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There is no question that the potential of Cardozo, a law school that was only founded less than a quarter century ago and is quickly closing in on the first tier of the U.S. News & World Report rankings, is limitless. However, behind a lavish curtain of past, present and future achievements lies the suffocating relationship between a university and a law school that in reality stand much further than eight miles apart. Certainly, no one is suggesting that complete self-determination is in the best interests of Cardozo. The law school’s affiliation with Yeshiva University has many significant benefits, including Cardozo’s existence in an entire community of higher learning. Nonetheless, even with these vast benefits, the current Yeshiva-Cardozo relationship places the law school in an overly dependent position to the university. For example, every time an administrative or maintenance task needs to be performed, the law school must first seek approval from the university before the task can be carried out. This micromanagement arrangement with Yeshiva is simply unacceptable. The lifestyles and cultures of the law school and the unversity are too different at almost every level for the university to decide the fate of the law school, especially with respect to necessities. It is true that the Brookdale Center is owned by Yeshiva, and we are all very greatful that the university is permitting us to use it. However, the university must understand that what a law school requires is not equivalent to what the university requires. And, no, we can’t just live with things like below-par library facilties. Why is it that throughout the entire summer renovation only took place in three classrooms? Why weren’t the air conditioning and heating systems corrected, like they were supposed to be? Why is the drilling in the library eighth floor ceiling only commencing now, just in time for students’ return? Why will the old library furniture not be replaced? Why is Doug Gilbertson no longer at Cardozo? Cardozo needs enough sovereignty to decide which daily maintenance tasks need attention, which library improvements should be undertaken, and which administrators are worth keeping. The renovation process, as it is currently planned, is two or more years long. Why will it take so long? And what is the construction going to cost? What kind of spending is the university prepared to make for this planned lavishness of limited renovation? Well, at least this will be my last year at Cardozo. As it is now, it’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live here. Having said that, I’m going to Irish Car Bomb myself to sleep.

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