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Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer resigns

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
September 8
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On the 12th of August Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer announced his resignation. This was two days after he stepped down as executive director of Just Food, a nonprofit food bank. Elizabeth Keever has replaced Farmer as interim executive director of the program and former City Commission member Mike A...

New journalism editors discuss plans for improvement

Ryan Liston, Reporter
May 4
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Next year, the journalism publications (newspaper, online and yearbook) will be combining staffs, the senior editors from this year will be entering college, and new editors will be filling their positions. Before that happens, here are all of the new editors’ plans for improving the staff and working...

Humanities club celebrates the arts

Evan Frook, Reporter
May 1
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Humanities Club stemmed from a simple coincidence. Sophomore Lila Alvarado was reading “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and the author Margaret Atwood was visiting Lawrence in early February. Interested in attending Atwood’s talk, Alvarado met with English teacher Kylee Wright. The discussion became...

Peyton Townsend’s sketch turns into a stand against Brownback’s policies

Peyton Townsend’s sketch turns into a stand against Brownback’s policies

Maame Britwum, Editor-in-Chief
May 1
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When senior Peyton Townsend heard about the cuts Governor Sam Brownback was enacting on the education budget, she was upset. Instead of sitting on her anger, Townsend did something about it: she created a ‘Brownbackistan’ design. “I was inspired by that sticker it says ‘Kansas not Brownbakistan’....

Seniors chosen as Lawrence Journal World’s “Academic All-Stars”

Libby Stanford, Reporter
April 29
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For the 18th year in a row, the Lawrence Journal World announced their Academic All Stars. This program highlights some of the highest achieving high school seniors from Lawrence and surrounding areas. Among these 26 individuals were Free State seniors Jack Ziegler and Sophie Westbrook. Both Zieg...

Organic grocery store moves in across the street

Organic grocery store moves in across the street

Maria Carrasco, Managing Editor
April 29
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Senior Andrea Coleman goes out to eat for lunch almost every day, frequenting Starbucks, Subway and Chipotle.  Meanwhile, junior Christina Craig brings her organic lunch from home. While both students have different eating habits, both are interested in the new natural grocery store being built across...

Current Events: SAE racial chant, Germanwings plane crash, Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Lauren Brittain, Reporter
April 7
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Fraternity SAE shut down for racist chant University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter was shut down due to the release of a viral video of fraternity members chanting racial slurs to the tune of “She’ll Be Comin Round the Mountain.” The video released on March 8 revealed students pumpin...

Free State students go abroad over spring break

Free State students go abroad over spring break

Maame Britwum, Reporter
April 1
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As she was drifting down the Seine River on a boat tour of Paris she couldn't take her eyes off the breathtaking view of the glimmering lights on the Eiffel Tower at night. Over spring break junior Di Xie went on a class trip to Rome, Pompeii and Paris. Xie chose to go on the trip to immerse herself...

Students take a stand against rape culture

Students take a stand against rape culture

Maame Britwum, Reporter
March 15
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When junior Becca Moran started hearing and seeing the rampant effects of rape culture, she and her friends decided to do something about it. Moran’s brainchild helped create Youth Against Rape Culture Club (YARC) as a way to spread awareness of what rape culture is along with advocating for a decrease...

Junior shares story of aneurysm, support

Junior shares story of aneurysm, support

Maria Carrasco, Print Managing Editor
March 11
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It began with light headaches that became so severe junior Thor Lyche found it difficult to walk or stand. It finally became intolerable on Dec. 21, and Thor’s mother took him to get a CAT scan at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was immediately transferred to the University of Kansas Medical Center...

Five e-readers available for check out

Five e-readers available for check out

Maame Britwum, Reporter
March 10
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When sophomore William Lenz checked out a Kindle from the school library, he was able to use it with ease. “It’s really simple, really easy to use,” Lenz said. “It makes reading easier.” Lenz has been reading Ally Condie’s “Matched” trilogy and in addition to enjoying the novels,...

City experiences increased homicide rate

City experiences increased homicide rate

Libby Stanford, Reporter
March 9
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Since July 2013, there have been 10 homicides in Lawrence. This is an uncharacteristically high amount of murders for the city, considering there are typically one or two homicides in a year. Isolating the cause of these crimes has been difficult for police. The crimes are not believed to be connected,...

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