The Liberator

Threadfair: Rocking the Runway

Wrenny Collamer, Staffer

February 18, 2020

Threadfair is a student-run fashion show that has the goal of giving high-school students a unique community and creative outlet. This year, the show has made changes, like a larger venue, while also seeing a growth in partici...

“Marker Tag” Claims First Victims

Ahnsa Campbell and Catie Graves

February 18, 2020

As the second semester begins, so does the infamous game of Senior Assassins. LASA Seniors all over Austin lurk around corners and wait, unbeknownst to their victims, with the intent to “kill” their targets by tagging them...

Travis Public Defender’s Office

Beck Williams, Staffer

February 18, 2020

In 1963, the landmark Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright ended in a unanimous decision: states must provide indigent defendants, or defendants that cannot afford a lawyer, with an attorney free of charge. Depending on the...

Flaming Hot Takes on Climate Change

Abigail Jackson, Staffer

February 18, 2020

LOCAL (TEXAS) Due to its location in the subtropics, Texas has historically been one of the hottest states in the U.S., averaging 60 dangerous heat days (ranging from 90 to 115 degrees) a year. McAllen is the second hottest c...

Yearbook Goes to Washington

Ava De Leon, Staffer

February 18, 2020

This past November, Washington D.C. was filled with students from all over the country for the Journalism Education Association (JEA) and the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) National Convention. LASA’s yearbook...

Looking for Extracurriculars? Join the Club

Ahnsa Campbell, Staffer

February 18, 2020

Bowls of Hope: According to Feeding Texas, a statewide network of food banks, hunger is a growing problem. There are various organizations designed to help this issue and provide to the people who might be in need. At LASA, t...

Reigniting Old Controversy with Iran

Sophia Chau, Staffer

February 18, 2020

According to a June 2019 Hill-Harris poll, 19% of Americans supported a limited military strike on Iran due to increasing hostilities in the region. In early January of this year, those Americans got their wish. On Jan. 3, 2020,...

AISD Votes on School Closures

Sophie Chau, Staffer

January 15, 2020

After they stood for the pledge of allegiance, parents at a board meeting stood for something else: their children’s schools. More specifically, whether or not those schools should be closed. The Austin Independent School...

One Campus, Two Schools

Gabrielle Jabour and Sarah Mines

January 15, 2020

Despite the fact that LASA and LBJ will continue to share a campus in the 2020-2021 school year, Austin Independent School District (AISD) and the University Interscholastic League (UIL) officials have decided that LASA and LBJ...

Nobel Award Inspires Others

Diego Prozzi, Staffer

January 15, 2020

John B. Goodenough is a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at the University of Texas at Austin and the latest recipient of the Nobel Prize. He received the Nobel Prize in 2019 at the age of 97, making him...

They Are The Jaguars, We Are Not The Jaguars

Luci Garza, Staffer

January 15, 2020

As LASA prepares to move to a campus in fall 2021 and leave the LBJ jaguar mascot behind, students and teachers alike are in search of a new mascot to represent the spirit of the school. In November, school members helped brainstorm...

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