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Report addresses hateful social media accounts

Hala Hamid, Reporter

May 5, 2015

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

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

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...

Editor recounts bittersweet acquaintance

Editor recounts bittersweet acquaintance

Kyra Haas, Editor in Chief

March 8, 2015

The young woman lays down a couple crumpled dollar bills and two quarters for her snow cone. It’s the first time she’s actually paid for anything here. A smile crosses her face. “I get to see my kids, now,” she says. “They found out about me, and now I have a house and I get to see my kids.”...

LINK Crew should revise format

LINK Crew should revise format

Staff Editorial

March 8, 2015

It’s 10 a.m. on a Thursday, and three-quarters of the school is killing time on their phones, while the other quarter is pretending NOT to be killing time on their phones. Until this year, LINK Crew was a welcoming committee for incoming freshmen. LINK led the one half day of orientation and that...

Reporter discusses opinion of free community college proposal

Reporter discusses opinion of free community college proposal

Kellie Stofac, Reporter

February 19, 2015

Two years of free college sounds perfect, until you realize that this plan is far too expensive for those that would most need to utilize it. With a GPA of 2.5 or higher and a full-time enrollment, students could attend two years of junior college with no cost. This seems easy enough, but when parents...

Editor encourages realistic approach, chocolate

Editor encourages realistic approach, chocolate

Kyra Haas, Editor in Chief

February 8, 2015

As you peruse this edition of the newspaper, you may notice that the words “Valentine’s Day” are nonexistent, that is, if you disregard this sentence and the rest of this article. Part of the reason we’re sticking to other news this February is simple: in the past, the couples we interviewed...

Teaching to the Test: Staffers debate AP approach

Elizabeth Patton and Kenneth Palmer, reporter and copy editor

February 5, 2015

By the Book by Elizabeth Patton At the beginning of every school year, students enter Advanced Placement (AP) classes, prepared for nine months of hard work in anticipation of the AP tests in May. To learn all of the necessary curriculum with only four class periods a week, AP students must...

Free State, LHS Editors in Chief discuss joint newspaper issue

Kyra Haas and Zia Kelly

January 30, 2015

On a sticky July afternoon at the Media Now Journalism camp in St. Louis, we sat across the lunch table from our publication advisers, ate mediocre pasta and talked about newspaper. Out of that conversation came the ideas that grew into the paper you hold in your hands—a collaborative issue between...

Editor recounts battle with depression

Fiona McAllister, reporter

November 23, 2014

“What happened to your leg?” asks a senior girl, now a former student. I quickly throw out a lie and say I slipped while shaving. She doesn’t press the issue, believing me. This is the first of many times I will lie about the cuts on my arms, legs and hips. And the Band-Aid wrappers littering my...

Review: Eleanor & Park

Maria Carrasco, Print Managing Editor

November 20, 2014

At a camp I went to this year, someone posed the question: “Who is your fictional dream boy?” Girls around me screamed, “Augustus Waters!” or, “Edward Cullen!” I replied with “Holden Caulfield.” See, I’ve never been into young adult romance books; I hate romance. I hate it even more...

Later School Start Times Prove Beneficial

Maria Carrasco, Managing Print Editor

November 15, 2014

It’s midnight and I’m writing a Common App essay, reading Hamlet, taking AP Government notes and studying for an AP Statistics test while brewing another cup of coffee. Because school starts at 8:05 a.m. and outside obligations take up the rest of my time, sleep is not a priority in my routine;...

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