Tuesday was a big day for Mallory Luney, editor-in-chief of the Kaw yearbook.
She tried to play it cool, knowing that something could come up that would change the plans of the day. But by lunchtime she had given up trying to focus.
“I can’t get anything done till they’re here,” she finally admitted to herself. Soon after, 500 copies of the Kaw were delivered to the Student Media office, lower level, Memorial Union.
Luney, a junior exercise physiology major from LeRoy, Kan., took over as top editor of the 2012-2013 edition of the Kaw in April. Work on that edition, volume 108, finished in August. Now, she’s busy planning for the 2013-2014 book.
Student Media Advisor Regina Cassell said the latest edition of the Kaw departs from previous volumes in two significant ways. First, it is the first full color yearbook produced by Washburn University. In past years, some pages were printed in color while most were in black and white. Second, it includes the entire academic year. Because of changing to fall delivery, Cassell said, it includes on-campus events and activities through May. That includes graduation. In the past, supplements were produced that included events and activities that happened after the publication deadline.
Anyone who pre-ordered a copy of the Kaw is welcome to pick it up at Student Media. Others can purchase a copy from the office for $15, or $20 to also receive a Dr. Farley figurine with a nodding head.
Luney, who worked on her high school year book as well, said she learned a lot last year and is excited to make this year’s edition of the Kaw great.
There are just four staffers right now and she is actively recruiting.
“We have training,” she said. “We’re willing to work with anybody.”
Those interested in joining the Kaw staff are encouraged to stop by the Student Media office, lower level, Memorial Union or email yearbook staff. Training for all positions is provided and staff members are paid. Luney said experience with Adobe InDesign or experience on high school yearbook staff are preferred.