Students can expect to have their copy of the 2017 edition of The Potpourri by the end of this month. In addition to the 277-page book, yearbook staff are working on a magazine to give to new students starting at the first Freshman Connection session in May.
The Potpourri Editor-in-Chief Ashleigh Wright said the magazine’s goal is to not only introduce freshmen to The Potpourri but also to give them useful information about NSU and the community they will soon be a part of.
“This year’s staff is very excited to be the first to do something like this,” Wright said. “I personally consider [the magazine] part of my legacy as a student media leader, and I hope that The Potpourri editor and staff who come behind me will make this a new, annual tradition for years to come.”
Staff Writer and PR Manager Kierstin Richter hopes the magazine will portray NSU as a student-friendly environment without coming across as a business brochure.
“I want them to see the personality of our student population through that and actually be interested,” Richter said.
Producing their first-ever magazine, The Potpourri staff, regardless of position, have taken ownership of content in a way they were unable to during the book’s production due to time restraints. This includes the writing, photography and design of each story.
Staff members agree it has been a challenge to create a cohesive package for the magazine when each person has their own ideas about design styles.
“My style of designing the pages is probably a lot different than other people,” Richter said. “Some people like the really traditional purple and orange look everywhere, and then I personally like something that looks a little bit more modern and different.”
“Giving people an idea of what they need to be creating is going to help a lot,” Wright said.
As for the yearbook, Wright believes students will notice efforts put forth by staff to make them feel as if they are a part of the book and the history it documents. The addition of an index and captions identifying people in photos are just a couple of improvements not always present in yearbooks.
“We wanted it to be something that students could have a tangible connection to,” Wright said. “We incorporated their handwriting, so if a student came to our PR event [on Feb. 1], they can physically open the book, and they will see their handwriting inside the book.”