Yearbooks allow students to look back at their favorite memories from school, whether it be high school or college. It provides a tool to help jog the memory or show younger generations what the good old days were like.
According to Drakepedia, a website similar to Wikipedia but centered around Drake University, students have lacked this tool since 1994.
Drakepedia claims that Drake’s yearbook, the Quax, was discontinued due to lack of interest. No one applied as the editor-in-chief in 1996. In November of that year, The Times-Delphic announced that the Quax was no longer in print.
This did not come as a surprise to Drake students. According to Drakepedia, the Quax had not been published in the past two years due to finances.
Without a yearbook, how are people going to look at the past? That’s where the Internet comes in hand. Cowles Library has set up a program where anyone can look up a Quax from the past on an online database and find anything they need.
Bart Schmidt, Drake’s Digital Projects Librarian, said that, “It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good if you’re trying to find a specific thing. “It’s probably more of an interest for people who used to go here.”
Any alumni in need of a blast from the past can simply log on and find what they were looking for in seconds.
“It’s not as much fun to browse, but it’s easy to search for something specific,” Schmidt said.
Students appear to be on board if the opportunity to start the yearbook up again presented itself. Senior Annelise Tarnowski, who is president of the Student Alumni Association, is helping to bring this idea to life. It’s not an entire yearbook, it’s called the Bulldog Book.
“New this year, we’re printing out a whole new Bulldog Book that comes out for seniors only. It’s kind of a look back on your four years at Drake. It’s just saying ‘do you remember these things,’ ‘make sure you try out these things if you haven’t done them already yet,’” Tarnowski said.
Tarnowski said that in years past the Student Alumni Association had tried giving the Bulldog Book out to first-years as a way to showcase all the different traditions they could participate in at Drake. However, the students ended up throwing them away.
Tarnowski sees the negatives of not having a physical yearbook though.
“Students might not be aware of parts of campus that they’re not apart of. So something a yearbook can do is show you people who are a part of clubs that you never even knew existed,” Tarnowski said.
Now students, faculty and alumni have two options: look online for the past, or look into the Bulldog Book for the future. Either way, a piece of Drake can be found, and they both bring the past into view.
To visit the Quax database online, go to ww.lib.drake.edu/heritage.