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Letter to the Editor: Student body co-presidents address their experiences, priorities

Letter to the Editor: Student body co-presidents address their experiences, priorities

Charlie Newsome and Will Cook
April 27, 2017
Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Will Cook I came to Free State from a small middle school and was very nervous about how I would do at such a big school. Free State was very accepting and treated/has treated me very well through my three years. I joined student council my sophomore year. I wanted to become president because I love Free St...

Review: Beauty and the Beast

Review: Beauty and the Beast

Caitlin McAndrew-Beckmen, Designer
April 13, 2017
Filed under Digital Media, Entertainment, Movies, Opinion

"Beauty and the Beast" takes the movie theaters by storm with excellent actors and actresses, beautiful sets, makeup and costumes. The original animated film came out in 1991 and was a big hit amongst family households and still is today. With a cast of well known actors and actresses, "Beauty and the ...

Letter to the Editor: Gay-Straight-Alliance Club’s Response

Natalie Adams-Menendez, Senior
January 10, 2017
Filed under Opinion

Free State, My name is Natalie Adams-Menendez, and I am a Co-President of Free State’s Gay-Straight Alliance. During the week of finals there was an opinion piece published by the Free Press that addressed the social climate at Free State. In it, the author spoke about their negative experience...

Letter to the Editor: Thespian Club Response

Free State Thespian Club
January 10, 2017
Filed under Opinion

It was with deep sadness we read about Brittany Swearingen’s time at Free State. The thought that we, the theater community, could have contributed to that experience is equally as concerning. We felt compelled as a club to respond to her statements. Theater is meant to entertain, educate and open...

In the current social climate, what is going unseen at Free State?

In the current social climate, what is going unseen at Free State?

Brittany Swearingen, Photographer
December 21, 2016
Filed under Opinion

  It seems our safety should be indisputable—of course we are safe at school, and when we aren’t we always have someone to turn to for help. The reality, however, is that students in our school are constantly forced into environments where we are hated for aspects of ourselves that are v...

Journalism staff stresses using political voice

Journalism staff stresses using political voice

Darby Gililand, Online Editor
November 17, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

As members of our staff reach the age of voter eligibility, we ask ourselves a question that young people throughout the nation have been asking themselves this year: Do our votes matter? In Lawrence, this is a more objective question than it is in other towns and states. “Blue dot in a sea of red” i...

Editors in chief discuss animal rights; soy-based foods

Editors in chief discuss animal rights; soy-based foods

Sydney Gard and Trenna Soderling
April 5, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Sydney Gard Since the day I was born, I've never purposely eaten meat. Yes, I once accidentally took a bite of my beef taco that was supposed to be bean, but I didn't swallow it, and Taco Bell beef probably doesn't totally count as meat anyway. I'm also pretty sure I had a slice of ...

Future copy editor describes experience of being biracial

Future copy editor describes experience of being biracial

Juna Murao
April 1, 2016
Filed under Opinion

No matter where I am, what I am wearing or what I’m doing people always ask me, “What are you?” Just like any hafu, the Japanese word for biracial, I became familiar with the question so much that I have a practiced routine for the question. People tell me I’m white because I “look white...

Journalism editors visit new family entertainment center

Elizabeth Patton
March 29, 2016
Filed under Opinion

As my middle school friends and I walked to and from Juice Stop, terrorized Dillons and hung out for hours in the booths of McDonald’s, our conversations always touched on the fact that Lawrence needed more things to do. Four years later, Lawrence has gotten an addition that is truly a step...

Editors discuss what changed their lives

Editors discuss what changed their lives

Sydney Gard and Trenna Soderling
March 13, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

Sydney Gard Scoliosis has been a huge part of who I am for a long time. In middle school, I wore a painful, tight plastic back brace. It was supposed to stop my back from getting worse while I was still growing, but my x-rays kept getting worse. I stopped wearing it before high school and h...

Editors discuss complications with online presence

Editors discuss complications with online presence

Sydney Gard and Trenna Soderling
February 2, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Sydney Gard Social media is a big part of my life. I can’t help it; we’re told everyone around us is on social media too, and if we’re not we’re bound to be missing something exciting. This has created a fear of missing out (FOMO) that plagues teens. I’ve been on both sides of th...

Editor, reporter share their views on gun control

Editor, reporter share their views on gun control

Maame Britwum and Evan Frook
January 28, 2016
Filed under Opinion

Maame Britwum The 2nd Amendment provides that all Americans have the right to bear arms, and Americans have done exactly that. In the U.S. over 300 million guns are in circulation, and according the Congress Research Service there are more guns in the U.S. than there are people. Guns are part of Amer...

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