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The Liberator

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

The Liberator

IN- DEPTH: Facing Diversity at LASA

Edith Holmsten and Ava De Leon May 5, 2022

In a small town in Minnesota in 1970, four schools with special focuses were founded with the intent of gathering students from all over greater Minneapolis into a learning environment that defied the...

The Raptor Rundown

Edith Holmsten, Student Life Editor May 5, 2022

When I walked into the dance room to write this article for the Raptor Run Down, I was honestly a little nervous. I have been dancing ballet since I was four, and I have danced in pointe shoes since I...

IN- DEPTH: LASA Sustainability

Edith Holmsten and Ava De Leon March 28, 2022

Because the Austin Independent School District (AISD) has about 75,000 students across 132 facilities, AISD sustainability manager Darien Clary said the district has a large impact on the environmental...

IN-DEPTH: LASA Winter Celebrations and Cultural Holidays

Edith Holmsten and ava de leon December 17, 2021

From October through December, LASA students celebrate a variety of holidays as ways to connect with their family, religion, and culture. The following in depth focuses on Diwali, Día de los Muertos,...

IN- DEPTH: Building LASAs Future

IN- DEPTH: Building LASA’s Future

Edith Holmsten and Ava De Leon October 15, 2021

In 2019, 12 years after LASA became its own school, talks of moving locations to accommodate the growing student population were heating up. Then COVID-19 hit. But the construction of the school continued,...

New School Year, New Campus, New Protocols

Edith Holmsten, Student Life Editor September 1, 2021

For the majority of LASA students, last school year consisted of more conversations on Zoom than in classrooms, more lessons through BLEND than face-to-face, and more time alone than in gatherings. However,...

Lip Dub Filming Persists Despite COVID-19

Edith Holmsten, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

Every other year, LASA films a Lip Dub video featuring students and staff lip syncing or dancing to music. Each video is about five minutes long and showcases LASA clubs, electives and school spirit.  “Dreams”...

In-Person School: Funding, Safety, and Classrooms

Edith Holmsten, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

Each year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) provides funding for school districts based on the number of students enrolled in each district. Due to changing enrollment this year, TEA provided the Austin...

University of Texas CAPlications

Edith Holmsten, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

Out of all the LASA seniors who apply to the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), only about 30% of them gain admission, according to college counselor Jamie Kocian. Some unaccepted students are...

LASA Forms New Velocity Dance Team

Edith Holmsten, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

Since its foundation in 2007, LASA has had a combined dance team with LBJ called the First Ladies. With LASA moving campuses for the 2021-22 school year, LASA is forming a new dance team called the Velocity...

Pets, Paws, Pandemic, Oh My!

Edith Holmsten, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

Austin Pets Alive (APA) is currently taking care of over 200 dogs, with 85% of them currently in foster homes in order to adapt to the constraints of COVID-19, according to APA PR and Events Manager Katera...

Signature Courses Among COVID-19

Edith Holmsten, Staff Writer January 21, 2021

LASA’s signature courses are known for their unique ability to develop group collaboration, creativity and analysis. However, the prevalence of online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has forced...

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