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Free State Student Council hosts first Coffee House Jams

Free State Student Council hosts first Coffee House Jams

Libby Stanford, Reporter
March 13, 2015
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On February 25, sophomore Mariah Houston performed her poem at the very first Coffee House Jams. Houston was among 15 other students and staff who showcased their artistic talents at the event. The show was described as having a very comfortable environment. Students were less nervous to perform there...

The IT Crowd: Students aid with school tech problems

The IT Crowd: Students aid with school tech problems

Ryan Liston, Online Editor in Chief
March 11, 2015
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Under the supervision of building technician Ismael Romero, seniors Zach Moore, Kerry Thomas and Tom Brooks work to figure out why a Macbook Air won’t turn on. The culprit: a disconnected power cord. Earlier this semester, these seniors volunteered to assist Romero with technical problems throughout...

Committee proposes new schedule

Committee proposes new schedule

March 8, 2015
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On the first day of school next year, students may be informed there is a block schedule with late arrival every single week. Lips may begin to quirk into smiles—until teachers reveal the catch. With a schedule proposed by a inter-school committee, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, students...

Governor Sam Brownback introduces plan to cut school funding

Governor Sam Brownback introduces plan to cut school funding

Kenneth Palmer, Copy Editor
March 6, 2015
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A MoveOn Petition to “Recall Sam Brownback” with upwards of 30,000 signatures from all over the country, a New York Times article questioning the state’s financial plan and plenty of other national criticism have resulted from recently announced education budget cuts. Many Kansans are concerned...

ACLU requests suspension of LEAP Ambassador Program in violation of Title IX

ACLU requests suspension of LEAP Ambassador Program in violation of Title IX

Hala Hamid, Reporter
March 4, 2015
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On Jan. 29, USD 497 Superintendent Dr. Rick Doll received a letter from the American Civil Liberties stating that the new LEAP Ambassador Program violates Title IX. Title IX states that the school may not separate or exclude individuals from educational programs and activities solely based on their...

President Obama speaks at Kansas University

President Obama speaks at Kansas University

Kyra Haas, Editor in Chief
February 18, 2015
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Senior Laura Corliss shook the left hand of the President of the United States—at least, she’s pretty sure she did. “I couldn’t see him,” Corliss said. “But I felt his wedding ring.” On Jan. 22, President Barack Obama spoke at Anschutz Sports Pavilion on the KU campus in front of...

Free State Slam Poetry Team plans to compete at Louder than a Bomb

Free State Slam Poetry Team plans to compete at Louder than a Bomb

Libby Stanford, Reporter
February 9, 2015
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The point isn't the points—the point is the poetry. This is the motto at the “Louder Than a Bomb” slam poetry festival, considered the “Super Bowl” of all slam poetry events. Students from all over the Midwest prepare for this competition by writing various types of poetry. This year, the...

New Young Feminists’ Club aims to create safe space for discussion, action

New Young Feminists’ Club aims to create safe space for discussion, action

Lauren Brittain, Reporter
February 9, 2015
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When senior Kayla Clark began writing the constitution for Free State’s Young Feminists’ Club, she remembered the girl in her American Literature class. Caught in an unplanned speech for gender equality, this girl looked around waiting for her peers to back her up. She kept looking. No one said anything....

Lawrence Cultural Arts District construction continues

Lawrence Cultural Arts District construction continues

Maame Britwum, Reporter
February 8, 2015
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When senior Solomon Cottrell walks through his neighborhood in downtown Lawrence, he sees art everywhere. With artistic neighbors, noticing sculptures leaning in yards or artists working on streets isn’t uncommon. In 2012, hoping to accentuate the historic and artistic spirit of downtown, the City...

Male students, community leaders partner in pilot program

Male students, community leaders partner in pilot program

Kyra Haas and Fiona McAllister
February 7, 2015
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As sophomore Diallo Jackson walked down the hall to the office with a pass from assistant principal Keith Jones in his hand, Jackson worried he might be in trouble. Before winter break, Jackson and 14 other Free State male students were selected to be a part of the Ambassador program, a pilot program...

#BarackChalk: President Obama speaks at Anschutz Sports Pavilion

#BarackChalk: President Obama speaks at Anschutz Sports Pavilion

Kyra Haas and Ryan Liston
January 22, 2015
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On Jan. 22, President Barack Obama spoke at KU in Anschutz Sports Pavilion, calling on Congress to address the need to provide childcare, free community college and equal pay for women...

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ACLU requests discontinuation of single-gender English classes

ACLU requests discontinuation of single-gender English classes

Ryan Liston, Online Editor in Chief
January 14, 2015
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On Jan. 12, Superintendent Dr. Rick Doll received a letter from the Kansas American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Legal Director Doug Bonney and Cooperating Attorney Amy Katz regarding the introduction of single-gender English 9 classes at Free State this semester. The ACLU learned of the new class...

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