Communication lapse leaves a few out of loop on yearbooks

By Kaia Arthur

The yearbook committee will distribute the 2006-07 yearbook this week. Though the books will arrive on time according to the student organization’s plans, some students expected them earlier and have not yet received information on their delivery.This fall, the organization disintegrated after Deborah Heller ’07, an editor who held a prominent leadership role, graduated and no one stepped up to fill the position.
Marlene Delgado ’09 and Molly Brookfield ’09, two of the publication’s co-editors, remained to distribute yearbooks on campus this winter.

Of the approximately 200 students who ordered yearbooks, only 13 are still at Macalester. These students say that the yearbook officers have not contacted them about delivery dates since last year.

“I don’t know anything about what is going on with them. I have received no information about how to pick it up or what is happening with them whatsoever,” Laura Burton ’08 said.

Some students assumed they would receive their yearbooks at the end of the spring 2007 semester, but Heller said that students were informed that they would be distributed this semester.

Kristin Riegel ’10, The Mac Weekly’s associate features editor, decided to buy a yearbook after she heard that the organization was struggling with sales. She was under the impression that she would receive her yearbook at the end of the spring semester. When she had not gotten her book, she e-mailed Associate Director of Campus Programs Allison Greenlee.

“I met with [Greenlee] in September and asked her to look into the status of the yearbooks,” Riegel said. “If she wasn’t able to find out what happened to the yearbooks, then I asked that she have MCSG refund my money.”

“She said she would look into it and I didn’t hear from her again,” Riegel said.

Heller maintained that any expectations of an earlier delivery were misunderstandings.

“The yearbooks are on schedule. They’ll probably be out by the time this article is published,” Heller said. Delgado confirmed that the publisher had shipped them Nov. 30.

“People not getting the books isn’t a problem because they weren’t supposed to receive them yet anyways,” Delgado said.
“Molly and I are in charge of distributing the yearbooks, but we’re not sure exactly how that is going to work. Hopefully we’ll get them this week, so that everyone can get their copy.