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

Long awaited after the release of his 2012 album, Ocean released Blonde exclusively on Apple Music on August 20, 2016.

Sam Spencer, Online Editor-in-Chief

September 10, 2016

“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”

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

With a budget reaching $410 million, Batman Vs. Superman reached around $860 million in the box office,  a sizable flop  when reaching for a $1 billion  box office hit.

Evan Frook, Reporter

May 5, 2016

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

Vegetarians Trenna Soderling and Sydney Gard pose with tofu.

Sydney Gard and Trenna Soderling

April 5, 2016

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

Juna Murao is a sophomore and an avid member in the Environmental Club. Next year she’ll become one of the copy editors for the journalism staff. She’s mainly interested in environmental science, writing and art history.

Juna Murao

April 1, 2016

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...

Journalism editors visit new family entertainment center

Elizabeth Patton

March 29, 2016

As my middle school friends and I walked to and from Juice Stop, terrorized Dillons and hung out for hours in the booths of McDonald’s, our conversations always touched on the fact that Lawrence needed more things to do. Four years later, Lawrence has gotten an addition that is truly a step...

Editors discuss what changed their lives

Editors discuss what changed their lives

Sydney Gard and Trenna Soderling

March 13, 2016

Sydney Gard Scoliosis has been a huge part of who I am for a long time. In middle school, I wore a painful, tight plastic back brace. It was supposed to stop my back from getting worse while I was still growing, but my x-rays kept getting worse. I stopped wearing it before high school and h...

Locked In recieves mixed reviews by reporter

Locked In is Lawrence's escape game that challenges participants to escape from a locked room as fast as possible.

Lauren Brittain, Reporter

February 26, 2016

There were 26 minutes and 30 seconds left on the clock. The room was growing hotter. As we opened the last lock in the room we hoped to find the four numbers needed to unlock the keypad on the door. Instead, we peered inside the cabinet to find a hidden room, full of more locks and clues we had...

Editors discuss complications with online presence

Editors discuss complications with online presence

Sydney Gard and Trenna Soderling

February 2, 2016

Sydney Gard Social media is a big part of my life. I can’t help it; we’re told everyone around us is on social media too, and if we’re not we’re bound to be missing something exciting. This has created a fear of missing out (FOMO) that plagues teens. I’ve been on both sides of th...

Editor, reporter share their views on gun control

The opinion favoring an increase in gun control has become more relevant and controversial recently.

Maame Britwum and Evan Frook

January 28, 2016

Maame Britwum The 2nd Amendment provides that all Americans have the right to bear arms, and Americans have done exactly that. In the U.S. over 300 million guns are in circulation, and according the Congress Research Service there are more guns in the U.S. than there are people. Guns are part of Amer...

Lack of enthusiasm frustrates editor

Lack of enthusiasm frustrates editor

Kaya Shafer, Copy Editor

January 22, 2016

There is so much I can’t stand about this school. I hate the negative attitude and general negative, bland opinion of so many people here. Yeah, we do great on standardized tests and have a low drop out rate. The school is full of diverse and wonderful people. When the city showdown against LHS comes around, sure, we have a pretty good turn o...

Online editor plans to attend University of Missouri despite recent events

Online editor Libby Stanford plans to attend the University of Missouri next year and study journalism.

Libby Stanford, Online Editor

December 8, 2015

On Sunday Nov. 8th, I saw a story on the news about University of Missouri football players that were on strike. Surprised, I proceeded to look more into the story, and found a slew of events that had occurred. On Nov. 2nd Jonathan Butler, a civil rights activist and member of the student organization...

After School app gives platform to bullies

After School is a free app that can be downloaded on iOS or Android. Much like Yik Yak but for high school, After School creates a place to post feelings, comment on and like other posts anonymously.

Mariah Houston, Reporter

December 2, 2015

Apps that allow students to gossip anonymously create an easy and stress-free way for people to say how they feel. These apps are unfortunately gaining in popularity. After School is an app connecting students within a high school in a giant chat room. People post anonymous thoughts, comment on...

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