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Battle of the coffee shops: Editor tries Lawrence’s local blends

Java Break offers a wide variety of food and drink items. They even have a cereal bar where people can mix toppings and cereals.

ryan liston, co-online editor in chief

February 12, 2014

Recently, I pitted three of Lawrence’s popular coffee houses against each other to find the tastiest home brewed coffee and the best atmosphere. Best Coffee: I began my search at La Prima Tazza. When I walked in, stereotypical college-aged hipsters sat quietly at tables with their eyes locked on...

Philomena Movie Review

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catherine prestoy, reporter

February 4, 2014

My mother dragging me to Liberty Hall on a freezing afternoon was irksome enough but, when I learned I was headed to an hour-and-a-half installment of a run-of-the-mill sob story, I prepared for the worst. Instead, “Philomena” took me on a thought provoking trip of laughter and contemplation. “Philomena” is ...

Review: “Frozen”


rosemary newsome, copy editor

February 3, 2014

“Frozen” was on fire. Okay, so the plot takes place in an icy wonderland, but the movie, despite its lack of hype prior to release, was a hit. “Frozen” follows the tale of two young sisters (Disney has amped up the princess-per-fairytale ratio) who are best friends in the kingdom of Arendelle. ...

Best of Lawrence: Sarah Whipple Edition

Loaves of bread line the shelves at Wheatfields Bakery, located at 904 Vermont St.
Lawrence, Kan.  66044

sarah whipple, design editor

December 6, 2013

Best Store Cat- Sunfire Ceramics There’s usually a broad spectrum for store animals: they either love people and congregate where the customers go, or they try to stay as far away as possible in an attempt to not be seen. However, Sunfire Ceramics’ cat likes to make rounds without being overbeari...

“The Pajama Game” review

Senior Madeline Chestnut balances an apple on her head during

ryan liston, co-online editor in chief

December 5, 2013

As the lights dimmed in the auditorium, I thought, “This will probably be a cheesy play all about pajamas.” I soon found out that I was dead wrong. “The Pajama Game” was much more than a simple bedtime story; it was an in-depth tale of the going-on’s of a pajama factory. At the beginning, Sid So...

Opposites attract

Opposites attract

jacob hood, cartoonist

October 28, 2013

Halloween Hometown Hub

Jacob Hood's rendition of McFinnigan Manor

ryan liston, co-online editor in chief

October 25, 2013

Halloween is a time when some seek to scare themselves while others seek to stuff themselves. From family-oriented to frightening, thrill seekers and trick-or-treaters alike will be able to find worthwhile entertainment this fall. McFinnigan Manor 4520 Grove Dr. Lawrence, Kan. Oct. 18 & 26, 7 p....

Newsie tries sport

fiona mcallister, reporter

September 19, 2013

Growing up, I always wished I was coordinated enough to play soccer. My sister played soccer, but somewhere along the way, the soccer gene was lost. So when I got the opportunity to practice with the boys’ soccer team, I was excited but a little nervous because I had never played soccer before. On ...

The Force is Strong with this Club

kenneth palmer, reporter

September 14, 2013

Information: The Star Wars Club meets only on block Thursdays in instructor Lynne Renick’s room, Room 140. Leaders: A council of eight administers the club, including president Cooper Hicks, vice president Brandon Bunting, Technical Secretary Grace Eason, Treasurer Steele Jacobs, Weapons Master Sam Go...

Anime Mania

President Sophie Divney (11) runs an idea by Vice President Celine Nguyen (11) before presenting it to the club.

kenneth palmer, reporter

September 14, 2013

Information: The club meets in teacher Ben Mellen’s room, Room 234, on Mondays. Leaders: Anime Club has a president and vice president, Sophie Divney and Celine Nguyen, respectively. These are leaders that excel in helping their members feel comfortable and welcome at the club. They effortlessly g...

2013 Busker Festival

Tyler Gregory, a street musician at the 2013 Busker Festival.

Nick Popiel, Photographer

August 28, 2013

Photos from the 2013 Busker Festival in downtown Lawrence

Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2

hannah moran, editor in chief

August 26, 2013

I want a minion. I went to see Despicable Me 2 with my friend who was visiting from North Carolina and my dad, so he could pay for our tickets of course. Fair warning, though. While the popcorn is buttery and tender, the movie theater is not the best place to watch “Despicable Me 2.” The target...

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