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Wayland media keep up with the news

Release Date: Sept. 1, 2008

     Wayland has published a newspaper and a yearbook almost since her first year, but a few changes and lapses in publication have taken place over the century due to lean times.
      The newspaper was originally called the Jackrabbit, and the student publication started in 1921. In 1947, in keeping with then-President Dr. Bill Marshall's focus on international recruitment, the newspaper was changed to Wayland World.
      Just a few years later, in 1953, it became The Trail Blazer, introduced in a new tabloid size. The paper remains in publication today under that name as a working project of the department of mass communications.
      The school yearbook was first published in 1910 as The Traveler, a name that has stood for the century of Wayland's existence. From 1916-22, no book was published, apparently due to budget constraints. Then in the early 1930s, no yearbook was created again due to budget strains brought on by the Great Depression. In those years, the college distributed a scrapbook cover set with a seal on the front. Students could paste their own memorabilia and photos into the scrapbook and that sufficed as the yearbook.
      One official copy from 1931-32 remains in the Heritage Room, created by some WBU official as a record of the year. It features a scrapbook-type cover with typewritten pages and some photos pasted in place.
      Lucille Malone Bailey donated her 1931-32 scrapbook to the university a few decades back, and it remains in the archives as well.