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Staffers discuss their skyward habits

Staffers discuss their skyward habits

Elizabeth Patton and Darby Gilliland

November 28, 2015


Filed under Opinion

  Elizabeth Patton I’m not a fan of stereotypes, but I am the definition of one. I’m the first born and female. I’m as Type A as you can get and extremely competitive. Grades have been a focal point of my high school career, so naturally, Skyward is one of my most used apps. ...

Online editor reflects on her experience as a brown bag fashion model

Online editor reflects on her experience as a brown bag fashion model

Maame Britwum, Co-Online Editor

November 6, 2015


Filed under Opinion

In 2003 the Lawrence Journal World published an article from the Miami Herald about high school students creating a fashion show out of “Publix” brown bags. This article reached the eyes of former art teacher Carolyn Berry. According to photography teacher, Marsha Poholsky, Berry started Free...

Co-Online Editors discuss the new CI3T “Talon Tickets” policy

Co-Online Editors discuss the new CI3T “Talon Tickets” policy

Libby Stanford and Maame Britwum

November 3, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Libby Stanford This year students were surprised with a new program regarding student behavior. This program is called CI3T (Comprehensive, Integrated Three-Tiered Model of Prevention). It uses a “matrix” that describes how to be respectful, responsible and give best effort in the classroom, ha...

Mass Street Soda manager discusses plans for expansion

Mass Street Soda manager discusses plans for expansion

Jackson Barton, Reporter

November 2, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

To say Mass Street Soda is simply a novelty is an understatement. Mass Street Soda is part of a new wave of innovative and unique businesses to arrive on Massachusetts Street. Not only are these shops interesting, but they are also great additions to the collection of Downtown staples. Late on a Tuesday...

Transgender staffer recounts his experiences during transition

Transgender staffer recounts his experiences during transition

Lane Weis, Designer

October 29, 2015


Filed under Opinion

If you’ve ever talked to me, you probably know I’m transgender. I mention it all the time and unlike the past few years, I’ve stopped trying to keep it a secret. I no longer feel like my identity is something that needs to stay hidden, the way it used to be. Now, I feel free to express myself as...

Co-Editors in chief reflect on recent marriage equality decision

Co-Editors in chief reflect on recent marriage equality decision

Sydney Gard and Trenna Soderling

October 27, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Sydney Gard Several hours before the Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage across America was announced, I tossed and turned. I laid awake in bed and stared at the ceiling. I read a book and endlessly refreshed Twitter. Finally, around 6 am, I fell into a deep stupor, unaware of what would meet m...

Co-Editor in Chief discusses the new changes in senior year and beyond

Co-Editor in Chief discusses the new changes in senior year and beyond

Trenna Soderling, Co-Editor in Chief

October 9, 2015


Filed under Opinion

The students of Free State are no strangers to change. This year has seen an overhaul of many standards kids were used to, like a portion of the policies, the administration, the schedule and even the entrance into the school. While many students have complained about the lack of consistency, I think...

Reporter shares her thoughts on the recent office construction

Juna Murao, Reporter

October 6, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Over the past year, the Lawrence school district renovated Free State's office to a more modern design. The additional classrooms were built in response to the growing number of students in the building. In the first few days of school, I was overloaded with textbooks and supplies for my new classes,...

Editor in Chief shares her opinions on senior year

Editor in Chief shares her opinions on senior year

Sydney Gard, Editor in Chief

October 2, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Senior year: a time to finally get premium parking, sleep late and slack off. Everyone takes easy classes and senioritis runs rampant—right? Right?!? So far, I can’t say the stereotypes are very accurate. Sure, school hasn’t even been in session for four weeks, but I am fairly confident my senior...

Report addresses hateful social media accounts

Hala Hamid, Reporter

May 5, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Logging onto Twitter a couple weeks ago, I saw many of my fellow classmates mentioning and tweeting about a new account called LKnudes. The account has since been suspended, but during its short-lived reign, it was significantly harmful to those involved. During its time on Twitter, the anonymous...

Web’s modern-day implications examined

Web’s modern-day implications examined

Libby Stanford, Reporter

April 10, 2015


Filed under Opinion

Feb. 26, I opened my Twitter account to find a Buzzfeed post about a dress that was baffling the world. I was in awe over this strange phenomenon and proceeded to message everyone I knew and ask them what colors they saw on this clearly white-and-gold dress. I looked back again at my Twitter feed to...

Pros, cons of waiting to start higher education

Maddie Birchfield, Reporter

March 8, 2015


Filed under Opinion

As my senior year comes to a close, the idea of leaving Lawrence to start out on my own becomes more and more daunting. A new experience at a new school in a new town all seems very…new. For some, moving on from high school directly to college is not the most appealing scenario. They want to go...

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