For the first time since 1887, students at the University of Virginia won’t have a hardcover memento of their college years: The school founded by Thomas Jefferson has become the latest to decide there’s no place for the traditional yearbook in the age of Facebook.
The student publishers of “Corks and Curls” decided to scrap this year’s edition because they didn’t have the money—an edition can cost more than $100,000—or the student demand. Student apathy and the financial realities of publishing makes the chance of reviving it slim, editor Michelle Burch said.
The Charlottesville, Va., university joins higher-education institutions such as Purdue, Mississippi State, and Old Dominion that no longer publish yearbooks as more students share memories through social-networking web sites.
“You have campuses now where students are less connected to the campus itself, and are not participating in the traditional types of activities,” said Logan Aimone, executive director of Associated Collegiate Press, a Minneapolis-based organization that advises student media outlets.
“People are getting more accustomed to instant documentation, but what they’re losing is permanent documentation.”
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