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The Liberator

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

The Liberator

AISD Voters Elect New Board Trustees

Malvika Pradhan, News Editor December 19, 2022

This midterm election season, three new trustees were elected to Austin Independent School District’s (AISD) school board. The new school board-elected members include Candance Hunter for District 1,...

WALKING AROUND THE LAKE: Austinites have enjoyed walking around Lady Bird Lake for years, but recently there has been more algae in its water. Dogs are the most prone to illness and death from the cyanobacteria, and people are still not advised to swim. Photo by Zia Harvey

Lady Bird Lake Lacks Legitimate Liquid Levels

Aidan Gannon and Malvika Pradhan October 27, 2022

Since 2019, the water in Lady Bird Lake in Austin has been considered unsafe to swim in, especially for pets, according to the City of Austin. In recent years, dogs have passed away after swimming in the...

graphic by Kayla Le

New Years Means New Policies

Malvika Pradhan and Ava Spurgeon August 20, 2022

With the resignation of Dr. Stephanie Elizalde, the previous superintendent of the Austin Independent School District (AISD), and a new budget for the 2022-23 school year, LASA students and teachers could...

History of Trans Activism

Luci Garza and Malvika Pradhan May 5, 2022

Transgender term is first used (1965) Psychiatrist John F. Oliven first coins the term transgender, refrenced in his work “Sexual Hygiene and Pathology.” Before this, German physician Mangus Hitchfield...

Women’s Healthcare Spotlight

Malvika Pradhan, News editor May 5, 2022

Planned Parenthood Planned Parenthood is a national organization that originated as a single birth control clinic in the Brooklyn borough of New York City in 1916. Today, there are now about 600 locations...

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...

Mental Health and its Potentially New Policing Policies

Luci Garza and Malvika Pradhan December 17, 2021

In 2018, Austin was the city with the highest rate of fatal police shootings in relation to people experiencing mental health crises, according to KUT. A year later, the Human Rights Clinic at the University...

Critics Ban Critical Race Theory

Luci Garza and Malvika Pradhan September 1, 2021

Critical race theory has remained a prominent point in political discussion throughout the past 3 presidential terms, according to USA Today. Now, Texas is faced with a new law that will ban teachers from...

Opinion: Transgender Athletes Face New Bill

Malvika Pradhan, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

On April 14, 2021, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 29 (SB29). If this bill were to become law, it would prohibit transgender students from participating in school sports teams that match their gender...

Gentrification in a Growing Austin

Malvika Pradhan, Staff Writer May 28, 2021

The city of Austin is rapidly growing, as cited in the Austin Business Journal. From 2010- 2019, it was the fastest growing metro area in the country. From 2018-19, about 3,840 people moved to Austin each...

Referee Racism and Biases in Sports

Malvika Pradhan, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

In December 2020, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the LBJ High School football team filed a complaint with the University Interscholastic League (UIL). At their...

LASA Master Classes: Online Programs Entertain and Educate

Malvika Pradhan, Staff Writer April 14, 2021

LASA Master Classes, which allow people to pay to take classes on a variety of topics, were started by PFLASA as a way to raise money for the school and bring the LASA community together during the pandemic....

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