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

The Liberator

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...

LASA Raptors Tennis Wins District as New Team

LiLi Xiong, Staff Writer January 21, 2021

After playing numerous matches this year, the LASA tennis team has come out on top as the district champions. Although their fall season has ended, the spring season is full of promise as players will...

AVP Adapts: Film Class Makes Changes for COVID-19

LiLi Xiong, Staff Writer January 21, 2021

Traditional film classes involve face-to-face communication and collaboration, and the Audio Video Production (AVP) class at LASA is no exception.  This class is an elective with three levels: Beginner...

Girls Soccer Team Gets a Kick Out Of First Ever Preseason

Girls Soccer Team Gets a Kick Out Of First Ever Preseason

LiLi Xiong, Staff Writer November 15, 2020

As the new school year begins, the girls soccer season kicks off as well. Despite the hot early fall weather, the LASA girls soccer team met at Noack Sports Complex on Oct. 5 to begin their first ever...

The Basis for Boycotts: The Power of the People to Choose Where to Spend Their Money to Support Businesses

LiLi Xiong, Staff Writer November 15, 2020

As a seemingly insignificant cog in the wheel of capitalism, it often seems that the public has limited power to initiate systemic change towards a world based on our ideals. However, people often overlook...

The USPS in Crisis: Trump’s Postal-Apocalyptic World

The USPS in Crisis: Trump’s Postal-Apocalyptic World

LiLi Xiong, Staff Writer September 28, 2020

After four years of President Trump’s outrageous statements and actions, it is disheartening, but not surprising, to find that his thirst for power is affecting the everyday lives of Americans. One of...

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