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The Liberator

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

The Liberator

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Gen Z: The Lockdown Generation

LiLi Xiong, student life editor August 20, 2022

Content Warning: Article contains accounts of gun violence. There hasn’t been a week in 2022 without a mass shooting. The Buffalo supermarket shooting in New York left 10 dead and three injured. The...

Indie’s Where It’s At in Austin

LiLi Xiong and Katie Busby May 5, 2022

For one week, SXSW takes over Austin’s music scene with an endless number of live concerts showcasing bands from around the world. Of course, there are many genres of music featured, but one genre they...

Staff Stance: Hypocrisy of the Carbon Footprint: Comparing Individual and Corporate Climate Responsibility

Beck Williams and LiLi Xiong May 5, 2022

Turn off your lights when you’re not using them. Remember to reduce, reuse, recycle. Try to purchase products without excessive packaging. Sentiments surrounding the individual consumer such as these...

The Writings on the Wall: Reflecting on the Old and Looking to the New HOPE Gallery

Katie Busby and LiLi Xiong March 28, 2022

A collage of Austinites’ artistic works. That is essentially what the HOPE Outdoor Gallery is. The plot that is home to HOPE Outdoor Gallery was originally a failed condo development abandoned in the...

Staff Stance: Gerrymandering Strikes Again: Texas Legislators Push Partisan Redistricting Plan

Beck Williams and LiLi Xiong December 17, 2021

Every 10 years, the Texas legislature redraws congressional districts—or districts that a state is divided into in which one member of the national House of Representatives is elected. In theory, this...

Staff Stance: COVID Comes to Texas – Again: How Texas Fails to Protect Students and Teachers

Beck Williams and LiLi Xiong October 15, 2021

On March 13, 2020, the Austin Independent School District (AISD) closed its schools temporarily to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Less than a hundred cases had been identified in the United...

Businesses Putting a Price on Pride

LiLi Xiong, Commentary Editor September 1, 2021

To many, pride month means rainbow flags held up in the joy of being unapologetically queeer. To others, it means being an ally to the LGBT+ members of their community and taking time to celebrate and...

Art Curriculum Finds Workarounds: How LASA’s Creative Department has Adapted to Online Working

LiLi Xiong, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

Walking into LASA's library, one might stumble upon a set of pointe shoes decorated with colorful flowers or a pair of running shoes encrusted with shiny metals. Despite the struggles distance learning...

Inside Look at Online Concerts with Some of SXSW 2021’s Musicians

LiLi Xiong, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

On a normal year, South by Southwest (SXSW) is an iconic time for musicians and music lovers. This year, however, the festival's organizers were tasked with recreating the hype of live music in a virtual...

The Art Thief

LiLi Xiong, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

Creating art takes real work: mustering creative energy, putting an excessive amount of time into projects until they feel right and usually working other jobs since, in reality, being an artist usually...

Back in Session: Texas Legislature Has a New Set of Challenges to Tackle in 2021

LiLi Xiong, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

It’s that time again — time for the biennial Texas legislative session, a meeting that could perhaps provide a chance to pass the legislation needed for Texas to recover from all that has happened...

Online Freshmen’s First Impressions

LiLi Xiong, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

Picture a class of freshmen that have been going to school for an entire semester, yet most of them still don’t know where their classrooms are located in the building, haven’t physically seen their...

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