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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, Recent, 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 Opinion, Recent, Reviews

"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 Letter to the editor, Opinion, Recent

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 Letter to the editor, Opinion, Recent

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 Blogs, Opinion, Recent

  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 Editorials, Opinion, Recent, 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...

Review: “Battlefield 1”

Review: “Battlefield 1”

Jackson Barton, Online Editor in Chief
November 15, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Recent, Reviews

“What follows is frontline combat. You are not expected to survive,” a title card says, seconds before the player is thrusted into the shoes of an American soldier in northern France during World War 1. The player has one impossible objective: hold the line. The German Empire’s desperate advance...

Earthquake sways student body, community

Earthquake sways student body, community

Jackson Barton, Online Editor-in-Chief
September 28, 2016
Filed under Blogs, Opinion, Recent, Top Stories

“I’m speechless. I can’t believe it. It was such an ordeal, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forget it in my whole life,” an anonymous sophomore said. Many students can recall the Great Kansas Quake of 2016 which occurred on September 3, that is if they were awake. But for the survi...

Modern R&B icon Frank Ocean stuns listeners with first album in four years

Modern R&B icon Frank Ocean stuns listeners with first album in four years

Sam Spencer, Online Editor-in-Chief
September 10, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Recent, Reviews

“Blonde” opens in a dream state. It feels simplistic, calm, like you are listening from the bottom of a swimming pool. Somewhere between the start of the album and the end of the second track, “Ivy”

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Review: “Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice”

Review: “Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice”

Evan Frook, Reporter
May 5, 2016
Filed under Opinion, Recent, Reviews

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice suffers from an excess of ideas and lack of organization. It had it’s high points, but was irresponsible with management. The movie commits too much time preparing for the films following it (read: studio pressure) to leave enough for the long list of ideas that the...

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...

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