Video produced by Victor Ma. Photos by Sean Gorden-Loebl.
Stuyvesant High School’s Building with Books club held its fourth annual Pie-a-Teacher fundraising event after school on Thursday, January 8 in the cafeteria. The event was originally supposed to take place December 22, 2008, but was postponed because Principal Stanley Teitel wanted to use the cafeteria on that day. “I needed the student cafeteria for the faculty,” Teitel said. According to Teitel, the faculty had gathered in the cafeteria “to have a little food together.”
“There wasn’t any other location to serve food that can hold the faculty,” Teitel said. “[The event] really just moved four school days.”
Teitel had notified history teacher and faculty advisor for the Building with Books club Brad Badgley of the changed date a week before December 22, the day the event would have taken place. When asked about how the club initially responded to the changed date, junior and Vice President of Fundraising of the Building with Books club Nisa Beceriklisoy said, “We asked [Assistant Principal Organization Randi] Damesek what was going on. There really wasn’t much we could do.”
Club members were upset about the postponement at first, but realized its benefits. “I’m a little angry, but it does give us more time,” Beceriklisoy said at the time. “I feel like they told us we had the room first and it really isn’t fair.”
“It was just really last-minute,” senior and President of the Building with Books club Elizabeth Kelman said. “We sort of got over it.”
Teachers who signed up to be pied did not mind the postponement. “As long as I am given enough heads up, it doesn’t bother me,” Jaishankar said. Jaishankar was notified of the changed date on December 17, 2008.
“It works out better. I think [the club] could sell it now as a chance to release frustrations out before finals,” Badgley said at the time. “We’ll get more people.”