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Reporter discusses opinion of free community college proposal

Reporter discusses opinion of free community college proposal

Kellie Stofac, Reporter

February 19, 2015


Filed under Opinion

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


Filed under Opinion

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


Filed under Opinion

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


Filed under Opinion

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


Filed under Opinion

“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


Filed under Entertainment, Opinion

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


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

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;...

Let’s take a couple selfies

Kyra Haas, Editor in Chief

November 4, 2014


Filed under Opinion

You’re so vain you probably think this column’s about you. From full-length mirror point-and-shoot flash photography to front-facing iPhone snapshots, selfies devour social media feeds—human faces beautifully distorted by Valencia or Mayfair filters. Teenage girls are becoming infamous for...

We Should Talk

Maria Carrasco, Kenneth Palmer and Kyra Haas, Print Managing Editor, Copy Editor and Editor in Chief

October 27, 2014


Filed under Opinion

On Sept. 18, obscene images and racial slurs were left on the Lawrence High School football field before the city football showdown against crosstown rival, Free State. The event marred relations between the two high schools and sparked heated commentary and harsh criticism from the public con...

How “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” ruined my life

How “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” ruined my life

Maddie Birchfield, Reporter

October 16, 2014


Filed under Opinion

I had a fairly busy summer, working at my part-time job, nannying on the side and trying to make time for friends, but one thing took precedence: “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.” The game is simple to play—make an avatar and complete tasks to try and make number one on the exclusive A-List—but...

Journey, Not Destination

Kyra Haas, Editor in Chief

October 15, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Innumerable class periods I’ve spent staring at the clock’s red-lit digits by the door, waiting. Waiting for the next class, to wait for the next class, to wait for lunch, to wait for the next class, to wait for the day’s last bell. As a senior, this waiting game intensifies as one waits not...

Homecoming candidate discusses personal satisfaction

Homecoming candidate discusses personal satisfaction

Ryan Liston, Online Editor in Chief

October 14, 2014


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

On Friday, Aug. 29 while sitting in a dorm room at Washington University in St. Louis as part of a college visit, I saw my phone light up with a voicemail. Hitting play, I heard a jumble of excited voices say, “Congratulations!” I was a Homecoming Court nominee. As honored and excited as I was...

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