject. The pavilion was also opened to the public on May 18. Photo by William Lompardi

After 50 years of standing still, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation opened the New York State Pavilion to the public for three hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 22, 2014. There were more than 2,500 people waiting on line to to take a glimpse at what’s inside of the iconic Pavilion in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park. Many of those on the line were also 1964 World’s Fair attendees and return to find their memories. They were in there to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of 1964/1965 World’s Fair. The 1964-1965 World’s Fair in New York City was the third largest of it’s kind and one one of the largest to be in the United States. It occupied nearly a square mile of land. The fair’s theme was “Peace Through Understanding” and it was dedicated to “Man’s Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe”. The theme was symbolized by the Unisphere. The Unisphere is a 12 story high, stainless steel Earth like model. Queens residences can recognize it if they drive on the Grand Central Parkway, Van Wyck, and the Long Island Expressway. It has also been featured in multi-

New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows Park.


Murdering the English Language- or Nah? By Niamaya Canady

Slang, “It’s mad brick outside, my guy; I forgot my coat though, so YOLO lol -swag.” If you’re a part of the English speaking community, then chances are you’ve probably heard these slang expressions, or at the very least, a variation of them. Throughout the years people, from teachers to angry parents, have been up in arms about the use of slang and how it decrepitates the English language. Whenever I read articles online that go on and on about not using “wassup” in place of “what’s up?” I picture a retired English teacher with no life, in need of vengeance against today’s youth, sitting behind his ‘96 Mac, preaching. As an avid user of slang, the whole debate about whether or not to use it is in fact very silly. Who cares? Slang has been around as long as language itself, which simply won’t change. The counter-argument to my laissez-faire attitude about slang is typically; “But it affects how the children do in

school!” or “It isn’t proper!” No. Wrong. Uh-huh. The fact of the matter is, the kid who didn’t have half a mind to not include “Gatsby was such a pimp. He turned up like every single night,” in his English paper, probably wouldn’t have gotten that great of a grade anyway. The people that are most adamant against the usage of slang are mostly the older generation, what’s the matter Grandpa? If we’re not saying something is “the bees’ knees” then you probably don’t care, but I digress. As the older generations scolds the younger one for its use of slang, they continue to further alienate us from them. Slang, however, should not be in the same category as arbitrarily made-up words. For example, the word, ratchet. It may be a tool but it shouldn’t be used to mean that your friend is loud or obnoxious, for lack of a better description.

Modern slang also includes shorthand and acronyms. Short-hand, being the most efficient way to dictate notes. Teachers, students, secretaries, are technically, all users of socially acceptable slang. So, being criticized for using a term like ‘LOL’ is uncalled for. Besides, even Shakespeare used slang; he wrote in a Midsummer’s Night Dream, “An't please your majesty, a rascal that swaggered with me last night.” That’s right, Shakespeare invented the word swag. To quote, G. K. Chesterton, “The lower classes live in a state of war, a war of words. [...]Any cabman has to be ready with his tongue, as any gentleman of the last century had to be ready with his sword.” Words in this new age of technology have become a new form of weaponry, with slang at the front line. So, YOLO get ya slang on!

I’ve been to three out of the four ly one of the highlights of the show. She plays produced since I’ve entered Car- had a great connection with the audience, dozo as a freshman, and I can hon- and she stayed in character the whole estly say that “Young Frankenstein” time, especially when she had the chalwas by far the most entertaining. lenging task to speak in a British accent. This play was filled with an intriguing Diana Ebrahimi portrayed the character story line and impressive acting; the of Frau Blucher phenomenally, and she cast kept your eyes glued to the stage. really captured the audience’s attention One of my favorite parts was when Eliz- when she sang “He Vas My Boyfriend”. abeth (Kristen DiPietra) caught FrankenWhen DiPietra took the stage, I was exstein (Sanjay Shiwdas) under the sheets with his assistant Inga (Sorcha DeGennaro). Even though it might have been awkward for Shiwdas and DeGennaro to portray an intimate couple, they stayed in character; while being comical and believable. Shiwdas, was fully committed to Frederick Frankenstein’s nerdy and innocent characteristics. He had amazing chemistry with his yodeling lab assistant. The bookcase/candlestick scene was another one of my personal favorites, and they kept the audience laughing the whole time. Jasmin Rodriguez played the Dr. Frankenstein and his crew create the monster. role of Igor, and she was definite-

pecting a comical presence, based on her past performances. And, she did an amazing job as Elizabeth, Frankenstein’s fiancé. She really knew how to play up her character’s dramatic side, and she kept the audience laughing the whole time. The monster, played by Johnathan Tadlock, was quite entertaining as well. Even though his character didn’t have many speaking parts, he was a crucial part to the plot. The band pulled off a successful performance, complementing the actors on stage with flawless melodies that filled the room. And the set, put together by Todd DeGennaro, was extraordinary. There were rotating secret doors, staircases, and flashing lights. Every scene revealed an unexpected surprise, which added to the show’s success. Even though there were a few technical difficulties with the lighting and sound, they didn’t take away from the great performance.


