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Tired of the Culture: Part 3

Sabrina Castle and Grace Porter

May 19, 2018


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Students and staff take action to bring awareness to sexual violence within the school

Tired of the Culture: Part 2

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

May 19, 2018


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As sexual assault allegations are surfacing against prominent men in our society, rape culture has become a frequently discussed topic. Since the public's attention has become focused on the issue of sexual violence, students are voicing their concerns that administrators are tolerant of rape culture....

Tired of the Culture: Part 1

Sabrina Castle, Reporter

May 19, 2018


Filed under Feature, News, Recent, Top Stories

Anonymous  “I was with someone for a long time, for like a year. We broke up in September and that was kind of hard on me. I just felt really stuck, so I turned to drinking on the weekends and parties and getting high.” Fifty percent of sexual assault happens while victims or perpetrators are u...

Lawrence Board of Education selects new superintendent

Lawrence Board of Education selects new superintendent

Jackson Barton, Online Editor in Chief

January 30, 2018


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Dr. Anthony Lewis has been selected as the next superintendent of Lawrence schools effective July 1 according to a press release sent out Monday morning. Lewis previously served as an assistant superintendent in the Kansas City, Missouri school district. “I am extremely humbled and grateful to...

Junior declared Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year

Junior declared Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year

Jackson Barton, Online Editor in Chief

January 29, 2018


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After three student speeches and three standing ovations inside Liberty Hall Thursday evening, junior Ruth Gathunguri was recognized as the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year. Just short of the award, Lawrence High School junior Hasiya Asuku and Free State senior Christian LaPointe were also recognized...

District hosts second Community Conversation, administrators absent

District hosts second Community Conversation, administrators absent

Jackson Barton, Online Editor in Chief

January 19, 2018


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Around 50 students, parents, teachers and staff packed the auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library on Dec. 14 for a Community Conversation. It was the second of two opportunities for community members to provide input on issues marginalized students and their families face in local schools. The event ...

New Ascent club plans to construct wind turbine

New Ascent club plans to construct wind turbine

Ahmed Jakmouj, Reporter

January 4, 2018


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Over the past summer, senior Ascent club president Sandhya Ravikumar had an idea to build a wind turbine. The Ascent club is new to Free State this year. The club is an outreach program for underrepresented women and minorities in STEM fields according to Ravikumar. Ravikumar and club sponsor Julie...

Band students gifted new instruments, scholarships from Band of Angels

Band students gifted new instruments, scholarships from Band of Angels

Jackson Barton, Editor in Chief

December 12, 2017


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Marching into band class, junior Gabriel Leverette had no idea it was one of the last times he would play his old trumpet, the instrument he started with and played for the past five years. “I never thought I would have enough money to get a trumpet on my own,” Leverette said. “I’m just so...

Women’s Restroom Opened to All Genders

Women’s Restroom Opened to All Genders

Jori Rudisell, Reporter

December 4, 2017


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On Monday October 23, Free State opened the first multi-stall gender neutral bathroom. The bathroom is a converted girl's restroom because of the stalls that provide privacy. While there were already plans in place to renovate current bathrooms during the 2019 construction for Free State, the Gender-Sexuality Alliance went to principal Myron Graber asking for their t...

District Maps Out Construction Plans

District Maps Out Construction Plans

Ahmed Jakmouj, Reporter

November 29, 2017


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Beginning in 2019, Free State will undergo a $15 million renovation. The proposed renovations include adding of at least seven classrooms, expanding the library, building new facilities for the growing wrestling program and expanding the special education program. One main focus of the renovation...

Art Club raises money, donations for Humane Society

Art Club raises money, donations for Humane Society

Ahmed Jakmouj, Reporter

November 20, 2017


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The Free State Art Club launched a donation drive and fundraiser on November 16 for the Lawrence Humane Society. The club is selling handmade buttons in efforts to raise money for the non-profit shelter. They will also be collecting donations such as Oxyclean, towels, litter, foods and blankets. Jun...

Dominic Scavuzzo

Dominic Scavuzzo

Sam Mohanty, Reporter

November 18, 2017


Filed under News, Recent, The Spotlight

Dominic Scavuzzo is a moderate Conservative running as a Republican. “I believe that my message overall is creating better dynamic,” Scavuzzo said. “By creating a youthful point-of-view, I could attract both the old and young.” Scavuzzo believes that voters from all age groups will be...

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