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One Stroke of Inspiration

One Stroke of Inspiration

catherine prestoy, reporter

December 14, 2012

Walking into the art room at 6 p.m. on a Thursday night greeted by an enthusiastic group of artsy, inspired teenagers, Rachel Downs begins to explain the wintery woods inspired backdrop for the winter formal dance. This year, the advisor Rachel Downs created the Art Club. Art Club members have partici...

Students Turn Dreams Into Reality

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hannah reussner and rosemary newsome, reporters

December 10, 2012

Backstage in the wings, she hears her name being introduced. She’s on. It’s time. Senior Alena Ivanov thrives in the spotlight. With each comedy act she performs, she furthers the realization that being a comedian is her dream occupation. Whether a person’s dream is a physical feat or intangible...

What Students Want in College

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sarah lieberman, reporter

November 14, 2012

Aspen Brunner,10 What is your dream school: I really want to go to BYU (Brigham Young University) to get a major in something, and I want to be a pediatrician.  So, then after that, I’m going  to go to some sort of medical school. I don’t know yet. Where is your dream college location: I wa...

The Sun Finally Sets on “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn–Part Two”

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sean chilcoat, reporter

November 14, 2012

Every 10 year-old girl wants that fake, stupid, sappy love story with the guy of their dreams. Typically, the guy of most girls’ dreams is human. Recently, the man of teenage girls’ dreams has become a blood sucking vampire. Vampires used to be scary... Have fangs, suck human blood, kill people,...

Scholarships Require Citizenship

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grace oliver, reporter

November 13, 2012

Senior Cecilia Quintana has studied in the United States as an international student since she was nine years old. Quintana knew no English when she came from Paraguay to America in fifth grade. Determined to take advantage of the educational and social opportunities, Quintana quickly became fluent in...


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ciara sayler, reporter

October 30, 2012

In a far off world, wizards and witches battle in a game known as Quidditch. Using flying broomsticks, they soar through the firmament in hopes of catching a golden ball known as the golden snitch. The golden snitch is the game piece and about the same size as a walnut. Seniors Andrew Pester, Evan...

Danke Schoen

October 10, 2012

Although Lawrence has hosted many German students through the high school exchange program, this year's students have an advantage over their predecessors: they met their hosts several months ago, when the Free State students came to Germany. “I was really excited because I had already lived with...

The Sounds of Autumn

sam boatright, co-editor-in-chief

October 1, 2012

It’s amazing how much we, as students, cling onto the fanciful idea of an endless summer at the end of May.  However, by the time school begrudgingly rolls around in mid-August, we long for sleepytime teas, sweater weather and leaves that show off their carotene pigments. (I hope you are impresse...

Re: Locker Neighbors

katie guyot, co-editor-in-chief

October 1, 2012

Dear Free State From: Katie Guyot Re: Locker Neighbors Dear lower locker buddy, Let me begin by apologizing once again for knocking you in the head with my locker door during the first week of school. I’m sure I made quite the first impression. I just hope I didn’t literally make an impre...

Lawrence Guide 5/22

hannah moran, copy editor

May 17, 2012

I am not a hipster. I do not wear thick, black, non-prescription glasses, my Converse are not covered in elaborate doodles, nor do I own a messenger bike or a side-satchel covered in obscure punk band buttons. But I know good music. And good food. And good movies. I like Florence+the Machine, high qu...

Lawrence Guide: Spring Concert Edition

Lawrence Guide: Spring Concert Edition

sam boatright, reporter

April 3, 2012

Ah, Spring. The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, the bands are rocking. The spring influx of bands touring through Lawrence has arrived, acting as the harbinger for, hopefully, a sonic summer of stunning sounds and brilliant bands. Because there are just too many amazing bands gigging in Law...

Lawrence Guide: Middle of the Map Fest

sam boatright, reporter

March 26, 2012

“Ink’s” Middle of the Map Fest @ Westport in KC April 5-7 Following 2008, Lawrence was left with a bitter taste in its mouth. Its beloved, hippie-friendly micro-sized Woodstock--Wakarusa Music Festival--departed from the Clinton Lake grounds and trekked its way down to Ozark, Ark in its worn-out Birkensto...

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