JURY BOX What’s the dumbest word you’ve ever heard? Compiled by Janet Uchendu and Anika Rahman

“Buttah, it sounds like butter and what is the intention? It sounds like they’re saying you look like a stick of butter.” Heather Mallory, Junior

“Young Frankenstein”, Frightfully Entertaining By Melissa Schneider

“Stanley. It’s the weirdest word because it’s weird to me and it pops out to me , I don’t know why.” David Yi, Junior

Photo by Melissa Ellis

“Moist, because eww!!” Christopher Shaw, Senior

‘Hold It’ and Weep! By Janet Uchendu

As most of you know, Cardozo has implemented a stricter bathroom policy. The policy requires the students to use only the first floor bathroom, 10 minutes after each period begins up until 10 minutes before the period ends; this part is nothing new. However, now, to enter the bathroom, students must not only have an orange pass, given to them by their teachers, but also their student IDs. Although, this system has been in use for a while, problems have been occurring because it is too late in the year to try and reinforce this policy. The main reason for the sudden change seems to be that school authorities want to maintain control over the students, and what is going on in the bathrooms. After the implementation of the new bathroom policies, there have been concerns about how long this “temporary” policy will last.

As a fellow Cardozo student, I completely understand why these rules are being enforced. With all the frantic activity in the girls’ and boys’ bathrooms, reinforcement was necessary. But, has it created a whole new problem? With the implementation of this new policy, Cardozo is basically just telling us to “hold it”. More chaos was created due to long lines of students urgently waiting to enter the bathrooms and being disrespectful to the bathroom aides. The deans were constantly getting called to the bathrooms and students were continuously getting sent to the deans because they couldn’t “hold it” or didn’t have either a hall pass or an I.D. I have even seen Mr. Martori himself standing outside the bathroom making sure everything is running smoothly. It is never encouraged that students disrespect the faculty, but

when you have an emergency, logic is the last thing on your mind. If a student with no pass or ID has to go to the bathroom, they will find a way in. I have personally not seen a change in bathroom behavior, just less commotion in the hallways because now students have a harder time cutting class to loiter in the bathrooms. The bathrooms are still just as dirty, and being restrained from entering before showing your hall pass and I.D. card is just annoying. On the other hand, we are in a school building where we are expected to follow the rules. And, at the end of the day, it is a control issue which is necessary in such a crowded school. So, if the administrators feel this policy is showing “improvement” then I guess we will have to just “hold it”.

“Thot, because it is a made up word.” Carline Jean, Junior

“Onomatopoeia. When I first heard it in English I thought it was a spice and it turns out it’s a literary element. Oops!” Samantha Sanchez, Junior


Baseball Team Advances to the Playoffs Girls Lacrosse Makes History By Jihan Ramroop

By Seth MacDonald

The baseball team has had a fantastic season so far. Their record currently stands at 15-1. Yeah, that’s right, they only have one loss. The team is led by our three team captains: John Martini, Christopher Campbell, and Keith Rodgers. Coach Ronald Gorecki said, the word synergy defines our team this year.” This team has out scored all of their opponents by a combined score of 146-29. That number is remarkable. The Judges are just dominating whenever they play. They are hard to go up against clearly as shown with their record for this year, but also in the past three seasons the Judges have a combined record of 50-3. “We play together as a team. We help each other, and our team captains are responsible for that,” said Gorecki. It has been a terrific season so far there is no doubt about that. However, there is much work to be done as the

team looks to capture the city championship. The Judges only have a few regular season games remaining on the schedule. Their season is about to come to a close and hopefully they will go deep into the playoffs. “We have a really good team, we have great chemistry,” senior Joseph Legare said, “The main reason for that is we have a very balanced combination of hitting and pitching, everyone seems to gel together.” That is the case as long as they keep their grove the team will be unstoppable in the playoffs for the PSAL championship. “The best part of our season thus far would have to be the Flushing Tournament. That tournament we won with a walk off hit. It was really special, the team did a fantastic job of coming together,” said Legare. Photo by Jonathan Yang

