From Mon. Oct. 18 until Wed. Nov. 3, the 2020-21 yearbooks will be distributed in a variety of places, depending on the day.
On Monday, they will be in the Edith Garland Dupré Library, Tuesday, the Evangeline Room in the Student Union, Wednesday, the Cypress Lake Plaza Table and on Thursday Moody Hall and Boucher Street Table.
The books will not be distributed on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
This is the first year that the books are able to be distributed in person since the beginning of the pandemic, which, according to Andre Broussard, the yearbook editor, is a lot more enjoyable than just dropping the books off at various buildings around campus.
“This year we’re lucky enough to be able to set up our locations in person around campus, whether it be on the street with tables or in the union or in various academic buildings on campus, we’re actually able to physically hand books to students,” Broussard said. “And it’s going great so far this week.”
Students seem to enjoy picking up the books as well because the books are being handed out quite quickly.
And if there are not enough yearbooks for every student to grab one during the two weeks, or they are unable to pick one up, there are two options for them.
“We like to keep around 300 books in the office just to have extra because people come later, years later and ask for books,” Broussard said. “So we’re trying to keep a few books in the office.”
However, students can also access digital copies of the yearbook online at any point.
“But, the books are available online as well. So, we do have the option for a physical copy and on our website we have a digital copy of the book,” Broussard said.
Yearbooks from the 2018-19 school year and the 2019-20 year are available on the L’Acadien Yearbook website as well as yearbook previews, glances into student life and times and dates for yearbook distribution.
The book from last year will be added sometime in the next two weeks, according to Broussard.
Older yearbooks can also be found on the internet archive dating from 2016 all the way until 1912.
In terms of putting the yearbook together, Broussard said that, while this year had its challenges, it was easier than the 2019-20 school year when the pandemic hit.
“We just couldn’t meet in person and have that one-on-one interaction,” he said.
He also added that it would have been impossible if it weren’t for Zoom and other forms of online communication.
Due to the pandemic as well, the staff was behind on coming up with a theme, among other things for the 2020-21 book. However, they are back on track for this coming year.
The theme for this book is Viral, both because of the pandemic and for things going viral online.
“We had to break out of just covering stuff on campus because a lot of things just weren’t happening,” Broussard said. “I am very proud of our staff that we were able to work through this and get it together because some of us weren’t even in Lafayette over the pandemic.”