By Amanda Swart, Contributing Writer
Students at UMF are working on bringing the Yearbook Club back to campus after not having been successfully established since 2009. Although there have been numerous attempts to sustain a club since 2004, the presence of the Yearbook Club never seems to stay alive according to UMF junior Amanda Dwyer.
Dwyer, who works organizing clubs, knows a lot about what it takes to create a club on campus. “First you have to write a constitution with Student Senate,” Dwyer said. “Student Senate then has to decide whether they will approve you or not.” If you are approved you then have to attend fiscal training in order for the club to receive a budget.
Sophomore history major, Anthony Blasi, is currently working to re-establish the club. According to Blasi, he originally became interested in the idea of a yearbook club when he found an old yearbook left in his house from the previous owner. “I knew they had one here before and it seemed a shame they didn’t have one now,” Blasi said. “It seems like a great way to help students get involved here on campus.”
Although the yearbook may prove to be a lot of hard work, Blasi is up to the challenge. “Creating a yearbook is a lot of work and not many people want to put in the time and effort, especially when there is so much else going on in people’s lives.” Blasi was therefore pleasantly surprised when 20 people asked to be contacted with more information at the club fair last week.
Blasi has a lot of plans for when the club becomes official, although producing a yearbook is unlikely for this year. He wants to handle the organizational tasks first, such as recruiting members and becoming familiar with all the necessary steps needed to create the product. Blasi speaking on behalf of the club says, “We want to take the first year to focus on figuring everything out so that we can send out a yearbook next year.”
UMF seems to have successfully put out a yearbook every year from the 1970’s until 2004, according to Dwyer, and then again in 2009, but there has not been one since. Blasi believes that it could be because of the high number of clubs on campus and the decline of student involvement.
Having a yearbook on campus would be new to nearly all current students. One student who wished to remain anonymous added, “I think a yearbook would be cool to have for future generations to see how campus life was; however, I would have to see the price before I decided to buy one.”
Blasi will hear soon from Student Senate on the officiality of the club and if approved, will be starting meetings right away. Yearbook Club will be open to anyone who wishes to join.