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Let’s take a couple selfies

Kyra Haas, Editor in Chief

November 4, 2014

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

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


Maddie Birchfield, Reporter

October 16, 2014

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

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

Candidates Ryan Liston and Morgan Noll await the announcement of King and Queen.

Ryan Liston, Online Editor in Chief

October 14, 2014

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...

The Struggle of Stress

Libby Stanford, Reporter

October 13, 2014

Entering my junior year, adults and other high school students told me that this one is the hardest. They describe a year overflowing with mounds of homework, full of stressful exams and looming with the question of college. Every year stress piles higher on my shoulders, and this year I have more...

Coming Full Circle

Kyra Haas, Editor in Chief

September 3, 2014

August, 2011. My freshman year, and the first year in USD 497 history that 9th graders were crammed in with the 10th-12th graders at the high schools. Even though Free State was new and exciting, by the second week of school, I was already bored enough in my sixth hour Algebra class to attempt an inconspicuous...

Reporters tackle feminism

Kenneth Palmer and Maddie Birchfield discuss the current face of feminism

Maddie Birchfield and Kenneth Palmer

August 28, 2014

Maddie Birchfield: I am a feminist and a humanist. For some reason, the idea has risen that one can’t be both. This is due to the muddling of the meaning of the word “feminism.” I am a feminist because feminism is the belief that women and men are equal, and should be treated as such. It scares...

Unsocial Butterflies: A look at how teens react to neurological social disorders

kyra haas, editor-in-chief

May 6, 2014

A laugh that’s a little too long. A whisper that’s a little too loud. A comment that’s a little too blunt. These seemingly harmless mannerisms can lead to ostracism, especially in high school, where insecure teenagers jump at the opportunity to criticize others’ subtle deviations from the no...

Rosemary’s Senior Farewell: Loving Sports

April 17, 2014

If someone would have told me I was going to shed tears over senior year I never would have believed them. Then again, I never imagined I would be a part of a state championship team. I somewhat swore off feeling nostalgic about senior year. I was foolishly determined to simply have fun this year, despite my cl...

Sarah Says Goodbye

sarah whipple, design editor

April 11, 2014

If you’ve never looked at the page on Wikipedia titled “twelfth grade,” you’re in for a hoot. It starts out: “Many students consider the twelfth grade a year to relax and prepare for transition out of their old lives into college or the workplace. The class work for some is generally not as diffi...

One-Sided Pride

Maria Carrasco, Copy Editor

March 12, 2014

Imagine being told to “put your weave back on” in front of the entire school just because that is a stereotype for your race. Imagine being told you don't belong in the United States because you weren't born there. Imagine being called stupid, dumb or lazy because English isn't your first langua...

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