Why is everyone talking about the yearbook?
The 100th edition of Hickman’s Cresset was released this week; its theme was ‘rekewperate’ and a day after its release was nearly recalled and reprinted.
Following the theme, the book features a multitude of recreations of iconic photographs and paintings such as ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper,’ the album cover for the Beatles’ Abbey Road, and the ‘American Gothic’ using students as the subjects of each piece.
“We thought with the whole ‘re’ idea that we strung throughout that book and Internet fads such as ‘Throwback Thursday’ that recreating all those pictures was pretty relevant to this school year,” senior editor-in-chief of the Cresset Susan Jenn said.
The rights to the photos which were not available to the public had to be purchased by the staff.
In a year where the school also saw a refurbished schedule, changing from their traditional one to a modified version of Rock Bridge’s block scheduling, the addition of a new gymnasium, and the recovery of many of Hickman’s athletic programs after sitting in the Bruin’s shadows in recent years; the theme playing off of the word ‘recuperate’ seemed appropriate.
What was not appropriate, however, was the last name change of senior Raigan Mastain on page 270, the page that featured the StuGov club’s photo, as well as the index. After the electronic file was corrected and indexed, a staff member changed the last name to ‘masturbate’ and saved over the file prepared for the printer.
“I think we trust student judgment all the time, and this time the judgment was misplaced,” Principal Tracey Conrad said. “I feel really sorry for the student who was a victim of such judgment. It’s not the Kewpie way.”
“Although this clearly wasn’t the ideal outcome for the book, I’m not too upset with it,” Mastain said. “The speed with which the administration worked to combat the issue with the student who made the change helped in easing the negativity of the situation. Although I’m extremely disappointed, I just hope that the book’s merits are revered as highly as this frivolous mistake. I’m beyond proud of the way the book turned out, in spite of this small bump in the road.”
Yearbook adviser Kim Acopolis agreed.
“What happened to Raigan is inexcusable,” Acopolis said. “But, I have to tell you, this is one of my favorite books for many reasons. The editorial staff worked with real world media companies when we sought the proper permission to print the original photos, and it was a great exercise in press law, copyright, and public domain. The cover is gorgeous, the writing is stellar, and they truly sought to cover subjects that would reflect their generation. I hope, soon, people take notice of those things.”
The staff member responsible was arrested with felony charges. The original order of 700 books cost $41,000 to print. Highly adhesive stickers with the correct names were placed on the effected pages of the books that had already been handed out. Members of the yearbook staff spent yesterday putting the stickers on books that had not been picked up.
Some students, who already had their books, became dismissive of orders to bring them to the main office to have their books altered. Students who complied received a free Hickman keychain as compensation.
Before the name change had been noticed the book had received high praise from many.
“It really sucks that this is how this book is going to be remembered,” senior staff member and humor editor Cole Brendel said. “This book took a lot out of the people who had to push at the end to finish it, but we were really satisfied with the end result. I just hope people associate this issue with the quality of the content and not the immaturity of one person.”