The air was chilly, and the sky a white gray, as the girls varsity lacrosse team started their play against Stuyvesant on Thursday, May 8th. Both teams stood poised on Cardozo’s field, ready for the start of the game. The ball went up in the air and all went well until Stuyvesant scored the first goal causing their team members to erupt in ecstatic shouts. In blue skorts, the opposing team, the Huskies, ran the field, backed by the cheers of their other members while the Judges dodged and played a solid defense. Stuyvesant’s shouts came to a stop when junior Sherry Li scored the first Cardozo goal. From there on, the weather seemed long forgotten as the Judges and the Huskies continued scoring making it 7-3 by the end of the first half. Amidst the sticks clashing and cool air, the two referees blew their whistles throughout, stopping the sometimes fierce girls from making penalties. The second half of the game resumed and the Judges beat the Huskies by 193. It was a well-played game with strong defense backed by both teams. But in the end, the Cardozo girls got the win, making them the first girls in Cardozo’s history to win the division. Co-captain, Annie Reeves said, “We

start working hard from January where the other teams start when the season starts around March, so we’re out here in like 20 degree weather running and conditioning…doing whatever we can do get better.” For the last two games played home, the Judges beat Beach Channel/Channel View High School with a 16-4 on Monday, May 5th. “We were pretty confident because we beat them once before and we were just ready to play and ready to win,” said Reeves, a midfielder. Their next win was on Wednesday, May 5th, when they defeated Hunter College High School by 7 points with the score 11-3. Coach Decicco said to the girls, “You deserve it. Nobody works as hard as you do. Nobody goes out in the cold like you guys go out. It’s 20 degrees outside, [and] we’re outside… get what you deserve, get what’s owed to you.” This is the first time the girls lacrosse were in the PSAL playoffs. On Tuesday, May 13th, the PSAL quarter-finals took place with Cardozo winning by nine goals against James Madison High School. The semi-final was on Thursday, May 15. The Judges lost by one goal to Curtis High School but, it was great season with a total of 4 losses and 9 wins. Photo by Jihan Ramroop

The baseball team awaits in their home dugout to face their opponent.

New Table Tennis Team Opens with Great Start

By Lauren Poon

nize this league,” said Glasel. Since the season started in the spring, the team has been a great success. They are currently second place after Bronx Science with a 7-1 standing. Having no city-wide ranked players, the team is doing tremendously well. They only expect to get better and to become the second most popular sport of the PSAL next to basketball. When asked what makes his team special, Glasel promptly responded, “They’re the first.” Photo by Lauren Poon

Tony Chu serves to opponent.

Brief NFL Draft Recap By Seth MacDonald Photos: Creative Commons

After much anticipation, Cardozo’s increasingly popular Ping Pong Club has become an official team of the PSAL. The team is the first of its kind, and is spinning to great beginnings. For years, Joshua Glasel (the coach, and club advisor) and the students wanted very much to compete outside of room 157. They wished to form the first high school table tennis league in the United States. “I asked two different heads of the athletic department … it was not possible. Then the PSAL came to us to orga-

Girls lacrosse team throwing the ball around their opponents, as they capture the Division Title.

Geno Smith

Eli Manning

The Jets spent their first round pick on a safety from Louisville named Calvin Pryor. This pick was a much needed step to improving their struggling secondary, which ranked 22nd against the pass last season. Their second round pick was a great one, they drafted a huge tight end Jace Amaro who is 6’6 and 260 lbs. This will definitely help improve their tight end position, which they pretty much got nothing out of last year. Their third round was a shocker, the Jets took a Cornerback named Dexter McDougle. This pick was strange because players who are injured much of their senior year do not get picked as quickly as McDougle. Overall Gang Green had a great draft, their first three picks all ad- d r e s s e d major needs on their team. The Giants selected wide out Odell Beckham Jr. with their 12th overall selection in round one. This was a solid pick by the Giants as it also added some more wide receiver debt since they lost wide out Hakeem Nicks to the Colts. The next round they took Center Weston Richburg out of Louisville, which will provide some offensive line help. In the third round of the draft they took Defensive tackle Jay Bromley out of Syracuse. The Giants need a pass rush which they did not have last year. They were 21st in the league in sacks which is not very good. Hopefully, these first few picks will make a difference for Big Blue.

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