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

Jackson Barton
February 1, 2016
Filed under Briefs

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...

Social media habits require new methods of discipline

Evan Frook, Reporter
January 25, 2016
Filed under News

Last September, parents filed into Southwest and South middle schools for a meeting geared towards discussing the realities of what their children were doing on social media and explaining how to use social media safely. The meetings were followed by presentations to all grade levels. “The second...

Pet World rallies after devastating fire

Pet World rallies after devastating fire

Darby Gilliland, Reporter
January 20, 2016
Filed under News, Top Stories

On March 25 of last year, Pet World suffered from an accidental fire. While no human lives were lost and many animals were saved, not all of them were so lucky. Owner Sherry Emerson says that part of the problem is that there were not automatic sprinklers in the store. Most state codes do not require...

Students, staff advocate for inclusive bathrooms

Evan Frook, Reporter
January 6, 2016
Filed under Briefs

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, 2015
Filed under Briefs

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, 2015
Filed under Briefs

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, 2015
Filed under Briefs

“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...

Seniors share plans for early graduation

Maame Britwum, Online Editor
December 15, 2015
Filed under News

As first semester comes to a close, many seniors are beginning to prepare for their final semester; however, for senior Kirsten Baska and many others, this semester will be her last. At the start of her junior year, Baska realized that graduating early was the best decision for her. “I think...

Government students register to vote

Libby Stanford, Online Editor
December 14, 2015
Filed under Briefs, News

On Nov. 24, Government students were provided with the opportunity to register to vote for the 2016 election. Throughout the semester students have been learning about the government and the different candidates. Government teachers Aimee McLendon and Katy Hayden had the idea of registering the students...

Funding problems impair Team Steam’s ability to compete

Rose Arachtingi, Photography Editor
December 7, 2015
Filed under Briefs, Top Stories

Free State Robotics team 5119, dubbed “Team Steam,” has had a tough run in their short time as a club. Due to a lack of funding, the team must face the reality they may not be able to compete this year. The cost of building a robot and registering to compete is at least $5,000 and raising...

Students and teachers react to Paris attacks

Hala Hamid, Copy Editor
December 7, 2015
Filed under Briefs

On the evening of Nov. 13, Paris was shocked by a series of terrorist attacks that killed approximately 129 people. The news of the attacks that included mass shootings, suicide bombings and hostage-taking have been all over social media and TV, and the residual effects have left many talking about who...

Students and teachers prepare for annual talent show

Juna Murao, Reporter
December 2, 2015
Filed under Briefs, Entertainment

Free State's third annual talent show will allow students to showcase their various abilities, including anything from singing Korean pop to Native American dance and reciting poetry. The show will be December 2nd, tickets are $2 and can be bought at lunch or at the door. Talent show director and...

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