The importance of yearbooks

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The TCU yearbook, The Horned Frog, encourages students to take photos in order to preserve the history and tradition of the university; however, student enthusiasm is low.

Approximately 1,000 students purchased last year’s edition of The Horned Frog, according to Student Affairs Publication Coordinator Mallory Odom.

Senior Caleb Ellison said that his mom had to repeatedly remind him to go and get his yearbook photo taken. Sophomore Amanda Duncan said she doesn’t feel the need to purchase a yearbook at all.

“I don’t really want to pay for a huge yearbook when I only know a handful of people,” said Duncan. “I feel like social media has documented so much of my time in college that I don’t really need a yearbook.”

Social media has allowed students to stay in touch with their peers well beyond graduation. However, Odom said she still believes in the power of the physical, historical record that a yearbook embodies.

“Social media and technology may change, but a book is permanent,” Odom said.

The yearbook covers all student events ranging from Greek life to other organizations, giving students plenty of opportunities to be featured.

Last year, about 2,200 students took yearbook photos with the majority of them being first-year and fourth-year students, according to Odom.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take their yearbook photos during the select photo days held in the east entrance of the Mary Couts Burnett Library. Seniors may take portraits in a cap and gown.

“Some people think that we reuse photos and use I.D. photos, and we don’t,” Odom said.

Sophomore Kelly Augustine said she would get a yearbook picture taken but she doesn’t have the time.

The yearbook photo days are held during each semester from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the east entrance of the Mary Couts Burnett Library. The spring semester photo dates will be Feb. 18 through Feb. 22.