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Penn State Yearbook Continues To Encapsulate Student Life

There’s so much to say about Penn State. The beautiful landscape, the passion that goes into every event, and the love that brings us Nittany Lions together.

Despite the school year lasting just 270 days, being a Penn Stater is forever. Since its inception in 1890, Penn State’s yearbook, La Vie, has been committed to encapsulating the Penn State experience and all it entails.

Editor-in-chief Jack Wilder is putting all hands on deck to make sure La Vie continues to be commemorated not only in the current year but years to come.

“I’ve poured so much time, blood, sweat, and tears into this club,” Wilder said. “I want to try and preserve as much of it as I can, providing the experience that I had here to future generations of Penn Staters.”

La Vie hit a rough patch in 2020 when organizations were put on pause due to the pandemic. Now, Wilder and his staffers are trying to bring the yearbook back and better than ever.

“We’re committed to preserving the history of this school that we all love so much, and more importantly we want to include you in the book,” Wilder said.

As senior portrait sign-ups are starting again for the 2024 graduating class, Wilder wants La Vie to become a household name again — representing each and every part of student life.

“We want to include everyone we possibly can,” Wilder said. “Every student organization, every facet of Greek life, we want to have all of the graduating seniors.”

Unlike most things in life, the yearbook is static, which shows the true development Penn State has made since its start in 1890. Wilder believes there is something truly special in seeing how the campus has changed, grown, and developed over time.

Divided into sports, organizations, Greek Life, and of course, senior portraits, everyone has the opportunity to share their experience. Whether you have group photos from your organization or want to be represented in the senior portraits, the yearbook is here for you.

La Vie recently got approval to email graduating seniors, which not only gives La Vie a channel to share its mission but will hopefully increase student involvement.

“I’d really like to see the yearbook reassert itself as the monumental journalistic publication that it is,” Wilder said.

Bonnie Blackman, a Penn State alumna, helped make the yearbook possible. Having worked on La Vie’s staff as a student herself, Blackman has a passion for the yearbook and is committed to helping the yearbook survive.

“Bonnie is the heart of the yearbook,” Wilder said. “She saw the dire situation we were in, [she] wanted to do something good and give back to the university that gave her so many opportunities.”

To ensure all organizations are covered in the yearbook, Wilder urges organizations to send group photos with a description to [email protected].

“I really want to revitalize it, it’s an important service to this university,” Wilder said.

La Vie is also accepting new members with open arms. Whether your interest lies in photography, writing, graphic design, or the yearbook in general, you can contact La Vie on Twitter and Instagram.

“This year, the yearbook is on a fantastic foot,” Wilder said. “We can really connect with the people that make Penn State Penn State.”

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Alexandra Pepe

Alex is a senior from New Canaan, CT, pursuing the Master's of Accounting program and minoring in journalism. She spends most of her free time with friends, watching "Curb Your Enthusiasm", or trying to figure out the buses. Her favorite things are getting breakfast sandwiches on a Sunday morning, listening to new music, and... writing for OS, of course! She can be reached through her email [email protected].

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