Likely No Printed Yearbook This Year

Due to the high cost of producing the yearbook and the low purchase rate, there will be no yearbook this year.

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For more information about why this decision was made, check out this post in the WSA archives by Ben Firke ’12 and Saul Carlin ’09.

Update 10/10 5:05 PM: We’ve been getting a few questions about the yearbook, so I wanted to provide a little more context as to why this decision was made. After a low purchase rate in previous years, the WSA yearbook staff created an amazing and more comprehensive yearbook last year.  They worked very hard to get the word out, but unfortunately the purchase rate was still not high enough to make it a sustainable use of the student body’s money.

A huge sum was spent on the yearbook to benefit only a small portion of the student body who purchased them. As there is always a higher demand for money from the SBC than there is money to give, the WSA concluded after considerable discussion that funding more student group activities, which can benefit the Wesleyan community as a whole, is a more prudent use of this money.

Many WSA members spoke out in support of the yearbook and proposed ways it could be improved, such as putting it online or having the project be managed by other departments who are better equipped to do so. We will continue to pursue these options.

36 thoughts on “Likely No Printed Yearbook This Year

  1. Trevor

    What about making DVD yearbooks? My school has been doing them for a couple years and they only cost students like $20, I’m sure they only cost the school about $1 to produce. We do ours through yearbookalive.com, but there’s tons of companies out there that do this kind of thing. Check it out.

  2. Trevor

    What about making DVD yearbooks? My school has been doing them for a couple years and they only cost students like $20, I’m sure they only cost the school about $1 to produce. We do ours through yearbookalive.com, but there’s tons of companies out there that do this kind of thing. Check it out.

  3. Trevor

    What about making DVD yearbooks? My school has been doing them for a couple years and they only cost students like $20, I’m sure they only cost the school about $1 to produce. We do ours through yearbookalive.com, but there’s tons of companies out there that do this kind of thing. Check it out.

  4. h

    Well for those of you who keep making the stupid argument about the cover not being good enough, you should know that the cover was actually changed in the end….

  5. h

    Well for those of you who keep making the stupid argument about the cover not being good enough, you should know that the cover was actually changed in the end….

  6. h

    Well for those of you who keep making the stupid argument about the cover not being good enough, you should know that the cover was actually changed in the end….

  7. '09

    Um… the ’09 yearbook was a piece of crap. If they can’t get people with actual artistic sense (and not the high-school kind) then they just shouldn’t have one. It’s that easy.

  8. '09

    Um… the ’09 yearbook was a piece of crap. If they can’t get people with actual artistic sense (and not the high-school kind) then they just shouldn’t have one. It’s that easy.

  9. '09

    Um… the ’09 yearbook was a piece of crap. If they can’t get people with actual artistic sense (and not the high-school kind) then they just shouldn’t have one. It’s that easy.

  10. qqqq

    WHO CARES?!?!?! EVERYTHING IS DIGITAL! ALSO YEARBOOKS ARE FOR HIGHSCHOOL- JUST MADE A DIGITAL VERSION YRBK INSTEAD!

    ALSO stop requiring me to share my “name” and “email”

  11. qqqq

    WHO CARES?!?!?! EVERYTHING IS DIGITAL! ALSO YEARBOOKS ARE FOR HIGHSCHOOL- JUST MADE A DIGITAL VERSION YRBK INSTEAD!

    ALSO stop requiring me to share my “name” and “email”

  12. qqqq

    WHO CARES?!?!?! EVERYTHING IS DIGITAL! ALSO YEARBOOKS ARE FOR HIGHSCHOOL- JUST MADE A DIGITAL VERSION YRBK INSTEAD!

    ALSO stop requiring me to share my “name” and “email”

  13. ...

    I bet they’d be able to sell more if they managed to have a cover that didn’t suck balls. I know a number of people who didn’t get last years just because of this.

  14. ...

    I bet they’d be able to sell more if they managed to have a cover that didn’t suck balls. I know a number of people who didn’t get last years just because of this.

  15. ...

    I bet they’d be able to sell more if they managed to have a cover that didn’t suck balls. I know a number of people who didn’t get last years just because of this.

  16. Printing Yearbooks

    There are high, up-front fixed costs associated with producing a yearbook that are incurred whether 10 or 1000 are purchased. Printing fewer books does not really save much money.

  17. Printing Yearbooks

    There are high, up-front fixed costs associated with producing a yearbook that are incurred whether 10 or 1000 are purchased. Printing fewer books does not really save much money.

  18. Printing Yearbooks

    There are high, up-front fixed costs associated with producing a yearbook that are incurred whether 10 or 1000 are purchased. Printing fewer books does not really save much money.

  19. anonymous

    “i’m sure this is a dumb suggestion in some way that i don’t understand because it seems so obvious, but can’t they just print fewer yearbooks? like only enough for the small (apparently) amount of people that normally buy them?”

    that’s what they do, silly. you can’t get a yearbook unless you pay for it. but the price is subsidized so that people actually buy it.

  20. anonymous

    “i’m sure this is a dumb suggestion in some way that i don’t understand because it seems so obvious, but can’t they just print fewer yearbooks? like only enough for the small (apparently) amount of people that normally buy them?”

    that’s what they do, silly. you can’t get a yearbook unless you pay for it. but the price is subsidized so that people actually buy it.

  21. anonymous

    “i’m sure this is a dumb suggestion in some way that i don’t understand because it seems so obvious, but can’t they just print fewer yearbooks? like only enough for the small (apparently) amount of people that normally buy them?”

    that’s what they do, silly. you can’t get a yearbook unless you pay for it. but the price is subsidized so that people actually buy it.

  22. anonymous

    i’m sure this is a dumb suggestion in some way that i don’t understand because it seems so obvious, but can’t they just print fewer yearbooks? like only enough for the small (apparently) amount of people that normally buy them?

  23. anonymous

    i’m sure this is a dumb suggestion in some way that i don’t understand because it seems so obvious, but can’t they just print fewer yearbooks? like only enough for the small (apparently) amount of people that normally buy them?

  24. anonymous

    i’m sure this is a dumb suggestion in some way that i don’t understand because it seems so obvious, but can’t they just print fewer yearbooks? like only enough for the small (apparently) amount of people that normally buy them?

  25. anonymous

    well considering that student groups can always use more funding i think this makes a lot of sense

  26. anonymous

    well considering that student groups can always use more funding i think this makes a lot of sense

  27. anonymous

    well considering that student groups can always use more funding i think this makes a lot of sense

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