The Liberator

Exchanging knowledge

Marlen Avila, News Editor

February 19, 2019

Students waited in anticipation in the back of the library, bringing extra chairs and huddling with questions scribbled on small slips of papers in their hands. They all looked towards the entrance of the library for the grand...

News in Briefs

Sophia Blaha, News Editor

February 19, 2019

Local News Blue Cat Cafe Closed Feb. 6 The Blue Cat Cafe closed its doors in a move owner Rebecca Gray described as “awaiting peace”. The Cafe was built on the site of the former Jumpolin pinata store, which was demolis...

Closing LASA? Starting at nine?

Clara Morse, Editor-in-Chief

February 19, 2019

In a recent report about the AISD budget deficit, magnet programs, including LASA, were described as "separate and unequal," "serving to divide local communities," and sources of “historical grievances and upheaval.” The report...

Shutdown meltdown

Charles Taylor, Staff Writer

February 19, 2019

Calling social workers for help with bills. Researching medication insurance. Over 800,000 federal employees, including many Austinites, were furloughed in the longest government shutdown in American history, and employees at...

Looking for extracurriculars? Join the club

McKenzi Popper, Staff Writer

February 19, 2019

Low Key A Capella When: Mondays and Fridays at lunch Where: Room 174 (Lewis) Lowkey A Capella club gives students the opportunity to sing their favorite pop hits without instruments and provides them with a supportive gro...

AISD combats Confederate legacies in schools

Malena Heineman, Staff Writer

December 13, 2018

John T. Allan Facility, Zachary Taylor Fulmore Middle School, Sidney Lanier Early College High School, John H. Reagan Early College High School and Eastside Memorial Early College High School at the Johnston Campus are all named...

Budget Crisis

Clara Morse, Editor-in-Chief

December 10, 2018

Dozens of teachers, parents, students and community members crowded into the McCallum cafeteria on Nov. 7 to discuss education finance with volunteer committee members — not traditionally the biggest draw. However, this group’s...

Trail of Lights gifts the delights of winter

Catie Graves, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018

Every year, for two weeks in December, Central Texans celebrate the spirit of the holidays at the Zilker Trail of Lights. The Trail of Lights is an Austin holiday tradition that has been occurring for 54 years. There are two...

Searching for extracurriculars? Join the club

Marlen Avila and Megan Ramsey

December 10, 2018

Self Defense Club Sophomore Alexa Judd started Self Defense Club to teach female students how to defend themselves against predators. Judd uses her background in jiu-jitsu to teach self-defense. Jiu-jitsu is a close combat ...

LASA’s showcase creates interest for middle school students

Hanif Amanullah, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018

On Nov. 14, LASA’s annual showcase brought hundreds of middle school students and their families to its campus. The showcase gives prospective students the opportunity to see and participate in LASA academics and culture. It...

The fate of District 1

Somaya Jimenez-Haham, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018

Five seats on the Austin Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees were on the ballot during the midterm election. There are nine members in total, each of whom serve four year terms. Austin is divided into seven districts,...

Exploring Austin with Mayor Adler

Max Domel, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018

Steve Adler was re-elected as mayor of Austin during the midterm elections on Nov. 6, 2018 with the promise of changing the future of Austin. Mayor Adler is a Princeton graduate and a former University of Texas Law School student....

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