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The student-run newspaper of the Liberal Arts and Science Academy

The Liberator

Austinites Adopt New Normal

Ava Spurgeon, Staff Writer May 5, 2022

March 2020 was a turning point when COVID-19 closed schools across the country, and many adapted to adjust their lives by operating virtually making sure to keep a cautious distance. LASA students adapted...

Playing COVID By Ear, Austin Musicians Perform Again

Delia Rune, Finance Director March 28, 2022

When the world went into lockdown in March of 2020, artists were some of those struck the hardest, according to a study by the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre. Musicians in particular usually...

Momentous Mutations: COVID-19 Variants During the Pandemic

Malvika Pradhan, News editor March 28, 2022

Main Variants: Alpha (B.1.1.7) The Alpha COVID-19 variant was first identified in Great Britain in November 2020. The variant’s lineage was believed to make it 30 to 50% more contagious than the...

Ineffective Restrictions Against COVID: The Effectiveness of Travel Regulations

Delia Rune, Staff Writer March 23, 2022

On Nov. 26, 2021, as Omicron cases began to spread across the United States, President Joe Biden instituted travel restrictions that barred non-U.S. citizens from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique,...

Movie Lovers Rejoice as Theaters Begin Reopening

Rebecca Scaramuzzi, Club Contributor May 28, 2021

Dim lights, loud speakers, a large screen, fresh popcorn and a cold soda have been staples of the movie theater experience since it’s become a mainstream outing. Whether you go once a year or once a...

To Mask Or Not To Mask, That Is The Question

To Mask Or Not To Mask, That Is The Question

Sanwi Sarode, Staffer April 14, 2021

Over 70,000 U.S. stores and businesses closed when the COVID-19 pandemic first began, according to Forbes. COVID-19 vaccines were recently developed, and according to the Texas Tribune, as of March 13,...

To Mask or Not to Mask, That Is the Question: Looking at the Mask Mandate Lift and its Effects

Sanwi Sarode, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

Over 70,000 U.S. stores and businesses closed when the COVID-19 pandemic first began, according to Forbes. COVID-19 vaccines were recently developed, and according to the Texas Tribune, as of March 13,...

How COVID-19 Highlights Disparities Across AISD

Luci Garza, News editor April 14, 2021

According to the University of Texas (UT) Institute of Urban Policy Research (IUPRA), more than 55% of Austin Independent School District's (AISD) student population qualifies for free or reduced lunches,...

Stage 5 and Sports

Annabel Andre, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

Over the holiday break, Austin returned to Stage 5 of the COVID-19 risk-based guideline in an effort to control the rising number of coronavirus cases. The guidelines for Stage 5 include many lifestyle...

Beauty and the Beast: A COVID-19 Story

Rebecca Scaramuzzi, Club Contributor February 24, 2021

I’ve been reading a lot of fairy tales lately, mostly from the Grimm brothers. One of the stories I’ve read is "Beauty and the Beast." A few years ago, I was listening to an audiobook of fairy tales...

COVID-19 Impact on Unhoused People: Austin Organizations Step Up to Provide Shelter

Eliana Legatt, Staff Writer November 15, 2020

Austin’s unhoused population is at high risk of contracting COVID-19, and the City of Austin and various organizations in Austin are giving out food and emergency care, as well as socially-distanced...

Who’s a Good Girl? Scout!

Who’s a Good Girl? Scout!

Rebecca Scaramuzzi, Club Contributor November 15, 2020

For a while, LASA students had the privilege of being able to walk down the hallways and see a therapy dog around the corner, there to help lower stress levels and make students happier. But now, that...

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