The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 239
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allocated by the fees committee for the yearbook. The committee
wanted the yearbook to be completely self-sufficient, according to
Farr. "It was not possible at the college level. I don't think a marketing
genius could have broken even." Farr said. "That was the year (1974)
the book won All-American for its first time. The kids on the staff
decided to go all the way and they were great, but the students just
weren't buying it. Yearbooks have never been a big thing on the
"I hated to see the book go," Farr said. "We really didn't need a
yearbook though. It was a great teaching tool. Most of the students
from the staff made it big after graduation. I don't think it was
because of the yearbook itself, but it may have been the experience
they gained from it." she said.
After a seven year absence, the University Union decided to com-
mit funds for the yearbook in 1982. The yearbook had found a new
home. It no longer had any affiliation with the Journalism department.
It was now a part of the Union. The job of yearbook advisor went
along with the position of Assistant Director of the Union. Lindsay
Keffer had held the position for eight years.
Besides relocating, the yearbook also changed its name. The Yucca
became the Aerie. The editor of the first Aerie felt that he would be
unable to produce a book like the Yucca. It would not be the
traditional thick yearbook every9one was used to. Approximately 300
copies of the 1982 Aerie were purchased, according to Keffer.
The name Aerie, according to the Webster Dictionary, is "the nest
of a bird (as in an eagle or hawk) on a cliff or mountaintop." Keffer
said the name was agreed upon because the eagle was beginning to
reappear throughout the university. "The aerie is the place where all
eagles begin and end." Keffer said.
"I'm thrilled to see a yearbook back at NT. Nothing else has a
complete pictorial history of the school year," Keffer said.
The Aerie had strived to be as superior as the Yucca. It was a long
struggle, but in 1987 the Aerie received third place for best overall
yearbook at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Conference.
Thirteen other awards were won by various staff members for their
abilities in writing, photography and layout designs.
The sales figures jumped from 300 copies sold in 1982 to 2800
copies sold in 1988. The cost of the 1990 book was $23. This was paid
by students through optional student service fees.
Yearbooks have played an important role in the university. "It
allows graduates to keep a small part of the university with them all
the time. It also allows students who work on the book the opportu-
nity to learn so many different things," Keffer said.
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