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

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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...

Recapture Regiment to Redistribute Revenue

Luci Garza, News editor May 5, 2022

In 1993, the Texas state legislature created the recapture program, a form of school financing that sends local taxpayer funding to the state in order to equalize school funding. Recapture, also known...

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...

Looking for Extracurriculars? Join the Club!

maya linville, Club Contributor March 28, 2022

Period Pals When: Wednesdays during lunch, Ms. McGuire’s room (134D) Contact: [email protected] During the summer of 2020, with the pandemic in full swing, two LASA seniors helped create...

Texas Faces Grind Time for Grid Time: An Update on ERCOT One Year Post-Freeze

Lana Giles, Staff Writer March 28, 2022

On Feb. 13, 2021, winter storm Uri hit Texas, inducing power outages, limited resource access, and damage to homes. According to the Texas Department of State and Health Services, 246 Texans died from...

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...

Texas Tussles with Netflix Over Taxes

Sarah Garrett, Staff Writer March 28, 2022

According to KXAN, on Dec. 7, 2022, the city of Austin decided to join with other Texas cities and sue Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+. A Texas law from 2005 says that video service and cable providers are...

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...

Austin Marathon Sprints to the 30-Year Finish Line

Sydney Jones, Staff Writer March 28, 2022

The Austin Marathon has been around since 1992, making this year's run in February the event’s 30th anniversary. As the 25th-largest marathon in the United States, the Austin marathon brings people from...

Supply Shortage Shortchanges Shoppers: Stores Struggle to Get Supplies Amid COVID Pandemic

Fiona Kleeman, Staff Writer December 17, 2021

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in early March 2020, the global supply chain has been disrupted, causing the price of shipping to go up and continuing shortages of certain products. Although...

Biotech Receives $50,000 Grant for DNA Sequencer

Nayan Kondapalli, Staff Writer December 17, 2021

Running a biotech classroom can be an expensive feat. Basic tools such as pipettes can run $300 a piece, centrifuges at $1,000, and PCR machines at $3,000. But, this year, the LASA biotech class received...

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