Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
When students read one of this Monday’s Reserved Students Digests, they may have seen an advertisement for an organization that hasn’t surfaced much for the past couple years: the Halcyon, the yearbook of this very college, which only seniors have ever seen published.
There has been little official talk of the fate of the 2007 yearbook, let alone its long-lost sibling of 2006. The Halcyon website on the SCCS servers states, “All students receive a copy of The Halcyon for free for all four years.” Unless you happen to be a freshman, then, you’ve been had.
Reparations appear to be on the way, however. Giannina Esquivel, current manager of the Student Budget Committee, assured the Gazette that the issues with the Halcyon are currently under control. The 2006 Halcyon was sent out to members of that year’s senior class in June, while the 2007 edition should be completed and sent out within the semester.
If you are worried about receiving your own copy of the 2006 Halcyon, fear not: SBC currently has the copies for campus and will be distributing them as soon as possible. Members of the class of 2007 may have more trouble receiving the 2006 Halcyon they are owed, as finding the money to ship them out may be a difficulty.
As for why the Halcyon has been delayed so long, Esquivel blames a series of unfortunate blunders. Each year, a crew of editors, some of whom stay around during the summer months in order to include graduation in that year’s Halcyon, draft proofs of the yearbook and send them out to Jostens, a Minneapolis business that produces commemorative items such as class rings, yearbooks, and the like. Apparently several of those proofs were lost on one end or another, and lack of direct supervision over the Halcyon editors allowed certain deadlines to slide.
Esquivel is confident that there won’t be a repeat of past mistakes. A new position has been created to “act as a go-between” for Jostens and the student editors, and the editing positions themselves have been broken up to allow for a more equal division of work and “a sort of checks and balances system.” “It’s a new system,” Esquivel told the Gazette, “so I hope it will improve the Halcyon and that there will be no delays this year.”