Resurrecting a Tulane Tradition

November 1, 2003

Bryan Cole, <i>Hullabaloo</i> assistant news editor

For the first time since 1995, Tulane University students will be able to remember their college experience through a yearbook, thanks to recent steps taken by a group of undergraduates. The Tulane Jambalaya, as the yearbook is called, has met twice in the past two weeks to select editors and prepare for the task of putting together a yearbook from scratch.

As of now, an entire editorial board has been selected and planning for a 2004 edition has begun. Joe Boros, Tulane College sophomore, won the position of editor-in-chief. Boros's high school experiences qualified him for this position, in the eyes of the selection committee. Boros recognizes the difficulties faced by himself and his staff.

"Starting up from scratch is going to be the biggest problem," Boros said. "We don't have a location, we don't have equipment, we don't have a ready-made staff--we need as much help as we possibly could have."

Help is going to come in the form of student staff members committed to the idea of a yearbook for the Tulane University student body. Newcomb College senior and yearbook organizer Liz Singreen joined with Boros and multiple other students in organizing the initiative to jumpstart the yearbook production on campus.

"I saw other people's yearbooks and it made me really jealous," Singreen, recently named associate photography editor for the publication, said. "I was tired of not having anything to show my friends from high school on breaks."

The Jambalaya was last published eight years ago, but because of problems with what past organizers call excessive costs and inefficient distribution, production was stopped. To help solve these problems, Tel Bailliet, director of student media and publications, met with a publishing firm who planned to manage the process for Tulane, relieving the staff of what she described as an enormous burden.

"Basically, the marketing and the distribution and the selling of the book is so unbelievably difficult that that's what drowned The Jambalaya," Bailliet said. "That's the part that Taylor Publishing Co. has come in to help us with. That makes it more feasible."

Before the yearbook ceased production, it was available for $60 apiece to all Tulane students. It contained information on student life, Tulane athletics, the community surrounding Tulane and the major events throughout the year. With the prospect of its return, some students are excited, seeing its development as a necessity to the Tulane community.

"We need a yearbook," Tulane College junior Jason Horn said. "It's stupid that we didn't have one, just like it's stupid that we didn't have a marching band." Others, such as Tulane College freshman David Welch, are wary of how extensive the book can actually be. "There are so many topics that they wouldn't cover any of the ones that would make it worth reading," he said.

Despite the differing opinions of the student body, though, most individuals on The Jambalaya's staff are optimistic about the upcoming year, including Boros. "I expect a lot of craziness ' a lot of hours put in to getting things running. And I also expect success," he said. "I expect that we will be successful in bringing back a publication that the Tulane community will want to be coming back every year."

A contract still needs to be signed with the publishing company, but work on the yearbook has already begun.

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