For the first time in its history, the Arbutus yearbook is suspending publication, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The financial and logistical uncertainties created by the pandemic would make it difficult to produce the Arbutus. Rather than risk stopping production during the year, the decision was made to suspend publication and resume in the 2021-22 school year.
“The Arbutus is an important part of student media and I’m as disappointed as anyone that we’ve had to suspend its publishing this year,” IDS Editor-in-Chief Jacob deCastro said. “While I look forward to its return in future years, the entire IDS staff is committed to preserving the events, people and history of this academic year.”
The first edition of the Arbutus was published in 1894. The yearbook has gone on to receive numerous awards, including 12 Pacemakers and “Best in Show" at the fall 2019 ACP and CMA National College Media Convention.
"The Arbutus yearbook has a long, decorated tradition at Indiana University,” Director of Student Media Jim Rodenbush said. “For 126 years, it has helped tell the story of life on campus and been a vital learning tool and source of wonderful memories for countless students."