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Shooting in Hesston leaves three casualties

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
March 21
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The happenings in a town of less than 4,000 do not usually make national news. On Feb. 25 in Hesston, Kan., tragedy struck when Cedric Ford showed up at Excel Industries, his workplace, armed with an automatic pistol and an assault rifle. Police first responded when they received reports that a man...

Consumer Science Club teaches real-life skills

Consumer Science Club teaches real-life skills

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
March 14
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

When sophomore Miranda Meyer stepped off the plane in Washington D.C. last July, she was ready for the challenges awaiting her. As the first Free State students to ever qualify for the National Leadership Conference, Meyer and her partner spent four days competing, meeting leadership students ...

Farming, the Aeneid, truth-or-dare find place in foreign language

Farming, the Aeneid, truth-or-dare find place in foreign language

Lauren Brittain, Reporter
March 7
Filed under Briefs, Health and Lifestyle, Top Stories

Juggling an essay for English, flashcards for french and 10 sentences to write for her Spanish 4 class, junior Audra Nepstad often considers screaming. She keeps confusing Spanish subjunctive endings with French conjugations. Her head hurts, and she wants to give up for the night. “I...

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump lead Kansas Caucus polls

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
February 29
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Saturday, March 5 is the presidential caucus for Kansas. Persons who are 18 or will be 18 come November can caucus this year, meaning many Free State seniors can caucus. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are still in the running for the Democratic party and Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, J...

Students share their cultures at annual Diversity Assembly

Students share their cultures at annual Diversity Assembly

Elizabeth Patton, Social Media Editor
February 12
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

On January 28th, Free State gathered for a Diversity Assembly to accompany the activities of diversity week, spanning January 25th-29th. The assembly included dances from many cultures, a step team performance and poems read by students. The diversity assembly strives to help educate students about...

Senior leaves America for new life in Germany

Senior leaves America for new life in Germany

Elizabeth Patton, Social Media Editor
February 4
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While most seniors’ adventures will begin after graduation, Abigale Williams’ started January 6. The December graduate departed for Germany, where she will live with friends of her family for the next four months. “I have all my credits done, I have straight As, I just want to go out and rea...

Clubs aims to create a sense of community

Clubs aims to create a sense of community

Allie Knapp and Trenna Soderling
February 3
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  Sophomore Haley Glover arrives to her zero hour class of nine, hoping to unite the school. Glover, an active participant in Renaissance Committee, is dedicated to making her school the best it can be through multiple strategies. “We do a lot of things,” Glover said. “We recognize outstandi...

College and Career Center introduces principles, projects, pig heads to upperclassmen

Jackson Barton
February 1
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Something’s different in senior David Parscale’s route to school: Parscale is headed for the southeast side of town, closer to Haskell University, instead of the northwest. Like all students there, Parscale spends three hours of each weekday at the Lawrence College and Career Center. Parscale...

Students, staff advocate for inclusive bathrooms

Evan Frook, Reporter
January 6
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Genderfluid freshman Nathan Russell is often forced to avoid the women’s restroom until it empties. Russell faces ridicule in the women’s restroom and feels unable to use the men’s. The building has six single-occupancy restrooms: one in the nurse’s office, one near the gym and four locked in ...

Students, teachers push back on use of online textbooks

Students, teachers push back on use of online textbooks

Lauren Brittain, Copy Editor
December 16
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Junior Luke Winchester logs out of Cengage.com. He attempts to log in again. He shuts down his laptop and considers throwing it at the wall. The AP Chemistry digital textbook website is malfunctioning again, and Winchester is not surprised. “I think [online textbooks are] great if I...

Former U.S. President discusses the importance of cooperation

Former U.S. President discusses the importance of cooperation

Maame Britwum, Online Editor
December 15
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On Nov. 23 former President Bill Clinton accepted the 2015 Dole Leadership Prize in front of over 2,000 people at the Lied Center. Clinton, who has been to Lawrence once before in 2004 to speak at the first Dole Lecture Series, was honored for his bipartisanship during his two terms as pr...

Students react to redesigned SAT and its changes

Students react to redesigned SAT and its changes

Juna Murao, Reporter
December 15
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“Clairvoyant,” “ephemeral” and “fraught” are some words that junior Katie Lane may never come across outside the SAT test. However, changes will take place for the SAT in March 2016. One of the alterations is the elimination of vocabulary words without context and the addition of m...

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