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Firebird Fantasy: Week 3

Evan and Will wrestle their computers while preparing for this week's picks. Will is currently down 37 points in the Firebird league.

Evan Cornell and Will Cook

September 24, 2017

Will’s Starts: Ty Montgomery: 23 points the first week, 15 points last week, this stud is a must-start. Matching up against the Bengals who have allowed the third most rushing yards to RBs this season. Giorgio Tavecchio: This back-up kicker for the Raiders has scored 27 points in two weeks this...

Firebird Fantasy: Week 2

Will Cook and Evan Cornell hammer in the essentials of fantasy football to the class. Cook made no wrong decisions on his starts and sits last week.

Evan Cornell and Will Cook

September 17, 2017

Will’s Starts: Ty Montgomery: Facing the Atlanta Falcons this week, Montgomery is going to be a top 10 RB this week again. The Falcons clearly are not ready for the receiver-running back type of player; look at Tarik Cohen’s explosion last week against the Falcons. Montgomery is a high RB2 star...

Review: Several Lawrence chicken restaurants

A woman cuts into her chicken at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.

DeeDee Zolman, Reporter

September 14, 2017

There are 10 chicken places taking over Lawrence, but each chicken place is different in one way or another. Slim Chickens, which just opened a new location on Iowa St.,are most famous for their house sauces. They have 17 sauces including a brand called Korean BBQ. There are many other types of sauces ...

Firebird Fantasy: Week 1

Standing firm in the hallway, Evan Cornell and Will Cook create the perfect play.

Evan Cornell and Will Cook

September 9, 2017

Evan Cornell and Will Cook discuss their initial starts and sits. Will’s Starts: Dalvin Cook: Check out this stud rookie. Playing for a team that relies heavily on the run-game, this is a solid start. This makes sense; look who is starting QB… Sam Bradford. I think it’s a pretty safe bet...

Letter to the Editor: Student body co-presidents address their experiences, priorities

Cook and Newsome pose as Firebirds. The duo's campaign slogan was

Charlie Newsome and Will Cook

April 27, 2017

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

"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

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

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?

Standing in front of Freddy the Firebird for the last time, Brittany Swearingen says goodbye to Free State at semester, making the decision to complete her high school education through the Lawrence Virtual School.

Brittany Swearingen, Photographer

December 21, 2016

  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

Political signs are prominently displayed in local neighborhoods for community members to show their support for their candidate of choice. This was a particularly divisive election with Clinton winning the popular vote but Trump winning the presidency.

Darby Gililand, Online Editor

November 17, 2016

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”

It's easy to be distracted by the airship igniting before crashing to the ground.

Jackson Barton, Online Editor in Chief

November 15, 2016

“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

Online Editor-in-Chief Jackson Barton mourns over his spilled mug of pens. The 5.4 magnitude earthquake occurred around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 3rd.

Jackson Barton, Online Editor-in-Chief

September 28, 2016

“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...

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